VOLUME 112, ISSUE 84
BY MEGAN MCSWAIN
Tuition talks will kick off today
during a meeting of a committee
of the UNC system’s governing
Although tuition has been raised
during the past few years at the 16
system schools, some members of
the Board of Governors’ Budget and
Finance Committee hope to end that
In March, the board asked the
N.C. General Assembly to raise
tuition anywhere from 7 percent
to 17 percent at individual system
schools to maintain the quality of
The legislature did not raise
tuition systemwide but did pass
the campus-initiated increases,
which give individual universities
more control over revenue.
Among these campus-initiated
increases was a landmark $1,500
hike for out-of-state students at
UNC-Chapel Hill. In-state tuition
was raised by $250.
BOG member Ben Ruffin, who
sits on the Budget and Finance
Committee, said it’s not consistent
with the mission of the public uni
versity system to put such a heavy
financial burden on its students.
The committee will begin debate
today about when it will make a
tuition proposal to the General
UNC trails state in
Myriad factors affect demographics
BY MARK PUENTE
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jumped to 19.1 percent between
2003 and 2004.
But advocacy groups and top
officials say that’s not good enough
for UNC. The numbers, they say,
are still not indicative of North
Carolina’s population as a whole.
Minorities accounted for 28.9
percent of the state’s population in
2003, according to the U.S. Census
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Assembly, said Claudia Odom,
UNC-system assistant vice presi
dent for finance.
During the coming months,
committee members will exam
ine alternatives to raising tuition
that might still properly fiind the
The BOG typically makes
its final decision about tuition
increases in February or March.
In years when the full board has
not suggested tuition increases, the
General Assembly has imposed
them to fund enrollment growth
and other expenses.
“We hope to have a better option
than ‘raise tuition,’” said Ruffin,
adding that he hopes state legisla
tors will look at other options.
At today’s meeting, the com
mittee also will review the fund
ing given to capital improvement
projects within the system.
Normally, the BOG makes sug
gestions to the legislature about
funding and then the money is
allotted to the universities.
But in July, the General
Assembly broke that pattern, des
ignating the money for a massive
capital projects package that man
dated several projects greenlighted
by the board.
“The legislature took the role
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director of undergraduate admis
sions at UNC, said the University
is aware of the discrepancies in
“The numbers don’t match
overall percentages,” he said. “But
the University is working hard to
enroll the best and most diverse
classes that we possibly can.”
An official at the Office for
Minority Affairs said the office is
not going to create programs to
address the numbers every time
they are released.
“We don’t stop and celebrate,”
said Terri Houston, director of
recruitment and support programs
for the office. “Our actions are not
Houston said the office works
closely with different groups
to make sure people know the
University is diverse.
“We are consistently proactive
in making our minority programs
better,” she said. “We want to
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Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C, reaches out to supporters at a rally at N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University on Wednesday. Edwards
offered strong critiques of the war in Iraq similar to the ones he delivered during his Tuesday debate with Vice President Dick Cheney.
FROM FIERCE FIGHT
BY ERIC JOHNSON
GREENSBORO The drumbeat built
steadily on the parade ground of N.C.
Agricultural & Technical State University as the
Aggie marching band warmed up an eagerly
waiting crowd of several hundred Democratic
supporters Wednesday night. Shouts of “We
want Edwards!” rang out between songs.
After a brief introduction by his wife,
Elizabeth, and daughter Cate, vice presiden
tial hopeful John Edwards bounded onto the
outdoor stage, telling the crowd that he was
“so glad to be home in North Carolina.”
Edwards arrived, belated but buoyant, in
Greensboro, less than 24 hours after facing off
against Vice President Dick Cheney, and he
stuck to many of the key themes from Tuesday
night’s debate as he addressed the crowd.
“They can’t face the truth,” Edwards said
of President Bush and Cheney. “They are
unwilling to level with the American people,
and let me tell you what’s going to happen
come November: The American people are
going to level with them.”
Edwards accused the administration of
dishonesty in its explanations of the war in
Iraq, citing Cheney’s insinuation of a con
nection between Iraq and al-Qaida. He also,
said his opponents were in denial about the
security situation in the country.
“The last two people in America that think
things are going well in Iraq are George Bush
and Dick Cheney,” Edwards sajd.
He also seized on a misstep by Cheney,
who attacked Edward’s attendance record
during Tuesday’s debate by asserting that he
had never met the N.C. senator prior to walk
ing on stage that night.
