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Student Elections Bring New Technology, New Rules
Playing By the Rules
As candidates get their campaign machines rolling, members of the Board of Elections warn
everyone to pay close attention to new online voting rules outlined in the UNC Student Code.
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Another General Assembly
bill seeks to create a joint
ballot for governor and
By Alicia Gaddy
In the opening week of the 144th
General Assembly, lawmakers have
introduced two separate bills that could
change how North Carolinians vote in
both state and national elections.
Senate Bill 10, which was introduced
Thursday by Sen. Wib Gulley, D-
Durham, would make it easier for third
party candidates to appear on presiden
tial election ballots.
Sen. Tony Rand, D-Cumberland,
introduced another bill Thursday call
ing for reform of laws in gubernatorial
The bill calls for the N.C. governor
and lieutenant governor to run on the
same ticket instead of separately.
State law requires that candidates
from political parties that did not
receive 10 percent of the vote in the pre
vious election must gather the number
of signatures equal to 2 percent of all
votes cast in the previous gubernatorial
election - more than 50,000 for the
2000 presidential election.
- The new bill calls for that standard to
be dropped to 1.5 percent.
Supporters of Green Party presiden
tial candidate Ralph Nader have com
plained that these standards are too
North Carolina was one of only four
states where Nader did not appear on
the election ballot.
But Gulley said state officials consid-
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Candidates Must Follow Posting, Chalking Policies
By Brook Corwin
As the campaigns for student elections are
launched on campus, a deluge of posters and
fliers have adorned all comers of the
But with the Board
of Elections and
University officials call-
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ing for stricter enforcement of the University’s
facilities use policy, the misplacement of just a
few such fliers could lead to fines that could
financially hinder a campaign.
. Early this month, Sue Kitchen, vice chan-
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By Isaac Groves
If a Giant fell in Tampa, would anyone care?
Apparendy not in Chapel Hill.
Many students said they were going to have parties in their resi
dence halls for the matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and the New
York Giants rather than flocking to Franklin Street, and they seemed to
speak for the majority.
“I don’t know how many people give a damn
about either of these teams anyway,” said Nick
Richitt, assistant manager of He’s Not Here and a
senior economics major at UNC.
Richitt, who is from Baltimore, said he per
sonally was not interested in the game.
“I just don’t have any ties to these teams,” Richitt said. “If it had been
the (Washington) Redskins, I might have been excited.”
In Woody’s Tar Heel Tavern & Grill, the most vocal fans were cheer
ing for the Giants. One of the most enthusiastic was Elyssa Komansky, a
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cellor for student affairs, sent a letter to stu
dent leaders on campus asking for an
increased effort to uphold the University’s
facilities use policy during student elections.
The policy prohibits chalking on campus
and states that only general purpose bulletin
boards can be used to post campaign fliers.
“By telling student leaders the rules ahead of
time, we hope that they won’t be broken in
the student elections,” Kitchen said.
The board has followed up Kitchen’s letter
with e-mails to candidates reminding them of
the policy and also the detailed restrictions per
taining to posting fliers inside campus buildings.
“Anything that violates the facilities use
I understand the rules of war in politics.
U.S. education officials think
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
By Jenny McLendon
While the new online voting system
might offer students ease of participation
in next month’s student elections, candi
dates will be forced to abide by modified
The new system
will allow students
to vote via Student
Central using their
PID and PAC
man of the Board
of Elections, said he
hopes the new pro
cedure will elimi-
A three-part series
examining the impact
online voting will nave
on student elections.
Today: The Rules
Friday: Is It Secure?
nate problems common in past elections.
“It will be easier to enforce rules with
online voting than in previous years
when we used scantrons,” he said.
Giants to Win
Super Bowl XXXV
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policy also violates the Board of Elections rule
books,” saidjeremy Tuchmayer, board chair
man. “We would take action.”
Tuchmayer said such action would be in
the form of fines credited against the finances
for a candidate’s campaign.
Although these fines are small, some can
didates for student body president said they
were concerned about having to pay because
of the SSOO limit they are allowed to spend on
their campaigns. “When you only have a
SSOO budget, a series of $1 fines can actually
be substantial,” said student body president
candidate Eric Johnson.
With each building on campus having dif
In modifying the rules, the Board of
Elections focused on computer labs as
polling sites as well as mass e-mails. “We
basically translated previous restrictions
concerning polling sites to fit this year’s
situation,” Tuchmayer said. “No cam
paigning will be allowed within 50 feet or
visible sight or earshot of computer labs.”
Computer labs are considered to be
any location with four or more computers.
Tuchmayer said these rules will not apply
to campaigning in residence halls, though
the halls’ computer labs are still off limits.
