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Chancellor Holden Thorp
expects the Nutrition Research
Institute, UNC-Chapel Hill's
facility at the N.C. Research
Campus, to be as much part of
UNC-CH as the main campus.
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ABBEY ROAD LIVE!
A Beatles cover band from
Athens, Ga., will perform as part
of the Carolina Union Activities
Board music series.
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HEAD OF THE CUSS
More than 100 N.C. public
schools participate in N.C.
School Innovation Day, an
event designed to let the public
observe advances in schools.
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UNC's study abroad office is
offering anew program for 12
students to study traditions
and experiences of the
Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma.
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Service project hopes to get
the right message across.
Weeklong workshops teach
Student's program helps
Latinos start businesses.
this day in history
The Board of Trustees
rescinds a program allowing
24-hour visitation by members
of the opposite sex in six of
the 29 residence halls.
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Guilty verdict in kidnappings
Lewis faces 23 years in football case
BY EMILY STEPHENSON
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
HILLSBOROUGH - A jury
found the man charged with kid
napping two UNC football players
guilty on Monday.
Michael Troy Lewis, 33, faces at
least 23 years in prison for allegedly
kidnapping the players in December
and attempting to rob them.
Judge Carl Fox issued the sen
tence, which carries a maximum of
about 31 years of jail time and is less
than the harshest sentence allowed.
Lewis was found guilty of kid
napping and robbery, in addition to
several other crimes related to the
December incident when he and two
women allegedly tied up three foot-
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Monk Geshe Sangpo sculpts a figure out of butter and oatmeal Tuesday afternoon in the FedEx Global Education Center. The art of butter sculpting
is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition that dates back hundreds of years. Tibetan monks sculpted butter in pursuit of peace and good fortune.
Monk uses butter for lotus flower art
BY MATT SAMPSON
According to legends older than
Buddhism itself, the sacred lotus
flower is said to bring harmony to
a household or monastery.
Geshe Sangpo, an Indian monk,
molded one such flower Thesday out
of oatmeal and clarified butter.
Sangpo, who earned his doctor
ate in divinity at an Indian mon
astery, sculpted the lotus at the
FedEx Global Education Center
as part of International Education
Residents gather to protest proposed airport
BY KATY DOLL
Concerned residents protested
the proposed Orange County airport
Thesday night outside the Chapel Hill
Public Library, braving the blustering
winds to voice their concerns.
The group spoke to UNC Board
of Trustees members entering the
library for a work session with the
Chapel Hill Town Council about
Carolina North, UNC’s future sat
ellite campus. Protestors called out
and held signs reading, “Is your
land on UNC’s radar? No airport”
“We want them to see the faces
of some of the people that their
plans are going to affect” said Mark
Marcoplos, a member of the steer
ing committee of Preserve Rural
Orange, which formed to oppose
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
ball players and tried to steal wallets,
video games and electronics.
“If you’d broken in this same
apartment and stolen this stuff, the
most you’d be looking at would be,
I don’t know, 10 to 12 months,” Fox
said, explaining the impact of the
kidnapping charge on the sentence.
Prosecutors asked for the strictest
sentence possible, arguing that Lewis
came to Chapel Hill from Durham
intending to commit a robbery. The
strictest sentence would have put
Lewis in jail for 36 years.
A discrepancy about the legal
definition of kidnapping led
defenders to announce that they
will appeal Lewis’ conviction on
one kidnapping count.
“The week is designed to be a
cultural exchange,” said Laura
Griest, events coordinator for
the center. “We were very excited
when we found out Geshe Sangpo
As part of his education, Sangpo
studied philosophy, metaphysics,
logic and butter sculpting.
The tradition of butter sculpting
began before the seventh century,
when Tibetans would pay homage
to the founder of Buddhism with
After a cold winter stripped a
an Orange County airport.
“If they relocate an airport to our
community, they’re going to alter
our community in a way that it will
never be able to recover from.”
