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The Daily Tar heel for January 25, 2011

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The Daily Tar Heel
 Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
www.dalyahl.m
tuesday, january 25, 2011 VOLuMe 118, Issue 138
by Sarah Frier
Editor
The company that manages about $2.5 billion of UNC’s endowed funds hasn’tmet its performance benchmarks for twofiscal years.Chief Executive Officer Jon King can’tlet himself get worried.“It’s human nature that when you’reunderperforming you want to do some-thing radical,” he said. “But the worstthing we could do is overreact.”In sharp contrast to the University’sfinancial planners, who are preparingfor immediate and drastic cuts, UNCManagement Co. is charged with lookingfive and 10 years into the future.
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UNC Management Co., which investsthousands of endowed funds that includeprofessorships and scholarships, fell 19.6percent the fiscal year ending 2009 — the“worst year ever for university endow-ments,” King said.In fiscal year 2010, the fund rose6.8 percent, which left it in the bottomquartile compared with similar funds inthe short term.
by Jen SerdeTchnaia
AssistAnt stAtE & nAtionAl Editor
The N.C. Community Colleges Boardpassed a new rule Friday allowing commu-nity college officials on all 58 campuses torefuse admission to applicants they deem aspotential threats to campus security.But state disability rights groups are con-cerned the rule might violate federal law.They say it is discriminatory because it doesnot discern between applicants who mightpose a threat and those who have mental orphysical disabilities that are not dangerous.The rule will be implemented April 1 at theearliest, said Megen Hoenk, spokeswomanfor the board. The process started in August2010.“It would allow boards of trustees to refuseadmission to protect the health and safety oapplicants and individuals,” Hoenk said. Although Hoenk said the rule is not inresponse to any specific incident, its passingcomes on the coattails of the Jan. 8 shootingin Arizona.Policies related to mental health have beenin the spotlight since Jared Loughner, whois being charged with attempt to assassinateRep. Gabrielle Giffords, was found to bementally unstable.Hoenk said individual colleges will deter-mine what they consider a significant immi-nent threat.“This is not a process that colleges wouldtake lightly,” Hoenk said.Because this is part of the state adminis-trative code, all changes have to pass througha state-mandated process, she said.Before it was voted on, the rule hadalready undergone a public hearing, as wellas a public commentary period in the fall,
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by brooke heFner
stAff WritEr
 A Student Congress known for ambitiousreforms to streamline student governmenthas found its latest target.Itself.The rules and judiciary committee of the body will debate a piece of major legislationtonight that proposes a referendum for theFeb. 8 election that, if passed, could abolishthe organization as students know it.Representative and finance committeechairwoman Chelsea Miller drafted the billthis week. It would make the operations of Student Congress more efficient, she said.Miller said she thought of the idea afterspeaking with students who believe thatStudent Congress is inefficient.The bill proposes replacing StudentCongress with two specialized boards. One would address finance issues, includingstudent fees and appropriations to studentgroups. The other would address issues of legislation — changes to the Student Code.The bill proposes repealing the firstfour sections of Article I of the StudentBody Constitution, which is Title I of theStudent Code.It has already met criticism from mem- bers of Student Congress who contend thatthe bill is undemocratic by allowing stu-dents to vote on fewer positions.Under the structure proposed by the bill,12 positions would be elected, 12 would beappointed by the Graduate and ProfessionalStudent Federation and six would beappointed by the student body president.“Is it even a congress anymore when mostof the positions aren’t even elected?” said
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Percentage of UNC Chapel Hill Invesment Fund distributed for spending
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Funds nationally are criticized by Congressfor not letting the institutions they supportspend a high enough percentage of earnings. The board takes this intoconsideration when raising the rate.The rate rise came just before the fundmanagers had to endure the financial crisis andwork to recover from it. In the fiscal yearending June 2009, the fund lost 19.6 percent.
