VOLUME 112, ISSUE 17
Graduate hikes blocked
RICHMAN: BOG MOVE TO CUT
PLANS WILL HAVE ILL EFFECTS
•Y MEGAN SEROW
Officials from the School of
Social Work said the UNC-system
Board of Governors made an arbi
trary decision when deciding to cut
a school tuition increase proposal
The BOG approved Friday an
SBOO, two-year tuition increase for
the school, but the original pro
posal, approved by the UNC-
Chapel Hill Board ofTrustees, had
requested a $3,200 increase dur
ing the next two years.
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Sophomore Blake Wynia takes aim at a fake hockey
goalie Monday afternoon in the Pit to win various
Carolina Hurricanes prizes. Hurricanes representa
tives were on campus to promote “Tailgate with the Canes,”
which takes place tonight at the RBC Center in Raleigh.
Hamas pledges to
avenge slain leader
STAFF AND WIRE REPORT
Hundreds of thousands of
Palestinians chanting “Revenge!
Revenge!” flooded the streets of
Gaza City in the Gaza Strip on
Monday to bury Hamas founder
Sheik Ahmed Yassin, who was
assassinated by an Israeli missile.
As ordinary Palestinians
seethed with anger, militants
pledged unprecedented retaliation,
including threats against the
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi
Annan and many world leaders
condemned Monday’s killing of
Yassin, the most prominent
Palestinian targeted by Israel in 3
years of fighting. The Bush admin
istration said that it was “deeply
troubled” by the attack and that it
had no advance warning.
“We will get revenge for every
drop of blood that spilled,” said
Salman Bdeiri, a Hamas supporter
crying near the mosque where
Yassin prayed shortly before being
killed by an Israeli airstrike.
Israel sealed off the West Bank
and Gaza, banning Palestinians
from Israel, and placed its securi
ty forces on high alert.
Later Monday, Palestinian mili
tants fired several homemade rock
ets and mortar shells at Israeli tar
gets in and near Gaza. To the north,
Hezbollah guerrillas fired an anti
tank missile at Israeli troops along
Israel’s border with Lebanon.
The Yassin assassination was
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Jack Richman, dean of the
School of Social Work, said the
decrease will have an extremely
negative impact on one of the
nation’s top-ranking schools.
“I have to attract the very best
students from in and out of state,
and I have to keep the very best fac
ulty,” he said. “In order to do that, I
have to have enough money to keep
faculty here. This proposal was my
very best attempt at that.”
Richman said that 47 percent of
the proposed increase was ear
marked for financial aid that would
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“ Israel is
bracing itself for
a retaliation that
will surely come”
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part of Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon’s effort to crush Hamas
ahead of a possible Israeli with
drawal from Gaza.
But Peter W. Singer, director of
the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy
Towards the Islamic World, said the
efforts could backfire and galvanize
Palestinians behind the group. And
indeed, rival Palestinian militant
groups immediately pledged soli
darity with Hamas.
“I don’t think the implications
are going to be all that positive for
(the United States),” Singer said.
“The tactics of these strikes in gen
eral and the repercussions of hit
ting him, in particular, and turning
him into this sort of martyr, I
think, is just going to lead to more
violence in the end.”
Since Yassin founded Hamas in
1987, the group has killed hun
dreds of Israelis in scores of
attacks. Hamas wants to destroy
the Jewish state and replace it with
an Islamic one.
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allow the most qualified students
attend the school.
Without the aid, many students
could not attend the school, where
tuition and fees per semester now
amount to $2,134.27 for residents
and $8,133.27 for nonresidents.
Richman said the decrease also
imposes other restrictions on the
school, including keeping up with
new technology. “Everybody basi
cally understood why we felt the
proposed level was necessary,” he
“The students concurred that it
was important, but the BOG decid
ed that those perspectives didn’t
need to be taken into account.”
Calls to BOG members were not
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The Hurricanes play the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m.
Mandatory ASG fee questioned
BY AMY THOMSON
Members of the UNC-system
Association of Student
Governments defended Monday
the mandatory student fee that
funds the organization. The state
ments came after a member of the
system’s Board of Governors pro
posed making the fee voluntary.
BOG member Brent. Barringer
said at the board’s meeting Friday
that he wants to review the use
and purpose of the fee and that he
would like to give individual cam
puses the choice to opt out of it.
While students are charged
only an average of $1 annually, the
money collected adds up to about
Hip-hop star Nas to headline UNC show
BY KATE LORD
From his humble New York
City beginnings to his 1994 debut
album Illmatic, Nas has spread
his hip-hop influence far and
That influence will make its
way down South when he per
forms at 8 p.m. April 22 in the
The concert will mark the first
concert at the venue since the
Barenaked Ladies’ show Oct. 27,
2000. R.E.M. had been scheduled
to perform last fall but moved to
Raleigh’s Alltel Pavilion at Walnut
Creek, instead. The last show near
this magnitude that Carolina
Dan Herman, president of the
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation, said he also is confused
about the reasons behind the BOG
decreasing the proposed amount
for the school.
“They weren’t being protested at
all,” he said of the increase. “In
most cases it seemed that the stu
dents were okay with it and/or con
sulted during the process.”
