VOLUME 116, ISSUE 75
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Field hockey giants UNC and
Old Dominion meet tonight
at Henry Stadium, renewing a
rivalry that regularly produces
intensely close contests.
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An athletic display of back-flips
and elaborate footwork that
drew hundreds of spectators at
the Beijing Olympic Games is
coming to Chapel Hill.
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Jazz orchestra plays in the style
of Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.
ONE MONTH LATER
Students reflect on how the
start of the school year went.
LOCAL PET FOOD DRIVE
A radio station and a vet clinic
team up to help hungry pets.
Due to an reporting error,
the graphic with Thursday’s pg.
1 story, “Ben Folds Five: First
time home in almost a decade,”
showed individuals who were
not in the band. Darren Jessee
and Robert Sledge, original
bandmates with Ben Folds,
were not pictured. The Daily Tar
Heel apologizes for the error.
this day in history
Students gather in Woollen
Gym from 8 p.m. to midnight
for the first dance of the term
with music provided by The
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Thorp axes weekend workdays
BY ASHLEY BENNETT
Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Thursday
that currently employed housekeepers won’t have to
work weekends, about an hour after Student Action
with Workers rallied to stop weekend work.
The group had gathered in the Pit to protest a policy
set in January for residence hall housekeepers.
The policy required some housekeepers to work a
weekend day as part of their 40-hour work week. In
June, weekend workers stopped receiving overtime pay.
SAW members and about 10 housekeepers vocalized
their complaints before marching to South Building to
deliver a letter of concern about the new work sched
ule to UNC administrators.
The group intended to deliver the letter to Carolyn
Elfland, associate vice chancellor for campus services.
Instead, they were greeted with handshakes from
Thorp, who invited a member of SAW and a house
keeper to meet with him.
“If students and staff are here, and I’m here, I’m
here to listen,” Thorp said.
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Keeper’s rehabilitation ends in goal
BY PENN ELY
During spring practice after his sopho
more season, North Carolina goalkeeper
Jacob Wescoe collided with a teammate
and was sent to the hospital at 7:30 a.m.
Wescoe had broken his fibula and tom
every ligament in his ankle. The doctors
gave him a 23 percent chance to play
competitive soccer again.
If he could even recover, the rehabili
tation process would take at least a year.
“It was hard at first,” the senior from
Raleigh’s Garner High School said. “I’ve
gone through a lot of injuries in high
school and my first two years here, but
nothing like that.”
He underwent three reconstructive
surgeries, the last of which was an experi
“Playing was no longer my main goal.
I was trying to get back to a competitive
Ben Folds Five reunion just wasn’t the same
Group got rockin’ at the encore
BY BENNETT CAMPBELL
ARTS EDITOR -
For a while, it just didn’t seem
Sure, nobody who paid for a’seat
in Memorial Hall for Ben Folds
Five’s reunion spent any time actu
ally sitting in one.
Sure, Folds tickled the ivories as
brilliantly as he ever has.
Sure, there was a deafening roar
as the trio came on stage.
But as Ben Folds Five progressed
After the meeting, Thorp said the University will hire
additional housekeepers for the weekend shifts, though
he said he wouldn’t commit to a specific proposal.
“We’re not requiring anyone to work on the week
ends,” Thorp said. “We’re not requiring anyone to have
an unreasonable workload.”
Domenic Powell, a SAW member, said he was grate
ful for the opportunity to meet with the chancellor but
unsure if Thorp will follow through with changes.
“Anew approach will be taken when anew approach
is approved,” Powell said.
Several housekeepers said during the protest that
they were fighting against the weekend work schedule
because they have small children, rely on public trans
portation or have part-time weekend jobs.
Only one housekeeper spoke at the rally, and the rest
were reluctantto enter South Building.
SAW member Laura Bickford said one housekeep
er had been scolded in a meeting with housekeeping
management and had been told to not be so vocal on
SEE HOUSEKEEPERS, PAGE 7
level. There were a lot of moments of
doubt,” he said.
Wescoe beat out the three other goal
keepers on the roster and won the start
ing spot. He had never played in a game
until this year.
And since August, he has led the Tar
Heels to an undefeated 5-0-1 record.
He has 16 saves so far, including 5 saves
against powerhouse UCLA. Wescoe was
named ACC Co-Player of the Week and
to the Soccer America National Team of
the Week after the first-ever game action
the senior saw in his tumultuous career.
It’s a fairy-tale ending for Wescoe, but
the road to this point hasn’t been easy, as
he spent the past three seasons buried at
the bottom of UNC’s depth chart
And while he was undergoing physical
therapy, the Tar Heels were straggling,
missing the NCAA tournament in 2007
for the first time since 1998.
through the first few tracks of
“The Unauthorized Biography of
Reinhold Messner,” the album it
played as part of MySpace’s “Front
to Back” series, something was off.
Maybe it was the overly majestic
setting of Memorial Hall when
was the last time Ben Folds Five
played in a concert hall with a giant
Maybe the trio just needed a
little time to shake the rust off.
But most likely, it was the fact
Then Tyler Deric, the All-ACC
Freshman goalkeeper from a season ago,
left the team before the 2008 season,
which left the window open for Wescoe
to claim the starting spot.
The result of his journey is both
remarkable and improbable.
“It’s a testament to his will, character,
and discipline to fight through all of this
and come back,” coach Elmar Bolowich
said. “Jacob, by last spring, we had virtually
no hope of him ever playing again because
of the severity of his injury. We didn’t know
if and how Jacob would bounce back.”
And the senior speaks of nothing but
competing and says his personal goal for
the season is doing anything he can to
help his team.
“That’s been my focus for the three years
that I’ve been here and now that I’m on the
SEE WESCOE, PAGE 7
that the nature of MySpace’s pro
motion sapped Folds and Co.’s
potential for audience interaction,
and thus, almost prevented a com
pletely authentic reunion.
MySpace was recording the
event for an October rebroadcast
on its Web site, which prevented
Folds from any real back-and-forth
with the fans.
Even Folds himself jokingly
admitted right before the set began,
“If I knew about this concert 10
years ago I would’ve sequenced the
record a little different.”
. The atmosphere wasn’t abysmal
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UNC housekeeper Pam Breeden addresses a crowd at a rally led by
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Goalkeeper Jacob Wescoe came back from a leg injury
to earn a starting spot for the UNC men's soccer team.
“Ifl knew about this concert 10 years
ago I would’ve sequenced the record a
BEN FOLDS '
by any stretch of the imagination.
Folds let the audience sing a hand
ful of the band’s more classic lines
and bassist Robert Sledge’s infec
tious goofiness shined through his
plucking and strumming.
Fblds, Sledge and drummer
Darren Jessee don’t seem to have
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
missed a beat since breaking up.
But based on the audience’s
involvement, it wasn’t until the
encore that it really felt like the real
Ben Folds Five came out.
And it turned out to be com-
SEE BEN FOLDS FIVE, PAGE 7