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Seating Plan Disappoints Some Students
By Mark Thomas
Assistant University Editor
The much-anticipated result of a campaign
for closer seating in the Smith Center fell flat
with many students who were hoping for a
more dramatic change.
The new arrangement, announced
Thursday, includes room for 200 additional
standing-room spots located on risers at one
end of the court and dispersed student seating
throughout the arena.
Bond Push
Makes Way
To Gridiron
Students used the annual
N.C. Central and N.C. A&T
football game to promote
the UNC-system's needs.
By Worth Civils
Senior Writer
RALEIGH - The campaign for the
$3.1 billion higher education bond ref
erendum expanded its community out
reach efforts Sunday at the annual
Aggie-Eagle Classic in Raleigh.
Fifteen to 20 campaign volunteers
promoted the bond by handing out
fliers, registering potential voters and
speaking with students and alumni who
attended the football game between
N.C. Agricultural & Technical and N.C.
Central universities.
The promotion raised awareness for
many who knew little about the bond,
but the football game and tailgating
activities made the effort more difficult.
If approved Nov. 7, the bond will
fund facilities improvements at the
state’s universities and community col
leges. Together, N.C. A&T and N.C.
Central are slated to receive
$272,510,900 in capital funding.
For students, alumni and other mem
bers of the public who were not aware
of the bond, Sunday’s game provided
an outlet to educate them, said Reyna
Walters, the campaign’s student out
reach coordinator.
“With 50,000 to 80,000 people
expected, this is a great opportunity for
the bonds to be visible and to let people
know,” Walters said Sunday. “We’re tar
geting any and everyone that comes
through the gate.”
Attendance at N.C. State University’s
Carter-Finley Stadium was actually clos
er to 40,000, partly due to heavy rains
during the game, but volunteers were
able to get much of their work done
before the game as attendees entered.
Denise Jones, a 1989 graduate of
N.C. Central, said she knew very little
about the bond before Sunday, but that
it sounded like something she would
support in November. “Any bond
money we can get is great,” Jones said.
Others were more aware of the bond
referendum and how it related to his
torically black colleges and universities
and their facilities’ needs.
“There are a lot of old and worn
down buildings,” said Sidney Hargrove,
an N.C. Central computer science and
math major. “We need renovations and
technology upgrades.”
But Hargrove and others said they
doubt HBCUs would get adequate
funding from the bond.
“HBCUs are behind on the technol
ogy department,” Hargrove said. “We
are not getting enough funding as big
ger schools like (UNC-Chapel Hill) are.
HBCUs are still getting the short end of
the stick and will never catch up.”
Still, Kenneth Chambers, an infor
mation technology professor at N.C.
Central, said any funding would
improve HBCUs.
“We’re in dire need of money to help
See BOND, Page 5
The Carolina Athletic Association, the
Educational Foundation, a body that provides
athletic scholarships and solicits funds for
facilities like the Smith Center, and the
Department of Athletics have collaborated for
several months working to increase lower
level student presence at basketball games.
But after assessing the new assignments,
some students feel the seating shuffle is not as
significant as officials are claiming.
“It was done with a lot of smoke and mir
rors,” said Derek Farias, a sophomore from
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Provost candidate Dr. Karen R. Lawrence, dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California-lrvine,
shares her prospective plans for UNC at Friday's question-and-answer session.
Provost Prospect Touts Skills, Plans
Karen Lawrence of the University
of California-lrvine said she has
the experience to meet criteria
set by Chancellor James Moeser.
By Karey WTtkowski
Assistant University Editor
Provost candidate Karen Lawrence told a
roomful of faculty in an open forum Friday that
she is capable of handling the demands of a
major research institution.
Lawrence, who is the dean of the School of
Humanities at the University of California
lrvine, fielded questions about her area of
study, especially in light of Chancellor James
Moeser’s statements that he would prefer a
Vendors Laud Football Frenzy
Saturday's game meant big sales
at local stores, with students and
alumni snapping up UNC wares.
By Matt Mansfield
Staff Writer
Alumni and students reveled in the Tar Heels’
first football victory this weekend. But to Franklin
Street merchants, it’s not whether the team wins or
loses but how much business it can generate.
When Carolina football time rolls around, busi
nesses on Franklin Street prepare themselves for
droves of customers.
“Game day is big for us,” said Hollv Toms, man
ager of Chapel HiU Sportswear. “When we have
60,000 more people in town, of course business
will increase.”
Bars, restaurants and stores selling Tar Heel
paraphernalia reap most of the financial benefit,
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Somerset, Mass. “They tout the 200-student
bleacher seats -but they didn’t create 200
new seats.”
CAA President Tee Pruitt said his organi
zation has done all it can to give students bet
ter seats.
“I know there are some disgrunded stu
dents,” he said.
“But as far as (student seating) on the lower
level is concerned, we can’t think of anything
else.”
He added that the current student seating
provost with experience in the sciences to bal
ance his humanities background.
“Some think it’s mind-boggling and think,
‘How can someone in the humanities and spe
cializing in (author James) Joyce understand the
complexities of chemistry and biology and then
also the medical center?” she said.
