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Volume 110, Issue 103
Daum, Larson Unveil Campaign Reform
Changes would go
into effect this year
By Caroline Kornegay
Student Body President Jen Daum
and Speaker of Congress Tony Larson
revealed their election reform act
Tuesday, endorsing campaigns funded
entirely by student activity fees.
The legislation, which Daum and
Larson finalized late Monday, also sug-
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Karen Booth, a UNC women's studies professor and a lesbian, talks in Wilson Library on Tuesday afternoon with her "International Politics of
Sexual and Reproductive Health" class about the use of contraceptives in preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
CLOSETED IN CLASSROOMS
Many say that although treatment of LGBTQ faculty has improved, problems still exist
By Rachel E. Leonard / staff Writer
The treatment of gay and lesbian professors in the United States
has come a long way since 1960, when Smith College in
Massachusetts fired three gay professors charged with possess
ing gay pornography.
But that treatment still doesn’t equal that of their heterosexual col
leagues, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer professors
Many LGBTQ professors think
twice before coming out of the closet.
Some have been harassed because of
their sexuality -some say they’ve lost
their jobs because of it.
Yet some LGBTQ faculty say their
sexuality has never been an issue.
Acceptance of LGBTQprofessors has
Senior Class Gift:
• Voting hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sc- • Gift options: an Undergraduate
*> Library endowment of at least
520,000, an artistic glass etching on the
windows of the Campus Y building
memorializing Sept. 11 or a special-needs scholarship to pay
• All students are eligible to vote
• Voting hours: 7 a.m to 10 p.m.
• Queen Candidates: Rhonda Patterson, Susan Peters and
• King Candidates: Larry Braithwaite and Berry french
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gests new spending limits and a shorter
If approved by Student Congress at its
meeting in two weeks, the Larson-Daum
Campaign Reform Act of 2002 would go
into effect for this year’s election.
The act would cut the amount student
body president and Carolina Athletic
Association president candidates could
spend from SSOO to S4OO. Those cuts are
less than original estimates from earlier
in the week, when Larson said spending
possibly could be limited to S3OO.
Candidates for Residence Hall
Association president and Graduate and
improved over the last few decades, but
not at all schools, said Toni McNaron, a
retired University of Minnesota professor
who interviewed more than 100 LGBTQ
professors for her 1996 book “Poisoned
Ivy: Lesbian and Gay Academics
“The progress is in pockets,”
Homecoming, Class Gift Votes Today
By Elizabeth Daniels
Seniors will have many options to
choose from in the two online elections
being held today.
The day has come to vote for
Homecoming king and queen, as well
as the senior class gift - the first time
the two elections have been held online
the same day.
This year all students can vote
online through Student Central for
Homecoming king and queen between
Money isn't everything, but lack of money isn't anything.
Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Professional Student Federation presi
dent would be able to spend $75 less
during their campaigns -a total of $250.
Students running for senior class offi
cers and Student Congress members
would be limited to $l5O and S2O
Runoff election spending limits also
were cut by more than half in the propos
al. Student body president and CAA pres
ident candidates would be restricted to
SIOO. RHA presidential hopefuls, senior
class officers and GPSF president candi
dates would be limited to $75. Under cur
rent legislation, the candidates can spend
how sexuality Smi
Classes and Majors
McNaron said. Schools in
Southern and rural Western
states are the least receptive
to LGBTQprofessors, she
said. Schools in California,
New York and big cities are
usually more gay-friendly.
Despite those pockets of
progress, McNaron esti
mates that the majority of
in the closet.
Most schools say they treat LGBTQ
faculty the same as their heterosexual
peers, but many professors say that’s
not the case.
In May, a University of Texas-Tyler
professor was fired after undergoing a
7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Seniors have the
same option for the senior class gift and
can vote between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The candidates for Homecoming
Make Final Push
See Page 4
Braithwaite and Berry French are each
running for Homecoming king.
Each candidate is touting a unique
Locals march to denounce
See Page 3
a total of 150 percent of their original
spending limits by the end of the runoff.
Under the new regulations, candi
dates and their running mates only will
be allowed to use the funds provided by
student fees to finance their campaigns.
No other money - including personal
funds - may be used.
But before potential candidates can
use student fees, they must gather a much
larger number of signatures than previ
ously needed on their petitions to be on
the ballot - for example, 800 signatures
for student body president, up from 500.
The measures are designed to neutral
sex change. In the late
19905, two gay University
of Notre Dame professors
resigned, saying the school
was hostile toward gays.
Carolyn Byerly, a for
mer communications pro
fessor at New York’s Ithaca
College and a lesbian, sued
the school after she was
denied tenure in 2000.
