VOLUME 116, ISSUE 86
North Carolina is ranked 22nd
in the AP Top 25 poll, the first
time since October of 2001 the
team has been ranked. UNC is
26th in the USA Today poll.
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Female athletes are more than
twice as likely to injure an
ACL than men. Research in
anatomy and biomechanics is
uncovering the explanation.
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The annual festival on West
Franklin Street included
musical performances, public
awareness booths, local
artisans and a kids' fun area.
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RODEO IN EFLAND
Audience members could ride
a mechanical bull, shop for
Western wear, eat fair food
and watch competitors and
rodeo clowns take on broncos.
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BAILOUT Q & A
Economics experts respond to
RACE RELATIONS WEEK
Events begin with a discussion
on environmental racism.
Parents say missing their UNC
student compelled them to visit.
this day in history
Members of the University's
1957 NCAA championship
men's basketball team come
to UNC to commemorate the
newly renovated Woollen Gym.
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FAN EXCITEMENT GROWS
Stands at Saturday's game against the University of Connecticut were almost at full capacity, with 59,500 out of 60,000 seats sold.
Families and fans arrived on site as early as 8 a.m. Saturday to stake out the best tailgating locations before the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Football enthusiasm traditionally lower at UNC
BY NICK ANDERSEN
Sophomore Andrew Pate has tailgated at
the same parking space off Stadium Drive
since he was five weeks old. This fall, he’s
noticed new neighbors.
The larger crowds are a response to the
excitement of what could be UNC’s most
successful season in years. So far, the team
is boasts an overall 4-1 record.
Stands during Saturday’s game against
Connecticut were almost at full capacity,
with 59,500 of 60,000 seats sold. Student
seats have run out for the last three home
games, prompting the University to enforce
a student ticket lottery for select games,
including the Oct. 11 game against Notre
Still, the enthusiasm is relative. Although
UNC’s football following is growing, the
mania that sweeps other college towns is
absent from Chapel Hill.
“We’re a basketball school,” Pate said. “It
will take a long time to displace that or reach
a similar status with football. Until we start
winning national championships, we’ll never
be a UGa., a Michigan-type football town.”
In Athens, Ga., home to the Georgia
Bulldogs, football fans start arriving on
Thursday morning for a Saturday game, said
Leland Barrow, assistant sports communica
tion director at UGa.
“By Friday, there’s not too much green
space left on campus,” he said. Tailgating
parties cover the grounds for the duration
of a typical Saturday game.
The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Town turns out for funeral
Hundreds remember council member
BY MAX ROSE
As the crowd left, a small group
in the comer of University Baptist
Church on Friday was still sing
“All over Chapel Hill, I’m going
to let it shine.”
The hundreds who packed the
church Friday knew Chapel Hill
Town Council member Bill Thorpe
as a neighbor, a family man and a
Though crying could be heard
throughout the sanctuary, the
atmosphere was upbeat at what
many called a “homegoing.”
“Good night, Daddy. You did
your best with what you had,” his
son, William Thorpe Jr., said.
“Good night, Daddy, I’ll see you
on the other side.”
Prominent politicians from
throughout North Carolina and
Final Score: 38-12
sees similar crowds on home game days.
“The whole campus is pumped,” said
Hannah Jacobson, a first-year at Michigan.
“Every yard is covered in Maize and Blue,
and everything downtown is packed with
For other large public universities with
traditionally successful football teams,
Saturdays during football season are a boost
for local businesses and school spirit.
“There are over 100,000 people who attend
each home game,” said Jesse Bernstein, presi
dent and CEO of the Ann Arbor Chamber of
Commerce. “Football has just become deeply
ingrained into the local business flow.”
UNC and the town of Chapel Hill are try
ing to move the stadium crowd downtown.
Touch Downtown, a program started this
season, encourages fans to visit businesses.
“We wanted to make it easier for fans to
make Carolina football a day or even week
end-long event,” said Rick Steinbacher, asso
ciate director for marketing and promotions.
“It’s really a win-win-win situation —a win
for the fans, a win for the community and a
win for the football team and athletes.”
Business was slow on Franklin Street
before and during Saturday’s game. Some
bars were nearly empty, and restaurants
had vacant tables, signs that UNC’s football
culture is still developing.
Pregame activities and game days in down
town Columbus, Ohio, are a different story.
“I normally start drinking about 10:30,”
Ohio State University senior Rob Conley said.
