VOLUME 113, ISSUE 87
if MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
The Blue Fusion section
launches today its elections
including candidate profiles
and voter information.
BY KRISTIN PRATT
Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill
that could help alleviate the teacher
shortage in the state likely will stand,
even as the N.C. General Assembly
returns today for a special session.
House members will discuss the
bill at 10 a.m. Wednesday, but will
not attempt to override the veto, said
Jim Black, D-
Dare, in a press
Orange, said the
vetoed bill will
be moved to the
veto likely will
stand in spite of
Committee, and a motion probably
will be made to adjourn until the May
short session, allowing time for offi
cials to work on a definite plan.
House bill 706 proposed provid
ing out-of-state teachers with an
easier way to get a N.C. teaching
license, which would enable them
to be hired by state school boards.
The bill would allow teachers
with three or more years experi
ence to get a permanent license in
their first year of teaching in North
Carolina if they meet the “highly
qualified” definition under the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
This would help teachers to be
hired immediately, said Cecil Banks,
manager of government relations for
the N.C. Association of Educators.
Easley vetoed the bill on Sept.
29, stating in a press release, “This
bill reduces the North Carolina
teaching standards to the lowest in
America. It cheats our children out
of a quality education and dishon
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State fair a financial boon
BY SAMUEL LAU
For many North Carolinians,
the State Fair means lots of cot
ton candy, carousels and concerts.
But for the city of Raleigh and
the state as a whole, the fair also
means a lot of money.
Martin Armes, director of com
munications and marketing for
the Greater Raleigh Convention
& Visitors Bureau, said that if
700,000 people attend the fair
this year, there will be a $17.1 mil
lion impact on the area.
Though most of this money
will go into Raleigh, Armes said
there will be a residual effect in
The fair has averaged 721,914
visitors since 1988. But 836,319
attended in 2004, resulting in
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CENTURIES LATER, MISSION REMAINS SAME
BY BRIAN HUDSON, university editor
With elaborate pomp and circumstance the
University will celebrate today its 212th
As in years past, campus leaders, many of
whom will be dressed in celebratory regalia, will take the
occasion to mark UNCs progress and articulate a direction
for the future.
Yet centuries since its incep
tion, the vision of the University
remains the same, though its
scope may have broadened a bit.
Since the laying of the corner
stone of Old West in 1793, lead
ers have committed UNC toward
improving North Carolina. -
From UNCs birth to this day, ful
fillment of this mission has shifted
from the initial goal of educating
the state’s leaders to Chancellor
James Moeser’s recently enunciated
goal of anchoring North Carolina to
UNC’s global aspirations.
From its first days UNC has had
an entwined relationship with the
state, cultivating its future leaders.
“It’s not an accident. It’s very con
scious that the first university and
the first true state capital, Raleigh,
were founded months apart,” said
Paul Kapp, campus historic pres
ervation manager. “We needed to
educate leaders. We needed to give
them a background.”
UNC focused on strengthening
the state’s political leadership.
more than $lO million in reve
nue for the fair, said Brian Long,
director of the N.C. State Fair
“We would love to see that same
attendance or better this year,” he
to the fair for
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led to more people staying in the
capital city overnight, meaning
more money for local hotels, res
taurants, gas stations and shops.
Long said the fair also provides
temporary jobs for a number of
people to work for vendors.
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“Boys learned how to stand
on their feet, give a speech, go to
a meeting and took all that very
seriously and took that back to
Mayberry with them,” said Harry
Watson, director of the Center for
the Study of the American South.
During the antebellum years
the education of the elite was con
sidered the best way to benefit the
people of the state.
“The University was often criti
cized by people as being too elitist
in that it educated only the sons
of the well-to-do,” said Joe Ferrell,
secretary of the faculty.
But after the devastating effect
of the Civil War on the people and
economy of North Carolina, the
University began to broaden its
relationship with the state.
By the late 1920 s— about the
same time Polk Place and the sur
rounding buildings joined the cam
pus University officials took steps
to extend the reach of the University
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Despite the excitement and rev
enue fair promoters hope to stimu
late, they recognize that its success
is at the will of the weather.
“Excuse the pun, but rain
dampens attendance,” Long said.
In 2002, attendance dipped
below 700,000 when four days of
rain and cool weather kept many
Long said the fair, which oper
ates without any appropriations
from the state, gets much of its
revenue from the carnival opera
tor. The operator pays the fair for
every ticket sold in exchange for
the privilege of having its services
on the fairgrounds.
