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BY SARAH FRIER
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Student Body President J.J.
Raynor said she knows she won’t
be able to end homelessness in
Orange County during her term.
But she's been researching the
issue and familiarizing herself
with community initiatives. She
said she plans to boost student
and meet with
“So many stu
dents feel direct
to the issue,’
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Raynor said. “It’s about being a
responsible, caring and engaged
neighbor, and it’s so much larger
than what you see on the street."
There were 224 homeless
people in Orange County, 71 of
whom were chronically homeless,
at the time of a 2007 survey by
the Orange County Community
Initiative to End Homelessness.
“Change is not something the
students can do alone; it’s not
something the community' can do
alone," said Chris Moran, direc
tor of the Inter-Faith Council for
Social Service. “We need to bring
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CHRIS MORAN, DIRECTOR Of THE INTER FAITH COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL SERVICE
Liz Parham, executive direc
tor of the Downtown Partnership,
said she supports Raynor's plans to
educate students about the issue.
“Many of the initiatives out there
... all take volunteers and com
mitment and time," Parham said.
‘1 think that raising awareness is
Former Student Body President
Eve Carson's administration encour
aged students to donate to the Real
Change from Spare Change pro
gram after a student government
study found that 86.8 percent of
students said they would be more
likely to give panhandlers money if
they knew where it was going.
And now Raynor's team is in the
process of evaluating what worked
and what didn’t.
“We really need to sit down and
say, ‘OK, we had T-shirts sold and
wrist bands. Was it successful?’’
Raynor said. “And then we can beef
up the student body outreach."
Junior Chris Belhorn, who
served on Carson's homelessness
task force and now is co-chair
man of Raynor's public service
and advocacy committee, said he
appreciates Raynor's commitment
to researching to understand the
issue fully before taking action.
Raynor said she has started
brainstorming with Chapel Hill
Mayor Kerin Foy about how to use
resources to reopen conversations
Many student groups have
already become involved, and
Carson Dean, coordinator for the
Orange County Partnership to End
Homelessness, said the student
body president should tap into the
resources she already has.
The Campus Y organized an
overnight stay in boxes last month
to raise awareness about poverty.
And IFC's partnership with stu
dent groups, such as N.C. Hillel,
allows them to keep their Carrboro
building open two nights a week.
"Students carry weight, they’re
passionate, and they have more
time to make a difference," Belhorn
said. “The student body president
sets the tone."
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Group elects leadership,
takes care of old business
BY KELLEN MOORE
Student Congress' finance com
mittee named a vice chairman to
help lead the largely rookie group
and blazed easily through two more
objectives at its first official meet
After two members refused
nominations for vice chairman,
freshman Joe Levin-Manning was
unanimously elected to the post.
The freshman from Raleigh seeking
a double major in peace, war and
defense and public policy will serve
alongside chairman Mike Morrill.
The vice chairman presides over
meetings if the chairman cannot,
records meeting minutes and takes
“I originally ran for chair, so I'm
excited to be vice chair," Levin-
Manning said. “It's going to be a
very awesome year."
And although Morrill said he
doesn't yet know the members well,
he expressed confidence that Levin-
Manning will be a gcxxl fit.
“I have no reason to think he
won't do a good job." Morrill said.
“He obviously wants to take a big
role in the finance committee, and
1 think vice-chair is a good place
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bills. It was a chaotic time, so its
u nderstandable. "
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VICE PRESIDENT MIKE TARRANT
for him right now."
The committee also took care
of some unfinished business from
the 89th Student Congress, which
concluded April 2.
The committee recommended
passing bills awarding funds rang
ing from S2O to SI.1(H) to six student
The committee and Congress
approved the appropriations
bills once before, hut they were
not signed into effect by former
Student Body Vice President Mike
Tarrant, who needed to sign in lieu
of former Student Body President
When Tarrant’s term ended and
the bills remained unsigned, they
were automatically vetoed.
“I think he just kind of forgot
about the bills," Morrill said. “It
was a chaotic time, so it's under
Although funds already have been
awarded to the slx organizations, they
must be reapproved and signed by
Student Body President J.J. Raynor
before becoming official.
The committee also reapproved
Congress' annual budget of about
The meeting concluded with a
unanimous approval of reimburse
ments for 22 candidates who ran for
student government positions.
The reimbursement totaled
$1,730.88. with more than half of the
money going toward the three candi
dates for student body president.
All candidates are reimbursed
to a limit for money spent cam
paigning, a process that ensures
that more affluent candidates don't
have an advantage, Morrill said.
The committee next will meet in
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