MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2005
Stances vary on need, funding sources
BY KATHERINE EVANS
Stipends for student officials and
stable funding for student govern
ment have been sources of conten
tion among leaders this year, and
the debate will continue during
this year’s student election.
A referendum to compensate
the speaker and speaker pro tem
pore of Student Congress was
defeated in October, bringing the
issue to the forefront of the elec
tion this year.
The Student Code stipulates
that seven student leaders from the
executive and judicial branches be
allotted monthly stipends ranging
from $125 to S3OO.
Student Body President candi
date Tom Jensen said the issue of
stipends is one of his platform’s
top priorities. He has proposed to
cut $60,000 from student govern
ment spending, including all sti
pend money. He said the money
would be put back into the Student
“It is outrageous to ask 27,000
students to pay for the stipends
of seven people,” Jensen said.
“Student government needs to act
within their means.”
Congress Speaker Charlie
Anderson, who supported the ref
erendum to allow stipends for top
leaders of Congress, said students
who know how much work student
government entails can appreciate
the need for stipends.
“Stipends make offices acces
sible to the larger part of the stu
dent body,” Anderson said. “It is a
minor offset to the costs that you’re
giving up.” He added that the actu
al stipend works out to be “hardly
Both Anderson and candidate
Leigha Blackwell downplayed the
actual amount that stipends tax
individual students. Blackwell said
each student pays a little more than
$2.00 to support stipends.
Other candidates said they think
stipends for leaders are necessary
to ensure that students from vary
ing socio-economic backgrounds
are not excluded from participat
ing in student government.
“A Carolina Covenant student
would not be able to quit their
job and do this job if it were not
for stipends,” said candidate Seke
Seth Dearmin, who also is run
ning for student body president,
said that although stipends are
valuable for leveling the playing
field among candidates for high
ranking offices, students who do
not need the stipend money should
have the opportunity to decline
Last spring, a referendum that
called for a percentage of student
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fees to be allocated to the execu
tive and judicial branches of stu
dent government to promote a
more stable source of funding was
defeated by 164 votes.
The current system requires that
each branch of student government
present a budget to Congress, cre
ating varying funds from adminis
tration to administration.
Last year’s push for permanent
funding, which was spearheaded
by former Student Body President
Matt Tepper and former Student
Attorney General Jonathan Slain,
slid out of discussions when Matt
Calabria stepped into his term as
student body president.
While Calabria did acknowledge
the benefits of a guaranteed source
of funding stability, easier plan
ning he said changing the sys
tem would prove risky.
“(Permanent funding) is based
on an assumption that every
administration will do things the
same way,” Calabria said.
Tepper promoted a switch
to stable funding, which would
enable an office to retain guaran
teed baseline funding. The prob
lem with presenting a budget to
Congress each year, he said, is
that one administration dictates
the amount of money the others
“Stable funding is so that one
administration would not handi
cap the next,” Tepper said.
Slain also supported permanent
funding and said it is imperative
for the judicial branch.
“Any funding that goes to the
honor system should be discre
tionary because the University
could not function without it,”
Dearmin, who served as an
executive assistant to Tepper, said
he would take another look at per
manent funding. Dearmin said
consistent funding would “save a
lot of headache.”
Jensen, whose campaign slogan
is “More for your Money,” said he is
opposed to a fixed source of fund
ing because he thinks the student
body should have the ability to
decide if the money is necessary.
“Student government is not
doing enough to get more money,”
Ballard said he favors the cur
rent system, which he thinks pro
motes accountability and a system
of checks and balances.
While Blackwell said the cur
rent funding system works well,
she said that if the judicial branch
wanted more money, she would
not be opposed to looking into a
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Workers voice grievances
for fair treatment
BY LINDSAY MICHEL
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
A group of UNC workers and
their supporters gathered Friday
afternoon on Manning Drive with
one goal in mind: to make their
Amid a din of passing buses and
cars, the group organized by
the North Carolina Public Service
Workers Union, UE Local 150
spoke out in a unified effort to
provoke changes in the working
conditions at UNC Hospitals.
“We have a lot of problems
inside in the hospitals,” said UNC
Hospitals housekeeper Monica
Orosco. “We want to change every
thing here for the workers.”
These problems, said Orosco
and fellow housekeeper Mauricio
Rosales, include unreasonable
expectations by managers, unfair
treatment and the absence of a
Spanish version of the hospitals’
“In many occasions, they don’t
have the real information in
Spanish,” Rosales said as a transla
tor spoke for him in English.
Rosales said his working condi
tions worsened after he was harassed
by his supervisor Dec. 17.
According to his written state
ment, a supervisor forcefully con
fiscated Rosales’ bag as he was
leaving work. Aside from other
personal belongings, the bag con
tained union materials. Rosales
said he was the target for retalia
tions because he spoke out against
Mich, to eye affirmative action ban
BY HILARY HELLENS
An effort to ban affirmative action
in universities and government
offices across Michigan took a step
forward this month, when a state
wide group filed petitions to put the
measure before the state’s voters.
The Michigan Civil Rights
Initiative has started a two-year
campaign to put a referendum
on the 2006 ballot. If passed, the
measure would amend the state’s
constitution and prohibit the use
of racial and gender preferences in
Jennifer Gratz, the initiative’s
executive director, was one of the
plaintiffs in lawsuits filed against the
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
over its affirmative action policies.
Gratz filed the lawsuit against
UM in 1997, when she said she
was denied admission in favor of
minority candidates with similar
In the case, Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O’Connor upheld the
decision that race can be one of the
factors considered for admission.
