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Students Use Art to Tell UNC's 'Hidden Truths'
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Elizabeth Wicker (right) takes part in a mock memorial service during
the Art 63 project titled "Perpetuating History: A Duty to Truths."
The Board of Elections could
not prove the guilt of Liz
Gardner and B.J. Talley
concerning a forged e-mail.
Bv Kim Minugh
The Board of Elections reported
Thursday that it could not find enough
evidence to unequivocally link two stu
dents to an e-mail scandal that disrupt
ed February’s race for Carolina Athletic
Board members ruled that they could
not prove the guilt of senior Liz Gardner
and junior BJ. Talley beyond a reasonable
doubt, although members say evidence
strongly implicates the two students.
Gardner and Talley were accused of
crafting a forged e-mail that was sub
mitted as evidence in the Feb. 15 dis
qualification hearing, in which CAA
presidential candidate Michael Songer
tried to have CAA President Reid
Chaney disqualified for misconduct.
Gardner, who saw the decision as a
victory, worked as a staff member in
Songer’s campaign, and Talley served as
his campaign manager.
“The board found clear and con
vincing evidence linking Gardner and
Talley to the forgery but decided not to
rule beyond a reasonable doubt,” wrote
Bryan Grumpier, who conducted the
investigation with former Board of
Elections Vice Chairman Fred Hill.
In a six-page report, Crumpler
detailed the evidence produced from
interviews and recovered computer
files, with consultation from Academic
Technology & Networks officials.
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Chancellor Opens His Door to Concerns in Budget Crisis
A five-part series
James Moeser's vision for
the University and how he
will see it to fruition.
Monday: Inheriting a Legacy
Tuesday: Activism's Impact
Wednesday: A World focus
Thursday: Money Matters
Today: Funding Priorities
By Tyler Maland
During his four-year tenure at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, some say
Chancellor James Moeser acted like the top
dog -a pedigree breed butting heads with
the pups of faculty and staff.
He wielded a majority of the decision
making powers, most notably in a contro
versial decision to shuffle funding alloca
tions, an occasion when some say he muz
zled disgrunded faculty members who felt
the effects of minimized funds.
Miles Bryant, president of the Academic
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New BCC I Breaks' Into History
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
As shovels penetrated the soil and
African percussion pounded away at
the morning’s celebration, Linda
Sutton felt the urge to dance.
“This was such an incredible (occa
sion), I just felt the ground needed to
be danced on,” the 1995 UNC gradu
ate said. “There were so many tears
and frustration in trying to make this
happen ... My dance was to honor all
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istrators, officials, students and families
gathered to celebrate the long-awaited
groundbreaking of the freestanding
Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center.
Sutton said she found herself over
whelmed with emotion, like so many of
the more than 200 in attendance, after
witnessing the initial stages of the cen
ter’s construction. The podium was a
living portrait of UNC leadership, with
Chancellor James Moeser, Provost
Robert Shelton and UNC-system
President Molly Broad, among others,
all honoring the dedication that made
the new BCC a reality. “With this spir
it and dedication this ... will be a cen
ter of pride at UNC,” Shelton said.
Student Body President Justin
Senate at UN-L, said conflict arose because
faculty members felt their voices in the mat
ter were stifled.
“Faculty were very upset because the
money came out of operational funds (for
different departments),” he said.
“It was very difficult for the whole cam
He also said Moeser employed his exec
utive power in the matter of reallocations,
leaving the rest of the campus with little say
“There was not a lot of input,” Bryant
said. “It was pretty much done by the
The object of the superior man is truth.
Chapel Hill residents air concerns
about UNC's Master Plan.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
By Mandy Melton
Beneath the watchful eye of Silent
Sam, a group of Art 63 students gath
ered Thursday night to remember the
“hidden truths” of UNC.
A mock funeral march down Franklin
Street preceded the memorial service.
As die students, who were clothed in
black, traveled from Hanes Art Center to
a fenced-in graveyard of artwork in front
of Silent Sam, their somber faces and
mournful attire drew many curious stares
from observers. One perplexed pedes
trian asked, “Why do they look so sad?”
The answer to this question could be
found in the students’ art structures,
which also were colored in black to sym
bolize the University’s dark secrets that
the demonstration aimed to expose.
The artwork varied from a burnt
recliner that represented the drunken
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Young opened his speech with a
resounding yell and greeting and
expressed his excitement about the
center’s potential. “The BCC is not
going to be a place just for black stu
dents - it’s for all students,” Young said.
Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary
Waldorf told the audience that the
BCC’s mission will build a bridge
between UNC and the community.
Waldorf recalled her childhood in
Chatham County. “Everything was so
separate, and I ffidn’t understand it,”
she said. But Waldorf said that occa
sionally she gains the sense progress is
being made. “I have that sense today.”
Speeches shifted to artistic portray
als of emotion as the Ebony Readers
provided dramatic readings and the
Opeyo! dancers graced the stage with
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revelry accompanying college parties to
a tree stump that signified the trees lost
to campus construction.
