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The University and Towns
In Brief
Reckford to Speak at
Wizard of Oz Festival
With all the hoopla surrounding pub
lication of the newest Harry Potter
book, it is easy to overlook what’s been
called America’s most distinctive con
tribution to the world literature of fairy
tales - "The Wizard of Oz."
Written by Frank Baum and pub
lished in 1900, the novel turns 100 this
year. Scholars and fans will gather in
Bloomington, Ind., this weekend to cel
ebrate the remarkable work, its many
sequels and its author.
Among them will be Dr. Kenneth J.
Reckford, professor of classics at UNC.
An ardent fan since age 6 and now a
well-known scholar, Reckford teaches
Greek and Latin but studies the Oz
books as a hobby.
Reckford will present a talk tided
"Childish or Childlike? The Emerald
City of Oz" Friday at the Indiana
University Memorial Union. The talk
will cover the sixth of 14 Oz books
Baum wrote before his death in 1919.
Scholarship Established
Honoring Bumgardner
When Michael Ray Bumgardner
died of cancer last April at age 52, he
left a void in the lives of those who
knew him. But thanks to those people,
he has left a legacy as well.
To honor Bumgardner and reward
outstanding college students, his friends
are establishing a scholarship in his
name in the School of Journalism and
Mass Communication at UNC. They
hope to raise SIO,OOO to endow the
scholarship in time for the first scholar
to be named in April 2002.
Bumgardner worked most recently
in corporate communications at Florida
Power & Light Cos. He earned a bache
lor's degree in radio, television and
motion pictures from UNC in 1970. He
had also worked in radio news and in
corporate communications at Duke
Power Cos.
For more information, or to make a
contribution, contact Jennifer Lamb,
assistant dean for development and
alumni affairs, School ofjoumalism and
Mass Communication, Campus Box
3365, UNC-CH, Chape! Hill, N.C.
27599-3365;919-962-9467;
jclamb@email.unc.edu.
Planetarium to Co-host
Meteor Shower Night
UNC’s Morehead Planetarium will
co-host an observing session for the
Perseid meteor shower Saturday, Aug.
12, at 4 a.m. Also sponsoring the session
is the Chapel Hill Astronomical and
Observation Society. The outdoor
observing session, free and open to the
public, will be held at the Ebenezer
Church Recreation Area at Jordan
Lake, located off N.C. 1008. From 4
a.m. until 5:30 a.m.
Every August the Perseid Meteors
excite the summer night sky. Visible this
year from Aug. 11 12, the meteor show
er peaks during the pre dawn hours of
the 12th. Observers may be treated to as
many as 50 meteors per hour. The
gated Ebenezer Church Recreation
Area will be open for this observation.
Telescopes will be available for use.
For tips about observing meteor
showers and for directions to the recre
ation area, visit www.morehead.unc.edu
or call 919-962-1236.
Local Artists Displaying
Works at Town Hall
Several local artists are displaying
their works through Aug. 3 at Chapel
Hill Town Hall, 306 N. Columbia St.
The Chapel Hill Public Arts
Commission is presenting the exhibi
tion which includes portraits byjohn C.
Henry, watercolor and oil landscapes
by Elizabeth Reeves Lyon and sculp
tures made from recycled materials by
Jane Filer, Bryant Holsenbeck, Gordon
Jameson, Mike Roig, Callie Warner and
Jeff Menzer. Admission is free and open
during business hours.
Local Protest to Decry
Unjust Child Support
Because of their belief that there is a
great likelihood of child support data
errors and other unfair practices, The
American Coalition for Fathers and
Children will sponsor and coordinate a
nationwide peaceful protest decrying
the unjust practices of child support col
lection agencies across the country to
occur at local agencies on August 8.
Locally, the protest will be held at 12
noon at the Chapel Hill Court
House/Post Office. Anyone needing
more information about the local area
protest can contact the coordinator at
942-0728.
From Staff Reports
Public Safety to Undergo Review Process
A three-person team will
assess the Department of
Public Safety following five
years of accreditation.
Chris Stegall
Staff Writer
The Department of Public Safety is
preparing to undergo its first review
since becoming the state’s first national
ly accredited campus police department
five years ago.
In August a three-person team of
assessors from the Commission on
Accreditation of Law Enforcement
Towns Recognized
As Tree Cities USA
Rebecca Farthing
Staff Writer
According to the National Arbor Day
Foundation, Chapel Hill and Carrboro
sure do love their trees.
For the first time, the foundation
named Chapel Hill a “Tree City USA,”
one of 48 cities in North Carolina to
receive the designation this year. The
neighboring town of Carrboro was also
recognized for the 16th consecutive
year.
Emily Cameron, a landscape archi
tect for the N.C. Public Works
Department, said she thinks the award is
good for the towns because they deserve
to be recognized for what it does to take
care of its forestry.
A city must meet four criteria to be
eligible for the “Tree City USA” award.
It must have a tree ordinance, which can
only be granted by a special request
from the state legislature. A city must
also spend two dollars per capita on
trees and tree maintenance.
Third, a city has to have a tree board,
commission, or person on staff to take
care of the city’s trees. The final require
ment is that the city must hold an annu
al Arbor Day ceremony.
