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UNC Cuts 6 Days From Academic Calendar
By Kate Pearson
Students and faculty at UNC-Chapel
Hill will have six days trimmed off the
2002-03 academic year before the final
calendar changes - which will cut four
more days - take effect in 2003-04.
The calendar change is the result of a
UNC-system Board of Governors deci
sion in February to allow individual sys
tem campuses to trim their academic
calendar by about two weeks.
Originally UNC-CH officials said
Education leaders from
across the state said they
want flexibility to distribute
budget cuts as they see fit.
By Alex Kaplun
RALEIGH - In an unprecedented
meeting Tuesday, state education lead
ers pleaded with members of the N.C.
Senate not to cut too deeply into educa
tion when the legislature builds a bud
get for the 2002-03 fiscal year.
Education officials from all over the
state and from all three branches of pub
lic education - K-12 schools, communi
ty colleges and the UNC system - aired
their concerns in a three-hour session as
most of the Senate listened intently.
The N.C. General Assembly is in the
midst of building a budget for the 2002-
03 fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Due to both sagging revenue collec
tions and escalating costs in several state
programs, legislators are facing a budget
hole of about $2 billion.
With few legislators willing to stom
ach a tax increase, lawmakers have
begun to consider cuts to all comers of
the state’s sl4 billion budget.
The Senate is expected to approve its
plan on how to fill the fiscal hole in the
next few weeks, at which point the plan
will head to the N.C. House for approval.
Lawmakers have announced that they
could have to cut about $695 million
from education to balance the budget.
But Senate President Pro Tem Marc
Basnight, D-Dare, said that before leg
islators made any final decisions on the
budget they wanted to hear from as
many education officials as possible.
Hundreds of education officials from
across the state - including school super
intendents, community college presidents,
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Witnesses Testify in Case of Man Charged With Rapes
Edwards is on trial for the
assaults of three women
that occurred in 1999-2000
in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
By Colin Sutker
HILLSBOROUGH - Medical and
law enforcement officials took the stand
this week to support the prosecution’s
case against an area man facing multiple
Dwayne Russell Edwards is accused
of sexually assaulting three women, one
of whom was assaulted at gunpoint at
ner Chapel Hill apartment.
they did not want to change the 2002-03
academic calendar because the calendar
had already been published and the
University had made plans around it.
But David Lanier, University registrar
and the head of the committee that sub
mits calendar proposals to the chancel
lor, said he received calls from students,
faculty and administrators asking him to
revise the 2002-03 academic calendar.
The committee members decided to
cut some of the days from the 2002-03
year, making it a transitional year before
the revised calendar is put into effect
'Canes Frenzy Sweeps Triangle
By Kellie Dixon
RALEIGH - The Entertainment
& Sports Arena erupted Tuesday
night as Ron Francis sealed the
Carolina Hurricanes’ first victory in
clad in jer
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memorabilia, leapt from their red
cushioned seats in the lower level of
the sports arena, and in unison let out
a loud, long cheer: “Woooo!”
Francis’ shot, executed less than a
minute into overtime, elevated the
Hurricanes 1-0 in the series against
the Detroit Red Wings at the Joe
Louis Arena in Michigan.
Fans around the Triangle, who
have been snatching up ’Canes’ para
phernalia, have been waiting for this
moment since the team clinched the
Eastern Conference a week ago.
A crowd of more than 8,000 gath
ered at the ESA to watch their beloved
Hurricanes drag the Red Wings into
overtime on Detroit’s home ice.
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Melissa Ecdes, employee of The Eye at Crabtree
Mall, straightens up after the pregame rush.
The prosecution this week, the sec
ond of the trial, focused on the primary
response officers who obtained evidence
and gathered primary testimonies from
the victims of an assault that occurred
The victim’s boyfriend, a UNC grad
uate, told the court Monday that he was
forced from the bed where they were
sleeping into a closet while the rape
He testified that he could hear his
girlfriend begging, “Please no, please
no,” while the rape occurred.
The victim also identified the defen
dant as the man who sexually assaulted
her while holding a gun in his right
The prosecution continued Tuesday
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The committee took three days from
the end of the fall semester and three
days from the end of the spring semester.
The majority of changes to the to next
year’s calendar will affect exam week.
There will be no exams on Saturdays,
and the exam period is longer than usual
because the committee did not want to
make any changes to the
Commencement schedule, Lanier said.
The last day of classes for the fall and
spring semesters were slated to be
December 7 and April 30. Under the
new calendar, classes will end December
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police Lt. Mike
Mikels. He stated
that on the night
arrest, the defen
dant was wearing
a pair of dark-col
pants and a dark
sleeve jacket. The
fied them as the
to him Tuesday.
He added that
trial began in
on May 27.
on the night of the arrest, he saw two
brown gloves and a black toboggan on
Courage is a kind of salvation.
Tar Heels' season ends at
NCAA regional tournament.
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4 and April 25. Exams will end as sched
uled in the fall on December 17 and one
day early in the spring on May 9.
The final changes, implemented in the
2003-04 academic year, will include a
total of 70 days of instruction per semes
ter, compared to the 75 days that have
been in place the last four years, he said.
The current calendar came into exis
tence in 1996, when then-UNC-system
President C.D. Spangler increased the
academic calendar from 140 to 150 days.
