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Report Shows Skyrocket in Drug Arrests
By Amy Dobson
Local police are trying to stomp out
the area’s drug problem by intensifying
efforts to nab drug users and dealers,
resulting in a dramatic increase in
Chapel Hill’s quarterly report
revealed 143 drug-related arrests during
the second quarter of the budget year,
ending Dec. 31, 1999. Last year at the
same time there had been 44.
Chapel Hill police spokeswoman
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Alderman Battles Tree-Cutters
By Jacob McConnico
Residents of Carrboro’sjames Street
neighborhood were awakened by the
jarring growl of wood chippers and
chainsaws claiming familiar foliage
Employees of Asplundh, a tree cut
ting company contracted by Duke
Power, began removing neighborhood
trees that had been deemed a danger to
existing transmission lines.
The action comes after more than a
month of public debate, which included
forums, street tours and varying degrees
of heated conversation between resi
dents and power company officials.
Residents were upset over Duke
Power’s selection of trees to be cut and
the company’s practice of not disposing
of the w ood.
Scott Gardner, Duke Power district
manager, attributed much of the delay
to the objections of Carrboro Board of
Aldermen member Allen Spall, who
lives in the neighborhood.
“We have an obligation to operate
and maintain this critical transmission
line, and we have had the right all along
to clear obstructions that endanger
those lines and we cannot allow any
more delays nor Alderman Spalt’s
Jane Cousins said the reason for the
surge in arrests was an increase in fund
ing allocated to the narcotics division.
“We have focused a lot of our polic
ing on long-term undercover opera
tions,” she said. “Each operation can
yield 10 to 20 arrests.”
She said most suspects in the arrests
involving harder drugs, like crack,
cocaine or LSD, were residents, not stu
dents. “Student arrests were usually for
possession of marijuana,” she said.
Khalid Mahmoud, an employee at
Key Food Mart on 325 W. Rosemary St.,
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Workers cut down trees in the James Street neighborhood of Carrboro.
Any tree over 15 feet tall and near power lines is slated to come down.
desires to endanger UNG, UNC
Hospitals, nor tens of thousands of cus
tomers that are serviced bv these lines,”
he said. “We are moving forward in a
manner that is legal and time-tested."
Spall said his objections stemmed
from three major factors: inconsistencies
in the selection of trees to be cut, the
actual cutting of trees on residents’ prop
erly and the electrical giant's original
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said he noticed the increased police
efforts to curb the drug problem.
“A year and a half ago there was a
drug bust in the parking lot, but most of
them happen on the side streets,” he
said. “They usually involve crack and
Even though drug arrests have sky
rocketed, a 45-year-old ex-cocaine
addict, who asked to remain anony
mous, said drugs were easier to get in
this area than in other larger cities.
“All through here there’s a lot of
drugs - mostly coke,” he said motioning
'Dotcoms' and Name Brands
Drive Generation Y Economy
By Brian Mirphy
The blue and white sign contains just three
J letters, but it conjures images. Its precision is
fin its simplicity.
We immediately recognize those three letters
because the Gap’s khaki-clad
dancers (lash across our television
screens nightly. But for the college
generation, the Gap is more than just an
ad. It’s part of our lifetime economic
experience -and a chunk of our
Generation Y holds the financial key
to modern commercialism. We follow
more trends, we buy from more mass
merchants and we have more dis
posable income at our fingertips
than any other previous age
Last year, 18- to 24-year-olds
spent more than $3 billion, with a
significant portion of that being
put out at the mall.
Seventy-dollar Abercrombie & Fitch jeans,
once considered a luxury, are now the col
lege student’s norm. And while students
storm South Building in protest of
sweatshop practices, their peers are
snapping up Nike sneakers to the
refusal to dispose of cut lumber.
“What Duke has told us is that they
have contracted a local wood hauler and
they would haul it off,” he said. “That’s
a major change because in the begin
ning they said they wouldn’t do it at all.
For some residents (Duke Power’s dis
posal promise) is enough.”
See TREES, Page 2
up and down West Rosemary Street.
“People don’t realize how much there
He said much of the crime that
occurred in the area was drug-related.
“On payday, addicts spend all their
money on drugs. Once they run out,
then they break into bars and liquor
stores to get more money to support
their habit,” he said. “I know what it’s
like because I used to be there.”
Carrboro Police Detective Joel
Booker said there were already three
search warrants for house raids this year.
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Economics Professor Boone
Turchi says the Faculty
Council must maintain the
grading system's integrity.
