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Volume 110, Issue 98
Student Government Sets Forth Its Plans
By John Lipps
The leaders of all three branches of student govern
ment and the Graduate and Professional Student
Federation outlined their progress thus far and their
plans for the future Tuesday in a student version of the
State of the University Address.
Most of the roughly 40 students in attendance were
in some way officially involved in student government.
Tony Larson, speaker of Student Congress, said he
thought the attendance was acceptable considering this
was the first address of its kind.
Three years ago, then-Student Body President Nic
Heinke gave a Student State of the University Address,
but this is the first time all of the branches have coop
erated on one presentation.
“(Students) were curious about what would be said,”
Duplex Ban Waits
On Land-Use Policy
By Megan Putnam
Now that the Chapel Hill Town Council
has passed a temporary duplex ban, coun
cil members say it’s time to work on pass
ing more specific duplex regulations with
the land-use management ordinance.
The ban approved Monday prohibits
the construction of duplexes until June
30. Debate arose primarily from conflict
between permanent Northside residents
and students living in the neighborhood.
“Once we get the land-use ordinance
passed, we can go in and define
Northside,” said council member Mark
Kleinschmidt. Once Northside borders
are defined and neighborhood conser
vation districts are formed, specific rules
can be applied to individual areas.
The council is scheduled to discuss
the ordinance in public meetings
Thursday, Saturday and Monday.
After the ban is lifted, said council
member Dorothy Verkerk, neighbor
hoods will have more control.
“Neighborhoods would decide what kinds
Lack of Knowledge
Hurt Leaders' Efforts
By Dave Szwedo
Several student leaders say that they
could have done more to fight the tem
porary duplex housing ban passed by the
Chapel Hill Town Council on Monday
night but also that they did their best
Their success was impeded by a gen
eral lack of knowledge on town issues and
a lack of background information passed
down from past student leaden, they say.
Less than 15 UNC students attended
Monday’s Town Council meeting. Prior
to that meeting, students showed little
opposition to the town’s proposed
development ordinance, which has
been in deliberation for the past month.
But some students feared that pas
sage of a ban on future construction of
duplexes would push UNC students far
ther away to find affordable housing.
And student government’s efforts to
oppose the ban Monday proved unable
to sway the council in their favor, at least
in full. The council passed a temporary
ban, which will last nine months, and will
re-evaluate the issue at the ban’s end.
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation President Branson Page
attributed the group’s late action to an
initial lack of knowledge. “We didn’t
understand the depth of the problem.”
Dean Bresciani, interim vice chan
cellor for student affairs, echoed Page:
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Larson said. “We presented a vision the students can
Student Attorney General Amanda Spillman
stressed in her speech the importance of embracing the
tradition of honor and integrity as the core values at
UNC-Chapel Hill. “The intense pressure to succeed
inundates us,” she said, adding that students must keep
in mind future consequences when faced with the
temptation of compromising their integrity.
Spillman also addressed the review and reform of
the Honor Code. She said issues such as the proposed
addition of the “XF” grade and the review of the bur
den of proof will direcdy affect students.
She challenged the student body to become
engaged. “We must maintain a perpetui dialogue per
taining to honor,” she said. “Let your own personal
greatness reflect the University’s greatness.”
Larson began his speech by reviewing the accom-
of buildings are appropriate,” she said.
Mayor Kevin Foy said he wants to clar
ify that the ban is not meant to decrease
affordable housing. “I think people need
to be assured we’re not using this to get
rid of diverse stock housing,” Foy said.
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation President Branson Page said
the measure was not needed to buy time
to form new rules. But Kleinschmidt
said that the duplex issue came upon the
council “out of the blue” and that the
council knew it must act quickly.
The council will continue to work to
approve the land-use ordinance in time
to implement new rules before the ban
is lifted. After the removal of the ban,
council members will have the ordi
nance to act as their guideline when
passing more specific regulations.
Verkerk said the council does not
want the ban to last long. “I don’t think
it is the council’s intention to do the
duplex ban forever in Chapel Hill.”
Some Northside residents have been
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Student Body President Jen Daum
speaks against the duplex ban at
the Town Council meeting Monday.
“Students’ intentions would have been
better served by earlier involvement”
Dan Herman, vice president of inter
nal affairs for GPSF, also said student
leaders should have acted sooner. “It
seems like mobilizing students sooner
would have helped. But I’m not sure if
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Wednesday, October 23, 2002
plishments of the 84th Congress, mentioning the success
of the new committee on textbook pricing and the pro
posed re-evaluation of the Carolina Computing Initiative.
