VOLUME 112, ISSUE 132
Bush sets sail on second term
THE ASSOCIATED PRESSIDOUG MILLS
President Bush and first lady Laura Bush walk during Bush's inauguration parade
Thursday afternoon. In his inaugural address, Bush stressed the need to spread liberty.
BY RACHEL BROCK
Members of student government
are leading the way in advocat
ing for voting district changes that
could increase youth turnout on all
campuses in the UNC system.
As the new session of the N.C.
General Assembly approaches,
Student Body President Matt
Calabria and Vice President Alexa
Kleysteuber are preparing to lobby
state legislators to secure single
voting precincts on each UNC
Kleysteuber said the main prob
lem with the current districts lies
in the fact that
there are six
cincts for stu
dents at UNC-
to vote if they
move from a
in one district
to a residence
hall in another,
and all voting
the University’s districts are located
“Our districts are so chopped
up, and it serves to disenfranchise
students,” she said.
Steve Allred, executive associate
provost, said the current system is
confusing for students who might be
going to the polls for the first time.
Many students also do not real
ize that Morehead Planetarium
is not a polling place on Election
Day. Every year, students show up
at Morehead thinking they can
vote —but they can’t.
“A single campuswide precinct
would eliminate some of that con
fusion,” Allred said.
Kleysteuber said that while
addressing the problem at the
University, Calabria’s adminis
tration realized that voting pre
cincts are an issue on other cam
puses in the state as well.
The issue, which would normal
ly be dealt with on the local level
with the Board of Elections, now is
being taken to the state legislature,
The Calabria administra
tion is working with the UNC
system’s Association of Student
Governments in the effort.
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Seniors Deanndria Seavers, Lauren Graye and Freida Huggins blow out their candles after a vigil organized by Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Inc.
last night on the steps of South Building to honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. The group led a procession to the Great Hall to listen to a speech by Dr. Benjamin Carson.
MLK vigil illuminates campus
BY MARTA OSTROWSKI
In a calm EUid sentimentEil spirit, students lit candles
in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. during a vigil
A trail of lights then flowed through campus as
students proceeded to attend the 24th annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration.
In a comedic yet instructive sense, guest lecturer
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr. advised students about the
importance of education and change.
“Our nation is being threatened by our lack of endeav
or,” he said. “We are facing anew type of problem, and if
Candidates sign off on signatures
BY KATIE HOFFMANN
The steady flurry of campaigners and
clipboards that stormed through the cor
ridors of UNC’s campus came to a halt in
the Board of Elections office Thursday.
All candidates vying for elected posi
tions in student government had to submit
the required number of student signatures
by 5 p.m., and the elections board is now in
the process of electronically checking each
petition for duplicates.
While all candidates for top positions
submitted the required number of signa
tures, one ran into a snag fulfilling this
year’s newly implemented requirement of
sending an electronic spreadsheet.
Bobby Whisnant Jr., a candidate for
senior class president, was the only candi
date who faced a problem submitting the
electronic petition forms. He submitted
his paper petitions by the deadline, but his
disk was malfunctioning until midnight.
BOE Chairwoman Heather Sidden has
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George W. Bush
embarked on an ambitious second term as
president Thursday, telling a world anxious
about war and terrorism that the United
States would not shrink from new confron
tations in pursuit of “the great objective of
Four minutes before noon, Bush placed
his left hand on a family Bible and recited 39
tradition-hallowed words that every presi
dent since George Washington has uttered.
With 150,000 American troops deployed
in Iraq at a cost of $1 billion a week and
more than 1,360 killed, Bush also beseeched
Americans for patience.
“Our country has accepted obligations
that are difficult to fulfill and would be
dishonorable to abandon,” the president
declared in the first wartime inauguration
in more than three decades.
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist,
80 years old and frail with thyroid cancer,
administered the oath in his first public
appearance in three months —a gesture
Bush called “incredibly moving.” Rehnquist’s
ill health may give Bush a second-term
opportunity to nominate the Supreme
Dr. King were here, he would make us aware of it.”
The seats of the Student Union’s Great Hall were filled
with students, faculty and community members who
applauded him and gave a standing ovation.
“It’s really good to have people learn about the com
munity,” said junior Ginny Best. “I think that people are
excited about being here.”
Carson, the keynote speaker, is the director of
pediatric neurosurgery at the John Hopkins Medical
Institutions. Carson is also the founder of Carson
Scholars Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization designed
to reward young people for their academic and civilian
(i The petitions are a big part of becoming a
candidate, and we want to take a tougher stance
HEATHER SIDDEN, chairwoman, board of elections
granted his campaign a 24-hour grace
period to turn in a working disk.
According to campaign rules, a student
neither can sign the same petition twice
nor sign two candidates’ petitions in the
same race. Any infraction of this rule is
considered an Honor Code violation.
After eight student body president candi
dates produced all 800 required signatures
last year, this rule came under scrutiny.
“The petitions are a big part of becom
ing a candidate, and we want to take a
tougher stance on the duplicates,” Sidden
If deleted duplications cause candidates
to fall short of the required number of sig
natures, they will have 24 hours to resub
mit their petitions, Sidden said.
Court’s first new justice in almost 11 years.
It was the first inauguration since the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the
capital was enveloped in a security blanket
of thousands of police and miles of metal
barricades. Snipers lined rooftops, while
bomb-sniffing dogs toiled down below.
Bush spoke before a shivering throng at
the West Front of the Capitol, the monuments
of American government Washington,
Jefferson, Lincoln stretched before him on
a snowy landscape. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.,
who had battled Bush for the presidency,
watched along with other lawmakers.
The nation’s 55th inauguration celebration
stretched from a 40-minute morning prayer
service at St. John’s Church to late-night rev
elry at nine fancy balls. The festivities were
financed by S4O million in private donations
and tens of millions in related costs.
Bush rode in an armored limousine,
behind police on motorcycles in a V forma
tion, to lead the inaugural parade 1.7 miles
down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White
House. The license plate read: USA 1.
Hundreds of anti-war protesters, some car-
SEE INAUGURATION, PAGE 5
While the elections board will post the
names of all eligible candidates by 5 p.m.
today, The Daily Tar Heel requested peti
tion forms from each candidate to compile
While some duplications were found, no
candidate appears to be in threat of being
denied a chance to run.
“I think the biggest problem was that
students weren’t aware of the rules,”
student body president candidate Seth
Dearmin said. “There was an informa
tional mass e-mail, but that isn’t always
the best way to inform 26,000 people.”
Candidates for student body president
and president of the Carolina Athletic
SEE SIGNATURES, PAGE 5
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2005
BY KAVITA PILLAI
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
President Bush evoked the Founding
Fathers in his second inaugural speech
Thursday, placing the broad ideal of free
dom at the forefront of his agenda for the
next four years.
Pundits immediately went to work ana
lyzing Bush’s words in search of foreign
and domestic policy objectives. Normally,
policies are more explicitly laid out dur
ing the inaugural speech, said Thomas
Schaller, a professor of political science
at the University of Maryland-Baltimore
SEE LIBERTY, PAGE 5
In his speech, Carson emphasized to students the power
they have to make influential changes in America.
Commenting on his own struggles during his youth,
Carson stressed the importance of believing in oneself
and recognizing the need to stay motivated to improve
the quality of life for all Americans.
The event, sponsored by the Chancellor’s Committee
for the Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration,
was held not only in remembrance of King, but also to
celebrate the presentation of the 2005 Martin Luther
King Jr. Scholarship.
SEE VIGIL, PAGE 5
Sophomore Luke Farley submits a list of
signatures required for Student Congress
candidacy on Thursday in the Student Union.
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