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stAff WritEr
 A proposed change in control of alcohol sales in the state could meana difference in prices and selection of liquor for North Carolinians. Alcohol sales in North Carolina have been under state control for 74 years.But a Republican-led N.C. General Assembly could approve legislationto privatize the system, translating toabout $300 million in one-time rev-enue for the state through the sale of required licenses for businesses. As the state faces a $3.7 billionshortfall, the idea is gaining popular-ity among legislators.But Gov. Bev Perdue strongly opposed privatization last week, saying“the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.”If the state loses control of alcoholsales, it would no longer be able to setprices and decide the kind of alcoholsold in stores.“I believe that’s important to NorthCarolinians that we maintain someregulation over what can be a pow-erful substance,” Perdue said in aspeech Thursday to the N.C. County Commissioners Association.The state has one of the lowest alco-hol consumption rates in the country,and to privatize the system would meanto open more North Carolina stores toliquor sales, she said.“Just because we are in difficult bud-get times does not mean we should for-get the spirit of the people who call thisstate home,” Perdue said.N.C. Rep. Larry Brown, R-Davidson,a member of the House ABC commit-tee, said the decision to privatize wouldnot be a long-term solution to solvingthe state’s revenue problems.“The sale would help the shortfall of our budget, but that’s only a short-termdecision,” he said. Any change in the alcohol systemmight also change the amount peoplepay for liquor.Prices may decrease with a shift toprivatization but could fluctuate inorder for the alcohol retailers to make aprofit, said Tony Dubois, general man-ager of the Orange County ABC board.He also said that if privatization doesoccur, studies show that consumption would drastically increase due to theadded availability of alcohol.Currently, the state has a low alcoholconsumption rate, but the revenues arestill high. With privatization, revenuescould decrease for ABC stores, Duboissaid.“The revenue issue is a hot topic because the social implications of higher consumption would put a strainon social services that could lead to adrop in overall revenue,” he said in ane-mail.But a large portion of the public
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Hoenk said.But Vicki Smith, executive director forDisability Rights North Carolina, said there isno way for colleges to modify their admissionspolicy to ask a question about disability ormental state without violating federal law.“This decision by the board is a discrimina-tory action that leaves the system vulnerableto legal challenges,” she said.Federal law requires administration to refrainfrom any pre-admission inquiries as to whetheran applicant has a disability, Smith said. And the health and safety risk is not definedanywhere in this proposed rule, said SarahPreston, policy director for the American CivilLiberties Union of North Carolina.The proposed rule might also be arbitrarily imposed, and all 58 campuses might admin-ister it differently, she said.“Is someone with Tourette’s dangerous because part of that syndrome is involuntary  vocal outbursts when there is no intention?”Smith asked.Preston said her organization questions whether school administrators are equippedto evaluate medical conditions.She said her organization also suggested inthe fall that students should be able to appeala college’s decision to deny admission basedon the rule.Preston said, “While they’ve been workingon it a while, it seems like they haven’t spentenough time.”
Contact the State and National  Editor at state@dailytarheel.com.
 
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Due to an editing error, the introductory textin Monday’s front page graphic “Servers cited forproviding to underage drinkers” incorrectly stat-ed the number of citations issued between Jan.1and Jan. 18. Thirteen citations were issued.Due to a reporting error, Monday’s front pagestory “UNC to bring imam of ground zero center”incorrectly stated the name of the group that first brought former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo to UNC.The Group was Youth for Western Civilization. Also, the Weil lecture is biennial, not annual.The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the errors.
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 A 19-year-old Wake Forest woman was charged with lar-ceny at 1:47 p.m. Sunday at 157E. Rosemary Street, according toChapel Hill police reports.Katelin Christine Resta wasobserved walking down thestreet carrying a large, interna-tional orange “Road Work Ahead”sign from a nearby constructionzone, reports state. The sign was worth $200. Resta was cited andreleased, reports state.
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Someone assaulted a Domino’sPizza delivery driver, taking $47.77in pizza and $100 in cash at 12:29a.m. Sunday at 720 Pritchard Ave.,according to Chapel Hill policereports.
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Someone was seen runningaway from a closed business upona police officer’s arrival at 1:15 a.m.Sunday at 1801 Fordham Blvd.,according to Chapel Hill policereports.
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Someone smashed the win-dow of a blue 2003 BMW 330XI with a rock between 12:01 a.m.and 8:10 a.m. Sunday at 103 OldFranklin Grove Drive, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person stole clothes and furs worth $400 and a laptop worth$2,000. Damage to the car was valued at $6,900, reports state.
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 A suspicious person stoppedchildren while they were ridingtheir bikes at 1:22 p.m. Sunday at12 Rogerson Drive, according toChapel Hill police reports.
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 A lost debit card was takenfrom a pub and used at a near- by supermarket between 1 a.m.Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday at206 W. Franklin St., according toChapel Hill police reports.
