VOLUME 112, ISSUE 130
Students speak up over suit
SUMMER READING BOOKS
Members of the summer reading selection committee will meet at 8 a.m. today to announce
their choice of the book incoming freshmen will read this summer. Three possible books remain.
Life of Pi
The story of a
boy's travels with
animals —and his
search for truth.
Future support hinges on
uncertain budget outlook
BY EMMA BURGIN
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Some legislators say there is enough money in the
state’s general fund to allow the UNC system a break
in resident tuition increases, but others claim that
the system’s Board of Governors is misguided in its
assumption that the state can carry the load.
Legislators are likely to face a substantial deficit of
as much as $1 billion when they convene in Raleigh
on Jan. 26 to draw up the 2005-07 budget.
While the board reaffirmed its stance against sys
temwide and in-state tuition increases during last
week’s meeting, the General Assembly has the final
say on hikes. The legislature approved campus-based
hikes last summer for all system schools.
The board’s decree followed Chairman Brad
Wilson’s public statement against resident tuition
increases, citing members’ constitutional obligation
to keep public higher education affordable.
Rep. Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, said he is glad to
see the board take such a firm stance.
“It’s a wise approach,” he said. “I
wish the BOG felt they had more
support from legislators.”
The former BOG member said
he thinks faculty salaries and
student aid funded this year by
tuition revenues could be provid
ed for by the state next year.
“There may be some areas
where spending can be adjusted.”
Moore also said that even
though he doesn’t like tuition
increases of any kind, the UNC
system should look to nonresident
students for revenue.
But another former BOG mem-
says the system
likely will need
her, Sen. John Garwood, R-Wilkes, said the state
does not have the money to help keep faculty salaries
competitive. “I hate to say put it on the students, but
somebody’s got to pay it.”
But Sen. Majority Leader Tony Rand, D-
Cumberland, said that during difficult economic
times, some sacrifices —including greater afford
ability have to be made for quality.
The UNC-system finance department revealed last
week that system schools generated sll2 million in
revenue from campus-based tuition increases and
enrollment growth. UNC-Chapel Hill alone raked in
$18.7 million in tuition revenue and growth funds.
At most schools, including UNC-CH, this revenue
was put toward faculty salaries and student aid.
Rand said these two areas can be adequately fund
ed only by revenue from tuition increases for both
resident and nonresident students.
“Right now, about the only place you’re going to get
any salary' enhancements is through tuition increases
because the state doesn’t have much money at all to
provide raises for faculty,” he said.
UNC-CH’s Thition Task Force has outlined three
tuition proposals, all of which include hikes for in
state and out-of-state students. The University’s
Board of Trustees will vote Jan. 26 on a request to
send to the BOG, who is slated to vote March 18 on
all campus-initiated tuition increases.
The board is expected to turn down any request for
in-state tuition increases, although the door has been
left open for a rise in nonresident tuition.
Rep. Robert Grady, R-Onslow, said the General
Assembly might take its cue from the board’s March
decision. “I think it’d be great (to have no increase).
The tuition increases have been driven by the univer
sities themselves, not the legislatures.”
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A campaign worker solicits signatures for a student body president candidate in Teague Residence Hall on Tuesday
evening. Freshman Jiayin Xue (right) is one of the 800 signatures each SBP candidate needs to obtain by Thursday.
Staffers give order to chaos
Passionate volunteers are key to managing hectic campaigns
BY STEPHANIE NEWTON
As candidates fire up Microsoft Excel
and tally numbers of signatures, it’s clear
that this year’s election season is turning
out to be a true lesson in economics.
While “output” comes in the form of
coveted petition signatures, many can
didates are trying to stress the essential
nature of student “input,” personal moti
vation and an awareness of campaign
laws to their staffers this election season.
With a formal warning already issued
to all candidates regarding campaign vio
lations, campaign managers are stepping
up their efforts to monitor support.
Many campaign managers have indi
cated the importance and pleasure of
recruiting volunteers who are passion
Seniors snag $12,000 for 2nd speaker
BY KRISTLE SPELLMAN
UNC students could get a dose of Comedy
Central during Commencement weekend.
Mo Rocca, a TV personality formerly of
“The Daily Show,” might grace the steps
of South Building to render UNC’s first
“Senior Class Address,” if the plans of senior
class officers come through.
Working with other branches of student
government since last semester, officers are
in the middle of arranging Rocca’s appear
ance the evening before Commencement to
kick off the celebratory weekend.
Tbesday night, Student Congress appro
priated $12,000 to the executive branch of
student government to serve as a portion of
the cost of bringing in Rocca.
Members of student government have
yet to make an offer to Rocca’s agent.
“(The event) is all contingent upon his
accepting our offer,” said Senior Class Vice
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BY CAROLINE KORNEGAY
On the eve of the announcement of this year’s
summer reading selection, two students broke
their 21/2-year silence over a lawsuit that brought
them —and the University national attention.
