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raising funds for the Eve Carson
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awarded for the first time.
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the spot to make tackles as
spread and option offenses
make a comeback.
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The commencement speaker
advisory committee meets.
Anew study offers some
Due to an editing error, the
headline on Wednesday’s front
page story, “Sixth Charged in
Aug. killing,” should not have
said when Joshua Bailey was
killed. The time of his death is
not known. Due to a reporting
error, the story also incorrectly
states Brian Gregory Minton’s
age. He is 18.
Due to an editing error,
a bar graph in Wednesday’s
front page story “Chancellor
pushes research” dropped the
word “undergraduate” when
describing the proportion of
College of Arts and Sciences
faculty involved in research.
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gizes for the errors.
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A pep rally featuring cheers,
songs and a huge bonfire takes
place at Emerson Stadium, the
2,400-seat stadium on the
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Faculty remain high on the list
BY SERGIO TOVAR
Retaining and recruiting the best
faculty has long been a cardinal pur
suit for University leaders.
Faculty retention didn’t find its way
into Chancellor Holden Thorp’s specific
priorities for this
year, but he said
the issue still occu
pies a prominent
place in his mind.
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building the faculty is a major over
arching priority for UNC. It was 250
years ago, and it is now,” Thorp said.
Faculty retention has been a chal
lenge for some time. A rude awaken
ing came in the spring of 2003 when
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Ben Folds is known for his
quirky on-stage antics.
He’s worked crowds into two
part, back and forth choruses. He’s
spouted off humorous diatribes on
whatever he feels like talking about
He’s even dunked a basketball on
a makeshift court at Cat’s Cradle.
So when Folds reunites with
Ben Folds Five band mates Darren
Jessee and Robert Sledge tonight
in Memorial Hall, expectations for
humor and wit, in addition to the
trio’s inimitable style, are high.
“He seems sedate and reserved in
person a lot of the time,” said Cat’s
Cradle Manager Derek Powers. “But
he transforms when he’s on stage.”
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to Back” promotion, the group
Professors weigh impact
of sharing political views
BY ROSS MALONEY
Even in an election year, professors can
state their political views in the classroom,
but they generally agree that doing so should
advance, not stifle, open debate.
UNC political science department
Chairwoman Evelyne Huber said there is no
official policy on incorporating professors’
political views info the
“I’m pretty sure most
do,” Huber said. “So long
as the students are able
to assume that doing so
has no impact on grad
Huber said that when professors disclose
their personal politics, it promotes intellec
tual inquiry and presents an opportunity for
active debate with their students. *
UNC political science professor Thad
Beyle said he makes his views clear at the
start of every semester because honesty
facilitates more open discussion.
“The ratio of Democrats to Republicans to
Independents is always comparable enough
that there is never one prevailing mindset,”
Beyle said, explaining that the mix promotes
Still, some professors choose to leave their
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
about 50 faculty members 6O per
cent of those who received outside
offers left the University.
Since then, administrators have
made faculty retention a priority.
Because research shows that com
pensation is the highest concern for
departing faculty, the University has a
mission to elevate salaries to the 80th
percentile of its peers.
The University has made strides
toward that goal, thanks in large part
to state money for salary increases in
recent years. In 2006-07, a record-set
ting 72 percent of faculty who received
offers from other universities decided
to stay at UNC, and last year the rate
was still high at 69 percent.
But administrators are facing a
tight year, having received less state
funding for salary increases than they
will perform their fourth album,
The Unauthorized Biography of
Reinhold Messner, considered by
many to be the group’s most pol
ished, grown-up record.
“It’s arguably the most sophis
ticated and musically mature
album,” Powers said.
On top of that, Memorial Hall’s
elegant and refined atmosphere
doesn’t provide for the same kind of
performance as Ben Folds Five’s first
ever Chapel Hill show at Local 506.
“I thought they’d play some
where more for the people and not
just the students,” Powers said.
Of Memorial Hall’s 1,434-seat
capacity, 630 were reserved for UNC
students, most of whom weren’t yet
13 when Messner was released.
So the history of the group and the
setup of tonight’s show could seem
partisan leanings at the door.
UNC journalism professor Leroy Towns
said he doesn’t disclose his opinions in class,
but assumes most students can deduce his
“I think the students are pretty sharp as it
is,” he said. “They can determine for them
selves where their professor leans.”
