TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2004
BOT may take up signage
BY JENNY RUBY
More than a year after discus
sions began regarding advertising
in UNC sports venues, officials still
are mulling over the possible effects
of instituting corporate signage at
UNC’s Task Force on Signage in
Athletic Facilities passed a reso
lution in May endorsing the idea
of allowing corporate signage,
but further research still must be
completed before the University’s
governing board grants its stamp
Some expect members of the
UNC Board of Trustees to discuss
the developments in signage dur
ing a closed session in one of their
meetings this week.
“We’re still in the process of
sorting out what parameter we are
willing to consider,” said Director
of Athletics Dick Baddour, chair
man of the task force. “It is still very
much in the formulation stage. We
certainly wouldn’t expect to have
anything this year.”
Baddour said that if the reso
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lution is passed, athletic facilities
could begin displaying advertise
ments as early as next fall.
“We’re not sure if it’s definitely
coming,” Baddour said. “We’ve got
to decide as an institution what we
think would be permissible.”
The need for finding different
areas to fund athletic scholar
ships is a result of recent tuition
For the first time in its history,
the Educational Foundation the
booster club that funds student
athletes’ scholarships failed to
cover all its scholarship obligations
last year, falling several hundred
thousand dollars short of the total
Baddour said the scholarship
budget for athletics has increased
$3 million during the last five
years. This year, $8.3 million was
awarded in athletic scholarships,
The athletic department sup
ports the scholarships through
$600,000 in revenue from ticket
sales and other services.
Baddour said the athletic depart-
System growth breaks record
BY NATALIE HAMMEL
The UNC system faced record
enrollment growth for the fall
2004 semester, welcoming an aca
demically stronger, more diverse
population to its 16 campuses.
For the fourth consecutive year,
systemwide enrollment increased
by more than 6,000 students, and
it shows no sign of slowing down
Fueled by record numbers of
continuing education students and
Hispanics, system schools this year
enrolled an all-time high of 189,615
students. The figure marks an
increase 0f6,268 students from last
year —a growth rate of 3.4 percent.
The system’s student body also
maintained its quality, with average
SAT scores for first-time students
increasing from 1075 to 1079.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, one of the
five institutions with a “dramatic
“Were not sure if (signage) is definitely
coming. We’ve got to decide as an institu
tion what we think would he permissible”
DICK BADDOUR, DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
ment is not looking into other ave
nues of raising money.
The University has held a long
tradition of steering clear of cor
porate advertising, and members
of the community are concerned
about its effects, said Doug
Dibbert, president of the General
“People are proud of the fact that
we never have (had corporate sig
nage),” Dibbert said. “That degree
of commercialization in college
athletics is something that should
be avoided, if at all possible.”
Officials said most other univer
sities already have brought such
fund-raising measures to their
campuses, and they are research
ing these efforts.
“We’ve just really looked at
who has placed signs in the past,”
growth rate,” enrollment increased
by 519 students.
“We’ve enrolled more students
for a variety of reasons,” said Steve
Farmer, director of undergraduate
admissions at UNC-CH.
“The university system has
asked Chapel Hill to grow, and the
University has, so far, said that we
can do this.”
Across the system, new waves
of Hispanics gave enrollment fig
ures a boost, with their systemwide
enrollment increasing by 442 stu
dents or 14 percent.
Alan Mabe, system vice presi
dent for academic planning, attrib
uted this increase to the growing
Hispanic population in the state.
“As we have a growing number
of Hispanic students in our high
schools ... we are pleased to see
this increase,” he said.
But this trend is just part of a
larger direction for the system.
Though the sky might not be
the limit for future enrollment
growth, Mabe said the numbers
likely will continue to rise. The
system’s Board of Governors has
estimated that in just eight years,
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said Associate Athletic Director
Norwood Teague. “We can cer
tainly look at other schools and
what the market will bear.”
Once the athletic department
completes its research, a recom
mendation will be sent to the BOT,
and members will look for taste
fulness and limiting the amount
of signage, said Trustee Rusty
“It’s been a very cautious and
deliberate evaluation to make
sure that if anything is agreed
upon, it will be consistent with
good taste and a scope and con
text that will hopefully be accept
able,” he said. “If it’s not, it will
not be accepted.”
