Oct 292012
Engineering student Lauren Bridgers uses a volumetric bench to measure flow rates, and she is shown recording the data from the tests. Bridgers taught elementary school before embarking on a new path by studying in the Department of Engineering at ECU.(Jay Clark/ECU News Services)
Engineering student Lauren Bridgers

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Everywhere Gordon Beverly III goes, he sees things that could be improved through engineering: the unorganized flow of checkout lines at some fast food restaurants or buses taking numerous left turns when right turns are more efficient.

That is part of the reason Beverly, 27, returned to East Carolina University this fall to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree from the Department of Engineering. He already holds degrees in mathematics and mathematics secondary education from the university, and left a teaching job at D.H. Conley High School to come back to school.

Beverly is one of a handful of students studying engineering at ECU after first earning other degrees or embarking on unrelated careers. Hayden Griffin, chair of the Department of Engineering, noticed the trend this fall.

“I think the national attention to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEM careers has a lot to do with it,” Griffin said. “There was a piece on the local TV news recently about how engineering salaries are high and there are plenty of jobs.

“One other attraction may be that the second-degree students I know all live around here, so proximity and our willingness to work with them, to allow the credits from their previous degree to count toward their engineering degree, are probably factors.”

That was the case for Lauren Bridgers, an alumna of Colorado State University who moved to North Carolina with her husband in 2007. After three years teaching second and third grade, Bridgers realized the career path she had chosen was not for her after all.

“While I loved teaching … I felt like that was 10 percent of my job and the rest was paperwork, counseling and working with parents,” she said.

“I’m passionate about the environment and the root cause of a lot of environmental problems are machines. I want to use engineering to save the world.”

Bridgers, also 27, said she considered attending N.C. State University, but chose ECU because “it’s a smaller program so I knew I would get more of a personalized education.”

She is scheduled to graduate this May.

Not all second-degree students are former teachers. The department includes a student with a bachelor’s degree in music, and recent graduates entered the program with prior degrees ranging from accounting to athletic training.

Barbara Sage, 24, graduated from ECU in May 2010 with a degree in exercise physiology. Originally planning to continue her education in a physical therapy program, she was disappointed by the job she saw in field observations her junior and senior years.

“Everybody has a niche and that just wasn’t mine,” Sage said.

She considered medical school and started a graduate degree in biology before bailing out and starting over — again — in biomedical engineering. It proved a good fit.

“Engineering is a lifelong learning degree,” Sage said. “I’m really excited about working in industry.”

Second-degree students are excelling in the program, Griffin said, and often outpace traditional undergraduates. The students agree that it has a lot to do with maturity.

“If I’d gone into engineering right away, I wouldn’t have stuck with it,” Bridgers said. “It’s a lot of work for a first-time college student. If I have one day not doing homework, it’s amazing.”

“People who have already (completed) a degree know how to study, know what helps them learn,” Sage said.

“When I know I’m going back to school and (know) what I’m going to get out of it,” Beverly said, “the motivation is already there.”

More information about ECU’s Department of Engineering is available online at www.ecu.edu/engineering.


Former Disney exec to speak at ECU

Lee Cockerell, former executive vice president of operations for the Walt Disney World Resort, will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in Wright Auditorium as part of the Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series hosted by the College of Business.

The public is invited to attend this free event.

As the senior operating executive for 10 years, Cockerell led a team of 40,000 employees and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and entertainment village, and a sports and recreation complex — in addition to the ancillary operations that supported the number one vacation destination in the world.

Cockerell also held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business, spending eight years with Hilton Hotels and 17 years with the Marriott Corporation before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project.

He retired in 2006 and authored a book on leadership, management, and service excellence. The title of his presentation is “Lessons in Leadership…YOU Too Can Create Disney Magic.”

For more information, contact the College of Business Professional Programs, cobprofpro@ecu.edu or 328-6377.

