July 31, 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:
Robert Shelton, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, was featured on
"On Point," a live evening news program broadcasted on WBUR-FM, the
National Public Radio affiliate in Boston, about the summer reading program.
Also featured on the program was Michael Sells, author of this year's selection,
and Stephen Crampton, chief council with the American Family Association
Center for Law & Policy. To listen to the program online or for more
information, please go to:
'I Couldn’t Turn My Back’
It was a risky decision. After fleeing the Soviet war in Afghanistan 17 years ago,
Farhad Ahad, 32, left a comfortable life in the United States last week to come home.
Like hundreds of other Afghan professionals, Ahad, a former Enron employee, is betting
that his devastated country is now ready to be rebuilt...
(Note: Ahad is a 1999 graduate of the Kenan-Flager Business School.)
Getaway: Museums, fine dining await in Chapel Hill
On a clear summer day, under sky painted Carolina blue, this Georgia Bulldog
ventured into Tar Heel country and discovered a college town that has more than a
little in common with Athens.
District opens ranks to military academy
The Press Enterprise (California)
There will be snappy salutes and crisp, pressed uniforms. Students will address their
instructors as "sir" or "ma'am." And there will be discipline... Catherine Lutz, an
anthropology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, co-
authored a 1995 study on the rapid growth of Junior ROTC programs titled, "Making
Soldiers in the Public Schools."
State and Local Coverage
Grant backs UNC statewide geriatric effort
Seniors in North Carolina may soon have more options for medical treatment, and
better service from health care providers, thanks to a multimillion-dollar grant awarded
to UNC’s Program on Aging and a network of agencies that help deliver health care
throughout the state.
Even though the men's basketball program at UNC-Chapel Hill recently logged its worst
season ever, T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps and other athletic apparel bearing the Tar Heel logo
were still at the top of the charts... N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke
University received a combined total of $5 million in grants from the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute to support programs to bring undergraduate teaching and research in
the life sciences closer together.
They're number one! They're number one!
You can't find bigger fans of the BBC Newshour broadcast weekday mornings on WUNC
(91.5-FM) than at this newspaper... "It basically means we reach a greater percentage
of people than other public radio stations," said Michael Arnold, WUNC's program
director. "It is particularly encouraging because a lot of other stations also are seeing
audience increases after Sept. 11, which was when a lot of people turned to public radio
for news and information."
(Note: To view this article, please scroll down to the bottom of the web page.)
Reading the Quran -- and Bible -- at Carolina (Commentary)
"What are we going to do about that guy?" This is a question some of the folks at
UNC-Chapel Hill are asking about Joe Glover. Glover is president of the Virginia-
based Family Policy Network, which calls itself "a conservative Christian group."
Next year, try a fresh approach (Commentary)
I picked up the book that's causing all the fuss over at Carolina, Michael Sells'
"Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations." Although the book is enlightening,
don't expect to see me turning up at a mosque anytime soon for afternoon prayers.
And that will probably hold for nearly every freshman required to read Sells' book
as part of UNC-Chapel Hill's summer reading program.
A misguided agenda? (Letter to the Editor)
Greensboro News and Record
You are correct to reference UNC's mission in your editorial of July 25. One could
say, and I will, that a mission is an agenda, and at times an agenda can be very
Hispanics follow jobs to Triangle
The Triangle's hot job market over the past 20 years attracted Hispanics at a faster pace
than any of the nation's other 99 large metropolitan areas... This dispersal was driven by
businesses, such as poultry processors and construction companies, that advertised for
workers in Spanish-language newspapers in Texas, California and Mexico, said Jim
Johnson, a demographer at UNC-Chapel Hill
Healthy, affordable and best of all, nearby
Health Department brings fresh produce to Beatties Ford Road area Problem: There
are four times as many supermarkets in affluent areas as there are in low-income
neighborhoods, according to a study done last year by the UNC Chapel Hill
Department of Epidemiology.
Problems shut down campus voting center
In the fall of 2000, a one-stop voting center at the Morehead Planetarium opened
with great fanfare, including a joint ribbon cutting by basketball coach Matt Doherty
and then-head football coach Carl Torbush. But at some point after the election someone
dropped the ball, and the use of the planetarium site, one of only three such centers in
Orange County, is now a question mark.
On-campus polling site is needed (Editorial)
The campus vote is too important to overlook. That was proven two years ago, when
nearly 4,000 people voted at a special "one-stop" voting center set up at the Morehead
Planetarium. No telling how many of those voters were UNC students, but surely the
number was greater than in previous years.
Forum generates ideas for building employee housing
Affordable housing experts from Cary, UNC, Duke and Raleigh recently tossed around
a multitude of ideas that local governments or the university could use to help employees
purchase or rent homes in the area -- second mortgages, grants for down payments,
assistance with closing costs... Bob Knight, assistant vice chancellor for finance and
administration, said the university would like to see well articulated goals for any affordable
housing initiative and that it first needs to solicit more input from employees about what
kind of assistance they might want.
Looking for fresh ideas for affordable housing dilemma (Commentary)
Why can't Chapel Hill be more like Cary? That's a question not frequently heard on this
edge of the Triangle. But some folks interested in affordable housing are looking at the
Wake County boomtown as a model for ways we might enable people who work in
Chapel Hill to live here also.
Generator fuel enters creek after spill at hospital
A spill at UNC Hospitals dumped 1,100 gallons of generator fuel into Meeting of the
Waters creek, but cleanup crews were able to keep it from reaching the N.C. Botanical
Garden and other sensitive spots downstream.
(Note: Other coverage includes The Chapel Hill News
Roses and Raspberries
Raspberries to UNC Hospitals, for failing to notify the Chapel Hill Fired Department after
a diesel oil spill this week. Some 600 to 1,000 gallons spilled when workers were pumping
fuel from one tank to another. Hospital workers tried to contain the spill, and the Chapel
Hill Fire Department was called only when a passerby noticed the smell. Firefighters
ended up containing the spill in a tributary of Morgan Creek.
(Note: To view this article, please scroll down the page.)
In Brief: Memorial service set for Tim McLaurin
A public memorial service for Hillsborough novelist Tim McLaurin will be held Friday in
Raleigh at 7:30 p.m. at University Theatre (also known as Stewart Theater) located in the
Talley Student Center on N.C. State University's Central Campus.
(Note: To view this brief, please scroll down the web page. For more information, please
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
Hopes of Drawing Fans Fuels Binge in Stadium Building
The Wall Street Journal
Big-time college sports just keep getting bigger. Literally. Despite shaky economic times
and criticism from academic quarters, major colleges around the country are on a construction
binge, spending huge sums to build and expand stadiums and gyms. With competition for
athletes -- and lucrative TV dollars -- growing more rabid, schools hope that fancier stadiums
will put them ahead of their peers in attracting top recruits and more paying fans.
(Note: The Wall Street Journal requires a subscription to access articles.)
Tuition increases cut differently
As a UNC system committee continues to look into the impact of increasing tuition and fees,
it is becoming apparent that rising costs are having different effects on different campuses.
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