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Candidate Michael Songer tries to rally last-minute support in the Pit
on Monday in an attempt to draw attention away from recent controversy.
CAA Candidates Pnt Scandals Aside
On the day before the second election for
CAA president, candidates concentrated
on tickets and the fate of Carolina Fever.
By Paige Ammons
Two weeks after the original election date, the fate of the
office of Carolina Athletic Association president will be
Candidates have been working to win voters back to
their camps for the past two weeks with more talk of tick
et distribution and the fate of Carolina Fever than of the
scandals that have marred the race thus far.
Candidate Reid Chaney was named the winner of the
Feb. 13 election after 27 write-in votes were declared
invalid, giving him a five-vote majority. Chaney’s oppo
nent, Michael Songer, appealed his loss to the Board of
Elections, saying that an e-mail message sent by Davin
McGinnis, UNC alumnus and former Carolina Fever pres
ident, was libelous and possibly could have affected the
Local Schools Amend
By Carolyn Pearce
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
officials halved their requests for fund
ing last week and submitted a less bur
densome proposal for a bond to help
The $42.8 million bond was pared
down significandy by the board from its
original proposal for $72 million. The
initial request included plans for anew
high school in addition to two new ele
Superintendent Neil Pedersen said
the request for an additional high school
was eliminated because the board
doubted the coun
ty would approve
ence was to build a
“But it would be
highly unlikely for
us to receive fund
ing for three new
“Our preference was to build a
new facility. But it would be
highly unlikely for us to receive
funding for three new schools. ”
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools Superintendent
The bond proposal is a response to
the problems of overcrowding that have
plagued the district recendy because of
the area’s high growth. Chapel Hill-
Carrboro schools spokeswoman Kim
Hoke said the district’s growth rate was
more than 7 percent last year, the high
est rate of growth in the state.
The district is especially crowded at
the elementary level, with three ele
mentary schools already over capacity.
The passage of the bond would allow
$27.8 million for two new elementary
schools to be built in the district.
But Hoke said instead of anew high
Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
The Board of Elections ruled that the e-mail likely was
fabricated but mandated a re-election, which resulted in
extra time for the two candidates to reorganize.
And although these scandals have resulted in heated
debates and often nasty personal attacks, Songer and
Chaney tried to take a relaxed and laid back approach on
the final day before the vote.
Songer and his campaign volunteers spent their day in
the Pit and then went door to door in residence halls in the
Songer said he was trying to remain calm in the midst of
the controversy and said he has tried to look beyond the
“I’m trying to focus on all of the issues we brought up in
our campaign,” Songer said. “I’m trying to stay away from
all the negative stuff.
“We are gonna be in the Pit all day, just hanging out and
playing music,” Songer said.
He used video games and sports footage to attract the
attention of passing students.
Chaney speculated that the controversy surrounding the
school, the new proposal includes $7.9
million for expansion of the existing two
“We have a task force working on
how to accommodate additional high
school capacity,” Hoke said. “Some
board members supported a third high
school but felt that the resources were
not available to the county. Anew high
school would cost $25 million.”
The requests will be forwarded to the
Capital Needs Advisory Task Force,
which will assess the needs of both
Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools and
Orange County schools. The task force
also will consider the needs of the Parks
and Recreation Department and of the
“The group will
put together what
they feel is a
need,” Hoke said.
will then decide
what projects will
be placed on the
Orange County Commissioner Barry
Jacobs said the school’s first request of
$72 million was “overly ambitious” and
the $42 million was “more do-able.”
“We are all citizens of a county where
there is only a certain amount of dol
lars,” Jacobs said. “We need to see how
far we can stretch them. By decreasing
their request, it shows that they are
working hard and taking it seriously.”
Jacobs is also on the Capital Needs
Advisory Task Force, which will meet
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Candidate Reid Chaney spends time in the Pit on Monday encouraging
students to vote despite scandals that have clouded the race.
By Blake Rosser
Young Democrats with a hankering
for free ice cream and an interest in
Student Body President-elect Justin
Young were in for a treat Monday night
in Bingham Hall.
Young attended the hourlong Young
Democrats meeting primarily to answer
questions from about 30 audience mem
Young started by expressing his grat
itude for the organization’s support.
Many Young Democrats campaigned
heavily for Young. “I want to thank y’all
as an organization for endorsing me -
I’m very excited,” Young said. “I’m also
very excited about the ice cream.”
The audience wasted no time in tack
ling the issues. The first Young
Democrat member asked Young about
Animal Shelter Fire Declared Intentional
Fire Marshal Caprice Mellon
estimates that the Orange
County Animal Shelter had
about SIO,OOO in damage.
By Isaac Groves
Chapel Hill fire officials are confident
a late-night fire Sunday, which killed
four animals at the Orange County
election probably has done litde to attract students to either
candidate. He said he realizes that students are tired and
frustrated with the situation and he just wants to encourage
them to voice their opinions in the election.
Chaney also spent the day in the Pit asking students to
remember to vote today. He went door to door at residence
halls from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He also plans to have volunteers
on campus today to solicit votes.
