VOLUME 112, ISSUE 116
UNC to play in Tire Bowl
Tar Heels head to Charlotte an Dec. 30
BY JACOB KARABELL
North Carolina coach John
Bunting probably would have
immediately summoned his team
from all comers of the campus to
announce that it had received a
But Tuesday night, there was
just one problem almost the
entire team had vacated the cam
pus for Thanksgiving Break, pre
venting Bunting from breaking the
news to his players.
BY EMMA BURGIN
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
It only costs each student sl,
but many say it’s a dollar that
could be better spent.
The Association of Student
Governments receives $1 in fees
from every full-time student
enrolled in the UNC system.
The fee, proposed by former
ASG President Andrew Payne, was
implemented in 2002 upon approv
al by the Board of Governors.
“The association transformed
when it received the dollar fee,”
Payne said. “It’s a young organiza
tion and a young organization ran
This year’s student leaders are
learning to manage $170,000,
most of which goes toward travel
expenses, officer stipends, office
space and professional staff.
But UNC-Chapel Hill Student
Body President Matt Calabria
thinks the group’s focus needs to
change, and he has called for a
critical review of the association’s
He recently suggested to ASG
President Amanda Devore that
money should go toward programs
instead of inefficient spending.
“The ASG spends its financial
and time resources to deal with
internal problems on campuses,”
Calabria said. “And UNC-Chapel
Hill often doesn’t see the benefit
SEE ASG, PAGE 4
Town clerk to leave
after 23-year stint
BY JON WEINER
At the end of this month,
Chapel Hill will lose a woman
who many agree has valiantly
served the town and the public
for the last 231/2 years.
Town Clerk Joyce Smith’s
retirement will become official at
5:01 p.m. next Tuesday.
“I told the town manager that
you have to have fun with a job,
and when it stops being fun, you
should stop doing it,” she said
Ihesday morning. “Well, I’m still
having fun, but too much for too
long just makes you tired.”
She said her main reason for
leaving is so she can have more
time to spend with her grand
children, Rocky, 3, and Zora, 15
months, as they start to grow up.
“Children are the most precious
commodities that we have. It’s a
privilege to be able to contribute
to their upbringing,” she said.
Smith originally was hired as a
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That did not dampen his
spirit, however, as he accepted
an invitation to participate in
the Continental Tire Bowl in
“Boy, I tell you what, what a
great 72 hours this has been,”
Bunting said. “To not only finish
off our season the way that we did,
to have a winning season for these
seniors and know that we’re bowl
eligible —and then be able to play
the game right here in our home
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fast break in Tuesday’s 88-33
UNC victory against Charleston Southern
at Carmichael Auditorium. Little scored
a team-high 20 points on 9-for-l6 shoot
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changed, but it’s for the better."
Smith worked as a word pro
cessor until 1988, when she was
promoted to office manager for
the clerk’s office. She served in
this position until 1993, when
she was promoted to deputy clerk
for the manager’s office. She has
served as town clerk since 1998.
“I am proof that you can start
SEE SMITH, PAGE 4
To the small crowd still on campus,
the DTH says: Happy Thanksgiving
The bowl will be played at Bank
of America Stadium, home of the
NFL’s Carolina Panthers, at 1 p.m.
The post-season appearance
will be the first for the Tar Heels
since the 2001 Peach Bowl, and the
University will receive a $750,000
payout and 12,500 tickets to sell
for the game.
UNC does not yet know who it
will be facing, though. The Tire
Bowl is tied into the Big East
and Boston College, West Virginia,
Pittsburgh and Connecticut have
already clinched postseason eligi
bility from the conference.
win against defending national champion
Connecticut, the Tar Heels rose to No. 5
in the AP poll, the team’s highest ranking
since 1998. The team heads to Las Vegas
this weekend for the Lady Rebel Shootout,
where it will take on No. 24 Villanova and
host UNLV. For the full story, see page 7.
PETA cries foul on campus animal testing
BY CATHERINE ROBBS
Undercover investigations at
UNC’s research labs have once again
spurred the People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals to encour
age national health organizations
to revoke University funding.
A recent UNC study of the effects
that alcohol has on the brain used
rats to extrapolate conclusions,
and PETA officials questioned the
relevance of such a study at the
expense of animals.
PETA officials claimed that ani
mals suffered while no useful infor
mation was gleaned from the study.
The group has issued a letter to
the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism, a branch of
the National Institutes of Health,
requesting that federal funding for
similar studies be denied.
