EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF
“Student Government is our way of leaving our mark on Carolina – making it more
responsive to our needs, truer to our ideals, worthier of our loyalty.”
- JJ Raynor
Table of Contents
A Philosophy of Student Government……………………………………………………………..…..3
Student Body President…………………………………………………………………………………..…..4
Student Body Vice President…………………………………………………………………………..….27
Student Body Treasurer………………………………………………………………………………………45
Student Body Secretary………………………………………………………………………………………54
Chief of Staff………………………………………………………………………………………………..…….56
Chief Information Officer……………………………………………………………………………………62
Accessible Education Task Force…………………………………………………………………………73
Carolina North Student Task Force……………………………………………………………………..80
Distinguished Speakers Series….…………………………………………………………………………82
First-Year Focus Council…....……………………………………………………………………………….94
Minority Affairs and Diversity Outreach……………………………………………………………..97
Public Service Advocacy…….…………………………………………………………………………….…99
Spring Music Festival….………………………………………………………………………………….…101
Student Body Outreach….……………………………………………………………………………..…102
Technology and Web….………………………………………………………………………………..….106
Town and External Relations…………………………………………………………………………….112
Transfer Student Task Force...………………………………………..….…………………….………114
Addendum A: Eve Marie Carson Memorial Garden Letter………………………………..120
Addendum B: Garden Letter to Dr. Payne………………………………………………………..122
Addendum C: Virginia Tech Letter of Sympathy……………………………………………….124
A Philosophy of Student Government
It is hard to believe that a whole semester has already come and gone. Time really moves
quickly when you have a lot to do. We have been very fortunate this year to have a lot of
projects for Student Government to work on and an incredible set of committees and external
appointments to work on those projects. In this report you will read updates on what we did
this summer and also about brand new projects that we have just begun. The goal of this report
is to give you a better idea of what Student Government has been doing for you.
You will find tons of detail in these pages. If you have any questions about what you read here
or would like to get involved, let us know! We would love to talk to you. Besides just an idea of
what we do, we hope this report will also give you a better idea of who we are and what the
philosophy behind our administration is. Each section of this report once again contains a
philosophy statement from the officer or chairs who wrote it.
My philosophy as always remains that students should take ownership of their university, that
Carolina will be and can be better for the contribution of each student who walks through her
doors. In entrusting their education to Carolina, students have a right to see Carolina live up to
the highest of their ideals. Those ideals will only be met when students take it upon themselves
to own their experience at Carolina and not only demand but make Carolina all that they expect
it to be.
I am incredibly grateful for the support that we have received from our fellow students and
from two university administrations and chancellors. So much of what we have been able to
accomplish has been done with the help and mentorship of the university community.
We spend long days and long nights working for the students. But you all always make it worth
Hark the Sound!
Student Body President
Board of Trustees
As Student Body President, J.J. has a voting ex-officio position on the Board of Trustees. The
Board of Trustees of the UNC is responsible for the university’s long term strategic vision, policy
guidance, and approval of academic personnel decisions. J.J. serves on the Board of Trustees
University Affairs Committee which is responsible for reviewing all policy matters on campus.
Since April 1st, the Board of Trustees has had four meetings one on May 21-22, one on July 23-
24, one on August 28th, and one on October 24th and 25th.
At the May meeting, J.J. was sworn in as an official member of the Board and made her first
address to its members. In her address, J.J. spoke about the need for Carolina to maintain its
position as the leading public university through a trailblazing commitment to affordability,
access, and opportunity for all. She also highlighted some of her largest platform projects
including: the Carolina Wiki, first year mentoring, personalized advising programs, a diversity
scholars program, and the Coalition for College Access. Topics of interest to students at the
May meeting included a report from the UNC-Tomorrow Commission, a report on the funding
of academic units, and a report to the University Affairs Committee on the proposed advising
The July meeting was an opportunity to update the Board of Trustees on Student Government’s
work over the summer and progress in completing J.J.’s platform points. Particular projects that
J.J. highlighted in her speech included the Carolina Phone-a-thon partnership with Steve
Farmer, the Carolina Connections first year mentoring program, and progress made in putting
course evaluations online. J.J. also spoke about one of the problems facing students that she
hopes her administration will be able to tackle, namely, how to encourage students to access
existing resources for solving conflicts in the classroom. She invited the Board of Trustee
members to participate in what she hopes will be an ongoing conversation with the
In July, J.J. also participated in the Board of Trustees yearly retreat. At this retreat, the Board of
Trustees worked together to identify broad strategic goals for the coming year and to help
Chancellor Thorp craft his priorities for his first few years as Chancellor. These priorities were
announced in Chancellor Thorps’ installation speech on Oct. 1 st. You can read Chancellor
Thorps’ speech here: http://uncnews.unc.edu/news/campus-and-community/installation-
At the August meeting, the Board of Trustees met in special session to consider a redesign
being put forward for the planned Innovation Center. The Innovation Center is meant to be the
first research building built as part of Carolina North. At the previous Board of Trustees
meeting, the Board rejected an earlier plan because it lacked the qualities that were desired in
the first building to be built on the Carolina North site. At the meeting J.J. raised concerns about
how the design changes would impact the building’s LEED certification and environmental
impact. Fortunately, the design changes were mostly cosmetic switching the exterior covering
of the building from red ceramic to red brick. The availability of brick locally actually ended up
reducing the carbon footprint of the proposed design. The much, much more attractive design
was approved at the end of the meeting.
At the October 24th and 25th meeting, the University Affairs committee had its first meeting
under the leadership of its new chair Alston Gardner. The committee looked at the updates to
the advising system, witnessed a presentation about fraternity and sorority life, and talked
about graduate student safety. As a result of that meeting, a committee was formed to look at
graduate student safety on a high level. One of the Student Advisory Committee to the
Chancellor’s graduate students was appointed to that committee. At the full board meeting, the
Board of Trustees heard a presentation about enrollment growth and its impact both on the
quality of our student body and the space needs of our campus. J.J. advocated that the board
work with the Board of Governors and state legislature to reassess whether such growth was
really feasible for Carolina.
You can read more about the Board of Trustees and look at specific meeting agendas on the
Board of Trustees website at: http://www.unc.edu/depts/trustees/
Special Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees:
Carolina – the Best Place to Teach, Learn, and Discover
At the July meeting of the Board of Trustees, Roger Perry, the board’s chair, announced the
creation of a special committee of the Board of Trustees to collect input from the students,
faculty, and staff of the university about how UNC-CH can position itself to become an even
better university in the coming years. As part of its charge, this committee was asked to come
up with strategies for tackling the largest challenges coming our way as a university including
enrollment growth and the coming retirement of large numbers of faculty. Roger Perry named
Trustees John Ellison and J.J. Raynor as the co-chairs of this special committee. The committee
has been asked to deliver its report to the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees at the May
2009 Board of Trustees meeting. This strategic plan will be used to develop both the new
Academic Plan for the university, determine tuition uses, and outline the goals for the next
During the initial phase of the project, Trustee John Ellison and J.J. met with university officials,
faculty leaders, staff leaders, and student leaders to determine how best to approach their
charge and collect input from the entire university. This work included developing an
understanding of current university funding models and constraints, developing web feedback
forms to collect input from the university, and collecting information on how to incorporate the
committee’s work into the university’s academic plan and tuition planning. This preliminary
work was used to inform the open forums and public meetings with students, faculty, and staff
that started in October. John and J.J. will reported on their progress as the September Board of
After talking with the experts, John and J.J. expanded their reach to touch the entire campus
and get feedback from as many sources as possible about what Carolina can do to make it the
best place to teach, learn, and discover. They partnered with the chairs of the academic
departments to hold small discussion groups around ideas from the arts and humanities, the
social sciences, and the sciences. They also partnered with the Employee Forum to hold a forum
for staff members to provide input at one of the Employee Forum’s regular meetings. The
University community has been continuously encouraged to also provide its feedback by
contacting John and J.J. directly or by submitting their feedback through the website at
A large part of J.J.’s focus has been making sure that a large number of student voices are
heard. Working with the Residence Hall Association and the Student Advisory Committee to the
Chancellor, Student Government has held forums in residence hall communities all over
campus. These forums have provided students with an opportunity to get together in small
groups and talk about what they would like to see at Carolina. J.J. also enlisted the aid of the
Student Body Outreach Committee and the Executive Branch Cabinet to reach an even wider
audience by contacting all student organizations about providing input, going to classes, and
challenging their friends to submit input via the website. J.J. has also been working with
University News Services to make a video of students talking about their ideas that will be
hosted on the website and shared with the Chancellor and Board of Trustees.
John and J.J. hosted a large community forum on October 30 th in Gerrard Hall. This forum was
open to all members of the university community. Students turned out in large numbers to this
forum and lined up to share their opinions both with John and J.J. and with the other members
of the university community present at the forum. There was such a large turnout that
additional chairs had to be pulled out to accommodate the extra people. The feedback that
John and J.J. received at the forum was tremendously helpful. Students, especially, revealed
that they were concerned with a number of key themes that the rest of the university was
concerned about. In addition, they also had a real focus on improving the quality of the
academics at Carolina and in creating new and innovative approaches to how we do academics.
The contents of the forum were filmed. J.J. has also been working with Melissa Sowry of News
Services to film student’s ideas for how we can make Carolina the best place to teach, learn,
John and J.J. are still seeking feedback from all over campus for their report. A large amount of
input has been recruited through the website. They are also using survey responses that were
given in the 2008 survey of seniors and sophomores at Carolina.
At the end of November they are going to narrow down the focus on the report to three
strategic areas. They will then spend the spring semester fleshing out specific solutions under
each of these areas.
Tuition and Fees
As Student Body President, J.J. co-chairs the Tuition and Fee Advisory Taskforce with the
Provost and also co-chairs the Subcommittee on Student Fees with Roger Patterson. In both of
these roles, J.J. has been involved in discussions about how to keep the amount that students
pay to attend Carolina low while still paying for the great education that we receive here. Two
goals of J.J.’s approach to tuition and fees this year was to increase predictability and also to
make the tuition process more transparent to students.
Working with the Provost’s office, the Raynor Administration has created an expense report
detailing where the past five tuition increases were spent and what the justification for those
expenditures were. This report will be released around the same time as the final Tuition
Taskforce Meeting. It is hoped that this report will give students more information about where
their tuition goes and what it is used for. The Provost’s office has agreed to compile a document
of its own in the future that will better explain the tuition process to students and the uses of
tuition. This document will be made available on the Provost’s website and Student
One of students’ chief concerns with tuition has been the introduction of greater measures of
predictability. Time to plan for tuition increases reduces the impact of tuition increases on
families. This past year a letter was sent to the families of all incoming students explaining that
tuition would increase this year and giving historical sizes of tuition increases. Working with the
Provost, the Raynor Administration has secured a promise that a similar mailing will again be
sent out next year, but to all students, not just firstyear students.
The Raynor Administration will be holding a tuition forum on November 6 th at 4:00. This forum
will include a representative from the Provost’s office to answer any questions students might
have about how their tuition is used. The input from this forum will be used at the final meeting
of the Tuition Taskforce on November 10th.
One concern that the Raynor Administration has raised during the tuition process this year is
the impact of the financial crisis on the amount of student aid available and the amount of
student need. The Financial Aid Office has seen an increase in the number of students
requesting financial aid and it is projected that the amount of aid needed by individual students
will increase next semester as well. In a normal year, 35% of tuition increases are given to the
Financial Aid Office to hold needy students harmless for tuition increases. Any student who
sees her financial need increase as a result of tuition increases is covered by grant based aid
through that 35% cut of tuition. The Raynor Administration is worried about the ability of that
percentage to fully hold students harmless given the strain on the Financial Aid Office’s budget.
General Alumni Association
As Student Body President, J.J. serves on the General Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
Her role on the Board is to represent the interest of current students and young alumni. The
General Alumni Association has had two meetings this year one on June 20th and 21st, and a
second meeting on October 3rd and 4th. At the most recent meeting, J.J. updated the General
Alumni Association Board of Directors on the Eve Marie Carson Junior Scholarship and enlisted
their aid in informing other alumni. The General Alumni Association has been a great partner in
publicizing and fundraising for the scholarship.
There are three other undergraduates who represent students on the GAA Board of Directors.
They are the President of the Senior Class, the Editor of the Daily Tar Heel, and the President of
the Order of the Bell Tower. To read more about the General Alumni Association, please visit
their website at http://alumni.unc.edu/
Student Body President Reunion
At the behest of the group of past Student Body Presidents who returned to Carolina to honor
Eve, J.J. has been working with Doug Dibbert of the General Alumni Association and Vice
Chancellor Margaret Jablonski to host a reunion of Student Body Presidents and other former
student government officials. It is hoped that this group will begin the work of updating the
history of student government and will serve as a resource for future Student Government
administrations. J.J. has been working to schedule a date in the spring when all of the former
Student Body Presidents can meet with Chancellor Thorp and hear his views on the university.
The Raynor Administration also hosted an open house for former student body presidents on
installation day. Several generations of student body presidents were able to come by and visit
with the current administration’s officers. It was a great opportunity for the Raynor
administration to learn what the issues were for other administrations and what strategies
those administrations found successful.
Welcoming New Students
A very special part of J.J.’s work this summer was welcoming new students to Carolina and
introducing them to student life at Carolina. J.J. and Todd, between the two, spoke at all of the
summer orientation sessions for new students and transfer students. Their comments focused
on their own experiences at Carolina and how new students can and should feel empowered to
make their time at Carolina what they want it to be. J.J. also spoke to groups of incoming
students at the Campus Y’s Carolina Kickoff and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affair’s
Pre-O programs. J.J. also had the distinct pleasure of emceeing Fall Fest and butchering
organization’s names in front of thousands of people. Apologies have been tendered to those
Chancellor Search and Orientation
In March, after the death of Student Body President Eve Carson, J.J. was asked to represent
students on the Chancellor Search Committee. J.J. participated in interviewing the finalist
candidates for Chancellor. The quality and diversity of these candidates were an incredible
credit to Carolina. As part of this process, J.J. looked for chancellor candidates who would work
well for students and understood the importance of quality undergraduate education to the
success of the university. J.J. also drew heavily on the work of the Student Advisory Committee
to the Chancellor Search Committee which collected feedback from students.
After Holden Thorp was selected as UNC-CH’s tenth chancellor, J.J. and her team worked to
orient the new Chancellor Thorp to student life and student concerns at Carolina. On July 1st,
Chancellor Thorp’s first act was to attend an open house breakfast with student leaders. This is
the first time that a new chancellor has placed students at the top of his agenda with such an
obvious interest in the symbolic message conveyed by this choice. At this breakfast, Student
Government presented Chancellor Thorp with a welcome back pack full of items representing
student life and issues of concern to students including a tube of Carolina blue body paint and
Carolina Garden Co-op tomatoes. The Carolina Athletic Association contributed t-shirts for the
entire Thorp family.
Chancellor Thorp has continued working with Student Government to be accessible to the
student body in his first year as Chancellor. Chancellor Thorp and J.J. co-emceed Fallfest and
Chancellor Thorp performed on the main stage with his jazz band. The day after Fallfest,
Chancellor Thorp and J.J. co-led a Summer Reading Discussion for incoming students. Student
Government has also scheduled three fall semester open houses with the Chancellor for
students to voice their hopes and concerns for the University. These Open Houses are
scheduled for September 26th, October 8th, and December 1st.
Labor Licensing Advisory Committee and the Designated Suppliers Program
In March, J.J. met with members of the student organizations Student Action for Workers or
SAW to discuss their continuing concerns over the University’s labor standards and their desire
to see the University adopt the Designated Suppliers. J.J. took those concerns to Chancellor
Moeser to see if a possible resolution could be achieved. J.J. was also concerned that the
progressive student leadership on campus was not very aware of SAW’s efforts or of the
positives and negatives associated with the DSP. Later that month, J.J. arranged the first
meeting between Chancellor Moeser and SAW in five years attended by other student leaders
and the University’s labor and licensing officers. The meeting raised a number of continuing
issues with the DSP and the current enforcement of the University’s strong labor policies. As
follow up on this meeting, Student Government has been exploring a test introduction of fair
traded clothing in Student Stores to gather information on how much more students would be
willing to pay for fair traded items.
The SAW group continued in its demands for immediate adoption of the DSP and began a sit in
of the Chancellor’s office. During this sit in, J.J. worked to make sure the SAW members were
informed of their rights as students and to make sure that the administration respected its
agreement with SAW to let the students sit in as along as they abided by the established sit-in
guidelines. J.J. also supported a change in the mission of the Labor Licensing Advisory
Committee to the Chancellor that would allow that committee to look at the full range of
options for enforcing the University’s labor standards including, but not limited to, the DSP.
Two new students representatives were appointed to the Labor Licensing Advisory Committee
This election is probably one of the most important elections we will see in our life time.
Students at Chapel Hill have been incredibly engaged in this election going so far as to run
campaign offices and spearhead campaign initiatives for local, state, and national candidates.
As engaged as students are on this issue, turning out the student vote was a focus for Student
Government this fall. One concern was that students would not be aware of the restrictions and
timing of Early Voting. Early Voting is the only way that students can vote on campus and also
the only way that students who were not registered in North Carolina could switch their
registration after the registration deadline. Student Government worked with the Chancellor’s
office on an email to the entire campus and a special vote with the Chancellor and Student
Body President. This event is quickly becoming a tradition. In addition, J.J. wrote a guest column
in the Daily Tar Heel explaining the importance of early voting and how students could
participate. Student Government also ran a coordinated emailing campaign to all student
groups about early voting which many of them distributed to their members. Student
Government also did outreach to inform the Greek Community about early voting. One of the
great advantages that students had this year was the Morehead Early Voting site. J.J. also
contacted the Orange County Board of Elections to advocate extending early voting hours on
the last day of Early Voting. Unfortunately, the Board of Elections did not have enough
personnel to extend the hours.
Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee
In addition to the Senior Class President and the Senior Class Vice President, the Student Body
President, the Vice President, and the GPSF President serve on the Commencement Speaker
Advisory Committee. This committee is tasked with finding speakers for both the December
and May commencement ceremonies. The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee held
two meetings this summer one on May 7th and one on June 3rd. The Committee made its
recommendation on speakers to the Chancellor after the June meeting.
This fall, the Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee was able to announced that
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is going to be the May 2009 Commencement Speaker. The
committee felt that Archbishop Tutu’s dedication to human rights and service made him a
natural fit to speak to a class of students that has dedicated a large amount of its time at
Carolina to service. The Committee was very flattered when Archbishop Tutu accepted the
Student Government is in many ways simply the student side of a long tradition of self
governance on the part of the entire university community. This summer, the Executive Branch
of Student Government has made a concerted effort to work with self-governance
organizations on campus representing other parts of the UNC community. On May 20 th, the
Executive Branch Officers attended an Employee Forum meeting with out-going chair Ernie
Patterson. The meeting focused on how students and employees could cooperate around
issues of importance to both communities. One issue that the Employee Forum was particularly
interested in was its literacy program for campus employees. Student Government offered to
help the Employee Forum connect interested students to its literacy program. The Employee
Forum was invited to participate in giving feedback through the Carolina – Best Place to teach,
learn and discover.
Teaching Assistant Appreciation Barbecue
Working with the Graduate and Professional Student Body Federation, the Raynor
Administration has secured a date and a location in the spring to hold an outdoor barbecue
recognizing graduate teaching assistants and their students. The GPSF and the Raynor
Administration are currently securing funding and food options for the event which will be held
at the beginning of April.
Student Grievance Committee
The Student Body President is one of four students who serve as members of the Student
Grievance Committee. This Committee does not normally meet as a committee unless a
grievance is submitted to it for review. Once a grievance is submitted, three members of the
committee – a faculty member, a staff member, and a student – are convened to review the
grievance and hold a hearing. As part of this review process, the committee members are asked
to pay particular attention to potential policy changes or recommendations which could
prevent similar grievance complaints.
North Carolina Association of Student Governments
The North Carolina Association of Student Governments held its first Council of Student Body
Presidents meeting of the year in Burlington on July 13 th. J.J. attended the Council of Student
Body Presidents meeting and was heavily involved in debating the organizations current budget
which will come up for a vote at the August meeting in UNC-Wilmington. J.J.’s primary focus at
the Council meeting was on creating a sound and more representative Association of Student
Governments. This included advocating against the organization’s continued participation in a
national association of student governments which was more focused on political issues in
Washington than on the needs of students and raising the issue of whether ASG would benefit
from a fee reduction.
J.J. has appointed Logan Liles to serve as her permanent delegation to the Association of
Student Governments. This appointment is intended to allow Logan to dedicate his full time to
representing Chapel Hill in the association while freeing J.J.’s time to focus on important issues
for students at Chapel Hill. The Association of Student Governments was notified of this over
the summer and was sent a clarifying memo in October to reemphasize that appointment.
Efforts are underway to address the animosity in the organization towards Chapel Hill. Much of
this animosity is provoked by the leadership of ASG.
While working within ASG, UNC-CH has the benefit of representing students directly to the
Board of Governors and Erskine Bowles. Student Government is currently working with Erskine
Bowles to arrange a listening forum for him at Chapel Hill in November.
Gender Non-Discrimination Policy
As one of his last acts as chancellor, Chancellor Moeser added gender to the university non-
discrimination policy. This policy change is currently working its way through the final approval
processes and is expected to take affect in the fall 2008 semester. This policy change has a
number of potential implications for students especially in terms of gender neutral bathrooms
on campus. University counsel is still determining what all of the implications of this policy
change might be. J.J. and her officers have been working with Student Affairs to determine
what these implications might be and how best to introduce students to the new language.
Student Government first learned that the Town of Chapel Hill was considering shutting down
the annual Halloween celebration this year at a community forum this summer. Town Manager
Roger Stancil spoke with J.J. about her opinion. She informed that town that if Franklin St. was
closed then the resulting celebrations on Rosemary St. would probably be just as fun. Instead,
she recommended that the town, University, and students work together to make Halloween
safer rather than end it. In looking at how best to make Halloween safer, J.J. agreed that
reducing the number of non-student visitors to the celebration would have a significant impact
on the safety of the celebrations. One important concession that Student Government sought
from the town was the ability to move students easily both to and from Halloween on Franklin
St. Working with Chapel Hill Transit, Student Government was able to keep the SafeRide buses
running all evening to take students to and from Halloween.
In addition to working with the town on ways to keep Halloween while making it safer, the
Raynor Administration worked with the Dean of Students to introduce a peer spotter system on
Halloween. These student volunteers helped find students in need of medical assistance and
alert the appropriate authorities to respond to their needs.
Accessible Education Taskforce
On May 30th, J.J. met with Dr. Stephen Farmer, Director of Undergraduate Admissions to
discuss options for increasing access to UNC-CH for underserved students in North Carolina.
One idea that came out of this conversation was to develop a program in which UNC students
call old high school teachers to publicize UNC-CH’s commitment to affordability and the
Carolina Covenant. Working with Dr. Farmer’s office and the Accessible Education Task Force,
this idea developed into a phone-a-thon that would use a massive student effort to reach high
schools across North Carolina and out of state.
The goals of this phone-a-thon would include publicizing financial aid options and programs
such as Carolina Covenant, engaging UNC students and high school teachers and administrators
in college affordability and accessibility efforts, and promoting Dr. Farmer’s new Carolina
College Advising Corps program. Generating excitement among UNC students to participate in
the phone-a-thon will prove essential to the success of the program. Efforts are underway to
begin promotion on campus, with the goal of influencing this year’s round of applications.
Student Government hopes that focused efforts in these areas will produce a sense of optimism
in North Carolina’s underserved youth that college is well within their sights.
For more updates on the Carolina phone-a-thon please see the Accessible Education Taskforce
section of the October Report.
One of the greatest resources for the arts on campus is the Ackland Art Museum. Celebrating
its 50th anniversary this year, the Ackland Art Museum has introduced a new free student
membership policy. This policy will allow all students to gain access to backstage tours of the
museum, special exhibits, and signature events including yoga lessons in the art galleries. On
July 17th , Skylar Gudas, Co-Chair for Arts Advocacy, and J.J. met with the director of the
Ackland and her team to talk about making the Ackland more of a resource for students on
campus. Ideas generated at the meeting included using the Ackland’s space to host meetings by
cultural student groups, hosting a career tour of museum jobs, and featuring work with Carolina
J.J. has been working with the Arts Advocacy Committee to advocate for more performance
space for students. Through her position on the Carolina Union Board of Directors and her
meetings with Dr. Jablonski, VC of Student Affairs, J.J. has been advocating for more practice
space for students groups in the bottom of the union after the union renovation.
Carolina Advocacy Officers
Carolina has been able to maintain low tuition levels in comparison to other public universities
thanks to the incredible support it receives from the North Carolina State Legislature. An
integral part of UNC’s success with the state legislature is the Tar Heel Network – a statewide
network of loyal UNC supporters who advocate with the legislature on behalf of UNC. Each
summer, the Tar Heel Network organizes a legislative reception for the state legislatures who
have supported UNC in the past year. This year, on June 4th, J.J. and Todd traveled to Raleigh to
participate in the legislative reception. At the reception they had the chance to speak with
legislatures on a range of issues from tuition to admissions to campus safety.
Center for Latina/o Studies
After a year’s work of research with students, faculty, and staff from all corners of the
University, the Carolina Hispanic Association and Student Government teamed up to propose a
new Center for Latina/o Studies on campus to Chancellor Moeser. This Center would serve as a
beacon for the State in recruiting the best Latina/o faculty, staff, and students to our state
universities. It would also act a research center for the field of Latina/o Studies as well as an
academic and cultural center for students and faculty on the UNC campus. The Student
Advisory Committee to the Chancellor in cooperation with the Carolina Hispanic Association
requested that the Chancellor charge a task force to examine the need for such a Center on
campus and determine the best and most practical uses for the betterment of the University
and the State. Chancellor Moeser responded favorably citing “the next logical step for the
future of the University.”
As of Fall 2008, Student Government continues warking ot to work with Chancellor Thorp and
Provost Gray-Little to determine if a Center for Latino/a Studies is necessary to serve the needs
of the Latino students on campus and how to make other student comfortable on campus. A
taskforce was created that has been charged to look at the university’s needs for a multicultural
and determine whether a Latino/a Studies Center is needed. J.J. serves on the taskforce.
Student Alcohol Advisory Committee
In the Spring of 2008, the Office of the Provost charged a Campus Alcohol Task Force to
reexamine the campus alcohol policy and update it to current national standards and best
practices. The Campus Task Force, made up of faculty, administrators, community members,
local police, and university counsel, approached students to solicit their feedback and
recommendations on the revised policy. The Student Alcohol Advisory Committee, a student-
founded student led sub-committee of the Campus Alcohol Task Force, falls under the auspices
of the executive branch of student government and meets with members of Office of the Dean
of Students and Counseling and Wellness to make their voices heard on the soon-to-be
implemented revised alcohol policy at UNC.
Currently, the draft of the Campus Alcohol Task Force report to the provost is moving through
the administration awaiting approval. The Student Alcohol Advisory Committee plans
reconvened in September 2008. For more information, visit www.unc.edu/studgov and click
under “Special Committees” followed by “Student Alcohol Advisory Committee.” The Dean of
Students Office is working with Student Government to provide further feedback on what
potential policy changes might look like.
Technology shapes the way students experience their time at Chapel Hill. In many ways, the
UNC homepage and the other university webpages function as a virtual image of Caorlina.
Many changes are being made both to the homepage and the software that underlies it. On
February 29th, J.J. attended the first demonstration of the new registration system being
purchased under the Enterprise Resource Planning Process. This new system of registration will
feature a backpack system of choosing classes and a tool that will help students plan their class
schedules a few semesters in advance. A mid-summer ERP update meeting was held on June
24th at which point the committee agreed to hold more frequent updates during the regular
school year when more students are around.
Already during the fall semester the ERP group has met two times and a third meeting for the
semester is being scheduled. The ERP advisory group met on September 12th and October 21st.
These meetings were used to gain greater access to information about implantation decision
impacting students. The ERP implementation group agreed to work with Student Government
to collect student feedback on the areas that were considered to have the most impact on
students. These areas include the student portal to the website, the new student central, and
the application site. To read more about the Entreprise Resource Planning Process visit this
A number of J.J.’s technology platform points involve the student life side of technology. Many
of the existing student life services are run out of Brian Payst’s office as Director of Technology
and Systems Support for the Division of Student Affairs. On March 17 th, J.J. met with Brian to
talk about some of her key platform points including the creation of a Carolina Wiki, even
informational listservs, student organization website upgrades, and changing how we do SLICE.
The conversation was incredibly positive and Brian was a huge help in talking about the
platform points J.J. came with and also some of the projects the he was working on. Brian, J.J.,
and Todd met with Brian again on June 18th to follow up on topics discussed at the March
meeting. At the June meeting, Brian agreed to create event specific listservs to announce
upcoming events to a wider range of students than the average student group listserv. Brian
also agreed to establish the Carolina Wiki and program onyen authentication for the Wiki as
part of a deal with Student Government to buy a new server. The money for this server was
secured at the first meeting of Congress in October. The new server will be used to house all
upgraded student organization websites, the Carolina Wiki, and other projects including
potentially the UNC Forum being developed by Mike Mallah and Monji Dolon. Student
organizations’ websites have all been switched over to the new Joomla program. Students
groups that were impacted by this change were contacted in advance. Groups that had
concerns about how their websites would be impacted were offered consultation from Brian
Payst’s office. You can visit the UNC Forum site at http://www.uncforum.com
On October 20th, J.J. and members of the Web and Tech Committee met with Chief Information
Officer Larry Conrad, Vice Chancellor for University Relations Nancy Davis and other members
of their offices to discuss the informational email policy and the ability of students to use
information emails to learn about student life and events. That meeting resulted in an
agreement that ITS will work to retool the informational email system to provide to email
listservs: one for research and one for student life announcements. Students will be able to opt
out of research emails without having to opt out of student life emails. The program behind the
informational email system is a complex system that will take time to retool, but ITS has
committed to getting a team to work on this project.
Another important technology platform point was the need to replace the existing webmail
system with a new email system that featured Gmail like applications. Before the end of the fall
semester, the Executive Branch Officers and the Technology and Web Committee met with
Larry Conrad, UNC’s Chief Information Officer, and his cabinet to discuss technology issues
affecting students. One issue that Larry resonated with was the creation of a new webmail
system. The option of simply switching to Gmail for university accounts was discussed, but
developing a new system internally was considered the better option. On May 28 th, J.J. and
Todd met again with members of Larry Congrad’s office to talk about the new webmail
application in the context of a UNC Unified Messaging System. The Unified Messaging System
would not only give students a better webmail application, it would also allow them to access
their information on a variety of device and send and receive information between those
devices freely. For example, a student might be able to leave a message on a voicemail which
would get converted to text and sent to another student’s email.
J.J. and members of the Web and Tech committee met with Larry Conrad and members of ITS
on November 3rd to discuss email outsourcing options. Since the original meeting in May, ITS
has been working with the Web and Tech committee to investigate various outsourcing options
and the preferences of students. They reported on the results of their initial investigations into
the various email outsourcing options on the market and the ability of each of these options to
provide a high quality email client with Gmail like applications and secure the privacy and
stability of student email. J.J. and members of Web and Tech then presented feedback to ITS on
how the proposed solution would impact students. Several ideas were suggested including
providing a superior email client that would allow students to partake in a high quality
collaboration suite and campus calendar while providing more support for students who would
like to forward their emails to a gmail account. ITS presented a proposed timeline for
implementation that culminated in a trial of the new email system in June 2009.
