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Food for Thought
School officials and legislators
discuss key education issues.
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Survey: Students Prefer No Tuition Hike
Weighing In on Tuition
Student government conducted an opinion poll Tuesday to gauge student opinion about a
proposed tuition increase. Respondents chose amounts they felt were appropriate for an increase.
Lowest Reasonable Largest Reasonable Increase According to
Increase Increase Personal Preference
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SOURCE: UNC BOARDOF ELECTIONS DTH/COBIEDELSON AND BETH GALLOWAY
In Edwards Trial
Dwayne Russell Edwards was arrested Jan.
9, 2001, but the legality of evidence found
during the arrest is now being questioned.
By Kellie Dixon
HILLSBOROUGH - Dwayne Russell Edwards’ defense
attorney argued Tuesday that evidence obtained during a traf
fic stop lastjanuary should be excluded from Edwards’ sex
ual assaults trial -a move that, if successful, could handicap
the prosecutor’s case against Edwards.
Edwards was arrestedjan. 9,2001, when Carrboro officials
stopped the former UNC employee for having an expired
registration sticker on his 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier. Edwards
was stopped by Carrboro police shortly after Chapel Hill offi
cials broadcasted that a sexual assault had occurred in Chapel
Hill. The description the Chapel Hill police gave matched
that of the suspect in the two Carrboro assaults.
Edwards is facing a number of charges stemming from two
sexual assaults and one rape that occurred in the Chapel Hiil-
Carrboro area in December 2000 and January 2001.
The purpose of Edwards’ motions hearing, which began
Tuesday and will resume at 9:30 a.m. today at Orange County
Superior Court in Hillsborough, is to determine whether evi
dence secured during the traffic stop, which helped officials
link Edwards to the sexual assaults, should be admitted.
The evidence in question includes a silver handgun found
under the driver’s seat of Edwards’ vehicle, loose U.S. cur
rency found on the passenger’s seat and cream-colored gloves
discovered in the passenger-side floorboard. The motions
were filed by Edwards’ attorney, Steve Freedman.
Lead investigator Matthew Dean of Carrboro took the stand
first and recounted for almost two hours the two sexual assaults
that happened Dec. 23, 2000, and Dec. 26, 2000, in Carrboro.
Dean testified that the victims noted the suspect wore cream-col
ored gloves and brandished a weapon of some sort. The details
were more specific regarding the nature of the assailant in the sec
ond attack, specifically naming Edwards as a suspect, Dean said.
During the hearing, Edwards reclined in his chair, resting his
head against his right hand, sitting without emotion as each offi
cer delivered his or her testimony about the night of his arrest.
Dean said the Carrboro police filtered information through
the department regarding the case. The officials observed
Edwards’ residence onjan. 5,2001, andjan. 6,2001, after the
two assaults, when he was named as a prime suspect.
Carrboro police Officer Seth Everett, who initiated the traf-
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Elders Encourages Students to Pursue Public Service
By Rachel Clarke
Former U.S. Surgeon General
Joycelyn Elders called upon UNC stu
dents to use their educations to solve
America’s social problems when she
spoke Tuesday night in Memorial Hall.
Elders, the first black and second
female surgeon general, who served in
the position from 1993-94, delivered the
keynote address for UNC’s Martin
Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration
“You have a lot of things that have got
to be accomplished,” Elders told the
nearly full auditorium. “You’re here to
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Emily Margolis, (left) chairwoman of the Board of Elections, kicks off student government campaign season Tuesday night
with a quick trivia game testing candidates' knowledge about the Student Code at a meeting for interested students.
Elections Season Gets Under Way
By Jeff Silver
Three weeks of student election campaign
frenzy kicked off Tuesday evening with an
Board of Elections Student Elections
Margolis facilitated the meeting, which was
required for all students nmning for student body
Hall Association presi
dent, senior class presi
dent and vice president,
Graduate and Professional Student Federation
president and Student Congress.
The general election will take place Feb. 12.
build bridges over rivers of ignorance.”
Elders said today’s students have a
responsibility to address social problems
such as racism, sexism and classism.
“You’re here to learn how to deal
with these ‘isms’ and get rid of them,”
Elders referred to King several times
during her speech, praising his hard
work and accomplishments. “Our task is
to revitalize and keep alive the spirit of
his memory and to realize what that was
about,” she said. “Sometimes when
you’re trying to be a leader, you have to
Elders, who resigned in December
1994 amid controversy over a remark
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By Nikki Werking
The overwhelming majority of stu
dents who participated in student gov
ernment’s online opinion poll Tuesday
prefer tuition increases smaller than the
proposed S4OO hike.
Of the 597 students who voted, 62
percent showed a personal preference
for no tuition increase next year, and
51.4 percent voted for no increase as the
lowest reasonable increase.
Members of student government plan
to formally announce and present the
results of the survey as part of their pre
sentation at the UNC Board of Trustees
meeting Thursday, where the trustees
are slated to vote on a one-year, S4OO
tuition increase recommended by the
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she made about masturbation and sex
ual education, said people often ask her
why she didn’t keep her mouth shut to
keep her job.
But Elders said she feels it is neces
sary not to remain silent about impor
tant issues. “We have to keep speaking
out about the injustices as we see them,"
she said. “You have to say, ‘This is what
I believe in.’”
Elders said one of the most important
social problems that requires advocacy
is health care. “We don’t have a health
care system in our country, we have a
sick-care system,” she said. “We brag
about the fact that every criminal has a
right to a lawyer, and we don’t care that
From the Bench
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will sit out tonight's game.
