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Junior Marty Baldwin speaks to a crowd of more than 200 people
assembled in front of South Building about his relationship with God.
Decisions on the Student
Advisory Committee and
organizational funding also
marked the first meeting.
By Rob Leichner
In its first legislative meeting Tuesday
night, the 83rd session of Student
Congress voted down a resolution to
launch an investigation into allegations
of wrongdoing in the Carolina Athletic
The resolution, which Congress
rejected by a 9-3 vote, would have set
up a special committee to investigate
the organization. The 82nd Congress
considered a similar measure before it
adjourned last week.
“I’m introducing this resolution as a
response to the concerns of the 82nd
Congress,” said Dave RuddeU, ethics com
mittee chairman. “In case there was some
thing done wrong, we should investigate.”
Ruddell said he wanted to set up the
committee because Congress has the
responsibility to monitor campus
groups that receive student fees.
“Since CAA receives student fees, we
are entitled to any information from them,
or we can take away their fees,” he said.
The committee would have looked
into such actions as ticket distribution,
the selection of bracelet numbers and
the firings of CAA Cabinet members.
The main opposition to the highly
contested resolution came from Congress
members concerned about the effect an
investigation would have on the new
CAA administration. CAA President
Reid Chaney was sworn in last week.
“We’re casting a shadow of doubt
over anew administration who had
nothing to do with what happened while
(former CAA President) Tee Pruitt was
there,” said Blair Sweeney, chairman of
the Rules and Judiciary Committee.
Ruddell said he did not intend to
accuse Pruitt or Chaney of any wrong
doing. “I intend this to be an investiga
tion of the Carolina Athletic Association
- period,” he said.
Gregory Wahl, Student Affairs
Committee chairman, said it would be
useless to investigate accusations after
the fact. “I think it’s going to be redun
dant to look at what happened when
those who might have done it will not
feel the wrath of Student Congress.”
Ruddell responded by saying it is
important that students who might have
violated the Honor Code be brought to
justice. “If someone did something bad,
we can’t just leave it in the past.”
Speaker Pro Tern Sarah Marks, who
said she spoke about the allegations
with Pruitt, said an investigation would
be futile because evidence would be dif
ficult to find at this point.
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Junior Saba Maroof (top)
works with the Muslim Student
Association. Senior Nikheel
Purohit (middle) attends a
SANGAM Cabinet meeting.
Freshman Liz Kistin (above)
works with the Tzedek
A five-part series examining the influence
of religion today.
Monday: College Campuses
Tuesday: Chapel Hill
Wednesday: Arts & Sports
Today: UNC Perspectives
Bnsh Pushes Tax Cut at ECU
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
GREENVILLE - President Bush
touted his $1.6 trillion tax-cut plan on his
first official visit to North Carolina since
taking office in January, explaining how
it would benefit the state and help turn
around the nation’s slowing economy.
Thousands turned out at East
Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum
to greet the president, waving miniature
American flags, chanting “Dubya” and
holding up three fingers - forming a
Before Bush began his speech, he
thanked Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., and
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., for inviting
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Most of Crowd Agrees With Marty
By Rachel Clarke
More than 200 students congregated
on the lawn in front of South Building on
Wednesday to be united by their agree
ment - or disagreement -with Marty.
Junior Marty Baldwin is the source of
the bright orange “Do you agree with
Marty?” T-shirts, which 500 students have
pledged to wear throughout the week.
Baldwin’s mission, he said, is to facil
itate discussion among all UNC students.
“Let’s search for the answers, let’s search
for what the truth is,” Baldwin told the
throng of people.
On the steps of South Building, he
preached to the crowd the truth of
Christianity and the importance of a
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Junior Gary Mitchell leads the musical worship at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
on Monday night in the Kenan Field House.
By Kara Eide
Staff Writer ‘
Bright orange has come to mean more at UNC
than just construction. The “Do you agree with
Marty?” campaign that has swept across campus
has called everyone’s attention to the question of
While not all students “agree with Marty,” reli
gion is a big part of the daily college experience
for many. Four students of differing religions
shared their experiences.
Early in the morning, junior Saba Maroof rises
for the first of five prayers that will take place
throughout the day. These prayers are called Salat,
a crucial component of Islam. And for Maroof,
they serve as a time to reconnect with God.
“It’s something to bring you back to reality,”
Maroof said. “It re-establishes what the important
things are in life.”
Prayer has become a treasured time for Maroof,
and she will even stake out a comer of the Student
Union if she’s on campus when it’s time for prayer.
him to North Carolina.
Bush recendy began touring the
nation, trying to build support for his
tax-cut plan. Both Helms andjones sup
ported Bush’s tax-cut plan when it
reached Capitol Hill.
The plan was passed by the House,
but Senate Democrats were able to
reduce it by about $450 billion to $1.15
trillion, channeling the extra money to
Social Security and education.
The tax-cut plan will remain stuck in
a bicameral conference committee until
both houses reach a compromise.
“Either way we cut it, tax relief is on
the way," Bush said, vowing to meet his
campaign promise to slash taxes.
As he had many times on the cam
relationship with God.
