10 Thursday, November 1, 2001 Opinion ufyr iaihj (Ear BM Established 1893 • tW Years of Editorial Freedom MmdOytsdtedam Katie Hunter Editor Office Hours Friday 2 p.m. -3 pjn. Kim Minugh MANAGING EDITOR Sefton Ipock VISUAL COORDINATOR Jermaine Caldwell SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR Kate Hartig EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR Lizzie Breyer UNIVERSITY EDITOR Kellie Dixon CITY EDITOR Alex Kaplun STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR Rachel Carter SPORTS EDITOR James Giza SPORTSATURDAY EDITOR Faith Ray FEATURES EDITOR Russ Lane ARTS Is ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Terri Rupar COPY DESK EDITOR Kara Arndt PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR Beth Buchholz DESIGN EDITOR Cobi Edelson GRAPHICS EDITOR Catherine Liao ONLINE EDITOR Josh Myerov OMBUDSMAN Concerns or comments about our coverage? Contact the ombudsman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 918-1311 Readers' Forum Student’s Death Not Handled Appropriately By Paper or University TO THE EDITOR: Beneath The Daily Tar Heel title reads “Serving the students and the University Community since 1893.” Yet, the way the DTH reported the death of UNC senior Daniel Walker made the paper seem dis tant from the students it supposedly serves. Four articles were devoted to Walker, all of which focused on his drug-related death. Only 100 words out of all four articles report ed on the kind of person he was and what he contributed to the University community. I spoke with City Editor Kellie Dixon, and she insisted it was the paper’s respon sibility to warn other students about the dangers of drugs. I argue that perhaps if stu dents saw how Walker was a real person - a peer who went to class with them and worked on Franklin Street, who loved the outdoors and partied like any college stu dent -then students could identify with the story and stop and think about the chances they may be taking with their own lives. If the DTH really serves its students, it could have reported on how the University never held a memorial for Walker on cam pus although many friends requested it. Board Editorials Endorsing Aldermen Candidates Jacquelyn Gist, John Herrera and Diana McDuffee are the most qualified candidates for open seats All six candidates for the Board of Aldermen have similar platform goals - increasing affordable housing, protecting the environment and making sure residential taxes stay low. But for the three seats, these candidates stand out in the fall 2001 election. Jacquelyn Gist Jacquelyn Gist has spent the last 12 years representing Carrboro on its Board of Aldermen leading the town through a busy and exciting time. Gist, an incumbent candidate, should con tinue to fill a seat on Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen. Her focus on active citizen decision making and her concern for the Carrboro com munity adds a balance of experience and compassion to the board. Her proposal to establish a citizen’s agenda committee to meet and discuss the board’s actions is a tangible and important goal. The proposal’s aim to include students and minorities is also fitting and timely for Carrboro, whose population is roughly one-third students and whose Hispanic population is growing. Gist also will continue to work for the environment, namely protection of the Bolin Creek Corridor by working with county, state and nonprofit agencies to pur chase land along the creek. She also has suggested the creation of a Living Lab to be used by environmentalists, scientists and residents for both education and recreation. Gist not only plans to preserve this area but use it in the best interests of the Carrboro community and the area. She also plans to keep supporting afford able housing and work hard for legislation to allow the town to require developers to build lower cost houses in each new development. Regional transportation, an important issue for the growing community and area, is also supported by Gist She plans to continue supporting alterna tive modes of transportation and the improvements to the bus system. Carrboro needs to help maintain the board’s experience level and its open ear to the community. Gist’s re-election to the There were four memorials for New York but not one for UNC’s own student. A lot of discussion about Walker’s death took place on campus, but the DTH did not report its student’s reactions. Everyone knows mainstream media makes painful situations worse for loved ones. The DTH, as Walker’s school newspaper, could have stood out from other papers and reported the whole story. Instead, the DTH did what every other newspaper did: ignored Daniel Walker the person and painted him as the drug abuser he was not. I guess mimicking big-name newspapers and printing half true stories is how the DTH won the “Pulitzer of College Journalism.” Congratulations. Jesse Wharton Junior English and Women's Studies Senior Challenges Leader To Come Forward and Set the Record Straight TO THE EDITOR: As I have been reading the letters to the editor over the last week and have been over hearing rumors about the demanding lead ership of my senior class, I have become very disappointed and embarrassed. Board of Aldermen will secure that presence. John Herrera Diversity. Desire for community involve ment. Concern for affordable housing and better transportation systems. These are some of the qualities that the DTH Editorial Board sees and appreciates in John Herrera, a candidate for the Carrboro Board of Aldermen. If elected, Herrera will be the first, first