Undercover investigator Kate
Turlington collected evidence
three years ago in the form of video
footage and documentation, which
PETA officials claim is proof of the
unnecessary nature of the study.
Thrlington said the results of the
study are frivolous and not neces
sarily applicable to humans. She
Notre Dame, an independent,
could also be selected, but bowl
executive director Will Webb said
Connecticut looks like the most
likely opponent at this point. He
said he expects a decision to be
“There are a lot of scenarios
in the Big East that could still
send any number of teams to us,”
bowl committee member George
Johnson said Saturday.
The Tire Bowl’s choice to pick
UNC was made easier Monday
when Clemson withdrew from
SEE BOWL, PAGE 4
added that studies on human alco
holics would be more conclusive.
“I want to see (the NIAAA)
divert funding from studies on ani
mals that aren’t helpful and fun
nel it into studies that are actually
helpful,” Turlington said.
But University officials stated
that all UNC research espe
cially those studies conducted on
animals must pass a rigorous,
multi-step approval process.
“We have high-quality commit
tees locally and nationally that
evaluate the work and find it to be
of high merit,” said Tony Waldrop,
vice chancellor of research and
While a University commit
tee studies the necessity of ani
mal involvement, NIH also must
approve the proposals for the stud
ies to receive federal funding.
“Only the most competitive and
most sound science gets funding
at all,” said John Bradfield, the
While undercover, Turlington
reported that researchers working
on the study called the research “gra
tuitous” and “silly.” She claimed that
the research was to bring in grant
UNC advances to Maui finals by downing
Tennessee in tourney's 2nd round PAGE 7
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2004
DTH FILE PHOTO/LAURA MORTON
North Carolina players celebrate during the team's 30-24 victory against
rival N.C. State on Oct. 9. UNC finished the season 6-5, earning a bowl bid.
is in the clear
2 players could see charges dropped
BY RYAN C. TUCK
The three University football
players who made national head
lines after each was charged with
simple possession of marijuana
soon might face only their punish
ments from UNC.
On Monday, Beverly Scarlett,
assistant district attorney for
Orange County, and the play
ers’ attorneys reached a deal:
The charge against wide receiver
Adarius Bowman was dismissed,
and linebacker Fred Sparkman and
defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas
could have the charges against
them dropped if they complete a
15-hour drug education program.
Scarlett said she spoke with the
players’ attorneys Monday after the
University sophomores arrived for
their first appearance in Orange
County District Criminal Court.
The players were appearing
in relation to an incident on
Oct. 10, when all three players
were arrested in Thomas’ room
in Connor Residence Hall and
charged with simple possession
University police seized 5.8
grams of marijuana from the
room, according to reports.
Scarlett said that because the
incident did not occur in Bowman’s
room and because Bowman did
not accept responsibility for the
charge, she agreed to drop the
charge against him.
Scarlett said she and the play
ers attorneys’ also agreed that if
Sparkman and Thomas complete
the drug education program before
their next scheduled court appear
ance Jan. 20, the charges against
them also will be dropped.
Scarlett said Sparkman, but
not Thomas, had agreed to that
arrangement as of Tuesday.
Scarlett added that Thomas had
told her he was responsible for the
players having marijuana.
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A recent study involving rats has prompted activist group People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals to call for a halt on UNC's federal grants.
money, not to help alcoholics.
The activist group is fearful that
UNC researchers would conduct
similar studies in the future.
“They change the wording
slightly, get another grant and
kill more animals,” said Hannah
Schein, PETAs research and inves
Bradfield said PETA’s com
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John Martin, a University ath
letics spokesman, said there has
been no official announcement as
to how the charges’ dismissal could
affect the players’ suspension from
In a statement Oct 11, UNC coach
John Bunting said the players would
be suspended indefinitely until noti
fied otherwise by he or Director of
Athletics Dick Baddour.
All players are still suspended
indefinitely, Martin said Tuesday.
He added that he does not
think it would be an option for the
players to rejoin the team before
its appearance Dec. 30 in the
Continental Tire Bowl.
Each of the players had estab
lished themselves as key assets for
the team prior to their arrests.
Bowman was leading the team
in receiving yards; Sparkman had
started every game at middle line
backer; and Thomas, though not a
starter, had been seeing consistent
minutes on the defensive line.
Martin said he did not know
when the University would make
an official statement on the out
comes of Monday’s appearance.
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plaints aren’t based on the research
conducted at UNC.
“Most extremists have a gen
erally overarching disagreement
with animal research,” he said.
“That person would disagree with
any use of the animal.”
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