The UNC main website http://unc.edu is the portal through which much of the outside world
views UNC-CH. It’s also the primary resource for students looking to get information about
everything from student life on campus to academics to emergency resources. The current
layout and design of the website does not make it easy for students to access information
about the University’s resources. On August 15th, J.J. and Todd met with two representatives of
Capstrat Consulting, the group that the University has hired to redesign the existing website.
This meeting was a great opportunity to discuss important features of the new website from a
student perspective. J.J. and Todd emphasized that the website needs to be easily navigable
with fewer and more logical menu arrays. The option of having a student specific portal that
would give students immediate access to their most commonly used websites in a way that
would avoid the pitfalls of My.unc.edu and the possibility of having seasonally varying content
were discussed. Another big idea that J.J. and Todd pushed for was the creation of a level of
standardization in department websites. They emphasized that it is difficult today for a student
in one major to navigate another major’s webpage because the departmental webpages are
nothing alike and often do not have some of the most essential information like contact
information. Todd and J.J. also pushed for a website redesign that would be less static and
automatically updating so that out of date information would be less common. The Capstrat
team was very helpful and was interested in garnering holding other student workshops in the
The Capstrat committee recently finished the input collection phase of its rebuild of the
university website. A campus wide committee has been created to focus on the website
rebuild. This committee has its first meeting scheduled on November 6 th.
ITunesU is a great resource for students and student groups who want to gain access to
academic and programming content via the web. Student can listen to lectures from classes at
UNC and other universities for free through the ITunes Store. Over the summer, J.J. worked
with the Carolina ITunesU implementation team to develop a way for students to post their
own content to ITunesU. The hope was that student groups would be able to use ITunesU to
showcase their events, record the speakers they bring in, and create podcasts talking about
their groups and their causes. This July the Carolina ITunesU page had its official launch. As a
result, the page was finally available for public views and space was created for students to post
content. Students wishing to post content on the ITunesU page should contact the Tech and
Web Committee of Student Government.
Town and External Relations
The University has been very fortunate in recent years to have had a supportive relationship
with the Chapel Hill Town administration. Mayor Kevin Foy has been a big ally for students and
has assisted Student Government to address student concerns with the town including
improved lighting and homelessness. Soon after being elected in February, J.J. met with Mayor
Foy to talk about the creation of the C2C (Chapel Hill-Carrboro shuttle), Franklin St.
development, improved lighting, and student involvement with the town. On April 2nd, J.J. met
again with Mayor Foy to talk about town safety. Mayor Foy was incredibly supportive both of
the blue light project, the need for increased lighting, and the creation of the C2C.
On May 27th, J.J. and Ashley Harrington, co-chair of the Town and External Relations
Committee, had the opportunity to meet with a group of Chapel Hill and Carrboro community
leaders at the invitation of longtime local radio host Ron Stutts. This meeting included
representatives of the police departments of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, representatives of the
local school systems, a representative of the District Attorney’s office, and a representative of
parks and recreation. Roger Stancil, the Town Manager, was also present at the meeting. The
conversation that ensued was a great opportunity to learn about the interests and needs of
permanent town residents. During the discussion, the police officers from Chapel Hill and
Carrboro were very frank about the need for more police officers in both jurisdictions.
One large community building project that Student Government worked on with the town and
representatives of the Dean of Students’ office this summer was the Good Neighbor Initiative. A
Student Government tradition, the Good Neighbor Initiatives welcomes new off-campus
student residents to three neighborhood areas in Chapel Hill. These neighborhoods are mixed
student and permanent resident housing. Each off campus student resident in these
neighborhoods receives a reusable grocery bag stuffed with contact information for local
services, maps of Chapel Hill, and information about how to be a good neighbor to some of the
permanent residents in those areas.
This year, as a special addition to the bags, J.J. included a letter advertising early voting and one
stop registration and Tom Koester, co-chair of the Town and External Relations committee,
developed a quick guide on tenant rights in cooperation with Student Legal Services. There
were three Good Neighbor Initiative planning meetings this summer: one on May 29th, one on
June 26th, and one on July 24th. On August 18th, the Executive Branch Officers delivered the bags
to students in teams with Chapel Hill Police Officers, representatives of the Dean of Students’
Office, representatives of Empowerment, and other town members.
This year’s Good Neighbor Initiative also included a special Block Party to welcome students to
the neighbor hoods and give students a chance to meet permanent residents and police officers
from their area. The Block Party took place on Sept. 13th at the Hargraves Community Center.
The Dean of Students Office is provided money for food and Student Government lined up
performers for the event. All students were invited to come, eat some great food, and enjoy
meeting their neighbors. Before the Block Party, 200 volunteers from the Inter-Fraternity
Council did a clean-up sweep of local neighborhoods. The Block Party also served as a great
opportunity for students to become familiar and comfortable with Chapel Hill police.
J.J. has also worked with the Down Town Partnership to develop a better understanding of the
challenges facing businesses on Franklin St. One insight that Liz Parham revealed is that many
businesses on Franklin St. do not fail because of high rent or lack of customers. Many of the
businesses that have failed on Fraklin St. failed because their owners were not trained a small
business people. Liz and Meg McKirk seemed particularly interested in the idea of using
business students from the university to look over business concepts proposed for Franklin St.
and to use student forums to give feedback to businesses who hope to have a college clientele.
J.J. also participated in the Down Town Partnership’s campaign to limit cigarette litter on
One need that became readily apparent during the Good Neighbor Process was the need for
more resources to teach students about their rights and responsibilities when they move off
campus. Meeting with employees of the Department of Residential Life and Education, Student
Government proposed the creation of an information packet that will be mailed to all students
moving off campus in the spring. The Department of Housing and Residential Education agreed
to send the information to students when they decide not to renew their on campus housing in
the spring. The Town and External Relations committee has been preparing the contents of the
To read more about the Blue Lights/Lighting Project and lighting tours with a Town
Councilmember, please read the University Services Section on Safety.
Transfer Student Task Force
The lot of transfer students has improved dramatically in the past year thanks to the great work
of the Tar Heel Transfer Association. Transfer students now have greater access to mentoring
and transition programming when they reach Carolina. For the first time, this year T-Links
mentors were present for the full duration of Transfer Student Orientation. However, transfer
students still face difficulties in receiving credit for their work done at other schools and in find
an option that suits them in on campus housing. On March 28 th, J.J., Todd, and Alisa Eanes, past
president of the Tar Heel Transfer Association, met with Larry Hicks, director of Housing and
Residential Education. The meeting was held to discuss ways of improving residence hall life for
transfer students. At the meeting, Larry agreed to open up blocks of housing on north and mid-
campus to test how well transfer students were able to adjust to mid-campus versus south
Many students have expressed their concern about safety at UNC. When discussing how to
keep our students safe we have to consider both on campus and off campus safety. This
summer, J.J. and her team have been working on ways to keep Carolina students safe in both
locations. Here is a list of some of these projects and a brief explanation of each.
Personal Safety Workshop: In October, J.J. coordinated a meeting between Chief
Mccracken, Dean Exum, and Dean Crisp to talk about creating greater
coordination of new safety initiatives and addressing student concerns about a
possible crime wave and increased threats to their safety. This meeting was very
productive with all groups sharing information about projects they were working
on that the others were not aware of. The end result of this meeting was a
commitment to hold a personal safety workshop to discuss the status of both
current safety initiatives and to identify programmatic priorities for personal
safety over the next year or so. This meeting will be held on November 24th.
Representatives of the Town, Department of Public Safety, Dean of Students,
and the Student Government Safety and Security Committee will be in
attendance. The fall workshop will be followed by a public workshop and forum
in the spring to address progress on these issues and invite additional student
In preparation for the November Personal Safety Workshop, Student
Government held a meeting for all external appointments working on personal
safety issues. This meeting was intended to facilitate communication among the
student members of the various committees on campus working on security and
safety issues. Discussion has begun on incorporating the externally appointed
Safety and Security Committee into the Cabinet in future years. The Safety and
Security Committee has identified a set of objectives for this year including
developing more crime prevention and education initiatives and facilitating
communication between the various departments responsible for providing
personal safety for students.
Lighting Tour: On October 28th, Student Government participated in the annual
fall lighting tour. Student Government had requested that a significant portion of
the lighting tour be dedicated to the recent changes to the lighting on McCorkle
Place. The new lighting is significantly darker than the lighting that was there
before. When the lights were first installed this summer, Student Government
contacted Carolyn Efland’s office to ask about the installation and if plans were
in place to increase the lighting. At that time, Lighting Services was instructed to
double the number of light fixtures on the quad. Unfortunately, the increased
number of fixtures still did not provide sufficient lighting. The shift away from
sodium lights towards white lights with drop lenses concentrating their glow on
the ground directly below the light and not the surrounding area created dark
areas that were impossible to see.
At the lighting tour, Student Government and the Department of Public Safety
spoke against the recent lighting changes. Both felt that the lighting harmed the
personal safety of students walking on McCorkle place at night. Chancellor Thorp
also attended the lighting tour and agreed with the assessment of the lighting.
J.J. and Chancellor Thorp will continue to discuss ways to improve the lighting.
Higher wattage lights are currently in testing phases and may be introduced to
Alert Carolina: Alert Carolina (http://alertcarolina.unc.edu) is the single greatest
resource the University has for notifying students of a developing campus crisis.
By registering their phones with the Alert Carolina system, students can receive
emergency text messages with specific information about how they can protect
themselves. During the emergency, during an emergency text messages and
campus wide emails will be sent out, sirens stationed in three locations across
main campus will sound, and the Alert Carolina page will broadcast information
through the unc.edu homepage.
A critical part of Alert Carolina’s ability to notify students in the event of an
emergency is having students’ phone numbers in the system. Student
Government has worked with the Office of University Relations to publicize this
aspect of Alert Carolina. Student Government manned pit tables during the first
week of school where they signed people up directly to receive text messages.
Student Government also created a Facebook publicity group that directs
students to the Alert Carolina website to register their cell phone numbers. In
September the siren system was successfully tested. Student government held
additional publicity events around that test. To increase student registration, a
button for registering with Alert Carolina was added to the page students see
when they change their onyen password.
Blue Lights and Additional Lighting: The project to expand lighting in key
student-pedestrian neighborhoods off campus and to introduce blue lights to
some of the more frequented nighttime paths began under the Dearmin
Administration. This plan was based off of nighttime walking tour assessments of
lights and data on frequency of attacks against persons released by the Chapel
Hill Police. In 2006, the Allred Administration presented a proposal to create
these additional lights with student fee money to the Town Council. As a result,
the next year the Carson Administration transferred $80,000 to the town council
and worked with the Chapel Hill Police Department and Town Traffic Engineer to
determine the exact locations for the lights.
On May 5th, 2008, the Raynor Administration and representatives of the three
previous administrations presented the Carson blue light/lighting location
proposal to the Town Council. This proposal passed unanimously with the Town
Council on the condition that the third lighting location would be determined
later. At the meeting, the Town Traffic Engineer speculated that the town would
be able to present the proposal to the Historic District Commission at its June
meeting. However, that date was later moved back because of the town’s
internal workload and the need for more specifications in the application.
In the meantime, the Raynor Administration worked with Sergeant Jack Terry
and Town Traffic Engineer Kumar Nepali to develop a new location for the third
blue light. On June 13th, the Raynor Administration met with the Chapel Hill
Police Department at a meeting attended by Police Chief Curran to discuss town
crime statistics and which neighborhoods would be likely recipients of a blue
light. On June 20th, the Raynor Administration went on a scouting expedition
with Sergeant Terry and Kumar Nepali to find likely electrical sources in the
neighborhoods that had been identified. The team decided that Merritt Mill was
the best location for the third blue light. With specification pictures and a map
developed by the town engineers, the Raynor Administration did a walk through
of the 150 houses nearest new blue light sight. During this walk through, J.J. and
Todd distributed fliers and answered resident questions. The feedback from this
walk through was overwhelmingly positive.
In September, J.J. and Pedro went with Sergeant Jack Terry to get an updated
estimate on the blue light installation. Some of the costs associated with
installing the lights, e.g. the price of copper wiring, had increased significantly
since the project was started three years ago. Fortunately, plenty of cushion was
built into the fund and the cost increases were accommodated within the
budget. Student Government is waiting on final word from Kumar Nepalli about
the installation of the lights.
In preparation for the results of the Historic District Commission meeting in
August, Sergeant Terry requested a new estimate from the contractors who
would install the lights for the three proposed locations. On August 14 th, the
Raynor Administration and the Town presented the blue light proposal and the
proposal for additional lighting to the Historic District Commission. The blue light
locations passed at the meeting and the Raynor Administration is working with
the Chapel Hill Police Department to determine a date for final installation. The
additional lighting on Rosemary based with a recommendation on the color of
the additional lighting. The lighting that was slated for McCauley was sent back
to the town engineer for review and was represented at the October meeting of
the Historic District Commission. In preparation for the October meeting of the
Historic District Commission, J.J. and Dean Blackburn of the Dean of Students
met with a group of McCauley residents for a three hour discussion of the
lighting fixtures and a nighttime tour of their existing fixtures. Kumar Nepalli,
Town Lighting Engineer, was also present for that meeting. Following the
meeting the McCauley district association voted to approve the lighting
recommendation. Student Government is waiting to receive final word on the
installations from Kumar.
The Raynor Administration also held a special late night walking tour for Town
Councilmember Matt Czkajwoski on August 14th, after the Historic District
Commission meeting. Matt was interested in discovering what nighttime Chapel
Hill and particularly Franklin St. is really like. For three hours, Student
Government officers walked around Chapel Hill and showed Matt the areas that
students report as the most unsafe. The group routinely came across areas that
lacked street lighting or had lights that were perpetually unlit. At the end of the
evening, Matt promised to take his observations back to the rest of the Town
Council. Student Government hopes that more Town Council members will take
advantage of the Executive Branch’s offer to give them a tour of what the night
looks like from a student perspective.
Transportation Initiatives: Students report that their greatest concern about
safety is when they are coming to and from campus in the evening. This feeling
of insecurity limits the amount of time off campus students spend on campus
and impairs their ability to feel as fully connected to the Carolina community as
on campus students. Student Government and the Dean of Students have been
involved in developing ways to get students safely to and from campus. You can
read more about specific initiatives in the Transportation section. These
initiatives include: revamping SafeRide routes, introducing a SafeEscort System,
releasing the contact info for authorized taxi services, and developing more late
night shuttle routes.
Student Government has been working with Chapel Hill Transit to do the first
ever audit of the SafeRide routes. As a result of this audit, ridership figures have
been collected for the first time on the routes and a regular ridership data report
has been put together by the town for Student Government. After looking at
these numbers, Student Government has made changes to some routes to make
them better serve students. Student Government is in the process of negotiating
a new SafeRide contract with the town of Chapel Hill that will include a rapid
shuttle between Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Rave Guardian System: One program to help students stay safe in getting to and
from campus in the evening hours is the Rave Guardian System. Proposed by
Brian Past, head of Technology for Student Affairs, this system would allow
students to text their whereabouts to the Police and their intended destination.
The system would then track the person’s progress towards that point. If the
system detected a change in the person’s course or that the person did not
arrive in the projected time, the system would check in with the person and then
if no response was made alert the police. Student Government was involved in
conversations with Brian Payst about the implementation of the system over the
summer. Brian received a grant to fund the initial implementation of the system.
Student Government is assisting with publicity for this first year of the new
Bystander Intervention Training: Bystander Intervention Training is designed to
empower ordinary Carolina students to protect themselves and their friends.
Students can prevent many assaults and acquaintance rapes by intervening in
circumstances that do not seem right. However, many times students fail to do
so. The bystander effect is a studied phenomenon where bystanders to an event
choose not to help because they either think someone else will or they do not
know how. Bystander Intervention Training works to overcome bystander effect
by showing students how and why they should intervene to help other students.
This summer, J.J. and Todd worked with Rachel Morales, graduate intern in the
Dean of Students’ Office, and representatives of the Campaign for a Safer
Carolina to develop a set of bystander intervention trainings which can be
customized for different student audiences and communicates its message in a
practical and realistic way. Plans have been discussed to implement the
bystander training more fully once the SARVTE position has been filled. A search
to fill that position is currently underway.
Soon after being elected, on March 25th, J.J. met with Carolyn Elfland, Associate Vice
Chancellor for Campus Services to talk about campus transportation and the plans for the C2C
evening shuttle from Carrboro to Chapel Hill. Carolyn was a great resource for gaining an
understanding of the campus motor fleet and the fee structures for campus vs. town transit
systems. A few days later, on March 28th, J.J. met with Steve Spade, the Chapel Hill’s
Transportation Director and Mayor Foy to go over the possibility of contracting directly with the
town to provide the C2C service. At that meeting, Steve Spade agreed to create a few route and
price projects for a C2C shuttle. Christian Mibelli, co-chair for the University Services
Committee, and J.J. also met with Ray Magyar, the university’s Transportation Planner, and
Wilhelmina Steen, the Assistant Director for Fiscal Services of the Department of Public Safety
on May 20th to talk about the university’s transportation services. These meetings included the
current status of SafeRide and a review of current routes in addition to the C2C.
Steve Spade’s department delivered three initial C2C route plans and projections for Student
Government’s consideration at the end of July. These proposed plans are currently under
review before contract negotiations are opened in the fall semester. The primary concern in
assessing these routes is the frequency of the buses and the cost of each individual route.
The recently signed SafeRide contract was also discussed at the meeting with Steve Spade on
March 28th and at the meeting with Wilhelmina Steen on May 20th. The SafeRide bus program is
paid for through a separate contract between Student Government and the Town of Chapel Hill
that is attached as an addendum to the university’s overall contract with the Town of Chapel
Hill. This services is paid for by students through a student fee. As part of this year’s contract
negotiations, Student Government has been assessing ridership of current routes in hopes of
designing routes that will better fit student needs. Student Government has also recognized the
need for more ridership data to continue to assess the worth of individual routes. Typically, the
town collects ridership data as part of its contract with Student Government. This year’s
contract will include more specific information about what data is desired. Contract
negotiations will being at the end of August.
Student public transportation needs were the topic of a workshop scheduled on behalf of
Student Government by Dr. Chris Payne, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, on
August 5th with the university administrators directly responsible for meeting those
transportation needs. Among the topics discussed at this meeting were a proposed review of
P2P services, additional SafeRide programs, library safety escort services, bicycle services, and
pedestrian safety. Student Government, the Vice Chancellor’s Office, and the Department of
Public Safety will be following up on the action items generated by this meeting in the first
months of the fall semester.
Parking continues to be a large concern for students. Students with special transportation
needs that would require them to have a parking spot on campus are able to apply for hardship
parking at the beginning of the fall semester. Hardship parking allocations are run by the
Hardship Parking Committee out of the Vice President’s office. On February 22 nd, J.J. and
outgoing members of the Hardship Parking Committee met with representative of the
Department of Public Safety to discuss potential changes to the parking services website and
the process of awarding parking passes. The biggest proposed change was abolishing the lottery
permit system used for non-hardship parking passes and replacing it with a first-come-first-
Over the summer J.J. has worked closely with Dining Services, the heads of the Dining Board,
and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affair’s office to focus on improving the quality of food in
the dining halls, creating more food locations on campus, increasing the availability to late night
dining, and making the dining halls more environmentally friendly. J.J. met with Mike Freeman,
Scott BLANK and Fred Bissinger on April 3rd to talk about these issues.
The issue of declining food quality in the dining halls was one of the primary topics for the
meting. Mike and Scott described how last semester Dining Services was short a number of
positions and its chief chef was left splitting his time between the dining halls and the catering
services. This semester several new chef positions have been filled, particularly in the pastry
department, and the head chef is no longer forced to divide his time between the two branches
of Dining Services. The heads of Dining Services feel certain that these changes will return food
quality in the dining halls to pre-2007-08 levels.
Another issue that was discussed at the April 3rd meeting was the need to reduce or eliminate
the use of Styrofoam take out containers. At the April 3 rd meeting, Fred demonstrated a bio-
degradable container that the department had been testing. The one drawback to the
container was that it would not biodegrade if disposed in a plastic trash bag. Dining Services
and Waste Management were unable to devise a realistic means of getting students to dispose
of the biodegradable containers in designated receptacles instead of normal trash bags. On
August 15th, J.J. met with Mike and Scott again to follow up on efforts to reduce the use of
Styrofoam. At that time, Mike revealed a new concept to introduce reusable containers instead
of biodegradable containers. These containers would be sold to students and then returned for
cleaning each time a student wanted a meal to go. Dining Services hopes to implement this
semester in the fall semester and a shipment of the reusable containers has been ordered.
At the August 15th meeting with Dining Services, J.J. discussed long range planning to open
more dining locations on campus and to provide more late night services. To develop concepts
for other dining locations around campus, Dining Services has commissioned an intensive
market match survey of students to uncover what dining ventures would be successful. This
market match survey will launch in September with a special presentation to campus leaders.
The aim of this survey will be to gather the information needed to create a 5 to 7 year dining
One potential new dining location that is under heavy discussion at the moment is the space in
the bottom of the Carolina Union which will be renovated as part of the Union renovation plan.
The Student Life Advisory Committee has been working with Don Luse of the Carolina Union to
suggest appropriate dining venues which could be placed in that space. One of the primary
considerations in developing this space will be to introduce a dining option that does not
replicate options already available from Alpine Bagel upstairs. One option for expanding late
night dining options that was discussed was expanding Alpine Bagel’s hours. This would require
extending the time that the Union is open. The Dining Services team was in favor of expanding
Alpine Bagel’s hours if the Union could be convinced to extend the facility’s hours.
On March 28th, J.J., Todd, and Alisa Eanes met with the Department of Housing and Residential
Education. The primary purpose of this meeting was to discuss the transfer student housing
issues. You can read more about that part of the meeting under the Transfer Student Taskforce
section. The last half of the meeting focused on the use of residential education programs to
enhance student learning and quality of life at UNC. In particular, the idea of turning Carolina
101, a course designed to educate students on how to navigate the university, into a residential
education program was discussed.
University of North Carolina Tomorrow
UNC Tomorrow is an effort initiated by Erskine Bowles to address how the campuses within the
UNC system will respond to the most pressing issues in the state of North Carolina over the
next 20 years. Each of the 17 institutions within the North Carolina system was charged with
the task of how they specifically will contribute resources, projects, and ideas to these
problems. Mike Smith, Vice Chancellor of Public Service and Engagement, led Phase One of
UNC Tomorrow in late spring and early summer at UNC-Chapel Hill by conducting forums and
surveys to obtain input about the issues of the state and how the university could respond to
these issues. Ultimately, this team of people at UNC-Chapel Hill issued a final report detailing
A part of this final report was a student response facilitated by Chris Belhorn from the Executive
Branch of Student Government. This section highlighted a few key projects that students
particularly would initiate and complete. Student government started this process by gathering
input from other student leaders on campus, including the Student Advisory Committee to the
Chancellor and the Student Leadership Advisory Committee. Student government then
narrowed down all of the ideas and projects to two main initiatives: a taskforce to explore a
Center for Latina/o Studies on campus and a Public Service Database.
The Center for Latina/o Studies will focus on issues of academics, research, and service, and will
provide a centralized location for resources. One of the results that students hope this Center
will bring is the attraction of more Latino/a graduate students and faculty to UNC-Chapel Hill.
Students hope that this center will make a statement that UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to
collaborating with this growing population, and addressing the needs of the population going
forward in the next few years.
Currently, there is no centralized place online or on campus for students to find opportunities
to get involved. Community organizations and student groups will be able to post
opportunities, and allow current volunteers to share their experiences through blogs and
journals on a public service database. This will help students find community organizations
where their passions and skills truly match the position. Short-term, this project will remain
contained within UNC-Chapel Hill, but long-term students hope this database can spread
throughout the entire UNC system. Students will continue to research this project over the
Finally, student government is committed to getting undergraduate students involved in all of
the initiatives listed in UNC Tomorrow other than the two listed above. Student Government
has met regularly with Mike Smith to talk about ways to include students in the implementation
process for UNC Tomorrow. With the implementation of the Campus Community Partnership,
J.J. and two of her executive assistants serve on the implementation committee. As part of the
steering committee they have been coordinating getting students involved when there are
opportunities for them to participate in the project.
Student Body Vice President
Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor
The Student Body Vice President is the chair of the Student Advisory Committee to the
Chancellor. SACC is composed of 12 undergraduate and graduate students who meet monthly
with the Chancellor and weekly as a group to peacefully and professionally represent a broad
range of student interests to the Chancellor and higher university administrators. The group
solicits feedback from students and hosts events that facilitate student interaction with the
Todd Dalrymple, in consultation with the other executive branch officers, appointed ten
students, including two graduate students, to the committee in April. Todd received ninety
applications for the ten seats and interviewed approximately fifty of these students. The ninety
applications were by far the most in recent memory. Todd worked closely with the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation Vice President for External Affairs Paul Walsh to recruit,
interview, and choose the graduate representatives. All ten of these students were approved by
Student Congress without major issues. Todd made two more appointments available in
September for incoming transfer and first-year students. The applications went live on August
27th. Todd publicized the vacancies at the first Chancellor’s Open House, Student Government
information fair, using first-year and transfer-specific listservs, the Daily Tar Heel, informational
e-mail, other student organizations and campus leaders, and advertising in the Pit. The efforts
resulted in 80 applications, twice the yield for first-years and transfer students last year. From
the 80 applicants, Todd and Chief of Staff for External Appointments Meggie Staffiera
interviewed about 30 of these students. Two first-year students were chosen from the pool and
are now actively involved in the committee’s work.
With Todd, SACC members Matt Ezzell and Theresa McReynolds attended a welcome breakfast
on Chancellor Thorp’s first morning in office organized by Student Body President J.J. Raynor.
This served as a positive, personal introduction to the graduate student representatives on his
advisory committee. Over twenty students and local media attended the breakfast.
Todd worked with the Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Debra
Eatman and University Secretary Brenda Kirby to confirm dates and times for three Chancellor’s
Open Houses in the fall 2008 semester. The Open Houses give students the opportunity to
interact directly with the Chancellor through question and answer sessions. Chancellor Thorp
was receptive to having more of these sessions this year two Open Houses were added from
last year. The dates are as follows:
Tuesday, August 26 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.
Wednesday, October 8 from 4:30 to 6:00 in the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.
Monday, December 1 from 4:30 to 6:00 (place to be determined)
The purpose of the Open Houses is to allow students to voice their questions, opinions and
concerns to the Chancellor in a peaceful, professional fashion. The forums give students to hear
the Chancellor’s responses directly instead of through media outlets or other campus
administrators. These forums also give the members of the Student Advisory Committee to the
Chancellor the chance to hear what is on students’ minds so that their ideas can be investigated
and possibly implemented through the committee’s work.
Previously, the entire forum was open for any student to ask the Chancellor any question.
However, Todd introduced a new format to the Open Houses by creating an agenda with three
topics for the discussion. (The new structure still allows plenty of time for students to have
“open Q&A” once the discussion on the agenda items is finished.) One reason that the change
was made is that other administrators and faculty members on campus can come to the Open
House to be a supplemental resource for the Chancellor and students. For example,
Department of Public Safety Police Chief Jeff McCracken participated in the discussion of
Campus Safety at the August 26th Open House and Director of the Office of Sustainability Cindy
Shea was on hand for the sustainability forum at the October 8 th session. Creating an agenda
also makes it easier for SACC to conduct targeted publicity for the events. For example, the
committee was able to contact all of the environmental-related student groups and academic
disciplines for the October 8th Open House. The topics for the Open Houses were as follows:
Who is Chancellor Thorp?
Safety and Security
Academics at Carolina
Minutes from the first two Chancellor’s Open Houses are found on the SACC webpage at
(This section of the report contains excerpts from a memo given to Chancellor Thorp on
September 22 written by SACC members Matt Garza and Corey Cusimano.)
SACC has learned that addressing the university’s policy on student protest and demonstration
has become a priority for Chancellor Thorp and his Cabinet. In the context of the South Building
sit-in, arrests last spring, and conversations with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Peggy
Jablonski and former Chancellor James Moeser, SACC believes it is important that the university
articulate a set of principles regarding student protest and demonstrations. At its core, this
effort is an attempt to create an environment of transparency in which the various actors
involved (students, administrators, public safety, etc.) are more fully aware of what are and are
not appropriate forms of expression.
SACC members Corey Cusimano and Matt Garza took leadership on this project in August. At
the September 22 meeting with the Chancellor, Matt and Corey informed the Chancellor that
they had taken no position on student protest and demonstration and the purpose was not to
promote or discourage student actions. Rather, SACC’s interest is in better equipping the
community to foster and balance its various interests, chief among them safety and free
expression. SACC’s philosophy is that these need not be in competition. A positive intellectual
climate goes hand in hand with the well-being of its members. The Chancellor asked Corey and
Matt for a written report on the student body’s perspective on potential protest and
demonstration guidelines. This was delivered to the Chancellor on October 29. SACC’s hope is
that the report will allow the student voice to be thoughtfully considered when any decisions
are made about guidelines for expression on campus.
Corey and Matt contacted student groups with potential interest in changed guidelines. They
met with several of these organizations to receive feedback on what they should include in the
report. They also spoke with a number of campus administrators who work with students when
protests occur. These individuals include Campus Y Director Virginia Carson, Associate Dean of
Students Winston Crisp, Department of Public Safety Police Chief Jeff McCracken, and Associate
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Chris Payne. Their input was fundamental both to framing
the conversations they had with students and also the construction of the report delivered to
These student groups and administrators also participated in an open forum held on October
23rd in the Campus Y Faculty Lounge sponsored by SACC. Approximately twenty students were
involved in the discussion. The conversation gave students the opportunity to voice their
thoughts to those directly involved in the decision-making process and also for those
administrators to articulate the challenges they face when demonstrations occur. The forum
gave Matt and Corey ideas and further perspective for the report that they gave to the
Chancellor on October 29.
The full report is found online at http://www.unc.edu/studgov/sacc .
SACC member Ron Bilbao continued his efforts to create a center for latino/a studies on
campus. Projections show a large influx of latino/a students entering the state of North Carolina
and pusuing higher education over the next decade and beyond. For this reason, and in the
context of a number of sociopolitical issues facing latino/a students in North Carolina and
abroad, SACC feels it is important to study the need for a space for this demographic on
campus. In the spring 2008 semester, then-Chancellor James Moeser expressed support for the
development of a center for latino/a studies. Ron worked hard to receive buy-in for a task force
to study the need for the creation of a center with current Chancellor Holden Thorp and
Provost Bernadette Gray-Little in September and October. Ron organized a forum in September
to discuss the issues facing latinos/as with other student leaders and interested community
SACC asked the Chancellor for a task force dedicated to studying these issues on September 22.
An alternative proposed by the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Peggy
Jablonski is the creation of a multicultural center as to foster collaboration among different
demographics and insure that all constituencies have a space on campus. SACC feels that both
options should be carefully considered by a committee that includes students, faculty, and
administrators. Ron received confirmation that the Task Force on Promoting Emerging Campus
Communities will begin its work in November. The committee is chaired by Executive Associate
Provost Ron Strauss. Ron Bilbao is a student representative to the group. Ron will keep SACC
updated and remain Student Government’s liaison to the task force.
