VOLUME 112, ISSUE 54
Christian group to sue University
LAWYERS, FRATERNITY WILL HOLD 1 P.M. PRESS CONFERENCE
BY EMILY STEEL
An Arizona-based religious
liberties group plans to file suit
against the University today on
behalf of a Christian fraternity
whose recognition was revoked for
refusing to sign a nondiscrimina
Lawyers from the Alliance
Defense Fund will stand by mem
Renovations mil benefit
entire campus community
BY BRIAN HUDSON
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Members of the University’s governing board
remember the day when the Campus Y was the
center of campus life.
The 97-year-old building now sits in a state of
disrepair, but officials are hoping that proposed
renovations will revitalize the space.
In late July, members of the UNC Board of
Trustees approved the allotment of public and
University funds for the coming renovation.
According to draft plans, the building soon
will be equipped with multipurpose classrooms, a
meeting room and food service providers. Plans
also call for improvements to the Campus Y orga
nization’s office space.
The renovations also will create anew faculty
lounge, which will offer a gathering place in the
absence of the Carolina Inn cafeteria.
The Campus Y organization, which already
includes a broad cross-section of the University,
will not be the only group to benefit from the reno
vation, said Campus Y Director Virginia Carson.
Increased multipurpose space will benefit all
members of the campus community, she said.
“Meeting space is inadequate all over campus,”
she said. “It’s a desperate need for student gather
ing space, work space and meeting space.”
The increased number of students drawn to the
Campus Y for its classrooms and meeting rooms
will enrich the organization, Carson said.
“We’re thrilled,” she said. “I think it will enable
us to do what we do a lot better, and that is good
for everybody. We are really limited now by inad
Derwin Dubose, Campus Y co-president, said he
looks forward to the wide variety of people that will
be drawn into the renovated building.
“We love trying to be the intellectual hub of the
campus and getting as many people as possible...
to enhance the mission of the organization,” he
During their May discussion of the building's
fate, trustees briefly considered moving the organi
zation further south toward the Ramshead Center.
It was the argument of maintaining the building
as a hub of student activity on North Campus that
ended discussions of relocating the Campus Y.
The renovation of the Campus Y building origi
nally came before the BOT in 1998. Trustees then
approved the renovation of the building, as long as
the $4.3-million price tag was covered by private
SEE CAMPUS Y, PAGE 10
tout new facilities
BY LAURA YOUNGS
After a debate that culminated
in the approval of a massive capital
projects package for the UNC sys
tem, state and university officials
are hoping for a brighter future for
In addition to greenlighting a
cancer center at UNC-Chapel Hill
and a heart and stroke center at
East Carolina University, state leg
islators surprised many this summer
by approving an array of projects
throughout the system.
“House Bill 1264 will offer citi
zens who suffer from cardiovas
cular diseases and cancer world
class facilities in which to be
treated within the borders of North
Carolina,” said Gov. Mike Easley in
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“I think that they think it is more
important than they realized when
they first began to bring this case
to public attention,” said David
French, president of the Foundation
for Individual Rights in Education.
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Members of Los Diablos, on tour from Boston, perform in the new addition to Schoolkids Records on Franklin Street on Tuesday
afternoon. The new space includes a performance stage and offers aficionados a wider selection of used CDs and vinyl records.
an Aug. 5 press release.
“This bill will improve health
care across the state and bring
high-skill, high-wage jobs to hard
working North Carolina families.”
University officials say the proj
ects will boost local economies, state
health care and the UNC system.
Before this summer, the state’s
budget did not allow for anew
pharmacy school, and instead
resulted in a proposed joint pro
gram between UNC-CH and
Elizabeth City State University.
But now, with S2B million at its
fingertips to build its own phar
macy school, ECSU can better serve
the needs of the state, said Elliott
Robinson, vice chancellor for busi-
SEE RESEARCH, PAGE 10
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FIRE is a civil liberties group that
has spent the last month advocat
ing for the fraternity.
“I think that they are realizing
that they are at the cutting edge of
a really important national issue.”
Members of the fraternity have
been advised by their lawyers not to
speak with the media but will read
from a statement this afternoon.
