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Sen. Edward Kennedy and
officials discuss education.
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Officials Have Few Feasible Options for Parking Plan
BOG members say the time
has passed for considering
student fee increase plans
for the next academic year.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
The options that UNC-Chapel Hill’s
administration have for parking propos
als are drying up.
Two proposals have been considered
An election to fill vacant
Student Congress seats and
consider a fee referendum
will be rescheduled soon.
By Lizzie Breyer
A special election originally sched
uled for today was canceled after mis
communication prevented the neces
sary paperwork from being filed, stu
dent leaders said Monday.
The election was intended to fill
empty seats in Student Congress and to
allow students to vote on a referendum
to increase student fees by $5 for under
graduates and $7 for graduate students.
But Emily Margolis, chairwoman of
the Board of Elections, said the neces
sary steps were not taken to set up the
elections. “Basically, it was a lack of
communication between everybody
and me,” she said.
Student Body Vice President Rudy
Kleysteuber said Student Body
President Justin Young was responsible
for calling the election to fill empty
seats, while Speaker of Congress Mark
Townsend was responsible for submit
ting the referendum passed by Congress
to the elections board.
Margolis said that according to the
Student Code, the elections board must
be notified five to seven days before an
election is held, which she said did not
occur in this case.
She also said an informational meet
ing should have been held before the
election for anyone interested in filling
the congressional seats.
“If you’re going to have a special
election, you have to have a meeting 14
days beforehand, and it can’t be within
seven days of a University break,”
Margolis said. “Because we had Good
Friday off, the election wouldn’t have
been legal at this time anyway.”
Margolis also said she did not have a
copy of the referendum in advance.
She said that when she saw an e-mail
Townsend had sent to the Congress list
serv encouraging them to participate in
the election, she notified him that the
election could not take place.
“The most important thing here is
that we follow the code,” she said.
Margolis said the elections board
would work with student government
officials to reschedule the election,
which then will be Student Body
President-elect Jen Daum’s responsibil
ity to call, in a few weeks.
She also said that the referendum will
expire when the new members of
Congress are sworn in and that the new
Congress members will have to write
another similar referendum.
“Jen will have to call anew election,
which shouldn’t be a big deal,” she said.
“And Congress will have to re-sign the
referendum, but there are a lot of peo
ple overlapping (between sessions), and
it shouldn't be too much of a problem."
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by officials to
fill a deficit in
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year -but neither proposal is proving to
Under one proposal, administrators
called for the issuing of night permits
and day permits that would have been
valid at night as well. The UNC-CH
Board of Trustees voted 6-5 Friday to
send a proposal for night parking back
Inauguration to Change the Face of SBP Post
On inauguration day, Student Body President Justin Young reflects on his term and
President-elect Jen Daum looks ahead by discussing how she chose officers to help her lead.
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Student Body President Justin Young packs his desk Monday afternoon
as his term comes to a close with tonight's inauguration of Jen Daum.
Student Leaders Support Daum's Emphasis on Diversity in Cabinet Selection
By Meredith Nicholson
As Student Body President-elect Jen Daum
begins her term in office with today’s inaugura
tion, she brings an extremely diverse group of offi
cers to help her lead the student body.
Former and current student body leaders said that
diversity is a critical element in selecting executive
branch officers and Cabinet members but that it is
important not to limit diversity to race and gender.
Daum and past student leaders said they priori-
Durant Does About-Face, Decides to Stay With Tar Heels
North Carolina quarterback
Darian Durant reversed
his decision to transfer and
returned to practice Monday.
By Aaron Fiti
Assistant Sports Editor
Darian Durant just couldn’t ignore
the call of the North Carolina football
team’s practice field.
The Tar Heel quarterback, who
announced Feb. 25 that he intended to
transfer at the end of the semester, has
a bird’s-eye view of the field from his
room in Carmichael Residence Hall.
That’s why his teammates weren’t
surprised by Monday’s announcement
that Durant had decided to remain at
UNC and return to the football team.
“I can’t say I didn’t expect it at all," said
fellow North Carolina quarterback Matt
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to the administration - citing issues such
as restricted campus access and safety.
Another proposal by the UNC-CH
Transportation and Parking Advisory
Committee, which was rejected by the
administration, called for a $5 per
semester student fee increase.
Now that administrators have been
placed in charged of coming up with a
plan that resolves the DPS’ budget issues
without a night parking system, remain
ing options are unclear. System officials
say the schedule of the UNC-system
Board of Governors greatly decreases the
tize selecting Cabinet mem
bers and officers who are not
just diverse by race.
Daum said she chose her
officers based on interviews,
references and recommen
dations, but she also said the
student body president
needs to have a diverse
group of people to effective
ly represent the campus.
“I believe in affirmative
Baker. “I know he loves football as much
as all of us, and I knew he’d miss it.”
That’s the reason offered for Durant’s
return by UNC coach John Bunting -
that he missed being with the team.
Durant wasn’t available for comment
Bunting, who indicated five weeks
ago that he’d leave the door open if
Durant wanted to return, said he
learned of the quarterback’s desire to
come back Thursday. He then met with
team leaders to decide whether to let
Durant rejoin the Tar Heels.
“You could probably find somebody
who does not want him back, but that’s
not what I’m looking for,” Bunting said.
“I’m looking for the majority of our foot
ball team to embrace him coming back,
and they have. They all met with Darian
(Monday) in a team meeting, and every
thing went well.”
