VOLUME 113, ISSUE 92
Congress elections undecided
TECHNICAL PROBLEMS CAUSE DELAY
BY ROBIN HILMANETL
AND BRIAN HUDSON
Technological difficulties and voting
irregularities during a campuswide special
election Tuesday have delayed results and
led many candidates to call for a nullifica
tion of the results.
The technical problems began Tuesday
morning when off-campus students, who
vote in District 6, had difficult accessing
Student Central to vote.
The problems with the district came
from a coding malfunction that was recti
fied by the afternoon, Board of Elections
Anne Spangler, a member of the elec
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Linsey Shuford, a sophomore biology major, is the master bell ringer
of the Bell Tower on UNC’s campus. She acquired the position this
year, and since the beginning of the semester, she has spent much
of her time programming new songs into a brand new computer system
that rings the bells based on the programmed playlist. She has acquired
claims of fraud
accused in letter
BY BRIAN HUDSON
A group of seven student leaders,
including three prominent mem
bers of Student Congress, filed a let
ter of complaint to the UNC Board
of Elections questioning the valid
ity of one of the seats up for grab in
Tuesdays special election.
The letter, presented to the elec
tions board early Tuesday morn
ing, claimed that one of the open
South Campus seats found its way
onto the ballot through a violation
of the Student Code.
The group said that in light of
this and other voting irregularities,
the elections board should invali
date the election for the seat.
The letter states that Luke Farley,
speaker of Student Congress, was
in breach of the Student Code
when he added another seat to
the ballot from District 3 which
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tions board, said at the time that it threw a
wrench in the works but that it was nothing
that couldn’t be fixed.
“That kind of thing happens when you’re
working online,” she said.
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see the results
chairman of the elections board, said at 7
p.m. about 20 minutes after he was noti
fied of the problem that the board was
working with Academic and Technology
said he will
not respond to
until he speaks
with the UNC
represents South Campus dorms,
Odum Village and student family
housing at Baity Hill.
The letter also claims that the
seat should be invalidated because
Congress members, candidates
and the campus in general were
not notified of the addition.
During the Sept. 27 candidate
interest meeting, students were
told that there was one available
seat in District 3, the letter states.
A week after the Oct. 2 resig
nation of a representative from
that district, Farley contacted the
Board of Elections requesting that
the seat be added to the ballot.
The letter claims that the Student
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Networks officials to bring the system back
online. Brewer said the problem was recti
fied soon thereafter.
“This was a problem with Student
Central,” he said. “Student Central has had
some problems in the past few weeks.”
The night capped off with more system
difficulties when the polls closed at 10 p.m.
Brewer said at the time that the elections
board was working with ATN officials to
retrieve the results.
In light of the irregularities, many began
calling for the elections board to cancel the
election and reschedule it for a later date.
Brewer said at 10 p.m. that the board
would not consider invalidating the results
until they could be retrieved.
He said at the time that he did not know
when the results would be available or
the day. At about 6:30
p.m., the entire system
crashed, and students
were not able to access
Student Central at all.
Jim Brewer, vice
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many traditional songs and said she is trying to increase the variety by
playing Disney songs and taking student requests. Shuford said she loves
her job, especially climbing to the top of the tower, where she can see for
miles on a clear day. Here, she poses in the Bell Tower in front of the clock.
See page 7 for the full story on the bell ringing tradition at UNC.
Board likely to limit tuition hikes
Campus-based raises expected
BY ERIC JOHNSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
BOONE Responding to
criticism that its policy has been
inconsistent from year to year, the
UNC-system Board of Governors
likely will adopt specific guide
lines for the next round of cam
pus-based tuition and fee hikes.
A plan presented Tuesday to
the board’s budget and finance
Candidates examine better scheduling options
BY BRIANNA BISHOP
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The classroom is arguably one
of the most influential places of a
child’s academic career.
But to make that environment
successful, candidates for the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of
Education say teachers must have
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when the board would be willing to make
As of press time, elections officials were
still in a meeting regarding the problems
and were drafting the board’s reaction to
the incident in a written statement.
Many candidates expressed frustration
that they hadn’t received any updates from
election officials after difficulties arose.
When contacted, a number of candidates
were unaware that such problems existed.
Several expressed concern that students
were turned away from voting because of
“Often people don’t vote because of frus
trations with the system. I don’t want that
to be a problem on campus,” said freshman
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committee would set maxi
mum amounts for tuition and
fee increases at each school for
the 2006-07 academic year, also
offering campuses some assur
ance that significant rate hikes
will be approved.
“If they adhere to the guide
lines, then they can assume that
the process for approval will be
very streamlined,” said Hannah
as much support as possible.
This fall’s race comes at the
heels of anew initiative that was
implemented at the beginning of
the school year.
Eight times a year, schools
operate on a delayed-start sched
ule so teachers can have more
time to plan and coordinate. The
next delay will be Thursday.
Stephanie Knott, the district’s
spokeswoman, explained that the
state legislators reduced teachers’
work schedule by five days.
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Gage, chairwoman of the budget
and finance committee. “I think
that’s an important step for us to
take for them.”
Officials at N.C. State University
and UNC-Chapel Hill have been
some of the most ardent propo
nents of setting clearer tuition
guidelines, and chancellors for
both schools said Tuesday that
they are pleased with the board’s
“I think it’s an excellent policy,”
said UNC-CH Chancellor James
can expand its
base while still
small town feel
However, hours required for
professional development were
not reduced, giving teachers less
time to fit in that training.
“That was kind of the rationale
for the delayed opening in Chapel
Hill,” Knott said.
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Our state constitution, Article IX,
Section 9, directs that: The General
Assembly shall provide that the
benefits of the University of North
Carolina and other public institu
tions of higher education, as far as
practicable, be extended to the peo
ple of the state free of expense.
tal policy of the
state on financ
ing public high
though today it
is seldom given
more than a per
its origins and
And what is
One of the
the history of
imposed by the U.S. Congress on
the defeated Confederate States
was that they revise their state con
stitutions to provide that all males
21 and over should be able to vote
and hold office, thus abandoning
previous restrictive tax-paying and
That opened the way to a much
wider citizen participation in pub
lic affairs. Our state Constitutional
Convention oflß6B wrote the pro
visions into anew constitution.
The politically dominant faction
in that convention also was deter
mined to bring greater democracy
to several additional aspects of our
state and local affairs. They wanted
to revive the public schools, which
had collapsed following the Civil
War, to provide a literate citizenry,
both white and black.
They saw the University, then 73
years old, as a bastion of the eco
nomic elite of the state, designed to
train its sons for leadership roles.
They wanted to widen it to a broad-
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Moeser. “I’m not surprised. I actu
ally anticipated that’s exactly what
they would do.”
If the policy is adopted, both
schools would have a $451 cap on
requests for tuition and fee hikes
for the 2006-07 year, and Moeser
said UNC-CH might choose to
ask for the maximum amount.
“I think it could be very close
to the $450, but that depends
on which scenario the Board of
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Candidates seem to agree that
the delays will be successful for
the district, but they still want to
look at other ways to support and
retain excellent teachers.
Candidate Jean Hamilton
said that the workplace condi
tions task force created a lot of
good recommendations and that
the school board now needs to
make sure those ideas are imple
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