VOLUME 116, ISSUE 7
Texas, Ohio have potential
to decide Democratic race
BY ARIEL ZIRULNICK
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Today’s Democratic primaries in Texas and Ohio
could mark a turning point for Hillary Clinton.
If Clinton loses to Barack Obama in both states,
her presidential campaign could effectively be over,
a possibility her husband. Bill Clinton, and campaign
officials have both acknowledged publicly.
‘Many people in the Democratic Party will be say
ing that it will be almost mathematically impossible
to overcome Sen. Obama's lead." said Ohio State
University political science professor Herb Asher.
But perception is just as important as the del
egate count, said Kathryn Tenpas, a University of
Pennsylvania political science professor.
“If you haven't won the last 14 contests, that makes
it really difficult." she said. “It’s a lot of successive loss
es. From that perspective, maybe she should fold up
her tent and go home."
But the game could change if Clinton wins one or
both states or trails by only a slight amount.
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Jose Gonzalez's musical performance in the Student
Union Great Hall on Monday was greeted with
enthusiasm, especially during his single “Heartbeats."
International artists play
intimate, relaxing concert
BY NATE HEWITT
The evening was a welcome lullaby before a long
awaited week of rest.
With a single spotlight above him, Jose Gonzalez
began by strumming his guitar slowly. And in brief
moments when the music's rhythm picked up, the lights
grew brighter and the sound got louder, amplifying the
singer's often delicate and musing sound.
The Swedish-Argentinian folk singer and guitar
ist performed in front of about 500 students in the
Union Great Hall on Monday.
“It’s the perfect marriage between intimacy and the
amount of people at the show," said Tom Allin. Carolina
Union Activities Board music committee chairman.
Gonzalez's voice was reminiscent of a young Paul
Simon with a little more culture and a little less
Ifthere was one song the audience recognized more
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Tar Heels return to the field for start of spring practice
UNC football squad has 14
more practices scheduled
BY DAVID ELY
A blow horn bellowed above Navy Field, and the
entire North Carolina football squad immediately
Men hooted and hollered; teammates chest
bumped; and gaping smiles flashed across Tar Heel
Spring practices officially had begun.
Due to a reporting error, Monday's
front-page article “Computer revamp
at key phase" misidentified the
expected cost to overhaul the com
puter systems. The cost is SBB mil
lion. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes
for the error.
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ASU reacts to safety threat
All safe; gunman spurs campus lockdown
BY ELIZABETH DEORNELLAS
STATE NATIONAL EDITOR
Appalachian State University had a
real-life test of its new emergency alert
system Monday when a gunman was
spotted at an apartment near campus.
A masked gunman was seen in the
Hill Street area close to campus about
3:40 p.m. Monday, according to Boone
police spokeswoman Brenda Lewis.
Classes were cancelled for the eve
ning. and at 5:10 p.m. the campus was
placed on lockdown.
Alerts and updates, including a
description of the gunman and his loca
tion near Appalachian South Apartments,
were sent through e-mail and the cam
pus Web site. The school also sent voice
and text messages to students who had
registered for the new alert system.
Monday afternoon marked the first of 15 practices
leading up to the April 5 Spring Game at Kenan Stadium,
and UNC coach Butch Davis said he expects this year s
session to be more productive than last year’s.
“I think the second spring practice is somewhat a
better opportunity for us as a football team to grow,’
Davis said at a news conference Monday.
He said a great deal of time last spring was spent
learning about his personnel, from their best-suited
positions down to their names. But after a year spent
in Chapel Hill, Davis is more familiar with his team
—and he believes that will translate into a better slate
of practices this spring.
“We know the players, at least from last year’s foot
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“/ don’t know that I’ve everfelt as good and had as warm, fuzzy feelings about something
that’s going on with one of my players as I do with Quentin.” roy williams, unc coach
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North Carolina's Quentin Thomas watches the ball drop through the hoop after one of his two dunks against
Virginia Tech on Feb. 16. Asa senior, he will be honored tonight at the game against Florida State.
At 6:32 p.m. university administration
lifted the emergency status after consult
ing Boone and university police.
That announcement also sent through
e-mail and the campus Web site, said
that remaining students and personnel
could “leave with caution" and that class
es would resume as normal today.
