VOLUME 113, ISSUE 28
Online tickets may be on horizon
PLAN WOULD ELIMINATE SATURDAY MORNING DISTRIBUTION
BY DANIEL WILKES
When next year’s basketball sea
son rolls around, students could
be printing tickets to the big game
from their laptops.
And while their ability to get
tickets still might hinge on a lot
tery, they could forget about baby
blue bracelets or getting Krispy
Kreme doughnuts before daybreak
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Above: Barbie Morgan hula-hoops at the fourth annual UNC Relay for Life in Eddie Smith Field House, near Fetzer Field, on Friday. Her husband, Wes
Morgan, is a cancer survivor. The relay raised about $119,000, surpassing last year's sum by $45,000. Below: Rachel Rosenberg jump ropes during the relay.
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Lewis Black, others
to highlight festival
BY BECCA MOORE
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
It isn’t easy being funny.
But students at UNC with aspi
rations of inducing side-splitting
laughter can get a little help from
the pros this week.
The Carolina Comedy Festival,
which starts today and runs through
Sunday, will offer a number of events
for students, including free shows
and workshops. The festival was
organized by the Carolina Union
The spotlight show, “Lewis Black
and Friends,” will run at 8 p.m.
Saturday in the Union Auditorium.
The event has already sold out.
Black, who graduated from the
University in 1970, performed here
in spring and fall 2002. He also gave
a show at the Heelarious Comedy
Festival in spring 2003.
“We’re very excited about the
festival, and we’re happy that Lewis
really wanted to be a part of it,” said
Claire Anderson, president of the
Carolina Union Activities Board.
Those without tickets to
Saturday’s show still will be able to
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on a frosty Saturday morning.
Officials from the Department of
Athletics and student government
are considering a variety of reforms
to the basketball ticket distribution
process. Putting at least part of the
system online and eliminating
weekend bracelet checks seems to
be a popular idea.
Clint Gwaltney, assistant ath
letic director for the Smith Center
BY STACEY CARLESS
Stadium lights blared, music
streamed across campus and hundreds
of participants could be seen walking
around Fetzer Field as the fourth annual
Relay for Life at UNC hit full swing.
Friday’s event brought more than
900 community members and stu
dents together to help fight cancer
through fund raising and education.
Participants raised more than
$119,000 to donate to local hospitals
and to fund cancer research 545,000
more than last year’s total and the most
the UNC Relay for Life has ever raised.
“This magnifies the passion people
have in the community and on cam
pus to fight cancer and to unite for
take part in the festival, including
workshops with Black.
On Friday and Saturday, there
will be a handful of free workshops
for students—three hosted by Lewis
Black, one with writers from humor
publication The Onion, one with
a former UNC student who now
one with Jen
ter to attend
A look into
Wednesday. Sign-up information
is available in the Student Union.
On Thursday, Peter Koechley
and Joe Garden, two writers for The
Onion, will talk with students.
Clint Neill, chairman of the
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and ticket operations, said he is
researching various options for
online ticket distribution that could
be in place as soon as next season.
In the best-case scenario, he
said, students “will be able to print
tickets out at home on a regular
laser printer.” The process would
involve Student Central, though
officials have yet to hammer out
the cause,” said Amber Alford, event
The University’s Relay for Life is
part of a national event sponsored
by the American Cancer Society that
began 20 years ago.
But the registered participants, vol
unteers and supporters said they cre
ated a diverse community, unique to
UNC, that united to help find a cure.
“That was one of our goals this
year,” Alford said. “We wanted to show
that cancer is something that we all
have to fight together.”
The event’s participants split into
teams of fund-raisers for the 24-hour
event. One member from each team
must circle the track at all times.
The teams are the heart of the event,
“Experiencing the championship was indescribable.
I had tears in my eyes.” milton cooke , 69-YEAR-OLD UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE
From ’57 to ’OS, he’s seen winners
BY SARAH SCHWARZ
Strolling through the Pit in a Carolina blue
sweater and loafers, Milton Cooke looks the part
of any average UNC student only his gray hair
sets him apart.
