VOLUME 113, ISSUE 85
Senior marshals present gift proposals
Senior gift ideas
Seniors will vote Nov. 1 on which of
the following three gifts they will
leave as part of their legacy to UNC.
■ An endowment for advising development
to provide additional training for academic
■ An artistic mural to be placed somewhere
■ A welcome sign to the University outside
of McCorkle Place on Franklin Street.
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Student Body President Seth Dearmin (left) interviews economics professor Ralph Byrns on Sunday night on Dearmin's radio show at UNC's WXYC station.
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Dearmin, like predecessors, looks at ways to engage students
BY BRANDON REED, STAFF WRITER
The goal of the student body president is to take a
plethora of interests and meld them into one cohe
sive plan of action.
And the first challenge is finding out what these interests
are and then letting students know what is being done about
them something that student leaders have found is easier
said than done.
“It’s a challenge it’s one of the biggest challenges,” said
Matt Tepper, student body president in 2003-04. “People do
it to get elected, so it’s possible.”
“We had to make sure that we were spreading out our
ways of communicating with the student body,” he said.
Parents struggle to let go
Students have to
keep close contact
BY SAPNA MAHESHWARI
Freshman Kyle Doty has had
more than one surprise visit from
“They’ve called from outside
my dorm at least three times,” says
Doty, who is from Apex. “They
just showed up to check on me
and give me a hug and a kiss.”
Doty is not alone.
“Eight of my last incoming calls
were from my mother and seven of
my missed calls, too,” says freshman
Seth McDaniel of Morganton.
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BY ALLISON NICHOLS
After months of consideration,
senior class leaders will announce
their top three ideas for the senior
class gift today.
One option is a welcome sign
at the entrance to campus out
side McCorkle Place on Franklin
After their sons or daughters
leave home for college, many par
ents are reluctant to let go.
Some parents, however, take
those concerns to the next level
with continued involvement in
their children’s lives. The num
ber of these hovering parents, or
“helicopter parents,” has spiked in
“It’s fear of the unknown,”
says Kelley Germaine, national
co-chairwoman of the Carolina
Parents Council with husband
The University fields calls
from concerned parents every
day, in departments ranging
from the Office of Greek Affairs
to the Department of Housing
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Also under consideration is an
artistic mural to be placed some
where on campus.
The third choice is an advising
department endowment to pro
vide additional training for aca
Detailed information on the
And no one outlet is going to catch
every student, said Matt Calabria, last
year’s student body president.
“The goal is to come up with a cock
tail of different measures,” he said.
If an article runs in The Daily Tar
Heel, it does not mean every student
reads it, he said.
It is often mentioned on campus
tours that if a student were to sit in
the Pit for 24 hours they would see
everyone on campus.
But Calabria said he disagrees
—a president cannot meet all his or
her constituents by being passive.
Graduate students often do not go by
the Pit, and many undergraduates do
“Eight of my last
incoming calls were
from my mother
and seven of my
missed calls, too”
SETH MCDANIEL, FRESHMAN
and Residential Education to the
Office of the Dean of Students.
“During peak times of the year,
we probably get 100 phone calls
a day... I would guess that some
where between 60 to 70 percent of
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A LITTLE 3 ON 3
Tar Heel fanatics battle to
the wire in CAA's annual
in the hopes of securing Duke
three gifts will be available from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. today in Polk Place.
Senior Class President Bobby
Whisnant said he is excited about
the three choices.
“I think we have a really good
mix,” he said. “These are three
gifts that students can be excited
about and proud about giving
back to the University.”
Today’s release marks the end
of months of planning that went
into the selection of the choices.
The fundraising committee has
not stay long enough to notice student
“I’m usually moving through the Pit
pretty fast,” said Josh Long, a senior
In order to reach the larger audi
ence that he can’t see in person,
Student Body President Seth Dearmin
is hitting the airwaves both the tele
vision and radio variety.
He said Carolina Week and WXYC
-89.3 FM are just two more ways to
reach his constituency.
