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ALL HALLOWS' EVE
Step-by-step instructions on
how to carve a pumpkin
with Psycho-T or Student Body
President J.J. Raynor's face.
Still need a costume? Check
out what some students will
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ON THE ISSUES
See where presidential
candidates John McCain and
Barack Obama stand on issues
of health care and what
policies they would implement.
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Students expressed some
concerns about the Gillings
School of Global Public
Health's new name and
priorities at a forum Monday.
this day in history
UNC's two political parties, the
Student Party and the University
Party, meet to nominate
candidates for student body
president vice president
secretary, treasurer and social
chairmen for each class.
days left of early and one-stop
voting. For Orange County
locations and times visit
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Tuition hikes probable
Task force considers lower options
BY ANDREW DUNN
The shaky economic climate
and arguments from Student Body
President J. J. Raynor heavily influ
enced the Thition and Fee Advisory
Task Force on Monday.
The two forces combined to push
through lower tuition increases as
part of the recommendation pack
age the task force will forward to
Chancellor Holden Thorp.
Still, in-state undergraduates
are set to receive the highest pos
sible tuition hike, and other seg
ments of campus are likely to see
sizable increases as well.
An impetus to boost faculty sala
ries and graduate student financial
aid to keep up with peer institutions
provided the counterargument
“While our students’ needs are
Grammy-winning songwriter James Taylor performs a free concert on Fetzer Field. Taylor, a Chapel Hill native, is on a multi-stop tour of
the state in support of Barack Obama. He urged attendees, both Republican and Democrat, to make use of one-stop early voting sites.
TAYLOR TURNS IT BLUE
Free concert supports early voting for Obama
BY KEVIN TURNER
Amidst a crowd alternatively chanting
“Tar Heels” and “Obama,” musician James
Taylor took to the stage Monday night in a
free concert in support of Democratic presi
dential nominee Barack Obama.
Taylor’s concert on Fetzer Field’s Carolina
blue track was just one of his five planned
across the state. He plays concerts in Raleigh
and Wilmington today.
U.S. Rep. David Price, D-NC, who intro
duced Taylor, called “Carolina In My Mind”
the anthem of North Carolina.
Taylor played a nearly hour-and-half long
set, which included hits “Fire and Rain,”
“You’ve Got A Friend” and “Carolina In My
Thylor’s wife, Kim Smedvig, joined him for
his final songs. Before singing, Smedvig took
off her sweater revealing a Carolina shirt,
spurring a massive roar from the crowd.
The five-time Grammy award winner’s
endorsement for Obama comes at a particu
larly historic time in North Carolina politics.
90-year-old doesn’t miss a vote
BY SARAH FRIER
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
Ninety-year-old Estelle Kendall
said she has never missed an elec
tion even local races.
And Monday, she was thrilled
to join in the early voting hubbub
at Morehead Planetarium, in the
company of college students.
“It’s always white heads in the
line,” she said. “Now the young
people are much more engaged.
As she cast her vote for Barack
Obama, Kendall had about seven
decades of political participation
to draw upon, all the way back
to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s cam
paigns in the thirties. He was the
first candidate she remembers
“Now I don’t think of voting so
Sewing the students and the University community since 1893
going to go up, the University’s
needs are going to become increas
ingly hard to meet if there are
not some tuition increases,” John
Ellison, task force member and
trustee, said via conference call.
Task force members cited the
financial strain many families are
feeling as a tempering force on
tuition increases. But they also said
improving the University will take
a hike that will outstrip inflation.
About 35 percent of increases
go to general student financial aid
annually. Faculty salary increases
also have been a priority for several
About 500 faculty members will
reach retirement age in the next 10
years. Enrollment growth during
that period also will require about
330 new members to maintain
For the first time since the 1976 presidential
election, North Carolina could turn blue.
Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for
the arts, attended Monday’s event and said
he has tried many times to get the singer
to play Memorial Hall prior to Taylor’s
“We haven’t had any success to get him
at Memorial Hall, although from us, it’s
a standing invitation to him,” Kang said.
“They couldn’t have picked a better person
to play in North Carolina. But in some way,
they’re preaching to the choir.”
The sold-out crowd included students
and community members, many both long
time voters and Taylor fans.
