PET PROJEC T S
intersection of Cameron and Colombia
streets - for a year and a half after the
The entrance had structural problems,
and a bus bumped one of the columns.
Now, finally, the foundation has been
moved back, the columns fixed and the
class leaders are trying to decide what to
do with about $3,000 left in their account.
"Physical gifts are very difficult to
wrap up in nine to 10 months," Prince
said."Probably one of the most frustrating
things for the class leaders of ' 99 is that it
didn't happen immediately. And that was-
n't their fault, and it wasn't my fault. The
' 86 entrance [across the street from the
Institute of Government] didn't get built
until 1994, so I don't feel bad about the
1999 gift being finished two years later."
To help speed the process ofsenior
contributions, the Development Office
witched from a five-year pledge model to
a one-year plan in 1996. That's reduced the
pledge pot to totals of about $35,000 per
class, but Prince says it increases the chances
of actually receiving dle promised funds.
Recent classes collected enough
money to see their gifts through, although
two still wait to see the finished product.
The classes of2000 and 2001 have desig-
nated their gifts for the Frank Porter Gra-
ham Student Union after its renovation is
completed. The seniors from 2000 envi-
sioned a classy "Senior Room" that will
be open for student meetings or just
And, thanks to the majority pick of
the 470 seniors who voted, the Class of
2001 will hold the distinction of being
the first ever to leave wildlife to the Uni-
versity. For Cowley, me selection has
meant learning more about fish tanks
than he ever intended.
"We're rolling with mis," he said. "It's
definitely an unusual gift, but I think it
will add a lot to the Union.
"The new Union is supposed to be a
relaxing place for students. Water and fish
are said to be calming. Having that in
there will kind of fit in wim the overall
ambience ofthe place." It won't be cheap
- the cost is estimated at $20,000, plus a
$10,000 endowment for maintenance.
The General Alumni Association will kick
in more than a third of that - $8,000 -
if 650 seniors join the GAA by June 30.
COLLEENJENKINS is ajunior in the School
ofJournalism and Mass Communication and
an editorial intern with the Review.
The care and Feeding of the Class Gift
What types of fish would make the best UNC pets?
That's what Carolina Union Director
Don lose is asking the aquarium vendors
pt.ffting in bias for the Oass of 200 I fish
tank that one day will grace a wall in the
renovated Student Union.
The company that secures the project
will get the final say on what ends up
swimming in the Union aquarium,
although Luse and the senior class lead-
ers have some stipulations. They are open
to salt water or fresh water, but
they want the habitat and
wildlife to be reflective of
North Carolina. bioJogy classes.