VOLUME 116, ISSUE 88
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SWIMMING DIVES IN
The swimming and diving teams
made their official returns to the
pool this weekend marking the
end of an unusual offseason.
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DAY OF ATONEMENT
Jews will observe Yom Kippur
beginning at sundown today
until sundown Thursday. By
fasting and attending services,
Jews will atone for their sins.
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FEEDING THE FEVER
Carolina Fever is looking at
ways to keep members past
their first year by offering
incentives such as prizes and
returning member sign-in lines.
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Officials look to scale down
. unsanctioned Halloween party.
Residence Hall Association
board hears kung fu proposal.
N.C. STATE FAIR
Officials say high gas prices
won't prevent fair-goers.
REACTION TO THE DEBATE
State & National Editor Ariel
Zirulnick liveblogged the
presidential debate Tuesday.
Read an analysis of the debate
and hear students' reaction.
this day in history
Renovation crews remove
asbestos from the Student
Union construction site, fearing
that disturbances to the
structure could make the
carcinogen more dangerous.
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Congress launches ethics inquiry
. Conflicting stories
► Sept 30: Shaniqua McClendon and
Anna Bays present Concept of Colors'
funding request to the finance commit
tee of Student Congress.
>• Thursday: For a 8U51405 assign
ment McClendon discussed what
occurred at the finance committee. She
said she used the real event but tailored
details to make a compelling story.
>• Two students in the class reported
the embellished story to Student
Congress Speaker Tim Nichols.
► Tuesday, 6:19 p.m.: McClendon
contacted Nichols clarifying she did
not embellish the request to Congress.
► Tuesday evening: The request
comes before Congress, which tables
the request so the ethics committee
can investigate the conflicting stories.
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Sarah Palin takes the stage before speaking at a Republican rally Tuesday night at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum at East
Carolina University in Greenville. Approximately 7,500 people were in the audience, which was a mixture of students and families.
Stop is Palin’s first of
election season to N.C.
BY EMILY STEPHENSON
GREENVILLE The fans packing East
Carolina University’s Williams Arena at
Minges Coliseum had almost as much to
rally, drowning out her words with cries of
“U-S-A” and “Drill baby, drill.”
And Palin had much more to say about
Town might offer
Weighing how to
draw firms to area
BY DANIELLE KUCERA
Businesses that decide to locate
on Franklin Street in the future
may not have to worry about the
traditionally high rent because
Chapel Hill might help pay.
After Optimal Technologies
a Canadian company that focuses
on electricity solutions rejected
recruitment from Chapel Hill,
town officials began preliminary
discussions about how to make
the area a more attractive place
to do business.
The company chose Raleigh
for 325 new jobs that pay about
$60,000 to $70,000 per year
Dispute over group’s funding request
BY HILLARY ROSE OWENS
AND ELLY SCHOFIELD
Student Congress will investi
gate whether the Concept of Colors’
treasurer, Shaniqua McClendon,
exaggerated the group’s financial
The modeling group’s $7,535
funding request is in question
after Congress representatives
heard that McClendon overstated
the group’s need from students in
a class with her.
The group planned to use the
money to buy costumes for fash
McClendon testified to Congress
that she had forgotten to complete
PALIN PAYS A VISIT
@DTH ONLINE: Watch a video of Tuesday's
rally at East Carolina University.
BDT H ONLINE: View photos from Sarah
Palin's first appearance in North Carolina.
running mate John McCain and his
Democratic opponent Barack Obama than
“Since my running mate won’t say this on
his own behalf, I have taken it upon myself
to say it. TYuthfiilly, John McCain is the only
man in this race who has ever really fought
for you,” she said before waving a giant, pur
ple foam finger in homage to the ECU fans
filling the stands.
This campaign stop marked the presiden
tial ticket’s first public North Carolina rally
in the general election season, and eastern
N.C. voters in the crowd welcomed Palin
with open arms.
say as Republican vice
poms waving, die crowd
of about 7,500 hardly
let Palin finish a sen
tence during Tuesday’s
because of a downtown location
and support from the city, said
Ken Atkins, executive director
of economic development in
The company received
$325,000 through a state pro
gram and a matching grant from
Raleigh, he said.