“I’ve tried to see him three times,” said
Amy Gilch. “I love James Taylor. I’ve been
a fan since 1967”
Gilch, a realtor who said she’s working less
because of the stifled economy and housing
market, said the large student presence at
Monday’s concert was encouraging.
“I love seeing the young people out and
excited it’s great,” she said.
“Everyone I had,
contact with, every
time I saw a young
person, I said, 7
hope you’re voting.’”
much for me because I’m nearing
the end, and I’ve had such a good
run,” she said. “It’s important for
But “nearing the end” is far
from Kendall’s life outlook she
still dances the Lindy and the
Charleston when nobody is watch
ing, she said. She insisted on inch-
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UNC’s student-faculty ratio.
The task force approved this
year’s slate of student fee increas
es without discussion.
All students will pay $74.67
more, a 4.4 percent increase, pend
ing Board of Trustee approval.
A 6.5 percent or $240.83
increase for in-state under-
@DTH ONLINE: Watch James Taylor's
performance of songs such as “Carolina
In My Mind" at Fetzer Field on Monday.
But many attending Monday’s concert
said although they supported Obama,
Taylor’s endorsement would not affect their
political decision this November.
“His endorsement doesn’t really mean that
much to me,” said sophomore Mike Potocki.
“It was just icing on the cake. If he went for
McCain, I’d still have come out tonight.”
But not all those at Monday’s event
were Obama supporters. The free concert
also drew supporters of Republican presi
dential nominee John McCain, despite its
“James Taylor got me out here,” said senior
Matt Hill, a registered Republican who said
he plans to vote for McCain. “It felt a little
aggravating, though. It’s like having every
one telling you what you think is wrong.
“But it was good to see everyone out here
excited for something, even though it’s not
what I believe.”
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Estelle Kendall, 90, voted Monday
at the Morehead Planetarium. A
voter for about 70 years, and she
says she hasn't missed an election.
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graduates also was put forward
as a recommendation with little
But a terse discussion followed
regarding out-of-state undergrad
uates, a topic that has tradition
ally been a bone of contention.
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NC Research Campus
BY GREG SMITH
KANNAPOLIS - When the
Pillowtex textile mill closed its
doors in 2003, it devastated
Five years later, residents are
looking at a reborn city.
State leaders gathered there
Monday for the grand opening
of the N.C. Research Campus, a
self-contained scientific commu
nity they hope will make the state
The 350-acre campus in down
town Kannapolis will house state
of-the-art laboratories where
North Carolina’s leading univer
sities and businesses will explore
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2008
shootings goes on
BY EMILY STEPHENSON
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Sheriffs have identified two men
found shot to death Saturday in a
Hillsborough home, the latest of
four local shooting deaths in as
David Junior Hayden, 49,
of Hillsborough, and Willie
Elliott 111, 31,
at a U.S. 70
ing to a press
S h e riff s
said they don’t
see any links
shot to death
ered at the
home lived in
by Hayden and
Dema r i o
Mon t t a
found dead in
Elliot 111 was
shot to death.
of the three residents, reportedly
left the house at about midnight
Friday to visit a friend.
Thompson missed a call
Saturday morning from his girl
friend, who then went to the resi
She found the front door kicked
in and the two bodies in the living
room of the home, which is locat
ed about 15 miles north of UNC’s
The men were identified
by Orange County Sheriffs.
On Sunday, autopsies by the
N.C. Medical Examiner deter
mined that both died of gunshot
Sheriffs released the men’s
names Monday after notifying
their families, according to the
Sheriffs said motives for the
homicides have not been deter
mined and that they will continue
to follow leads.
The sheriff’s office could not
clarify details beyond what was
available in Monday’s early after
noon press release.
They said they couldn’t further
comment on the case but will con
tinue to release information as it
The latest homicide investiga
tion marks four shooting deaths
in Orange County since July.
No suspects have been appre
hended in the case of Jose Carrillo,
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biotechnology and human health.
The campus is the vision of
David H. Murdock, owner of Dole
Food Company Inc. and former
owner of Pillowtex.
Murdock said he felt a respon
sibility to Kannapolis, and as the
widower of a cancer victim, has a
passion for finding a cure.
“I believe one of these days we
will see many, many types of dis
eases that are cured, and some
of the cures will come from this
campus here,” he said.
Many speakers remarked on
how unlikely this event seemed
three years ago.
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