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Monday December 6th

Student Life


	Student Body President Mary Cooper received 62 percent of the runoff election vote.

Year in Review: Cooper wins SBP in venomous election

Student body president Mary Cooper was able to pull away in a sweeping victory in the spring election, but the unprecedented level of controversy that plagued the contest is not easily forgotten. “It’s sad that this story became about the candidates and not the issues that students are going to be facing,” said Ian Lee, then the student body secretary and runner-up to Cooper, after the results were announced. “Mary was able to stay out of the negativity that surrounded this election, and students connected with that.” Cooper collected 62 percent in the runoff election, while Lee got 38 percent. The controversy began early, and first surrounded Lee, whose candidacy violated the Student Code, opponents said, because he held onto his position in the executive branch while running. It later evolved into several complaints against Rick Ingram, who collected the most campaign support signatures from students in recent memory — 2,945. Cooper and Lee said Ingram engaged in “malicious and harmful” behavior against them and their campaign staffs. The candidates provided evidence against Ingram to Andrew Phillips, chairman of the Board of Elections, who called a hearing of disqualification for Ingram. The nearly three-hour hearing, which wavered from tense to comedic, resulted in the board deciding not to disqualify the junior, instead fining his campaign $25. “You chose to try and embarrass me,” Ingram said to Cooper and Lee in the hearing.

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Student Congress rejects Dakota Williams as BOE chairman

Student Congress’ final meeting of the academic year was burdened with the task of external appointments. All were approved — except one. Without debate, the body denied former Student Congress speaker and student body treasurer Dakota Williams the appointment for Board of Elections chairman in a vote that was not immediately upsetting, he said. “The nice thing about not being (Board of Elections chairman) is that there is no moral obligation keeping me from suing anyone I want,” he said.

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SBP Mary Cooper recruits student lobbyists

Student government is ready to rally. At an open house hosted Tuesday by Student Body President Mary Cooper, students had the opportunity to sign up for a listserv aimed at organizing students to lobby legislators for limited budget cuts.

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Williams tapped for student elections board chairman

Dakota Williams, former student body treasurer, accepted an offer to become chairman of the Board of Elections on Tuesday night. Student body president Mary Cooper chose Williams, who has also served as speaker of Student Congress, to take over a body that oversaw a particularly venomous election season this year.

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Paul Hovey, Dramatic Arts/Spanish double major, helps trick the beggar Christopher Sly by pretending to be his noble wife during rehearsal for Lab Theatre's "The Taming of the Shrew" on April 11.

Bowing out in a big way

Senior Amelia Sciandra calls her last production with LAB! Theatre a ‘play within a play within a play.’ But that level of nuanced complexity has come to define the longtime LAB! actor, producer and director — even as she prepares to graduate in May.

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Oversight committee passes bill to regulate student fees

A bill that passed through a Student Congress committee Tuesday night would give the full body the power to regulate changes to eight major student fees. In its inaugural meeting, the oversight committee passed the bill, which would give the body the task of regulating certain fees that are first considered by the student fee audit committee. Adam Horowitz, chairman of the oversight committee and the bill’s sponsor, said Student Congress has the right to regulate certain fees, including the student activities fee and the safety and security fee. Article I, Section 4 of Title I of the Student Code gives Student Congress the power to regulate these fees.

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UNC’s basketball ticket policy to change little

By the time incoming freshmen step foot on campus for orientation, any changes to the basketball ticket policy should be set in stone. But students hoping for big changes to the ticket policy are likely to be disappointed. Caitlin Goforth, president of the Carolina Athletic Association, said her objective is to set up next year’s policy early so that the CAA can better communicate with students “My goal is to get this policy fast tracked so that we have it done by C-TOPS,” Goforth said.

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Students can now apply for student government posts

Student government has opened spring applications for students interested in serving on campus committees and advisory boards. Opportunities are available for those interested in meeting to discuss pressing campus issues or chairing the Board of Elections, as well as students with ideas about student fees, libraries and parking issues.

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