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Poll Site Opens With Bond Rally
By Brook Corwin
Political candidates, UNC officials
and athletics head coaches gathered at
the Morehead Planetarium on Monday
morning to raise support for the higher
education bond and open one of the first
polling sites in North Carolina this year.
The state’s campaign for No Excuse
Voting polling sites opened its doors at
UNC-system campuses across the state
Monday. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for
one such site, UNC’s Morehead
Planetarium, included Board of Trustees
Chairwoman Anne Cates, Student Body
President Brad Matthews, UNC football
coach Carl Torbush and UNC men’s
Get Set for
Political experts say both
candidates must continue
making changes in their
debate styles to woo voters.
By Monica Chen
Political pundits say both major-party
presidential candidates have room to
improve in tonight’s third and final debate
at Washington University in St Louis.
George W. Bush
and Democratic presidential nominee
A1 Gore both performed better during
last week’s debate at Wake Forest
University than in
first meeting Oct.
3 at the University
Forest debate took
on a less formal
setting than the
with the two can
around a table
instead of standing
behind a podium.
In the third
debate, which will
George W. Bush
will attempt to build
on his improved
performance in last
take on a forum-type setting, the two
candidates should cut down on long,
expository speeches, said University of
Carlin -a consul
tant to the
“My advice is
that citizens want a
Carlin said. “They
should not go off
on their own
She said the
used in last week’s
In the final debate,
might try to address
issues that have not
been mentioned in
the last two weeks.
debate favored Bush.
“I think they both did better, but the
format was certainly more comfortable
for Bush,” Carlin said. “They were even
on foreign policy, but Bush seemed to be
much more prepared than the last time.”
UNC political science Professor
George Rabinowitz said that although
Bush performed better at the second
debate, he still has still not established
himself as a suitable candidate in the eyes
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basketball coach Matt Doherty.
The site will be open to Orange
County voters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday until Nov. 3.
From the signs held beside the podium
to the stickers worn by many of the event
organizers, a main focus of the ceremony
was the bond referendum. If passed in the
Nov. 7 general election, it will generate
$3.1 billion for N.C. public universities,
with nearly SSOO million going to UNC.
“I want UNC to be the No. 1 univer
sity, public or private, in the nation, and
that takes funds,” Doherty said. “I know
I’ll vote for the higher education bonds.”
Torbush also linked the bond issue
with the significance of an on-campus poll
site to stress the importance of casting a
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Fair Weaves Spell Once More
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH - People from all comers of
the state fell under an almost-magical pull
and started munching on funnel cakes and
waiting to ride the Ferris Wheel during the
State Fair’s opening weekend.
But the fair closed Sunday night on a
WRAL-TV reported Monday night
that a fair vendor, 39-year-old Joseph
Rehrig, sexually assaulted a 13-year-old
boy Sunday night. Rehrig, in Wake
County Jail on a $1 million bond, is
charged with kidnapping and taking inde
cent liberties with a minor.
About 236,500 people attended the fair
during the weekend - 108,000 on Saturday
alone. The fair will run until Oct. 22.
Many of the fairgoers followed large
bootprints, size 15 1/2, to one of the fair’s
new attractions, Footprints of James A.
Graham. The exhibit honors N.C.
Agricultural Commissioner Jim Graham,
who is retiring this year after more than
36 continuous years in office. Graham,
nicknamed the “Sodfather,” is 79 years
old and the longest-serving agricultural
commissioner in the nation.
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Paul Kim, a sophomore from High Point, sits in quiet meditation
during the protest hour of silence in the Pit on Monday evening.
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ballot this year. “I challenge (students) to
vote and be excited about the chance to
be a part of UNC’s history,” he said.
Among others supportive of the poll
site was UNC Young Democrats
President Chris Brook. “Lots of students
have lives that are very busy,” Brook
said. “This eliminates the excuse not to
vote because you have three weeks.”
Matthews said the opening of the site
was the payoff of three years of work by
senior Jessica Triche, chairwoman of the
External Relations Committee of stu
dent government’s executive branch.
“Voting should be a simple thing,”
Triche said. “You should be able to get
up, find a few free minutes and vote.”