After two years at UNC, he took a break from
school in 1955 and just barely missed the Tar
Heels’ first-ever NCAA basketball championship
That break lasted almost 50 years.
“I had to wait 48 years to come back for the
championship,” said Cooke, who is now a senior set
to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree
in international studies. At 69 years old, he is the
self-proclaimed oldest undergraduate on campus.
“Experiencing the championship was inde
scribable. I had tears in my eyes,” said Cooke, who
watched the championship game last week in the
Smith Center with 9,500 other fans and rushed to
Franklin Street to celebrate afterward.
But there was no bonfire jumping for Cooke,
who said he had enough of the party scene in the
Even attending a football game then was a for
mal affair; it wasn’t uncommon for students to
cheer in a three-piece suit, he said.
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That’s good news for Domenick
Grasso, chairman of Student
Congress’ Rules and Judiciary
Committee, who forwarded a num
ber of proposed changes to student
government’s student ticket review
board in early March.
The online distribution plan
Grasso suggested is similar to
Gwaltney’s but would allow stu
dents to claim tickets in person
Alford said. Eighty registered this year.
Children ran with footballs Friday
and students continuously walked the
track alongside older participants who
sold drinks to profit the cause.
“We do this every year. We do it in
honor of my daughter who is a breast
cancer survivor,” said Bev Foster, a
Chapel Hill resident who sold drinks
outside Eddie Smith Field House.
“We’ve got a team, and we help to
fund raise. The old folks like me will
go home soon and then we will be
back at (6 a.m. Saturday).”
When rain began to fall about 8:45
p.m. Friday, umbrellas popped open
and raincoats appeared, but partici-
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UNC senior Milton Cooke sits on his scooter Friday afternoon. After taking a break from
school in 1955, Cooke will graduate next December with a degree in international studies.
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during normal ticket office hours.
He said the process would help
level an uneven playing field.
“The Saturday morning distri
bution limits people they may
not be in town, or have jobs, or be
graduate students who don’t live in
Chapel Hill,” Grasso said.
Asa Congress member earlier
this year, Grasso took the Carolina
Athletic Association to the Student
Supreme Court, alleging that the
student organization doled out
more tickets for its members to
City Desk editor praised for
communication, past work
BY NATALIE HAMMEL
Midway through his sophomore year, Ryan Tuck
realized that he wanted to take on the role of editor
in chief at The Daily Tar Heel.
Saturday, his goal was realized when a 10-person
panel of community members and DTH staff repre
sentatives selected the Walkersville, Md., native as
the 139th editor of the DTH.
Dick, this year’s city desk editor
and a junior journalism and politi
cal science double major, said he
was glad he didn’t have to stand in
the shoes of the committee mem
bers deciding between him and
University editor Emily Steel.
“I told them in my closing
remarks, ‘I don’t envy you,’” he
said. “Emily Steel is a fantastic can
didate. ... Either way, The Daily Tar
Heel isn’t going to go under.”
Chris Coletta, the paper’s man
aging editor, said both Tuck and
Steel were extremely well-qualified
to tackle the responsibility of being
editor. “Especially this year, they’ve
kicked it up and had well-run desks,” he said.
Committee member James Allred, former student
body secretary, said the panel was impressed with
Tuck’s sense of duty to his readers.
“He seemed to have a great understanding of who his
readers are, understanding that the scope of the paper
extends beyond just the University campus,” he said.
Allred said Dick told the committee during his hour
long interview, “I can never miss an assignment because
I know if I don’t show up, 40,000 people suffer.”
Also impressive to the committee was Dick’s work
at the City Desk, which Chapel Hill planning director
Roger Waldon recently praised as the best local city
coverage he’s seen in 22 years.
Coletta said Dick has done a good job of connecting
with people this year. “To be able to connect, especial-
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each game than is allowed in the
And, like most UNC students, he’s
also got a plan to get rid of the “wine
and-cheese” stereotypes often associ
ated with the Smith Center.
Grasso’s plan would create gen
eral admission student sections,
including one on the lower level
of UNC’s basketball arena. That
would enable students to sit with
their friends more easily, he said.
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his sense of duty.