VOLUME ill, ISSUE 151
Cites info requests
as reason to wait
BY CHRIS COLETTA
AND CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
Citing a lack of sufficient ime to
consider all aspects of tuition
increase proposals, the UNC-sys
tem Board of Governors delayed
consideration of all increases until
The BOG was scheduled to vote
on system tuition increases Friday
but instead will hold a business-as
usual meeting, opening the door
for another month of debate about
the pros and cons of tuition hikes.
BOG Chairman Brad Wilson
said the delay stems from requests
made by the board’s Budget and
Finance Committee for more facts.
He added that the committee,
which is slated to meet Thursday,
would not have had enough time
to consider the information and
make a salient recommendation
a scenario that would have delayed
the full board’s vote anyway.
, “Chairman (Jim) Phillips and I
talked today and made the deci
sion that we want to do this right,
not fast,” Wilson said. “Everybody’s
anxious about it... and we decided
that it would be unfair (to reach a
Jeff Davies, UNC-system vice
president for finance, said the
BOG made a wise decision that
will allow it to consider all poten
tial angles of tuition increases
without having to rush through an
analysis of any new information.
“It’s not a matter of getting a
piece of information and voting,”
he said. “It’s a matter of getting a
piece of information, digesting it
and then discussing it with 31
All 16 UNC-system schools sub
mitted individual tuition increase
requests to the board, which will
be considered along with a sys
temwide incres se.
Phillips said he lost track of the
number of information requests
committee members made at their
meeting last Friday. He said the
more than 12 inquiries on the table
made the delay foreseeable.
“We finally concluded today
that there was no way for people to
get that information in a timely
fashion and to have those issues
addressed,” Phillips said.
The delay might reopen what
has been a heated debate between
student leaders and system offi
cials concerning tuition hikes.
On Monday, members of the
UNC-system Association of
Student Governments met in
Raleigh to give the public its first
glimpse at a book documenting the
negative affects of tuition hikes.
The ASG also plans to go ahead
with a scheduled protest in front of
the BOG this Friday.
ASG President Jonathan
Ducote said the delay could mean
that campuses return to the BOG
a month later with more palatable
tuition plans, which would have a
better chance of being passed.
“I don’t know right now,” he
said. “I think that perhaps the
tuition proposals will be better
thought out by the campuses ...
but I don’t know if in the short
term this has any positive effect.”
Phillips said he doesn’t expect
any changes because he thinks
campuses crafted their original
Regardless of whether alter
ations are made, the debate is like
ly to continue, something Wilson
said can’t be helped.
“People are working as hard as
they can, but they can’t do every
thing at one time.”
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Mat! Calabria celebrates Tuesday with his campaign staff after advancing to the runoff.
BY LYNNE SHALLCROSS AND ARMAN TOLENTINO staff writers
Three weeks of petitions, forums, pit sits and dorm storms culminated Tuesday
night in Carroll Hall with the announcement of the student body president
At 11:15 p.m., Board of Elections Chairwoman Melissa Anderson announced
that Lily West and Matt Calabria will face off next Ibesday in a runoff election, which
occurs when no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.
West received 27.4 percent of the 6,901 votes cast, while Calabria garnered 24.6
An elated West said there were a lot of emotions
going through her head as the results were read.
“I was just grateful to be in that position,” West
said. “There were a lot of great candidates in this
race. To be recognized by the student body as a
front-runner is invaluable to me and my staff.”
As Anderson revealed the results starting with
the candidate who received the fewest votes,
Calabria said, he and his supporters were hoping
not to hear his name until the final two.
“I just held on to my friends around me and
hoped for the best,” he said.
West emphasized her gratitude for her campaign
staff and all the hard work and dedication they put
into the race. She added that she thinks the positive
nature of her campaign propelled her to the lead.
“A campaign is really a revelation of the type of
administration that a candidate will pursue while
in office,” she said.
The majority of the eight candidates said cama
raderie and fairness dominated throughout the race.
Matt Compton, who came in third with 17 per
cent of the vote, said that although he was disap
pointed with the results, he was pleased with the
spirit of the campaign.
“I’m just as happy as can be with the other two
that did make it,” he said. “I’m glad we ran the race
we did. We really changed the way the other can
didates were talking about the office.”
Faudlin Pierre, who walked away with 7.8 per
cent, said he was glad the race was over because
the campaign had become too political for him.
Pierre said that although he is not sure of his
future involvement with student government, he
will continue to reach out to students. “It’s going to
be more of me being in contact with the students
and me being Faud,” he said.
