Class, Ethnic Conflict Subject
of Summer Reading Selection
Fwill be asked to read A Home on the
Field before they arrive. This year’s
reshmen entering UNC next fall
selection in the Summer Reading Program
was written by a UNC faculty member
and explores class and ethnic conflict
through the story of a Latino high school
soccer team in Siler City.
The author, Paul
Cuadros, is an award-
in issues of race and
poverty. He is an
assistant professor in
the School of Jour-
nalism and Mass
who joined Car-
olina’s faculty in July 2007.
For 11 years UNC has asked all first-year
and incoming transfer students to read a
book in the summer and participate in small
group discussions led by faculty and staff
once they arrive on campus. The voluntary
noncredit assignment, an academic icebreaker but not a requirement, is intended to
stimulate critical thinking outside the class-
A Home on the Field was published in
2006. It explores the social and immigration hurdles the soccer team encounters
while it climbs to a state championship
under Cuadros’ coaching. The book offers
insight into the complex issue of Latino
immigrants coming to North Carolina to
seek better lives and steady work but
encountering significant resistance.
A nine-member book selection committee of students, faculty and staff began
meeting last fall to consider books for this
The committee chose A Home on the
Field from 239 book recommendations
from students, alumni, faculty and community members. Four other books were considered as finalists: Predictably Irrational by
Dan Ariely; Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of
Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni; Three Cups
of Tea by Greg Mortensen and David
Oliver Relin; and The Free Men by John
Ehle ’ 49. A Home on the Field was one of
last year’s five finalists, when Covering: The
Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by
Kenji Yoshino was chosen.
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ruary approved a plan to raise tuition and
fees by an average of 3. 9 percent for in-state
undergraduate students at public universities.
The increase goes to the N.C. General
Assembly as it prepares a state budget for
UNC’s trustees had voted late last year
to raise tuition $240 for in-state undergraduates — the maximum allowable
under a 6.5 percent cap previously imposed
by the BOG — for 2009-10; raise tuition
for out-of-state undergraduates by $1,150;
and increase fees for all students by $75.
In response to the economic downturn,
system President Erskine Bowles ’ 67 asked
the BOG to approve smaller increases —
one-third less than the requests received
from the 16 UNC System university campuses.
Carolina wound up with a $160
increase for in-state undergraduates — a
4. 3 percent increase — and the increase of
$1,150 for nonresidents, or 5.6 percent, as
the trustees had approved.
With the addition of a 5.1 percent
increase in fees for all undergraduates, the
total cost for in-staters in 2009-10 would
be $5,456; for nonresidents, the cost would
In response to a request from Perdue,
Bowles also asked the UNC System
campuses to submit plans for state budget
cuts of 3 percent, 5 percent and 7 percent.
Carolina receives about 25 percent of
its budget from state appropriation; a
5 percent budget cut would amount to
about $25 million.
Bowles said in January that he would
ask for legislation to let campuses furlough
A furlough would mean forcing staff to
take time off without pay. Bowles did not
elaborate about how many people might
be affected. After the enabling legislation,
furloughs would have to be approved by
the Board of Governors.
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