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Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Volume 122, Issue 28
DTH/CASSIE SCHUTZER, HEATHER CAUDILL, TYLER VAHAN, DANIELLE HERMANSOURCE: N.C. STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS, COMPILED BY BRIAN FANNEY
226,914 voters165,775 voters
WhiteAsian & otherBlackWhiteAsian & otherBlack Democratic votersRepublican votersUnaﬃliated voters
Early voters by ethnicity and party in the N.C. 2012 primary election95 percent of voters used one-stop voting in 2013
Number of voters who used one-stop voting for primary elections by party
68,686478,519172,972495,502This year is the ﬁrst year since 2008 that N.C. voters cannot register with one-stop voting. Below is a breakdown of how one-stop voting has been used in the past.
Friday is the registration deadline for the May primary
By Kate Grise
Mark another deadline on your calendars — voter registration ends on Friday.This year marks a shift in North Carolina’s voting schedule: last election cycle, citizens could register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots during early voting.Now, voters must register 25 days before the primary election, which is on May 6.Early voting, which will take place this year from April 24 to May 3, is also a week shorter than in the last election.The voting regulations passed last year also allow people to vote only in their pre-cinct and ban straight-ticket party voting.UNC student government is sponsor-ing a voter registration drive in the Pit this week to encourage students to get regis-tered before the deadline.“We are trying to accomplish two things — registering people to vote and handing out information about the shifts in voting procedures,” said Wilson Parker, director of state and external affairs for student gov-ernment and president of the UNC Young Democrats.Parker said the drive is a bipartisan effort by student government, Young Democrats, College Republicans and the Campus Y.In the 2012 primary election, 1,507 vot-ers in Orange County registered during the early voting period, said Tracy Reams, director of the Orange County Board of Elections. But some worry that the new laws will keep people from the polls.“The changes affect people pretty broad-ly,” said former N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, who represented Orange County. Kinnaird has been working with groups across the state to spread the word about changes in voting laws resulting from the new voter identification law, which requires all voters to show valid photo IDs at the polls beginning in 2016.In this year’s elections, poll workers will ask if a voter has ID, and, if not, they will provide the voter with information on how to obtain one before the 2016 election. Identification will not be required to vote in either the 2014
UNC could get food pantry by fall 2014
By Mary Tyler March
There are students on campus who are finish-ing their days hungry, unsure how they’ll be able to afford their next meal. A food pantry that could help these students is in the works at UNC and is tentatively sched-uled to open this fall.The idea was conceptualized by UNC junior Roderick Gladney, who said he’s been develop-ing an on-campus food pantry, named Carolina Cupboard, since last spring.“There have been times when I’ve been hun-gry and not had meal swipes and not had a job,” he said. “We were trying to find a way for stu-dent government to reach out to students and came up with the idea of a food bank.”M., a UNC sophomore who wished to remain anonymous for privacy reasons, has struggled with hunger, too.For the first 13 years of her life, she and her mom got their meals from a food pantry. Now she’s a full-time student, working two part-time jobs and struggling to keep food on the table.M. supports herself financially, but even with two jobs, by the end of the two-week pay period, she’s still struggling for money to buy food.“It’s really stressful to think about when I’m going to be able to eat,” she said.Carolina Cupboard aims to help students like M. It would be student-led, but Gladney said he plans to create an advisory board comprised of student leaders and administrative staff, at the suggestion of Dean of Students Jonathan Sauls.Gladney said, for now, the pantry will just be open to students predominantly below the pov -erty level before it is opened to staff and faculty.“We hope we get enough momentum so we
A UNC junior has been working to create the Carolina Cupboard.
