August 22, 2002
Carolina in the News
Summer Reading Program Coverage: National Broadcast Highlights
The summer reading program was sole topic of Wednesday's edition of "Nightline,"
hosted by Ted Koppel. The segment, titled "Required Reading 101," featured a five-
minute story by Correspondent Deborah Amos that featured an interview with
Chancellor James Moeser, Jon Gilbert, a freshman who is a strong advocate of this
year's selection, Dr. Michael Sells, author of the book, an unidentified freshman who
was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the university, and Terry Moffitt,
chairman of the Family Policy Network. Following Amos' story, Koppel interviewed
Dr. John Esposito, a religious studies professor from Georgetown University, and
longtime higher education critic David Horowitz. The transcript of this program is not
online and not expected to be immediately available.
CNN-TV, "Newsnight with Aaron Brown"
The reading program was the focus of a three-minute story Wednesday based on
reporting from Chapel Hill earlier this week. Carl Ernst, professor of religious studies,
sophomore Alek Shah, freshman Daniel Miller and freshmen Israa Forham were
among those interviewed by CNN correspondent Jason Bellini. The transcript is
available online at http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0208/21/asb.00.html
MTV News was also among the national media outlets on campus Monday. Its
producers are planning to use the UNC material in an upcoming story about 9/11 that
will explore relative issues to the perception of college students.
Current National Coverage
Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina
people and programs cited recently in the national media:
To Read the Koran (Editorial)
The Washington Post
The public firestorm over the University of North Carolina's decision to ask that incoming
students read a book about the Koran is a peculiar display of enthusiasm for ignorance. The
university made an altogether rational judgment, in light of the circumstances in which this
country finds itself, that students might benefit by reading and discussing a book titled
"Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations" by a professor at Haverford College named
Lesson on a Bookshelf (Letter to the Editor)
The New York Times
To the Editor: "Required Reading" (editorial, Aug. 19) describes the attempts by some
religious groups and state legislators to bar incoming freshmen at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill from reading an assigned book about the Koran...
(Note: The New York Times requires free registration to access articles.)
Editorial cartoon by Gary Varvel
(Note: Varvel's editorial cartoons appear in The Indianapolis Star.)
Associated Press coverage on the reading program also has appeared in The Herald (Rock
Hill, S.C.), and The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.).
National News Notes
Marilie Gammon, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, is scheduled to
appear later today on "Working Assets Radio with Laura Flanders," which airs on KALW-
FM in the San Francisco Bay area. She will discuss her recent research about breast cancer in
the Long Island, N.Y. area. To listen to the program online, please go to
http://www.webactive.com/workingassets/archive.html and go to the August 22 broadcast.
State and Local Coverage
N.C. State resolution backs academic liberty
Showing its support of a summer reading assignment at nearby UNC Chapel Hill, faculty at N.C.
State University have approved a resolution in support of academic freedom.
(Note: This Associated Press story also appeared in today's Winston-Salem Journal
Better late than never for an ideal (Editorial)
Durham Herald Sun
Brad Wilson, chairman of the UNC Board of Governors, got it right the other day when he said
the board’s Aug. 9 failure to adopt a resolution backing academic freedom “was not our finest
View from Ohio: Boy, am I embarrassed! (Letter to the Editor)
Last year I moved from the Raleigh area to Columbus, Ohio, and I admit to ribbing the locals
about their public universities. State support for higher education here pales compared to North
Carolina, and the academic standing of Ohio state schools reflects that... The Columbus paper
carried reports on the appalling behavior of N.C. legislators and the UNC board of governors...
(Note: The Charlotte Observer published three letters to the editor about the summer reading
program. To view all the letters, go to the above url and scroll down the web page. The letter
from J. Alston Gardner, chairman of the UNC Advisory Board for International and Area
Studies, also appeared today in the Greensboro News and Record and the News and
Attend to the budget (Letter to the Editor)
News and Observer
I read with interest the comments of state Rep. Larry Justus in your Aug. 20 story on the UNC
summer reading assignment. [Justus was quoted as saying "It seems to me the university might
have done some long-term damage with the legislature.... Sooner or later, it's going to come
back and haunt them."] ...
(Note: The News and Observer published three letters to the editor about the summer reading
program. To view all of the letters, go to http://newsobserver.com/editorials/letters/.)
Editorial cartoon by J.P. Trostle
UNC Deserves Credit For Fighting to Preserve Academic Freedom (Letter to the Editor)
The Daily Tar Heel
To the Editor: Bravo to UNC, to Professor Carl Ernst and to Chancellor James Moeser for
sponsoring this year's required reading of "Approaching the Qur'án: The Early Revelations" by
Michael A. Sells!...
(Note: The Daily Tar Heel published two letters to the editor about the summer reading
program. To view both of the letters, go to http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/SEC/Reader%27s+Forum.)
Great minds grow in UNC vineyard (Commentary)
Remember back in the old days, when here in the South drinking was considered a horrible sin
by religious hardliners?... In this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, there is a study
by Duke University's Medical Center chronicling the alcohol consumption, education level and
diet of 4,435 people who attended UNC Chapel Hill from 1964 to 1966.
UNC deserves intervention on airport (Commentary)
Chapel Hill Herald
It seems UNC is getting its just deserts. It was just last year that officials there called on the state
Senate to intervene in some business that really should have been up to the town. Negotiations
with the town over UNC’s planned construction on the main campus weren’t going the university’s
way, and so it decided that the best course of action was to walk away from the bargaining table.
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
College Enrollments Projected to Rise 15% by 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Enrollment in degree-granting postsecondary institutions is projected to increase to 17.7 million
in 2011-12 from 15.3 million in 1999-2000, more than a 15-percent jump, according to data
released Wednesday by the U.S. Education Department.
(Note: The Chronicle of Higher Education requires a subscription to access articles. )
Credit check (Editorial)
News and Observer
North Carolina has lost its coveted AAA bond rating with Moody's Investors Service -- a
downgrade that could be costly when state bonds are issued -- and certainly that should signal to
Governor Easley and the General Assembly the need to stabilize the state's budget.
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