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Volume 110, Issue 116
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The Bhangra Elite (above) and Dola Re Dola (below) perform at the 16th annual Sangam Nite on Saturday in the Great Hall.
Sangam Nite, a celebration of traditional South Asian culture, began Friday night at the Hindu Bhavan Hall in Morrisville.
SANGAM BRINGS COLORS
OF SOUTH ASIA TO STAGE
By Jessica Bonnem
On Saturday night, sophomore Sameer
Tanakia and five of his friends performed on the
stage of the Great Hall wearing red and white
robes and swinging swords and staffs to the beat
of traditional South Asian music.
But after a few minutes, they exchanged their
traditional garb for UNC T-shirts and added
American step and break
dancing moves to their act as
colored lights flashed and the
crowd cheered and clapped.
Their performance was
typical of die annual Sangam
Nite, now in its 16th year -
an evening filled with dances
and skits that fused aspects of
traditional South Asian cul
ture with modem American
The opportunity to compare traditional values
with modem American culture is one of the most
important aspects of Sangam Nite, said Surabhi
Aggarwal, a graduate student at UNC who moved
to the United States from India one year ago.
“I feel that if (students of South Asian decent)
have been bom and brought up here, (Sangam
Republican Caucus Nominates
Daughtry for Speaker Post
Opposition remains from
Democrats, GOP members
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Assistant State & National Editor _____
Republicans, who hold a paper-thin majority in the
N.C. House, chose party leaders Sunday - including
those who will take on Democrats for top leadership
positions in January.
The House is split 61-59 in favor of Republicans,
according to election results released Friday after a final
recount of votes in contested elections in four counties.
House Minority Leader Leo Daughtry, R-Johnston,
UNC alumnus plays the lead role of Simba in the
traveling tour of the musical "The Lion King."
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Nite) is important,” she said. “It exposes them to
traditional language and culture -and plus it’s
The large number of people who attend
Sangam Nite every year attests to the captivating
nature of the performances, said Nalin Parikh,
Sangam’s faculty adviser. •
He said the crowd for last year’s show filled
defeated Rep. Connie Wilson, R-Mecklenburg, and
Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance, to win the nomination
for House speaker, the chamber’s highest leadership
position. Daughtry likely will face current House
Speaker Jim Black, D-Mecklenburg, who has said he
will seek re-election.
Rep. Richard Morgan, R-Moore, a former House
minority leader and one of Daughtry’s biggest critics
in the COP, said he plans to run against the caucus
nominee in January as a bipartisan candidate, accord
ing to the Associated Press.
“The caucus nominee... can’t pull this off,” he stated.
“The work begins today to find a consensus candidate.”
Rep. Joni Bowie, R-Guilford, won the Republican
See SPEAKER, Page 2
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Memorial Hall, the campus’s largest venue.
This year, because Memorial Hall is closed
for construction, Parikh said, Sangam officials
decided to hold two shows, which both sold out,
adding a performance Friday night at the Hindu
Bhavan Hall in Morrisville.
“(Friday) was for the community,” he said.
“(Saturday) is for students and friends.”
On Saturday, Sangam members, their par
ents, other UNC students and even students
from other universities made up the standing
room-only crowd that filled the Great Hall with
applause all night. “It’s not just that (the crowd)
liked it,” Tanakia said. “They loved it. It really
brings your spirits up.”
Members of the enthusiastic audience were not
only entertained by the dances and skits but also
educated about South Asian culture, Parikh said.
He estimated that 60 percent of the crowd was
of South Asian descent while the remaining 40
percent were students of other descents.
Senior Jigna Patel, who performed one of the
dances, said the diverse audience increased the
educational value of all the performances.
“(Sangam Nite) is a good opportunity to intro
duce the culture not only to South Asians but
also to others at UNC,” she said.
See SANGAM, Page 2
NCAA Lifts Suspensions of Johnson, Holmes
The NCAA has rescinded the one-game
suspensions for North Carolina basketball
players Jonathan Holmes and Will Johnson
for participating in a charity basketball event
that raised money for cancer research.