Upcoming events

  • Thursday: The History, Legacy and Celebration of Desegregation in Higher Education: A keynote address from Justice Henry E. Frye and panel discussion kicks off a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of desegregation at ECU; 7-8:30 p.m., Hendrix Theatre. A reception will follow in Cynthia’s Lounge, Mendenhall Student Center. Free and open to the public.
  • Friday: Wild Kingdom Starring Peter Gros: Part of the Family Fare series, Gros — the former co-host of “Wild Kingdom” now featured in a new series on Animal Planet — will introduce friendly exotic animals to audience members and tell inspirational stories about conservation, travel, and wildlife filming. The event is 7-8:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 students/youth. Call 1-800-ECU-ARTS or visit www.ecu.edu/familyfare.
  • Friday: First Lt. Nathan Rimpf Benefit Art Exhibition: ECU English faculty member and woodworker Andy Bates will donate the proceeds from a sale of his works to First Lt. Nathan Rimpf’s Support Fund. Rimpf is an ECU graduate who was injured in Afghanistan this summer. The event is 6-9 p.m. at Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, 404 S. Evans Street. The reception is open to the public.
  • Friday: Eighth annual Pediatric Healthy Weight Summit: “Movement Matters: Physical Activity for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity and Its Co-Morbidities,” will feature Shellie Pfohl, executive director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The event is from 7:45 a.m to 4:30 p.m. at East Carolina Heart Institute, 115 Heart Drive. For more information or to register, call 744-5061 or email crawfordy@ecu.edu.

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Oct 292012


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US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey discusses a poem about her mother while speaking to a group at the Greenville Museum of Art on Thursday afternoon. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

By Katherine Ayers

Monday, October 29, 2012

The role of the national poet laureate should be to raise awareness of the art form, Natasha Trethewey said, and she enthusiastically performed that task in Greenville last week with a group of East Carolina University students.

Tretheway, named poet laureate on June 7, said during a visit to ECU as part of the university’s Contemporary Writers Series that one of her jobs is to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of poetry.

“I think there are a lot of ways you can do it — presentations like this, meeting people one on one,” she said during a question-and-answer session at the Greenville Museum of Art prior to a public reading held later in the day.

“I want to imagine something larger than that, a (national) project a poet might undertake,” she said.

Tretheway also emphasized that someone does not have to be a poet laureate to bring attention to poetry.

“When you just say to a friend in a poetry class, ‘You’ve got to come read this,’ you’re doing the work of trying to bring poetry to a larger audience,” she said.

Tretheway, a professor at Emory University, originally wanted to be a fiction writer.

“My poetry path was based on a dare from another graduate student,” she said. “So I thought, ‘I’m going to show you how bad it can be,’ and I wrote a poem — and it actually wasn’t that bad.”

Tretheway said she left her work in her fiction professor’s mailbox. The next day, the professor came running up to her saying, “Oh Natasha, you’re a poet!”

“And I’m certain that’s because she was trying to say, ‘That’s because you’re not much of a fiction writer,’” she said amid laughter from the audience. “From then on, I became a poet.”

While many poets choose either to write only free verse or to follow formal tradition like sonnets or haikus, Tretheway intentionally tries to do both.

“I like what defies categorization,” she said. “I think it has to do with the dictates of the poem.”

She said that if she is writing about difficult subjects, sometimes the material can “get away from you” in free verse, so it is easier for her to stay within the confines of a traditional form.

Tretheway is the 19th poet laureate and the first one from the South since 1986. She was appointed to the position by Librarian of Congress James Billington and has published four books of poetry and one work on non-fiction.

She received a Pulitzer Prize for “Native Guard,” a collection of poems dedicated to her mother’s memory.

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Oct 292012

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Dr. Harold Baumgarten, a veteran of D-Day, shares his experiences having stormed the beaches of Normandy with student veterans on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.

By Ginger Livingston

Monday, October 29, 2012

East Carolina University’s motto is “To Serve” and that includes the men and women who serve in this nation’s armed forces.

The university officially celebrated its annual Military Appreciation Weekend during Saturday’s football game with Navy, but the days leading up to the game also were filled with events recognizing the contributions of veterans on and off campus.

