NATIONAL-POLTICS


10/19/2000 12:00am

SNL Spin-off `Ladies Man' Lacks Plot, Humor, Quality

By Justin Winters Staff Writer 1 1/2 stars Just when you thought it was safe to venture back into theaters after the odorous atrocities of "It's Pat" and "Superstar" had been cleared, the latest "Saturday Night Live" skit-turned-movie "The Ladies Man" has landed. And, boy oh boy, is it the bomb, or a bomb if you catch my hip lingo. Just retired from the variety show, after years of being ridiculed as the constant "man in the mooshpot" of "Saturday Night Live"'s duck-duck-goose catapult to stardom, Tim Meadows tries his darnedest to make his signature character Leon Phelps


10/19/2000 12:00am

Erotic `Bridge' Drips Into Sentimentality

The art involved in the making of a film is often lost in glossy big-budget Hollywood productions. The erotic French film, "Girl on the Bridge," by director Patrice Leconte, reminds audiences that filmmaking can be a breathtaking art that delights the senses. Shot in black and white, the film offers beautiful cinematography that includes scenic views of Paris, Greece and Turkey and exotic carnival shots of midgets and contortionists that impress the eye. These beautiful scenes are supplemented by a human-interest story that tugs at the heart.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Groundskeepers Deserve Recognition, Appreciation For the Work They Do

Groundskeepers Deserve Recognition, Appreciation For the Work They Do TO THE EDITOR: The recent articles mentioning groundskeepers in conjunction with the recent UE Local 150 disturbance during the Chancellor's installation has infuriated many a Grounds Services employee and led me to write this in response. If any Grounds Services employees are members of this union, they are not vocal and number only a handful. In fact, no grounds employees were observed to be a part of this small group of protesters.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Survey: UNC-CH Services Better Than Most System Schools'

According to a recently released UNC-system survey, the majority of system students are pleased with most of the programs their schools offer but are critical of campus food services. The survey, administered twice a year by the UNC General Administration, is used to determine which facets of UNC-system schools need improvement. Sophomores and seniors answer questions on their schools' academic, student and administrative services - with the highest two ratings of "excellent" or "good" constituting approval.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Violence in Middle East

Violence in Middle East Cannot Be Blamed On One Side of Conflict TO THE EDITOR: Rene de la Varre's letter claiming that Palestinians bear sole responsibility for the violence in Israel is the sort of chauvinism that caused - and continues to stokes - the fires of hatred in Israel ("Palestinian Leadership Solely Responsible for `Disgraceful' Fighting" Oct. 18). There is no doubt that Palestinian violence is both immoral and irrational.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Panel Focuses on Domestic Violence

Frustrated by a lack of public awareness, two law student groups held a panel Tuesday night to discuss domestic violence in same-sex relationships. The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and Lambda Law Student Association sponsored a panel discussion at the School of Law featuring three local human services workers who brought firsthand perspectives to the topic. DVAP committee Chairwoman Holly Bryan said she created the panel because the issue is often underestimated.

10/19/2000 12:00am

Boy Scout Case Causes Concern For Aldermen

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has sent a resolution to the Triangle United Way admonishing it for allowing members to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The United Way supports the Boy Scouts of America and has a policy allowing the organization to deny membership based on sexual orientation. The Supreme Court upheld the Boy Scouts' right to screen its membership in June. Alderman Jacquelyn Gist said the resolution gives the United Way a year to change its policy to discontinue support of members who discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Episcopal Bishop Sheds Light on Race Issues

The first black bishop of North Carolina's Episcopal Church brought a message of hope and perseverance to the UNC campus in his keynote speech Wednesday night. Bishop Michael Curry, who is nationally known for his published sermons, spoke about the impact of race relations on religious communities as a part of Race Relations Week. Jermaine Reeves, co-chairman of Students for the Advancement of Race Relations and head coordinator of Race Relations Week, said Curry was an excellent choice as the week's speaker.


