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Candidate Outlines Greek Visions
By Stacey Geyer
The second and final candidate for
the director of Greek affairs outlined six
principles he thinks should guide the
future of UNC’s Greek community in
an open forum Wednesday afternoon.
Steve Veldkamp, who currendy serves
as assistant director of student activities
and leadership programs at Western
Michigan University, fielded questions
from a crowd of almost 20 people,
including Greek alumni and fraternity
and sorority members.
The committee charged with the task
of selecting anew Greek affairs director
will meet Monday and submit their analy-
As long as students vote to
help fund it, Chapel Hill and
Carrboro leaders say they
will support fare-free busing.
By Stephanie Gunter
The Chapel Hill Town Council and
the Carrboro Board of Aldermen are
both interested in supporting a fare-free
bus system, but only if students me will
ing to chip in.
With Student Congress’ decision to
place a referendum on the ballot Feb.
13, both governing boards say they wiH
wait to see what the students decide.
dum will ask stu
dents to consider a
increase - $8.49
per semester and
$1.49 per credit
hour in the sum
mer - to cover the
pledge to pay for
40 percent of the
cost of a fare-free
The rest of the
cost will fall to
Chapel Hill and
is in favor of
but says students
certainly in favor of the concept,” said
Town Council Member Lee Pavao. “We
just have to see about the overall cost.”
The students will not be required to
cover the remaining 60 percent if
Chapel Hill and Carrboro choose not to
Stipport this endeavor monetarily, said
Student Body Vice President Lerissa
Rentas. “The way the referendum
works is it is conditional,” she said. “If
for any reason the negotiations aren’t to
our liking, then we don’t have to go
through with it.”
The Town Council is not sure exactly
how much this system will cost them or
where the money will come from, Pavao
said. But he also said he thought there was
a lot of support for it among students, and
he hopes the vote will answer some ques
tions about the students’ feelings.
The Town Council most recently
addressed the issue in a retreat held last
Friday, Pavao said. The Town Council has
known about the issue for about a year.
“Last year, the University proposed a
fare-free system and the Town Council
considered it, but there wasn’t enough
time to do anything about it,” said Town
Council member Kevin Foy.
Foy has acted as a liaison between
the University and the towns, serving as
ar. member of a joint task force that
addresses local transit issues. “I’ve been
talking to (Student Body President)
Brad Matthews about it and (Associate
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ses of the two candidates to Cindy Wolf
Johnson, head of the committee and asso
ciate vice chancellor for student affairs.
Former Director of Greek Affairs Ron
Binder vacated the post, which he had
held for six years, in mid-October.
Veldkamp emphasized the importance
of having a Greek system that maintains
high ideals for its members. “If I would
ask any Greek sitting here to repeat their
creed, it would almost bring a tear to their
eye,” he said about the ideals that Greek
organizations should strive to attain.
Veldkamp fleshed out his vision for
attaining these goals by discussing the
six elements of a successful college laid
out by Dr. Ernest Boyer, former presi
dent of the Carnegie Foundation for the
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House Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, is sworn in Wednesday for his second term as speaker
of the N.C. House of Representatives. Black was re-elected 117-0 on the opening day of the N.C. Geheral Assembly.
Basnight, Black Retain Leadership
By Lucas Fenske
and Alex Kaplun
State & National Editors
RALEIGH - State legislators decided
Wednesday to stick with the status quo, re-elect
ing Sen. Marc Basnight as Senate speaker pro
tem and Rep. Jim Black as House speaker.
Both votes, on the opening day of the N.C.
General Assembly, were unanimous - to the
surprise of some political observers.
Black, D-Mecklenburg, faced several other
candidates trying to lead the nearly split House
- leading some to question if he could win.
A coalition formed in 1999 of Republicans
and black Democrats, unhappy with the distri-
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Students for Economic Justice member Mary Bratsch protests unfair
labor practices at a Mexican Nike plant Wednesday at the Old Well.
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The elements include a commitment
to education and promoting a just Greek
community in which all segments of the
system work together, Veldkamp said.
He said fraternity and sorority members
should be allowed to have input about how
their organizations are run. “(Greek orga
nizations) are set up to give students an
option to vote and make decisions.”
Two more of Boyer’s elements, disci
pline and caring, explain why higher
expectations should be placed on Greeks
compared to other students, Veldkamp
“There are expectations for when you
join a Greek organization,” Veldkamp
said about the need to engage in disci
button of power in the House, nearly defeated
Black when he first ran for speaker.
