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Kuralt's Legacy
Lives on at UNC
Charles Kuralt's office has
been moved to anew cen
ter in Carroll Hall showing
the famous alumnus' work.
Bv Chris Stegall
Staff Writer
As you descend the staircase into
Charles Kuralt’s office, you see pho
tographs of him with Norman
Schwarzkopf, composer Vladimir
Horowitz and other celebrities.
Your eye follows the row of 12
Emmys that line the top of Kuralt’s
mahogany book
case. It leads you
down to the bust of
Kuralt that was
commissioned by
his brother
Kuralt thought
the bust looked too
stern, so it sports a
Carolina blue
UNC baseball hat.
Behind Kuralt’s
“I think it’s a prestigious thing.
It’s a wonderful collection in
memory of somebody very
special. ”
Lois Cranford
Chairwoman of the Kuralt Center Docents'
desk is a get-well card from President
Bill Clinton.
And while Kuralt died three years
ago, his legacy lives on in Carroll Hall.
Kuralt’s Manhattan office has been
moved to the University to be part of
the Charles Kuralt Learning Center in
the School of Journalism and Mass
Carrboro Man Dies From Suicide By Hanging
By Kate Hartig
Staff Writer
Groundskeepers at a local apartment
complex found the body of a 21-year
old Hispanic male early Tuesday morn
ing in Carrboro.
Rene Correa Guevera, of
Guaunajuato, Mexico, was discovered
dead near an embankment behind
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Budget Cuts in Financial Aid Rally Student Groups to Action
By Mark Thomas
Staff Writer
Though last fall’s battle over tuition
hikes may be behind University stu
dents, many could still face yet another
financial issue concerning their educa
A budget proposal made by the
Board of Governors, the policy making
body for the UNC system, requested
during the spring semester that nearly
S3O million be earmarked for the state’s
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“I think Charles Kuralt fans will be
excited to find that he is here,” said Lois
Cranford, chairwoman of the center’s
docents’ committee and a 1945 graduate
of the school.
The other section of the office is a re
creation of Kuralt’s personal work area.
Again, books fill one side and Kuralt’s
desk rests in the center.
A desk lamp arches over the center of
the desk beside an ash tray containing a
pack of Pall Mall cigarettes.
A stack of honorary degrees sits
beside some cigars on top of the cabi
nets behind his desk.
Several robes Kuralt wore in acade-
mic processions
hang on a coat
rack a few feet
away. His three
Peabodys and
numerous other
awards fill the
office and dot the
“I think it’s a
prestigious thing,"
Cranford said. "It’s
a wonderful collec-
tion in memory of somebody very spe
The journalism school carefully stud
ied the original office before moving the
contents. Pictures were taken of the
bookcases in order to place the books
exaedy as they were left.
"We’ve recreated the office as much
Highway 54 By-Pass. He committed sui
cide by hanging.
Guevera was last seen socializing with
friends around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. He
was discovered just before 8:30 a.m.,
and police arrived shortly after, accord
ing to reports.
“There were no indications of foul
play, or evidence of a struggle,”
Carrboro Police Capt. J.G. Booker said.
“There was only damage to one area of
newly established financial aid funding.
Governor Jim Hunt’s altering of the
aid proposal suggested this amount be
cut by nearly two-thirds to $ 11.4 million.
The proposal is meant to benefit stu
dents in all 16 universities and 59 com
munity colleges in the UNC system.
Hunt’s financial aid proposal is cur
rently in legislative committee where it
could once again undergo significant
Some students have begun to take a
proactive role in seeing that the changes
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Volunteer docent Lois Cranford looks through a Charles Kuralt photo album in the Charles Kuralt Learning Center in Carroll Hall. Kuralt's Emmy
awards, office furnishings, books and personal mementos are available for visitors to view.
as possible," Dean Richard Cole said.
All efforts aside, though, the room is
not an exact re-creation of Kuralt’s West
57th Street office.
Many of the awards were absent from
the old office, Cranford said.
his body and one area only, his neck.”
Guevera tied a cloth like material
around his neck and attached it to a long
vine over an embankment. He went up
to a high part of the embankment and
leaned over, hanging himself from the
vine, said Booker.
“He did the hanging in such a way
that in 6-10 seconds you could lose con
sciousness,” Booker said. “He lost oxy
gen, and then combined with his own
Budget Shortchanges UNC
By Worth Civils
City/State & National Editor
Financial aid and increased faculty
salaries proposed by the UNC Board of
Governors to offset the tuition hike are
not fully supported in Gov. Jim Hunt’s
state budget for the next fiscal year.
