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to the Inter-Faith Council shelter.
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Professor to Speak at Winter Graduation
English Professor Trudier
Harris has been chosen to
deliver the December
By Nikki Werking
The where, when and who for the
winter Commencement have been set,
officials announced at Thursday’s Board
of Trustees meeting.
Senior Class President Ben Singer
Mapping It Out The plan proposed by the Democratic co-chairmen of the Senate Redistricting Committee is based on the House plan but changes some districts located in the western portions of the state..
The plan approved by the House Ballance-Metcalf-Miller Plan,
on Nov 15 \l/ which is being discussed in the Senate r ' ' ®
Redistricting Discussion Proceeds Despite Lawsuit
By Mike Gorman
RALEIGH - The Senate committee
met Tuesday to continue discussing con
gressional redistricting plans despite a
Republican lawsuit challenging the
delayed redistricting process.
The lawsuit, which was filed last week
in federal court, also says the congres
sional redistricting plan should include
at least two majority-minority districts.
Majority-minority districts contain at
least 50 percent minorities with the goal
of electing a minority representative.
Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, R-Cabarrus,
Breast cancer research at
UNC will be aided by the
National Cancer Institute's
recent $12.5 million grant.
By Tina Chang
And Jessica Sleep
Officials at UNO’s Lineberger
Comprehensive Cancer Center say the
recent renewal of a multimillion-dollar
grant will allow them to approach breast
cancer research in innovative ways.
The National Cancer Institute has
awarded the Lineberger Center a $12.5
million renewal grant for its Specialized
Program of Research Excellence in breast
cancer. The grant will provide the center
with funds over the next five years, said
Shelton Earp, director of the center.
Earp said the center applied for the
grant in 1992, 1996 and 2000 and was
awarded the binds every time it applied.
The grant will be used to fund eight
different projects and areas of breast can
cer research. Earp said some of the pro
jects will include exploring novel types of
cancer therapy, studying the genetic
makeup of cancerous tumors and ana
lyzing the genes of breast cancer patients.
Earp said the programs will try to find
out whether certain people are predis
posed to developing breast cancer, which
cells are resistant to chemotherapy, how
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True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Charles Caleb Colton
said Monday that the Dec. 20
Coipmencement will be held from 2
p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Smith Center, and
the speaker will be English Professor
Officials from the Offices of the
University Registrar are estimating that
there will be about 1,330 degree-seek
Harris has lectured widely on her
specialty - African-American literature
and folklore -and has spoken through
out the United States, Canada, Jamaica
Harris also has published several
said the lawsuit’s goal is to force law
makers to comply with the redistricting
requirements of the N.C. Constitution.
Hartsell said that among these require
ments is the need to follow a one-man,
one-vote proportion of representation.
But Senate Democrats said the suit is
a waste of taxpayer money.
“Our folks feel there’s no basis for the
lawsuit,” said Sen. Elbe Kinnaird, D-
Orange. “The map is racially balanced.”
Kinnaird said the suit likely would get
dismissed quickly but a hearing would
last for months.
The Republican Party filed the suit
Nov. 13 against House Speakerjim Black,
Moeser Solicits Speaker,
Retains Name for Now
By Lizzie Breyer
Members of the May Commencement
speaker selection committee confirmed
Tuesday that an invitation has been
extended to one potential speaker.
Although he declined to provide any
information about the candidate, Senior
Class President Ben Singer said
Chancellor James Moeser has sent an
invitation to one of seven finalists
named by the committee.
“The person we are looking at defi
nitely embodies what we want in a speak
er,” Singer said. “He is actually going to
be a great speaker if he accepts.”
The seven names were chosen by the
committee, which consists of Singer,
Student Body President Justin Young,
Graduate and Professional Student
Federation President Mikisha Brown,
Senior Class Vice President Byron
Wilson and five faculty members.
Singer said the committee tried to
find choices that would be well-known
to students and would be able to deliver
a high-quality address.
“Most of the names on the list are rec
ognizable - what we’re looking at is
someone who can deliver a great
speech," Singer said.
To reach this point in the process,
Singer said everyone on the committee
voted for their top three choices.
Young said the process was compli
cated this year after entertainer Bill
Cosby declined an invitation to speak,
citing schedule conflicts.
“The list was somewhat jumbled after
all the controversy,” Young said. “Cosby
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nonfiction books on the same topic.
Among these are “Exorcising
Blackness: Historical and Literary
Lynching and Burning Rituals,” “Fiction
and Folklore: The Novels of Toni
Morrison” and “Black Women in the
Fiction of James Baldwin,” which won
the 1987 College Language Association
Creative Scholarship Award.
Harris grew up in rural Alabama
with eight siblings, working in cotton
fields with her family, according to an
online biography on the UNC Web
She taught at The College of William
D-Mecklenburg, challenging how he
refused to allow amendments to the plan.
The Senate Congressional
Redistricting Committee discussed two
alternative plans Tuesday, further delay
ing the redistricting process. The House
approved a plan Thursday.
Hartsell proposed a redistricting plan
designed by three school children from
Concord. The plan, a result of Odell
Elementary’s “Project: DuNCecap,"
forms 13 congressional voting districts
based on county lines. “Some people
chuckle about it, but these kids address
some important concerns,” he said.
Hartsell said the plan ignores minor
was the initial person, then we went
back to the drawing board and made up
a supplementary list.”
From that list, 20 candidates were
chosen, and the list then was narrowed
to the seven presented to the chancellor,
who extends formal invitations at his
“We rank our recommendations -a
lot of times he goes with that, sometimes
he doesn’t,” Singer said.