“I don’t really want to bug people because it has been
such a long campaign,” Chaney said. “I just want to remind
people to vote.”
Chaney said he felt he did not need to change his cam
paign strategies the second time around.
“I’m doing pretty much the same thing as I have for the
whole campaign,” he said. “It worked last time - hopeful
ly, it will work again.”
The saga that happened after Chaney’s initial win
included a Feb. 15 hearing in which members of Songer’s
campaign accused Chaney’s campaign of being behind
McGinnis’ mass e-mail sent out prior to the election.
See CAA, Page 8
his recent subpoena by Student
Congress, and Young took the chance to
explain the problem. “With Congress, I
was subpoenaed to explain the Student
Empowerment Endowment because
they felt I was overstepping my bounds,”
Young said. “But we got it settled.”
During his campaign, Young promised
to redirect his $2,400 student body presi
dent stipend to go toward the fund, which
would then use the money to help under
funded student groups or fledgling stu
dent projects. Congress initially viewed
the action as a potential abuse of power.
When asked about today’s election
for Carolina Athletic Association presi
dent, Young threw his support behind
candidate Michael Songer.
Other questions posed to Young per
tained to housekeepers’ rights, conges
tion resulting from construction, club
sports funding and a Lesbian, Gay,
Animal Shelter, was set intentionally.
Fire Department officials spent all of
Sunday night and Monday trying to dis
cover who caused the explosion in the
night deposit box at the animal shelter
off Airport Road. While she would not
give details of the investigation, Chapel
Hill Fire Marshal Caprice Mellon did
say the fire was not an accident.
“It was a deliberately set fire,” she said.
The blaze started a little after 9 p.m.
Sunday. Assistant General Manager Bart
Willis, who was alone in the building at
To Mull Merits
Of Court, Code
Chancellor James Moeser will moderate the
forum, which will be at 7p.m. in Fetzer Gym,
to solicit student input on the Honor Court.
By Jenny Fowler
In response to recent demands for Honor Court reform,
Chancellor James Moeser and other UNC officials will be
included in a forum tonight hosted by the Student Advisory
Committee to the Chancellor.
The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Fetzer Gym,
with Moeser moderating the event. Dean Bresciani and Sue
Kitchen, associate vice chancellors for student affairs, and Provost
Robert Shelton are some officials expected to be in attendance.
And discussion was primed Monday night when the Joint
Senate of the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies held a
debate examining the student judicial system because of recent
controversy involving several of the Honor Court’s rulings.
“We chose a variety of topics at the beginning of the semes
ter that we would like to debate,” said junior international
studies major Michael Hoffman. “We chose the Honor Court
because it is a pressing issue at the University.”
The issue of Honor Court reform surfaced in October when
the court convicted two students for cheating during an open
hearing. Professor James Coggins turned in 22 other students
from his Computer Science 120 class at the end of the 2000
spring semester with similar charges.
On Feb. 9, the appellate panel dismissed the case of senior
Mike Trinh, one of the two students in the open hearing, upon
finding that his basic rights had been violated. Trinh was accused
of unauthorized collaboration on a homework assignment
Other case dismissals sparked an interest m the court’s sys
tem of representation in junior William Hashemi. He created
the Independent Defense Council, which comprises UNC pre
law undergraduates, to offer students alternative representation.
Hashemi said the current system poses a conflict of interest
because both prosecutors and defense counsels are under the
auspices of the Student Attorney General’s Office.
Both sides of the debate were argued by DiPhi senators in
Monday’s forum titled “The Student Judicial System Is
See HONOR COURT, Page 8
Student Body President-elect Justin Young fields questions about his
upcoming tenure at the Young Democrats meeting Monday night.
Bisexual and Transgender Center.
One Young Democrat asked Young if
he would adopt any of his opponents’
platforms, specifically referring to Eric
Johnson’s 911 cellular phone proposal,
which would give students free access to
cellular phones in case of emergencies.
the time of the fire, said he heard the night
deposit door open and an explosion.
“Right now we’re estimating the cost
of the damage at SIO,OOO, but we can’t
be sure it’s that high,” Mellon said.
The explosion and fire destroyed the
wildlife room. The shelter also lost
important equipment including two
refrigerators and an incubator, said Pat
Sanford, director of the shelter.
“(The incubator) is very valuable to
us to save small mammals, large mam
mals and birds,” Sanford said.
Today: Partly Cloudy, 60
Wednesday: Rain, 50
Thursday: Showers, 55
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Young said he likes Johnson’s idea but
does not want to stop there.
“In addition to cell phones, we also
need to see what we can do to make this
a safer campus,” he said. “We need to
See YOUNG, Page 8
The shelter takes in both domestic and
wild animals in need. Among the four
animals that died was a ferret going to an
adoptive home and two squirrels that
were about to be sent to the shelter’s 48-
acre wildlife sanctuary on Nicks Road.
“I can’t imagine anybody who would
want to bum harmless and defenseless
animals when they’re in their cages and
can’t defend themselves,” Sanford said.
Mellon said she could only guess at a
See FIRE, Page 8