VOLUME 113, ISSUE 22
University celebrates research
Visitors at the first Research Symposium and Banquet look at
display boards at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on Thursday.
Rejected CAA case
because of timeline
BY RACHEL BROCK
Another chapter has official
ly ended in the controversy that
has plagued the Carolina Athletic
Association this year.
The Student Supreme Court
released its rationale Thursday for
dismissing a case brought against CAA
regarding the number of basketball
tickets reserved for the association.
The court dismissed the case on
grounds that the complaint was filed
“If you can’t
hear a case, you
can’t hear a case,”
“Statutes of limi
tation are the end
of our authority.”
filed the case
against CAA with
said she thinks
CAA has gotten
a bad rap.
ment’s highest judicial power Feb. 17.
He contended that CAA violated
the Student Code by retaining 138
men’s basketball tickets for its mem
bers instead of the 40 stipulated in
“I would rather the Code be extreme
ly clear, and it seems that the CAA got
off on a loophole,” Grasso said.
The court unanimously dismissed
the case at a pretrial hearing March
10 but did not release its rationale
until Thursday. The court had until
today to release its rationale.
The opinion of the court states that
the case was dismissed on the grounds
that Grasso violated the statute of lim
itations requiring a complaint to be
filed within 96 hours of the violation.
He filed the case 12 days after the final
ticket distribution of the season.
The court didn’t provide guidance
regarding the ticket distribution policy,
stating that congressional legislation
likely will solve problems with CAAs
internal ticket allocation without
future intervention by the Court.
Erteschik said elected members of
Congress are much better equipped
to make a decision about the fairness
of CAA’s policies than are the four
appointed Supreme Court justices.
Grasso intends to take up tickets
again next year and will recommend
that the Athletic Department take the
reigns from CAA for distributions.
“Our process is really outdated,”
he said. “Nobody really likes to break
the status quo. (Congress representa
tives) don’t realize it is their job to do
things that are in the best interest of
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DISASTER TO TRIUMPH
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North Carolina seniors (from left to right) Melvin Scott, Jawad Williams and Jackie Manuel played through the worst season in UNC history and now have earned a trip to the Final Four.
BY DANIEL BLANK
Somehow, “8 and 19” just doesn’t seem
quite as bad.
There’s something about “8 and 20” that
sounds perfectly miserable especially because
that 20th loss was the ultimate insult in a sea
son in which the North Carolina basketball pro-
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Location: St. Louis
tage in athleticism and extend the season, if
just for one more game.
The best game plan Doherty could come
up with was a nod to his former coach, as he
instructed his team to drain the shot clock on
It was a strategy reminiscent of Dean
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FIRST ANNUAL RESEARCH DAY SHOWCASES STUDENT EFFORTS
BY SHARI FELD
The George Watts Hill Alumni
Center transformed into a maze of
possibilities Thursday afternoon as
members of the University commu
nity showcased their discoveries.
As part of UNC’s first University
Research Day, 42 participants dis
played their research on subjects as
various as cellular development and
the critical role reputation plays in
“It enriches the environment at
the University,” said graduate student
Michelle Smith as she stood confi
dently beside a poster displaying her
gram sank to its lowest
point in history.
The Tar Heels
were set to face third
ranked Duke —a
team that had blasted
UNC by a combined
54 points in two meet
ings that year in the
Doherty had to fig
ure out a way to
overcome his team’s
findings on cell development.
Participants presented research
objectives and findings to judges.
Seven top scorers earned awards with
The Graduate and Professional
Student Federation and the Order
of the Grail-Valkyries sponsored the
event, which pooled researchers from
many departments and disciplines.
“We wanted people to feel like
they are appreciated, and we wanted
to use the day to celebrate all the
research people have done,” GPSF
President Jen Bushman said.
Despite efforts to involve the entire
campus community, the room was
Fans go all out to follow their team
BY VIRGINIA WOOTEN
Junior John Gardner will be mak
ing the approximately 800-mile trip
to St. Louis this weekend in a rented
recreational vehicle filled with food,
beer and four friends.
Passionate UNC fans such as
Gardner will use any available mode
of transportation to get to the Edward
Jones Dome to watch their beloved
basketball team fight for the champi
Local attempts to ‘raise heel,’ spirits
BY SPENCER GIPPLE
For the last two years, a light-blue
hearse decked with Tar Heel para
phernalia has stood out in the stream
of cars rolling around Chapel Hill for
UNC sporting events.
Piloted by John Snipes, a 45-year
old Hillsborough resident who freely
admits his obsession with the Tar
Heels, the “Heelraiser” set out for the
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filled with graduate students repre
senting the University’s physical sci
ences departments an aspect of
this year’s event that Bushman said
she hopes will change. Diversity is a
key goal for next year.
“This is a growing, changing beast,”
Bushman said. “We are looking for
ward to making the changes to make
this useful to as many students from
as many disciplines as we can.”
Given the time constraints for the
event, Bushman said, it was most logi
cal to stick with poster presentations
this year —a situation that caters more
toward natural science researchers.
Erin Taylor, a seventh-year gradu
onship in the Final Four.
Gardner opted for the RV because
it is inexpensive and he won’t have to
spend money on a hotel.
“We’re going to sleep in the Winn-
Dixie parking lot or Wal-Mart or some
thing crazy,” he said. “The RV has four
beds, TVs, a fridge and a shower.”
About 500 students were lucky
enough to obtain tickets from the
Carolina Athletic Association lottery
earlier this week, a process highly cri
Final Four in St. Louis on Thursday.
“I’m just a big kid,” he said. “It’s all
for fun, and I’m not looking to pro
Snipes said that two years ago at a
football game against Clemson, he saw
a similar-looking hearse called the “Paw
Bearer,” which inspired “Heelraiser.”
He purchased his hearse for SI,OOO
soon after the game and has since
spent more than $13,000 on what he
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ate student studying political science,
felt the brunt of this decision.
“It’s a little intimidating because
I feel like some of the expectations
are geared toward natural sciences,”
She also said the poster presen
tations probably discouraged other
students in the social sciences from
Student Body President Matt
Calabria made a brief appearance
at the event. “The fact that there
are undergraduates showcased here
shows the strength ofundergraduate
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tiqued as underpublicized.
Many students were warned ahead
of time about the distribution proce
dures from alumni relatives and friends
who were familiar with the process.
“We had a friend who had gone to
the Final Four in the past who told us
to keep checking the CAA Web site,”
said senior business and anthropology
major Jonathan Ward.
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calls “the big beast.”
Snipes admitted that some peo
ple might not appreciate his sense
of humor but said the hearse is not
intended to be disrespectful.
“I was afraid some people would
say, ‘Oooh, that’s a hearse. ... That’s
irreverent,’” he said. “Well, that’s my
personality. I love to be irreverent.”
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