Byerly, now a University of
Maryland visiting professor, claimed her
sexual orientation and feminism were
key issues behind her tenure denial.
The school cited a small group of
negative student evaluations that said
she wasn’t feminine enough and that
See FACULTY, Page 9
Patterson, a senior Spanish and
communication studies major spon
sored by the Black Student Movement,
has proposed a service project titled,
“Home is Where the Heart Is,” which
focuses on organ donation.
Peters, a senior health policy and
administration major under the sponsor
ship of Sangam, the South Asian aware
ness organization, will promote different
cultures by teaching two classes to high
school and middle school students.
See VOTE, Page 9
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ize economic differences between candi
dates, who in the past have used various
and sometimes unequal resources for
campaign finances, Daum said.
“A lot of it came out of personal expe
rience,” she said of the proposed changes.
The changes would help the process
run more smoothly and be as fair as pos
sible, Daum said.
The limits were proposed to keep
candidates focused on developing issue
based platforms and face-to-face cam
paigning by limiting the use of posters
for simple name recognition.
Larson said he hopes giving candi
Congress OKs Fee
By Lizzie Stewart
Student Congress members voted 28-
2 Tuesday to place a referendum calling
for an increase in the student activity fee
on the general election ballot in February.
The referendum proposes increasing
the student activity fee for all students to
$19.50 per semester. Currently, under
graduates pay $11.50 per semester and
graduate students pay $9.50 per semester.
The increase in student fees would
enable student organizations to fund more
events and bring distinguished speakers to
campus, said Speaker Tony Larson.
This would be the first significant
increase in the student activity fee since
1984. Inflation and state budget cuts
prevent organizations from continuing
programs of a high caliber under the
same budgets they have had for almost
20 years, many Congress members said.
The legislation passed despite strong
opposition from Student Body Treasurer
Michael Vollmer and representatives
Matthew Carter and Alak Shah, who
called the resolution hypocritical and
said voluntarily increasing student fees
would ruin the students’ credibility with
the UNC-system Board of Governors.
“This is one of the few areas where stu
dents have the right, impact and ability to
determine what they pay,” Vollmer said.
Vollmer also questioned the need to
increase the student activity fee when
Congress has yet to allocate all of its
funds for this year and $24,000 was
returned to Congress at the end of last
year because organizations did not use it.
Larson said that most organizations
received only a small portion of what they
asked for last spring and that many will
Water Restrictions May
Lead to Rate Increase
By Michael Davis
Assistant City Editor
Orange Water and Sewer Authority
will hold a public hearing Nov. 14 to dis-
cuss the possibility of addi
tional rate increases to cover
a $1.2 million budget deficit
attributed mostly to lost rev
enue from recent conserva
Although OWASA water
use rates will increase slightly
beginning Nov. 1, officials say
these hikes are not related to
the drought and will not be
discussed at the hearing. The
adjustments, which were
agreed to in June, will result
in an increase of 6.25 percent
in OWASA customers’ rates,
said Fid Kerwin, OWASA’s executive
The public hearing instead will
address options to make up revenue lost
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dates campaign funds from student activ
ity fees will free them of obligations to
campaign contributors. “I hope the effect
(of the amendment) is it makes the cam
paigns more focused around issues.”
In addition, the act cuts the cam
paigning period by one week.
The legislation states that candidates
may campaign publicly and orally 21
days prior to the election but may not
use fliers or other campaign materials
until 14 days before election day.
The University Editor can be reached
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Speaker Tony Larson talks with
Student Congress members at
their meeting Tuesday evening.
return to ask for subsequent funding.
He also said organizations are hesi
tant to ask for funding for major events
because of Congress’ lack of adequate
funds dining the last few years.
“Organizations on this campus are
afraid to dream big,” he said.
Some Congress members said they
were motivated to increase the fee
because they had witnessed the disap
pointment of student organization lead
ers whose requests for funding were
turned down. “I watched as groups were
told that all of the plans they made this
year were not going to happen because
See CONGRESS, Page 9
over the summer as customers tried to
conserve water, Kerwin said.
But he said that the meeting was
scheduled before the onset of recent
rains, which have helped replenish the
area water supply, and that
he is not sure whether rates
will increase again.
He said OWASA staff is
looking at cost-cutting mech
anisms designed ultimately to
save customers money.
“While we are having this
public hearing, we’re also
working extremely hard to
see what costs we can cut,”
he said. “It’s not a given (that
rate increases) will happen.
“I’m more optimistic
through a combination of
saving (and delaying capital
of the drought,
improvement projects that) we’ll be able
to get through it.”
See RATES, Page 9