Students said they chose the backdrop
of Silent Sam because, while the monu
ment of the Civil War soldier is officially
recognized on campus, it still represents
only a small portion of UNC’s history.
Art Professor Elin O’Hara Slavick said
her class of 16 students got the project idea
during an intense brainstorming session
and that they have been working on the
artwork for the past month. “This project
looks at the whole idea of truth and how
stories get told and publicized,” she said.
“We tried to look at history to see what’s
been left out and what’s been ignored.”
Slavick said that while this project cov
ered controversial issues, her class tried to
remain unbiased. “Some people in my
class are very opinionated and wanted to
take a stand, while others wanted to
remain more neutral,” she said. “We were
PHOTOS BY SEFTONIPOCK
Students and administrators join the late Sonja H. Stone's family in a
groundbreaking for the freestanding BCC (top). Francemise St. Pierre
(above) leads the UNC Gospel Choir in "Amazing Grace."
He pointed out that Moeser was a man
with two administrative faces.
“On one hand, he was courageous for
doing (reallocations), and on the other he
was authoritarian in the way he did it”
Bryant said Moeser is a strong-willed
man- for better or for worse.
“(UNC’s) new chancellor is not afraid
of making controversial decisions,” he
said. “He can be fairly firm in decision
And although evidence of Moeser’s
strong leadership traits have been prevalent
since his arrival at the University, he seems
to be taking a different approach to dealing
very careful about not really taking a
stand on any issue. We just want to reveal
things about the University that people
might not know about”
Students solemnly read brief facts
about each piece of artwork and then
encouraged onlookers to comment on
what they have both seen and heard. “If
you don’t question what you’ve seen,
then our work has been in vain,” said
freshman art major Elizabeth Wicker.
Senior cultural studies major Michal
Osterweil said she appreciates the knowl
edge she gained about the University
while working on the assignment “I have
always been a social activist more than an
artist,” she said. “This project showed me
how powerful art can be as a means of
raising social conscience. Through art,
you can express things that you can’t get
across by just doing a protest”
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with the UNC community.
With less than a year of UNC experience
under his belt, Moeser seems to have muted
his bark on budgetary concerns and opened
his door to the community members’ sug
Facing a mandate from the N.C. General
Assembly, Moeser is confronting the task of
cutting UNC’s annual budget by about 7
percent. UNC’s proposal would eliminate
about $25 million, jeopardizing about 80
faculty positions and depleting library funds
by 45 percent.
Moeser said UNC’s plan of attack for
shifting money and cutting funds will be a
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Friday, April 27, 2001
UNC-system officials say
they were not given enough
time to prepare their
specific budget proposals.
By Ben DeSantis
After scrambling last week to submit
proposed budget cuts to the N.C. legis
lature, UNC-system officials could be
heading back to the drawing board.
Members of the state’s Joint
Appropriations Subcommittee on
Education said Wednesday that budget
cut proposals from the system’s 16
schools, which would total approxi
mately $125 million, were too broad
and need to be re-evaluated.
The proposed budget cuts called for
the elimination of more than 400 faculty
positions systemwide, as well as large cuts
to library and distance education budgets.
The faculty positions affected most
would be nontenure faculty like lectur
ers and adjunct professors.
The proposals from each of the sys
tem schools were submitted Monday by
UNC-system President Molly Broad and
were based on an even, 7 percent cut
from each of the system’s campuses.
Sen. Walter Dalton, D-Cleveland,
subcommittee co-chairman, said, “(The
subcommittee was) just surprised they
took an across-the-board approach.”
Dalton said committee members
expected UNC-system officials to pro
pose more targeted cuts.
But system leaders defended their
proposals, saying they did not have
enough time to break the cuts down to
specifics. UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor
James Moeser said the subcommittee
sent a letter to the UNC system April
11, the Wednesday before Easter,
requesting the budget cuts proposals by
the next Monday. “Easter miracles are
one thing, but that bordered on the level
Diton said the subcommittee would
be meeting with university leaders in the
next eight weeks, discussing specific cuts
needed to propose a budget “We’re try
ing to be as responsible as we can with
this challenge facing us,” he said.
Broad said she had a phone conversa
tion with Dalton on Thursday and that
any initial differences have been resolved.
“If there was lack of understanding, I
don’t think there is now,” she said.
Broad said the budget cuts problem
is very complex. “This is not a cookie
cutter, where all campuses are the
same,” she said. “There is not a one
size-fits-all approach to the system.”
Broad said Dalton told her the
General Assembly’s budget cut plan
could be released next Wednesday.
And Broad said system officials are
hopeful they can work together. “This is
a fiscal problem in the state budget that
both the (UNC system) and the General
Assembly are working to resolve.”
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“Anything we do here will be driven by
bottom-up, not top-directed, input,” he
This philosophy seems to be a shift from
his earlier days as chancellor at UN-L
He, along with Provost Robert Shelton,
contacted all departments and deans to dis
cuss specific budget cuts proposals.
Shelton said giving the deans and depart
ments a strong voice in the matter is a man
agement principle he and Moeser will try to
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