For its first time receiving the award,
Chapel Hill surprisingly went above
and beyond the minimal requirements,
spending $2.43, instead of $2, per capi
ta on trees, which includes the 24,000
University students.
In the fall, an event to celebrate the
award will occur and the town will
receive a plaque, flag, and metal signs to
to officially acknowledge Chapel Hill’s
designation as a “Tree City USA.”
Carrboro celebrated their recognition
at McDougle Elementary School on
Students to Promote Trust, Friendship
Four UNC students are par
ticipating in a month long
conference to foster ties
with Japanese students.
Craig Ledford
Staff Writer
Four students from UNC, along with
28 other American university students
and 32 students from Japan have just
completed a five-day stay in Hawaii,
kicking off the 52nd annual Japan-
America Student Conference.
This year’s conference is a month
long event, running from July 21 to
August 21, and will span five cities in the
U.S. American students received their
basic pre-conference orientation at
Tokai University in Honolulu.
Mital Gondha, a senior in interna
tional studies at UNC, said she was
ALE Has Slow Summer, Preparing for Fall
Courtney Mabels
University Editor
When agents with the N.C. Alcohol
Law Enforcement moved into a make
shift field office on Franklin Street ear
lier this year, a wave of terror swept over
underage bar-goers.
But when throngs of students left
Chapel Hill and the University in May,
ALE agents were still at play.
Despite down time because of the
fewer number of students over the sum
mer months, officials with ALE have
been busy preparing for the fall semes
ter, said assistant ALE supervisor, Ken
Pike.
“A lot of what we’ve done is to get
people trained,” Pike said. “We’re just
kind of laying the groundwork. A lot of
what we’ve done will be targeted when
there are high volume sales.”
University & City
Agencies, Inc. will spend a week in
Chapel Hill reviewing the department’s
policies, procedures, operations, man
agement and services.
Jeff McCracken, deputy director for
the department, described the process as
“an independent outside evaluation of
polices and procedures” that provides “a
professional stamp of approval.”
Assessors will review written materi
als, conduct interviews and visit offices
and other places.
The accreditation lasts three years,
during which the department must sub
mit annual reports attesting to its com
pliance with CALEA regulations.
As part of the evaluation, assessors
will hold a public information session
National Arbor Day in March. The
event included town officials, school
children and even Smokey the Bear.
Virginia Russell, the Urban Forestry
Program coordinator for Chapel Hill,
said that each city must apply to the
National Arbor Foundation annually to
receive the award. She said she thought
Chapel Hill had deserved the award for
a while, but did not apply until this year.
“This is too exciting for words,”
Russell said when asked how she felt
about the award. “Chapel Hill is a spe
cial place. The celebration this fall
should be an incredible event -a one
full of pride for the city.”
This year alone, the town of Chapel
Hill spent $105,852 on trees. Russell
said the financial commitment the town
continually makes was evidence that
Chapel Hill cares about its trees.
Curtis Brooks, the director of forestry
for the Public Works Department, has
made many efforts to preserve and
maintain trees around town, Russell
said, and deserves recognition for his
efforts that have enabled the city to get
the “Tree City USA” designation.
Along with Chapel Hill and
Carrboro, the Triangle cities of Raleigh,
Durham and Cary also received the
award. Cameron said several more cities
around the area could meet some of the
expectations and potentially be eligible
for the “Tree City USA” designation
next year.
At that time, Chapel Hill and
Carrboro, along with other cities in the
state, will have to reapply for the desig
nation, but until then, the town will be
considered a “Tree City USA.”
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excited about taking part in this year’s
JASC.
“It means so much to me to be in the
conference,” she said. “I’ve taken
Japanese, and being able to use it in a
conference where 32 people speak it flu-
ently is a great opportunity.”
Gondga added
that the conference
became intense at
times, though.
“We went to
Pearl Harbor and
had a very emo
tional discussion
about the issue,”
she said. “We
learned how differ
ently each country
“We learned how
differently each country
approaches (Pearl Harbor)
, in schools.”
Mital Gondha
UNC senior
approaches (Pearl Harbor) in schools.”
Dustin Garris, a junior in the business
school, agreed that some moments were
awkward.
“It was a little strange visiting Pearl
With the introduction of training pro
grams such as “Be A Responsible
Server,” a class aimed at local bar
tenders, bar owners and off-premise
locations, such as convenience stores,
Pike said local officials can help take a
proactive stance in cracking down on
underage alcohol violators.
“It’s an ongoing partnership,” he said.
“There’s a lot we can do. Law enforce
ment can’t do it all."
Still, the presence of ALE in local
establishments has been felt by local bar
owners, employees and some students
who decided to press their luck.
Ben Pierce, a bouncer at He’s Not
Here, said he has seen ALE agents a few
times over the summer, but the bar has
gone untouched.
“You hear of some people getting
caught in grocery stores and stuff,”
Pierce said. “That happened to a friend
Monday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Friday
Center and take comments by telephone
from 8:30 a.m. to noon that day at 843-
6438.