generation Latino- Hispanic immigrant to hold a position in municipal government in North Carolina. This will prove to be a significant step toward providing a stronger Hispanic voice in Carrboro, whose growing Hispanic pop ulation currently accounts for 12 percent of the town’s residents. Herrera expresses strongly in his plat form a commitment to making sure that families new to Carrboro do not lose their homes or leave the town because of high residential taxes and land prices. He plans on easing residential taxes for homeowners by promoting economic growth in areas such as tourism and the arts. Affordable housing is one of the most heated topics across the board among can didates for government positions in both Carrboro and Chapel Hill this year. Herrera wants to continue a partnership with state and federal agencies to pursue further ways not only to provide more affordable housing but also to ensure that the availability of affordable housing in the area does not decline. In addition to the housing situation, trans portation is another area of concern that Herrera plans to address if elected. With an increasing overall population and an already dismal parking situation, Herrera wants to take initiative by seeking state and federal funding for additional transportation systems in Carrboro.The issues at hand all stem from a growing population in the state and region. As North Carolina’s most densely popu lated town, Carrboro needs people on the Board of Aldermen who have the ideas and means to address the problems. John I received an e-mail Tuesday evening from Ursula Dimmling, now the former senior class vice president, announcing her resignation to the senior class listserv. This e-mail and two recent letters to the editor have all presented various senior officers and/or friends of officers taking personal stabs at one another for all the campus to see. I am being bombarded with these statements while at the same time I have not been given any information that allows me to understand the reasoning behind such immature behavior. I challenge an unbiased, informed per son to please step forward and inform the rest of the student body as to what these attacks against one another are really about And to the officers and leaders of the student body who are still fulfilling their elected roles, remember why you have the position that you have. Your fellow seniors chose you to represent their interests in the decisions to be made concerning the events that will affect and impact our last year at UNC. In a time where the idea of democ racy is being challenged on a broader scale, can’t we at least try to ensure that such a system is not corrupted here? Lauren Morley Senior Psychology Herrera is one such candidate. Diana McDuffee In the town of Carrboro there are six candidates vying for three openings on the city’s Board of Alderman. One candidate is incumbent Diana McDuffee, who has served on the board since 1995. McDuffee brings with her six years of experience, and during that time she has helped to make Carrboro a thriving community amid the growing pains of area expansion. McDuffee’s focused vision for Carrboro entails a balanced mix of economic devel opment, affordable housing, open-space regulations and new recreation facilities for the town. What distances McDuffee from her opponents is her emphasis on student participation in local government. Many residents of Carrboro are UNC students, and it is important that they have a voice in dealing with community issues. Her pro posal for an ad hoc citizen’s committee is an excellent way for student’s to work with other residents to make decisions on vital issues that will benefit the town as it adapts to the area’s fast-paced expansion. McDuffee also recognizes the need to improve public transportation. Her hard work in the past has seen the institution of fare-free busing and increased service to more destinations throughout the county. Her desire to extend public transit capabil ities beyond the Emits of Carrboro is essen tial to the area’s growth. Regional trans portation will only help to ease traffic con : gestion as more routes are established throughout the county. Diane McDuffee has proven her ability to lead, and if re-elected she will continue to strive for the well-being of the city and its surrounding community. The DTH editor, the editorial page editor, the assistant editorial page editor and the edi torial board endorse candidates in all races. They base their decision on a questionnaire and a platform submitted by the candidate. Endorsements for Board of Education will run Friday, for Chapel Hill Town Council on Monday and for mayoral races Tuesday. Senior Class President Offers Apology, Looks Forward to Fresh Start TO THE EDITOR: I would first like to apologize for what appears to be a charade of mass chaos among the senior class officers. True, we have recently been faced with many serious challenges and obstacles. However, I would like to assure you as my constituents that the resignation of Vice President Dimmling will not hinder any of the goals that we have set for our class. It is not necessary to rehash what led to Dimmling’s resignation (thus perpetuating a batde of mudslinging). Our adviser, the marshals and myself have not forgotten that we must fill the offices of vice president and chief marshal. Luckily, many of our extremely talented marshals have already expressed interest in stepping up. I am confident in saying that these posi tions will be filled by the best leaders of our class.With that said, the marshals and I are excited about