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July 15, 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:

States Brace For Cigarette Backlash 
The Guardian (UK)

As state after deficit-ridden state ratchets up cigarette taxes, authorities are bracing for 
some unwelcome consequences in the form of more aggressive smuggling and bolder 
use of the Internet as a tax-evading tobacco shop... ``Most vendors aren't turning over 
their customer list, so the Internet is becoming a hotbed of tax evasion,'' said Kurt Ribisl
a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. Ribisl oversaw 
a study this year that identified 195 Internet cigarette vendors, up from 88 a year earlier. 
He said most advertise low-tax cigarettes and indicate they won't report to any authorities.,1282,-1877226,00.html
(Note: Other pick-up known to date of this national Associated Press includes the 
Canadian Press, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), Centre Daily Times 
(Pennsylvania), Contra Costa Times (California), St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), 
Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio), Sun News (South Carolina), Aberdeen American News 
(South Dakota), Durham Herald-Sun, and the Nando Times.)

Current National Coverage

Beach-Blanket Bookworms
The Chronicle of Higher Education

When officials at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill anointed a book on Islam 
for a summer reading program, they raised eyebrows as much as cultural awareness. The 
university is requiring its 3,500 incoming freshmen to read Approaching the Qur'án: The 
Early Revelations (White Cloud Press, 1999), by Michael Sells, a professor of religion at 
Haverford College. An academic book, it explores the Islamic scriptures and contains 35 
suras, similar to psalms or parables in the Bible.
(Note: News Services supplied The Chronicle with information about the summer reading 
program as part of a query its news staff made earlier this summer via Profnet, an online 
service matching journalists with sources and access to information. The Chronicle of 
Higher Education requires subscription to access articles.)

America's Best Hospitals
US News and World Report

UNC Hospitals ranked in the top 25 in six different specialties in the 13th annual edition 
of "America's Best Hospitals" by US News and World Report magazine. The survey 
consisted of 205 top medical centers, winnowed from 6,045, in 17 specialties. Among 
the rankings, UNC ranked 5th in cancer, 18th in digestive disorders, 22nd in ear, nose 
and throat, 26 in geriatrics, 14th in gynecology, 25th in hormonal disorders, 27th in 
kidney disease, and 20th in respiratory disorders. To see the magazine's report on the 
rankings, visit To 
view the methodology used, visit
A UNC Health Care release also is at
A related Durham Herald-Sun story is at:

State and Local Coverage

Board OKs tuition cut for Kenan-Flagler grad students

Graduate students at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School will have their tuition 
scaled back under a plan approved Friday. The UNC system Board of Governors 
approved the measure, which reduces campus-specific tuition increases for students 
in the master’s of business administration and master’s of accounting programs.

Safeguard UNC System (Opinion-Editorial Column)
Charlotte Observer

The N.C. Constitution says "the General Assembly shall provide... higher education... 
as far as practicable... to the people of the State free of expense." While the state's projected 
budget shortfall of $2 billion may force a 2.39 percent cut to the UNC system, we must 
remember that providing quality education at the lowest possible cost to students is essential 
if UNC is to continue in accordance with the intent of its founders.
(Note: Ashley Castevens is a UNC sophomore and assistant vice president of the student 

UNC takes interest in new mental hospital
As the state begins its review of sites for a new mental hospital, university officials say 
they will continue to press for a location that won't damage longtime ties with university 
teaching and research programs. "For us, it is important that we maintain what has been 
an outstanding 50-year relationship with Dorothea Dix," Dr. Robert Golden, chair of 
UNC-Chapel Hill's department of psychiatry
, said in a recent interview.

OWASA declares first level of water restriction
Don't let the gloriously cool weather this weekend and the big rain last Wednesday fool 
you. Orange Water and Sewer Authority's water supply continues, day by day, to 
dwindle. Water consumption continues to far outstrip the ability of local reservoirs to 
replenish themselves. If no significant rainfall occurs, and if consumption remains as high 
as it's been, OWASA says its reservoirs will, for all practical purposes, run dry by 
Christmas... UNC, which has a separate arrangement with OWASA, also moved last 
week to head off a future water emergency, enacting conservation measures of its own 
to limit its use of OWASA-supplied water.

UNC has big role in conserving water
By far the largest single consumer of Orange Water and Sewer Authority water is 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Actually, "single consumer" is something of 
a misnomer; OWASA Executive Director Ed Kerwin said the university's various facilities, 
buildings, departments and services hold more than 250 separate accounts with the water 
utility. But all in all, including UNC Hospitals, the university consumes 25 percent to 30 
percent of all the water supplied by OWASA.
(Note: This story originated as a UNC news release Ray DuBose, director of 
energy service
s, was interviewed about the university's water savings plans on a Friday
newscast of Channel 14 (Time-Warner). The News and Observer and Durham Herald-
also have reported UNC's plans.) 

