VOLUME 113, ISSUE 26
Lottery bill narrowly passes House
BY ERIN FRANCE
RALEIGH House Speaker Jim
Black fell short of guessing the winning
numbers for Wednesday’s vote on a lot
tery to support education.
“I told (U.S. Rep.) David Price yester
day 62 to 58,” Black said during a press
conference after the vote.
The bill actually passed 61-59. But
despite his unlucky numbers, Black said
he was pleased with the outcome.
“It was a major victory,” he said.
Jim Black said
passing the bill
was a victory.
Last-minute removal of 4
candidates sparks hostility
BY ERIC JOHNSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
A controversy erupted in the state Senate late
Wednesday evening as Republican lawmakers
accused the chamber’s Democratic leadership of sub
verting an election for members of the UNC system’s
A number of senators decried the last-minute
removal of four candidates, including Luther Hodges
Jr., the only Republican among the nominees, from
the 12-person ballot for eight seats on the Board of
“They disappeared,” said Sen. Neal Hunt, R-Wake.
“I’m just astounded, frankly.”
Senate Democrats said the four candidates had with
drawn from the process but did not indicate why.
Hodges, when reached for comment in Florida
where he is vacationing, said he was surprised to learn
of his withdrawal. He had not removed his name from
consideration, he said, and had not been contacted
about any changes to the ballot.
His candidacy was sponsored by Hunt and Sen.
Bob Atwater, D-Chatham.
Hunt said he was caught completely off guard by the
announcement of Hodges’ supposed withdrawal.
“When I walked into the Senate chamber this
evening, I heard about it for the time,” Hunt said
Wednesday night. “We’re going to try to get to the
bottom of it. At this point, I’m just amazed.”
Hunt said he does not believe Atwater, as a co
sponsor of Hodges’ candidacy, would have the author
ity to withdraw Hodges from consideration. Atwater
did not return calls for comment by press time.
Democratic lawmakers said the vote was prop
er, with Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand, £>-
Cumberland, calling the Republican objections
“It was just kind of the everyday, run-of-the-mill
haggling we do some of the time,” Rand said. “The
rules were followed.”
Sen. Andrew Brock, R-Davie, said the rules have
become part of the problem. Republicans objected to
the balloting guidelines, which grant each lawmaker
eight votes that had to be cast for eight different can
didates. With only eight nominees still eligible, leg
islators had no choice but to support every candidate
in order to cast a valid ballot.
“They objected to the process,” said Sen. Elbe
But Sen. Hugh Webster, R-Alamance, said the
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The money from the lottery will help
decrease class sizes in public schools by
constructing more buildings, a move
Gov. Mike Easley has been pushing for
since his election in 2000.
Black said funds from the lottery
would go toward improvements in all
North Carolina counties.
“The counties will not have to raise
taxes to build schools,” he said.
School construction would constitute
50 percent of the lottery revenue, while 25
percent would fund need-based scholar
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Molly Broad, president of the UNC system, pauses and prepares to respond to a question about her retirement from the post. In a press conference held at the
General Administration building in Chapel Hill, Broad announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2005-06 academic year or as soon as a replacement appears.
PRESIDENT PICKS A DATE
MOLLY BROAD ANNOUNCES INTENT TO RELINQUISH POST
BY STEPHEN MOORE
UNC-system President Molly Broad
announced Wednesday her plan to retire
from the helm of the nation’s oldest public
university system in the next year.
During a press conference at the General
Administration building in Chapel Hill,
Broad said her decision comes at a moment
of strength for the system.
“I thought very carefully about what
was the time when the University of North
Carolina could position itself for healthy,
strong transition in leadership,” she said.
“The university is in strong and healthy
In a letter to Brad Wilson, chairman of
the system’s Board of Governors, Broad said
she will step down at the end of the 2005-
BY JACKI SPIES
Up until Tuesday night’s inau
guration ceremony, elected stu
dent officials anxiously awaited the
moment when their predecessors
would hand over the reins.
