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VOLUME 113, ISSUE 67
HOMECOMING OF SORTS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - The port
of New Orleans reopened, and the
airport awaited its first commercial
flights Tuesday since Hurricane
Katrina slammed ashore more
than two weeks ago. The coroner
planned autopsies on at least 44
patients found dead at a flooded
In Washington, D.C., President
Bush said “I take responsibility” for
the government’s failures in deal
ing with the hurricane, and said
the disaster raised questions about
the nation’s ability to respond to
natural disasters as well as terror
“Are we capable of dealing
with a severe attack? That’s a very
important question and it’s in the
national interest that we find out
what went on so we can better
respond,” the president said.
The new acting director of the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency pledged to intensify efforts
to find more permanent hous
ing for the tens of thousands of
Katrina survivors now in shelters.
“We’re going to get people out of
the shelters. We’re going to move
on and get them the help they
need,” R. David Paulison said in his
first public comments since he was
named to replace Michael Brown.
Brown resigned under fire over the
government’s sluggish response to
In New Orleans, a shipment of
steel coils left the port by barge
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on tuition stance
BY BRIAN HUDSON
Today marks the second meet
ing of the Tuition Advisory Task
Force, and members still are wait
ing for Student Body President
Seth Dearmin to vocalize his
stance on tuition.
During the year’s first task force
meeting last week, Dearmin, who
serves as the group’s co-chair
man, only spoke twice and did not
specifically establish an opinion
on potential campuswide tuition
But Dearmin said Tuesday that
it would not be fair to character
ize his role as passive.
He said that he has been
researching former task forces
and gauging what areas on cam
pus most need tuition revenue.
“I’m jumping in already,” he
said. “Coming in with a present
agenda is not the best way to
effect positive change.”
Although the tuition discussion
still is in its initial stages, history
has shown that the student body
president’s position in the task
force evolves into the stance taken
before the University’s Board of
Former Student Body President
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Yancy s Juke Joint in Raleigh hosted a concert Tuesday to collect donations for the Wake County Hurricane Disaster Victims
Center. Evacuees Dennis “the Menace" Chaney (left) and guitarist Randolph "Bambi" Linzsey (second right) performed.
BY ERIN GIBSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
RALEIGH Bourbon Street might be
empty, but the spirit was very much alive
on Hargett Street on Tuesday night as the
music and smell of New Orleans floated
out the door of Yanc/s Juke Joint.
Randolph “Bambi” Linzsey and Dennis
“the Menace” Chaney two evacuees
from New Orleans now staying at the
shelter in Raleigh along with members
of the band, Electric Church, performed
some of their favorite songs as people
enjoyed traditional New Orleans cuisine
including jambalaya, gumbo, red beans
and rice and etouffee.
Linzsey and Chaney are no strangers
to the New Orleans music scene.
Meredith Swindell, one of the organiz
ers of the event, got to know Linzsey while
putting everything together and learned
ATTEND THE MEETING
105 South Building
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Matt Tepper told the tuition task
force in 2003 that, in light of a
student fee increase and a poten
tial systemwide tuition increase,
campus hikes should go easy on
Months later at the BOT
meeting, Tepper proposed a
smaller hike as an alternative to
the board’s tuition plan.
And in 2004, former Student
Body President Matt Calabria
said in the task force that he is a
proponent of hikes that improve
the student experience.
Calabria ultimately compro
mised with trustees rather than
staunchly opposing them —and
the proposed tuition hike was
reduced several hundred dollars.
Dearmin’s platform suggests
pursuing a locked-in tuition plan
and emphasizes the danger of
pricing students out of UNC.
“Right now I’m really open
minded about things,” he said.
(The) most important thing I
SEE TUITION TALKS, PAGE 4
HURRICANE KATRINA | THE AFTERMATH
just how important music is to him.
He and his wife fled to safety in New
Orleans, but Linzsey went back home to
get his guitar.
That passion was clear in his eyes as
he focused on playing his bass guitar and
bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Tar
Chaney, a keyboard player, said he has
played on Bourbon Street many times
and even in the House of Blues.
Unlike Linzsey, he was not able to rescue
his keyboard. But after visiting the shelter
last week, Russ Swindell, district direc
tor for U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C.,
decided to make sure these musicians had
a way to keep playing, encouraging local
musicians to donate instruments.
Judy Ratcliffe, her husband and their
son Jack came to show their support
and get a little taste of New Orleans.