Several projects from 2007-2008 will be carried over to this year’s committee. One of these
projects is the Carolina International Student Ambassadors program. CISA, hosted on the UNC
admissions office website and conceived by SACC member Lisette Yorke, offers contact
information of international students for incoming or existing international students. The
contacts are for prospective students who would like to learn more about Carolina or enrolled
students to have a contact in the university with whom they can relate to and connect with.
This program will also help increase the international student population from countries
underrepresented at UNC-Chapel Hill. In August, Todd met with Andrew Parrish and Andrea
Felder from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to discuss how SACC and Admissions can
collaborate to sign-up international students for the program. Admissions pledged to maintain
and update the existing CISA website as new ambassadors are recruited. Andrew and Andrea
advised us to continue working with the Office of International Students and Scholar Services to
publicize the program to current international students at Carolina.
In October, Lisette and first-year SACC member Allie Howard resumed work on international
student issues. In an attempt to bolster the existing program, Lisette and Allie created a blog for
the ambassadors to write about their experiences and offer their advice and information to
prospective international students in an attempt to convince these top students to apply and
enroll at Carolina. Concurrently, Lisette and Allie are still working hard to recruit international
students already at UNC-Chapel Hill to serve as ambassadors to their home country. By the end
of the semester, SACC hopes to have a full roster of ambassadors ready to make the most of
the program endorsed by the Chancellor and housed in the Office of Undergraduate
Lisette and Allie are also considering a survey of international students to reveal why these
students decided to leave their country to come to Carolina, what the transition to the
university was like for them, and what Carolina can do better to recruit more students from
abroad and provide them with the best possible undergraduate experience.
First-year SACC member Josh Ford took a year off to travel and work in Ecuador prior to his first
semester at Carolina. Because this was such a valuable and memorable experience for him, Josh
wishes to make this opportunity available to more incoming students. Many of the top private
schools encourage, and sometimes fund, students who wish to take a gap year before their first
year at their university. As Carolina attempts to improve its yield of top high school seniors,
SACC feels that making gap years accessible and encouraged is one way to separate ourselves
from other schools we compete for students with. Although funding for students may not be
possible considering the current budget cuts from the state legislature and other funding
priorities within university, a change within Undergraduate Admissions from “letting” students
take a gap year to “helping” them actually do it will prove valuable. We know anecdotally that
many students have regrets about their first-year, but not their gap year. Josh met with
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Admissions Steven Farmer to discuss if and how his office
can encourage students to take a year off before their first-year at Carolina. Dr. Farmer thought
this was a worthwhile endeavor and pledged to help change the university’s stance on gap
years. Dr. Farmer and Josh are working on a survey to be sent to all current students who took
a gap year. This will provide them with reflections on their year off and reveal whether we
should encourage more students to take gap years or be more scrupulous in our decisions to
help students take a year off.
Josh worked with Chancellor’s Fellow Matt Hendren to create a report on their findings
delivered at SACC’s October 29 meeting with the Chancellor. Josh received support from the
Chancellor and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little for the initiative.
They did caution Josh that we need to target those students who would take a gap year for the
“right” reasons. That is to say, we need to help students who are certain to come back to
Carolina following their year off.
Great Academic Experiences
How do we get undergraduates more academically engaged? Chancellor Thorp posed a number
of big questions soon after taking office, and this, perhaps, was his most important. Carolina
students are unquestionably committed to their student organizations, Greek life, athletic
teams, and/or on- or off-campus jobs and internships. However, it’s clear that many students
do not show the same zeal in the classroom. Although many students channel their excitement
for life at Carolina through their academic experiences, there are many who simply find their
greatest stimulation elsewhere.
SACC members Lisette Yorke, Katherine Novinski, and Jamie Hester, in conjunction with the
Academic Affairs Committee and Carolina: Best Place to Teach, Learn, and Discover project, are
working to reveal what situations, strategies, and programs are engaging undergraduates while
innovating new ways to get student excited about academics. Lisette, Katherine, and Jamie
have met with Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Bobbi Owen, chair of the
Quality Enhancement Plan committee, and other campus administrators to sort through the
existing initiatives and their effect on academic life at Carolina. In the coming months, they will
speak with faculty leaders, other deans, and more students to solicit new ideas and harvest
feedback on what is and is not working academically for undergraduates at Carolina.
Lisette, Katherine, and Jamie are responsible for monitoring the submissions from the Carolina:
Best Place to Teach, Learn, and Discover Project as well as leading discussions at the residence
hall forums. Most of the student input into their work will come from these conversations.
Chancellor Thorp asked SACC to make this a year-long process and deliver him findings and
updates from the project on a monthly basis.
Graduate Student Safety
Graduate and professional students face unique safety and security needs. Graduate student
SACC members Theresa McReynolds and Chetna Khosla took leadership on this project through
the committee and brought these concerns directly to the Chancellor at our September 22
meeting. Chancellor Thorp told Theresa and Chetna that this is a topic he has “wanted to work
on for ten years.” Chancellor Thorp’s interest in the project presents the committee with a
unique opportunity to affect change for graduate and professional safety needs this year.
Just two days following the first meeting with the Chancellor, Dean of the Graduate School
Steve Matson presented the impact of graduate students to the University Affairs Committee of
the Board of Trustees. Trustee and University Affairs chair Alston Gardner asked Dean Matson
about graduate- and professional-specific safety concerns. Dean Matson brought up the issues
with getting to-and-from your car late at night and security in labs and other campus buildings
after hours. The point resonated with the rest of the committee as Alston asked fellow Trustee
Rusty Carter to convene a small focus group comprised of Carter, Graduate and Professional
Student Federation President Cindy Spurlock, Dean Matson, and other graduate and
professional students to evaluate these safety concerns. The first meeting of this Task Force
was October 24 with Associate Dean for Student Affairs in the Graduate School Dr. Leslie Lerea.
While much of the work on this project will be done within the task force, Dr. Lerea informed
the group that SACC will still bear responsibilities for addressing the issue. Theresa and Chetna
drafted a survey that is intended for graduate and professional students. They hope it will
reveal the differences in security needs for graduate and undergraduate students so the
university can specifically address them.
Carolina: The Best Place to Teach, Learn, and Discover
The entire committee is also contributing to the Carolina: Best Place to Teach, Learn, and
Discover Project with Trustees J.J. Raynor and John Ellison. In addition to studying some of the
same academic issues identified by the project, SACC will host the residence hall forums that
will help the Trustees reach their goal of hearing from 2,000 students by the end of the
semester. SACC will offer two members to co-facilitate the discussions. The first forums are on
October 27 and will continue throughout November in every residential community on campus.
The minutes of the event are to be delivered to J.J. and John for evaluation in late November
and will also be placed on the Student Government website.
In addition to facilitating the forums, SACC is charged with monitoring submissions to the
project from the Teach, Learn, and Discover website http://bestcarolina.unc.edu . We will
amalgamate and categorize the results and present them to the Trustees at the end of the
Prior to the October 8th Chancellor’s Open House, the Student Advisory Committee to the
Chancellor commissioned a four-by-five foot picture of Chancellor Thorp. SACC continued the
tradition of “Stick it to the Meez” that allowed students to write questions, thoughts, ideas, or
comments on Post-It notes and literally “stick it” to the Chancellor’s face. SACC was in the Pit
with the picture October 6th and 7th and received approximately 120 comments. Some of these
questions were asked by SACC members at the Chancellor’s Open House on October 8 th. All of
the submissions were compiled and can be found on the SACC website at
www.unc.edu/studgov/sacc . SACC looks forward to following-up on this feedback and will use
the poster at other events this year.
The external appointment process allows interested undergraduate and graduate students to
represent students’ views to administrators by participating in committees and advisory boards
that deal with almost every issue on campus. While these students take their personal
experiences to these committees and boards, they are expected to represent the views of all
students and be sure to think about particular student populations that may be affected by
policies or policy changes. The Student Body President appoints about 140 students for
positions on over fifty committees across campus. This process is traditionally delegated to the
Student Body Vice President.
External appointments are divided into two phases: spring and fall. The incoming Student
Government administration appoints students to roughly one-third of the total number of
committees. These positions receive priority because student representatives are needed in the
summer or very early in the fall semester. Traditionally, these appointments are finalized
before the week preceding spring final exams. This distribution puts a strain on the incoming
Executive Branch officers in the spring as they must be transitioned into their jobs quickly. To
alleviate this burden, Todd Dalrymple heeded the advice of Carson Administration SBVP Mike
Tarrant and hired Meggie Staffiera to serve as his Chief of Staff for External Appointments.
The first phase of external appointments began directly after Todd officially took office in April.
Todd and Meggie made applications available for fifty-four external appointments. These
positions were publicized via informational e-mails, letters to the editor of the Daily Tar Heel,
messages to dozens of student organizations, and departmental listservs. The applications
remained open on the Student Government Committees webpage for about ten days. A record
number of applications were received for almost every committee. Todd and Meggie spent
three days interviewing about 90 applicants for the various committees. Students chosen for
appointment were then declared eligible by the Dean of Students office. Finally, all 54
appointees were approved by Student Congress without incident. Overall, the process took
approximately 17 days with no major problems to report.
The second phase of external appointments began on August 24 th when applications were
made available on the Executive Branch website. 85 appointments were available, and
expectations were exceeded as over 250 unique applicants applied. These positions were
publicized via informational e-mail, letters to the editor of the Daily Tar Heel, messages to
dozens of student organizations and departmental listservs, and at the Executive Branch Open
House and first Chancellor’s Open House on August 26. Todd and Meggie interviewed over 50
applicants. All appointments were filled without issue and all were confirmed by Student
Congress with no problems to report. The process took about one month to fully complete, and
all committee chairs have successfully been notified of their appointment.
External Appointments Overhaul
The external appointments process is an extraordinarily time-consuming and demanding
process. It is also crucial to ensuring that student voices are present when important decisions
are made on campus. For these reasons, Todd sought to identify the existing barriers to a
smooth, informed and accountable system for appointment.
One major problem that has plagued past Vice Presidents is that many student appointees
never hear from their administrative contacts (in many cases, the committee chair). This is
extremely frustrating for all parties because Student Government aggressively seeks out
qualified candidates and appointees must fill out an application and attend two sessions of
Student Congress for confirmation. Todd contacted each of the committee point persons
identified in Student Government’s institutional memory to verify that they were the correct
administrative contact. He found that ten committees no longer exist (and some had not for
years), are now merged with other committees, or no longer seek student representation. He
also learned that at least half of the listed administrative contacts were incorrect. This explains
why many students never heard from their committees in past years.
Todd also learned that some student appointees were not reporting back to Student
Government with committee updates or were not attending the meetings at all. Todd, Student
Body President J.J. Raynor, and Chief Information Officer Mac Mollison conceived and are now
using a new online reporting system. External appointees are now able to report back to the
Student Body Vice President using the Student Government website. Appointees are expected
to submit a report following each meeting. This will allow the Executive Branch to link external
appointees with the efforts of Cabinet committees and monitor the committees’ work. It also
provides a layer of accountability as the SBVP can now determine if an appointee attended a
meeting. The system was presented to the external appointees during the External
Appointments Kickoff on October 23 (see below).
A third problem is that the Executive Branch of Student Government, Student Congress,
campus administrators, and applicants all have insufficient information about the external
appointment committees. Prior to this summer, institutional memory was spotty, inconsistent,
and outdated. This is a problem that maligns the appointment process each year. The aforesaid
most obvious issue was that many committee contacts were incorrect. After Todd finished
finding the correct contact for each external appointment, he sent an e-mail to each point
person requesting the committee’s membership, meeting frequency, description, and any other
relevant information. This information was used to create the “External Appointments Guide”
which was released on August 24th. The guide can be found online at
http://www.unc.edu/studgov . The learning curve is steep for the incoming Vice President;
external appointments are usually mastered by an administration only after they have
completed the process the second time. This guide is an attempt to preemptively meet the
challenge of external appointments that plagues the executive branch each year. Before this
semester, incoming Vice Presidents were given a spreadsheet with committee names and
number of executive branch appointments. There is scattered and variable information about
the committees’ type and level of activity. Equipped with this information, the Vice President is
expected to make informed appointments to these boards. At the same time, applicants are
deciding to apply based on very limited information. What is the level of commitment? Who
will I be working with? How many people serve on this committee? Who can I contact to find
out more information? These are all questions mostly left unanswered to the applicant due to
the dearth of accessible information.
In short, the External Appointments Guide is an attempt to streamline the external
appointments process and provide more information to applicants, the executive branch,
administrators, and Student Congress. The guide should be updated yearly and improved upon
when necessary by the Student Body Vice President and re-released to committee contacts,
Student Congress, and wherever applications for committees are housed. It is my hope that
Student Congress will mandate this via the Student Code. Todd will meet with the Student
Congress leadership as well as the Graduate and Professional Student Federation to formally
change the way institutional memory is maintained for these appointments. This will require
substantial changes to Title VIII of the Student Code. Todd and Student Congress Speaker Tim
Nichols are discussing the composition of a working group to look at the issue and what issues
need to be made to insure records are accurate while systematizing the process as much as
Todd met with Student Congress Speaker Tim Nichols, Speaker Pro Tem Bryan Weynand, Rules
& Judiciary Committee chairman Ben Mickey, and Student Affairs Committee chairwoman
Meagan Jones. The five discussed how the confirmation process could be expedited and
improved. In an attempt to avoid very long Congress meetings that leave executive branch
appointments waiting several hours for their hearing to begin, Todd and the Student Congress
leaders established criteria for which committees need to be confirmed. Tim and Todd co-
sponsored legislation to exempt all but ten of the appointments. They also agreed to establish a
schedule for the proceedings so that appointees do not have to wait indefinitely for
deliberation to begin on their appointment. The changes in procedure began in September
when the second round of appointments was confirmed by the full Student Congress in only
one hour. The new process was appreciated by all parties—appointees, Congress, and the
Executive Branch. Todd will make sure that the next Vice President and Speaker of Student
Congress continue to collaborate as to run the confirmation process with maximum efficiency.
External Appointments Kickoff
One common misconception for external appointees is that they are not part of the “internal”
Student Government. In reality, their role is no different any other member of the Executive
Branch—they are responsible for representing students on a wide variety of issues. To combat
this false impression, Todd and Meggie planned and hosted an External Appointments Kick-Off
on October 23. The Cabinet chairs and the 140 external appointees were invited for a meet-
and-greet in Chapman Hall. This allowed the external appointments to meet each other and
also to interface with the Cabinet committees relevant to their role. For example, SHARE
Women’s Health & Safety Committee external appointee and Cabinet’s Women’s Affairs
Committee co-chairs were able to meet. Todd and Meggie will encourage the next Student
Body Vice President to continue this traditional and are considering holding another get-
together in the spring semester.
The next step toward a complete overhaul of the external appointments process is to work with
Student Congress to codify methods of streamlining the process. Todd and Tim are working
together to put together a task force to study different ways to keep track of appointments and
maximize efficiency in the confirmation process. It will also be useful to include the Graduate
and Professional Student Federation so that committees with both graduate and
undergraduate appointments can be appointed to in a coordinated fashion. Todd and Tim hope
to co-sponsor legislation by the end of the semester.
Student Government Appointments Website
Another way to improve the process for future administrations is to continue work on the
existing Student Government Appointments website. The creator and webmaster, Todd
Gamblin, is currently working abroad in Silicon Valley, California, but will return to Chapel Hill
before the year is over. Todd and Meggie will work with Todd to make changes to the website
that will allow for more flexibility for applicants and administrators. Todd will also try to make it
easier for administrators to instantly notify appointees of their application status. These
adjustments are necessary to complete the overhaul of external appointments.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and Fee Taskforce
The Student Body Vice President has a seat on the Tuition and Fee Taskforce, the group that
issues a concrete tuition and fee recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Taskforce is co-
chaired by the Provost and Student Body President. To date, there have been two meetings
with the final session slated for Monday, November 10. On that day, the Taskforce will finalize
its recommendation. Currently, there exists a 6.5% cap on any increases to North Carolina
resident undergraduates. However, there is no similar ceiling for out-of-state students. It is also
no secret that the current economic crisis has hit North Carolina hard, and students are
subsequently more sensitive to any hikes to their cost of education. At the same time, the
university is under mounting pressure to do a better job recruiting high school students in an
increasingly competitive market for the best young minds. Given these circumstances, it is our
philosophy that we do our very best to hold harmless those students who are experiencing
increased hardship, but understand the changing funding needs of the university and students’
role in footing the bill. Obviously, this is a difficult balance to maintain. The most effective way
for us to advocate for a responsible tuition increase is to bring the Taskforce and the Audit and
Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees anecdotes that demonstrate how students would
be affected by any changes to their cost of living. In an attempt to both better educate students
on what tuition pays for and call forth these stories, the Executive Branch of Student
Government is hosting a Tuition Forum on Wednesday, November 6. Todd and J.J. will share
their findings at the final Tuition and Fee Taskforce meeting.
More detailed information on the tuition and fee process is found in the Student Body
President’s section of the Raynor Administration October Report.
Student Fee Audit Committee
The Student Body Vice President is also permanent member of the Student Fee Audit
Committee. In September, the committee went through the fee approval process for dozens of
student fees from various campus units. Although all fees were passed, not all did so
unanimously. One perennial concern of SFAC is that not enough information is provided to the
committee on what exactly the fee money is spent on. Therefore, the committee has no ability
to perform a line-item check on the breakdown of the fee. In short, and despite the best
intentions and explanations of those asking for student fee money, it is difficult for the
committee to know precisely what it is approving. The Raynor Administration will work with
Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance Roger Patterson to change the existing fee form that
campus administrators fill out for SFAC and the Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee of the
Tuition and Fee Taskforce.
A full report of the work done by SFAC is found in the Student Body Treasurer’s section of the
Raynor Administration October Report.
(Some information in the first paragraph comes from J.J. Raynor’s platform found at
Student Pick-a-Prof is an attempt to give students better information about the classes and
professors they are considering. In the past, some professors have been upset that students are
using the real Pick-a-Prof and other websites to choose classes based only on grade
distributions. To combat this problem, students should be given access to the information that
really matters: how a professor teaches her class, whether the textbook was helpful, etc. All of
this information is included in professor evaluations. Sharing these evaluations with students
will help them pick classes that fit their learning styles. It will also help professors know that the
students in their classes are there because they like what they’ve read about the professors’
styles, not their grade distributions.
Course evaluations must be administered online for a Student Pick-a-Prof to be possible.
Several campus groups, including faculty committees and Student Government administrations,
have made an effort to place course evaluations online since 1999. Todd Dalrymple has been
working on this project since the Allred Administration as a member of the Academic Affairs
Committee. After progress had stalled again in spring 2008, Todd (as an Academic Affairs co-
chair) advised Dr. Lynn Williford, Director of the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment,
to convene a group of administrators, faculty and students to discuss placing course evaluations
online. Dr. Williford and Student Body President J.J. Raynor suggested this to Provost
Bernadette Gray-Little in May. On June 6th, the Provost convened a Course Evaluations System
meeting. Students, faculty, department chairs, deans, and schools who piloted the OIRA course
evaluations system all had representation. The committee was given its charge, a history of the
project, and discussed the costs and benefits of and barriers to an online course evaluations
OIRA presented a survey of our peer institutions’ course evaluations practices. Six of the
universities reported a comprehensive online course evaluations system. Todd conducted a
follow-up survey of these six institutions that asked for their evaluation response rate, policies,
and dissemination to students. Five of the six schools surveyed achieve between a sixty and
seventy-five percent response rate. These same five schools make at least some of the
evaluation results available to students. Todd’s findings were presented at the July 24 meeting
of the committee. He will follow up with the University of Maryland as they face the same many
of the same obstacles as UNC in making these results public.
Matt and Todd are also interested in reevaluating the student-submitted questions currently
asked on the bubble-sheet survey. Dr. Williford released the opinion of the University Counsel
on the use of results that are used in personnel decisions. The uncertainty around the legality of
publicizing results from questions used by department chairs to grant tenure or make other
decisions about faculty members previously prohibited Matt and Todd from asking for changes
to student questions. However, the opinion notes that results from the questions in other
sections of the survey may be published so long as a disclaimer appears above the question.
This greatly expands the number of potential questions that Student Government can place in
its section of the evaluation. As an initial study, Matt surveyed the Executive Branch Cabinet on
the existing questions as well as questions from other parts of the evaluation. The results were
tallied and revealed that the majority of students decided that results from the questions that
are currently found in other parts of the survey are more useful to students than the student
questions currently asked. Matt and Todd will advocate changes to the student questions on
the survey to Provost Gray-Little and Dr. Williford through the Course Evaluations Committee.
Todd Dalrymple made progress on the Academic Affairs platform this summer. He
communicated extensively with co-chairs Paul Shorkey and David Bevevino about the six
platform points he worked on.
In August, Todd met with Associate Dean of Academic Advising Carolyn Cannon and academic
adviser Andre Wesson to conceive a centralized e-mail messaging system. David Bevevino and
the Student Academic Advising Board have since taken over the project.
He was also briefed on the possibilities for a consolidated pre-graduate school advising program
by Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Bobbi Owen. Todd, David, and
committee member Seth Kandl met in October to talk about action steps for the project. They
will also work with the Graduate and Professional School Federation to seek feedback on what
programs would have been useful to them as undergraduates as they decided to pursue an
advanced degree. David, Paul, and Seth will bring a proposal to Dean Cannon and Assistant
Dean for First-Year Seminars Steven Reznick in November. Ultimately, the program will need
the approval of Deans Bobbi Owen, Carolyn Cannon, and Bruce Carney. They hope to have this
completed by the end of the year.
Todd received a verbal commitment from Dean Cannon to place laptops in the halls of the new
Steele Building so that students using adviser walk-in hours. These laptops were placed in the
Advising offices in September. When students enter their PID into the system, a follow-up
survey will be sent to their webmail inbox. This will give Academic Advisers much-needed data
on student satisfaction with the program.
Todd contributed heavily to the Draft Report of the Academic Advising Implementation
Committee presented to the Board of Trustees by Chancellor-Elect and Dean of the College of
Arts & Sciences Holden Thorp in May. The group reconvened in early September and put the
finishing touches on the document. The final report was delivered to the University Affairs
Committee of the Board of Trustees in September. The Student Academic Advising Board will
work with the College to implement all of the report’s suggestions.
Students desire advice and insight from their peers that would help them navigate the
university and prepare for their post-graduation plans. Students already seek out this advice on
an informal level from their older friends. The Raynor Administration proposes to bring this
advice to a formal level in the form of a revived peer advising program, led by the Executive
Branch of the Student Government. Todd, David, and Paul continued work on this peer advising
program in October. This would place at least one peer adviser in each of the undergraduate
departments in the College of Arts & Sciences. Todd will work with the Student Academic
Advising Board and the College of Arts & Sciences to make this a reality before the end of the
During the summer, Todd and Student Body President J.J. Raynor conceived a plan for a
Student Grievance Resource program coordinated by the Executive Branch of Student
Government. This is the revised configuration of the student ombuds office proposed by J.J.’s
platform. There are several structures for the project under review by campus administrators
and student leaders, but all propose to give students training on academic policies and
mechanisms for resolving any compliance disputes. Todd and David met with Senior Associate
Dean of Undergraduate Education Bobbi Owen and will meet with Deans Cannon, Carney and
Reznick in November to receive feedback on the proposals. A structure and jurisdiction is
projected for approval by all parties by March so that recruitment can begin shortly thereafter.
Todd and Student Body President J.J. Raynor met with Study Abroad Director Bob Miles in June
to discuss expanding Study Abroad programs in Africa and the sciences. They were also briefed
on how the Study Abroad Office is funded and discussed alternatives to the current structure.
Todd and Tech & Web committee co-chair Mia Barnes met with ERP stakeholders and ITS
administrators in June to receive an update on ERP implementation. Todd and Mia also
received a commitment to continue the ERP Student Advisory Board this fall. This group will
advise and receive updates from the ERP team. The committee will be comprised of ERP
stakeholders and administrators, six undergraduate students, and two graduate students. The
first two meetings were in September and October. In an effort to improve transparency
between the ERP team and the student body, Student Government was granted access to the
e-Room that provides updates on the project. There are also several academic and registration
issues that are impacted by the new Student Central. They include registration priority and
student classification (first-year, sophomore, etc.).Todd brought these to the attention of the
Registrar’s Office and Dean Bobbi Owen in October and will meet with them in November
Detailed information on each platform point mentioned here is found in the Academic Affairs
section of the Raynor Administration October Report.
Todd Dalrymple helped Student Services Committee co-chairs Christian Mibelli and Lisette
Yorke get a head start on several of their platform points this summer.
Todd and Student Body President J.J. Raynor worked closely with the Chapel Hill Police
Department and the Town of Chapel Hill to choose and confirm a location for a third emergency
call box. They also made the surrounding community aware of its forthcoming construction.
More information is found in the Student Body President section of the Raynor Administration
Todd, J.J., Student Body Treasurer Pedro Carreno, and Student Body Secretary Andrew Daub
collaborated with the Office of the Dean of Students, town officials and Chapel Hill Police to
continue the Good Neighbor Initiative. The program promotes peaceful and respectful
relationships between permanent residents and student tenants living in the same
neighborhood. The group passed out “Good Neighbor bags” to students living off campus that
contain information about town resources and tips for getting to know their neighbors. They
also spoke with off-campus students about safety, late-night transportation, and tips for
fostering positive relations with their neighbors.
Student Services co-chair Christian Mibelli and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Chris Payne held a transportation workshop in July. Invitees included Director of Public Safety
and Police Chief Jeff McCracken, Linda Convissor, and a number of student leaders. Topics
included late-night safety, the Campus to Carrboro shuttle, pedestrian safety, and bicycle
initiatives. The workshop lasted for three hours and action steps were developed by Christian
and Dr. Payne. Details on the workshop are found in the University Services Committee section
of the Raynor Administration Summer Report.
Todd and J.J. also met with Campus Dining officials in May to discuss opportunities for
collaboration this year. Todd appointed three students to the Student Dining Board in
September. He also attended the Campus Dining Forum led by University Services Committee
co-chair Lisette Yorke. In the context of a need for more late night coffee on campus, Todd
advocated that a robust coffee vending machine be placed in the Undergraduate Library. Dining
officials Mike Freeman and Scott Myers committed to purchasing a machine and placing it in
the library for a trial period this academic year. Todd and Lisette will see that the machine is
well-publicized and placed in a central spot in the building.
Detailed information on each platform point is found in the Student Services Committee section
of the Raynor Administration October Report.
Tech & Web
Todd Dalrymple worked on portions of the Tech & Web Committee platform during the
summer. In May, Todd, Student Body President J.J. Raynor, Graduate & Professional School
Federation President Cindy Spurlock, and other Student Government leaders attended a
luncheon with ITS administrators including Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Larry
Conrad. They discussed a wide range of issues including a Tech Fair, unified messaging, and
online course evaluations.
Todd and J.J. met with Judd Knott, Associate Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Operations
and John Streck, Associate Vice Chancellor for Telecommunications in June to discuss unified
messaging at Carolina. Topics included changes to webmail, collaboration suites, and
Detailed information on each platform point is found in the Tech & Web Committee section of
the Raynor Administration October Report.
Buildings and Grounds
Todd Dalrymple attended the June 26 meeting of the Buildings and Grounds committee.
Introduced at the meeting were renovations to Kenan Stadium, a second proposal for the
Innovation Center at Carolina North, and new painting cubes on south campus. Each of the
proposals were passed by the committee and sent to the Board of Trustees in July. Todd met
with the 2008-2009 student appointees to the Buildings and Grounds Committee in August and
provided them with a recap of the meeting. Student Government’s appointments to the
committee are keeping Todd and Meggie updated on the committee’s progress following each
In April, Todd Dalrymple appointed seven students to the Hardship Parking Committee
including a committee chair, Alexandra Huffman. This committee allocates parking passes to
students who demonstrate sufficient need for the permit. Todd fielded questions from many
students this summer while the Hardship Parking chairwoman was abroad. The committee
successful allocated over 100 passes in the fall and will reconvene in January to distribute
spring semester permits.
Todd co-facilitated a discussion session of this year’s summer reading book with the Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Margaret Jablonski. The 2008 selection was The Covering by
Kenji Yoshino. Eighteen students participated in the conversation. Todd and Student Body
President J.J. Raynor were also given the opportunity to eat lunch with Dr. Yoshino and other
student leaders before the discussion. The session gave the incoming students a preview of
intellectual debate in the classroom at Carolina.
Todd appointed the student representative to the Summer Reading Book Selection Committee
IFC Project Rush Hour
Todd Dalrymple and Student Body President J.J. Raynor spent several hours per week
volunteering at the Interfaith Council in Carrboro for Project Rush Hour. Project Rush Hour
invites persons in need in Chapel Hill and Carrboro to receive groceries and vouchers for
clothing at a local thrift store. Todd and J.J. interviewed and packed groceries for the clients.
Participation in Project Rush Hour has become a summer tradition for executive branch officers
and lived up to its promise as a fulfilling community service opportunity.
Todd Dalrymple, along with nine other student government leaders, participated in a four-day
Outward Bound wilderness retreat in the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina. The
trip promoted teamwork and cooperation among and within the branches of Student
Todd delivered welcome speeches from students at ten of the CTOPS and both of the TSOP
orientations. The student welcome speech issues incoming Tar Heels the student perspective of
life at Carolina. This was a valuable experience as Todd was able to hone his public speaking
skills and meet many incoming students.
In addition to his work in Student Government this summer, Todd Dalrymple worked and
volunteered part time for the Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department as a youth baseball
umpire. Todd also met and spent time with his friend John Sanders, an exalted university figure
who directed the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill for over twenty years, served as
Student Body President in 1949, and is a widely-recognized mentor and friend to many at the
university. Mr. Sanders has exceptional knowledge of the university’s history and North
Carolina government. He graciously shared his knowledge and experiences with Todd while
offering sound advice for improving student government at Carolina. He also invited Todd to
events such as the dedication of a bust to UNC President Emeritus Dr. William Friday. This was
far and away one of the most rewarding experiences of the summer. Todd also took two
courses in Carolina’s summer school program.
The Officer’s Perspective
Ever heard of the Grotian moment? It’s the sobering period in the wake of a huge event, an
episode that massively changes the way a society works, behaves, and operates. It’s a wake-up
call for all implicated and one that not only necessitates action, but invites it.
Think of the Great Depression, the greatest economic collapse experienced by modern society.
The event enabled a social and economic agenda with a size, scope and fortitude without
precedent to come to fruition. Or World War II, which were the six years that revealed the
catastrophic potential of war. The horrors, death tolls, and pure shock led to the largest
intergovernmental reorganization since the 17th century. Okay, so maybe this is just the
dramatic inner Peace, War, and Defense major looking for a political-historical outlet, but I do
see similarities to the challenges and opportunities we have as a university. Yes, really.
The way I see it, this year and those succeeding it represent an era of unprecedented
opportunity in the face of unprecedented challenge. There are three major developments not
acting in Carolina’s favor. First, foremost, and most urgently, the state needs us to take on
more students—lots of them, actually. The high-end of our projections increases the student
population to 35,000. Second, complicating matters, our yield on top incoming high school
students curbed some last year without any growth at all. Now there’s a need to become even
more competitive. And finally, the economy is plunging toward depths we haven’t seen since,
well, that other economic Grotian moment. Because this is unfolding at the global, national,
state, and local levels, funding for the university is a problem wherever we decide we need it.
