Two tickets per person and fewer phases are all part of this year’s new basketball ticket policy.
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Two tickets per person and fewer phases are all part of this year’s new basketball ticket policy.
Generations of social activists will meet this weekend to celebrate 150 years of working for change.
Study abroad students may soon have the chance to recruit foreign high schools students with the help of international alumni.
Today, students will be celebrating their right to picket in front of South Building, make out in front of the Pit preacher or put up large posters of fetuses in Polk Place.
Housekeeping issues dominated the Employee Forum on Tuesday, including news that some forum members will meet with Chancellor Holden Thorp in a closed meeting Monday.
Within 24 hours, more than 2,000 students have voiced their opinions on the future of the student ticketing policy for men’s basketball games.
Cheers, tears, and hugs swept through Coker Arboretum on Thursday as 498 female students discovered their new sisters.
A report released Wednesday said UNC needs more diversity at the top.
After nearly $70,000 in budget cuts since 2008, the math department was forced to decide between two options: losing undergraduate graders or losing the Math Help Center.
Wiping away fake tears, two male students embrace while whining about having to sell girl scout cookies.
Despite a recent drop in a prominent college ranking report, University officials said they remain confident in UNC’s status as one of the nation’s top schools.
Amid glittery poster boards, outgoing greetings and attention-grabbing costumes, many upperclassmen may have noticed a new feature of Fall Fest 2010: more organization.
Although UNC students have voiced opposition to building a pedestrian bridge on campus since its proposal one year ago, the Board of Trustees is still planning to consider all data with a careful eye.
Junior Brandon Finch won a majority of the vote Tuesday night to become the next Carolina Athletic Association president — the individual who will have a hand in shaping the controversial student ticket policy that has come under criticism this year.Finch won with 4,076 votes. Junior Tom Kuell, the runner-up, received 2,478 votes.“I was ready for tonight,” Finch said after the results were announced. He added he was excited to win and attributed his success to his campaign team.The CAA is responsible for representing the student body regarding athletic affairs. The organization oversees men’s basketball ticket distribution, Homecoming Week and seasonal events.Finch served as CAA secretary this year, and he has participated in the organization for three years.Finch said his first action in taking office will include creating a task force composed of students that will work to help gather student feedback.Finch’s key platform point centered on the elimination of the phase system. He said he wants to create a system that runs off of general admission for most nonconference games.Finch’s other platform points include improving recycling initiatives at athletic events, restructuring the CAA cabinet and hosting an all-student tailgating lot for football.Some students have expressed frustration toward the new one-ticket policy, with many opting not to attend games if their friends did not receive the same phase. It was this central issue that dominated the election.Both candidates’ platforms addressed issues with the current system and their plans for improving ticket distribution next season.Kuell, who currently serves as CAA vice president, said he was disappointed with the election results but thought his team did well.“He’s going to be awesome,” Kuell said about Finch. “I’m really excited for him.”Contact the University Editor at email@example.com.
This article was published in the 2009 Year in Review issue of The Daily Tar Heel.
The University has ordered enough H1N1 vaccines for everyone on campus who wants them, but administrators have been surprised by low demand.Campus Health Services ordered about 28,000 H1N1 vaccinations in October for every student, staff member, faculty member and hospital patient at the University, but only slightly more than 20 percent have been administered.Mary Beth Koza, director of UNC’s Department of Environment, Health and Safety, said only about 6,000 people have been vaccinated for H1N1 this academic year. She said this is far too few.
Sometimes events don’t go as planned.This was the case Thursday when a Youth for Western Civilization-sponsored event on affirmative action turned into an open forum discussion among students, faculty and community members.One audience member even took the stage to fully express an opposing viewpoint.“It didn’t go as we expected, but that’s not a bad thing,” said Daryl Ann Dunigan, vice president of YWC and coordinator of the event.Judson Wood, a first-year law student, asked permission to take the stage and openly debate keynote speaker Mike Adams after Adams finished his presentation. Although audience members initially showed discontent toward the unexpected debate, they soon sat back to listen to Wood’s arguments in favor of race-based affirmative action.In his speech, Adams expressed his support for socioeconomic-based affirmative action in favor of current policies that favor race.“I didn’t mean to hijack your speech here. I’m just here to speak on affirmative action,” Wood said to Adams. Wood added that he wanted to make sure both sides were being presented.Dunigan said YWC had asked many faculty members to participate as a counterpoint to Adams, but none volunteered.The question-and-answer session also allowed for many audience members to relate relevant experiences.The invited speaker, a conservative online columnist and tenured professor at UNC-Wilmington, spoke to an audience of about 40 in the Student Union Auditorium. About 10 police officers were on hand — about the same amount of security present at YWC’s last speaker event in October.“I’m not a racist. I’m an anti-racist,” Adams said. “I believe all races can achieve.”Adams said his experiences in higher education have exposed the hidden discriminations made behind closed doors in admission offices.“Affirmative action in higher education rarely gets into the problem of racial inequality,” Adams said. Dunigan said the event cost $500 and was paid for by the national chapter of YWC.Senior Bryan Weynand, an editor of the Carolina Review, said he really enjoyed the informal atmosphere of the event.“Wood really added a colorful, personal element,” Weynand said.The previous three speakers YWC hosted on campus were met with protests, the first of which resulted in a broken classroom window and national coverage.“I’m so happy you were polite, attentive and didn’t break windows,” Adams said to the audience at the end of his speech.Contact the University Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNC’s Honors Program could soon see more students, more courses and more options for graduating with honors.The University has proposed a major overhaul of the program in response to low retention rates. Administrators also hope to use the program to better recruit top students.The program will look to increase the number of honors students from 5 to 10 percent of the student body, bringing the total number to about 400 per class.