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Volume 110, Issue 120
Trustees Defend Salary Decision
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Chancellor James Moeser (left), shown at Thursday's Board of Trustees
meeting, has guaranteed Susan Ehringhaus' salary for two years.
Of Arts Corner
Arts, music and communications
buildings to get revamped in 'O4
By Brandon Whiteside
The UNC Board of Trustees voted unanimously Wednesday
for the creation of an Arts Common that would reshape dra
matically the northwest comer of campus.
As planned, the Arts Common will entail new and renovat
ed buildings for the departments of arts, music and communi
cation studies, as well as a landscaped outdoor area over an
underground parking deck with a capacity of 300. It will encom
pass the area between South Columbia Street and McCorkle
Place, and Franklin Street and Cameron Avenue.
Consisting of UNC faculty, Town Council members, Mayor
Kevin Foy and Franklin Street business owners, the 30-member
University Arts Common Committee has been planning the pro
ject since October 2001.
The first phase of the project, slated to begin in 2004 after
fund raising, necessitates the demolition of Abernethy Hall,
Evergreen House, the Hill Hall Annex, West House and the back
of Swain Hall.
After the demolition will be the construction of new classroom
space, anew music building and the digging of the underground
parking deck. This first phase will be completed in 2008 at the
earliest and is the largest phase of the Arts Common undertaking.
“(The first phase) will dramatically change that end of cam
pus, even if that was the only thing we did,” said Steve Allred,
chairman of the Arts Common Committee.
UNC’s fine arts departments said they welcome the improved
facilities in store.
“The music building is a disaster ... acoustically,” said music
Professor Jon Finson about Hill Hall. “(It’s) certainly the worst of
any art department.”
Despite the nationally reputed contents of the Music Library
in Hill Hall, Finson said faculty members fear a possible steam
pipe break that would ruin the entire collection. Hill Hall’s base
ment has been condemned, and water leaks and temperature
extremes plague the building’s auditorium.
Finson hopes the Arts Common will remedy the structural
degradation and general lack of space that characterizes several
See ARTS COMMON, Page 5
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE ALLRED
As part of the Arts Common plan, several building addi
tions will be made (in yellow), including anew music
department building, extensions to the Ackland Art
Museum and extra classroom spaces..
UNC officials work to limit traffic congestion
while construction occurs across campus.
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History never looks like history when you're living through it.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
By Daniel Thigpen
Through its chairman’s admonishment of a recently skep
tical public, the UNC Board of Trustees on Thursday
staunchly defended Chancellorjames Moeser’s controversial
salary agreement for an outgoing University administrator.
Moeser has been the target of widespread criticism after it
was reported that he guaranteed a two
year, $376,000 full salary for Vice
Chancellor and General Counsel Susan
Ehringhaus, who will leave her post in
January for an eight-month work
assignment in Washington, D.C. She
will return to teach in the UNC School of Law next fall.
Although the news has upset many at UNC and in the pub
lic, BOT Chairman Tim Burnett went on the record Thursday
defending Moeser’s decision. “One, the actions the chancellor
took ... in our opinion are extremely appropriate,” he said. “It
is not appropriate for the board to comment beyond that.”
Burnett also addressed the many recent newspaper reports
and editorials. “Those matters are the chancellor’s responsibili-
Above: Stone columns at the corner of Cameron Avenue and Columbia Street are the gift of the class of 1999.
Below: The class of 1989's gift was a UNC seal in front of South Building on a sidewalk in Polk Place.
Class Gifts Leave Mark,
Legacy for UNC History
By Elizabeth Saputo
No rule requires seniors to give back
to the University, yet class gifts have con
tinued to foster a philanthropic spirit at
UNC since 1868.
Each year, class officers seek out a last
ing way for their class to be immortalized
in UNC’s history. This year’s senior class
voted this month to give an endowment
to the Undergraduate Library.
Emily Stevens, director of the Young
Alumni Program, works with seniors to
identify areas where gift money could be
“Every year is different,” Stevens said.
“Each gift is uniquely beneficial, worth
while and affects many different people.”
Stevens also said that from idea to
final implementation, the process for
choosing a gift is not easy.
First, senior class officers and marshals
decide on three possible choices. Next, members of the senior
class vote for the gift of their choice. Once the gift is chosen, a
fund-raising campaign is planned and marketing materials are
These materials are distributed injanuary, and a phone
campaign also is launched at the end of the month. The class
has a one-year period to meet fund-raising goals.
