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Campus Airs Concerns About Plan
By Carolyn Pearce
UNC’s Development Plan was met
with a mixed response when it was pre
sented to students, faculty and residents
at a forum Monday night.
The forum, sponsored by the Faculty
Council, Employee Forum and student
government, detailed proposed campus
expansion and its impact on the com
munity during the next eight to 10 years.
While some residents and town offi
cials were pleased with UNC’s presen
tation, others felt officials were not pre
pared to answer all questions.
“I don’t think they answered a lot of
questions,” said Alice Teich, a junior envi
ronmental studies major. “They didn’t
By Kellie Dixon
Officials suspect the drug that might
have contributed to the Friday death of
a UNC senior could have been
obtained near or on campus.
Daniel S. Walker, 20, a journalism
and economics major, was found dead
in his Carrboro home at 92 Pine Hill
Drive around 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Investigators said Walker attended a
party that night at his fraternity house,
Sigma Nu, and then went to a friend’s res
idence. “There was some evidence that
he had purchased some drugs around
the campus,” said Gary Blankenship, a
Carrboro investigator.“ Yes, he was at a
party (at Sigma Nu) but that does not
mean he bought the drugs there.”
Blankenship said tainted drugs, which
he defined as “drags that have things in
them that they’re not supposed to have,”
might have been consumed. Investigators
stressed that drug use has not been con
firmed and neither has an exact drag.
In Walker’s room, investigators found
white powder and a partial tablet of a pill
of some sort on his desk, said Carrboro
Investigator John Lau. Lau said Walker
might have consumed OxyContin.
According to the U.S. Food and Drag
Administration’s Web site, OxyContin is a
narcotic drag approved for the prescribed
treatment of moderate to severe pain. The
drag can be lethal if chewed, broken or
crashed because a large amount of the
Program Directors: Less
Class Days Not Necessary
By Paige Ammons
The directors of several UNC pro
grams said Monday they doubt the
necessity of anew resolution asking for
a shortened academic calendar - even
though the resolution aims to benefit
tion, which was
by the UNC-
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Council, requests that the Board of
Governors give UNC-system schools free
dom to set their own academic calendars.
Faculty members in favor of the reso
lution said it would eliminate students’
conflicts with summer jobs, classes, intern
ships and study abroad opportunities.
But the directors of University Career
Services and the Study Abroad Office
said a shortened school year would do
little to benefit students in these areas.
Marcia Harris, the director of UCS,
said UNC-CH students occasionally have
calendar conflicts with summer jobs and
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have the right statistics at their fingertips.”
The forum focused on UNC’s plans for
housing expansion and renovation in
addition to explaining how the University
will absorb increased traffic from addi
tional construction -a strategy outlined in
the University’s Development Plan.
The Development Plan is part of the
University’s Master Plan, a 50-year blue
print for campus growth. The
Development Plan, if passed by the
Chapel Hill Town Council on Oct. 3,
will add 5.9 million square feet to the
campus’ existing 14 million square feet
of building space.
Diana McDuffee, a member of the
Carrboro Board of Aldermen, attended
the forum and said she was pleased that
University officials addressed the pres
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cause of death is
still unknown. But
officials have ruled
out heart attack,
choking or foul
Daniel S. Walker
in a fraternity and
Habitat for Humanity.
tests will be available no sooner than two
weeks from Monday.
Friends say they are afraid Walker’s
death will mar his image. Jesse Wharton,
Walker’s girlfriend and a UNC junior, said
there are only positive things to say about
his life. “He was just an amazing person,
and he was the kind of person who was
always there for his friends,” she said.
Collin Goforth, Walker’s fraternity
brother, said Walker was involved in the
fraternity and volunteered with Habitat
for Humanity. The funeral was held
Monday at Hendersonville First United
Methodist Church. Walker’s family has
requested that memorials be made to
the charity of the donor’s choice.
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internships but that these occurrences are
rare. When the timing of the academic
calendar and the work schedule does con
flict, Harris encourages students to nego
tiate with the employers. “Sometimes the
employer will work with the student and
allow them to come a week later or leave
a week earlier,” she said.
Harris said UNC-CH students fare
well in the competition for jobs and intern
ships, despite the timing conflicts. “It
would be very hard to argue that students
are getting hurt by the longer calendar.”
A shorter school year also has few
advantages for students wanting to study
abroad, said Bob Miles, director of the
Study Abroad Program.
He said that while the calendar dis
crepancies can sometimes present diffi
culties, having a shortened calendar
would offer only marginal assistance.
“It may offer more flexibility, but it
won’t make a huge difference,” Miles said.
Despite these extracurricular concerns,
academic opportunities also play into the
calendar debate. Risa Palm, dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences, said short-
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sure students moving off-campus has
placed on the community.
“Carrboro is already one of the most
densely populated towns in North
Carolina,” McDuffee said. “This is
because there are many apartment com
plexes with students living in them.”