This year’s operator is Wade
Shows of Michigan, which will
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The N.C. attorney general
files a lawsuit against a gas
distributor for allegedly hiking
the prices on an area gas
station to an illegal extent.
1 789 Dec ' General Assembly approves
the bill calling for a state-supported university.
1 793 ct ' R- Davie, who steered the
university bill through the General Assembly,
lays the cornerstone of UNC's first building,
North Wing (today, Old East).
1795 Hinton James, the first student,
arrives at UNC after walking to Chapel Hill
from his home in Wilmington.
1798 Student George Clark is the first person to be
buried in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
1880 Sept ‘ 23. Three professors form the School of
Pharmacy, the University's first concrete step
toward developing its medical department.
1881 rece i ves state-appropriated funds
for the first time.
1883 Henry Horace Williams earns the University's
first master's degree, and William Battle
Phillips earns the first doctoral degree.
1888 Oct. 18, UNC plays Wake Forest University in
its first intercollegiate football game.
1897 Mar V 5- Macßae becomes the first woman to
enroll at UNC.
1919 c h°°l °f Commerce, now the Kenan-
Flagler Business School, is established.
*1 931 The Institute of Government, the first of its
kind in the nation, is founded.
1955 ® rant^on anc * brothers John and Leroy
Frasier are the first blacks admitted to UNC.
Elections attract older students
BY KATHRYN ROWLAND
Maintaining a healthy political
community in the Chapel Hill-
Carrboro area depends upon the
involvement of graduate students,
local leaders say.
In many ways, the lifestyles of
graduate students naturally are
more integrated than undergradu
ates within the surrounding com
munity, said Mark Kleinschmidt, a
Chapel Hill Town Council member
who is up for re-election.
“They are living not entirely stu
dent-centric lives,” he said. “They’re
more likely to use town services.”
Kleinschmidt said graduate stu-
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dents are therefore more impacted
by the municipal government
Kleinschmidt, who partici
pated in local politics as a student
in the UNC School of Law, said
the academic atmosphere of the
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Student Federation, said there
are several ways for graduate stu
dents to get involved.
“Obviously the most impor
tant thing is to actually vote,
and demonstrate that we are a
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The Country Club Drive and
N.C. 54 intersection continues
to see backup from ongoing
construction work, which
started this summer.
The Carolina community
includes many perspectives. Most
often these pages carry student
views. I’ve often wondered why fac
ulty commentary is so infrequent.
This summer I asked that question
and got an answer: Why don’t you
volunteer? Rashly, I did.
We’ll see if I can hit the DTH’s
high standard. If so, you’ll see me
again, in about a month.
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our money and
In recent weeks I’ve attended
many meetings about tuition and
student fees. It’s time to frame prin
ciples that should guide decision
makers —and interested observers
in the coming days.
1. Address core needs to assure
Instructor quality is critical to the
quality of education, and our top
flight instructional teams include
both faculty members and their
junior partners teaching assis
tants. If we want the best, we need
to pay competitive wages.
At last year’s levels, we need
sl.l million to bring TA salaries to
a minimum of $7,000 per course
(near the average of peer institu
tions that try to lure our graduate
student talent). To bring faculty
salaries up to our peers levels in
all disciplines would take $9.9 mil
lion. These gaps will grow and we’ll
squander past investments in top
talent if we don’t start closing the
Tuition hikes are unfortunately
part of the solution needed here.
2. Use solid principles.
The tuition task force discussed
three key principles in setting
tuition. We need to maintain our
commitment to accessibility, as
we’ve done by reserving 40 per
cent of campus tuition revenues for
We also need to bring greater
predictability to increases that are
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demographic that considers these
issues important,” he said.
There are various council com
mittees that have open positions
that may be filled by students.
According to the town of Chapel
Hill Web site, as of Sept. 29 there
were vacancies on the bicycle and
pedestrian advisory and hous
ing and community development
boards, among others.
Both Kleinschmidt and Brady
said they consider affordable hous
ing to be the biggest political issue
that concerns graduate students.
The potential for graduate
student impact is tremendous,
Mark Chilton, a Carrboro aider
man and candidate for Carrboro
mayor, noting that the birth of the
Chapel Hill Transit bus system in
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