“When considering restrictions on
dorm rooms, we made the distinction
between public and private places,” he
said. “If we counted individuals’ homes
as polling sites, we would be invading
Tuchmayer said that because Student
Congress bylaws view e-mail as a free
speech issue, the Board of Elections
placed few restrictions on campaign e
mail content. “We only require candi
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Bargoers watch the Super Bowl at Woody's Tar Heel
Tavern & Grill (top). Woody's patron Elyssa Komansky
(above) sips a beverage as she focuses on the game.
ferent regulations for interior posting, some
candidates expressed concern about inform
ing their many campaign volunteers of all the
regulations. “You can’t let every single volun
teer know every detail of the policy because
the policy is so big,” said student body presi
dent candidate Dustyn Baker.
Johnson said he was making sure a core
volunteer who is well-informed about the
entire policy always accompanies new volun
teers when they post fliers.
Other candidates are taking a more hands
on approach to tackle the problem, like
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dates to identify themselves in the sub
ject line of the e-mail so that it can be
deleted if unwanted,” Tuchmayer said.
The Board of Elections also will mon
itor the ability of candidates to send e
mail to closed listservs.
Failure to meet the rules will result in
warnings, punitive fines or, in some cases,
disqualification from the election. “We
have A broad range of capabilities to
enforce these rules, and we will also ensure
that candidates take corrective measures
for any violations,” Tuchmayer said.
Annie Peirce, candidate for student
body president, said complying with the
guidelines can be difficult and that
sometimes erring on the side of caution
is best. “It’s really hard because you just
don’t know where there are four or
more computers,” she said. “If there is
any doubt, I don’t put anything up.”
Student body president candidate Erie
Johnson considers the e-mail restrictions
to be fair. “The good thing about (requir
At Nike's Alleged
The labor committee examined a report by
the Worker Rights Consortium about the
Mexican factory producing UNC apparel.
By Karev Wutkowski
Assistant University Editor
While students are forking over cash for UNC sweatshirts,
the “perfect storm” of labor code violations could be brewing
in a Mexico factory.
Continuing the University’s correspondence with Nike
Corp., the Licensing Labor Code Advisory Committee met
Friday to draft a letter requesting that Nike use its leverage to
effect change in the plant.
The committee members also used the letter to express
concern about why Nike did not notice the factory’s alleged
labor code violations earlier and about how many more fac
tories could be engaging in similar practices.
The Kukdong factory in Puebla, Mexico, produces Nike
sweatshirts for UNC as well as the universities of Michigan,
Oregon and Arizona and Indiana University.
Onjan. 9,800 employees staged a strike at the Kukdong fac
tory in support of their right to create their own union and in
protest of worker conditions. Many of the workers who partici
pated in the walkout have not been reinstated.
Chancellor James Moeser sent a letter to Nike onjan. 18,
informing the company that UNC was aware of the alleged
violations at the factory.
At Friday’s meeting, the committee reviewed the prelimi
nary findings of a Jan. 24 report by the Worker Rights
Consortium, a labor monitoring group of which UNC is a
member, that analyzed labor practices in the Kukdong factory.
“It’s largely confirmed on all parts that we have more vio
lations than people being fired,” said committee member Don
Homstein, a law professor. “This is something like the perfect
storm. It seems that every one of our (labor) code provisions
have been violated.”
The report stated that Kukdong factory managers employed
children younger than 15 years old, abused workers by assault
ing them with hammers and screwdrivers, did not pay workers
the Mexican minimum wage and fed the workers rancid meat.
Committee members also questioned why Nike did not
realize these violations were going on and if similar violations
were occurring at other factories that produce Nike gear.
“We need to talk to the appropriate representative from Nike
about their internal monitoring system and why the acts were not
noticed previously,” said committee member jack Evans, a busi
ness professor. “Then we need to look at the Nike supply chain.”
In its letter, the committee requested that Nike use its lever
age to get the Kukdong factory workers reinstated and that the
company promote the workers’ right to form a union.
The committee also asked to schedule a meeting with a
Nike representative to discuss its labor monitoring practices.
Director of Athletics Dick Baddour proposed that the com
mittee meet with a Nike representative on Feb. 8, the same
day the Department of Athletics will meet with Nike to work
on UNC’s contract with the company.
Baddour also said he would take efforts to get the
University’s licensing labor code, which was adopted in 1999,
included in the contract if it is renewed.
The code currently applies to UNC’s licensed clothing but
not officially to teams’ uniforms. “We have treated (uniforms)
as partly in, partly out of the licensing agreement,” Rut Tufts,
director of auxiliary services, said. “This would simply for
malize something that is in place anyway.”
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Monday, January 29, 2001
ing candidates to put their name in the
subject line) is that they claim ownership
of the e-mail,” he said. “This also gives
students the heads up about whether or
not they really want to read it”
Some students said the benefits of
online voting for the student body out
weigh any inconveniences to candidates
caused by the guidelines.
Emily Crites, a freshman sociology
major from Sylva, said the new system is
logical and will boost voting numbers on
campus. “Pretty much everything is done
online these days, and most students are
online at least once a day anyway.
“If all they have to do to vote is log on
Student Central, I think a lot of students
who otherwise wouldn’t vote will partici
pate in the election,” she said. “The restric
tions may be hard for the candidates to fol
low, but I think it will be worth it”
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