A number of events centered around Dr. Hal Baumgarten, 87, a retired Jacksonville, Fla., physician who landed on Omaha Beach during D-Day. There were 30 men in his landing craft and he was one of only two who survived, despite suffering five separate injuries during the invasion.

Baumgarten spent Thursday and Friday presenting lectures, meeting with ECU ROTC students and student veterans.

Baumgarten was an adviser for director Steven Spielberg’s film “Saving Private Ryan.”

Just before shipping out from England, Baumgarten drew a Star of David on his field jacket along with the words, “Bronx, N.Y.”

No one knew about the atrocities the Germans were committing against Jews in the concentration camps, he said, but he had seen the news reel footage of “Kristallnacht,” the night in 1938 were Germans attacked synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and buildings. He also had seen that when Germany invaded Denmark, Poland and other countries they made Jews wear the Star of David.

Baumgarten said he wanted the Germans to see he was a Jew, “but I had a M-1 rifle.”

Baumgarten’s unit was off loaded too soon and he found himself neck deep in bloody water.

He made it to the beach and German machine gunners and snipers kept picking off men to the left and right of him. He lost his upper jaw, he had a hole in the roof of his mouth and shrapnel in his head, but he kept shooting and advancing.

He then stepped on a mine-like device that left him with a wound to his left foot. That injury slowed him down and he was straggling behind when machine gunners killed almost every person in the unit he had joined.

By then he was nearly unconscious from blood loss so he gave himself a morphine injection. He woke up hours later, on a pile of dead soldiers. Using a machine gun, he caught the attention of an ambulance crew which transported him back to the beach for evacuation.

It was there that German snipers started killing the wounded and Baumgarten suffered his fifth injury, a bullet to his right knee.

“That wasn’t a serious wound,” he said.

Baumgarten was evacuated back to England on June 11. He made it back to the United States in August. Eventually he underwent 23 surgeries to repair his wounds.

Baumgarten went to college and earned a master’s degree. He also met his wife. They moved to Jacksonville, Fla., and he taught high school biology and chemistry.

The D-Day veteran rarely spoke about his war experiences. Because of his scarring and the subsequent surgeries, he told his wife that he was wounded during combat. When they settled into their beachside home in Florida, his wife noticed he did not like to spend time on the beach.

“I would just see blood in the water,” he said. He woudl not tell her that.

Smelling the fumes of a diesel engine would trigger flashback of being on the landing craft. He had nightmares.

Baumgarten said he now knows he was suffering classic post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. You did not talk about it, he said, because while he was in Army hospitals he saw how soldiers with recognizable symptoms would be escorted by armed guards and locked away like prisoners.

It was during a 1988 trip to the American cemetery in Normandy that Baumgarten started asking himself why he survived when so many did not. He then began to think about the men, their stories.

“I said to my wife that nobody will know who they are and what they did,” he said. He then realized he had to tell their stories. He wrote several books and began speaking to groups across the country.

Baumgarten realized he was especially suited to telling his comrades’ stories because he has a photographic memory. He can recall the name and hometown of every man he served with and during a one-hour meeting with ECU student veterans he shared the names of nearly a dozen soldiers who died on Omaha Beach.

Baumgarten was the keynote speaker at Friday’s fifth annual East Carolina University’s Distinguished Military Service Society induction dinner.


The society was launched four years ago and its fifth class was inducted this weekend, bringing its membership to 30, said Steven Duncan, assistant vice chancellor for administration and finance and director of military programs.

“It honors two things, the belief that the country has advanced itself because people have had the safety and security to pursue their dreams in a secured America,” Duncan said. “It also honors the people who have served to make that happen and the people who have served the educational system that has allowed those people to achieve their dreams.”

This year’s service honorees are James Bearden, Sheldon Downes, Steve Duncan, Kirk Little, Mike Myrick, Richard Neubauer and Walter Pories. Fred Irons and John Reynolds Sr. were honored posthumously. These individuals also were recognized during Saturday’s half-time show, along with representatives from North Carolina’s military bases.

