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Hikes May Still Leave UNC Cost Low
By Geoff Wessel
Students could have to deal with
another rise in the cost of attending
UNC as early as this fall if state legisla
tors pass either of two proposals to
But University officials take comfort
in knowing that even if another
increase is added to the 4 percent
increase approved last year by the
Board of Governors, UNC-Chapel
The Chapel Hill Flying Club will rename
itself the Wings of Carolina Flying Club
when it relocates to anew airport Sunday.
By Geoff Wessel
Local aviators are preparing for a shift in the amount of dri
ving involved when they want to fly.
The Chapel Hill Eying Club will relocate Sunday to the
Sanford-Lee County Regional Airport, located between Raleigh
and Fayetteville, after UNC told the club in May that it would
have to leave the University’s Horace Williams Airport
Flying Club President Stan Munsat said most club mem
bers feel good about the move.
“We are generally optimistic,” Munsat said. “The mem
bership will shift as we change our geographical location, but
we haven’t seen any large exodus of members.”
He said the relocation will be more of a blow to Chapel
Hill than to the club.
“It’s a loss to the people in this area,” Munsat said. “It’s been
a tremendous resource for the town of Chapel Hill to have a
place where people could learn to fly. It’s certainly appropri
ate in a university town that an educational club like the Eying
Club could do something for the people and students.”
The move will also make it harder for members of UNC’s
Carolina Eying Club to take lessons with the club, Munsat
said. But he said the move could bring positive changes for the
group as well.
“It’s anew chapter in the club’s history,” Munsat said.
“We’re going to be known as Wings of Carolina Eying Club.
We’re going to start using that name from now on.”
He said he expects the club’s membership to grow as it
becomes more accessible to Raleigh’s larger population.
The club was originally told it would have to leave Horace
Williams Airport in May, when Chancellor James Moeser
cited recent accidents as the reason for his decision not to
extend the club’s lease after it expired June 30. Three club
planes have been involved in crashes since 1999.
The University extended the club’s relocation deadline by
a month when members were having difficulty finding anew
location, said Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Services
“I think they’ve been very cooperative,” Elfland said.
Elfland added that University officials feel ending the club’s
lease was the right decision. “I don’t think that anything has
changed. The reasons the decision was made are still valid.”
Geoff Wessel can be reached
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Hill and other system schools would
remain less expensive than peer insti
On the other hand, officials still want
to keep any further increases to a mini
“The way this state will thrive is to
make sure its young people become
educated,” said Provost Robert Shelton.
“The level of state support for the uni
versities is a critical factor for any great
As state legislators attempt to work
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Is There Hope in the Holy Land?
By Matt Viser
City, State & National Editor
Reverberations from daily conflicts in
Israel have been felt around the world
among people of varied religions, ages and
nationalities, even here in Chapel Hill.
Groups around the Triangle have orga
nized protests, movie viewings, panel discus
sions and prayer vigils, trying to have their
voices heard in an international conversation.
Mary-Lou Leiser-Smith helped stage a
protest in June against Israeli occupation in
Palestinian land. “This is a hot button for a
lot of people,” Leiser-Smith said Tuesday.
“We need to be continue to be more proac
tive and look for a more just solution.”
Others, like Burhan Ghanayem of
Durham, have been affected more deeply.
Ghanayem was bom in Palestine and most
of his family still fives there.
“We are really in a bad situation here,”
Ghanayem said. “We know our people are
suffering tremendously and we can’t do any
thing to help our loved ones.”
I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
out a budget for the state in the midst of
one of the worst economic downturns
since the early ’9os, two proposals have
emerged for increasing tuition. The
Senate proposal would raise tuition by
an extra 5 percent for all UNC-Chapel
Hill students for about a 9 percent total
increase. The N.C. House of
Representatives countered with a pro
posal to leave in-state students with no
increase, but raise out-of-state students’
tuition by 15 percent.
Shelton said UNC compares favor
About two weeks ago, Ghanayem and his
family traveled to Jordan in hopes of visiting
other family members in the West Bank. But
Ghanayem said their U. S. passports were
denied at the Israeli border because of their
“We came back very disappointed,” he
said. “It was frustrating knowing we were one
hour away from my father and my family.”
But Ghanayem still has faith that the sit
uation will improve. “Without hope, we will
die out of frustration,” he said. “I still have
hope that it will one day be resolved.”
Israel has been a land of contention since
May 15,1948, the day after its founding. But
since things have heated up again in the
Holy Land, many have been wondering if
peace will ever be attainable.
The latest conflict began in September
after Ariel Sharon, who at that time was
Israel’s Likud Party chairman, walked atop
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, an area
revered by both Jews and Muslims. The
Alumnus Returns to Shoot Film
By Russ Lane
“The Pink House,” an independent
film shot in and inspired by Chapel Hill,
is described as “Woody Allen does
‘Animal House.’” It defies all natural
And it doesn’t stop there.
The film’s writer-director, UNC
alumnus lan Williams, is a native
Californian who fives in New York but
still considers himself a Southerner after
spending nearly a decade in Chapel Hill.
