VOLUME 112, ISSUE 59
GOP SHOOTS FOR MIDDLE
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First Lady Laura Bush addresses delegates Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in New York. Bush spoke of her husband's warm personal qualities and his courage.
BY EMMA BURGIN NEW YORK
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
The North Carolina Republican
delegation threw all 67 of its
votes behind President George
W. Bush on Tuesday amid a
night of speeches by some of the most
amiable Republican faces.
The second night of the 2004
Republican National Convention saw
the official nomination of Bush as the
Republican candidate for the presidency.
The night spotlighted Californian Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, who goes against
Republican Party lines to be pro-choice and
to support gay rights. The movie star-cum
politidan is among several moderates in the
week’s speaker lineup who could help make
Bush more palatable to party centrists.
But while moderates dominated the
speakers’ podium, the attending delegates
remained invested in the conservative
platform passed Monday.
Delegates drew their inspiration from
Bush’s “compassionate conservatism”
Tbesday, applauding the faith-based leader
come under fire
BY LIZZIE STEWART
The first meeting of Student
Congress hit a snag Tuesday night
as members were held up in a
debate regarding codes that define
negative campaigning during stu
During their first efforts in a
yearlong process of revising the
Student Code, representatives
spent more than 40 minutes debat
ing one of 15 proposed changes to
the election laws.
Congress ultimately opposed
reviewing the amendment before
the full body and instead voted to
discuss the bill during the Rules
and Judiciary Committee meeting
Matt Liles, chairman of a com
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ship the president has employed in his poli
cies against same-sex marriage, abortion
and further funding for stem cell research.
Still, delegates gave Schwarzenegger,
arguably the most popular party member, a
raucous welcome. During his much-antici
pated speech, delegates waved placards that
said “Arnold!” as the Austrian immigrant
drew on his own experiences to invoke the
compassion of the American Dream.
“There’s no place, no country that’s
more compassionate, more generous
and more welcoming than the United
States of America,” he continued.
Schwarzenegger evoked cheers from the
floor when he said that the convention is
about unifying the party, but that space for
debate still can remain: “I believe that’s not
only okay, but that’s what’s great about this
country. Here, we can respectfully disagree
and still be patriotic, still be American, and
still be good Republicans.”
Even though Schwarzenegger was a
hard act to follow, First Lady Laura Bush
SEE CONVENTION, PAGE 6
mittee doing an independent
review on the code and former
speaker pro tem, said he hopes to
expedite the process by conduct
ing open meetings during which
Congress members and students
can bring up concerns.
Liles said that he was happy that
Congress is reviewing each amend
ment but that it is important for
members to speed up the process.
“You really have to see (the
Student Code) as a whole to under
stand how the revisions work,”
Among other reasons, Liles pro
posed to overhaul the code after
the signs of candidates running for
student body president were stolen
SEE CONGRESS, PAGE 6
Democratic ‘family rallies in Polk Place
BY AMY THOMSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
A crowd of more than 300 students and commu
nity members gathered on the lawn outside South
Building on Tuesday, waiting for the daughters of
Sens. John Kerry and John Edwards to arrive.
The Democratic presidential and vice presiden
tial nominees’ daughters have been touring the
country, accompanied on the campaign for their
father’s ticket by Andre Heinz, Kerry’s stepson.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, one of three stops in North
Carolina, Republicans and Democrats alike stood
in the sweltering heat, anticipating the speech.
Meanwhile, an island of protesters holding signs
for Republican presidential ticket George W. Bush
and Dick Cheney, gubernatorial hopeful Patrick
Ballantine and Senate candidate Richard Burr
surfaced, inciting boos and calls for “four more
months” from the crowd.
Speech organizers acted quickly, distributing
several more Kerry-Edwards signs.
After a 40-minute delay, Cate Edwards, 22;
Alexandra Kerry, 30; Vanessa Kerry, 27; and
Heinz, 34, finally arrived.
SEE RALLY, PAGE 6
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Delegates step back,
take time for service
BY LAURA YOUNGS
NEW YORK North Carolina
delegates stepped outside the con
vention halls and into Harlem on
Tuesday to give back to the com
munity serving as their host for the
Filing out of a large tour bus,
enthusiastic delegates came to
Morningside Park to help scrape,
scrub, paint and rake renewing
park benches and picnic tables as
the gray sky cleared.
“It’s not important that they
know my name,” said Linda Daves,
a Charlotte delegate and project
coordinator. “What is important is
the example that is set. If you set an
example of leadership, then you will
find a better America.”
Daves, who also serves as vice
chairwoman of the N.C. Republican
Party, said her service will be one
of the things she’ll remember most
about her time in New York sec
ond only, she said, to nominating
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Cate Edwards (left), Vanessa Kerry (center) and Andrew Heinz welcome the students and
community members who gathered outside South Building to hear them speak Tuesday.
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Members of City Year, a national
service organization that works
with area schools, kicked off the
morning with physical training for
the delegates, including stretches
and jumping j acks.
The event also was sponsored by
Youth Service America, a resource
center dedicated to strengthening
service programs nationwide.
Jewan Garner, program man
ager for City Year in New York,
said the group which has 15 sites
nationwide also worked with del
egates at the Democratic National
Convention in Boston.
He added that although the com
munity benefits from such volun
teerism, those who give their time
also learn a lot from their experi
“It’s showing (the delegates) why
full-time service is so important,”
he said. “I actually think it’s more
SEE SERVICE, PAGE 6
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to go to
by Moeser’s bonus
BY BRIAN HUDSON
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Part of a $25,000 bonus that
could have burned a hole in
Chancellor James Moeser’s pocket
is being used to forward the educa
tion of UNC-Chapel Hill’s lowest
Anew Employee Forum initia
tive is making about a dozen lap
tops available for long-term check
out starting next week.
The laptops will be available
through an application process
to UNC-CH’s State Personnel Act
employees working at a pay grade
of 61 or lower, said Katherine
Graves, vice chairwoman of the
Employee Forum and director of
the computer loan program.
At a pay grade of 61, an employee
earns about $21,000t0 $22,000 per
year, Employee Forum Chairman
Tommy Griffin estimated.
“The intent is to provide comput
ers to employees who need them
most and provide employees with
the opportunity to develop com
puter skills that will benefit them
and the University,” Graves said.
The computers are available at
the Undergraduate Library and
can be checked out for six months
at a time.
Griffin said the program was
started to help employees who are
returning to school. “If you’re going
to get a GED now, you’re going to
have to become computer literate,”
he said. “That’s one of the many
reasons to do it. But it’s to help folk
... to move up in the system.”
A recommendation from the
Chancellor’s Task Force for a Better
Workplace spurred the establish
ment of the program, and fimding
came from a $25,000 pay bonus
Moeser refiised in January.
The chancellor decided to
accept the money in March and
to donate it to programs recom
mended by the task force.
In January, Moeser said he
declined to accept the bonus, pro
vided to chancellors in the UNC
system, because UNC-CH’s state
employees had received minimal
or no pay increases.
Graves said SIO,OOO of the
donated money is being used to
establish the computer loan pro
gram. Three additional laptops
were donated by Cheryl Lytle,
assistant director of informa
tion technology at the School of
Information and Library Science.
But Graves said the program
is still requesting more donations
SEE FORUM, PAGE 6