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December 23, 2002

Carolina in the News

Current International Coverage

Workers resent abusive bosses, study says
Globe and Mail (Canada)

Believe it or not, employees who get yelled at, glared at or threatened with pink slips 
tend not to want to do extra little tasks for their angry bosses...
Despite the fact that many office workers may have already come to this 
conclusion in their own workplaces, two professors of management at the University of 
North Carolina and one at the University of Kentucky surveyed 373 members of U.S. 
Air National Guard and their supervisors.

Current National Coverage

Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina 
people and programs cited recently in the national media:

As Early Admissions Rise, Colleges Debate Practice
New York Times

As debate over the merits of early decision college admissions continued, early 
applications rose sharply at many universities this year. In some cases, colleges 
have already admitted 30 to 40 percent of their freshman classes for next fall 
through the early decision process...
This year several institutions — including Yale, Stanford, Beloit College, the 
University of North Carolina and Mary Washington College — announced that 
they would shift to early action admission from early decision to reduce the 
pressure on students. On Tuesday, Fordham University in New York, which 
takes only a small part of its class through early decisions, joined that lineup.

Lott's Fall Is Signaling a Shift From Old South to New Breed
Los Angeles Times

Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms won't be back. Trent Lott will, but not as 
Republican leader in the U.S. Senate...
The Lott case presents Southern Republicans with "a moment of examination 
of conscience," said Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program in Southern Politics, 
Media and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.,0,2576128.story

Sobering reminder: Kids most at risk of drunk drivers in their own car
Minneapolis Star Tribune 

A cautionary note for anyone planning to toast the approaching holidays has 
emerged from highway safety research over the past two years: Two of every 
three child passengers killed in alcohol-related car crashes are riding with t
he drinking driver -- most likely their own parent, grandparent or family friend...
"But the major risk for kids . . .is the drivers of their own cars," said Dr. Lewis 
Margolis, a pediatrician at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 
who did another.
(Note: News Services assisted the Tribune reporter.)

Stem Cells Put to the Test in University of North Carolina Studies; Findings 
May Provide Clues to Therapeutic Potential
Boston Globe
More than 3,000 scientific reports are being presented at the American Society 
of Cell Biology's annual meeting, Dec. 13-18, and one is a landmark study 
demonstrating - for the first time - that genetically altered adult liver stem 
cells cloned from a male rat can turn into functional adult bone marrow cells 
in female mice. The accomplishment, known as hematopoietic transdifferentiation, 
may prove useful for tapping the potential for tissue repair using human adult stem 

Next UW president should be daring (Editorial)
Seattle Times

The search for a new president for the University of Washington is beginning, 
and that search should find someone daring, both for the times and the institution. 
The UW needs a nontraditional campus CEO — a John Stanford of higher education. 
Recently departed President Richard McCormick had a solid, seven-year run. 
When he left his provost post at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 
he was one of an elite group of educators who moved up the rungs to take on 
more complex, challenging jobs at major universities.

Economy's Best Bet is Tech: Analysis
Technology Review

Inside Biogen Inc.'s sprawling biotech manufacturing complex, no noisy cutting or 
grinding tools pierce the air, only the hum of air conditioning... 
North Carolina is one of the nation's leaders in developing a biotechnology industry, 
thanks to the presence of three major research institutions in the Raleigh-Durham 
area: Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North 
Carolina. But competition is growing over which region will gain dominance in 

Japan wrestles with an American export: obesity 
Young, affluent turning to hamburgers, pizza
Dayton Daily News (Ohio)

By the time doors open at McDonald’s in this busy city, there is already a line 
forming outside...
‘‘Even in the low-income, sub-Saharan African countries with HIV and malnutrition 
dominating, there are still 10 to 15 percent of the adults overweight,’’ said Dr. Barry 
Popkin, an economist and professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill. ‘‘They’re losing more people in many of these countries from diabetes 
than from HIV.’’
(This story also appeared in the Seattle Post Intelligencer)

Regional Coverage

Virginia ranks near bottom in spending for services
The Virginian-Pilot

One big expense: Car-tax relief
Already a low-spending state for environmental cleanup, schools, parks, 
and aid for the elderly, Virginia risks slipping even more dramatically 
as lawmakers slash programs to offset budget deficits. 
The result, some state leaders say, is that Virginia more resembles historically 
poor states and is losing ground to growth-oriented neighbors such as North 
In-state tuition and fees at U.Va. now total $4,984 a year -- 29 percent higher 
than the $3,856 paid by students at the University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill.