This becomes increasingly clear with every tuition and fee meeting or conversation we’re a part
So, let’s get this straight—we are expected to get bigger and better, but have fewer resources
to maintain what we already have? Sounds like a sobering situation to me.
Enter our new Chancellor. He’s a relatively young, home-grown leader who taught, learned, and
discovered at Carolina (it’s been a while since UNC-Chapel Hill could say that). I bring Chancellor
Thorp into the fold because Grotian moments require men and women willing to saddle up,
take the reins, and ride us through the storm until we are even better than we were before.
He’s the one who will fix this.
But more importantly, enter you, the student. We do have a stake in what happens. And, if we
have any concern for what our degrees might look like years from now, there exists a
responsibility to be informed and helpful during these distressing times. This is what the past
two months were all about for me. We in Student Government try not only to be your ear and
voice, but also your microphone. We hope that bringing the Chancellor to you for three Open
Houses and members of the Board of Trustees to public forums helped you project your
concerns about the university’s future to campus decision-makers. I hope that the work the
Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor is doing hits on your needs and accurately
prioritizes the issues you care about most. Why? Because the coolest part is you are coming up
with solutions. We’ve seen you in action at forums and Open Houses and in e-mails and
conversations. So if we’re not bringing your biggest concerns or most innovative ideas to those
who are tasked with guiding us through these difficult times, speak even louder into that
microphone. Let us let you be an architect of the better Carolina.
Student Body Treasurer
Student Activities Fund Office (SAFO) Director Search Committee
We received news this summer that Debbie Horne, the former Director of the Student Activities
Fund Office, would be retiring effective September 15th, 2008. A search committee was created
in June, charged by Don Luse, Director of the FPG Student Union. This search committee was to
narrow down the applicant pool from to three to five candidates to bring to campus for in-
person final interviews. The committee was comprised of five staff/administrators and five
current/recently-graduated students. Scott Hudson, Associate Director of the FPG Student
Union and Pedro Carreño, co-chaired the search committee. The other four students were
students with significant experience with the SAFO, as recommended by Carreño. They
included past-SBT, past and current members of the SFAC, and organizational treasurers.
The committee met several times to during the first several weeks narrow the initial pool of 63
candidates to nine candidates. These nine candidates were interviewed over the phone by the
committee. Of these nine candidates, the committee ultimately recommended three
candidates to be brought to campus for full-day interviews. All of the three candidates brought
in for final interviews were well qualified for the position, but ultimately there was only one
candidate whose qualifications and experience were unmatched.
Kelly Young, CPA and former internal auditor for UNC General Administration, was selected to
succeed Debbie Horne as the next SAFO Director. We are excited about the opportunities to
evolve SAFO, under the leadership of Kelly Young. We see SAFO evolving into an office
continuing to meet the ever changing needs of students, while at the same time taking
advantage of the technological advances and opportunities that have become available within
the last several years. We are hopeful that initiatives such as SAFO Online will take significant
steps forward within the coming months.
Young has completed her initial training with Horne, and has hit the ground running to tackle
some of the issues currently facing SAFO. Young and Carreño have met frequently over the past
several weeks to work towards solutions to some of these issues including amending student
fee process, tracking organizational expenditures, finalizing the Safe Ride contract, and SAFO’s
operating budget and services provided.
Division of Student Affairs Director of Development and External Relations Search Committee
The position of DSA Director of Development and External Relations is a relatively new position
on campus. The position’s responsibilities are varied and unique. They include major gift
fundraising for the various projects within the Division of Student Affairs, working with Carolina
parents for fundraising opportunities, and assisting student and student organization
fundraising efforts. Since this is a relatively new position there are a lot of opportunities to work
with the new Director to improve the level and coordinate student fundraising efforts.
Carreño was selected by Vice Chancellor Dr. Jablonski to serve as the student representative on
the DSA Director of Development and External Relations Search Committee, because of his
experience with student fundraising and the Office of University Advancement. The committee
was charged by the Vice Chancellor to recommend three to five candidates for final interviews
on campus. The four person search committee reviewed 56 applications and interviewed eight
candidates over the phone. The search committee ultimately recommended four candidates to
the Vice Chancellor for final interviews. Those final interviews took place over the past two
weeks and a recommendation has been made to the Vice Chancellor by the Search Committee.
The final decision will be made within the coming weeks by Dr. Jablonski.
In addition to meeting with the final four candidates as part of the search committee during the
final interviews, Carreño assisted in ensuring additional student input during interview process.
Carreño along with Andy Woods, Chair of the Student Leadership Advisory Committee (SLAC) to
the Vice Chancellor coordinated student forums for each of the candidates.
Safety and Security Committee
Carreño began his term as an ex-officio member of the Safety & Security Committee this
semester, but because of class conflicts has appointed his EA Demming to work with the
committee on his behalf. The committee has scheduled its meetings for the semester and has
received two requests from student groups for funding. These requests include safety
programs and security initiatives that are major programs of the various student groups.
Carreño has worked closely with other members of the Raynor Administration as well as
officers of past administrations to ensure the emergency call boxes (“blue blights”) are
approved by the town and implemented within a reasonable timeframe. Carreño has also been
working with members of the Executive Branch to ensure information in regards to Chapel Hill
Transit, P2P, Safe Ride Routes, and sexual assault victim privacy issues, prevention, and
awareness programming are communicated with the rest of campus.
The student-initiated Safe Ride program, which operates modified J, T, and G routes between
10:45 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights during the academic year, is
currently in the process of being amended and updated in order to serve a greater number of
students. Carreño worked with the Chapel Hill Transit, Department of Public Safety (DPS) and
the Division of Student Affairs to address the needs of the program, and has continued to work
on the contract in order to ensure proper oversight of the program.
One of the measures for oversight which had been promised in the past, but is actually being
put into place this year is accurate ridership data. Chapel Hill Transit has agreed to send
monthly reports which include ridership data by times and stops. This information will be useful
when we review the routes and propose any significant changes for the next fiscal year.
Potential changes include a rapid shuttle J route that would go from Franklin St. down to
Carrboro every fifteen minutes while at the same time eliminating the V portion of the current
JV route. We are also looking at redirecting the G rout to make it more rider friendly by
eliminating some stops that are not being used and making it travel on the same roads both
ways, similar to the T route.
We are currently analyzing changes in costs as well as the feasibility for the proposed ideas and
hope to have a decision made on any changes within the coming weeks, so that any changes
may be incorporated in the next contract as well as the printing of the winter schedules.
Student Fee Process
Carreño worked with the outgoing Director of the Student Activities Fund Office, Debbie Horne,
to complete the Division of Student Affairs fee requests for the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year. These
include the Safety and Security fee, the A.P.P.L.E.S. Service Learning fee, the Student
Government Activity fee, the Sonja Stone Scholarship, the Student Legal Services fee, the Senior
Class Enrichment fee, and the Undergraduate Teaching Award fee. The Student Government
Student Activity fee and the Child Care Services fee requested increases for various increased
program initiatives in addition to inflationary costs.
The fee process continued under the recent guidelines from the past couple of years, based on
UNC President Erskine Bowles’s proposed 6.5% cap on tuition and fee increases for in-state
undergraduate students during, the 2007-2008 Fiscal Year. The fee process has not received
any updated information in regards to the fee process; therefore the committees worked using
the previous year’s cap. Carreño served as the chair of the all-student Student Fee Audit
Committee and as a member of the Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee of the Tuition and Fee
Advisory Taskforce, composed of students and administrators.
Of the fee proposals considered by the Student Fee Audit Committee and the Student Fee
Advisory Subcommittee, there were twelve Orientation/Application Fees were requesting
increases, four Student Activity Fees requesting increases, and three additional Student Fees
requesting increases. Overall there was a 4.4% increase proposed for Undergraduate and
Graduate/Professional Students, an increase of $74.67. This would bring the total fees paid to
$1,766.41 for Undergraduate Students and $1754.61 for Graduate/Professional Students.
The two committees considered the following fees for the 2009-2010 Fiscal Year: Education &
Technology, Campus Health, Athletics, Student Government Student Activity, Campus
Recreation, Carolina Union, Student Transit, Child Care Services, Orientation fees for
Freshman/Transfer, Graduate & Professional, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in
Accounting, School of Social Work - Jump Start Program, School of Nursing BSN/MSN, and
application fees for the Graduate School, Masters in Business Administration, Masters in
Accounting, the Dental School, and the Pharmacy school.
The Education & Technology fee increase of $9.00 to $409.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS.
There were some concerns over the proliferation of Smart Zones around campus, but those
concerns were addressed by Assistant Vice Chancellor Steven Haring. The possibility of rolling
over print balances from the fall semester to the spring semester was discussed and the CIO of
ITS Larry Conrad was going to look into the issue. The committee also discussed the student
discontent with current email/calendar services. These issues have since been taken up with
the Student Technology Advisory Board as well as the Web and Tech Executive Branch
The Campus Health Services fee increase of $22.00 to $406.00 passed SFAC (7-2) and SFAS.
There was concern from some students about the constant increase in the fee without seeing
increase in the quality of care provided.
The Athletics Fee increase of $10.00 to $265.00 passed SFAC (8-0-1) and SFAS. The one
abstention felt students should not be supplementing a department which has two high-
revenue generating teams.
Please see below for the Student Government Activity fee increase of $6.00 to $45.00.
The Campus Recreation Services fee increase of $4.00 to $97.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS.
The requested fee increase was for inflationary costs and the creation of a new Sport
Clubs/Sport Medicine staff position, as well as to continue certain capital expenditures.
The Carolina Union Operating Expenses fee increase of $6.80 to $124.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and
SFAS. The requested fee increase was for inflationary costs to salaries (3% - 9%) and utilities
(12%), as well as other capital expenditures.
The Student Transit fee increase of $6.50 to $104.25 passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS. The
requested fee increase was for inflationary costs associated with the Chapel Hill Transit
contract and P2P operation.
The Child Care Services increase of $10.37 to $12.81 passed SFAC (8-0) and SFAS, contingent on
approval by the Student Body through a Student Referendum. The requested fee increase was
to grow the number of individuals supported by the fee to include all those meeting financial
The Orientation - Freshman and Transfer fee decrease of $1.00 (Freshman) and increase of
$12.00 (Transfer) to $48.00 passed SFAC (11-0) and SFAS. The proposed changes were to
account for a shift in programming to provide for equal programming to both freshman and
transfer students throughout the year.
The Orientation - Graduate & Professional fee increase of $2.00 to $48.00 passed SFAC (9-0)
The Orientation – Masters in Business Administration fee increase of $10.00 to $325.00 passed
SFAC (9-0) and SFAS.
The Orientation - Masters in Accounting fee increase of $5.00 to $135.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and
The Orientation - School of Social Work - Jump Start Program fee increase of $50.00 to $50.00
passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS. This new fee will support a multiday orientation for individuals
beginning a Masters in Social Work.
The Orientation - School of Nursing - MSN fee increase of $10.00 to $10.00 passed SFAC (9-0)
and SFAS. This new fee will subsidize some of the increasing costs for the School of Nursing
orientation for individuals beginning a Masters in Nursing.
The Orientation - School of Nursing - BSN fee increase of $23.00 to $23.00 passed SFAC (9-0)
and SFAS. This new fee will subsidize some of the increasing costs for the School of Nursing
orientation for individuals receiving the Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
The Graduate School Application fee increase of $2.00 to $77.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS.
The fee increase was to cover inflationary costs.
The Business School – MAC Application fee increase of $5.00 to $100.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and
SFAS. The fee increase was to cover inflationary costs.
The Business School – MBA Application fee increase of $5.00 to $140.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and
SFAS. The fee increase was to cover inflationary costs.
The Dental School Application fee increase of $2.00 to $80.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS. The
fee increase was to cover inflationary costs.
The Pharmacy School Application fee increase of $2.00 to $77.00 passed SFAC (9-0) and SFAS.
The fee increase was to cover inflationary costs.
Student Government Activity Fee
On behalf of the Student Government Activity Fee, Carreño submitted a proposed $6 increase
to the fee. The Student Government Student Activity Fee was established to support the
growth of student organizations, each with unique mission, that contribute to our campus’s
vibrant student life. The SG Activity Fee directly funds the operations of constitutionally funded
organizations, such as CUAB, GPSF, WXYC, and STV. Student Congress is charged with allocating
the remainder of the fee to officially recognized student groups requesting funds through the
annual budget and subsequent appropriations processes. The fee funds everything from high
quality cultural programs, films, concerts, speakers, publications, symposium and much more.
There are various reasons for the requested $6.00 increase to the Student Government Student
Activity Fee. Since the fee was last increased five years ago in 2003, inflation has gone up close
to 19%. If we were adjusting the fee just on inflationary reasons, the requested increase would
be even larger at $7.38. The Student Government Student Activity Fee is one of the five fees on
campus that is not adjusted for inflation each year, because a referendum from the Student
Body is needed to do so. Without inflationary adjustments, the revenues generated by the fee
are able to fund relatively less programming for our student organizations.
There has also been a steady increase over the past several years in the amount of Student
Organizations asking for funding as well as the actual dollar amount being requested. Instead of
having steady support groups can rely on, many groups have had to deal with declining support
from Student Congress. Student groups are forced to do more with less, and this could
drastically curtail the programming we see around our campus. Our student leaders have
responded with creative ways to work with what they have but there is only so much our
student organization can do without the adequate resources.
In addition to inflationary adjustments, the Student Government Student Activity Fee must pay
in part for the services provided to the student organizations by the Student Activities Fund
Office (SAFO). Over the past few years that number has amounted to approximately
$100,000.00, but as more services are being provided to student organizations and the cost of
these services increases there is going to be less money available to allocate to student
The Student Government Student Activity Fee was approved by the SFAC (9-0) and SFAS,
pending the approval of the student body and will be brought to student referendum in the
February 2009 General Elections.
Student Fee Audit Committee
During the fee proposal considerations, there were several issues brought forth by the
committee that are now being addressed by Student Government and the University
Administration. One of these issues was the use of and proliferation of Smart Zones currently
supported by the Technology component of the Education and Technology fee. These Smart
Zones are informal meeting spaces with technology designed for students’ group work. Each
Smart Zone offers a 50-inch wall-mounted plasma screen with a Smartboard overlay. Students
can project from their laptops onto the plasma screen and then the Smartboard overlay allows
students to make and annotate whatever has been projected. Each Smart Zone costs
approximately $15,000. The Student Technology Advisory Board has been working on the issue
and has suggested that ITS stop the proliferation of the technology until there is a specific need
or demand for the technology.
As the student fee process for the 09-10 AY is in the final stages, the SFAC is in the process of
reviewing and auditing all student fee receiving areas of campus. The committee has amended
and finalized the audit forms and sent them to over 35 prospective fee areas. Once the
committee has received the completed audit forms, the committee will be reviewing them in
depth and then request certain fee areas to present further information as needed.
The committee will also be addressing any and all irregularities in the expenditure of student
funds by fee areas and/or student organizations receiving student fee money. If any
irregularities in expenditure of student funds are found, the committee will seek to remedy
these situations by tackling any shortfalls in the funding process.
As students and their organizations continue to grow and develop into influential forces in our
community, their financial needs are also growing and developing at the same rate. Students
have become more and more creative with their fundraising efforts. Carreño has been working
with University Advancement, the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Activity Fund
Office to ensure that every effort is made to meet the needs of our students and their
innovative initiatives. With several campus entities under relatively new leadership, Carreño
has been working closely with the new staff and administrators to ensure that the needs of the
students are being accounted for and represented in their daily work. We are working towards
facilitating major gifts to student initiatives, online giving to student initiatives, and more
transparency and coordination across the campus in terms of large-sale fundraising efforts.
Along with the assistance of the SBT’s executive assistants Jeff Holmes and Ashley Demming,
Carreño was able to update the Financial Policies of the Executive Branch of Student
Government as well as develop Committee Budget Worksheets to facilitate program/ project
planning for committees by ensuring committee chairs and special project leaders understand
what is necessary for their plans to be financially feasible. These materials were distributed and
explained during the September Cabinet Kickoff event. Thus far, the budget worksheets and
request forms have been very effective in managing internal funding requests.
Tracking Capital Expenditures and Making Online Expenditures
One of the difficulties Student Government has been dealing with in the past several years is
the ability to track and control the inventory of capital expenditures ($300.00 and up) made by
student organizations through the use of Student Government funds. These purchases ought to
be more accessible to all students who wish to use them, as they belong to all fee-paying
students. The Office of the SBT is currently working with the Student Congress as well as with
the Office of Student Activities and Student Organizations to develop an online
tracking/inventory system for these types of expenditures.
In addition to improving tracking of capital expenditures, the Office of the SBT is working to
facilitate the process of online purchasing, while at the same time providing the needed
security for these expenditures. It is often difficult for student organizations to ask a student
member to make large purchases ahead of time with the expectation of being reimbursed. Not
everyone has the access to the capital or credit on their own, nor is it fair to expect them to be.
Carreño is currently looking into the feasibility of having a purchasing manager for student
organizations, which would alleviate some of the burden currently felt from the two previous
Treasurer’s Test and Certification
Carreño was able to update and improve the Organizational Treasurer certification process by
combining successful components of previous exams. Last year, for the first time, the Treasury
exam was administered electronically, but it did not contain an important problem solving
component, that previous exams had. This year’s exam is a combination of both, electronic
multiple choice and handwritten problem solving questions. The changes help ensure
Organizational Treasurer’s are succinctly qualified while at the same time allowing students to
know the results of their exam immediately upon completion.
To date, over one hundred tests have been administered by Carreño, the Associate Director for
Student Activities and Student Organizations, Jon Curtis, and the Office Manager of Student
Government, Tiera Parker.
Treasurer’s Manual and Training
Executive Assistants Holmes and Demming have been developing an up-to-date Organizational
Treasurer’s Manual that will serve as a tool to ensure students are being effective and efficient
with their funds and are knowledgeable about the ins and outs of being an Organizational
Treasurer, a lot of which can be lost within organizational turnover and transition. In addition to
the Organizational Treasurer’s Manual, the Office of the SBT has been working closely with the
Finance Committee of Student Congress to organize a training that will be open to all student
organizations on budgeting and requesting funding. This will prove to be especially helpful
during the annual budget process in early February.
Day-to-Day Duties of the Student Body Treasurer
The day-to-day duties of Carreño included working to answer questions from student
organizations regarding the funding, helping student organizations find resources for
programming and events, and communicating organizational needs with the Student Activities
Fund Office, the Carolina Union as well as various other areas on campus. Carreño has worked
to develop a proper means of funding the programs and initiatives of the Executive Branch.
Carreño has also worked to ensure the new Finance Committee and new Student Congress are
familiar with past precedents and with a general understanding of how the finances associated
with Student Government and Student fees work. He has also been continuing the work
started during the 89th Student Congress in assisting publications leverage printers into offering
reduced prices and organizing a bid process.
Carreño continues to work closely with members of the 90 th Student Congress to propose
legislation that will continue to clarify and facilitate the funding process for officially recognized
Student Body Secretary
Andrew Daub leads by working in team environments. Last spring, he selected three wonderful
Executive Assistants: Kelsey Miller, Shruti Shah, and Nacarla Webb. Together, they all form
Team Secretary. Andrew worked with the rest of Team Secretary over the summer to create a
collaborative group philosophy and engaging, productive work ethic.
Andrew started this year with the hope of expanding transparency across the Carolina campus.
He set the foundation for a renewed partnership with the Daily Tar Heel and has also
established new collaborations with other media sources.
Team Secretary worked with Carolina Week early in the semester. Nacarla Webb represented
the television show at September’s Cabinet Kickoff meeting.
Andrew also partnered with ITS to increase collaboration between Student Government and
the Carolina technology and web community. He worked with Beth Millibank at ITS to help the
Technology and Web Committee publicize and carry out the Technology Fair in September.
Andrew has also worked to facilitate communication within the Executive Branch of Student
Government. He will continue to work with the Outreach Committee to help Cabinet better
access the student body. Andrew has also worked to strengthen communication lines during
within the Executive Branch. He has submitted minutes during weekly Cabinet and Executive
Branch Officer meetings.
Student Government Radio Show and Partnership with WXYC
Andrew had two meetings with WXYC to coordinate this year’s partnership between the
Executive Branch and on-campus radio station. A biweekly show for the Executive Branch will
air next semester starting the first week of classes in January. This show will give JJ Raynor the
opportunity to share exciting and pertinent student government news with this campus area
and campus community members the chance to ask questions and offer feedback. Individual
shows will also cater to specific topics, student interests, platform projects, and campus issues.
Members of Cabinet will serve as guests on the show. Other speakers and panelists will also
join the show throughout next semester. Podcasts of the WXYC show will be made available
online. Andrew will coordinate the plans for show schedules and topics and serve as the liaison
between student government and WXYC.
Hot Buzz Issues
Andrew will be working on a series of functions that unite student leaders and other students
to dialogue hot buzz issues present in campus, local, and global communities. Hot buzz issues
and hot chocolate will both make appearances.
Student Government Suite Makeover
Andrew will work with Team Secretary to lead several makeover projects in the Student
Government Suite. He is currently working on a word wall. These projects will make the suite
more accessible to all students, more inviting, and ultimately a happier, more fulfilling place for
connection, collaboration, growth, work, and fun.
Student Government Connections
Andrew will work with other student government leaders to coordinate social activities that
connect different branches and increase the overall sense of community within UNC student
I finished exams last May, went home for a week, and returned to Chapel Hill for a week of
classes. This coursework framed my independent research in Singapore. I studied the
Singapore Arts Festival for a month and then shared my findings with other Tar Heel
researchers in Hong Kong. At the end of June, I returned to the States. I stayed in Atlanta,
Georgia for six weeks with my family. During my time in Atlanta, I took an introductory
screenwriting course at Emory University and volunteered with the National Black Arts Festival.
I then made my way back up to Chapel Hill to check out my first off-campus home. I dropped
my things and immediately shipped out with the rest of the officers to the North Carolina
mountains for Outward Bound. I ended the summer with Carolina United, some last-minute
R&R, and a slew of trips to Yogurt Pump.
This year has been marked by significant personal growth, challenge, and discovery. A kid on
the new block, I have truly been humbled by the depth of experience and energy surrounding
student government. I have also witnessed the conglomeration of so many varied approaches
to improving UNC and such diverse leadership styles. Thus far, I have enjoyed engaging with so
many folks in the Student Government Suite and talking about these different perspectives. My
leadership philosophy stems from connecting with others; therefore, a lot of my work has
focused on always keeping my door open so that I can enter conversations at all hours of the
day (emphasis: all hours). These conversations have touched on so many topics – the
challenges of UNC academics, the future of Carolina, personal experiences and challenges, silly
YouTube videos and beyond. I believe that full growth reflects self-awareness and self-
challenge; strong leaders dig deep and get real. I’m so looking forward to continue meeting
new folks, seeing old faces, and talking our way through next semester.
P.S. I also immensely enjoy color and fun and brightness. I’ve made a word wall in my own
office, and I hope to continue spreading the sunshine of happy spaces across the suite.
Chief of Staff
Recruitment and Selection
Chief of Staff Cameron Randall continued recruitment efforts through the end of August and
into September. Following the recruitment timeline that he laid out over the summer,
Cameron organized successful recruitment events at Fall Fest and during Week of Welcome.
The interest open house that took place in late August was a very successful event that allowed
committee co-chairs to generate large lists of potential committee members. Cameron
instructed committee co-chairs to make contact with interested students and provided a
general committee membership application for use by each of the committees and special
projects. Committee and special project co-chairs selected committee members and full
committee meetings began by mid-September.
Chief of Staff Cameron Randall organized the first-ever Cabinet Kick-off, a three-hour meeting
of Executive Branch officers, executive assistants, and committee/special project co-chairs. The
event was designed to give Executive Branch members the opportunity to get to know each
other through icebreakers and teambuilding activities. Activities and sessions throughout the
event were designed to allow Executive Branch members the opportunity to begin to form
working relationships with one another. A good portion of Cabinet Kick-off was devoted to
exploring what it means to write and have a vision statement. Committee and special project
co-chairs worked on developing a vision statement for the year and were encouraged to
continue to reflect upon the statement over the course of their term. Co-chairs also rotated
through a series of three workshops: one about working with administrators and the press, one
about event planning and financing, and one about student government and University
administration. A packet of supplemental information prepared by Student Body Secretary
Andrew Daub and his executive assistants was provided to each of the co-chairs. A final
debriefing took place at the end of the Kick-off event. Co-chairs were able to discuss their
hope, goals, and concerns for the upcoming year. The event was attended by the Daily Tar Heel
and Carolina Week and both groups ran stories about it.
Weekly Cabinet Meetings
Chief of Staff Cameron Randall organized the weekly meetings of the Executive Branch Cabinet.
Each week, Cameron prepared a meeting that included time for committee and special project
updates, updates from the Executive Branch officers, a leadership development activity or
discussion about leading committees, and a discussion or two on pertinent or time-sensitive
issues. Cameron also invited guest speakers such as Terri Houston of the Office for Diversity
and Multicultural Affairs and Shea Grisham with the Carolina Annual Fund to attend and speak
at select meetings. Weekly Cabinet meetings offer a set time for committees to be updated on
what the larger student government is doing and also provide co-chairs with time to
collaborate on larger or multifaceted projects.
Weekly On-line Reports
Chief of Staff Cameron Randall, with the help of Chief Information Officer Mac Mollison,
designed an on-line reporting system for use by committee and special project co-chairs. The
system allows committee and special project co-chairs to log into the student government
website and complete a report of progress made. The reports are due each week and give
committee and special project co-chairs the opportunity to share their successes and concerns
regarding project progress. Blurbs from the weekly updates are compiled each week and sent
to the Daily Tar Heel as well as posted to the Student Government website. This reporting
system allows student government to make strides in transparency.
Update Bulletin Board
Using the former two administrations as an example, Chief of Staff Cameron Randall and
Executive Assistant Kim Hutter designed and constructed a large, interactive bulletin board in
the Student Government Suite. This year, platform points were listed below their
corresponding committee. Each week during Cabinet meetings, Cameron asks committee and
special project co-chairs to write on a card one or two sentences that describe progress they
have made that week on a platform point of their choosing. The cards are added to the bulletin
board to create a tangible running record of platform or project progress. Cameron notes
completion of a project or platform point directly on the bulletin board. The update bulletin
board serves to recognize the work and accomplishments of committee and special project co-
chairs. It also offers a history of progress in an open and accessible space.
Chief of Staff Cameron Randall, along with his executive assistants, has organized a Tuition
Forum at the request of Student Body President J.J. Raynor. The forum will be held in early
November. Panelists from the Carolina Annual Fund, Student Government, and the Provost’s
Office will be present. The aim of the Tuition Forum is to educate students about where tuition
dollars go, provide the opportunity for students to ask questions about tuition and tuition hikes,
and offer a space for dialogue so that student concerns may be voiced.
The Officer Perspective
The year has been nothing short of amazing. I am thoroughly enjoying my time as Chief of Staff
and all of the opportunities I’ve had this year. I have been able to share my knowledge of
leadership with others and at the same time have learned a lot more about what it means to be
a student leader on Carolina’s campus. Working with the other Executive Branch officers has
given me the opportunity to form strong friendships with people who are committed to making
the UNC student experience as best as possible. I admire the work, ideas, and progress of each
of the officers. The committee and special project co-chairs also make up an incredible group.
Each week, I am thrilled to be a part of Cabinet, a group of about forty fellow students who
display passion in everything that they do. This year’s co-chairs are particularly knowledgeable,
driven, and excited. I have enjoyed working with each of them and watching them succeed in
I am looking forward to the rest of the term. Yes, there is a lot to be done. But the great
progress we have made thus far makes me all the more confident in what the group can do. I
look forward to more great dialogue at Cabinet meetings, continued student activism, and
further strengthening of our Student Government family.
Katie Sue Zellner
Safety and Relations with the Chapel Hill Police Department
Since taking office as Senior Adviser in April, Katie Sue has worked to promote the installation
of three blue lights on the streets of Chapel Hill. The three blue lights, along with increased
pedestrian level lighting, were made possible through student fees amounting to $80,000.
These student fees, given by the UNC student body to the town of Chapel Hill, will allow the
town to install these critical safety measures. Katie Sue attended the May 5, 2008 town council
meeting to voice student support for increased safety measures, especially blue lights. Historic
district zoning and ornery neighbors made the placement of one of the blue lights on McCauley
Street a contested issue, but Student Body President, J.J. Raynor, town engineer Kumar
Neppalli, and the Chapel Hill Police Department worked hard to find an alternative location.
While McCauley Street may remain without a blue light, its pedestrian-level lighting will
improve, and Merrit Mill Road will benefit from an additional blue light. Katie Sue and other
executive branch officers reached a consensus on the alternative blue light location with the
Chapel Hill Police Department during a June 13, 2008 meeting at the department’s community
Student Life: Sophomore Reorientation
While not originally part of J.J.’s platform, the Raynor administration and Student Life
committee co-chairs, Jasmin Jones and Yosha Gunaseke, agreed to continue with the
Sophomore Reorientation program, which began in last year’s administration under then-
Student Body President, Eve Carson.
Katie Sue helped to explain to Jasmin and Yosha the intent of Sophomore Reorientation is to
ease the transition into the second year of college. Sophomore Reorientation gives students a
chance to know about opportunities easily overlooked during the excitement of CTOPS. After
their first year, students have had some time to acclimate to Carolina and to try out different
areas of study and extracurricular activities. Sophomore year is the time for a more in depth
look at the paths students’ education can take, and it is vital that students be presented an
opportunity to easily (at one set time and set place and face-to-face) ask questions about the
many programs Carolina has to offer. Key to last year’s Reorientation were interactive and
informative representatives from programs including the Office of Study Abroad, University
Career Services, the Office of Undergraduate Research, and professional and graduate
programs. Over the summer, Katie Sue corresponded with Yosha in order to discuss the
structure of the program and to advise on funding, location and set-up, catering, and
advertising for this year’s Sophomore Reorientation. Jasmin and Yosha did an excellent job of
building on last year’s program and reinvigorating it with some structural adjustments. This
year, program representatives gave the crowd an overview of their program from the stage in
the Great Hall before transitioning to an information fair-set up. Academic Advising, University
Career Services, ROTC, Study Abroad, the School of Education, the School of Public Health,
Campus Y, Center for Public Service, Office of Undergraduate Research, Carolina Women's
Center, and Carolina Leadership were all there to answer questions and provide information to
students looking to enrich their Carolina experience.
Carson Administration Big Ideas: The Eve Marie Carson Scholarship
Katie Sue has been working with Andy Woods, Emir Sandhu, and the rest of the Carson
Scholarship committee as they develop and publicize the inaugural application for rising
seniors. As a member of the selection committee, Katie Sue worked hard to ensure that the
application questions reflect the Eve’s original intent for the scholarship and also reflect the
friend, leader, and student in Eve, loved by so many on the UNC campus. As a next step, Katie
Sue and J.J. plan to work intensely on pursuing potential big donors and want to work closely
with Scholarship fundraising coordinator, Annalee Bloomfield, in broadening the scope of the
scholarship’s fundraising efforts to include athletics and auctions.
Katie Sue was also able to meet briefly with James Taylor before his October 20 concert in
Chapel Hill to pitch the idea of a Carson Scholarship concert featuring, of course, James Taylor.
