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Doug Ornoff, an out-of-state student from Virginia and a member of the Freshman Focus Council, peers from behind a partition to look at a
Power Point slide as Provost Robert Shelton outlines the tuition increase at the Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday night at the Carolina Inn.
BY SHELLEY MAYO
Bush’s higher education agenda, outlined in
Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, could
play a role in the 2004 presidential election,
The president outlined three policies geared
toward college students. He discussed expand
ing job possibilities via community colleges,
increasing Pell Grant funding for high school
students taking challenging courses and allow
ing young workers to invest their Social
Security taxes in a nest egg.
The higher education policy can have a wide
impact on the N.C. Community College System.
In monetary terms this policy could allow the
system to continue its positive growth.
The schools within the system, like other
state schools, have seen the effects of the state’s
budget crunch on its campuses.
“This is why presidential attention to the
community college system would be welcomed'
as a helpful financial boost,” said Martin
Lancaster, president of the N.C. Community
The president’s comments might thwart the
budget crisis, which limits the community col
leges’ ability to run their job creation programs.
But Lancaster said he is unsure whether this
initiative will produce the necessary results. “I
do not have details of what President Bush is
proposing, so I am not sure of the effects of this
type of policy would have on the community
college system.” Lancaster did say he “was grat
ified by the standing ovation the community
college comment got from Democrats and
Republicans in Congress.”
The second policy initiative the president
mentioned could enable students who take the
hardest courses in high school to receive addi
tional scholarship opportunities.
However, Bush left the door open as to what
type of courses he considers most challenging.
“He said he would give financial aid for
demanding courses but gave no detail to what
courses he considers difficult,” said Jon Sanders,
a policy analyst with the John Locke
Foundation, a conservative think tank.
Overall, Bush presented a lot of double talk
when discussing an increase in Pell Grants to
worthy students, Sanders said. “There is a very
confusing message coming out of Washington
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Unknown illness hits campus
More than 50 exhibit nausea, vomiting
BY MICHELLE JARBOE
More than 50 students displaying
symptoms such as nausea and vomiting
slammed the Student Health Service on
Wednesday at a rate that caught the
attention of the Orange County Health
At about 9 a.m. Wednesday, SHS
Associate Director Mary Covington and
other staff noted an unusual number of
incoming patients complaining of vom
iting, diarrhea and nausea. By 6:30 p.m.,
53 patients had been treated, and
between 15 and 20 of these remained at
the clinic, where they were being treated
for dehydration, said SHS Director
SBP candidates sign pledge
BY AMY KINGSLEY
Seven candidates for student body
’ president braved the cold Wednesday
to sign an agreement that will keep
the upcoming campaign clean and
focused on the issues.
In a brief ceremony on the steps of
South Building, Matthew Liles
candidates in the signing. A handful
of bystanders paused to watch.
Liles initiated the agreement and
organized the ceremony. Candidates
Lily West, Ashley Castevens,
Matthew Calabria, Laura Thomas,
Faudlin Pierre and John Walker also
attended. Matthew Compton could
not attend but agreed to sign.
“The students deserve the most
informed and civil discussion possi
ble,” said Liles. “These people are my
friends, and I hope they’re going to
be my friends after the election.”
The three-sentence agreement
states that the candidates will refrain
from personal attacks. It does not
specify what kind of behaviors can
didates are prohibited from using.
“I’m excited,” West said. “I know I
am in a group of people who really
care about the University and are
doing this for the right reasons.”
“We have a total staff of 150 (people),”
he said. “More than half of them are
involved with this in one way or another.”
A six-member core response team
from the health department, headed by
Health Director Rosemary Summers, is
working to identify the source of the
symptoms through a questionnaire
process and analysis of lab samples of
vomit and diarrhea, which have been
sent to the state lab.
“We’ll have no answers until tomor
row morning at the very earliest,”
Summers said Wednesday.
No common cause has been detected,
but possibilities include a virus or food-
offered a few
joined the other
Student body president candidates Matthew Calabria (left to right), Matt
Liles and Lily West sign a clean campaign pledge Wednesday afternoon.
All the candidates responded
enthusiastically to the agreement and
said it was a positive way to begin the
campaign season. “It’s nice to have a
written agreement between candi
dates,” Castevens said.
