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Students, Faculty Argue Fairness of Cheating Ruling
Students and faculty hold
strongly divided opinions
on the guilty verdict in this
weekend's Honor Court case.
By Robert Albright
and Loren Clemens
Computer screens were not the only
things buzzing in Sitterson Hall on
Monday, as students hody debated the
verdict of Sunday night’s open Honor
Senior Mike Trinh and junior Brianne
Now that the FDA approved
RU-486, the drug will be
available in some Orange
County health care centers.
By Ben Gatling
An abortion drug recently approved
by the federal government that provides
a nonsurgical way to terminate preg
nancies continues to fuel controversy on
the local level.
The Food and Drug Administration
approved the abortion drug mifepre
stone, or RU-486, on Thursday. The pill
allows a woman to have an abortion
without traditional invasive procedures
by terminating the fetus and then help
ing the body to expel it.
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Durham counties, said she is overjoyed
that women in the area have anew
“It’s just another option for women
seeking an abortion,” she said.
But even though the FDA has
approved the drug, Michaels said
Planned Parenthood will not offer it in
the area until sometime next year to
ensure that its employees are aware of all
the dangers and advantages of the drug.
“We already do extensive counseling,
but this is a little different," she said.
“There is a little more education going
During a woman’s first visit to the
clinic, the FDA requires her to obtain
counseling to receive the first dose of
the drug, which blocks a hormone nec
essary for the pregnancy to continue.
The patient returns a few days later to
receive the final pill to expel the fetus.
After a woman aborts the fetus, she
must go to her doctor again for a check
up to ensure the fetus has been com
pletely removed. The only restriction
for this type of abortion is that women
must have completed the procedure by
the seventh week of their pregnancy,
But Barbara Holt, president of Right
to Life, a local chapter of the anti-abor
tion lobbying group, said the drug can
cause problems for women and for
“In addition to killing the baby, it
poses great health risks,” Holt said. “It’s
not just a simple little drug.”
Holt said the drug can cause severe
uterine hemorrhaging, and there is also
a risk of future infertility. The FDA Web
site states that this occurred in 1 percent
of patients in clinical trials.
Although the drug has been available
in France since 1988, certain obstacles
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Roth were found guilty of academic
cheating in connection with unautho
rized group work on a programming
assignment for Professor James Coggins’
Computer Science 120 class last semes
Although many computer science
faculty members feel the ruling was just,
other faculty and students said they are
outraged by the decision.
Senior computer science major
Heather Morgan, who was in Coggins’
class last semester but was not charged
with cheating, said she thought the
Honor Court could have interpreted the
“I don’t agree with the way the
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Students Tote Textbooks in Style
Bookbags Combine Accessory and Necessity
By Shahrzad Rezvani
What used to be an efficient device for
lugging around a day’s worth of textbooks
has become an element of style.
With the introduction of the messenger
and sling-style bags, combined with
redesigned two-strap backpacks, back
packs are being customized for stylish and
“I don’t use it for function, only for
fashion,” said Kathy Nawabi, a junior
from Durham, of her messenger bag.
Nawabi’s backpack is decorated with a
colorful array of Chinese characters, sym
bol and pictures.
While the structure of her bag is com
mon on campus, its Chinese print speaks
louder than a typical messenger bag.
“There are so many colors, so it matches
with everything. It’s kind of got a tacky
quality to it,” Nawabi said.
With only one strap, the popular mes
senger bags cross over the torso and land
NCSU Students Camp Out for Cash
Six campus organizations
are participating in this
week's Shack-A-Thon to aid
those in unsuitable housing.
By Aimee Brown
RALEIGH - Seven wooden-slab
shacks strung with Christinas lights and
topped with garbage bag roofing are
prominendy positioned in the brick
walkway in front of the D.H. Hill
Library at N.C. State University.
The shacks are part of an annual
weeklong effort called the Shack-A-
Thon, which is meant to raise awareness
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Honor Court is handling everything,”
“I have a really hard time believing
that many people cheated.”
Coggins turned in 24 of his Computer
Science 120 students to the Honor Court
this summer. He said there were a few
procedural errors in the open hearing
but that the Honor Court worked hard
with litde recognition.
He also said it is his duty to report any
suspected cheating and that the Court
interpreted the Student Code of Conduct
“I am not winning anything from
doing this,” Coggins said. “This is my
duty as I see it under the (code).”
on one hip.
Sallie Fleckenstein, a sophomore from
Statesville, said it was the dignified appear
ance of her messenger bag that lead to her
purchase. “I think it looks a lot more profes
sional,” she said.
While her messenger bag does not hold
many books, she said she has easy access
to it on her hip. “They’re convenient if
you want to get something out,” she said.
Also prevalent on campus is the sling
bag -a one-strapped pack that sits diago
nally across the back.
Sam Yellen, a junior from Raleigh who
owns a sling bag, praised the new fashion
“It’s not as bulky as regular backpacks
are, and you can fit a lot of stuff in them,”
Yellen said. “It also looks pretty cool, too.”
But it’s not all about appearance.
Students are also buying bags that carry
their gizmos and gadgets.
So as people with cellular phones and
CD players flood the Pit, and students
prop open laptops in the quad’s shade,
of inadequate housing and raise funds to
eliminate it nationwide.
