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Congress Member Wants More Debate on CAA Inquiry
By Rob Leichner
If Congress member Tony Larson has
anything to say about it, an investigation
of the Carolina Athletic Association might
still be on Student Congress’ agenda.
Larson, who chairs the Congress
Finance Committee, sent an e-mail
Monday encouraging Congress members
to reconsider a resolution that would
have set up a special committee to inves
tigate the CAA’s general procedures. The
resolution was voted down 9-3 last week.
Young Calls for
To Fill Congress
Congress Speaker Mark Townsend says
he would like to see all 37 Congress seats
filled to bring more voices to discussion.
By Karey Wutkowski
Assistant University Editor
Complaints about the large number of vacant seats in
Student Congress prompted Student Body President Justin
Young on Tuesday to call for a special election to be held next
The election, which Young proposed for May 1, will aim to
fill the 14 open seats in Congress. ,
“Congress came to me concerned
about the empty seats,” Young said.
“When there are that many holes, there
are problems with representation. We
need bodies there to represent all peo
Young said his executive order calling
for a special election first will have to
pass through Congress’ Rules and
Judiciary Committee. The resolution
then will go for a vote before the full
Congress on April 24.
Speaker of Congress Mark Townsend
said it is not unusual to have so many
open seats, especially with it being so
early in the congressional session.
“We have names that are written in,
and people find out that it’s not really
what they want to do,” he said. “People aren’t aware of how
much time it entails.”
Townsend said he ideally would like to see all 37 seats filled
because it brings more voices to Congress. “It gives more of a
sense that all parts of the University are being represented,”
Board of Elections Chairman Jeremy Tuchmayer said the
voting process for the special election will be the same as the
student body elections held in February.
Online voting will be available through Student Central
from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
To be listed as a candidate on the ballot, Tuchmayer said
students need to have a petition signed by 10 people who live
in their district and turn the petition in to Suite C by April 24.
Otherwise, students interested in running for a seat will
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UNC Puts Its Money on Genomics Research
By Blake Rosser
UNC could be teetering on the
precipice of a scientific breakthrough of
Thanks to $245 million in public and
private funding and a dedicated research
team headed by Dr. Terry Magnuson,
UNC is at the forefront of what promises
to be a revolution in the field of genomics.
Chancellor James Moeser announced
the University’s commitment to
genomics research in February 2001,
hoping to make UNC a leading figure in
genomics -a budding field that could
change the face of modem medicine.
And Magnuson said the time is ripe
for a surge in genomic discoveries.
“What we’re working on is the post
genome era, figuring out what genes do,
to determine their function,” he said.
The 82nd Congress voted earlier this
month to place the CAA under the over
sight of Congress after allegations of
questionable CAA practices.
Larson attributes the failure to pass
the new resolution partly to new
Congress members’ unfamiliarity with
the issues involved and wants to see the
measure reintroduced at Congress’
Tuesday meeting. “I’m going to motion
to reconsider and re-debate it,” Larson
said Tuesday. “If we vote to reconsider,
that does not mean we vote to pass it,
but we could discuss the issue (further).”
Data based on individuals convicted in Orange County since
October 1,1994, and released from any N.C. prison between
March 1.2000, and Feb. 28,2001.
Bill May Preclude Profiling
By James Miller
In 1994, black motorist Stacey Washington was stopped by an
N.C. Highway Patrol officer on Interstate 85 for undisclosed rea
sons, searched without his consent and detained for 2 1/2 hours.
says Congress can't
with such vacancies.
The illegal search-and-seizure case that ensued
was one of two N.C. cases taken by the American
Civil Liberties Union in the 1990s in an effort to
identify and stop the practice of discriminatory
traffic stops and searches.
The state settled the case out of court.
Seven years later, efforts across North Carolina to
address concerns about racial profiling could change
the way law enforcement agencies in Orange
County record traffic stop and search statistics.
If it becomes law, a bill filed February in the
General Assembly will bring all county and most
municipal law enforcement agencies under a pro
vision of a state statute.
The ACLU of North Carolina has called this
new statute the first state “Driving While Black or
Proponents of Senate Bill 147 say it is an impor
“We want to figure out how multiple
genes interact; genes don’t work in a
vacuum, they work together.”
Genomic science combines elements of
genetics - the study of heredity -with the
relatively new area of genomics, or DNA
sequencing. In addition to solving the puz
zle of human genetic identity, scientists
think genomics research could affect the
health care industry and significantly con
tribute to the fight against cancer.
And UNC researchers think they’re
on their way to finding answers.
Magnuson was hired as a professor and
chairman of genetics in July 2000 to head
the new genomic science studies at UNC.
He brought his 15-person staff from Case
Western Reserve University and has since
hired seven more researchers.
Dr. William Marzluff executive associ
ate dean of research, said UNC is one of
the national leaders in the development of
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Reopening debate would require a
two-thirds vote of Congress.
Returning Congress members led the
opposition to the resolution last week,
arguing that an investigation would neg
atively affect this year’s CAA adminis
tration, that the people responsible for
any wrongdoing could not be brought to
justice because they are graduating and
that there is insufficient proof of guilt.
