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Voorhees College seniors Marcia Gooding (left) and Leslie Eaddy dance to the music blaring out of John Edwards' campaign bus after the senator made a stop
Monday at the historically black institution in Denmark, S.C. Below: Edwards greets a group of supporters chanting " Go, John! Go!" as he arrives at Voorhees.
FOR SOUTHERN TEST
Stops at historically black
colleges mark day in S.C.
BY CHRIS COLETTA AND LAURA YOUNGS
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITORS
DENMARK, S.C. The sign in front of
Massachusetts Hall at Voorhees College in this
rural Southern town said “Parking Reserved for the
President,” and its message was taken to heart.
When Sen. John Edwards finally pulled into the
parking spot across from a\ree-laden quad in the
center of campus, the support
ers that had gathered to greet
the North Carolina lawmaker
broke into boisterous cheers
and shook the placards they had been tapping
impatiently against the ground.
The campaigning represented Edwards’ last
push for South Carolina votes before today’s
Democratic primary, the first Southern contest in
the battle to win the party’s presidential nod.
Edwards, who held a lead of 5 percentage points
over Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry in a
Reuters/MSNBC/Zogby poll released Monday, said
he gave a speech at Voorhees to emphasize what he’s
been talking about since his campaign’s beginning.
Edwards’ discussion of key issues, particularly the
hemorrhaging of jobs from South Carolina’s man
ufacturing center, struck a chord with the crowd.
Such events are common for Edwards, who
hopes to attract a large number of voters to the
polls in a state he has said he has to win.
To do so, Edwards has stressed his upbringing as
the son of a Seneca, S.C., mill worker, and his
stump speech seems in many ways geared toward
those who might be frustrated with their lot in life.
“The South is not George Bush’s backyard, it’s my
SEE EDWARDS, PAGE 9
Young Dems lend
a hand to Calabria
BY MEGAN SEROW
Student Body President candi
date Matt Calabria gained his first
endorsement at the Young
“I’m really happy” said Calabria,
a former member of the Young
Democrats Executive Board. “I
think they trusted my experience in
and outside of student government.”
Six of the eight candidates,
along with write-in Jon Lepofsky,
participated in Monday’s forum.
Candidates Laura Thomas and
Faudlin Pierre did not attend the
Candidate John Walker left the
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Tensions rise as races near
BY TRISTAN SHOOK
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.,
sits comfortably atop the pack of
Democratic contenders coming
into today’s primaries and caucus
es, while his rivals are hoping to
gain enough momentum in their
campaigns to press on.
Kerry holds wide leads in
Missouri and Arizona and narrow
ly trails retired Gen. Wesley Clark
in Oklahoma, according to a Zogby
poll released Monday. Kerry trails
North Carolina’s senior senator,
John Edwards, in South Carolina.
Five states hold primaries
today: Arizona, Delaware,
Missouri, Oklahoma and South
Carolina. Two states, New Mexico
and North Dakota, have political
The self-titled “comeback
Kerry” has been the toast of the
Democratic Party since his turn
arounds in lowa and New
Hampshire. “Winning in lowa and
New Hampshire probably gives
him a boost in all seven states,”
said James Campbell, a political
science professor at the State
University of New York-Buffalo.
Kerry picked up key endorse
ments in both South Carolina and
Missouri. U.S. Rep. Jim Clybum,
D-S.C., a six-term congressman
forum after making an opening
statement, saying he would use the
time to talk with South Campus
students. He said he didn’t think
he had a chance of getting the
endorsement because of his con
But Young Democrats Vice
President Justin Guillory said that
his organization didn’t enter the
forum with a set candidate to
“It was experience and platform,
not whether they’re a Republican
or Democrat,” he said.
He also said that Calabria’s plat
form as a whole especially his
ideas to increase student voting
garnered the group’s support.
SEE YOUNG DEMS, PAGE 9
and a leading black politician in
the state, announced his support
for Kerry on Thursday, a move
that might go far in courting the
state’s all-important black voters.
The Massachusetts senator has
reached a pinnacle in the early pri
mary season, but the challenge for
Kerry will be to show that he is not
simply a niche candidate. “What
he needs to do is to demonstrate
that he is not just a northeastern
candidate,” said Jack Fleer, a pro
fessor emeritus of political science
at Wake Forest University.