In a similar manner, the film’s crew is an
odd yet fascinating clash of Los Angeles,
New York and North Carolina cultures.
Most of the 40-member crew is affiliat
ed with Chapel Hill or the University in
ably with other public universities.
“The state has a horrible budget cri
sis,” he said. “The state budget deficit is
roughly a billion dollars. Secondly,
tuition is relatively low here.”
North Carolina’s student enrollment
costs in public universities are second
lowest in the nation, according to a Pope
Center for Higher Education Policy
Under the Senate proposal, UNC-
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The Wailing Wall (above left) is Judaism's most holy site and the
Dome of the Rock, just 500 feet away (below left), is revered by Muslims.
The conflict their proximity generates reaches local activists (above).
some way - think “The Six Degrees of
Silent Sam,” and you get the right idea.
Two of the three producers are former
Morehead Scholars. The first assistant
director, whose father is a professor at the
University, knows more about “Dawson’s
Creek” and “The Andy Griffith Show”
than is safe. The production designer lit
erally has no home, keeps his possessions
in storage and travels from location to
location like a gypsy.
Also thrown into the mix are nudity
clauses, enough mobile phones to keep
several telecommunications businessmen
well-fed for eternity, healthy doses of
Duke-bashing - always good for a laugh
-and the never-ending battle to obtain
financial backing (“We’re stilling raising
money actively. You can run that in bold
Breaking Down the Hikes
Tuition for both in-state and out-of-state students has been part of the ongoing budget
debates, as both the N.C. House and the N.C. Senate have recommended different cuts.
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next day, Palestinians began an uprising that
has continued through the past ten months.
But some say this was merely the result of
tension that had been brewing for some
time. “It was the straw that broke the
camel’s back,” said Hannaniah Pinto, a
Jewish tour guide who immigrated to Israel
17 years ago.
Pinto said although Israel has seen much
conflict in the past, this dispute is more com
plex. “It looks so confusing in every direction,”
he said. “I wish it would end soon, but it seems
we will be in this situation for a longer time.”
At least 488 Palestinians, 128 Israelis and 13
Israeli Arabs have died since September, with
an average of two people dying every day.
“More and more, we are learning that the
military actions aren’t the answer,” Pinto
said. “We are seeing that the wounds are just
too big and take too long to heal.”
Despite the volatility, Pinto said he feels
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print. We’re very nice people and we’ll
do the best we can with your money”).
Welcome to “The Pink House.”
Or more specifically, welcome to the
world of lan Williams.
Although he graduated 11 years ago
- having written two best-selling books
on Generation X, several movie trailers
for a posh trailer company in
Hollywood and directed a short film
available online at Atom-bomb.com -
Williams’ informal clothing and long,
red hair doesn’t place him far from the
majority of students walking on campus.
He’s equally informal during his work
ing hours as director. During a tech scout
ing trip, in which the production crew
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The final Double Dutch looks at
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Thursday, July 26, 2001
Student loans have reached
their lowest level since
1965, but most students are
unaware of the benefits.
By Demetrius Grigolaya
The interest rate for federally regu
lated student loans is at its lowest level
ever, according to education loan
providers, and many UNC students
could potentially benefit.
The 2001-02 rate was fixed at its low
est level since 1965, when the Higher
Education Act first introduced education
loans, said Jeff Hanson, the director of
debt management services at Access
The interest rate is 5.39 percent for a
standard Stafford loan for students who
are still in school, compared to 7.59 per
cent just a year ago.
“We are in a somewhat unique situa
tion right now,” Hanson said.
This is also a good time for students
with oustanding loans to consolidate.
Consolidating means to take all of one’s
student loans and wrap them up into a
single new loan. The interest rate is
fixed on a lower level after consolida
“Right now, if a student consolidates,
their loans are probably going to be car
rying 5.39 percent,” said Sue Burdick,
an assistant director at the Student
Financial Aid Office at UNC.
“So when they consolidate their
loans, the loan rate is as low as it can
She added that students who are
already paying can also benefit.
“If a loan has already been in repay
ment and the student consolidates, the
interest rate will be 6 percent, which is
still very attractive."
For most federally sponsored loans,
interest rates change once a year, effec
tive July 1, to follow the 90-dav Treasury
“We do not have a way to predict
how the Treasury bill will be traded
next year,” Hanson said. “But the rate
can easily go up to 8.25 percent,” he
said, referring to the current cap for
A one-percent change in the interest
rate could mean extra thousands of dol
lars in interest that the student will or
will not have to pay.
Still, most of the students seem to know
little about potential savings for them.
“I haven’t thought about it,” said
Julie Collins, a junior from Monroe.
“This is something I should discuss with
Other students were in similar situa
tions. Jennifer Poisson, a junior from
Wilmington, said, “I haven’t heard about
it My mom filled out all these forms.”
Shera Hube of the College Foundation
of North Carolina said that it has only
been three weeks since the new rate was
announced, which could be the explana
tion for why many students don’t know
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