The Development Plan calls for four
new residence halls already under con
struction along Manning Drive, con
struction of new student family housing
and renovation of Odum Village,
UNC’s student family housing.
Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for student
affairs, said renovation of Odum Village is
necessary to house undergraduates while
South Campus’ high-rise residence halls
are updated to meet fire safety standards.
“If they don’t renovate high rises they’ll
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String Cheese Incident to Headline Concert
By Brad Chiasson
Tickets go on sale today for a
Homecoming concert organized by the
Carolina Athletic Association that will
feature the bluegrass band String
CAA officials say they hope the event
will have a strong turnout, adding that
measures are being taken to make sure
this year’s concert runs more smoothly
than last year’s.
This year’s concert will be held Nov.
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be closed and we’ll lose 900-plus students
into the community,” Kitchen said.
Teich said she still has concerns about
Odum Village but that the forum helped
her understand why the renovations
were necessary. “I recognize that the
University needs to grow, but they are
doing it very hastily,” she said.
While the Development Plan calls for
the construction of student family hous
ing on the southern perimeter of cam
pus, some residents voiced concerns at
the forum about how the University
plans to absorb the increased traffic
resulting from the expansion.
Richard Wolfenden, a resident of
Mason Farm Road, which runs along the
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-7 in Memorial Hall. Homecoming
weekend is scheduled for Nov. 9-11.
The Carolina Union Box Office will
start selling tickets to students Friday,
but both students and the general public
can buy tickets online starting today, at
Students can bring three extra UNC
ONE Cards and get two tickets per card
if they buy at the box office. The maxi
mum amount of tickets one student can
purchase is six. Tickets will cost S2O
each, both at the box office and online.
CAA President Reid Chaney said he
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Sue Kitchen, vice chancellor for student affairs, addresses an audience
of campus community members about UNC's Development Plan.
Speculators point to Edwards' charisma
and speaking presence as reasons for his
quick rise within the Democratic party.
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
The political rise of Sen. John Edwards is a study in con
Edwards is a moderate Democrat from a traditionally con
servative state. He represents the new, more liberal face of
North Carolina, a stark contrast to the conservative era front
ed by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., who announced his retire
ment earlier this month.
Edwards has been widely mentioned as a potential presi
dential candidate in 2004, despite the fact that he never held
a political office prior to his 1998 election to the U.S. Senate.
He was rumored to have been on the short list of promi
nent Democrats being considered as running mates by pres
idential candidate A1 Gore, although Edwards eventually lost
the position to Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn.
Edwards often has been compared to former President Bill
Clinton - both lawyers with dynamic personalities.
But others say those personalities allow the two men to pull
the wool over the public eye with a charismatic smile.
Edwards has shot to the top of his party in the three years
he has served North Carolina in the Senate, but questions
remain as to whether he is a deserving recipient of success or
merely a politician being pushed to the top by his party.
Ferrel Guillory, director of UNC’s program on Southern
Politics, Media and Public Life, said Edwards’ rise can be
attributed more to his personality and ability than to his power
within the legislature. “(Edwards) is very good at making a pre
sentation to the fullest and making his case to the people
through television and appearance,” he said. “He doesn’t have
the kind of power that comes from a legislative position. He’s
not going to the White House like Senator (Majority Leader
Thomas) Daschle to make deals with the president”
Edwards served on several low-level committees his first
year in office, including the Housing & Urban Affairs
Committee and a Special Y2K committee. While he still does
not have the power of a long-term senator, Edwards now
serves on several powerful committees, including the Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee,
Guillory added that while Edwards has gotten some impor
tant committee assignments in his three years in the Senate,
his success has resulted from a combination of circumstances
like vice presidential consideration, in addition to his hard
work and abilities.
Andrew Taylor, a political science professor at N.C. State
University, said he thinks the American political climate was
ready to support someone like Edwards, whose moderate stance
on issues appeals to a large segment of the population. “With the
parties being so close I think the Democrats realize that nation
ally, they need moderates in prominent positions,” he said.
Taylor said moderates are pivotal in orchestrating the com
promises necessary to pass important pieces of legislation.
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is pleased that half of the 1,600 tickets
available to hear the bluegrass jam band
play will be reserved for students. He
also said students interested in the con
cert should get tickets quickly. “We feel
that it will sell out,” Chaney said. “The
response so far has been very positive."
Chaney said that CAA has been plan
ning for the concert since last summer.
He said he hoped that planning for this
year’s concert far in advance would help
avoid the problems of last year’s
During the 2000 Homecoming con
cert -with headlining performers
Outkast - musicians had to deal with
malfunctioning sound equipment, includ
ing faulty microphones. Two of the acts
scheduled to perform that night declined
to play after hearing the sound quality.
Chaney said precautions are being
taken for String Cheese Incident’s con
cert to prevent similar problems.
“They’re bringing their own people,”
Chaney said. “If they decide not to, the
campus production will take care of it"
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