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Donation Calls for Duke,UNC Cooperation
UNC alumnus donates $24
million in order to establish
a scholarship program that
would involve both schools.
DURHAM- The difference between
shades of Carolina blue and Duke
University’s royal blue just got a few
At a press conference Tuesday, New
York investment manager and UNC
alumnus Julian H. Robertson Jr. and his
wife. Josie, donated $24 million to estab
lish a joint scholarship program
designed to foster ties between the
University and its historical rival.
Though he spent little time visiting
Duke’s campus during his days as a stu
dent, Robertson’s son, Julian, attended
Duke, which helped to open his eyes to
the rival institution. This provided the
Mac Nelly, 52,
We celebrate the life of cartoonist Jeff Mac Nelly
and embrace him as an alumnus of the University
and The Daily Tar Heel.
The DTH was just the launching ground for a
magnificent career that would ultimately net
Mac Nelly three Pulitzer Prizes and recognition
among peers as the greatest editorial cartoonist of his
generation, if not ever.
“He was the greatest cartoonist ever,” said Gary
Brookins, a cartoonist at the Richmond Times-
Dispatch. “His humor went hand in hand with the
beautiful drawings that were unsurpassed. No one
else really approached him.”
Mac Nelly died last Thursday at Johns Hopkins
Hospital in Baltimore. The 52-year-old native New
Yorker had been battling lymphoma.
Truth is, Mac Nelly never graduated from UNC.
Given the talent he displayed from his days at The
DTH, it was apparent that school would only hinder
his growth. He dropped out in 1969 before finishing
his senior year.
“He knew where he was headed,” said Dennis
Zaborowski, professor of art, who was Mac Nelly’s
painting instructor. “He probably figured out that he
didn’t need to be in school, which he didn’t.”
During his junior year, in 1968, Mac Nelly began
working for the Chapel Hill Weekly as well. When
he dropped out the following year, it was to take a
$l2O-per-week job at the Weeldy.
“He just got tired of the whole University scene
and said, 'Screw it,’ and walked down the street to us,
and we grabbed him,” said Jim Shumaker, professor
of journalism, who was then editor of the Chapel Hill
Weekly. Shumaker later became the inspiration for
Mac Nelly’s comic strip “Shoe.”
“Shumaker let me hang myself twice a week,”
Mac Nelly said in 1998. “That’s not as easy as having
someone tell you what to do.”
“(MacNelly) had a wit that is extremely hard to
get into cartoons, and he did it very quickly,” said
Shumaker. “But to do that without being mean.
There wasn't a mean bone in his body."
Mac Nelly would head to the Richmond News
Leader in 1970, where he would win his first Pulitzer
two years later, at the age of 24. His second would
come in 1978.
In 1982, Mac Nelly joined the Chicago Tribune
and won his third Pulitzer in 1985. He worked out of
Wireless Technology Gives Mobility for Students
The University is preparing to join
the ranks of Wake Forest University and
many other institutions in the ever
changing world of computer technology
with plans to start going wireless in class
rooms and other campus locations.
This development means the capa
The old man had taught the boy to fish and the boy loved him for it.
impetus behind the donation, he said.
“Meeting his friends showed me that
I’d missed a lot by not knowing the peo
ple at Duke,” Robertson said.
Another of Robertson’s sons,
Alexander, is a rising senior at UNC.
Interim Chancellor Bill McCoy and
Duke University President Nan
Keohane unveiled the gift, saying the
establishment of the Robertson Scholars
Fund will help forge a link between stu
dents and break down barriers prevent
ing collaboration between the two insti
“This is very much an equal opportu
nity venture,” Keohane said. “We hope
that it will lead to a cultural shift in the
way public and private universities work
The program will allow 30 under
graduate students, 15 chosen from each
university, to integrate a course of study
at both institutions. Students will also
spend a semester living on the other uni
Scholars will also be provided with
the Tribune’s Washington bureau until he died.
While editorial cartooning was his first love,
Mac Nelly may be best known for his cartoon
“Shoe,” which features the cigar-chomping P. Martin
Shoemaker, based on Shumaker.
And “Shoe” fans will be happy to know the car
toon will continue. Mac Nelly had been making plans
to retire from the strip, said his assistant, Chris
Cassatt had been doing the lettering and produc
tion work, allowing Mac Nelly to focus on his draw
ings. Brookins’ style is so similar to Mac Nelly’s that
Brookins was tabbed by Mac Nelly to take over the
strip with Cassatt.
Throughout his life, Mac Nelly was fond of UNC.
“He really loved the school and loved his time
there,” said Cassatt.
For those wishing to contribute, the Jeff Mac Nelly
Award is presented to an outstanding student writer.
Send contributions to: Jeff Mac Nelly Award, UNC
School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, 27599.
