FROM THE HILL
Judge's Ruling Bars UNC from Enforcing
Nondiscrimination Policy Against Fraternity
UNC Maxes Out
Winners in Goldwater
Four UNC students
have won this year's
Barry M. Goldwater
Scholarships, given to
students with an unusu-
al commitment to
careers in math, natu-
ral sciences or engi-
neering. Juniors Carrie
Gibbons of Cary,
Kimber1y Kallianos of
AUanta and James
Mahaffey of Raleigh and
Charville of Raleigh
were among 320 win-
Biology Professor Bill
Kier, chair of the com-
mittee that chose
UNC's nominees, longed
for more. Eight stu-
dents applied, but the
program allows UNC to
nominate only four.
"The committee had a
tough time whitUing
down to four," Kier
said. "It's areminder of
how impressive our
Each scholar receives
up to $7,500 ayear.
Carolina has had 27
since the award was
created in 1989.
Afederal judge issued a ruling in March forc- ing the University, at least for the time being, to officially recognize a Christian fraternity
that refused to sign a nondiscrimination policy.
U.S. District Court Judge Frank BullockJr. ' 61
issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the
University from enforcing its nondiscrimination pol-
icy on the three-member Alpha Iota Omega frater-
nity, which seeks to be an official UNC organization
while barring non-Christians from membership. The
matter now could go to a full trial.
Official recognition would allow AlO to receive
funding from student fees and to use University
facilities for meetings and events.
Alpha Iota Omega sued the University in January
because the school required AIO to sign a policy
that states it would not discriminate on the basis of
religion, among other things.
The fraternity refused to sign, stating that as a
Christian fraternity, it shouldn't be forced to accept
non-Christian members or members who do not
share its values.
In a ruling in Greensboro in February, Bullock
neither dismissed the suit, which lawyers from the
N.C. Department ofJustice, representing the Univer-
sity, were seeking, nor did he strike down the Uni-
versity's nondiscrimination policy. AIO was repre-
sented by lawyers from the Christian legal group
Alliance Defense Fund.
Instead, Bullock gave the two parties 12 days to
draft a policy that AlO would be willing to sign.
Lawyers for the fraternity were unable to reach an
agreement with the University by the Feb. 28 dead-
line, and Bullock temporarily reinstated the frater-
nity, citing that the University's policy restricts AlO's
First Amendment rights while other UNC organiza-
tions are allowed to decide men"lbership on the basis
of political or other beliefs.
The University said it would comply with the
Primary Care Highlights
The primary-care program in Carolina's medical school continued its drive toward the top national ranking in the latest evaluations of graduate programs by
Other UNC programs that are ranked arrnually
changed little from their 2004 numbers.
Primary care, which was ranked 15th in 2003 and climbed to
fifth last year, now is ranked second behind the University of
Washington. Research in UNC's medical school dropped slightly,
to 23rd from 20th.
Among the other UNC ranJqngs, the pharmacy doctoral pro-
gram was third, the business school's MBA
program was 21st (as it was last year) and its
accounting program was ninth (up from
10th), the law school remained at 27th, and
the School of Education climbed three posi-
tions to 27th.
In the School of Public Health, the spe-
cialty in enVirOlID"lental/environmental health
ranked seventh, down from fifth last year.
Among graduate programs in the College
of Arts and Sciences, Carolina ranked fourth in sociology, 13th in
history, 13th in political science, 19th in English and 22nd in psy-
The rankings appeared in the April 11
magazine's "America's Best Graduate Schools" evaluates business,
education, engineering, law and medicine graduate programs
every year; others are considered every three or four years. (Indi-
cations ofprevious rankings above are included only for those
New Member Named,
to Board of Trustees
Barbara Rosser Hyde ' 83 of Mem- phis, Tel1l1., has been appointed to a four-year term on the UNC
Board of Trustees to begin July 1.
A Morehead Scholar who earned
English and religion degrees, Hyde has
served as president of the J.R. Hyde III
Family Foundation and director of the
J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation. The founda-
tions support education, civil rights and
other endeavors. She began her career as
a development officer at Carolina and
was executive director ofUNC's Arts and
Sciences Foundation from 1987 to 1992.
Hyde chairs fue external advisory board
of UNC's Institute for the Arts and
Her appointment fills a vacancy left
by Philip Carson ' 63 ofAsheville, who
did not seek reappointment.
The UNC System Board of Governors
reappointed three trustees to new four-
year terms: Paul Fulton ' 57 of Winston-
Salem, Karol Mason ' 79 of Atlanta and
Nelson Schwab III ' 67 of Charlotte. The
complete membership of fue Board of
Trustees is listed at www.unc.edu/depts/
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