Saturday’s game featured a fly-over by a KC-135R mid-air refueler piloted by Lt. Col. Andy Croom, a 1989 ECU graduate and member of the U.S. Air Force Reserves based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

A Lenoir County native, Croom joined the university’s ROTC program, with the hope of becoming a pilot. When he graduated, he became a navigator and served 10 years before joining the reserves and earning his pilot’s wings.

“I’ve been a season ticket holder for (ECU) football for the past 10, 11 years so I thought (the fly-over) would be fun,” he said.

This devoted ECU fan will not let the fly-over interfere with the game. After landing at Seymour Johnson, Croom plans to jump in his car and return to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“I’m supposed to be lifting the fourth quarter, “no quarter” flag. That will be exciting, I’m looking forward to that,” he said.

Also this week, Food Lion employees presented the university with a $100,000 donation to establish doctoral fellowships for Operation Re-Entry North Carolina, an initiative centered on research and projects that help veterans return to civilian life.

It also was announced that a $10,000 donation was given to a military scholarship in College of Allied Health Sciences. The donation by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is the second largest the scholarship has received. The scholarship has been awarded to two students so far.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-32-9570.

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Oct 292012
Downtown Greenville establishments and Greenville police were ready for an onslaught of activity Saturday night as students and residents flooded downtown in their Halloween costumes after ECU's Homecoming win over Tulane. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

Downtown Greenville establishments and Greenville police were ready for an onslaught of activity Saturday night as students and residents flooded downtown in their Halloween costumes after ECU’s Homecoming win over Tulane. (Rob Taylor/The Daily Reflector)

Monday, October 29, 2012

The thousands of young people expected to descend on downtown Greenville this week reminds the community how the Halloween festivities serve as both blessing and curse. While the city’s status as a destination for the holiday draws valuable commerce to the downtown district and elsewhere, filling the coffers of entertainment entrepreneurs, it comes with a security obligation that challenges to law enforcement annually.

The task of ensuring that the celebration is both safe and free of incidents for both party-goers and officers is made more difficult this year with Oct. 31 falling on a Wednesday, making spillover to the weekend possible. It is incumbent upon all attending to take responsibility for one another and for Greenville police to execute the security plan in the professional manner the city has come to expect.

While it would be difficult to pinpoint the reasons why Greenville became a destination point for Halloween revelry, the tradition stretches back decades. East Carolina University once had a reputation as a party school despite the excellence of its academic programming. Students hosting house parties and gathering in the downtown bar and restaurant district for the holiday lured a larger number of visitors, causing the occasion to be a prominent one each year.

With the growth of the party came problems, however, none greater than the 1975 riot that resulted in several injuries and dozens of arrests. Though both students and law enforcement traded charges over who started the altercation, it would eventually result in action by the city to end the celebration. That backfired as it pushed the festivities into surrounding neighborhoods. Soon the city relented and a reasonable, measured and planned approach resulted, the modern manifestation of which will be on display Wednesday.

That afternoon, police will erect barricades to impede traffic slow into downtown and establish entry points for revelers. As the costumed masses arrive, they will be searched for alcohol, drugs and weapons to ensure a safe and law-abiding celebration within the security cordon. There will be medical stations at the ready and police will clear the area shortly after the bars close at 2 a.m.

That plan has worked well for Greenville in years past and should serve the community well again. However, its execution depends in part on the responsibility of those in attendance. They should strive to be safe, travel with friends and to look out for one another so that all have a good night.

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Oct 292012

Published: October 29, 2012

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East Carolina’s Vintavious Cooper (21) evades a Navy defender during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Greenville, N.C. Navy won 56-28. (AP Photo/The Daily Reflector, Rob Taylor)

Late Hits: ECU punched on, off the field

By Joe Giglio – jgiglio@newsobserver.com


UNC: Three letters will suffice: G-I-O.

