Columnist Disrespectful To Computer Science Majors, Department


William McKinney's Oct. 12 column, "All the Troubles With Technology" was disturbing for several reasons. The Department of Computer Science does not deserve and will not have "a stigma as a place of cheating." There are many students in the department who uphold the Honor Code and will continue to do so. The unpublicized actions of the honest majority of computer science majors should define the department. The Daily Tar Heel in general has failed to acknowledge this anonymous majority.

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South Campus Construction Forums Planned

Students living on South Campus had the opportunity Tuesday night to hear about the plans that will change their world when construction begins on four modern residence halls within the next month. Fewer than 10 students attended the meeting at Morrison Residence Hall. The forums, which will be held throughout the week, are designed to calm any fears that students might have about the process, said Christopher Payne, director of housing and residential education. The four buildings are part of the Master Plan, a blueprint for campus growth.

Protesters to Meet at CP&L Building

Protesters will gather again at Carolina Power & Light Co.'s Center Plaza Building in Raleigh today to voice concerns about proposed expansion of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. As the Nov. 20 deadline approaches for groups to express their concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the facility's expansion, organizations are making last-ditch efforts to prevent the expansion. "We'll have protests signs, we'll be chanting," said Nora Wilson of UNC's Student Environmental Action Coalition. "We're trying to get the media to give attention to it." SEAC and the N.C.

Week's Events Celebrate Diversity

People of all ethnicities can put aside their differences to come together for UNC's 12th annual Race Relations Week. Coordinated by the Campus Y and Students for the Advancement of Race Relations, the week will include a variety of events designed to encourage communication and education among students of varying backgrounds. "People like to associate with their own race," said Jermain Reeves, SARR member and head coordinator of the event. "We need to mix a little more.

SURGE Depends On Cooperation, Not Single LeadershipOn Cooperation,Not Single Leadership

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to respond to a feature published in The Daily Tar Heel ("Activist SURGEs Ahead" Oct. 13) that we feel misrepresented SURGE. Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) is committed, as an organization, to uniting together for social change, and isn't guided by one person. Statements in the recent profile about student activist Dennis Markatos such as: "By organizing SURGE, Markatos .

University Is Killing Its Trees and Beauty With Construction

TO THE EDITOR: On Friday, Oct. 6, while students were on break, a historic stone wall facing McCorkle Place was demolished to make way for the new Institute for the Arts and Humanities, touted as the first new building on this site in 50 years (as if that were a good thing.) The large trees on the site are gone today. It is unfortunate enough that the wall and trees were destroyed, but even more disturbing is the potential for damage to the root structure of ancient trees on this oldest part of campus. Tree damage occurred during the recent renovations of Graham Memorial.

Wolfpack Victory Marked by Emotions on Both Sides

Kory Bailey knew it was getting ready to happen. The North Carolina junior wideout could see the N.C. State players pointing. Their fingers were aimed at the interlocked "NC" emblem at midfield of Kenan Stadium. As the clock wound down, the Wolfpack players sprinted to midfield and danced in celebration. N.C. State's seven-game losing streak against the Tar Heels had finally ended with its 38-20 victory. "After seven straight years of not winning and then having a chance to win, I expect them to be excited," UNC coach Carl Torbush said.

Finding God in Your Nintendo 64

Last week, the "Pit Preacher" made his return to UNC. As usual, he offered his peculiar blend of twisted Christianity and hateful rhetoric. And, as usual, he was greeted with derision and mockery. As one who has been strongly influenced by Christianity, I have never much enjoyed Gary Birdsong. His assertion that "real" Christians never fall into sin strikes me as absurd in light of the Bible. And as a pro-lifer, I hate when "my" views are represented by angry and irrational men like Gary.

Young Democrats Debate Same-Sex Marriages

The Young Democrats proved Monday night that despite a common political ideology, there is a lot of variation within the organization on at least one issue. The group gathered for a forum about same-sex marriage titled "Cultural Taboo or Long Overdue?" Although the majority of participants were members of the Young Democrats, they still had different questions and concerns. "I'm a member of the Young Democrats, but this is an issue that I don't really have a solid opinion on yet, so I'd like to hear both sides of it," said Mike Peterson, a freshman history and political science major.

Performance Full of Expression, Beauty

If Yo-Yo Ma were not the best cellist in the world, he would still be the most charming. As a jam-packed Memorial Hall erupted into almost aggressive applause, Ma looked as pleased and surprised as if this were the first time anyone had ever clapped for him. This, however, is certainly not the case. At 45, Ma has long held the international reputation as one of the world's greatest cellists.

Okulaja Returns to Familiar Setting

The scene Ademola Okulaja returned to Monday night had not changed much from the one he left after the 1998-1999 season. Okulaja's brother, Adekola, was in the crowd at the Smith Center to watch him play - just like he was when Ademola played for the North Carolina men's basketball team.

Seniors to Have Fun, Show Spirit in Pit

Seniors will have the chance to hit the Pit and show some school spirit this week as their time at UNC draws closer to an end. Senior class officials have planned a week full of activities, which also will include choosing the senior gift and taking suggestions for the Commencement speaker. To kick off the festivities, seniors attended a UNC women's volleyball game against Duke on Sunday. Coordinators gave out prizes and raffled off tickets to the UNC-N.C. State basketball game. Ram Day was held Monday, allowing seniors to have their picture taken with the mascot Ramses.

Fair Weaves Spell Once More

RALEIGH - People from all corners of the state fell under an almost-magical pull and started munching on funnel cakes and waiting to ride the Ferris Wheel during the State Fair's opening weekend. But the fair closed Sunday night on a tragic note. WRAL-TV reported Monday night that a fair vendor, 39-year-old Joseph Rehrig, sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy Sunday night. Rehrig, in Wake County Jail on a $1 million bond, is charged with kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a minor. About 236, 500 people attended the fair during the weekend - 108,000 on Saturday alone.

Men's Golf Takes 6th At Duke Golf Classic

The North Carolina men's golf team fired a 293 in the final round of the Duke Golf Classic and finished in sixth place with a total of 886. The event was played at Duke Golf Club, which is a par 72. UNC freshman Dustin Bray tied for 10th place, the best individual finish for the Tar Heels. He carded a 4-over 220 with a 1-over 73 in the final round. Senior Rob Simmons finished strong for the Tar Heels with a 1-under-71 but still ended the classic tied for 24th at 223. N.C. State won the tournament with a team score of 290 in the final round and an 876 overall mark.

Campus Y Brings Sensitive Subject To Dinner Table

The delicate issue of discrimination was a hot topic Monday night among students of all races. The Campus Y Dinner Discussion and Criminal Justice Action and Awareness committees hosted a roundtable dinner discussion on racial profiling - the singling out of groups based on racial quotas - as part of Race Relations Week. The dinner was held to raise awareness of the issue and to discuss possible solutions, said Cianti Stewart-Reid, co-chairwoman of the Dinner Discussion Committee. Students in attendance represented a wide range of campus groups including the Students for Advancement o

Former SBP to Take Greek Helm

A former student body president and UNC fraternity member has been named interim director of Greek affairs. Aaron Nelson was selected for the position Friday, taking over for outgoing Director of Greek Affairs Ron Binder, whose last day is Wednesday. Nelson also acts as coordinator of local relations for the University and has been a faculty adviser for the past two years.