Larson proposed an agenda including congressional
redistricting and Honor Code changes. He also proposed
firm campaign spending limits, noting that the last three
student body presidents came from wealthy families.
He ended by defending criticism that Congress does
n’t rally protests. “The measures taken by your student
leaders are more effective than any protests,” he said.
Larson said he was impressed by the way Congress
has dealt with state legislators. He compared Congress’
dealings with the legislators to the confrontational and
threatening approach of N.C. State University students,
whose behavior Larson said belonged in the zoo.
GPSF President Branson Page said his organization
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HONOR COURT REVIEW
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Students caught cheating could face new marks on their transcripts under a proposed change to the
University Honor Code. An "XF" would signify failure of a class because of academic dishonesty.
'XF' Grade Proposed to Make
Cheating a Lesson in Ethics
By Shelley Walden
All students at UNC will make some
kind of mistake before they graduate.
Most errors will be minor with lim
ited impact. But when it comes to
cheating, UNC students convicted of
the Honor Code violation in the future
could face severe consequences.
According to anew proposal made
by a task force charged with reviewing
the student judicial system, cheaters
Man Killed on Franklin Street
A man died at UNC Hospitals on Tuesday night after
being struck by an automobile on West Franklin Street.
Sgt Steve Riddle of the Chapel Hill Police Department said
the victim, who was not a UNC student, was hit when attempt
ing to walk across the street The accident took place in the
eastbound lane in front of Time Out, located in University
Square. Riddle, who arrived at the scene shortly after 11 p.m.,
said the victim died soon after being taken to the hospital.
A white BMW with an N.C. license plate remained in the
lane late Tuesday night with a broken passenger-side mir
ror and a shattered windshield. A pair of shoes and a tobog
gan - likely those of the victim, Riddle said - laid close by.
Riddle would not comment on the identity of the driver, the
circumstances of the accident or the time it occurred.
Chapel Hill firefighters also were on the scene.
Politics in the Pit
Students participate in
Political Action Day.
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Student Body President Jen Daum (second from left) speaks at student
government's State of the University Address on Tuesday afternoon.
The mark could hinder students in
their eligibility for graduate and pro
fessional schools or jobs.
The current policy calls for stu
dents to receive only temporary
marks on their transcripts that are
removed when their sanctions, like
suspension, are terminated. The chan
cellor, Student Congress and the
Faculty Council all will have to review
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By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
No one in North Carolina’s higher
education community is arguing the
merit of lobbying state legislators, but
university system officials say a line
must be drawn somewhere.
Earlier this month, a UNC-system
Board of Governors committee drew
that line - amending its policy on cam
pus-to-legislature liaisons to limit their
time at the N.C. General Assembly.
The revised policy states that liaisons
can spend no more than 25 percent of
their time on state relations.
Campus liaisons never were intend
ed to do more than support the official
lobbying efforts of the system presi
dent’s office, said J.B. Milliken, UNC
system vice president for public affairs.
“The (UNC-system) president is and
has always been the primary represen
tative for the system in legislative
affairs,” Milliken said.
But that might not have been clear to
legislators during this year’s session.
Three university representatives -
the system’s full-time lobbyist and
liaisons from UNC-Chapel Hill and
N.C. State University - often were seen
in the legislative halls during budget
negotiations, said Senate Majority
Leader Tony Rand, D-Cumberland.
Rand said that legislators didn’t mind
the three-person presence but that a liai
son from every campus might be overkill.
BOG memberjim Phillips, who says
he will support the revised policy when
it’s addressed at the board’s November
meeting, echoed Rand’s sentiment.
“What you ended up with were (cam
pus liaisons) who were at the General
Assembly full time,” he said. “We were
headed toward everybody having
somebody over there.
“Campuses like Appalachian and
UNC-G were starting to say, ‘Hey if N.C.
State and Chapel Hill can have people
there full time, then so should we.’”
Phillips said board members favor
strengthening the system’s policy on
campus liaisons because all universities
fare better if the system coordinates its
efforts under one principal lobbyist.
“(The policy) is based on the belief
that we as (the UNC system) could pre
sent a better front and tell a better story
if efforts were unified,” he said.
The system’s official lobbyist, Mark
Fleming, also said all system universities
are better served if they act in unity.
“If all 16 campuses had someone at
the legislature, it could just become
unmanageable,” said Fleming, UNC
system associate vice president for state
governmental affairs. “This (policy) puts
the structure there so we can still get the
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