VOLUME 115, ISSUE 143
EDWARDS OUT OF RACE
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Former N.C. Sen. John Edwards makes a speech in South Carolina on Jan. 25 before placing third in his home state's primary. On Wednesday Edwards announced he was dropping from the
race for the Democratic presidential nomination, with Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama remaining. Edwards encouraged both to continue to focus on ending poverty in the U.S.
BY MEGHAN COOKE AND
Hundreds of emotional supporters
flooded the phone lines at John Edwards’
Southern Village headquarters Wednesday
afternoon, voicing disappointment at his
decision to end his presidential bid.
One man sobbed on the phone, distressed
to hear about the conclusion of Edwards’
Edwards broadcast his official announce
Groups unite to
‘focus the nation
BY DAN BYRNES
When Lewis and Clark College
professor Eban Goodstein came to
UNC’s campus in November 2006,
he spoke of a vision to have 1,000
institutions recognize a day for cli
mate change awareness.
UNC students immediately
join more than
night for a panel
zations to participate in Focus
the Nation —a series of national
events that Goodstein founded to
address global warming.
"The goal of the series of events
is not only to raise awareness for
the problem of climate change and
how it affects your everyday life,
but also to provide steps people
can take to do their part and be
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PALESTINIAN WEEK Students speak
about their experiences in Palestine
AFFORDABLE HOUSING Town
examines its plans for affordable living
GREEN CHAPEL HILL Town's lofty
carbon emissions reduction goal praised
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Former senator drops presidential bid , calling on
Clinton and Obama to continue campaign against poverty
ment from New Orleans, speaking before a
backdrop of newly built homes in an area
demolished by Hurricane Katrina.
In the city where he declared his candi
dacy more than a year ago, Edwards empha
sized his commitment to continuing the fight
against poverty that defined his campaign.
Calling it “the cause of my life," Edwards
said he had enlisted personal promises from
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to make
fighting poverty central to their ongoing
a part of the solution," said senior
Brock Phillips, a member of UNC’s
Focus the Nation committee.
The events are UNC’s latest in an
effort to become more environmen
tally friendly. The University already
has created a sustainability office
and a sustainability advisory com
mittee to the chancellor, said Jessi
Kemp, who serves as coordinator for
the Fbcus the Nation committee and
initially mobilized campus efforts.
Asa part of the nation’s first offi
cial Focus the Nation Day, about 80
UNC professors will participate in
a national teach-in by integrating
global warming into their classroom
lectures Wednesday and today.
Marc Alperin, a professor in the
Department of Marine Sciences,
will discuss the role the ocean plays
in climate change in his oceanog
raphy class today.
"The sea level rising concerns
me the most," Alperin said. "Once
it starts, it is like a giant ship: you
cannot turn it around. If we don’t
do anything about it, the human
race is going to pay a real penalty."
The main activities will take
place today at the Focus the Nation
SEE CLIMATE, PAGE 13
STUDENT ELECTIONS 2008
Rachel Moss and Stephen Barber,
senior class president and vice
president candidates, focus
on five elements: spirit social,
service success and seniors.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Tour UNC* power plant:
See how the University's power
plant saves energy and ranks
among the most efficient coal
powered plants in the nation.
► Time: 10 a.m.
► Location: UNC Cogeneration
Facility, West Cameron Avenue
Focus the Nation Carnival:
Listen to environmental speakers,
student music and dance
performances, and the Climate
Change Faculty Panel while
browsing tables of local and
► Time: 11 a.m.tosp.m.
► Location: Great Hail of the
Tour the Global
Education Center Take a
behind-the-scenes tour of the
environmentally friendly building.
► Time: 4 pm.
► Location: FedEx Global
Education Center, 301 Pittsboro
"Save the Ales": Celebrate
while learning how dimate
change is affecting breweries and
enjoying live musk by local band
► Time: 10 pm.
► Location: W.B. Yeats, 306 W.
"It’s time for me to step aside so that his
tory can blaze its path," Edwards said.
"We do not know who will take the final
steps to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but
what we do know is that our Democratic
Party will make history."
The announcement, following Edwards'
third-place finish in his home state of South
Carolina on Saturday, comes only six days
short of Super Tuesday when more than 20
states will hold primaries and caucuses.
Many Edwards supporters and volunteers
Tar Heels square off against BC
Hoopsters have room to
improve on defensive end
BY GREGG FOUND
Taking stock of his Tar Heels, especially of the
woes, laments and criticisms leveled at the team’s
defense as of late, Roy Williams put it simply:
“It’s not where I want it to be," Williams said
at his news conference Wednesday. "But it's good
enough to be 19-1."
Not about to fall into the pit of panic that started
with close calls at Clemson and Georgia Tech and
then picked up steam with a home loss to Maryland,
Williams said the Tar Heels are
ONUNE edging closer to his defensive
Predictions for demands,
the men’s and "It’s not that far from being
women’s a pretty good defensive team,"
basketball Williams said. “It really isn’t,
games tonight. Coach (Dean) Smith left a mes
sage after the Miami game and
said, ‘I thought you were a lot better defensively,
they just made some shots.”
Tonight the Tar Heels return to the scene of their
only failure the 82-80 loss to Maryland.
With fresh legs, they’ll welcome Boston College
to the Smith Center after an extraordinarily long
regular season layoff'.
UNC hasn't played for a full week since beating
Miami, and in that week they- have had two days off.
two light practices and three full practices.
"I hope mentally it helped them more than any
thing." Williams said. "I was trying to help them get
SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 13
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EXPANDING MUSIC SCENE
With places such as Jack Sprat
Cafe venturing into the local
music scene, other venues
debate the merits of more
locations for live music.
said they' were caught off guard.
“I didn't see this coming right now, to
be honest with you," said Chase Carter, a
UNC sophomore who has interned at the
Edwards' headquarters. “It's a little dis
heartening, but life goes on."
After the announcement, workers at
Edwards’ headquarters remained tight
lipped. Andrea Purse, deputy press secre
tary for the Edwards campaign, said the
SEE EDWARDS, PAGE 13
DIM FIIEAAUREN COWART
North Carolina junior forward Marcus Ginyard has
been one of the defensive catalysts for the Tar Heels
this season. UNC plays at 7 p.m. tonight against BC.
this day in history
C.D. Spangler Jr., a Charlotte
businessman and chairman of
the N.C. Board of Education, is
named the UNC-system president
to replace Bill Friday.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2008
BY GREG SMITH AND
UNC-Chapel Hills Scholars'
Latino Initiative can help its high
school participants get into col
lege. but it can't help them pay
50 percent of
and are not
will take a post
at the University
ed immigrants are not eligible for
merit- or need-based university,
state or federal financial aid and
SEE SCHOLARS. PAGE 13
for grant funds
► The Scholars' Latino Initiative
is in competition for a $50,000
grant from Parade magazine.
► The four charities that finish
with the most donations will
receive the grant. SU, which is
seeking $lO donations, is cur
rently in the top 10.
► The contest ends today at
noon. Donations can be made
by credit or debit card at www.
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