Holmes and Johnson, the only two
seniors on this year’s men’s basketball team,
will play in UNC’s regular-season opening
game against Penn State today.
Holmes and Johnson issued this joint
statement: “First, we appreciate the
University’s help in the appeal process. We
thought our administrative staff made a great
argument on our behalf. Obviously, this is a
lesson to every student-athlete about the
importance of clearing things with your
compliance staff. We were just trying to help
out a great cause and didn’t understand the
Seminoles send Tar Heel
to sixth straight loss.
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GOP Power Could
For UNC System
By Matt Hanson
Officials say the new Republican major
ity in the N.C. House will cause increased
scrutiny of higher education budgets -but
Republicans say the UNC system’s budget
will not be singled out for cuts.
Republican party officials and legisla
tors have criticized past state budgets for
overspending. This past session,
Republican leaders - including House
Minority Leader Leo Daughtry, R-
Johnston - blasted the budget, saying it
was unbalanced and typical of a budget
produced by a Democratic majority.
The N.C. General Assembly expects to
deal with another deficit of more than $1
billion in 2003.
The GOP’s gains in both chambers of
the N.C. General Assembly have put it in
a position to play a more decisive role in
creating budgets in the coming years.
Republicans officially have a 61-59
majority in the House, according to results
released Friday after the final recount in
Wayne County was completed.
“It moves die Republicans from a clear
opposition party to a part)' that has some
share in the responsibility in setting the
future course of the state,” said Ferrel
Guillory, director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s
Program on Southern Politics, Media and
Republican party leaders said part of
their efforts to streamline the state budget
will include a closer look at the way money
Forum to Address
Safety, registration to
be discussed tonight
By Lance Johnson
In an attempt to get students to speak
their minds about campus issues, Student
Congress has scheduled a Fall Forum for
tonight to better understand the concerns
of UNC’s student body.
The forum will be held at 7 p.m. in 209
Campus safety, registration problems
and reform of the Honor Court will be the
main topics of discussion at the event, but
representatives say students are encour
aged to share their opinions, regardless of
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UNC basketball players Will Johnson (left)
and Jonathan Holmes have been cleared to
play tonight against Penn State.
harm of playing in a charity event. We want
to thank the NCAA for taking a serious and
fair look at our individual case. This is some
thing we have been dealing with for a while.
Now we can focus completely on Penn State
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Leo Daughtry could lead a GOP House
majority that will have increased say
over the UNC system's budget.
is spent on higher education.
But Daughtry maintained that his party
will not focus on cuts to higher education,
adding that plans for the coming term are
not yet finalized. “Everything that we need
to fund is here on the table, and we’re not
going to single out any one thing,” he said.
Legislators also said the shift in leader
ship on various committees will Influence
the General Assembly’s approach to high-
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Congress Speaker Tony Larson said the
forum is organized in a manner that will
make it easy for students to speak.
“We tried to create structure but not an
overly structured event,” Larson said. “We
want more listening and less talking on our
The forum will devote about 30 minutes
to each of the three key issues, with audi
ence questions and feedback after a brief
topic presentation by a Congress represen
“We want to hear what students have to
say about issues like safety and registra
tion,” said Fall Forum Co-chairman Alak
Shah. “But basically we just want to know
what’s on their minds.”
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and the rest of the season.”
Holmes and Johnson participated in a
one-day, 3-on-3 basketball tournament last
spring to raise money for cancer research.
They each paid the $lO entry fee to partici
pate in the fund-raiser and received no prize
money or other gifts for participating. The
event was run by the Carolina Cancer
Focus, a student organization.
UNC’s compliance office became aware
of the student-athletes’ participation after the
event and declared them ineligible per
NCAA regulations. NCAA rules prohibit
men’s basketball student-athletes from par
ticipating in outside competition.
On Friday, UNC officials appealed the
suspension in a conference call to the
NCAA’s Division I Committee on Student-
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