Jeff Terry is the assistant director of the Annual Fund,
which includes the Phonathon, Young Alumni Program and
senior class gift.
Terry said that even after funds have been raised for the class
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ty,” he said. “All the facts don’t make it into the news stories....
We understand what the chancellor did, and we support him.”
Faculty and staff leaders have expressed publicly their dis
may over the pay deal in the past week, and Employee
Forum Chairman Tommy Griffin, who was present during
Burnett’s remarks Thursday, has been just one UNC repre
sentative to scrutinize Moeser’s decision.
But after hearing Burnett’s comments, Griffin didn’t seem
to harbor any ill will toward the BOT and even said the
board, which is designed to oversee all of UNC’s adminis
trative happenings, was justified in defending the salary deal.
“I felt it was the duty of the board to support the chancel
lor’s decision,” Griffin said. “They’re sending the right mes
sage that they support the chancellor.”
If anything, Moeser’s deal with Ehringhaus seemed to
come at an inappropriate time, one when faculty and staff at
UNC are receiving little or no pay increases, Griffin said. “I
think it has a lot to do with timing.”
But Griffin maintained that although he might not agree
with Moeser’s actions, it will not keep him and others from
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gift, the work still might not be over. Many
gifts take years of work before they are
He said the class of 1999 raised money
to build columns at the intersection of
Columbia Street and Cameron Avenue
with the University seal on them. They
were completed just this year.
“The columns are a very welcoming
way to acknowledge someone’s entrance
into the campus,” Terry said.
Don Luse, director of the Student
Union, said the gift from the class of 2000
is 80 percent complete.
It is a furnished lounge on the top floor
of the new Student Union with a plaque
containing contributors’ names and hon
oring the class of 2000. “It shows that past
students are concerned with future stu
dents’ needs,” Luse said.
He said that four library tables arrived
damaged and that the new ones have not
been shipped. He also said a few lamps
probably will be added.
Luse said construction is scheduled to begin injanuary on
the gift from the class of 2001, a freshwater aquarium that will
be located in the renovated Union. It is projected to be a 10-
“We want it to be viewed as a public work of art, not a big
ger version of what you’ve got sitting on a bookshelf at
home,” Luse said.
Luse said each of the two projects cost about $32,000.
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To Be Put
At Site of
Man was killed
crossing Franklin St.
By Shannan Bowen
Safety concerns stemming from a
pedestrian death on Franklin Street last
month have caused the N.C. Department
of Transportation to again take up a rec
ommendation to install a controlled
crosswalk near the site of the accident
James Elijah Ellis, 77, was struck and
killed by a motorist as he was crossing
Franklin Street near where it intersects
Mike Stout, assistant division traffic
engineer for NCDOT, said the pedes
trian accident was not the reason for the
crosswalk recommendation by the
Chapel Hill Town Council.
“It’s been a place where a signal had
been requested before, and it’s just a
coincidence the accident happened at
the same time,” Stout said.
He said that the NCDOT studied the
area in 2000 but did not think a crosswalk
was needed. THe NCDOT blocked the
recommendation in May 2000..
“At the time, we didn’t think it was
necessary for a crosswalk,” Stout said.
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By Stephanie Poole
A committee of the UNC-Chapel
Hill Board of Trustees discussed
Wednesday plans to create a joint phar
macy program with Elizabeth City State
University, though no definitive action
on the proposal was taken.
considered by the
would be a joint
the two UNC-sys
tem schools, said
Once the pro
gram was estab
City State under
cy majors would
attend Elizabeth City State through their
first or second years. Then students would
begin taking courses at UNC-CH either
online or on campus, Gray-Little said.
UNC-CH Provost Robert Shelton,
who has been involved with the program
since its inception, said videoconferenc
ing also would be an option for classes.
Students in the program also could
receive a joint degree, said Gerald
McCants, assistant to the Elizabeth City
State chancellor. “I think both university
names would be on the diploma,” he said.
Officials from both schools say the
joint program will benefit northeastern
North Carolina, where Elizabeth City
State is located, because graduating
pharmacy students eventually might
seek jobs in the area, which has a much
lower number of pharmacists than other
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said the program
depends on funding
from the N.C.