“He has to overcome this liberal,
Massachusetts, Kennedy-ite man
tle that has been placed on him.”
Candidate Matt Calabria speaks
during the Young Democrats'
forum Monday before receiving
the group's endorsement.
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The latest Zogby poll shows
Kerry with a commanding lead in
Missouri, bringing in 50 percent
of the vote, 35 percent more than
his nearest competitor, Edwards.
Missouri sends 74 delegates to
the Democratic National
Convention in July, more than any
other state holding a primary today.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard
Dean might be the most enigmatic
of the Democratic candidates.
Fond epithets of grass-roots
change have been replaced with
words like “angry” and, perhaps far
more damaging, “not electable.”
SEE PRIMARIES, PAGE 9
Sangam gives West
BY IRIS PADGETT
Sangam endorsed Lily West for
student body president at its
Monday forum, giving West her
ment in four
of Sangam, UNC’s South Asian
awareness organization, said they
were looking to endorse a candi
date who was confident and con
scious of minority organizations.
“West has a better understand
ing of (Sangam’s) needs,” said
Sumeet Banker, forum mediator
and editor of Diaspora, Sangam’s
monthly publication. “She has real
goals and real solutions, not just
vague promises about fostering
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Health Department data
indicate tainted salad bar
The recent norovirus outbreak that caused gas
trointestinal symptoms in about 170 students was
most likely transmitted through the salad bar at Top
of Lenoir, officials from the Orange County Health
Department said Monday.
A final report, which surveyed 154 students, stat
ed that students who ate at Top of Lenoir on Jan. 19
were 5.4 times more likely to have been exposed to
and contract the norovirus than those who did not.
The students who ate at Top of Lenoir and became
ill were 4.3 times more likely to have eaten items from
the salad bar, the report states.
“We were not able to pinpoint how the norovirus
got into the salad, but the data points to salad items
on that particular day,” health department educator
Donna King said.
King said the norovirus can be transmitted when
food is contaminated before it arrives at an estab
lishment. She also said accidental contamination by
a food handler or a person eating at an establishment
can cause an outbreak.
Ron Holdway, director of environmental health for
OCHD, said he didn’t see any procedural flaws when
he inspected the University’s dining halls and doesn’t
anticipate anymore investigations.
“I didn’t have any changes to recommend. The staff
was cooperative, and to my knowledge they weren’t
Mike Freeman, director of UNC’s auxiliary serv
ices, said reports do not indicate that a staff member
was ill before the outbreak. He said only two employ
ees experienced norovirus-like symptoms during the
time students were ill.
“We emphasize cleanliness in the back of the
house, not just the front of it,” Freeman said.
To ensure members of the University community
practice good hygiene, the auxiliary services staff
posted hand-washing fliers and table tents sponsored
by the health department. They also installed hand
sanitizing stations in all campus dining facilities.
King said the first outbreak seems to be tapering
off, but some students now are contracting secondary
Officials from Student Health Service reported
that three students displayed similar symptoms
Saturday, five on Sunday and one on Monday.
“The mystery is solved,” King said. “Now it’s very
important to break the secondary infection cycle
the person to person contact.”
Students who reported to student health between
Jan. 26 and 30 are believed to have the secondary
infection. The health department and Student Health
are continuing to monitor the situation.
Freshman Naite Alexander, who was sick with the
virus, said that he thinks the outbreak was an hon
est mistake, but that he no longer eats at Top of
Lenoir unless he has to.
“No one meant for us to get sick; it’s something we
have to get past and hope that it doesn’t happen
again,” he said.
Other students said they are more conscious of
“It’s made me very conscious about washing my
hands,” said Whitney Edwards, a sophomore who had
“It was the most disgusting 24 hours ever.”
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Candidates focused on integrat
ing UNC’s many minority student
groups. They also stressed the
importance of communication
between student government and
During the forum, West said she
wanted to prepare presentations to
deans on how to obtain and retain
more minority faculty. She also said
student government committees
should contain more representa
tives from minority organizations,
as well as other groups on campus.
“Diversity can be measured in
numbers to a certain extent, but
integration is wbat makes this
University diverse,” West said.
SEE SANGAM, PAGE 9
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2004
Sangam, UNC's South Asian
awareness organization, pledged
their support for Lily West after
the group met Monday night.