The long process of opening up the
Lights from the State Fair (top) illuminate the sky Friday night as 53,331
attended the opening night. The swings (above) give riders a unique perspective
of the fairgrounds, and a short-lived thrill, on a blue-skied Saturday.
site included discussions with UNC
administration and Orange County
Elections Board officials, who Triche
said were all supportive of the idea.
By 4 p.m. Monday, 141 people had
voted at the site, including local con
gressional incumbent candidate David
Price, who said he was voting and estab
lishing a campaign presence on campus.
Triche said she was very pleased
about Monday’s turnout. “I’m excited
because I saw lots of students, faculty
and University administration, but also
lots of candidates and city officials and
people from all over the state.”
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Students Hold Vigil for Peace
By Tita Whitaker
Amid the noisy atmosphere of the
Pit, students gathered for an hour of
silence to contemplate the crisis in the
Fliers lined the steps of the Pit read
ing, “No Violence. No Words. Just
Peace.” Peace in the Middle East has
been disturbed recendy as the Israeli
military and Palestinian citizens have
engaged in a series of bloody clashes.
That violence prompted students to
organize this event, which was spon
sored by the Arab-American Anti-
Discrimination Committee and
Carolina Students for Israel.
“The hour of silence is a tool for
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Basketball coach Matt Doherty rallies the crowd Monday morning
at the opening of the satellite voting site at Morehead Planetarium.
To Fill Vacancies
Students living in one of the 12 districts
with open seats in Congress can vote today
in a number of poll sites across campus.
By Eric Meehan
Students can cast their votes today to decide who will rep
resent the concerns of their district in Student Congress for the
remainder of the school year.
Special elections to fill 13 vacant seats
in Congress will take place at various poll
sites on campus. Students are only
allowed to cast votes for the empty seats
for the district in which they live.
Off-campus districts 18, 19,21,24 and
25 all have vacancies. Dist 18 represents
Granville Towers, and the other off-campus
districts are in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
There are also vacancies in graduate
districts 2,3,5, 7 and 9, and undergradu
ate districts 16 and 17. Dist 16, which has
two open seats, represents residents of
Hinton James and Morrison residence
halls, and Dist. 17 represents Craige and
Ehringhaus residence halls and Odum
Village, student family housing.
Room 205-206 of the Student Union, the Hanes Art Center
lobby, Chase Hall and Lenoir Dining Hall will be open to voters.
Speaker Alexandra Bell said holding special elections to fill
congressional vacancies was not uncommon. “I don’t think
I’ve ever heard about a Congress that had all 37 seats filled.”
The process for special elections began when Jeremy
Berkeley-Tuchmayer was named Elections Board chairman in
mid-September. The position had been vacant since April,
when Congress rejected Student Body President Brad
Matthews’ nomination of former Elections Board Vice
Chairwoman Marissa Downs. After being appointed,
Berkeley-Tuchmayer selected an Elections Board, which was
approved by Congress on Oct. 3.
Bell said representatives in Congress have had to leave this
year for a variety of reasons, including acceptance to medical
school and a job on the George W. Bush presidential campaign.
But Berkeley-Tuchmayer was hopeful that most of the seats
could be filled. “It’s a good chance that we’ll have between six
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awareness,” said senior Josh Isserman, a
member of Carolina Students for Israel.
“UNC students tend to be sheltered to
what’s going on in the world. A lot of stu
dents have family (in the Middle East).”
Sophomore Aaron Hiller of Carolina
Students for Israel explained that aware
ness is the necessary first step to action.
“If at first you can sit down and think,
then you can take the next step and talk
about it,” he said.
Thirty-five students sat in the circle in
a somber atmosphere, with a lit candle
in front of them showing their support
for the cause.
Hiller said coming together was
important for this event. “(Carolina
Students for Israel are) ecstatic that the
Arab-American group could join them
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Speaker of Congress
said special elections
are not uncommon
for filling vacancies
in Student Congress.
because it shows solidarity.”
Hani Alkhaldi, president of the Arab
Committee, also said he was pleased by
the cooperation between the groups.
“(The event) shows that for one hour,
people from both sides of the issue can
come together and agree that the vio
lence must end,” he said.
As the students sat in the circle think
ing about the events occurring in the
Middle East, many observers stopped to
look at the participants and read the
signs posted along die steps of the Pit.
Well into the hour of silence, many
students still picked up a candle, sat in
the circle and shared in the remaining
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