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 A drunken subject waspunching the walls in the Bank of  America plaza at 1:20 a.m. Friday at 137 E. Franklin St., according toChapel Hill police reports.
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Someone did $100 worth of damage to a car door lock between6:30 p.m. Saturday and 6:01 a.m.Sunday at 1749 Dobbins Drive,according to Chapel Hill policereports.
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. Police ticketed a Western Illinois University student for remaining in hisfraternity house for 20 min-utes eating lasagna after a firealarm sounded.Fire and police crews foundthe student during a sweepafter the building had beenevacuated. Alcohol was a factor in theincident, police said.
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ot with your pop? A California man will market a new lineof THC-infused soft drinks that will costup to $15 for a 12-ounce bottle.His won’t be the first pot soda, but he said creativepackaging and branding will set his apart. Sodas inthe line will include the flagship Canna Cola, the Dr.Pepper-influenced Doc Weed, the lemon-lime SourDiesel, Grape Ape and Orange Kush.
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by Chelsea bailey
StaFF writer
Famed New York Times columnist DavidBrooks deviated from his day job as a politi-cal commentator Monday night to discuss what he called the “squishy” side of humancapital: emotional intelligence.Brooks addressed a capacity audience of more than 450 at Koury Auditorium in theKenan-Flagler Business School as a part of the annual Weatherspoon Lecture series.The series allows the business school tohost a lecturer each year, with the purposeof enriching the professional lives of thosein the University community.Throughout his lecture, Brooks stresseda different way of weighing success — by  valuing emotional intelligence over rationalintelligence.“Coming to hear me talk about emotionsis like listening to Gandhi speak about glut-tony,” Brooks joked. “But we are primarily products of our emotions, and we are pri-marily products of things happening belowthe levels of our awareness.”Brooks received $35,000 for the talk througha gift from Van and Kay Weatherspoon. Last year, Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, delivered the speech.Brooks argued cultivating a strong emo-tional intelligence begins at infancy. Headded the pivotal moment in emotionalmaturity occurs when people take controlof their lives and place themselves in a new,more constructive environment.“We’re really good at talking about indi- viduals but bad at talking about the quality of our relationships with people,” he said.Backing his arguments with statisticsfrom psychological studies and cognitiveresearch, Brooks spoke about his new book,“The Social Animal,” which focuses on themind and its development.Though the lecture lacked the in-depthpolitical analysis which came with his on-campus talk in 2008, Brooks did discuss theimplications of emotional intelligence onthe political sphere. The “us versus them”mentality of Congress, Brooks said, is a by-product of a lack of social connection.“They are never there,” he said, intertwin-ing his fingers for emphasis. “This is thedynamic of partisanship in Congress. They are caught in a dynamic where party loyalty and loyalty to the team matters most.” Attendee Louanne Watley said sherespects Brooks even though she does notalways agree with his political views.“He’s fair, and I think he sees the big pic-ture,” she said.“He’s what I call a kind Republican.Senior Stephen Kennedy said he won-dered what effect a model based on emo-tional intelligence would have on insti-tutions like the business school, wherestudents compete fiercely for the bestgrades.“He has a pulse on the actual mood of thecountry, which I appreciate,” Kennedy said. 
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sOCIaL suCCess
by JessiCa Gaylord
StaFF writer
 A local real estate agent is offer-ing a product to educate homeown-ers about alternatives to foreclo-sure, which she predicts will be agrowing problem in Orange County in the coming months.Jodi Bakst, a broker with TeamJodi, a group of real estate experts who specialize in Chapel Hill andDurham properties, created a web-site which lists the pros and consof all the options homeowners have when they default on a mortgage.“Next year, mortgages are goingto reset, and so I’m focusing onforeclosure solutions because weare going to see more numbers inthe short run,” Bakst said. When a homeowner initially takes out a mortgage, interest ratesand monthly payments are relatively low, Bakst said. But when the mort-gage resets, interest rates increase,pushing up payments as well.Lenders repossessed 88 homes inOrange County in 2010, compared to11 in 2007, according to RealtyTrac,an online marketplace of foreclosureproperties that uses public records tolist bank-owned properties in over2,200 counties.Daren Blomquist, spokesmanfor RealtyTrac, said while otherareas were hit harder early in thenational mortgage crisis, ChapelHill will likely see an increase inforeclosures next year as mortgagesreset.“There is a risk that some people who were not hit by foreclosuresearly on will be hit with them now,”he said.Blomquist said mortgage resetsgenerally take place every five years.Of the many foreclosure solu-tions that Bakst has on her web-site, short sales are the best optionfor many homeowners, said TimBurrell, a real estate broker at Re/Max United in Raleigh.Short sales occur when a buyeroffers to pay off the mortgage ona distressed seller’s home for lessthan the balance of the loan.“Short sales used to be such a bur-den,” Burrell said. “You had to hopethat the seller would qualify and thatthe bank would accept them.Now, the short sale process andqualification has become easierfor homeowners, he said. To havea short sale approved, the home-owner must be experiencing finan-cial hardship or be unable to makemonthly mortgage payments.Short sales require more work forreal estate agents but are a good solu-tion for homeowners, Burrell said.“Families maintain their dignity,credit score and are able to buy realestate in two years,” he said. “It takesfive years with a foreclosure.”Short sales are also better for banks because they receive 20 to30 percent of the sale instead of paying heavy fees for foreclosure,Burrell said.Blomquist said the national fore-closure crisis was caused by too many low-income families receiving loansthey could not realistically pay back.The interest rates started low, but went up when the mortgages reset.“Those are the types of loans thattrigger foreclosures,” he said.
