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Graduate Schools Keep High Marks
By Alex Kaplun
and Alexandra Molaire
U.S. News & World Report’s annual
graduate school rankings are hitting
bookshelves nationwide today.
And while college administrators con
tinue to downplay their importance and
accuracy, they admit that the rankings do
carry some weight with potential students.
“Carolina’s primary goal remains
becoming America’s best public univer
sity, not winning a rankings race devised
by a magazine,” UNC Chancellor
James Moeser wrote in a statement
But when campus administrators
open this year’s rankings, they will find
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Dancers donninq strawhats perform the merengue at the 10th annual Noche Latina (above).
Barbara Pacneco and her students dance the flamenco at the sold-out event (below).
Noche Latina Celebrates 10th Anniversary
By Ann Hau
An impassioned flamenco dancer
whirls and steps with intricate footwork
to the rhythm of a Spanish guitar.
An entranced audience claps, pro
viding the beat for the powerful and
fluid movements of a Brazilian martial
These were just two of many
demonstrations of Latin American
culture that entertained nearly 300
people Saturday night at UNC’s 10th
annual “Noche Latina.”
Throbbing Latin beats, explosive
colors, savory smells and a diverse
audience filled the Great Hall to cele
brate the 10th anniversary of the event
and its co-sponsor, the Carolina
Hunter Unanimously Chosen for DTH Editor
By Sarah Sanders
After three years of climbing the
ladder at The Daily Tar Heel, Katie
Hunter has finally reached the top.
The Editor Selection Committee
confirmed her to the position of 135th
DTH editor Saturday morning, and
Hunter said she is eager to pass on the
lessons she has learned over the years.
“I am so excited,” said the junior
from Newburgh, N.Y. “This has been a
goal of mine for so long.”
The 11-member Editor Selection
Committee agreed that Hunter was a
qualified candidate, and the fact that
she was the only applicant did not
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that UNC graduate schools and pro
grams ranked by the magazine remained
almost identical to last year’s results.
Several of the programs, including
the School of Law, the School of
Education, and the Research area with
in the School of Medicine each fell one
spot in the rankings to 23rd, 18th and
24th, respectively. Kenan-Flagler
Business School remained at No. 18 in
the rankings, while the Primary Care
area of the School of Medicine went up
two spots to No. 6 on the list.
Medical school Dean Jeffrey Houpt
said that while the rankings might not be
completely accurate, they do have an
impact on people outside of the school.
“(The rankings) become important
because prospective students believe
Hispanic Association. This year’s pro
duction was dedicated to UNC alum
na Catherine Lindsay, who founded
CHispA in 1991.
For the second year, N.C. State
University’s Society of Hispanic
Professional Engineers joined
CHispA to help sponsor and organize
CHispA Vice President Eleina
Hurd said the show, which has sold
out every year, is meant to enlighten
the campus about Hispanic culture.
“It is a chance for us to do what
CHispA does best," Hurd said.
The diverse production of dance,
music and poetry performances began
with an authentic dinner buffet catered
by 12 restaurants around the Triangle
and followed with an afterparty dance.
diminish her ability to impress com
mittee members with her articulate,
“We certainly weren’t easy on
(Katie),” said junior Tiffany Hutchins,
one of seven at-large members of the
selection committee. “There were
some difficult questions, and she
answered them really well.”
The committee, which also included
four DTH staff members, met with
Hunter for a little more than an hour.
After fielding questions from the com
mittee, Hunter left the room for the
committee to vote, a vote which is
taken without any prior discussion.
She was unanimously accepted as
the new DTH editor.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
them,” Houpt said.
He also pointed out that UNC’s med
ical school was one of the few schools
nationwide that performed well in both
the research and primary care categories.
Several UNC doctoral programs also
placed high in the rankings, including
public affairs, which moved up two spots
to No. 12; chemistry, which stayed at No.
15; computer science, which remained at
No. 21; English, which fell one spot to
No. 18; history, which went up one spot
on No. 13; political science, which fell
five spots to No. 15; psychology which
went up one spot to No. 17; and sociol
ogy, which went down one spot to No. 5.
Many doctoral programs covering the
arts, sciences, social sciences are ranked
only every three years and are not includ
The dinner, which left many without
room for seconds, featured traditional
Latin dishes, including fried yucca root
and bananas. A five mariachi band in
full regalia serenaded the diners.
Senior Pren Fort has attended
Noche Latina since he transferred to
UNC two years ago. He said the
event gives him a refreshing chance
to go back to his Peruvian roots and
become more in touch with the
Hispanic lifestyle. “This is one of the
best things that can be done for the
Hispanic community,” Pren said.
The event showcased many ener
getic styles of Latin dance, including
merengue, flamenco, tango, cha-cha
See NOCHE, Page 4
Hunter called the process “almost
surreal” because of the combination of
adrenaline, caffeine and excitement that
rushed through her body. “There was a
level of intimidation, but I wasn’t as ner
vous as I thought I’d be,” she said.
Freshman Daniel Thigpen, who rep
resented DTH assistant editors on the
committee, said seeing Hunter in
action at the paper has convinced him
she is fully capable of serving as editor.
“It really wasn’t a hard decision," he
said. “She had me at ‘hello.’”
Current editor Matt Dees said leav
ing his post is a bittersweet experience
but that he feels confident in passing
the torch to Hunter. “I have worked
with Katie since her first day in the
ed in this year’s edition.