THE QUR’AN CONTROVERSY: UNC book choice defensible (Editorial)
First of all, it would be a frivolous lawsuit. Despite what Christian advocacy group The 
Family Policy Network might think, the university clearly has every right to assign whatever 
book it wants as required summer reading for incoming students. That would include this 
year’s selection, “Approaching The Qur’an.”

Ruins of Spanish fort can be seen in N.C.
Charlotte Observer

The site of a 16th-century Spanish fort will open to the public Saturday for the first time. 
Experts say the creekside land in rural Burke County, about 90 miles northwest of Charlotte, 
is the first spot in the interior of North America where physical evidence exists of an early 
European settlement... "Finding the forts was like looking for a needle in a haystack," 
said David Moore, assistant professor of anthropology at Warren Wilson College and 
project co-director with Beck and Chris Rodning, a doctoral student at UNC Chapel Hill

UNC professor introduces re-release of civil rights leader’s book 
As a leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the 
early 1900s, Walter White was a daring investigator, plunging himself into dangerous 
situations to document abuse of black Americans. A light-skinned black man, White 
could pass for white, and did so often during his investigations in the deep South. He 
chronicled his exploits in a stark, descriptive book entitled "Rope and Faggot," but his
life and work were largely forgotten after his death in 1955. The book was re-released 
earlier this year and the introduction was written by Kenneth Janken, a UNC associate 
professor of African and Afro-American studies

Wave of deaths hits area waters
Charlotte Observer

Summer has started off deadly on Charlotte-area lakes, with a rash of drownings and 
a fatal boating accident prompting new concerns about water safety... "A lot of people 
drown in very remote locations that no one could ever get to if you're in trouble," said 
Robert Foss, a University of North Carolina researcher. "There's damn near nothing 
you can do to prevent those."

FOOTNOTES: Student group wants space 
The UNC Association of Student Governments, the student-run group that includes 
representatives from various UNC campuses, is starting its first office with a paid administrator. 
But students say they don't want to be in the same Chapel Hill building with the rest of the 
UNC system honchos.

Novelist, teacher McLaurin, 48 

Tim McLaurin drove over to his buddy's house a couple of weeks ago, plopped down 
on the couch in his workshop and propped up his feet on his friend's latest creation. McLaurin 
admired the craftsmanship. The piece, stained and fashioned of pine with horseshoes for 
handles, was perfect... Raised on the family farm outside Fayetteville, McLaurin spent a 
couple of years in the Marines, then took on college in fits and starts at different schools, 
eventually earning a journalism degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in the mid-1980s.
(Note: Other coverage includes The Washington Post

Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina

Insurance exec to lead UNC system Board of Governors
Bradley Wilson, a senior vice president with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, was 
unanimously elected chairman of the UNC system Board of Governors on Friday. Wilson, a 
board member since 1997, assumed the seat vacated by Ben Ruffin, who stepped down after 
two terms at the helm of the 32-member board.

Ruffin ends historic UNC board chairmanship 
Ben Ruffin gaveled for the last time Friday, bringing to an end his historic tenure as the first 
black chairman of the UNC system’s Board of Governors. Long considered a good-old-boy 
network and still comprised largely of middle-aged white men, the board got a shake-up four 
years ago when Ruffin won the chairmanship by a single vote.

FOOTNOTES: UNC gets below-budget bids
The UNC bond-funded building program is being helped by a poor economy and low interest 
rates. Two-thirds of the projects are in some stage of design and construction; and so far, bids 
have averaged 13.9 percent below budget. Seventy bids have come in below budget, and only 
one, a renovation at Fayetteville State University, was over budget.

Preserving research (Letter to the Editor)
Thank you for your "Overhead protector" editorial on July 2. It is about time that our state's 
leading newspaper helped led the way to protect one of our most important economic assets 
in the state. The General Assembly has a daunting task of balancing the budget in a fair and 
equitable way.

Downtown faces 'doughnut' effect 
At first glance, Town Councilman Bill Strom’s fretting about downtown and doughnuts has nothing 
to do with the lack of a Krispy Kreme on Franklin Street. But it could -— if the chain ever passes 
up a chance to open a store there in favor of establishing an outpost somewhere on the fringes of 
Chapel Hill.

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