SWIMMING-AND-DIVING


10/18/2000 12:00am

Bill Provisions Forgive Loans, Grant Aid for Tobacco Farmers

By Monica Chen and Michael McKnight Concerns regarding a surprise amendment to a spending bill by an influential Kentucky senator were abetted when another provision was added to help ailing North Carolina tobacco farmers. Under pressure from N.C. senators, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., agreed to a provision to the Agriculture Appropriations Bill that will forgive a $125 million federal loan to the Flue-Cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation. Most N.C. tobacco farmers grow flue-cured tobacco.


10/18/2000 12:00am

UNC Schools Cast Votes Early

Students at several UNC-system schools will join UNC-Chapel Hill students in casting some of the first ballots of this year's election. UNC-CH opened its satellite polling site at Morehead Planetarium Monday. The site, open to all Orange County voters, will remain open until Nov. 3. Several system schools, including N.C. Central University and UNC-Greensboro, were on Fall Break Monday, so students at those schools had to wait until later in the week to begin early voting.


10/18/2000 12:00am

Ties to Israel Make America Poor Mediator

As riots continued in Gaza and the West Bank on Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli leaders agreed to a tentative peace. Palestine's Yasser Arafat and Israel's Ehud Barak agreed to publicly call for calm and to consider reopening this summer's negotiations. The agreement also opens Palestinian territories and the Gaza airport and calls for a U.S.-led commission to investigate the causes of violence that led to the deaths of more than 100 people, most of them Palestinian. The United States is strangely entangled in this conflict.


10/18/2000 12:00am

High-Flying Carter Stays Grounded in NBA

It was billed as an NBA preseason exhibition game. But most of the 5,588 people who gathered in the Smith Center for the Philadelphia 76ers-Toronto Raptors matchup Monday night were there to see one thing: the Vince Carter show. With 7:42 remaining in the third quarter, the fans got what they had come for, something they had not seen in the Chapel Hill since Carter left North Carolina in 1998 after his junior season.


10/18/2000 12:00am

Haus Brings UNC New Outlook

With all the hype surrounding the "Midnight With Matt" madness at Carmichael Auditorium on Friday night, the start of a new era for another North Carolina athletic program went virtually unnoticed. Thus, only a small crowd comprised mostly of parents huddled in the cold night at Henry Stadium to witness the home coaching debut of the new men's lacrosse coach, John Haus. Haus, an All-American defender and member of two Tar Heel NCAA championship teams in the early 1980s, led his squad to a 10-9 victory against a team assembled of UNC alumni.


10/18/2000 12:00am

Opposing Team's Fans Should Not Be Sitting In Kenan Student Section

TO THE EDITOR: Well it appears our agriculturally inclined rivals got the best of us on Saturday, both on the football field and in the student section. That "red sea" of seats (formerly known as reserved UNC-student seating) was alarmingly reminiscent of a Little League dugout, with more whooping, moustaches and tobacco spit than seems humanly possible - even by N.C. State standards. This influx of fans proceeded to take up so much room that UNC students were turned away from their very own, deserved seats.

10/18/2000 12:00am

Columnist Disrespectful To Computer Science Majors, Department

TO THE EDITOR: William McKinney's Oct. 12 column, "All the Troubles With Technology" was disturbing for several reasons. The Department of Computer Science does not deserve and will not have "a stigma as a place of cheating." There are many students in the department who uphold the Honor Code and will continue to do so. The unpublicized actions of the honest majority of computer science majors should define the department. The Daily Tar Heel in general has failed to acknowledge this anonymous majority. Additionally, Mr.


10/18/2000 12:00am

Pageant Needs to Get With Times

The Miss America Pageant was Saturday. I know what you're thinking: It was held in the stands of Kenan Stadium during the football game. (Actually no, but if I dressed like most of the girls there, I might need to pull out one of my evening gowns to be properly attired.) Before the pageant began, I commenced with my usual pre-pageant activities by looking at all of the contestants' pictures on the Web, and yes, pictures lie. The Miss America Pageant began on a resounding note of cheese.


10/18/2000 12:00am

Worth a Thousand Words

How many times have you seen a picture that means something special to the photographer, but you find it hard to decipher? It's like that commercial where the old woman fulfills her lifelong dream of going to Paris and having her picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower. When she gets the prints back, she has a good picture of the monument and the top of her head. Kind of a letdown. Pictures act as windows to the past. We keep albums filled with photos of good times and habitually look through them to remember.


10/18/2000 12:00am

3 Nuclear Protesters Arrested

RALEIGH -- Police carried three protesters away from Carolina Power & Light Co.'s headquarters in Raleigh after the trio attempted to block entry to the back of the building. Nuclear safety advocates Carrie Bolton, Jim Warren and Lewis Pitts seated themselves as obstructions to the back entrance of the Center Plaza Building to protest a CP&L official's refusal to hear their concerns about the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. But police immediately arrested them for trespassing on CP&L's property. Warren, director of N.C.