Notre Dame: Brian Kelly’s team is legit. That much is clear after Saturday’s 30-13 pasting of Oklahoma on the road.

Notre Dame’s just four wins away from playing for the national title for the first time since 1988.

Only foreseeable problem for the Irish: the Curse of Mike Tranghese (Oh, it’s real, just ask Miami.)


USC: Even Joe Buck thinks Lane Kiffin should have paid his dues. Kiffin, who’s still only 37, got one plum coaching job after another and no one bothered to look at anything other than his last name.

After Saturday’s loss at Arizona, the Trojans, the preseason No. 1 team in the country, have already dropped two Pac-12 games, and they haven’t faced Oregon yet.

Georgia Tech: It’s just one disaster after another for the Yellow Jackets (3-5) this season. Coach Paul Johnson already fired his defensive coordinator, and the offensive coordinator might be next after BYU held the Jackets’ offense without a touchdown in a 41-17 whitewash in Atlanta.

Two-minute drill

• Navy handled East Carolina 56-28 in Greenville on Saturday, and that wasn’t even ECU’s biggest loss of the week.

The NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, decided to schedule an appeal for Central Florida’s one-year bowl ban in January, you know, after the season. So now, UCF – which was up until last week ineligible for the Conference USA title game – will be allowed to play for the conference title while the appeal is under consideration.

The Pirates, 4-1 in the CUSA East, could still finish ahead of the Knights (4-0 in CUSA play), but when it rains it pours for Ruffin McNeill.

• I wonder what Bobby Petrino thinks when he sees Kansas State at 8-0 and in the middle of the national conversation?

Petrino’s last game at Arkansas was a 29-16 win over the same Wildcats in the Cotton Bowl in January.

Then the motorcycle crash happened, Jessica Dorrell happened, Petrino lost his job and the Hogs are slogging through a 3-5 season.

• Hang in there, Florida State fans, the next time you go to Doak Campbell Stadium, the Gators will be waiting. An announced crowd of 71,467 (the place holds 82,300) showed up for Saturday’s 48-7 rout of Coastal Division-leading Duke.

Thus concludes easily the worst five-game home stretch in college football history: Murray State, Savannah State, Wake Forest, Boston College and Duke.

At least FSU got Clemson at home and the Gators on Nov. 24.

•  For the second straight week, a Mid-American Conference team beat a ranked Big East team. Kent State ended Rutgers’ 7-0 start with a 35-23 win in Piscataway, N.J.

Toledo knocked off Cincinnati last week. A reminder of what’s wrong with college football: The Big East champion has a guaranteed spot (until 2014 anyway) in a BCS bowl, while the MAC champion’s reward is a trip to Detroit in December.

Double-reminder: The ACC is 3-4 against the Big East this season.

Giglio: 919-829-8938; jgiglio@newsobserver.com
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Oct 292012

Published: October 29, 2012

UNC-CH student found dead in Carrboro

By Elisabeth Arriero – earriero@charlotteobserver.com

CHARLOTTE — Carrboro Police are investigating the death of a former Myers Park graduate who was in his first year at UNC-Chapel Hill.

David Palmer Shannon’s body was found late Saturday night near Brewer Lane in Carrboro.

Police have not determined a cause of death. But in a statement early Sunday, Chancellor Holden Thorp said law enforcement do not believe anyone else in the community is in danger.

An autopsy is expected to be completed early this week, said family friend Bryan Joyner.

“Obviously the family is devastated,” he said. “I know there are a lot of questions that they have that they’re hoping to find the answers to.”

Joyner said that Shannon, 18, was very active at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews while he was in high school. He was a leader in the youth group, taught children’s Sunday school and served as a counselor at the church’s children’s camp.

He also played defensive end for the Myers Park High School football team and had won several DECA competitions.

His classmates voted him “Most Eligible Future Husband,” said Joyner.

“He had a truly loving and friendly personality. He made friends easily,” he said. “He wasn’t just well-liked, he was well-loved. Everyone adored David.”

