VOLUME 116, ISSUE 122
SportS | page 6
Senior Brianna Eskola set an
ACC career record for digs
during a win against N.C. State
for the volleyball team's 11th
university | page 3
2ND RHODES SCHOLAR
Lisette Yorke, a senior and
Morehead-Cain Scholar from
Canada, is the 43rd UNC
student and second this year
to win the Rhodes Scholarship.
features | page 3
HOPE IN A HOME
A Carrboro house built by a
former slave and still owned
by his descendents has begun
to crumble under years of
wear and tear.
Sports | page 6
UNC'S football squad is going to
a bowl game. Which one is still
up in the air. The Tar Heels are
at the mercy of the title game's
outcome and the whims of the
bowl committees Sunday.
online | dai htarheel .com
DRESS UP FOR CUSS
N.C. Central University is
giving students tips on how
to dress professionally.
NO FUNDS FOR YOU
Community colleges that
didn't grow enrollment by 5
percent will not receive
additional funding next year.
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‘Not guilty’ plea expected
BY SARAH FRIER
One of the men charged with
killing former Student Body
President Eve Carson is likely to
plead not guilty at a federal hear
“It would be typical for some
one to plead not guilty at the
arraignment,” said Lynne Klauer,
spokeswoman for the Middle
District U.S. Attorney’s office
which is prosecuting Demario
James Atwater, a 22-year-old
Atwater’s federal public defend
er, Louis Allen, would not say what
his client plans to plead.
Prosecutors say Atwater and
Lawrence Alvin Lovette, 17, kid
Midwife Jane Arnold (top) talks with Nikki Lewis about her progress after 18 hours in labor. After approximately 25 hours, Lewis (left) had a
Caesarean section surgery to deliver the baby. Lewis delivered a baby girl named Lauren McKenzie Ridge (right), weighing 7 lbs. and 8 oz.
Private giving could slide
BY LAURA MARCINEK
Private giving to the University
likely will suffer amid the nation’s
“We have trouble raising money
for everything in a down economy,”
Chancellor Holden Thorp said
Monday, as reports declared an
official economic recession.
Private giving is up so far this
year, but a deepening economic
crisis could affect UNC’s endowed
grants and other operations that
rely on donations.
Private donations make up the
bulk of UNC’s endowment, the
invested fund meant to provide
a steady stream of income for
scholarships, professorships, fel
lowships and research.
In the recessions of 1991 and
2001, UNC’s private donations
fell by 1.8 percent and 3.6 percent,
Those were two of only three
drops in private giving since 1988,
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
napped Carson from her home
and drove her in her car to with
draw money before shooting her
five times in a neighborhood
At the 9:30 a.m. hearing in
Greensboro, Atwater will be for
mally read the federal charges
against him: carjacking resulting
in death, using firearms during a
carjacking, being a felon in pos
session of firearms and possess
ing an improperly registered
If convicted of either of the first
two, he could face life in prison or
the death penalty.
Atwater already pleaded not
guilty in March at the state level
to charges of first-degree mur-
Indicator foreshadows drop in donations
Significant drops in consumer confidence have been followed by drops in private
giving to the University. The latest drop suggests donations could fall again.
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DTH INSIDE: Economists confirmed
that the U.S. is in a recession Monday.
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the earliest data provided by the
University’s development office,
UNC’s chief fundraising unit.
Despite the trend, develop
not guilty to
related to Eve
der and first-degree kidnapping,
as well as several lesser charges.
District Attorney Jim Woodall said
in an August hearing that he plans
to pursue the death penalty.
A separate federal trial will
increase Atwater’s chance of get
ting a death sentence if convicted.
Legal experts have said it’s
unusual for federal prosecutors to
pursue a homicide case at the same
UNC midwifery division
offers women a choice
Ybu can bake delicious bread
several ways. It’s the same with
a baby, said Kathy Higgins,
director of the UNC Division of
“Whether you choose a midwife or a
doctor, the outcome is essentially the
same —a healthy baby,” she said. “It’s a
difference in the journey.”
