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Shaun Draughn contributed
two fumbles to the Tar Heel's
six turnovers in UNC's 41-10
loss to N.C. State on Saturday.
It was UNC's senior day.
LAST DAY FOR OPINION
The Daily Tar Heel is hiring
columnists, editorial board
members and cartoonists for the
spring. Applications are
at dailytarheel.com under
"About Us" and are due to
Editor Allison Nichols in Union
2409 or at allisoncnichols@
gmail.com by 5 p.m. today.
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Sunday, the 2008 Tar Heels
were all smiles with a 3-0
win against Illinois in the
third round of the NCAA
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SPORTS SLIDE SHOW
View photos from this
weekend's sports events.
An unlikely discovery at a
bar gives UNC an edge.
OLD WELL WATCHERS
Carolina Fever kept the
Wolfpack away on Friday.
this day in history
Student Congress rejects a
referendum that would have
permitted students to vote
on allowing the student body
president and vice president to
run as a joint ticket.
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UNC tests tuition change
Students would pay per credit hour
BY ELIZABETH DEORNELLAS
As early as 2010, UNC-Chapel
Hill students could start paying
tuition by credit hour.
Administration would like UNC
CH, East Carolina University and
one yet to be chosen system school
to pilot a switch from the current
Full-time students now pay
a set tuition rate for on-campus
courses and pay by the credit hour
for online courses. UNC-system
officials said charging by credit
hour for all courses on all system
campuses will simplify billing.
But many at UNC-CH expressed
strong reservations about moving
to per-credit-hour tuition.
Roger Perry, chairman of the
UNC-CH Board of "IYustees, said
he does not think the trustees will
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Trading cleats for dancing shoes, four players on the Tar Heel football team dance with the Star Heels at their annual Fall Charity Show
on Sunday in the Student Union Great Hall. The money raised by this year's show will benefit the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Fund.
Football players join Star Heels for benefit
BY ANNA CLAIRE EDDINGTON
When two UNC football players were
asked to benefit the Eve Marie Carson
Memorial Fund, they didn’t expect they
would have to dance.
In the spirit of charity, offensive tackle
Zackery Handerson and offensive guard
Morgan Randall joined the Star Heels Dance
Team to perform in their annual fall charity
show Sunday evening in the Great Hall. All
proceeds from the show benefited the Eve
Marie Carson Memorial Fund.
Alison Savignano, president of Star Heels,
said the group chose to benefit the scholar
ship because of Carson’s passion for the arts.
The group raised more than $2,000.
“Eve was such a big supporter of the
arts,” Savignano said. “We thought our
dedication of the show would be a great
Cancer fund draws star faculty to UNC
BY BRENDAN BROWN
Eric Wallen and Raj Pruthi
were preparing to leave UNC.
After several years running a
urologic cancer clinic here, the
two mid-career surgeons had
gained recognition in their field
and were looking to elevate their
work elsewhere: another univer
sity, or perhaps a private practice,
where they could draw bigger sal
aries and more research funding.
They wanted to stay, but at
some point offers for more money
become hard to ignore —a famil
iar feeling for many UNC faculty.
“I haven’t always felt valued,”
Wallen said. “I needed to feel
But a state-appropriated fund,
which this year will pay S4O mil
lion for cancer research at UNC,
changed the equation for Wallen
support such a change.
“I don’t like that concept at all,”
he said. “We don’t want to do any
thing that will encourage people
to take less hours.”
But it is unclear whether the
Board of Trustees or even the sys
tem’s Board of Governors has the
authority to contest the switch.
Both boards help set tuition
rates, but Rob Nelson, UNC
system vice president for finance,
said there is no law that requires
either board to approve how
tuition is collected. “It’s an admin
istrative thing,” he said.
UNC-CH administrators voiced
a range of concerns about per
credit-hour tuition, worrying that
it might be harder to administer
and could discourage students
from taking full advantage of the
The change would affect under
way to honor her memory.”
Handerson, Randall and four other male
students partnered with members of the
dance team. The guests had no previous
dance experience, but both football players
said being under the spotlight rather than
stadium lights was a whole new experience.
“It’s a rush,” Handerson said. “It’s really
nerve-wracking compared to being on the
football field because we get to wear a hel
met and nobody gets to see who we are.”
Handerson and Randall said while all the
men in their dance were nervous, they had
fun with the performance anyway.
“When you’re out in front of 65,000 fans
you’re just one of the crowd,” Randall said.
“But when everyone has their eyes on you,
it’s a different experience.”
The Star Heels was founded in 2003 by
UNC students who wanted a student dance
Together they will get more
than $1 million over six years
from the fund, mostly to jump
start their research, in a deal to
keep them here. “If that money
wasn’t there, we would not have
been retained,” Wallen said.
The University Cancer Research
Fund is the only one of its kind in
the country, according to those
involved. It was created in 2007
with two goals: improving cancer
care in North Carolina and making
UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive
Cancer Center a national leader.
High-quality faculty are essen
tial to meet those goals.
The University has struggled
with faculty recruitment and
retention, though some adminis
trators said recent years have seen
improvement But the cancer fund
gives UNC the muscle to keep star
faculty while drawing those of
competing schools if only for a
graduate and graduate students,
and system officials said it would
be designed to be revenue neu
tral; Universities would not
lose tuition dollars, and full-time
students taking an average credit
load would pay roughly the same
UNC-CH students took an aver
age of 14.59 credit hours in 2007,
and students across the system
took an average of 14.79 hours.
