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DiPhi Forum Focuses on Platforms
By Paige Ammons
The Joint Senate of the Dialectic and
Philanthropic Societies hosted a student
body president forum Monday evening,
providing an informative venue for stu-
The 30 stu
dents who were
present learned about the platforms of all
the candidates and listened to their various
promises for improving the University.
In their three-minute opening state
ments, the candidates promised every
thing from representing the diverse issues
of UNO’s student body to making the
student body president more accessible.
Some universities have
developed political parties
for student government
that they say work well.
By April Bethea
While UNO student government
candidates now forge the campaign brail
on their own, other student leaders
political process by forming political
parties for campus elections.
Some former and current student
leaders say parties divide student pop
ulations and can make it difficult to get
things done on the campuses, while oth
ers say parties can be beneficial.
Student political groups are not a
new fad on college campuses. The
groups began to form on the UNC cam
pus in the 1800s with the Dialectic and
Political parties grew on the campus
in the 1900 sand continued until the
election of independent candidate
Thomas Bello, who was elected UNC
student body president in 1970.
Today, all UNC student candidates
Robert Spearman, UNC student
body president for the 1964-65 school
See ELECTIONS, Page 4
Land Tract Will Mix
By Leah Cole
Residents voiced their complaints
about the University’s revised proposal
to develop the Horace Williams proper
ty, claiming the community cannot sup
port what is being planned.
The proposal, presented at Monday’s
Chapel Hill Town Council meeting,
calls for the development of intermin
gled institutional/research, residential
and retail facilities at the tract, a 970-acre
piece of land along Airport Road.
The proposal is part of UNC’s Master
Plan, a blueprint for campus growth over
the next 50 years. The tract is owned by
the University but houses several town
departments, such as public works.
The placement of residential and
research facilities side by side was not
coincidental. “Ultimately, the idea is
that you could live and work here,” said
Adam Gross of the planning group
The candidates were then bombarded
by questions from the audience.
Students’ questions ranged from student
judicial system reform to what platform
issue was most valued by each candidate.
All seven candidates in attendance
agreed that reform of the student judicial
system is an issue that the student body
president should address.
Candidate Correy Campbell thought
this year’s problems with the Honor
Court centered on a lack of communi
cation about the Honor Code. “Students
should know the consequences,” he
said. “The Honor Court should promote
what you can and cannot do.”
Candidate Dustyn Baker agreed that
educating freshmen about the Honor
A construction worker finishes his day building the new addition to the Student Union and cleans up his equipment
as the sun sets Monday evening. The construction is expected to last until this May, and then the existing building
will be renovated in two phases.
Ayers Saint Gross,
which is develop
ing the Master
Plan. Planners pre
dict that these
facilities will even
It is the creation
of these jobs that
worry many resi
dents and council
said the burden on
local schools needs
to be factored into
decisions on the site.
employees could afford to live. Also, res
idents are worried about the predicted
45,000 trips to and from this site each day.
“First, about those 45,000 trips,” resident
Dan Coleman said. “The roads can’t take
See MASTER PLAN, Page 4
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Hear Them Speak
The Blue & White and the DTH are
co-sponsoring a forum for SBP candidates
at 8 p.m. Thursday in 111 Carroll Hall.
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Code is important to resolving the issue,
while the other candidates thought the
actual judicial system should be placed
Candidatejustin Young narrowed the
issue to three elements. “It boils down to
review, reform, respect,” he said.
Candidates Warren Watts and Annie
Peirce support the Independent Defense
Counsel, which solicits the help of pro
fessional attorneys in defending students.
Candidate Eric Johnson said one
reform he would push for is the separa
tion of the prosecution and defense rep
resentation within the Honor Court,
which is one goal of the IDC.
Candidate Caleb Ritter also said the
Honor Court needed change. “Small
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Current Racial Issues
Topics discussed included racial
profiling, involvement in the civil
rights movement and the recent
appointment of John Ashcroft.
By Eric Meehan
Their man might not have won the recent presi
dential election, but the Young Democrats continue
to promote their political and social ideals.
About 50 Democrats of varying races met
Monday night in 103 Bingham Hall to discuss a
variety of racial issues facing Americans.
The event was co-sponsored by the Black
Student Movement and the UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapter of the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People. The forum
served to address a variety of concerns affecting
both blacks and society as a whole.
groups of students shouldn’t be able to
affect another student so drastically.”
In response to the question about
which program was most important to
each candidate, Watts emphasized the
importance of more parking.