About 30 concerned residents,
some from Preserve Rural Orange,
arrived to protest the placement of
anew airport in Orange County to
replace Horace Williams, which is
closing to make room for Carolina
During the bulk of the meeting,
Carolina North Executive Director
Jack Evans presented an overview of
the package UNC submitted to the
town on Oct. 31, including 15- and
30-year development projections.
David Owens, a School of
SEE PROTESTS, PAGE 13
Deon Thompson led the Tar Heels with a career-high
20 points and nine rebounds, Kentucky committed 28
turnovers and UNC routed the Wildcats on Tuesday.
Jurors asked after several hours
of deliberation if they could convict
Lewis of kidnapping —a multi
part crime that, by definition, is
committed to facilitate another
felony if they found him guilty
of a felony other than robbery with
a dangerous weapon.
They then used attempted felony
larceny as grounds to convict Lewis
of kidnapping. The defense opposed
that rationale and will appeal the
The defense has 90 days to
Lewis stood by previous state
ments of his innocence, declaring
in court that he meant to rob the
players but not to kidnap them.
“I can only apologize for what
SEE VERDICT, PAGE 13
Tibetan village of lotus flowers,
the villagers used molded yak
butter to replicate the plants.
“It teaches focus, concentra
tion and patience,” said Sherab
Lama, director of the Society for
the Preservation and Sharing of
Him Jayan Heritage, who invited
Sangpo to show his skills during
his visit to the U.S. to see friends.
Traditional Tibetan monk chants
rang out through speakers as
Sangpo, who speaks little English,
quietly began sculpting the lotus
using only his hands.
Sangpo first made an oatmeal
base, upon which he shaped the
details of the lotus in dyed butter.
Orange County residents outside the Chapel Hill Public Library on
Tuesday before a town meeting to protest plans to build anew airport.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008
Michael Troy Lewis talks with his attorney, Russ Hollers, after the jury found
Lewis guilty of kidnapping. He was sentenced to at least 23 years in prison.
He then spent nearly three hours
shaping the flower.
Some more ornate butter
sculptures in Eastern monaster
ies can take up to three months to
create, Lama said. Many monks
become arthritic from the intri
Sangpo’s sculpture sought to
encompass the energies of “wis
dom and method,” Lama said.
“These two energies together
are the channel for truth.”
After completing his sculp
ture, Sangpo performed a tradi
tional chant, closing his eyes and
SEE SCULPTURES, PAGE 13
Trustees to weigh
BY ANDREW DUNN
Chancellor Holden Thorp chose
the lesser of two tuition increase
proposals submitted last week to
send to the Board of Trustees.
Those hikes will be discussed
today at the trustees’ audit and
finance committee meeting. The
committee is slated to approve a
proposal today, which will be sent
to the full board Thursday.
Trustees are largely on board
with Thorp’s recommendations.
Discussion is likely to focus more
on solidifying arguments to pres
ent to the UNC system’s Board of
Governors which has final say.
In the past few years, proposals
forwarded by the Board of Trustees
have been approved, since the
Board of Governors communicates
its desires to trustees at each of the
campuses early in the process.
But despite few strict guidelines
from the board this year, UNC-
Chapel Hill might find its tuition
requests vetoed by the system body
as economic concerns intensify.
“I think we’ve got some work to
do to get the Board of Governors
to understand our recommenda
tions,” said Thorp, adding that he
has already gotten support pledged
to him from Board of Trustees
Chairman Roger Perry.
“I intend to stick to my recom
mendation, and I intend to be
vocal,” Thorp said.
There have been rumors that
the Board of Governors will reject
any tuition increases this year.
And UNC-system President
SEE TUITION, PAGE 13
ATTINDTHB AUDIT AND
Tlm 2 p.m., today
Location: The Carolina Inn
Chancellor's Ballroom East
> $240 in-state undergraduates
> $1,150 out-of-state
> S4OO graduates
> $74.67 student fees