Within the doctoral programs,
administrators also said that while it is
nice to be recognized, the rankings are
more important to potential students
then officials within the department.
“We certainly pay attention to (the
rankings),” said Michael Crimmins, vice
chairman of graduate studies for the
Department of Chemistry. “It’s not
something that is incredibly important,
but people outside the school certainly
pay attention to them.”
Crimmins also said that while the
rankings have little impact on research
grants given to the department because
those are usually given to individuals,
See RANKINGS, Page 4
Recalling a Decade
Of CHispA Growth
By Kristina Hodges
A woman at the Carolina Hispanic
Association booth that stood at Fall
Fest last semester had tears in her eyes.
As she slowly looked through the
organization’s brochure, two girls on
the other side of the booth glanced at
One of them spoke up. “Can I help
you?” she asked. “Would you like to
The woman looked up and smiled.
“Actually, I started this group.”
The misty-eyed woman was
Catherine Lindsay, CHispA’s founder.
And as the organization winds
down from its annual cultural celebra
tion “Noche Latina” held Saturday,
officers old and new celebrate Lindsay
and the accomplishments CHispA has
made in its 10 years.
Lindsay founded CHispA in 1990,
with a small group of about 10 stu
dents. Now celebrating its 10th
anniversary, the group boasts a mem
bership of nearly 100.
“I started (CHispA) because I want
ed to meet people who spoke Spanish,
and I didn’t see anyone on campus,”
said Lindsay, a 28-year-old master’s
newsroom, and she has shown her tal
ent and dedication,” he said. “I know
she has what it takes to be successful.”
Hunter said she is eagerly anticipat
ing the transition from her role as stu
dent to that of teacher at the DTH. “I
have learned so much here," she said.
“I’m excited about going to the teaching
side and helping new staffers improve.”
Sefton Ipock, the committee’s desk
editor representative, said he is pleased
to see Hunter taking the reins.
“We’ve spent a lot of time together,"
Ipock said. “I know whatever changes
she makes are going to be for the best.”
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UNC continues to place high among comparable institutions and programs.
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3. Northwestern University 3. leathers College, Columbia University
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student in public health. “I went to my
adviser and told him my problem. He
gave me the undergraduate roster,
and I contacted Hispanic students.”
Lindsay was not around to see
CHispA grow into what it is today
because she left UNC the next year.
And to her surprise, CHispA had grown
a lot in the 10 years she was gone.
“When I came back this year to get
my master’s, I found out that it had a
constitution and an office,” she said.
CHispA had actually expanded
more than Lindsay realized. She found
out from her mother, a Wilmington
resident, that UNC-Wilmington has
also opened a CHispA chapter.
“When we first started CHispA we
just met once a week in a room in the
Student Union to talk in Spanish,”
Now CHispA can be found any
where from the soup kitchens to
Centro Latino, a Carrboro facility that
provides various services for Hispanics.
“CHispA is not just about
Hispanics at UNC - it’s for Hispanics
in the entire community,” said current
CHispA President Pamela D’Empaire.
One program called CHispA Chicos
See CHISPA, Page 4
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Editor-select Kathleen Hunter
was tapped for the post Saturday.
Today: Sunny, 60
Tuesday: Sunny, 65
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Monday, April 2, 2001
Student Congress, in its
emergency meeting tonight,
will address Brad Matthews'
objections to the CAA bill.
By Kim Minugh
In an effort to a void a veto by
Student Body President Brad Matthews,
Student Congress will meet in an emer
gency session tonight to vote on a
revised version of the debated bill giv
ing Congress power to oversee the
Carolina Athletic Association.
The bill passed by a 17-1 vote Tuesday
but stalled in the hands of Matthews,
who refused to approve the bill because
of clerical errors and logistical concerns.
Matthews met Friday with Congress
Speaker Alexandra Bell and Sarah
Marks, chairwoman of Congress’ Rules
and Judiciary Committee, to discuss the
changes. “Everyone has been very coop
erative, very helpful,” Matthews said. “It’s
hard when it’s last minute, but no one has
had problems with my objections.”
In its present state, the bill gives
Congress the power to approve the
CAA president’s Cabinet appointments
as well as the ticket distribution policy
chosen by the CAA.
It also mandates that the starting num
bers for ticket distributions be chosen in
public; that bracelet number ranges be
published; and that public records be kept
of every ticket given to CAA Cabinet
members, Carolina Fever members or any
other student officials or organizations.
Most of these stipulations still stand,
but the new bill limits Congress’ power
so that any alterations to the distribution
policy must not only be approved by a
majority of Congress, but also by the
director of athletics, the CAA president
and the student body president.
The current bracelet system will be
made law by the creation of a
Memorandum of Agreement between the
Department of Athletics and the UNC stu
dent body, to be finalized early this week.
Matthews is currendy writing the
memorandum with Director of
Athletics Dick Baddour and Director of
Ticket Distribution Clint Gwaltney.
Matthews said the rest of the changes
are minimal and do not change the face
of the original bill. “I think we’re going to
get a much better bill out of this,” he said.
It still includes the riders added
Tuesday that exempt CAA President
elect Reid Chaney from Congress’
approval of his Cabinet But Matthews
said he will ask Congress tonight to delete
the riders because Congress’ approval of
Chaney’s Cabinet will only help his tran
sition. “Having the congressional stamp
of approval gives (the Cabinet) more
credibility to stand on.”
See CAA, Page 4