NATIONAL-POLITCS


10/3/2000 12:00am

Realities of Partial-Birth Abortion

The one sure way to solicit the wrath and hatred of liberals is to remind them that abortion kills babies. The letters I've received in the last week have proven this to me beyond any doubt. Last week I devoted my column to partial-birth abortion (PBA) - a late-term abortion technique used by abortionists to kill viable unborn babies in the fifth through ninth months of pregnancy. In partial-birth abortion, the abortionist delivers the living, kicking baby feet-first to the neck - and then rams a pair of scissors into the back of her skull.


10/3/2000 12:00am

School Leaders to Tour State Promoting Bond

University and community college leaders from eastern North Carolina are embarking on a two-day bus tour today to build support for the $3.1 billion higher education bond referendum. Chancellors from UNC-Pembroke, Fayetteville State University and UNC-Wilmington will join the presidents of a dozen community colleges on a "two-day blitz" to meet with media and residents in 16 southeastern N.C. counties. The tour will begin in Morehead City and wrap up in Wilmington on Wednesday. Martin Lancaster, president of the N.C.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Funding Needs Remain, Despite Slower Growth

University officials still say they need $500 million to improve facilities, despite the provost office's recent prediction that enrollment growth will be slower than previously projected. At Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting, interim Provost Richard Edwards announced that UNC-Chapel Hill's projected enrollment growth through 2008 would be only 2,200 students. UNC-system officials have projected that UNC-CH will absorb nearly 6,000 new students in the same time period. University advocates have used projected enrollment growth as leverage in their quest for additional state funding.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Block Party Unites Neighbors

A small neighborhood in Chapel Hill has found an effective solution to ease tensions between residents and students. Short Street, located between Church and Pritchard streets, is an area that has had problems in the past with its student residents. To alleviate these concerns, resident Lauren Rivers, who lives on Short Street, organized a block party where both groups could come together in a friendly environment. "We're trying to get an association together to voice concerns and appeal to student goodwill," she said.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Next U.S. President Could Influence Supreme Court

The Food and Drug Administration's recent approval of the abortion drug RU-486 has ignited concerns about the influence the next president will have in determining the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalized abortion. Some pro-choice supporters fear the ruling might be overturned if Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush wins the November election and appoints anti-abortion justices to replace outgoing justices.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Donor Listings Cause Tensions

The N.C. Waste Awareness and Reduction Network is just one of many organizations included under the N.C. Community Shares umbrella. But that one organization could cause a world of trouble for N.C. Community Shares' relationship with Triangle United Way. The United Way accepted donor listings for all N.C. Community Shares' organizations except one - N.C. WARN. Now N.C. Community Shares officials are worried the controversy could jeopardize the relationship between the group and United Way, said Bryan Lewis, executive director of N.C.

10/3/2000 12:00am

GPSF Doles Out Tight Budget, Fills Empty Seats

Even in the absence of its president, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation met Monday night in Bingham Hall to allocate funds for various undertakings of the graduate community. The group's second meeting of the semester began with GPSF Internal Vice President Tara Hogan trying to fill the remaining vacancies on the Appropriations Committee and the Finance Committee. About 30 Senate members were present at the meeting to elect statistics graduate student Kouros Owzar to the Appropriations Committee and journalism graduate student Joseph Pardington to the Finance Committee.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Book Showcases Local Talent

When you're from North Carolina, it's easy to blush when you're aware of how the state is perceived by outsiders. You get embarrassed about things -- the dirty motorcycle enthusiasts who live across the street, the town crazies, the high schoolers who make out at the local fast food joint. Yes, you begin to think: tobacco, pork and the Sahara of the Bozarts -- that's North Carolina. And then you read a book like "This Is Where We Live" (University of North Carolina Press, $16.95), and you realize there's no need to blush at all.


10/3/2000 12:00am

School Overcrowding Prompts Bond Proposal

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system has announced plans for a bond referendum to hit ballots November 2001, but area schools continue to feel the pressures of too many students. The bond will respond to the system's overcrowding problem, aiming to raise funds for a ninth elementary school to be constructed by the 2003-04 school year. Nicholas Didow, a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, said he hopes the bond will have no problems getting on the ballot.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Field Hockey Adds Firepower

DURHAM -- The North Carolina field hockey team is scoring more goals this season. A lot more. Notoriously a defensive-minded team, it has a new-found explosiveness on the other side of the ball. The Tar Heels have already scored 36 goals in 11 games (3.27 goals per game) this season, while they could manage only 57 in 22 games (2.59 goals per game) all of last season. UNC has already exceeded three goals on five occasions this season. The team was able to score three goals Saturday against a Wake Forest defense that had allowed only six in its previous nine games.


