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Tar Heels' Season Ends With Loss to Penn State
By T. Nolan Hayes
NEW ORLEANS - North Carolina entered the
season facing questions about its ball-handling abil
It ended the season being unable to answer
The Tar Heels gave the ball to Penn State 22
times on turnovers Sunday in the second round of
the NCAA tournament.
In the process, they gave
the Nittany Lions 17
points and a trip to the
Sweet 16 for the first time
Penn State 82
Seventh-seeded Penn State defeated second
seeded UNC 82-74 in the South Region at the
Louisiana Superdome, ending the Tar Heels once
“I don’t know,” UNC forwardjason Capel said
about the miscues, shaking
But UNC coach Matt
Doherty knew. His team
didn’t take care of the ball,
and Penn State was good
enough to take it away.
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“They deserve some credit, but there were cer
tainly some times when we deserve credit for those
turnovers. I don’t know if I’ll ever watch the tape,”
Doherty said. “You just can’t turn the ball over 22
times and win a game.”
It was bad enough that the Tar Heels gave up 22
possessions. But what made things worse was the
fact that 18 of the turnovers were steals by Penn
Tall and long, North Carolina has one of the
nation’s best defenses when it has time to get set.
But defenses don’t have time to get set after steals.
It was Penn State’s final steal that hurt the Tar
Heels the most.
UNC trailed 73-70 with two minutes remaining
when Brandon Watkins robbed Julius Peppers in
Forward Titus Ivory hit a jump shot after the
Congress to Consider CAA Probe
By Kim Minugh
The Student Affairs Committee of
Student Congress will consider a resolu
tion Tuesday night calling for an investi
gation of the Carolina Athletic Association
that could lead to changes in the organi
zation’s leadership or responsibilities.
If the resolution passes, committee
Chairman Gregory Wahl will head up
efforts to investigate and consider all
facets of the conduct, official actions,
duties and any alleged improprieties of
the CAA and will submit a written
report of the findings to the speaker of
the current or upcoming Congress.
Congress member Matt Fisher said
the resolution he authored is not an accu
sation against the CAA but a fair oppor
tunity to answer questions that have
been raised. “I have no idea whether or
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Construction spurred students Max Gustashaw and Christina Baur to form the South
Campus Resident Alliance, which is requesting compensation for the difficulties.
Defeat is worse than death because you have to live with defeat.
turnover to put the Nittany Lions ahead 75-70 with
1:30 to go. The sequence followed a possession in
which Penn State grabbed two offensive rebounds
and ran 1:28 off the clock before scoring.
“The Tar Heels didn’t have time to recover from
the 1-2 punch. I thought our guys really hustled,”
Penn State coach Jerry Dunn said. “This team is a
blue-collar team - we’re overmatched most of the
time at different positions.
“But I felt that possession was characteristic of
what this team is all about."
The Nittany Lions (21-11) took that blue-collar
approach on defense, making one of the nation’s
best inside-outside offenses one-dimensional.
Peppers and center Brendan Haywood, who
combined for 27 points on 12-for-14 shooting in
UNC’s 70-48 first-round win against Princeton,
again had their way down low.
Peppers notched his first-career double-double
with 21 points (on 8-for-9 shooting) and 10
rebounds, and Haywood added 13 and 13.
But the Tar Heels (26-7) got nothing on the
perimeter, shooting 3-for-17 from 3-point range. Jon
Crispin and Ivory took turns guarding UNC star
Joseph Forte and held him to fewer than 10 points
for just the second time all season.
Forte managed a season-low six points on
3-for-13 shooting. He was 0-for-6 from 3-point
range and didn’t attempt a foul shot.
Forte was passive with the ball, either unable to
beat his man or unwilling to try. The yearlong tug
of war - his critics saying he took bad shots and too
many of them - finally began to affect him. He
glided for 35 minutes as he so often had throughout
the season, but the difference this time was that he
got nothing done.
“You don’t want to be a hog ball or anything of
that nature,” said Forte, who admitted he limited
his shot attempts. “I was trying to get my team
mates involved as much as possible, moreso on the
inside and a little more on the perimeter, than I
usually did in the past."
Crispin was so focused on stopping Forte that he
ended up shooting like him. He scored five points
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went on, but we’ve
had enough com
plaints (that) we
thought we’d look
into it,” Fisher said.
Tee Pruitt said an
inquiry is necessary.
handled this year
has been very
sound.” Pruitt said
the CAA has
plaints all year, but
they do not war-
rant any action against the organization.
“You’re never going to make everybody
happy,” he said. “I think a lot of rumors
have been blown out of proportion ...
People only hear what they want to hear.”
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UNC coach Matt Doherty (left) and sophomore forward Julius Peppers (45) walk off of the Louisiana Superdome's floor
after the No. 2 seed Tar Heels' second-round loss to seventh-seeded Penn State.
