August 14, 2002
Carolina in the News
Current International Coverage
Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people
and programs cited recently in the international and national media:
Group Challenges School Over Qu'ran
The Guardian (UK)
When Brendan Byrne heads to college next week, he'll be carrying a copy of
Michael Sells' ``Approaching the Qu'ran: The Early Revelations'' - required
summer reading for new students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel
(This Associated Press story originated in the Raleigh, N.C., Bureau and includes
comments from Chancellor Moeser and Professor Carl Ernst in their interviews
from earlier this week. The story already is appearing on Web sites of several
major nation newspapers. A Washington Post commentary published Aug. 12
was distributed via the Post wire service and was featured in today's edition of
the Miami Herald.)
Current National Coverage
Quran: Christian critics say excerpts of Islam are one-sided
Oregonian Steven Scholl is getting more buzz than he bargained for when he
published an English translation of parts of the Quran. But the founder of White
Cloud Press in Ashland is not exactly complaining.
Teaching Islam: Is that UNC Koran class a problem? (Commentary)
The question of whether or not Michael Sells's book, Approaching the Qur'an:
The Early Revelations, should be required reading for the incoming freshmen at
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has already become one for the
"culture wars." Pavlovian responses on both sides suggest that no one really wants
a "debate," as such affairs are routinely but erroneously called.
Girls Link Their Use of Family Planning Clinics to Keeping Parents in the Dark
The New York Times
Most girls under 18 would stop or limit their use of sexual health services at family
planning clinics if their parents had to be told they were seeking prescribed
contraceptives, a new survey shows... Dr. Carol A. Ford, who runs the adolescent
medicine program at the University of North Carolina, said teenagers often put off
getting medical attention for sexual concerns, as well as mental health and drug or
alcohol abuse, because of "not wanting to tell their parents."
(Note: The New York Times requires a subscription to access articles. Ford also
appeared this morning on the National Public Radio program, "Morning
Edition." To listen to the program, please go to
Other coverage mentioning Ford known to date includes the Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel, and the Chapel Hill Herald.)
Eugene Odum, 88, Who Founded Modern Ecology, Dies
The New York Times
Eugene P. Odum, widely considered the father of modern ecology, who founded
and for many years directed one of the world's largest outdoor scientific preserves,
was found dead on Saturday at his home in Athens, Ga. He was 88... Eugene
Pleasants Odum was born on Sept. 17, 1913 in Chapel Hill, N.C., where his father
was a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina. His mother was
an urban planner. As a teenager, he had a column on bird life in a local newspaper,
The Chapel Hill Weekly. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the
University of North Carolina and his doctorate from the University of Illinois.
(Note: The New York Times requires a subscription to access articles.
A related story is featured in the News and Observer
Deflation Makes a Comeback As Economy Keeps Sputtering
The Wall Street Journal
The good news is that the price of everything from golf clubs to personal computers
is falling. The bad news is that the falling prices could cost many people their jobs...
"When education costs and hospital costs start falling -- then talk to me about
deflation," says James Smith, professor at the Kenan-Flagler school of
business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
(Note: The Wall Street Journal requires a subscription to access articles.)
Another Day, Another Math Problem
While smaller companies aren't required to certify their financial results with the
Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, recent disclosures from some
of these firms suggest they are taking that edict and the new securities laws seriously...
"Some of these smaller companies are still within the SEC radar screen," said
Thomas Hazen, a securities law professor at the University of North Carolina.
"They may not be subject to certification, but the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation is
going to cover all companies."
Experts help teachers with Mideast lessons
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Two metro Atlanta institutions are helping teachers handle a surging interest among
students on developments in the Middle East since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...
That effort is generating little controversy in Atlanta, but a plan to teach freshmen
about Islam at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill has drawn heated
debate and sparked a court case.
Tar Heels should dig in to repel the intolerant (Editorial)
San Antonio Express-News
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill long has been one of the finest
universities in the South, if not the nation. It's in that venerable tradition of respect
for intellectual inquiry that the university is asking its 3,500 incoming freshmen to
read a book about Islam as a springboard for discussion when they get to school
Traveling exhibit details homespun stories
San Antonio Express-News
Listening to the survival stories of low-income homeowners in Tennessee inspired
photographer Bill Bamberger to share those heartrending tales with others. So he
approached the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for the
Study of the American South with an idea — showcasing photographs of
homeowners and their personal stories in different areas of the United States.
The founder and president of the National Museum of Patriotism never heard of
Patriot Day. Neither did two professors of pop culture, both with some degree of
expertise in patriotism... Lawrence Grossberg doesn't understand the name either.
