VOLUME 116, ISSUE 3
Future CAA leadership unclear
President-elect has DWI citation
BY BRIAN AUSTIN
Pending legal and Honor
Court decisions. Carolina Athletic
Andrew Coonin could be forced
to relinquish his position.
Coonin received a DWI citation
Dec. 11. According to Chapel Hill
police reports, Coonin registered
.09 blood alcohol concentration
on the Intoxilyzer. The N.C. legal
limit is .08.
Coonin declined to discuss
details other than to acknowledge
that he received a citation.
“What transpired in December
holds no bearing on my dedication
to serving the students in acting on
NOT QUITE A HOMECOMING
BY DANIEL PRICE
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
CARY Coming off a three
game sweep of Florida Atlantic, the
No. 5 North Carolina baseball team
was forced to wait an extra hour and
a half to begin its home opener.
Rainstorms throughout the day
caused play to start at 5 p.m.
was unC s first
at 2008 home
Old Dominion 8
Complex while Boshamer Stadium
is under construction.
And nearly four hours, four errors
and seven unearned runs later. Old
Dominion (2-1) knocked off the Tar
Heels 8-6 in 10 innings.
The first six irinings of the game
flew by as both starting pitchers
held their own.
In fact, the only notable occur
rence during that span was when
UNC ace reliever Rob Wooten was
struck in the arm by a foul ball while
in the dugout, making him unavail
able to pitch in later innings.
“I can't even remember the first
seven innings," coach Mike Fox said.
“All I know Is they hadn't scored."
UNC (3-1) entered the eighth
inning leading 3-0, but a slew of
errors by both teams led to a 5-5
tie after nine innings. In the 10th
inning, even more mistakes cost
the Tar Heels.
The top of the 10th saw a couple
SEE BASEBALL. PAGE 5
Carson goals evolve with term
are joint efforts
BY KELLEN MOORE
Just more than a year ago.
Student Body President Eve
Carson won the election and the
chance to make her platform
points a reality.
“1 came into the year, and I
said, ‘l’m going to work really
hard and work smart, and I'm
going to get everything done my
way,’" Carson said. “You learn
pretty quickly that everything is
not going to get done your way.’
A couple of months into
her term, Carson said she felt
“I had to re-evaluate and say,
‘How are we going to get this
done?” she said. “In so much of
our goals, the most important
thing for us to do was ... to bring
other people into the project."
By coordinating with other
individuals and groups on cam
pus Carson was able to accomplish
some of the platform points that
And though some of her ideas
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their behalf," he said in a prepared
The Instrument of Student
Governance lists driving while
intoxicated as a violation of the
Honor Court Chairman Dan
Cowan could not comment on any
Honor Court cases. He said that
because there are no minimum
sanctions outlined by the Honor
Code for this infraction, conse
quences could range from a writ
ten letter of reprimand to expul
sion. Decisions are case-by-case.
Any sanction that includes pro
bation would prohibit a student
from holding a representative office
at UNC, such as CAA president
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North Carolina senior outfielder Seth Williams trudges away from the plate after striking out during UNC's 8-6 loss against Old Dominion in Cary
Tuesday. The Tar Heels gave up seven unearned runs in three innings during their home opener at Cary's USA Baseball National Training Complex.
won’t materialize during her term
despite months of research
—most of the biggest initiatives
will be in motion before she leaves
office April 1.
The spring music festival,
one of Carson’s platform points,
merged with Spring Fest, a cam
puswide celebration that will
bring music group Boyz II Men
to campus at the end of April.
“We could have done this on our
own in student government, but I
think Spring Fest is an example of
so many people coming together,"
The celebration is a joint effort
of the Carolina Union Activities
Board, Residence Hall Association,
senior marshals, Carolina Athletic
Association, Campus Y and stu
Student gov ernment and CUAB
focused on the musical aspect of
Spring Fest and helped out with
publicity and fundraising, said
Hilary Marshall, SpringFest’s
Another Carson administration
goal, a big-name speaker series,
sought to bring prominent speak
ers to campus and was picked up
by the Division of Student Affairs.
This year’s chosen speaker
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As the regular season comes
to a close and March Madness
draws near, the DTH analyzes
the highlights and lowlights of
this year's UNC squad.
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In his statement Coonin indi
cated a willingness to step aside as
president should it be necessary.
If he decides to step down before
his April 1 inauguration, the Student
Code calls for a special election.
There is currently no legislation
detailing CAA succession if Coonin
were forced to leave office after inau
guration. But the CAA unanimously
approved a resolution Monday out
lining a course of action if Coonin
is inaugurated and then forced to
resign. That plan has been drafted
into a bill to be approved by Student
“The bill says that if the presi
dent's seat of the CAA does open up,
the vice president would take the
position," said Tim Nichols, speak
er pro tem, who submitted the bill
Tuesday. “After the vice president, it
► Junior-year scholarship:
Carson plans to begin accepting
applications from rising juniors in
the next several weeks.
