VOLUME 116, ISSUE 71
sports | page 14
SOCCER PUMPED AT WIN
First-year Chris Lebo's quick
score, one minute after he
stepped on the field, energized
UNC to ultimately overtake N.C.
State in the first overtime.
state | page 3
Former Sen. Bob Dole
campaigned Friday in
Hillsborough for his wife, Sen.
Elizabeth Dole, who faces stiff
competition from N.C. Sen. Kay
city | page 6
All kinds of chili could be tasted
at the Hillsborough/Orange
County Visitors Bureau's first
ever Chili and Salsa Cook-off.
arts | page 3
SPIRIT OF POETRY
Billy Collins, who was U.S.
poet laureate from 2001 to
2003, will read from his lat
est book of poetry tonight at
online | dailytarheel.com
Thorp narrows down his top
three priorities in an e-mail.
View photos of the pooches in
the annual Dog Olympics.
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Thorp sets the year’s priorities
Security, schools, recruitment top list
BY BRENDAN BROWN
AND LINDSEY NAYLOR
Chancellor Holden Thorp’s
three priorities for this year, which
he will announce during his instal
lation address on Oct. 12, reflect
how outside forces can push cer
tain University issues to the fore.
Campus safety is at the top of
Thorp’s list. Close behind is sup
port for the schools of law and
education, followed by increased
efforts to recruit the best N.C. high
The first is a response to recent
off-campus crime; the second to
the loud concerns of alumni and
state officials; and the third to
tougher competition from leading
Thorp will need to deal with
a host of long-range problems in
the next several years, from mas
sive enrollment growth to lagging
faculty salaries. But he said he
chose this year’s priorities because
he felt they demand his immediate
DOGS HARD AT WORK
Nine-year-old Jordan Osborne of Apex tries to look more like his poodle, Domino, at the start of the look-alike competition at the 17th
Annual Dog Olympics held at N.C. State's University Club in Raleigh on Saturday. Osborne and Domino placed third in the contest.
NCSUs Dog Olympics
supports local shelters
BY KATY DOLL
Both sporting sunglasses and sandy
hlond hair, Jordan Osborne, 9, of Apex and
his poodle Domino look like they could be
as close as brothers.
The pair won third place in a pet-owner
look-alike contest Saturday at N.C. State
University’s 17th Annual Dog Olympics.
At the event, Boxers to Bichon Frises took
to the field to strut their stuff and flaunt
their fetching abilities.
The event, sponsored by N.C. State’s
College of Veterinary Medicine, was held to
raise money for local rescue shelters.
The entry fee for the event was $1 per per-
Advising changes meant to personalize system
Steele reopens with many reforms
BY KELLEN MOORE
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
First-year and transfer students
no longer have academic advisers
with names like Team 55.
Instead, they get paired with
The elimination of the eight
advising teams is just one change
academic advising is making this
year in an effort to improve the
process for students and staff.
Other changes include matching
each new student with one advis
er and improving departmental
The changes follow a frank
external review and years of mixed
“Those three things are what’s
most intense right now, not what’s
the big picture,” Thorp said in an
Giving campus safety the prime
spot signals an attempt to soothe
widespread anxiety after the
killing of former Student Body
President Eve Carson, which
Thorp said was one of the main
factors in his decision to make
safety a priority.
The School of Law made the list
largely because of alumni grum
bling about the school’s recent slide
in the U.S. News & World Report
rankings. Meanwhile, the School of
Education is facing pressure from
the UNC system and the state
legislature to do more to address
North Carolina’s K-12 teacher
Both schools are under new
or relatively new leadership, and
Thorp said his role will be to sup
port those deans as they plan for
“These are the two deans that I
think most need my help,” Thorp
SDTH ONLINE: View more pictures of some
of the furry athletes competing Saturday.
son and $6 per man’s best friend. The event
raised about SIO,OOO last year.
. The NCSU student chapter of the
American Animal Hospital Association hosts
the Olympics, which usually draws between
1,000 and 1,500 visitors.
Osborne and his mom, Julie, were inspired
to attend the event because they wanted to
help other animals like Domino.
“He was a rescue dog and had a really
rough start,” said Julie, who adopted Domino
for her son about a year ago.
Domino was one of several dogs that were
available for foster homes, but Domino was
the bravest. He was the only one who would
walk up to Jordan, she said.
But Julie said Domino has come a long
way, adding that this was a great week for
student feedback about the depart
“It has been an interesting and
long process, but I think a good
one, to re-examine those things
that we do well and to focus on
those things that we don’t do as
well,” said Carolyn Cannon, asso
ciate dean of Academic Advising
A team of two external review
ers, two UNC professors and two
students examined the inner
workings of academic advising
in April 2007 and drafted a set of
10 recommendations for how it
might be improved.
With recommendations in
Recruiting high-achieving N.C.
students got the third spot on the
list because the University’s well
endowed private competitors are
wooing those students with more
generous aid packages.
Of all the priorities, the last is
most in tune with Thorp’s long
term vision: “Having the students
we want here is No. 1,” he said.
