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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2005
Proposed fees increase
rejected by committee
BY SHANNON CONNELL
STAFF WRITER
The student fee audit commit
tee voted down a proposed SSO
hike in student fees Monday eve
ning that sought to enhance UNC’s
Olympic sports program— spe
cifically through the renovation of
Carmichael Auditorium.
The proposed allocation fol
lows a previously approved SIOO
increase passed by the UNC Board
of Governors in March.
Athletic Director Dick Baddour
told committee members the pro
posal is the final phase of a 15- to
20-year Olympic sports program to
generate approximately $1.2 mil
lion annually.
The program seeks to support
nonrevenue sports by increasing
coach salaries, covering operating
costs and improving the condition
of existing facilities.
But students in the committee
were hesitant to approve the pro
posal.
Anisa Mohanty, chairwoman of
Student Congress’s finance com
mittee, expressed concern that
■ A UNC-Wilmington student
was cited early Saturday morning
for possession of marijuana, Chapel
Hill police reports state.
James Vincent Knight, 19,
of 1660 Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd., was arrested at 1:07 a.m. at
Mary Scroggs Elementary School,
501 Kildaire Road, according to
reports.
Officers approached Knight’s car
after they detected a strong odor of
marijuana and asked him to hand
them the drugs, reports state.
Knight was in possession of
29.75 grams of marijuana, accord
ing to reports.
He was cited and released,
reports state. He is scheduled to
appear in District Criminal Court
on Nov. 7, according to reports.
■ A 19-year-old student received
a citation for urinating in public
early Saturday morning, Chapel
Hill police reports state.
Andrew J. Seymour, of
Huntersville, was cited at 1:58 a.m. at
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students would not see a change in
facilities while at UNC.
“I am extremely uncomfortable
with this fee increase,” she said. “I
am worried students won’t see the
benefits.”
The renovation of Carmichael
Auditorium was the focus of the
projected plan Monday, specifically
the need to provide air condition
ing, enhance the sound system and
improve conditions of the gym on
the whole for the UNC women’s
basketball team.
“I believe that Carmichael is a
tremendous venue for women’s
basketball,” Baddour said.
The renovations are projected
to take place next fall and are esti
mated to continue for a two-and-a
half-year period.
During the meeting, Baddour said
officials have experienced difficulties
raising money for the auditorium.
“Sometimes we’ve been able to
completely fundraise a project,”
he said. “We’ve tried to raise the
money for Carmichael. We’ve not
been successful.”
Martina Ballen, senior associate
316 W. Rosemary St. after an officer
observed him urinating on a public
sidewalk, according to reports.
Seymour is set to appear in
District Criminal Court on Nov. 7,
reports state.
■ A Tar Heel Temps employee
was arrested Saturday on charges
of impaired driving and speeding,
according to Chapel Hill police
reports.
Kathryn Hast, 26, of 303 Crest
Drive, was stopped at 2:01 a.m. at
100 W. Rosemary St. after an offi
cer saw she was speeding, reports
state. According to reports, during
a traffic stop the officer found Hast
had been driving while impaired.
Hast was released on writ
ten promise to appear in District
Criminal Court on Nov. 8, reports
state.
■ Two vehicles in the Manning
S-ll parking lot were broken into
Saturday, according to police
reports.
athletic director for business and
finance, pointed out to the commit
tee that it is often difficult to raise
funds for women’s sports.
“Unfortunately it is more likely
to happen on men’s side than wom
en’s,” she said.
The proposed increase in student
fees also does not meet the needs of
many other sports at UNC.
“We still have issues with gym
nastics, volleyball, fencing and
wrestling,” Baddour said.
Other programs excluded are
baseball, rowing and sports medi
cine. The necessity for renovations
at the Smith Center is another
problematic area that remains
unaddressed, Baddour said.
During the meeting, the commit
tee also threw its support behind
the creation of a SSO administrative
computing fee.
The need for technologi
cal improvement of the Student
Information System was a major
goal of the proposal.
, Contact the University Editor
at udesk@unc.edu.
The front passenger window of
a 2004 Acura MDX was broken
sometime between 12:30 p.m. and
5:30 p.m., reports state. A purse
containing SSOO dollars in cash,
four credit cards each valued at
SSOO and two checkbooks was sto
len from inside the vehicle, accord
ing to reports.
A gray 1999 GMC Suburban
parked across from the Acura also
was subject to larceny Saturday,
reports state. A Valentine radar
detector valued at S6OO along
with a purple change pouch and
S2O in cash were taken. The owner
of the vehicle said she locked the
doors before she left, according to
reports.
■ A car belonging to a UNC
student was broken into between
1:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday,
according to police reports.
The right front window was shat
tered and various cassette discs and
rented movies, totaling $l2O, were
taken, reports state.
News
Unions concern lawmakers
Plan a move to
ban recognition
BY RICHARD M. COE 111
STAFF WRITER
Some N.C. legislators are hoping
anew Connecticut statute will not
become the basis for challenging
the state’s laws against same-sex
marriage.
