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Suttenfield Ready to Dive Into New Role
By Tyler Maland
UNC’s newly appointed vice chancellor
for finance and administration is gearing up
for the transition with a self-imposed UNC
history lesson in preparation for her arrival in
less than a month.
“I have plenty of reading to do about some
of the current business issues,” Nancy
Suttenfield wrote in an e-mail to The Daily
Tar Heel. “I have also bought some books on
the state’s history and (UNC’s) history to read
before I arrive at Carolina.”
ftie closed-door talks of a
Chapel Hill-UNC growth
committee might violate the
state's Open Meetings Law.
By Phil Perry
The legality of closed-door meetings
between a newly formed committee of
Chapel Hill and University officials is
being called into question.
Members of the Chapel Hill Town
Council and University officials, includ
ing Mayor Rosemary Waldorf and
Chancellor James Moeser, compose the
committee, which will discuss coopera-
tion between the
town and UNC
on issues that
affect both bodies.
will violate North
Meetings Law is
still up for debate.
ber Kevin Foy, a
lawyer and mem
ber of the com
mittee, said the
not violate the
said she is opposed
to meetings closed to
the public but not to
UNC and town talks.
the group would not have the authority
to take any action. The purpose of the
committee is to bring the town and
University together to discuss certain
mutual concerns, he said.
“This is not a committee that has any
authority to make any binding decision
on the town,” Foy said. “It’s not possible
that any decision would be made that
the public was cut out of.”
But Ruth Walden, a media law pro
fessor in the UNC School of Journalism
and Mass Communication, said she
thinks the meetings should have to
legally be open, based on what she
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Tlie Carolina Athletic Association installed a sports ticker in the window
ot Student Stores on Wednesday to provide 24-hour sports updates.
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Heather McDaniel consoles 3-year-old cancer patient Haley Stewart before she gets blood work done
Wednesday morning. McDaniel, who is a cancer survivor, has been a member of P.AL.S. for two years.
Kids With Cancer Get UNC Pals
By Blake Rosser
As Carolina Cancer Focus uses
Cancer Awareness Week to inform stu
dents of how they can join the fight
against the disease, another student
group is already in the trenches.
For a scared, sick and confused child, a
person offering friendship and support can
make all the difference in the world. This
desire to create relationships is the premise
behind Carolina Pediatric Attention, Love
and Support, an organization that pairs a
“pal” -a UNC undergraduate student
volunteer -with a cancer patient in the
UNC Hospitals pediatric clinic.
The program, started in 1989 by Dr.
Herbert Cooper and pediatric oncolo
gy nurse Rose Dunaway, was officially
recognized as a campus organization in
“It was Dr. Cooper’s idea,” Dunaway
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
south, Suttenfield must tie up loose ends in
her remaining days at Case Western.
“Primarily, I am working to assure a
smooth and orderly transition,” she wrote.
“My leadership team is also very capable of
carrying on. All of us worked together to
establish a vision and our goals, so there is
great ownership of the directions that will
continue once I am gone.”
Suttenfield will come aboard UNC’s crew
Nov. 20 at a salary of $235,000. She will oversee
the departments of Auxiliary Services, Facilities
Services, Human Resources and Finance. The
position of vice chancellor for finance and
said. “We wanted to offer the patients a
diversion from their intensive treatment
and their long hours in the clinic or hos
pital and also give a rest to their par
ents. At the same time, we felt it would
be a meaningful volunteer experience
for students at the University.”
Students are paired randomly with
patients up to the age of 18. Volunteers
also help plan events such as their annu
al spring picnic or their Miles for Smiles
cycling fund-raiser. Whenever the chil
dren are receiving treatment, the pals try
to visit to play games and watch movies.
Heather McDaniel, a senior biology
major who plans to attend nursing
school, said she values her experience as
a member of P.A.L.S. “For those who
want to go into a medical profession,
especially pediatrics, this program shows
the extreme of what that (field) has to
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CAA Installs Sports Ticker in Student Stores
By Paige Ammons
A stream of multicolored words now
scrolls across an electronic screen in the
window of Student Stores, announcing
upcoming athletic events and recent
achievements of UNC sports teams.
This new sports ticker, Carolina
Athletic Association’s most recent initia
tive, was installed on Wednesday after
noon. CAA officials said the purpose of
the sports ticker in the store’s window
front is to help students stay abreast of
UNC’s athletics news.
“It is a great way to recognize sport
ing achievements and promote upcom
ing athletic events," said CAA Special
Projects Co-coordinator Michael
administration has been vacant since June 1999.
