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Volume 110, Issue 57
N.C. Faculties Express Solidarity
UNC controversy prompts support from other schools
By Rachel E. Leonard
Institutions of higher learning across the state
are rushing to support UNC-Chapel Hill’s stance
on academic freedom in light of the controversy
surrounding this year’s summer reading selection.
The faculty senates at N.C. State University and
Meredith College passed resolutions this week
affirming commitments to academic freedom.
The faculty of East Carolina University voted
Monday to send a similar resolution to its Faculty
Senate. The UNC-Greensboro Faculty Senate will
consider an academic freedom resolution at its
• Residence Hall:
By Addie Sluder
The floors shine. The paint is fresh. And the
red and white “Welcome to Morrison South”
banner still has pleats from
being freshly unfolded.
For the next nine months,
Matt Saldana will call this
building home. “People come
in and say this looks like a
hospital,” Saldana said. “But I
think they’re just jealous of
the air conditioning.”
And freshman Will Byrum,
who lives in the high-rise resi
dence hall next door, says
that’s not too far from the
truth. “No A/C sucks.”
Byrum lives on the eighth
floor of the well-worn Morrison Residence Hall,
built in the 19605. From his suite balcony, he
Kenan Stadium Seating Reworked
By Nikki Werking
Department of Athletics officials said Tuesday that
student seating sections in Kenan Stadium will be
moved to better locations and that 1,000 extra bleach
er seats will be added for three football games during
the 2002 season.
The student section will be moved to the lower level
of the stadium. It now occupies more than 12,000 seats
in sections 113-124, said Clint Gwaltney, assistant ath
letic director for ticketing.
Carolina Athletic Association President Kris Willett
said the seats were moved to give all UNC fans a bet
ter view of the video board that will be located in the
east end zone. Officials have said they anticipate that
the board will be installed next year. “We wanted to
give our fans the best view possible,” she said. “We
moved the visitors into worse seats in the upper decks.”
The student block seating sections, which were locat
ed in the upper levels of Kenan Stadium, were moved
into the comer in sections 118 and 119, Willett said.
“The seats there are better,” she said, “so we’re hoping
we’ll have more groups show interest in the block seats.”
The additional bleachers, which will be set up
between the east end zone and Kenan Field House, were
added due to high demand for tickets to the games
See SEATING, Page 5
Food for Thought
UNC officials hope to keep open the dialogue
about the summer reading program.
see Page 2
Duke University President Nan Keohane also
expressed her support for academic freedom after the
UNC-CH Faculty Council unanimously approved
its own academic freedom resolution Aug. 12.
The N.C. State resolution states that “the acad
emic freedom of a sister institution has been threat
ened." The resolution also reaffirms the school’s
commitment to “academic freedom and the open
exchange of ideas, including the examination of
different cultures and their values.”
The resolutions come in the wake of a lawsuit filed
by the Family Policy Network and a proposal by the
N.C. House to deny funding to UNC-CH’s summer
A Tale of Two Dorms
can see Saldana’s new home in his front yard.
The four new South Campus residence
halls, which are housing their first group of stu
dents this year, were designed to foster a sense
of community like that of North Campus.
The new buildings also are designed to
bring a North Campus look to South Campus,
incorporating elements such as low brick walls
and inside hallways rather than the old build
ings’ X-shapes with long outside balconies.
Inside, each of the new residence halls is
adorned with dark wood paneling, contrast
ing with the stark white walls, and houses
three or four classrooms as part of the “living
and learning” mission of the Department of
Housing and Residential Education.
In the new halls, a bathroom connects
every two rooms. But this arrangement has a
price - residents in the new halls are respon
sible for cleaning their own bathroom.
The new buildings also lack the grime that
builds up over years of college students’ abuse.
Close to the Action
Due to the high demand for tickets for high-profile games, additional seats
for ticket holders will be added and students will sit closer to the field.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Thursday, August 22, 2002
reading program unless the program includes repre
sentation of “all other known religions.”
This year’s book, “Approaching the Qur’an: The
Early Revelations” by Michael Sells, is a compilation
of 35 short passages from the Islamic holy book.
In a widely criticized decision, the UNC-system
Board of Governors failed earlier this month to
pass a resolution supporting academic freedom. A
committee of the board will meet today to recon
sider the resolution.
Rebecca Oatsvall, chairwoman of the faculty
affairs committee at Meredith College, said the
school passed its resolution because it wanted to
support UNC-CH as quickly as possible. “It felt
like as though they weren’t being supported in the
way we’d like to see them supported,” she said.
The Meredith College resolution states that “the
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But the sparkling clean kitchens lack stoves
and microwaves, forcing students to hike to the
high-rises to cook their ramen noodles.
As far as a sense of community is con
cerned, Saldana said he does not think the
new building provides more of a social
atmosphere. “I don’t think it’s any more of a
community than any of the other dorms,” he
said. “I think the key here is that Morrison
South is set up much differently than
Morrison, but the community is the same.”
Because Saldana lives in Morrison South,
he has access to all the amenities of Morrison.
His keys open Morrison’s doors, and he par
ticipates in Morrison’s activities. “I think a
good portion of the reason I like (Morrison
South) is because it’s right next to Morrison.”
