VOLUME 112, ISSUE 151
Judge: Reach agreement
Court asks UNC, fraternity to find middle ground
BY EMILY STEEL
GREENSBORO Members of Alpha lota
Omega fraternity walked out of a federal court
house Wednesday and declared the lawsuit they
have filed against the University a victory.
Just moments before, U.S. District Court Judge
Frank Bullock Jr. urged lawyers representing UNC
and those representing members of the Christian
fraternity to come to a compromise in the dispute
regarding the group’s official recognition and the
University’s nondiscrimination policy.
“You are on the same page,” Bullock said
during the hearing. “I don’t need to declare the
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BY AARON PRUITT
Several Republican legislators
have been appointed as commit
tee chairmen in the Democrat
controlled N.C. House in an effort
to maintain past cooperation
between the parties.
The appointments are one
result of a power-sharing agree
ment between Speaker Jim Black,
D-Mecklenburg, and President Pro
ed Morgan and
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has agreed to
year to his new key role.
Morgan and Black came to the
agreement in hopes of improving
relations between the two parties.
Some critics called the agreement
merely symbolic, but others said
the appointment of Republicans as
committee chairmen shows that the
party could have true influence over
“It’s real power-sharing, even
though the speaker is a Democrat
and keeps control of the flow of
legislation,” said Rep. Joe Hackney
of Orange County, the House’s
“Last time the number of chairs
was equal between the parties,”
Hackney said. “Republicans have
lost seats, and their power was less
ened some, but it is still there.”
Hackney noted that there are
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policy unconstitutional at this point.”
By Feb. 28, both parties must submit a consent
decree that would clarify UNC’s nondiscrimina
tion policy and prevent the case from going to
trial. If neither side can reach an agreement,
Bullock said, he will issue a ruling in the case.
Lawyers representing the three-member fra
ternity came to the courthouse in Greensboro
seeking an injunction that would restore the
group’s official status. UNC’s lawyers were ask
ing the judge to dismiss the case.
But the fraternity’s lawyers said they are con
fident that a resolution will produce a policy
members of the fraternity can sign —a move
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North Carolina’s Raymond Felton (2) and
David Noel (34) swarm Virginia guard
Sean Singletary during the Tar Heels’ 85-
61 victory Wednesday in the Smith Center. UNC’s
defense was key, as the team held the Cavaliers to
just 38.5 percent shooting. Singletary had only 9
that would allow the group to be recognized as
an official University organization once again.
“I feel like their motivation is a noble one,”
AIO president Trevor Hamm said of the
University’s nondiscrimination policy. “I just feel
in our particular case... it was misapplied.”
The policy now requires that participation in
all campus groups be open to all students without
regard to age, race, color, national origin, religion,
disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
Groups can require members to have an
interest in their subject matter and to pass an
objective test. They also are permitted to make
their leaders subscribe to their tenets.
“This policy prevents assigning content to a
SEE AIO, PAGE 4
points on 3-of-9 shooting in the contest. Felton
led the Tar Heels with three steals, while Noel
pitched in one of his own. UNC is now 12-0 at
home on the season, and 21-3 overall. For the full
story see page 11, and visit dthonline.com for more
coverage on the Tar Heels’ newfound resilience.
BY ADAM W. RHEW
Local black politicians helped shape
what is often touted as one of America’s
most progressive communities.
Chapel Hill led the way for Southern
towns in giving African Americans a chance
to participate in area politics something
some other North Carolina municipalities
would not do until years later.
On May 6,1969, Chapel Hill voters elect
ed Howard Lee as the first black mayor of a
predominantly white Southern town.
According to an article in the May 7,
1969, edition of The Daily Tar Heel, Lee
defeated Roland Giduz —a white candi
date for the post.
Nearly 4,800 residents cast their ballots
on Election Day that year. At the time, it was
the largest voter turnout in town history.
Lee received strong support in virtually
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all of the voting districts, including Giduz’s
home precinct, the article stated.
An article appearing the same day in
The Chapel Hill Weekly stated that Lee
received harassing phone calls and sharp
criticism from community members upset
with his victory.
“Any black man elevated to this position
is going to undergo more pressures than
any white man,” Lee said in the article.
His victory came four years before
Clarence Lightner was elected as Raleigh’s
first black mayor.
Ten years after Lightner’s election,
Harvey Gantt was elected to serve as
Charlotte’s first black mayor —a post no
other black man has held since.
Gantt said Lee was an inspiration to him
and other aspiring black politicians of the
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Jordan Lorence (far left), a lawyer with the Alliance Defense Fund, talks
with (from right) Jonathan Park, Trevor Hamm and Tremayne Manson.
Students needed a break,
UNC-system officials say
BY DERRICK LANKFORD
In-state freshmen enrolled in UNC-Chapel Hill dur
ing the fall of2ool paid $2,328 for tuition.
Three and a half years later, these seniors are paying
$3,205 for the same education.
And the cost of tuition has skyrocketed across the
UNC system during the last four years.
UNC-CH students experienced a 38 percent increase
in tuition, while state residents at N.C. State University
faced a 57 percent increase. Undergraduates attending
Appalachian State University, UNC-Charlotte and N.C.
Central University have felt the effects of a 70 percent
increase in the cost of their tuition.
“These increases are not the norm,” said Steve
Bowden, member of the UNC-system Board of
Governors. “What you are seeing is a snapshot of a
period of four or five years. If you look over something
like a 20-year period, you will see that this is not the
The board met Friday to approve a freeze on in
state undergraduate tuition increases, deciding that
students could not afford another hike.
BOG member Robert Warwick said that requests to
increase tuition at UNC-system schools are to be expect
ed, but that the hikes still remain smaller than those
students in other parts of the country experience.
Despite this, students on many system campuses
have rallied against the tuition hikes and have made
SEE BREAK, PAGE 4
UNC’s top brass
say tuition freeze
BY KATHERINE EVANS
The University’s future might
experience a decline in quality if
it continues to face funding con
straints, officials said.
In January, the Board of
TVustees approved a tuition hike
of S2OO for in-state and $950 for
out-of-state students, but mem
bers of the UNC-system Board of
Governors shot down all requests
for increases in resident tuition.
“By not having an opportu
nity to implement the proposed
increase, we have put ourselves
in jeopardy of quality,” said Jerry
Lucido, vice provost for enroll
ment management. “Last year’s
increases proved that we can
increase quality education with
tuition increases so in a way,
we are in danger.”
The combination of resident
and nonresident increases at the
University were expected to yield
about a $5.5 million to fund fac
ulty retention efforts and increase
teaching assistant stipends.
With the potential loss of the
in-state monies, UNC stands to
see only $2.6 million for those
same priorities assuming the
Board of Governors approves the
$950 increase for out-of-state
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