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$245 Million to Fund Genomics Work at UNC
By Stephanie Horvath
Chancellor James Moeser announced
the University’s commitment to a cam
puswide genome science initiative
Thursday, a move backed up by $245
million in public and private donations.
A standing-room-only crowd of med
ical researchers and University officials
at the Lineberger
Cancer Center to hear
‘Moeser announce that UNC is assuming
;a prominent role in the genomics field.
“We must be a leader,” Moeser said.
“Only a handful of truly good centers
-for genome research will exist in this
•country, and this will be one.”
* Genomics, the study of the DNA
The UNC Board of Trustees
is slated to vote on the
University's Master Plan at
its March 22 meeting.
By Lee Spears
The UNC Board of Trustees heard a
presentation from consultants Thursday
on developments in the proposed cam
pus Master Plan.
Chancellor James Moeser said at the
Master Plan Committee meeting that the
University’s plan for long-term growth is
“under major timing deadlines,” due to a
housing squeeze on South Campus.
Moeser also said new family housing
needs to be built soon to replace Odum
Village before it surpasses its life
expectancy. Odum Village also is need
ed for interim housing while existing
South Campus residence halls are reno
vated in the near future, he said.
Adam Gross, an architect for Ayers
Saint Gross, a Baltimore consulting firm
hired to develop the Master Plan, said the
plan will affect South Campus the most.
While North Campus was originally laid
out in an organized grid pattern, the
region of campus south of South Road
that includes UNC Hospitals, Odum
Village and the four South Campus resi
dence halls can be improved both for stu
dents and employees, Gross said.
If the BOT votes to approve the
Master Plan on March 22, the plan will
determine the growth of the campus over
the next 50 years and will be paid for with
the $3.1 billion from the UNC-system
bond package passed in November.
The plan presented to the BOT includ
ed small changes to North Campus,
including the replacement of Venable
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Members from Students for Economic Justice light candies
in South Building on Thursday to protest UNC's contract with Nike.
Every great advance in science has issued from anew audacity of imagination.
sequence, might lead to valuable infor
mation about diseases such as cancer,
including who might be predisposed
and how the disease can be treated.
Donations for the initiative came
from various sources, ranging from an
anonymous donor to Uncle Sam.
The anonymous $25 million donation
to the School of Medicine is being used
to establish the Michael Hooker Center
for Proteomics, which will be devoted to
studying the proteins that genes produce.
“The donor came to us because of our
strong reputation in this area, and it was
his idea we honor, (the late Chancellor)
Michael Hooker,” Moeser said.
In addition to the donation, UNC
received $2.25 million in federal appro
priations that will be used to support
System Schools Wrestle for Funds
The five historically black
universities in the UNC
system have worked hard
to receive fair funding.
By Sally Francis
There are five of them.
Five universities that form part of
the UNC system - yet are different
from the rest.
They have been part of the UNC
system for 30 years, yet have strug
gled to attract funding while schools
like UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State
University have thrived.
They are Elizabeth City State
University, Fayetteville State University,
N.C. Agricultural & Technical
University, N.C. Central University and
Winston-Salem State University.
Although there is no official desig
nation, these five schools have con
tinuing patterns of attendance that
designate them as historically black
colleges and universities.
This spring marks the 30th birthday
of the UNC system, which was restruc
tured under the Higher Education
Reorganization Act of 1971 to bring the
five HBCUs into the UNC-system
along with five other institutions.
Since the restructuring, HBCUs in
the UNC system have not been on
even playing fields with predomi
nandy white schools. But officials say
that in recent years, the schools’ needs
have been more adequately met.
A November 2000 Board of
Governors report acknowledged that
students might continue to prefer
attending schools where their racial
groups are the majority and conclud
ed that this was an explanation for the
“perpetuating institutional enrollment
patterns that are either predominant
ly black or predominandy white.”
HBCUs are characteristically
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
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program costs such
as lab equipment.
Price, D-N.C., one
of the congressmen
securing the federal
funds, said that
while the funding
did not come easily,
it was highly impor
tant. “This funding
need for the federal
government to con
tinue a partnership
said he hopes the
become a leader in
with the research universities of this
nation,” he said.
smaller institutions with low-income
students and often lack alumni fund
ing and other significant resources
that historically white schools have.