Now, the moment has arrived
and passed. Newly inducted lead
ers have started to immerse them
selves in campus issues, and the
excitement of beginning their terms
seems trivial in light of all the issues
that require their attention.
“That’s the beauty of the tran
sition period,” said Student Body
President Seth Dearmin.
“I’ve held from after the election
on Feb. 15 until now to become
acquainted with the office ... and
make these first few days as effec
tive as possible.”
The new officials filled the
vacant offices of student govern
ment Wednesday and began to
address the promises they made
to the student body throughout
the campaign season.
During his first day on the job,
ships for higher education and 25 percent
would fund programs including Easley’s
More at Four pre-kindergarten initiative.
But the bill does not do much to
relieve the pressure of the state’s $1.3
billion deficit this year, Black said.
No one is quite sure how long it will
take for lottery revenue to start coming
in, but Black estimated that the lottery
could be in place six months after the bill
The much-contested bill now will
head to the Senate, where a lottery was
Dearmin met with members of
the Carolina Athletic Association,
acquainted himself with his new
office space and met with the
Commencement Speaker Advisory
Committee to discuss possible
candidates to give next year’s
He said that, despite his busy
schedule, he even found the time
to hang out in the Pit and to make
himself available to students who
he said seemed eager to see what
his administration’s plans.
The new leaders said they aren’t
wasting any time in taking on hot
topics. They said they were swamped
Wednesday with various meetings
that began early in the morning and
continued into the evening.
“I had to start out with an 8 a.m.
meeting this morning, so I don’t
know if that’s what I want to do
every day,” joked CAA President
Johnson, who hopes to continue
improving relations with student
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met favorably when it was up for a vote
more than 12 years ago.
Sen. Julia Boseman, D-New Hanover,
already has sponsored a Senate lottery
bill. “It’s something my constituents
want,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand has
come out in favor of a lottery, though Marc
Basnight, the powerful president pro tern,
has been more hesitant to rubber-stamp
the House’s bill.
SEE LOTTERY, PAGE 4
06 academic year or as soon as the system
chooses her replacement.
The move came as no surprise to BOG
members, including Hannah Gage. “She’s
been very open about moving in this direc
tion for a while,” Gage said.
Gage commended Broad for greatly improv
ing the system during her time in office.
“There is no question the North Carolina
system is stronger and better and more
prepared for the future than we were eight
years ago,” she said.
“I think that decades from now North
Carolina will look back on what happened
in higher education, what President Broad
has done, and be overwhelmed by how piv
otal it was.”
Broad, who was appointed president in
1997 by the BOG, will leave behind a legacy
Requests information including list
of instructors and potential classes
BY KATIE HOFFMANN
The John William Pope
Foundation rejected Wednesday
the University’s revised proposal
for the highly scrutinized Studies
in Western Cultures program.
The conservative philanthropic
organization said the proposal was
incomplete and asked UNC to fill
in the holes by providing informa
tion including a complete list of
potential courses and instructors.
Such specific requirements pro
voked concern from some faculty
members, who have long worried
that the foundation will exert influ
ence over the proposed curriculum.
The Pope Foundation helps fund
the John William Pope Center for
Higher Education Policy, which has
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2005
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for the little
HUGH WEBSTER, SENATOR
of tireless effort and tremendous labor for
the UNC system.
During her tenure, she said, the system
increased funding for financial aid, extend
ed affordable access across the state and
worked to diversify the student body.
Her biggest victory came in 2000, when
the system got state voters to approve a $3.1
billion bond package for higher education
by a margin of almost 3-to-l.
But Broad said her greatest gratification
came from watching students graduate.
“It is seeing the results in the eyes of the
students and of their moms and dads at
commencement,” she said.
The system’s governing body will begin
the process of replacing Broad soon, with
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an office on Franklin Street. The
center has openly criticized women’s
studies programs across the UNC
system, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s cul
tural diversity requirement
“It’s a zone of concern for things
to be that detailed, especially at
such an early stage in the game,”
said Sue Estroff, a professor of
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dean of the
College of Arts
said the Popes'