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The controversy will wind
up in the hands of the full
Student Congress at its
meeting next week.
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Student Body President Brad
Matthews will continue to seek a con
troversial appointment to the Elections
Board despite a preliminary ruling by a
Student Congress committee.
“As an administration, we make deci
sions we believe to be right, and this is
the right decision,” Matthews said. “The
right ones are worth fighting for.”
Members of the Rules and Judiciary
Committee voted unfavorably Tuesday
on the appointment of Marissa Downs
as chairwoman of the Elections Board.
Downs served as vice-chairwoman
Several members cited ethical con
cerns because of the nature of the rela
tionship between her and Matthews as
well as the widely criticized perfor
mance of the Elections Board in
February’s student elections.
But Downs, who told the committee
she was involved in a relationship with
Matthews, could still be appointed to
the position if two-thirds of the full
Congress moves to remove her from
the “unfavorable list” and ultimately
approves her nomination.
Downs said she planned to lobby
Congress before next week’s session in
attempt to secure her appointment.
Matthews said he would also contin
ue to support Downs’ nomination for
the post. The Elections Board works to
advise and publicize on behalf of can
didates, assign poll-takers and count bal
lots during elections.
Sarah Tully Miller, the chairwoman
of the Rules and Judiciary Committee,
said she considered a potential conflict
of interest but was more concerned
about Downs’ performance as vice
chairwoman. “I saw some merit to the
ethical question but not to the point that
it overshadowed the questions of the
quality of her work,” Miller said.
Congress members, questioning
Down’s commitment to her current
position, cited the Board’s problems in
poll-taking, publicity, organization and
violations of the Student Code during
the past year.
Speaker Pro Tem Sandi Chapman
said it was those problems that raised
her concern about Downs’ commitment
and ability to perform.
“While most of those are the respon-
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Wednesday to promote support for UNC's baseball team. They brought in a speed pitch machine to see who
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A thought that sometimes makes me hazy, Am I, or are the others, crazy?
Legislators to Bring System Needs to Raleigh
By Jonathan Moseley
GREENSBORO - N.C. legislators
completed the last leg of their tours of
UNC campuses Wednesday, and many
said they would head to Raleigh ready
to share firsthand accounts of the sys
tem’s capital needs.
Members of the N.C. Joint Select
Committee on Higher Education
Facilities Needs, a group formed to
study the need to repair and renovate
facilities at the 16 UNC campuses, have
spent the past few months visiting and
inspecting every system school.
They visited Guilford County’s com
munity college Wednesday, as well as
four UNC campuses - N.C.
Agricultural & Technical State
University, UNC-Greensboro, N.C.
WIRING to theWORLD
The Internet Generation Grows Up Surfing the Waves of Information
By Vicky Eckenrode
Earlier in the 19905, adults lamented the apa
thy of Generation X and questioned what young
people would contribute to society.
A few years later, the next generation
answered back by taking its place in the
explosive trend of a society increasingly
dependent on technology.
“I’m finding a lot of students are taking
media into their own hands - whether that
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School of the Arts, and Winston-Salem
The committee will hold one more
meeting in Raleigh on May 3, before
making a recommendation to the N.C.
General Assembly when it reconvenes
At each site, chancellors and promi
nent members of the university’s faculty
spoke to the group about the need for
capital funding at their schools.
School officials then took committee
members on brief tours of each campus’
rundown facilities, highlighting the
potential for improvement.
Commenting on the focus of the
tours, Board of Governors member John
Sanders said, “Normally tours of cam
puses show off the brightest spots, so
these tours are unusual in that they high
light the most rundown places on cam-
means developing a Web page, participating in
an online chat or something as simple as sending
an e-mail to friends or family,” said David Silver,
director of the Resource Center for Cyberculture
Members of this Internet Generation have
taken this head-on approach to the burgeoning
Asa result, they are growing into the role of
teachers and leaders as society
finds itself shifting from the f
Industrial Age to an era
defined by a dependency on j
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nents of the vari
said they hoped
the tour would
“I thought (the
tours) were very
“We only had
an hour, but we
tried to show
prepare to tackle
UNC's capital needs,
Sen. Tony Rand
says.the campus tours
will prove helpful.
them the campus, so hopefully it went
UNC-G Chancellor Patricia Sullivan
said she wanted legislators to take
Technology has advanced to the point in
which we could essentially live in a faceless soci
ety. We use e-mail and fax machines to commu
nicate instantly, order everything from flowers to
food over the Internet, read books and take class
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the human body.