Roberts stresses court precedent
BY ERIC JOHNSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
As widely expected, Judge John
Roberts held his ground Thesday
and declined to answer a range of
questions put forth by members of
the Senate judiciary committee.
Nominated to be the next
chief justice of the United States,
Roberts spent the second day of his
confirmation hearings patiently
deflecting questions from Senate
Democrats on abortion rights,
presidential powers during war
time and the scope of federal anti
“I need to decide those ques
tions with an open mind, on the
Students aim to curb jump in college costs
BY MEGAN MCSWAIN
The cost of higher education
puts many students in debt, and
the problem could be growing.
Student lobbying groups are
unhappy with potential federal
funding cuts that could increase
the burden and are rallying forces.
The reauthorization of the
Higher Education Act of 1965
and the budget reconciliation
process which has committees
scrambling to find ways to cut
spending has fallen upon this
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New Orleans university
students displaced by Katrina
were given a brief orienta
tion Tuesday as part of their
introduction to UNC.
The Center for Public Service has full listings
of ways to help online at: www.unc.edu/cps
“We wanted to donate some money,”
Judy Ratcliffe said. “This sounded like a
fun, good way to do it.”
While Hargett Street is a far cry
from the French Quarter, even the New
Orleans locals said they almost felt like
they were home.
“When you hear the music, it gets rid
of all your worries,” said John Booth,
another hurricane evacuee. “New Orleans
music moves your whole body.”
Booth had reason to celebrate Tuesday
night. He said he finally made contact
with one of his daughters three days ago
and found out that all of his family mem
bers are alive and safe.
The event, organized by members of
the Church of the Good Shepherd, col
lected donations at the door and also
SEE CELEBRATION, PAGE 4
basis of the arguments presented,
on the basis of the record present
ed in the case and on the basis of
the rule of law, including the prec
edents of the court,” Roberts said,
responding to a question from
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.
While he steadfastly refused
to offer an opinion about Roe v.
Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme
Court decision establishing a con
stitutional protection for abor
tion, Roberts said there should
be a high threshold for overruling
“I do think that it is a jolt to the
legal system when you overrule a
precedent,” he said. “Precedent
In order to settle the budget, cer
tain committees in the U.S. Senate
and House need to slash $35 billion
to finance the national deficit.
Two of the committees are the
House Committee on Education
and the Workforce which must
find an excess sl2 billion —and the
Senate Health, Labor, Education
and Pensions Committee —which
will cut more than sl3 billion.
Higher education will receive cuts
of more than sll billion from the
House reauthorization bill deci
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Officials work to increase
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plays an important role in promot
ing stability and evenhandedness.”
Still, he left open the possibility
that certain cases could be reversed,
even at the expense of stability.
“There are situations when
that’s a price that has to be paid.”
Roberts repeatedly emphasized
sively more than the $7 billion the
Senate bill cuts, said Bob Samors,
associate vice president for federal
relations for the UNC system.
The cuts go against the Higher
Education Act’s original purpose
of keeping college affordable, said
Vanessa Lillie, spokeswoman for the
National Education Association.
The Senate legislation received
slightly warmer reception than the
House version from student lob
byists, because funding cuts are
“The Senate is trying to lessen
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FINDING YOUR CENTER
The injury to UNC center
Ben Lemming puts a serious
crunch on the team's depth at
the position, still left reeling
from the loss of Jason Brown.
$14,315 was raised
by the Katrina relief
committee as of 5 p.m.
The DTH will be in
the Pit from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. collecting new
socks and underwear;
We will also have a
drop-off box in Union
Suite 2409, where we
will collect suuplies
before mailing them
off to areas in need
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the limited role of the judiciary,
asserting that judges must simply
decide the cases before them.
But from 1982 to 1986, Roberts
played an active role in advocating
policy in the Reagan White House.
Throughout Tuesday’s lengthy
hearings, Roberts was asked to
clarify memos and briefs written
during his tenure as a lawyer in
the White House counsel’s office.
Lawmakers from both parties
have been poring over thousands
of pages of documents in search
of clues to the nominee’s thinking
about a host of legal issues.
SEE HEARINGS, PAGE 4
the impact... especially on low
income students,” Samors said.
He said the UNC system is
monitoring the legislation closely.
“Certainly, the university is
heavily engaged in this whole pro
cess,” he said.
Some of the savings from higher
education in the Senate legislation
will be placed into anew financial
aid program created in the same
bill, he added.
Senators who authored the
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