But possible opponents, including Minority
Leader Leo Daughtry, RJohnston, backed down
this year - leaving Black as the sole candidate.
Daughtry was the only other person nomi
nated for the post but declined to ran, citing the
Republicans’ minority presence in the House.
The Republicans hold 58 seats compared to
the 62 in the Democratic column.
Black, in his victory speech, said he would
work to build bipartisanship in the House. “We
must leam to live together and share power.”
Black said last week that he would offer to
make some Republicans co-chairmen of com
mittees -much like the power-sharing agree
The final element in achieving a top
notch Greek system is praising chapters
that are doing well and identifying those
that could improve, Veldkamp said.
Former Interffaternity Council
President John Gardner said the commit
tee will discuss both candidates Monday
but does not plan to make a selection.
The committee originally set a Feb. 1
deadline to complete its selection, but
Wolf Johnson, who could not be reached
for comment Wednesday, has said in the
past that the original deadline might be
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ment in the U.S. Senate - if he were re-elected.
Black also addressed the challenges facing
the state legislature this session, including the
$486 million budget deficit, needed school
improvements and redrawing district fines.
He admitted the tight budget would limit new
programs. “Every office, department and
agency must be ready to justify its budget,”
He also said the legislature would examine a
state lottery as a “partial solution” to the shortfall.
Gov. Mike Easley has declared his support
for a lottery and said he would use the proceeds
to fund education.
See LEGISLATURE, Page 2
SEJ Presses Moeser for Firmer
Stance Against Mexico Factory
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
Although Chancellor James Moeser
took action against unjust labor code vio
lations last week, student activists are still
About 10 members of Students for
Economic Justice and other students con
gregated at the Old Well on Wednesday
to continue protesting unfair labor prac
tices at the Kukdong International facto
ry in Puebla, Mexico. The Nike manu
facturer produces UNC garments.
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Greek affairs director candidate Steve Veldkamp speaks to members
of the Greek community Wednesday about his views for the future.
Tee Pruitt decided not to pursue a third
term as president of the Carolina Athletic
Association for his last semester at UNC.
By Kim Minugh
Almost 24 hours after the student elections kickoff meeting,
the confusion around the race for Carolina Athletic
Association was just beginning to settle Wednesday,
The final fist of candidates compiled by the Board of
Elections late Tuesday night listed current CAA President Tee
Pruitt and Vice President Bryan Hart in the running, although
Hart officially withdrew from the race early Wednesday morn
Pruitt, who said he considered running for a third term as
CAA president after realizing he would have remaining cred-
it hours to fill after May, slept on the
issue before officially removing his name
from the list of candidates Wednesday
“I have decided not to pursue a third
term as Carolina Athletic Association
president,” he said.
Pruitt said he entered the race after
being approached by people who were
deeply concerned with the future integri
ty of the CAA.
“These students and members of the
University community held opinions
regarding the CAA that I sincerely
value,” he said. “I have been very fortu
nate with the opportunities I’ve had to
serve the student body in the last two
years and feel that it is in my best per-
sonal interests to not pursue any additional terms.”
Hart said he considered running for the CAA presidency
after being encouraged by other people but withdrew his can
didacy after realizing he was not totally committed to the race.
“I have a job now in CAA that I’m committed to,” he said.
“I didn’t think it would be fair to people who would be sup
porting me to take this on knowing I wouldn’t have been in
this 110 percent.
“I’m really not into it at the level I think I would need to be.”
But more eyebrows were raised when CAA presidential can-
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Hundreds of employees at the Nike
factory staged a workers’ strike Jan. 9
after 20 workers allegedly were fired for
complaining about poor food and low
wages. The workers want the factory to
recognize an independent union that
they said they hoped will better represent
their interests. This would replace the
current one that was established during
the previous Mexican government, a
longstanding regime the people said they
felt was more domineering.
Moeser sent a letter to Nike Corp. last
week informing the company that UNC
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said it was in his
interests not to
pursue a third term.
was aware of supposed code violations at
the factory and demanded that the work
ers’ freedom to assemble be preserved.
But SEJ members feel this action is
The students, adorned in University
apparel, gathered behind South Building,
antagonizing Moeser with various chants
blaring from a megaphone. “Chancellor
Moeser - call Nike - send a representa
tive to Kukdong - ensure the workers
freedom of assembly - rehire the work-
See LABOR, Page 2