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by daniel wiser
StaFF writer
President Barack Obama willaddress the nation Tuesday nightin the first State of the Unionspeech since the election of thenewly divided Congress.Since the Republicans gainedcontrol of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Novembermidterm elections — which Obamadescribed as a “shellacking” forthe Democrats — gridlock has been threatening to take hold of  Washington.In a video posted on his website,Organizing for America, Obamasaid his speech will focus on jobcreation to improve the national9.4 percent unemployment rate,efforts to cut spending and thegrowing national deficit.“My number one focus is goingto be making sure that we are com-petitive, that we are growing and we are creating jobs, not just now but well into the future,” he said. Approval ratings for Obamahave shot up among independent voters. A recent Gallup poll foundObama’s approval rating hasclimbed to 50 percent as a result of his compromise with Republicanson an extension of the Bush-era taxcuts and his agreement there is aneed for more business-friendly regulations.Dustin Ingalls, assistant to thedirector of Public Policy Polling, aRaleigh-based, left-leaning thinktank, said voters now view Obamaas more moderate than liberal.“He is seen as more centrist nowthan in the past,” Ingalls said.Burton Peebles, UNC YoungDemocrats co-president, said heexpects Obama to outline an eco-nomic vision which will reach beyond business policies.“Democrats think there is a way to have an economic recovery thatdoesn’t just represent big business,”he said.Though Obama has expressed a willingness to work with Republicanson reducing the national debt — which currently exceeds $14 tril-lion — he is also expected to pro-pose additional spending on infra-structure and education in order toremain competitive in the globaleconomy. This is a point of conten-tion with Republicans, McClatchy News Services reported.Obama might also utilize thespeech as a springboard for his2012 re-election campaign, butpolitical journalism professorLeroy Towns said it will not havean effect on voters more than a yearfrom now.“I don’t think it will have muchof a lasting impact,” Towns said.Legislators are also using the seat-ing arrangement at tonight’s addressto showcase a bipartisan attitude.In the aftermath of the Arizonashooting involving U.S. Rep.Gabrielle Giffords, some lawmak-ers are heeding Obama’s call formore civil political discourse by planning to sit with members fromthe opposing party, including U.S.Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C. Anthony Dent, chairman of theUNC College Republicans, said hedoesn’t expect the bipartisanshipto last.He stated, “This is purely politi-cal showmanship.” 
