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of the 2003 U.S. News & World
ifis Report college rankings.
Volume 110, Issue 72
Staying the Same
UNC's ranking remained the same in the annual U.S.
News & World Report public college rankings.
Top Public University Scores (out of 100)
1. University of CaHifomia-Berkeley (78)
2. University of Virginia (76)
3. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (72)
3. University of Califomia-Los Angeles (72)
5. UNC-Chapel Hill (70)
Top National University Scores (out of 100)
1. Princeton University (100)
2. Harvard University (98)
2. Yale University (98)
28. UNC-Chapel Hill (70)
SOURCE: U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT DTH/STAFF
Group wanted official
to perform research
By Elyse Ashburn
State 8i National Editor
Students’ needs and system officials’ priorities
went head to head Thursday over the potential
hiring of an administrator for the UNC-system
Association of Student Governments.
The UNC-system Board of Governors Budget
and Finance Committee refused to allow the asso
ciation to hire an administrator charged with per
forming legislative and higher education research,
among other duties.
“A full-time administrator of the association is
what we affirmatively did not want for the asso
ciation,” said BOG member Jim Phillips.
But ASG President Andrew Ducote said an
administrator is needed to help the association
make changes it envisions for the upcoming year.
“The association has a lot of growing to do this
first year,” he said. “We need somebody who has
a good understanding of how student govern
ments work and about what the state of higher
education is. We’re asking them to compile infor
mation for students to act on.”
Money for ASG staff was provided by a sys-
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After Sept. 11
By Emma Burgin
Assistant State 8i National Editor
The American Association of University
Professors announced a special committee this
week to analyze events in the wake of the Sept. 11
attacks that threaten academic freedom.
The AAUP formed the Academic Freedom and
National Security special committee last week. The
committee is parented by the AAUP’s standing
committees on government relations and acade
mic freedom and tenure.
The special committee has yet to meet but is
slated to begin meeting before Thanksgiving and
to prepare its findings for the AAUP’s annual
meeting in June.
Robert O’Neil, chairman of the special com
mittee, said members plan to examine how events
that have occurred within the past year have
affected universities and academic freedom on a
“We’re not sure if anyone else is gathering this
information or looking across the field for this,” he
said. “We’re looking at policy changes, and there
will be a lot of climate assessment.”
O’Neil, also the director of the Thomas
Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free
Expression, said members will perform open
ended information gathering.
See AAUP, Page 2
Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.
It's in the Game
EA Sports is looking for UNC fans to be
a part of "NCAA March Madness 2003."
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UNC Holds Steady in U.S. News
Ranked sth among public universities, 28th overall
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State 8i National Editor
UNC’s position among both national and pub
lic universities remained the same this year, accord
ing to the 2003 U.S. News & World Report’s annu
al college rankings officially released today.
The University is ranked 28th among national
universities. Princeton University tops the list, fol
lowed by Harvard and Yale universities, which are
tied for second. A national university is defined by
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Actor and performer Bill Cosby has accepted the invitation to speak during UNC's Commencement ceremony
in May 2003. Cosby declined the invitation made by last year's senior class.
By John Frank
Assistant University Editor
Bill Cosby, one of the United States’ most rec
ognizable television dads, will deliver the spring
Commencement address, Chancellor James
Moeser announced in a statement Thursday.
“I am delighted that Bill Cosby has accepted the
University’s invitation,” Moeser stated.
Moeser will preside over the ceremony May 18,
2003, at Kenan Stadium.
Senior Class President Paymon Rouhanifard
said Cosby was the overwhelming first choice in
seniors’ suggestions submitted last spring.
“I think Bill Cosby is a wonderful choice,” he said.
“Not only is he one of the most beloved comedians
of our generation, Mr. Cosby is also a great
spokesperson and advocate for higher education.
“We are so pleased that such a dominant force
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
the guide as an institution that offers a wide range
of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and
Among public universities, UNC is the fifth best
nationwide. The University of Califomia-Berkeley is
ranked first, followed by the University of Virginia.
Key criteria in judging schools include selective
ness, highest graduation rate and highest proportion
of classes with less than 20 students.
Also remaining unchanged in the 2003 guide is
the ranking of UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business
COSBY TO BID
FAREWELL TO SENIORS
No. 3 ranked Texas
rolls into Chapel Hill.
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Friday, September 13, 2002
in American culture will be coming to share a spe
cial day in Chapel Hill.”
Cosby, an influential performer in the second
half of the 20th century, has had an unparalleled
television career and has written numerous best
He also values the importance of higher educa
tion, having received a master’s and doctorate
degree from the University of Massachusetts.
The strong support from the senior class made
Cosby the top nomination by the Commencement
Speaker Advisory Committee when the group sub
mitted its list to Moeser in April.
Moeser sent the official invitation to the speak
er last spring. Senior class officials said Cosby
accepted during the summer.
Other people receiving nominations included
See SPEAKER, Page 2
School, which is tied for fifth with UVa.’s Mclntire
School of Commerce. The Wharton School of the
University of Pennsylvania came in first.
But many University officials say the scores are
quickly losing relevance and do not accurately
reflect UNC’s strengths. The methods used in deter
mining the list tend to favor private schools over
public schools, which might account for UNC’s
position, said UNC Provost Robert Shelton.
He said to move up in the rankings, officials
need to look at internal administration to see if
everything necessary is being done.
But Shelton added that UNC’s score will not
likely deter top students from applying to the
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University. “(UNC is) much better in terms of the
experience we give students, our research prowess
and the way we serve the state and nation,” he said.
“I think it’s important to think about the private list
and the public list (separately).”
In his State of the University Address on Sept. 4,
UNC Chancellor James Moeser stressed that his
vision of making UNC the top public university in
the nation does not necessarily mean being No. 1
in the rankings. “Leading implies an action, a sense
of motion, rather than the goal of an end point,” he
said in his speech. “It signals leadership.”
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Marco Nardelli of HeJazz plays at
Weaver Street Market on Thursday.
Festival part of national
5,000 flowers project
By Jamie Dougher
Assistant City Editor
Anyone walking toward Carrboro’s Weaver
Street Market on Thursday could hear the
sound of a flute luring passers-by into the mar
Anyone captivated enough by the sound to
approach the market saw belly dancers min
gling with the crowd, moving their hips rhyth
mically to the music.
And anyone who walked up to the table
where children crafted flowers out of colorful
tissue paper discovered the larger project
behind the festivities.
The event was held
as a communitywide
reception for the
5,000 Flowers Project,
a nationwide com-
memoration of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Two New Mexican artists conceived the
idea, which uses flower images to symbolize
the lives lost in the attacks. Hunter Levinsohn,
a community member acquainted with the
artists, teamed up with organizers Anke
Gassen, Jackie Helvey-Hayes and Debbie
Meyer to bring the project to Carrboro.
Helvey-Hayes owns carrboro.com, a Web
site she started in 1996, which she used as a
vehicle to publicize the 5,000 Flowers Project.
“We are here because we all have felt the
stirrings to respond in some fashion to the ter
rible tragedy which changed how we view and
define die world around us,” Gassen said.
“The response to the 5,000 Flowers has shown
us where this community’s heart is.”
See RECEPTION, Page 2
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