By Sharon Nunn
Many North Carolina military veteranshave been plagued by tuition inconsisten-cies in the UNC system for two years, butthe system Board of Governors took a steplast week to fix student veterans’ difficul-ties.The Post-9/11 GI Bill — which providesarmed services veterans with financial aidfor higher education — was changed by Congress in 2011 to no longer cover the dif-ference in out-of-state tuition for veterans.Many veterans who were stationed out of state are not considered North Carolina residents after they leave active service.During last week’s Board of Governorsmeeting, members unanimously passed a resolution from the board’s special military planning committee that requests a policy change from the N.C. General Assembly that would give the board the authority todetermine residency for veterans.“Active-duty members in the armed ser- vices usually don’t start making plans togo to school until a few months away fromexiting active service,” said Ann Marie Beall,the UNC system’s director of military edu-cation.“By the time they come into one of ourschools and say they’re interested in attend-ing, they don’t meet the requirements forin-state tuition and there isn’t enough time by law to change things.”Raiford Trask, chairman of the board’sspecial committee on military affairs, saidhe’s optimistic the legislature will approvethe change outlined in the resolution.“The federal government is going to atsome point pass a bill that mandates that,so I think it’s important for us to determinehow our bills read (before that happens),”he said.Still, the approximately 5,000 UNC-system student veterans using federal benefits will have to wait until the General Assembly convenes in May for a final deci-sion.System President Tom Ross said in a news conference following the meeting last week that he hopes the General Assembly will be open to working with the systemon veterans’ tuition during the legislature’s
By Sara Salinas
A security oversight left bathroom flex passlocks disabled and allowed a man to enter a wom-en’s bathroom Friday at Connor Residence Hall,housing officials said.UNC junior Laura Carroll said she was shower-ing at approximately 3 a.m. when she noticed thata man had entered the bathroom and was watch-ing her through a gap in the shower curtain. Shechased the man out of the bathroom, found theresident adviser and called the police.Director of Housing and Residential EducationLarry Hicks said the bathroom flex pass locks atConnor were deactivated for a group that stayedin the residence hall during the summer and had been disabled since.“They were supposed to be re-engaged, and they were not,” he said. “It just fell under the radar.”Connor is one of a handful of residence halls thatrequires a flex pass to enter not just the building, buta hall bathroom as well. While the flex pass locks onthe exterior doors of the building are working, the bathroom door locks were not operational until 5p.m. Friday, at the insistence of the RAs and policeofficers who initially responded to the incident.“This was just a safety measure that was already in place that wasn’t being used,” Carroll said.Hicks said there are no rules regarding bath-room flex pass locks — but he is working to stan-dardize their use.Housing officials said resident resistance is anongoing challenge to the installation of the locks.Rick Bradley, associate director of housing and resi-dential education, said many students would rath-er go without them. He said students find ways toget around the locks, such as breaking them.“For years, it’s been an ongoing battle to make res-idents aware that they are there for safety,” he said. All requests regarding the activation or dis-abling of flex pass locks are dealt with by the hous-ing support lock shop.“The police officers really emphasized that thatneeded to happen,” Carroll said.This isn’t the first time Carroll has experiencedsafety concerns at Connor Hall. She said the firstfloor sees a lot of outside visitors, some who walk through locked doors by following residents. As a three-time survivor of sexual assault, Carrollsaid she feels relieved to know that the bathroomsare more secure with the reactivated flex passes.“It’s easy to tailgate into a building, you know,people naturally want to hold the door open forthe person behind them,” Carroll said. “It’s hard totailgate into a bathroom.”
By Daniel Wilco
Assistant Sports Editor
As he sat in the pressroom atCarmichael Arena, he was asked torecall when he found out that Sylvia Hatchell, his co-worker of 28 years,had been diagnosed with leukemia.He tried his best to still his emo-tions, but the North Carolina wom-en’s basketball associate head coachcouldn’t help but get choked up. Andrew Calder had been thrustinto directing the team in Hatchell’sstead, but despite the difficulty thatposed, he was focused on his coach.“I got a call from coach Hatchellon Friday night and met with her onSaturday,” he said. “And she told methe situation, that she’s very confidentin us, and hopefully she’ll be back very soon to coach this basketball team.”Monday, 16 days before the team’sfirst game, UNC was thrown a curve- ball when Hatchell’s diagnosis wasreleased and it was announced thatshe would be taking a leave. ThoughHatchell will not be able to take herusual role, Calder said the 61-year-oldcoach is still very involved in the team.“She will be missed,” he said.“However, each year, she evalu-ates the talent that she has comingin and, with her philosophy, putstogether a master game plan for that year. We’re just implementing that
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Employee Appreciation Day on Friday
UNC staff and faculty can join their colleaguesfor the 2013 Employee Appreciation Day from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Student Union andthe Pit. Employees can get a 25-percent discountat Student Stores and attend musical performanc-es in the Pit and a climb of the Bell Tower.
Discussion on Arab uprisings to be heldat Global Education Center next Monday
Thanassis Cambanis will host a discussion,“Arab Uprisings Aren’t Over,” from 5:30 p.m.to 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in the FedEx Global EducationCenter.
Grammy-winning pianist to play at UNC
Grammy Award-winning pianist and conductor András Schiff, one of the most renowned inter-preters of Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann, will perform at Memorial Hall from 7:30 p.m. to9:30 p.m. on Oct. 23. The performance is hosted by Carolina Performing Arts.
