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Volume 110, Issue 58
impact budget talks
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
Some state legislators back a UNC
system Board of Governors committee
resolution supporting academic free
dom while others say it ignores the real
issues at hand.
Rep. Joe Hackney, D-Orange, said
the BOG committee acted appropriate
ly in standing up for academic freedom
and that lawmak
ers would expect
would expect them
to do so,” he said.
approved a resolu
tion Thursday that
bers’ support of
autonomy of sys
D-Orange, said the
BOG acted wisely
The resolution will go before the full
board for approval at its Sept 13 meeting.
The full BOG failed to pass a similar
resolution Aug. 9, with some members
claiming that the proper channels for
proposing a resolution were not used.
The resolutions were prompted by a
provision added to the N.C. House bud
get proposal aimed at preventing state
funds from being used to fund religious
classes or reading programs that do not
give equal play to all known religions.
The provision primarily targeted the
UNC-Chapel Hill freshman summer
reading of “Approaching the Qur’an:
The Early Revelations.”
Rep. Art Pope, R-Wake, said the res
olution shows a disregard for the N.C.
General Assembly’s concerns.
“I guess it shows that they are more
concerned with the faculty’s criticism
than with the General Assembly’s opin
ion,” he said.
Following the failure of the first BOG
resolution supporting academic free
dom, several university faculty councils
across the state - including UNC-CH’s
- passed their own resolutions in sup-
RESOLUTION, Page 7
Young Democrats to
Host Bowles at UNC
Bowles will speak
and field questions
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
U.S. Senate hopeful Erskine Bowles
will try to increase awareness among
students about important campaign
issues tonight at a question-and-answer
by the Young
part of the Young
Democrats’ first meeting of the year,
starts at 8 p.m. in 100 Hamilton Hall.
Susan Navarro, co-president of the
Young Democrats, emphasized the
importance of the forum as an outlet for
all students to voice their questions.
“We urge everybody to participate,”
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Reading Lawsuit Status Uncertain
Both sides say the case will proceed slowly
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
The buzz on campus last week about
the controversial summer reading
assignment has faded, but attorneys for
the Christian values group that ignited
the debate say it isn’t over yet.
American Family Association Center
for Law and Policy officials confirmed
Friday that they will continue to pursue a
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“(Bowles) wants to share his ideas.
We want students to really be able to
have (their questions) answered.”
Navarro said Bowles will speak for
about 15 minutes and then participate in
a question-and-answer session.
The Young Democrats will not spon
sor any more candidate visits before the
Sept. 10 primary, Navarro said.
Other candidates running for the
Democratic nomination include Rep.
Dan Blue, D-Wake; former Durham
council member Cynthia Brown; and
N.C. Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Both Blue and Brown spoke on cam
pus during the 2001-02 school year.
Navarro said that despite repeated
attempts, Young Democrats was unable
to arrange a forum with Marshall.
Bowles, a Greensboro native, gradu
ated from UNC in 1967 with a business
He served as White House chief of
BOWLES, Page 7
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Monday, August 26, 2002
lawsuit against the University for requir
ing the reading of a book about Islam
despite the fact that the discussion sec
tions in contention took place Aug. 19.
“We plan to proceed,” said Michael
DePrimo, attorney for the AFA. “That
has always been our intention.”
But Joe Glover, the spokesman for
the Family Policy Network, says plans
are not so concrete. Glover said the
future of the lawsuit is still undecided
SWING YOUR PARTNER
Football Season Tickets Draw Alumni, Sell Out
remain for 4 games
By Daniel Thigpen
When students jump to their feet and
yell from the stands this football season,
they could be joined by a few more
alumni than usual.
Department of Athletics officials
announced Friday that all of this year’s
season tickets have been sold - not a
huge feat, some officials say, but signif
Steve Kirschner, associate athletics
director for communications, said it is
not uncommon for season tickets to sell
out, although it hasn’t happened the
past couple of seasons. “I don’t think we
sold out last year or the year before,” he
said. “We’ve come close though.”
Season tickets went on sale May 1, he
said, and by Friday 32,300 of them were
This doesn’t mean people can’t get
seats for individual games. Out of
UNC’s six home games this season,
Men's soccer ties UConn
in final exhibition match.
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and could change.
“Is it alive in the sense it is still in
court and alive in the sense that there
are still issues with the First
Amendment? Yes,” he said. “But noth
ing is etched in stone.”
Glover is not part of the lawsuit,
although two FPN members are listed
DePrimo said the case will resume
after the appeal for temporary relief is
dismissed from the 4th U.S. Circuit
Court in Richmond, Va.
The Richmond judge upheld Aug. 19
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Coach John Bunting celebrates last year's Peach Bowl win. Officials say
the success of last year's team helped season tickets sell out this year.
four still have tickets available.
There are no tickets left for the home
games against Texas and N.C. State.
One thousand additional bleacher seats
were added between the east end zone
and Kenan Field House for those two
a lower court ruling, refusing to allow
an injunction blocking the same day’s
The case will go back to federal dis
trict court in Greensboro, where a judge
must first rule on whether to allow tax
payers to serve as plaintiffs. The judge
reserved ruling last time.
The two taxpayers in question joined
the lawsuit with three unnamed fresh
men suing the University over its
required reading of “Approaching the
Qur’an: The Early Revelations.”
DePrimo said he doesn’t expect to go
games and the matchup against
Carolina Athletic Association
President Kris Willett said Friday’s
announcement was an exciting devel
opment for UNC football.
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back to court before the judge rules on
University officials said they would
not comment on pending litigation, but
University Legal Counsel Susan
Ehringhaus said last week that the
University was prepared to go forward
if further challenged.
With the injunction out of the way,
the timeline of the case will most likely
slow down significandy, taking possibly
a year or more to resolve, said Jack
See LAWSUIT, Page 7
In the Mail
details closer to set
By Jeff Silver
Assistant University Editor
UNC has sent a formal invitation for
a spring Commencement speaker,
senior class officers said Sunday.
Senior Class President Paymon
Rnuhanifard said the potential speaker
has yet to accept the invitation but said
he is fairly certain
the person will
senior class vice
refused to reveal
said the invited
be revealed to
should the person not accept.
Albright said he expects Chancellor
James Moeser to announce the identity
of the speaker early this semester,
though he could not give a more specif
ic time frame.
See COMMENCEMENT, Page 7
“It’s always great, whether you’re a
student or alumni, when you see season
tickets sell out,” Willett said.
While Kirschner said the sellout is
nothing out of the ordinary - about
30,000 season tickets are sold each year
- Willett said the sales increase could be
directly attributed to last season’s per
With head coach John Bunting enter
ing his second season - coming off an 8-
5 record that includes a Peach Bowl vic
tory - both demand for and interest in
UNC football are up this year, Willett
“We took a lot of fans down to
Atlanta for (the Peach Bowl),” she said.
“They’re more excited about seeing
Adding a rich mix of both recent and
older alumni will make for more active
fan participation at home games, Willett
said. “With the new alumni, they’ve
come from a good football era,” she
said. “It’s good to see them bridge the
gap between the alumni and the stu
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said he is happy with
the early invitation.