Alpha Sigma Phi colony grows on campus
By Claire Smith
Last summer, UNC sophomores and roommates Connor DeHaven and Corey Cobb spent hours thinking about how they were going to leave their mark on campus. Their solution? Create a new fraternity. “At first we had a network of friends and friends of friends. Initially we didn’t have to market very much because we knew these people really well. Now it’s just been a process of expanding that net- work to friends of friends of friends,” Cobb said.In November, the duo met with Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement, to express their interest in adding another social fraternity on campus to the 23 existing chapters. Bachenheimer said it’s rare that students try to pitch a new fraternity or sorority with such a well-executed plan.“The way I see it, the survival of fraternities on campus is a lot like capitalism. We let them start and then see how far they get. Some of them go on to be great and others flop,” Bachenheimer said.DeHaven and Cobb had perfect timing to express their interests, because the national Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity had also recently contacted Bachenheimer about starting a chapter at UNC. Within a month of the initial meeting, DeHaven was on a flight to Indiana to participate in a national conference for the fraternity. With the help of Alpha Sigma Phi’s National Expansion Coordinators Robbie Layman and Connor Gau, the fraternity is now an official col-ony at UNC, and is a recognized member of the Interfraternity Council. The colony currently has 68 members and will participate in fall rush.“It’s been like running a small business, you have to worry about what all these individuals in your group want, what you as leadership want and how to bring those two things together,” Cobb said. “It’s taught me how to let go a little. As the group grows you have to trust people that you bring in, because no single person can be in charge.”But the young fraternity has a six-month journey ahead of it before it is officially chartered nation-ally as well as within UNC. The group will have to maintain a strong GPA, hold a philanthropic event on campus and learn about the history of the frater-nity, which was founded in 1845 at Yale University.“This group has a good problem right now, they have about 70 pledges, so they need to work
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The Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity is an official colony at UNC and is a recognized member of the Interfraternity Council. The fraternity’s prudential board poses outside of South Building.
Two UNC sophomores aim to add the fraternity to the 23 current chapters.
Objections to ‘Blurred Lines’ cause stir at Fitzgerald’s
By Jenny Surane
What started with a spat between a UNC student and a disc jockey at a bar Saturday night ended with a boycott and a formal apology from the pub. When a DJ at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub played “Blurred Lines,” Liz Hawryluk stepped into the DJ box to ask him to stop.Critics say the song promotes rape culture with lyrics like “I know you want it.”Hawryluk said she was then asked to leave the bar completely.But Lauren Shoaf, a spokes- woman for Fitzgerald’s, said it was a misunderstanding, and the UNC senior was only asked to leave the DJ’s area, not the bar.“Fundamentally, all I was aim-ing to do is to create a safe space in the Carolina community,” Hawryluk said. “In a lot of ways, violent or graphic images that allude to sexual violence are triggers.”Hawryluk took her fight to Facebook. Dozens of students and community advocates flooded Fitzgerald’s Facebook page, con-demning the pub for allowing the incident to occur.This week, Fitzgerald’s issued a formal apology to Hawryluk and her friends.“This song is played by many DJs at Fitzgerald’s, and other places, but it will never be played here again,” Shoaf said in her apology to Hawryluk.The DJ, who was only visiting Fitzgerald’s that night, will not be allowed to return to the pub, Shoaf said in her apology.Hawryluk said it is incidents like that of Saturday that make her appreciate programs like Raise the Bar, a program sponsored by UNC Student Wellness that trains bar staff to be more aware of issues regarding alcohol impairment and sexual assault.Local DJs also stepped forward to help Hawryluk’s cause.Junior Trevor Dougherty, who performs as a DJ under the name good ratio, read Hawryluk’s Facebook posts and decided he had to step in.“I just think its totally unaccept-able for DJs in a college town — or anywhere — to play it,” Dougherty said. “As a good DJ you can do better than playing a track that is so over-played and so insensitive.”Dougherty, who is studying abroad in Tokyo this semester, began posting negative reviews on Fitzgerald’s page for the bar’s actions.“I think the bar and club culture in Chapel Hill and beyond needs a lot of help in the way it treats women,” Dougherty said. “Especially in a liberal and educated college town, I think young women should feel safe to go out and have a drink and enjoy themselves.” While Hawryluk said some of her friends had agreed to return to Fitzgerald’s after the bar issued its apology, she wouldn’t be returning.“But thank you so much to the community who has spoken to address this issue and to the bars and companies on Franklin who are willing to speak out.”
A student said she was asked to leave Fitzgerald’s after arguing with the DJ.