“The first thing is that I’d make sure to sur
round myself with excellent staff and faculty
who are knowledgeable and smart and savvy.”
Lawrence also said she would be able to han
dle the duties of the newly merged position of
provost and executive vice chancellor, which
adds more budgetary tasks for the provost.
“I think someone would be nuts to take this
job without having academic responsibilities and
budgetary responsibilities go together,” she said.
And Lawrence said her experience as a dean
at the University of California-lrvine has pre
prompting some merchants to extend their busi
ness hours. “Since this was the first football week
end, business was great,” said Johnny T-Shirt man
ager Christy Lehmann, whose store remained open
an hour later on Saturday and opened early on
Sunday. “We figured we could catch some more
fans before they left town that morning.”
Popular merchandise in stores includes T-shirts,
sweatshirts and shorts, although the soggy game
conditions prompted a surge in rain gear sales this
weekend.
But merchants said the biggest seller was any
thing with the Nike logo on it, from basketball T
shirts to golf shirts. “That’s what people see on TV,
and that’s what they want,” Toms said.
Parents and alumni spent the most, purchasing
any amount of items, she said.
“We have a lot of $lO sales, but we also have a
lot of $ 150 sales,” Toms said. “They sometimes buy
to outfit the family for game day.”
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arrangement is not permanent.
“(The number of students in the risers) may
go up, if we see during the first game that
there is room to up the capacity.”
Some students believe the new arrange
ment will change the perception of Smith
Center audiences.
“Everybody thinks of us as a wine-and
cheese crowd,” said Ethan Earle, a freshman
from Chapel Hill.
See REACTION, Page 5
pared her well for the provost post at UNC. “As
dean, I listen to competing needs from my chairs
and faculty,” she said. “The same process occurs,
but (the provost position) is a much bigger job.”
Addressing concerns about low faculty
salaries, Lawrence said she favors tuition
increases to raise faculty pay. “I was surprised
with the spirit (of the faculty) despite low
salaries and some other difficulties,” she said.
She said UNC’s S6OO tuition increase over
two years, which began this fall, is a justifiable
way to boost faculty salaries.
“Tuition seemed to be strikingly low here,”
she said. “I thought the increase was very appro
priate, necessary and that tuition is still low.”
She said tapping students’ financial resources
is not the only, or even the best way, to aug-
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Franklin Street is flooded with fans in town for the Saturday evening football game.
The surge of people downtown caused some vendors to adjust their hours.
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5 Students to Vie
For ASG Position,
BOG Membership
UNC Association of Student Governments
will elect anew president Thursday who will
attend Friday's Board of Governors meeting.
By Kathleen Hunter
State & National Editor
Five UNC-system students will seek the UNC Association
of Student Governments presidential post at a special election
Thursday night at N.C. State University.
UNC-Greensboro’s James Bryant, Western Carolina
University’s David Chesley, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Liz Gardner,
N.C. State’s Andrew Payne and Appalachian State
University’s Richard Wheelahan are vying for the post.
The winner will replace Cliff Webster, who last week made
public his intention to resign - making him the second ASG
president to do so in two years. The ASG president also serves
as the lone student representative on the Board of Governors.
Each candidate has noted the importance of the ASG pres
ident’s role in a student effort to build support for a $3.1 bil
lion bond referendum that will fund capital improvements at
the state’s universities and community colleges if it passes Nov.
7. Each of the candidates also said he or she had the experi
ence and personal integrity to successfully lead the ASG dur
ing the remainder of Webster’s term.
James Bryan
Bryan is a senior who has been involved in ASG since his
freshman year and served as chair of the ASG’s constitution
al improvements committee last year. He could not be
reached Monday for comment.
David Chesley
Chesley, a WCU senior political science major, has been
an ASG delegate for two years and has been involved in
WCU student government since he was a sophomore.
Creating a standardized system through which graduate
schools could compare degrees from each of the 16 UNC
institutions is also a major priority, Chesley said.
He said he looks forward to bringing new leadership to
ASG but admitted that he had been arrested twice - once as
a juvenile and once, two years ago, for disturbing the peace
during an anti-lottery rally in South Carolina. No charges
were filed in either case, he said.
Liz Gardner
Gardner, a junior journalism major, is ASG’s senior vice
president. Last year, she served as the association’s press
secretary and was a UNC-CH Student Congress member.
Working to coordinate communication between the dif
ferent system schools is one of Gardner’s priorities. Gardner
said she hopes to streamline ASG’s meetings, focusing on
one topic at each. Orchestrating a systemwide conference on
university equity, where legislators and students could dis
cuss issues pertaining to the system, is also on her agenda.
Andrew Payne
Payne, a senior environmental engineering major, ran
against Webster in April. He served as treasurer both for the
ASG and for the N.C. State student body last year.
Restoring faith in the ASG president, both with leaders
from the different campuses and with BOG members is his
top goal. Payne said the ASG’s credibility has reached an
all-time low -a situation he said he believes needs to be rec
tified before any other agendas can be set.
Richard Wheelahan
Wheelahan, a junior political science major, unsuccessfully
See CANDIDATES, Page 5
Tuesday, September 5, 2000
    

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