Appropriately enough, the recipient of the award
is determined by Shumaker.
Brian Frederick can be reached at
bility of UNC students to surf the Web
and check email from the comfort of
their classroom desks is not far away.
For the past year, UNC has had the
capability of wireless connectivity in two
classrooms, one in Greenlaw Hall and
one in Phillips Hall.
Lorena Russell, a teaching fellow in
the department of English, taught
English 11 using the wireless connectiv
Thursday, June 15, 2000
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improved inter-campus transportation
which could be extended to other stu
dents and faculty in the future, McCoy
said. Future transportation plans were
not available at press time.
The scholarship provides full tuition,
boarding and living stipends at UNC
and full tuition at Duke. Keohane said
the awards will be worth about SIOO,OOO
for four years of study at Duke or for
out-of-state students coming to UNC.
All scholars will receive laptops and
participate in freshman and senior year
seminars taught by faculty from both
campuses. Scholars will also have other
opportunities, such as paid summer
The first class of students is expected
to matriculate in 2001. Though each stu
dent will graduate from the university
they entered, each will also receive cer
tification that they were educated at
both, officials said.
The effectiveness of the program will
See DONATION, Page 2
“The ability to use this technology
will definitely change classroom
dynamics,” she said.
But Russell said the use of the tech
nology did cause a few problems
“The computers were somewhat dis
tracting at times, and there were the nor
mal glitches, but overall it was a good
experience,” she said.
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Julian H. Robertson Jr. speaks Tuesday about his $24 million gift for
UNC-Duke scholarships as Interim Chancellor Bill McCoy listens.
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Cartoonist and UNC alumnus Jeff Mac Nelly, shown in the top photo,
relaxes in Key West, Fla. in February 1996. the bottom drawing is from
the May 6,1969 issue of The Daily Tar Heel. To see more of Mac Nelly's
drawings and a column written by Jim Shumaker, please see page 4.
Some students who took Russell’s
class said they also enjoyed being able to
connect to the Internet while in class.
“Rather than having to print out
papers and other work, you could just
submit it over the internet,” said Tamara
Sanders, a sophomore from Flat Rock.
Marian Moore, vice chancellor for
information technology, said expansion
plans involving wireless connectivity
remain tentative due to rapidly changing
technology in the field.
The first priority for the use of wire
less connectivity will be for the depart
ments and courses that have a definite
plan for using the technology, Moore
Over the summer, 12 additional class-
See WIRELESS, Page 2
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BOG members also talked
strategy for the campaign
to gain voter support for
the $3.1 billion bond.
City/State & National Editor
Members of the UNC Board of
Governors said goodbye to Jeff Nieman
for the second time at their meeting last
Friday on the campus of Elizabeth City
State University, where they also dis
cussed strategy for the bond campaign.
Nieman, former president of the
UNC Association of Student
Governments and the lone student on
the BOG, graduat
ed from UNC-
Chapel Hill in
May, after serving
two years on the
body for the UNC
“He’s the only
tative) to serve
two terms (on the
board), and that
speaks well for
him,” BOG Vice
Cecil said. “He
Former ASG President
Jeff Nieman, the
first student to serve
for two years on the
BOG, attended his
last meeting Friday.
students well. He made points in a very
professional and eloquent manner.”
After serving as ASG president and
representative to the BOG his junior
year, Nieman unexpectedly took over
the reins of the ASG for a second year.
He did so after Nick Mirisis admitted to
plagiarizing a paper at UNC-Charlotte
and resigned as ASG president last year.
“(Mirisis) resigned on my advice, but
with no design of (my) coming back (as
president),” Nieman said. “I asked other
people to step forward, but no one had
the experience, so I came back.”
Reflecting on his past year as a BOG
member, Nieman said three issues con
sumed most of his time: Hurricane
Floyd flood relief, the tuition hike and,
most recendy, the bond referendum.
At their meeting Friday, BOG mem
bers discussed strategy for campaigning
in support of the $3.1 billion bond, $2.5
billion of which is for building improve
ments at UNC schools, with S6OO mil-
See BOG, Page 2
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The North Mississippi Allstars rise to
the surface with their debut CD Shake
Hands With Shorty. The band combines
southern rock with soulful blues for a
refreshing new sound. For a complete
review of their new album, check out
Arts & Entertainment. See Page 7.
Fast Cars, Fast Action
level in the recently released Jerry
Bruckheimer film 'Gone in 60 Seconds.'
Read our full review and see if this
star-packed movie is worthy of a trip
to the cinema. See Page 6.
Top of the Class
The 1999-2000 Sears Directors' Cup
standings were released this week. The
rankings gauge the best collegiate
sports programs across the country.To
see where UNC landed in the pack
this year, check out the Sports
Roundup. See Page 9.