The event is sponsored by the N.C.
State chapter of Habitat for Humanity
and six other campus organizations -
N.C. State Spanish Club, Parks Scholars,
Bisexual Gay and Lesbian Alliance,
Wolfaides in student government, Hope
4 the Homeless and Inner Residence
The organizations are staging a
friendly competition to see who can
raise the most money from passers-by
willing to donate to their cause.
Bisexual Gay and Lesbian Alliance
member Chloe Palenchar, a senior com
puter engineering major from
Wilmington, said she is participating in the
Shack-A-Thon to promote social justice.
Steven Matuszek, a graduate com
puter science student last year, spoke in
“It sounds to me like (the groupwork)
was definitely not fair to students who
worked unaided,” Matuszek said. “I
don’t know if the situation was dealt
with correcdy, but Coggins did what the
department Web page says.”
The site advises professors to take any
instances of suspected academic dishon
esty direcdy to the Honor Court
But Roth, who received an F in the
course and was suspended for the fall
semester, said the court proceedings and
outcome were unjust.
“I felt the Honor Court would be
today’s bags have pockets, once used for
pencils and pens, which now carry com
partments for portable necessities.
The Gap sells a backpack called the
Urban Laptop, which has multiple padded
slots for different devices.
The two-strap pack features a main
compartment with a cushioned divider for
a laptop ideal for students carrying their
Think Pads alongside their textbooks.
The bag also has a padded CD player
holder and an earphone-jack opening to
make it easier for those who want a dose
of DMX between their calculus and histo
Cheryl Honeycutt, manager of the Gap
at 108 E. Franklin St., said the store’s sling
style bag with its detachable cellular
phone case was the company’s most fre
quendy sold accessory. “It’s definitely
more of an urban look. It’s not really for
textbooks,” she said.
Although these bags might bring aver-
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“Helping stop one (form of) oppres
sion helps all,” she said. “Solidarity.”
Students began building their shacks
Sunday afternoon and worked into the
night. The shacks will be manned 24
hours a day until Friday afternoon.
Jason Hedrick, president of the N.C.
State chapter of Habitat for Humanity,
said he hopes the effort will make more
students aware of the conditions in
which many people live.
“In general, our purpose is to raise
awareness about lack of affordable hous
ing and make students aware that peo
ple really do live like this,” he said.
Hedrick said the event will likely help
Habitat for Humanity reach its SB,OOO
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fair,” Roth said. “What happened made
a travesty of the (UNC) honor system.”
Roth cited her failure to receive an
individual trial and Student Attorney
General Taylor Lea’s decision to testify
against the defendants as examples of
how the hearing was unfair.
Computer science Professor Sanjoy
Baruah, who served as a character wit
ness for Trinh, also said he was disap
pointed in the outcome of the court pro
ceedings. “The Honor Court made a
completely incorrect decision,” he said.
Trinh, who also received an F and
was put on academic probation, said he
was “very disappointed” after the ver
dict was reached and will submit an
Interim Provost Richard Edwards says the
University still needs capital funding, even
though enrollment projections are down.
By Alex Kaplun
Assistant State & National Editor
University officials still say they need SSOO million to
improve facilities, despite the provost office’s recent predic
tion that enrollment growth will be slower than previously
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At Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, interim Provost
Richard Edwards announced that UNC-Chapel Hill’s pro
jected enrollment growth through 2008 would be only 2,200
UNC-system officials have projected that UNC-CH will
absorb nearly 6,000 new students in the same time period.
University advocates have used projected enrollment
growth as leverage in their quest for additional state funding.
UNC-Chapel Hill is set to receive half a billion dollars if
voters approve a $3.1 billion bond referendum to fund capital
improvements at the state’s universities and community col
leges Nov. 7.
John Hood, president of the John Locke Foundation -one
of the few groups whose members have organized some oppo
sition against the bond - questioned the necessity of such a
large bond package, especially if enrollment growth is slow
er than originally projected.
“The bond referendum’s main purpose is expansion,”
Hood said. “If there’s any question about the rate of expan
sion, then that questions the need of the whole bond.”
Hood also said he questioned the need for rapid expansion
because it would mostly add underqualified students into the
But Bruce Runberg, UNC associate vice chancellor for
facilities, said the drop in projected enrollment will not have
an impact on either facility needs or upcoming construction
Runberg also said the determination of capital needs was
based on three factors - renovation needs, existing deficien
cies and projected enrollment growth.
“(Enrollment) was only one part of the requirement,” he
said, citing the need for anew science complex with a price
tag of about S9O million.
Edwards said the lower projected enrollment does not
decrease UNC’s facilities needs.
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Jason Hedrick, president of the N.C. State University chapter of Habitat
for Humanity, works on the group’s shack on the campus Brickyard.
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appeal soon. While Trinh did not com
ment further on the case, other students
involved in the cheating controversy
openly discussed the proceedings.
Senior computer science major
Evelyn Salazar, who was among the stu
dents charged by Coggins, participated
in a closed hearing last week. She said
the court proceedings could have been
avoided if Coggins had communicated
better with his students last semester.
“I never felt we were breaking the
Honor Code,” she said. “We thought we
were doing the right thing because
group work was encouraged.”
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