August 9, 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:
Restoring damaged habitats to something like their pristine condition is a relatively
recent idea. For most of humanity's history, the trend has been in the opposite
direction, as people have logged forests, drained marshes and cleared land for
agriculture... Similar ideas apply to marine environments. Charles Peterson, of
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has found that mathematical
models of the communities of animals and plants in oyster reefs can help to show
which animal species may successfully be re-established in a damaged reef.
Shorter breast cancer course 'as effective'
A short course of radiation therapy after a breast cancer operation is just as
effective as a longer course, Canadian researchers have found... In an editorial in
the journal, Dr Carolyn Sartor and Dr Joel Tepper, of the University of North
Carolina School of Medicine, ask whether this study sets a new standard for using
radiation therapy in early-stage breast cancer.
(Note: This story was also featured in The National Post. No online link is
Current National Coverage
Quest for knowledge ignites baseless fight (Editorial)
Since Sept. 11, Americans have thirsted to learn more about Islam, the world's
second-largest religion, but a faith practiced by just a small fraction in the USA.
Among the questions many have grappled with: How could Muslim terrorists carry
out such horrific attacks in the name of their religion?
Book fails to tell whole truth (Opinion Editorial Column)
"What were they thinking?" "How can anyone use their religion to justify killing
innocent people?" These are the kinds of questions many Americans have asked
themselves since Sept. 11.
(Note: Joe Glover is the president of Family Policy Network.)
Lawsuit against Koran assignment ignores the mission of universities (Editorial)
The Philadelphia Inquirer
To read or not to read - a book on the Koran, that is - that's not the question.
Freshmen at the University of North Carolina can read a volume about the Muslim
holy book and write an essay on it for a required, noncredit summer reading
program, or they can write an essay on why they chose not to read it.
Qur'an reading assignment stirs passions for and against
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
When the University of North Carolina required 4,200 incoming freshmen and
transfer students to read a book about the Qur'an this summer, student body
president Jennifer Daum didn't think it would cause much of a stir. With the Sept.
11 terror attacks as a backdrop, Daum, 21, of the Town of Delafield, thought
reading "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations" would be a mind-
stretching exercise to help people understand Islam.
Saying 'no' to knowledge (Editorial)
The Baltimore Sun
The path to truth and understanding leads directly through knowledge and
learning, and bypasses ignorance and intolerance. Worn as that platitude may be,
it bears repeating again in the context of a very silly lawsuit that has been filed
against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Committee votes to bar funds for University of North Carolina reading
assignment on the Quran
San Francisco Chronicle
A state legislative committee voted to ban the use of public funds for a University
of North Carolina reading assignment on the Quran unless other religions get equal
(Note: Other pickup of this national Associated Press story includes The Washington
Post, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, Newsday, The Sun News
(South Carolina), The State (South Carolina) and The Lexington Herald Leader.)
National News Notes
Provost Robert Shelton's appearance on "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" has
been rescheduled to air either tonight or Monday at 6 p.m. on PBS (The local
affiliate is WUNC-TV).
Question & Answer: Dr. Kathryn Walbert
The Times-Dispatch (Virginia)
Dr. Kathryn Walbert is an academic-skills instructor at Duke University and a
longtime associate of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of
North Carolina. Q. How would you define "oral history" and its importance inside
and outside the classroom? A. In its simplest form, oral history is storytelling and
listening. Anyone who has sat in a grandmother's kitchen and asked about the
'good old days' has done a form of oral history...
North Carolina News Notes
Robert Adler, professor of management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School,
was featured on the WUNC-FM program, "The State of Things" (WUNC, FM
91.5) on Wednesday about business ethics. WUNC-FM is the local National
Public Radio affiliate.
State and Local Coverage
Over the line (Editorial)
A university is a marketplace of ideas, ideas subject to debate, to challenge -- ideas
that inform and sometimes inflame. It must always be so on campuses public and
private, where freedom must resonate with knowledge and truth.
