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WUNC Commemorates 25 Years of Radio Broadcasting
By Jenny Fowler
The University’s public broadcasting
service, which brings National Public
Radio into the homes, apartments, resi
dence halls and cars of many UNC fac
ulty and students, is celebrating its 25th
anniversary this month.
WUNC 91.5 FM provides services to
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Gov. Mike Easley gives his inaugural address before a crowd of more than 5,000 in Raleigh on Jan. 6.
During the speech, Easley vowed to unite the state and improve educational opportunities for all.
4 Alumni Selected to Fill BOT Seats
By Jennifer Coughlan
The Board of Governors approved the
appointment of three prominent N.C.
businessmen and an Atlanta lawyer to the
Board of Trustees on Thursday, filling
positions that will open this summer.
Paul Fulton Jr., Karol Mason, Hugh
McCollJr. and Nelson Schwab 111 - all
UNC graduates - will replace four
trustees whose terms end in late June.
The appointments will become effective
July 1 after the terms of Chairwoman
Anne Cates and members William
Jordan, Cressie Thigpen and Charles
Cates will leave the board to become a
member of the BOG in July. The BOT
will elect anew chairman the same month.
Cates said Student Body President
more than 200,000 listeners in 26 coun
ties from Greensboro to the Outer
Banks, broadcasting informational, edu
cational and cultural programming 24
hours a day.
WUNC will host several events last
ing through the end of May as a cele
bration of its first broadcast April 3,
1976. The celebration will include an on
air performance by a troupe of govem
Justin Young also will assume his role as
an ex officio member in May.
The four members appointed by the
BOG will serve four-year terms. Young
will serve for one year.
Cates lauded the diversity of the
appointees’ backgrounds as an opportu
nity to bring a wide spectrum of exper
tise to the board.
Fulton, who graduated with a degree in
business administration in 1957, former
ly served as dean of the Kenan-Flagler
Business School and is currently president
of Sara Lee Corp.
McColl, also a 1957 graduate with a
degree in business administration, serves
as the president of Bank of America and
was UNC’s Commencement speaker in
1989. The McColl Building, which now
houses the business school, was named
in his honor. McColl is widely regarded
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
ment impersonators, various music con
certs around the area and a dinner at the
N.C. Museum of Art.
While WUNC broadcasts numerous
programs and classical music, the station
is known for its important affiliation with
“Being the NPR affiliate for a large
area fits nicely with the University’s mis
sion to keep students involved and pro
as one of the most powerful and innov
ative banking moguls in the world.
Neither Fulton nor McColl could be
reached for comment Sunday.
Schwab served as the CEO of Kings
Entertainment Cos. before it was sold to
Paramount and has since run an invest
ment banking firm in Charlotte. A 1967
graduate with a bachelor’s degree in
English, Schwab has remained active in
several campus advisory boards.
As an incoming UNC undergraduate
from Ohio, Schwab said he was unfa
miliar with the South and the campus
buf has since developed an affinity for
the area. “It was one of those things
where you walk on the campus and feel
like it’s right for you,” Schwab said.
Mason, who graduated from UNC in
1979 with a math degree, has since
served as a public finance lawyer in
vide outreach to the community,” said
Joan Siefiprt Rose, a WUNC spokes
Many WUNC and NPR listeners
said the station provides a much-needed
outlet for this form of news broadcast.
“Some students have grown up listening
to NPR,” Rose said. “It’s an important
option for students, and I think for those
who are really interested in in-depth
SBOO Million Budget Deficit
Defines Easley's Ist 100 Days
By Alex Kapian
State & National Editor
On Jan. 6, Mike Easley stood
before an audience of 5,000 people in
downtown Raleigh and became North
Carolina’s 67th governor.
Easley’s inauguration is a first in
many ways. He is the first governor to
be born after World War 11, the first
practicing Roman Catholic and the
first of the 21st century.
But as Easley moved into the new
century, he also inherited the problems
left behind by his predecessors -a state
divided along economic lines, an edu
cational system falling below the
national average in most categories and
an ever-increasing budget shortfall.
In a 14-minute inaugural address,
Easley spoke about dealing with some
of these challenges. There was no
mention of the budget deficit.
