VOLUME 112, ISSUE 100 Group swaps funds, votes University's PAC influences politics BY CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR. SENIOR WRITER About 100 people contributed to a University-based political action committee that has given out nearly $200,000 in campaign donations this election cycle. The PAC, Citizens for Higher Education, is lull of alumni, trust ees and people whose last names match University street signs. It raised more than $184,000 during this cycle, according to campaign finance reports. The committee writes checks for legislators who tend to vote favorably on issues that benefit the University, said UNC-Chapel Hill Trustee Paul Fulton, one of the group’s founders. Campaign finance records show that 20 state legislators, includ ing the three co-chairmen of the Senate Appropriations Committee, got $4,000 donations the maxi mum for donations to an individu al candidate in North Carolina. Others who received the maxi mum include the legislature’s top leaders, including Senate President Pro Tern Marc Basnight, D-Dare, and House co-Speakers Richard Morgan* a Moore County Republican, and Jim Black, a Mecklenburg County Democrat. Among local lawmakers, Orange County Rep. Joe Hackney, the House’s Democratic leader, gar nered the $4,000 maximum. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird received SI,OOO, and Rep. Verla Insko got $2,000. The largest deciding factor in which legislators get money from the PAC is how they vote on over head receipts, the extra money universities receive from research grants to cover expenses the state already funds. These charges typi cally include basics such as water SEE PAC, PAGE 4 Student robbed atUNC BY CLAIRE DORRIER STAFF WRITER An 18-year-old male student from Appalachian State University was robbed at gunpoint about 3 a.m. Monday near Carmichael Auditorium, according to officials with the University police. The victim, accompanied by a friend, was returning to his parked car on Carmichael Drive when he was confronted by two suspects, one of whom displayed a gun, a University release states. The armed suspects asked the victim to drive to the ATMs on Raleigh Street and withdraw an undisclosed amount of money. The victim cooperated and was released unharmed on Carmichael Drive. According to the victim’s report in the release, the suspects are black men in their early 20s who were both carrying revolvers. One suspect was described as light-skinned and wearing a light brown Philadelphia Phillies jersey and a matching baseball cap. The second suspect was described as 6 feet 1 inch tall, between 160 pounds and 170 pounds and possibly having a rough complexion. He was report ed as wearing a white T-shirt and a SEE ROBBERY, PAGE 4 ONLINE ■ Global polls show most countries favoring Kerry Student leaders disagree on balancing opinion, power Find these stories and more fit mvw.dthonline.com. 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Bush John Kerry U.S. SENATE CANDIDATES Erskine Bowles FINAL HOUR Visit www.dthonline.com for updated elections coverage. u saBBSEMH t SSSSIIi gjf fgf. V '^^^£^Bs^''" ..**,. fatigue, and we’re ready for Election Day.” President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry made a mad dash through battleground states Monday, gathering last-minute votes. A poll released by Democracy Corps on Monday showed Kerry with 49-5 percent of likely voters’ sup port, while Bush had 48.7 percent. “We’re extremely optimistic,” said David Sherlin, press secretary for N.C. Victory 2004, part of the Kerry-Edwards campaign. “We have a great feeling about North Carolina and the nation as a whole.” SEE ELECTION EVE, PAGE 4 Mike Easley Richard Burr TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2004 30,000 take to polls in advance BY TANNERSLAYDEN STAFF WRITER Based on the county’s record turnout for one-stop voting, the Orange County Board of Elections expects crowds at the polls today. Carolyn Thomas, director of the board, said the county planned to have 12,000 to 15,000 people vote early. But a final count shows that 30,232 people voted early using INSIDE Final profiles of candidates facing off in state races PAGE 2 Electoral college likely to play powerful role in decision PAGE 7 ONLINE N.C. voters must weigh work against visit to polls “We are really going to need more early polling sites next federal elec tion.” Thomas Jensen, party affairs director for UNC’s Young Democrats, said he counted 400 people in line Saturday at the Morehead Planetarium, one of the three early voting sites in the county. “The line was stretched back to Silent Sam,” he said. Thomas said there was a two hour average wait at Morehead. Jensen said lines that long for early voting are unacceptable. He suggested adding more sites to conduct early voting in order to deal with its high demand. Thomas said at least four more locations will be needed for the next federal election. “It is just hard to find enough volunteers,” she said. “We need three people to operate each computer, and it SEE VOTING, PAGE 4 Halloween celebration ends safely BY JENNIFER FAIR AND DEBORAH CRAMER STAFF WRITERS Despite a larger-than-usual crowd on Franklin Street, area police reported no serious or unusual incidents during Sunday’s annual Halloween festivities. “It was just another Halloween in Chapel Hill,” said Tony Mills, assistant supervisor for the Raleigh Alcohol Law Enforcement office. Chapel Hill police issued 32 citations on 35 charges, the major ity of which were alcohol-related, in and around the enclosed area on Franklin Street, said Phil Smith, special events officer for Chapel Hill police. According to a press release, police charged 12 people with underage possession of alcohol, seven people with aiding and abet ting the purchase of alcohol and six people with alcohol-related offenses, mostly involving open containers. Rick Bradley, spokesman for housing and residential education at the University, said that about 15 incidents, most alcohol-related, occurred in residence halls on Halloween. “Campus incidents were an aftermath of partying on Franklin and elsewhere,” Bradley said. He said housing staff were pre pared to handle the incidents, add- SEE HALLOWEEN, PAGE 4 WEATHER TODAY Partly cloudy, H 82, L 63 WEDNESDAY T-storms, H 71, L 53 THURSDAY Rain, H 66, L 44 the county’s one-stop voting locations. “One-stop voting was amazingly suc cessful,” Thomas said. “It isn’t even Nov. 2 yet, and the voting season has been so hectic.” Of the 51,041 people who voted in the 2000 election, only 9,000 voted early. “There was no way to predict this turnout,” Thomas said.