These challenges have, in the past,
inhibited HBCUs from admitting the
quality of students that schools with
better resources can attract.
“Fayetteville and other HBCUs
obviously serve more students who
have a greater need for enrichment
services once they arrive on campus
because they are not always the best
and brightest high school graduates,”
Fayetteville State Chancellor Willis
But McLeod said UNC-system
President Molly Broad, the Board of
Governors and the N.C. General
Assembly have worked to acknowl
edge the differences between the two
types of schools and remedy the prob
lems by supplying HBCUs with the
resources needed for improvement.
Increased funding, building
improvements, program support and
the recent bond initiative have enabled
HBCUs to better compete with histor
ically white schools in the system.
But fair funding for the HBCUs
did not come quickly during their first
decade in the UNC system, as their
needs were overlooked in favor of the
predominantly white institutions.
Students Gather, Light Candles to Protest Nike
By Paige Ammons
The snow and freezing rain did not
stop the students who walked out of
their classes Thursday to protest alleged
poor labor conditions in a Nike Corp.
contracted factory in Mexico.
Members of the Students for
Economic Justice, as well as other labor
conscious students, gathered at noon at
South Building in the latest of their con
tinued efforts against Nike.
“Nike has not been responsible for
any positive action in this situation,” said
senior SEJ member Kea Parker.
SEJ is specifically angry with the sit
uation in the Kukdong factory in Puebla,
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The $3.1 billion higher education
bond referendum passed by N.C. voters
in November provided an additional
$137 million for four new facilities affil
iated with genomics research. Bond
money will fund about one-third of the
total cost of the Medical Biomolecular
Research Building, the Bioformatics
Building, the Science Complex and the
Research and Teaching Building.
“First and foremost we have to rec
ognize the people of North Carolina
who gave our genome project a shot in
the arm when they voted for the bond
referendum,” Moeser said.
A “Genomics 101” session followed
the announcement and explained how
genomics would aid in the research of
cancer, cystic fibrosis and plant biology.
Former UNC-system President Bill
Friday oversaw three major initiatives
in 1971 as part of the restructuring act
that brought HBCUs into the system.
First, an architecture firm was com
missioned to evaluate the schools’
facilities, and S4O million was appro
priated to correct structural problems.
Second, the curricula for the
schools,' except N.C. A&T, was
redesigned to make them Arts and
Finally, a proposal prohibited
building other law schools in the
UNC system, and N.C. Central’s
operational budget was expanded to
create one of the top law schools in
the system - which now boasts such
graduates as Gov. Mike Easley.
Friday said monthly meetings with
the 16 chancellors and open commu
nication helped with the early admin
istration of die system.
“We pushed as far as we thought
we could,” Friday said.
But it was not until the 1981
Consent Decree that funding for
HBCUs was actually made compara
ble to other institutions in the system.
The Consent Decree, issued by a
U.S. District Court, tried to provide
black North Carolinians with an equal
opportunity for higher education,
required by the 14th Amendment.
Mexico. The factory’s management has
been accused of unfair and abusive labor
practices. In January, 800 workers at the
Kukdong factory staged a strike against
the poor conditions, and now SEJ is con
centrating its efforts on ensuring a safe
return for workers who went on strike
and pressuring Nike to allow the workers
to form an independent union.
Recent negotiations between Nike
and the Kukdong management have
resulted in the corporation offering pro
visions for rehired workers to receive
the wages, positions and vacation time
they had prior to the strike.
Despite Nike’s new promises, students
said it was necessary to protest The stu
dents entered South Building with candles
UNC first established a genetics
department in the School of Medicine in
July 2000, hiring Dr. Terry Magnuson as
chairman. But the initiative will include
faculty from all five health sciences
schools, the College of Arts and
Sciences, the School of Information and
Library Science and the School of Law.
School of Medicine Dean Jeffrey
Houpt, who spearheaded the initiative,
marveled at the realization of their efforts
after just a few short years. “Three years
ago we had not one dollar, and we stand
here today announcing we have $245
million,” he said. “It’s a remarkable
story. A remarkable Carolina story.”