The committee is very enthused about this prospect, and Mr. Taylor was also very interested
and plans to correspond with Dr. Emil Kang, director of Carolina Performing Arts, in order to go
over possible dates. With the Eve’s idea of the Carolina Way having inspired in so many of her
classmates leadership, goals, and community, so serves James Taylor’s music as the sound track
of the Carolina Way. Please refer to the Carson Scholarship committee’s report for a full
description of the scholarship and its progress.
Katie Sue also worked closely with Anita Walton at the GAA to develop an appropriate
Homecoming event to honor Eve and to raise money for the scholarship named in her memory.
At Katie Sue’s suggestion, Anita invited the chairs of the Spring Musicfest committee to be
involved in the planning of the event. Emily Motely is spear heading Student Government’s
The Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education
Katie Sue has given peripheral advice to the philanthropy chairs of Pi Beta Phi and Phi Delta
Theta, respectively Sallie Wallace and John Duckett, as they plan one of the largest 5K races
Carolina has ever seen. Katie Sue worked with Sallie and John as they proposed the idea to
Eve’s parents and sought their approval for recipients of money raised: Clyde Erwin Elementary
School, First Book, and the Eve Marie Carson Scholarship. Sallie, John, and Katie Sue also
worked to come up with a list of potential race sponsors. For more information, please visit
The Eve Marie Carson Garden
Working closely with Student Body President, J.J. Raynor, and Associate Vice Chancellor of
Student Affairs, Chris Payne, Katie Sue helped to develop a proposal for a garden honoring the
life of Eve Marie Carson. Katie Sue put time into soliciting ideas from friends of Eve and worked
to effectively communicate those ideas and the sentiments behind them to University
administrators. In the Spring, she met with University landscape architect, Jill Coleman, and she
continued to correspond with Ms. Coleman, Dr. Payne, J.J. Raynor, Virginia Carson, and Vice
Chancellor Peggy Jablonski over the summer. At the end of August, an agreement on a
proposal for the Eve Marie Carson Garden had been reached, and the proposal was submitted
and approved by the Naming Committee in the Fall. The Eve Marie Carson Garden will be
located behind the Campus Y building and adjacent to Hanes Hall.
With the Naming Committee’s approval, Dr. Payne was able to move forward in his discussions
with the University landscape architect, Jill Coleman. Having the input of J.J., Virginia Carson,
and me, Dr. Payne and Ms. Coleman will develop several concepts for the garden, from which
students, administrators, and friends and family of Eve can choose. Katie Sue, after speaking
with Teresa Carson, suggested gardenias as a focal point, but is mainly concerned with the
garden being a place of gathering, a place of celebration, and a place for campus-saturated
reflection at this cross-roads location. Dr. Payne is in talks with Building and Grounds to
determine how much money, outside of the Buildings and Grounds budget, needs to be raised
to fund the construction of the garden. The hope is to solicit friends of Eve and some North
Carolina- and Georgia-based businesses, such as Lowes and Home Depot, for donations and
Election Day Forum
At the suggestion of Dr. Jablonski, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Student
Government’s adviser, Jon Curtis, Katie Sue is working with the Carolina Advocacy Committee
to set up a post-election day forum. This November 5 event, scheduled to take place in the
Great Hall, will be an opportunity for students to respond to the results of the National and
State elections and will provide an outlet for the question, “What Next?” It’s important that
the civic engagement of our young people does not stop on November 4; with all the efforts of
student organizations “to get out the vote,” students must talk about the ways they can
continue to engage their communities beyond the excitement of this year’s campaigns.
On Giving Advice:
The Senior Adviser’s Perspective on Working with Students and Administrators
I have had a fabulous time listening to the ideas of my fellow students and brainstorming with
them ways to produce effective results for the campus community. It has been so rewarding to
watch Student Life take ownership of Sophomore Reorientation and add their ideas to this
ever-evolving program. Similarly, I worked with Arts Advocacy chairs, Allison Rackley and Skylar
Gudas, to help them determine the direction and purpose that they wanted to give to a
traditional service of student government, the Student Arts Forums. Skylar and Allison decided
that they wanted establish a topic and guest speaker for each forum while also reaching out to
every arts organization possible through personal connections and through the database of
On the whole, I encourage Cabinet members to use their committees as a space for new ideas
and as an interface for collaboration among student organizations that overlap with the
committee’s interest. The committees are an effective tool for bringing together student
organizations (both similar and dissimilar in focus) to work on common projects and to develop
communication about each other’s events and goals. It’s important to me to work on brining
student government to the student body in an accessible and friendly way. This could start
with free doughnuts in the Student Government suite, or it could entail a silly outreach
campaign in the pit. In any case, a goal of mine is to work on everyday outreach to students so
that student government is perceived not only as an effective group of students but also as a
vibrant community and fun place to be.
Beyond engaging other students, I have spent time meeting with some of the University’s
administrators just to brain storm! During a meeting with Ms. Terri Houston, Director of
Minority Student Recruitment and Diversity Programs, I suggested the importance to
prospective students of one-on-one interaction with current students and professors. How can
we better show off the student culture to our prospective students? It’s not about the panels –
it’s about meeting students one-on-one and maybe getting a personal tour of the pit and the
student union. How can we encourage prospective students to explore faculty and academics
at UNC while making their college decision? The Admissions Office could offer a short directory
of faculty who are willing to receive phone calls and emails from respective students. In any
case, I think Carolina needs to do a better job of tooting its own horn and flaunting what it’s got
– great, great people who are willing to engage those around them, even a brand new
On another occasion, Jim Kessler invited me to his office to discuss accessibility on campus. Mr.
Kessler is a champion for the independence of students who are classified as disabled. He
wants to make sure that the facilities and opportunities offered to Carolina students are
accessible to all its students, even when that requires a little extra work on the part of the
University. Because student government is often the outlet through which innovative ideas are
first synthesized into concrete programs or policies, Mr. Kessler wanted to remind me that one
facet of our work is accessibility and that he is always there to offer advice and help.
Specifically, as students use Itunes U more and more, we students need to advocate for
transcripts to be posted along with the podcasts, so that the hearing-impaired can also enjoy
that lecture coincided with Chemistry Lab. Mr. Kessler was full of encouragement and eye-
opening suggestions; what a nice guy!?
Last but not least, I am so grateful to work with a wonder group of Executive Branch officers!
Chiming in at cabinet is a highlight of my week! I’m happy to be here to pass on advice from my
past work with student government whether I’m passing along PR tips for the Student
Government “manual” or working with the officers to set goals and reflect on progress. It’s a
great team full of hard-workers and critical thinkers, and I love being associated with them! On
October 15, I went with some fellow officers and cabinet members to North Carolina Central
University as we discussed a plan for the Unity Fest that Duke and NCCU have sponsored in the
past (this is Carolina’s first year of involvement). All of the student government representative
contributed practical and creative ideas – we advocated for transportation from UNC to the
event and for “tabling” so that information about each school could be presented on a one-on-
one basis – but Carolina’s student government has the most genuine energy! But, of course,
that was no surprise; it’s the Carolina spirit that inspires the work of student government and
brings its people together.
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, my role is to facilitate access to information for both the public
and members of student government, as well as to serve as an adviser to the other officers.
I met a number of goals in redesigning the Executive Branch website.
First, the website will be easy to maintain in the future, and it will be easy to adapt it to a new
administration. This is an improvement over the previous website, which was technically more
Second, the website makes it easy for committee leaders and external appointees to submit
reports about their progress to the Chief of Staff and the Vice President.
Finally, the website makes it easy for committee leaders to update pages with basic information
about their committee, which facilitates both recruitment and knowledge-sharing with the
The previous website had a system of blogs which the committees were required to post to on
a regular basis, to share information with the public and the Chief of Staff. This seemed like too
much work for too little reward; there was little evidence that the public followed the blogs,
and the blogs were not a particularly efficient way to share information between committees
and the Chief of Staff. The reporting system now in place, without blogs, seems to work much
The website is part of a pilot by the Division of Student Affairs using the Joomla content
management system. Joomla includes minor, and mainly aesthetic, improvements over the
previous system, Mambo.
In addition to working on the website, I've provided technical support and services for
committee members and officers. For example, I've helped facilitate sign-ups for interview
times by deploying a simple, custom web application. I've also simplified the process for
updating the Student Code and have shared the improved mechanism with the Student Body
Secretary. I hope to document this system and further refine it so that the task of maintaining
the Code is even easier for future administrations.
David Bevevino, Co-Chair
Paul Shorkey, Co-Chair
Honors Program Expansion
The original goal of this platform point was to expand the Honors Program at Carolina to
include more students on the basis that there were many “Honors caliber” students not
admitted each year due to size constraints. After a meeting with Dean Owen of the College of
Arts and Sciences in May and a meeting with Dean Leloudis of the Honors Program in
September, the Academic Affairs Committee has concluded that the administration has
complete and thorough plans to do just this: Expand the size of the Honors Program. The main
portion of the expansion includes the addition of 15 new professorships to the University. In
order to do this, 15 million dollars in private gifts have been raised by the administration. This
money will all come in to the University within the next three to five years, and it will matched
by 7.5 million dollars of North Carolina state funding. All in all, this 22.5 million dollars will be
used to fund the endowment on 15 new professorships in a number of different departments
on campus. In order to expand the number of courses offered by the Honors Program, each
department receiving one of these new professors will be required to teach 4 new Honors
courses. Enrollment in the program itself is set to increase as well, with the addition of 25 to 36
students for the entering class of 2013. The Honors Program eventually wishes to double in
size, with a total of 380 to 400 students.
When Paul met with Dean Leloudis in September, they discussed the possibility of Student
Government helping in any way during this expansion process. Dean Leloudis cited that almost
everything regarding the expansion was pretty much under control. He did mention a few
publicity needs regarding Honors Study Abroad and the need for students to know that they
can take an Honors course even if not enrolled in the program, but beyond this he suggested
very little for Student Government to become involved with. Currently there is a group of
about four Academic Affairs Committee members working to find out what exactly the Honors
Program may need regarding publicity, but responses from this office have been virtually non-
existent. As it stands, the platform point is completed, and although the committee will
continue to be in contact with the program throughout the year, it does not anticipate this
being a focus of its work.
C-START Expansion to Juniors
This platform point aims to open up the C-START Undergraduate Teaching program application
process to juniors, as this is now an experience available only to seniors. Danny Randolph is the
student authority on campus with regard to C-START and is the Chair of the C-START Advisory
Committee. Paul has been working closely with Danny on the project of opening the
application process to juniors. In September, Danny and Paul met to discuss the merits of the
C-START program and put down on paper a thorough set of reasons that C-START should be
open to juniors. These include, among others, the fact that students would not have to choose
between writing an Honors Thesis and teaching a course and that the administration currently
allows third-year seniors to teach a C-START course. During September, a subcommittee of the
Academic Affairs Committee was formed to deal with this issue directly. The five or so
members of this subcommittee met with Paul to be briefed on the current situation, and they
were provided a document compiled by Paul to help them understand C-START and how the
committee was going to approach working on this point over the course of the year.
The subcommittee then met with Paul and Danny in early October in order to discuss and
devise a formal “game plan” for moving forward on this issue. The general structure of this
plan is to convince Dean Leloudis and Dean Owen that allowing juniors to be a part of the C-
START program is a fair, reasonable, and good idea. After this, these Deans would hopefully
give the subcommittee permission to appear before the Faculty Administrative Board. This
Board approves all topics related to academic credit hours, and they would have to make the
final approval on opening up the program to juniors. The subcommittee members left this
meeting with a number of areas in which they needed to search for data/metrics that would
prove to Dean Owen and Dean Leloudis that juniors exist at Carolina that would be just as
qualified as any senior to teach a course. They are in the process of collecting and compiling
this data now and the plan is to have most of it by early November.
Danny and Paul met again in mid-October to work out a draft for a formal proposal suggesting
that C-START be made available to juniors. This outline is in the process of being completed,
and once Danny and Paul are satisfied with its state, then it will be sent out to the members of
the subcommittee so that they can write the proposal. Danny and Paul will exercise oversight,
editing power, and the final say in what the proposal actually contains in its final form.
By the time of the next C-START Advisory Committee meeting on October 29, Danny and Paul
hope to be able to explain to Dean Leloudis, who is also a member of the committee, that they
have been working diligently on this project and would like an opportunity to sit down with him
to convince him that it is a great idea. They then plan to devise a presentation and proceed
Expand Involvement in Undergraduate Research
A subcommittee of the Academic Affairs Committee was formed in mid-September to deal
specifically with undergraduate research. They were then briefed by Paul on what Academic
Affairs has done for Undergraduate Research in the past, and were given some ways of possibly
moving forward with the accomplishment of this platform point. Mostly, they were told to
keep their “thinking caps” on for ideas and opportunities to increase undergraduate
involvement in and knowledge of undergraduate research.
In early September, Paul met with the main editors of Carolina Scientific, a student-run and
student-written scientific journal on campus. They publish a journal two times each year, with
students submitting all sorts of articles. Paul asked the editors if they would be willing to work
with the Academic Affairs Committee to use some “ad space” in their magazine for describing a
number of the research opportunities available on campus. They were very excited about this,
and will be contacting Paul in late October so that Academic Affairs Committee can work on
some pages for them before their first publication.
In late September, the Academic Affairs Committee facilitated an opportunity for the Office of
Undergraduate Research (OUR) to speak and hold an informational session during a Carolina
program called “Sophomore Re-orientation.” This program is actually put on by another
committee of Student Government called the Student Life Committee, and Paul was in close
correspondence with the Co-Chairs of this committee in order to make sure that the Office of
Undergraduate Research would have ample opportunity to talk with students during the
program. Once Academic Affairs connected the Office of Undergraduate Research with the
Student Life committee, the OUR was able to prepare a fifteen minute information session for
the students attending Sophomore Re-orientation and were also allowed to have a booth at the
less formal part of the program. The OUR felt they had “hit home” with a number of students
and were very pleased with how Sophomore Re-orientation worked for them.
A member of the Undergraduate Research subcommittee, Maria Miranda, has also been
working on an idea of hers to help connect people working in a professional field with
undergraduate students wanting to shadow someone in this field. This would, in theory, allow
students to get a better idea of whether they would like to enter graduate school in a particular
area. The shadowing would include, among others, positions in medicine and law. Maria’s idea
is to essentially create a medium through which people actually working in these fields who are
willing to allow an undergraduate student to shadow them can be connected with
undergraduates wanting to do so. Maria just proposed this idea in late September, so she is
still talking to a number of campus organizations such as University Career Services to check on
the feasibility of such an idea. If it does seem like this has the potential to become a legitimate
program, then the Academic Affairs Committee will certainly take this on as one of their
projects for the year.
The Undergraduate Research subcommittee will be meeting with Diana Gergel on Wednesday,
October 22 in order to discuss the Carolina Research Scholars Program (CRSP) and more
specifically what the Academic Affairs Committee would be able to do to expand and improve
CRSP. Because Diana worked so closely with the birth of CRSP last year, she should have
important insights and tangible goals in mind regarding what might help to make the program
bigger and better. Once the subcommittee reaches these goals, they will immediately begin
working on CRSP.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Process Facilitation
Given that this is the first time Student Government has really tried to tackle anything related
to the IRB, it has taken some time for the Academic Affairs Committee to understand what
exactly this process entails and what their goal is regarding the platform. Paul took the first
part of the year to do this and then held a meeting with the IRB subcommittee to explain what
the IRB is and does and to provide them with some materials that would help them learn more
about it. After taking the time to correspond with J.J. Raynor regarding her intentions when
placing this in the platform, it came to light that the main goal of the Academic Affairs
Committee this year in relation to IRB would be to provide more trainings and informational
sessions on it, specifically targeting students who were more likely to do research over the
course of their time at Carolina.
David and Paul have been working with a group of Carolina administrators to develop pre-
departure and re-entry programs for students traveling abroad either over the summer or
during the academic year, with the thought of streamlining a number of separate orientation
and re-entry programs into a large, comprehensive one. There has also been talk of holding an
IRB training/informational session in collaboration with a pre-departure program in March of
2009, and talks between this group and the Academic Affairs Co-Chairs will continue on this
John Xie, a member of the IRB subcommittee, met with Martha Arnold of the Office of
Undergraduate Research on Wednesday, October 15 to talk about the possibility of co-
sponsorship of at least one IRB training session in the fall of 2008. The results of this meeting
are not yet known as it was very recent, but the committee thinks that there is great promise
for this goal.
Eight Semester Policy Initiative
This initiative is not an official platform point, but a project that David and Paul have picked up
throughout the year. In early October, the executive officers of Student Government called
David and Paul in for a meeting regarding this new policy, which essentially highly encourages
students to finish their undergraduate education in 8 semesters as they will now have to apply
for permission to complete a 9th. Before this policy was implemented, students were allowed 9
full semesters at Carolina before having to petition for a 10 th. During the meeting between
David, Paul, and the executive officers, they discussed the reasoning behind this policy,
publicity issues, and possible groups of affected students. It was then suggested that David and
Paul schedule a meeting with Dean Owen to discuss particular issues relating to the policy.
Paul and David then met with Dean Owen in the week following their discussion with the
executive officers to discuss the new eight semester graduation policy seen in the
Undergraduate Bulletin. The discussion took one hour and was very constructive with Dean
Owen explaining that the policy was in no way meant to keep students from graduating.
Among other things, they discussed the reasoning for the policy, the reasons that people would
be denied a ninth semester, and how the policy was being communicated to students. Dean
Owen suggested that David and Paul follow up with ways to publicize the new policy to
students, with special attention to the class of 2011. David and Paul fully intend to work with
the College of Arts and Sciences to communicate this policy to students in novel and
appropriate ways, as it is a change from the University’s past policy. They will also follow up
with Dean Owen regarding any lingering, unresolved issues on the end of Student Government
following this meeting.
Study Abroad Pre-Departure and Re-Entry Initiative-An opportunity for peer advising in Study
The Academic Affairs Committee was charged with creating a peer advising structure for Study
Abroad students that would help them choose the best program for themselves. This involves
sharing experiential information, academic information (not academic advising though), and
cultural information between students.
In September Co-Chair Paul Shorkey was contacted by Lucy Lewis of the Campus Y about a
committee that had formed to create programming that would better prepare students
traveling to developing nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and would also welcome
students back to the Carolina community upon their return. This committee includes faculty,
staff, administration, and students from departments ranging from Study Abroad to APPLES to
the Department of African Studies. Paul brought this project to the Academic Affairs
Committee’s attention, and David and he decided to participate in the planning process. They
have met twice already, and there is a third meeting planned for October 23.
This program’s focus will be on cultural competency and ethics. Jenny Huq from APPLES and
Lucy Lewis from the Campus Y are chairing the committee. The committee wants to make sure
that students participating in service, service-learning, and research programs are prepared to
make the most of their experiences by becoming familiar with the culture and also by knowing
the ethics of serving and researching a community. The components of the pre-departure
Cultural competency training that is region specific
Role playing with people trained in situations that students may encounter
Research ethics training
Interpersonal relationship education to know the appropriateness of certain
relationships in service, service-learning, and research programs
The specifics of the program have not been finalized yet, but Paul and David are stressing the
importance of having students participate as group leaders and advisers in this program. With
many students on this campus having participated in previous service, service-learning, and
research programs in developing areas, these students are an invaluable resource in preparing
prospective students for their experiences. Paul and David hope this will lead into a more
formalized peer advising program for Study Abroad. The students serving as facilitators and
discussion moderators will be available to provide experiential and personal information about
their time abroad. The Office of Study Abroad and the pre-departure committee will inform
these advisers about what type of information is appropriate and helpful to other students.
These guidelines are important due to the sensitive nature of traveling to developing nations.
The training provided to these peer advisers will allow them to work with the Study Abroad
staff in helping students choose the best individual-specific programs.
In more general Study Abroad work, Co-chair David Bevevino has partnered with President JJ
Raynor to work with Director of Study Abroad Bob Miles and Associate Director Kathryn
Goforth to create a peer advising system for all Study Abroad programs. They will be meeting
in mid-November to review the proposal submitted to Study Abroad early in the semester.
David and JJ will also be discussing more ways to communicate with parents about their child’s
study abroad program so that parents better understand the proper lines of communication in
case of an emergency.
The Academic Affairs Committee was also charged with finding ways to create more study
abroad opportunities in Africa and in the sciences. The committee discussed this with Study
Abroad over the summer, and the directors of that office were happy to hear that students
would provide support for new programs that they may establish. The committee will continue
to monitor the progress of any new programs and provide support to help get them off the
Student-Designed Clusters Platform Point
The Academic Affairs Committee was charged with increasing awareness of the Cluster
Programs in the post-2006 curriculum. By educating the student body, especially the younger
students, this exciting part of the post-2006 curriculum can be better utilized. The second
phase of this project is to create a system by which students can design their own Cluster
Programs that will remain available to future students. This will increase students’ ownership
and responsibility in their Carolina educational experiences.
The Student-Designed Clusters Team has been one of the most active of the Academic Affairs
Committee. The members of this platform project team have decided that they first must make
the campus more aware of what Clusters are in the post-2006 curriculum and how the Cluster
Programs can help students fulfill requirements while also learning about a multi-faceted issue
such as the World Wars. This publicity will include a campus forum on Clusters to be hosted on
October 22 at 5:00 PM in Union 3209. Members of the subcommittee made fliers and
distributed them in the Pit prior to the forum, and they have attempted to get the event
catered by Jimmy Johns. The forum will bring members of the Office of Undergraduate
Curricula and professors who have organized these Clusters so that they can give the best and
most accurate information about them. While the team did do extensive research about the
Clusters for their own information, they do not seek to fill the roles of Academic Advisers or
professors who are much more equipped to answer student questions. In order to attract
students, the subcommittee framed the forum as a way for students to expand their
registration options as they attempt to fulfill requirements. The team has received very
positive responses from the OUC and the professors, so they hope to make this a very
beneficial forum. It is planned for this date in order to reach out to sophomores and first-years
before they register. At the forum the subcommittee will collect some feedback from students
about Clusters and will use this to steer their future work.
This future work includes the second phase of the platform point, the process of creating a
system through which students can design their own Cluster Programs. This part of the project
will involve discussions with administrators and faculty members to ensure that students
designing Clusters will meet high standards so that the classes they choose to create that
Cluster will fit into the rigorous post-2006 curriculum.
Recognition of Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty
As this year’s administration set out to improve the Carolina academic experience, it was
thought that more emphasis needed to be placed on faculty excellence in working with
undergraduates. It is this subcommittee’s task to find ways to better publicize and recognize
professors who dedicate a great deal of time to working with undergraduates in and out of the
classroom. This may include new awards or simply creative ways of making the community
more aware of these special people.
This platform project team is approaching various offices around campus to make the lists of
award-winning professors more available to students. One of the members also serves on the
University Teaching Awards committee as an external appointee of Student Government, and
this provides greater access to the teaching awards information and process. The team has
contacted Debbie Stevenson, director of the teaching awards, in the Office of the Provost in
order to start its process of making these outstanding teachers and mentors more visible to the
community. One idea they have is to create a special list of or marking on the names of the
professors on the Course Search Engine on the website of the Office of the University Registrar.
This will allow students to quickly see which professors in their fields of study have been
recognized as outstanding teachers. The team is now in the process of contacting the Office of
the University Registrar to investigate the feasibility of this idea.
This team’s work continues in the area of creating more opportunities for recognizing members
of the faculty who go above and beyond in their efforts to benefit the lives of undergraduates
at Carolina. The committee has discussed adding additional awards, more heavily publicizing
the teaching awards process, creating opportunities for students and faculty to interact among
other ideas. This work is critically important to Carolina right now as the whole campus has
embraced the Chancellor Thorp’s dedication to even greater academic excellence. This team’s
work will not stop at this excellence, however. Members are seeking ways to couple academic
excellence with life skills education that truly outstanding faculty members emphasize in all of
their interactions with undergraduates.
Academic Advising Messaging System
Communicating electronically with Academic Advisers has at times been a logistical challenge
for students simply because Advisers spend so much of their time dedicated to personal
meetings with students. Also, Academic Advising Programs sometimes receive questions that
do not fall under their jurisdiction, so students feel that they have to go all around campus to
get a simple question answered. AAP and Academic Affairs have set out to address these
concerns by creating a more efficient email messaging system and a blueprint of university
The Academic Advising Messaging System is making good progress. The members of this team
have done a good job of following the action plan set up by Co-Chair David Bevevino and
Academic Adviser Andre’ Wesson in September. This was a week-by-week action plan that
started with reviewing questions that had been previously prepared for the FAQ and for the
university resource blueprint. Early in the semester it was decided that these questions would
not be limited to just Academic Advising Program’s responsibilities. Because AAP often receives
questions about other university departments Andre’ Wesson felt that it was important to help
students find their way around Carolina’s campus with a more all inclusive resource on the AAP
website. This will help students navigate the campus and help AAP meet its responsibilities
more effectively. The model for this blueprint came from a smaller one created by members of
the Student Academic Advising Board last year. David has been submitting weekly reports to
Andre’ Wesson so that the pair’s work will coincide and produce consistent results. The next
steps include creating a user-friendly model for the FAQ and for the blueprint that will allow
students to find answers to their questions as quickly and easily as possible. David and Andre’
Wesson will meet soon to discuss the next steps in the implementation of this FAQ and
blueprint on the Academic Advising Programs website.
Pre-Graduate School Advising
With 60% of Carolina undergraduates attending graduate school within a few years of
graduation, the university must prepare its students for higher levels of education. The
Academic Advising Implementation Committee final report suggested the creation of a full-time
position in general graduate disciplines along with positions in pre-law and the health
professions. Together these advisers will help Carolina undergraduates become the best
applicants for top graduate schools in every field.
This project team has had good discussions about what pre-graduate school advising should
look like. In the final report of the Academic Advising Implementation Committee Academic
Advising Programs is charged with creating full time positions for advisers in pre-law, the health
professions, and other graduate disciplines. Since we currently have a pre-law adviser and the
health professions have shown great potential in their ability to advise students about graduate
options, this project team has focused on that third adviser (other graduate disciplines). In
coordination with the Executive Branch of Student Government Officers, especially Vice-
President Todd Dalrymple, the team has discussed what role the general pre-graduate adviser
would play in helping students plan their futures. The team, with the guidance of Co-chair
David Bevevino, has decided that this adviser must be well versed in the application process
and in the differences between graduate and undergraduate education. This adviser needs to
work closely with the undergraduate advisers to start helping students who are thinking about
graduate school understand the process and plan their undergraduate education accordingly.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
I have been very impressed and generally happy with our committee’s work thus far. Breaking
the committee down into subcommittees has helped David and me tremendously in being able
to micromanage and delegate more efficiently. It also helps with such a large committee not to
have to keep everyone abreast of every single topic and to allow for certain people to have
specialized and exclusive knowledge in particular areas. The only problem that I have seen with
this system thus far is that some people do not necessarily have enough work assigned to them
on a consistent basis. David and I tried to cut this problem off by putting everyone into two
subcommittees, but with such a large group an issue like this is almost inevitable, at least at
certain times throughout the year.
David and I have worked well together and have done a really nice job of keeping each other
informed when one of us is attending meetings or working on a point that the other is not.
There are certainly areas in which David has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, such as
Academic Advising, and I have let him take the wheel in such situations. Neither of us has ever
led such a large committee before so we have had some normal leadership questions and
issues such as what to do in order to make sure that everyone knows each other and how to
make sure that everyone is having fun and feels comfortable contacting us with any questions
and concerns. We have learned a whole lot as the year has progressed, and we have also
utilized Cameron Randall, the Raynor Administration’s Chief of Staff, as a resource for helping
with these sorts of issues.
Personally, I am pretty proud of the way that I have led the committee and moved forward with
a number of the platform points. As stated above, I am not necessarily the most experienced
person when it comes to leading a committee or group of people this size, but I have had more
fun than I would have thought possible at the beginning of the year. I do feel like I got off to a
little bit of a slow start with my committee at the beginning of the year, as dividing people into
subcommittees and briefing everyone on the tasks at hand took quite a while. This being said, I
think that we are now finally moving forward at a good pace and we will certainly try to
continue this positive movement over the course of the year.
The first two months of this year have been extremely positive for the Academic Affairs
Committee. As one of the co-chairs, I have enjoyed learning about the committee members
who have shown so much enthusiasm for our projects. Paul’s and my desire to lead a
committee without micromanaging appears to be working well so far. The committee
members have been able to pursue projects in their own way thus bringing their individual
perspectives and backgrounds to bear on the issues. The Student-Designed Clusters Team is a
great example of this. The members of this project team immediately wanted to reach out to
the student body to educate them about Clusters in the post-2006 curriculum. They took this
desire and, without much assistance from Paul or from me, they have planned a forum for the
campus community. The Academic Advising Messaging System Team has also been very
passionate about their work. They used the guidelines from the action plan to build upon the
work that was done last year by the Student Academic Advising Board and the Academic Affairs
Committee. This project is a great one because it has students working very closely with
administrators and staff members to make positive change on campus. Increasing the amount
of student-administrator collaboration has been one of my goals for the semester, and we have
seen promising steps in that direction already.
Paul and I have continued to work well together as we believed we would last year. We have
been able to fill in for each other when the other has a lot on his plate with classes and other
activities, and this has made the committee run smoothly to this point. We have partnered well
by allowing each other to go our own way on projects about which one of us knows more or
has more interest. However, we have also come together to address certain issues that have
arisen outside of the platform such as the eight semester graduation policy and the pre-
departure/re-entry initiative. I feel that coming together for these unexpected projects is
important because it increases our collaboration and presents a more unified view of the
Academic Affairs Committee to the university. As it is the first time that either of us has led a
committee of this size, it is definitely a learning process in which we are communicating quite a
bit in order to keep up to date with all that happens. At times it is a challenge to keep all of the
members interested because the projects are not always moving at full speed all of the time.
We have attempted to dampen the effect of lulls in activity by bringing the committee back
together for thematic discussions mostly focusing on the academic experience at Carolina.
These have been very informative as we have really seen the diversity of our committee come
through in their various opinions about what it means to be a student in a Carolina classroom.
These discussions arose between Paul and me early in the semester after JJ Raynor and Todd
Dalrymple told us that Chancellor Thorp wanted to know why students get more excited about
their extracurricular activities than about their academics. Paul and I decided to seek input
from our committee on this, and we will continue that work throughout the year.
Accessible Education Task Force
Create partnerships with administration officials to facilitate our work and provide resources
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has become an invaluable resource for the Accessible
Education Task Force. In working with assistant Directors of Admission, particularly Jennie Cox
Bell and Bob Patterson, the Task Force established concrete timelines for accomplishing some
of its goals, and it has narrowed the list of schools in which it will be working. This has been
especially helpful, because initially the Task Force was a bit unsure as to what schools it should
choose to work in. With the connection the Admissions Office has with the College Advising
Corps, the Task Force has focused its attention on those schools in order to use the recent
Carolina graduate to jumpstart its initiatives.
Start SAT programs or classes in underserved high schools
The Task Force’s research consistently pointed to low average SAT scores as one of the main
challenges for getting students from underserved high schools into college. These scores
ranged in the low-to-mid 800’s on a 1600 point scale. Throughout the year, the Task Force has
challenged itself to find ways of improving these SAT scores with the limited resources of its
target high schools. The Task Force is currently putting together a short prospectus to give to
our target high schools’ administrations and faculty on the feasibility of setting up SAT
programs and the resources available to them. This brochure will be completed in the coming
weeks and distributed to target high schools upon completion.