The three members of AIO have
Funding for cancer hospital granted
COURTESY OF UNC HOSPITALS
remained out of the spotlight as
their situation has drawn national
The fraternity refused to sign a
nondiscrimination policy, required
of all student organizations, when
its recognition was up for review last
fall. The agreement guarantees stu
dent groups access to facilities and
funding through student fees.
Members soon enlisted the sup-
BY STEPHANIE JORDAN
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
One out of every three people suffers from
some form of cancer during the course of
But thanks to SIBO million recently given
to UNC by the N.C. General Assembly, the
University’s Lineberger Comprehensive
Cancer Center will be better equipped to join
the front lines in fighting the disease.
The state legislature is borrowing money
to fund the N.C. Cancer Hospital from the
Tobacco Trust Fund and the Health and
Wellness Trust Fund. The new hospital, an
expansion of the Lineberger Center, will
receive sllO million during the first year of
construction and the remaining S7O million
during the second year.
Lives will be saved, patient care will
improve and experimental therapies will be
more readily available to patients.
“We want to have anew center to help
patients with a difficult and scary dis
ease,” said Dr. Shelton Earp, director of
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port of the Philadelphia-based
FIRE after claiming that they were
losing their ability to be an effec
tive Christian organization.
FIRE recently brought the fra
ternity’s case to the attention of
the Alliance Defense Fund, said
Victoria Matta, a spokeswoman
The lawsuit will argue that the
University must give all expressive
organizations equal access to fund
ing and facilities, French said.
“If the University wants to fight
the Lineberger Center. “It will allow us to
become a point in this whole region for novel
therapies and novel research.”
The Lineberger Center, located in South
Campus on West Drive, already is one of the
largest of its kind in the country. It also is
ranked as one of the nation’s best university
based cancer centers.
But the center is looking to expand its
clinical side of patient care after experienc
ing a 35 percent increase in visits during the
last five years.
Doctors credit the jump to the aging
Making matters worse is the fact that
the Gravely Building, the clinical portion
of the Lineberger Center, was not origi
nally designed to be a clinical care facility.
The growing number of patients puts even
more strain on the already ill-equipped
“The clinical facility is too small, too
SEE CANCER, PAGE 10
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this case all the way, this case will
take years to be ultimately decid
ed,” he said.
Chancellor James Moeser has
said that he does not expect the
University to change any of its poli
cies, noting the difficult constitu
tional issues involved in the case.
“Our policy is legally well-bound
ed; this is the best placement for us
to be in,” he said during an inter
view last Thursday. “We are trying
SEE LAWSUIT, PAGE 10
records neoct door
BY JIM WALSH
ASSISTANT ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
Locals in search of obscure
albums now have another haven
beneath the sign of the fish.
An addition to Schoolkids
Records, a stalwart among
Franklin Street music vendors
recognizable by its red-eyed fish
logo, opened Tuesday. Along with
a wider selection of used CDs and
vinyl records, the space adds a per
formance stage for local acts.
The new wing of Schoolkids,
which is adjacent to the original
store, will invigorate businesses
on Franklin Street, said General
Manager Ric Culross. He noted
that the in-house stage will bring
anew element to Franklin Street.
“If we can create excitement
inside the store, it helps the town,”
he said. Those in charge of the
store installed a stage at the new
location to aid local acts and usher
in a broader range of live music in
“I’m planning on having some
fun with that stage,” said Drew
Roberson, the assistant manager
at the new location, who will be
Schoolkids has become known
for its advocacy of independent
music and lesser-known artists.
The store strives to accommodate
independent record labels and
other artists who wouldn’t other
wise be available at larger chain
stores, Culross said.
“We’re definitely not a mall
store,” said Ken Thurheimer, the
manager at the original Franklin
There is no typical custom
er, Thurheimer said, but many
patrons of Schoolkids are after
“Independent record stores
are for people who really love the
music,” he said.
Many of those in the store
Tuesday morning said they enjoy
the atmosphere Schoolkids pro
vides, particularly the music
played in the store.
“It wakes you up,” said freshman
The look of the new Schoolkids
SEE SCHOOLKIDS, PAGE 10