Despite leaving her position at Case Western,
Suttenfield wrote that she is ready to dive into
her new role. “I know that I will find many sim
ilarities to (Case Western), but I also anticipate
many surprises,” she wrote. “I will enjoy learn
ing what makes Carolina distinctive.”
Suttenfield has also served in the Virginia
Department of Planning and was assistant sec
retary of finance at the Smithsonian Institution
in Washington, D.C.
She wrote that she is very enthusiastic about
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Songer and Adam Walters, the other
special projects coordinator, were
responsible for the ticker. The idea was
part of the platform for their unsuccess
ful CAA presidential campaign last year.
“Last winter, we were trying to think
of ways to better promote sports,”
He said they noticed a lack of recog
nition for UNC’s various Olympic ath
Songer and Walters decided the tick
er would be an effective way to inform
students of game times and recent
accomplishments of UNC athletics.
“It’s important to have the ticker so
students can be aware, like when the
women’s soccer team won the national
championship last year,” Walters said.
“That’s something we would put on
In Prominent Post
A First at UNC-CH
Students and professors are hopeful that
Suttenfield will create gender equality at
the University in her highly visible position.
By Angela Parker
Nancy Suttenfield, the new vice chancellor for finance and
administration, will finally add a female face among many
men in top administrative positions at the University.
Although there are women such as UNC-system President
Molly Broad, and N.C. State University Chancellor Marye
Ann Fox in high-ranking positions across the UNC system,
Suttenfield’s selection marks the first woman appointment in
a top administrative role at UNC-Chapel Hill.
And members of the UNC-CH community say they see
the hire as a step in the direction of gender equality. “The area
of finance and administration has always been a male bas
tion,” said Sue Estroff, Faculty Council chairwoman.
Estroff said UNC-CH has some female vice chancellors,
but none of those women hold positions
where they make decisions applicable to
everyone on campus.
Jane Brown, a professor in the School
of Journalism and Mass Communication
and former faculty chairwoman, said
Suttenfield will be playing a major role
in UNC-CH’s operations.
“It is an extremely important post,”
she said. “The vice chancellor (for
finance and administration), the chan
cellor and the provost are the three most
important people in the administration.”
But students and faculty said the impli
cations of hiring Suttenfield go far beyond
her immediate impact
Saudi Chapman, Student Congress
speaker pro tern, said not enough has been
done to hire women and minorities for administrative positions.
“It is really important that UNC breaks down barriers pre
venting women or minorities from attaining high positions,”
She said that by hiring a woman for a top administrative
position, more people at the University can realize women’s
ability to hold such positions.
“The more people see women in leadership positions, the
more comfortable they become with that picture.”
Bill Friday, former UNC-system president, said he saw the
decision to hire Suttenfield as indicative of UNC-CH’s open
mindedness in hiring women.
“From the recent appointment, one can see that the abili
ties and competencies of professional women have been rec
ognized by the University.”
Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for student affairs and one of
UNC-CH’s highest ranking women, said both late Chancellor
Michael Hooker and present Chancellor James Moeser have
expressed commitment to diversity.
“We are seeing these results (the hiring of more women)
from the last four years across the board - it is a nice feeling.”
Junior Erica Smiley said she is encouraged by UNC-CH’s
willingness to hire a woman for the post.
“I think (Suttenfield) can make a really strong impact if she
goes above and beyond,” she said.
Smiley, who ran for student body president last spring, said
Suttenfield has a chance to open the doors to all women look
ing to move up in the administrative world.
“It will be on her to support these types of hiring practices
(of tapping women for high-level administrative positions),” she
said. “She will really have to support outreach and affirmative
action practices through her financial and hiring practices.
“That is what got her here.”
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CAA presented the idea to the
Educational Foundation, which funded
the initiative and requested permission
from Student Stores to place die ticker in
the window facing the Pit.
“The location makes the ticker high
ly visible to all students,” Songer said.
The CAA also plans to use the ticker
to announce CAA-sponsored activities,
including basketball ticket distributions,
Homecoming activities and Beat Dook
The ticker currendy features
announcements including information
about using UNC ONE Cards at Kenan
Stadium for concessions, the time of the
volleyball game against N.C. State
University and congratulatory remarks
to the ACC champion field hockey
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But on its first day of use, the ticker
failed to impress students and left many
skeptical about its effectiveness.
Sophomore Emily Traub said, “It’s a
good idea, but it should be more promi
Other students agreed with Traub’s
comments. Senior Scott Benson said, “I
like the concept, but the glare is bad -
it prevents me from understanding it."
Songer and Walters hope that stu
dents will eventually appreciate the
Walters said, “I hope that the ticker
will help (students) to be aware of what’s
going on in athletics.”
The University Editor can be reached