At the time the lockdown was lifted,
the suspect had not been found, Lewis
said, adding that Boone police would
remain on heightened alert. Although
no further sightings of the suspect were
reported as of 10 p.m., police said they
were following some leads.
“It’s a little sketch 1 think," said
Appalachian State sophomore Kim
Howell, adding that the university
should have waited until the suspect was
accounted for before lifting the alert.
ball team, significantly better," Davis said. “We know
all their strengths, and we know their weakness."
Among other things, the upcoming 14 practices will
let a number ofTar Heels adjust to new positions. Richie
Rich, Johnny White and Anthony Parker-Boyd are just
a few of the Tar Heels who will be lining up in different
spots this year. And not only is sophomore Greg Little
continuing to learn his role as a tail back, he has to read
just to a different sport from his winter play.
“It was a little different to have a helmet on," Little
said of the switch from the hardwood of the Smith
Center to the turf of Navy Field.
SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 4
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The Carolina Women's Center
highlights the local impact of sex
trafficking. The event was in prepa
ration for a conference the center
will hold in April.
“This could easily backfire."
Freshman Will Miller also reported a
mixed reaction to the school’s respoase.
“The way they handled things today
I feel like they kinda just gave up, but
at the same time, nothing had happened,"
he said. “There was a significant amount
of police officers around the campus, and
that made me feel really safe.”
Speaking from her dormitory during
the lockdown. Howell said police had
taken over a neighboring building.
“They're completely swarming cam
pus," she said, adding that roads were
blocked and news helicopters were cir
cling campus. “It's getting pretty rowdy."
Howell said the university returned to
normal soon after the alert was lifted.
“I'm thinking that it wasn’t targeted
at Appalachian; it was someone look
ing to lift a TV who ran onto campus."
she added, referring to reports that the
initial incident was a robbery attempt.
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MARCH 4,1955 ...
A member of Student Legislature
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Lewis said an incident of breaking
and entering was reported at 318 Hill
St. After the suspect ran from the apart
ment toward campus, a resident report
ed to police that the suspect might have
had a handgun. Lewis said.
The suspect w as reported to be a 6-
foot white male wearing a black Pink
Floyd T-shirt with a rainbow prism
image, red and green tennis shoes and a
dark jacket and ski mask.
Monday was the first time the school
had used the voice and text message sys
tem, said university police spokeswom
an Sandra Brown, who also said the
system had worked without glitches.
An e-mail sent at 11:34 a.m. Monday
had informed students of the service.
Senior writer Rebecca Putterman
Contact the State f National
Editor at stntdexk(a unc.edu.
THOMAS GETS HIS
CHANCE TO SHINE
BY JESSE BAUMGARTNER
In today's age of freshmen and early
impacts, rarely is a collegiate basketball
career defined by waiting.
The very notion of the concept seems to
oppose the constant movement and athleticism
of the game itself. Players build their reputa
tions on the hardwood rather than the bench.
But for senior point guard Quentin
Thomas, it is this waiting, this sustained inac
tivity, that makes his story tick.
for tonight s
“The word I always hated
growing up was patient,'"
he says. "People were
always saying. Be patient;
your time will come.”
Indeed, it is that hated
word that surprisingly
has become the epitome
of his topsy-turvy four years in Chapel Hill.
Through countless injuries and bench time,
he has waited, waited, waited.
Tricky would be another word to describe
Thomas first and foremost, with the bas
UNC fans are well aware of The Quentin
Thomas Rule, within which the namesake
must bring the ball between the legs or
behind the back at least once every posses
sion. Thomas claims he tries to keep it simple,
but his style defines him.
He'll throw you for another loop, too. when
you find out the self-described quiet guy is a
writer and a rapper.
That's right, the player who’s low -key in the
locker room, the one with the soft voice, has
already recorded on a mix tape with an up-and
coming producer and friend.
Apparently people liked it, too.
“I write raps a lot, but I write about any
thing vvhatever's going on. what 1 see
other people going through, what I'm going
through," Thomas says.
“It just helps me through difficult times,
through happy times it s a way to express
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Cam Sexton readies to throw the football during
UNC’s first spring practice Monday. The Tar Heels
have 14 more sessions before training camp begins.
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