She Sally Star Heel
Campus leaders get together
to discuss women's issues.
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UNC Advances to 12th in NIH Funding
UNC moved from 13th to 12th in the National Institutes of Health's
annual rankings, representing the amount of research funding received.
1. The Johns Hopkins University $457,361,528
2. University of Pennsylvania $376,031,622
3. University of Washington-Seattle $356,240,621
4. University of California-San Francisco $350,417,900
5. Washington University $303,649,861
12. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill $236,803,562
SOURCE: NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH DTH/MARY STOWELL
Race and Residence: Housing Choices at UNC
By Meredith Nicholson
Junior Fritzie Cathcart is a black stu
dent who lives off campus with two room
mates who also are minority students.
Cathcart said she chose to live off
campus because she thought it would be
a good transition to real life, teaching her
to balance her finances and responsibil
ities. “I’m about to be on my own any
way,” she said. “I should see how it is.”
But Cathcart might be the exception
rather than the rule.
According to statistics kept
by the Office of Institutional
Research and the Department
of Housing and Residential
Education, roughly half of
UNC’s black students live on
campus while less than a
quarter of white students live
Black students, thus, are dis
proportionately represented in
the on-campus population but
are scarce in off-campus hous
ing. Rather than matching the
general University population,
which is 9.8 percent black, the
percentage of black on-campus
residents is about 18 percent
Christopher Payne, direc
tor of housing, said part of the
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divides on campus.
■ Today: Housing
discrepancy between the percentages of
black and white student populations liv
ing off campus can be explained by the
fact that there is a limited amount of on
There are 19,720 white students and
2,490 black students enrolled at UNC
but only 6,707 on-campus housing spots.
But other officials cited factors like
the high cost of living off campus and
the convenience of campus life as con
tributing to the divide.
Among on-campus residents, the racial
distribution of students within individual
residence halls is relatively proportionate
to the total on-campus population.
Whites make up 73 percent of the
North Campus population, 66 percent of
the Mid Campus population and 70 per
cent of the South Campus population.
Blacks make up 16 percent of the
North Campus population, 18 percent
of the Mid Campus population and 18
percent of South Campus population.
Granville Towers is not included in
the statistics because it is considered off
Dennis Emy, manager of Granville
Chamber of Commerce Supports Immigration Reform
By Jennifer Johnson
Recognizing the role that undocu
mented workers play in the local econo-
my, the Chapel
passed a resolu
tion Friday call-
Chapel Hill Police
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ing for immigration reform.
The chamber passed the resolution one
day after the U.S. House of
Representatives decided to reorganize the
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity .
John F. Kennedy
By Tina Chang
UNC now ranks 12th nationwide in the
amount of research funds received from the
National Institutes of Health, up from 13th last
According to a report released Thursday, the
University received $236.8 million in the 2001
fiscal year, up from $207 million in 2000.
All five of UNC’s health affairs schools -
dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and
public health - also ranked in the top 25 nation
wide in terms of research funds received from
the NIH last year.
The NIH is an organization that awards
grants to colleges to pursue research.
Towers, said that he does not keep sta
tistics on racial demographics but that
he believes the breakdown in Granville
is similar to campus residence halls.
But freshman Trevor Hoppe, a
Granville resident, said he thinks
Granville has the reputation of being
unappealing to minorities.
“A lot of my minority friends have no
desire to live here,” he said.
Hoppe said that he is planning to move
to an apartment and that he wishes he had
chosen to live on South Campus rather
than in Granville. “It’s a fantastic location,
but it’s only so good when your
friends don’t want to be here.”
Student leaders said socioe
conomic issues and an active
campus community con
tribute te-a pattern of minori
ty students choosing to five on
campus while white students
move off campus.
Brad Picot, vice president
of the Black Student
Movement, said there are a lot
of reasons students of all races
want to five on campus.
Picot said living on campus
is convenient socially because
students are close to their
friends and academically
because they are close to class
es and libraries.
Jamil Jeffries, a freshman who fives in
Hinton James Residence Hall, said he
likes living on South Campus because it
is convenient and gives him many
opportunities to meet people.
“It’s hard to meet people who have
the same interests if you don’t five on
campus,” Jeffries said.
Picot said students who five on South
Campus their freshman year often
become engaged in the community and
decide not to move off campus.
“A lot of people are very active on
campus, and it’s easier to be involved if
you five on campus,” he said.
But Picot said he believes socioeco
nomics might be the deciding factor in
where students choose to five. “People
come from different socioeconomic
backgrounds,” he said. “More white stu
dents can afford to five off campus.”
Living on campus is often the most
affordable option for students. On-cam
pus students are charged $2,170 for
room and pay an average of $2,760 for
board per year.
Picot said he thinks a lot of minority
students would like to five off campus
U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service into bureaus to increase efficiency.
The chamber’s resolution, which
passed unanimously, shows support for
the federal immigration reform. It was
proposed just weeks after several undoc
umented workers were laid off when their
employers received “no match” letters
from the Social Security Administration,
indicating that their immigration docu
ments were not legitimate.
“Harris Teeter laid off about 15 peo
ple around Christmas, and Food Lion
did too,” said Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Aaron Nelson.
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Change of Heart
Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., requests
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Freshman Thomas Thekkekandam, left, sophomore David Russell, freshman Alex Choi and freshman Stuart
Pratt hang out in Ehringhaus Residence Hall playing music and relaxing. All four live in the same suite.
but cannot afford to make the change.
Besides the additional costs of housing
and food that off-campus students incur,
there are often other hidden expenses
like the need to own a car, Picot said.