Shannon graduated from Myers Park in 2012 and planned to study business. He had just been accepted into the Chi Phi fraternity. Monday would have ended his pledge period, said Joyner.

On Sunday, Thorp encouraged anyone with information about Shannon’s whereabouts over the weekend to alert Carrboro Police.

“As we grieve David’s loss as a campus community, our thoughts are with his parents, family and friends,” said Thorp in the statement.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sgt. Metz at 919-918-7409 or Lt. Westbrook at 919-918-7417.

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Oct 292012

Published: October 27, 2012

UNC tried to reduce NCAA penalty

New documents show lighter rap sought for football star

By J. Andrew Curliss – acurliss@newsobserver.com

By the fall of 2010, officials at UNC-Chapel Hill and the NCAA had made startling discoveries about benefits provided to a range of football players, including defensive star Robert Quinn.

A jeweler had given Quinn $5,000 worth of diamond watches and earrings. A mysterious man only known as Willie, who had met Quinn after a spring football game, booked a room in Miami Beach for Quinn and a friend and provided them a car while they vacationed there a month later. A sports agent, through a teammate, got Quinn access to a pool party at the famed Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. The wristband granting access was worth $199.

It eventually added up to $5,642 in what the NCAA called “impermissible benefits” provided to an athlete who, under NCAA rules, must be an amateur in order to play in college.

When investigators asked Quinn about what happened, he didn’t tell the truth, according to the NCAA. It came down hard, banning him permanently from play for taking benefits and for the “unethical” conduct. He now plays for the NFL’s St. Louis Rams.

Behind the scenes, UNC-Chapel Hill had opposed that penalty. University officials wanted him to miss only six games, according to new records that were released on Friday.

UNC made the documents public as part of settling a long-running lawsuit with a coalition of media companies. UNC said it will release a larger set of NCAA investigation records next month, providing more details in a case that led to sanctions against the football program.

The new records show that Dick Baddour, then the UNC athletics director, wanted Quinn to be allowed to play again. Baddour would retire in 2011 at the same time football coach Butch Davis was fired.

Willie, mystery man

Baddour acknowledged in a Sept. 24, 2010, letter to the NCAA that the agency’s rules required a minimum suspension of almost 10 games for Quinn – at least six games for the ethical violation and a separate minimum suspension of nearly four games for the impermissible benefits.

At that time, Quinn had already missed two games.

Baddour thought the NCAA should combine the violations into a six-game suspension, he wrote to the NCAA, meaning that Quinn could be on the field in time for a nationally televised game at Miami a month later.

The letter was copied to Chancellor Holden Thorp as well as a faculty representative and other UNC and ACC officials who were closely monitoring the unfolding scandal at the time.

Baddour wrote that the jewelry given to Quinn had been returned and the other benefits he received in Florida were relatively small and Quinn would make a donation to a charity. He especially sought to limit penalties for Quinn’s lack of candor, which had led to the “unethical” conduct allegation.

It was clear by then that Quinn had been interviewed twice and had not told all he knew about Willie, a Miami man who helped facilitate Quinn’s Florida vacation.

The report says his last name isn’t known, and UNC doesn’t know where he works. Quinn had met him after the 2010 spring football game and they had exchanged phone numbers. “Nothing more is known about Willie,” Baddour wrote.

Quinn ultimately would tell his version of events in a third interview; it is not clear what Quinn had said previously, but he said the true story was so flimsy that he didn’t think investigators would believe it. So he hadn’t told the truth.

He expressed remorse, writing to the NCAA: “I apologize for not coming out and telling everything. I am truly sorry and hope you can find (forgiveness) in your heart and understand the pressure I was under.”

But the NCAA said Quinn had “multiple opportunities” to correct the record and he only did so after he was presented with information contrary to what he had already told investigators.

Baddour urged the NCAA to be lenient.

“While we certainly do not take lightly the unethical conduct charge alleged by the NCAA Enforcement Staff,” Baddour wrote, “we believe that Mr. Quinn’s provision of accurate information during his third interview (conducted solely for this purpose) warrants the minimum penalty associated with such a charge.”

