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Volume 110, Issue 73
BOG Supports Academic Freedom
Resolution passed by unanimous vote
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
The UNC-system Board of
Governors approved a resolution sup
porting academic freedom Friday,
effectively wrapping up debate on an
issue that has been a matter of con
tention for several months.
The unanimous vote by the board,
reaffirming its commitment to academ
ic freedom at the state’s institutions of
higher education, comes after the BOG
was widely criticized for failing to pass
will remain in place
By Jon Dougherty
Despite sporadic rain throughout the
weekend, the amount of precipitation
the area received didn’t do much for fill
ing the Orange Water and Sewer
OWASA Executive Director Ed
Kerwin said that although the totals for
the weekend would not be final until
today when the nexfcmeasurements will
be taken, he was fairly certain this
weekend’s rain wouldn’t have much
“As of (midday Sunday), we received
only 1.3 inches,” he said. “Every little bit
is welcome. It’ll keep things green, but
it won’t move the mark much.”
Kerwin said there was no hope the
water emergency in place for the
OWASA service area would be
repealed as a result of the recent pre
“The earth needs it for sure, but will
it affect our status? No,” he said. “We’d
need over 10 inches to even talk about
Officials at Cane Creek reservoir said
the total there had increased only one
fourth of an inch by Sunday.
The reservoir is more than 16 feet
under capacity, which it has not reached
since June 2001.
University Lake unofficially reported
having risen 2 inches since Saturday
and updated measurements would not
be taken until today.
The lake is about 5 feet below its
Officials say there is no way to tell
how much the water level in the reser
voirs will be affected from the amount of
precipitation accumulated in a particular
time period, as it is dependent on a
See DROUGHT, Page 6
PHOTO COURTESY OF THETECHNICIAN/MATTHEW HUFFMAN
N.C. State University students gather outside of Chancellor
Marye Anne Fox's house Thursday to protest budget cuts.
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a similar resolution Aug. 9.
BOG Chairman Brad Wilson
blamed the failure of the original reso
lution on procedural fine print.
“I think we all realize that last
(month’s) meeting was not our finest
procedural hour,” he said.
Wilson said that in the future BOG
code will be consulted before any res
olutions are considered, issues will be
adequately researched and members
will have written documents in front of
them before a vote is taken.
“After we had taken action (on the
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Joan Darling (left), a two-time Emmy Award winner, and her husband, screenwriter and playwright Bill Svanoe, are visiting professors
teaching directing, writing and acting classes at UNC this year. They are among many UNC professors distinguished in their fields.
Professors Bring Expertise to UNC
By Tina Chang
Two Emmys. A novel made into a movie. An
invitation from the president to visit the White
Though these accomplishments sound like
those of famous figures, all of these have been
achieved by UNC faculty.
Students-might view their professors as one
dimensional instructors, but many of UNC’s
faculty are considered experts in their fields and
are respected and known around the world.
Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff said
500 N.C. State Students Gather to Protest Budget Cuts
March on legislature scheduled for Tuesday
By Elyse Ashburn
State & National Editor
In an act intended to boost student empow
erment, about 500 N.C. State University stu
dents marched onto Chancellor Marye Anne
Fox’s lawn at 1 a.m. Friday, demanding that
she explain cuts to university services.
“Students are not apathetic about what’s
going on,” said N.C. State Student Body
President Michael Anthony.
He said the march originally was intended
Monday, September 16, 2002
tion), there was
came to light,” he
Wilson said the
in November will
feature a supple
mental session on
chairmen will be
said the BOG needed
to pass the resolution
to end the academic
she is proud of the national and international
presence of many of UNC’s faculty members.
She said it is astonishing how many people
have editorial appointments - such as advising
a journal in their specific field - or sit on boards
that review funding and endowment.
“I can safely assume that the senior faculty
are all recognized as outstanding in their field,
and the junior faculty are more than on their
way,” Estroff said.
Journalism Professor Phil Meyer is one of
those accomplished senior faculty members.
Meyer has been a leader in establishing pre
cision journalism. Practicing journalism in the
Longhorns trample the
Tar Heels on UNC turf.
