THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2005
Duke sees largest grant in history
BY BRETT STURM
Duke University students could
see an increase in their financial
aid thanks to the largest single gift
in the school’s history.
University President Richard
Brodhead announced Monday that
the school had received a $75 mil
lion gift from the Duke Endowment
The grant will provide financial
aid for undergraduate students.
Tim McDowell, vice presi
dent for government relations at
N.C. Independent Colleges and
Universities, praised the grant as
a “wonderful gift for Duke and a
wonderful opportunity for North
The grant will be paid in three
year increments of $25 million,
said J. Porter Durham Jr., direc
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sound speakers that are mounted
underneath their lofted beds.
But electronics weren’t the only
things the two purchased.
Lawson spent more than S4OO
on a futon, a small chair, a carpet
and other items to give the room a
“It’s a lot of investment your first
couple years, especially if you’re liv
ing in a dorm,” he said.
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but Brooke Hayes, a Chapel Hill
resident and Cutson supporter,
said what could look like forceful
ness is really just Cutson’s honesty
“I think she’s just very honest,
and has an honest view about what
is best for this town,” she said.
That honesty or forcefulness,
whichever it ultimately is, has
come through on more than one
She has spoken out against
what council members call “smart
growth,” saying the town’s regu
lation is not sufficient to prevent
She also has called for major
changes to the Carbon Reduction
Program, such as the inclusion of
the University in the plan. The
program, recently adopted by the
town, is run by UNC professor
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tor of the education division of the
Duke Endowment. It can be used
to solicit or match pledges from
“Duke will use our money as an
advertisement, hopefully to others,
to match the money we’ve given,”
Durham said. “To a donor, this is
quite an inducement.”
The Duke Endowment was
formed in 1924 with a S4O million
gift from James B. Duke and now is
the university’s greatest benefactor,
with a net worth of $2.6 billion.
The $75 million gift will be used
for need-based financial aid at a
university where the average under
graduate student pays $31,400 each
year for tuition, said James Belvin,
director of financial aid at Duke.
He said the average Duke under
graduate qualifies for between
$28,000 and $29,000 in financial
What's in store
The survey predicted that most
students would shop close to cam
“It’s certainly no surprise that
most college students planned to
buy many accessories at college
bookstores,” Davis said.
Other stores, such as JC Penney,
Target, Linens ‘n Things and Bed
Bath & Beyond are popular because
of their back-to-college product
Noemi Villani, public relations
She also has said local leaders
have not paid enough attention
to water-management issues and
criticized the town’s affordable
housing policy, saying it promoted
mainly high-priced growth.
“That’s gentrification with a
few affordable housing units, you
know, tacked on the end,” she
Cutson has also repeatedly con
demned the present council for
what she sees as fiscally foolish
“We have excessive spending,
and that’s increasing taxes and
fees and it is threatening to drive
people of moderate and fixed
income out of this town,” she
In the end, it could be those
views, and the way Cutson express
es them, that determine her fate in
this fall’s electoral contest.
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aid, though the Duke Endowment
gift could affect this figure.
“It could well go up,” Belvin said.
The gift likely will have little
effect on admission policies, as
Duke already has pledged to meet
the full financial needs of its stu
dents, Belvin said. And university
officials said the gift is an initial
step in maintaining that mission.
Durham said he hopes that the
gift will promote lasting diversity
within the Duke community.
“Because Duke is so expensive, it
would be our hope that Duke could
continue economic diversity within
its student body so that someone
with lesser means could afford a
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coordinator for Bed Bath & Beyond,
says the store’s line offers several
choices for back-to-college needs.
“When you think of sending a
student off to school, you think of
linens and towels, and that’s what
we’re about, in addition to other
products we offer,” she said.
The store also offers a checklist
to help students shop for needed
items, along with a “pack and hold”
program that allows students to
shop at a local store and have their
items shipped to their college.
Convenience and affordability
were reasons for Greendyk’s shop
She purchased most of her items
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Gist approaches the afford
able housing issue from mul
tiple angles, having served on the
founding board of directors of the
Orange Community Housing and
“The reason housing is expensive
is because we have a great school
system, and we have a great univer
sity and students who don’t want
to live in the dorms,” she said. “The
reason why is housing expensive?
Because land is expensive.”
Gist said she is proud of the fact
that Carrboro has been able to per
suade developers to build afford
able single-occupancy units, but
added that she wants to see more
She also serves as the
town’s liaison to the Orange
County Partnership to End
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an individual level.
Duke junior Jennie Gao says she
thinks that self-segregation might
be part of the reason behind the
ranking but that the white popula
tion plays a large part, too.
“Minorities self-segregate them
selves partly due to the fact that
they don’t feel respected by the
white population,” she says.
UVa., which some say is steeped
in the racial conflicts of its founder,
slave-owner Thomas Jefferson, is
15th on The Princeton Review’s list
Jessica Fowler, a senior at UVa.,
was a freshman when Lundy was
assaulted in her car.
“I think there’s a tension you
can feel,” she says about her cam
pus atmosphere. “Most universities
I’ve been to, there’s a separation of
races, and I don’t think it always
feels like this tension.”
And although UNC recently
at Wal-Mart and Target, as well
as at the annual poster sale held
in the basement of the Franklin
Street post office building during
the first weeks of school.
