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Congress Votes to Censure, Supervise CAA
By Kim Minugh
University Editor
Student Congress overwhelmingly
passed a landmark bill Tuesday night that
will give future Congresses the power to
oversee the Carolina Athletic Association.
After nearly an hour of debate, the bill
- which will amend the CAA Constitution
to place the group under the auspices of
Congress - passed by a 17-1 vote, with
only senior Chris McClure dissenting.
Congress also voted by a narrow mar-
Town May
Log Rental
Complaints
A task force's proposed
database would provide
renters the opportunity to
view landlords' reputations.
By Katie McNeill
Staff Writer
A proposal to make landlords and
renters more accountable to one anoth
er is under review by the Chapel Hill
town manager and will come before the
Town Council in the next few months.
The Rental Licensing Task Force pre
sented the council with its recommenda
tions at Monday’s regular meeting.
Recommendations focused on the
Rental Licensing Program- a complaint
driven system where renters can log any
problems they have
with their landlord
or property and
vice versa. Task
force members say
this will help
enforce the existing
housing code.
The task force’s
suggestions include
the creation of a
database, which
could be accessed
from the town’s
Web site. This
database would
provide renters
with information
Council member
Pat Evans
said she is worried
that the database
could mar the
images of landlords.
from the applications of the landlord. It
also would give renters the opportunity to
comment on their landlords as well as
provide residents a way to screen land
lords before signing a contract with them.
But Town Council member Pat
Evans, who is also a landlord, voiced
concern about the database and its cost.
She said she is afraid people could hurt
an owner’s image with the system.
“What other kinds of ways will the data
base be used or abused?” Evans asked.
UNC student and task force member
Lee Conner said the plan, including the
purchase of the database program, would
not be so cosdy and could not be abused.
“It’s not possible to complain on the
database, because it only allows viola
tions, looked at by the building inspec
tor, to be posted,” he said. “The whole
plan was structured using low costs, and
I don’t believe the cost will be deal
breaking in any way.”
Conner said the plans for residents to
rent would not be affected by the cost.
He also said the town presendy has no
database, and it does not track viola
tions of landlords. But with this data
base, that will be possible, he said.
The council referred the recommen
dations to Town Manager Cal Horton.
“The town staff will review recom
mendations and come back to the Town
Council with a proposed process for
implementations,” Horton said. “We
haven’t made any evaluations of the rec
ommendations as of now.”
Horton also said he thinks it will prob-
See RENTAL LICENSING, Page 4
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gin of 10-9 to cen
sure the CAA and
urge the next ses
sion of Congress to
appoint a commit
tee to investigate
the past two CAA
administrations.
“We strongly
disapprove of the
style of leadership
and governance
displayed by this
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Congress Speaker
Alexandra Bell
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Ms.Tajma Hall, a drag queen with the house cast of Legends in Raleigh, puts on his makeup before the "Fabulous Drag Show,"
part of the QNC Celebration Week.
Dressing Up and Getting Down
By Jenny Fowler
Staff Writer
Pizza, soft drinks and drag queens lured an
influx of students and faculty to the “Fabulous
Drag Show” on Tuesday night in the Union
Film Auditorium.
The show, put on by the Queer Network for
Change, included both student and profession
al drag queens and kings.
The performance is just one of the many activ
ities being held during the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Celebration Week. Other
events include speakouts in the Pit, a hate crimes
vigil and other performances by the QNC.
Jamie Sohn, the event’s emcee and co-orga
GAP's Abortion Exhibit
Elicits Student Debate
By Noelle Hutchins
Staff Writer
It was the topic of heated discussions over lunch
at Lenoir Dining Hall, in classes and before room
mates went to bed - the Genocide Awareness
Project’s explicit anti-abortion exhibit.
The exhibit was set up on Polk Place all day
Monday and Tuesday.
Whether students read GAP’s brochures, looked
at pictures, participated in protests, engaged in con
versations about abortion or asked questions of
GAP representatives, GAP’s method to deliver an
anti-abortion message - which included pictures of
aborted fetuses - was on many of their minds.
“Everybody was talking about (the display) in
the lunchroom, dorms and on the yard,” said fresh
man Lillie Williams. “It sparked conversation.”
A Fresh Look
Freshman Kent Welch tackles
school, life and love.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
administration of the Carolina Athletic
Association,” states the resolution written
by Rep. Tony Larson.
Several amendments regarding per
sonnel issues and ticket distribution were
made to the original codification bill,
authored by Sarah Marks, Congress’ Rules
and Judiciary Committee chairwoman.
Marks presented the bill to her com
mittee March 20 in response to recent
concerns brought forth by former Board
of Elections Vice Chairman Fred Hill.
Hill said he could procure evidence
nizer, said the main goal of the event was to enter
tain. “We just want to get the campus involved,”
said Sohn, a senior history major. “It isn’t just for
radical organizations. It’s for everyone.”
A series of male and female performers
graced the stage, dressed in outrageously short
dresses and high heels, as well as sharp-looking
three-piece suits.