The BOG proposal to the governor’s
office asked for close to S3O million for
a state-supported financial aid program
and a six percent increase in UNC fac
ulty salaries. But Hunt’s budget only
included $11.4 million for the first-time
financial aid program and a three per
cent increase for all state employees,
including UNC faculty.
The governor’s $13.9 billion budget is
now in joint committee in the N.C.
General Assembly and will go to the
House of Representatives next week.
made in the financial aid proposal are
more in line with the BOG’s request
than with Hunt’s.
Sandi Chapman of the Coalition for
Educational Access, a student organiza
tion representing the interests of the stu
dents in all 16 schools in the UNC sys
tem said that her organization will fight
the governor's proposal.
“We are going to push for the legisla
ture to put the proposal back to the ini
tial s3l million,” said Chapman.
Student Congress Speaker Alex Bell
Some items will be added, as well. In
the future, the center will have comput
er, audio, and visual equipment so visi
tors can study Kuralt's life and work.
Digitized copies of Kuralt’s televised
works will also be available.
weight, it caused his death.”
Guevera has been in the area for
about four years. He had three brothers
in the area, according to Booker. His
mother was in the area, but has since
moved back to Mexico. Family has been
Booker said that there may have been
some alcohol involved, but toxic reports
have not come in yet. “He may have
been drinking with his friends that
The Senate will make final amendments
to the budget before it goes to a joint
conference. The House and Senate will
then vote on the budget as a conference
report and send it back to the governor
for final approval. The legislature’s goal
is to have the budget ready byjuly 1, the
beginning of the next fiscal year.
Some legislators and student lobby
ists are not satisfied with the governor’s
budget because it does not compensate
enough for the tuition increase for UNC
schools. The tuition hike, approved in
February by the BOG, includes a 2.1
percent system-wide increase and a
S6OO raise for UNC-Chapel Hill and
N.C. State University, which will go
directly towards faculty pay. Three other
schools also approved smaller hikes.
Marvin Dorman, state budget officer
for the governor, said Hunt actually did
noted that the fight for financial aid has
some adversity to overcome.
“Its summer so gathering strong stu
dent presence will be tough,” she said.
Chapman said she believed that a
strong lobby by the Coalition for
Educational Access on the financial aid
issue would be highly beneficial in
achieving their goal.
“In the tuition fight, student presence
was great,” she said.
Chapman noted that, although the
tuition increase eventually went
Cole said the center will serve many
functions for the school, citing its roles as
those of a museum, a learning center,
and a place to hold special events.
“It'll be used for all sorts of things,"
Cole said. “Everybody's welcome.”
night,” he said. “As far as we know, we
don’t think he used drugs.”
Police have contacted a local church
Guevera attended, and another service
organization that will aid the family in
getting Guevera’s body to Mexico.
Father Chris Flanagen of St. Thomas
More Catholic Church located at 940
Carmichael St., said they are working to
help make burial arrangements in
Mexico. The church will also hold a ser-
not include the system-wide tuition
increase in his budget because he did
not want to limit the universities.
“(Gov. Hunt) is not speaking on how
to spend (the revenue from tuition),”
Dorman said. “It should stay in the uni
versity system.” But he said legislators
could always add the 2.1 percent
increase to the state budget. “That’s their
privilege if that’s what they want to do.”
Opponents of the tuition increase are
lobbying for the General Assembly to
keep the $11.4 million for financial aid,
if not increase it.
Rep. William McMahan, R
Mecklenburg, said, “Financial aid
should accompany the tuition increase.”
Rep. Verla Insko, D-Chatham and
Orange, said, “It would be nice if (the
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through, the massive student awareness
that was sparked was a victory.
“When students begin to mobilize,
that is a victory right there,” she said.
“It’s only when students express their
dissatisfaction with things that the legis
lature takes notice."
During the tuition fight students gath
ered outside BOG meetings and voiced
their objections, on one occasion with
the aid of a microphone.
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Cole described Kuralt as a splendid
journalist, calling him "the most beloved
television journalist ever."
"There were bigger names but people
Gee for Guevera’s family, he said.
“We will most likely take up a collec
tion during mass on Sunday to help with
the expenses to transport his body,” he
said. “I am also going to continue work
ing with Guevera’s brothers to resolve
the issues surrounding their brother’s
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