Fraternity close to gaining recognition

CHAPEL HILL — Members of a Christian fraternity are one step closer to gaining official recognition from UNC-Chapel Hill after a federal court hearing Wednesday that led to a possible out-of-court settlement.

Federal Judge Frank W. Bullock Jr. set a deadline Feb. 28 for UNC-Chapel Hill and Alpha Iota Omega to reach an agreement on how to change the university’s nondiscrimination policy to include the Christian group. Bullock’s deadline is based on a lawsuit filed Aug. 25 after AIO was denied funding by the school because members refused to sign a nondiscrimination policy. It had wanted to limit membership to Christians.

Patriots on the Hill

CHAPEL HILL — While protesters can still be heard in front of the post office on Monday evenings protesting the War on Terror, some students are attempting to prove that not everyone in this college town agrees.

The Carolina Troop Supporters is a group of college students from UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, and other colleges that have formed a bond to work together to support U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is not a group concerned about the politics of intervention or the United Nations. Instead, the students want to do more to support the troops than place a yellow ribbon magnet on their car.

The group was started by club President Ashley Weeks and came through a discussion that originated in an anthropology course. Weeks said the professor discussed the sacrifices soldiers made to fight and she wanted to do something other thanb to simply say “thank you.”

Student newspaper headline goes too far

CHAPEL HILL – The key of a newspaper headline is to serve, basically, two points. Its first objective is to inform the reader about the context of the story. The second is to grab your attention to entice you to read more than just a few randomly selected words in large font.

Sometimes headlines can be spread across the entire page when the article has major significance, such as during a national tragedy, war, or a major local, state, or national story. Other times, the headline is just a small blurb on the corner of a page.

To the headline writers goes an important responsibility and challenge. The writer is responsible to write compress what could be a 750 word article into five or six words. When dealing with a controversial topic, the headline writer faces the challenge of writing a headline that focus on the story’s importance while showing the proper respect and care for the situation.

“Bake sale” stirs debate

CHARLOTTE — A planned College Republican-sponsored “affirmative action bake sale” at UNC-Charlotte has raised the ire of at least one school official, who said the event is offensive to minorities.

Members of the UNC-Charlotte College Republicans want to set up a booth Feb. 15 to offer baked goods with different prices for various groups of students. This is the third year the group has held the sale. Similar events have been conducted at college campuses across the nation in previous years.

Hayes fights for military recruiters

CHAPEL HILL — Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., was among the leaders of a recent House resolution to express support for the continuation of a federal law that denies federal funding to colleges that do not allow military recruiters on campus. The resolution is in response to U.S. District Court of Appeals ruling in November that struck down the law.

Speeches offer Bush Higher Education Plan

CHAPEL HILL — Though most of the State of the Union address Feb. 2 dealt with reforms to Social Security and spreading freedom throughout the world, President Bush also focused attention on his higher-education goals.

During his fifth State of the Union address, Bush advocated increasing Pell Grant funding as well as providing more funding for workforce training initiatives for community colleges. Both proposals were ways, Bush said, “to make our economy stronger and more dynamic.”

UNC releases “focus growth” report

CHAPEL HILL – Enrollment has increased at seven UNC system institutions that were targeted to improve low enrollment numbers, according to a recently-released report.

Since 1999, enrollment increased at the seven institutions, denominated as “focused-growth” institutions, by 11,777 students, or 36.3 percent. More than $28 million in state funds have been used to increase enrollment through the program.

Tuition Waivers Challenged

CHAPEL HILL – A report released by the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy today challenges the merits of the tuition waiver program at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, while shedding light on academic and administrative concerns at the school.

UNC-CH approves tuition increase

CHAPEL HILL – UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees members voted Thursday to increase tuition for in-state students by $200 and out-of-state students by $950. The approved increase is a lesser amount than what trustees members had considered the previous day.

UNC-CH’s request will join others within the UNC system for a possible vote on tuition increases next month during the Board of Governors meeting on Feb. 11. Board of Governors Chair Brad Wilson has been outspoken in his belief that, after several consecutive years of tuition increases, UNC system students deserve a break.

Wrestling with Title IX

For more than 30 years, Title IX of the Education Amendments has been heralded as the reason for the increase in the number of women’s athletic programs across the country and providing opportunities for women like Mia Hamm to compete on the college level.

While Title IX has provided more opportunities in athletics for women, it has done the opposite for men. A federal guideline intended to prevent discrimination among the sexes in education has done just the opposite in college athletics. Title IX requirements have been used to cut athletic opportunities for men, while at the same time increasing opportunities for women.