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Student body president candidates Jen Daum and Will McKinney spent their final day of campaigning
organizing last-minute strategies for victory and debating the issues that have become central to trie race.
Daum, McKinney Sound Off in Final Forum Before Election
By Addie Sluder
After four solid weeks of campaign
ing, student body president candidates
Jen Daum and Will McKinney met for
one last forum.
About 50 people gathered Monday
night in Carroll Hall for The Daily Tar
Heel-sponsored forum, where candi
dates addressed issue* such as public ser
vice, tuition and the judicial system. The
forum gave candidates one last chance
to formally express their views before
today’s runoff election.
The candidates presented opening
and closing statements, answered nine
BOG Meeting to Focus
On Tuition Increases
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
The UNC-system Board of
Governors Budget and Finance
Committee will meet tonight in
Winston-Salem to discuss campus-initi
ated tuition increases.
About a dozen UNC-system schools
are expected to bring campus-initiated
tuition increase requests before the
board this year.
On Jan. 24, the UNC-Chapel Hill
Board of Trustees approved a one-time,
S4OO increase, largely to boost faculty
salaries and decrease the student-faculty
ratio. The BOG is expected to vote on
UNC-CH’s and any other campus’s
individual tuition increases March 6.
But Addison Bell, chairman of the
BOG’s Budget and Finance Committee,
said Monday that members might con
sider calling an emergency session at a
later date to deal with tuition if all the
information is not available by March.
Bell said he already knows where
some board members stand on the
tuition issue, although he would not
He said no recommendation will be
made today about whether to accept
any individual increases, although the
committee could do so at a later date.
Bell said the workshop is for dissem
inating information presented by the
campuses to the board members.
“It’s my understanding that about
half (of the BOG members) will be in
attendance,” he said.
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predetermined questions from the DTH
and fielded questions from audience
members. Although the DTH editorial
board has endorsed McKinney, the
debate was conducted by DTH editors
not affiliated with the board, and no
endorsement was given at the end.
Daum began by reflecting on what
she has learned during her campaign.
“Being student body president is a
learning process,” she said. “Running
for student body president is a learning
process as well.”
McKinney outlined six major areas in
his platform - the environment,
women’s affairs, communities of color,
technology, quality of fife and tuition.
Payne, a nonvot
ing member of the
BOG, said he does
not think any cam
pus’s request for a
tuition increase is
set in stone.
talked to some
says all options
are being considered,
even given the
state's money woes.
their concerns over how we’ve done
tuition this year," Payne said.
If the BOG approves the increases as
they are, the proposals will then be pre
sented to the N.C. General Assembly,
which has final say on tuition increases.
But BOG Chairman Ben Ruffin said
despite the state’s financial woes, most
board members are considering all the
“I think most people are open on this
issue. ... We’re operating in different
times,” he said.
“I can tell you where I stand. I favor
Payne said tonight’s meeting will be
pivotal. “I think that the board is aware
of both sides,” he said. “This is where a
consensus will be drawn.”
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As the two remaining student body
president candidates after last Tuesday’s
general election, Daum and McKinney
spoke about how they have altered their
platforms to incorporate new ideas.
McKinney said his platform is open
to input. “It has definitely been a work
in progress, and it will continue to be,”
Daum said she has added ideas from
former candidates, like Brad Overcash’s
idea for a student summit, which she
said represent an evolving and improv
ing platform. “Certainly it is not a finite
list,” she said.
Both candidates said their involve
ment with various organizations at UNC
Controversy Stalls TPAC Proposal
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
Possible solutions to the Department
of Public Safety’s $2 million budget short
fall will not be presented to the chancel
lor’s Cabinet for approval today as origi
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trators, was scheduled to meet today to
view TPAC’s recommendation, which
was supposed to be finalized Wednesday.
At last week’s meeting, Chairman
Bob Knight presented the committee
Town Might Change Rules on Affordable Housing
By James Russ
The Chapel Hill Town Council is
considering amending its existing
Development Ordinance to allow devel
opers the right to fund affordable hous
ing without actually building the struc
tures on their properties.
The council decided Monday night to
refer two proposed amendments to its
existing Development Ordinance to staff
Changes to the existing ordinance
might be used a guideline for establish
ing anew ordinance - something the
council plans to do by Sept. 18.
The amendments were proposed by
Carol Ann Zinn, a developer looking to
It ain't over 'til it's over.
Candidates Use Last Day to Campaign
By Jordan Bartel
It was high noon in the Pit, and stu
dent body president candidates Jen
Daum and Will McKinney were ready
for a showdown.
Flanked by supporters and staff, both
worked out last
Monday amid the hustle and bustle of
the Lenoir Dining Hall lunch crowd,
eagerly greeting friends and urging peo
ple to vote in today’s runoff election.
Daum said Monday was a day for
organizing campaign workers - not only
members of her own staff, but also sup
porters of former student body president
candidates Fred Hashagen, Brad
Overcash and Bennett Mason, all of
whom endorsed Daum last week.
“This final push is using pretty much
the same strategy, but now with the sup
port of the other candidates it’s just big
ger and better,” Daum said.
Since gamering the most votes in the
Feb. 12 election, Daum said her campaign
has prepared them to lead a diverse stu
Daum said she has worked both inside
and outside of student government, citing
her involvement with UNC’s child care
coalition and the Carolina Women’s
Center - two organizations not affiliated
with student government.
