September 7, 2004

Carolina in the News

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

National Coverage

Hurricanes' destruction spawns renewal
National Associated Press

Along with their destructive force, hurricanes can have beneficial effects as part of the rhythm of nature....Charley's wind and rain also likely stirred up old debris and pollutants, which could hurt the environment, said Hans Paerl, professor of marine and environmental science at the University of North Carolina.

Labor's heyday over? Not at polls
The Philadelphia Inquirer

This Labor Day, the American labor movement is still losing members, fuming at labor laws, and clawing for advantage over employers....But Peter Von Doren, a University of North Carolina economist and fellow at the Cato Institute, said unions were merely clamoring for the government to make up the unions' own losses in the economy.

TV might rush teens into sex
USA Today

A steady diet of sex-saturated television might encourage teens to start sex earlier, a national survey of 1,762 kids suggests today....The research is the first that takes into account other factors linked to early teen sex - such as poor grades, low parent education, having older friends and living in a one-parent home - and tracks how TV-watching might predict sexual activity, says Jane Brown, a University of North Carolina media researcher who specializes in adolescents.

Window to the Humanities - Visualizing Leadership

How might an artist use the visual arts to suggest important qualities good leaders should possess -- things like duty, honor and service to country?...This exhibition, which uses works from the Ackland's collection to pose questions such as these, was inspired by the Carolina Summer Reading Program's selection for 2004: David Lipsky's Absolutely American, Four Years at West Point.

State & Local Coverage

A dream realized (Editorial)
The Charlotte Observer

It's hard to remember now, a decade after the UNC Board of Governors approved its construction, that the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History once was such a divisive controversy in Chapel Hill.

UNC up, down on research
The Chapel Hill Herald/The Herald-Sun (Durham)

UNC scientists brought in more than $577 million sponsored research funding in fiscal 2003-04, an increase of about $40 million from the previous year....This is fertile ground that must be explored, said UNC Chancellor James Moeser, adding that, by way of comparison, 20 percent of Duke's sponsored research comes from private industry sources.

Higher education that works for N.C. (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The News & Observer

The recent trend in offshore outsourcing of white-collar jobs is compounding North Carolina's decades-old problem of traditional manufacturing job loss....James H. Johnson Jr. and John D. Kasarda are professors in the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dig unearths B.C.-era Greek town square (Question and Answer)
The News & Observer

A team of archaeologists and students recently uncovered what may be the oldest civic building yet found in the ancient Greek world. Led by Donald Haggis, associate professor of classical archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill, the team has worked for three straight summers at a site called Azoria, on the Greek island of Crete.

Malpractice debate hides subtleties
The News & Observer

Dr. Andrea Torsone has a genuine story to tell about the high rates she paid for medical malpractice insurance and how the added expense prompted her to quit delivering babies in Raleigh....Thomas Ricketts, who studies the supply of health-care professionals at the Cecil G. Sheps Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, said surveys of doctors indicate that many factors combine when doctors decide to leave or change their practices.

'Republicans always smile' (Question and Answer)
The News & Observer

Jordan Selleck, 20, is a sophomore communications major at the University of North Carolina and is chairman of the UNC College Republicans. The Hendersonville native is working with the GOP's 72 Hour Taskforce to register voters and talked with staff writer Ann Kennedy about being a Republican. This is the first of several Q&As with politically active students.

Professor taught the worth of looking deeper (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The Charlotte Observer

Now and then an experience wakes us up to the lives we lead....The star of the story is a professor named Robert Kirkpatrick, the person who probably more than anyone inspired in me this fascination with language and literature so central to my idea of myself.

Bunting deserves a real chance (Editorial)
The Chapel Hill Herald

It may be difficult to realize, what with the temperatures still in the high 80s and the humidity still oppressive, but fall is here. It must be, because the college football season has arrived.

UNC nursing school lands $2.4M in grants
Triangle Business Journal

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing has won nearly $2.4 million in grants in federal grants.

TA experience is critical to university's success (Letter to the Editor)
The Chapel Hill Herald

Your Aug. 26 editorial "Increase in teaching stipend inspires mixed feelings" presents an unjust and partially informed criticism of the graduate teaching assistant stipend raise, which was funded by a recent tuition increase at UNC.

NCSU housing complex 'feels more like a home'
The News & Observer

It's just an apartment -- a kitchen, a living room, a bedroom to call his own....Finding space is one of the biggest challenges to improving housing options for students, said Christopher Payne, director of housing and residential education for UNC-Chapel Hill.

Letting go can be hard for parents of freshmen
The Fayetteville Observer

Surrounded by a mountain of hot pink and lime green bedding, monogrammed towels and plastic tubs, Margaret Ann Coker prepared to leave for college....Following are some tips from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Parents Handbook to help parents whose children are entering college make the transition.

New era for Battle Park
The Chapel Hill Herald

Battle Park, a 93-acre urban forest on the eastern side of the UNC campus, has a new caretaker with fresh plans....At the beginning of July, the university transferred care of the park, which includes a trail system and the landmark Forest Theatre, to the N.C. Botanical Garden.

Issues & Trends

Picture is mixed for state's workers
The News & Observer

Our jobs define, to a large extent, who we are. What we make determines how we live, what kind of food we buy, how well our children are cared for, whether we can afford doctors and what we pay in taxes.

Student group aims to make eligible voters
The Chapel Hill Herald

The crowd of 35 mostly UNC students who gathered Sunday at The Pit did not come to see the famed pit preacher deliver a trademark fiery sermon....The UNC Young Democrats aim to convert students registered with dorm addresses in previous years into eligible voters in the Nov. 2 election.

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