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StaFF writer
Last week, the University admit-ted its first round of students forthe undergraduate class of 2015.But combing through the 14,018early applications was not as easy as last year, said Steve Farmer,associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions.That applicant pool — a 7percent increase from last year— marked a record number of first-deadline applicants for theUniversity. A total of 5,104 applicantsreceived acceptance.Despite the University’s contin-ued budgetary woes, Farmer saidhis office was able to attract thatrecord total through increasedrecruiting efforts.“We traveled a lot more this yearthat we did last year both acrossNorth Carolina and across thecountry,” he said.Since 2005, the number of applicants to the freshman classhas increased by 26 percent. With the pending addition of the Common Application to theadmission system, the University could see another increase of  between 15 and 20 percent next year, said Bobbi Owen, chair- woman of the undergraduateadmission advisory commit-tee and senior associate dean of undergraduate education.“Our challenge is going to be toprovide the same level of service toall of the applicants,” she said.Farmer said the number of applicants to UNC has beenincreasing in spite of recent limitsto the admissions office’s capabili-ties.“We’ve had to be a little choosy and we’ve had to be smarter about what we do,” he said.“We think the changes haven’tdiminished the effectiveness,” headded. At least another 9,455 applica-tions were received by the regu-lar deadline, bringing the total to23,473 applications for the 2011school year. Last year, 23,271applied with an acceptance rate of 32 percent. The University offeredearly decision — the binding option— until 2002, before administra-tors abolished it, citing the pres-sure it places on applicants.Early applications must be sub-mitted by Nov. 1, months before theJan. 18 deadline for regular appli-cations. Unlike the early decisionprocess at other schools, studentsaccepted under the early applica-tion are not bound to attend anddo not have to declare enrollmentuntil May 2. Ashley Memory, senior assistantdirector of admissions, emphasizedthe flexibility of early admission.“It’s really early notification,not an early admission program,”Memory said.Despite the increase in applica-tions, the expected enrollment for2011 is 3,990, only 30 more thanthe enrollment for 2010.“Our aim really is not to increaseselectivity,” Farmer said. “We don’tdo things here so that we can turnmore people down.”
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Home repossessions in Orange County
The number of homes repossessed by lenders each year in Orange County hasincreased steadily since 2007. In 2010, lenders repossessed 88 homes.
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Due to an editing error, theheadline on Monday’s page 3 brief “Police officer injured after attemptto arrest a fugitive” incorrectly states who was injured. The fugi-tive, Jerome Thompkins, was fatal-ly shot. No one else was injured.The Daily Tar Heel apologizesfor the error.
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Former student body presidentcandidate Joey Guy withdrew fromthe race Monday citing commit-ments to his fraternity and work.Guy said in an e-mail that he iscommitted to be the pledge educa-tor for his fraternity next year.“I am already committed to bethe pledge educator of my fraterni-ty and also work consistent hours,leaving me with little free time asis,” he said. “Adding this to my plate would be very difficult.
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The University will conduct atest of its emergency sirens Monday  between noon and 1 p.m. as part of its Alert Carolina safety awarenesscampaign. A tone will sound followed by a voice message signaling the test iscomplete.
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The Order of the Golden Fleece will accept nominations through 5p.m. Feb. 5.The University’s highest honor-ary society, the order began in 1904and its members are selected basedupon service to the University “inscholarship, motivation, creativity,loyalty and leadership in academicand extracurricular pursuits.”Juniors, seniors, graduate stu-dents, staff, faculty and alumni who have made significant, lastingcontributions to the University areeligible for membership. Any questions can be directed tothe members of the Active Order atgolden.fleece@unc.edu.
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The American Red Cross is seek-ing blood donations from students,citing an increased demand fueled by inclement weather in the south-eastern United States.Individuals can donate today from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the bus infront of the Student Union.They can also donate Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UNCHospitals, or Monday from 3 p.m.to 7 p.m. at Craige Residence Hall.People who want to donate cansign up at unc.givesblood.org.
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Nourish International, a stu-dent-led nonprofit that partners with organizations around the world and carries out internation-al service trips each year, is nowaccepting applications for its sum-mer program.This year, the group has gone toThailand, Ecuador and Honduras. An information session will beheld at 8 p.m. on Thursday at theCampus Y. Applications are dueJan. 31 for project leaders and Feb.7 for team members.
CiTy Briefs
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Orange County is seeking appli-cants to fill vacancies on the OrangeUnified Transportation Board.Residents on the board pro- vide information and commentson major transportation issuesand provide recommendationsregarding the overall planning andprogramming of transportationimprovements in the county.Cheeks and Little River townshipshave vacancies. Visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards to apply.
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The Chapel Hill Town Councilaccepted a $623,000 grant fromOrange County at its Jan. 18 busi-ness meeting to install a new syn-thetic surface athletic field in placeof the turf softball field.The town will apply for a match-ing grant of $500,000 from theParks and Recreation Trust Fundto provide the local match requiredto use the funds from OrangeCounty.The first step of the project will be the demolition of the grass soft- ball field, followed by constructionof the synthetic surface field.Other renovations will includeimprovements to the parking lot,increased accessibility for the dis-abled, new fences and new sitefurnishings.
-From staff and wire reports

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