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Volume 110, Issue 60
UM Freshman Reading Choice Challenged
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
The University of Maryland-College
Park is under fire for selecting “The
Laramie Project” by Moises Kaufman as
required reading for a majority of fresh
The Family Policy Network, which
brought a lawsuit against UNC for its
By Eeyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
The event seemed like any introduc
tory level class.
But the students filling Hamilton Hall
on Monday were wide-awake and
tuned in to U.S. Senate hopeful
Democrat Erskine Bowles.
“There is not a
soul in the class of
1967 that thought
I’d be up here at
the front of the
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class instead of way in the back,”
Bowles returned to his alma mater to
address members of the Young
Democrats and any other individuals
interested in the 2002 Senate election.
“Getting me to come to Chapel Hill
is easy,” he said. “I love this place.”
Bowles, a Greensboro native, earned
a business degree from UNC in 1967.
He served as the director of the U.S.
Small Business Administration in 1993
under then-President Bill Clinton.
Bowles returned to Washington, D.C.,
in 1996 to serve as Clinton’s White
House chief of staff until 1998. He lives
Bowles will face State Rep. Dan Blue,
former Durham City Council member
Cynthia Brown and N.C. Secretary of
State Elaine Marshall in the Sept. 10
Bowles told the attentive audience
that he is not running for Senate
because of personal aspirations.
“I can watch ‘West Wing’ and get my
ego stroked pretty well,” he said. “Now
I just want the chance to go back to
Washington and go to work.”
Bowles said he chose to run because
he simply could not return to his old
work after Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
“I kept hearing my dad’s admonition
that ‘all of us have to add to the com
munity woodpile,’” he said. “I realized
that I want to spend the rest of my life in
public service. I really thought I could
go back to Washington as your senator
and really make a difference.”
There are five key issues that Bowles
intends to address if elected.
He said he will throw his full weight
behind forming a strong national secu
“I’m going to support the president
in the war on terrorism because, believe
you me, it’s real,” Bowles said.
But he maintained that he will guard
civil liberties and take a microscope to
the military budget.
“If the president really needs that
money, I’ll make sure he gets it,”
Bowles said. “But he has to need it.”
A strong economy is also essential
for domestic security, he said.
See BOWLES, Page 5
No Room to Grow
Campus construction projects are decreasing
the amount of campus rehearsal space.
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summer reading selection of
“Approaching the Qur’an: The Early
Revelations,” by Michael Sells, is criti
cizing UM-College Park’s choice for
presenting only one side of an issue.
“The Laramie Project” is a play that
documents the town of Laramie, Wyo.,
as it attempts to rebuild after the 1998
murder of Matthew Shepard. Shepard,
an HIV-positive homosexual student at
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Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff is approaching the last year of her three-year term.
Estroff said she expects many ongoing issues to culminate this year..
Faculty Voice Looks
Ahead to Loud Year
Estroff faces last year as chairwoman of Faculty Council
By Daniel Thigpen
For someone who serves as the voice of UNO’s
entire faculty, Sue Estroff seems incredibly relaxed.
Leaning back in her chair - arms behind her head
and feet atop a desk covered in endless stacks of papers
- Estroff can sum up her experience as Faculty
Council chairwoman rather briefly.
“It’s been a ride, I’ll tell you,” she said. “I’ve learned
And now, as she enters the last year of the position’s
three-year term, Estroff says the ride is only going to
get more interesting.
“I have some clear goals in mind,” said the profes
sor of social medicine. “I do like to stay busy, but I
don’t have a choice.”
Throughout her first two years as council chair
woman, Estroff has been a consistently vocal campus
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the University of Wyoming, was beaten,
tied to a fence and left for dead by two
men he interacted with at a bar.
FPN President Joe Glover stressed
that the organization’s problem with the
play results from its one-sided perspec
tive. “It’s very manipulative to take stu
dents who are the most impressionable
... and take a very heavy-handed
approach to presenting one view of an
THE FINAL STRETCH
figure in UNC’s most prominent debates and contro
But this year could keep her busier than before. She
said there’s no shortage of issues for the faculty’s gov
erning body to tackle the next two semesters.
With every item of discussion that emerges, she
said, her mission will stay the same - to accurately
gauge faculty sentiment. “I think they look to me to be
a spokesperson, to speak out on behalf of the faculty”
Estroff said. “We get together, we argue, we discuss and
come together. When you have seen me coming out
swinging, it’s as much them as it is me.
“Faculty Council is really in no way different from
Student Congress. The council is the legislative arm,
valve, mechanism of the faculty.”