Midwives work as a team with physi
cians, who are available in case of com
The midwifery division provided birth care
to about 500 women in the last fiscal year,
Higgins said. The division grew by about
500 percent during the past six years.
Nikki Lewis’ mother suggested she use a
UNC midwife after hearing good reviews
about the department Midwife Jane Arnold
stayed with Lewis during 25 hours of labor.
Slight complications encouraged Arnold to
team up with a physician, and Lewis gave
birth by Caesarean section with Arnold at
DTH PHOTOS/CAITIYN GREENE
ment officials this year are opti
mistic, pointing to an 8 percent
increase in private giving during
the one-year period that ended
But they’re aware that a sour
SEE DONATIONS, PAGE 7
time as state prosecutors.
Lovette is not eligible for the
death penalty because of his age at
the time of the crime. He has not
been charged at the federal level.
Today, the court will also set a
schedule for the federal trial and
a date for when the first motions
will be due.
Allen said he doesn’t have an
idea of when the federal trial will
Woodall said the state trial will
not occur for at least another year.
The federal prosecutor and
defender said it is not clear whether
the federal or state trial will go first
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County expects affordable
housing funds to tighten
BY KATHRYN KOESY
Orange County likely won’t fol
low national trends of foreclosures
and decreased funding for afford
able housing, local housing provid
Nationwide job loss has both
contributed to an increase in
home foreclosures and decreased
the amount of tax revenue avail
able for affordable housing pro
grams. But Orange County might
be insulated from some of these
trends because of high job secu
Many residents are employed
by either UNC or the hospitals,
and those groups do not expect
the high numbers of layoffs seen in
other parts of the state, said Robert
Dowling, executive director of the
Orange Community Housing and
“We don’t have a lot of the
issues that cause the squeeze,” said
Tara Fikes, director of Orange
County Housing and Community
“Unemployment is low, we don’t
have any manufacturing jobs, and
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2008
could take a year
BY ANDREA MARCHIANO
Campus officials now have the
green light to design an expan
sive pedestrian bridge over South
The bridge will begin at the top
of the steps between the Student
Union and Student Stores and
pass through the woods on the
south side of South Road, ending
on Stadium Drive.
The project has a $400,000 bud
get to complete the design, which
could take up to a year. No budget
has been set for construction.
The bridge’s main purpose will
be to keep pedestrians safe. At
least two pedestrians have been
involved in vehicle accidents on
campus in the last year, though
not on South Road.
“It’s a very busy pedestrian and
vehicular area,” said Jill Coleman,
design manager for the project.
“We could make it much safer by
providing another means of get
ting across the road.”
UNC Department ofPublic Safety
currently hires crossing guards
to control traffic on South Road,
spokesman Randy Young said. He
said a bridge could help make both
pedestrians and drivers safer.
“It’s going to reflect a lower risk
to pedestrians and motorists,” he
said. “It’ll divert some folks cross
ing outside of crosswalks to a safer
area as well.”
Anna Wu, director of facilities
planning, said designers have sev
eral details to iron out prior to the
“We want to make sure the
bridge fits into context and is aes
thetically pleasing,” she said.
Wu said the design has to pro
vide clearance for buses passing
underneath the bridge.
The team will also have to figure
out exactly where the bridge will end
on Stadium Drive in order to avoid
building steps up to the bridge.
SEE BRIDGE, PAGE 7
we don’t have job loss.
“That’s not to say we won’t suf
fer, but it won’t be as bad as in
Between January 2007 and
June 2008, Orange County saw
fewer than 500 foreclosures,
according to the N.C. Department
Wake, Mecklenburg, Forsyth
and Guilford counties all of
which were targeted for emer
gency assistance from the U.S.
Department of Housing and
Urban Development each saw
more than 3,000 foreclosures
during that time.
“This created a domino effect,”
said Chris Estes, executive director
of N.C. Public Housing Coalition.
“More people losing their homes
are looking for limited rentable
Local leaders said the relative
ly stable job market should also
keep tax revenue and Orange
SEE HOUSING, PAGE 7