VOLUME 116, ISSUE 107
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LOCAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Local music is the highlight
of Troika, a three-day music
festival that starts tonight in
Durham, featuring 62 bands,
52 of them from the Triangle.
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SHARING A STORY
Figure 8 Films, based in
Carrboro, has produced more
than 200 human-interest
shows for the Discovery
Channel, TLC, Discovery
Health, Animal Planet and
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MOVING THE BALL
The women's soccer team
battled Miami well into the
second half without a goal,
but was able to wring out a
1-0 win Sunday.
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Student Body President J.J.
Raynor's October Report was
presented to Student Congress
on Wednesday. The report details
her administration's progress
during the past six months.
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Photos from Deerhunter's Nov.
2 concert and so much more.
Coverage of local reaction to
this day in history
Actress and activist Jane
Fonda speaks to about 4,000
UNC students about student
politics and against the
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Economy may curb arts funding
BY KEVIN TURNER
President-elect Barack Obama
promised an increase in funding to
the National Endowment for the
Arts during his campaign and was
the first candidate in history to cre
ate an arts advisory committee.
“I want our students learning art
and music and science and poetry,”
Obama said in a Feb. 9 speech. And
in a campaign press release, Obama
said his administration would sup
port increased funding for the
But many are skeptical of his
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Mark Pilkington and Michael Anderson,
both juniors, wear bananas to garner
attention as they campaign to help elect
their fellow varsity cheerleader Jeremy Crouthamel
as this year’s Homecoming King.
All Homecoming candidates were campaign
ing heavily Wednesday, as special elections for
Homecoming royalty and six vacancies in Student
Congress were being held.
“This resolution is also to remind everyone of the duty we
have with spending student fees.” ryan oquinn, CONGRESSMAN
Congress opts out of forum
Abortion discussion set for Monday
BY HILLARY ROSE OWENS
Student Congress will not play a
role in a student open forum relat
ed to the anti-abortion display in
Polk Place last month.
Instead, Carolina Students for
Life will be in charge of the forum,
which will take place after a pro
life speaker presents.
The decision ends a weeks-long
debate about how Congress should
deal with the aftermath of the con
In last IXiesday’s student affairs
committee meeting, a resolution to
promise when examining the dire
state of the U.S. economy.
“I think everything is up for
grabs at this point, it’s much too
early to predict the budget,” said
Joel Henning, member of Obama’s
National Arts Policy Committee
and columnist for The Wall Street
“We have to be very cognizant
of the fact that our economy is in
terrible shape and the government
has to spend an enormous amount
for pulling the economy out of the
Many are questioning the endow
ment’s fiiture as it switches hands to
the Obama administration.
Emil Kang, UNC’s executive
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Candidates were compelled to dress as dinosaurs,
wear bananas and wave campaign signs featuring
Barack Obama to attract students’ attention away
from Tuesday's nationwide election.
Results for the Congress special election will be
announced this afternoon.
The Homecoming King and Queen will be
announced on-field at halftime of Saturday’s foot
ball game against Georgia Tech in Kenan Stadium.
investigate Carolina Students for
Life’s abortion display was presented
by Congressman Ryan O’Quinn.
But after much debate, O’Quinn
decided to withdraw his resolution
and planned to just submit the
proposal at Wednesday’s full body
Congress meeting instead.
He submitted a resolution to
request a question-and-answer ses
sion sponsored by Carolina Students
for Life on Nov. 10 at 8:30 p.m. in
Student Union Room 3411.
Though the resolution was not
passed, die forum still will happen.
According to the resolution,
Past funding for National Endowment for the Arts
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the Oct. 22 and 23 display in Polk
Place did not permit a full dia
logue despite its intention to foster
debate on campus.
The 18-foot-tall display fea
tured graphic images of aborted
fetuses and was met with student
complaints because there was no
detour around the display.
The discussion with Carolina
Students for Life would be open for
any student who wanted to attend.
O’Quinn said the resolution’s
purpose was to inform Congress
members of their duty to their
“This resolution is also to
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008
Instead of top-down hiring
freeze, departments decide
BY BRECKEN BRANSTRATOR
Other schools in the UNC system declared a fac
ulty hiring freeze to deal with the state-mandated
budget cut of 2 percent applied this year.
Schools in the UNC system were advised to only fill
necessary positions, so some cut their hiring budgets.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, individual departments
instead were directed to cut their own budgets.
“We haven’t frozen hiring at the time,” Executive
_ . Associate Provost Ron Strauss said. “But it would be
crazy if we didn’t have some caution about hiring.”
Several academic departments considered
responding to cuts by slashing stipends given to
Fortunately for teaching and research assistants,
many of those departments were able to reach into
a surplus fund or make cuts elsewhere to maintain
graduate students’ money.
The department of sociology considered absorb
ing its budget cut through cutting its support for
The department decided to cut the $14,700 sti
pends of four graduate student positions.
But the department had extra money from last
year’s budget, so no graduate students actually
lost money, said department Chairman Howard
“We were lucky in that we had a surplus, so we
don’t have to lay off any students,” Aldrich said.
Eight classes using graduate student support
would have been in jeopardy if the instructional
budget had been cut.
The department of communication studies looked
at cuts along the same lines.
But that department also had money left over from
last year, so it didn’t actually have to cut anyone’s sti
pend, department Chairman Dennis Mumby said.
He said budget cuts will only minimally affect the
graduate students in the communications depart
ment this year.
The departments of anthropology and economics
also considered cuts to graduate student stipends,
but they did not materialize.
Instead, the anthropology department cut the
number of recitation sessions it would offer, and
the economics department cut its budget for visi
tors and speakers.
But the cuts meant that the economics depart
ment, despite the lack of a hiring freeze, still lacks
the money to conduct searches to replace four fac-
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Retirees flocking to
BY NICK ANDERSEN
When he enrolled in a jour
nalism class three years ago at
N.C. State University, Walter
Mack tried hard not to be a
conspicuous presence in the
But Mack, a retired journal
ist, is 75 years old and stands out
among bright-eyed young college
“The professor wouldn’t let
me hide,” Mack said. “He knew
I had experience in the field and
could tie it in to what he was
Mack, a Chapel Hill resident,
is part of a growing trend in
the Triangle: retired citizens
adding to the university scene
while taking advantage of its
“There are a lot of big draws to
living in a college town for retired
people,” said Jerry Passmore,
director of the Orange County
Department of Aging.
“The academic, cultural and
medical benefits ofhving in a uni
versity community are pretty sig
Since the 19705, retirees have
flocked to college towns, drawn to
the intellectual stimulation and
culturally active lifestyles so com
As the Baby Boomer genera
tion passes retirement age, this
migration is becoming more pro-
SEE RETIREES, PAGE 4