Tech centers' political swing reflects growing split in U.S.
Austin American-Statesman

A political divide in the United States separates cities with high-tech economies 
and cities dominated by older industries. And during the past six presidential 
elections, the gap between higher- and lower-tech cities has been widening...
"The voting population is dominated by white Americans. It's crashingly obvious, 
but we tend to forget it," says Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Southern 
Politics, Media and Public Life at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
"White males, especially in the South, are the most solid of the Republican base vote."

AP class limit will increase next year
Courses help when applying to college
The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Students at West Brunswick High School will be able to take twice as many 
Advanced Placement courses next year in a schedule change designed to make 
them more competitive in the college admissions process....
At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, about 50 percent of all 
incoming freshmen in 2001 submitted scores for four or more AP exams.
"The strength of a student's curriculum means a lot. We need to see kids 
capable of achieving academics at the highest level," said Stephen Farmer, 
senior associate director of admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill. "When 
AP classes are available to kids, we certainly expect kids to take them.
... These things do make a difference to us when we review applications."

State and Local Coverage

New UNC grads told to grasp dreams 
Chapel Hill Herald

The keynote speaker at UNC’s winter commencement urged the 1,463 students 
who graduated Friday to use their education to make a difference in the world. 
"You are headed into the world at a particularly challenging, exhilarating and 
difficult moment," said James Leloudis, director of Carolina’s Johnston Center 
for Undergraduate Excellence and a history professor at the school.
Link for the News and Observer's commencement story:

Historian making his mark on the present 
News and Observer

Jim Leloudis started the fall 2001 semester at UNC-Chapel Hill stepping along 
gingerly with a cane and wearing a neck brace. The history professor and new 
director of the Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence was recovering 
from a freakish tumble that had laid him up in UNC Hospitals, temporarily 
paralyzed, for much of that summer.

A tuition hike on ice (Letter to the Editor)
News and Observer

On behalf of the Tuition Advisory Task Force at UNC-Chapel Hill, 
I write to further clarify the status of a recommendation for a 
campus-based tuition increase finalized last week (Dec. 20 article, 
"UNC-CH panel floats tuition hike"). Members of our task force 
acknowledged the reasons for the UNC Board of Governors' recently 
proposed freeze on tuition, including the state's current fiscal condition 
and the financial difficulties currently facing many North Carolina families.
(This letter was written by UNC Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost 
Robert Shelton)

Back UNC's staff, but don't use tuition (Editorial)
Chapel Hill Herald

While symbolic gestures may not put money in people’s wallets, they 
send important messages. The UNC task force examining future tuition 
increases wanted to make a strong symbolic gesture this week. The task 
force wanted to show its support for university employees — the 
exempt-from-the-State-Personnel-Act-staff who received no salary 
raises at all from the Legislature this year.

Rhodes scholar’s goal: Fight spread of HIV, AIDS
Chapel Hill Herald
The UNC senior just finished final exams and is feeling the pressure of an 
honors thesis, which she must complete to graduate in May. Factor in her 
involvement in a number of university societies, a service learning group, 
and her work as senior class treasurer, and you’ve got one busy college 
Oh, and by the way, she just won a Rhodes Scholarship.

Peace on Earth: Scholars prepare to take on the world 
Chapel Hill Herald

Education isn’t a topic usually associated with sparking violence between 
two countries. But Carmen Strigel will tell you that doesn’t mean conflict-
resolution skills don’t come in handy once in a while. Fresh out of college, 
the German, who now attends graduate school at UNC, signed on to work 
for European SchoolNet, an organization that promotes technology and 
information sharing among European educators.