To do that, the University will
need to attract and retain high
quality faculty, boost research and
development and shoulder the
burden of a rapidly growing stu
dent body the three challenges
identified by the Chancellor Search
committee as the issues that would
demand the bulk of the new chan
A Daily Tar Heel series this week
will examine each of them.
But for Thorp, who hopes to
remain chancellor for many years,
those larger challenges are simply
stops along the road to academic
“Those three things are part of
how you get there,” he said. “But
I’m thinking of what the destina
him because he just passed advanced man
“I work at the vet school, but it’s fun to
play where you work,” Julie said.
Several rescue organizations were pres
ent at the event, such as the Pawfect Match
“It’s all about the dogs. We’re into putting
them into homes,” co-founder Dave Walters
said, adding that they ensure the dogs will be
a good fit in a household, focusing on con
necting dogs and people rather than simple
numbers of adoptions.
The Raleigh American Kennel Club also
donated 100 microchips, providing one for
Microchips are implanted into the dogs,
and if the dog is ever lost, the chip will pro
vide information that can lead to the reunion
SEE DOG OLYMPICS, PAGE 7
hand, an academic advising imple
mentation committee formed in
fall 2007 to determine which of
the changes UNC would pursue
The Board of Trustees University
Affairs Committee received the
implementation committee’s final
report in May.
The changes mark the first aca
demic advising overhaul since its
formation in 1999.
'Not just a RID number'
Several alterations, including
eliminating teams and assign
ing new students to one primary.
adviser, have been made with the
intention of getting students nec
essary information from a person
Thorp said campus safety is his
No. 1 priority this year because of
several recent crimes, both on and
off campus, in which students were
Thorp will focus on students’
safety off campus.
“Our campus is about as safe as we
can make it,” Thorp said. “The real
challenge is how to secure our stu
dents in the town of Chapel Hill.”
The state legislature responded to
the UNC system’s own emphasis on
campus safety by allocating millions
of dollars for security, and Thorp said
he has no plans to pursue additional
resources for UNC-CH.
Instead, administrators are
working with the University’s
Department of Public Safety, town
officials and student representa
tives to come up with creative ways
to promote safety though few
specific plans are in the works.
Thorp said he might ask town
leaders to install more street lights,
for example, and DPS Police Chief
Jeff McCracken said his department
SEE PRIORITIES, PAGE 9
who is invested in them.
“Students who changed from
one intended area to another
found themselves moved from
team to team, having not only to
establish new relationships... but
sometimes finding that their files
did not always follow them,” the
external reviewers’ report stated.
So the teams were eliminated at
the end of summer school and were
reorganized into three divisions
of similar majors: fine arts and
humanities; behavioral and social
sciences; and natural sciences and
Students can still see any
adviser in their division for quick
The larger divisions mean that
students have more advisers who
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
for the year
1. Enhance campus security
'People can't innovate if they
don't feel safe, so that's No. I.'
2. Support the schools of
education and law
'For very different reasons, we
have two schools that whose
(sic) academic status is caus
ing concern among alumni and
supporters that are close to the
3. Increase efforts to
recruit best N.G high
'Research ... shows that we
are in a precarious position with
regard to our yield of high-per
forming N.C. undergraduates.'
Quotations from Aug. 7 email to UNC
system President Erskine Bowles from
r=. DTH ONLINE: Read Chancellor
■ Thorp's complete e-mail to
— > UNC-system President Bowles.
but not in place
BY KEVIN KILEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Student Congress made signifi
cant changes to the Student Code
five months ago, but technologi
cal and transition difficulties have
kept those changes from reaching
the student body.
The changes, which were signed
into the Code by Student Body
President J. J. Raynor this spring,
have not been updated on either
the executive branch’s or Congress’
online version of the Code.
“It has been a fairly bumpy
game of making the transition,”
said Andrew Daub, student body
secretary. “Honestly, some of the
bills have just fallen through the
The bill, passed April 22 by
Congress, makes alterations to
Title VI of the Code, which per
tains to election procedure.
It changes the way special elec
tions are proposed, shifting the
responsibility from the student
body president to Congress. There
will likely be a special election
this semester to fill vacant seats in
The bill also altered Section 402,
which deals with when and how
candidates can campaign privately
Bryan Weynand, speaker pro
tem of Congress, said die changes
are supposed to clarify election
While Congress proposes and
votes on the law, it is the executive
branch’s responsibility to imple-
SEE CODE, PAGE 9
can assist them, possibly alleviat
ing long lines, Cannon said. And a
larger body of advisers can fill in
more easily if one must be away
from the office.
But some divisions are still nec
essary so that advisers don’t have to
know about all 71 majors at UNC,
“Some people would like us
to be complete generalists, but
quite frankly, there are too many
majors on this campus for all of
us to be experts in all of them,”
senior adviser Elizabeth Shuster
Within those divisions, all stu
dents entering UNC in fall 2008 or
later receive die name of one pri-
SEE ADVISING, PAGE 7