10/18/2000 12:00am

South Campus Construction Forums Planned

Students living on South Campus had the opportunity Tuesday night to hear about the plans that will change their world when construction begins on four modern residence halls within the next month. Fewer than 10 students attended the meeting at Morrison Residence Hall. The forums, which will be held throughout the week, are designed to calm any fears that students might have about the process, said Christopher Payne, director of housing and residential education. The four buildings are part of the Master Plan, a blueprint for campus growth.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Protesters to Meet at CP&L Building

Protesters will gather again at Carolina Power & Light Co.'s Center Plaza Building in Raleigh today to voice concerns about proposed expansion of the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. As the Nov. 20 deadline approaches for groups to express their concerns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the facility's expansion, organizations are making last-ditch efforts to prevent the expansion. "We'll have protests signs, we'll be chanting," said Nora Wilson of UNC's Student Environmental Action Coalition. "We're trying to get the media to give attention to it." SEAC and the N.C.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Week's Events Celebrate Diversity

People of all ethnicities can put aside their differences to come together for UNC's 12th annual Race Relations Week. Coordinated by the Campus Y and Students for the Advancement of Race Relations, the week will include a variety of events designed to encourage communication and education among students of varying backgrounds. "People like to associate with their own race," said Jermain Reeves, SARR member and head coordinator of the event. "We need to mix a little more.


10/17/2000 12:00am

SURGE Depends On Cooperation, Not Single LeadershipOn Cooperation,Not Single Leadership

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to respond to a feature published in The Daily Tar Heel ("Activist SURGEs Ahead" Oct. 13) that we feel misrepresented SURGE. Students United for a Responsible Global Environment (SURGE) is committed, as an organization, to uniting together for social change, and isn't guided by one person. Statements in the recent profile about student activist Dennis Markatos such as: "By organizing SURGE, Markatos .


10/17/2000 12:00am

University Is Killing Its Trees and Beauty With Construction

TO THE EDITOR: On Friday, Oct. 6, while students were on break, a historic stone wall facing McCorkle Place was demolished to make way for the new Institute for the Arts and Humanities, touted as the first new building on this site in 50 years (as if that were a good thing.) The large trees on the site are gone today. It is unfortunate enough that the wall and trees were destroyed, but even more disturbing is the potential for damage to the root structure of ancient trees on this oldest part of campus. Tree damage occurred during the recent renovations of Graham Memorial.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Wolfpack Victory Marked by Emotions on Both Sides

Kory Bailey knew it was getting ready to happen. The North Carolina junior wideout could see the N.C. State players pointing. Their fingers were aimed at the interlocked "NC" emblem at midfield of Kenan Stadium. As the clock wound down, the Wolfpack players sprinted to midfield and danced in celebration. N.C. State's seven-game losing streak against the Tar Heels had finally ended with its 38-20 victory. "After seven straight years of not winning and then having a chance to win, I expect them to be excited," UNC coach Carl Torbush said.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Finding God in Your Nintendo 64

Last week, the "Pit Preacher" made his return to UNC. As usual, he offered his peculiar blend of twisted Christianity and hateful rhetoric. And, as usual, he was greeted with derision and mockery. As one who has been strongly influenced by Christianity, I have never much enjoyed Gary Birdsong. His assertion that "real" Christians never fall into sin strikes me as absurd in light of the Bible. And as a pro-lifer, I hate when "my" views are represented by angry and irrational men like Gary.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Young Democrats Debate Same-Sex Marriages

The Young Democrats proved Monday night that despite a common political ideology, there is a lot of variation within the organization on at least one issue. The group gathered for a forum about same-sex marriage titled "Cultural Taboo or Long Overdue?" Although the majority of participants were members of the Young Democrats, they still had different questions and concerns. "I'm a member of the Young Democrats, but this is an issue that I don't really have a solid opinion on yet, so I'd like to hear both sides of it," said Mike Peterson, a freshman history and political science major.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Performance Full of Expression, Beauty

If Yo-Yo Ma were not the best cellist in the world, he would still be the most charming. As a jam-packed Memorial Hall erupted into almost aggressive applause, Ma looked as pleased and surprised as if this were the first time anyone had ever clapped for him. This, however, is certainly not the case. At 45, Ma has long held the international reputation as one of the world's greatest cellists.


10/17/2000 12:00am

Okulaja Returns to Familiar Setting

The scene Ademola Okulaja returned to Monday night had not changed much from the one he left after the 1998-1999 season. Okulaja's brother, Adekola, was in the crowd at the Smith Center to watch him play - just like he was when Ademola played for the North Carolina men's basketball team.