VOLUME 112, ISSUE 91
A family affair
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Organizer Frank Lee (center) welcomes Richard Burr, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, at a rally and barbecue in Smithfield on Tuesday night that attracted more
than 700 supporters and community members. Among the attendees were current GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole in addition to former Sens. Lauch Fairdoth and Jesse Helms.
BY ALEXANDRA DODSON SMITHFIELD
Support for the letter “B” brought some of the biggest names in North Carolina
politics to a Republican rally at the Central Marketing Tobacco Warehouse
Sen. Elizabeth Dole and former Sens. Lauch Faircloth and Jesse Helms were
among the several hundred supporters who turned out to stump for President
Bush, U.S. Rep. Richard Burr and gubernatorial hopeful Patrick Ballantine.
The fourth “B” was barbecue. Attendees filled their plates with the North
Carolina staple and listened first to the live bluegrass music on the stage and
then to the array of politicians, both local and national, who stressed the need to
vote Republican in the upcoming election.
“We are going to have a resounding victory on November 2nd,” said Dole. The
crowd cheered as she spoke of Bush and the campaign promises on which he has
Dole also discussed the state’s recent victory
in the fight for a tobacco buyout, a fight in which
she said Burr played a critical role.
“(The buyout) would never have made it off
the House floor without Congressman Richard
Burr’s leadership,” she said. “It’s done, folks,
and I’m so proud to have had a part in this.
Persistence and perseverance paid off."
Helms also spoke to show support for Burr.
As he took the stage, the audience sang a belated
“Happy Birthday” to the man who served North
Carolina for 30 years in the Senate and turned
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STAYING ON HIS HEELS
Editor’s note: This story is the
first in a series by Daily Tar Heel
reporter Cleve R. Wootson Jr., who
will be following vice presidential
candidate and North Carolina Sen.
John Edwards on the campaign
trail this week in the key swing
states of Ohio, lowa and Florida.
BY CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR.
This morning, John Edwards, the
senior senator from North Carolina,
woke up in a hotel hundreds of miles
away from the mill town where he
Some say Edwards, as he vies for
the vice presidency, is an ambassador
for North Carolina, helping people
understand the struggles faced by
many state residents.
But critics say the more time the
state’s senior senator spends on the
campaign trail, the less time he can
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dedicate to doing the job he was
elected to do.
U.S. Rep. David Price, a Democrat
whose district includes Chapel Hill,
said Edwards’ candidacy has helped
him and other legislators tell the
story necessary to pull this state out
of its worst economic recession since
the Great Depression.
“It’s certainly a story that a lot of
people can identify with across the
country,” Price said. “It has to do
with his biography what ordinary
folks are going through, especially
in the economic hard times. I would
agree that his story has added to the
But others say Edwards is too busy
telling his own story to listen to the
pleas of the people in his state.
U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, a
Republican congressman whose dis-
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Parents lifted their children in the air so they
could see Helms, who said he had followed Burr
closely throughout his political career.
“(Burr is) valuable property,” he said. “He’s
going to make us very proud —very proud.”
Burr stood at the podium in front of an
American flag and expressed his thanks to
Helms, Dole, Faircloth and everyone else who
turned out to support him. He also encouraged
everyone to cast a vote in this election.
“I am a candidate for the United States Senate,
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Sen. John Edwards waves to delegates before speaking at the
Democratic National Convention in Boston at the end of July.
and I desperately need your vote,” he
Also speaking was Lisa Ballantine, wife
of Patrick Ballantine, who said her hus
band was campaigning in Greensboro.
“I know my husband is the right leader
for North Carolina, and I know you feel
the same way,” she said.
“Support the three Bs Bush, Burr
Most of the crowd was at the rally to
do just that. Gerald Whitehurst, former
mayor of Kenly said he tends to vote “90
“I came out here to show support for the
ticket,” he said. “I.think it’s a great ticket”
Others had more specific interests.
Randolph County tobacco fanner Glenn
Patterson said he attended the rally to hear
Burr’s stance on tobacco policies.
Still undecided on who he will sup
port in the Senate election, he said a
buyout would be beneficial to farmers
“I’m a third-generation farmer,” he
said, “and I’ve loved every minute of it.”
Burr summed up the evening with a
request for party interest and activism.
“It really doesn’t matter to me what moti
vates you as long as you get motivated.”
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2004
Members expect smooth
transition with Strunk
BY KRISTLE SPELLMAN
An empty vice president position was the
only trace of William Keith’s resignation from
the Carolina Athletic Association at its meet
ing Tuesday night. Former Vice President
Lindsay Strunk has stepped up as president
of CAA without any complaints after Keith
stepped down from the position Oct. 13.
“I work with such a strong group of people
that the transition has been pretty effortless,”
Although he no longer will serve as CAA
president, Keith said after the meeting that
he will still be an active member of the orga
nization. He said he plans to work with ticket
distributions and other general operations.
“I have the utmost faith in Lindsay’s leader
ship,” he said. “I am looking forward to this
new role in CAA.”
In the past, there has been confusion about
the definitions of the role of CAA. Strunk said
she acknowledges this but believes steps have
been taken to combat misconceptions.
“The role of CAA is to be the voice of and
representatives of students for involvement
with athletics,” she said. “The confusion comes
in when people think we are a part of student
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lack of time
BY GEORGIA CHERRY
In the past month, two high-profile student
leaders on campus have stepped down from
their positions, highlighting the demands of
serving as a representative of the student body.
Bernard Holloway, former student body sec
retary, and Will Keith, former Carolina Athletic
Association president, resigned from their posi
tions Sept. 19 and Oct. 13, respectively. Both
cited personal reasons as their rationale.
Being a student officer demands an immea
surable amount of dedication and time, several
officials said. Holding a leadership position can
become a full-time job without the paycheck.
“While we all know what it requires, I think
the time commitment of being a student leader
can be surprising,” Keith said. “It’s like taking
on a full-time job, and a lot of student leaders
work harder than most people understand.”
Student Congress Speaker Charlie Anderson
expressed a similar sentiment.
“I’m always in the office, usually from 9
a.m. to midnight, during the week,” he said. “I
didn’t anticipate it would be this much work.
I definitely knew it was a commitment, but
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to sink fossil fuels
BY WILLIAM FONVIELLE
In hopes of combating global
warming one tennis ball at a time,
concerned students erected a
dunking booth next to the Pit on
Tuesday to spread their environ
The event was just- one part of
Energy Independence Day, when
students around the country signed
a petition calling for politicians to
halt the use of fossil fiiels.
Officials with Energy Action, a
group of organizations that works
to strengthen the clean energy
movement in North America, said
they hoped to collect 30,000 sig
natures Tuesday at more than 250
campus-based events nationwide.
The petition also was aimed at
making citizens, especially stu
dents, more aware of the prob
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lems caused by a reliance on coal
“The point of today isn’t so much
to say no to dirty energy, but just
to say yes to cleaner energy,” said
Dennis Markatos-Soriano, projects
director of Students United for a
Responsible Global Environment,
which helped organize Tuesday’s
Charlie Anderson, speaker of
Student Congress and former
chairman of student government’s
, Renewable Energy Special Projects
Committee, was assigned to the role
of victim in the dunking booth.
Anderson dressed as the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse to symbolize
the effects of global warming on
the N.C. coast, he explained.
“Part of this is about raising
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