Capt. Ollie Bowler, UNC’s accredi
tation program manager, said the assess
ment team consists of law enforcement
personnel from similar agencies in other
states.
To be re-accredited, the department
must comply with 439 regulations cov
ering areas from record keeping to vehi
cle and equipment standards.
“Being accredited is not an easy
thing," McCracen said. “It takes a lot of
work.”
Soon after receiving its initial accred
itation, the department’s accreditation
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Smokey the Bear looks on as McDougle Elementary School students plant a tree during a March Arbor Day
event in which Carrboro was re-named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Harbor, but it wasn’t that bad,” Garris
said. “ There were some uneasy feelings,
but for the most part, the tour of the har
bor was very objective.”
Attendees of the conference met with
the Consulate General of Japan and
alumni of the conference while in
Hawaii.
The trip gives
participants the
opportunity to
travel to a range of
conference venues,
presentation of
papers, communi
ty service projects,
and the exchange
of societal values.
In order to par-
ticipate in the conference students were
required to write a research paper. The
papers are used in round table discus
sions where topics range from business
practices to cultural differences.
of mine.”
Mark Burnett, owner of He’s Not
Here, runs an infamous “Wall of
Shame,” where underage violators gain
the unlucky recognition of having their
false IDs posted permanently. Burnett
said he had seen ALE agents on four or
five occasions over the summer.
“We haven’t had any problems,” he
said. “No tickets. That’s great.”
At one point, six agents entered
Burnett’s bar and stayed for about a half
hour.
“They must have checked everyone
in the bar,” he said.
Since ALE agents moved in four
months ago, agents have made 71 arrests
for underage possession, false identifica
tion and a variety of other offenses.
Three arrests were made for sales to
minors, Pike said.
In April, Pike spearheaded a collabo-
office became disorganized and for
about three years files were not kept
properly.
Officials said they have been rectify
ing problems for the past year.
McCracken said die primary prob
lem was with people not filing proofs of
compliance to show that the department
had met CALEA standards. He noted
that failure to file proofs does not neces
sarily indicate noncompliance.
The CALEA accreditation program is
strictly voluntary, but department offi
cials said a positive review is beneficial.
“Being accredited gamers public con
fidence and is a source of pride for
members of this department,” said
University Police Chief Derek Poarch.
On August 19, the students will report
findings from their discussions at
Harvard University.
The conference, which is in its 52nd
year, is dedicated to “promoting mutu
al understanding, friendship and trust”
between students in Japan and America.
It began in 1934, with a small group of
Japanese students. The students were
concerned over the deteriorating rela
tionship between the two nations.
In 1935, American students hosted
the second JASC in Oregon. The tradi
tion of holding an annual conference in
alternating host countries was created
The conference was halted from
1941-47 because of World War 11.
UNC will host the second the second
part of the tour July 28-Aug. 5.
The conference will end in Boston on
Aug. 21.
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at udesk@unc.edu.
ration between ALE agents and Chapel
Hill police officers dubbed “Operation
Saturation,” during which officials issued
51 citations for a variety of alcohol vio
lations. Thirty-two of these led to arrests.
While the summer months have been
slower. Pike said the downtime has been
welcome.
“(ALE) has done a couple of small
enforcement efforts to get a feel of where
we need to be when we school comes
back,” he said.
Students with fake IDs beware, Pike
warned that ALE is here to stay, adding
that its future effectiveness lies in the
agency’s presence.
He said, “Having a presence in the
bars is one way to send a message to
those that ALE is present.”
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Thursday, July 27, 2000
McCracken said being nationally
accredited was also helpful in recruiting
new officers because it guarantees the
department’s quality and ensures certain
benefits officers receive. He cited as an
example the CALEA requirement to
provide all officers with bullet-proof
vests.
According to CALEA officials,
accreditation can also help departments
receive grant money and insurance.
McCracken said the department is
still preparing for the review.
“We’re still making sure we have
everything ready to go,” he said.
The University Editor can be reached
at udesk@unc.edu
Lenoir to
Compost
Food Waste
UNC officials have signed a
contract that will allow for
waste from Lenoir Dining
Hall to be composted.
Mark Thomas
Staff Writer
Thanks to an agreement between the
University and an independent con
tractor, waste from UNC’s largest cafe
teria will be headed for the compost
heap rather than a community landfill.
A one-year contract between UNC
and Brooks Contractors of Goldston
outlines an agreement under which offi
cials will remove leftover food and
other waste from Lenoir Dining Hall
and convert it to environmentally ben
eficial organic compost.
Unfortunately, not all of the waste
produced by Lenoir is organic and
therefore cannot be used as compost
material, said John Craig, a representa
tive for Brooks Contractors.
Certain items will be separated in the
composting process. While organic
items consumed in Lenoir such as food,
wax paper, napkins, paper plates and
cups will be diverted to the composting
process. Items like straws and plastic
cutlery will go to a landfill, Craig said.
Craig also noted that although his
company will be servicing only one
cafeteria, waste output from Lenoir is
significant in large part due to the enor
mous amount of wasted food.
“Rough estimates put waste from the
dining hall at more than 200 tons per
year,” Craig said.
As outlined in the contract, Brooks
Contractors will be removing waste
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