VOLUME 113, ISSUE 36
Carolina North back on the table
Trustees will re-examine UNC’s satellite campus
in hopes of rejuvenating development efforts
BY ERIN ZUREICK
For more than a year, discussions of the
University’s plans for a satellite campus have
been conspicuously quiet.
Media coverage of Carolina North has
dwindled, and town and University officials
seem to have moved on to other topics, from
penny-pinching to protests.
Now, UNC officials might be ready to break
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Lenoir Dining Hall employee Vel Dowdy, who reports state was arrested and charged with embezzlement for allowing students to eat free at Lenoir, gets
a hug during a workers' rights rally in the Pit on Wednesday. After the rally, protestors marched through Lenoir and into South Building chanting.
ADMINISTRATORS LISTEN TO WORRIES ABOUT WORKERS’ RIGHTS
BY ALEX ROBINSON
AND JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
A group of Carolina Dining Services employees
began the afternoon with microphone in hand,
voicing concerns about unfair labor practices.
By early evening, they were, for the first time,
face to face with University administrators and
turning their contentions into action.
After a planned workers’ rights rally in the Pit,
dining employees, union organizers and members
of Student Action with Workers marched through
Lenoir Dining Hall and into South Building
chanting, beating drums and demanding a meet
ing with the administration.
Margaret Jablonski, vice chancellor for student
Economy, high costs
drive up tuition bills
N.C. mandate an unusual commitment
BY WHITNEY ISENHOWER
During the past several years,
UNC-system students have not been
alone in handing over more cash for
In what is emerging as a national
trend, the Pennsylvania State System
of Higher Education is considering
a 10 percent tuition hike next year,
which would amount to $465 more
In-state undergraduates at the
University of Virginia next year
will face an 8.8 percent increase,
or SSBO, while out-of-state stu
dents will see hikes of 6.2 percent,
or $1,400. Students in Texas state
schools face an average tuition
increase of 5 percent.
The rising costs, in many cases, are
the effect of struggling state econo
mies. Legislatures often are unable
to fund public colleges adequately,
especially because universities often
take a back seat to K-12 funding and
rocketing Medicaid costs.
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The little talk that’s taken place during the
past 12 months has focused more on the rezon
ing and relocation of the Horace Williams
Airport than on research and revenue. This
might change when members of the Buildings
and Grounds Committee of the University’s
governing board review a progress report
about the site during their May meeting.
The meeting will be a good chance to reju-
affairs, was the first to address the group of about
60 protesters. After a brief discussion, she agreed
to meet with a few group representatives.
Associate University Counsel Joanna Carey Smith
who is reviewing the University’s contract with
Aramark Corp., the international company that
staffs CDS facilities also sat in on the meeting.
A handful of workers sat around a table in a
Steele Building conference room while supporters
stood behind them. The 14 employees detailed their
work experiences and explained die need for better
working conditions and the ability to unionize.
“I feel that as workers, we have the right to
organize a union,” said George Noell, the sales
manager for Circus Room. “I look at (how super
visors treat me) as harassment. ... I don’t think
mandate to fund higher education,”
said Clara Lovett, president of the
American Association of Higher
Education. “(It’s) still regarded as a
That’s not true in North Carolina,
which has a constitutional mandate
to keep tuition costs low “as far as
State governments often forget
the assets a public university brings
to society, said Barry Toiv, spokes
man for die Association of American
“Higher education is too often
seen as a means of advancement for
individuals, and the public benefits
are not seen by legislatures,” he said.
Decreasing state funds are not
the only factor driving up tuition.
Tom Gluck, director of commu
nications for the Pennsylvania sys
tem, said increased enrollment and
higher operating costs are pushing
up the price of higher education.
Holding tuition at a flat level
SEE TUITION, PAGE 6
venate efforts behind the proposal, said Tony
Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and eco
nomic development, Wednesday. “(It is a) good
reminder of what the overall purpose of the
project is,” he said.