But Byrum said the suite-style structure in
the original Morrison has made interaction
hard. “I hardly even know anyone in my hall,
let alone the dorm next door,” he said.
Rather than bonding with suitemates and
Club Nova opens a store
to help the mentally ill.
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hallmates, therefore, Byrum said he has spent
most of his time at fraternity parties or eating
on Franklin Street with his friends from home.
For Saldana, who was stuck in an elevator
for an hour during a trip to Morrison, the facili
ties in Morrison South have proved to be more
appealing than bonding with other residents. “I
think the air conditioning really seals it,” he
said. “Other people love to come down here.”
Surrounded by electric fans, Byrum would
be inclined to agree. But he said conditions in
Morrison are not unbearable. “I think we
have a lot of storage, and the fact that we can
move the beds makes it really flexible.”
Byrum even decided to stay in Morrison
despite being offered a space in a North
Campus hall because he likes being with
other freshmen. “I don’t mind this,” he said.
“It’s sort of a rite of passage.”
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Local System Steps Up
Northern Orange County moves to Stage 6
By Laura Hinson
The Orange-Alamance Water System
will impose Stage 6 water restrictions for
the first time ever as a result of the
faffing water level in Lake Orange.
The Orange-Alamance Water System
serves parts of Hillsborough, Efland and
The restrictions will move to Stage 6
in the next 10 days unless there is sig
nificant rainfall, said Orange-Alamance
Water System Engineer Paul Thames.
Orange-Alamance Water System
Manager Sandra Faye Metcalf said the
system purchased water from the town
of Mebane and is working with another
group to get more water, but she would
not name that entity.
The Stage 6 restrictions will include
the demand for individual water
goal of higher education is to produce thoughtful
and informed citizens, citizens able to evaluate and
to challenge the claims of others. One way students
acquire these skills is through studying systems of
thought different from their own and participating
in a frank exchange of ideas about them.”
Philip Carter, chairman of the N.C. State Faculty
Senate, said that though the N.C. General Assembly
has a role in deciding how state funds are spent, it is
the faculty who best know how to teach. “Certainly
the state legislature shouldn’t micromanage at that
level,” Carter said. “They’re not equipped to do that”
ECU Faculty Senate President Bob Morrison
said the majority of ECU faculty support the acad
emic freedom resolution, which the Faculty Senate
See FACULTY, Page 5
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rationing. Officials are still debating
how the rationing will be enforced and
what exactly Stage 6 restrictions will
One way to encourage water
rationing is to set a base rate for the
water consumption of households, said
Thames. For example, if a household
typically uses 10,000 gallons of water a
month and Orange-Alamance Water
System decides it wants to cut con
sumption by 50 percent, then it will set
a base rate for 5,000 gallons a month for
Any additional water use will be
charged at a much higher rate.
A more extensive definition of Stage
6 restrictions will depend on officials to
determine the specifics of the stage.
“I can’t describe it because ... we’ve
See DROUGHT, Page 5
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support failed once
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
Almost two weeks after the UNC
system Board of Governors failed to
approve a resolution supporting acade
mic freedom, board members will revis
it the action in committee today.
The original resolution - proposed in
response to the controversy surround
ing the UNC-Chapel Hill summer read
ing - failed to pass at the board’s Aug. 9
meeting by a single vote.
According to BOG rules, any resolu
tion that did not first come out of a com-
mittee must be
approved by a
ty. The final vote
will be considered
today by the
If the commit
tee approves the
resolution, it will
most likely be
considered by the
full board at its Sept. 13 meeting.
H.D. Reaves, chairman of the
Educational Planning and Policies
Committee, said he thinks some BOG
members who voted against the resolu
tion were concerned about how the
board’s actions would be perceived by
House members as they appropriate
funds to the UNC system.
The N.C. House Appropriations
Committee amended its version of the
state budget Aug. 7 to deny funding to
UNC-CH’s summer reading program if
all known religions were not also taught
The provision is not included in the
Senate version of the budget.
No legislators could be reached for
comment at press time.
“I think several people who voted
against the resolution also stated they
had nothing whatsoever against acade
mic freedom,” Reaves said. “They were
concerned with tying it in direcdy with
an action of the General Assembly
while they were discussing our budget.”
But UNC-CH Provost Robert
Shelton said that although outside fac
tors cannot be ignored, die BOG has a
responsibility to lead the UNC system.
“I think the Board of Governors has
a very special role, and these are very
specially chosen people,” he said.
“There are politics involved - no one
should be surprised - (but) they have to
carry the mande of the university:”
Shelton emphasized the difficult bal
ance inherent in the BOG’s responsi
bility to represent the UNC system on
various issues, both statewide and
nationally. He added it was discourag
ing that die board’s initial vote did not
support academic freedom.
“We look to them for leadership on
(fiscal and policy) issues,” he said.
“We look to them to represent us well
in Raleigh when it comes to budget
issues, nationwide when it comes to
policies and the standards the universi
The resolution, if passed, will cement
the BOG’s stand on academic freedom,
said board Chairman Brad Wilson.
See BOG, Page 5
said the BOG should
approve a resolution
declaring support for