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THURSDAY. JUNE 19. ‘JOOh
PROJECT GRADUATION
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eccnt graduates Lakisha Copeland and Eric Haqx-r race down an inflatable slide at
Project Graduation on June 14. Project Graduation is an all-night, drug- and alcohol
-free celebration for Chapel Hill-Carrboro graduating seniors. The event runs from 11
p.m. to 4 a.m. the night after graduation in the Student Union. Students from Chapel Hill and
East Chapel Hill high schools come together to celebrate the end of their high school careers.
NBA DRAFT
FROM PAGE 1
ly before 5 p.m. Monday, when North
Carolina announced that three play -
ers TV Lawson. Wayne Ellington
and Danny Green had removed
their names from the NBA Draft."
the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions
Mark Bradley opined.
“Demand on airline tickets from
Raleigh-Durham to Detroit for
next April may experience a dra
matic spike in the weeks ahead." the
Fayetteville Observer predicted.
The end of a three-month waiting
in the weeds brings a lot of hope to
this Tar 1 led team and its supporters
—but also a good deal of pressure.
The trio of Lawson. Ellington and
Green entered their names into the
NBA Draft pool in April but did not
hire agents, leaving open the possi
bility of their return. The deadline to
withdraw was 5 p.m. June 16.
All three Tar Heels attended
the pre-draft camp in Orlando last
month and spent the next several
weeks participating in individual
workouts with several NBA teams.
"It was reassuring that the feed
back they got from the NBA teams
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is the same type of feedback our
coaching staff has been giving
them." coach Roy Williams said in a
press release. "I feel strongly that all
of these young men will eventually
lx- NBA play ers. The timing was just
not exactly right at this point."
Lawson was perhaps the biggest
surprise to withdraw, as many had
predicted him to be taken with the
Denver Nuggets' 20th pick.
“The process of'testing the waters’
has given me valuable information
about my draft status, and I have
decided it would bo better to return
to school." he said in the release.
Lawson was reportedly the last
to decide to return to school and
told reporters June 15 he was about
“60-40" to stay in the draft.
But now, with the three would
be NBA-ers. the national MVP and
one of the country’s best benches
back in Chapel Hill next year —and
a bitter loss to Kansas fresh in the
minds of play ers and fans maybe
the experts are right, and the Tar
Heels will be packing their bags for
Detroit come April.
Contact the Sport s Editor
at s/>orts(ii unc.edu.
ELIMINATION
FROM PAGE 1
well and pitch well they 're such
: a dangerous team."
All the more dangerous is the
fact that UNC’s starter for the
day will be freshman Matt Harvey
j who hasn't pitched since the first
; game of the Cary Regional on May
| 30. In that game Harvey pitched
only three innings.
No wonder Fox is slightly ner
! vous.
It also doesn’t help that senior
j reliever Rob Wooten pitched three
innings Tuesday and likely could be
; limited Thursday. That leaves red
| shirt freshman Colin Bates as the
; top reliever behind Harvey, since
| Brian Moran has pitched both
| games so far and looked shaky.
For a team that boasts the most
| experience in all of this year’s
College World Series, that's an
; awfully green pitching staff lined
up for Thursday . The Tar Heels also
' could turn to seldom-used reliever
Tyler Trice or sometimes closer
Tim Federowicz for relief help.
But North Carolina's pitching
1 woes aside, their lineup is still mak-
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News
State budget process
begins to close up shop
Lawmakers aim for July 1 end date
BY DEVIN ROONEY
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
The state budget negotiation
process is nearing its final steps,
and the N.C. Senate is expected to
vote today or Friday on its version
of the budget.
But some state senators felt the
process was rushed, including N.C.
Sen. Elbe Kinnaird, D-Orange.
“It was a compressed sched
ule. We've never worked this fast."
she said.
Kinnaird said she felt reducing
the budget drafting process from a
three-month to two-month delib
eration might have induced the
Senate to cut comers.
She also said the shorter process
meant longer hours for legislative
staff.
“One of the repercussions of the
compression of the schedule is that
staff is working 12.14 hours a day,
six days a week,” she said. "1 know
that were losing staff who feel that's
not a reasonable work schedule."
Despite the rush, N.C. Sen.
Tony Rand. D-Cumberland. senate
ing contact with the ball exception
ally well.
For the second night in a row
Tuesday, UNC logged double-digit
hits, and, despite their inability to
convert those hits into runs, the Tar
Heels still flashed that potential
as Chad Flack finally found some
semblance of a groove, going 2-for
-4 with an RBI.
And there is the fact that UNC
has beaten LSU once before already
in this tournament.
But LSU has proven this season
that they are kings of the eome
from-behind victory.
Their late-game rally against
Rice on Tuesday marked the 30th
time this season that the Tigers
have come from behind to win. and
the fourth time this season that a
ninth-inning comeback has saved
the team.
“They’re never out of a game, as
you saw today." Fox said. “If we’re
fortunate enough to get into a situ
ation late where we gotta close the
game out, you gotta get all 27 outs
against them, for sure."
