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President Bush acknowledges a packed, frenzied Madison Square Garden crowd Thursday night, when he accepted his party's renomination for president. During his
speech, regarded as one of the most important of the campaign, Bush outlined a plan for his second term and touted his response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11,2001.
BY EMMA BURGIN NEW YORK
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Standing atop the seal of his office
and surrounded by his most enthu
siastic supporters, President Bush
on Thursday staked his claim to his
party’s nomination and four more years in the
During the closing session of the 2004
Republican National Convention, Bush spoke
in the electrified convention hall and pro
claimed that the next four years would be full
of hope and rebuilding.
“Since 2001, Americans have been given
hills to climb and found the strength to climb
them,” he said. “Now because we have made
the hard journey, we can see the valley below.
We will build a safer world and a more hopeful
America, and nothing will hold us back.”
Much of Bush’s speech was dedicated to the
war in Iraq and the fight on terror. He insisted
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Business school seeks
to sate student demand
BY BRIAN HUDSON
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
For the past several years, many
of the stellar students applying to
the Kenan-Flagler Business School
have received rejection letters in
But business school officials now
are investigating the feasibility of
accepting 100 more undergradu
ates to the school annually.
“There are a lot of qualified stu
dents that are trying to get into the
undergraduate program— more
than we’ve got space for,” said Steve
Jones, dean of the business school.
The grade point average of the
300 students in this year’s incom
ing class was 3.5. If the next 100
students had been admitted, the
average would have dropped a
mere 0.3 points, Jones said.
“It’s an indicator that there’s a
lot of high-caliber students that
would like to be in the program,
and we would like to make room
for them,” he said.
During the past several years,
an increasing number of incoming
freshmen have listed business as
their intended major, Jones said.
“There’s a large, pent-up demand
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BY LAURA YOUNGS
NEW YORK lt’s a chance that only comes
every four years.
And for the students participating in the 2004
Republican National Convention, it’s an oppor
tunity they know they can’t take for granted.
Hosted in glittering New York, the RNC
boasts more than 2,000 delegates, many of
whom are students. And those from North
Carolina are taking full advantage of a week in
the Big Apple.
“It’s kind of overwhelming with everything
that goes on,” said Michael Pomarico, a UNC-
Wilmington senior, an alternate delegate and
chairman of the N.C. College Republicans.
“There’s always something going on in<New
York. It’s full of life.”
Arriving Sunday night, delegates and alter
nates were greeted at the Warwick hotel in
Being so dose to places including Times Square
has meant that students are getting a chance to
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in terms of the students wanting to
enter the business program after
their first two years,” said Jerry
Lucido, vice provost for enrollment
management and director of admis
sions. “So that direct pass to a busi
ness career would be met very hap
pily by many students on campus.”
Jones said the concept only has
been tossed around but that seri
ous consideration will be required
before raising enrollment. He
expects that all investigations will
be completed sometime this year.
“Its just a compelling question
when you’ve got a hundred quali
fied students that would like to
get in but you don’t have room for
them,” he said.
But the increased enrollment
cap still is in the long-term future
because many details must be con
sidered, Jones said.
The investigation will determine
what changes would be required
in terms of space, faculty and pro
gram requirements, Jones said.
“For starters, we’d need another
classroom building,” he said. “If
you’re going to have a hundred
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N.C. protesters rally against Bush
250 gather, sound off at N.C. State
BY ERIN GIBSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
RALEIGH Passionate North
Carolinians showed their support
for a change in the national admin
istration during a protest against
President Bush and his policies
About 250 sign-toting demon
strators gathered around the bell
tower at N.C. State University
to listen to experts express their
views on important issues in this
The signs were painted with
slogans including “Fire the Liar,”
“Fight Poverty Not War” and
“People Not Profits.”
One woman, dressed like the
Scarecrow from “The Wizard of
Oz,” held a sign that read, “If he
only had a brain.” Another man
protested corporate America by
wearing an American flag cape
with the stars changed to symbols
for several big businesses.
Unlike many other protests, this
one was not designed to endorse
any candidate, but rather to share
the common goal of electing anew
leader for the country.
Matt Vail, president of UNC Students for Bush, stands in
front of a group of protesters Wednesday at a breakfast for
N.C. delegates to the Republican National Convention.
There were protesters from
many different political affilia
tions. They said they came to sup
port the issues and get Bush out
of office, not to push a particular
“This is not a (John) Kerry rally,
just a ‘get him out’ rally,” said the
protest emcee Bryan Proffitt.
Robyn Burge, an N.C. State
sophomore and social work major,
said she is not happy with any of
Bush’s policies, but she is especial
ly concerned with foreign policy,
health care and education.
“Nothing the man does is good
for us and our country;” she said.
“It’s all for oil.”
Speakers came to address issues
including education, employment,
health care, gay and lesbian rights,
women’s rights, environmental
concerns and the war overseas.
While every topic elicited out
bursts from the audience, the con
flict abroad was the issue of most
importance to the crowd.
People were leading chants
such as “Whose war is this? It’s
Lou Plummer, a representative
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to he announced ‘soon’
BY STEPHANIE JORDAN
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
This year’s commencement speakers have
accepted their invitations to address the
senior class, but officials are keeping quiet
about the names.
Invitations were issued during the sum
mer, and speakers confirmed their appear
ances before school began.
The announcement should come “fairly
soon,” said Steve Allred, executive associ
ate provost and chairman of the commence
ment speaker committee.
After last year’s commencement speak
er selection process came under fire, the
2004-05 senior class officers began work
ing to solicit input immediately following
“A lot of seniors felt they had no input,”
Senior Class President Jovian Irvin said of
last year’s speaker choice. “I think the class
was not informed of the process.”
She said this year’s senior class officials
received hundreds of suggestions from their
fellow class members through e-mails and
AOL Instant Messages.
“Seniors are really happy with what’s
going on,” Irvin said.
“I really think people are excited about
Irvin said she and Becca Frucht, senior
class vice president, brought the seniors’
suggestions into the first meeting of the
commencement speaker committee. Two
potential speakers recommended by mem
bers of the senior class were Jon Stewart
and Maya Angelou.
Selection of the commencement speaker
begins in April after elected student offi
cials are inducted.
The student body president, the senior
class president and vice president and
the Graduate and Professional Student
Federation president are the four students
who serve on the committee, Allred said.
“Student input is critical on the selection
of the commencement speaker, but it is not
the case that they choose the speaker,” he
The rest of the committee consists of the
chair and the secretary of the faculty coun
cil and three or four other faculty members,
Each member of the committee brings
names to the meeting, and the pros and
cons of each candidate are discussed.
Allred said more than 100 names were
debated for this year’s speaker.
Names then are eliminated from the
pool based on issues including whether the
speaker will come for free, is likely to come
and is eligible for an honorary degree.
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Bryan Proffitt of Hip Hop Against Racist War chants against President Bush
on Thursday night outside Republican Party Headquarters in Raleigh.
of Military Families Speak Out,
said he thinks the war has had a
detrimental effect on the country.
He stressed the importance of not
forgetting about the soldiers.
“We have men all around the
world not that we’re imperialis
tic or anything —but that’s where
they are,” he said.
Adam Searing, a health care
advocate, said there are two health
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care plans in the country —one
for the “ultra-wealthy” and one
He said he thinks Bush is look
ing out for the wealthy and forget
ting about health care for middle
and lower-class citizens.
The crowd was vocal about
women’s issues when Page Johnson
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