VOLUME 112, ISSUE 30 I '-jwßr " , iSßßfek. / / |i| 7 S|p^P^ k Hflßyrßfe- II; P" ** *y . r* . ~f* 'T. _.?fc&-^BU > i It £.** V/ “ •" ~ - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/MURAD SEZER U.S. Marines pray over a fallen comrade at a first-aid point after he died from wounds suffered in fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, last week. Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been fighting insurgents in several neighborhoods in the western Iraqi city in order to regain control of the city. Sixteen U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq since Friday. CEASE-FIRE PUTS END TO DEADLY UPRISING Iraqis , soldiers mourn casualties of intense fighting between Marines , Sunni insurgents THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD, Iraq A fragile cease-fire held between Sunni insurgents and Marines on Sunday in the besieged city of Fallujah, where Iraqis said more than 600 civilians were killed in the past week. Near Baghdad, gunmen shot down a U.S. attack helicopter, killing two crew members. Also, the military suggested it’s open to a negotiated solution in its showdown with a radical Shiite cleric in the south. Most of the Iraqis killed in Fallujah in fighting that started last Monday were women, children and elderly, the director of the city hospital, Rafie al-Issawi, told The Associated Press. A Marine commander dis puted that, saying most of the dead were probably insurgents. Fallujah residents took advantage of the lull in fighting to bury their dead in two soc cer fields. One of the fields had rows of fresh ly dug graves, softie marked on headstones as children or with the names of women. The Fallujah violence spilled over to the nearby western entrance of Baghdad, where gunmen shot down an AH-64 Apache heli copter. Asa team moved in to secure the bod ies of the two dead crewmen, a large force of tanks and troops pushed down the highway outside the Iraqi capital, aiming to crush insurgents. Gunmen have run rampant in the Abu WAR COUNT 59 U.S. soldiers killed since anew wave of violence began April 4 900 Iraqi citizens killed during that same period 661 U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq since March 2003 10 U.S. soldiers killed in fighting Sunday in Iraq College issues on hopefuls’ plates Play small part in race for governor BYCLEVE R. WOOTSON JR. STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR The biggest concern for the Republican candidates vying for the governor’s seat this year is not the UNC system. North Carolina is floundering, trying to escape from the state’s worst economic slump since the Great Depression. Thousands of state residents are unsuccessfully looking for work. Gubernatorial candidate George Little, a businessman from Southern Pines, summed it up at a forum last Wednesday when he said the main issue of this race is “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But the candidates for the SPORTS WINNING FOR A SPELL Paul Spellman leads UNC to a win against the defending NCAA champions PAGE 12 Serving the students and the University community since 1893 (She iatht oar Hrri state’s highest office have chimed in on the status of the UNC sys tem, its students and the tuition increases the students have faced in past years. Little admits that he is a lot more familiar with the state’s community colleges, having served on the Board of Trustees at Sandhills Community College for 23 years. He says his wife, Teena Little, former vice-chairwoman of the UNC-system Board of Governors, is the university expert. The community colleges are doing the majority of the pivotal SEE TUITION, PAGE 4 www.dailytarheel.com WAR IN IRAQ Ghraib district west of Baghdad for three days, attacking fuel convoys, killing a U.S. sol dier and two U.S. civilians and kidnapping another American. The captors of Thomas Hamill, a Mississippi native who works for a U.S. con tractor in Iraq, threatened to kill and burn him unless U.S. troops ended their assault on Fallujah, which is west of Baghdad, by 6 a.m. Sunday. The deadline passed with no word on Hamill’s fate. Insurgents who kidnapped other foreign ers this week began releasing some captives. A Briton was freed, and other kidnappers said they were freeing eight captives of various nationalities. Other insurgents who kid napped two Japanese men and a woman said Saturday they would free their captives with in 24 hours, but they had not been freed by Sunday evening. The U.S. military Sunday reported eight more U.S. soldiers killed in fighting Friday and Saturday. The deaths brought to 59 the num ber of American soldiers killed since the new fronts of violence erupted April 4. Almost 900 Iraqis have been killed in the same period. At least 661 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq since the war began in March 2003. “We don’t see it as a necessary requirement that any military action has to occur in Najaf,” Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt told reporters. U.S. troops retook the city of Kut from al- EASTER FUN '“lfeiiiii * W "aßi Ink?: ' , yr.fv 1 % * DTH/JANE NOVOTNY Lucy Marr, 7, participates in her first Easter Egg Hunt at the Horace Williams House on Saturday morn ing. The Horace Williams House has been hosting the annual event at its current location since 2001. The games include egg races, spelling games, and guessing the number. Each child was limited to bringing 10 eggs home. INSIDE STRONG FINISH Play Makers caps a mixed season with an excellent staging of "Luminosity"PAGE 3 Sadr followers in the past three days, in the first major foray in months by the U.S. mili tary into southern Iraq, where U.S. allies have security duties. But military action to retake the other cities could require fighting near some of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, raising the pos sibility of inflaming Shiite anger at the U.S.