The NCAA banned Quinn from play two weeks after Baddour’s appeal.

Watches and earrings

Thorp, who was unavailable for comment Friday, said at the time that the university wanted to treat its players “as fairly as possible.” He acknowledged in an interview after the NCAA issued its ban that trying to get Quinn back on the field might not have been the best approach.

The new documents include other details not previously reported, such as meetings by several players with agents and their runners, information on trips they took and parties they went to, and how Quinn was given the $5,000 worth of black diamond watches and matching earrings by A.J. Machado, a Miami jeweler, in the spring of 2010.

“Mr. Quinn indicated that he thought that (Machado) was providing it to him so that when Mr. Quinn hopefully reached the NFL, he would purchase jewelry,” Baddour wrote to the NCAA. “Mr. Quinn stated that because he didn’t promise … anything in return, he believed it was acceptable for him to retain the gift.”

Thorp and university officials had specifically fought the release of Baddour’s letter, declining requests at the time by The News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer that sought its release. The university said a federal education privacy law prevented its release.

A group of media companies filed a lawsuit, leading to a decision by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning that records related to the NCAA probe are public documents.

UNC-Chapel Hill will pay $45,000 of the plaintiffs’ legal fees. A university news release on Friday said additional documents would be released on Nov. 5.

Curliss: (919) 829-4840
Oct 292012

The Wilmington Star News

Published: Friday, October 26, 2012

UNCW to discuss tuition, fee increase

Trustees reviewed process at Friday’s board meeting

By Pressley Baird, Pressley.Baird@StarNewsOnline.com

Trustees at the University of North Carolina Wilmington have a little more than a month to decide whether they’ll increase the cost of students’ tuition and fees next year. At Friday’s trustees meeting, they got a refresher on how the process works.

When Chancellor Gary Miller took the school’s top job in July 2011, he started reshaping the way tuition information and requests are delivered to trustees. He reminded them about that process, which happens in the month leading up to December’s tuition-focused trustees meeting, and updated them on tuition changes both from the UNC-system Board of Governors and specific to the university.

Trustees will receive recommendations for tuition and fee increases in the next two weeks, Miller said. Each trustee will be mailed a packet to consider, and Miller will also meet with each trustee individually to hear any concerns about his proposal.

Miller said his plan is to structure the tuition and fee process so changes are directly tied to the university’s goals.

“We’re getting to the point where the recommendations you get from us are not just the filtering of a large wish list, but in fact are directly related to elements of our strategy,” he said.

Last year, UNCW raised tuition by 9.3 percent, or about $527, for in-state undergraduates. Out-of-state students saw a 4.6 percent increase, about $810.

Specifics about increases for the 2013-14 school year are still being hammered out among Miller and his senior staff, he told trustees. But he did note a few changes to this year’s tuition packet.

One of the biggest – “fairly dramatic,” in Miller’s words – is a provision from the UNC-system Board of Governors that allows individual campuses to use any portion of its tuition for financial aid purposes. Before, campuses had to set aside 25 percent of tuition for financial aid purposes. Miller said UNCW’s percentage hadn’t been determined yet.

The Board of Governors also approved a $283 tuition increase for in-state undergraduate students as part of a “catch up” process to help alleviate budget cuts in recent years, Miller said. Every school in the UNC-system has a similar increase.

Trustees will also review a recommendation to reduce student fees, Miller said. That reduction, which is specific to UNCW, came about when the school’s business affairs department refinanced the debt service on student housing funds. Miller said he couldn’t discuss the details of the decrease because it hadn’t been finalized yet, but told trustees he was “pretty excited about that one.”

Trustees will hold the meeting on tuition and fees on Dec. 14, where they’ll approve a recommendation to send to the UNC-system Board of Governors. The Board of Governors will likely make final decisions about tuition increases in February.

Pressley Baird: 343-2328  On Twitter: @PressleyBaird