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Agents Detain Suspected Al-Qaida Operative
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A suspected al-
Qaida operative observed meeting with
hijacker Khalid Almihdhar in Malaysia
in 2000 has
in the Middle
East for ques
tioning in con
Found at Mayor's
Office in N.Y.
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attacks, officials said Sunday.
The Faculty Council has
plans to conduct electronic
polls to determine opinions
about a campus in Qatar.
By Nikki Werking
Faculty members expressed concern
about proposals for a business school in
Qatar and approved anew bachelor of
science degree in information science at
Friday’s Faculty Council meeting.
—Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue
Estroff said most of the concerns about
the school in Qatar relate to civil liber
ties, academic rights and faculty safety.
The proposal for a business school in
Qatar’s capital, Doha, came about when a
wife of the ruling emir offered UNC an
undisclosed amount of money to launch a
satellite campus. Qatar is a small Middle
Eastern nation located near Saudi Arabia.
Estroff and Chancellor James Moeser
answered questions focused on the aca
demic freedom of faculty members and
on the campus’s objective.
Estroff said UNC has been “assured in
the strongest terms” that professors in
Qatar will have free expression. “As long
as you don’t make very negative remarks
on their religious beliefs, intellectual free
dom will be respected,” she said.
In reference to questions about the
school’s purpose, Moeser said Sheikha
Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad, the wife
of Qatar’s leader, who offered money to
start the campus, wants to “build a soci
ety that educates its own people.”
“(Al-Misnad) wants Doha to become
the educational center of the Gulf, and
this (business school) will jump start and
build quality,” Moeser said.
The council plans to conduct an elec
tronic poll during the next month to
determine the opinions of faculty mem-
See FACULTY COUNCIL, Page 6
UNC Hosts Net Impact Business Event
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Jim Johnson, a member of Net Impact, discusses the issue
of sustainability in corporate America at a conference held Friday.
The man was
agents about his
possible contact with the hijacker, his sus
pected involvement in the USS Cole
bombing and a foiled plot to bomb a hotel
in Jordan filled with Americans during the
millennium celebrations, officials said.
The man was videotaped by
Malaysian security authorities in a
January 2000 meeting with Almihdhar
and other supporters of Osama bin
PLUCKING AND BLOWING
Playing a jazzy bluegrass tune, Andy Thorn (left) jams on his banjo with saxophonist Asher Stein
in the Student Union on Sunday night. Both freshmen have played their respective instruments
since middle school and are playing in local bars and clubs for pleasure and experience.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
The General Assembly is setting the
record for the longest session.
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Laden and his network.
At the lime, neither Almihdhar nor the
man now in custody were known to be
connected to terrorism. Officials did not
provide the man’s name. They said he
has not been charged with any offense.
However, the meeting took on new
significance this past summer when
information developed in the bombing
of the Cole suggested the man now being
held in the Middle East might have been
connected to the plot, officials said.
The CIA in August then placed
By Jenny McLendon
More than 500 business students and
professionals from across the globe con
vened at UNC this weekend to examine
the role of social responsibility in the
The Kenan-Flagler Business School
hosted the conference, tided Redefining
the Bottom Line, for Net Impact, a
national association of master of busi
ness administration students that
encourages social responsibility.
Events included speakers, workshops
and networking opportunities centered
on integrating social and environmental
well-being into business strategies.
Event organizer Valerie Cook, a sec
ond-year MBA student, said the busi
ness school’s Net Impact chapter com
peted with other business schools to host
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Field hockey falls to Wake Forest
3-2 in an overtime showdown.
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Almihdhar and one of his associates,
Nawaf Alhazmi, on a terrorist watch list,
but immigration officials discovered the
two soon-to-be-hijackers were already in
the United States, officials said.
Almihdhar and Alhazmi weren’t
located before they boarded an
American Airlines jetliner on Sept. 11
that crashed into the Pentagon.
The man recendy detained is “very
important” because he’s a midlevel
operative in the al-Qaida network, said
a retired intelligence official.
the conference. “In past years, it has
been held at a couple Ivy League
schools, which means there is stiff com
petition,” Cook said. “We felt like
because of our sustainable enterprise
curriculum that we had a lot to offer stu
dents from other schools that might not
have that curriculum.”
During the conference’s keynote
address Friday, Jeffrey Swartz, president
and CEO of The Timberland Company,
shared his thoughts on how business
leaders can enhance social accountabil
ity within their organizations.
“To the consumer, what you stand for
is at least as important as what you do,”
he said. “We must do well, but we can
also do good - doing well and doing
good are inextricably linked.”
Swartz emphasized the importance of
See NET IMPACT, Page 6
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He was arrested in the Gulf region
and was taken to Jordan, where he’s
being interrogated, said the official,
speaking on condition of anonymity.
