VOLUME 113, ISSUE 76
Students get intimate with chancellor
VP JOHNSTON MODERATES
FIRST OPEN HOUSE OF YEAR
BY BRANDON REED
Chancellor James Moeser
metaphorically patted shoulders,
held hands and addressed fears of
students Monday at the year’s first
Chancellor’s Open House.
More than 40 students and staff
members were given the opportu
nity to directly present concerns to
Moeser in the cozy confines of the
John Lindsay Morehead Lounge in
Early conversation predominately
focused on a proposed change to the
IN NEED OF RESOLUTION
Rita victims see
return to homes
BY ERIC JOHNSON
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
As large numbers of evacuees
return to cities that were spared
the brunt of Hurricane Rita, offi
cials in Texas and Louisiana are
Coping with a fresh round of dis
placed residents from the smaller
towns Find rural counties hit hard
est by the storm.
In Texas, emergency manage
ment officials implemented a
multistage plan to allow millions
of evacuated residents to return
home in controlled waves.
Beginning Sunday, residents
living mostly to the northwest of
Houston were allowed to return
home, followed Monday by those
who live within the city and to its
southeast and today by residents
to the northeast.
“Most people are abiding by
the three-day plan,” said Jose
Villarreal, a state trooper in Texas
“The reason was to try and
eliminate the massive amount of
motorists on the road. It’ll be less
stressful, and they’ll spend less
time on the road.”
So far, there have been no
repeats of the massive traffic jams
that brought Houston-area high
ways to a standstill during the ini
tial evacuation last week.
Traffic was the least of concerns
for many counties near the Texas-
Louisiana border, close to where
Rita made landfall. Those areas
remained off limits Monday.
Emergency officials are beginning
to conduct full damage assessments
in and around Jefferson and Orange
counties, and residents might not be
allowed back for days or weeks.
“There are still some search
and rescue operations going on
because of all the wind and fallen
trees,” said Ray Perez, a spokesman
for the Texas emergency manage
He said the main task now is to
Officials eye next vacancy
BY ERIN FRANCE
The U.S. Senate opened debate
on Judge John Roberts’ nomination
as chief justice of the United States
Monday, but a greater debate might
await President Bush’s next nominee
to the Supreme Court, experts say.
And with Roberts’ confirmation
expected to be approved by Thursday,
the guessing game is in full gear.
Michael Gerhardt, a professor in
the UNC School of Law, said he heard
rumors that two judges from the sth
is expected to
by the Senate
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topics shifted after Student Body
Vice President Adrian Johnston,
who moderated the event, asked
that questions regarding the topic
be held until the end.
Students’ concerns about UNC’s
plan for globalization then emerged
as a topic of discussion.
“Globalization strikes fear in
many people’s hearts,” Moeser
said, noting that many students
have family members whose jobs
have moved overseas. “For this
University to be successful, for this
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To raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief,
Panzanella Restaurant and Weaver Street Market
in Carrboro co-sponsored a fundraiser Monday eve
ning that featured traditional Cajun food and music. Here,
ensure that residents who remained
in the most damaged areas are
receiving enough food, water and
ice while they await restoration of
power and basic utilities.
“All the counties affected by the
storm have been getting daily ship
ments of all these commodities,”
Perez said. “They’re estimating
maybe two to three weeks before
full restoration (of power).”
A similar situation exists
throughout much of southwestern
Louisiana, where some smaller
towns in Cameron Parish were
reported to have been almost com-
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Circuit Court of Appeals are possible
candidates for the vacancy left by
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Judges Priscilla Owen or Edith
Jones might receive the presidential
nod to the highest court, he said.
Other rumors claim Bush is eyeing
former deputy attorney general Larry
Thompson for the seat.
“Owen and Jones are very conten
tious because of their records as lower
court judges and the things they’ve
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AN OPEN DOOR
Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs Margaret Jablonski
kicks off her open office hours
today. Students are invited to
visit her each Tuesday.
state to be successful, we need to
be a player on this stage.”
He addressed concerns about
exchange students both abroad and
on campus, pointing to the new
Global Education Center under
construction as a step forward in
welcoming new students to campus
and helping send others overseas.
“I think it’s all of our task to make
international students feel welcome
here,” he said. “I think one of the
results of 9/11 is that America has
told the world, ‘Go away.’
“What they think about us will be
reflective of their experience here.”
Moeser also indicated the
University’s need to be a leader for
the state and the UNC system.
“Great nations in the 21st cen
RELIEF EFFORTS REFOCUSED
BY STEPHANIE NEWTON
The University’s Hurricane Katrina
relief effort was summed by a single busi
ness card Monday afternoon.
Sarah Lamm, coordinator of alum
ni clubs for the UNC General Alumni
Association, shared her knowledge of a
friend’s empty rental property, available
for use by a displaced family.
And Andy Cunningham, a Robertson
Scholar, found a home for a New Orleans
family he came to know through the schol
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tury will not be defined by military
power, but by intellectual and eco
nomic power,” he said.
Moeser also discussed adding
gender identity to the University’s
“We simply haven’t acted on
that, but we haven’t closed that
door,” he said, adding that he wants
to include all aspects of human
sexuality under the policy.
Concerns about the University’s
team cleaning plan where
each housekeeper focuses on one
specific task were addressed
by Mike Hachey, a member of
Student Action with Workers who
gave a brief presentation suggest-
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Natalie Purbrick (right) and her boyfriend, Ryan New, load
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After Lamm passed the information of
the property on to Cunningham, the family
has the opportunity to build anew home.
“Look at what just happened,” junior
Jen Barry said, reflecting on the monu
mental impact behind the small gesture.
During a forum in the Great Hall, more
than 20 UNC and Duke University students,
faculty and medical personnel reviewed
UNC’s short-term hurricane support while
also emphasizing the need for creative and
coordinated long-term action.
“Frankly, it’s about commitment,” said
Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina
Cost spikes threaten campus vision
BY ERIN ZUREICK
As the cost of construction materi
als continues to skyrocket, UNC offi
cials now are facing a budget crunch
that could result in changes to the
University’s development plan.
Costs in construction have typi
cally increased 3 to 5 percent each
year since the ongoing campus devel
opment began in 2000, said Bruce
Runberg, associate vice chancellor for
construction and planning.
“For the first several years we had
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Chancellor James Moeser and Student Body Vice President Adrian
Johnston field questions at the chancellor's Open House held Monday.
Center for Public Service and moderator
of the Hurricane Relief Campus Forum.
“Moving forward from here will be up to
those who are willing to pick up the ban
ner and lead.”
Those in attendance came away with a
recommendation from Chris Clemens, a
professor of physics and astronomy, who is
still in the Gulf Coast region.
“Stay with something small for the
long-haul,” he said via a previously pre
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minimal cost escalation,” Runberg
said. “We were actually going in under
But during the last year, construc
tion costs have increased by as much
as 8 to 12 percent.
“Because of the two hurricanes it’s
likely to get much worse,” he said,
referring to Hurricane Katrina and
Hurricane Rita. “This is a significant
increase. It’s causing us a lot of diffi
culty in meeting our budget.”
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2005
HOW TO HELP
The Red Cross
seeks volunteers and
for more info.
The DTH is collecting
new socks and
underwear for victims
in areas affected by
hurricanes Katrina and
Rita. We will be in the
Pit from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. You may also bring
them to the dropbox
located in our office,
in Union Suite 2409.
We will continue the
fundraiser until the end
of the week, when we
will send the supplies
off to areas in need.
People displaced by
seek employment in the
40% cost increase for
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