Wanderlust at UNC-CH
News and Observer

UNC-Chapel Hill ranks sixth among all U.S. research universities for the 
number of students receiving academic credit for studying abroad during 
the 2000-01 academic year, according to a new ranking from Open Doors 
2002, an annual report published by the Institute of International Education.
When measuring the percentage of students going abroad, the institute ranks 
UNC-CH third among major public research universities and 13th among all 
major research universities.

A nation without `Senator No'? Imagine the difference
Charlotte Observer

Back in 1962 a Chapel Hill woman wrote to Raleigh's WRAL-TV, applauding it 
for airing a news special in place of a popular network show...
"Clearly he changed and raised the intensity of the discourse in this state," says 
Ferrel Guillory, director of the Program on Southern Politics, Media and Public 
Life at UNC Chapel Hill. "He did it in ways that intensifiedand exacerbated some 
of the social frictions. ...The way he used race played a role in that."

Church helps move a woman from welfare to a new life
Fayetteville Observer

When Clarissa Monley wanted a driver's license, they loaned her a 
car for the road test. She passed. When she had her heart set on the brick 
house with the big yard, they drove her through the neighborhood time 
after time. She moved in this summer...
In Scotland County, 873 people were enrolled in Work First in November, 
according to records kept by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 
When the economy soured, the number of cases climbed and job placements 

Athletic advertising is fiscally responsible (Letter to the Editor)
The raspberry given to the Department of Athletics for allowing advertising 
in the Dean Dome (CHN, Dec.18) should have been a rose instead. 
Your trite mischaracterization of UNC’s commitment to keeping 28 athletic 
teams as ego run amok (i.e., “keeping up with the Joneses”) unadroitly and 
inadequately addresses the issue. UNC has been, and should continue to be, 
dedicated to keeping as many student-athletes on the field as possible. As 
Gen. Douglas MacArthur once said, “Upon the fields of friendly strife are 
sown the seeds that upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory.”

Letter to Moeser part 2 (Commentary)
Chapel Hill Herald 

Dear Chancellor Moeser: Two weeks ago in this space, I called on you 
to apologize for your handling of the generous "arrangement" you negotiated 
with Susan Ehringhaus to leave her position as vice chancellor and general 
counsel. ...

Bank the fires (Letter to the Editor)
News and Observer

Regarding your Dec. 16 On Campus item about "Fire Moeser!" fliers being 
distributed at a basketball game: Enough already with piling on UNC-Chapel 
Hill Chancellor James Moeser. He has given his reasons and apologies and 
needs to move on. He is our chancellor and we need to support him as the 
best way to support our university.

Able Ehringhaus (Letter to the Editor)
News and Observer

In a Dec. 5 column primarily criticizing UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor 
James Moeser, Ruth Sheehan castigated Vice Chancellor Susan Ehringhaus 
in a misleading and meanspirited way ...

Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina

Closed mouth, open hand 
News and Observer

Of course the conversation is about money, but it wouldn't be 
polite to speak of "money." 
Not when the tete-a-tete is with someone wealthy beyond belief. 
Not when the unspoken question is whether this person might 
be willing to part with, say, $5 million for the cause of higher 
education.The conversations are especially important these days 
to N.C. State University. The university is working its way through 
the "quiet phase" of its biggest fund-raising campaign, with a 
beginning target of $750 million.

Preparedness crucial for town's shelter (Editorial)
Chapel Hill Herald 

The severity and duration of the power outage after the ice storm 
early this month took everyone by surprise. It surpassed nearly 
everyone's ability to carry on unhindered. ... Like most other agencies, 
the homeless shelter was unable to remain open. Between about 40 
and 60 of its residents had to go to an emergency shelter at UNC's
Woollen Gym. ...

Study panel's report on Title IX imminent
Winston-Salem Journal

Jan. 31 will be an important date for anyone who cares about sports. 
On that day, the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics will submit 
its recommendations on Title IX to Education Secretary Rod Paige. 
The 15-member committee was appointed by Paige to study the 
controversial legislation, which bans sex discrimination in any 
education institution that receives federal funds...
Barbara Osborne, an assistant professor in the Department of 
Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina, 
said that it will be interesting to see how Paige and the Bush 
administration react to the commission's proposal.

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