VOLUME 116, ISSUE 110
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RETURN TO DEPTH
"Two healthy quarterbacks
well, we've got four healthy
quarterbacks, but two pretty
good ones," says UNC
quarterback Cameron Sexton.
"Anytime we've got depth, it's
great. That's always a plus."
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Spoken-word artists will help
raise awareness at an event
today about the historically
black Northside community that
is affected by the SSO million
mixed-use Greenbridge project.
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Organizers of a longtime
charity effort supporting the
homeless are hoping the bad
economy won't hinder their
efforts to help the needy.
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Monday night's fundraiser
featured performances by the
Loreleis, Cadence, Sababa,
Misconceptions and Que Rico.
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The co-founder of the organic
dairy company Stonyfield
Farm will speak on campus.
UNC-Pembroke was named
one of the nation's most
this day in history
University Counsel Susan
Ehringhaus determines that a
new policy banning smoking
on residence hall balconies
breaks state law.
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Police pursuing arson
Gerrard to reopen after investigation
BY ANDREW HARRELL
Police investigating the week
end fire in Gerrard Hall are treat
ing the case as arson.
Investigators have no suspects
and are searching for the tool
used to start the fire, said Randy
Young, spokesman for the UNC
Department of Public Safety.
Gerrard Hall will reopen
when the investigation is com
plete, said Mike Johnson, direc
tor of operations for Carolina
Performing Arts, which often
uses the space.
Graham Paulsgrove, 25, was deployed to Iraq twice and is now a junior. His experiences set him apart from other students. Once, he had to give
a presentation about amnesia for a class he told the story of a fellow marine's post-traumatic amnesia after an explosion in their vehicle.
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Paulsgrove spent a total of 12 months in Iraq. "I don't get stressed
out about school stuff because it doesn't seem as important."
Vets see funds, not services
The new GI Bill going into effect in August
2009 could help more veterans attend college,
but once they get there, some veterans need
other services to transition back to life as a
After the first GI Bill the Servicemen’s
Readjustment Act of 1944 was signed into
law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, mil
lions of veterans were able to attend colleges
and universities through tuition assistance.
Under the new GI Bill, signed into law
this summer as The Post-9/11 Veterans
Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the
amount of tuition awarded to servicemen and
women is based on the length of military ser
vice 36 months guarantees all the tuition
costs at a public university will be covered.
A monthly housing allowance, textbook
stipend and SSOO for relocation also are pro
But more than tuition assistance is neces
sary, said Bob Kettels, assistant director of
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
“Once we found out about the
fire, we had a staff person come in
on Saturday to call all of the event
organizers and warn them we
may need to relocate the events,”
Two events scheduled for the
building today have been relocat
ed. The Carolina Union is help
ing to find alternate locations for
future events in Gerrard Hall.
The building underwent $2.4
million in renovations last fall,
including the addition of fire alarms
and sprinkler systems that helped
save tire historic structure.
BACK FROM WAR
the Winston-Salem Veteran Affairs Regional
“They need specific counseling, and guided
recovery from disabling or emotional inju
There are approximately 200 veterans
already attending classes at UNC, but UNC
has no programs to meet the specific academ
ic, counseling or wellness services needs of a
UNC primarily offers financial guidance
for student veterans, said Jan Benjamin, cer
tifying official at the UNC Veteran Services
Office, adding that her office doesn’t have
enough information about students’ needs to
offer other services.
But senior Thomas Jones, who served in
the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said that while
emotional and academic support are benefi
cial, financial aid is student veterans’ most
“Tuition assistance is important because
SEE GI BILL, PAGE 7
“Obviously we’re seeing the
benefit of that,” Johnson said.
The alarm system notified author
ities just after 3:14 a.m. Saturday,
and the sprinklers had partially put
out the fire before the Chapel Hill
Fire Department arrived.
When firefighters arrived, they
extinguished eight chairs that
were on fire inside the hall. The
building was unoccupied at the
time, though the Loreleis had per
formed there hours before.
The damage consists of smoke
damage, the eight burned chairs and
water damage on the main floor.