“In the present times you can-
not really take technology away as an
entity," said Deb Aikat, assistant pro
fessor in the School ofjoumalism and
“In many ways technology is mak
ing our lives better, but there are still
concerns - all of these advantages
comes with something you have to
The wealth of information that is
now exchanged has prompted con
cerns about its quality and regulation.
The federal government cracks down on child
pornography on the Internet. Music companies
are trying to rein in the downloadable pirated
And the average person faces the new annoy-
Jordan to Christen
By Kellie Dixon
Assistant City Editor
Twenty-three people will have an
opportunity tonight to do something
most Tar Heel fans just dream about -
Jordan will appear
tonight at his
located at 200
West Franklin St.,
to meet with con
test winners and
to present anew
logo for the
a UNC junior and
will be in town today
to make his first
appearance at 23,
his Franklin Street
said she was a huge basketball fan and
that she had a few questions forjordan.
“I want to ask him if he wishes he
could walk around campus and enjoy it
responsibility for the condition of her
school. “(UNC-G faculty) are ready for
the facilities to match the quality of the
academic programs here at UNC-G,”
As if in response to the university offi
cials’ concerns, the committee members
said they thought the tours were helpful.
“A picture is worth a thousand words,
and being on-site you can see the whole
picture," said Sen. Kay Hagan, R-
Guilford. “Sixty percent of the state bud
get goes to education, so these tours are
helping me know how to utilize tax dol
lars more efficiently."
Committee Co-chairman, Sen. Tony
Rand, D-Cumberland, also said the tours
allowed him to visualize campuses’ prob
lems. “In an intelligible sense, you know
(what the problems are), but from a vis
ceral sense, the tours help,” he said.
ances of electronic junk mail, company profiling
and the general inability to get away from con
For a society that now banks, files taxes, shops
and fills out credit card applications online, the
amount of personal information floating around
during the Information Age can prove harmful
if in the wrong hands.
“This is an area where there are not enough
bureaucrats in the world to go out and enforce
this stuff by themselves,” said Gary Clayton,
CEO of the Privacy Council, which helps both
consumers and corporations learn how to safely
collect personal data.
via cell phones and beep
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Part nine of a 10-part series
examining the issues that
will face our generation
in the coming millennium.
These innovations stem from the explosion of
the public’s use of the Internet.
The evolution of the Internet started in the late
1950s as a military project. Soon it was adopted
See TECHNOLOGY, Page 11
without getting harassed,” she said. “I
just hope we can bring our cameras.”
The restaurant 23, along with local
publications and two radio stations,
sponsored a contest in which people
entered to win a chance to meet Jordan.
Hurtgen was one of four winners
drawn at 23. Others won through the
contests sponsored by the local media.
Jessica Hayes, promotion coordinator
for Triangle Radio Partners said GlO5
and Sunny 93.9 would send a total of 15
people to meet Jordan.
“They had to qualify (through radio
contests),” she said. “At the end of the
week, it was random draw and we noti
fied the winners.”
The final four people were chosen by
The Herald Sun’s “Mainly lKids” page
contest and a writing contest in the
Independent Weekly, a local newspaper.
Betsy Brack, public relations manag
er for Phoenix Communications, said
that after meeting with the people,
Jordan would autograph the restaurant’s
sign, making that 23’s new logo.
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“(The tours) make you more ashamed of
the conditions of the campuses.”
The committee members, the major
ity of whom have historically supported
funding for higher education, expressed
eagerness at the opportunity to help
fund pressing capital needs. “I think I
can be an advocate to some of the nay
sayers in the General Assembly,” Hagan
said. “I can go one-on-one with them
and hopefully make a difference.”
Clifton Metcalf, UNC associate vice
president for state governmental affairs,
said he aLso noted the committee’s antic
ipation. “It’s exciting to see the legisla
ture get excited about the challenge,” he
said. “If you listen to them talk, you can
see they’re feeling a sense of urgency.”
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Despite the drawbacks,
society has embraced the
conveniences of new tech
nology. Aikat said he
expected future uses of
technology to increase the
level of efficiency in peo
ple’s daily lives.
E-convenience is the
next step of integrating
life and technology, he
Simple tasks such as
shopping for groceries
from home might take the
place of weekend errand
trips, possible from a per
son’s living room in front
of a computer screen.
With the production of “Cabaret” this
weekend. Pauper Players will celebrate
its 10th anniversary as a musical
theater group at UNC. See Page S.
Into the Crystal Ball
University officials sponsored different
sessions about the Master Plan for
students, faculty and staff including a
map display in the Pit. See Page 4.
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