Young said the seven finalists would
all be good choices, although he also
declined to comment on any specifics.
“It’s a pretty good mix - all of them
are quality people," he said. “We try to
stay away from politicians - we don’t
want to stray into the political realm or
“For the most part, you will know
who they are."
Young did confirm South African
novelist Nadine Gordimer, who won the
Nobel Prize in literature in 1991, was
one of the finalists.
But he said Gordimer probably was
the least famous name on the final list.
“Nadine Gordimer is the one least
recognizable - the rest of the names on
the list are definitely recognizable, or, if
you don’t know who they are, you could
find out easily,” he said.
Singer said the committee has finished
its work and now is just waiting to hear
the results of the chancellor’s decision.
“At this point, the ball is in the chancel
lor’s court,” he said. “When he tells me
what’s going on, I will tell the seniors.”
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and Mary for six years prior to her work
Several awards, including the first
annual Award of Distinction from Ohio
State University in 1994, and, more
recently, the William C. Friday/Class
of 1986 Award for Excellence in
Teaching, have been bestowed upon
Although Harris has not yet prepared
her Commencement speech, she said she
is excited to have the chance to speak.
“I am humbled by this great oppor
tunity,” Harris said.
“But it is also a great responsibility,
ity-majority issues, partisan concerns
and voting patterns. Instead, the focus is
on grouping neighborhoods together.
Hartsell said districts based on county
lines allowed voters to elect officials who
represent communities rather than ideas.
Committee members also briefly dis
cussed the redistricting plan drawn up by
the Democratic co-chairmen of the
Senate committee and presented by Co
chairman Sen. Frank Ballance, D-Warren.
Ballance said the Democratic plan
largely was based on the House’s. He
said eight districts were untouched and
added that the plan made only minor
changes, such as moving precincts, to
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Tuesday in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. Maia helped pick out
the perfect carrots and kept track of their budget on her Etch A Sketch.
and I must prepare something worthy
for this event.”
Singer said he also is looking forward
to Harris’s Commencement speech.
“I think she’ll offer an inspiring
speech,” Singer said.
“She came highly recommended by
faculty, the chancellor and students.
“I think a lot of students will be excit
ed for a woman speaker, since the
(Commencement) speakers are typical
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the other five congressional districts.
Ballance pointed to Union County as
an example. The Senate plan moves
Union County from districts containing
Charlotte suburbs to a more-agricultur
But some Republican legislators said
the proposal was flawed.
Sen. Virginia Foxx, R-Guilford, said
she could not support either proposal.
“Drawing a map to protect incumbents
is wrong, and I’m not going to vote for
any of these maps.”
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Wednesday, November 21, 2001
Although no decision has
been made, one official said
as many as 1,500 Marines
might go to Afghanistan.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Marines now
aboard assault ships in the Arabian Sea
are likely to be sent into Afghanistan,
possibly this week, to join Army special
operations troops already there, a senior
U.S. official said Tuesday.
The official stressed that no final
decision has been made and that it was
might be sent in
and what missions
they would per-
form. They might provide security at
sites inside Afghanistan where other
U.S. forces are operating, or they might
expand work by the Army special
forces in blocking roads and searching
for clues to the whereabouts of Osama
bin Laden in southern Afghanistan.
The official, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said as many as 1,500
Marines might go. It was possible that a
small advance team would slip into
Afghanistan first to arrange for the arrival.
The U.S. hunt for terrorist leaders
has already met with some success. The
Nov. 14 airstrike on a building south of
Kabul that killed al-Qaida’s military
chief, Mohammed Atef, also killed 50
other al-Qaida members, several senior
Taliban officials and an undisclosed
number of Taliban fighters, said anoth
er U.S. official, also speaking on the
condition of anonymity.
There are two Marine Corps task
forces, known as Marine Expeditionary
Units, now aboard Navy ships in the
Arabian Sea. One task force is headed
by the USS Bataan; the other is led by
the USS Peleliu. The Marines are
trained in a variety of missions, includ
ing quick-strike ground assault
The Pentagon also is planning to
send additional troops into northern
Afghanistan to work with other foreign
forces in protecting a land route for
humanitarian relief, other officials said.
U.S. Central Command is still work
ing out details, including how many
U.S. troops may be needed to repair
and secure roads, even as it steps up the
search for bin Laden and senior mem
bers of his al-Qaida terrorist network.
The United States has several hun
dred special operations troops inside
Afghanistan, mainly to work with anti-
Taliban forces, to identify targets for
U.S. warplanes and to scout for clues to
bin Laden’s whereabouts.
Now that about three-quarters of
Afghan territory is no longer in Taliban
control - according to the Pentagon’s
estimate - the United States and allied
countries are focusing more on acceler
ating the delivery of humanitarian aid.
Victoria Clarke, spokesman for
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld,
said the extra U.S. troops may include
engineers for road repairs and explo
sives experts to clear mines and booby
traps in the vicinity of Mazar-e-Sharif.
Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem, deputy
director of operations for the Joint Chiefs
of Staff, said U.S. officials don’t know
whether bin Laden is still in Afghanistan.
Other U.S. officials, speaking on condi
tion of anonymity, have said they believe
bin laden remains in the country.
Stufflebeem said U.S. bombing con
tinues to target caves and tunnels
thought to be used by al-Qaida leaders.
The Air Force has sent three more
AC-130 gunships to the area to work
with Predator unmanned reconnais
sance aircraft in targeting small groups
of Taliban or al-Qaida leaders moving
overland, a senior defense official said.
The three gunships, operating from a
base in Uzbekistan, are in addition to
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