Recruit volunteers for and attend Application Days
In early October, Jennie Cox Bell gave the Task Force a great opportunity to get into the target
high schools quickly and establish relationships at the schools. The Task Force is assisting the
Admissions office in putting on “Application Days.” Sponsored by College Foundation of North
Carolina (CFNC), Application Days are day-long seminars held at underserved high schools that
allow students to bring in their college applications and receive help on completing them. The
Task Force’s mission is twofold. One: the Task Force will attend as many of these Days as
possible to help as many students as it can and establish relationships with administrators at
these high schools for further projects. Two: the Task Force will recruit students from the
general student body to come out to these application days. The Task Force believes that this is
an opportunity that many will find interesting and fulfilling, and it hopes to get the word out to
them and encourage as many as possible to volunteer.
The Co-Chair Perspective
It seems that the first two months have gone by in a flash. We have had such a dynamic and
engaged group of students. There hasn’t been a day this year where I haven’t looked forward
to our meetings every Tuesday night – I can only hope our Task Force members say the same
thing! It has been really interesting to watch ideas develop in our group, and it’s something
that I would like to see more often. One of our goals for the rest of the year will be more
collaboration within the group, so that everyone can identify with each other and feel like they
are making friends while pursuing a common goal. Our meetings have been extremely
productive and we constantly leave with new answers and new questions – which keeps
everyone coming back. Our article in the Daily Tar Heel was especially helpful in reminding our
group of the importance of our work. Additionally, I am really looking forward to getting into
the schools. When that happens, I think we will find an even higher energy level among our
group and it will inspire us to do an even better job. Overall, our Task Force has been
outstanding and I am really looking forward to the next six months.
Arts Advocacy Committee
Allison Rackley, Co-Chair
Skylar Gudas, Co-Chair
The committee has set three tentative dates for the crawl and established timelines for each
respective date. These timelines are meant to set dates by which specific goals regarding the
Crawl are meant to be accomplished. The committee has spoken with CPA (Carolina Performing
Arts) about the possibility of partnering the Crawl with the Gender Project, this year's theme in
CPA's connected learning mission called Creative Campus. The idea being that if this
partnership continues, it will lend itself to the Arts Crawl being a more sustainable project long-
The committee also attended Campus Arts Day, an event hosted by the student group "(front
row)", on Thursday October, 2. This was in order to show support to a student group that aims
to bridge the gap between students and CPA, and to see if their event would provide any
insight regarding the planning of the Arts Crawl. While the scale of the "(front row)" event was
much smaller than what the committee has envisioned for the Arts Crawl, the methods used to
communicate with students and student groups raised questions that will be valuable in
planning the crawl-- for example, how to effectively communicate with groups about the event
and how to become involved, and how to publicize the event to students in an effective way.
Publicize the Student Arts Grant
The deadlines for the Fall and Spring semester Carolina Student Arts Grants for the 2008-2009
Academic year were set as October 3rd and February 4th respectively. In order to publicize the
grants and their due dates the committee handed out flyers in the Pit and announced these
dates at the first Student Arts Forum (September 22nd). The deadline for the Spring grant will
be emphasized at the November 17th Forum and the January Forum. The committee has also
utilized internet networking tools and mass-emailing systems to encourage publicity via email
and word-of-mouth. Additionally, the committee has spoken with the Tech and Web
Committee about the possibility of advertising the Grant and the deadline on computer screens
in the Union.
The Co-Chairs have met with Carolina Performing Arts about the possibility of their support in
pursuing this project. The committee Co-Chairs have also met with a former APPLES Grant
recipient and creator of the online UNC Art Magazine "UNCharted" about her potential
involvement in the creation of the webspace. Recently, in speaking with the Tech. and Web
Committee it seems that the most sustainable and effective strategy would involve utilizing the
preexisting structures and features within SLICE but making them effective and efficient. The
Co-Chairs have spoken at length with Tech and Web Co-Chairs about strategies that could be
put in place to encourage student groups to update and use the webspace on a consistent basis
thus ensuring that the information would remain relevant and up to date.
Art in Dorms
Arts Advocacy Committee, through some of its members who are art majors, has spoken to
some art classes to get an idea of how much interest there is in producing artwork for dorms.
There was a general positive reaction, and Arts Advocacy is exploring how to best present and
collect artwork for Dorms and Libraries. Committee members also spoke to RHA about
restrictions/ideas that may apply. Arts Advocacy is looking into tying in work from participants
in the Arts Crawl as well and hoping to expand its relationship with UAA and other Visual Art
groups on Campus.
Student Arts Forum
Arts Advocacy has worked hard to push Student Arts Forum to its maximum potential. With
Michelle Bordner from CPA, Allison and Skylar held the first Forum on September 22 and had
about 12-15 people in attendance. Representatives from all art communities (music, drama,
performing arts, creative writing, comedy, dance) except for visual art (photography, painting)
came. Arts Advocacy promoted the SAG there and listened to complaints and questions
attendees had. A big concern was performance and rehearsal space condition, availability, and
access. Awareness of opportunities was also a problem. Creative Writing spoke of limited
instruction/feedback availability to those not on the honors track. Arts Advocacy Committee
was especially struck by the horror stories of the experience shared by the dancers that
In response to the dance problem, which included a lack of appropriate space and space in
which dancers faced injuries daily, Arts Advocacy decided to dedicate the next Student Arts
Forum on October 13 to the Dance Dilemma. Arts Advocacy invited the Dean’s Task Force
(newly created to examine the possibility of dance instruction at Carolina) of McKay Coble and
Tim Carter from the Dramatic Art and Music Departments, as well as faculty from the Executive
Director of the Arts and from CPA to hear the problems that all of the dance groups had been
facing. Over 70 people attended. Representatives from many dance groups came, and Arts
Advocacy helped lead the discussion about what current problems are and what could be done
to fix them, as well as what Dance instruction at Carolina would do to fix the problems. The
Forum was a huge success, and Arts Advocacy is taking the idea of better focusing the forum
and involving administration and faculty to increase attendance and effectiveness of the
Student Arts Forum.
Dance Minor/Rehearsal Space for Dancers
After hearing many complaints from dancers and students at Student Arts Forum, the
Chancellor’s Open House, and from talking to different groups, Arts Advocacy dedicated one of
its Student Arts Forums to having student dance groups talk to faculty about the problems they
face (see above platform point). The forum helped open the investigation of the Dean’s Task
Force (created to look into the possibility for dance instruction at Carolina) and Co-Chairs were
asked to be on the Task Force to serve as a voice for students.
One thing remains clear – before a Minor becomes an option, appropriate space with sprung
and/or Marley as well as wood floors, mirrors, bars and a working sound system must exist, and
is, in fact, a more immediate need than instruction. Arts Advocacy toured the existing rehearsal
spaces in the Underground of the Union with the McKay Coble of the Task Force and with
several dance group leaders and even watched a small part of a dance rehearsal to show what
current groups are working with.
Arts Advocacy is going to meet with the Task Force and, with the help of several dance group
leaders, decide what should happen next. Arts Advocacy also hopes to plan a meeting with J.J.
and administrators to talk about the future of the Underground of the Union and advocate that
it remain and possibly even expand as a dance rehearsal and performance space.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
I’m extremely happy with the progress Arts Advocacy has had in the past few months. Even
though Allison and I have hit dead ends in some places, each time we find a new way to do
things that we wouldn’t have thought of originally. I think that our mission of fostering
community between groups has become even more relevant in all of our projects and in our
work with other committees and groups. I am pleased with the success of the past Arts Forum,
and I am so glad that these dancers finally banded together and were able to get their concerns
heard. Our committee is also wonderful! Though we’ve had attendance decline slightly, we’ve
still maintained a committed, enthusiastic group of people that not only love to work on Arts
Advocacy but have also become friends.
As the semester has progressed, I feel that we've made notable progress on each of the
platform points. The Committee dynamic is one that I am very proud of, both between myself
and my Co-Chair, and also between the committee members. I have also been impressed by the
progress we have been able to make and the response we've received from Faculty and
Administrators throughout Carolina. At this point, I feel that by the end of the term we will be
able to make tremendous progress and accomplish the goals we have set for the committee as
they have evolved throughout the year.
Making Contact with Legislators and other Legislative Action Committees
When considering the issues the Carolina Advocacy Committee chose to pursue during the
upcoming legislative session, the Committee determined that building a coalition of legislative
action committees from university campuses across the state would be the most effective
course of action in gaining legislative support during the spring session. The goals of the
Committee this year involve creating a tax-exemption on textbooks, authoring a renter’s bill of
rights and reducing graduate student tuition. Since all of these issues affect students across the
state, rather than only those at UNC-Chapel Hill, the better part of the Fall Semester was spent
making contact with the other 15 campuses of the UNC System as well as the more well-known
private colleges such as Duke, Wake Forest, and Davidson College.
Because the November election holds the possibility of unseating members of the General
Assembly, the Committee elected to postpone making contact with each legislator until after all
elections have been completed. However, the Committee has made efforts to contact
legislators known personally by the Committee members or those who are running unopposed.
This contact has been used to shape the Committee’s research on the tax-exempt textbooks
and renter’s bill of rights more than anything. The Committee’s effort to build long term
relationships between the legislators and Carolina Advocacy will begin shortly after the 2008
The committee has also sought to work with the University of North Carolina System’s
Association of Student Governments. The Committee plans to address members of the
Association of Student Governments regarding issues it has chosen to pursue before the end of
the Fall Semester.
The Committee has completed research determining showing that 9 states have enacted
legislation for exempting taxes on textbooks—Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New
Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia—and 3 states
have proposed legislation—Georgia, Texas, Virginia. Several of UNC-Chapel Hill’s peer
institutions are located in these states.
With the recent economic trend facing the United Sates, the committee has also considered the
idea of a tax rebate rather than a full exemption. This would allow students who need the
additional money spent in taxes on books to receive a check from the state after filling out a
rebate form. This serves as a compromise between the broad taxation policy in place and
narrow taxation policy the committee has advocated for in the past. As the communication
pathways between the Carolina Advocacy Committee and other legislative action committees
are opened, the Committee hopes to elect one of these options for the University of North
Carolina System to pursue during the legislative session.
Renter’s Bill of Rights
The committee has begun to discuss the issue of a renter’s bill of rights with the Graduate and
Professional Student Federation, the Town Relations Committee of the Executive Branch, and
several other universities with the hope of increasing interest in the issue. The Graduate and
Professional Student Federation along with the Town Relations Committee had begun working
on this issue prior to the Committee’s involvement. However, now these three committees are
working together to gather research on the issue. A resolution for this issue is still in the early
stages of development. Prominent peer institutions including the University of Michigan have
already enacted such legislations, as well as NIU, a university in Illinois which has their version
posted on their website. The goal of this is to help students reduce their overall renters costs
by knowing their rights, how much properties are worth, and where to go for help when
Student Aid Issues
Given the current economic situation the entire country faces, especially working families in
North Carolina, the committee has begun to look for ways to solve both short-term and long-
term financial problems students may experience. The committee will be working with faculty
and other student leaders on campus to determine what steps should be taken to ensure the
availability of financial aid and tuition predictability to help ease the economic concerns
students face regarding their education—whether it be preventing aid cuts from the
government, looking at ways for private companies to encourage scholarships and donations to
students with majors of interest to these companies, or producing legislation guaranteeing
four-year tuition predictability.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
I am happy to say that this year’s Carolina Advocacy Committee is one of the most dedicated
and hardworking groups I’ve seen. With what we have achieved so far, I feel sure we will be
prepared to make a difference when we meet with legislators during the Spring Semester. I am
confident that the issues we have chosen to pursue as a committee are things of serious
interest in the lives not only of Carolina students, but students all across the state. I am glad to
see our committee expanding to include similar legislative action committees from other
schools in the University of North Carolina system. At this rate, I know Carolina Advocacy will
have success with the General Assembly in the coming months.
I am extremely pleased with the support of both the executive branch and committee members
in addressing many important issues facing students. The committee has worked hard to
perform much needed research and outreach to be prepared for the Long Session of the
General Assembly which begins in January and runs through much of the spring semester. I am
looking forward to meeting regularly with legislators and others on campus to solve these
needs for present students, as well as long-term goals for future generations.
Carolina North Student Task Force
Chris Williams, Chair
Derek Sanders, Vice-Chair
Environmental and sustainability initiatives continue to be a major talking point regarding the
Carolina North development. We are actively partnered with Environmental Affairs of Student
Government to ensure that we have a dedicated group of students who focus on these issues.
Included in our task force include a few individuals who serve on both committees and are used
as liaisons between the working groups. Greg Kopchi, Forest Manager, came to talk to a few
members of the working group about the impact Carolina North will have on existing forest and
vegetation. Mr. Kopchi mentioned that the CN Forest currently has 300 active users per week
utilizing the bike and walking trails. It is noted that most of the forest will remain untouched by
the currently proposed development. The majority of development will reside on the footprint
of the Horace Williams Airport.
The Task force is also brainstorming ways we can advocate for environmentally friendly
measures including transportation options. Some ideas include using porous asphalt, having a
bike station transportation hub, and light rail system.
Ensuring Student Resources on Carolina North Campus
We met with Dr. Chris Payne, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to discuss which ways the Task
Force could be of best use. Dr. Payne suggested that we collect student feedback on the
Carolina North development and act as an intermediary between the student body and the
Administration and Planning arm of the development. Dr. Payne stressed that the
Undergraduate experience will remain on main campus but that the School of Law and
potentially other graduate school programs would eventually transition to the satellite campus.
We are in the process of creating a pilot survey to administer to graduate and undergraduate
students to gauge transportation options and preferred housing arrangements on the Carolina
North campus. We have made contact with Dr. Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, Director of
Postdoctoral Affairs, and she mentioned that some postdoctoral students may be interested in
helping out the advisory group. We will also work to contact the Director of Graduate students
to help create a survey and utilize Dr. Payne to get the survey implemented. In addition to
compiling a survey, we are actively monitoring the development to ensure that student services
and amenities are included.
We are also in the process of scheduling regular meetings (once every six weeks) with Chris
Payne and Jack Evans to make sure that student input is heard. This group has also
brainstormed extensively on how to ensure that student input in relation to resources is heard
Form Group of Students Involved on Issues Pertaining to Carolina North
We finally formed a group of dedicated students concerned with Carolina North. As a group,
our biggest aim thus far has been to remain educated and engaged about the development.
We attended the Town of Chapel Hill meeting on Wednesday, September 17 th concerning the
Innovation Center special use permit and learned from the presentation some of the challenges
and oppositions members in the community pose.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
As the Chair of the Task Force, the biggest challenge I have faced thus far is keeping the group
moving forward and busy. We have an excited group of students who are anxious to get
involved and make a difference. The challenge is that Carolina North still remains a concept as
no development or ground breaking has begun yet. I feel we have done a good job setting up
structure and a system that hopefully can the carried on from year to year. Our proactive
approach to how best the task force can be utilized is unique and our desire to attend all the
town meetings concerning Carolina North will become more vital once development begins.
Dr. Payne has been extremely helpful in providing great advice and input. We are still waiting
to meet with Dr. Jack Evans and hope to coordinate regular meetings with Dr. Evans, Dr. Payne
and concerned students that closely mirror a discussion rather than a presentation, which has
been the past precedent. Overall, the committee is moving forward and making substantial
progress considering the unique timeline and evolving nature of the development and we really
hope to gain valuable student input in the coming months that can be posed as solid student
concerns and factors that planners and developers can take into account.
Although this project has been somewhat slow to start and become organized we have made
significant progress in the recent weeks. First, attending the Town Council meeting was very
insightful as we were able to get a closer look into the town-university relations. Our group is
full of very engaged members, all of which have a good background of knowledge and
commitment. I am confident that we will manage to be effective as the “official” student voice.
The survey that we are currently compiling is also very essential to the success of this group.
Since undergraduates will stay on the main campus, it is important that we manage to
represent the voice of the graduate students at UNC –since after all they will be the ones
primarily affected by the new campus. I think that we must also manage to stay informed best
to our ability, and also find ways to disseminate such knowledge into the broader student body.
Distinguished Speakers Series
Select, Invite, and Host a well-known, engaging speaker
The Committee and the Chairs have worked exceptionally hard over the past six months in this
task. After a secondary selection process over the summer and in the first weeks of the
semester, the Committee decided to pursue a selected speaker. After several phone and email
negotiations with the speaker and his agent, the chairs of the committee reached an agreement
in principle for a day-long event in the spring. The speaker selected has drawn praise from
many campus groups, and there is a strong desire on campus from several administrative and
academic units to bring the chosen speaker this year. At this point, the committee and its
chairs are also inquiring into the availability of several other speakers who would draw similar
interest from the campus community. The committee is in constant communication with the
Global Center, Carolina Seminars, and several other administrative units.
Establish a Website that will serve as a central location for information about speakers on
campus as well as promote the Student Government Distinguished Speakers Series
The Committee has been in contact with the Tech and Web Committee of Student Government,
ITS, Jon Curtis, and several other units about the website. Several courses of action were
explored and a formal proposal was recently submitted to ITS.
Concurrently, the Committee has inquired into the best use of a web space. The biggest inquiry
revolves around whether to use Joomla or an independently designed webspace. Research is
underway, and the committee is also searching for students who have the ability to design the
website under either option. At this point, the committee and its chairs believe that AFS space
will be allocated, and are preparing to put the space to immediate use.
Create relationships with existing campus groups and lecture series to increase student input
and facilitate collaboration on speakers of common interest
Committee members began contacting professional schools, student organizations, and campus
foundations in September. The response has been overwhelming positive. Many groups are
excited about the possibility of a website which serves as a central location for lecture events.
These organizations have also expressed interest in collaborating with other groups to bring in
speakers who would draw higher attendance, especially among students.
Several of the committee members have been asked to join the selection committees for the
existing lecture series. This participation will grant a greater understanding of the selection
process and aid in exploring ways to increase student input. This collaboration also has the
potential to lead to a greater cohesiveness in speaker recruitment as groups with similar
interest often pursue the same speaker independently.
Some speakers have also been suggested by the committee who, while interesting, did not
follow the vision for the series. Committee members are currently working with campus groups
to gage their interest in these speakers and facilitate collaboration.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
Several weeks ago, I looked forward to writing this section of the report. It looked likely that I
would be able to share some very good news about our chosen speaker, and, after several
intense rounds of negotiation, I couldn’t wait to share the news with you! Unfortunately, the
final piece of the puzzle has not yet come through, and we’re back to engaging the speaker’s
agent about other potential dates and locations on campus. With that said, the speaker we
have selected can and will engage this campus about several of the most interesting and
pressing issues of our time. I have full faith that the students, faculty, staff, and community will
enjoy and gain from our speaker. We will continue to work to secure the speaker and look
forward to having good news for all of you in the near future.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge several folks who have assisted
Carlie and me tremendously. First, our committee deserves special praise; they started work
the second week of school and have remained dedicated, interested, and very productive ever
since. Luke Eldridge deserves a special recognition; he has worked very hard in his
collaboration and has seen some tremendous success. Second, I’d like to thank Dr. Jim Peacock,
Laura Griest, and Sandi Payne Greene for their parallel efforts to secure the services of our
chosen speaker. The ability to work with such impressive faculty and staff is truly awesome.
Finally, Carlie (my co-chair) is fantastic! We’ve put in a lot of hours together over the past six
months, and I have truly enjoyed the time I spend with her. She is able to maintain her
composure in the midst of some very difficult conversations and meetings, manages the
collaboration aspect of this committee superbly (which is why that platform point has been so
successfully addressed!), and is someone I count as a friend.
I look forward to the future of this group with great anticipation. This committee has high
goals, and as such we have faced challenges along the way, but I have the utmost confidence in
our committee’s ability to accomplish our goals.
I have been incredibly pleased with the work of the committee so far and I am excited about
the speaker with whom we have agreed in principle. I believe that both of our top choices will
accomplish the series’ mission of uniting and inspiring the student body. Collaboration has
proceeded exceptionally well and I believe that the website will soon be created yielding the
perfect medium to accomplish our mission of creating a “culture of lectures” on campus.
The support and guidance received from faculty, campus groups, and student organizations has
been tremendous. I especially appreciate the guidance and assistance of Randi Davenport of
the Johnston Center. With the help of these campus groups, we have begun planning auxiliary
events and the actual lectures.
I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be apart of this committee. The committee has shown
commitment, enthusiasm and contributed ideas which have helped to define the vision and
purpose of this series. I believe their ideas and contributions will impact UNC for years to
come. We have certainly had some challenges and my co-chair deserves much of the credit for
handling these situations and for tackling some of the more demanding platform points. It has
been amazing working with this group and I anticipate some great events in the near future.
Environmental Affairs Committee
Invasive Exotic Species Guidelines
Committee members: Lars Perlmutt, Adam Sherwood
Goal: Provide a list of native alternatives to the many invasive exotic species to ensure that no
further invasive species are introduced into the UNC-CH environment and to spread awareness
about invasive exotic species.
Progress: Over the summer, committee member Lars Perlmutt was in contact with Dr. Peter
White, director of the NC Botanical Garden, and Stephen Keith, natural areas curator at the NC
Botanical Garden, to learn about the role of native plants in UNC’s wider landscaping policy.
Both NC Botanical Garden contacts proved useful and provided a good deal of specific and
detailed information to aid the committee in achieving its goals.
Peter recommends that students propose to reinforce the Task Force On Landscape Heritage &
Plant Diversity Committee report with the UNC buildings and Grounds Committee--of which
Peter is also a part. The Task force report can be found here:
The report includes list of alternatives and a recommended planting policy that discourages the
use of invasive exotic species in its appendix, but there is no policy that outright prohibits
invasive exotics nor encourages the removal of existing invasive exotics.
According to Dr. White, many in the university recognize a problem with invasive exotics exists,
but coming up with a standardized list of plants to avoid has been difficult. Furthermore, it is
important to ensure that the “plants to avoid” list is constantly updated and actually used to
guide planting decisions. Dr. White stated that replacing existing invasive exotics on campus
with their native counterparts could be difficult because currently there is no list or map of
where they all are.
In communication with Kirk Pelland, Director of Grounds, he noted that there are some invasive
exotic species problem areas (such as near Battle Park, Meeting of the Waters Creek, Horton
Dorm (south campus), the Giles Horney building (Facilities Services), and Baity Hill), and he
asserted that Grounds Services does *not* knowingly plant invasive exotics.
In the coming months, with the appropriate permissions, the committee will devote its efforts
to supporting the organizations that currently aid in the removal of invasive exotic species, and
investigate further ways to spread awareness about invasive exotics.
Efficient Paper Management
Committee members: Amanda DelVecchia, David Murray
Goal: Reduce paper use (and particularly paper waste) among students, faculty and staff.
Progress: The efficient paper management group has drafted a letter to the Chairman of the
Faculty Council advocating an environmentally-friendly format for papers and reports on
student syllabi, and they are now exploring the most effective way to deliver the message (they
were encouraged to investigate doing a presentation instead of simply sending a letter). The
format that was recommended in the letter would reduce paper waste while also help establish
a set of standards for papers submitted in hard copy. The group is now working with Professor
Gangi to most effectively encourage the adoption of the standard among faculty and teaching
Committee members: Julian March, Rick Browne, David Murray, Marshall Phillips
Goal: Investigate the installation of additional vending misers & occupancy sensors; balance
goal of keeping campus safe while minimizing light pollution
Progress: The Campus Lighting group met with Cindy Shea on Thursday, September 25th to
discuss ways student government could reduce energy consumption through campus lighting.
The Committee decided that it will take on several projects to increase lighting efficiency both
to reduce environmental impact and save the university funds. First, students will try to apply
for grants to spur the replacement of remaining T12 fluorescent lights (1-1/2 inches in
diameter) with the more energy efficient T8 (1 inch in diameter) or T5 lights (5/8 inches in
diameter). Also, members of the committee will note where lighting on campus can be reduced
at night. Such areas can include classrooms, libraries and offices. Additionally, the group will
work with the Department of Housing and Residential Education to discuss ways to reduce
unnecessary lighting in hallways throughout the night. Finally, the group will ensure that the
student body is aware of the importance of renewing the Green Energy Fee this February and
know what it is capable of achieving.
Vending Misers: Over the summer, committee member Julian March discovered that UNC has
installed vending misers on all vending machines that do not have UNC one card readers on
them. The committee is currently investigating placing stickers on the machines that have
vending misers on them as a way to make environmental and energy efficiency measures more
transparent to the everyday student.
Sustainable Dining (Food Production, Consumption, & Waste)
• Composting for individual student use: The committee has investigated how other
universities have approached individual student composting and intends to inquire about
the feasibility of different programs at UNC to the appropriate contacts in the coming
• Sustainable dining containers: Carolina Dining Services introduced Eco-Clamshells (reusable
dining containers) in Lenoir and Ramshead Dining Hall on September 2, 2008. Buying into
the Eco-clamshell program currently costs $3.50, which provides each participating student
access to one container per visit. When the student returns a used container, they are given
a clean one to re-use (the used one is then washed by CDS and re-circulated).
• Maintain contact with student organization FLO throughout the year, provide support for
FLO movement: The director of Yale’s Sustainable Food Project (Melina Shannon-DiPietro)
came to UNC’s campus in late September to discuss the successes of Yale’s initiatives and
the possibilities of extending such a project to. Representatives from Carolina Dining
Services, the Sustainability Office, FLO (Fair, Local, and Organic), the Carolina Garden Co-Op,
the Environmental Affairs Committee, and other student organizations were in attendance.
The EAC also intends to help promote and publicize Sustainable Foods Week going on
Improving UNC’s Bicycle Infrastructure
Committee members: Rick Browne, Heather Ekstrom, Brad Cheek, Adam Meyer
Goal: The EAC Bike Committee hopes for all UNC students to understand the rules of the road
as a biker, vehicle driver and pedestrian and make all things necessary for bike safety as easily
accessible as possible. The bike committee wants to increase bicycle parking space, covered
bicycle parking spaces, bike lanes, bike repair sessions and encourage bike safety on campus
and surrounding areas.
Progress: The EAC Bike Committee is still in its early stages of defining and shaping the specific
goals and priorities. So far they have discussed with students on UNC and surrounding
campuses (NC State, Duke and Wake Forest) about their thoughts on present bike safety as a
biker, pedestrian and/or driver and their desires for future plans.
In the coming months, the EAC Bike Committee will be making a visit to the Carrboro Town Hall
to discuss any plans concerning bike lanes and bicycle safety in the Carolina community for the
near future. They will also meet with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety External Appointment,
Safety and Security External Appointment, and with UNC-affiliated individuals who went on the
Ann Arbor visit with the Chancellor to discuss similar goals and examples of how it’s been done
at other Universities. The committee will then continue to talk with UNC students and faculty
and brainstorm ways to address the common concerns and ideas that will further shape the
The Bike Committee plans to develop their own set of bike safety guidelines for students before
winter break. These guidelines will be then taken to bike shops around the area for feedback
Committee members: Chase Pickering, Alex Hardee
The EAC’s Carolina North (CN) group has joined forces with Student Government’s Carolina
North Taskforce to address the sustainability issues arising from the Carolina North
development. One of our committee members, Alex Hardee, has also been invited to work with
the once-every-other-month Carolina North Forest & Trails Advisory Committee, which focuses
on the management of the Carolina North Forest and Trails.
To aid in those goals, the CN Student Task Force is working on several items, including:
Creating a Survey (aimed right now primarily at graduate students) to assess student
needs at the Carolina North Site.
Attending a Chapel Hill Town Hall meeting on Mon, Oct 27 at 7pm regarding plans for
the Innovation Center (the first building at CN)
Inviting other students to join them in a discussion with CN director, Jack Evans, on
Wednesday, Oct 29 at 4pm (location TBA).
Greek Recycling/Greek Green
Committee members: Sarah Ransohoff, Helen Baddour, Anna Eusebio, Carly Buch, Christina
Lynch, Caitlin Zhogby, Chris Bakke
Goal: Reduce the environmental footprint left by the Greek houses at UNC. Because the
committee does not have the capacity to oversee the progress of each house, they will install
“Greek Green Representatives” in each sorority and fraternity house. The Greek Green
Representative will meet on a regular basis with the Greek Recycling team and fellow Greek
Green Representatives to give updates, suggestions, and problems that they have encountered.
The Greek Recycling team will provide them the resources needed to reduce their carbon
footprint and will guide them along their way to an environmentally friendly Greek community.
With this collaboration, the Greek Recycling team and the Greek Green Representatives will
work to accomplish several goals: eliminate Styrofoam containers from each house; help
implement a recycling program in each fraternity house; reduce paper, water, and electricity
usage; and increase recycling awareness throughout the houses.
Progress: The group has proposed the idea of a Greek Green Representative to the
fraternity/sorority President’s Meeting, Panhellenic Council, and Interfraternity Council.
Currently, each chapter is selecting a Greek Green Representative from their respective house
that is responsible and cares about the environment and the impact the Greek community has
on it. The presidents and delegates were very receptive to the idea and are looking forward to
getting started. Next, the Greek Recycling team will send out an email to all the newly selected
Greek Green Representatives to complete an assessment of his or her house (a document to
help them assess their house will be attached). Then, the two groups will meet in person to
discuss ways each house can become “green,” the problems they may face, and projects that
are feasible for each house.
Granville Towers Recycling
Committee members: Joanna Dozier, Stephen Meyer, Carolyn Treasure
Goal: To establish a more efficient and accessible recycling program in Granville Towers. The
towers have opted not to enhance their existing recycling program after more than a year of
suggestions from both the UNC-CH Student Government Environmental Affairs Committee and
the Orange County Solid Waste Management.
Progress: Group members have met with the assistant manager of Granville Towers to discuss
recycling, but no tangible progress has been made just yet. The tower managers don’t feel it is
necessary to establish a new recycling program for the following reasons: 1. Students could use
the bins improperly and damage private property 2.The bins do not seem cost-effective 3.The
company that owns Granville Towers feels their future is unclear, so they aren’t willing to fund
extra projects that aren’t already in their budget. After this meeting, the group decided to take
a different approach and try to educate the students about recycling and try to publicize the
location of existing bins (located outside West Tower). The project group will keep an open
dialogue with Tower managers in hopes to install recycling bins either on each floor or at the
bottom of each tower. If bins are installed on each floor, the group believes it would provide
students an easier and more efficient way to recycle, thus housekeeping can empty the bins
weekly when they pick up the trash. If the bins are put at the bottom of each tower, each
tower will have an accessible location, that is out of reach of miscreant hands and is more
efficient than what is already in place.
Committee members: Ben Sines, Hannah Friedman, Kate Dickson, Rachel Norman
Goal: To reduce waste and increase recycling efforts at sporting events, specifically games at
Kenan Stadium and the Dean Smith Center.
Progress: The group met with B.J. Tipton to discuss current waste management and possible
improvements at athletic events in addition to projects that would increase recycling and
reduce waste in general. The EAC will work on developing a pilot project for the Dean Dome
that would bring recycling to the arena by the opening home game of this season. Group
members will also work with the Office of Waste Reduction and Recycling on making trash pick-
up and recycling more efficient for tailgaters at home football games. Ideally, this would come
to fruition before the final home game in November.
Committee members: Julian March, Claire Bradley, Logan Stephens, Grant Morine
Goal: To increase classroom recycling on campus
Progress: Classroom recycling has been working with the Office of Waste Reduction and
Recycling and trying to find workable solutions to increase the amount of bottles, cans, and
paper recycled, many of which line trashcans in classrooms. Classroom recycling has attempted
to set up a meeting with Bill Burston, the director of Housekeeping Services, to discuss possible
changes to the current organization of trashcans, trash pickup, and recycling. On behalf of the
committee, committee member Julian March applied for a recycling bin grant from Coca-Cola
and the National Recycling Coalition to improve recycling bin availability on campus. The
results will be announced in late November.
