Monday, August 28,2000
EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR
Do the Right Thing
UNC Association of Student
Governments President Cliff Webster needs
to run to the nearest dictionary and look up
the word “representative.”
Just recently Webster was arrested and
charged with a felony count as well as a mis
demeanor count of larceny. Regardless of
whether he committed the crimes, he should
do the honorable thing
As ASG president,
Webster also is a nonvot
ing member of and the
only student representa
tive on the Board of
In other words,
Webster alone represents
the thousands of students
at each UNC school. It is
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imperative for a student in such an important
position to realize that any careless thing he
does can diminish officials’ regard for the
concerns of his almost 155,000 constituents.
Webster apparently did not consider that
when he put himself in a position where he
could be linked to a crime. (He was student
body president at East Carolina University
when the crime occurred.)
Allegedly, he and a friend swiped two
metal benches valued at an estimated $2,300
from their own school grounds at East
Mr. Cliff Webster, can you spell “stupid”?
Please refer to that little book that bears your
last name. You might want to look up “care-
High school football always Has been
regarded as something of a religidri in the
South. But last Friday’ ni|ht it crossed the
At numerous high school football games
in North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and
elsewhere, thousands of people stood up and
“spontaneously” prayed aloud to protest a
recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that
barred school-approved, student-led prayers
at sporting events and assemblies. Those
who participated were mostly Christians who
feel maligned by a legal decision they view
as hostile to their beliefs.
Yet their own actions were inadvertently
hostile to those of other beliefs.
Although the participants in Friday’s
prayers were standing up for their ideas,
there were others at the games who did not
share those ideas. Even the smallest school in
deepest South will have its share of Jews,
Muslims, believers of other faiths and those
who choose not to believe at all.
When the other students and fans rose en
masse in prayer Friday, the non-Christians
suddenly became “religious strangers at their
own public schools,” as one legal expert put
That legal expert and others also said that
because the “spontaneous” prayers were the
decisions of private individuals and did not
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less” and “adolescent” while you’re at it
At the age of 24, Webster should be well
past such mischievous behavior that’s more
indicative of a rambunctious teenager than a
leader. When a student decides to accept a
position of leadership, he should know that
his behavior will be under constant scrutiny.
Webster’s position as the only student on
the BOG puts him into a different class from
that of other student representatives. Not
only does he represent his fellow students at
ECU, but he’s also the single voice for all stu
dents in the UNC school system on the
As that voice, Webster should be concen
trating on building good relationships with
his fellow BOG members and being a strong
advocate for student concerns. Instead,
Webster has jeopardized his credibility as
ASG president, effectively silencing his
Some might say that one is innocent until
proven guilty. But after last year’s scandal
with ASG President Nick Mirisis, who
stepped down after admitting to plagiarizing
a term paper, Webster should have thought
about die fact that his past actions could
cause the organization further embarrass
College students inevitably are going to do
some dumb stuff (like steal campus benches).
But Webster isn’t just any college student
If he wants to play around like one, he
should resign his position as ASG president
immediately so that a more mature student
can take over.
involve the school administrations, they are
probably protected by the First
Certainly, the right to express os’s beliefs -
religious or otherwise - is a vital element of
American society, and attempts to tinker
with it should not be taken lighdy.
But simply because one has the right to do
something does not necessarily mean one
should do it. As those students bowed their
heads in prayer, they were also unwittingly
ostracizing some of (heir fellow classmates.
Those other students were left with the
choice of either going along with the herd or
conspicuously refraining from the prayers,
options that were no doubt equally uncom
fortable for many of them.
As individual citizens, every student is
able to pray in the manner of his choosing.
But in the future, those who prayed aloud
Friday should consider these words from
Matthew: “And whenever you pray, do not
be like the hypocrites, for they love to stand
and pray... so that they may be seen by oth
ers.” (Matthew 6:5, NRSV)
High school is notoriously unforgiving of
those who differ from the norm in any way,
and not everyone is willing or able to stand
out in the crowd.
There’s no reason why something meant
to bring people together should be the cause
of further division.
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BOLO: Dangerous Outlaw in Area
Wanted: Kofi Bofah
Weight: 170 pounds
Strengths: Versatility, knowledge, network
Allies: Moneymakers, your girlfriend,
thugs, pretty women, Joe America
Foes: Punks, gold-diggers, ignorant people,
fake broods, New York City, boyfriends
Nemesis: Walter Thompson
Aliases: HUNGIGOLO, The Big Pimp,
Boss, The Lion, Two-Six .... t w
,“BOLO?Me?sce to Society, This threat to
the security and welfare of our nation must be
stopped. His name is Kofi Bofah, and the
clandestine activities of the aforementioned
terror coupled with his natural abilities and
mind-set will only destroy the fabric of this
Left unchecked, Bofah will blaze trails and
incinerate the ideals that our fathers labored
tirelessly to establish.
It’s sinmle: He is wanted dead or alive.
Reward: $1.5 million.
Kofi Bofah, alias HUNGIGOLO, alias The
Big Pimp, alias Boss, alias The Lion, has
resided in suburban Washington for 20 years.
He calls Silver Spring, Md., his home. His
versatility and worldliness stems from this
location. While inhabiting the D.C. area,
Bofah has observed the lifestyles of the filthy
rich and the dirt poor. His suburban dwelling
straddles the line between the ghettoes of
Washington and the cul-de-sacs of
Specifically, Hie Lion resides at the con
vergence of routes 29 and 650 in the locality
of White Oak. This is suburban Maryland, the
realm of prettyboy-thugs. It is here that males
with rough edges and a touch of class prosper.
Strapped with .225, guzzling deuce-deuce and
playing The Station. Lifting weights during
the day. Moving weight at night.
