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N.C. Colleges Fall Short in Ranking
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Affordable, but not beneficial enough
to the state or accessible enough to stu
dents - this was the judgment passed
Thursday about higher education in
North Carolina by the National Center
for Public Policy and Higher Education.
The organization released Measuring
Up 2000, a report card assessing each
state’s higher education performance in
The report graded each state in terms
of relative affordability of institutions, the
percentage of 18- to 44-year-olds that par
ticipates in college, the percentage that
completes their educations, how well col
lege students in each state learn, the ben
efits each state reaps from its higher edu-
A No-Win Situation?
Local Doctor Jailed for Practicing Without License
By Stephanie Furr
A local psychiatrist made his first appear
ance in court Thursday after being arrested
this week for practicing medicine with a
license that had been suspended indefinitely.
Chapel Hill police arrested William
Frederick Mackey, Jr., who was self
employed, at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday at his office
on 109 Conner Drive after a joint investiga
tion with the State Bureau of Investigation.
The suspect was charged with five counts
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cation institutions and how well each
state’s students are prepared for college.
North Carolina received a “D” in
participation, a “D-plus” in benefits to
the state, a “B” in student preparation, a
“B-plus” in completion, an “A” in afford
ability and an “incomplete” in learning.
All 50 states received incompletes in
the learning category because they did
not have necessary data available.
All two- and four-year institutions -
both public and private - were included
in the report.
The report noted that the small per
centage of North Carolinians with bach
elor’s degrees impairs the state’s econo
my, resulting in a low grade in the cate
gory of benefits to the state.
UNC Association of Student
Governments President Andrew Payne
By Alex Kaplun
Assistant State & National Editor
After spending $250 million combined and close to two years of
campaigning, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat A1 Gore
might soon find out that the presidency is not worth winning.
More than three weeks after Election Day, the battle for the pres
idency continues as squads of lawyers contest election laws in court
rooms across the country, angry protesters pace the streets of
Florida cities and mudslinging continues back and forth
between Democrats and Republicans.
The way things stand today, Bush might win the presi-
dency with 271 electoral votes - just one more than the
minimum required for victory. Gore will win the popu
lar vote by less than a 1 percent margin out of close to 100
million votes cast.
The next president will have before him the task
of uniting a divided nation, one that voted so even
ly on Election Day that the outcome is still uncer-
I tain almost a month later.
But the toughest fight for the winning candi
date might begin in January when he steps in
front of the new Congress for the first time.
The 107th Congress is one of the most
evenly split in history along party lines.
The Senate is split right down the middle -with
50 members from each party - the first time since
1880 that the Senate has been evenly split.
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W - whichever one it might be- the
Republicans will control the Senate by one
If Bush wins the presidency, Vice
President Dick Cheney will have the tie
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r| Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., would
the Senate first meets, until Inauguration Day onjan.
20. Both parties agreed Tuesday that Sen. Thomas
Daschle, D-S.D., will be majority leader
during that period.
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GOP has slightly
of practicing medicine without a valid license,
five counts of prescribing prescription drugs
without a valid license and one count of
obtaining controlled substances by fraud.
The latter charge is a felony; the former are
According to records from the N.C.
Medical Board, Mackey’s license was “sum
marily suspended” on March 3.
“A summary suspension is without trial or
hearing because of a threat to the public," said
Dale Braden, director of the board’s public
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
said that despite the low benefits grade,
the UNC system is still a key compo
nent of the state’s economy.
“The University of North Carolina
system is the greatest economic genera
tor for the state of North Carolina,”
He said the state can increase both its
benefit and participation grade by
increasing access to system schools.
“If we could plug more high school
students into the system, we will see its
full benefits,” Payne said.
UNC-system President Molly Broad
also said the state’s public university sys
tem can increase its grade in the partic
ipation category by stressing the impor
tance of higher education while poten
tial students are still in secondary school.
“We need to reach out to the students
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actually control the Senate
for 17 days - from Jan. 3, when
The board took action in response to
reports of Mackey’s alleged alcohol abuse and
other charges, including impersonating a law
enforcement officer while drunk in 1994.
The board then issued an order on April 10
to “indefinitely suspend" Mackey’s license.
Braden said that although indefinitely sus
pending a doctor’s license is not exactly the
same as revocation, it is just as final. “It accom
plished the same thing with different wording.”
Chapel Hill police recently received infor
mation that Mackey had continued practicing
medicine since his suspension.
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and families of eighth- and ninth
graders,” Broad said.
The report also states that North
Carolina allots a relatively small amount
of financial aid for low-income students
and their families. But Broad added that
solving this problem is a top priority for
The system is seeking full funding
from the N.C. General Assembly for a
state need-based financial aid program
that will provide more than S3O million
for needy students.