Campbell also said he would attack
parking -but from a different angle. He
said the ticketing issue was his major
concern and that he plans to implement
his automatic appeal plan, which would
erase tickets for first offenses.
Johnson focused on safety issues. “If I
could achieve one goal it would be if stu
dents feel unsafe, they could check out a
911 cell phone,” he said.
See FORUM, Page 4
Young Democrats Vice President Scott Jones
started the forum with a brief history of the party’s
involvement in the civil rights movement. Then
Secretary Susan Navarro discussed the appoint
ment of conservative John Ashcroft as U.S. attor
After discussion of these topics, UNC-CH
NAACP President Ryan Wilson gave a short pre
sentation on racial profiling. He cited examples to
demonstrate what minorities face. For instance, in
Illinois, Latinos account for less than 8 percent of the
population but are pulled over 27 percent of the
time. “I hope this shows that (racial profiling) is just
a way to perpetuate racial stereotypes,” he said. “It’s
not just a black problem; it’s a nationwide problem.”
Lively discussion followed Wilson’s speech, but it
was nothing compared to the rapid and passionate
discussion following the next topic - reparations.
BSM President Tyra Moore discussed the many
diverse opinions held about what the government
See DIVERSITY, Page 4
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Candidate Dustyn Baker states her platform at the Dialectic and
Philanthropic Societies' annual student body president forum Monday.
Candidates talked about their concerns for
the areas of campus not covered by P2P
routes and the need for better lighting.
By Tyler Maland
After recent sexual assaults in the area and indecent expo
sure incidents in Davis Library last semester, student body
president candidates shed personal light on campus safety and
seek to meet students’ demands for some improvements.
Though the majority of the race’s 10 candidates said the
campus is relatively safe, all stressed that improvements could
be made in some safety practices -a sentiment that is echoed
by Derek Poarch, director of the Department of Public Safety.
“I would say that campus is a safe
place,” he said. “There are
always ways to improve safety.”
And each candidate has a plan
to attack security problems.
■ Candidate Charlie Trakas
said the lighting on campus is
insufficient and the Safe Escort
service alone is not an adequate
solution. “It would be nice to
have some sort of security pre
sent at all times.” Trakas also said
that a lack of awareness is the cul
prit for safety issues on campus.
“Not enough attention is given to
the subject,” Trakas said.
■ Candidate Dustyn Baker
said ensuring the safety of women on campus is one significant
area of concern. “(Women) make up a large percentage of this
campus, but we do not always feel safe.” Baker said her main
concerns with campus safety are Point-2-Point service, campus
lighting and a lack of campus phones. “I think the personal P2P
shuttles could be improved for students not on the P2P path.”
■ Candidate Caleb Ritter said as student body president,
he would increase 24-hour security presence around campus
to reach excellent standards. “I think we need to extend hours
with campus safety, especially since Davis is 24 hours now,
and (we need) more of those blue call boxes.”
■ Candidate Larry Harper said his main focus for campus
safety will be improved lighting. “I think I would want to
increase lighting, particularly on Stadium Drive for those
walking back to South Campus.” Harper also said he wants to
increase the P2P operation hours around campus.
■ Candidate Justin Young said safety measures should
extend to areas off the UNC campus. He said off-campus light
ing should be a concern to the entire University. “We should
hold landlords accountable for maintaining weli-lit areas.”
Young also said the Safe Escort service should be expand
ed to campus computer labs. “These places get overlooked,
but students are still (at computer labs) until very late at night”
■ Candidate Correy Campbell said his main concern is a lack
of police presence on campus and that he wants to increase
police visibility. “Safety patrol (on campus) is pretty much a joke.
They should be more out and about and give a sense of safety.”
Campbell also said P2P shuttle service should be increased, espe
cially on Thursday nights. “They are usually jam-packed with
people, and it forces some to walk home alone.”
■ Candidate Warren Watts said more blue call boxes around
campus would create a safer atmosphere. “I would put more call
boxes along the perimeter of campus,” Watts said. Watts said
more self-defense classes should be given on campus. He also
said, “We should make it known at C-TOPS that it is a pretty
safe campus, but you should always walk with someone.”
■ Candidate Annie Peirce said one of her main goals is to
increase the number of call boxes on campus and ensure that
See SAFETY, Page 4
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Tuesday, February 6, 2001
this week, Hie Daily Tar Heel
examines five issues picked by the
student body that need student
Weds. Race Relations
Fri. Honor Court