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Academic freedom on UNC-system
campuses first became an issue because
of the controversy over UNC-Chapel
Hill’s summer reading of Michael Sells’
“Approaching to Qur’an: The Early
After the N.C. House included a pro
vision in its original budget proposal
limiting religious studies at state uni
versities, BOG members decided to
consider a resolution reaffirming the
system’s commitment to university
UNC-CH Chancellor James
Moeser, who was in attendance Friday,
said he was pleased with the board’s
to be an after-hours read-in at the library -
which has had to reduce hours because of
budget cuts -but evolved into an early morn
ing chanting session on the chancellor’s lawn.
Campus leaders passed around informa
tion about the read-in Thursday morning, and
by 10:30 p.m students began filtering into the
library to silendy protest cuts, Anthony said.
“The ultimate goal was to have the chan
cellor come out and speak,” he said.
But Fox did not address the crowd in the
library, and by about midnight students
action -but not surprised.
“They did the right thing,” he said.
UNC-system President Molly Broad
also said the board’s action Friday was
the proper conclusion to the debate
over academic freedom.
She said taking a firm stand on the
issue was necessary even though the
House provision aimed at limiting aca
demic freedom at universities has been
removed from the budget proposal.
“This was a conclusion of the action
that began in August,” Broad said. “It
was imperative that the board bring this
See BOG, Page 6
19605, he discovered that existing tools for
reaching sources were inadequate for covering
events such as the civil rights movement.
In response, Meyer used social science
research methods to develop ways to increase
accuracy in journalism.
Meyer is consulted two or three times a
month by various newspaper representatives
who want help interpreting polls. He also has
written five books and published numerous arti
cles in scholarly journals.
Along with teaching a graduate level course
See EXPERTS, Page 6
decided to bring the protest to her.
Arriving on Fox’s lawn at 1 a.m., stu
dents chanted, “No more cuts,” until a
sleepy Fox appeared and addressed the
crowd, Anthony said. “She was a very good
sport about the whole situation,” he said.
Anthony said that for the most part stu
dents knew the cuts were out of Fox’s con
trol but that they wanted her to announce to
students that the N.C. General Assembly
“We wanted her to come and place the
blame where it belonged,” he said.
Anthony said the protest focused on forc
ing key administrators to address students
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ASG President Jonathan Ducote
(left) leads an ASG meeting at
N.C. Central on Saturday.
Ist meeting of year
held this weekend
By Emma Burgin
Assistant State & National Editor
DURHAM -The UNC-system
Association of Student Governments
expressed its support for academic free
dom and pledged to increase the vol
ume of student voice across the system
at its Saturday meeting.
The passage of the resolution follows
the UNC-system Board of Governors’
resolution on academic freedom, which
the full board passed at its Friday meeting.
“North Carolina was the laughing
stock in education this summer,” said
Marsha Moore, ASG vice president of
academic affairs. “(This resolution) is us
putting our foot down - saying we agree
with the Board of Governors.”
ASG President Jonathan Ducote also
laid out his strategic direction for the
year, stressing that the organization’s
Keep N.C. Educated campaign will be
the “heart and soul” of this year’s actions.
“It’s about keeping students and citi
zens informed,” he said. “As student
advocates, (the ASG is) trying to keep
the university accessible to every North
Carolinian,” Ducote said.
Ducote said he also will continue
efforts to gain a student vote on the
BOG. The ASG president serves as a
nonvoting member of the BOG.
Legislation that would have provided
the student representative with a vote
on the BOG has failed in the N.C.
Senate several times in the last decade.
“Historically, it’s proven to be a real
ly difficult task to accomplish,” Ducote
said. “We have to think a bit more cre
atively. It’s a combination of lobbying
and getting students to vote.”
Ducote also said he wants to create a
lobbying force for all system campuses
to help pressure the N.C. General
See ASG, Page 6
on their terms and was aimed at giving stu
“What I stressed to students was look
around you and see what you can do,” he
said. “We are empowering students to have
a voice that’s heard in the legislature.”
N.C. State students are planning a similar
march to the General Assembly on Tuesday
- beginning on campus at 12:30 p.m. and
making its way to the legislative building -
Anthony said. “Tuesday is going to be a
demonstration -a speak-out,” he said.
But Anthony said students don’t antici-
See PROTEST, Page 6