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    VOLUME 116, ISSUE 36
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Pablo, a 3-year-old ram, this fall will replace his father, Rameses, as
the University mascot. Rameses recently lost one of his horns.
Rameses put
out to pasture
Loses horn while
butting heads
There will be anew face on the
sidelines of the football field this
fall, but to many he will look like
the same beloved mascot.
Rameses the ram will be
replaced this season by his son,
Pablo, a 3-vear-old ram, because
Rameses lost a horn butting heads
with his son.
Pablo will become the 18th
Rameses, the ram that represents
the University at football games.
Rob Hogan, owner of Hogans
Magnolia View Farm where the
UNC ram has been kept since the
tradition started in 1924, said he
was surprised that Rameses had
lost his horn.
“1 have never remembered this
happening before," Hogan said. “I
guess since he is older, his bones
just weren’t that strong."
Hogan said that rams often butt
heads when they are playing.
Because the horn broke off
right at the skull, Rameses has
been experiencing some pain and
has a minor infection at the site.
Hogan said that after a
ASG election poses
conflict questions
New president
also NCSU leader
Greg Doucette's election
as president of the UNC-sys
tem Association of Student
Governments has caused con
cern as to whether he will be able
to handle that job and his role
as president of the N.C. State
University Student Senate.
“It is kind of a hairy pickle,"
departing ASG president Cody
Grasty said of the situation.
ASG, a student-run advocacy
group that seeks to serve the needs
of students at the 16 UNC-sys
tem universities, received about
$190,000 in student fees last year.
Doucette is faced with trying to
repair the group's reputation, espe
cially after the last elected ASG
president. Cole Jones, was forced
to resign after being convicted of
criminal assault in August.
ASG bylaws don’t bar a presi
dent from holding a student
government position other than
student body president
However, Jeff Nieman, ASG
president from 1998-2000, said he
believes the position of president
calls for too much time and energy
to try to split between two jobs.
“The ASG president is the clos
est thing to a statewide student
government leader," he said. “To do
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Chapel Hill town staff Monday
recommended approving a project
that will dose The Town House
Apartments. It will be replaced by
single-family homes if approved.
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recleaning of the wound Monday,
Rameses was doing much better.
Rameses, the 17th mascot,
is 8 years old and will spend
the remainder of his life on the
Hogans' farm, relaxing and
watching his son live up to the
Rameses name. Rams typically
live to be only about 10.
The next step for Pablo is
months of training to get him
ready to don his Carolina blue
horns and blanket for his big
debut at the first home game of
the season Aug. 30.
“We have quite a bit of training
to do," Hogan said. "Even though
they are domesticated animals, we
have to make pets out of them."
Pablo will have to learn how to
ride in a pick-up truck down to
Kenan Stadium and how to be led
to the field.
Hogan said Pablo did fine on a
test ride in the truck to downtown
Chapel Hill.
He also said it will take the first
part of the season for Pablo to get
used to the game-day commotion.
“Imagine trying to take your
cat or dog out onto the field with
65,000 screaming fans," he said.
Other duties that Pablo will have
to fill are appearing at Tar Heel
is N.C. State
Student Senate
that and at the same-time have a
major leadership role on campus,
it’s just too much for one person."
But Doucette said the ASG job
doesn’t rest solely in his hands.
“At the end of the day there’s a
whole team of student leaders here
to represent the students' voice."
Doucette said he is within ASG
bylaws, adding that he has already
held the NCSU senate presidency
for a year, which will make the
weight of his two jobs lighter.
As senate president Doucette
is also student body vice president
and, as such, would have to take
over for the N.C. State student body
president should he be unable to
fulfill the position's duties.
Here Doucette could poten
tially hit a brick wall, because he
cannot serve on both the Board of
Governors as ASG president and
the N.C. State Board of TYustees
as student body president.
Doucette said he would relin
quish his N.C. State office should
an irreconcilable conflict emerge.
“I think he would be doing a
great deal of damage to the asso-
university | page 6
Senior Week is this week with many
senkxs-onty events, including a Bell
Tower dimb today. The week will be
capped off by Spring Fest which is
open to all students, on Saturday.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Scholarship bill likely to die
In-state rates have many supporters
This summer a bill that scales
back the law giving out-of-state
scholarship students in-state sta
tus is likely to die quietly in the
N.C. Senate.
Even before the law’s passage
in 2005, critics have blasted it as a
handout to the wealthy organiza
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Carl Purefoy, a resident of the Rogers-Eubanks community, uncovers the well in his front yard. He does not drink the well water because
it is a rusty color. Many residents said they do not feel safe drinking their well water, even when contaminant tests turn out negative.