Officials said few formal programs
are in place to address racial distribu
tion in housing. David Cooper, presi
dent of the Residence Hall Association,
said that although RHA does not specif
ically encourage minorities to five on
campus, the group sponsors diversity
programming every year, including
race-related forums and events co-spon
sored with the BSM.
Payne also said housing officials make
no special effort to encourage minority
students to five on campus. He said it
would be impossible for officials to alter
the balance of minority students because
they do not know the race of students
who apply for on-campus housing.
“Applications have no reference to
race, so there is no way we know.”
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“There were also six or seven restau
rants and hotels in the area that had
trouble with the situation.”
Nelson said the policy needs to change
because businesses are uncertain of what
to do when the Social Security
Administration notifies them that one of
their employees has false documents.
“It creates a horrible situation
because the employer desires to keep
the employees, but they need to comply
with the law,” he said.
The situation is made more tense by
the fact that many Latinos call Chapel
Hill and Carrboro home. According to
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Volume 110, Issue 17
UNC has risen one spot in the NlH’s rank
ings each fiscal year since 1998, according to a
UNC News Services press release.
NIH press officer Don Ralbovsky said the
NIH awards grants based on the strength of
individual research proposals.
Gene Orringer, associate dean of UNC’s
School of Medicine, said the school saw about a
26 percent increase in funding - from $144 mil
lion in 2000 to SIBO million in the 2001 fiscal year.
The school is ranked 14th out of 125 medical
schools nationwide. “This rate of growth is real
ly striking,” Orringer said. “We’re closing the
gap with the schools in front of us.”
The School of Dentistry received $9.2 mil
lion, ranking fourth nationwide out of 55 den
tistry schools. John Stamm, dean of the dental
The Shades of UNC Housing
Although the population of the student body reflects a greater number of white students than black
students, the population of on-campus residents disproportionately consists of black students.
Fall 2001 Total Student Breakdown by Race
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the 2000 U.S. Census, 3.25 percent of
Chapel Hill’s 48,715 population and
12.29 percent of Carrboro’s 16,782 pop
ulation are Hispanic.
Nelson said the resolution is not
designed to grant amnesty to illegal immi
grants but is simply a call for Congress to
reconsider the federal government’s pol
icy on undocumented workers.
Nelson said the next step will probably
be to contact Rep. David Price, D-N.C.,
and establish a local coalition with Nolo
Martinez, the director of Hispanic/Latino
Affairs for Family and Consumer
Sciences at N.C. State University.
school, said having the school in the top rank
ings places UNC among excellent peer dental
schools like the University of Washington-Seatde
and the University of California-San Francisco.
Stamm said the funds are used for different
types of research, including laboratory research,
field studies and stem-cell research.
“In terms of research productivity, we are
very pleased with both the quality of research
and the creativity and effort displayed by the
faculty members, students and staff,” he said.
Stamm also said UNC’s location near
Research Triangle Park provides a unique
opportunity for dental students. “This
University provides a tremendously effective
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The chamber’s resolution is similar to a
document approved by the Carrboro
Board of Aldermen almost two weeks ago.
It was passed after employees were fired at
Food Lion for having poor paperwork.
Martinez said citizenship is the ultimate
goal of a person who is naturalized but that
it is a long and complicated process to get
undocumented workers citizenship.
“What is not a long process is for Congress
to change the laws so that these people can
become part of the mainstream.”
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UNC-Chapel Hill officials
have not yet begun to set
up the long-term tuition
plan requested by the BOG.
By Elyse Ashburn
Assistant State & National Editor
Long-term planning was emphasized
time and again during recent discussion
about setting tuition.
now say they
and have yet to act on a proposal calling
for all 16 system schools to construct
five-year tuition plans.
The UNC-system Board of
Governors approved a proposal Jan. 11
that requires all system schools to devel
op collaborative five-year tuition plans.
The BOG Budget and Finance
Committee decided at its Feb. 7 meet
ing that the five-year plans should be
bumped up a year, requiring universi
ties to present their proposals in the fall.
UNC-Chapel Hill Provost Robert
Shelton said the administration plans to
have the University’s five-year tuition
planning committee identified by April.
He said that ideally the group would be
able to make progress during the sum
mer and intensify efforts in the fall to
meet the BOG’s deadline.
The BOG last met March 6, when it
voted on campus-initiated and sys
temwide tuition increases but did not
further address long-term tuition plan
Though the board has devoted little
time recendy to a systemwide five-year
tuition plan, BOG Chairman Ben
Ruffin said long-term plans remain a
But he said other issues are more
pressing. Ruffin said the board is focus
ing its attention on the N.C. General
Assembly, which it plans to lobby to
fully finance enrollment growth funding
and to shift it from the state’s expansion
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Talks on Tax
A Chapel Hill resident wants
the town to ask for a tax
to be levied on all tickets
to UNC sporting events.
By Jenny Huang
The Chapel Hill Town Council
approved a resolution Monday night that
set a public hearing for April 8 to discuss
taxing University athletics tickets.
For the past 21 years, resident and
former council member Roland Giduz
periodically has petitioned the town to
enact a sales tax on UNC event tickets
to generate additional town revenue.
The request was put on Monday’s
consent agenda as part of a package the
council plans to discuss with local leg
islative delegates. Giduz petitioned town
officials Feb. 11 to establish a tax specif
ically on tickets to UNC athletics events.
Giduz said a reasonable sales tax on
UNC football and basketball tickets will
provide crucial money for the town.
According to his filed petition, a tax,
less than the existing sales tax levy, on
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To Discuss Tuition
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