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Joni Worthington, a spokeswom
an for the system, said two primary
factors are driving this trend.
“One (factor) is demographics,
where we have increasing num
bers of high school graduates who
in turn are seeking admission to
university,” she said.
“We also have a growing number
of older students ... who because
of the changing demands of the
job market... are returning to the
classroom because they either find
they need a degree or need a higher
level of education to keep the job
they have or get a better job.”
Mabe also said the state’s job
market is drawing people to the
area —and when students come
to the area, they tend to stay.
“North Carolina is high-tech.
As we bring in more industry ...
it’s simply an attractive place for
people to come.
“It’s also the case that North
Carolina doesn’t lose many of its
high school graduates. Other states
lose up to 30 to 40 percent.”
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come under fire
The outrage several students
have expressed regarding the
amount of basketball tickets dis
tributed Saturday has put the
spotlight on the Carolina Athletic
Association, the organization that
has borne the brunt of the attacks.
Many of those suffering from
distribution disillusionment have
accused the association of provid
ing misleading information about
the number of tickets that were
available. CAA officials had said
that between 4,000 and 6,000 tick
ets would be available Saturday.
CAA President Lindsay Strunk
maintains that the organization is
not trying to deceive the student
To give students a better idea of
their chances of receiving tickets,
Strunk said, the group is “trying to
come up with an exact number for
Officials have yet to disclose how
many tickets will be available at
this Saturday’s distribution.
Strunk explained that there are
a host of mitigating factors that
affect the number of tickets avail
able for distribution, all of which
were at work last Saturday.
For conference games, roughly
6,000 tickets are reserved for stu
dents, and for nonconference games
and the Maryland game, there are
about 4,000, said Clint Gwaltney,
assistant athletic director for the
Smith Center and ticket operations.
The number of tickets reserved
for students includes those award
ed to the band, Carolina Fever,
members of CAA and students in
2nd armed robbery in
a month hits campus
BY CARLY SALVADORE
A UNC student was the victim
of an armed robbery that occurred
Friday night near Morrison
Sophomore Marley Gow, a
Morrison resident, was walking
to the ATM outside Chase Hall at
11 p.m. when two men forced him
to withdraw money, according to
University police reports.
One of the suspects told Gow
he was armed, but no weapon was
actually seen, said police spokes
man Randy Young.
The suspects took about SBOO
from Cow’s ATM account and S7O
from his wallet, Young said.
The suspects then took Gow into
the residence hall and released him
unharmed, according to reports.
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pects are black men in their mid to
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the Ceiling Fan program, Gwaltney
By the time each of these groups
has taken its cut, he said, the num
ber of tickets actually available for
distribution is significantly lower.
Strunk added that the number
also is affected by sales of mini sea
son ticket packages.
The CAA is working with
Student Congress to improve the
process, Strunk said. The organiza
tions have been looking at models
used at other schools, including the
universities of Maryland, Kansas
Strunk emphasized, however,
that any changes would involve
extensive research and effective
cooperation among all parties
While the Department of
Athletics has not been called on to
participate in the process, Gwaltney
shares Strunk’s sentiments. “We
want to get as many students into
the games as we can,” he said.
Many students agree with the
“I just feel like there should be
more student seating available,”
said Jonathan Park, a junior public
Liz Sessler, a junior public policy
major, echoed Park’s sentiments. “I
think there are a lot of students out
there who’d like to go to games but
don’t get the opportunity,” she said.
Park added that although he
recognizes that alumni provide
the hinds, “we’re the ones attend
ing the school right now.”
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One suspect was described as
being about 6 feet 4 inches tall
and wearing a long, black leather
The other was about 5 feet 8
inches tall, had a moustache and
goatee and was wearing a black
shirt and DK baseball cap.
Both suspects left the crime
scene in a dark blue Ford Taurus,
Police are still investigating the
incident, Young said.
This is the second armed rob
bery that has occurred on campus
during the last three weeks.
An 18-year-old student from
Appalachian State University
was accosted near Carmichael
Residence Hall and forced to with
draw money from the ATMs on
Raleigh Street early Nov. 1.
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