Daniel Grinder, a member of The Daily Tar
Heel staff, revealed Tuesday that he was one of
the three anonymous students who filed the suit
after the University asked all incoming freshmen
to read Michael Sells’ “Approaching the Qur’an:
The Early Revelations.” The case was dismissed
in September by a U.S. District Court judge.
Though the third plaintiff chose to remain
anonymous, she issued her first statement
Tuesday concerning the case.
Kris Wampler, a member of Student Congress
who interns with The John William Pope Center
for Higher Education Policy, a conservative think
tank, was the first student plaintiff to connect his
name to the suit. He did so in a Nov. 20,2004,
article in The Chapel Hill Herald.
Grinder said he filed the suit because he
ate about the candidate’s platform and
“The most effective way to get them
excited is to personally invite or call
them,” said Justin Wade, who is manag
ing a core committee of 30 workers and
an additional 250 reserve members to
aid in Seke Ballard’s campaign for stu
dent body president.
For Hudson Vaughan, a campaign
staffer on Seth Dearmin’s stump, the roots
of such passion are clearly memorable.
Working at what he calls the grass
roots level, Vaughan said he never feels
overwhelmed by his tasks to the point
“It’s been a ton of work ... but it
doesn’t feel at all like we’re doing it
all for him,” Vaughan said. “I think his
President Becca Frucht, noting that if he
declines, the possibilities of getting another
speaker might be minimal with graduation
Student Body Vice President Alexa
Kleysteuber said that once the Student
Advisory Committee to the Chancellor
received approval to have the event, the
biggest obstacle was finding a speaker at
an affordable cost.
Kleysteuber said that while Rocca gen
erally charges $20,000, he understands
that UNC is a public university and asked
student officials to make an offer. Now that
Congress has approved the request, student
government is prepared to offer SIB,OOO.
In addition to the $12,000 from
Congress, the senior class will provide
$2,000, Campus Y will offer SI,OOO, and
funds from the Office of the Provost will
SEE CONGRESS, PAGE 6
thought the selection violated the constitutional
separation between government and religion.
“I definitely felt it violated the separation of
church and state,” Grinder said. “I felt it was nec
essary to stand up to the University at that point
because it seemed they were forcing something
on incoming freshmen.”
The female student who decided to retain her
anonymity was referred to as Jane Doe by Joe
Glover, president of the Family Policy Network,
which filed the suit in July 2002.
“I didn’t get involved for any notoriety or
attention. I was curious to see how the law
approaches the use of a religious text in a public
University,” the student said in the statement
released by Glover on Tuesday.
Grinder said that he recently changed his
mind about retaining anonymity.
“I was worried about possible consequences
or repercussions,” he said. “(Now) I don’t care if
my name is known. It’s kind of a nonissue.”
SEE READING, PAGE 6
accessibility has been great.”
Justin Guillory, who is managing
more than 100 people working for stu
dent body president candidate Tom
Jensen, similarly highlighted Jensen’s
friendliness and talent. “Everyone
enjoys being around him,” he said.
“They know it’s not a waste of time.”
Justin Johnson, candidate for
Carolina Athletic Association president,
said he also doesn’t need to use exces
sive force when organizing and motivat
ing his troop of campaign workers.
“Most of them know about
my ideas for making changes
with the CAA next year,” he said.
“It doesn’t take a lot of pushing people
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Mo Rocca (left), former "The Daily Show" personality, visits UNC in 2002.
Senior class officers are trying to get Rocca for a "Senior Class Address."
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out of elections
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Candidates seeking the top post
in the Carolina Athletic Association
are running their campaigns based
on an old sports adage: Adversity
can be a great motivating factor.
Although Mark Longwill decid
ed to drop out of the race Tuesday,
citing a lack of time and resources,
three students initially declared
their intentions to run this year.
The past two years featured only
one candidate on the ballot.
Tuesday that he
would throw his
increase to nota
ble and public
placed a spot
light on the
of the race for
Then-CAA President Will
Keith announced last spring that
Sister Hazel would perform at
the Homecoming concert before
the group had signed a contract.
Sister Hazel ultimately wanted
more money than the association
could provide, and officials had to
scramble to find another artist.
“I feel with the spotlight that has
been put on the Carolina Athletic
Association this year that more
people feel they can implement
changes,” said Lindsay Strunk,
who took the reins of the CAA
after Keith resigned in October.
Both remaining candidates
Hayes Holderness and Justin
Johnson said they were com
pelled to mount a campaign to
repair the damage done this year.
Johnson, who has been with the
CAA for two years and now serves
as director of special projects,
cemented his plans to seek office in
November. “This past year, we made
a lot of mistakes under some of the
leadership, and experiencing that
and witnessing some of the mistakes
we made made me want to have a
bigger leadership role,” he said.
Holderness, a member of the
ticket distribution committee, said
students have a negative percep
tion of the CAA because its process
lacks transparency. “Sometimes,
obstacles get in the way, but we
really want people to see that we’re
doing the best we can,” he said.
Each candidate said the CAA
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