By Katy Nelson
The authors of a controversial report
on grade inflation at UNC received
mixed feedback from students and fac
ulty members during a heated discus
The Educational Policy Committee
needs recommendations from the
University community for revisions of
its report, said economics Professor
Boone Turchi, committee chairman and
primary author of the report.
The report states that the current
UNC aggregate grade point average of
3.0 is too high and should be lowered to
between 2.6 and 2.7. The authors of the
report cite a drastic rise in overall GPA
since 1987 as evidence that grade infla
tion is rampant.
“Carrboro’s officers work hard and
diligently,” he said.VThey are constant
ly dealing with drug busts.”
He said the problem, however, was
best controlled by local residents.
“We are dictated by community con
cerns,” he said. “They are our eyes and
Officials from both police depart
ments said residents should report any
drug problems immediately. Any
reports would be confidential.
See ARRESTS, Page 2
the edgiest trend, Generation Y’s expensive habits set the
stage for the big name game.
And it’s all about the name, said Robert Humphreys,
executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown
“The Gap is spending millions of dollars every' year,
so that you and 1 have name recognition,” Humphreys
Other smaller companies -with
fewer advertising dollars and thus, less
recognition - are trying to find a way
to compete in the name-driven modern
The trend has encompassed more
than just the apparel industry. On
Franklin Street, the Caribou and
Starbucks coffeehouses often overflow
with those looking for a place to study
or just to take a break.
But UNC business Professor Rollie
Tillman said advertising and name
recognition was second to product
quality -and in the long-term, quality
“Your generation is a lot more care
ful, less likely to be hoodwinked,”
Tillman said. “You’ve seen that the toys in the cereal
boxes don’t look like they do on TV.
“It’s not worth building a brand name until you have
a consistent quality. Having a well-known brand name
enhances that when the company expands or unveils a
And the reverse is true. Companies without a recog
nizable brand name- without that Wal-Mart connection
- must work harder to attract customers.
See COMMERCIALISM, Page 2
Turchi said it was the Faculty
Council’s responsibility to maintain the
integrity of the grading system.
The report cites grading standards set
by the Faculty Council in 1976, which
Faculty Chairman Pete Andrews said
might need revision.
“We may need to redefine what the
grade policy is and confront the issue,”
said Andrews, who said all departments
should think about what grades should
Several students, including Student
Body President Nic Heinke, asked why
UNC should be the first university to
correct the national trend of grade
Sophomore Annie Pierce said she
w as concerned that grade deflation cou
pled with UNC’s declining rankings
would malign UNC students applving
to graduate schools and entering the job
market. “Maybe if w'e were Harvard,
we’d be successful in this crusade. But
we’re not Harvard,” Pierce said.
Jeff Nieman, president of the UNC-
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Former Student Attorney
General Drew Haywood says
D'Amore approached him
with the deal this week.
By Katie Abel
A UNC junior is expected to release
a letter of apology today that could clear
her of Honor Court charges in connec
tion with an Oct. 28 protest of campus
recruiting by Kraft Inc., a subsidiary of
Chiara D’Amore faces three separate
charges for providing UNC officials
with false information as well as misus
ing the University’s property and
obstructing the operation of University
Former Student Attorney General
Drew Haywood said Wednesday that
D’Amore had reached a compromise
with Marcia Harris, director of
University Career Services.
Harris would not comment on
specifics of the case but said she was
hopeful that both parties could reach a
deal before a scheduled Honor Court
“We’re just trying to work out an
agreement,” Harris said. D’Amore
could not be reached for comment
Haywood said that in addition to
writing a public letter of apology,
D’Amore was planning to write a letter
of apology to Kraft recruiters and UCS
employees. The negotiations also call
for D’Amore to perform community
service hours through UCS this semes
ter, Haywood said.
He said D’Amore had approached
him this week aftei_she had initiated
contact with Harris' to reach a compro
mise in the case.
D'Amore originally came before the
Honor Court on Jan. 20 after she
allegedly lied about being registered
with UGS to obtain an interview with
Kraft Foods, which was recruiting on
campus. She testified that she had not
intentionally mislead anyone.
She allegedly arrived at the interview
with several other students, who pro
ceeded to protest against Kraft’s affilia
tion with Philip Morris.
The court tacked on the additional
charges after D'Amore testified that she
planned to be accompanied to her inter
view by a representative from INFACT,
a national organization responsible for
the Kraft protest. But after other pro
testers arrived, she said she left without
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UNC’s Technology Expo 2000 brought
high-tech information, groundbreaking
technology and educational tools
to the Student Union on Tuesday
and Wednesday. See Page 4.
Duke University and the Department
of Justice reached an accord that will
require facilities to be more accessible
to disabled students, marking the first
pact between the department and a
university. See Page I I.
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