VOLUME 116„ISSUE 99
sports | page 14
Men's basketball coach
Roy Williams dances at the
annual basketball season kickoff.
The women performed a skit
"America's Next Top Hatchell."
City | page 6
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro
school district dedicated its
10th elementary school, named
for a former slave and teacher.
opinion | page 10
The editorial board begins its
election endorsements today.
Submit your own letters in
support of anyone on the
ballot to email@example.com.
Word limit 100.
online | dailytarheel.com
A video with the men's and
women's dancing and skits.
See a slideshow with more
photos from Saturday's game.
this day in history
Abbie Hoffman, a radical
political activist from the
19605, urges UNC students to
participate in protests.
days left of early and one-stop
voting. For Orange County
locations and times visit
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Chancellor Holden Thorp checks in to vote at Morehead Planetarium early Friday morning as part of the student government initiative to get
UNC students to vote early for the November election. As of Friday, 8,000 people had already participated in early voting at the planetarium.
Raynor votes even earlier than Thorp
BY PAULINE GREMAUD
Since early voting began, UNC’s
chancellor and student body pres
ident have traditionally cast their
This year, Student Body
President J.J. Raynor couldn’t
wait. She voted Oct. 16 the day
early voting opened at Morehead.
“Obviously this year, the stu
dent body president got itchy feet,”
But she still joined Chancellor
Holden Thorp, women’s bas
ketball coach Sylvia Hatchell
and a handful of students who
gathered Friday to cast early
voting ballots at the Morehead
All three spoke briefly to mem
bers of the press and several stu
dents enjoying the free coffee,
donuts and bagels provided for
Former Clef, Lorelei tie the knot
Duo are ‘always singing together’
BY SARAH FRIER
AND NATE HEWITT
RALEIGH - The former
Loreleis president and former Clef
Hangers director joined Saturday
for anew kind of duet mar
Amanda Bolch became Mrs.
Kenji Brantley after the two shared
years of late-night talks, study ses
sions by Alpine Bagel Cafe and a
love of music, of course.
“They’re always singing togeth
er,” bridesmaid and former Lorelei
Cassie Criswell said. “When they
met there was nobody else.”
At the wedding ceremony, attend
ees sang church hymns in tune. And
before dinner at the reception, Cleft
sang a blessing from their seats in
As former Clefs and Loreleis
reunited over dinner, they remi
nisced about how the Brantleys’
best-friendship came to be a rela
Kenji met Amanda in the spring
of 2004 after their groups per
formed together, and they started
seeing each other daily for study
They talked about their love lives
and their a capella groups their
friendship kept taking precedence
over any thought of romahce,
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Thorp spoke about the success
early voting has had at UNC.
He said the University is proud
to take part in early voting and
is happy with its success around
“It’s a tribute to our students,”
Hatchell said it is important
for students to have a voice in the
direction of the government, espe
cially with the state of the nation
She said voting is an obliga
tion to our country and early
voting is a perfect opportunity
to fulfill this obligation, some
thing she also emphasized to
“I gave them a thought of the
day. Yesterday’s was ‘Proper prior
SEE PLANETARIUM, PAGE 4
“Even though we were really
close, it took us a year to get to
that point,” Kenji said. “We felt
comfortable enough as friends.”
But when Kenji left on an
extended spring break with the
Cleft in March 2007, Amanda was
left without a study buddy.
‘I realized I missed him more
than I should miss a friend,” she
She confided in former Clef
Anoop Desai, who said the pair’s
connection was already obvious.
“All of a sudden it clicked,” Desai
said. “He thought it was a joke
when I told him.”
Members of both groups teamed
up for a matchmaking mission at
a Clef-Lorelei cocktail a few days
“We were plotting and schem
ing,” bridesmaid and former Lorelei
Kelton Wright said. “Everyone was
going in for the kill.”
At Top of the Hill that night,
Amanda confessed her feelings
and the two shared their first kiss.
“It wasn’t good. It was like kissing
your best friend,” Amanda said.
Still, Kenji and Amanda took
their chances and decided to see
where things would lead.