10/3/2000 12:00am

3 Tar Heels Earn Weekly Awards

Three athletes from North Carolina earned ACC honors for their performances last week. Senior Kristen McCann was named ACC player of the week in field hockey for the second time this season. McCann scored game-winning goals in victories against Wake Forest and Duke. Also for the second time this season, freshman Shalane Flanagan was named ACC performer of the week in cross country. Flanagan won this weekend's UNC Challenge at Finley Golf Course for her third first-place finish in as many races. Sophomore forward Susan Bush earned the same award in women's soccer.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Students, Faculty Argue Fairness of Cheating Ruling

Computer screens were not the only things buzzing in Sitterson Hall on Monday, as students hotly debated the verdict of Sunday night's open Honor Court hearing. Senior Mike Trinh and junior Brianne Roth were found guilty of academic cheating in connection with unauthorized group work on a programming assignment for Professor James Coggins' Computer Science 120 class last semester. Although many computer science faculty members feel the ruling was just, other faculty and students said they are outraged by the decision.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Cross Country Finds Strength in Numbers

The casual observer probably thinks of Saturday's UNC Challenge as a contest for individual glory. North Carolina's cross country runners don't see it that way. Team unity and the ability to help one another contribute to the two Tar Heel victories at Finley Golf Course came first. "When you are running with your teammates, their energy is your energy, and your energy is their energy," said Beth George, who placed fourth.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Flier Circulates Rumors About Drug Searches

A flier falsely describing UNC's drug policy that was recently slipped under the doors of students in Hinton James Residence Hall has UNC officials investigating its origin. The flier, which was presented as a bill passed by the "Legislative Assembly of the State of North Carolina," stated that "N.C. law enforcement agents may search residential halls on campuses of public universities for illegal substances at any time with or without a warrant ... " It goes on to explain the penalties imposed on residents found to possess drugs or drug-related paraphernalia.


10/3/2000 12:00am

Columnist, CartoonistBiased by Connection toHonor Court Defendant

TO THE EDITOR: Over the past several weeks, two Daily Tar Heel editorialists have viciously attacked UNC's Honor Court system and Student Attorney General Taylor Lea, suggesting that their handling of cases has been unfair. Perhaps readers of this newspaper should know that those fine journalists are in fact close friends of convicted cheater Mike Trinh, the central defendant in the computer science open hearing.


10/2/2000 12:00am

Special Teams Errors Sabotage Tar Heels' Efforts

Georgia Tech knew it was coming. The Yellow Jackets recognized North Carolina's punt protection weaknesses on film. They expected to block a punt Saturday at Kenan Stadium. They weren't disappointed. "It's been there all week," said Tech's Chris Young. "That's what we practiced because the tackle was a little slow coming off the ball. "He came off, I saw it was open, the first protector picked up Kerry (Watkins) on the outside, and that just brought me free.


10/2/2000 12:00am

Feminism: A Movement That Should Include Both Genders

Last weekend, I was honored to be a presenter at the first Feminist Action Forum at UNC-Chapel Hill. I facilitated a discussion on "Men in Feminism." This experience, coupled with the misquote that was attributed to me in last Monday's DTH, made me realize how very timely and important this topic actually is. The misquote in question began, "Men are oppressed and repressed by sexism." Conversations that ensued with friends and with the editorial staff at the DTH led to the writing of this article. So what's the fuss? What's wrong with that quote?


10/2/2000 12:00am

The Black Man's War Rages On

We're always getting slammed. No respect. No credit from the media. I read a newspaper, watch a movie or turn on the TV, and all I see is killing, killing and more killing. You think The Washington Post, Newsweek and HBO don't know what they're doing? Is it a coincidence that nearly all images of my entourage are negative? I see no positives, no role models, nothing to be proud of for me in mass communication. They say that we're too materialistic, too flashy, too slow and too stupid. Whatever. Where are my achieving, charismatic, boosted-GPA, resume-stacked brothers?


10/2/2000 12:00am

Push-Up Guy Pumps Up Crowd

When six points are added to the score of UNC's football team, Wayne Cottrell knows it's time to get ready. Five to eight male cheerleaders in Carolina-blue uniforms gather near the band, grab a plywood board, lower it so Cottrell can get on and hoist him up high above their heads for the crowd to see. As UNC fans go crazy and shout, "One ... two ... three," Cottrell's arms lower and raise his body on the crowd's calls, doing push-ups to match the number of points the Tar Heels have racked up.