Continuing Existing Projects – Green Campaign
Committee members: Aidan Hysjulien, Nikida Koraly, Lars Perlmutt, Stephen Meyer
Goal: The goal of the Green Campaign is to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus.
Progress: The committee has worked with the Sustainability Office on their Green Guides -
small, relatively comprehensive leaflets promoting green tips for living on campus. The project
group is also working to gain the support of the Daily Tar Heel as a mode of further raising
awareness among students. The Green Campaign is lastly charged with promoting
environmentally-related causes on campus, for example, the referendum to renew the green
energy fee is slated to be voted on in February (along with the SBP vote), and the Green
Campaign team aims to support their publicity and get-out-the vote efforts.
Water Waste Reduction: Buildings
Committee members: Amanda DelVecchia, Conor Farese, Alice Wang
Goal: The Water Waste Reduction group aims to evaluate the availability and effectiveness of
water saving technologies present in UNC campus buildings and then explore both the
implementation of new technologies and expansion of the effective ones.
Progress: The most immediate step for the committee will be obtaining past water audits to
analyze where UNC’s water waste is most profuse and could therefore be improved. The
committee is also establishing a network of water authorities on campus who will be willing to
assist in the water-saving effort.
From there, the committee will be performing a cost-benefit analysis of water-saving
technologies such as dual-flush toilets and sink aerators to analyze the extent to which these
developments would be economically appealing to the university. Campus buildings will be
prioritized for future implementation of these technologies based on student and faculty traffic
to each one. In addition, the committee hopes to establish standards for water-saving
technology in construction of new campus buildings.
To increase effectiveness of technologies currently present, the committee will also be
developing a publicity plan to increase awareness of proper usage.
Green Games, Greek Green Games
Committee members: Rachel Norman, Dale Hammer, Min Dong, Sarah Ransohoff, Caitlin
Zoghby, Chris Bakke
Goal: To promote Green Games on campus, be involved in the transition to “Carolina Games”,
and ensure that Greek houses, and more off-campus residences as a whole, are included in the
Progress: The project-members have all been accepted as members of the Green Games and
Carolina Games (two different entities) committees. Coordinator Amy Preble has given the
Greek Green Games project group complete authority to develop and implement a plan to
include Greek houses in the Carolina Games competition. The Green Games project group is
working to make the existing Residence Hall competition more comprehensive, whether it is by
turning it into a monthly competition, including energy/water/waste statistics, or other means.
Additional EAC Projects
Committee Members: Karla Capacetti, Mary Cooper, Conor Farese
Goal: To aid students interested in creating a functional system of charter buses to transport
Carolina students to and from home during school breaks. Ideally, this project would cut down
on carbon emissions, build community, and help students plan their breaks easier and more
Progress: Bianca Nguyen came to the Environmental Affairs Committee in hopes of gaining our
support and assistance with the project she and Sarah Stoneking devised. As NC Science &
Math grads, where the program is already in place, they said that this program was very
effective and fun to boot. Talks are underway with the UNC Parent’s Council, who seem
interested to help at events where parents could sign their children up for the service, CTOPS,
RHA, and others. The next step will be to develop a pick up/drop off plan that is fool-proof and
EAC Speaker Series
Committee members: Julian March
Goal: To bring project-related individuals (staff, faculty, and community members) to the
beginning of each committee meetings to discuss what they do, what they want students to
know, and how they see students
The speaker series was also intended to develop or strengthen EAC’s connections with staff and
faculty as well as to inspire the committee by providing real-world examples of sustainability-
minded individuals making a difference in their work.
Progress: Julian arranged for several speakers to come speak at the beginning the EAC weekly
meetings. Those who have already come include:
Jon Curtis, advisor to Student Government
Cindy Shea, Director of UNC Sustainability Office
Dr. Greg Gangi, Associate Professor in Environmental Studies and colleague in Institute
for the Environment
Greg Kopsch, Forestry Technician who works with Carolina North Trails and Advisory
The committee intends to have speakers at all the remaining meetings in the fall and then use
the time in the spring for group members to collaborate and dig into their committee projects
Campus Sustainability Collaboration
The newest generation of “Enviro-leaders”, this group brings together representatives from all
UNC student environmental organizations on campus once a month to discuss, plan, and
collaborate on environmental sustainability issues at UNC and beyond. To date we’ve held two
meetings, and the third meeting will be bundled into the Student Leader Orientation coming up
in early November.
To help bring sustainability-minded folks together early in the year, committee members Julian
March and Conor Farese worked closely with the Sustainability Office and Institute for the
Environment to put together a Sustainability Social in the Campus Y Faculty Lounge on
September 29, 2007.
The EAC also now has a centralized Web site to post meeting minutes, announcements, and a
sustainability calendar for EAC items as well as campus-wide sustainability and Campus
Sustainability Collaboration events (now all located at https://sites.google.com/site/eac0809/).
Sustainable Endowments Institute Report Card
This year, UNC-Chapel Hill received a grade of B+ on the Sustainability Report Card, up from a B-
last year. UNC Chapel Hill received an A in Administration, Food and Recycling, Green Building,
Transportation, and Investment Priorities. We received a B in Climate Change and Energy, and
Student Involvement. We received a D in Endowment Transparency. We received the highest
grade among the top five public universities and the same grade as Duke, UF, and Cornell.
The Sustainable Endowment Institute assesses the 300 institutions of higher education with the
largest endowments, and UNC ranked among the top 30. Only 15 schools in Canada and the US
received an A-, the highest grade given to any of the 300 schools with the largest endowments.
Relatedly, after consulting with appropriate representatives throughout Carolina’s
administration, the EAC is looking to support UNC’s adoption of another assessment tool that
has more transparent accounting mechanisms (such as the nascent AASHE STARS program).
UNC Tomorrow & UNC Sustainability Committee Draft Report
The UNC System Sustainability Committee worked over the summer to develop a
comprehensive, system-wide environmental sustainability policy that would properly respond
to the UNC Tomorrow Commission’s recommendation of “embrac*ing+ environmental
sustainability as a core value among its institutions,” in a meaningful, measurable way. The
draft report of the committee’s recommendations was published in early Fall, after which the
EAC worked to coordinate a student response to the report.
Excerpt: “The proposed policy recommends applying the principles of sustainability to eight (8)
specific areas: Master Planning, Transportation, Design and Construction, Recycling and Waste
Management, Operations and Maintenance, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP),
Climate Change Mitigation and Renewable Energy, Systematic Integration of Sustainability
The proposed policy consists of goals and supporting guidelines for implementation. Specific
implementation strategies, including timelines, cost estimates, and performance and
accountability measures, are being developed to provide guidance to the campuses on ways to
successfully meet these goals.”
A select few of the many goals emerging from the UNC Tomorrow’s Draft Report included:
Bringing the entire UNC system on track for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 at the
latest, with an ultimate goal of overall climate neutrality.
Aiding each constituent institution towards achieving a state of zero waste.
Improving the social and environmental performance of each constituent institution’s
supply chain with consideration given to toxicity, recycled content, energy and water
efficiency, rapidly renewable resources, local production, working conditions, and
historically underutilized businesses.
Institute a capital project planning process that delivers energy, water, and materials
efficient buildings that minimize the impact on and/or enhance the site and provide
good indoor environmental quality for occupants.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
This semester has been an adventure for the Environmental Affairs Committee, as we have an
obviously large number of projects to conquer and lots of obstacles popping up in our way. I
have had a great experience working with a wonderful group of my motivated peers, and every
meeting or activity I learn something new. Whether devising a strategy to collaborate with
environmental groups on campus or drilling the Chancellor on sustainability policy, there is
never a dull moment. With peaked interest at the Student Government open house, our group
expanded to an exceptional 52 members. All of the student initiatives and desire for change on
campus makes working with this committee both an honor and an enjoyment. I’m very excited
for what else we hope to accomplish this year after seeing the great steps we’ve made in just a
few months of being back.
From my side of the coin, it has been both a pleasure and an honor to work alongside so many
dedicated folks just itching to make the university into a better place. Hearing about the
amazing events and activities going on around campus (whether directly or tangentially related
to sustainability) and then spreading it to appropriate channels is rather fulfilling to me. Also,
seeing and interacting with so many people interested and wanting to make positive change on
this campus is hugely inspiring. I’m glad that I can play a part (however small!) in connecting
students interested in improving the university to the resources they’d need to make those
projects come to reality.
That said, I know I’ve still got miles to go before I sleep. Specifically, my goals for the coming
Bringing EAC groups to meetings with relevant administrators so that that those groups
can address the issues surrounding their projects in the company of folks who can most
quickly help them achieve their goals.
Continuing maintenance of the EAC website and hopefully finding a way to make the
website maintenance more sustainable over the long-term (in terms of knowing who
will maintain it once I no longer am).
Working with Bill to ensure our meeting style fosters an atmosphere that encourages
and values everyone’s contribution and that also makes our meetings more rooted in
group-discussion and collaborative creation.
Keeping my eyes and ears open for ways to make the dissemination of sustainability-
related (and otherwise snazzy) information more accessible to the harder to reach
segments of UNC’s campus!
First Year Focus Council
Jordan Seal, Co-Chair
Kelsey Miller, Co-Chair
Including First Years in Student Government
The First Year Focus Council is a developing committee that allows ten first years to receive
hands-on learning experience in Student Government. These first years are to then use this
acquired knowledge in order to benefit the rest of their class. They must ensure their fellow
first years’ concerns and frustrations are acknowledged and addressed in Student Government,
and they will be creating events and programs that will bring first years together in order to
create a sense of community throughout the class.
The Council has just recently been chosen, and each first year has been matched with a chair of
one of the other committees of Student Government, from Academic Affairs to Tech and Web.
Each student must report on a weekly basis on what their committee is doing so that the
council can decide as a whole how the projects and goals of each of these committees can
benefit the class of 2012. The students are now also in the process of brainstorming ideas for
projects and events for their fellow first years, including (but not limited to) a “guide to life” and
a monthly first year service project.
The Co-Chair Perspective
Kelsey and I have finally picked out our new FFCers, and have started to get the ball rolling on
what should be a great year. Kelsey has put a lot of personal focus on connecting the new
members to the rest of student government, and I have made it my personal purpose to take
the ideas that FFC has for events or products and make them into reality. I will spend most of
my in-meeting time getting progress reports on the work that each member is doing and will try
and motivate everyone to be their most productive. Ideally, I won’t have to play the bad cop of
the co-advisers, but productivity is definitely my top priority, and I am willing to do just about
anything to make sure that this year’s FFC has its ideas fulfilled in a way that was impossible last
year (due to the extremely short time we had together and the need for discussion of the
nature of the FFC beast itself).
The process of accepting new First Year Focus Council members was a slow one, but now that
we have chosen our first years, I know that we are well on our way to a successful year. All ten
of our first years are incredibly motivated and have amazing ideas as to how they can benefit
their class and future classes of the university. I have been in contact with many different
chairs of Student Government Committees, and I want to thank each and every one of them
who has agreed to act a mentor for one of our first years. I want to make sure that each of
these first years comes out of their time with the council having a firm foundation of knowledge
concerning how Student Government works. At the same time, I am excited to see what they
do with this knowledge. At our first few meetings, lots of great ideas have been thrown out,
but we need to make sure we stay on track in order to see each of these projects and programs
carried out. It has been wonderful working with Jordan. He always bring a new and completely
unique perspective to the table and is always so enthusiastic about everything we do.
Greek Affairs Committee
MacKenzie Babb, Co-Chair
Penn Clarke, Co-Chair
Penn Clarke compiled the October Report. I will be compiling fall reports and MacKenzie will
compile spring reports.
Recycling for all Greek houses
The most excitement seems to be for the recycling platform. This was wonderful to see
because we believe that we will need the most help on this goal. We have partnered with
Environmental Affairs to work on this platform. Currently there are a good number of
fraternities and sororities on campus with houses that have recycling programs. This number is
under half, however, and we would likely to have all fraternities and sororities recycling before
Space for GAC and NPHC organizations
We received the least excitement for the platform of acquiring some concrete space for GAC
and NPHC members. This is likely due to the fact that we have only a few members on the
committee who belong to these two organizations. Because of this and also because we
believe this platform goal might be the most challenging of all, we will begin attending their
council meetings to get them involved with acquiring the space. Jenny Levering, the Assistant
Dean of Students who oversees fraternity and sorority life, has said that these organizations
have had this goal for a few years. Although they have experienced difficulty with
accomplishing it in the past, we believe that if the councils, Greek Affairs, and Jenny all lobby
for it then we can accomplish the goal.
Greek Cube for all Greek organizations
A third platform point is acquiring a Greek only cube for Greeks to notify other students, both
Greeks and non-Greeks, about their events, philanthropies, etc. I have spoken with Jenny
about this goal and she does not believe it will be too difficult to accomplish. However, the big
debate now is where to place the cube and how to monitor it. The place where it could be best
monitored is by the SASB building where Jenny and her Greek Affairs staff reside. The problem
with this location, however, is that few Greek students live on this side of campus. Fraternity
court is another option for the cube.
Liaisons between Greek community and news outlets
The fourth of J.J’s platform points for Greek Affairs has already been accomplished! Two
students are working in the Greek Affairs Office exactly for the purpose of being liaisons
between the Greek community and news outlets such as the DTH. I contact them frequently
and they seem eager for opportunities. We have encouraged them to be proactive by
approaching chapter presidents about their events instead of letting the chapter presidents
come to them. We are confident this will result in more positive press for Greeks.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
On a personal note, October was rough on me! I battled numerous illnesses while studying for
the December LSAT. Although the LSAT is still ahead of me, I hope that I will remain healthy for
the next month.
Nonetheless, October was a successful month for Greek Affairs. One platform point has been
accomplished and our recycling goal is nearing its conclusion. We hope to accomplish 75% of
the goals by Winter Break and are very optimistic about it.
The month of October proved to be a successful month for the Greek Affairs Committee. We
have been meeting at 4:00 PM on Sundays at Mcalisters Deli with our eager committee of over
At the first meeting we went over the committee platforms and discovered what parts of the
goals each member was passionate about. Luckily, people were passionate about different
goals. We assigned each member one platform point that he/she will help spearhead based on
his/her preferences. Of course we emphasized that all members are able and encouraged to
work on all goals and not strictly limited to the assigned platform point.
Minority Affairs and Diversity Outreach
Monica Matta, Co-Chair
Terrence Bogans, Co-Chair
Sustaining and expanding successful initiatives like Mix-It-Up Day, The Diversity (Melting Pot)
Forum, Carolina United and CU-Nite, and the Multicultural Council
Mix-It-Up Day was held in Ramshead Dining Hall on Thursday, October, 9 2008. This event was
held in conjunction with Carolina Dining Services and Campus Y’s Students for the
Advancement of Race Relations (SARR). The purpose of the event was two-fold: (1) to raise
awareness of diversity issues on campus and discuss its significance to the university and (2) to
combat self-segregation in the student body. Specifically, the event boasted foods from various
cultures and international music played in the background. Upon entering the dining hall,
students were ushered to different tables where they were asked to literally "mix it up" by
sitting with peers of different backgrounds. At each of these tables, a facilitator led students
through an activity and discussion that engaged them in dialogue about the importance and
extent to which diversity is present in each of their lives.
Continuing to support integrated approaches to diversity
We have begun planning for a Gender Language Forum along with Student Government’s
Women’s Affairs. The final date is set for November 13, 2008 in Gardner. The purpose of the
event is to discuss the merits of the University’s new gender neutral language policy. Several
key administrators will be invited to discuss the issue, and student opinions representing the
contention and agreement with the policy will be encouraged.
Take official stances on issues of importance
Plans have commenced on a joint demonstration and forum to raise awareness concerning the
issues of environmental racism. The demonstration is planned as a means to publicize the
forum, which is being held in collaboration with the Environmental Affairs Committee. The
forum will cover the issues of environmental racism in North Carolina, the United States, and
globally. The forum will likely show a short documentary and involve a question-and-answer
panel and discussion afterwards.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
Life is good, no complaints. School is a bit overbearing at times, but this is UNC so I guess I
signed up for this. I’m waiting in anticipation for two things: the new Kanye West album and for
the college basketball season to begin.
I am doing amazingly! This is my first semester at the School of Public Health, and I absolutely
love it. The more that I learn about the material, the more I am assured that this major was
made for me. I have been walking around campus for some time in mild sadness because I have
officially passed my mid-way point at Carolina, and I know that eventually, they’ll make me
leave. In the mean time, though, I’ll distract myself with the Pit by day, and Franklin by night.
Public Service Advocacy
Kaila Ramsey, Chair
Upon integrating 57 new members into the PSAC committee in September, we have organized
ourselves into four distinct sub-committees that focus on specific issues. We have sub-
committees for Homelessness Outreach, the Brown Bag Lunch Series, Burmese Refugee
Awareness, and Disaster Relief. These committees are headed by one of our committee
members, and the position rotates every month. This offers several members the opportunity
to gain leadership experience. Sub-committee progress has been stellar.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series hosted an AmeriCorps Volunteer for the October to talk about
post-graduation careers in public service. The event was well-attended, and we are currently in
the planning stages for several more Brown Bag Lunches, with other organizations including
Doctors Without Borders and Habitat for Humanity.
Disaster Relief Committee
The Disaster Relief Committee is building a coalition among all groups on campus related to the
issue in order to address it in a more direct, united way. They are currently in progress, under
the guidance of the co-chairs, in forming a website for students to learn how to become
involved in opportunities relating to disaster relief.
Burmese Refugee Committee
The Burmese Refugee Committee has brainstormed a list of ways to increase awareness on
campus about this important issue. In the month of November, they will be hosting a film
documentary night along with speakers. They will be working with University professors who
are knowledgeable about the topic to host the event and make it beneficial for the University
Homelessness Outreach Committee
The Homelessness Outreach Committee is extremely active in preparing to host its big event of
October. They will be showing the Faces of Franklin Documentary on October 28 to educate
UNC students about specific stories of the homeless population on Franklin Street. As one of
our major platform points, we feel this event is critical to completing our commitment to raise
awareness about this important issue. We are also planning to send delegations to the IFC soup
kitchen to help in volunteering.
Overall, our subcommittees have been functioning well, and we are constantly building
teamwork. We hosted a PSAC game night which gave members a chance to build working
relationships that will carry over into our committee work. As a co-chair, I see PSAC heading in
a positive direction.
Our biggest event thus far this year has been the STRETCH conference, held on September 26
and 27th, 2008. This conference, the STudents REaching Toward CHange conference, focuses
annually on the topics of diversity, leadership, and service, and how these pertain to students
on UNC’s campus. In the past, conferences had been centered on the topic of getting plugged
into communities, and giving back to the state of North Carolina, for example. This year’s
theme placed a focus on student leadership on Friday night, which mirrored the University’s
focus on gender this year for Saturday’s programming.
Friday night after registering the students, they played get-to-know-you games and trivia with
their group tables, enjoying a wonderful meal provided by New York Pizza and Pasta, and
funded by the RHA. Then the keynote speaker, Joel Thomas, UNC alum, and student leader-
turned founder and CEO of Nourish International came to speak about entrepreneurship,
student initiatives, and leadership. His presentation sparked many questions ranging from
“regrets and lessons learned” to “the best classes at UNC to take.” We wrapped up Friday with
a discussion, and said goodbye until tomorrow…
Saturday morning began with a light breakfast and coffee, as J.J. Raynor, Student Body
President, introduced the conference. After a brief icebreaker, we had our first workshop, lead
by the LGBTQSA of UNC, educating about gender and sexuality, and the role gender plays in our
culture. This workshop was followed up by a representative of the Carolina Women’s Center
who led us in a discussion about women in positions of leadership, and the role gender plays in
affecting perceived leadership types, and responses to them. After a lunch of Jimmy John’s
(funded by the Carolina Leadership Development Office!) the conference had an interactive
presentation with The Carolina Microfinance student group on the role of gender in global
poverty. We wrapped up the workshops with two presenters from the Orange County Rape
Crisis center, talking about sex culture and the gender inequality that informs it.
The workshops, qualifying the participants for Service Training for Public Service Scholars, were
all very rewarding and engaging! We closed out the conference playing a ‘gender’ version of
Closing the Lines, said our goodbyes, and left– more enlightened, and having made 70 new
Spring Music Festival
Emily Motley, Chair
Alex Groneman, Chair
Kristin Hill, Chair
To Hold an Annual Music Festival for UNC students, faculty, and staff.
Work toward the planning and completion of the Spring Music Festival is currently underway.
The Co-Chairs have continued to meet with the Office of Student Affairs who has shown
support for the continuation of the Spring Music Festival. The Co-Chairs have also met with
representatives from the Office of Development to guide their fund-raising efforts.
The co-chairs researched and investigated the possibility of implementing a student fee for the
purpose of funding a portion of the Spring Music Festival. While a fee will not be possible for
the 2008-2009 term, the co-chairs feel that this is an important long-term goal for the longevity
and growth of the Spring Music Festival legacy.
The co-chairs have explored the idea of partnering with a corporate sponsor to help fund a
portion of the festival. Proposals to corporate sponsors have been drafted and will go out in
the following weeks.
The co-chairs have decide to continue last year’s tradition and adopt a philanthropy for this
year’s event in which a portion raised through suggested donations in lieu of ticked prices will
be donated to an organization of the committee’s choosing.
Division of Labor
The co-chairs have invited members of campus organizations to join a greater Spring Music
Festival council much like that of last year’s organization. The inclusion of other campus
organizations will broaden the Spring Music Festival’s appeal and scope as well as add to the
longevity of this event.
With the greater Spring Music Festival council made up of delegates from campus
organizations, there is also the Spring Music Festival committee that serves directly under the
co-chairs. These individuals will assist in the event planning, logistics and the artist selection
The Co-Chair Perspectives
I am so excited to see what the Spring Music Festival will become for 2009. With the success of
last year’s event, anything is possible! There have been many interesting ideas and ways in
which we can improve this year’s event and the overall enthusiasm for the Spring Music Festival
has been amazing! We definitely will try to make this a memorable experience for the entire
Last year’s event provides a fantastic building block upon which to expand. I believe that we
are better organized and have been faster moving in this year’s preparation. Establishing event
funding remains the critical task for the second half of the semester. Hopefully with funds in
place at a much earlier point this year, we will be able to devote a significant amount of
additional attention to the logistics of ticketing and daytime operations throughout the Lot
Party. I am confident that we will be able to continually evolve the Spring Music Festival in a
way that serves the greatest number of students, teachers, and faculty, and look forward to
bringing exciting new music to campus.
Student Body Outreach
Finding innovative ways to reach out to the student body including working in partnership
with the RHA
The Outreach committee has established PR options that allow it to utilize iTarheel and
UNCForums. The committee also set up a clear PR package to be used when other committees
of the Executive Branch need assistance with publicizing an event or project. Additionally,
Outreach has maintained its partnership with RHA, using the distribution and posting of fliers in
residence halls as a key component of the PR package.
Soliciting feedback from the student body to develop a spirit of ownership of this university
This platform point was not explicitly assigned to the Outreach committee, but it is one that the
committee has taken on as it continued to define and refine its vision. Outreach has worked
extensively with the Ellison Project—J.J. Raynor and trustee John Ellison’s initiative to involve
student opinions in the Board of Trustees next strategic plan. Outreach has been entrusted
with making students aware of this unique opportunity to share their voices. Outreach has
planned a wide array of projects to effectively publicize the initiative, some of which are already
in process and some which are being launched this week. Committee members are making
announcements in classrooms encouraging students to post comments on
bestcarolina.unc.edu, fliers have been made to be hung in residence halls, a Facebook group
has been created, messages are being sent over listservs, and student organizations are being
The Co-Chair Perspective
At times the going has been slow, but I feel like we have made strong steps towards further
legitimizing the roles of this committee. We’ve established a set PR package, and we have laid
down tangible goals even though our committee is plagued with a very ambiguous and broad
nature. I feel that both Ted and I have been doing a lot of work, but that it is not necessarily
always paying off all the time. I’m also both a little discouraged with our progress in Project
Ellison, as we’ve had a difficult time getting all the tools we need to successfully gather input.
It has been exciting but challenging leading Outreach as a co-chair this year. I think Brad and I
really weren’t sure exactly what we wanted Outreach to be at the start of this semester, but
after lots of discussion together, help in cabinet meetings with defining a vision, and
consultation with our committee members, we have a much more concrete idea of what
Outreach is about. The challenge now is to balance ambitious and lofty goals with practicality
and plausibility of application. I am glad we are getting to help with the Ellison Project, as it is a
priority for J.J., and I think it is extremely important for UNC.
Represent the interests of Out of State Students, International Students, and First Year
Student Life held an event entitled, “Sophomore Reorientation” in which organizations from
around campus convened in the Great Hall to offer opportunities to out of state students,
international students, and first year students as well as the entire student body. The
organizations attended included: Advising, University Career Services, Center for Public Service,
Office of Undergraduate Research, Carolina Leadership Development, Campus Y, ROTC, APPLES,
UNC Young Democrats, School of Public Health, School of Journalism and Mass Communication,
School of Nursing, and SNCAE. By presenting numerous opportunities to get involved, Student
Life provided out of state, international, and first year students the platform to get involved in
Carolina and both blend in seamlessly and stand out at Carolina.
Student Life has also worked extensively on a first-year mentoring program entitled Carolina
Connections. The program is designed to pair first-years with upperclassmen mentors. The
main goal for the program is to help first-years transition to college while finding their place at
Carolina. This pilot program will cover a multitude of topics ranging from “Global Carolina” to
“Campus Involvement”. Through a set of goals, weekly lesson plans, and with a board of
campus leaders providing more ideas, Carolina Connections is set to launch in the second
semester of the 2008-2009 year.
Also, preliminary planning has started on creating a student life gala which would also target
out of state students, international students, and first year students along with the rest of the
Create an events listserv
Student Life has begun to discuss the organization of an events listserv. Student Life has
decided the most conducive way to create a listserv is to combine organizations that are alike.
For example, all organizations dealing with environmental issues will have their own listserv, or
all political organizations will have a political listserv. Student Life hopes to work with other
student government committees as well as the organizations on the listserv itself.
Create an Awards Program to Acknowledge the Important Presence of Faculty Advisors of
Student Life is planning an awards program at the end of the second semester of the 2008-2009
year. Student Life plans to honor faculty advisors who have spent countless hours helping
student organizations. The main purpose of this event other than to acknowledge the hard
work these extraordinary faculty members have done is to create more awareness for the need
of professors to work with student organizations and to create more organized and coordinated
involvement between faculty and students organizations.
The Co-Chair Perspective
Student Life has made progress in meeting the needs of the student body. There will be even
more programming in a continued effort to meet and finish J.J.’s platform points. Our
committee has wonderful and interpretative ideas in which to complete our goals and we
currently have numerous project ideas we are discussing. Within the next week, we hope to
narrow our project list down to the next three big projects, we as a committee want to
undertake (since our summer projects are winding down). I am continually excited and amazed
by the ideas that have arisen from the brainstorm sessions. I think it is important however, to
be careful when we represent the under-represented groups on campus, such as out of state
students, first year students, and international students because we do not just want to target
them as an individual group but rather have our programming be intended for the Carolina
student body as a whole with an emphasis on these groups. By targeting them individually on a
frequent basis we force these groups to carry with them the title “international” or “out of
state” continually instead of the title of a Carolina student. After all, the ultimate goal of
Student Life is to connect Carolina students to the university and such a large part of that is
connecting Carolina students to each other.
I think that the Student Life Committee has redefined its direction by increasing its efforts
towards looking at building inclusivity with hard reach communities like international/out of
state/ transfer students and more, in order to ensure them an opportunity to experience
Carolina with one another. I think that we have great ideas on how to approach this new
direction by planning programs with other student organizations that help us to reach our goal.
Our progress with the Sophomore Reorientation Program and Carolina Connections Mentoring
Program has been great, but we need to continue to push for refinement.
Matthew Bresler, Co-Chair
Establish an online course evaluation system so that students can make better choices about
which classes to take
Before registering for classes, many students often wonder if a professor’s style will fit with
their own or if an instructor showed enthusiasm for teaching a course. Although students
answer these questions on course evaluations, the results have not been made accessible to
the entire student body. Completed at the end of every semester, these course evaluations
would be a better decision-making tool for students, who currently rely on third-party websites
in order to make decisions.
The Student “Pick-A-Prof” Special Project Committee has been working closely with faculty and
administration in figuring out how to get course evaluations and their results posted online.
With help from the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and Student Body Vice
President, Todd Dalrymple, the committee hopes to combine the evaluations with grade
distributions and possibly even course syllabi. However, the written sections on student
evaluations that are used to make personnel decisions are restricted from public access by
North Carolina state law. While some professors are excited about this upcoming feature,
others have are concerned about grade inflation and the reliability of such responses. While
course evaluations are provided to every student (85-90% response rate), some professors also
believe that the website would only represent students who loved or hated classes.
In order to solve these problems, the committee has researched the ways in other universities
collect and distribute course evaluations. Some of the researched topics include response rates,
incentives for completion, what information is provided, and who is able to access the results.
In addition, the committee is working towards updating the evaluation’s six student questions
(out of the 33 total) in order to get a broader representation of students’ opinions on courses.
Surveys are being performed regarding these “student questions”; however the main priority
has been getting the results online for students.
The committee hopes to continue working with the Academic Affairs Committee, Faculty
Council, and the Course Evaluation Committee (established by administration) in order to
create this valuable and innovative website.
Technology and Web Services
After J.J. Raynor was elected as Student Body President, the Technology and Web Services Co-
Chairs of the Carson Administration (Kyle McEntee, Cooper McGuire, and Thomas Edwards),
realizing the need for an event to occur during the beginning of the fall semester and thus the
immediate need to begin planning, brought up the idea of a Tech Fair to the University’s Chief
Information Officer, Larry Conrad. During this meeting, the Co-Chairs present the results of a
survey the Carson Administration directed which showed the Student Body’s lack of knowledge
regarding some of the services offered by ITS, Information Technology Services. With Mr.
Conrad’s focus on bringing technology to the students and publicizing the services that are
available, he was very interested in supporting an event that would publicize these services.
With the coming of the summer and the transition from the Carson Administration to the
Raynor Administration, ITS realized they needed to take a large role in the planning of the event
over the summer. Thus, the co-chairs of the Raynor Administration participated in the planning
process via email and conference call throughout the summer. The event was planned for
September 29th and 30th in the Pit. These two days were reserved and plans were made with
the Union to provide setup. An application was released to all technology organizations on
campus to give them the opportunity to present their services as well. Below are the
organizations or services that were represented at the event.
ResNET Computer Repair Center (CRC)
Data Back-Up Solutions ITS Help Services
Carolina on iTunesU, UNC Mobile Student IT Jobs
Computer-Based Training, Personal Online Smart Zones, Wireless Printing & Computer Labs
Calendar Information Security: Safe Computing
Undergraduate Library: Media Lab & Legal Music Downloading: Ruckus Music Service
Collaboratory Laptop Safety and Engraving
RAM Shop of UNC Student Stores Identity Theft Prevention
Each of these had a table with signage as well as a member or two of the staff in that
department to tell students about the service. The majority of the tables handed out fliers with
more information. ITS also sponsored a CD Toss contest that gave prizes and entered winning
students into a drawing for two iPods.
