VOLUME 112, ISSUE 97
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CALABRIA CITES PROGRESS IN
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And now that Matt Calabria has
reached the halfway point of his
term as student body president,
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Rep. Richard Burr, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, addresses students Wednesday afternoon in front of South Building. During his speech, Burr
who is locked in a tight battle with his Democratic opponent, Erskine Bowles, on the eve of the election touted his policies and support for President Bush.
Burr rallies crowd on campus
BY MEGAN MCSWAIN STAFF WRITER
A trail of campaign signs and country music led to the steps of South
Building on Wednesday, where an excited crowd gathered to participate
in a rally for Republican Senate candidate Richard Burr.
About 15 minutes before Burr’s speech, the chant of “Erskine Bowles! Erskine
Bowles!” was heard as students supporting the Democratic Senate candidate
infiltrated the rally, causing the energy in the crowd to increase dramatically.
The Burr crowd was resilient to the interruption and warmly received Burr’s
introduction from his son Tyler, a UNC freshman.
“Take my word... he will look out for the youth of America,” Tyler Burr said.
The sth District representative began his
speech by voicing his support for President
Bush. “I’m here proudly to stand in front of
you today to tell you George Bush deserves to
“George Bush understands it’s not about us
who are serving in Washington. It’s about you,”
he said as the crowd cheered energetically.
Suddenly, a woman shouted, “You’ve got
“In many ways, we lost our sense of decorum and academic
detachment during our debate on the... resolution ” rep. kunal nandy, congress
Congress frustrated by tough issues
BY KELLI BORBET
After spending several hours
disputing controversial resolu
tions Tuesday night, members of
Student Congress have expressed
discontent with what they called
the group’s inefficient meetings.
During Tuesday's meeting, repre
sentatives spent more than an hour
debating a resolution to condemn
the selection process for speakers at
a nonpartisan elections forum.
The bill, which ultimately was
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tiatives that served as the keystone
of his campaign are well on the
way to being realized.
“I’m really confident that all of
the headliner goals are more or
less out of the way,” he said. “Now
we’re onto more of the nitty-gritty
Calabria designed a platform
that many say was longer and more
comprehensive than that of any of
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blood on your hands!”
Burr quickly responded, “One of the reasons
we’re in Iraq today is so people can say what
she said. So they, too, have the freedom to say
whatever they want.”
Stephens Johnson, a Burr supporter, said
he was impressed with Burr’s well-composed
response to the woman’s accusation. “It
showed he was pretty on his toes.”
struck down in a 15-4 vote, tar
geted the committee for inviting
Natalie Fixmer to speak as part of
Tuesday’s nonpartisan forum on
women’s health, sponsored by the
Women’s Affairs Committee of the
Fixmer, who works for Planned
Parenthood, spoke about women’s
issues but did not mention her
stance on abortion, said Menaka
Kalaskar, chairwoman of the
But some Congress members
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his seven competitors.
Late Tuesday night his adminis
tration released its October Report
to evaluate the progress made since
Calabria first took office in April.
The 306-page document is about
twice the size of any in recent his
tory, but the actual report, at 54
pages, is similar in length to those
of recent administrations.
The report highlights Calabria’s
progress on his top initiatives.
These include spearheading efforts
to provide free and legal music
downloading, revising the Student
Code, initiating the Vote Carolina
Burr said he is excited that in January, the
Iraqi people will get to experience free elec
tions elections in which women can vote.
“(Women) will reach in that line of future
terrorists and pull their 9-year-old children
out and put them in schools built by the United
States of America and eliminate that threat.”
He then introduced his friend, Sen. George
Allen, R-Va. “All right, team, y’all ready to
win?” Allen said. “Go Burr!”
He continued by presenting Bush as the
proper pick for president Nov. 2. “He is the
right man at the right time.”
“The president needs teammates,” Allen
said. “Teammates like Richard Burr, a man
that he can trust.”
Allen added that Burr is the appropriate
choice for Senate because he wants to lower
taxes, provide affordable health care and make
sure the United States continues to be a leader
SEE BURR, PAGE 4
voiced concern about the com
mittee’s decision to allow Fixmer
to speak because of her affiliation
with an abortion-rights group.
Congress members also debat
ed a bill that condemns the burn
ing of another’s American flag on
campus. The bill passed in a 7-6
vote with nine abstentions.
After the meeting adjourned
well past midnight, Rep. Kunal
Nandy sent an e-mail to the
Congress listserv and voiced his
concern about the amount of
campaign, expanding the role
of the Tuition Task Force and
introducing more oversight of the
Carolina Athletic Association.
