NATIONAL-POLTICS


10/11/2000 12:00am

Deacons Brace For Political Fray On Eve of Debate

WINSTON-SALEM - Secret Service agents, members of the media and yards of electronic wire are scattered across the Wake Forest University campus as the school prepares to host the year's second presidential debate today. Workers on campus Tuesday were hustling to position television monitors and cameras on the stage in Wake Forest's Wait Chapel, where Republican nominee George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore will publicly face off for the second time this election season. Red carpeting already covered the stairs and stage in the chapel Tuesday afternoon.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Realty Web Site Fixing Bugs

Despite praise from several local realtors, www.chapelhillrent.com still has some problems in its first year of service. The Web site allows apartment seekers to search local realtors' and property managers' databases for an ideal rental dwelling, but there have been problems accessing properties that would be rented after January. Chris Francis and UNC senior Andrew Gray created the site last year after consulting Steve Mills and Carolyn Bolcom, two area property managers and realtors. Francis said he has received positive feedback from the community about the site.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Young Democrats Head to Wake Forest for Presidential Debate

Five local high school students and two teachers returned this weekend from Cleveland, Ohio, invigorated with new perspectives on educating minority students. In the three-day Minority Youth Conference, hosted by Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights high schools, students from 15 districts nationwide met to discuss the minority achievement gap that many say is universal in U.S. high schools. The districts were chosen based on their success in closing the testing gap for minorities.


10/11/2000 12:00am

What's the Big Deal About Voting?

Whatever you do, don't vote, because it's not that important. And you don't matter. No one really cares what you think or what you have to say. So please don't try and comfort yourself with the thought that your vote actually counts, because who really cares, anyway? Everyone says voting is important. I'm not sure why, but I'm told it is. Jesse Ventura says, "It's my civic duty." MTV tells me to "Rock the Vote." Eve tells me to "Rap the Vote." The NAACP is trying to get prisoners to vote. The candidates have yet to tell me why I should vote, only that I should vote for them.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Board OKs Police Technology Grant

CARRBORO - The Board of Aldermen adopted a resolution Tuesday to accept a federal block grant and to set aside matching funds from the Carrboro Police Department budget. The police department, with the board's unanimous approval, can now accept a Bureau of Justice Assistance Local Law Enforcement Block Grant for $15,647 to purchase training equipment. The bureau is an agency of the U.S. Justice Department, which coordinates actions between federal and local law enforcement and helps to improve the effectiveness of local police departments with federal money.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Professor Up for 4th Circuit

Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., announced Monday his recommendation of UNC law Professor Elizabeth Gibson for a seat on the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I am very honored that the senator has recommended me," said Gibson, a Chapel Hill resident originally from Raleigh. "I think (the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals) is a great court, and it would be a great honor." But Gibson's appointment faces several challenging obstacles. Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., has already blocked one N.C. nominee, and Congress, which must approve judicial recommendations, is expected to adjourn soon.

10/11/2000 12:00am

Achieving Journalistic Excellence Worth Its Weight in Gold

How much would you be willing to pay for this issue of The Daily Tar Heel? For many of you, it is the only newspaper you read on a daily basis. Some readers rely on the DTH for its coverage of campus news not found in any other medium. Others look forward to our commentary. And of course many, including myself, cannot live without the crossword. Yet, how often are you critical, not to mention appreciative, of your primary source of local news and sports? A true measure would be the amount you'd pay for an issue.


10/11/2000 12:00am

McNeil to Spearhead Curriculum Review

A new chairwoman has been named to head the University's Undergraduate Curriculum Review, a three-year effort to examine General College courses and explore possible changes. Laurie E. McNeil, professor of physics and astronomy and applied materials sciences, has assumed the role, bringing to the position her past experience on the Chancellor's Task Force on Intellectual Climate. The review is one of several initiatives designed by the task force to enhance the undergraduate experience at UNC. The University's curriculum last received major changes in 1980.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Students Set to Tackle Minority Issues

Five local high school students and two teachers returned this weekend from Cleveland, Ohio, invigorated with new perspectives on educating minority students. In the three-day Minority Youth Conference, hosted by Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights high schools, students from 15 districts nationwide met to discuss the minority achievement gap that many say is universal in U.S. high schools. The districts were chosen based on their success in closing the testing gap for minorities.


