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Thomas Miller (center) laugh as senior Dario
Espinal (right) struggles to take his turn in Taboo
in French as part of an activity sponsored by the French
language-immersion program. The French program got
Griffin clocks out
as forum chairman
BY BRIAN HUDSON
After 12 years as a leader in the
University’s employee legislature,
Tommy Griffin quietly will return
to the status of campus employee.
At the end of his fourth term
as Employee Forum chairman,
Griffin, 55, formally stepped down
Wednesday at the group’s final
meeting of the semester.
Though he is moving on, he said
he never intends to stray far from
advocating for the University’s
“I will give them my total sup
Tommy Griffin (left) receives a plaque in Wilson Library on Wednesday
honoring his 12 years of service as an activist in the Employee Forum.
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semester, generally they will be
bought back for 50 percent of the
original retail price.
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at a faster rate.
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ever they need to continue to be
successful with the forum,” said
Griffin, who first joined the forum
as a delegate in 1993 after 20 years
as a UNC employee.
Ernie Patterson, who was tapped
Wednesday to succeed Griffin,
expressed an interest in furthering
the forum’s spirit of advocacy that
dictated its recent work.
Patterson emphasized work to
improve employees’ health benefits
and raise salaries to a living wage
SEE GRIFFIN, PAGE 4
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Renovations, namely a
throwback to classic colors,
continue at New East and
New West buildings, with
minimal problems seen.
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ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Much like children anxiously
waiting to open holiday packages,
students selling back their text
books never seem to know what
And after spending big bucks on
books less than six month earlier,
many come away dumbfounded
and disappointed when they see the
together in the common space of Carmichael Residence
Hall, the dorm in which the University’s three immersion
programs are located, Tuesday evening to play the game. The
dorm hosts all three programs, French, German and Spanish,
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Leaders seek to codify policies
Oft-revised Student Code
prepped for another round
Every meeting Student Congress wrestles with
what recently appointed Student Solicitor General
Robert Austin calls “the beast.”
“I would welcome anyone, any student who
wants to help us with this beast, as it is,” Austin
Austin isn’t referring to a terrible creature or
even a metaphorical elephant in the room. The cul
prit is the Student Code the sprawling document
that provides regulations for student governance.
Speaker of Congress in 1999 and current Chapel
Hill Town Council member Mark Kleinschmidt said
the Code is central to the University’s culture.
“The Code is one of the most historical docu
ments at the University,” he said. “It defines stu
dent self-governance and how the government is
supposed to operate. It’s probably the best student
government in the country, and (the Code) actually
provides for true independence for the students.”
But this historical document is proving to be a
continual challenge for Congress, as representa
tives perennially face ambiguities and inconsis
tencies in the document, despite several recent
attempts at revisions and review.
“Every meeting with Student Congress, there’s
some part of the Code where we’re, ‘Oh, we’re not
sure about this,’ or ‘How exactly is this supposed to
work?’” Austin said.
Rep. James Riley, District 1, said Code inconsis
tencies developed over time.
“It’s because it’s been edited for years and years
without being cross-checked,” said Riley, who
recently proposed in Congress the creation of a
task force to review portions of the Code.
SEE STUDENT CODE, PAGE 4
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returns on those bound volumes.
“I really don’t know why they
price them the way they do,” said
sophomore nutrition major Katie
Ort. “They definitely don’t give you
as much as you paid for.”
For Student Stores textbook
manager Anthony Sanders, a 1998
UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, the
SEE BUYBACK, PAGE 4
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Title I, Article Section 3 states
that the Student Supreme
Title l: Constitution Court comprises a chief justice
Overarching document, lays out the framework anb * our assoc ' ate justices. ||
for student governance at UNC. Title 111, Article 11, Section 202
states that the Court will
Title il: Legislative affairs comprise a chief justice and six |
Outlines Student Congress organization, roles, associate justices,
duties and procedures.
Title III: Judicial affairs The "Campus Code" which \
Focuses on the Student Supreme Court, including does not exist anymore is
the justices, procedures and jurisdiction. referred to several times.
Title IV: Executive affairs
Describes in detail the roles and responsibilities The two online formats of the ||
of the student body officers. Code provide different versions 1
■ ■ Mm . of Titles I, II and IV.
Title V: Financial affairs
Outlines in detail the appropriations process
for student organizations. The Code specifically outlines
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Title vi: General election laws be submitted to the Student 1
Defines election policies, including campaigning. Supreme Court: They shall be
This section is undergoing revision. typed or printed on plain white f
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Establishes the number of tickets to be held by CAA \ ! rinh/ma °nf 1n-
a section that has received much attention’ and ght margin of 1/2 inch.
Page numbers must be centered
Title VIII: Appointments at the bottom of the page, and
Details appointment procedures for the executive multiple pages should be
and legislative branches of student government. stapled in the top left margin.
SOURCE: THE STUDENT CODE DTHTOtDING CAGE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2005
Less daylight leads to depression
BY MEGAN MCSWAIN
Many people hate the time
of the year when the days get
shorter and the nights get lon
ger, but for some the decrease in
daylight can affect their ability
Seasonal affective disorder
is a depression-related mood
disorder linked to the changing
As the hours of daylight wane,
people do not get as much vita
min D as they normally receive
from the sun, and this can affect
people biologically, experts say.
The symptoms of SAD are
increased sleep, less desire to go
outside, increased appetite and
a feeling of depression, which
subside in the spring and sum
“People with seasonal affec
tive disorder just don’t want
to go out of their rooms,” said
David Landers, professor of
psychology at Saint Michael’s
College in Vermont.
There are varying degrees of
the disorder. Some are able to
function without any help, and
some people are disabled, said
Dr. Rachel Glick, co-chairwom
an of the American Psychiatric
Association task force for college
mental health and professor at
the University of Michigan.
Reverting back from day
light-saving time to standard
time is a visible occurrence of
the days getting shorter, and
this can strongly affect people
who have a seasonal aspect to
“When the light is changing,
especially as we get into fa 11...
that is a substantial stress on
people who have a seasonal
component,” said Dr. Allen
Hamrick, associate director of
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ROCK OF RALEIGH
A Raleigh woman has opened
her house to area residents,
many of whom are struggling
with addiction, for the past 11
years for refuge and help.
Counseling and Psychological
Service at UNC.
CAPS usually does not diag
nose cases of SAD specifically,
but it does see many occurrenc
es of depression with a seasonal
aspect, he said.
SAD is treated with anti
depressant medications, psy
chological therapy and light
Light therapy involves a device
in front of which the patient can
sit and absorb the light’s rays.
The boxes come in a variety of
shapes and sizes from a number
SEE DEPRESSION, PAGE 4
Symptoms of Winter
> Sleeping more than usual
> Craving for sugar, starchy
foods or alcohol
>- Weight gain
> Conflicts with other people
> Heaviness of arms and legs
> Desire to stay inside
People who believe they have
SAD should speak to a counselor
and see if there is a need for
anti-depression medication or
Where to go for help:
UNC Counseling and
Chapel Hill Crisis hotline:
Emergency Crisis Services
24 hours / 7 days
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