- led occupation. “There are many ways for the town of Najaf to come back under legitimate control of the Iraqi government, coalition provisions authority and that don’t involve any fighting at all,” Kimmitt said. U.S.-allied Iraqi leaders increasingly have expressed anger at the bloodshed in Iraq dur ing the past week, saying the military has used excessive force. More than one-third of the city’s 200,000 residents fled during the lull, Marines said. Fallujah hospital’s al-Issawi said the number of Iraqi dead in the city likely was higher than the 600 recorded at the hospital and four main clinics in the city. “We have reports of an unknown number of dead being buried in people’s homes with out coming to the clinics,” he said. Bodies were being buried at two soccer fields. At one of the fields, dubbed the “Graveyard of the Martyrs” by residents, an AP reporter saw rows of freshly dug graves SEE IRAQ, PAGE 4 86th Congress fills leadership positions BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR The newly elected speaker and speaker pro tempore of the 86th Student Congress said they hope to implement several changes to foster increased participation and specialization among representa tives. Charlie Anderson and Jennifer Orr were appointed officially as speaker and speaker pro tempore, respectively, Wednesday during a special session of Congress. Both ran unopposed and were unani mously elected by Congress mem bers. Congress also elected several other leaders at the session, including Daneen Furr as Finance Committee chairwoman, Luke Farley as Rules and Judiciary Committee chairman, Matthew INSIDE PLAYING AROUND Two students create a toy to help visually impaired children better their skills PAGE 3 MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2004 Auditor requires bidding to reopen UNCfound in violation of administrative code BY BROOK R. CORWIN UNIVERSITY EDITOR The UNC Department of Athletics was forced to reopen a bidding process after the state auditor determined last month that UNC failed to engage in proper competitive bidding when hiring a company to pressure wash Kenan Stadium. State Auditor Ralph Campbell Jr. informed Chancellor James Moeser in a March 9 letter, released Thursday, that UNC was not in com pliance with the North Carolina Administrative Code in entering a convenience contract with a single pressure washing company. The letter was a response to an allegation made through the State Auditor’s Hotline. Moeser responded March 22, one day before Campbell’s deadline, with a letter say ing the University would attempt a formal bid process for the pressure washing services immediately. According to the letter, UNC received only two initial responses to its July 2000 bid to pressure wash Kenan Stadium. After being awarded the contract and performing the job once, the lowest bidder said it was not interest ed in continuing the work because it lost rev enue performing the job. The remaining contractor was then awarded the work on an “as needed basis,” which prompted the University to enter into a con- SEE BID, PAGE 4 Candidate for VCSA drops out BY JOE SAUNDERS STAFF WRITER As the last steps are taken in the search for anew vice chancellor for student affairs, one of the final candidates for the position has chosen to drop out of contention. Craig Ullom, one of the four finalists for the position, choose to remove himself from con sideration for personal reasons, said Steve Matson, chairman of the search committee. Ullom is associate vice president for campus life at the University of Central Florida. Ullom could not be reached for comment for this story. The three remaining candidates have been scheduled for a two-day interview session dur ing which they will each come to campus to meet with administrators, faculty and students. Edward Spencer, assistant vice president for student affairs at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, will be on cam pus April 13 to 15. George Harpster, vice presi dent for student affairs at Shippensburg (Penn.) SEE VCSA, PAGE 4 Mendenhall as Student Affairs Committee chairman and Parker Wiseman as Ethics Committee chairman. Anderson, who served this year as speaker pro tempore, said his new position will allow him to fix several inefficiencies. “Number 1, we’re going to try to kind of rework how Congress is structured,” he said. Central to that goal, Anderson SEE CONGRESS, PAGE 4 uimvue'o W bit I IXXvtf TODAY Thunderstorms, H 64, L 58 TUESDAY Thunderstorms, H 69, L 43 WEDNESDAY Mostly cloudy, H 60, L 41 Junior Charlie Anderson was elected speaker of Student Congress on Wednesday.