the vast spectrum of oppor tunity that lies before us, and we anxious ly anticipate a fresh start. Now we can move forward and begin successfully fulfilling the promises I made Touching But Not Really: Is It Innocent? One of my funniest Halloween memories came fresh man year. I was with a large group of people that included my older sister and some friends of hers I didn’t know. We started off at a house on Rosemary Street. While we were there, I noticed that one guy was especially quiet. Every now and then he’d laugh at a joke or say a few words to one of his friends. Other than that, he just sat, smiling, on the couch wearing a Superman T-shirt and jeans. Then, about 20 minutes into our walk down Franklin Street, a girl in a sexed-up nurse’s uniform grabbed him, and they started making out. After a few minutes they went their ways, and our group moved on. I know that Halloween brings out all sorts of unusual behavior in peo- ple. The whole event is about inverting the normal order of things. We can dress up as people we’d never dare to be any other night and play completely different roles. We can scream, party and wear scandalous clothing on Franklin Street without really even drawing attention tq ourselves. And yet, though students in Chapel Hill seem to kiss strangers on Halloween more than any other time, it’s cer tainly not limited to that night. On one hand, who’s to say it’s bad? It’s harmless. It’s kissing, just kissing. So many people do so much worse. And yet some peo ple say it’s wrong. It’s cheap - just a cleaner, safer version of sleeping around. The people who do it are “virgin sluts,” good girls and boys trying to act bad but avoid guilt. Besides, just in terms of germs, it’s a little gross. Other people say it’s not wrong, exacdy, but empty - no real potential for a relationship, no sincere closeness to the other person, not much emotion involved. These points sound true, but they also sound like the reasons people give for doing it. First of all, it’s deviance with safety. It happens in a public place. Nothing too scary or serious can happen. If the person takes things too far, simply walk away. If he turns out to be a jerk or just not so interesting and good looking after all, nothing much has been lost. Secondly, it provides the opportunity for empty, meaning less interaction. You don’t know the person and understand that you most likely will never take die time to get to know him later. Therefore, most personality flaws or incompati bilities either have not yet surfaced or usually can be over looked. Maybe he has an ultra-conservative mother who would hate you and talk to her friends about the little ear ring on the top of your left ear. No problem. He might lis ten to Nine Inch Nails and wear dirty socks to bed. It does n’t matter. If he’s from western Pennsylvania and says “you’unz” and “warsh,” you don’t even have to decide if these words annoy you. After all, this person needs to stay attractive for only a brief period of time - an evening, tops. Sometimes, people who meet each other this way do call one another, have conversations or even start to date each other. In these cases, though, the situation takes on mean ing and the participants become somewhat important to each other, which turns the event into something different entirely - either solving its cheapness and emptiness or ruining its wildness and irrelevance, depending on how you see it. Different people look for different experiences. Heck, the same people look for different experiences depending on what’s happened to them lately. Sure, meaningless kissing that you forget about the next day won’t give you what you’d get from a boyfriend a girl friend, but sometimes to some people, that probably seems pretty desirable. Relationships require effort and commitment but can hurt. Then again, being completely alone can seem lonely. “Hooking up” or “pulling” seems to meet somewhere in the middle. Maybe it offers a temporary solution, but it also could mean baby steps towards allowing for something more permanent in your life. Thinking back to the guy on Halloween, in a strange way, it makes sense. Most of the night, he didn’t talk. If any of the people who didn’t know him started a conversation with him, his ears turned red. So, if he wanted to kiss someone, the situation he picked suited him well -a way of kissing in which people never seem to touch one another and almost forget the next day that they have. Marian Crotty can be reached email@example.com. to you last semester namely representing you as students. A window of opportunity has opened and good things are just around the comer. For instance, the First Annual Poplar Ball will be held next Thursday, Nov. 8. The Unsung Founders Memorial, our senior gift, is in the beginning stages of fruition. After this year’s fall Senior Week we will continue to serve you by offering more activities to bring our class together in an unforgettable way. The marshals and I welcome any com ments or questions that you might have. Thank you for your time. Ben Singer President Class of 2002 This letter was co-signed by senior mar shals Eric Berg, Josh Bosin, Andy Brauer, Adina Dubin, Marcus Harvey, Mike Hyatt, Tim Kincaid, Reida Lawerence, Emily Lemons, Kelly Lucas, Chaz Lusk, Jheanne Malit, Reginald Benitez Manning, Courtney McCarthy, Brian Oten, Tara Pierce, Shawn Brooks, Brook Roper, Cameron Russell, John Scerri, Tomeka Suber, Moira Vanderhoof, Brittany Whitesell, Bryon Wilson, Andy Villa, Pratt Butler, Cammie D’Alpe and Shayla Higginbotham. 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