September 19, 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:
Nu Shortcuts in School R 2 Much 4 Teachers
The New York Times
Each September Jacqueline Harding prepares a classroom presentation on the common writing mistakes
she sees in her students' work... "I turn it into a very positive teachable moment for kids in the class," said
Erika V. Karres, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who trains
Governing academia: Who makes the call?
The Badger Herald (student publication at the University of Wisconsin)
At best, they're considered left-leaning. At the most extreme, academicians are labeled "radical liberals." ...
Sue Estroff, chair of the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, agrees that the idea that
professors tend to be liberal is partly a matter of timing... More recently, UNC was threatened with
litigation as well as a budget cut when it assigned the book "Approaching the Qur'an" to first-year students
as summer reading.
(Note: This article is from the student publication at Duke University
Don't know history (Editorial)
Burlington (Vt.) Free Press
A brouhaha is boiling at the University of North Carolina over a requirement that incoming freshmen read
sections from the Qur'an, the holy text of Islam...
Study: Religious Teens Less Troublesome
KCRA-TV (NBC, Sacramento, Calif.)
Want to keep your teens out of trouble? Bringing them to church or temple might do the trick, according to
a new study. U.S. teenagers who say they engage in regular religious practices are significantly less likely
than their peers to get into legal and other troubles, a new study from researchers at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill found. However, the reports of better behavior were only found among teens who
went to religious services at least once a week, or who professed deeply held spiritual views, said study
director Dr. Christian Smith.
(Note: This coverage follows up a UNC news release
http://www.unc.edu/news/archives/sep02/smithcr091702.htm. Other coverage known to date
includes WJHL-TV (CBS, Johnson City, Tenn.), United Press International, The Washington Times and
The Durham Herald-Sun.)
Health News: Multivitamins reduce children's cancer risk
The Detroit News
... Women who take a multivitamin during pregnancy cut their child's risk of nervous system cancer by
almost 40 percent, say University of North Carolina researchers...
(Note: To view this health news brief, please go to the above url and scroll down the web page.)
State and Local Coverage
UNC: Estes Ext. best site for facility
UNC is pushing on with a plan to move its grounds department and a print shop to Estes Drive Extension,
and will show drawings of the project to the campus Board of Trustees later this month, Chancellor James
He keeps ending up at the starting line
Business North Carolina
Dick Kouri spent more than a decade doing what radiation biologists usually do: research and writing. His
résumé lists three books and 100 academic papers. “I was pretty much into publish or perish.” But 20
years ago, a nudge from a friend led him to leave the lab bench behind... And he teaches at UNC Chapel
Hill’s business school.
(Note: To view this article, please go to the above url and scroll down the page.)
News and Observer
President Bush is threatening war against Iraq, layoff notices are rising, and Wall Street remains in the grips
of a bear market. Yet U.S. consumers keep spending as if nothing were wrong... "It's very encouraging
that consumers keep spending even while they worry. We worry when they stop spending," said James F.
Smith, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Bone fragments, pottery found
Kinston Free Press
A group of shipbuilders bent on preserving Kinston's past discovered Wednesday that they had been standing
on top of other pieces of the city's history for months now... One jawbone fragment with several teeth
attached resembled that of a pig, said Brett Riggs, a research archeologist at the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill...
(Note: News Services helped connect Riggs with the reporter.)
Issues and Trends Affecting Carolina
U. of Maryland Slammed for Freshmen Reading
The University of Maryland is coming under fire for handing out a book that critics say forces pro-homosexual
propaganda on its students... Among them is the North Carolina-based Family Policy Network, which fought
a University of North Carolina decision to assign all incoming students a reading assignment on the Quran.
Deal struck on budget
News and Observer
General Assembly budget writers and Gov. Mike Easley struck a tentative budget agreement late Wednesday,
avoiding a public showdown between the two branches over state spending and -- possibly -- paving the way
Land-use changes slammed
A sweeping rewrite of Chapel Hill’s land-use rules came in for harsh criticism Wednesday night from residents
and even some members of the Town Council that directed its authors’ work.
More hours for library
News and Observer
Buoyed by the latest state budget proposal, N.C. State University Chancellor Marye Anne Fox on Tuesday
announced that she would restore round-the-clock hours at D.H. Hill Library by mid-October... NCSU and
UNC-Chapel Hill had expected a worse fate and reduced spending by 5 percent as they began the academic
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