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UNC announces its
largest enrollment in
history at 10,729 total
students. The male to
female ratio is about 7-2.
H 72, L 51
H 77, L 53
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Economy slump stifles loans
BY ABBY FARSON
The current financial crisis could
directly affect the 10,273 under
graduates receiving financial aid.
Private loans, which make up
about sl2 million of UNC’s stu
dent aid, are getting harder to
come by, and students could face
an increased burden to repay
Scholarships and grants also
are becoming more competitive.
“There could well be an impact
if the problem is not resolved with
the current bailout that is being
STICK IT TO THE MAN
Kelsey Farson, a first-year student from Davidson, practices hockey with the UNC club roller hockey team at the Carolina Sportsplex on
Tuesday. "I have been playing hockey for seven years.... Being the only girl on the team is a big challenge, but a lot of fun," Farson said.
Female hockey player at home among the boys
BY STACEY HUNTER
She applies mascara, puckers her lips and
shaves her legs. Then she straps on knee pads,
laces up skates and hits hockey pucks.
This season, first-year Kelsey Farson skated
her way through tryouts to become the only
woman on UNC’s club roller hockey team.
“I wear dresses, rings and bracelets, but
when I put on my hockey gear, I’m just like one
of the guys,” said Farson, who plays forward.
“You can be someone that can compete at
the same level as men, and at the same time
you can be completely woman.”
This weekend, the team, which is part
of the Southeast Collegiate Roller Hockey
League, will travel to Atlanta for its first
tournament of the season.
The team will face off against four oppo
nents: the University of Central Florida,
Western Carolina University, the University of
South Florida and the College of Charleston.
“Every time I play with guys, I feel like I
have to prove myself,” Farson said. “The guys
Bank goes, One Cards intact
BY JUSTIN BAILEY
The banking partner of the UNC
One Card Plus program, Wachovia,
announced Monday it will sell its
banking operations and most of its
assets to Citigroup.
The bank’s failure is one of several
crises caused by the economic down
turn, and it raises concerns about
the future of students’ Wachovia
One Card Plus accounts.
“There are many unanswered
questions, but we want to assure
students that their card usage is not
in jeopardy and neither are their
debit accounts,” said Wachovia’s
campus card relationship manager,
If the need to replace Wachovia
linked One Cards arises, the bank
and UNC will communicate that
very clearly, Richardson said.
For now, though, nothing has
changed in Wachovia’s daily opera
tions, including those on campus.
“As soon as the news was released,
I called Jim Clinton, director of the
UNC One Card Office, and told him
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
considered,” said John Kasarda,
professor of strategy and entre
preneurship at the Kenan-Flagler
“The loan money would dry up
and there would be extra pressure on
students to pay back their loans.”
Thirty-five percent of under
graduate financial aid is funded by
loans. The remainder is funded by
grants and work-study programs.
This summer, the Office of
Scholarships and Student Aid start
ed having difficulty procuring pri
vate loans for students, but Tabatha
Timer, senior associate director for
accept each other automatically. But for me,
they doubt my ability every time I play.”
Despite her inhibitions, Farson is highly
“I love hockey because at the core it’s just
a fast-paced, fun to watch sport,” she said.
She said she began playing hockey out of
boredom. Farson, her father Jak and some of
the neighborhood children would gather for a
game of street hockey. She’s been playing com
petitively since she was 12 years old.
“All of a sudden, she was at these national
hockey camps and making these national
teams,” Jak Farson said. “Who would have
ever thought this little girl from North
Carolina would make national teams?”
She has played on men and women’s
teams, including five different Junior
Olympic teams. In 2007, she earned a Team
America title, an award given annually to
eight female skaters and two goalies.
She was also offered a full scholarship to
Dartmouth College to play Division I ice
hockey, but after winning the Morehead-Cain
that we are operating business as
usual,” Richardson said.
Most students remain confi
dent that their accounts are secure,
although UNC One Card Office
Manager Nathan Shafar said that
a couple of students have come in
to ask if their One Cards will still
“I’m pretty optimistic,” said
Fletcher Hodnett, a senior eco
nomics major. “I think my account
is pretty safe. All of the money is
Joel Fillmon, a junior interna
tional studies major, said he will wait
to see what happens before taking
“UNC has a relationship with
Wachovia,” he said. “I’m going to
wait and see how they react and
what they tell us.”
