April 1, 2005

Carolina in the News

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the media:

National Coverage

Four on the Floor
The Wall Street Journal

Don't be surprised if this weekend's National Collegiate Athletic Association's Men's Basketball Final Four feels a little like a reunion. Three of the four coaches -- University of Louisville's Rick Pitino, the University of North Carolina's Roy Williams, and Michigan State University's Tom Izzo -- have 11 previous Final Four appearances among them. The new guy on the block -- Bruce Weber of the 36-1 University of Illinois Fighting Illini -- has made it to the Sweet 16 twice in the past three tournaments.
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Communities brace for celebrations
USA Today

If North Carolina survives this weekend in St. Louis to win its fourth NCAA men's basketball championship, the authorities back in Chapel Hill will be ready to handle the celebration.

One man's quest to overcome being 'winningest coach to never win'
The Christian Science Monitor

As he jogs across the parquet, a sea of University of North Carolina blue washing across the bleachers, Roy Williams has finally come home to Tobacco Road.

Tickets to Final Four are scarce on campus
The Courier-Journal (Louisville)

It's a good thing that Justin Morehead is majoring in management, because this week he is getting a lesson in managing chaos....Illinois set aside about 1,100 of its tickets for students, while Michigan State University handed out 800, according to officials at those universities. The University of North Carolina gave out 450, although only 270 students had paid for them by the deadline, athletics spokesman Dave Lohse said yesterday.

Can Alcoholism Be Treated?
Business Week

Dr. Olivier Ameisen is a 51-year-old pediatric cardiologist in Paris....That's not the same as abstinence, but Dr. James C. Garbutt, an alcoholism researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says reduced drinking is still meaningful in a disease that is remarkably resistant to treatment.

Edwards says "Two Americas" theme still resonates
The Associated Press (National)

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards said that the "two Americas" theme he sounded in the last election still resonates with voters increasingly divided along economic lines...."I'm coming to Iowa to talk about poverty," Edwards, who is now running an anti-poverty program at the University of North Carolina, said in his AP interview.

State & Local Coverage

Graduate schools in N.C. cited in magazine ratings
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

U.S. News & World Report's graduate school rankings, which will hit most newsstands Monday, include high marks for professional and doctoral programs at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Several other schools -- including East Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest -- appear in some categories. Here are the new rankings by institution and overall field, with subspecialties listed in parentheses. Full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com
UNC news backgrounder: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/mar05/usnwr103105.html

Duke, UNC high on magazine list
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

A new annual ranking supports what most Triangle residents already know: Those looking to add more initials after their names needn't look very far to find some of the best graduate and professional training in the nation.

Pope Center report rips women's studies
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Carey Pope describes her women's studies courses at N.C. State University as "an epiphany" -- a classroom experience that shaped her views of the world before graduating in 2003...."We typically teach almost 2,000 students a year in women's studies courses," said Jane Burns, interim chairwoman of the program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Tar Heels find fans from around nation
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

You don't have to be from North Carolina to be a Tar Heels fan. Josh Wisheart, 28, a Syracuse fan who endured a delay-laden flight to get to St. Louis half a day late, declared late Thursday that he would be a Tar Heels fan at his fifth consecutive Final Four.

Final Four the big topic on campus
News & Record (Greensboro)

The intoxication of happiness that comes when your team gets an invitation to the grand dance of basketball has hit Chapel Hill..

UNC loyalists ready to kick up their heels
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

There are a few gaps in Omar Nagji's weekend travel itinerary, but he couldn't care less. He's going to see UNC play Saturday night in the Final Four; better yet, he has his ticket for Monday night's championship game, which -- Tar Heel fingers crossed -- will feature the boys in powder blue.

Goal: Score a ticket by courting a favor
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

This is one of those weeks in Chapel Hill where the old "it's not what you know, it's who you know" adage really applies....As generally happens when the Tar Heels get just two wins away from a national championship, everyone and their powder-blue mother wants tickets. For Clint Gwaltney, the associate athletic director in charge of doling out the tickets, such high demand makes for a hectic few days.

Leading the cheers (Editorial)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Students at UNC-Chapel Hill and other fans of Carolina athletics will surely descend on Franklin Street to celebrate if their beloved Tar Heels basketball team wins the NCAA men's tournament semifinal game tomorrow against Michigan State. They will turn up the volume even more if the team wins the championship on Monday. That would be perfectly understandable, given the scope of the achievement and that victory parties come naturally to college students. But that shouldn't translate to people being injured and property destroyed, which has happened in the past after big UNC wins.
Note: The university has responded to this editorial with a letter to the editor, which should appear in Saturday's (April 2) paper.
Letter to the Editor link: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr05/lte_davis.html

Success pays off
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Financially at least, UNC coach Roy Williams already has benefited from his team's run to the Final Four.

Exhibit shows how same issues recur through the ages
The Chapel Hill Herald

UNC students questioning the role of athletics and fraternities on campus. Criticizing student government. Denouncing sexism in student publications. Debating censorship.

On view
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Bayard Wootten was a pioneer: One of the first professional female photographers in the South, the designer believed to have created the first Pepsi-Cola logo, and the first female photographer to ride in an airplane....In the 1930s, at the height of her career, Wootten created a book of her favorite silver gelatin prints. There are only two copies of "Camera Studies." One is at Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sundry interests back lobbying cap
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Lobbyists would be restricted to spending $100 a year per legislator or executive branch member under a bill that sailed through a Senate judiciary committee Thursday....The bill "would move us from having one of the weakest systems in the United States to one of the strongest," said Gene Nichol, the UNC-Chapel Hill law school dean and co-chairman of a panel that recommended changes last year.

State panel passes bill to tighten lobbying rules
The Winston-Salem Journal

Attempts to tighten the rules for lobbyists inched forward yesterday only to get bogged down again, as a Senate Judiciary Committee gave a hesitant endorsement to a bill that would cut down on gifts and require more complete disclosure....That perception exists in part because North Carolina's lobbying rules are rated among the most lax in the country, said Gene Nichol, an author of the bill and the dean of the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Blood plasma to rev up
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

New owners take control of Bayer's blood plasma business today with plans to increase production up to 20 percent....Buying companies and restructuring or expanding them is part of what private investment firms increasingly do, said Bill Moore, an adjunct professor of finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a partner in Franklin Street Partners, a Chapel Hill private investment firm.

Person County seeks citizens to tackle problems
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Person County is looking for people who want to have a say in the county's future....An analysis completed in February by James Johnson, of UNC's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, identified several areas that needed improvement.

Hickory High puts in new program
The Charlotte Observer

Hickory school officials are beginning to implement a more rigorous academic curriculum that they hope makes students better international citizens who are more sensitive and respectful of other cultures....Stephen Farmer, director of undergraduate admissions for UNC-Chapel Hill, said the IB program could help students strengthen their application.

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