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Volume 109, Issue 142
Task Force on Tuition.
“The BOT will see that students are
willing to help a little, but they can’t
absorb a drastic increase,” said Student
Body President Justin Young.
Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber said the results of the survey
confirm what student government
expected. “(The results) clearly show that
students don’t feel a pressing need for
tuition increases this year,” Kleysteuber
said. “The increases can wait.”
The survey, which was posted from 7
a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday on Student
Central, asked students to select the
“lowest reasonable,” “highest afford
able” and “personal preference” for
tuition increases. The choices for each
were SO, SIOO, S2OO and S4OO increases.
In addition to the 51.4 percent of stu
If needed, a run-off election will be held Feb. 19
for all races in which one candidate does not
receive more than 50 percent of the vote.
The meeting opened with a game of “Code
Jeopardy” that reviewed official policies such as
limits on campaign spending and student voter
eligibility for the upcoming elections.
Margolis distributed a packet to the candi
dates containing this year’s election code, urg
ing them to read the code carefully. “It’s very
clear on how things are going to go,” she said.
The code identifies the number of student sig
natures candidates must have by Feb. 5 for their
names to appear on the ballot: 500 for student
body president and CAA president, 150 for RHA
president and senior class officers, 50 for GPSF
president and 10 for Congress representatives.
The election code also outlines the spending
limits for the campaign: SSOO for student body
and CAA presidents, $325 for RHA and GPSF
every sick baby doesn’t have a right to a
But Elders said students could solve
problems like those involving national
health care by getting involved and
working together to form networks.
“You get the degree so you can do some
thing,” she said. “You have a huge
Before the speech, Rhonda Patterson,
a junior communications major, was
awarded the 21st annual Martin Luther
King Jr. Scholarship. Patterson won
SI,OOO for demonstrating commitment to
the humanitarian ideals King espoused,
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dents who selected no increase as the
lowest reasonable increase, 27.5 percent
chose a SIOO increase, 14 percent were
in favor of a S2OO increase, and 7 per
cent picked a S4OO increase.
Of voting students 33.3 percent said
no tuition increase would be affordable,
while 26.6 percent said a SIOO increase
was the highest affordable. And 26.1
percent said a S2OO increase would be
reasonable, and 13.9 percent said a S4OO
increase was the highest affordable.
Besides the 62 percent of students
who chose no increase as their person
al preference, 19.1 percent preferred a
SIOO increase, 10.3 percent selected a
S2OO increase, and 8.5 percent chose a
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presidents, $175 for senior class officers, and
$75 for Student Congress members.
Margolis also distributed a revised list of con
gressional districts. Speaker of Student Congress
Mark Townsend announced later that students
must run in the district they will live in next year.
Margolis then clarified this year’s policy about
“dorm storming,” the tactic of campaigning
door-to-door in campus residence halls to gather
petition signatures. She distributed a letter from
Christopher Payne, director of the Department
of Housing and Residential Education, stating
that all campaign workers must have permission
from residence hall area directors 24 hours in
advance of canvassing halls.
She also addressed a rumor that some cam
paign teams were planning on moving others’
campaign posters and signs. “(It is) classless and
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Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders discusses how minority
communities, education and citizenship influence health care issues.
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Thursday: P.M. T-storm; H 68, L 45
Friday: Showers; H 56, L 35
Wednesday, January 23, 2002
The GPSF-sponsored forum
was meant to give students
information and a chance to
discuss the proposed hike.
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
Less than 10 people showed up
Tuesday night for the only tuition-relat
ed forum scheduled before Thursday’s
UNC Board of Trustees vote on tuition.
Sponsored by the Graduate and
Professional Student Federation, the
forum originally was supposed to
include some members of the Task
Force on Tuition and the BOT.
Butjames Alstrum-Acevedo, an event
organizer who served as the graduate stu
dent representative on the task force, said
some officials who were invited to be on
the panel ultimately could not come
because of scheduling conflicts. Alstrum-
Acevedo, Student Body President Justin
Young and GPSF President Mikisha
Brown led the discussion.
The forum was designed to give stu
dents a chance to speak out on the one
year, S4OO tuition increase the task force
has recommended, which will be pre
sented to the BOT at its Thursday meet
ing. Under the draft of the proposal, part
of a tuition increase would be targeted to
help improve graduate student stipends.
First-year medical student Branson
Page was concerned that students missed
out on important information about the
potential increase by not attending the
forum. “I don’t think that (students) real
ize what (a tuition increase) is going to do
to them,” Page said. “It kind of sucks this
is all that’s here.”
Alstrum-Acevedo said the atten
dance was low because other students
“either didn’t want to come or were too
busy.” He also said that holding the
forum at the School of Social Work on
Pittsboro Street might have decreased
the turnout for undergraduate students.
But Alstrum-Acevedo, Brown and
Young used the opportunity to give the
few students present information about
the proposed increase. They also identi
fied concerns related to the short time
line used in considering a tuition hike.
Alstrum-Acevedo said graduate stu
dents have less to worry about than
undergraduates regarding a tuition
increase because much of their tuition is
covered by grants and funds within their
departments. He said a proposed increase
would affect professional students the
most because they pay tuition themselves
without much support from other sources.
While the dismal turnout concerned
student leaders, they said they hoped
more students would show up for a rally
student government is planning for
Thursday morning at the Old Well.
Alstrum-Acevedo said, “If (students)
really feel strongly, then hopefully they
will make their voice heard."
The University Editor can be reached
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