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Feb. 9, 2006 -- No. 64

Briefs

UNC pedestrian safety initiative
moves to citation phase Monday

The UNC Department of Public Safetyís Traffic and Pedestrian Safety (TAPS) Team will begin the final phase of its campaign to increase pedestrian safety on campus on Monday (Feb. 13).

After several weeks of verbal and written warnings only, campus officers will begin issuing citations to those violating North Carolina pedestrian safety laws. Citations in the amount of $135 (including $110 in court costs) will be issued to those who impede traffic by crossing roadways outside of marked crosswalks or crossing against a crosswalk signal.

"The issuance of citations is in keeping with the schedule we set earlier this year," said Lt. Col. Jeff McCracken, deputy chief of UNCís public safety department. "Recent attention on pedestrian safety issues only underscores the need for vigilance by both motorists and pedestrians."

Since the current campaign began in January, the three-member TAPS team has issued 640 verbal warnings and handed out 84 written warnings. Students, faculty and staff have been among those issued warnings.

Individuals wishing to report potential concerns for motorists or pedestrians on campus are encouraged to call the pedestrian hotline at (919) 843-PEDS (7337).

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Teaching fellows conference
to focus on music education

The Carolina Teaching Fellows Program will sponsor its seventh annual "Letís Talk R.A.C.E. Conference" on Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at East Chapel Hill High School.

This yearís R.A.C.E. (Racial Attitudes and Conversation in Education) conference will examine music education in schools.

Speakers will include Rosa Clemente, a journalist and co-founder of the National Hip Hop Convention; Nick Jaffe, a musician and teacher; and Georgiary McElveen, founder and president of the Boston Urban Music Project, an organization focused on African Diasporic music cultures.

A post-conference concert at the high school will begin at 8 p.m. and feature several local high school students.

The conference is open to UNC students and educators in the community. Registration is required by Tuesday (Feb. 14). For more information or to register, visit http://www.unc.edu/sites/ltr or call 962-0743.

The N.C. Teaching Fellows Program is a four-year scholarship for students who agree to teach for four years at a public school in North Carolina.

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