One hundred days later, that very
issue has become one of the focal points
of Easley’s administration and the first
major challenge for the new governor.
Filling the Fiscal Hole
Even as Easley was being sworn in,
a budget shortfall of more than S4OO
million was looming over his head.
Just a month later, that deficit grew
to more than S7OO million and forced
Easley to declare a state of emergency
to deal with the budget crisis - the first
governor to do so since Jim Martin in
1991, when the budget deficit grew to
more than $1 billion.
Since then, every legislative measure
Easley has pursued has been under the
shadow of die state’s fiscal difficulties.
Both political pundits and legisla
tors seem to agree that Easley’s overall
performance thus far has to be evalu
ated against the backdrop of one of the
state’s fiscal situation.
“To come into office and find out
you have a budget shortfall in the cur
rent year is a huge problem,” said Sen.
Tony Rand, D-Cumberland. “Just get
ting started and being confronted with
this has certainly been somewhat of a
Adanta. She also has remained active in
campus activities as a participant in the
Campus Visitors Committee and the
Arts and Sciences Foundation.
Mason said she is enthusiastic about
contributing to UNC as a trustee. “I just
... wanted to find some way to get
involved and give back,” she said.
Edward Broadwell, chairman of the
BOG’s governance committee, said the
nominees’ approval will become official
after they participate in an orientation ses
sion on the UNC campus later this month.
Cates said she thinks the new trustees
will be a positive addition. “I’m sure it will
work out very well because there will
still be some members on the board
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coverage of news on radio, it’s a very
WUNC began as a student station in
1940, broadcasting on an AM frequen
cy. In November 1952, WUNC began
broadcasting as an FM station.
For years, the station provided a
number of programs and newscasts to
keep its listeners informed. However, all
operation ceased in 1971 when lightning
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In March, Gov. Mike Easley and Sen John Edwards discuss plans for a
Patients' Bill of Rights during a tour of Wake Medical Center.
distraction from his legislative agenda.
Even Republican legislators say the
budget deficit has been somewhat of a
distraction for the governor.
“I think any analysis of Governor
Easley has to start with the position
that he was put in - staring into a
black hole of $750 million,” said Sen.
Hamilton Horton, R-Forsyth.
The hole was dug by both a down
turn in the national economy and the
actions of the previous administration.
“(The budget deficit) is not
(Easley’s) fault,” said UNC political
science Professor Thad Beyle. “Some
people fault the previous legislature
BOG Fears Budget Cuts
May Bleed UNC System
By Alex Kaplun
State & National Editor
Members of the Board of Governors
aired worries Thursday over the state’s
fiscal difficulties and the existing tuition
UNC-system President Molly Broad
expressed concern during her report
before the full board that the N.C.
General Assembly might force the
UNC system to make deep budget cuts.
Broad said University officials have
testified at hearings before members of
the Joint Appropriations Committee on
Education in recent weeks to comb
through the system’s funding needs.
“The hearings have been held under
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struck the transmitter.
In 1975, concerned local residents
expressed the need for putting WUNC
back on the air. After many discussions,
letters and hard work, WTJNC resumed
operation as part of NPR in 1976.
Journalism Professor Thomas Linden
said he is an avid NPR listener. “In
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for lowering taxes or (former) gover
nor for pouring too much funding into
certain education programs.”
In the late 19905, as the economy
was booming, the legislature approved
a series of tax cuts that shorted the
state more than a $1 billion a year.
Meanwhile, former Gov. Jim Hunt
continued to pour money into education
initiatives such as increasing teacher pay
and Smart Start in an effort to make
North Carolina a leader in education.
Then in September 1999, North
Carolina was hit with Hurricane Floyd,
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the shadow of the budget shortfall,”
Broad told the board.
She added that legislators might look to
cut even more from the system’s budget
than the recommendations made by Gov.
Mike Isasley in his budget proposal, which
could be difficult for the UNC system to
handle. “This is especially sobering news
for the university because it comes on the
heels of $32 million in cuts,” Broad said.
In February, UNC-system officials
agreed to return $32 million - about 2
percent of the UNC system’s annual,
allocated budget - to the state, a move
system leaders touted as a sign that they
were willing to accommodate the cash-
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