The committee is scheduled to examine the
components of the plan and the timeline for
groundbreaking and construction of the mul
tiuse facility on the 963-acre Horace Williams
tract, located off Estes Drive.
The massive project, slated to take at least
50 years to complete, has taken a back seat this
year as UNC officials try to determine the fate
of the Horace Williams Airport.
The more-than-60-year-old airport serves
that they’re fair in what they do.”
Noell and other workers went on to explain
that they rarely get breaks, are belittled and
threatened, receive little or no raises and are left
without ample benefits.
Several workers said they have suffered silently
because they fear repercussions for speaking out
“I’ve got children, and I’m scared to lose my
job,” said Christine Moore, who works at Rams
Head. “There’s got to be some kind of justice.”
Aramark has agreed to meet with students some
time in the next two weeks, but Jablonski encour
aged the workers to schedule a separate meeting.
“This is the first time that us from the University
SEE RALLY, PAGE 6
Garden still blossoms as sisters age
BY VIRGINIA WOOTEN
A pack of students jogs down Gimghoul
As they pass a small white house flanked
with a sea of azaleas and tulips, they shout
in chorus, “Your garden is beautiful!”
Bernice Wade waves and thanks them
from her perch on the porch.
A moment later, a woman rounds the
corner of the house, completing her full
tour of the garden.
“I couldn’t let a year go by without com
ing,” she tells Wade.
Within the next hour, three more visitors
come to soak in the colors and fragrances.
For Wade and her sister, Barbara Stiles
who are the hearts, minds and hanjls
behind “the twins’ garden” this is actu
ally a quiet spell.
“There are times when the garden is never
free of people,” Wade said.
The sisters hit their 90th year Wednesday,
celebrating with a big garden party this past
weekend. Gardening keeps them young,
“I doubt I’ll be able to do it when I’m
100, but I sure would like to be able to do
it when I’m 100.”
In the past two weeks, several thousand
people have come to tour the twins’ gar-
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twins' garden'' on Gimghoul Road. They open the garden to the public during its springtime peak.
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as the base for the N.C. Area Health Education
Centers program, which uses the airport to
transport physicians and University person
nel across the state.
Officials said they are still searching for an
alternative location for the program.
The next logical step is to determine which
portions of each phase of the development proj
ect should go forward first, said Richard “Stick”
Williams, chairman of the Board of TYustees.
“I would like for us to determine what
kind of construction is needed and maybe
what kind of programs are appropriate (to be
SEE SATELLITE, PAGE 6
Ratzinger likely to overcome
U.S. detractors, German past
BY VICTORIA WILSON
After Monday’s election of the 256th head of the Catholic
Church, religious scholars and church officials said Pope
Benedict XVI likely will remain faithful to traditional doc
The College of Cardinals took just two days to elect
Benedict XVI, whose real name is Cardinal Joseph
Ratzinger. He is the first German pope
in almost a millennium, and at 78, he is
the oldest elected pope in more than 200
Teresa Berger, professor of theology at
Duke Divinity School, said the election was
quick because Ratzinger, one of former
Pope John Paul ll’s right-hand men, was
the best-known cardinal in the conclave.
“He is really considered one of the
most powerful cardinals in the Vatican,”
Berger said. “He had a defining hand in
the papacy of John Paul II.”
Along with being a trusted aide to
the previous pope, who served in the
Vatican for more than a quarter century,
Ratzinger was head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of
Faith, which oversees the protection of traditional church
But his life before he joined the priesthood and his con
servative views such as his condemnation of homosex
uality and his stance against female priests has some
Catholics, especially in the United States, worried that his
leadership will guide a more conservative church.
Some also have expressed concern that his background
could hinder the church’s efforts to heal relations with
the world’s Jewish community. In 1941, at the age of 14,
Ratzinger was forced into joining the Hitler Youth and two
years later was drafted into a Nazi aircraft unit. Ratzinger
eventually deserted and in 1951 joined the priesthood.
Father Joe Vetter, campus minister at Duke’s Newman
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