The Chapel Hill Fire
Department estimated repairs to
cost about $50,000. But DPS put
UNC student veterans face
readjustment to college life
BY SARAH FRIER
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
This semester, Graham
Paulsgrove switched out han
dling machine guns and driving
Humvees for courses in English
literature and applied microeco
Instead of camping out in the
Iraqi desert with the fear that
his vehicle might get blasted by
roadside bombs, he waits tables
at Breadmen’s on Rosemary
Paulsgrove, a junior, joined
more than 200 veterans that are
currently students at UNC. They
share adjustment struggles but
don’t tend to know each other.
Because of the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, more students are
deployed before returning to earn a
degree, said ROTC battalion com
mander Lt Col. Monte Yoder.
They come with experiences
and needs that students didn’t
have eight years ago, he said.
Sophomore Cesar Lopez, 26,
went through psychological evalu
Veteran's Day Ceremony
sponsored by the UNC Naval ROTC
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Memory of Those Lost in Military Service,
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Midshipmen and cadets from all three of the
University's ROTC divisions will take part in
today's annual Veteran's Day Ceremony, hon
oring those involved in military conflicts past
Capt. Charles Gibson, Commanding Officer of
the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Miss., and
a 1985 UNC graduate, will speak as the guest
A speaker will read the names of American
military operations over the past century, ask
ing veterans to stand and be recognized with
the name of the conflict in which they fought.
A reception will follow the ceremony, which is
free and open to the public.
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the cost at only $1,250 for water
damage and the burnt chairs.
In addition to fire alarms and
sprinklers, the renovations includ
ed the installation of air condition
ing, exterior building repairs and
replacing the first-floor seating
with loose chairs.
There also was electrical, struc
tural and interior mechanical
work done. Johnson said the reno
vations were done to preserve the
Initially known as “New Chapel,”
the hall was designed by William
Nichols, who began construction in
1822. Construction stopped when
SEE GERRARD, PAGE 7
ation for his post-traumatic night
mares before coming to UNC.
And since he returned in
the spring from running night
missions in Iraq, marine lan
Lawrence has eased into a college
student sleep schedule.
“I enjoy putting on regular
clothes every day, eating fast food,
not having 120-degree weather
when I wake up,” he said.
Senior Thomas Jones, 28, is
probably the only person in his
undergraduate statistics class
who’s dodged a bullet, but he
doesn’t tell anybody.
“The military lifestyle is a com
pletely different lifestyle than that
of a college student,” said Jones,
who was deployed to a classified
location and then spent his aca
demic career in the reserves.
“When you come back, there’s
always a transition of ideals and
almost always a transition of
Age and experience set veter-
SEE STUDENTS, PAGE 7
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2008
Will serve for rest
of Thorpe’s term
INSIDE: The economic downturn halts
work on the Innovation Center. PG. 3
BY ANDREW CUMMINGS
The Chapel Hill Town Council
voted unanimously Monday to
appoint James Merritt, a retired
assistant principal and town
native, to fill
The seat was
left open when
ber Bill Thorpe
died in late
he was surprised
by the council’s
decision but can
hit the ground
“I need to get
a lot more information on these
projects,” Merritt said. “I need to
get up to speed very quickly.”
Finding a replacement that
would carry on Thorpe’s legacy
and fight for similar issues was a
SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 7
BY ANDREW DUNN
Some reluctant and some frus
trated, members of the tuition and
fee advisory task force finalized
their recommendations for next
year’s tuition increases.
Those numbers will be reviewed
by Chancellor Holden Thorp, pos
sibly revised, and then presented
to the Board of Trustees in the
But Monday’s meeting the last
of the year also illustrated two dis
tinct schools of thought on tuition
increases, one protective of current
students and one protective of the
University’s academic quality.
The differences should cause a
heated discussion in next week’s
Board of Ttyistees meeting.
One camp pushes for high
tuition increases, saying they are
SEE TUITION, PAGE 7
Current level: $3,705
Proposed increase: $240.82
Current level: $20,603
Proposed increases: $1,150 or
Current level: $5,013 (resident),
Proposed increases: S4OO or
Where the money will go
► 35 percent: Need-based aid
► 30 percent: Faculty salaries
► 15 percent: Graduate tuition
remission and awards
► 12.5 percent Reducing class
sizes by hiring faculty and
► 7.5 percent Academic support
services, including advising,
libraries and the Writing Center