10/19/2000 12:00am

'01 Seniors Pick Fishy Class Gift

Amid the renovations of the Student Union, the class of 2001 will leave its mark with a new aquarium. The senior class Gift Committee met Wednesday night to sort through the 470 votes submitted via e-mail for the five gift choices. Seniors chose between a scholarship for one urban and one rural student that would have lived together in a cross-cultural experiment, a wall-sized aquarium for the Student Union, a graduate school advising program for UNC seniors, a jumbotron huge TV screen for Kenan Stadium or a contribution to the Henry/Copeland Permanent Art Collection in the Student Union


10/19/2000 12:00am

Politics Never Go Out of Fashion

If you have been keeping up with the "Fashion Times" like I have - which explains my unkempt look around campus (really, I am just on the cutting edge. In a few years you too will wish you looked as washed out, untucked and tired as I do) - you will have noticed that the new looks for the winter have arrived. Believe it or not, fashion does not just exist in a vacuum.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Chants of Protesters

Chants of Protesters Disrupted Ceremony, Damaged Their Cause TO THE EDITOR: I attended University Day primarily because I wanted to hear Chancellor Moeser's address. An occasion like this is an important opportunity for the University community to get to know its new chancellor. I was impressed by what I heard. However, my enjoyment of the occasion was significantly impaired by the chants of the union demonstrators. Yes, there is a constitutional right of free speech, and the University officials did well to respect that. But it is a right that can very easily be abused.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Blowin' up is next on agenda for local hip-hop artists

Like a clueless kid stuck on a stalled uphill roller coaster, N.C. hip hop waits restlessly for East Coast recognition. For too long, frustrated emcees, groups, producers and DJs have witnessed up-and-coming hip-hop acts from Atlanta, New Orleans, Miami and even St. Louis bypass their dormancy and become the next multiplatinum rap superstars, leaving the state starved for a piece of the money and fame. And though there are endless lamentations as to why N.C.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Jury of their Peers

In a given week, roughly five students' academic fates are decided behind closed doors by a jury composed of their fellow students. Last month, those normally closed doors were thrust open when senior Mike Trinh and junior Brianne Roth opened their Honor Court hearing, giving students and professors a chance to decide for themselves whether UNC's student-run judicial system is adequate. But the jury is still out on whether students are intellectually and psychologically capable of dispensing justice to their peers. Student Attorney General Taylor Lea said she is proud that UNC's ju


10/19/2000 12:00am

Schools' Honor Court Systems Vary

UNC-Chapel Hill's policy of trying students accused of honor code infractions in a student-run court contrasts sharply with student judicial policies at nearby universities. UNC-CH's honor court system recently came under criticism from a group of computer science students who were tried and found guilty of cheating on an assignment. The case has raised questions about the legitimacy of having students trying and sentencing students. UNC-CH is one of only 12 universities nationwide with a student-run honor court system.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Congress Running Out of Money for Student Groups

A financial shortfall and increased demand for funding has Student Congress cinching its purse strings tighter when appropriating student fees to campus organizations. Although Congress had $39,000 to appropriate to student groups last fall, they began with only $22,000 this year, placing extra stress on the allocation process. Less than $9,000 remains for the rest of the semester. "There's a big budget crunch, so we have to be particular," said Rep. Kevin Crockett, Dist. 19. Student Body Treasurer Patrick Frye said the shortfall of $5,100 has contributed to the reduced funds.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Director Brings Experience Home to UNC

Discuss cheerleading, and images of Toni Basil's "Mickey" music video immediately spring to mind. It certainly did for UNC alumnus, Student Television veteran and "Bring It On" director Peyton Reed, as he ended his first feature film with a post-millennium homage to the '80s pop song that made cheerleading cool for the MTV crowd. "We sort of decided that we couldn't do a cheerleading movie and not do `Mickey,'" he said. With an open week in between projects, Reed arrived in North Carolina for a week of relaxation.


10/19/2000 12:00am

Tyfu Spins Out of Control; Corrs Mix it Up

Tyfu Out of Control Four Stars The streetwise yin to Sankofa's positivist yang, Tyfu provides the Triangle with a much-needed hard-core hip hop presence, with hearts and smarts intact. The 11-man collective (Sandman, Logic, Damage One, Lovejoy, Mstk, Skillz, Young, Tey Novel, Subtle Storm, Contact and Haxoba) boasts even more central members on Out of Control than the Wu-Tang Clan, and incidentally owes a significant stylistic debt to that N.Y.


10/19/2000 12:00am

BachmannTurns Down The Volume

After nationwide success fronting Chapel Hill's own raw indie rockers Archers of Loaf, Eric Bachmann has found his new musical calling - the worship of words. Following the Archers' demise in 1998, UNC alumnus Bachmann began again with a fresh approach, this time as the only regular member of Crooked Fingers. He released his first album under the new moniker in January, and hasn't looked back since. Critics who praised Crooked Fingers were shocked, along with fans, at the great difference between the Archers and Bachmann's new material.