Residents wary of contaminants from landfill
Residents of the Rogers-Eubanks com
munity, who have lived next to the Orange
County Landfill for 35 years, are concerned
about their health.
And as the search for a waste-transfer sta
tion site continues, many are trying to clarify
the impact the county’s trash has had on the
quality of their air and water.
Residents say they suffer from an array of
health complications, from common colds to
University traditions paved Moeser s way
It’s been eight years since James
Moeser was announced as UNC’s
ninth chancellor.
In the time he’s spent at the top
University position, he’s brought
UNC's state funding to anew
level, begun construction projects
that rival the size of Wake Forest
University and helped develop one
of the most renowned programs for
the ninth
his approach
tions, such as the Rams Club and
the Morehead-Cain Foundation,
which sponsor big scholarships at
the state's fiagship school.
The struggle to partially repeal
that law will showcase how UNC-
Chapel Hill’s powerful support
ers in the Senate can wield their
authority in the school's favor.
“It’s going to be a hard road for
themes that are institutional: excel
lence, access, service —very broad
but clearly reflect who we are,"
said Doug Dibbert, director of the
General Alumni Association. “If you
are the chancellor you are expected
to embrace that, but that doesn’t
mean you can’t build upon it’
Moescr’s projects Carolina
Connects, Measures of Excellence
and Carolina Covenant expanded
those themes.
And when it came to running
the University, he like his pre
decessors realized that his posi
tion was temporary and that the
institution is a long tradition.
By reading about the state and
talking to those involved in the
University, he developed a vision
for the years he would lead it
The niche he found was a posi
tion of ambassador. As chancellor he
would tell the stories of UNC, give a
voice to constituents and help others
turn ideas into realities.
Shining moments came in the
toughest of times, such as when
financial aid at
any university
in the country.
these accom
plishments eas
ily fit on a check
list of goals, the
position is more
than check
marks next to
listed items.
“The way it
works best is
to have these
Sports | page 4
The No. 11 men's tennis team was
ousted by No. 25 Miami this
weekend during the ACC
Tournament. Today the team awaits
NCAA tournament seeding.
it," said Ran Coble, executive direc
tor of the N.C. Center for Public
Policy Research.
The issue is largely symbolic:
Only $7 million in state money will
subsidize the difference between
out-of-state and in-state tuition
for this year and next, according
to legislative estimates.
But supporters of cutting the law
North Carolina School Boards
Association and Common Cause
North Carolina, which promotes
renal failure.
Now they’re asking if fault lies with contami
nants from the landfill that could be seeping
into the groundwater and drifting into the air.
The rusted wells
Many residents said they do not feel safe
drinking their well water, even when tests for
contaminants turn out negative.
Gertrude Nunn, who lives up the street
from a stagnant pool of brown liquid landfill
former Student Body President Eve
Carson was killed and Moeser gave a
speech to about 5,000 mourners.
“There was never any doubt that
James Moeser w-ould do that," said
Steve Allred, executive associate
provost. “What that shows is the
ability to both care about and pay
attention to the individuals who at
the time needed the most attention
and at the same time his ability- to
be the face of the University."
Still, it will be several years before
anyone can truly measure Moeser’s
performance as chancellor.
“The true test of a leader can
only come after he or she leaves,"
Dibbert said. “Because only then
can you assess: Did he or she build
something that will last?"
Contact the University Editor
at udesk@unc.ediL
See pg. 7 for a Q&A
with Chancellor
James Moeser.
TUESDAY. APRIL 252, 2008
open government say it denies
hundreds of N.C. high school stu
dents spots in state universities and
uses taxpayer dollars to boost the
flagship schools.
The counterargument is that the
policy helps all N.C. universities,
not just UNC-CH.
It will be an uphill battle. The bill,
which maintains in-state status only
for academic, not athletic, scholar-
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waste, said she doubts the results of tests that
repeatedly classify- her water as potable.
“1 don’t have any contamination, so they
say. But I don’t feel safe using it," she said,
adding that four nearby wells have been
Chancellor James Moeser, seen
here on University Day in October,
will step down from UNC on July
1 after eight years at the helm.
this day in history
APRIL 22,1967...
UNC women don the “tent" look
and 'Carolina Gentlemen* sport
double-breasted British jackets
as spring fashion emerges at
Testimonials from
members of the
community and a map of
the area.
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police log 2
calendar 2
sports 4,5
opinion 8
games 11

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