However, things will change in
Charlotte, where the bank is head
Tony Crumbley, vice president of
research for the Charlotte Chamber
SEE WACHOVIA, PAGE 4
scholarships and student aid, said
the problem could worsen.
“More and more lenders were
being taken off-line, so to speak,”
Turner said. “We were recently
searching for a private loan for a
student and couldn’t find one.”
She said private loans are the
first to be discarded by lenders.
In the 2006-07 school year, the
most recent year for which data is
available, UNC students and par
ents borrowed $35 million in need
based federal loans and another $53
million in non-need-based loans.
Those loans are safe because the
Scholarship, Farson decided to attend UNC.
“At Fall Fest, my No. 1 goal was to find the
in-line hockey table,” she said. “Mission was
At 5 feet 10 inches tall, Farson is about the
same height as some of her teammates.
Her helmet hides her brown shoulder
length hair, and her body pads conceal her
“If you were an outsider watching our
practice, you’d see people with helmets on,”
coach Ryan Gaus said. “You wouldn’t be able
to look and say, ‘Oh there’s a girl.’”
Although Farson feels she has to prove
herself as a player, Gaus said the rest of the
team accepts her.
“I think they realize that in some cases she
has more hockey sense than they do,” he said.
Because she blends so well with her other
teammates, Farson said she feels exhilarated
removing her helmet after games and show
ing other teams who their opponent was.
“There’s always a, ‘Hey, that’s a girl.
There’s a girl on their team,’” she said.
Farson said she has been ridiculed on sev-
SEE ROLLER HOCKEY, PAGE 4
Wachovia's bank branches,
including this one on South
Estes Drive, will be sold in a
divestiture to Citigroup.
government backs federal loans, and
the College Foundation of North
Carolina backs non-need-based
loans, said Shirley Ort, director of
scholarships and student aid.
“We’re in a much better state
here than other universities
because they don’t have a state
guarantor or lender,” she said.
But private and other educa
tional loans the sl2 million
figure are at risk.
Still, the tightened availabil
ity of private loans will not harm
SEE UNC LOANS, PAGE 4
BY ANDREW DUNN
Housekeepers and UNC admin
istrators have reached an agreement
after four months of heated debate.
The compromise grants house
keepers the main provision they
requested: no required weekend
work for current employees.
A policy set in January for resi
dence hall housekeepers required
some of them to include a weekend
day as part of their 40-hour work
week. In June, weekend workers
stopped receiving overtime pay.
After protests erupted, house
keepers and administrators
formed a committee in August
to resolve the conflict. In the first
few weeks, progress seemed ten
uous and the first proposed deal
was voted down 56-2.
But the tide changed when
Chancellor Holden Thorp
announced his shpport of the
housekeepers’ main goals during a
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
One robbery was
on UNC campus
BY MAX ROSE
Four men are in custody who
police say committed four armed
robberies between them within
one and a half hours, including
one on Stadium Drive.
They held up two people at
driving a red
to Chapel Hill
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who was deliv
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just after 1 a.m.
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wallet on the
he grabbed it,”
Cuthbertson, an 18-year-old stu
dent at N.C. Central University, is
charged with armed robbery for
Chapel Hill police also charged
Cuthbertson, Paul Martin Petway,
21, and James Todd Weeks, 22, with
robbing a man near his Chapel Hill
apartment on Pinegate Circle at
about 12:30 a.m.
Three men walked up to the
victim from behind and knocked a
cell phone out of his hand, said Lt.
Kevin Gunter, a Chapel Hill police
Someone kicked the victim in
the ribs and stomped on one of his
hands. Petway and Cuthbertson
are also charged with assault
with a deadly weapon in con
nection with the Pinegate Circle
The victim, who suffered a cut
on the hand and bruised ribs,
reported that one of the men had
a shotgun and one had a pistol,
Police arrested the men, as well
as Jerry Stephens 11, 21, in a red
SEE ROBBERIES, PAGE 4
rally held by Student Action with
This week, a smaller group of
housekeepers and administrators
met and was able to hammer out
“It was just a lot of time and
effort,” said Carolyn Elfland, asso
ciate vice chancellor for campus
services, who oversaw the commit
tee’s work. “They just spent hours
going through different options.”
Thorp approved the agreement
The specific aspects of the
compromise, to be instituted in
■ Reducing the frequency of
bathroom cleaning in suite style
halls to 3 days per week and
increasing the frequency of bath
room cleaning in community style
halls to 6 days per week.
■ Using the hours shifted and
SEE HOUSEKEEPERS, PAGE 4