VOLUME 116, ISSUE 54
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candidate Barack Obama
travels to Raleigh on Tuesday
for a town-hall meeting on the
economy. The crowd's questions
spanned many other topics.
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Artist Gayle Stott Lowry opens
an exhibit of paintings
featuring homes from Raleigh's
historic Oakwood section.
this day in history
University Lake, Chapel Hill's
main water supply, rises
more than 8 inches in three
hours, though the water
level remained 29.75 inches
below normal capacity. North
Carolina had not seen such a
severe drought in its history.
Due to a reporting error,
Monday’s front page story
“Details of teenager’s death still
uncertain” states that Fraley
Atlas was hospitalized last year
for dehydration. Atlas was not
hospitalized, he was treated by
EMS at home.
Due to an editing error,
Tuesday’s front page story “Honor
code amended” said that any
Honor Court charges against
junior Chris Kearney related to
his Sunday drunken driving acci
dent would not fall under the
revised honor code. The revised
guidelines took affect on June 3.
The Daily Tar Heel apologizes
for the errors.
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Lawson granted prayer
BY DAVE PEARSON
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Ty Lawson made a brief court
appearance Tuesday to plead guilty
and end the story which began with
his June 6 arrest for driving after
consuming alcohol underage.
“I don’t think anybody will ever
see Mr. Lawson again in a court
room,” said Ann Petersen, the attor
ney who represented Lawson.
Judge Alonzo B. Coleman grant
ed Lawson a prayer for judgment
This means that Lawson admit
ted guilt but that he will not be
convicted for the charge, Assistant
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J.T. Heinrich of the Department of Public Safety tunes first-year Stephanie Robinett's bike wheel in front of Davis Library on Tuesday
afternoon. At the event, students were able to register their bicycles with DPS, pick up safety information and receive free tune-ups.
Event promotes using
bicycles for transit
BY DANIELLE ADAMS
Bicycles flooded the sidewalk between
Davis Library and Lenoir Dining Hall on
Tuesday as students got a crash course in
cycling at UNC.
The event, “Cyclicious: A Celebration of
Bicycle Transportation,” was held as a way
for the UNC community to learn the ben
efits of bicycling as transportation.
“As part of the wellness activity, we wanted
to do this program the first week of school,”
said Sara Stahlman, a health educator for
Campus Health Services.
Workers want overtime pay
BY MARYANN BARONE
A group of UNC housekeep
ers will try again today to reach a
compromise with administrators
regarding weekend schedules and
Housekeepers were hit with an
unexpected change in their work
schedules last winter when some
were told they would have to work
weekends and take a day off dur
ing the week.
In June, they stopped receiv
ing overtime pay for the weekend
work. UNC administrators said
rising costs due to the economy
made the changes necessary.
, At 7:30 a.m. today, a house
keeper committee will have its
third meeting with UNC depart
ment leaders to express their
“We’re not getting treated the
same as the rest of the University,”
said James Holman, a housekeep
er on the committee. “We get paid
less’than anyone here.”
SEE HOUSEKEEPERS, PAGE 4
District Attorney Jeff Nieman said.
The charge would count as a prior
conviction on any further charges,
but Lawson will not have to put a
conviction on job applications.
“It’s a fine-line distinction of the
law,” Nieman said.
Lawson, 20, had a blood alco
hol concentration of 0.03 when
stopped. Legal intoxication is
0.08, but underage drivers aren’t
allowed to have any trace of alco
Prosecutors dropped misde
meanor charges of ,a noise ordi
nance violation and driving with
a revoked license as part of a plea
After the hearing Nieman
asserted the Office of the District
SEE LAWSON, PAGE 4
“Bicycling has recently become more pop
ular. And with gas prices so high, we felt that
it was a good time to promote bicycling, and
Most who attended the three-hour long
event brought their bikes with them.
Attendees received information about
bike routes, bike and helmet fitting, bike
shops, check-ups and learned how to put a
bike on a bus.