Tepper kicked off this tradition with
“In Step with Tepp” two years ago, and
SEE CONNECTIONS, PAGE 5
Don’t have to show ’em the money
Spending in Town Council races is
not yet to the level of past years,
though spending doesn't always
translate to success at the polls.
| TOP FOUR CAMPAIGN SPENDERS 2001
D.R. Bryan $11,123
Edith Wiggins* $8,854
Mark Kleinsehmidt* $6,610
Dorothy Verkerk* $6,240
I.TOP FOUR CAMPAIGN SPENDERS 200^^
Diane Bachman $17,891
Thatcher Freund $10,015
Sally Greene* $7,209
| TOP FOUR CAMPAIGN SPENDERS 2005 |
Bill Thorpe $1,594.87
Laurin Easthom $1,300.28
Mark Kleinschmidt sßß9.o9ggm
Ed Harrison $759.47
SOURCE: ORANGE CO. BOARD OF ELECTIONS
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been working since March to for
mulate ideas. Its members spoke
with University administration,
various academic departments,
ing and other
groups to inves
tigate what is
needed on cam
feel left out of
The committee presented 10
ideas to the marshals, who then
voted for the top three.
TTA must prove ridership
to continue with planning
BY ERIN GIBSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
If the Triangle Transit Authority is able to meet
its series of deadlines, anew rail system could pro
vide an alternative to driving in heavy traffic, help
ing to connect Triangle residents.
The TTA rail system would connect Raleigh and
Durham with trains and a revamped bus system.
Eventually, a route would add Chapel Hill to the
Garold Smith, TTA director of communica
tions and public affairs said TTA is requesting
about 60 percent of the funding for the now
s6B9 million project from the Federal Transit
Administration. Project costs have increased
annually since the regional transit plan was first
drafted in the mid-19905.
To receive full funding, TTA first must prove that
the ridership would make the project cost effective.
“(We must show) the relationship between rid
ership and the benefits associated with that rider
ship versus the cost of ridership,” said Brad Schulz,
communication officer for TTA.
He said a ridership study submitted to the FTA
in October 2004 showed high ridership and cost
But he added that some of the figures were chal
lenged by the FTA, prompting anew review.
The updated cost effectiveness predictions
are due to the FTA by Oct. 14. If the funding is
approved, construction will begin within the next
year, with the first train scheduled to run in 2008.
A changing community
The population in the Triangle is constantly
growing and changing, so the TTA must try to
predict that growth when considering ridership.
Schulz said the rail system will provide opportu
nities for economic development as areas around
the stations grow into larger communities.
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BY TED STRONG
It goes by many names: loot,
lucre, dough, greenbacks, clams,
moolah and cash.
Whatever name it goes by, it’s
hard to get elected, even to local
office, without at least some of it.
But a candidate needn’t spend
too much to make a good show
ing, experts say.
Candidates interact with
money in two main ways on the
campaign trail getting it and
The getting, says Joe Capowski,
former mayor pro tern, is just a
matter of sending letters asking
for funding from “400 of your
Of course, sending those let
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DIRTY SENSE OF HUMOR
The Dirty South Improv group
opens up anew venue in
the Carr Mill Mall on Friday.
Though small, the group says
the venue is OK by them.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005
Seniors will vote for their favor
ite option during Homecoming
elections Nov. 1.
Whisnant said his hope for the
senior class is for it to leave a blue
print for future classes.
He said he realizes the choices
the marshals selected will not
please everyone, but he said the
diverse staff of marshals represent
the senior class well.
“I don’t think seniors realize
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ters out generally requires some
sort of seed money, which often
comes from the candidate’s own
pockets albeit somewhat
A candidate often loans a little
money to him
then pays that
once the dona-
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tions start rolling in.
These contributions range from
the small council candidate
Will Raymond netted $lO from
Tom Jensen, leader of Students
for a Progressive Chapel Hill
to the enormous. Paul Newton,
running for Hillsborough Town
SEE SPENDING, PAGE 5
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