“We found that in those four years we
found ourselves with hardly any time
Fans Seek Merchandise, Stanley Cup
By Tim Candon
RALEIGH Doug and Ndidi Kowalczyk
watched game one of the Stanley Cup Finals at
the Entertainment & Sports Arena on Tuesday
night adorned in Hurricanes jerseys and flags.
Ndidi even wore a foam puck on her head.
The Kowalczyks estimate they’ve spent SSOO on
Hurricanes merchandise this year, excluding their
season tickets, and said every penny was worth it
“We’re hoping to pay for a free agent some
where,” Doug said.
Fans like the Kowalczyks across the Triangle
are snatching up Hurricanes memorabilia almost
as fast as retailers are putting it on the shelves.
“It’s a challenge (keeping goods stocked), but
we’re staying even with it, if not ahead of the
the front seat of Edwards’ black Chevrolet
Cavalier. Those two pieces of clothing
were identified by the victim as being on
the suspect on the night of the rape.
Chapel Hill police officer Steve
Lehew was also brought to the stand to
corroborate Mikels’ testimony that the
gloves and toboggan were in the car.
Defense attorney Steve Freedman
argued that in Mikels’ testimony, he had
stated that on the night of Edwards’
apprehension that he was instructed to
look for a tall black man, bald and pos
sibly wearing gloves.
But previous statements showed
Mikels was only given information to
look for a tall black man possibly wear
ing gloves. Mikels then admitted that he
had merged the identifying characteris
between summer and fall,” Lanier said.
Lanier said University officials and
faculty members both supported the
return to a shorter calendar. He said fac
ulty members will not work fewer days
when the new calendar goes into effect,
but they will use the extra days to do
research and work on academic writing.
Lanier said he does not consider the
new calendar “shortened.” He said, “We
are returning to a normal calendar.”
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game,” said Kevin Murphy, director of mer
chandise for the Hurricanes and the ESA.
The hottest item is the Eastern Conference
championship T-shirts. They started selling about
“30 seconds after (Martin) Gelinas scored the
game-winner,” Murphy said, referring to the
series-clinching game six win against Toronto.
Once the playoffs began, merchandise sales saw
a dramatic increase, said James Blitch, retail oper
ations manager of The Eye, a store at Crabtree
Valley Mall in Raleigh owned by the Hurricanes.
Blitch said The Eye gets three to four ship
ments every day and that if it doesn’t have what
a customer is looking for, it’s usually on the way.
In addition to ’Canes merchandise, fans can
enter the “Bring Home the Cup” contest, which
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tics of Edwards and the previous suspect
he had been searching for.
The prosecution put a trace evidence
expert on the stand to give testimony
concerning pubic hair combed from the
victim. The witness said he found no
pubic hairs from Edwards or anyone
else on the victim.
The prosecution then questioned
UNC Hospitals nurse Marie Padly, a
sexual assault examiner. Padly tended to
the victimjan. 9.
She told prosecutors the girl was
shaking badly when she examined her
and was tearful at times when recount
ing what happened to her.
Padly said the victim told her a man
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Thompson Croons Gentle Life Lessons at Open Eye
The swim test requirement
may be abolished as early
as the 2003-04 school year
under anew curriculum.
By Brook Corwin
UNC’s swim test, one of the
University’s oldest and most debated
graduation requirements, might soon
become a thing of the past.
A campus committee charged with
revising the UNC undergraduate curricu
lum has removed the swim test require
ment from the preliminary draft of anew
curriculum that was unveiled in April.
Under the present curriculum, stu
dents must satisfy two physical educa
tion requirements and pass the swim
test, which consists of swimming 50
yards and then staying afloat in the
water for five minutes.
The new curriculum requires only
one physical education course, and no
swim test is required for graduation.
After final revisions are made, the
curriculum must be approved by the
Faculty Council. It will be implemented
for the 2003-04 academic year at the
Officials on the steering committee
for curriculum review said they elimi
nated the requirement because it did
not fit into the framework of an acade
“There are lots of skills that students
need,” said Tom Tweed, associate direc
tor of the undergraduate curriculum
and member of the steering committee.
“Our charge as a committee was deter
mining what are the most fundamental
components of a general education ...
not about identifying all the skills nec
essary in real life.”
But Meg Lanchantin, director of
UNC’s physical education program and
a proponent of the swim test, said most
other life skills - such as driving a car or
balancing a checkbook - are already
taught at the primary education level,
while swimming is not a requirement
“I feel as educators we have a respon
sibility to not only teach students the
importance of survival skills but also to
ensure that they are able to use those
skills,” Lanchantin said.
The swim test requirement was first
instituted for men at UNC in 1944 and
for women in 1946, when the University
received federal grant money to help
train midshipmen for the U.S. Navy.
Originally a more rigorous exam that
required being able to swim several dif
ferent strokes, the test was revised into
its current format during the 19705.
Fred Mueller, chairman of the
Department of Exercise and Sports
Science, is one of many faculty and staff
members who has taught UNC swim
ming courses designed to help students
pass the test. He said his experience
teaching such classes has made him a
strong proponent of keeping the test as
“Many of our students never have the
opportunity growing up to get in the
water,” Mueller said. “It’s a really grati
fying experience to see them learn to
swim ... and I bet if you asked those stu
dents now, they’d be in favor of the test.”
Tweed said the physical education
department will continue to offer begin
ning swim classes and that the commit
tee still hopes students will take advan
tage of those courses, even if swimming
is not a requirement for graduation.
“We certainly are not saying whether
learning to swim is important,” Tweed
said. “The question is whether swim
ming should be a part of a good educa
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