Richman said he will continue to
work with private fund-raising
efforts to raise money for the school.
He said that the school recently
received a $1.2 million donation
earmarked for maintaining faculty
but that the school still needs funds
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$140,000 to $160,000 each year.
Without a dependable source of
funding, some members of the
ASG said, the viability of the asso
ciation could be damaged.
“The fee has made it possible for
the organization to advocate for
students,” said Victor Landry, sen
ior vice president of the ASG, not
ing the organization’s work to keep
tuition increases at a minimum.
But some in the BOG said they
are curious as to how the money is
being spent and whether so much
money is necessary.
“I just don’t know what the pur
pose of those funds are, how they
have been spent over the past cou
ple of years,” Barringer said.
Union Activities Board produced
was OutKast’s Carmichael
Auditorium performance in
CUAB President Chris Lamb
said the board considered artists
ranging from Missy Elliott to Tom
Petty but eventually settled on the
“Nas is one of the elder states
men of hip hop of the early ’9os
out of the East Coast,” he said.
“He’s been long considered one of
the best MCs'.”
Student tickets, available at the
Carolina Union and Smith Center
box offices, went on sale Monday.
These $lO tickets are available
solely for students for a two week
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Chapel Hill Town Council member Mark Kleinschmidt presented
petitions to expand homosexuals' civil rights at a meeting Monday.
Council to mull
Kleinschmidt petitions spark debate
BY DAN SCHWIND
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The debate over same-sex mar
riage moved closer to home
Monday as Chapel Hill Town
Council member Mark
Kleinschmidt presented three
petitions to the council designed
to expand homosexual civil rights.
Of the three petitions, the one
likely to gamer die most attention
asks local lawmakers to sponsor a
yet-to-be drafted state bill repeal
ing the Defense of Marriage Act.
Kleinschmidt said such an
action would open the door for
more equal treatment of mem
bers of the lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgendered community.
While same-sex couples still
would be unable to be married in
Chapel Hill under state law, a
repeal of the DOMA would allow
the town to recognize legal mar
riages performed elsewhere in the
country and provide those cou
ples with the same benefits
accorded to married couples.
“My petition is for the explicit
purpose of recognizing any mar
riage every marriage that is
legally obtained,” Kleinschmidt
He said he first began contem
plating such an action several
weeks ago after municipalities
nationwide began issuing mar
Residents began contacting
Kleinschmidt and inquiring
“I know it’s only a dollar per stu
dent, but it adds up. ... I’m sure
they need a certain amount of
funds, but I don’t know if they need
that much.” He suggested that oth
ers in the BOG think the same way,
but he wouldn’t name members.
ASG President Jonathan
Ducote said that although it’s the
BOG’s obligation to review the
association’s funding, he doesn’t
believe Barringer’s proposal will
come to pass, especially in light of
the association’s yearly audit.
“(Barringer) doesn’t have an
understanding of what the associ
ation fee’s all about,” Ducote said.
Ducote said that he and BOG
member Ben Ruffin, as well as
period until April 5. Then, tickets
will be open to the public at the
price of $25.
Because the total capacity of
the concert will take up only one
fourth of the Dean Dome seating,
students should reserve tickets as
soon as possible.
There is a 4,000-person cap on
the student tickets out of the
5,250 available seats. “We want as
many students as possible to
attend,” Lamb said, “but we need
to sell general public tickets to
subsidize the cost of the show for
The show will cost $83,000 to
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about the feasibility of such
action in Chapel Hill.
“People have been asking me
for several weeks now what we
can do,” he said. “It finally dawned
on me.... The greatest obstacle in
North Carolina is (the DOMA).”
The act was first signed into
law in 1996 by President Clinton.
It defines marriage as a legal
union between a man and a
woman and further stipulates
that states do not have to recog
nize a marriage of same-sex part
ners in a different state.
State Rep. Verla Insko, D-
Orange, said she believed
Kleinschmidt’s petitions help
bring to light issues not given
much attention in the debate
about homosexual rights.
“There are a lot of issues the
public is unfamiliar with,” she said.
“Some very basic things that we
take for granted.... The issue here
is the protection of civil rights.”
Insko pointed out that the peti
tions, if put in place, would allow
same-sex couples access to some
of the rights extended to married
Many states require evidence
of relation by marriage or blood
for the purposes of hospital visi
tation, inheritance laws and other
The first petition Kleinschmidt
proposed would expand the pro-
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some members of the Budget and
Finance Committee, plan to meet
with Barringer to discuss the
money’s usage and importance.
He added that the meetings will
demonstrate the ASG’s efficiency.
“We passed the audit with flying
colors last time,” Ducote said.
The ASG’s audit showed a dis
crepancy of about $20,000
between actual revenues and pro
jected revenues. Ducote said the
discrepancy is due to inefficiencies
in the relatively new collection sys
tem. Some schools still are sending
in their fees from spring 2003.
He added that wrinkles in the
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Hip-hop icon Nas, creator of the
legendary Illmatic and last year's
God's Son, will perform at the
Dean E. Smith Center on April 22.