10/11/2000 12:00am

BOG Member Handles Questions of Ethics

RALEIGH - A Cary travel agency began getting business from N.C. State University's Department of Athletics after the owner's husband was named to the UNC Board of Governors three years ago. Judi Grainger, owner of Custom Travel Services, began handling the Wolfpack's air travel shortly after her husband, Frank, was appointed to the BOG in March 1997, The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Tuesday. She has since handled more than $930,000 worth of N.C.


10/11/2000 12:00am

International Students Adjust to Campus Life

The bare-bones furnishings, lack of decor and overpowering sterility of his room give him away: Philipp Bode is a student in transition. The move Bode chose to make upon his acceptance into UNC's Trans-Atlantic Masters Program involved more than just renting a U-Haul and finding somewhere to live. Equipped with little more than an airplane ticket and a keen appreciation of globalism, Bode not only left the comforts of home but the security of his culture, language and customs. A native of Munich, Germany, Bode moved into Craige Residence Hall two months ago.


10/11/2000 12:00am

New Weapons Firing Deep for UNC

Former North Carolina wide receiver Na Brown was affectionately known as "Spot" during his UNC career. Brown, a great possession receiver who now plays in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, developed a reputation for not being able to outrun defenders and make big plays. But last year's Tar Heels made "Spot," who left in 1998, look like a speed demon. UNC's longest play of the season was 45 yards, coming on a pass thrown from Domonique Williams to Kory Bailey. Things are a little different in 2000.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Schools Solicit Name Ideas

What's in a name? That's what the Orange County Board of Education hopes to find out. The school board has requested community help in deciding the name of the county's second high school, to be completed in 2002. The board will use ballot boxes to collect name suggestions for the new school and also encourages everyone to participate in the search. School board Chairwoman Delores Simpson said the naming process is aimed at helping the community adjust to the idea of a new school. "I think it's good so the community can feel a part of the school," she said.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Candidates' Foreign Policy Advisers Debate at Duke

DURHAM - Just one day before the presidential debate at Wake Forest University, foreign policy advisers for both candidates squared off on the Duke University campus Tuesday. The debate focused on the questions, "What should the U.S. foreign policy priorities be?" and "Who, Bush or Gore, will handle them better and why?" Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush was represented by his foreign policy adviser Dov Zakheim and Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., while Democratic nominee Al Gore was represented by his foreign policy adviser Bruce Jentleson and Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.


10/11/2000 12:00am

NCSU Students Meet Candidates

RALEIGH - A large group of students gathered in N.C. State University's Caldwell Lounge on Tuesday evening for an informal discussion with local political candidates about education and the importance of voting. Candidate Forum 2000, sponsored by the N.C. State Political Science Club and other campus organizations, aimed to inform young voters about issues affecting them. Many of the candidates for major state offices were missing, including the two main-party gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Mike Easley and Republican Richard Vinroot.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Gibbs Urges Student Activism

Students concerned about the well-being of the local and national environment had the opportunity to hear a world-renowned activist speak Tuesday night. Lois Gibbs, best known for her crusade against chemical waste dumping in Love Canal, N.Y., spoke to an audience of nearly 200 people in the Union Auditorium about her actions in Love Canal, her views on recycling and the potential harms of dumping nuclear waste near the UNC campus. The event was sponsored by the Student Environmental Action Coalition.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Bush, Gore Must Learn From Round 1

Amid the overstatements, misstatements and repeated sighs of last week's presidential debate, candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush showed they have their work cut out for them tonight at Wake Forest University. Both candidates' supporters considered the first debate a success - though not a victory - in this race, in which only a few percentage points separate Gore and Bush. As of Monday, Bush pulled ahead in the polls to lead Gore 47 percent to 44 percent, according to a Gallup poll. Although he stumbled over his words a bit in the Oct.


10/11/2000 12:00am

Coming Out Week Aims To Educate, Empower

College students across the country will participate in a wide variety of events focusing on gay and lesbian issues today as part of the annual National Coming Out Day. Today's festivities are part of National Coming Out Week, which is designed to support gays and lesbians and to educate people about misconceptions and prejudices aimed at the minority groups. At UNC, the Queer Network for Change will march through campus beginning in the Pit at noon to raise awareness about gay and lesbian issues.