Seniors Philip Freeman and Allan Sharpe
attended Cyclicious as a way to register their
bikes on campus.
The Department of Public Safety requires
bikes on campus to be registered in case they
are stolen and later recovered.
Freeman said his bike was vandalized
when he was a sophomore, but he still pre
fers to ride around campus.
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Members of the On the Wake of Emancipation Campaign marched
on April 2,2001 to protest the mistreatment of minorities at UNC.
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UNC basketball starTy Lawson appeared in court Tuesday
afternoon where he plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts.
“Nothing is slower than walking,” Freeman
said. “I had a bike with me on campus since
freshmen year, and it’s a great way to get
Sharpe said it’s nice to bike along local
“Carrboro has some really nice trails,” he
said. “We go at least once a week, and our
house is like a biking community.”
But Stahlman said Cyclicious leaders
agreed that both Chapel Hill and Carrboro
need better paths.
“There are bike maps on campus, but
it’s like connect the dots,” Stahlman said.
“They don’t connect in any way, so it’s hard
at the moment to bike where one would
SEE CYCLICIOUS, PAGE 4
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2008
Shrinking student loans
don’t affect N.C., yet
BY ARIEL ZIRULNICK
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
While students nationwide are
having a harder time getting ade
quate student loans, N.C. borrow
ers will remain sheltered for at least
Cuts in loan subsidies and the lag
ging financial market have caused
many private lenders to limit loan
offerings, increase interest rates or
leave the market entirely.
Many students rely on pri
vate loans to cover the difference
between financial aid packages
and college costs.
“It really was just the perfect
storm of all these things coming
together and it has made it very dif
ficult for lenders to remain viable,”
said Tara Payne, vice president of
corporate communication for the
New Hampshire Higher Education
However, the N.C. State
Education Assistance Authority,
which provides the bulk of student
loans in the state, will continue as
Strauss, of dental
school, goes South
BY ANDREW DUNN
Ronald Strauss, a 34-year vet
eran of the dental school, has been
selected as the new executive asso
He fills the position Steve Allred
vacated when he became provost
at the University of Richmond this
“I thought it was an exciting
time for the University,” Strauss
said. “Particularly as the new chan
cellor articulates his vision, I hope
I can help make that happen.”
ties and activi
tion also works
with deans to
carry out the
University’s academic plan.
Though Strauss said he does
not have a specific agenda yet, he
said he is committed to increasing
UNC’s commitment to public ser
vice and to retaining faculty. ,
He also said he wants to be
accessible to students, simi
lar to statements made by new
Chancellor Holden Thorp.
The executive associate provost
is a high-level administrative posi
tion. Allred made about $218,000
Strauss said he worked with
Allred on the chancellor’s adviso
ry committee in the past, and was
impressed by his predecessor.
“I was struck by the integrity he
brought to the position,” Strauss
Allred had spent 26 years at
UNC, counting his days as an under
graduate. He graduated in 1974 and
started as a professor in the School
of Government in 1986.
To keep the level of institu
tional knowledge in the posi
tion, the provost’s office decided
to only search internally for a
Provost Bernadette Gray-Little
said she was looking for a candi
date with extensive knowledge of
UNC’s policies and procedures
and the school’s educational
mission, as well as the ability to
work with students, faculty and
SEE STRAUSS, PAGE 4
“I think we’re in terrific shape.
I’m optimistic,” said Executive
Director Steve Brooks. “We feel
confident we’ll be able to meet the
needs of our students.”
A private bond from the N.C.
State Employees’ Credit Union is
largely responsible for NCSEAAs
continued stability, Brooks said. It
has helped generate the capital nec
essary to continue providing student
“That was terrific help, that
really was,” Brooks said.
A federal program implemented
last spring allows lending agen
cies to use the U.S. Department
of Education as an insurer so that
they can continue borrowing from
banks. On their own, some agen
cies don’t have strong enough
In exchange for the support, the
agencies are required to raise their
SEE STUDENT LOANS, PAGE 4
SEE STUDENT LOANS, PAGE 4