Contact the Sports Editor
at si>ort.s(a unc.edu.
majority leader, said he's satisfied
with the budget so far.
“There are things in it that I
would change if I was king, but
you have to look at it as an entirety,"
Rand said. “You have to look at all
of it, and 1 think all in all it repre
sents a good picture of where North
Carolina's priorities should be."
The budget proposal as it stands
includes the same pay raise for state
employees proposed by the N.C.
House —a 2.75 percent increase or
$l,lOO, whichever is greater.
Easley asked for a 1.5 percent raise,
plus a SI,OOO one-time bonus.
The Senate and House also
agreed on keeping the average pay
raise for school teachers at 3 per
cent, as opposed to Gov. Flaslev's 7
percent raise.
The Senate also funded the UNC
system to cover growing enrollment
and spared it an across-the-board
$lB million cut.
Kinnaird said she supports fund
ing the UNC system but advocated
for more funding for the commu
nity college system.
PLANS
FROM PAGE 1
reason for the purchase was to
meet the pressure for University
growth in the coming years.
Officials haven't indicated any
plans for changes to Granville
Towers, which they will also own
when the sale closes. They say
they will continue to honor leases
for both Granville and University
Square.
After UNC takes control of the
buildings, Granville Towers will be
run by the Housing & Residential
Education department.
Associate Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs Chris Payne said that
he has always seen Granville Towers
as an integral partner with UNC and
that a plan will rely on a more thor
ough evaluation of the space and the
needs of the University .
“The key is going to be in devel
oping a master plan for the future
long-term needs of the property ,"
he said, and pointed out that the
master plan for the entire campus
is currently under review'.
“The master planning process has
to evolve so that there can be some
GUN CONTROL
FROM PAGE 1
issued June 9.
Cooper convened the panel that
shared its findings with Senate
Judiciary committee.
The bill would require that
people who are involuntary com
mitted are entered into a national
database used in the gun permit
application process.
The change would bring the state
in line with a federal provision that
prohibits the involuntarily commit
ted from buying or having guns.
Although the legislation would
prevent the involuntarily commit
ted from legally buying guns, it also
allows people who are no longer
deemed dangerous to appeal the
gun ban to the courts.
If a judge finds that the person has
recovered and a psychiatrist or quali
fied psychologist agrees, the right to
bear arms could be restored.
Despite North Carolina's reputa
tion for having strict gun laws, the
state has fallen behind neighboring
states in registering people who are
ineligible to buy guns.
Since the registry started in
1998, North Carolina has registered
466 people. Virginia has registered
80,000 people in that time.
Opponents of the bill have said
that it is unfair to people who
were involuntarily committed but
are not dangerous to the public
because they would also be put on
the registry, effectively losing the
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“The community college is the
level where all the work we do at
the university level interfaces with
the business world," she said.
“I think its important that we
start fully funding that."
In addition to the increased
funding for the university system,
the Senate reduced the funding
cuts for mental health that the
House proposed.
The Senate only cut $36 million
from the community support pro
grams area of the mental health sys
tem. The House cut $65 million.
After the Senate finishes the
last two reads of its proposal, it
will vote, and the budget will go to
a conference between the two leg
islative bodies.
After the conference, where bud
get leaders can make final changes
to the proposal, it will return to the
N.C. General Assembly and each
body can vote on the budget but
make no further changes.
Lawmakers want to complete
the budgeting process before the
new fiscal year begins July 1.
Contact the State & National
Editor at stntdesk(a unc.edu.
“The key is going to be
in developing a
muster plan for the
future long-term needs
of the property.”
CHRIS PAYNE, unc stuoent affairs
conversations with the members of
the town and members of the com
munity to see what really is the best
solution long-term," Payne said.
But with a full year remaining
until the deadline for the sale’s com
pletion, University officials are in no
hurry to make predictions on what
specific plans UNC has for either
Granville or the Square, though for
some, any difference is good.
“I'm optimistic," council mem
ber Mark Kleinschmidt said. “I
know that under former ownership
University Square was not going to
ever change."
Senior Writer Sara Gregory
contributed reporting.
Contact the University Editor
at udesk@ unc.edu.
“Stopping those
with severe mental
illnesses from having
guns makes sense. 9 '
ROY COOPER, NC ATTORNEY GENERAL
right to buy a gun.
But Rand said that he thinks
allowing people who were involun
tarily committed to own firearms
is especially dangerous because if
they commit a violent crime they
would have a ready excuse.
“It seems to me that they’d have
a perfect defense, that they were
not responsible for their actions.’
N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-
Orange, said she also felt the leg
islation was an important step for
public safety in the state.
“I think it’s very important that
we recognize that there are people
who are a danger to themselves
and others," she said.
Kinnaird said that the legisla
ture tried to pass similar measures
in the past but that the first bill
was opposed by advocates for the
mentally ill.
“The mental health community
was not happy with the solutions
we came up with. They felt that
it was stigmatizing and penaliz
ing.’
Contact the State & National
Editor at stntdeskQ unc.edu.
    

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