Larson said his main concern is that
many of the new Congress members did
not fully understand the issue and the for
mat of the debate last week. “This was
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mouse models of human disease. “There
is no question that UNC is recognized
nationwide as a place that has not only
committed resources to genomics but has
actually followed through and already
established a program,” Marzluff said.
Magnuson said that only recendy has
the field moved from mapping bacteria
genomes to more complex organisms
such as mice. “The challenge of the
genome era is getting the entire DNA
sequence of an organism,” he said. “At the
beginning of 2000, we had mapped only
the worm (in addition to about 60 bacte
ria). By the end of 2000 we had done the
fruit fly, (the plant) arabidopsis and the
human -and the mouse, rat, zebrafish
and pufferfish will be following soon.”
Marzluff stressed the role of UNC’s
genomics research in other areas, such as
cancer-related studies. “We have strong
programs in yeast and Drosophila (fruit
A State Divided
North Carolina works to reconcile
competing economic interests.
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their first meeting in Congress ever for
some of them, and they did not complete
ly understand parliamentary procedure.”
Ethics Committee Chairman Dave
Ruddell, who introduced the initial res
olution, said he hopes the new Congress
members will get more involved in the
debate if the resolution is reconsidered.
Although Ruddell plans to support
Larson’s motion, he said he wants mem
bers to decide for themselves if they
think more debate is warranted.
“I am concerned that some people
will (vote to) reconsider just because The
Data based on individuals convicted in Durham County since
October 1,1994, and released from any N.C. prison between
March 1,2000, and Feb 28.2001.
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tant step toward identifying and stopping the practice of racial
profiling, but not all law enforcement professionals in Orange
County agree that the law is necessary.
“We feel that a great deal of racial profiling is still going on,
and we can’t get a handle on it without local enforcement sta
tistics,” said Sen. Elbe Kinnaird, D-Orange, one of the bill’s
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fly) that have been useful in finding
genes that are important in cancer."
Marzluff went on to say that
researchers in genetics are working in
collaboration with cancer researchers.
“The two newest people we’ve hired (for
genetics) both work with cancer.”
The new hirees are Dr. Charles
Perou, who specializes in breast cancer,
and Dr. David Threadgill, whose area of
expertise is cancer genetics. Both
researchers have labs in the Lineberger
Cancer Research Center.
Magnuson said the department’s genet
ics research will have a significant effect on
the medical community. “We will be able
to start predicting what diseases you are
susceptible to, which will have a major
impact on the health care industry."
Jesse Mager, a third-year graduate stu-
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Daily Tar Heel had an editorial about
it,” he said. Larson cited in his e-mail a
Monday editorial that took issue with
Congress’ action last week.
Some of the new Congress members
said they felt lost during die debate over
the resolution. Rep. Dana Culp, DisL 5,
who had been to one meeting before last
week, said a training session would help
the new members feel more comfortable.
Larson said he is concerned that die new
members didn’t fully understand the issues
of the debate, especially those members
who had not been to any meetings before
Kinnaird said she is unaware of any racial profil
ing issues in the counties she represents, which
include Orange and Chatham.
“But we don’t know until we find out, and we
can’t find out until we have statistics and data,” she
The current statute requires state law enforce
ment agencies to compile and submit to the State
Bureau of Investigation data about all traffic stops,
including, among other things, the race or ethnici
ty of the driver and the action taken by the officer or
officers making the stop.
This data is compiled and made available to the
public on the N.C. SB I Web site of at
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A pedestrian on Franklin Street shows her preparation for the midday
sleet and wet snow that hit the area Monday only days
after temperatures in the 70s and 80s.
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Thursday: Sunny, 62
Friday: Sunny, 70
where the CAA had been discussed.
While Larson and Ruddell said they
were not sure if they could obtain the
two-thirds vote needed to reconsider the
resolution, Culp appeared more opti
mistic. Culp said she hopes more mem
bers will come to the next full Congress
meeting so the issue could receive the full
attention of the Congress. “It’s so contro
versial that I would have to think that
people would want to debate it again.”
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Repeat offenders are likely
to be arrested for crimes such
as shoplifting, larceny, credit
card fraud and dealing drugs.
By James Miller
The charges against them commonly
range from shoplifting to felony possession
of drugs with intent to sell.
They are an established feature of Orange
County’s crime and punishment landscape
-a feature that police, attorneys and judges
say is all too familiar and difficult to address.
Repeat offenders and their crimes bur
den police and courts and have spurred
authorities to explore new punishment and
“Yes, we do arrest the same people over
and over again, and the courts let them
loose, and we arrest them again,” said
Capt. John Butler of the Carrboro Police
Department “It’s just the way it is.”
The challenge posed to the criminal jus
tice system by repeat offenders starts with
their numbers, said Jim Woodall, Orange
County assistant district attorney.
“If you consider a repeat offender some
one coming back into the court system for at
least a second time, I would imagine 40 or 45
percent, maybe even 50 percent of the peo-
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