The report also documents the
administration’s work to advocate
for renovations to the Campus Y,
to reserve funding for sports clubs
and to reform the Association of
Student Body Vice President
Alexa Kleysteuber said Calabria
came into the position wanting all
members of student government
SEE REPORT, PAGE 4
time the group spent disputing
the women’s affairs issue.
“In many ways, we lost our
sense of decorum and academic
detachment during our debate on
the Women’s Affairs Resolution,”
the e-mail states.
Nandy proposed discussing
how to make Congress meetings
more efficient, and he offered a
four-step guideline to condense
discussions on future legislation.
SEE CONGRESS, PAGE 4
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to square off
in county race
2 will Jill open commissioner slots
BY SARA LEWKOWICZ
While almost every man, woman
and child in Orange County is well
aware of the upcoming presidential
and senatorial elections, some might
have forgotten that 2004 is also
an important year for the Orange
County Board of
voters will be
charged with pick
ing a pair of candi
dates to fill the two
open seats on the board, which is
in charge of county wide services.
Incumbent candidate Moses
Carey Jr. is running on the
Democratic ticket and said that one
of his primary concerns, should he
be re-elected, will be equalizing
the funding disparity between the
county’s two school districts.
“When you talk about public edu
cation, you're really talking about the
future of our nation,” Carey said.
It was Carey who, in early 2003,
proposed the idea of merging
Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange
County schools as a means of deal
ing with the disparities.
But his pro-merger stance
has proven to be unpopular with
a number of county residents,
including two of the candidates
BY NATALIE HAMMEL
A short-notice rally for
Democratic Senate candidate
Erskine Bowles was not short on
famous speakers or enthusiastic
On the lawn in front of Morehead
Planetarium on Wednesday, Rep.
David Price, D-N.C., and former
UNC men’s basketball coaches Dean
Smith and Bill Guthridge threw
their support behind Bowles.
All three speakers stressed
Bowles’ past experiences in gov
ernment, which they said demon
strate that he can work effectively
outside party lines in our nation’s
politically divided climate.
Price, who said he was there
to stand in for Bowles as he cam
paigned in Winston-Salem, also
talked of political issues that
directly affect college students.
He said students should be
concerned about the stagnation
of the higher education bill in the
The consequences of a failed
bill would be the continuation of
low Pell Grants for students and
an unreformed student loan pro
gram, Price said. “It’s a little bit
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Former UNC men's basketball head coach Dean Smith speaks Wednesday
at the Morehead Planetarium, supporting Senate candidate Erskine Bowles.
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running against him.
Jamie Daniel, a Hillsborough
resident and county public
school parent, is running on the
Republican ticket with a firm anti
“School merger is a bad idea,”
Daniel said, adding that the move
is not necessarily in Orange County
Schools’ best interest because dis
crepancies in standardized test
secures between black and white
students are higher in city schools.
Daniel said merger also would
mean a “backdoor tax.” Chapel Hill
and Carrboro residents now pay
a property tax of 20.2 cents per
SIOO in assessed value to fund city
schools, a type of fee not levied by
the county school district.
Daniel is not the only candi
date running with the intention of
stomping out the idea of merger.
Valerie Foushee, a member of
the city school board since 1997,
recently received the endorsement of
NoMerger.org, a group of more than
240 parents opposed to the idea.
Foushee said she does not believe
combining the districts would fix
disparities because such a move
would remove community control
over schools. She said, however,
that the merger was not the issue
SEE COMMISSIONERS, PAGE 4
hard for me to understand how
any Republican can show up on
campuses and ask for votes.”
As the audience cheered loudly in
anticipation of Chapel Hill’s legend
ary basketball coach, Price handed
the microphone to Smith, who was
modest and poised.
“It’s hard to follow a Morehead
Scholar,” he said with a smile.
Smith looked around at the large
ly student-filled audience and said
he was impressed by the large num
bers of politically active students.
He spoke of Bowles’ personality,
which he described as very bright
“There is no one who could do a
better job of going on both sides of
the aisle,” said Smith, who has known
Bowles since he was a student.
After Smith, Guthridge spoke
for a few minutes, starting off by
humbly saying, ‘Following David
Price and Dean Smith is like hav
ing the junior varsity game after
the varsity game.”
Guthridge urged everyone in the
audience to find two or three peo
ple who weren’t planning to vote
and send them to the polls.
SEE SMITH, PAGE 4