A bill approved in April in the
Conn, legislature became active
last weekend, allowing civil unions
between same-sex couples.
The new Conn, law is likely to
have an effect on the N.C. General
Assembly when it reconvenes next
May.
Republican lawmakers along
with at least a few Democrats
will push an amendment to
North Carolina’s Constitution to
ban any recognition of same-sex
marriages or unions, said Kevin
Howell, spokesman for the N.C.
Republican Party.
The Defense of Marriage bill,
introduced during the regular
2005 session, would “amend the
Constitution to provide that mar
riage is the union of one man and
one woman at one time, and this
is the only marriage that is recog
nized as valid in this state.”
“This law in Connecticut is
alarming, which makes it more
important that we see something
■ The N.C. Botanical Garden’s
exhibition of sculptures by artists
with state ties will run from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m. today. The 18th-annual
event began Sept. 17 and will last
until Nov. 18. The exhibit includes
stainless steel, stone and ceramic
pieces.
■ “Jack Kerouac: The Road
Revisited” will be exhibited
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at
Wilson Library in the Rare Book
Collection in the Melba Remig
Saltarelli Room. To arrange gal
lery talks or class visits, call 962-
1143.
■ The Sonja Haynes Stone
Center will host a lunch and movie
showing —as part of the Diaspora
Festival of Black and Independent
Films at noon today in the
Hitchcock Multipurpose Room.
The film short, “I Know What you
Did Last Semester,” is by Tameka
Wilson. Call 962-9001 to reserve a
free lunch.
■ The faculty athletics com
mittee will meet from 4 p.m. to 6
p.m. today in South Building 105.
The group discusses academics
for varsity athletes and oppor-
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done in North Carolina,” Howell
said.
North Carolina has already
adopted a “Defense of Marriage
Act,” which stipulates that the state
does not have to recognize same
sex marriages, including those per
formed in other states.
House Majority Leader Joe
Hackney, D-Orange, said the law
is fine as it is.
“It’s all just Republican poli
tics,” he said. “Most people don’t
see the point in (an amendment)
except as a political exercise for the
Republican party.”
But some lawmakers insist that
an amendment is needed because
they fear that same-sex couples
legally joined in Vermont and
Connecticut will move to North
Carolina and challenge state laws.
A similar bill was proposed in
2004, but it was never brought to
a vote.
“We’re very pleased that the leg
islature did not spend time writing
discrimination into our constitution
and focused on issues that really
mattered to North Carolinians,” said
lan Palmquist, executive director
for programs at Equality N.C.
In order for the legislature to
pass the amendment proposal, a
three-fifths majority is necessary
in both the House and Senate.
If both the House and Senate
approve the bill, then a referendum
would be placed on the next election
tunities for faculty to be more
involved with athletics, among
other issues.
■ “The Untold Story: The 19
Year War of Abduction and Child
Soldiering in Uganda,” featuring
Arthur Serota, executive direc
tor of the United Movement
to End Child Soldiering, and
Kahlil Almustafa, critically
acclaimed “people’s poet” and
2002 Nuyorican Grand Slam
Champion, will be shown at 6
p.m. today in the Sonja Haynes
Stone Center for Black Culture
and History’s Cobb Theater.
■ The Robertson Scholars
Program will present its third
seminar from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
today at Duke University’s phys
ics building, room 114. David
Pimentel of Cornell University
will discuss the status and poten
tial of biofuel production in the
United States.
■ “Artist’s Books & Other
Ephemera,” an exhibit that
opened Sept. 19 at the John and
June Allcott Gallery of the Hanes
Art Center, runs through Oct.
27.
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“If an amendment
was proposed,
it would pass
overwhelmingly”
KEVIN HOWELL,
SPOKESMAN, N.C. REPUBLICAN PARTY
ballot, giving N.C. citizens the final,
say about altering the Constitution. ■
Howell said he is confident that an
amendment would clear that hurdle,
if allowed to come to a vote.
Last session, the proposal
remained stuck in the Senate rules
committee, which is led by Sen 1
Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-
Cumberland.
“If an amendment was proposed,
it would pass overwhelmingly in both
the Senate and the House,” Howell
said. “Why are a few key Democrats'
blocking it, one must wonder.”
A Civitas Institute poll conduct
ed in June found that 71 percent;
of North Carolinians were more
inclined to vote for the amend
ment.
When asked about the likelihood
of convincing lawmakers to vote
down an amendment, Palmquist
was far from optimistic. “It would
certainly be an uphill battle for us ”,
Contact the State & National
Editor at stntdesk@unc.edu.
■ Somerhill Gallery in Chapel
Hill is running an exhibit featur
ing abstract oil paintings by Millie
Jarrett and stone sculpture by
Dean Leary. The exhibit, which,
opened Sept. 25, is scheduled to;
run through Oct. 20.
■ The Chapel Hill Town Council;
committee on communications will;
meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the
second floor conference room of
Town Hall to discuss the 2005-06
Communications Plan and to con
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