UNC Association of Student Governments President Andrew Payne says he plans to send delegates to future United States Students Association conferences, but it is still unclear when or how USSA delegates will be chosen. The ASG is an annual dues-paying USSA member, which entitles the association to send five delegates from UNC-system schools to attend the two conferences USSA holds each year. USSA is a Washington, D.C.-based student lobbying organization. At conferences, delegates from each constituent organization vote to determine USSA's stance on student-related issues.
RALEIGH - Women ruled the night as students at Peace College, an all-girls school in Raleigh, gathered Monday night to hear female political candidates express their views of government in North Carolina. Thirteen women, both political incumbents and first-year office seekers, shared their political experiences with about 30 Peace College students and encouraged each of the students to advance themselves and their gender in state government.
Those seeking a cheap alternative to expensive movie theaters have one less option to choose from in Chapel Hill. The Ram Triple movie theater on Rosemary Street closed its doors Thursday after 20 years of service. Carmike Cinemas, the company that managed the Ram Triple, has closed several area theaters over the past few months. Carmike is cutting back to recover losses caused by an increase in multi-screen, stadium-style theater construction. The theaters have become popular across the nation, although there are none in the Chapel Hill area.
Even though the traditional Jewish day of atonement was a regular class day for most UNC-system students Monday, administrators say students should find it easy to miss class for religious reasons. Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish religious calendar, passed officially unobserved at most UNC campuses. N.C. State University did not hold classes today, but the university was closed for Columbus Day, not for Yom Kippur, said Joni Worthington, UNC-system vice president for communications.
A small group of Jewish students gathered Monday night in the Student Union to share their convictions about forgiveness in observance of Yom Kippur. Jewish leaders from various chapters of N.C. Hillel, which works to create a richer Jewish life on campuses, joined the students in the contemplative discussion. Jewish students used the study to express their thoughts about forgiveness and hear others' views. Mike Zarkin, program director of the Triad N.C. Hillel, began the study by reading Psalm 27, which is often read on Yom Kippur, and asking students what they felt it meant.
Participants in Monday morning's Yom Kippur services had to compete with the blaring noise of jackhammers as they raised their voices in song. But it was not the distracting construction sounds that pulled sophomore biology major Toby Osofsky away from the ceremonies held in the Student Union - it was her 11 a.m. class. Osofsky was one of the many Jewish students who spent Monday balancing academics with her faith's tradition of fasting and praying on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
UNC minority groups attracted potential voters to the Pit on Monday as part of a campuswide effort to boost registration among students. Minority student groups are working with other campus groups to get students registered to vote on Nov. 7 and educate them on the bond referendum, which would distribute $3.1 billion to all 16 UNC-system universities and the state's community colleges for capital improvements.
The Chapel Hill High School Homecoming football game will resume this afternoon after reported gunfire caused the stadium to be evacuated Friday. Police have no suspects after a 12-year-old girl was hit in the arm by an unidentified projectile and a 42-year-old man was severely beaten Friday night at the CHHS football game. Both were treated and released from UNC Hospitals that night. School officials have heightened security procedures by limiting game access to students, staff and families of participants who show proper identification.
ATLANTA - North Carolina sophomore Trystan Meniane has advanced to the qualifying tournament of the All-American Championships. Meniane won four matches in the pre-qualifying stage of the tournament during the weekend. He will play Florida's Nathan Overholser in the first round today at 11:30 a.m. Each player must win two matches to advance to the main draw of the tournament, which begins Wednesday.
TO THE EDITOR: I would first like to point out several factual errors and misconceptions about the Student Judicial System found in Brandon Briscoe's Oct. 2 Viewpoints column titled "Students Victimized by Honor Courts Failings." Mr. Briscoe complains of my lack of neutrality at the open hearing of computer science students Mike Trinh and Brianne Roth, saying that I am "responsible for both prosecuting and defending students." Mr. Briscoe is mistaken about the role of the student attorney general.
Sirens blared sporadically at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant on Monday, although nearby residents did not have to "duck and cover" like in a true emergency. Carolina Power & Light Co. conducted an annual check of alert notification sirens at its Wake County power plant, which sounded two times between 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for three minutes each. "We are constantly testing our sirens," said Jeanne Bonds, CP&L's site communications manager.
After seven years of service in district schools, Deshera Mack has received recognition as the 2000-01 Principal of the Year. Principals in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools unanimously chose Mack, principal of Seawell Elementary School, for the honor. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools spokeswoman Kim Hoke said Mack's leadership at Seawell made her an outstanding candidate for the award.
A sparse audience gathered Monday night in the Union Auditorium to learn about options to cutting up critters in class. Jonathan Balcombe, assistant director of Education and Animal Research Issues with the Humane Society of the United States, gave a lecture on "Alternatives to Dissection and Live-Animal Experimentation in Education." Carolina Animal Rights Effort, a UNC student group, sponsored the event. Balcombe said alternatives are needed not only to prevent cruelty to animals, but also to accommodate students who object to dissection.
The North Carolina football team's bye week couldn't have come at a more opportune time. The Tar Heels used last week to get over their 42-28 loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 30 - a game they should have won. The team got back to basics, working on blocking schemes and line assignments for the majority of last week's practices. UNC focused more on improving its game than worrying about N.C. State, its opponent on Saturday.
TO THE EDITOR: Graduate and Professional Student Federation President Thad Woody was "excited to have such a large showing" at the ice cream social the GPSF hosted from noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 ("GPSF President Woody Encourages Participation in Future Events" Sept. 28). Imagine how much more excited he would have been had he seen the hundreds of graduate students who came looking for ice cream after he had packed up and left, slightly before 1 p.m. Perhaps if he stayed around to tell people the ice cream had run out, he could be better prepared for the next GPSF social.
The North Carolina volleyball team remained unbeaten in the ACC by picking up two more conference victories during the weekend. UNC went on the road to defeat Maryland on Friday and Virginia on Saturday. The Tar Heels (16-3, 6-0 in the ACC) nearly saw their streak of conference perfection end against the Cavaliers. UNC dropped the first two sets before rallying to win the final two to take the match 4-15, 15-17, 15-6, 15-12, 15-11. Freshman Nicole Reis recorded a season-high 29 kills and also added 16 digs. Two other Tar Heels also posted double digits in kills.
An Orange County developer has filed a complaint against Chapel Hill that could cost the town $10,000 or more. Bill Rogers, owner of AM Properties and Dallas Development and Trust, has alleged that town officials delayed construction of 10 duplexes on Nunn Street Extension near Village West Condos. The town could face damages in excess of $10,000 for unconstitutionally delaying construction permits, which officials issued eight months after Roger's request.
The Instrument for Student Judicial Governance is a social contract between the faculty and the student body in which both parties derive significant benefits and accept certain responsibilities. As a faculty member, I must report possible violations of the Honor Code to the Student Attorney General. While I have some discretion in whether I report a case, I am specifically prohibited by the Instrument from acting privately to sanction students I suspect of academic cheating.
Amy Tran must have been bored out of her mind. North Carolina's sophomore goalkeeper didn't see a whole lot of action in the UNC field hockey team's 10-0 rout of Radford on Sunday at Henry Stadium. Although she did kick the ball once, Tran wasn't even credited with a save. It took more than 10 minutes for the ball to even come close to Tran in the first half - the UNC defenders passed to each other while setting up their plan of attack.