Towns, a former Republican campaigns
manager, saicLthat he’s still undecided in
this presidential election and that his pri
mary objective is to encourage active politi
“Students are paying more attention to the
political world now because of the election,”
Towns said. “I make a point that all political
philosophies are welcome in my room.”
The American Association of University
Professors says it’s alright for professors to
state their views in class, said Nicole Byrd,
government relations associate for the orga
"We have never advocated that professors
pretend to take the position of neutrality in
politics,” she said, adding that professors
should create a zone of comfort before adver
tising their own views.
“(We) stress that professors teach how
to think, not what to think,” Byrd said.
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requested this summer. Early projec
tions show next year could be worse.
As chancellor, Thorp is charged with
finding a way around those shortcom
ings. Part of the solution will be in keep
ing faculty happy with their research
and general work environment.
But the brunt of Thorp’s efforts will
be finding new ways, mostly private,
to pay the faculty.
“Faculty compensation remains
Holden’s No. 1 priority,” said Roger
Perry, chairman of the Board of
Trustees. “That’s the Holy Grail.”
The main reason faculty leave UNC
is for a job that pays more.
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to be conflicting to some people.
But Carolina Union President
Tom Allin suggested such senti
ments shouldn’t be taken too seri
“I don’t think that age necessar
ily dictates their appreciation of
the group,” Allin said. “Ben Folds
Five is a huge source of Chapel Hill
and UNC pride.”
Allin also tried to alleviate con
cerns about the venue itself.
“Memorial Hall is great, espe
cially considering the demand,” he
said. “The quality of the production
will be fantastic, and it gets more
people in the door.”
As far as the choice of album,
Allin said Carolina Union Activities
Board wasn’t about to be picky.
“You’re hard pressed to call any
of their albums bad,” he said. “We
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linguistics double major, practices her color guard routine for
a The Who-themed halftime show of Saturday’s football game.
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Cat s Cradle
Owner keeping options open
BY ANDY KENNEY
Developers often find
themselves at odds with town
governments about project
timelines, but it’s not every
day that local icons appear in
The developers of the 300
E. Main St. project in down
town Carrboro say that delays
in the approval of their expan
sion project could tempt the
Cat’s Cradle, one of its ten
ants, to leave town.
“He’s literally getting offered
free space by folks in Durham,”
said Laura Van Sant of Main
Street Properties, the project
developers. “He very much
wants to stay in Carrboro... but
it’s also very difficult because
the venue is too small.”
The SSO million project
would include the construction
of four 5-story buildings and
would nearly double the Cradle’s
At its TViesday meeting, the
Carrboro Board of Aldermen
moved to continue the discus
sion until Sept. 30.
Frank Heath, owner of the
Cat’s Cradle, said the venue is
keeping its options open.
“Given the uncertainty with
regards to the timing and
future of the Carrboro project,
Cat’s Cradle is trying to keep
an open mind about any future
locations and configurations
for the dub,” Heath wrote in an
e-mail. He isn’t currently plan
ning to move the venue.
■Hie developers applied for
permits three and a half years
ago, Van Sant said.
The aldermen approved the
project’s first phase in sum
mer 2007, which included the
renovation of the westernmost
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building in the project.
Alderman Joal Hall Broun
said the town has a “more
stringent” approval process
but also strives to facilitate
“We’re never going to have
huge office parks, but I think
it’s important to at least have
space for larger businesses if
you want,” Broun said.
John Florian, who has
worked on the Franklin Street
Lot 5 development and is presi
dent of the Florian Companies,
said an extended process can
“I think it is a deterrent to
what could be good develop
ment projects that are good
for the community, and proj
ects that may compete in the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro com
munity as opposed to proj
ects that could be in outlying
areas,” Florian said.
Van Sant said the approval
process is costing her company
as they look to secure financ
ing in a tightening market
“We applied before
Greenbridge, which has a big
crane in the sky two blocks
away,” she said. “And that’s
Chapel Hill, which is supposed
to have this tough process.”
Alderman Jacquie Gist
said Carrboro’s process is no
tougher than its neighbor’s.
“I think Chapel Hill and
Carrboro are tied for that
honor, but that’s not something
I’m going to apologize for,” Gist
said. “This project and others
will change die face of Carrboro
forever, and if it takes a little
time, a few weeks isn’t going to
make or break things.”
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