MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2004
Ballantine, Easley keep sniping
Spar over issues
during last debate
BY ERIN GIBSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
RALEIGH The bickering
continued Friday during the final
debate before Election Day between
Democratic Gov. Mike Easley
and his Republican challenger,
debate, closed to
the public, was
held at WRAL
Kerry takes a
slight hint of
the two candidates and moderator
David Crabtree. Crabtree asked a
series of questions on the budget,
taxes and immigration, as well as
some suggested by voters.
Both candidates said they were
more effective in balancing the
budget than the other, citing exam
ples from their terms in office.
Easley said he worked to reduce
the state’s large deficits while
Ballantine spent his time in the
legislature voting against many of
“It’s hard balancing a budget
after someone like Patrick blew a
hole in it,” Easley said.
But Ballantine said he and his
party were responsible for the bud
gets and actually balanced them
Tilley, 58, Union finance manager
BY JOHN RAMSEY
Glenda Sykes Tilley, finance
and personnel manager at the
Student Union, died Tuesday at
Duke University Medical Center.
She was 58.
Tilley worked in the Union for
30 years. Before becoming man
ager, Tilley worked in the Student
Activities Fund Office.
“Glenda gave her whole career
to UNC because she loved it,” said
Deborah Horne, director of the
office. “Carolina was her family.”
Tilley continued to work even
after she became eligible for retire
ment, and she seemed to be friends
with everyone, Horne said.
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while voting to raise teacher sala
ries to the national level.
Ballantine and Easley also dif
fered on the topic of taxes. The
governor said he decreased income
taxes for people and temporar
ily raised the sales tax to recover
from the deficit, but Ballantine
“Look at Easley’s record,” he said.
“Easley raised taxes three times.”
Both candidates agreed about
the need to halt the state’s surge in
But Ballantine said Easley has
not done enough to make sure ille
gal immigrants are not coming to
North Carolina and getting iden
He said the state should require
more documentation, including a
Social Security card, before issuing
an identification card especially in
light of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks.
“He blames me for 9-11 now,”
Easley retorted, adding that he
is limited by federal regulations
in taking action against illegal
While the first debate was
devoted solely to education, the
topic did come up again during
the second debate. Easley again
plugged for a state education lot
tery, and Ballantine again said it’s
not a good plan.
“He wants alotteiy trust fund, but
you can’t trust him,” Ballantine said,
adding that Easley wiped out trust
funds and used the money in areas
pus with her without being stopped
by everyone,” said Don Luse, direc
tor of the Union. “And if you ever
needed anything, Glenda knew
who to talk to.”
Tilley was known to take
Saturday shopping trips from sun
rise to sunset.
“She always looked like
she stepped out of a page in
Cosmopolitan,” Home said.
Family and co-workers lauded
Tilley’s reliability and her sense of
“I think if you could sum Glenda
up in one sentence, you’d never
met her,” said Michael Vollmer,
accounting technician at the
Tilley was never above having
David Crabtree shows the results of a coin toss deciding who will start
Friday's debate between Gov. Mike Easley and challenger Patrick Ballantine.
for which it was not designated.
But the governor denied the
misuse of funds and said he did
not clear out any trust funds. “You
can go to the budget office Web site
... to get the state’s tax rates and see
mine are right, his are wrong,” he
said after the debate.
Since some voters expressed con
cern about the candidates’ behavior
after the first debate earlier this
month, Crabtree asked both men
to say two nice things about each
After almost a full hour of neg
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tume to work on Halloween.
“Every year, students would
come to the office to see what she
dressed as,” Home said. “And she
would always have trick-or-treat
candy for them.”
Tilley’s colleagues also remem
bered one story in particular
that exemplified her fun-loving
ativity, the pair was hard-pressed
to come up with two positive
But finally, Ballantine com
mended Easley on his clemency
decisions, and Easley thanked
Ballantine for his support concern
ing teacher pay several years ago.
And both men, following the
example set by presidential candi
dates during debates, said they like
each other’s wives.
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“We had a lengthy meeting and
pretended to have an argument,”
Horne said. “I stormed into my
office and slammed the door, and
she followed me in like she was
going to chew me out. Everyone
in the office thought she was mad,
but I couldn’t keep a straight
Tilley graduated from Chapel
Hill High School in 1963.
The funeral was held Friday
morning at Antioch Baptist
Church. Union offices closed
Friday afternoon in memory of
Tilley is survived by her hus
band of 40 years, Mack Tilley;
her son, Greg, 39; and two grand
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Sessions focus on minority success
BY TED STRONG
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board
of Education sponsored its third
annual Summit on Equity and
Excellence on Saturday.
The summit addressed the dif
ferences in academic performance
among ethnic groups.
This year’s report’s differences in
the number of minorities having to
re-test on end-of-grade tests and
in performance on the Scholastic
Aptitude Test are recent signs that
have called attention to an achieve
Neil Pedersen, district superin
tendent, gave a speech Saturday
on problems in today’s school
system and outlined the district’s
approaches to dealing with them.
Problems included “re-segrega
tion” —a situation in which stu
dents socialize only with others of
their own race unequal access to
period zero early morning classes
and an overabundance of white
students in upper-level classes.
“Students can’t learn when they’re
feeling racially isolated,” he said.
The district’s solutions have
included creating equity teams in
each school and clustering non
white students into classes togeth
er, rather than randomly dispersing
them through all available sections
of the course.
Many theories exist about the
origins of the achievement gap.
Pedersen said it is the product of a
multitude of factors.
“I think no one really knows
the cause of the gap, said Marny
Ruben, assistant principal at
Seawell Elementary School. “In
our school, I think the gap is clos
ing, but I still think we have a lot of
work to do.”
After the speeches, participants
attended two of many smaller ses
sions. The sessions focused on a
variety of topics, ranging from par
ent-teacher conferences to bullying
and gangs to school nutrition.
Presenters included a police offi
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cer, a pastor, administrators, teach
ers and parents.
There were also booths from
various local organizations pro
viding information throughout
the forum. The groups included
Planned Parenthood of Central
North Carolina, the YMCA, the local
chapter of the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
People, the Pines of North Carolina
Girl Scout Council, the Orange
County Health Department and the
Orange County Rape Crisis Center.
Parent Carleton Hilliard, who
has four boys enrolled in the dis
trict, said he came for a variety of
reasons and felt he had accom
plished a lot in coming.
Hilliard said he especially liked
the session on involving adult men
in the education process.
Parent Froyd Nonaseo said he
went by to get information on the
school. He said that if there were
another summit next year, he
Another parent, Adrianna
Herrara, was at the school looking
for information on the academical
ly gifted program and for ideas for
emphasizing math to her child.
Although Saturday was consid
ered a success, most said there was
still much to do.
“I believe we’ve made significant
progress over the last 10 years but
that we can’t rest until the gap is
completely closed,” Pedersen said.
“It really is a community effort that
will help us achieve our goals.”
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