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VOLUME 113, ISSUE 58
Death toll uncertain as officials launch
'largest ever’ federal rescue mission.
After the storm
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A New Orleans police officer directs rescued boats at a flooded hotel in a neighborhood on the east side of New Orleans on Wednesday. Hurricane Katrina, at one
time labeled a Category 5 storm, left much of the city flooded. Officials called for an emergency evacuation of the city, but many remained and had to be evacuated.
For many students, college is a
home away from home. But ear
lier this week, UNC became the
only home to dozens of students.
Students from across the Gulf
Coast are faced with the devastat
ing reality that their hometowns
now rest under a flood of water
“It’s tough,” said sophomore lan
Ellis, who grew up in New Orleans.
“It was like a sock in the gut.”
A handful of students and
faculty met yesterday in a meet
ing sponsored by the Division of
Student Affairs to discuss possi
ble responses to the disaster —as
well as its emotional toll.
Counselors from the
University’s Counseling and
Psychological Service were on
hand to help students deal with
School systems eagerly
await lottery proceeds
BY SARAH RABIL
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
As North Carolina braces for a
projected explosion in population
growth, the recently approved lot
tery could have a lot to offer state
public schools down the road.
State officials are pushing for
smaller and smaller class sizes,
particularly in early grades. And
a population boom coupled with
fewer students per class will
demand more construction dollars
for new classrooms.
“In some of our fastest grow
ing counties, we’re bursting at the
seams,” said Ferrel Guillory, direc
tor of UNC’s Program on Southern
Politics, Media and Public Life.
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their reactions and concerns.
Dr. Dan Darnell, a clinical psy
chologist with CAPS, said that
such a traumatic event will affect
people differently and that meet
ing with others is a good way to
begin reconciliation. “It’s so they
know they’re not going crazy,” he
said. “So they know that someone
else cares and wants to help.”
The counseling service also
will have walk-in hours as well
as after-hours counseling for stu
dents dealing with the disaster.
With thousands of refugees
pouring out of Louisiana and the
gulf area, some students are grap
pling with the fact that their own
families are part of the exodus.
Junior James Brown said he
still is having trouble contacting
his family, who evacuated from
SEE NEW ORLEANS, PAGE 4
Signed by Gov. Mike Easley
Wednesday morning, the state lot
tery is projected to draw $1 billion
in annual revenue, and at least 35
percent of that total will funnel
into the state education system.
The money is slated to supple
ment funding for smaller class sizes,
school construction projects, pre
kindergarten programs for at-risk
four-year-olds and college scholar
ships for disadvantaged students.
“The lottery’s not going to fund
everything we need in terms of
school construction, but it can
make a substantial contribution,”
SEE LOTTO, PAGE 4
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STAR STRUCK N.C. General Assembly
offers filmmakers tax breaks, PAGE 8
STUDENTS ARE BACK! Downtown
returns to life with start of year, PAGE 10
Power outage felt throughout Gulf
Coast as millions lose electricity.
Residents walk through floodwaters on Canal Street in
New Orleans on Tuesday after Katrina passed through.
Searches to define future of schools
BY KATIE CLINE
T\vo vacancies in upper admin
istrative positions on campus have
left many in the University commu
nity looking toward the future.
As the process of hiring
deans for the School of Law and
School of Journalism and Mass
Communication continues, pro
fessors say they hope permanent
leaders will result in more atten
tion to faculty needs.
“Our faculty has been in a period
of considerable growth,” said Cathy
Packer, associate professor in the
journalism school and a member of
the dean search committee, which
was formed after one search com
mittee failed to fill the position.
“Anew dean should pay atten
A FEW QUESTIONS
High school officials say they
are handicapped in complet
ing background checks on
incoming students despite
recent high-profile crimes.
left waiting in lurch
BY KELLY OCHS
Annie Vaden was supposed to
start her sophomore year at Tulane
University, in New Orleans, on
But now it’s looking like she
might not start until late September
at the earliest.
“It’s so up in the air right now,”
she said. “I’m basically not worrying
about what I’m doing for classes yet
because I don’t know what has hap
pened to my house and property in
Vaden is just one of thousands of
students whose education has been
interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
The hurricane has many students
urgently looking for anew home
this semester —but UNC will not
be one of them.
“We know that Tulane and the
other institutions in the New Orleans
tion to tenure plotting where
we’re going to go with new faculty
members,” she said.
Some members of the law
school faculty say they are looking
for anew dean to focus on faculty
well-being and to keep good pro
fessors at the school, said Faculty
Chairwoman Judith Wegner, who
is also a professor of law.
“We’ll continue to be looking for
great teaching,” she said. “Someone
with a good eye for future recruit
ment and retention.”
Gene Nichol, former law
school dean, focused a major
ity of his efforts outside of the
school, Wegner said, noting that
she would like to see more energy
SEE OPEN POSITIONS, PAGE 4
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UNC field hockey team sees
potential in young, deep,
talented roster despite loss
of seniors. Defense hyped as
best in conference.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
Relief efforts launched nationwide.
Viacom, MDA pledge $1 million each.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW ORLEANS
Hurricane Katrina probably
killed thousands of people
in New Orleans, the mayor
said Wednesday an esti
mate that, if accurate, would make the
storm the nation’s deadliest natural
disaster since at least the 1906 San
“We know there is a significant
number of dead bodies in the water,”
and other people dead in attics, Mayor
Ray Nagin said. Asked how many, he
said: “Minimum, hundreds. Most like
The frightening estimate came as
Army engineers struggled to plug New
Orleans’ breached levees with giant
sandbags and concrete barriers, while
authorities drew up plans to clear out
the tens of thousands of people left in
the Big Easy and all but abandon the
flooded-out city. Many of the evacuees
—including thousands now staying in
the Superdome will be moved to
the Astrodome in Houston, 350 miles
There will be a “total evacuation of
the city. We have to. The city will not
be functional for two or three months,”
Nagin said. And he said people will
not be allowed back into their homes
for at least a month or two.
Nagin estimated 50,000 to 100,000
people remained in New Orleans, a
SEE KATRINA, PAGE 4
area are really in disaster conditions,”
said Jerry Lucido, vice provost for
admissions and enrollment manage
ment at UNC. “We’ve thought hard
about how to respond to it. We feel
that it’s not the right response right
now to take in their students.”
More than 50 students most
ly from Tulane have called or
e-mailed the admissions office
Wednesday asking to take classes at
UNC, said Steve Farmer, director of
But after discussions among vari
ous campus leaders, UNC has decided
not to admit any displaced students.
Farmer said one of the main fac
tors in the decision not to enroll
students affected by the hurricane
is that the situation is unclear.
Tulane administrators have yet to
announce their plans for the semes-
SEE ADMISSIONS, PAGE 4
Deans positions available
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