Chapel Hill does not offer
similar incentives something
that got town officials talking
about a change of policy, said
Adam Klein, vice president for
economic development and
government relations for the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber
“That’s sort of what I think
sparked the conversation ini
tially,” he said.
SEE INCENTIVES, PAGE 5
an assignment for a business class.
The assignment required her to
bargain with a store worker to
lower a sale price or to tell a story
about a similar negotiation.
On the spot, she said she used
last week’s Congress finance com
mittee meeting where she first
made the funding request —as an
example of a time when she suc
cessfully bargained for more than
she needed, saying that she expect
ed the committee to cut the money
“It was mostly the way it was
presented that made it seem
like it was not true information,”
“I don’t remember exactly what
“She’s like a wholesome, all-American,
God-Bless-America-type person,” said
Elizabeth Fornes, a 44-year-old Craven
County resident who works in undergradu
ate admissions at ECU.
Fc mes said she respects McCain and Palin
because they stand for conservative, tradi
Palin kept her remarks straightforward,
praising McCain’s experience and reputation
as a maverick in the U.S. Senate.
She also highlighted McCain’s commit
ment to American troops and criticized
Obama for promoting increased government
“Government is not always the answer. In
fact, too often, government is the problem,”
she said. “The phoniest claim in a campaign
full of‘em is that Barack Obama is going to
SEE PALIN, PAGE 5
Show to explore sexuality, justice
BY KEVIN TURNER
After examining the state of
acceptance of homosexuality in
the world, DVB Physical Theatre
Director Lloyd Newson realized
something had to change.
The award-winning London
based group will perform
Newson’s call for awareness, “To
Be Straight With You,” 7:30 p.m.
Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday in
The provocative piece explores
religion, sexuality and injustices
faced by homosexuals.
Newson created “To Be Straight
With You” following events that
made him realize the oppression
SEE DVB, PAGE 5
ATTEND THE SHOW
Time: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 pm. Friday
Location: Memorial Hall
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008
I said, but I don’t think I implied
that I just pulled numbers out of
McClendon’s professor, Adam
Grant, and at least two of her class
mates informed Congress of what
McClendon had said.
Though McClendon assured
Congress that she had been truth
ful with them last week, many
Congress members raised doubts
about the validity of the request.
“It’s our obligation to fund in the
most economical way possible,” said
representative Harrison Brooks.
“If we were to pass this, we
would be relinquishing all of our
power and duty to the students.”
Congress voted to table the fund
ing bill until the ethics committee
SEE CONGRESS, PAGE 5
COURTESY OF CAROLINA PERFORMING ARTS
Critically acclaimed experimental theater group DVB will perform "To
Be Straight With You' at Memorial Hall on Thursday and Friday.
Senior Shaniqua McClendon asks
Student Congress for forgiveness.
Want to reroute
Safe Ride buses
BY C. RYAN BARBER
Student government is arranging
altered bus routes and peer escorts
in an attempt to address safety con
cerns Chapel Hill officials have cited
in debates on whether to limit the
The annual celebration, which
drew about 80,000 last year, is
being downsized because of what
officials say is a growing gang pres
ence and risk of violence.
in the process
of working with
the town to
since the begin
ning of the sum
Halloween on a
Body President J. J. Raynor said.
“The town’s initial sentiment
was to stop it, and we were really
active in saying, ‘No, we need to
keep Halloween, but let’s make it
In its efforts to secure
Halloween, student government
is collaborating with Chapel Hill
Transit to reroute the Safe Ride
buses, which run from Franklin
Street to many residential areas.
In previous years, the routes
were cancelled due to the closing
of Franklin Street, Raynor said.
This Oct. 31, busing will be redi
rected to side streets and expand
“We’ve also increased the
number of buses that will be
running that night so that
the intervals between routes
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