National political advertisements
such as those sponsored by
http://MoveOn.org inspired the
pledge, Liles said.
Wednesday marked the first full
day candidates could campaign ver
borne bacteria such as staphyloccocus
“An investigation is underway.... This
is like a detective story where you try to
sort through possibilities to find out
what the source is,” Covington said.
Summers said the number of students
seeking assistance dwindled after the
morning rush, but she still advised gen
eral precautionary procedures. Hand
washing and hydration are particularly
important, she said.
Freshmen Kristin Ellis and Kelly
Gibbons spent Wednesday in their on
campus rooms. Ellis said she began
vomiting around 10 p.m. Tuesday and
visited Student Health at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday. After taking anti-nausea
medication, she went to bed for most of
the late morning and afternoon.
bally. This year’s election features a
large field of candidates. Only four
candidates ran for student body pres
ident last year.
“It makes me feel good,” said
Faudlin Pierre. He also expressed
relief that the campaign would not be
as cutthroat as in past years.
One of last year’s candidates, Sang
Shin, said there was no dirty cam-
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“We’ll continue to pressure the BOG
for a tuition philosophy that is
kinder to students”
MATT TEPPER, student body president
$1,500 out of state, S3OO in state
BY BROOK R. CORWIN
AND EMILY STEEL
In an almost unanimous vote,
UNC-Chapel Hill’s governing body
approved a $1,500 one-year non
resident tuition increase
Wednesday evening, claiming that
a pending “crisis” in faculty reten
tion outweighed strong opposition
expressed by both the Faculty
Council and the student body.
The approved proposal, which
will generate $15.3 million, also
includes a S3OO tuition hike for in
Wednesday’s decision marks a
significant shift in tuition policies:
The first time a campus-based
tuition increase, using a market
based philosophy, has targeted
nonresident tuition rates.
“It’s necessary that this board
address tuition as part of the big
picture,” said Richard “Stick”
Williams, chairman of the Board of
Trustees. “If we are going to build
the leading public university, we
have to make sure all the parts fit.”
Trustees said the generated
funds will be earmarked for facul
ty salaries, need-based financial
aid, teacher assistant salaries and
Eliminated from this list are
merit- and talent-based scholar
BY BRIAN MACPHERSON
Football forces individual players to shelve
their egos and work toward a common goal.
When North Carolina coach John Bunting
hired Marvin Sanders to serve as co-defensive
coordinator and defensive
backs coach Wednesday, he
had that same philosophy in
mind for his coaching staff.
Sanders and linebackers
coach John Gutekunst will
serve as co-coordinators
under Bunting, who himself
served as a co-coordinator
during his coaching stint
with tHe NFL’s St. Louis
“It’s a situation that, if
specifically developed the
right way, you can get the
most out of coaches that either have great expe
rience or great motivation to really develop
themselves even further,” Bunting said. “It’s a
very, very healthy title to give to Marvin
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ships, a controversial component
of a draft proposal that trustees
had supported until this week.
Trustees decided on a philoso
phy that nonresident tuition should
reach, but not exceed, the 75th per-
that goal would
dents at least
based on current peer tuition rates.
As part of the philosophy,
trustees decided to keep in-state
tuition in the lowest quartile of
Trustees refused to include con
cerns expressed by Student Body
President Matt Tepper that students
should be able to plan for tuition
hikes before entering UNC-CH.
“Maybe there are students who
came with the understanding of this
being a low-cost institution for all
students,” Ttustee Tim Burnett said.
“But they also came with another
understanding of the kind of quali
ty this institution represents.”
Tepper drafted a separate pro
posal prior to the meeting in an
attempt to address this concern.
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Gibbons woke up Wednesday morn
ing with an aching stomach, unable to
eat or drink. Though the vomiting and
other symptoms had passed by the early
afternoon, she said, she still felt nervous
UNC’s Department of Environment,
Health and Safety distributed gloves to
housekeeping and residential staff.
Department Director Peter Reinhardt
expressed concern for housekeepers and
staff who might be cleaning up bodily
fluids and spills in residence halls.
“We know that people are coming to
the clinic, but we don’t know if they’ve
gotten sick on campus or in their dorms,”
If the source of the illness is food-
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