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Volume 110, Issue 123
Senior Carey Richter speaks after
her election as speaker of
Congress on Tuesday night.
By Daniel Thigpen
Congress members decided 21-8
Tuesday night that senior Carey
Richter will replace outgoing Speaker
of Congress Tony Larson for the
remainder of the 84th session of
Richter, who will serve as speaker
until February’s general student body
elections, defeated District 19 repre
sentative and former Speaker Pro Tern
“This year, there’s been something
inside me that’s said, ‘This is what I
can do to give back to the student
body,’” she told Congress members
before the vote.
Larson had to resign from his posi
tion because he is graduating at the
end of the semester.
Richter served on the 82nd session
of Congress two years ago and has
worked as Congress’ Student Affairs
Committee chairwoman while repre
senting District 15 this year.
As she sought support from
Congress members Tuesday night,
Richter said she wanted to use her
new position to help individuals real
ize their goals.
The new speaker also promised to
maintain many of the ideals that have
characterized this session of Congress’
For one, she said, being responsible
with financial matters as Congress
allocates funds to student Organiza
tions will be a top priority.
“We have to keep an eye on what’s
See CONGRESS, Page 2
Drought Gives 89 Counties
Federal Emergency Status
By Alexandra Dodson
After a drought-stricken summer followed
by downpours this fall, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture declared Thursday that farm
ers from 89 of North Carolina’s 100 counties
are eligible for disaster-relief aid.
The decision was prompted by requests
from Gov. Mike Easley. Before the
announcement, 54 counties in the state had
Farmers now can request monetary help
from the federal government, said John
Johnson, USD A deputy administrator for
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.
Department of Public Safety officials work to limit
UNC Hospitals parking to patients and visitors.
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PROTESTS FOR COMPROMISE
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After leaving the Oct. 28,1999, Board of Trustees
meeting in the Morehead Planetarium, Student Body
President Nic Heinke (right) addresses a crowd outside.
Student Protest Tuition Over Time .
Sept. 27,1999 Oct. 28,1999 Nov. 22,1999 About 40 students, many from the new Coalition
Student Body President Nic Heinke and GPSF President More than 400 students fill the steps of More than 100 students Spring 2000 for Responsible Tuition Decisions, protest at a
Lee Conner compile a report debating the need for a Morehead Building to protest at the BOT protest at a BOG meeting, Students form the Coalition BOG meeting. Student Body President Justin
tuition increase and present it to the Chancellor's tuition vote. Conner and Heinke are the only although tuition is not on for Educational Access to Young and GPSf President Mikisha Brown present
Committee on Faculty Salaries and Benefits. students allowed to speak at the meeting. the agenda. protest tuition increases. student concerns and proposed principles.
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Oct. 25,1999 Nov. 18,1999 Feb. 13,2000 Jan. 22,2002 March 6,2002
Student leaders gather more than 1,000 signatures Student groups sponsor a free About 50 UNC students protest at the BOG meeting, Student leaders hold an Dozens of students
on a petition and send to faculty almost 200 copies concert to raise awareness of and UNC senior Jeff Nieman, the BOG'S only student online survey to gauge protest at a BOG
.of a letter opposing the proposed increase. planned tuition protests. member, calls for an amendment limiting the increase, opinions on tuition. meeting
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About 90 percent of the state’s approxi
mately 56,000 farmers were affected by the
drought, said N.C. Deputy State Statistician
He said some farmers who apply will be
eligible for federal emergency loans and the
Livestock Compensation Program, which
gives livestock producers set payments for
“The Livestock Compensation Program is
a very valuable form of assistance for pro
ducers in these counties,” Hayes said.
State officials said the aid will be beneficial
to farmers because of the extent of damage
See DROUGHT RELIEF, Page 2
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Wednesday, November 27, 2002
By JEFF Silver / Assistant University Editor
When Jen Daum was asked about her stance on tuition '
increases while campaigning for student body pres
ident in February, she vowed to fight them.
“If the administration wants to play hardball with us, we’ve
got to play hardball with them,” she said during the campaign.
“We’ve been too polite for too long.”
But since Daum was elected, her position seems to have
changed - her administration has put a greater emphasis on
negotiation rather than hard-line resistance, which she now
says is futile.
“We came in with our white flags raised,” she said.
See STUDENTS, Page 2
South Campus Apartment Project Delayed Indefinitely
Construction will not begin for at least 2 years
By Joelle Ruben
The construction of student apartments on
South Campus has been pushed back from
its 2003 start date because of ongoing con
struction in the area.
University officials have not released a
replacement date for the start of the con
struction project, but it will be delayed for at
least two years.
Christopher Payne, director of the
Department of Housing and Residential
Education, said the idea for student apart
ments on campus emerged from student
requests voiced during the creation of UNC
CH’s Master Plan.
UNC faces No. 2 Kansas at
Madison Square Garden.
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The placement of the apartments on
South Campus was determined by both the
Master Plan -a 50-year blueprint for campus
growth -and a potential housing shortage
with increased enrollment.
Payne said that the apartments originally
were slated to be completed in fall 2005 but
that discussions about the new apartment-style
residence halls still are in the initial stages.
Officials are looking at infrastructure
issues such as replacement parking spots and
the steam lines to Odum Village that will be
installed in the path of some of the proposed
Larry Hicks, associate director of adminis-
See SOUTH CAMPUS, Page 2
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State keeping tabs
By Margaux Escutin
Gov. Mike Easley sent out a memo
Monday reprimanding state agencies
for not handling theft and misspending
properly after more than SBOO,OOO was
lost due to mismanagement in 2002.
“That’s a heck of a lot of money,
especially in these difficult budget
times,” said Ernie Seneca, Easley’s
The (Raleigh) News & Observer
reported Sunday that state agencies
have lost millions of dollars due to
theft and misuse of state property.
By state law, N.C. agencies must
report thefts, damages and misuse of
state property, an obligation that
some say has not been met.
“The governor moved forward this
memo with the attorney general, and it
is a reminder of regulations of the use
and misuse of state property,” Seneca
said. Agencies should report theft and
misspending properly, he said.
Checks and balances already exist
within state agencies to prevent abuse
- namely, accounting and inventory
But Seneca said the problem is not
in the process but rather with people
not reporting crimes to the State
Bureau of Investigation. “One of the
concerns ... is that (theft) concerns
are not being forwarded to the (SBI),”
The organizations only can go so
far to prevent theft if people break the
law and their activities are not report
ed, he said. “These are illegal activities.
This type of activity is unacceptable.”
The memo makes it clear that state
agencies are expected to report theft
or property damages, Seneca said.
jeff Davies, UNC-system vice
president for finance, considers the
governor’s memo a reminder to
report any mishaps to state property.
He said the system will not take
additional steps to prevent losses
because checks already are in place to
ensure that the system minimizes
theft and misspending. “We have
interna! controls, an annual report
from the state auditor, internal audit
programs conducted independendy
of the state audit and budget flexibil
ity (for each institution),” he said.
If a discrepancy in records occurs,
See REPRIMAND, Page 2
A three-part series
Perception and Access
■ Today: Student
New On-Campus Student Apartments
Construction on apartments originally was slated to begin in 2003 but
has been pushed back because of ongoing construction in the area.
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