“Frankly, I read Justice O’Connor’s
decision, and it made no sense to
me,” said Tim O’Brien, campaign
manager for the Michigan Civil
Rights Initiative. “It was a funda
mental violation of the entire con
cept of equality before the law.”
This is the group’s second attempt
to put the measure on the ballot. It
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Ajamu Dillahunt (left) and David Brannigan (right) show their support
at a press conference on UNC Hospitals workers' rights on Friday.
poor working conditions during a
December public hearing.
“We just want to end this situa
tion,” Rosales said. “We just want
Rosales met with UNC Hospitals
Vice President Mel Hurston to
discuss the incident later that day.
But Rosales and union organizer
Steve Bader said it did not spark
any efforts to rectify the situation.
Hurston was unable to com
ment on this specific case because
of privacy policies. “We investigat
ed the incident, and based upon
the investigations, we took the
appropriate actions,” he said.
Hurston said he and his col
leagues take circumstances of
worker dissatisfaction seriously and
review all reported grievances.
“We at the UNC Hospitals
place a great deal of emphasis on
employee satisfaction,” he said. “In
order for us to have an environment
wanted a statewide vote in 2004,
but an Ingham County Circuit Court
judge ruled its petition invalid.
The judge said the campaign’s
petition did not clearly state that
it would change the Michigan con
stitution’s anti-discrimination and
equal protection provisions.
Despite the two-year setback,
the initiative has garnered 508,202
signatures so far, even though state
law requires only 317,000. The
group is waiting for the signatures
to be validated.
O’Brien said the biggest chal
lenge in the new campaign will be
facing the public after the first rul
ing by the Ingham County court.
“We knew that (the) ruling w'as
wrong,” he said. “The public percep
tion was one of our biggest prob
lems, that there was something
wrong with our form of petition.”
The new petition already has
received some backlash from one
“I believe that this proposal,
despite its name, does not further
the cause of civil rights in Michigan,”
said Mary Sue Coleman, UM presi
dent, in a prepared statement. “It is
about closing the door to higher edu
cation for many of our citizens.”
But O’Brien said he is confident
the signatures will be validated
and is ready to kick off the official
Steve Farmer, UNC director of
admissions, said that while the
where patients and visitors want to
come for treatment, we must strive
for employee satisfaction.”
Other community organizations
also were in attendance at Friday’s
from the African American/
Latino Alliance, the Association
for Latino Workers of North
Carolina and the North Carolina
Occupational Safety and Health
Project expressed their solidarity.
Ajamu Dillahunt of the African
American/Latino Alliance remind
ed attendees of Martin Luther
King Jr.’s commitment to workers’
“Dr. King said that all work has
dignity, and certainly, the hospital
workers at UNC have that dignity,”
he said. “We’d like some freedom
and dignity for our UNC workers.”
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outcome in Michigan will have no
immediate effect on UNC’s poli
cies, his office always takes a look at
challenges to admissions practices.
“I think there is always room for
improvement,” he said.
UNC considers race, along with
academic records, socio-economic
status and extracurricular activities,
during the admissions process.
O’Brien said he is confident about
the road ahead. “People who are get
ting an advantage are not going to
be happy about giving it up. Perhaps
even in a decade or so, it will be in
the archives, an idea of the past.”
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FROM STAFF REPORTS
■ A Carolina Dining Services
employee was arrested at 8:40
p.m. Friday for possessing a crack
rock, Chapel Hill police reports
According to reports, Regina
Tara Bynum, 42, of 208 Prince
St. in Carrboro, was arrested on
the corner of Fowler and Broad
streets and charged with pos
session of a schedule II drug, a
She was released on a written
promise to appear today in Orange
County District Criminal Court in
■ A student at Chapel Hill High
School was arrested at 6:30 p.m.
Friday and charged with felony
kidnapping, misdemeanor assault
and battery, and misdemeanor
larceny, Chapel Hill police reports
According to reports, Mario
La-Chad Burgess, 17, of 205 N.C.
54 West, was arrested at the police
station and served with warrants
sworn out earlier that day.
Burgess was released on a writ
ten promise to appear today in
Orange County District Superior
Court in Hillsborough.
■ A 19-year-old was arrested
at 8:50 p.m. Friday and charged
with possession with intent to
sell and distribute cocaine and
attempting to sell and distribute
other schedule II drugs, both fel
onies, Chapel Hill police reports
According to reports, Frederick
Demetris Edwards, of 103 Lystra
Road, was arrested at the comer of
Sunset Drive and Rosemary Street
with a gram of crack cocaine in his
He was taken to Orange County
Jail to be held on a $15,000 secured
bond. He will appear today in
Orange County District Criminal
Court in Hillsborough.
■ A Carrboro man was arrested
at 4:15 p.m. Friday for attempting
to smuggle malt liquor and fried
chicken from a local grocery store,
according to Chapel Hill police
Reports state that Lewis
Johnny Jacobs Jr., 50, also known
as “Angel Dust,” was arrested for
leaving the Harris Teeter at 1800
Airport Road without paying for
He was charged with misde
meanor larceny in connection
with the theft, which totaled
$6.98 in stolen items, and also
was served with an outstand
ing warrant for felony larceny,
Jacobs was released on a writ
ten promise to appear at the first
opportunity today in Orange
County District Criminal Court in
■ A Chapel Hill man was issued
a citation at 10:33 a.m. Friday for
attempting to filch meat from the
Food Lion at 1129 Weaver Dairy
Road, Chapel Hill police reports
According to reports, William
“Polar Bear” Taylor, 38, concealed
a chuck roast and a rib eye steak by
putting them under his shirt.
The meat, which totalled slß.ll,
was recovered by police, reports