► Big-name speaker series:
Carson says she will announce
this year's chosen speaker in the
next couple of weeks.
► Spring Fest: Carson's original
plan for a music festival merged
with Spring Fest which will
feature Boyz II Men and others.
ized last week,
name, only that
the theme is
always had an interest in having a
speaker series for the campus," said
Margaret Jablonski, vice chancel
lor for student affairs. “We'd also
like to help do some fundraising
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would be the most senior member
of the CAA Cabinet"
Congress is scheduled to vote on
it at the next full meeting March
25, if it is approved by the Rules
and Judiciary Committee, which is
likely to meet next w’eek.
The CAA gave the plan to Nichols
after Coonin told members more
than a week ago of the situation.
Coonin has since scheduled
meetings with the Honor Court
to discuss the matter, and he said
Drought backup plans in works
BY JESSICA STRINGER
If Stage 3 water restrictions don’t
make the difference officials antici
pate, the Orange Water and Sewer
Authority has a backup plan.
Chapel Hill and Carr boro are in
Stage 2 restrictions now but could
decide Thursday to up the restric
tions. Leaders already are looking
for other solutions.
Adel Hanna, a research professor
at the Institute for the Environment
at UNC, said just limiting water
shouldn't be the only step taken.
“If we save water, we are not
going to end the drought, but we
will be a lot better off" he said.
So OWASAs board of directors
is exploring other solutions.
They looked at dozens of pos
sibilities, from drilling wells to
rebates for water-efficient toilets,
said Ed Holland, OWASAs plan
But the worst case measure
would be to install a temporary
pipeline to pump water from the
Haw River to the Cane Creek
Reservoir, Holland said.
“That’s the only option that
meets all of our needs if the reser
voirs dry up," Holland said.
Third and final
he hasn't made a decision about
whether to make the proceed
ings open to the public.
‘lt's a tough situation." said
Colby Almond, current CAA
president. “He's a person, but
he's also a public official now."
CAA officials released a state
ment of support for Coonin and
expressed their concern for his
rights to privacy and due process.
“Andrew Coonin was my choice
for CAA president," said Kellan
White, Carolina Fever president.
“Because of that. I’m going to
support him until 1 know all the
details and the consequences."
Coonin's next court date is April
15 in Chapel Hill District Court
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for a December
DWI citation he
Holland said OWASA doesn't
expect to do that but has made
arrangements just in case. He said
the pipeline would cost $2 million
to $8 million, depending how long
the towns used the pump.
If reservoirs fall below 20 per
cent full, Holland said OWASA
likely would install the temporary
water line and declare the emer
gency Stage 4 OWASAs highest
level. Tuesday the reservoirs were
40.05 percent foil. •
Depending on the time of year,
buying water from Durham is also
an option, he said.
“I would certainly rather do
that than spend all that money on
a temporary line,’ Holland said.
OWASA and UNC have been
working together on a reclaimed
water system, to be completed
next February, that will help alle
viate future droughts.
UNC will have the capability to
use 600,000 gallons of recycled
water a day. said Raymond Du Bose,
director for energy services.
In this way the recycled water
could be used for things like air
conditioning, which currently
uses drinking water.
Through conservation efforts.
this day in history
Seven local organizations receive
grants of about $6,000 from
the Chapel Hill Service League,
tripling the amount given in 1985.
Twenty-three groups applied.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2008
BY ARIEL ZIRULNICK
ASSISTANT STATE AND NATIONAL EDITOR
The youth vote has the potential
to play a pivotal role in the race for
the Democratic presidential nomi
nation. and in response the party's
candidates are promising reforms
to areas such as higher education.
Both Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama have been trum
peting their plans for increasing
college affordability in an attempt
to attract young voters.
Their plans have distinct simi-
Today: The FAFSA
tuition costs and eliminate subsidies
for private loan companies.
“Most of the proposals on the sur
face are pretty similar," said Rebecca
Thompson, legislative director of
the U.S. Student Association.
“The proposals that both the
candidates are making aren't
essentially brand-new ideas.” she
added, explaining that Congress
has recently passed or is deliber
ating on a wide range of higher
Both Obama and Clinton have
suggested eliminating the tradi
tional Free Application for Federal
Student Aid, which students, par
ents, educators and administrators
have often described as excessively
complicated and onerous.
“That's definitely one of the big
gest challenges," Thompson said,
citing complaints on everything
from remembering PIN numbers
to the length of the application,
which tops 100 questions.
"Measuring someone's ability to
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the University is using less water
today than in 2001 despite the
addition of 2.5 million square feet
of building space, Dußose said.
The city of Durham, which has
six levels of restrictions, is in Stage
4 and also is looking into alternative
solutions. The city has been getting
water from Jordan Lake and Teer
Quarry, said James Lim, conserva
tion coordinator for Durham.
Durham could also see stricter
restrictions if the drought persists,
and Hanna said it will take more
than one big rainstorm to end it
“We will never know when this
drought will absolutely end," he
said. “It looks like it will be staving
for a while."
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