— From staff and wire reports
Calder called up in Hatchell’s absence
Associate head coachAndrew Calder will directwomen’s basketball.
game plan. When she returns we will be on schedule.”Calder also said Hatchell receivesa copy of each practice and evaluatesit with him, and she still dictateshow practice is scheduled.But a plan was not the only thingHatchell had prepared. She also took a special interest in making sure herassistants could be head coaches later.“I will remain very much involved with my team and day-to-day opera-tions here at UNC and expect toreturn to my sideline responsibilitiesas soon as possible,” Hatchell said in a statement Monday. “My veteran staff and team will be well-prepared andmeet any challenges until my return.”Calder said that preparation has been something Hatchell has alwaysfelt a responsibility to do — andCalder should know.In 1986, when Hatchell was namedhead coach of UNC, she immediately named him her assistant coach.Calder was promoted to associatehead coach in 2008, and even thoughhe has 28 years of tutelage from a Hallof Fame coach under his belt, he saidhe has never had any inkling to pur-sue a head coaching job elsewhere.“I have not looked to go any- where,” he said. “I have a very closerelationship with coach Hatchelland I love this University, this ath-letic department, everyone associat-ed with this University and I’m very comfortable in my position.”Those 28 years have unavoidably made the two coaches very similar,Calder said. That similarity has reas-sured him in his team’s perseverance.“We both have the same philosophy in how the game should be played,”he said. “I think that’s the main thing. We’re going to continue to play thegame the way she wants the game to be played … I’ve been with her a longtime … and I’ve learned a lot from her,a lot from her, and I’ll just implementthat to (the players) in her place.”
hasbee a assistatcoach der SylviaHatchell for 28 years.He will be directigthe wome’s basket-ball team while sheis battlig lekemia.
ALL’S FAIR IN CAKE, CANDY
Jared Liggins of The Murphy House prepares a pink lemon-ade funnel cake, one of many innovative menu additions.
Matthew Varnadoe of The Murphy House prepares cream cheese icing fortheir deep-fried red velvet Oreos at the North Carolina State Fair on Monday.
One of many new foods offered at this year’s North Carolina State Fair is aKrispy Kreme sloppy Joe. Vendors will be offering a variety of foods.
NC State Fair gets fresh crop of new menu items
By John Howell, Jr.
UNC junior Elizabeth Graham saidthere’s more to the North Carolina StateFair than just deep-fried red velvet Oreosand Krispy Kreme sloppy Joes — and sheought to know.This year’s fair opens Thursday and runsuntil Oct. 27 in Raleigh and will featurenew rides and foods that range from deep-fried candy to flavored funnel cake, along with the annual competitions.Graham has taken her hobby of cake dec-orating to the next level by entering a wed-ding cake into the amateur cake category.“I thought it would be a good place toget professional feedback on what I love todo,” she said. And she’s not the only one takingadvantage of the state fair’s uniqueopportunities.Denise Walker, competitive exhibits direc-tor for the state fair, said general entries haveincreased by 44 percent from last year.“We’ve got the largest increase in theflower and garden department, followed by the 4-H and beer departments,” she said.Graham said hobbies like canning orquilt-making don’t usually get much rec-ognition, but the fair provides the opportu-nity for people to shine.“I think it’s a really important place thatshowcases our state’s talents and abilities,”she said. Wesley Wyatt, manager of the state fair,said he attributes the increased participa-tion to outreach efforts on social media.“People realize it’s a way to show off what they’ve done,” Wyatt said.N.C. Agriculture Commissioner SteveTroxler said he’s proud of the competitionsand exhibits, both new and traditional, atthis year’s fair.“The fair is an educational experience, but it’s also about fun,” he saidBrian Long, state fair spokesman, saidthis year, two new rides will be unveiled.The first is a children’s ride dubbed “TheGold Rush Express,” and the second iscalled “The Rampage” — a ride reservedfor an older crowd and placed in the mostthrilling ride category.Fresh faces on the food menu includepink lemonade funnel cake and deep-friedred velvet Oreos, Sugar Daddy candy andCow Tales — and one of the vendors will be offering something with a differentSouthern feel, Long said.“The Cajun Grill will be adding grilledfrog legs to its menu this year,” he said.Competition participant Graham said because of her friends’ encouragement andthe online advertising of her fair entry, shehas already had three orders placed for wedding cakes.“Something is happening. I’m not sure what it will amount to,” she said.Graham said in the future, she wouldenjoy turning her hobby into a business by owning a bakery or working for someonethat does — but she hasn’t committed totaking it on full time just yet.“Good results would be very welcomeand exciting, but at this point I’m content with what I’ve done,” she said.
Peepingincidentraises lock questions
A bathroom flex pass lock was leftdisabled in Connor Residence Hall.
Veterans might get in-state tuition
The system Board of Governorsis considering the change.
“If they’re paying out-of-statetuition ... they’re still going toincur some debt.”
Ann Marie Beall,
unC-system director of military edcatio
short session.“I think they were interested in it last year, but we need to work with them onhow to structure it in a way that is sensitiveto what the costs will be,” Ross said.Trask said the policy change could costthe UNC system between $7 and 8 million.Despite the cost, Beall said the change is animportant step for veterans.“They thought that at the end (of theirservice) they would have a benefit that would essentially allow them to go to schooland complete a degree debt-free,” Beall said.“And if they’re paying out-of-state tuition,even if it’s just for a year, they’re still goingto incur some debt.“I think it’s important that they be ableto utilize that benefit that they’ve earned tothe fullest extent.”