Federal prosecutors say a Pakistani man
who was detained in Detroit and is being
held on a voter registration fraud charge in
North Carolina has been connected by
evidence to two of the Sept 11 hijackers.
Intiaz Ahmed Siddiqui, 31, was arrest
ed in the Detroit area and was indicted
last Tuesday by a federal grand jury in
Greensboro on one count of voter regis
House Plan May
Lead to Lawsuits
By Chase Foster
Despite the General Assembly’s pas
sage of a redistricting plan last week,
debate on the issue might be far from over.
Republican leaders have expressed
interest in filing lawsuits for both viola
tion of House Rules and the unconstitu
tionality of the districts.
Many Republicans vocalized their out
rage on the floor Thursday when House
Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, cut
off debate and refused to hear amend
ments to the redistricting bill.
On Thursday, the House passed the
hill - which is the basis for political con
trol of the state House by a 63-57 vote
along party lines. The Democratic plan
now contains 15 majority-black districts.
Republicans claim Black violated a
House Rule that states that debate can
only be cut off if a majority of legislators
agree and a motion is filed to call the
question. Rep. Art Pope, R-Wake, said
Republicans are considering a lawsuit
against Black but would not comment
on the details. “(Black) acted like a petty
tyrant,” he said. “He was afraid that the
majority of the House would vote for
amendments that he didn’t want”
But Democrats say Black’s actions
were justified by Rule Six of the House
Rules, which allows the speaker to have
“general direction of the House.”
House Speaker Pro Tem Joe
Local Mayoral Races
Mostly Clean; Quiet
By Ben Brooks
and Erika Heyder
Because there are a number of simi
larities between the mayoral races in
Chapel Hill and Carrboro, it has been
the personalities of the four candidates
seeking the seats that has provided vari
ety to the two races.
has two candi
dates -but the
level of tension
in the Carrboro
race is much
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lower than in Chapel Hill.
Chapel Hill mayoral candidates
Kevin Foy and Lee Pavao, both Chapel
Hill Town Council members, have said
they are pleased that the race for the
most part has avoided negative cam
“Like in any election it has gotten a
bit testy, but there has been no mud
slinging,” Foy said.
But Pavao cited one instance in
which a campaign pamphlet Foy sent
out contained inaccurate information.
“(There is one) distortion in it that
can be verified,” Pavao said.
In the pamphlet, Foy said that Pavao
does not support the Schools Adequate
Public Facilities Ordinance, an ordinance
In other news, Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld said that after four
weeks of U.S. attacks, Afghanistan’s rul
ing Taliban is no longer “functioning as
a government.” But an opposition attack
on a key northern city was reported fal
tering only hours after it was launched.
That raised doubts whether the fac
tious, poorly armed northern affiance
opposition could exploit U.S. airstrikes
and topple the Taliban without the assis
tance of American ground troops.
Orange, said there
are no grounds for
debate was cut off
the House was
controlled by the
the 1995-1996 ses
sion, debate was
cut off 187 times,”
Hackney said. “I
Black could not
be reached for
violating House Rules.
Ferrel Guillory, director of UNC’s
Program on Southern Politics, Media
and Public Life, said the potential law
suit against Black is abnormal.
He said he is concerned about the
precedent if the court upheld a lawsuit
He said representatives should be held
accountable by other legislators.
But Rep. Sam Ellis, R-Wake, said
Black failed to follow the House rules
and procedures. “If Jim Black wanted to
cut off debate he needed to do it through
a motion of the entire assembly."
Ellis said the lawsuit might call for
Black’s speakership to be suspended
and for the redistricting bill to be sent
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geared at handling overcrowding -a state
ment Pavao claims is “absolutely undue.”
Pavao said he has worked 2 1/2 years
on SAPFO and is one of two members
on the task force responsible for putting
together the schools ordinance.
But Foy said that in November 1998,
when he brought up the Adequate
Public Facilities Ordinance to the coun
cil, Pavao voted against it. Foy said the
proposed ordinance included SAPFO.
“Now (Pavao is) trying to revise the
history of this thing and act as if he’s
supported it when in fact he hasn’t,” Foy
said. “He has been on a committee, but
that committee hasn’t managed to bring
forward a proposal that (the council
members) are able to pass.”
Despite discrepancies in some of the
candidates’ campaign strategies, both
say the race has remained positive.
Just west of this hotly contested battle,
in Carrboro, is a second mayoral race that
is unfolding without as much conflict
Both candidates are campaigning with
similar strategies. Incumbent Mike
Nelson has created a leaflet and a
brochure that have been mailed to
homes throughout Carrboro.
Candidate Stacy Smith described her
campaign as “very grassroots,” and
emphasized that she has not used any
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