NATIONAL-POLTICS


10/26/2000 12:00am

UNC Graduate Takes on Consumer Culture, Corporate Media With Home-Grown Zine

Your journalism teacher has got it all wrong. The only tools you need to get on your way to becoming your own mini-media mogul are paper, scissors, glue and a photocopier. That's the philosophy Carrie McLaren lives by. "I like cutting and pasting," said 31-year-old McLaren, creator, editor and designer of Stay Free! magazine.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Suttenfield Ready to Dive Into New Role

UNC's newly appointed vice chancellor for finance and administration is gearing up for the transition with a self-imposed UNC history lesson in preparation for her arrival in less than a month. "I have plenty of reading to do about some of the current business issues," Nancy Suttenfield wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Tar Heel.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Mass. Schools Plan Laptop Program

Massachusetts' public universities are awaiting the state legislature's decision on a proposal which will require all public university students to own laptops. If approved, the proposal - put forth by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education - will put aside $123 million for loans and vouchers for laptops, facilities and faculty training. The legislature is expected to render a decision in the coming weeks. Aaron Spencer, a member of the Board of Higher Education and chief architect of the plan, said it is important to educate young people about technology in a world that is incre


10/26/2000 12:00am

Slow Plot Knocks `Girlfight' Out of Contention

"Girlfight" is a melodrama that wants to appear unique but unfortunately has too many dragging, predictable moments, making dislodging popcorn kernels stuck between teeth more interesting. Despite the movie's slow execution, writer-director Karyn Kumasa, who won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival (I don't know how), makes a decent effort at passionately telling the story of an inner-city girl in search of respect, love and challenge, and finding it in the male-dominated world of boxing. Kumasa loses track of time and space, however, with her inability to clearly relay


10/26/2000 12:00am

SEAC, N.C. WARN Clear Up Misconceptions About CP&L Protest

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to make some clarifications regarding an article in The Daily Tar Heel on Oct. 17, "Protesters to Meet at CP&L Building." It is important for the public to be aware of the fact that as of now, there are NO open safety and scientific hearings planned for Carolina Power & Light's controversial proposal for expanded storage of nuclear waste at Harris Nuclear Plant near Apex. On Dec. 7, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will NOT be holding "open arguments for both sides to present their views" as CP&L would like the public to believe.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Legality Of Meeting Questioned

The legality of closed-door meetings between a newly formed committee of Chapel Hill and University officials is being called into question. Members of the Chapel Hill Town Council and University officials, including Mayor Rosemary Waldorf and Chancellor James Moeser, compose the committee, which will discuss cooperation between the town and UNC on issues that affect both bodies. Whether the closed meetings will violate North Carolina's Open Meetings Law is still up for debate. Council member Kevin Foy, a lawyer and member of the committee, said the meetings would not violate the stat

10/26/2000 12:00am

University Day Protester Asks University Officials To Come to the Table

TO THE EDITOR: I would like to clear up a couple of misconceptions presented in The Daily Tar Heel editorial on Oct. 17 "Off on the Wrong Foot." First of all, the "goal of any protester" is NOT "to garner as much publicity for their cause as possible - while swaying the audience to be sympathetic to their position" as stated in the piece.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Secret Identity of DTH Columnist

Have you ever been told something that you can in no way understand? Like for instance, "Chris, you look like an overweight John Goodman?" Or "Karen, didn't you play tennis under the name Martina Navratilova during the 1980s?" Some people think my roommate last year is one Mike Dunleavy Jr. He looks like the walking dead with a really bad hangover, plus all his sleeping made me think he has been "sharing sodas" with the lassies on the other side of the hall. For me, since I was 8 years old, people have told me I look like one Mr.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Committee Analyzes Master Plan Parking

Facing major construction and dwindling access to parking spaces on campus in the future, the Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee met Wednesday to discuss the ramifications of the Master Plan. Students, faculty and staff on the committee said the parking situation for the next 50 years will revolve around the implementation of the Master Plan, a blueprint for future campus growth, and the passage of the $3.1 billion higher education bond. "They're intertwined, but they are sort of separated," said Anna Wu, an architect for the Master Plan.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Scary Stuff: Don't Let Your Halloween Get Too Freaky

Lurking around the corner of next week is Halloween, and come Tuesday night, tens of thousands people will crowd Franklin Street in a drunken, drugged-up frenzy, ready to whoop it up over some rags and ketchup they put together to become a bloody man-type thing. Or they could always go as crazy pickle-arm-man or tetherball-head. I would disclose the details of my costume, but a dazzling, grotesque idea hasn't come to mind yet, so in the meantime here's a festive, scary story: One night back in high school a couple of friends and I were playing with a Ouija board.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Female Presence In Prominent Post A First at UNC-CH