Although Gov. Jim Hunt is the chair
man of The National Center for Public
Policy and Higher Education, his office
declined to comment on the report.
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more room to operate with an eight-seat majority and one race still
undecided - ironically in Florida, the site of lingering questions in
the presidential race.
But the 43rd president’s effectiveness could first be impacted by
the way in which the 2000 election comes to an end.
“Who decides and how it is decided - that will have more to do
with the next president’s credibility than anything else,” said
Michael Munger, a Duke University political science professor.
Munger said that while a Bush presidency would have a cloud
over it because the Texas governor will have lost the popular vote,
Gore would have to deal with an even larger credibility hit if he
managed to pull out the election.
“The worst-case scenario is if Gore wins because he would have
done it through the courts and by alienating the military,” Munger
Hundreds of Florida absentee ballots from military personnel
were thrown out last week at the request of Democratic officials
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But he said it would be next to
impossible for Gore to get any significant piece of legislation
“I don’t think Gore is capable of reaching the Republicans,” he
Munger said many Republican leaders still hold a grudge against
anyone affiliated with President Clinton’s administration, including
the vice president.
But while the next president might have trouble maintaining
credibility with Congress, some analysts say the American public
might be more accepting.
“After the decision is made, the legitimacy of the president will
not be questioned by the American people,” said Ross Baker, a
Rutgers University political science professor. “Once he puts his
hand on the Bible during inauguration, he will be the president.”
Baker added that while images of angry protesters have
appeared on television screens and front pages in recent weeks,
people who genuinely feel cheated by the election aftermath rep
resent a miniscule minority of the American public.
“There are going to be a certain number of people that are going
to be dissatisfied no matter what happens,” Baker said. “You can’t
allow the government to be held hostage by a few people who are
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“We sent an officer in undercover,” said
Jane Cousins, spokeswoman for the Chapel
Hill Police Department. “And Dr. Mackey pre
sented himself as still a certified psychiatrist."
He was arrested and was transported to
Orange County Jail on a $5,000 secured
He was scheduled to be assigned counsel
in court Thursday, but the details of his first
appearance were not available at press time.
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Munger said that during Bush’s six
year stint as governor of Texas, he has
shown the ability to reach across the
aisle and appeal to members of both
Plus, Bush does have a majority to
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Bush says the Florida Legislature has power
to choose the state's electors, but Gore
claims it is not an issue for the high court.
the Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A1 Gore is contending that George W.
Bush’s lawyers are improperly trying to “smuggle in” an issue
that is not part of the case the Supreme Court agreed to hear
today - whether the Florida Legislature can step into the dis
puted presidential election.
Gore wants the justices to ignore that question in the show
down session and stick to a narrow review of a ruling by
Florida’s Supreme Court that extended the
state’s deadline for conducting manual
“The validity of speculative future con-
duct by the Florida Legislature is not before this court,” the
Gore lawyers wrote Thursday, in the last round of legal filings
before Friday’s 90-minute high court session.
Perhaps in a measure of the issue’s growing importance,
Gore addressed it twice Thursday. He raised constitutional
and legal questions about the
Legislature’s involvement in his main
written arguments filed early in the day,
then followed up with the claim that
Bush is trying to pull a fast one.
Bush argued in his own filings that the
Legislature does have the authority to
appoint its own set of presidential elec
tors if it chooses.
“In this context ... the Constitution
specifically assigns the power to deter
mine the manner of appointing presi
dential electors to the state legislature,”
as opposed to the “state” in general,
Bush’s lawyers wrote.
Bush and his running mate, Dick
Cheney, met with retired Gen. Colin
Powell Thursday at Bush’s ranch near
Crawford, Texas. Pundits have dubbed Powell a likely candi
date for the secretary of defense position.
Even though the election’s outcome is still up in the air,
Bush has spent much of the week setting up his presidential
Florida’s 25 electoral votes will decide
the election. Bush has won state certifi
cation, but Gore has sued to overturn
A committee of the state Legislature
voted on Thursday to recommend a spe
cial session with the idea that the law
makers would appoint their own slate of
electors if the issue is still unresolved by
the Dec. 12 selection deadline. The
Electoral College meets Dec. 18.
Democrats say they are concerned
the Legislature would act if Gore pre
vailed in his court challenges and cap
tured the regular slate of electors.
Both sides addressed the role of the
Republican-led Florida Legislature in
written legal arguments to the court.
In their first filing Thursday, Gore’s lawyers said Congress
set Election Day as a uniform national date for selection of
electors, and that Florida made its presidential choice Nov. 7,
“although by a vote so close and under a counting process so
flawed that the state’s courts are still attempting to ascertain ...
what the choice was.”
Friday, December 1, 2000
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wants the Supreme
Court to stick to a
narrow review of the
George W. Bush
argues that the