Most Tar Heels, including Durant’s
competitors for the starting quarterback
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chance of officials passing a student fee
increase to pay for parking next school
Because fee increases must be
approved by the BOG, the board would
have to consider raising student fees to
generate revenue at its May meeting, a
highly uncommon occurrence.
The BOG already approved all
tuition and fee increases for the next aca
demic year at its March 6 meeting. BOG
Chairman Ben Ruffin said the board will
not consider additional fee increases at
this point. “The time has passed.”
Young Reflects on His Year as SBP:
Unexpected Trials, Some Successes
By Kara Eide
“I would say a 9.8.”
On a scale of one to 10, that’s how
Justin Young rated his student body
What happened to the other 0.2?
“Tuition, parking and Qatar,” he said.
Young, who hands his office over to
Student Body President-electjen Daum
today, said his greatest strength as pres
ident was representing the student body.
He said he thought he was in tune
with a majority of the campus communi
ty - which is why he said he feels so
badly about the issues that didn’t result in
the most positive outcome for students.
Young said the issue he was most
disappointed about was the tuition
increase passed last month by the
UNC-system Board of Governors. “It
stinks," he said. “I don’t think there’s
any way around that.”
Young worked actively with the
tuition issue, serving as co-chairman of
the Task Force on Tuition to draft a rec
ommendation for the UNC-Chapel
job, are pleased to have a player of his
talent back in the fold. Durant, who set
UNC freshman passing records for
touchdowns, completions, yards and
total offense last year, also brings the
experience of a championship season.
“We all want Darian around,” said
CJ. Stephens, who Bunting said remains
the front-runner for the starting quarter
back job next year. “He’s an outstanding
player, an outstanding person, and we’re
thrilled to have him back.”
Bunting was pleased to have Durant
back as well, both for his ability and for
the healthy competition Durant brings
to the starting job.
“When he gets over the ball, he
knows what to do,” Bunting said. “He’s
got great vision, makes great decisions
and obviously has a knack for making
plays. He’s a playmaker.”
Durant will share reps in practice
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Andrew Payne, president of the
UNC-system Association of Student
Governments and a nonvoting BOG
member, also said he does not expect
the board to consider the fee request
because the period for increase recom
mendations has passed. “The board has
already reviewed fee increases,” Payne
said. “Any submissions would be con
sidered in the 2002-03 school year.”
UNC-CH Chancellor James Moeser
said he was not surprised to learn that
the BOG will not hear proposals for
another fee increase. “We had never
The Student Government Inauguration Ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Friday Center. Transportation
to the ceremony will be available at 7:10 p.m. from the ATMs. Taking the V bus route at 7:05 p.m. from
in front of Fetzer Gym is another option. Rides back to campus will be arranged at the ceremony.
Hill Board of Trustees. Young and
other student leaders tried to promote
student presence at the January BOT
meeting where trustees voted on the
task force’s proposal. Despite their
efforts, only about 40 students attend
ed, a turnout Young said he was dis
Young and Mikisha Brown, president
of the Graduate
also raised several
student concerns at
although the BOT
voted to send the
task force’s recom
mendation on to
Young said the
frustrating things about this year were
the problems, such as tuition, that sur
“Some of the things we wanted to
work on fell by the wayside, but that
happens when you have tuition
increases and the threat of a night park-
action, but this group is also easily the most qual
ified people for each of these positions,” she said.
Daum said her officers consist of Vice President
Aaron Hiller, a Jewish man; Secretary Rebecca
Williford, a white woman with a mobility impair
ment; Treasurer Michael Vollmer, a white man; and
Chief of Staff Rebekah Burford, a black woman.
Diversity ensures that the people who are charged
with representing the campus are as diverse as the
student body is, she said. “It’s very important to (all
of the officers) that the Cabinet look like Carolina.”
Hiller said he thinks it is important to have a
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assumed that they would,” he said.
Although he would not comment
specifically, Moeser said that when the
administration makes a revised proposal,
it will not involve a student fee increase.
UNC-CH Student Body President
Justin Young said the BOTs motion to
send the night parking plan back to the
administration is evidence that the plan is
not feasible. “As it stands, the night park
ing plan didn’t work,” he said. “I wasn’t
in support of it and enough of the trustees
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ing system waiting in the wings and
breathing down your neck," he said.
Some of Young’s major platform
goals, such as the establishment of the
Student Empowerment Endowment
grant fund, promotion of off-campus
Internet access and work on campus race
relations and minority affairs, also were
pushed aside for more pressing issues.
“It can be an overwhelming
thing, but I think I turned that
around and made the position
an empowering thing. ”
Student Body President
eventful term, those who worked with
Young said he handled the position well.
“This was a tough year,” said
Provost Robert Shelton, mentioning
the tuition debate as an example of the
See YOUNG, Page 6
diverse Cabinet and that this year’s incoming
group of officers is one of the most diverse ever.
But Hiller said he does not believe that his reli
gion factored into Daum’s decision to select him as
her vice president. “I don’t think it had anything to
do with the choice, and I think that’s a good thing.”
He said the candidates’ race, religion and back
ground make them individuals, and he believes
Daum based her decision on the individuals, not
the races and religions they represent.
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Tuesday, April 2, 2002
made in these
areas, apart from
of his stipend to
and the creation
of a Cabinet posi
tion to address