April, those involved in the first festival pointed to a lack of commitment to con- tinuing it. Doris Betts ' 54, alumni distinguished professor of English who read at the 1998 event, said: ''I'm very sad about it. I think it's terrible that so many of our writers are speaking in other places." Betts said efforts to continue the festival perished after coordinator Rachel Davies left to take a position at Duke University. Davies' position at UNC's Center for the Study of the American South lost its funding last year. "We need someone with energy and ability to hold this thing up," Betts said, adding that the task was so large that it may require hired staff. "It was a mammoth undertaking, and I'm not sure that's som.ething people realize," Davies said. "It was a very complex situ- ation, and I think the first N.C. Literary Festival is something the University should be proud they were able to pull it off." One person may have not been enough to run the festival, she said. "It was such a wonderful opportunity to involve the
students, faculty and some of the tate's
treasures, but I'm not sure UNC could do
another festival under the same conditions."
Marianne Gingher, director ofUNC's
creative writing program, said that there
could be another N.C. Literary Festival
in the next few years but that money had
not been budgeted to hold it every two
years as originally planned. "The Univer-
sity was just not ready to get behind it in
a big way," Gingher said.
The 1998 festival featured Carolina-
trained writers and faculty plus stars such
as John Grisham, Rita Dove and Reynolds
Price. Preliminary talk was that a 2000
festival would mark the centennial ofthe
birth of Thomas Wolfe ' 20.
HOOKER MEMORIAL TO FUND
NEED- BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
The Michael K. Hooker Memorial Fund, established in the weeks after the chancellor's death in
June, has grown into an endowment that
will be used for student scholarships. As
ofmid-November, the fund had received
428 gifts, totaling $171,616- enough to
pay for three full scholarships.
The University's development office
asked Carmen Hooker to decide how the
fund honoring her husband would be
used, and she decided to put the money
toward need-based scholarships for in-
The selection process will be left to
the Office of Scholarships and Financial
Aid, but the office has not set up any
specific criteria for choosing recipients.
The first scholarships most likely will be
awarded this fall, and the fund will remain
open to donations.
Several organizations have made contri-
butions to the fund, including the Adantic
Coast Conference, the Alliance of Black
Graduate and Professional Students, the
1999 Special Olympics W orId Summer
Games and the Dallas-Fort Worth Carolina
The Office of University Development
accepts donations at its Web site,
UNC CHOSEN FOR MAJOR
PROSTATE CANCER STUDY
University researchers received a $5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute in
October to operate a five-year study of
prostate cancer. It is the culmination of a
proposal made eight years ago when the
institute sought more knowledge of the
molecular workings of prostate cancer.
Dr. James L. Mohler, associate professor
of surgery at UNC Hospitals and principal
investigator for the study, said he and six
other researchers will use the grant to
find why prostate cancer often reappears
even after patients have been treated to
remove the source of androgen, the hor-
mone that allows the cancer to grow.
Mohler will lead the first of three projects,
a study of the role of the androgen
receptor. The second project will be a
model ofhow human prostate cancer
grows in mice, and the third project will
study stem-like cells in the tumor that
still live when androgen is removed.
Doctors believe these cells may be the
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