For the most part, his message was
warmly received. “I feel exuberant,” said
journalism Professor Chuck Stone. “David
Horowitz divided us, and Marty united us.”
Senior Ashanti Sebastien, one of the
participants in the campaign, agreed that
it had a bonding effect “It’s great just to
unite Christians in general,” she said.
But not everyone in the crowd was
there because they agreed with Marty.
“I think all these people are sheep,”
said Patrick Herring, a sophomore wear
ing a shirt that read “Fuck Marty” on the
front and “God Is Dead” on the back.
Herring said his shirt was supposed to
prompt discussion, just like the orange
Whether they were for or against
But she was not always this comfortable.
Maroof remembers being embarrassed when her
family would engage in prayer in public.
“Asa kid, I really resented the fact that I was
different,” she said. “I just wanted to be like
everyone else, including my skin color.”
Maroof s outlook has changed drastically since
then. She said she now finds her identity in being
able to practice her religion freely.
“I’m feeling really lucky to even be in this
country because, as a minority, you’re forced to
question everything that you do because it’s not
the norm,” she said. “This takes away the more
ritualistic actions of implementing faith.”
One prominent way that Maroof indicates her
faith is by the scarf, called a Hijab, that she
always wears on her head. She said the purpose
of the scarf, as well as the loose clothing - long
sleeves and pants - is to emphasize a woman’s
intellect and character over her aesthetic beauty.
“My freedom is in who I allow to see my body,”
The scarf is also important to her because it
See RELIGION, Page 2
paign trail last fall, Bush told the emo
tionally charged crowd that the federal
budget belonged to them, not politi
cians. “We’re not spending the govern
ment’s money,” Bush said. “We’re
spending the people’s money.”
Bush said his tax-cut and budget pro
posals were linked together and that it
was possible to slash taxes while contin
uing to provide a high level of govern
He also attacked critics who claim his
budget eliminates vital projects by say
ing that his proposal increases the dis
cretionary fund about 4 percent.
“Many of you work hard and get
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Marty’s views, many students came to
enjoy the free Chick-fil-A nuggets.
Tony Holmes, owner of the University
Mall Chick-fil-A, said he donated about
2000 nuggets because the campaign fits
in with Chick-fil-A’s corporate purpose -
to glorify God. “I firmly believe that I
have my business because God has put
me there,” he said. “It’s just about letting
them hear the gospel.”
Members of several campus Christian
groups began organizing this campaign
last spring, said Mark Cummings, a senior
who was on the coordinating committee.
He said the committee got the idea
because the same thing has been done on
several other campuses, including Indiana
University. Cummings said the commit
tee, which consisted of members of sev
OK to Proposal
For Fewer Hours
Students will be able to seek a deductible
waiver and reimbursement for emergency
room expenses incurred when SHS is closed.
By Stacey Geyer
Reductions in Student Health Service’s after-hours services,
slated to take effect May 21, are nearing University approval.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sue Kitchen will meet
with Chancellor James Moeser and his Cabinet on Tuesday,
at which time they are expected to give the potential changes
the green light
The proposed hours of service for fall and spring semesters
are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. The proposed
weekend hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer session hours are
proposed to be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
after-hours service charge of S4O will not change.
Now SHS is open year-round, 24 hours a day.
A committee of SHS employees and student representa
tives recommended last year that SHS reallocate funds used
for low-demand, late-night hours to daytime hours, when
demand is higher.
SHS Director Bob Wirag said he changed the committee’s
recommendations by more than doubling the proposed week
end hours. The original proposal called for Saturday hours
from 8 a.m. to noon and Sunday hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“We (made the changes) because I didn’t feel comfortable
with four hours for those days,” he said.
But Wirag said students shouldn’t be concerned that medical
services will suffer because of decreased hours. Arrangements
have been made so that students can call Health Link at 966-
7890, a free 24-hour service in which nurses from UNC
Hospitals are available to answer callers’ medical questions.
Wirag said the service will offer an adequate alternative,
adding that a nurse could advise a student to go immediately
to the emergency room or offer self-help skills and have the
student wait until SHS is open.
SHS will financially aid students who must go to the emer
gency room. Students enrolled in the Student Health
Insurance Plan can waive the SIOO deductible for care at the
UNC Hospitals emergency room.
Students also will be able to apply for reimbursement of up
to SSOO in out-of-pocket charges for emergency services not
covered by a health insurance plan.
See STUDENT HEALTH, Page 2
President George W. Bush speaks about his tax-cut plans to the packed
stadium of supporters Wednesday evening at East Carolina University.
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Friday: Sprinkles, 79
Saturday: Sunny, 79
Thursday, April 12, 2001
eral Christian campus groups, has been
meeting once a week since September.
“Logistically, it took a lot of fund rais
ing and publicity,” he said. Cummings
said they wrote to local churches to pay
for the advertisements about it in The
Daily Tar Heel, while the 500 partici
pants each paid $5 for the T-shirts.
Cummings said the project had three
goals - to unify the Christian community,
to promote the message “God loves you”
and to start a dialogue about religion.
He said, “We didn’t want just to tell
people what we believe - we want a dia
logue, we want to get people thinking
spiritually, and we want to listen to them”
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