For John Walker, close behind Pierre with 7.6
percent, the campaign was an experience to
“I learned a lot and met a lot of great people,” he
Keith coasts to
BY GREG PARKER
William Keith was elected to
the post of Carolina Athletic
Association president Tuesday,
gamering 91.1 percent of the
5,955 votes cast.
Keith’s sole competitor,
write-in candidate Alexander
Smith, received 1.88 percent of
Even though he was the only candidate on the ballot,
Keith said, the night was not devoid of anxiety.
“You always get nervous,” he said. "You can never quite
know what is going to happen.”
Keith said his first priority when he takes office in
April will be to make appointments to various positions
in the CAA.
“Priority one is to choose the members of my Cabinet,
SEE CAA, PAGE 4
STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT RESULTS
LILY WEST* 1,890 votes, 27.4%
MATT CALABRIA* 1,699 votes, 24.6%
MATT COMPTON 1,176 votes, 17%
FAUDLIN PIERRE 538 votes, 7.8%
■ JOHN WALKER 527 votes, 7.64%
MATT LILES 335 votes, 4.85%
LAURA THOMAS 230 votes, 3.33%
ASHLEY CASTEVENS 204 votes, 2.96%
JONLEPOFSKY 177 votes, 2.56%
* OENOTIS RUNOFF CANDIDATE
said. “We disagreed on some of the issues, but I
think we were able to develop a good relationship
that will hopefully last.”
Matt Liles, who brought in 4.9 percent, said he
was pleased with the number of votes he received
and with the effort he and his staff made to get
those votes. “I never compromised my ideals.... and
there is something to be said about that,” Liles said.
Laura Thomas finished with 3.3 percent.
“I think I did a really good job to get some issues
out there that were not addressed by any other
candidates,” she said.
Rounding off the group was Ashley Castevens
with almost 3 percent of the vote. Castevens said
that she was glad she ran, but that it was difficult
competing against close friends. She and some
other candidates said they hope the winning can
didate will implement plans from their platforms.
As West looks ahead to next Tuesday’s runoff,
she said she and her staff will make sure everyone
SEE PRESIDENT, PAGE 4
in Scott’s hands
BY JENNY RUBY
Colin Scott probably was not
surprised when Board of
Elections Chairwoman Melissa
Anderson announced that he
would be the next president of
the Residence Hall Association.
Scott ran uncontested in this
year’s election and received 94.6
percent of the 3,187 votes cast.
“I feel great,” he said. “I’m really excited about getting
started for next year.”
During his campaign, Scott eagerly sought to inform
the student body of his goals for the coming year.
“There were important issues that needed to be
addressed,” he said. “I enjoy campaigning and getting my
message across to the residents.”
Scott said his next step will be to assemble his execu-
SEE RHA, PAGE 4
Lily West hugs a friend after learning she received more votes than any other candidate.
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2004
Jovian Irvin (left) and Becca Frucht celebrate together after their win.
win tight race
BY JOE SAUNDERS
Candidates Jovian Irvin and
Becca Frucht screamed with joy
and hugged Tuesday night as
Board of Elections officials
announced that they had won the
positions of 2004-05 senior class
president and vice president,
Irvin and Frucht received 53.4
percent of the vote, defeating the
ticket of class president candidate
Victoria Frangoulis and ice pres
ident candidate Blaire Huntley,
who received 44.9 percent of the
Both Irvin and Frucht said that
they were confident going into the
election and that they think peo
ple supported them because they
knew the pair would hold true to
BY TORRYE JONES
Jennifer Bushman said you
can never be too sure about elec
But it was no surprise to her
when she was elected Graduate
and Professional Student
Federation president Tuesday
receiving 92.6 percent of the 541
“I’m excited,” she said. “Even though I was running
unopposed, it’s nice for it to be official.”
Bushman said she spent most of her time trying to
publicize her platform to graduate and professional stu
dents instead of campaigning.
“My biggest concern was for people to vote because
they were well informed, not just by default,” she said.
Bushman, who is the GPSF vice president for external
SEE GPSF, PAGE 4
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SENIOR CLASS RESULTS
995 votes, 53.35%
837 votes, 44.88%
“I think we began with a good
base of people who supported us,”
Frucht said. “Our platform was
ambitious but realistic.”
Irvin added that she thinks she
and Frucht stood out to voters
because they both have enthusi
astic personalities and students
felt they could relate to them.
“What really set us apart was
our personalities,” she said. /
Irvin and Frucht said their first
SEE SENIOR CLASS, PAGE 4