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The decree’s objective was to cre
ate equality among historically white
and black schools in faculty salaries,
library holdings and facilities.
It included two main initiatives -
increase minority enrollment and
employment and further develop pre
dominandy black institutions.
“Before the Consent Decree funding
for facilities was not fair or equitable -
that’s the reason buildings at A&T and
Cental deteriorated,” said Elizabeth
City State Chancellor Mickey Bumim.
HBCUs have received proportion
ate state funds and have produced the
quality of students their facilities are
suited for since 1981, but historically
black institutions are still forced to rely
heavily upon state funding because
they do not have the resources of
schools such as UNC-Chapel Hill.
“Historically white colleges and
universities have the advantage of
large foundations and alumni with
deep pockets,” McLeod said. “When
they have special and unique needs
they call on special friends to a larg
er extent than Fayetteville can.”
McLeod cited UNC-Chapel Hill’s
new indoor track and the Eddie
Smith Field House as examples of
special needs that require alumni
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and placed them in the shape of the Nike
emblem on a table outside Chancellor
James Moeser’s office. One protester held
a poster asking for Moeser’s help:
“Chancellor Moeser: Call Nike Now.”
Group members said they were frus
trated with Moeser’s absence. They
acknowledged the letters he has sent to
Nike in the last month but also noted he
has failed to set up a meeting with SEJ.
“We have been requesting meetings
with him through e-mails for the past
month and a half, but he has never orga
nized a meeting with SEJ,” Parker said.
Although Moeser was not present for
this protest, Provost Robert Shelton stum
bled upon the walkout. “I was walking
into the building, and I noticed a group of
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Friday, February 23, 2001
Reid Chaney decided not to
appeal the election board's
decision calling for a CAA
re-election on Tuesday.
By Kim Minugh
AND KAREY WUTKOWSKI
The re-election for Carolina Athletic
Association president remains slated for
Tuesday after candidate Reid Chaney
filed a motion to withdraw his request
for more time to appeal the re-election.
Chaney’s counsels submitted a
motion to the Student Supreme Court
on Wednesday, asking for an extension
of the deadline to file an appeal of the
for a re-election.
the Student Code, an appeal must be
filed within 72 hours of the Board of
Elections’ decision -a deadline that
expired at midnight Wednesday.
“We think that this could draw out
longer than the re-election,” Chaney said.
“We’re going to do this the fair way.”
But the race and the viability of a re
election on Tuesday could further be
affected by investigations currently being
conducted by the
Board of Elections
brought forth in a
hearing last week.
“We are con
ducting an investi
gation in connec
tion with the CAA
hearing and evi
dence that was pre
sented there,” said
Fred Hill, vice
chairman of the
Board of Elections.
declared the win-
ner of the race last Wednesday when
invalid write-in votes were eliminated
from vote totals, giving him the majority.
But the board held a hearing last
Thursday when candidate Michael
Songer and his campaign staff requested
Chaney’s disqualification from the race.
Chris Brook, Songer’s representative,
argued that Chaney’s campaign libeled
Songer and tainted the results of the
race through a mass e-mail sent by
UNC alumnus and former Carolina
Fever President Davin McGinnis.
Songer’s camp attempted to link
McGinnis to Chaney’s campaign with
an e-mail allegedly sent by McGinnis to
Carolina Fever Co-Chairman Eric Ellis,
CAA President Tee Pruitt and Bryan
Hart, who resigned as vice president of
CAA to work on Chaney’s campaign.
Although the Board of Elections found
the e-mail to be falsified, board members
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young people gathered on the stairs,” he
said. Shelton took the opportunity to hear
SEJ’s position in the Nike issue.
“For the University to have any influ
ence bn the situation, there must be a
long, complex discussion because there
are several factors involved -a major
corporation, a major university and a
new foreign government,” he said.
The staff in the South Building
seemed a little surprised by the group of
students, but Parker assured them that it
was a peaceful protest. “We don’t want
to torch things,” she said. “We just want
to draw attention to this issue.”
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