The crowd began chanting the performers’
names as Sohn introduced them. One drag
queen, Heidi Myself, bombarded the stage in a
short, black satin dress with a feathered hemline.
The crowd shouted, “We love you Heidi” as
he entered the stage, and they screamed at the
tops of their lungs for more when his perfor
mance came to an end.
GAP, a campaign sponsored by the Center for
Bio-Ethic Reform, has three national headquarter
offices and travels nationwide to deliver a pro-life
message on college campuses. GAP is notorious in
some circles for its graphic comparisons of abort
ed babies to breast cancer, black lynchings, mass
killings in Cambodia and the Holocaust.
Student protesters maintained a constant pres
ence around the exhibit, claiming the exhibit was
racist, sexist and denied a woman’s right to choose.
Despite the protests, some people who had the
opportunity to speak with GAP representatives said
they believe the project’s message encourages dis
cussion. “Abortion is a controversial topic,” said
sophomore Torin Martinez. “(The display) is great
because people need to think.”
See GAP, Page 4
that CAA President Tee Pruitt controlled
a “slush fund” of men’s basketball tickets
and that the ticket distributions were
rigged for the past two yean.
Before the full Congress, more than
five amendments were made to the bill
to clarify Congress’ new role in CAA
Cabinet appointments and ticket distri
bution policies. “The CAA still functions
as an independent body - the bill
includes no action for Student Congress
to take over the CAA,” Marks said.
The bill mandates that the choosing
Drag king Dick LaPenga danced across the
stage to “Billie Jean” as a Michael Jackson
impersonator. She had everything the single
black glove, the red hat, even the moonwalking
and crotch-grabbing. The crowd clapped in
unison as she went into the audience and
mounted the chairs with her arms in the air.
Ms. Honey Brown lip-synched a spicy ren
dition of “Rollin’ on the River,” ran out into the
audience and kicked off his shoes, which he
conscientiously retrieved after his performance.
He also grabbed several unexpecting audience
members and twirled them around while the
rest of the fans cheered and danced in their
See DRAG SHOW, Page 4
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A passer-by shows a model of a 10-week-old fetus to a group discussing abortion in front
of the Genocide Awareness Project's display in Polk Place on Tuesday afternoon.
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of numbers for ticket distributions be
done in public and that bracelet number
ranges be published.
It also mandates that the CAA maintain
a public record of all students who receive
tickets not given through the ticket distrib
ution process approved by Congress.
In short, the CAA must account for
every ticket given to CAA Cabinet mem
bers, Carolina Fever members or any
other student officials or organizations.
Because some feared that Congress
members who worked on the campaign
Council Delays
Mayor's Response
To Master Plan
The Town Council wants to wait for more
community support before approving a
memorandum to send to the chancellor.
By Leah Cole
Staff Writer
Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf was thwarted by
some colleagues and residents in her attempt to begin nego
tiations with UNC over the campus Master Plan.
Her memorandum about Chapel Hill’s needs and concerns
in regard to the University’s Master Plan was not endorsed by
the council, as it instead voted to postpone any endorsement
pending further discussion.
Waldorf, along with Chapel Hill Town Council members
Lee Pavao, Kevin Foy and Bill Strom, drafted a document of
Chapel Hill’s interests to be sent to Chancellor James Moeser.
The document states that while the town of Chapel Hill
understands and accepts the University’s need to expand and
improve its facilities, the town has a statutory and communi
ty responsibility to regulate the quantity, location and form
of new developments in its limits.
This memorandum was sent in response to a similar docu
ment the council received from Moeser. Moeser’s document
spelled out the specific requests the University was making of
the town in regard to both Master Plan development and the
development on the University-owned Horace Williams tract,
located on Airport Road.
The Master Plan is the blueprint for growth and develop
ment of the campus for the next 50 years. It was approved by
UNC’s Board of Trustees last Thursday.
The town’s memo was to serve as a starting point in the
Town Council’s negotiations with UNC over the Master Plan
and the Horace Williams site development. “I am hoping the
council will accept the proposed response,” Waldorf said. “This
is a framework that we can work with. I think that it is very
important that we put forward something to be discussed.”
In addition to the material drafted by Waldorf, there were
attachments by both Town Manager Cal Horton and town
attorney Ralph Karpinos.
“We have prepared a list of over 30 specific requests that
should be put forth to the University,” Horton said.
But the passage of the endorsement was opposed by both
residents and other members of the council.
Residents had concerns about the quickness of the response,
especially without another chance to discuss the issue.
See COUNCIL, Page 4
About Time
Today: Sunny, 57
Thursday: Sunny, 59
Friday: Stormy, 68
Wednesday, March 28, 2001
for former CAA president candidate
Michael Songer would pass the bill to pun
ish CAA President-elect Reid Chaney, a
rider was added to exempt Chaney from
the bill’s appointment restrictions.
As of April 2002, future CAA presi
dents will be required to seek Congress’
approval of their appointments for vice
president, secretary and treasurer.
Speaker of Congress Alexandra Bell
threw her support behind the bill, saying
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