“We used it as a learning experience and were definitely
more prepared this time around.” LINDSAY STRUNK. Carolina athletic association vice president
R&B balladeer to play Homecoming
BY ERIN ZUREICK
After weeks of uncertainty, officials
announced that singer, songwriter and
keyboardist John Legend will perform at
UNC’s Homecoming concert Oct. 24.
Legend recently entered the national
radar with his radio hit “Used to Love
U,” which led to an appearance on MlVs
“Total Request Live.” His debut album,
“Get Lifted,” is set for release Oct. 26.
The Carolina Athletic Association
and the Carolina Union Activities Board
invited Legend to make an appearance
at UNC after a failed attempt to recruit
rock band Sister Hazel to perform.
CAA’s efforts to attract Sister Hazel
were questioned after the cancellation of
the group’s booking for the Homecoming
Plans for the concert were canceled
after sound and security fees added an
extra SB,OOO to the $20,000 the group
already wanted for its performance.
“We used (the Sister Hazel attempt) as
“Three years ago, I sat at a table with Dick
Cheney,” Edwards said. “We shook hands. We
had a chance to talk to each other.
“Last night, I had a chance to sit at a table
with Dick Cheney. I’ll make a prediction for
you: I bet he won’t forget that he was there
The senator spent much of the evening on
familiar territory, attacking the Bush admin
istration’s record on jobs and health care. He
accused the administration of hurting work
ers by supporting the outsourcing of jobs and
failing to enforce trade agreements.
Edwards also charged Bush and Cheney with
siding with the pharmaceutical industry against
the interests of patients and consumers.
Criticizing the amount of money that drug
companies spend on advertising, he drew
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a learning experience and were definitely
more prepared this time around,” said
Lindsay Strunk, vice president of CAA.
Homecoming Chairwoman Bayley
Crane also said students knew what to
expect during this round of negotiations.
“We were more careful about evaluating
venues, ticket pricing and the artist’s fee
this time around,” she said.
Negotiations began soon after a
member of CUAB’s Performing Arts
Committee suggested inviting Legend,
said T. J. Abrams, committee chairman.
While officials still are working to final
ize the details of Legend’s contract, Crane
said the University received both written
and verbal confirmation from the artist.
Legend will receive $5,000 as an art
ist’s fee, said Don Luse, director of the
Carolina Union. Luse estimated that an
extra SIO,OOO will be needed to cover
the costs of advertising and production.
He added that the contract is fairly
standard in that the UNGwill provide a
piano, a sound system and a venue.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2004
to capture South
BY SHERRI ENGEL
A charming personality and good looks
are attributes that would enhance any politi
cian’s popularity unless that politician is a
Democrat campaigning in the South.
Vice presidential candidate Sen. John
Edwards, D-N.C., possesses these qualities as
well as rural roots, but many pundits say the
qualities have not achieved their desired effect
on Southern voters.
“All signs point to (President) Bush win
ning most of the votes in the South regardless
of Edwards,” said Ferrel Guillory, director of
UNC’s Program on Southern Politics, Media
and Public Life.
When John Kerry chose Edwards as his
running mate in early July, party leaders hoped
the Southerner’s charm would help bring in
votes south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
But Edwards instead has been campaign
ing in rural areas, often outside the South, and
most poll numbers suggest that he has not had
a strong pull with Southern voters.
In a poll released Tuesday by Survey USA,
Bush garnered 52 percent of the vote in North
Carolina to Kerry’s 45 percent. The president
leads by similar or larger margins in most
other Southern states.
Guillory said part of Bush’s success is due
to the fact that Southern states are traditional
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Strunk said Legend’s music, a mix of
soul and romantic rhythm and blues, will
appeal to the UNC's diverse campus.
The songwriter now is touring with
hip-hop artist Kanye West and R&B
According to a CAA press release
Legend has “the sensuality of Marvin
Gaye and the sincerity of Stevie Wonder
merging with the directness of Snoop
Dogg and the wit of Kanye West.”
The Homecoming concert will take
place at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at the George
Watts Hill Alumni Center. About 500 to
600 tickets are available, according to
the estimates of both Crane and Strunk.
Tickets can be purchased for $5 from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
at the Student Union Box Office. Starting
Monday, students can purchase as many
as two tickets at once but must present a
UNC ONE Card for each ticket.
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