After suspicions of a rigged Duke
ticket distribution prompted some to
question the CAA’s integrity, further
concerns were raised as CAA Cabinet
members publicly aired grievances and
lined up on opposite sides of the fence in
the group’s most controversial race for
CAA president in recent years.
After the highly contested race, more
accusations were flung back and forth as
three Cabinet members were fired for
allegedly putting campaign allegiances
before Cabinet duties while another
resigned in protest.
Fisher said the CAA is a student-fund
ed organization and should be investigat
ed if students are unhappy with its actions.
Student Congress allotted $7,526.83 to
the CAA for die next academic year. “(If
the resolution passes,) we will conduct
an investigation looking into the CAA
and see if they are a good use of
South Campus Group Voices Concerns
By Mandy Melton
Turning their frustrations into a formal com
plaint, two students have sent a letter to
University officials requesting that South
Campus residents be compensated for hard
ships caused by construction in the area.
Sophomore Max Gustashaw and freshman
Christina Baur, co-presidents of the newly
formed South Campus Resident Alliance, sent
the letter to Department of University Housing
Director Christopher Payne, Chancellor James
Moeser, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Sue Kitchen, Student Body President Brad
Matthews and Student Body President-elect
Justin Young on March 6.
Gustashaw and Baur formed the resident
alliance last month to convey concerns of South
Campus residents to administrators, although
the group is not officially recognized as a stu
“The SCRA basically consists of all South
money,” Fisher said.
The resolution states that the CAA is
an officially recognized organization that
has “persistently been embroiled in alle
gations of: scandal, corruption, patronage,
mishandling of staffing concerns, improp
er distribution of tickets, improper inter
vention in campus elections administered
by the Board of Elections, abuses of dis
cretion and improper behavior.”
The recent controversies prompted
Fisher to take action and try to answer
questions that have been lingering all
year. “In the long run, it probably won’t
have a huge technical effect, but we can
see what’s going on -and maybe it
would have an effect,” he said. “I thought
maybe it would be a good idea. I thought
this is as good a time as any.”
The University Editor can be reached
Campus residents, whether they know it or not,"
Gustashaw said. “It is a collective group in which
students have a chance to voice their opinions.”
The letter lists a number of grievances,
which range from noisy weekend construction
work to muddy pathways to lengthened cam
pus commutes, that the SCRA claims South
Campus residents have had to endure because
“When I look outside my window, I get
depressed every day when I see the nastiness of
our living conditions,” said Baur, who fives in
Ehringhaus Residence Hall. “We are already liv
ing in the grossest dorms on campus, and now
we have all the extra construction on top of it."
Gustashaw and Baur said they believe that
University officials do not fully understand
South Campus residents’ concerns.
“I don’t think there is dialogue between stu
dents and administrators,” Gustashaw said. “We
want to invite the administrators down to South
Campus to see what we do on a daily basis -
to see the whole filth of our living situation.”
NRC Investigates Prior
Shearon Harris Ruling
By Kellie Dixon
Assistant City Editor
Spurred by concerns of local lawmak
ers, an independent board of the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission is evaluating
whether the decision to give a power giant
the go-ahead to expand its nuclear waste
storage capacity was made too hastily.
A March 1 NRC ruling allowed
Carolina Power & Light Cos. to use dor
mant waste storage pools at the Shearon
Harris Nuclear Power Plant, potentially
making it home to the most nuclear
waste in the nation.
The decision was supposed to be
both the final green fight for the power
plant to open its storage containers and
the end of appeals for Orange County
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regarding the plant’s on-site expansion.
But state and local officials are still
pressing the NRC to obtain more infor
mation from sources other than CP&L
by having an evidentiary hearing.
The latest request, a letter signed by
Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, and Rep.
Verla Insko, D-Orange, is asking the
NRC to review its process for determin
ing the plant’s potential safety hazards.
The Orange County Board of
Commissioners also has appealed to the
NRC and filed a motion of intent with
the U.S. Court of Appeals.
The NRC’s Inspector General Office,
an independent branch of the commis
sion, has officials examining the legisla-
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In exchange for their discomfort, Gustashaw
and Baur are asking the housing department to
give South Campus residents first priority in the
recontracting process for next semester and are
requesting a partial refund of 2000-2001 hous
“This is a ridiculous situation," Gustashaw
said. “For what I paid to five here, I could have
paid a small amount more to stay in an apart
ment with better living conditions.”
Payne said it is not feasible for the housing
department to make a change in the reassign
ment process at this point because recontract
ing is slated to begin when students return from
As far as giving students financial compen
sation, Payne said, “If we were to give credit
back, we wouldn’t be able to do upgrades for
new communities and on existing facilities,
because the money for the upgrades comes
from student rent.”
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