“The bars, traffic everything is packed.”
But Sosei Nakasuji, a barista at Jack Sprat
Chapel Hill as well as dozens
of family members walked by
the open casket to pay their last
respects to Thorpe.
Thorpe, who grew up the third
child of seven in Oxford, N.C., was
laid to rest Friday at the age of 67
after years of service to Chapel
Hill and the state.
“He didn’t know he was
poor,” said Dan Leatherberry,
who attended Mary Potter High
School with Thorpe. “He didn’t
know that he was not supposed
to go to college.”
Thorpe attended Fayetteville
State University and went on
to teach in the Duplin County
School System and work for the
Department of Labor.
“His story is really a great
American story,” Thorpe Jr. said.
“He was the first in his entire
family to go to college as he would
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Hortie Aldriche tailgates before the football
game in the yard next to the Credit Union
Bank. Since 1997, she has gotten up at
3:30 a.m. for every home football game.
Cafe, said that while pregame activity is low,
she has noticed increased sales after games.
“We’re doing double, triple the usual vol
ume on Saturdays,” Nakasuji said.
Surrounding Kenan Stadium before
Saturday’s game, about 50 tailgating parties
took place in cars and under tents.
And that number is growing. New tailgaters
joined a core of dedicated football supporters
for pregame festivities.
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■ Bill Thorpe
served a total
of 11 years on
the Chapel Hill
He died last
often tell me, ‘with no money,
The mourners Friday afternoon
, sat in the same seats where Thorpe
and his family had sat almost every
Sunday since the 19705.
“He knew there was a connec
tion between the work he was
doing outside the church to the
work he was doing here,” Thorpe
The speakers and several
preachers recounted decades of
stories of Bill Thorpe as a mentor
and a politician.
Dozens of people stood when
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No big Granville change
Officials say next
year to stay same
BY BRECKEN BRANSTRATOR
Rumors have spread among
students living in Granville
Towers about what will happen
to the off-campus residence hall
since the University bought the
But the UNC administrator in
charge of the project said little is
likely to change.
Granville Towers will most
likely remain a residence hall
but be run and renovated by the
UNC housing department when
the University Square sale is
completed, said Dick Mann, vice
chancellor of finance and admin
The dining hall in the build
ing, The Agora, will probably
operate the way it does now.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008
With three interceptions
in Saturday’s game against
UConn., UNC now leads the
nation in interceptions. North
Carolina had 11 all of last year.
Punishment is for
BY LINDSAY RUEBENS
The Board of Elections voted
in a closed session Sunday to fine
juniors Ashley Klein and Matt
Wohlford S4O each for violating
The fines would take effect
should Klein and Wohlford
become certified candidates to run
for student body president.
Both were charged with holding
an interest meeting at the Campus
Y and interviewing with The Daily
“It’s a fine, so it’s going to
affect their campaign,” said Ryan
Morgan, chairman of the board.
“It’s not going to be debilitating or
anything, but we’re hoping we’ll
get the message across.”
Klein declined to comment
on the ruling, and Wohlford was
unable to be reached before press
Public campaigning, which
includes holding public meetings
and speaking with campus media,
is not allowed to begin until 28
days before February’s election,
according to Section 402(A) of
Title VI of the Student Code.
In an administrative decision
issued Sept. 28, the board inter
preted the Code as saying that
candidates could not speak with
The Daily Tar Heel prior to 28
days before the election.
The decision also stated that can
didates could not hold campaign
meetings on UNC property outside
of their residence on campus.
Morgan said the board took
these rulings into account when
making Sunday’s decision.
The S4O fines are some of the
largest in recent years.
Last year, the Board of Elections
fined candidate Kristin Hill $3
for using improperly formatted
The year before, the board
issued $25 fines to candidates
Eve Carson and Jon Kite for using
campaign material before the
Each candidate is given
S4OO for their campaign by the
SEE BOE, PAGE 4
“I am really happy
building) now, but
be good ”
There are no plans to coordinate
its services with the standard
UNC meal plan.
Though unlikely, plans could
still change between now and June
2009, when the deal is set to close.
University officials said they are
still deciding the off-campus hall
style dorm’s fate.
UNC is continuing to meet with
town officials to discuss plans for
developing the rest of University
Square, which includes several
restaurants and stores, Mann
SEE GRANVILLE, PAGE 4