While in D.C., HUNGIGOLO frequents
several spots. He can be spotted fondling
females in Washington’s Ritz and Live clubs,
rocking to go-go at The Black Hole or sipping
on expensive beverages called “s-zerrrrb.” On
business, The Lion hits 1-495 West to pur-
To CAA President
Were His Opponents’
TO THE EDITOR:
As the former campaign manager
for Michael Songer and Adam
Walters, and a current member of the
Carolina Athletic Association exter
nal relations committee, I was deeply
offended by the misrepresentation of
the efforts of CAA President Tee
Pruitt in the Aug. 25 Daily Tar Heel.
The article asserts that in his cam
paign, Pruitt promised to enable stu
dents to use ONE Cards for conces
sions at football and basketball games
and to install a sports ticker in die Pit
. Not only did Pruitt never propose
these ideas, but he vigorously
attacked their feasibility during his
campaign (claiming that ONE Card
scanners would cost $500,000).
In his first term, Pruitt discouraged
efforts by his sports marketing com
mittee to install a sports ticker
because he did not believe it was pos
chase expensive clothing at Tyson’s.
Don’t be fooled; the man makes, saves and
inye*tg much more capital than he spends. His
sources of income vary and. have included the
Environmental Protection Agency, NYSE and
NASDAQ. For pleasure, it’s 1-95/495 South to
rendezvous with moneymakers and lady
In summary: Prince Georges County and
Uptown for pleasure; Fairfax and Downtown
Remember that our man’s maneuvers are
not limited to the Capital City. The Big Pimp
has forged contacts up and down the eastern
seaboard. Utilizing below-par vehicles that he
refers to as “buckets” he has controlled the I
-95 corridor to spread his propaganda.
He’s reported to have associates from the
Cross-Bronx X-Way to The Gables. With 95
in hand, the lawbreaker has turned his atten
tion to new frontiers. 1-85 is currently his thor
oughfare of choice.
Kofi “Boss” Bofah has chosen to relocate to
Raleigh-Durham for four years. Apparently,
this figure became increasingly aware that my
agency was hot on his trail. He presently is
laying low like Rod Vinson in Chapel Hill.
Private eye Big Mouth, whose role is to
pose as an ally, pump the unsuspecting target
for information and publish his findings to
The Grapevine Daily, dutifully reported this
quote from our man: “I’m just chillin’ down
South for now. Things were getting too hot for
me in D.C. I’m taking a break from that envi
ronment You might say I’m on sabbatical.”
Indeed, the temperature was rising in
Maryland. My organization had utilized sever
al tactics to thwart Bofah’s ambitions.
However, the spies, agents and trickery all
Even at the start of his second
term, Pruitt informed Songer and
Walters that successfully installing a
sports ticker was highly unlikely.
Despite Pruitt’s constant skepti
cism, Songer and Walters successful
ly worked out plans to install both the
ONE Card concession scanners and
a sports ticker in the Pit with
absolutely no cost to students.
UNC students rely on The Daily
Tar Heel to ensure accountability for
the student leaders who represent
them, and it is imperative that the
paper provide accurate information.
The Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000
issue of the DTH clearly shows that
Songer and Walters, not Pruitt, pro
posed these ideas. Hie DTH’s curso
ry reporting destroys the ability of
students to accurately judge the lead
ers they elect
The CAA should be commended
for its accomplishments this year, but
we should give credit where it’s due.
Cate Doty & Lauren Beal
came up short.
We were certain that “Operation Smother,”
utilizing Agent Double-D, would initiate the
demise of K. Bofah.
First, this temptress was to use her physical
gifts and charm to manipulate The Lion’s
actions. After controlling our man’s mind, she
was to deplete his assets by demanding nights
on the town, distract him by constant nagging,
and crush his confidence by claiming “he ain’t
’ Any normal man would have been
However, Boss was wise to the game from
the start, and “Operation Smother” failed mis
erably. Agent Double-D was the butt of jokes
between Bofah and his allies as a jeering Kofi
described our airtight plan as a “head mis
sion.” Agent ID #34DD crossed over and
started working for the other side.
They don’t call him The Big Pimp for noth
Honorable citizens of The United States of
America, I implore you to destroy Kofi Bofah
and hi 9 ambitions.
The above information shall be of some
assistance to you, the law-abiding citizen.
However, it is vital that one realizes that
Bofah has changed his description while in
The wrongdoer has cut back many of his
former indulgences to a minimum. The lavish
spending, wild partying and womanizing have
been eliminated as Bofah attempts to remain
Thus, locating and tracking this outlaw has
become increasingly difficult. Of course, The
Lion has utilized his time down South produc
tively. He is accumulating armaments at an
alarming rate and is preparing for warfare.
So take heed; HUNGIGOLO is armed
and dangerous. He is capable of annihilating
any opposition. One on one, toe to toe, ,
nobody can stop him. Gentlemen, you must
unite to topple this dangerous figure, Kofi
-LieutenantJimmy Crow ,
Kofi Bofah is a junior business major from
Silver Spring, Md. Send leads to.
Future Senior Parties
Should Include Those
Not Yet 21 Years Old
TO THE EDITOR:
I am writing this letter concerning
the senior events of this past week at
Player’s and He’s Not Here.
I am in the small minority of
seniors who are not yet 21 years old,
and it disturbs me that the senior class
has organized events in which not all
seniors may participate.
I have no problems holding senior
parties at local bars, but some
arrangements must be made so that
those under 21 can participate. It does
get frustrating when I can’t join my
friends in going out and having firn.
All I ask is that the senior repre
sentatives plan the rest of their events
more carefully in considering the
entire senior class.
Thank you for understanding.
Jlj* Sally Jar HM
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