“When you tell your best friend
you like them, you have to go for
it,” she said. “That was the only bad
kiss we ever had.”
1 million vote early so far in N.C.
BY ASHLEY DUMFORD
More than a month ago, N.C.
State Board of Elections Director
Gary Bartlett warned his senior
staff to anticipate a record num
ber of early voters.
They didn’t believe his projec
“They asked me not to make it
public because they didn’t want
me to embarrass them. And now
it’s happening,” he said.
Although Election Day is
still more than a week away,
more than one million North
Carolinians had voted at one
stop early voting sites by the end
of voting Saturday.
Of those, 58 percent were
registered Democrats and
25 percent were registered
Republicans. Sixteen percent
were unaffiliated voters and a
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the wedding reception.
Friends described the couple as
goofy and fun-loving dressing
up for theme parties, playing rock
band. She called him “Kenjil,” and
later, “Babel,” Criswell said.
Their relationship has always
served to link the two groups.
“Kenji’s arranged stuff for us,”
said Lorelei Sofia Leon. “They spent
a lot of tune talking about songs and
thinking about songs together.”
marginal number were regis
Roughly 56 percent of the early
one-stop voters were female and
33 percent were male. Those
numbers do not include the vot
ers who did not designate their
gender on either their registra
tion or their ballot.
“If this trend continues, which
we expect it to, we may have ...
as many as 1.8 million to 1.2 mil
lion voters voting before Election
Day,” Bartlett said.
One-stop voting sites, one of
which is located at Morehead
Planetarium, allow registered
voters to cast their ballots and
unregistered voters to register
and vote at the same time.
In Orange County, 28,375
voters had voted as of Saturday,
SEE EARLY VOTING, PAGE 4
Kenji once brought his mother
to a Lorelei concert, and told her
to look for a blonde girl.
“We thought, Maybe that one,”
Noriko Brantley said. “And then we
thought, “No, she’s too pretty.’ But
that was Amanda.”
Kenji called a week early to tell
Amanda’s parents he was going to
‘She was so excited to marry
him,” her mother, Kathy, said.
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008
Some echo call
for tuition freeze
BY OLIVIA BOWLER
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
BOONE Student leaders
from across the state took a formal
stance on tuition increases at each
of the system’s constituent univer
sities at its meeting this weekend.
The UNC-system Association of
Student Governments, an organiza
tion intended to represent the voices
of students within the university
system, met at Appalachian State
University in Boone with a record
attendance of almost 70 students.
The UNC Board of Governors,
the body that sets tuition for each
of the system universities, infor
mally raised at its October meeting
the possibility of a tuition freeze.
The board asked the ASG
comprising student body presi
dents and their delegations to
submit a recommendation on
The last time ASG was con
sulted on an issue of such impor
tance was four years ago, said ASG
President Greg Doucette.
Most delegations requested
increases considerably smaller
than the caps set by their schools,
aside from die UNC-Charkrtte del
egation, which requested the same
SEE TUITION, PAGE 4
Tensions linger in
BY OLIVIA BOWLER
ASSISTANT STATE ft NATIONAL EDITOR
UNC-Chapel Hill’s involve
ment in a systemwide association
of student leaders has wavered the
last few years, but this weekend’s
appointment of five UNC students
to executive positions could signal a
But some say this renewed inter
est in the UNC-system Association
of Student Governments might
not completely counterbalance the
absense of UNC-CH Student Body
President J. J. Raynor.
Raynor has not attended any of
the ASG’s monthly meetings since
this summer and said she (foes not
plan to attend them in the future.
“I choose to spend my time
directly doing things that benefit
my campus* she said of her deci
sion to send Logan Liles, formerly a
competitor for student body presi- ”
dent, in her place.
“Itk really not a productive body
for anyone from Chapel Hill’
UNC’s Chazz Clevinger, newly
appointed as vice president of leg
islative and public affairs, said he
hopes to improve the reputation of
UNC-CH in the association through
positive work with the members.
“UNC should always be twice
as humble and twice as modest as
SEE ASG, PAGE 4