VOLUME 116, ISSUE 63
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MEMO FROM MINN.
An 18-year-old UNC-Asheville
student is North Carolina's
youngest delegate at the
Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
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4 LAND DWI CHARGES
Chapel Hill police arrested
four people Monday for driv
ing while intoxicated, among
other charges. Police say the
number is high for a 24-hour
period, but not so unusual it
warrants new police action.
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Converted defensive back
Shaun Draughn is looking
to become a familiar face
alongside Greg Little and Ryan
Houston in the UNC backfield.
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The local branch of the
American Red Cross is
preparing for the possible
arrival of Tropical Storm Hanna
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UNC-system President Erskine
Bowles came out against a
national effort to lower the
drinking age to 18 on Friday.
this day in history
Wright is charged with the
murder of graduate student
Sharon Lynn Stewart 10 days
after she was kidnapped
outside the Morehead
Planetarium at knifepoint.
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Ben Folds Five joins star concert line-up
BY BENNETT CAMPBELL
AND KEVIN TURNER
It’s been almost a decade.
Ben Folds Five the trio of Ben
Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert
Sledge will reunite for the first
time in eight years.
Tickets will go on sale Monday for
a Sept. 18 show at Memorial Hall,
Carolina Union Activities Board
Meanwhile, tickets go on sale
today for multi-instrumentalist,
vocalist and world-class whistler
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Senior Carolyn Kubitschek is recovering from leg injuries in an Asheville hospital after being hit by a drunk’driver, former UNC tennis star Chris Kearney, on Aug. 17 on Martin
Luther King Jr. Boulevard. "It just happened so quick," she said. "You go from working out every day and being really active to having to have someone help you do everything."
UNC students hit by drunk tennis player heal in Asheville
BY SARAH FRIER
ASHEVILLE Casey LeSawyer looked forward to
telling friends about her summer working with animals
in Africa. Carolyn Kubitschek looked forward to playing
for the club soccer team.
Everything changed in an instant.
Walking back to their apartment two days before
school started, the UNC seniors were hit by a drunk
driver former UNC tennis star Chris Kearney, who
had a 0.18 blood alcohol concentration at the time.
Two weeks and about 20 combined hours of surgery
later, the women are slowly recovering.
LeSawyer’s pelvis is broken in four places, and
Kubitschek’s legs suffer a long list of severe fractures
and muscle tears.
Employees to vote
on delegate rules
May affect forum
BY ANDREW DUNN
The Employee Forum plans to
vote today on a rule change that
would define how its members
represent the more than 11,500
non-faculty staff in a statewide
Twice a year, employee repre
sentatives from each UNC-system
school meet to solidify their posi
tions on issues including job
outsourcing and health benefits
to present to the Board of
Today’s vote would force UNC’s
delegates to vote in accordance with
the forum’s official position while at
this Staff Assembly, in response to a
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Bringing two such major acts so
early in the year is in sharp contrast
to CUAB’s troubled start last year.
CUAB didn’t book a major musi
cal act until Iron and Wine late in
the spring semester last year.
“As the music chair last year, I
learned a lot,” said CUAB president
Tom Allin. “I certainly learned a
lot about how frustrating booking
major acts Can be.”
In April, Allin began search
ing for bands that would be tour
ing around the beginning of the
University’s academic year. He was
able to book Bird in the summer.
ATTEND THE MEETING
Time: 9:15 a.m. today
Location: Pleasants Family
Assembly Room, Wilson Library
controversial vote last year.
Those in favor of the change said
it would ensure that UNC employ
ees’ opinions would be represented
But a small, vocal minority decry
the proposal as an attempt to cur
tail delegates’ freedom and impede
There currently is no rule on the
subject, forum Vice Chairwoman
Brenda Denzler said.
The change was introduced
by Mike Hawkins, manager of
Information Technology Services’
network analysis and management
SEE FORUM, PAGE 7
The Ben Folds Five show was
“We all agreed immediately
that it was something we couldn’t
possibly pass up,” Allin said.
The opportunity gave CUAB a
chance to start the year the way
Allin had envisidned it.
“I thought what was lacking at
the beginning of the year last year
was a big statement,” Allin said.
“And when I say statement, if
nothing else, just a good variety
of programs early on to set a prec
edent for the whole year.”
Tickets for Bird’s Oct. 1 Memorial
“We feel really blessed to be here, because if the small
est thing about that accident was different...,” Kubitschek
said through tears, noting that her room in Asheville’s
Mission Hospital is bordered on either side by head
Impact from the car sent Kubitschek flying through
tree branches until she hit a stone wall, she said.
The hospital reports Kubitschek as being in “good
“People don’t know what that means,” she said. “It
means that I don’t play soccer for a year and that I may
have arthritis when I’m older.”
In hopes they’ll be able to return to school next semes
ter, the women are dedicating themselves to physical
“I can’t really lift my leg at all,” LeSawyer said. “I get
Technology thrives in local schools
BY LINNIE GREENE
Two local high schools bought
laptops for every teacher as part
of a push to increase technology
in the classroom.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City
Schools has invested millions of
dollars in devices which it said will
help the schools thrive in a more
“This was a first step, and
it just really came about in the
spring of the past year when the
district determined there were
some additional funds for this
program,” said Tracy Weeks,
director of instructional technol
ogy for CHCCS.
Together, Chapel Hill and
East Chapel Hill High Schools
purchased 234 laptop comput
ers. Each laptop cost the district
Not all North Carolina school
districts can afford to experiment
with the kinds of technological
advances that CHCCS has imple
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2008
Hall show go on sale today for $lO
Student tickets for Ben Folds Five
will go on sale 10 am. Monday at the
Memorial Hall box office. Tickets are
$22 for students with One Cards.
Both shows will have a policy of
one ticket per One Card, two One
Cards per student.
Camping out won’t be allowed, as
per UNC policy.
Ben Folds tickets for the general
public will be sold at myspace.com/
benfolds and etix.com for S4O.
The group, which formed in
Chapel Hill in 1993, will perform its
so tired. You never really appreciate just being able to go
to the bathroom when you want to.”
Family, friends and strangers help them along.
Kubitschek has three brothers and four sisters, one of
whom was walking with her at the time of the accident.
Most arrived at the hospital shortly after.
“She’s got a big cheerleading squad,” said her father,
Ken Kubitschek, who switches off with family members
spending nights in the hospital.
LeSawyer had three bouquets and piles of cards in
her room in Care Partners Rehabilitation Hospital in
“That’s not everything,” she said.
The Clef Hangers came and sang to them when they
SEE VICTIMS, PAGE 7
Local schools get laptops for teachers
Chapel Hill High and East Chapel High School each purchased 117 Hewlett-
Packard laptops for their teachers. The schools received discounts on these
Chapel Hill and Carrboro resi
dents pay district taxes that go to
schools, so the system has more
money to spend on technology than
the Change County school district,
said Anne Medenblik, a member
of the Orange County Board of
fourth album, “The Unauthorized
Biography of Reinhold Messner,” in
“Especially considering the
closeness to home, we’re all ecstatic
about it and glad that people can
see it happen here,” Allin said.
He warned he can’t promise any
shows of the magnitude of a Ben
Folds Five reunion later this year.
“We’re setting a high bar for our
selves already. It’s fun for us, and I
hope we can keep up,” Allin said.
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But schools that can afford to
invest in technology often choose
to do so. CHCCS is following a
national trend of incorporating
SEE TECH TEACHERS, PAGE 7