Unfortunately, the second day of the event had to be cancelled due to inclement weather.
The conversations that brought about the Tar Heel Tech Fair are a perfect example of the well
developed relationship between the Executive Branch and ITS. This is the first large scale,
major collaborative event put on by ITS and the Executive Branch of Student Government that
has targeted students to publicize the services that they offer.
The Technology and Web Services Committee is now meeting with ITS to discuss the direction
of the event for the coming year.
Student Organization Website Training and Support
Student organization websites are hosted by the Division of Student Affairs. Every officially
recognized student organization is given a web address as well as access to Mambo, an open
source content management system that allows users to update their websites without any
knowledge of HTML. The Technology and Web Services Committee has been working closely
with Brian Payst, the Director of Technology and Systems Support for the Division of Student
Affairs, to ensure that student organization’s needs are being met. In an effort to improve the
service that is offered, Mambo will be upgraded to Joomla, a different open source content
management system. Joomla is very similar to Mambo in mission, but it is a much more robust
solution that is easier to use and more widely supported, thereby making it easier for student
organizations to maintain their websites and add events to SLICE.
The upgrade is scheduled to take place during Fall Break. However, there will be some down
time while student organization sites are migrated to the new system. In an effort to minimize
this amount of time, only student organizations that opt in will have their information migrated
to the new system. This decision was made because the majority of student organizations have
either never used their sites or have not updated them recently. By only moving the active
sites, the amount of downtime was dramatically reduced.
Starting the week after Fall Break, the committee members of the Technology and Web
Services committee will begin offering one-on-one help sessions to assist student organizations
with updating their Joomla based web sites. These open office hours will be held in the Student
Government Suite on Mondays from 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. and Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. All
of the student organization’s primary contacts will be directly contacted to advertise this
Weekly Newsletter and SLICE Promotion
The concept of SLICE is a good one; however there are several key issues that are affecting its
usefulness. The primary problem and really the root of all others is that student organizations
are not posting their events. There are a variety of reasons for this: the scarcity of training, the
perceived absence of benefit, and the general lack of knowledge of its existence, to name a
few. Remedying this major problem is the first step in making SLICE a successful tool for the
On the short term, the one-on-one help sessions are designed to assist student organizations
with posting their events. However, discussions are progressing in regards to legislation that
would require student organizations to post some of their events to SLICE as this seems to be
the only long term sustainable solution. One idea that has gained traction would be to require
any student organization receiving student funding for events to post them to SLICE. However,
any sort of decision regarding this legislation would be made at levels above the Technology
and Web Services Committee.
Once student organizations are consistently posting their events to SLICE, a publicity campaign
to the general student body will be launched. In the long term, the focus of this campaign will
shift to first years. This seems to be the best long term solution as students must integrate
SLICE into their daily lives for it to really be a success. First years are the logical demographic to
focus on as their habits are shifting with their transition into life at the University.
Email is an integral part of students’ lives and, along with other new technologies, has become
one of students’ primary forms of communication. The internal email system that the
University hosts, is based on IMAP4, the Internet Message Access Protocol, which is a widely
used email standard. IMAP provides users with a variety of options for accessing their email
with the most robust solution being via a client such as Thunderbird or Outlook. However, the
option that the majority of Carolina students choose is UNC’s web interface, Webmail which is
based on IMP, a component of the open source Horde project. Unfortunately, this is also the
option that is the most outdated and the least functional.
The bottom line is that students are dissatisfied with the University’s email solution regardless
of which part of the system is really the cause. Many students, in an effort to find a better
solution, forward their UNC email to an outside service simply because of the improved
interface and additional functionality that is not offered by Webmail.
In an effort to ensure that students changing needs are met, ITS and the Technology and Web
Services Committee have been in discussions about the possible ways that UNC’s email service
could be improved. The discussion has focused primarily on outsourcing student email to a
private entity. Currently, there are three vendors that are providing email services to higher
education institutions: Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, with Google and Microsoft holding the
majority of the market. All three of these services are offered completely free of charge. The
combination of the improved services provided by these vendors as well as the cost reduction
make the idea of outsourcing attractive to ITS.
ITS and the Technology and Web Services Committee are now in the process of determining
what functionalities are truly desired by students. This question is predominately focused on
calendaring and whether or not student calendars would need to be cross platform compatible
with the calendaring services offered to faculty and staff. In more direct terms, the products
provided by outside vendors allow users to see other users’ calendars to facilitate the planning
of meetings. However, this traditionally is only available if all of the users are utilizing the same
system. Because faculty and staff would be using an internally hosted solution while students
used an outsourced solution, it must be determined if students would like the functionality to
view not only one another’s calendars, but also members of the faculty and staff as this adds a
significant layer of difficulty to the project.
The biggest hurdle in the process of finding a better solution for email, convincing ITS that a
change needs to be made, has already been passed. The next step will be to find out what
functionalities students are looking for. Once that has been determined, ITS will begin working
with the three major vendors to find the services that fits students’ defined needs best. There
are also a variety of contractual issues that must be worked out. However, these are all issues
that many of our peer institutions have worked through with their efforts to outsource. While
no firm timeline can be given, this change is coming.
Enterprise Resource Planning
During the past two decades, while the University has emerged as a top-ranked institution, its
electronic administrative systems have failed to keep pace. ITS has built or highly customized
the majority of the administrative software currently supporting business functions in the areas
of finance, human resources and student systems.
Much of this development took place in a narrow context using limited resources, and it
provided point solutions without regard to a broader strategic focus. In addition, as individual
operating units and schools have sought to address their internal IT needs, the University’s
business processes have diverged. The central administrative support infrastructure in place
today represents a wide array of technologies and vendor products that are difficult to
maintain. These limit the University’s ability to respond to new user requirements in a timely
and effective manner. Against this backdrop, the University faces vendor desupport of its core
student information system.
The University leadership has concluded that the institution can best address its overall
administrative computing situation through the implementation of Oracle’s PeopleSoft for
Student Systems which will bring admissions, financial aid, student records and student
financials (cashiering) into one integrated system. The planning phase of the project began
almost three years ago in November of 2005. The ERP team is now in the “configuration” phase
in which the system is actually customized to meet UNC’s specific needs.
With such a large project, the various segments of the system will be rolled out over an almost
year long process with Admissions being the first segment to go live this summer. The next
piece of the system that will impact current students most directly is the switch to a new class
registration and advising system with additional functionality that is considerably more user
friendly. Students registering for classes in the fall of 2010 will no longer be using
StudentCentral, but PeopleSoft.
The ERP Student Advisory Group is continuing to meet on a monthly basis. The meetings are
used predominately for project updates and discussions about the issues that could affect the
student body down the road when the system goes live. One of the primary focuses is ensuring
that the new system be very user friendly.
With the project now in the design and configuration phase, there are a multitude of places
where student input can affect the look and feel of the system, the first naturally being the
undergraduate admissions application as this is the system that is currently being developed.
The ERP Team will be welcoming students to assist with the testing of this system, realizing that
students, having just gone through the application experience, are often the most qualified to
give constructive criticism regarding student specific systems. This testing will take place in the
spring of 2009 as the system is prepared to go live in August of 2009. A similar arrangement is
being discussed for the design of the Portal, a replacement application for MyUNC, through
which students will interact with PeopleSoft as well as other technology services on campus.
The Co-Chair Perspective
I am very happy with the direction of the committee. We have been working very diligently to
make sure we execute all of the platform points. It is only October and we have accomplished
over half of the points. I believe this is owed to the dedication of the committee members and
ITS’ commitment to better student life. Additionally, it has been extremely beneficial having a
committee. They have helped with sharing varied perspectives, and creating a discourse that
helps to connect us with the student body. I am extremely pleased with the progress of the
committee, and look forward to future progress.
The Technology and Web Services Committee is in a unique position quite different from other
committees because of its dependence on a very small number of administrative divisions,
predominately ITS and the Division of Student Affairs. Its position is also unique in that
technological changes that widely affect campus occur at an inherently slower pace over longer
periods of time than many other projects. This is simply the nature of highly complex and often
expensive initiatives. Unfortunately, this often leaves students with the feeling that Student
Government and the technology focused divisions on campus are not looking to meet their
needs. This is simply not the case. All of these groups are looking to do exactly that, serve the
With that being said, the way that these technologically focused projects begin is, quite simply,
with a conversation. The Raynor Administration’s Technology and Web Services Committee has
had great success in both starting these conversations and having a role in ensuring that they
move forward. The primary example of this is in the area of email outsourcing. This idea was
brought up, ITS was convinced of the need and feasibility, and now ITS and Student
Government are working collaboratively to find a solution that meets the needs of both
I feel the primary reason that the current Technology and Web Services Committee has had
such success in starting these conversations is because of the relationships that were formed by
the committee chairs of the Carson Administration as well as the ease of transition between the
two administrations. The Carson Administration worked diligently with ITS and other
technological organizations on campus to prove that Student Government was a beneficial
group to work with. With the reputation of Student Government solidified, the way was really
paved for this year’s Committee to work closely with these groups to solve specific
technological issues that affect students.
Beginning last year, the Carson Administration’s Technology and Web Services Committee,
realizing the need to maintain relationships with administrators, looked to adopt a committee
model where one of the co-chairs would continue to work on the committee under the
committee of the next Student Body President. With two of the previous three co-chairs being
seniors, this role fell to me, a sophomore at the time. By using last year as a sort of
apprenticeship, the relationships that were so carefully cultivated were passed down to me,
thereby lessening the effect that transition would traditionally have on this committee. We are
hoping to adopt a similar structure for the coming year.
As for the actual progress of the committee, I’m generally very pleased with the progress that
we have made. As said before, it has been extremely helpful to have the relationships that
were built by previous administrations. This other co-chairs have also been very helpful and are
really working hard to see the committee move forward. I’ve been working to convey the body
of knowledge that I’ve acquired under the previous administration to the new co-chairs, but
this endeavor has taken quite some time. Because of this learning curve, I’ve often taken the
lead on things in an effort to expedite them. Over the rest of this semester as well as the next, I
will be trying to spread the work load to the other members of the committee.
The Tech and Web Committee has been working hard this entire semester on the issues
outlined in this report. I am generally pleased with the level of success the committee has
achieved thus far, however I would like to see us move a bit faster on some of the projects,
namely email outsourcing, in the latter half of this semester. My personal contribution has been
mostly in the email outsourcing project.
The first half has been a gradual learning process for Mia and me, and I hope that we can
contribute more to produce greater concrete results in the future.
Like I said, I am very pleased with the work that we have done so far and hope we can continue
with even more success.
Town and External Relations
The good neighbor handout was created to help students better understand their rights as
tenants. The committee also organized a tenants’ rights forum for students living off campus or
planning to live off campus. There will be more of these sessions in the spring semester. An
off-campus informational package for students moving off-campus next year is being organized
for the Department of Housing and Residential Education. It will include tenants’ rights,
cooking classes, bus routes, places to buy cheap furniture, and budget management.
One off-campus lighting tour was all ready conducted in the student housing areas of the
Church Street and Cameron-Mcauley Neighborhoods, and ten streetlights that were out were
pinpointed and then replaced by Duke Power. More lighting tours will be conducted on a
roughly monthly basis. Committee members attended town council meetings on lighting.
Economic Development of Franklin Street
The committee has researched vacant storefronts on Franklin and Rosemary Street. A report
will soon be completed on the findings. Plans have been made to conduct student surveys for
preferences of new businesses. Plans are also in the works to publish a map of Franklin Street
businesses to put in the dorms. Committee members have also met with the Downtown
Homelessness in Chapel Hill
Committee members volunteered at Project Homelessness Connect. Committee Co-Chairs
have met with the Downtown Partnership in hopes of expanding the Real Change from Spare
Change program. Committee Co-Chairs have also had input on the new Carolina Public Service
database and made sure homelessness stays in the forefront.
Other Town and External Relations Issues
The Committee co-chairs helped plan the Good Neighbor Block Party.
The Committee is planning a local Candidate day to inform students of candidates for
The Committee has been at the forefront of planning and input for proposed changes to
Halloween celebrations. The committee has had input in planning changes to parking
and transit. The Committee is also organizing the Safe Halloween 2008 volunteer corps
to aid administrators Halloween night.
The Co-Chair Perspectives
Our Committee has done a great job so far. We have a small (10ish), efficient, dedicated group
of members. We have made a good deal of progress on many of the platform points. The
committee has shown itself to be very capable of reacting to short-term needs outside of the
platform points, such as the Good Neighbor initiative and Halloween. I look forward to
accomplishing even more in the coming months.
I am really pleased with the accomplishments of our committee so far. We have a great group
with a lot of creative ideas and a willingness to implement them. I think we have made great
strides with our platform points so far and will continue to do so. In addition, I want the
committee to take advantage of more opportunities to collaborate with other committees and
Transfer Student Task Force
Melissa Smrekar, Chair
Annadele Herman, Vice-Chair
Creation of a special task force in the Executive Branch of Student Government to identify
and address transfer students issues
The Raynor Administration successfully created the Transfer Student Task Force to be included
in the Executive Branch of Student Government at Carolina. The task force operates under a
chair and vice chair. These chairs actively seek to address the vast discrepancy in what transfer
student expect and what they actually find on campus. The TSTF distinguishes itself from Tar
Heel Transfers by working on the more administrative aspects of transfer issues.
Centralized space for transfer student information and for transfer student gatherings
Centralized space for transfer student information and for transfer student gatherings is now
located in the Union in Room 3514E #4. We are, however, actively seeking a larger space.
Expand the T-Links program and include T-Links counselors in Transfer Student Orientation
With assistance from the Office of New Student and Carolina Parents Programs and the Tar
Heel Transfers, T-Links attended a training session with Orientation Leaders and worked
alongside them to become a valuable addition to the June and August TSOP sessions. The
addition received positive feedback from many participating parties.
The Co-Chair Perspective
The overarching purpose of the Transfer Student Task Force, a special project of the Raynor
Administration in the Executive Branch of Student Government, is to actively serve as the voice
of transfer students at Carolina. Since all three of Raynor’s platform points for the committee
were completed before the fall semester commenced, we are currently formulating new
objectives for the committee for the remainder of the year. In hosting open forums, we seek to
determine transfer students’ main concerns and frustrations with their transfer experience. In
addition to hosting monthly forums, we are addressing other areas of concern such as transfer
retention and how the “eight semester” graduation policy applies to and affects transfers. I am
pleased that being a part of student government at Carolina has provided a level of authority
and validity when we are seeking aid or assistance. Unlike Tar Heel Transfers, our special
committee works on the policy side of transfer issues instead of the primarily social side. I look
forward to continuing to improve other aspects of the transfer experience now that all Raynor’s
objectives have been accomplished.
I am encouraged and inspired as always by how hard transfers will work to improve the transfer
experience for other transfers later on down the line and also by how eager the Office of New
Students and Carolina Parents continues to be toward any project that aims to achieve the
same. I accompanied two such active transfers, Divesh Gidwani and Martin Moore, in the Tar
Heel Transfers student organization, as well as one of those administrators, Joshua Hewitt, to a
Parent’s Council meeting and luncheon on the Friday before Parent’s Weekend. The four of us
updated the council on the progress of the T-Links mentoring program overseen by THT and
Josh’s office this past summer. While the program is in need of some improvements, the
pushing off year has had some wonderful results – as pointed out by one council member who
commented on how much she’s seen the transfer experience improve based on transfers
firsthand accounts in the last few years. Through Open Forums on Transfer Issues and office
hours, the existence of the Transfer Student Task Force as a specialized committee designed
simply to represent the needs of transfer students has in itself improved the accessibility of
university administration and student government to transfer students. I’m excited to continue
working with the Transfer Student Task Force to make small strides toward our long terms goals
of needed policy changes.
Lisette Yorke, Co-Chair
Christian Mibelli, Co-Chair
Multiple Dining Platform Points
The Dining Services and Facilities Workshop on October 30, 2008, organized by Chris Payne, the
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Co-chair Lisette Yorke, brought together many
administrators and representatives from University Services, Carolina Dining Services, Dining
and Campus Facilities, Sustainable Food groups, and student Vegetarian and Healthy Eating
groups to discuss action steps on the following topics:
Late night dining options with Carolina Dining Services (CDS)
Working with Aramark to improve food quality and variety
Research alternative dining locations to decrease lines at lunch time
More local food with CDS
Carolina Dining Services presented on several of the initiatives they are enacting this year,
including a facilities/satisfaction assessment through the company MarketMatch. Don Luse, the
director of the Carolina Union, discussed the plans of the Union for the space on the bottom
floor for possible late night dining options. FLO representative Patrick Boleman presented on
sustainable, fair and organic food projects that are ongoing with CDS. Amanda Velazquez,
president of Healthy Heels cooking club, led discussion on increasing healthy food and
vegetarian options and offered suggestions for enhancing offerings at CDS facilities.
Co-chair Lisette Yorke is working with Chris Payne, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs, to develop action steps to follow through with topics and ideas discussed in this
Alternative sustainable disposable containers
The Environmental Affairs committee has done a wonderful job with this issue. UNC now has
sustainable containers (a.k.a. “clamshells”) for sale at Lenoir and Ram’s Head locations. Lisette
Yorke spoke with one of the Ram’s Head managers, and the manager mentioned that CDS had
to order more clamshells because there was higher demand than anticipated.
Off-Campus Security Report and Safety Map
University Services Committee Member Elizabeth Vance has contacted Katherine O’Brien,
requesting information concerning a density map of off-campus students. While this
information is not readily available, University Services will continue to work to develop a
comprehensive off-campus security/density report.
Communication with new Chief of Police of Chapel Hill
To complement the work of Student Body President J.J. Raynor, co-chair Christian Mibelli will
work with Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran to solicit support for University Services safety
initiatives in the future.
Carolina Night Out
The goal of Carolina Night Out is to introduce students to the safety officers that protect them.
University Services will work towards organizing a fun event for students to get to know their
local safety and police officers.
Publicize lighting corridor
Committee member Amy Wentzel attended the lighting tour with Chancellor Thorp, to
determine where weaknesses are in the lighting on campus. University Services will help to
publicize the existing lighting corridor to students, possibly with marked signs, to ensure all
students know the best-lit path to walk through campus at night.
More lighting around Davis
Lighting around Davis will be further addressed as the results/suggestions of the lighting tour
are enacted. University Services will work to ensure lighting around Davis is included in these
More bike lanes
University Services will meet with the Chapel Hill Bike and Pedestrian Board and other safety
advisory committees to continue discussion and action on bicycle safety on- and off-campus in
Co-chair Christian Mibelli has worked with Chapel Hill Transit to improve and assess Safe Ride
routes through a transportation and safety workshop. The possibility of a Carrboro to Chapel
Hill late night transit system for next semester is probable, depending on securing funds for the
project (to avoid increase of student fees).
Reduce Maintenance response times
University Services will meet with Housing Services to address this issue, progress is ongoing.
Assist with roommate finder
University Services Committee Member Lex Janes conducted a Roommate Finder assessment to
gauge the availability and access of the roommate finder tool for incoming first-years and
current campus residents. Here are his results:
The “Living Preferences” section covers important aspects of life
The “About Me” section allows students to cover issues not asked in living preferences and talk
more about themselves
Profiles are easy to read; a profile doesn’t take long to read, one just scans the living preference
section to see if it’s worth reading the “about me” and possibly contacting the person to talk.
The private messaging system does a satisfactory job of allowing students to contact each other.
The advanced search function allows students to quickly find people with similar study habits and
The “Living Preferences” section doesn’t allow for answers to be detailed since it only accepts
The “About Me” section has no guidelines, students can type what they want, it would be better
if the site suggested things for students to address.
The site is extremely hard to find, I didn’t find any links to the UNC roommate finder on the
Housing Homepage or UNC.edu, it needs be better advertised and more accessible.
The site is rather bland, the interface could be updated, it appears somewhat old and outdated.
University Services will work with UNC Housing Services to determine if the Roommate Finder
could be better advertised, even during slow periods.
Publicize RHA funding and opportunities
Lex Janes will contact RHA to discuss how University Services can help with the publicity of
Online auction system for choosing new enhancements
University Services will meet with RHA in the future to address this issue, progress is ongoing.
Block off registration times during major athletic events
University Services Committee Member Brooke Sauer has made some great progress with this
platform point. Brooke, Carolyn, and Lisette attended a meeting concerning change of
registration times/days with the University Registrar, Dr. Poehls, and other administrators. This
was a productive meeting and University Services will be involved in further meetings and
discussions about registration.
The Co-Chair Perspective
Lisette has enjoyed working with the University Services Committee this year. There are some
motivated and energetic first-years and sophomores who have contributed a great deal
already. They have dealt well with increasing levels of responsibility and because of their efforts
and enthusiasm the committee has faced relatively few challenges. Lisette looks forward to
getting involved in more inter-committee collaboration in the future.
Iris Lattimore, Co-Chair
Shruti Shah, Co-Chair
Family and Career Planning Services
The committee has contacted a potential speaker, Dr. Marlynn Cook of UNC Hospitals, who has
agreed to speak at the first family and career planning event. She is a physician, researcher, and
mother of twins. The committee is in the planning process for this event and hopes to
collaborate with UNC Student Parent Association and Career Services.
Advocating for pregnancy support and childcare services at Carolina
The committee has been in contact with Corrie Piontak, co-chair of the UNC Student Parent
Association (SPA). At this point there are various initiatives in the works: pit-sitting to raise
awareness about campus resources for mothers, publicity of SPA events, and fundraising to
support student mothers. Also, an increase in the student fee for childcare support which is
designed to assist student mothers with child care needs will be voted on this school year.
Making sexual assault and relationship violence prevention information resources available
The committee is working with the Facilities Services to improve resources for sexual assault
and violence prevention. We are hoping to put information on the back of bathroom stalls all
over campus, so that more students will have access to it.
The Co-Chair Perspective
Iris Lattimore, Shruti Shah
This semester has been going pretty well so far. We have a committee of about fifteen
dedicated members who are enthusiastic and very helpful. We’ve already planned two events,
a women leader’s networking event, and a gender language forum. At the networking event
we hope to facilitate collaboration between various diverse groups on campus. We also want to
recognize the commitment of the many great female campus leaders here at Carolina. The
Gender Language Forum is set for November 13. We are in the process of inviting and
developing the program. We are really eager to put on these events, and we are confident that
they will be a success.
Eve Marie Carson Memorial Garden Letter
To: Dr. Jablonski
CC: Dr. Payne, Executive Branch Officers
From: The Executive Branch Officers of Student Government
Re: Establishing a physical memorial for Eve Marie Carson
June 16, 2008
Dear Dr. Jablonski,
J.J. let me know that you have been in conversation with Chuck Lovelace and John
Brodeur about types of memorials for Eve. Thank you so much for your work on this front! I
thought it might be helpful for all of you to have some of the student thoughts down on paper.
I hope that having these sentiments on record will allow you to come up with an idea that
reflects students’ original idea of a memorial garden. This idea stems from conversation among
members of the Carson and Raynor administrations and other close friends of Eve, including
Aaron, Anna, Justin, Mike Lee, Patrick Smith, Jake Wallace, and Alex Robinson. Having spoken
with Dr. Payne, we took his suggestion to include in the name and purpose of the garden other
Carolina students, who have died prematurely while students. Some memorial names
suggested include the “Eve Marie Carson Garden: In memory of students whose lives and
potentials have been cut short during their time at Carolina” or the “Eve Marie Carson Garden:
In memory of students whose lives at Carolina have been cut short.”
The members of Student Government and Eve’s close friends believe that a garden is an
appropriate and beautiful way to remember one of Carolina’s most gifted student leaders. The
garden, or any other type of memorial, should provide a place for healing for those who knew
Eve and also provide a gathering place for camaraderie, discussion, and reflection among future
generations of Tar Heels; this act of gathering and sharing – the building of friendships – is truly
in the spirit of Eve. You spoke movingly at Eve’s Memorial Service about knowing Eve as a
friend, and I have heard similar sentiments from members of the Board of Trustees and
President Bowles. In establishing a garden in this spirit, it is my hope that we are continuing
our friendship with Eve and are laying the foundation for friendships as meaningful as Eve’s for
Having toured existing memorials on campus and met with the University landscape
architect, we students believe that the space behind the Campus Y building is the most
meaningful location for a memorial garden because of its role as a campus crossroads and its
proximity to the many facets of Eve’s life: in this space we see the path from the Campus Y to
student government, South Building where Eve interacted with administrators, and a series of
walks leading to Chapman, Memorial Hall, and Greenlaw. These places are prominent in the
lives of many students, and we want this garden to be an integral part of the way the paths
from Chemistry 101, from a performing arts show, or from a Goldberg class can all converge – a
convergence that necessitates a space to gather and share among students.
Having met only once with Dr. Payne, Jill Coleman, and Virginia Carson, I can put
forward a rough sketch of one of the possibilities for a garden set-up in this location. The
location that best suits the stipulations of Facilities and the sentiments of the preferred location
described above is the alcove that borders the Blue Ram Café outdoor seating area and the
Memorial Hall service parking lot. In the alcove, which is defined by a stone wall, already exists
a young tree in a planter. We would like to develop this area into a proper garden by adding to
the top of the wall a short trellis with a climbing vine of some sort, placing benches around the
planter, and planting flowers along the perimeter of the planter. Finding a place for a butterfly
bush would also be ideal. The mulched area directly behind the Campus Y steps will remain
mulched in order to protect the roots of the mature tree that stands there. The area will
continue to house the butterfly art, which we would like to angle towards the proposed garden
site (that is, facing southwest). The landscape architect has confirmed that potted plants
surrounding the butterfly art will not disturb the existing tree roots.
These are the specifics that we have been able to gather so far, and I would sincerely
appreciate your help in navigating the system as we consult with the landscape architect and
historic preservation manager in order to develop the idea of a memorial garden. Of course, I
am more than happy to hear other ideas put forth by Mr. Lovelace, Mr. Brodeur, or any other
interested party. Still, I thought you might appreciate having ideas and feelings about the
garden put on paper. I know that, for me, breaking ground on a garden or any type of
memorial will help me to return to Carolina in the Fall with a sentiment of healing instead of
In the cultivation of a beautiful place, we can remember our beautiful friend and share,
even if only through a location, the impact she had on those lucky enough to befriend Eve
during her twenty-two years. Thank you very much for your help in developing such a proposal.
Katie Sue Zellner
And the rest of the Executive Branch Officers:
J.J. Raynor, President
Todd Dalrymple, Vice President
Pedro Carreno, Treasurer
Cameron Randall, Chief of Staff
Andrew Daub, Secretary
Cindy Spurlock, G.P.S.F. President
Garden Update to Dr. Payne
August 21, 2008
Dear Dr. Payne,
Thank you so much for your work on the Naming Committee proposal for the “Eve Marie
Carson Garden.” I so appreciate your time and effort, and I think the proposal effectively
captured the sentiments and wishes I’ve gathered from fellow classmates and expressed myself
over the past few months.
After emailing friends of Eve who have been involved in discussions about a physical
memorial space from the beginning, I gleaned the following feedback on the original proposal:
Lack of clarity about the incorporation of other students who have passed away: Is this
garden for Eve or for all students who have passed away while enrolled?
Concern over the garden becoming shrouded in sadness, especially if called “The Eve
Marie Carson Memorial Garden: Remembering those students whose lives were lost
before their potential was reached.” Several students specifically expressed a desire that
the garden be a place of hope and celebration, rather than a place commemorating “just
some student who died.”
I think we’ve addressed these concerns best by revising the name to “The Eve Marie Carson
Garden.” With this revision, the name is clear, and we avoid harping on sadness and death
while still explicitly honor our friend, Eve. To include the pain that all families and friends
endure when a loved one is lost, the garden should include an engraving of a poem or poems,
such as Pablo Neruda’s “Sonnet XCIV” and “And How Long.” (These poems are attached.) The
idea of including a lyrical element, specifically the Neruda poems mentioned above, was
received enthusiastically by those who have been in touch about the garden. While we may
not need to include the poem element in the Naming Committee proposal, it’s something to
incorporate as we move forward.
Additional comments we received more were aimed at specifics of the garden
construction. Some feedback included:
To incorporate things that Eve loved.
To plant the garden so that it is lively and in bloom at all times of the year, meaning the
garden must take advantage of a climate that allows a number of plants that bloom
from the late fall to early spring, a time of the year when the days are short, more likely
to be gray, and when people are more likely to need the cheer of flowers (Lenten Roses,
the Helleborus family of plants), flowering shrubs (camellias, witch hazels, wintersweet),
and/or flowering trees (ornamental apricots or Prunus Mume).
The first point will require some consulting with Bob and Teresa because I’m not sure what
Eve’s favorite flower or tree was. Of course, she loved being outdoors but we could use
some guidance on specific plants or other aspects of a garden that Eve especially liked. The
second point received wide support from all who responded, and I imagine that Jill Coleman
will be able to help us achieve this goal of near year-around blooms. While I do not think
either point needs to be incorporated in the proposal for the Naming Committee, both are
important to explore as we continue to work with Ms. Coleman.
Thank you, again, Dr. Payne! We’ll be in touch!
All the best,
Virginia Tech Letter of Sympathy
2501 Frank Porter Graham Student Union
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB: 5210
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
April 16, 2008
Student Government Association
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
321 Squires Student Center
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Dear Adeel and members of Virginia Tech’s Student Government Association:
As you emerge from a day of grieving and remembering, please know that we at the
University of North Carolina empathize with your campus and share your hopes and prayers for
a brighter future without violence.
While we both suffered at the hands of senseless tragedy and continue to bear the loss
of friends and valued members of our university communities, I hope both of our schools can
find consolation in that fact that each is here to support the other. The support of the Hokies,
and the Student Government Association in particular, was incredibly meaningful to those in
student government who loved Eve as a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. Thank you for
remembering my friend and my inspiration, Eve. I am also proud to call a friend Carolina’s Vice
Chancellor of Student Affairs, Dean Winston Crisp, who last summer lent his services to Virginia
Tech’s administration in the wake of the April 16 killings. I hope that as our schools tackle the
issue of campus safety, we will keep each other in mind and call on one another for continued
These measures of reciprocal support – whether among close friends in Chapel Hill or
among campuses in entirely different states – help me to go forward, carrying the memory of
Eve and all that she represented with me. It is with great pride and deep sympathy that I reach
out to you today to extend personal thoughts of comfort to the Virginia Tech community.
Virginia Tech has a special place in my heart for other reasons, too! I, in fact, grew up in
Lynchburg, Virginia, and while I was born and bred a Tar Heel, I know very well the spirit and
pride that pervades Hokie fandom. I hope with all my heart that this week, next week, and
always you are able to call on that special Hokie spirit to get you through these sad and
challenging moments; I know it’s the same spirit that helps you in Student Government as you
strive to serve the students and to make VT a better place. Today, we at Carolina are doing the
Hokie Pokie with y’all, and I send the most sincere love and hope from Chapel Hill to Blacksburg
Katie Sue Zellner
Executive Branch Senior Adviser
And the rest of the Executive Branch of Student Government:
J.J. Raynor, Student Body President
Cindy Spurlock, GPSF President
Todd Dalrymple, Student Body Vice President
Pedro Carreño, Student Body Treasurer
Andrew Daub, Student Body Secretary
Cameron Randall, Executive Branch Chief of Staff
Mac Mollison, Executive Branch Information Manager