August 2, 2002
Carolina in the News
Current National Coverage
Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the national media:
A Base Rocked by Violence
The Washington Post
The men arrive stealthily at psychologist Tom Harbin's office, a few miles outside
Fort Bragg. They are elite troops practiced in secrecy: Green Berets, Special
Operations pilots, Delta Force. They know they risk much by coming here...
Catherine Lutz, a University of North Carolina anthropologist and author of the
book "Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century," called
Fayetteville "the dumping ground for the problems of the American century of war
(Note: News Services helped connect Lutz with the reporter.)
Lives testimony to U.S.-Israeli ties
The five Americans who died in the cafeteria bombing at a Hebrew University
campus here made dark history Wednesday. They were believed to represent the
largest number of Americans killed in a single act of violence in the region...
Dina Carter, 37. An amateur sketch artist and sculptor, Carter, born in North
Carolina, immigrated to Israel in 1990. She converted to Judaism and became
an Israeli citizen. Carter was a graduate of Duke University with a master's
degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
(Note: Other coverage known to date mentioning Carter and her connection to
UNC includes The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago
Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Miami Herald,
The Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News and Record, and The News
Should College Kids Be Required to Read About the Koran?
History News Network
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assigns three books to incoming
students every year. This year, one of the books, by Michael Sells of Haverford
College, is about the Koran. Amazingly, the assignment of the book has sparked
controversy and now a lawsuit. The legal action by three anonymous students is
supported by a right-wing Christian organization, the Family Policy Network.
Infant killings spur call to action
The Chicago Tribune
Alarmed by a surge in the killing of babies and toddlers this year, Chicago Police
Supt. Terry Hillard will meet Friday with those who investigate such homicides.
About a dozen children under the age of 3 have been killed in the city each year
since 1996. So far this year, 11 such homicides have occurred. Thirteen were
reported in all of 2001... "Obviously, there are still missed cases, especially
[sudden infant death syndrome] cases that may be homicides," said Dr. Marcia
E. Herman-Giddens, a researcher on child mortality at the University of
North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Teams trying to take heat
The Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi)
According to figures in a study by the University of North Carolina released last
week, seven football players suffered heat-related deaths in the past two years
nationally at all levels, compared to 15 in the 1990s and 13 in the 1980s.
(Note: This story originated as a UNC news release. Other
coverage known to date includes The Houston Chronicle, The Journal Sentinel
(Wisconsin), The Lexington Herald Leader (Kentucky), The Hartford Courant
(Connecticut), and The St. Cloud Times (Minnesota).)
Harvard ends confusion over early action codes
The Daily Pennsylvanian (Student publication -- University of Pennsylvania)
Harvard officials put an end to a series of misunderstandings about their
admissions policies earlier this month when they released a statement saying that
they would abide by the Early Action and Early Decision guidelines laid out by
the National Association of College Admissions Counseling... In early May,
for example, the University of North Carolina chose to completely abolish Early
Decision by choosing to only offer applicants the options of regular decision
or non-binding early notification.
National News Notes
The MSNBC television program "Nachman" featured Michael Sells, author
of this year's summer reading program selection, "Approaching the Qur'an,"
and Joe Glover, president of the Family Policy Network, on Wednesday,
July 31. The focus of the program was the recent lawsuit against UNC
involving the summer reading program. For the complete transcript, please
visit http://www.msnbc.com/news/788808.asp and scroll halfway down
the web page.
UNC researchers were mentioned in an article in the August/September issue
of Muscle and Fitness magazine about a recent study that found that total
daily food intake has increased over the past 20 years.
State and Local Coverage
University seeks fast end to suit over Islam text
Lawyers for UNC Chapel Hill asked a federal judge Thursday to dismiss from
a lawsuit five people who claim a requirement for new students to read a book
on Islam violates their First Amendment rights.
(Note: Other coverage based on Associated Press reports includes the
House may bar closure of airport
State legislators moved a step closer this week to ruling on the fate of the Horace
Williams Airport when a House subcommittee approved a budget stipulation that
would bar UNC from closing the airstrip.
Study links turnout, race and income
Fewer North Carolina voters tend to come to the polls in poor counties with high
numbers of minorities, while wealthy ones with above-average numbers of whites
generally have the best voter turnouts, according to a new study. "This is a pretty
standard finding," said Thad Beyle, a political science professor at UNC-
Chapel Hill. "It's no great surprise."
Driver rules get tougher
Greensboro News and Record
On a warm summer evening, a group of friends may pile into the car with a novice
driver behind the wheel and head to a movie theater in Burlington or a fast-
food restaurant in Greensboro. Some high schoolers may car pool to campus...
Robert Foss, a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in
Chapel Hill, said his studies found that two passengers in a car with a driver
age 16 or 17 more than doubled the risk of an accident.
Don’t accuse students of ignorance (Letter to the Editor)
I found the July 27 editorial, “Faith, Knowledge,” extremely interesting. After
reading through the editorial, ironically, I felt like I was the one receiving a sermon.
The editorial emphatically backed up the University of North Carolina and
decried anyone who didn’t want to read selections from the Quran as ignorant.
It called the suit “rubbish” and included the words “nonsensical” and “an
astonishing leap of illogic.”
Hafiz poetry would complement UNC requirement (Letter to the Editor)
"I Heard God Laughing” — Hafiz (c. 1320-1389) was one of the great Persian
poets, and unfamiliar to the Western world. The previous title of a recent book
of his poetry translated by Daniel Ladinsky might have been another choice
of reading material to be added to the university’s required list for students...
A place to learn (Letter to the Editor)
EDITOR: The gentleman from Surf City is concerned about the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill “requiring”incoming freshmen to read a book
about Islam. They actually are given a choice: read the book or write a paper
as to why you should not...
Hacker positive word for prof
The word "hacker," for many, conjures up images of online outlaws and cyber-
robbers, of bright, but nerdy, young miscreants tapping madly on keyboards in
darkened rooms while computer screens flicker in the background. But Greg
Newby, an assistant professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information
and Library Science, thinks of hackers in a totally different light: They are the
pioneers of the Internet, the illuminati of the computer world, security experts
who wield more good than harm in cyberspace.
Peeling the Orange
The first new UNC dormitories in 15 years will be temporarily nameless when they
open this month. For the moment, they’ll be known by their compass direction from
the Manning Drive residential towers in the shadows of which they lie.
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
House to plug in $125 million over governor's objections
Gov. Mike Easley might object, but House budget writers will go ahead and
plug $120 million now held in an account controlled by the governor into their
state spending plan.
Duke's foreign students online
A new system to electronically track foreign students studying in the United States
is up and running, and Duke University was the first to use it. The new database,
called the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System [SEVIS], went live in
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