Estroff believes many of the issues that were
brought to the table at the beginning of her term will
See ESTROFF, Page 5
A Foreign Face
New Zealander Laura
Douglas joins the team.
See Page 7
issue without any other data,” he said.
Glover, who said he is halfway
through the play and plans to finish it
soon, said legal action likely will not be
taken against UM-College Park unless
the university purposely makes Shepard’s
homosexuality into a religious issue.
Glover said FPN did not seek out UM-
College Park to criticize its reading pro
gram but was first alerted to the situation
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by a reporter from The Baltimore Sun.
Lawyers from the American Family
Association, which represents FPN in its
lawsuit against UNC, also expressed
doubts that charges would be brought
against UM-College Park. AFA Senior
Litigation Counselor Michael DePrimo
said a case could only be brought against
UM-College Park if university officials
attempted to establish an orthodoxy of
UNC-CH's appointees in line with code
By Daniel Thigpen
The plans have changed for the last
time, Student Body Vice President
Aaron Hiller said Monday.
Hiller appointed one additional voting
delegate to the UNC-system Association
of Student Governments this weekend -
graduate student John Heath - satisfying
the requirement in the Student Code that
UNC-Chapel Hill send four voting
members to the association.
Making it the third change since July,
the move brings the total number of del
egates, both voting and non-voting, to six.
Heath, Student Body President Jen
Daum and sophomores Colin Rogister
and Tre Jones now make up the voting
delegation. Juniors Amanda Taylor and
Charity Sturdivant will not have votes.
Rogister also has been designated as
the liaison to Student Congress, as is
mandated in the Student Code. “After
every ASG meeting, he’ll brief Congress
on what happens,” Hiller said.
No Excuse Voter Station
Set Up in Planetarium
Voting is open from
now until Sept. 10
By Meredith Nicholson
Assistant University Editor
Chancellor James Moeser and
Student Body President Jen Daum left
Morehead Planetarium on Monday
morning sporting “I voted” stickers -
two weeks before the primary elections.
Moeser and Daum cast the first votes
at the No Excuse voter station located
inside the Morehead Building. The facil
ity allows voters registered in Orange
County to vote at any time leading up to
the Sept. 10 election.
Twenty-eight people - including
Moeser and Daum - voted during the
first day of polling on campus, said Bob
Gotwals, assistant director of Morehead
Across the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
area, a relatively small number of peo
ple turned out to vote Monday. But it is
not uncommon for voters to be few and
far between during the first weeks of
early voting, said Carolyn Thomas,
director of the Orange County Board of
The No Excuse One-Stop Absentee
Voting Sites began two years ago dur
ing the 2000 presidential election.
There were originally 158 No Excuse
stations statewide, and officials esti
mated that nearly 200,000 North
Carolina voters used these facilities in
Daum said student government offi
cials will be publicizing the early voting
station in the Pit and during student gov
ernment interest meetings to encourage
belief supporting homosexuality.
Freshmen at UM-College Park will
receive “The Laramie Project” through
their residence halls or the mail. Other stu
dents living in residence halls will receive
the play as well. Faculty have the option of
incorporating the play into lesson plans.
Members of the committee that chose
See MARYLAND, Page 5
The appointment process has been rid
dled with confusion since it began this
summer. In July, Hiller appointed only
two voting delegates and two non-voting
members before realizing that UNC-CH
could in fact have four votes. After grant
ing votes to all four delegates, Hiller said
Thursday that this move didn’t complete
ly adhere to the Student Code’s guidelines
and that he would work to amend the
Student Code so that the appointments
could be confirmed next week.
Instead, the code will remain the
same, and Heath’s appointment will be
the latest, and what Hiller hopes is the
Student leaders have said changes
made to ASG stipulations elevated the
confusion. At the beginning of last year,
the ASG changed several sections of its
constitution, including the portion per
taining to delegate appointments, said
ASG president Jonathan Ducote.
Article TV, Section 3 of the ASG con-
See ASG, Page 5
Student Body President Jen Daum
and Chancellor James Moeser cast
their votes in the Senate election.
students to vote.
Brad Overcash, student government
communications director, said he
expects there will be a lot of interest in
voting on campus this year.
“I think it’s going to be an interesting
enough election that if it’s convenient
enough for people to vote, they will,” he
said. “Student government’s job will be
to let them know they can go to
Daum said she also believes that the
race between Democratic state Senate
primary opponents Ellie Kinnaird and
Howard Lee will bring students to the
See VOTE, Page 5