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Legislature kicks off summer session
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N.C. Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand speaks with colleagues Tuesday.
The budget was the main issue under discussion in the new session.
fills vacated post
BY BRIAN HUDSON
UNC officials announced
: Monday that Daniel Reed has
been appointed to fill the positions
of chief information officer and
vice chancellor for information
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Reed first came to UNC in
January after he received the $3
million Kenan Eminent
Professorship late last year the
first of 10 to be awarded.
An expert in high-speed com
puting, Reed is a member of
President Bush’s Information
Technology Advisory Committee,
and he co-created the Institute for
Renaissance Computing, which
gathers scientists and researchers
to investigate and spur technolog
ical advances under Reed’s direc
As the new vice chancellor,
Reed will be the University’s most
senior leader in technology and he
will organize the delivery of
administrative and academic
information technology support to
the campus community.
Reed’s position of vice chancel
lor will yield him a $325,000
annual salary, composed largely of
state funds but also augmented by
a stipend from private funds as
well as from the endowed profes
The process of selecting the
next vice chancellor was delayed
and initially was expected to occur
during an 8 to 12 month period,
said Provost Robert Shelton. He
said the process was delayed when
the University rejected three initial
finalists after campus officials
could not come to a consensus.
“They were all superb,” Shelton
said. “And for whatever reasons we
couldn’t settle on one of those
The process was difficult
because the position is broad,
allowing for a wide-ranging field
of candidates, Shelton said.
The process was also delayed by
competition between different
SEE VCIT, PAGE 6
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Senior crew team members Katie Sorensen (left) and Mary Miller enjoy the revelry of the graduation cememony in Kenan
Stadium Sunday. Around 4,500 undergraduate, graduate and professional students attended the class of 2004's send-off.
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BY BRIAN HUDSON UNIVERSITY EDITOR
emony, honoring the
graduation of about
4,500 undergraduate, graduate
and professional students, began
under gray skies Sunday morn
But the intimidating clouds
dissolved away early in the event
to reveal a powder blue sky that
matched the color of many grad
uates’ caps and gowns.
Chancellor James Moeser noted
that the graduates of Duke
University, which was celebrating
its commencement that same
WEEKLY SUMMER ISSUE
LEGISLATORS TO FOCUS ON
ALLOCATING S3OOM SURPLUS
BY CHRIS COLETTA
STATE NATIONAL EDITOR
RALEIGH Members of the
N.C. General Assembly returned to
work Monday with an extra S3OO
million in their pockets, and
groups across the state now are
seeking their share.
Increased tax revenues and
roughly SIOO million in unspent
cash have given the state its first
budget surplus in four years. That
surplus now will leave legislators to
decide how best to use the money
in their summer “short session,”
which leaders hope to finish by
early July to give lawmakers time
morning, would look up to see a
sky of Carolina Blue.
While his comment elicited
cheers from the graduating stu
dents, Moeser continued to talk
about the connection he felt to
both the University and this par
ticular graduating class.
“I entered with this class in the
fall of 2000, (and) I felt the
magic of Carolina for the first
time,” he said. “I still do, and I
hope you do, too.”
He encouraged graduates to
continue to explore their rela
tionships with UNC and ensured
SEE COMMENCEMENT, PAGE 6
to campaign for re-election before
the July 20 primary.
“Everyone seems to be focused
on the budget and on early
adjournment,” said Rep. Verla
Insko, D-Orange, who like all state
lawmakers is serving a term that
expires in November. “Those two
things have really dominated all
the talk around here.”
The appropriations process
could prove difficult, as legislators
must try to balance the needs of
their constituents, lobbyists’ wish
lists and the desires of groups
ranging from tobacco suppliers to
teacher advocacy organizations.
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Pictured with provost Robert Shelton
(left), Julius Chambers, a Civil Rights
lawyer, delivered the day's address.
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The UNC system also has much
The legislature must greenlight
proposed tuition increases at all 16
campuses, including hikes of $250
for in-state students and SISOO for
out-of-state students at UNC-
Chapel Hill. In addition, it also
must decide on providing about
$65 million for enrollment growth
and whether it will give pay raises
to faculty and employees.
Gov. Mike Easley gave his take
on the process Monday, releasing
his recommended changes to the
2003-05 budget passed last year
by the General Assembly.
The proposal includes 2 percent
raises and one-time $250 bonuses
for most state workers, including
system faculty and staff.
Community college teachers are
Mao, UNC junior, had
been missing since May 4
BY BRIAN HUDSON
The search for a missing UNC-Chapel Hill student
ended Sunday afternoon after his body was discov
ered near Jordan Lake.
Junior Ziyun “Tim” Mao, 19, had been missing
since the morning of May 4.
His death is being treated as a
suicide, and no foul play is sus
pected, said Randy Young,
spokesman for the Department of
Public Safety. He said University
Police are still waiting for a report
from the medical examiner’s office
to confirm the cause of death.
Officials don’t know what led to
Mao’s death, Young said.
Mao had last been seen by his
roommate at 11 a.m. on May 4.
Mao’s father had arranged to meet
him that afternoon to move out of
his room in Carmichael Residence
Hall, but when Mao did not arrive his father called
Campus police interviewed friends, family mem
bers and students for information. Officials released
a statement late Saturday requesting help in the
search from the public. The statement included a
description and photo of Mao.
Recent attempts by The Daily Tar Heel to reach
the Mao family for comment were unsuccessful.
UNC-CH has experienced an increase in student
suicide as four students killed themselves last school
year. The increased trend has caused the University
and its mental health services to come under scruti-
SEE MAO, PAGE 6
takes own life
BY BRIAN HUDSON
UNC freshman Simon Carlyle Sitterson IV died
late last month, the result of an apparent suicide.
His body was found by a University employee at
about 7 a.m. April 23 in a gravel parking lot outside
Forest Theatre, according to police reports.
Randy Young, spokesman for UNC’s Department
of Public Safety, said officials are treating the matter
as a suicide, and they do not suspect foul play.
The cause of his death was a gunshot wound to
the head, according to the state medical examiner’s
Young said because Sitterson, 18, was not report
ed as a missing person, campus police are not aware
of the conditions that led to his death.
Sitterson, known as Si, was a freshman and a
member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He
was born in Charlotte and he graduated from
Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Va. in
2003, where he was a member of the football and
Attempts to contact Sitterson’s family were unsuc
Sitterson was a relative of the late Joseph Carlyle
SEE SITTERSON, PAGE 6
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called on to receive the bonus as
well as a 4 percent increase.
Easley’s plan also recommends
funding enrollment growth fully,
nixing proposed tuition increases
and cutting some schools’ budgets
by 1.7 percent.
Sen. Richard Stevens, R-Wake,
and a former member of the UNC
CH Board of TYustees, said the
plan is a mixed bag.
“While (the University) is gain
ing through enrollment increases,
it’s losing through the budget cuts,”
Not included in the governor’s
budget are S3OO million in funds
for a quartet of research centers at
system schools: UNC-CH, East
Carolina University, UNC
SEE NCGA, PAGE 6
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