McKinney said that although he has
extensive political experience, he has
not directly been involved in a student
body administration. “I haven’t spent
my years here getting lost in the wilder
ness of student government,” he said.
One area where the candidates
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with a series of five directives he attrib
uted to Chancellor James Moeser. The
committee voted on the directives with
the intention that the results of its vote
be submitted to the Cabinet.
But Knight admitted after the meet
ing that the directives the committee
had voted on were not issued by the
chancellor but were his own ideas.
Knight sent a reconciliatory e-mail
Friday to TPAC members to eliminate
any confusion about the source of the
directives and to reiterate what the com
mittee had passed.
But Student Body President Justin
Young, a member of TPAC, said the
vote results were “null and void” due to
construct the Lark Spur Cluster
Subdivision in northern Chapel Hill.
Zinn’s proposed amendments seek to
enable developers to bypass the town’s
requirement that 25 percent of the hous
es in new developments be below a cer
tain square footage.
The amendments would make it so that
- instead of meeting the requirement -
either 15 percent of the houses in a devel
opment would have to be affordable or a
payment would be made by developers to
the town to subsidize affordable housing.
The payment averages S3S,(XX) a unit.
The Chapel Hill Planning Board rec
ommended that the payment option be
used only in extreme situations.
Zinn’s proposal was heard because
she is one of four developers whose pro
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has worked even harder to ensure success.
“Since the general election, we’ve
viewed this as a whole new ballgame, so
we are just making sure that as many peo
ple turn out to vote as possible,” she said.
Daum said she is confident of victo
ry today. “I think that I’ve done as much
as I can to get the message out - so I
think my chances are good.”
McKinney also said his campaign is
continuing to work hard to get out the
vote. “We’ve gotten together a lot of sup
porters and publicity together, and
we’ve tweaked our strategy a little bit, so
we feel ready for the runoff,” he said.
Former write-in candidates Correy
Campbell and Nathan Katzin said
Monday night that they endorsed
McKinney, who received 138 less
votes than Daum in the general election,
said he plans to wake up early today and
greet students as they walk to class.
“I was nervous leading up to the gen
eral election, but I was confident that we’d
be in the runoff, and now we are prepar
ing for it,” he said.
McKinney said he is looking forward
to Election Night. “I have an interesting
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Candidates Jen Daum and Will McKinney answer questions posed
by students at The Daily Tar Heel's runoff forum Monday evening.
Therefore, instead of approving a bud
get proposal from TPAC, the Cabinet
will listen to an informative presentation
by Knight and Carolyn Elfland, associate
vice chancellor for auxiliary services.
Knight said the presentation will com
prise a synopsis of parking issues as well
as a rundown of TPAC’s progress at past
meetings. “(The Cabinet) is just going to
listen to be better informed," he said.
“The committee doesn’t have anything
close to a formal recommendation.”
Although last Wednesday’s meeting
was scheduled to be TPAC’s final
opportunity to develop a budget, Knight
said he hopes the committee can recon
vene this week to iron out a proposal.
But graduate Student committee mem
ject was approved by the planning
board prior to the council’sjan. 28 deci
sion to halt all new town development.
The council originally heard Zinn’s
proposed amendments Jan. 14, but mem
bers asked for time to clarify language.
Robert Dowling, executive director of
the Orange Community Housing and
Land Trust, said the amendments would
aid the town’s affordable housing goals.
“We believe this amendment will
help the town to realize its stated goal of
increasing the number of affordable
housing units produced in all new resi
dential developments,” Dowling said.
A confused council discussed the
implications of the planning board’s rec
ommendation to allow developers a pay
ment option. Council member Mark
mix of emotions right now," McKinney
said. “I am really excited but can’t wait
to sleep in Wednesday.”
As Daum and McKinney prepare for
their rematch, two senior class president
teams also will meet again today.
The runoff will pit senior class officer
candidates Paymon Rouhanifard and
Robert Albright against candidates Tinu
Akintola and David Mclntosh.
Akintola said she and Mclntosh were
busy Monday. “David and I just had
dinner at about four sorority houses.”
Akintola and Mclntosh spent most of
Monday organizing supporters and urging
students to vote.
“Our strategy has not really changed
that much such the general election, but
the intensity has definitely changed,”
Akintola said. “We ran to win, and that’s
what we expect”
Rouhanifard said the final push has
consisted primarily of gathering a core
group of supporters and organizing details
for today’s last-minute campaigning.
“This week of campaigning has gone
really, really well, and we’ve been work-
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ber Emily Williamson is skeptical about
whether TPAC will be able to regroup
before the March meeting of the UNC
Board of Trustees, where the final vote on
the budget will occur. “A few members
said they were going to resign,” she said.
“People said things they probably regret”
Young said that although the debate by
committee members at last week’s meet
ing is no longer valid, student opinions
must be in the final recommendation.
“We have to come up with a recom
mendation, and despite the fiasco from
last week, we are making progress, so we
need to go back and rekindle that."
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Kleinschmidt said he is concerned the
proposed amendments violate the origi
nal spirit of the Development Ordinance.
“I think it undermines the intent of
the original ordinance,” Kleinschmidt
said. “We want to incorporate affordable
Mayor Kevin Foy seemed to echo
council members’ concerns and request
ed a clearer example of the proposed
amendments application. “When (the
proposed amendment) comes back, there
needs to be a specific example of where it
applies and if it is a good idea,” Foy said.
A hearing is set for Feb. 25 to consid
er the recommendations.
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