April 12, 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

Updates on Billion-Dollar Campaigns at 24 Universities
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The 24 American universities that are seeking to raise at least $1-billion collected a total of $316-million in gifts and pledges during the last month for which they had data available....The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, $1.423-billion as of February 28 (increase of $16.7-million in the last month); the goal is $1.8-billion by 2007.
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Regulation of staff at homes is lacking
The Baltimore Sun

Group homes for children can employ almost anyone -- even convicted criminals...."The more tools you have to solve a problem - whether you're sitting at a computer or working on your car or dealing with a child who is breaking down - the less likely you're to get at wits' end and think the only way to get at this is to overpower it," said Richard P. Barth, a University of North Carolina professor who is an authority on group home care.

State & Local Coverage

Research review sells UNC prof on light therapy
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

Though therapists have explored the role of light in preventing depression for more than two decades, many -- including UNC psychiatrist Robert Golden -- have been skeptical about its value, especially in comparison to standard treatments such as psychotherapy and mood-enhancing drugs.
UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr05/lighttherapy040405.html

Hoops title nets huge exposure
News & Record (Greensboro)

The University of North Carolina basketball team left St. Louis on Tuesday with much more than a piece of hardware and some strands of nylon in its collective grasp...."This is much like what happened to Boston," said Jerry Lucido, the university's vice provost for admissions and enrollment management, referring to the historic comeback by the Red Sox in the World Series.

The North Carolina Fund
"The State of Things" WUNC-FM

In 1963, North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford introduced one of the most innovative, state-level, anti-poverty programs in the country. Comprised of 11 community action programs, the North Carolina Fund served as a model and a catalyst for President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty." Host Melinda Penkava discusses the history of North Carolina's own war on poverty with Jim Leloudis, professor of history at UNC-Chapel Hill; David Dodson, president of MDC, Inc.; and Shirley Hise, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development for Mitchell County.
UNC news release: http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/apr05/pollonpoverty041105.html

North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty - Poverty Then & Now

In 1963, North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford announced a new effort to fight poverty in the state.
Note: Joyce Clayton, director of Upward Bound, was interviewed for this story.

North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty - Who is Poor?

Not so long ago in North Carolina, it was the elderly who were likely to be poor; nowadays, it is children. It used to be that most poor North Carolinians lived in rural areas; now they live in cities.
Note: Jim Johnson, director of urban investment strategies at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, was interviewed for this segment.

North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty - Remembering the North Carolina Fund

For five turbulent years in the 1960s, North Carolina pioneered a ground breaking anti-poverty program.
Note: Jim Leloudis, professor of history, was interviewed for this story.

Group: Resort Area Should Buy Sewer Lines For Community
The Associated Press (N.C.)

A civil rights organization wants Moore County to use money earned by the golf industry to pay for sewer service in a poor, black community that borders Pinehurst...."As the U.S. Open tees off, Moore County residents less than two miles from Pinehurst No. 2 (golf course) still must contend with failing septic systems and potential health risks," Chris Brook of the Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina wrote recently.

Shorter school day debated
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

Wind resistance is usually a topic for college engineering students...."There's more evidence that [full-day kindergarten] benefits children," said Pam Winton, senior scientist and director of Outreach for the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Festival to offer testing for HIV
The News & Observer (Raleigh)

A big crowd is expected to flood Franklin Street again this weekend, only this time the gathering will be more than an ovation for the victorious Tar Heel basketball team....This year, though, Dr. Charles van der Horst, an infectious-disease physician at UNC-Chapel Hill, is offering something different: free rapid HIV tests and results within 30 minutes.

Issues & Trends

Legislatures shouldn't play role of campus speech police (Opinion and Editorial Column)
The Herald-Sun (Durham)

When he heard what graduate history course I'd signed up for at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., a few months ago, a friend laughed....At least one speaker who didn't meet the legislature's standards of patriotism lectured from the edge of Franklin Street to students on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

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