“If the average student is taking
15 hours, then that would probably
be the basis on which they would
operate, and there shouldn’t be
that much difference,” said Alan
Mabe, UNC-system vice presi
dent for academic planning and
“Some students might pay a lit
tle more, but some would pay less,
perhaps, depending on where they
were and what their pattern was.”
Chapel Hill’s status as a pilot
for per-credit-hour tuition is not
yet official, and University admin-
@DTH ONLINE: Watch some of the show
and hear from several of the dancers.
group that performed all different dance
styles with a focus on the Chapel Hill com
Sunday’s performance showcased the tal
ents of student choreographers. Forty-eight
dancers performed ballet, tap, jazz and mod
ern dance pieces all choreographed by cur
rent UNC students. Special appearances by
The Achordants and fellow student dance
group Carolina Vibe added variety to the
Randall said the guest performers were
glad to be a part of an event that gives back
to the University in Carson’s memory.
“It’s a great scholarship for a great cause,”
“Eve will always have a name here.”
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select group involved with cancer.
“That is the sort of situation that
makes people want to come to the
University,” Executive Associate
Provost Ron Strauss said.
A better offer
Full professors at UNC made
an average $138,500 in the last
academic year, significantly less
than what a private company or
the University’s peers might pay.
More importantly, money
to start a research endeavor is
hard to come by, particularly as
universities struggle to maintain
their budgets in a sour economy.
The cancer fund gives the
University a competitive edge in
hiring negotiations by padding
salaries and securing seed money
for research projects.
“We’re putting a lot more pres
sure on other people than they are
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istrators were reluctant to talk
about how such a tuition model
“There is nothing to discuss on
this issue yet,” Elmira Mangum,
UNC-CH senior associate provost
for finance and academic person
nel, stated in an e-mail.
“We are working on systems
designed to accommodate either
billing strategy,” she added.
Despite the lingering uncer
tainty, UNC-CH staff are working
to ensure the campus is capable of
complying with the system’s desire
to switch tuition models.
“The decision has been made to
do this that is my understand
ing,” said Shirley Ort, director of
the UNC-CH Office of Scholarships
and Student Aid.
Ort said her office has been pre-
SEE TUITION, PAGE 5
Fund committee directs state investment
The University Cancer Research Fund committee is charged with
directing state appropriations for cancer research at UNC's Lineberger
Comprehensive Cancer Center. This fiscal year, the fund holds $4O million,
mostly from tax revenue. Legislators plan to pay $5O million a year into the
fund starting next year, but a tight budget could stall that commitment.
► Erskine Bowles, chairman,
> Edward Benz,
president and CEO of Dana-Farber
> Robert Blouin,
School of Pharmacy dean
► Shelley Earp,
Lineberger cancer center director
putting on us right now,” said Shelley
Earp, the cancer center’s director.
All eight faculty interviewed said
the cancer fund was vital in their
decisions to commit to UNC.
So far, the fund has committed
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
BY OLIVIA BOWLER
AND MATT LYNLEY
DURHAM A statewide stu
dent government organization
struck down without debate this
weekend a resolution supporting
access to community colleges for
Resolution 19 encouraged the
N.C. Community College System
to admit undocumented students
while the system continues to exam
ine the issue.
A UNC-system Association of
Student Governments committee
defeated the resolution by a vote of
three to one, with more than half of
the members abstaining.
The bill failed with no debate.
Attempts to bring the bill up for
reconsideration also failed.
The goal of this resolution par
allels the mission of the UNC-CH
Coalition for College Access, which
supports universal access to a col
The community college system
has historically had an open door
policy for undocumented students,
which came under review again in
May. The NCCCS has since barred
the admission of undocumented
students until it further studies
the legalities of the issue.
Resolution 19 falls under the
association’s mission to advocate
for students’ access to an educa
tion at a reasonable cost.
Chazz Clevinger, vice presi
dent of the committee in which
the bill was discussed, said he
thinks the reason so few mem
bers voted is because they did not
fully understand the bill or they
weren’t sure of their university’s
stance on the issue.
Clevinger said that the matter
should have been discussed fur
“I believe this is an issue that
deserves full and vigorous debate
because of the vast majority of peo
ple it affects,” he said. Clevinger, as
vice president, did not vote.
Asha Purohit, a UNC-Asheville
delegate and author of the resolu
tion, said the number of absten
tions was probably due to commit
tee members’ inexperience.
“A lot of people were new, a lot
were alternates, and most of them
were making it out as an immigra
tion issue,” she said.
ASG President Greg Doucette did
not send a copy of the resolution to
delegates until early Friday morn
ing, leaving them with little time to
prepare or research the issue.
Some members pushed hard to
have the resolution heard anyway.
SEE ASG, PAGE 5
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11 ASG resolution in support of
>• John Mendelsohn,
University of Texas M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center president
► Barbara Rimer,
Gillings School of Global Public
>■ Bill Roper,
School of Medicine dean
$18.6 million for 28 new faculty
hires through fiscal year 2013, plus
$5.3 million to keep six faculty.
The fund has also budgeted $17.4
SEE FUND, PAGE 5