“They had everything there,” she
said. “So, it was more convenient
instead of making little stops.”
Store owners who once over
looked the college crowd in the
back-to-school bustle are starting to
catch on to the big-spending habits
of college students, Davis said.
“Retailers are starting to mer
chandise very well to this crowd.”
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Town Council member Sally
Greene, is complimentary of Gist’s
participation in the partnership.
“Jacquie is compassionate, and
she immediately volunteered to be
Carrboro’s liaison to the partner
ship, which we appreciated,” Greene
said. “She has been helpful.”
Gist also has worked throughout
her tenure to protect open spaces
like Bolin Creek, and initiated the
annual study of the creek’s health.
“We need to make Bolin Creek
as protected as we possibly can...
whether through purchase or ease
ment or conservation area zoning,”
“One thing that I did 10 years
ago was to really put teeth in our
ordinance for builders whose
breaking of the rules increases
runoff in the creek. Builders don’t
want to trash the creek, they live
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hasn’t had as many high-pro
file racial incidents as UVa., the
University has had its growing
pains in the past, Ervin says.
In 1970, a black student was
murdered in the Pit by members
of a white biker gang.
But Ervin says UNC’s experience
is unique because its expansion of
racial diversity began earlier than
at many of its peer universities in
All of the universities are taking
efforts to improve race relations at
their respective schools.
The chancellor’s task force on
diversity conducted extensive stud
ies on diversity at UNC last year.
Besides hiring Harvey, UVa. has
launched a massive education cam
paign urging students to report rac
ist comments and hate crimes.
And Fowler says she sees a big
difference in the campus’s reaction
to racial tensions since her freshman
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Candidate Randee Haven-
O’Donnell agreed with Gist.
“The present board and admin
istration has followed through very
carefully,” she said.
Incumbent John Herrera fre
quently encouraged the next set of
aldermen to reach out more to the
“We need to continue to lead,
to get folks involved,” he said of
efforts to attract more minority
owned businesses. “We can still do
The Chamber does not award
endorsements, but owners of
Chamber-recognized businesses and
nonprofits might be inclined to vote
with the group’s interests in mind.
Candidate David Marshall said
businesses from those outside the
town core would help define what
economic personality the town
wants outside its central area.
“There are businesses that are
suited for downtown, and then
there are mixed-use developments
that are perfect for out of town,” he
Candidate Catherine DeVine
and several other candidates also
called for increased communica
tion between the town and resi
dents of neighborhoods affected
by commercial development.
What to do with plans for the
town’s wireless initiative drew var
Alderman and mayoral candi
date Mark Chilton told the audi
ence that expansion of the down
town wireless system would attest
to the town’s personality.
“A municipal WiFi system cre
ates a culture and says a lot to the
world about our values,” he said.
The final question asked
Chilton and fellow mayoral
candidate Alex Zaffron, also an
alderman, to distinguish between
Chilton said his role as an inter
mediary would serve the town
well and foster positive thinking
in board members.
Zaffron argued that as an activ
ist he would continue to lead and
develop sustainable initiatives.
Herrera, asked the same ques
tion, opted for a simpler difference.
“One of them has more hair than
the other,” he said with a laugh.
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Duke has fostered student-run
cross-cultural groups, which are
designed to increase communica
tion across racial lines.
Though Gao says she knows peo
ple who work on these committees,
there are a lot of students still com
plaining about self-segregation.
“I feel like they work together in
organizations but don’t hang out
together socially,” she said.
Harvey says that the conserva
tive political climate in America
has taken some steam out of the
“The very fact that we’re still
talking about this issue on campus,
which is supposed to be a gather
ing place for the best and bright
est of society, doesn’t bode well for
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for the Rose Center for Earth and
Space at the American Museum of
Natural History in New York City.
Wyatt is one of four candidates
vying for the position of director.
Holden Thorp, the previous direc
tor, resigned in June.
During the past four years,
Wyatt has been involved in helping
produce IMAX-style visualizations
for the Rose Center’s planetarium.
He talked about his interest in
astronomy, especially in the use of
new technologies to bring the sub
ject down to earth a bit.
Wyatt said he feels the University
would provide a different environ
ment to expose people to science.
“I’m interested in building a
relationship with the University,
in making connections that aren’t
always obvious, in finding people
who think outside of the box to find
cool things to do,” he said.
He underscored the planetari
um’s role as a source of knowledge
and education in the state.
“It’s a great opportunity to use
the University community, and for
the University to connect with the
Wyatt expanded upon the
center’s role in working with the
University when he said improve
ments to the center could contrib
ute to an increase in science majors
coming to UNC.
“I’d hope increasing visibility and
increasing profile could change the
attitude of people when they come
to the University,” Wyatt said.
Though some members of the
audience expressed concern that
Wyatt’s background is biased
toward astronomy, Wyatt said he
would not ignore the other aspects
of the center.
“Astronomy itself is a gateway
into other sciences,” he said. Wyatt
admitted that serving as director
would be very different from his
But he said the Morehead Center
post offers potential for growth.
“There are very few jobs that would
pull me away from New York.”
The next and final candidate
forum will be for Jeffery Bass,
vice president of education at
Milwaukee Public Museum. It
will last from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15
p.m. Wednesday in the Morehead
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