UNC Islam reading knocked
A state House panel, slogging through a second day of debate over the North
Carolina budget, voted Wednesday to bar the use of tax dollars for a university
summer reading program that singles out one religion. Many lawmakers were incensed
that UNC-Chapel Hill administrators had instructed incoming freshmen to read a book
about Islam before they arrive on campus this fall.
House action on Quran book angers some UNC officials
A state House attempt to block UNCís controversial requirement that all incoming
freshmen read a book about the Quran has angered some university officials and
faculty members. "Itís nothing more than political theater," said Joseph Ferrell, a
longtime UNC professor of public law and policy who also serves as secretary of
the UNC Faculty Council.
Study limit may risk certification
Critics of a state House committee budget amendment said Thursday that academic
freedom and university accreditation may be threatened if the General Assembly
approves the effort to stop a UNC-Chapel Hill summer reading program that
requires new students to read about Islam's holy Scriptures.
Court date for UNC lawsuit nears
High Point Enterprise
The lawsuit against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's mandated
summer reading program will be heard in federal Middle District Court in
Greensboro next week. The action was filed July 22 in Greensboro by a conservative
Christian group, The American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, based
in Tupelo, Miss. The plaintiffs, three students and two taxpayers, contend the reading
program is unconstitutional.
Appalling intolerance (Letter to the Editor)
I am truly outraged at the intolerance and idiocy of our state legislators for their
decision to pull public funding from UNC-Chapel Hill's freshman reading program
(news story, Aug. 8) on "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations." It is
appalling that those elected to guide our state can demonstrate overwhelming prejudice
in such a destructive way...
UNC's tardy step (Letter to the Editor)
As a recent UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and a human rights activist, I am saddened
about the state House's decision to block state funding for the university's summer
reading assignment "Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations."
The micromanagers (Letter to the Editor)
Regarding the Aug. 8 article "House panel would rein in UNC reading requirement":
Members of the state House of Representatives who are attempting to micromanage
the educational process at UNC-Chapel Hill -- about which they seem to know
nothing -- set a dangerous example. They erroneously believe that Islam is their
enemy; Republicans quoted in the article about attempts to censor higher education
say as much...
(Note: Donald Matthews is a professor of history at UNC.)
Thinking like Osama (Letter to the Editor)
I read with horror your Aug. 8 headline "House panel would rein in UNC reading
requirement." This decision is one the most closed-minded and disappointing ever.
Our Muslim troops (Letter to the Editor)
During the House Appropriations Committee's debate over UNC-Chapel Hill's
requiring incoming freshmen to read a book on Islam, Rep. Larry Justus, as quoted
in Consider This, the newsletter of the Common Sense Foundation, called the
assignment "...an insult to anybody in the uniform and anyone who has ever worn
Legislators promote ignorance about Islam (Letter to the Editor)
I'm frightened and appalled by "N.C. legislature blasts UNC for assigned Islam
reading" (Aug. 8)...
Editorial Cartoon regarding UNC's reading program
Peeling the Orange
Donít be alarmed at the recent removal of about 150 campus trees, say university
authorities... Future water shortages here will be abetted by UNCís plans to use
"back wash" water to be piped from the OWASA water filtration plant on Jones
Ferry Road to the universityís co-generation power plant on Cameron Avenue
for use in the power generation process...
A Team Effort to For Healthy Hearts
UNC and the state are teaming up to help state employees prevent heart disease
and lower insurance costs. A lot of people don't realize heart disease is the number
one killer of men and women in the U.S. And every year, the state pays millions of
dollars to cover insurance claims for workers who've suffered heart attacks and
strokes. So the state asked cardiologists at UNC to help state employees identify
their risk for heart disease.
UNC Offers New 14-Month Nursing Program
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is starting a new program that may
help to ease the state's nursing shortage. Fourteen months ago, Jeff Dudley was
leading backpacking excursions. On Sunday, he will become a registered nurse and
work in one of the intensive care units at UNC.
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
House panel OKs new state budget
On its third day of debate, the House Appropriations Committee passed a $14.3 billion
state budget Thursday, but not before Gov. Mike Easley's More at Four prekindergarten
program had a near-death experience.
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