`'They could have named it World Trade Center Day,'' said Grossberg, a professor
of communication and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina in
Chapel Hill. ``One would have thought July Fourth was Patriot Day.''
State and Local Coverage
N.C. delegation pleased to participate
They spent hours talking health care, technology and small business, but the two
men and two women who represented North Carolina at President Bush's economic
forum Tuesday said they left with the very theme Bush wanted to emphasize...
Besides Eure, who represented independent eatery owners on behalf of the National
Restaurant Association, the other North Carolina residents were Marye Anne Fox,
chancellor of N.C. State University; Bill Roper, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill's
School of Public Health.
(Note: The national Associated Press distributed photos of Roper with President
Bush at the summit that were published in newspapers including USA Today and
the News and Observer. To view photos from the Associated Press and Rutgers
online, go to http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=Bill+Roper&c=news_photos)
Faculty affirms academic freedom
While attorneys prepare to fight the UNC-Chapel Hill Quran case in federal court
Thursday, professors at the university are fuming about what they say are serious
blows to academic freedom by legislators and the UNC Board of Governors. On
Tuesday, the executive committee of the UNC-CH Faculty Council circulated its
own resolution affirming the university's commitment to academic freedom -- similar
to a measure the UNC board failed to adopt last week.
Ministries encourage discussions about Islam
Several local churches and campus ministry groups have made it a point to engage in
interfaith dialogues with Muslims in an attempt to defuse some of the anti-Islamic
sentiment that emerged after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.
To be a coward, UNC (Commentary)
If a snake bites you, don't blame the snake. That's what they do. By the same
token, the UNC Board of Grovelers, er, Governors, should not blame the state
House Appropriations Committee for pandering and pontificating. Saying what they
hope will resonate with the home folks is what many politicians do. No one takes
their "run-on" rants seriously, especially themselves.
Stand up for UNC (Editorial)
The resolution Charlotte lawyer Ray Farris put before his fellow members of the
University of North Carolina board of governors Friday should have been adopted
easily. It wasn't. When asked to stand up for academic freedom, the board ducked.
That's the spirit! (Letter to the Editor)
I was quite pleased when I read about a state House committee's vote to ban UNC-
Chapel Hill from using public funds to make a book about the Quran required summer
reading. As a country at war, we can no longer afford to allow this epidemic of
"independent thought" and "tolerance" to plague our schools and universities...
(Note: Four other letters to the editor about the summer reading program appeared
in today's News and Observer. To view these letters, please visit to
Roses and Raspberries
Raspberries to the UNC Board of Governors for failing to uphold the Code of the
University, which they are sworn to support when they assume office.
Proposed Bill Gives DUI Money To Trauma Centers
A proposed bill could force those who drive drunk or recklessly to help
pay for the patients they injure... Physicians, nurses, and paramedics gathered in
front of UNC Hospitals Tuesday to support the proposal. "We have allocated an
entire team that responds to the severely injured patients," said Arvilla Stiffler, clinical
director of the hospital's trauma program.
(Note: This coverage stemmed from a news conference held yesterday (Aug. 13) in
front of the North Carolina Neurosciences Hospital on the UNC campus. Other
coverage included NBC station, WNCN-TV.)
Laparoscopy Reduces Recovery Time for Hysterectomies
Doctors at UNC are refining the use of a surgical tool to help women recover from
some major procedures faster, with fewer side effects... Dr. John Steege is performing
what's called a supra-cervical laparoscopic hysterectomy at UNC's Women's and
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
House tentatively passes budget
The state House tentatively approved a $14.3 billion budget Monday, slashing pay for
some of the state's top officials, extending the early retirement benefit for state workers
and arguing anew the merits of expanding a new prekindergarten program when other
programs are being cut... Overhead receipts again became a target for some
lawmakers. For the second year, Pope produced a list of UNC-Chapel Hill expenditures
paid from overhead receipts that he deemed irresponsible. They included $500,000 to
subsidize bus fares for students and the public, $657,000 to pay merchant fees on credit
cards and about $25,000 in overseas travel for one professor.
(Note: A related story appeared in the Chapel Hill Herald.)
Don't lawmakers have enough to do? With the state budget crisis, it would seem there
would be little time for diversions. Apparently, they make time. A special provision in
the budget plan that has moved through the state House directs the Board of Governors
of the University of North Carolina system to establish "an accredited and fully staffed
stand-alone school of pharmacy" at Elizabeth City State University by no later than
academic year 2004-05.
OWASA will tap more restrictive water measures
As the most severe drought on record continued to hold Orange County and the rest
of the state in its dusty grip, Orange Water and Sewer Authority on Tuesday announced
that it will implement tighter water conservation restrictions.
(Note: Related stories also appeared in the News and Observer and the Chapel Hill
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