Nancy Suttenfield, the new vice chancellor for finance and administration, will finally add a female face among many men in top administrative positions at the University. Although there are women such as UNC-system President Molly Broad, and N.C. State University Chancellor Marye Ann Fox in high-ranking positions across the UNC system, Suttenfield's selection marks the first woman appointment in a top administrative role at UNC-Chapel Hill. And members of the UNC-CH community say they see the hire as a step in the direction of gender equality.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Act to Require Colleges To Name Sex Offenders

By Sally Francis College students and employees nationwide will soon have access to the names of convicted sex offenders on their campuses, thanks to the Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act recently passed by Congress. Two years after President Clinton signs the act into law - as he is expected to do in coming weeks - UNC and other universities will be legally obligated to tell students and employees how they can learn if individuals convicted of sex crimes are enrolled at or employed by the school. The act, which is supported by Security on Campus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to p


10/26/2000 12:00am

Despite Cast, `Pay It Forward' Succumbs to Sap

"Pay It Forward" is pure schmaltz. The movie's premise is nothing more than the brain-child of some Hallmark card writer, tugging at the heartstrings with movie-of-the-week precision. The only things that keep this movie from being shelved beside "Touched by an Angel" are Kevin Spacey and Haley Joel Osment's brilliant performances. Schoolteacher Eugene Simonet (Spacey) gives a yearlong homework assignment on the first day of class: come up with an idea that can change the world.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Elections 2000 Insert Paints Inaccurate PictureOf Presidential Candidates

TO THE EDITOR: I am writing in response to your Elections 2000 insert. First of all, your title, "Image Could Cloud Issues in Oval Office Race," hit the nail right on the head. The reason why the issues have become clouded by images is because of media outlets such as The Daily Tar Heel. Instead of merely reporting the facts, you media types feel the need to portray the candidates in a certain way, with Al Gore as experience and George W. Bush as personality. Hmm. This certainly sounds familiar.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Counting Crows Keeps Hits Fresh

No need to romanticize the truth: In crass terms, the Counting Crows and Live toured the mid-level sheds of North America this summer, performing in mass-market amphitheaters as a sort of premature nostalgia road show. The bands offered a packaged tour tailor-made for young, boomer-bred audiences to drink overpriced beer on the lawn and warmly recall the radio fodder of the past decade. The fair-weather lawn jockeys turned out for the adult alternative staples "Mr.


10/26/2000 12:00am

Kids With Cancer Get UNC Pals

By Blake Rosser Staff Writer As Carolina Cancer Focus uses Cancer Awareness Week to inform students of how they can join the fight against the disease, another student group is already in the trenches. For a scared, sick and confused child, a person offering friendship and support can make all the difference in the world.


10/26/2000 12:00am

CAA Installs Sports Ticker in Student Stores

By Paige Ammons A stream of multicolored words now scrolls across an electronic screen in the window of Student Stores, announcing upcoming athletic events and recent achievements of UNC sports teams. This new sports ticker, Carolina Athletic Association's most recent initiative, was installed on Wednesday afternoon.


10/25/2000 12:00am

State Will Get 1st Female Lt. Gov. On Election Day

After Nov. 7, North Carolina will have a female lieutenant governor for the first time in its history - no matter who wins. The three people vying for the post - Reform candidate Catherine Carter, Republican candidate Betsy Cochrane and Democratic candidate Beverly Perdue - are all female. The only question is which will go down in the history books. UNC political science Professor Pamela Conover said electing a woman to this office would be a step forward for the state.


10/25/2000 12:00am

National Disparity Manifest in CCI's Plan to Equip Students With Laptops

Joy Diggs knows firsthand how not owning a computer can be a bump in the road when navigating the information superhighway. During her high school days in Houston, Diggs depended on others to use their computers or take her to the library where the Internet was accessible. Diggs, a UNC freshman, received her first computer through the Carolina Computing Initiative. "I didn't own a computer while growing up because of monetary problems," she said. "So coming to UNC helped me to learn the computer.


10/25/2000 12:00am

Scroggs Students Interrogate Lee

Students at Mary Scroggs Elementary School fired a barrage of questions at a local senator Tuesday, on topics ranging from education and gun control to the environment and drug abuse. Fourth- and fifth-graders at Scroggs attended a mock town meeting with Sen.