“I think we’ll come out on the other side with an honors program not quite like anything else out there at a public research university,” said Jim Leloudis, associate dean of the Honors Program.Any changes put forth will not be confirmed until spring 2010.Under the proposed changes, the program would hire 15 new professors for the College of Arts and Sciences to expand course offerings. They will be hired across several departments and over the course of several years, Leloudis said.The new jobs are expected to cost UNC about $22.5 million. Gifts made during the Carolina First Campaign — private donations and matched state money — are being used to hire the faculty members.Leloudis said each professor hired will translate into four additional honors courses.Research consultants were hired in December to address concerns about the program. Students and faculty members expressed discontent with the courses offered through the program, many of which are focused in the humanities.The program currently selects about 5 percent of the incoming freshman class to enter the program. While honors classes are open to all students, honors students get first priority for enrolling in these classes.Students are required to take two honors courses per year to stay in the program, but many students majoring in natural sciences have had difficulty finding honors courses that also fulfill their major requirements.“I think too often science students have to make a choice,” said junior Chris Carter, co-chairman of the academic affairs committee of the Honors Program Executive Board. “We don’t want them to have to choose between the honors program and their major.”Junior Ben Hawks, a math and computer science double major, said he dropped out of the program after his first year.“Taking the honors classes had become a chore,” he said, adding that he would rather take more interesting classes in his major.Any student who wants to graduate with honors, regardless of whether they are a part of the Honors Program, can do so by writing an honors thesis in their senior year.Leloudis said he hopes the new program will allow for new pathways to earning an honors degree. He said the new idea might include a research method, but the proposal is still in the planning stages. Contact the University Editor at email@example.com.
Graduate students can’t come to a consensus on whether to place a higher financial burden on out-of-state students to help the University cope with significant budget shortfalls.The Graduate and Professional Student Federation Senate split its votes in support of equal increases for all graduate students and further raising the cost for out-of-state students at its Thursday meeting.Keith Lee, president of the GPSF, was seeking input from the Senate to decide what he should push for as a voting member of the tuition and fees advisory task force. The task force, a group of students, faculty members and administrators who set tuition policy, will make a recommendation for the chancellor at its next meeting Nov. 11 regarding tuition increases for the 2010-11 school year.The figure would then have to be approved by the Board of Trustees, the UNC-system Board of Governors and the N.C. General Assembly.The task force is currently weighing two options: one that spreads the cost equally and one that puts a larger hike on out-of-state students. In-state tuition increases for both graduate and undergraduate students are capped by state law at 5.2 percent, but out-of-state students do not face a similar restriction.Some graduate students said they supported an increase of equal monetary value for all students, while others were in favor of increasing out-of-state tuition at a greater rate.But Lee said he thinks graduate students will support one another in funding tuition increases, no matter which group of students takes a greater burden. “There’s a lot of solidarity,” he said.About 24 percent of graduate students are not N.C. residents, although many out-of-state graduate students receive tuition remission, funding that covers the difference between in-state and out-of- state costs.Lee said a large number of graduate students also have the opportunity to pay in-state tuition by applying for residency, decreasing their cost of attendance.While the impact of tuition increases on graduate students might be less because of funding subsidies, the burden will be shifted to departments that must cover these costs, Lee said.“The change in funding can affect the caliber of students admitted,” he said, adding that resources might be shifted away from research support for these students. Serena Witzke, a third-year Ph.D. student in the classics department, said she applied for in-state tuition after two years of attending the University.She said she supports equal tuition increases for in-state and out-of-state students as the most fair manner of meeting UNC’s financial needs for the next year. Contact the University Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite setbacks hours before the curtains were raised, performers in Thursday’s drag show decided the show must go on.The drag show, titled “Lipstick and Mirrors: A Show of Gender Transcendence,” featured its first all-student cast after the planned guest act canceled on the day of the production. The twice-yearly shows typically feature numerous professional drag queens perform ing alongside UNC students.“It was even better without the professional headliner. It’s more about the students,” said sophomore performer Brandon Ring. Ring’s stage name is Pepper Colbert.The cast performed to songs from Miley Cyrus to Madonna. To the cheers of the crowd, students donned flashy costumes adorned with feathers, glitter and tassels, and several women showed up in loose-fitting male clothes.Audience members were able to vote for their favorite performers — not by a show of hands, but by waving “drag dollars” from the side of the catwalk during each act to tip them.The drag show was sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance.Senior Justin Natvig, coordinator of the event, stepped up to fill the title of headlining performer. With 12 years of drag experience, the 28-year-old stepped into the role easily.Natvig also said he only agreed to help if the proceeds from the event benefited the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina. This is the first year the event benefited any sort of charity.“We need to create alliances,” Natvig said. “We want to reach beyond the campus.”Emcee Kirsten Hill, a UNC graduate, said the drag show was a safe place for all people.“We got a sanctuary here,” Hill said.Hill also praised President Barack Obama’s recent work on passing hate crimes legislation. The laws provide protection for people in the GBLTSA community.Whitney Cox, a freshman from Las Vegas, said she had never been to any kind of drag event before and enjoyed the experience.“The lines were blurred between the sexes,” Cox said. “I think that was the point.”Contact the University Editor at email@example.com.