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Officials will explore ways
to balance city growth
while preserving farmland
and other rural N.C. areas.
By Cheri Melfi
Assistant State & National Editor
.. A.state commission charged with
managing land development will recon
vene today in Raleigh to hear recom
mendations on ways to prevent urban
The N.C. Commission to Address
Smart Growth Management and
Solutions to Area
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Godschalk, a UNC professor and mem
ber of the committee.
The groups are composed of N.C.
legislators and community leaders who
examine transportation problems, city
developments that will affect surround
ing towns, open-space preservation and
community and downtown revitaliza
tion, Godschalk said.
At today’s meeting, each group will
present a report to the full commission,
detailing how to address each issue.
The issue has sparked debate in state
and local government in recent years.
Pro-growth advocates say too much reg
ulation could stifle economic develop
ment. Slow-growth proponents fear the
state could lose its aesthetic value.
' The Smart Growth program was cre
ated after the 1999 legislative session,
when lawmakers decided it was neces
sary to preserve N.C. land, said Rep.
Joe Hackney, D-Orange, who is co
chairman of the commission.
“North Carolina is one of the fastest
growing states,” Hackney said. “We are
using a lot of our farmland, and there
are quality-of-life concerns dealing with
aii quality and pollution.”
Godschalk said most of the afternoon
will be spent hearing presentations
given by state officials from Georgia,
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Tennessee,
Maryland and Vermont, which already
have active Smart Growth programs.
“The goal for today is for these work
groups to develop and present their pro
posals and to listen to what other states
have to say,” Hackney said.
Godschalk said the commission will
also begin outlining a Smart Growth
recommendation that will be presented
to the General Assembly in January.
“We are trying to figure out what
needs and opportunities there are for
North Carolina right now,” Godschalk
said. “There could possibly be some
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Campus Beverage's Hall of Shame, where they display fake IDs.
Fraternity Houses Closing Down
For Year of Renovations; Changes
Kappa Sigma, Kappa Alpha and
Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity houses
will close for major construction,
forcing many to live elsewhere.
By Elizabeth Breyer
Assistant University Editor
Three UNC fraternities are closing their
doors for the year to begin an extensive process
of renovation and rebuilding.
After massive campaigns coordinated by
professional fund-raisers, Kappa Sigma, Kappa
Alpha and Tau Epsilon Phi fraternities are all
undertaking major renovation projects.
“This isn’t just new carpet and paint we’re
talking about - it’s pretty substantial renova
tions," said Ron Binder, director of Greek affairs.
Binder said new ventilation systems, Internet
connections and fire sprinklers will also be
installed in the houses. The sprinklers are man-
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Blunder Logs Campus Off Internet
By Karey Wutkowski
Assistant University Editor
When one person pulled an Internet
cable out of the wall of an off-campus
department on Wednesday afternoon,
he or she probably didn’t realize he was
pulling the plug on the entire campus
At 3:20 p.m., Academic Technology
& Networks started randomly losing
access to most of UNC’s 2,000 Ethernet
connections, said Jim Gogan, network
ing and communications director.
“You could have three people in the
same building with one connection not
working at all, one with access to some
things and the other that can’t access
those things but can access other
dated by a Chapel Hill ordinance requiring
them in each Greek house by fall 2001.
During renovations, the houses will be
closed and members will be forced to find alter
nate housing. “Everybody had to move into their
own apartments - we are spread out all over the
place,” said Kappa Sigma member Bryan Kubitz.
Kubitz said the relocation is inconvenient
but that members had all found other housing.
Binder said the fraternities can stay close
while they are without their house. “We encour
age the brothers to hold weekly dinners before
meetings at a restaurant and to use their Web
sites and internal listservs more than usual,”
Binder said. “They can almost create a virtual
The renovations are part of a huge fraternity
revitalization package which will total about
$lO million. Delta Kappa Epsilon and Beta
Theta Pi fraternity houses have already been
finished at more than $1 million cost for each.
The money for all the renovations has already
been raised from private donors, Binder said.
things,” he said.
Though the shutdown occurred just
days after the kick-off of the Carolina
Computing Initiative, ATN officials
blame old wiring, not the new program,
for the glitch.
Gogan said the off-campus administra
tive and research departments, which are
located in rental units in University
Square and the Bank of America building,
have antiquated wiring that is ill-equipped
to handle Ethernet connections.
But the departments are using the
connections anyway, threatening the
campus netwoik. Gogan said one per
son disconnected an Internet cable from
the wrong place, sending the whole net
work into “extreme confusion.”
The improper disconnection created a
Avoids ALE Offense
With New Approach
By Kellie Dixon
Assistant City Editor
A mosaic of confiscated IDs used to hang above the regis
ter at TJ’s Campus Beverage, confronting minors daring
enough to try to purchase alcohol or tobacco, and haunting
those that were.
Now, the Hall of Shame lies on the counter and is impos
sible to miss, especially if you set a beer down to reach for
your fake ID.
TJ’s owner Walter McFall said that after displaying the IDs,
they send them to the Alcohol Law Enforcement Office so
that a criminal investigation can follow.
“We collect (IDs) like crazy,” he said. “We’ve taken two in
two days. Whenever we get anew one, we take an old one out.
We use (the Hall) as a power deterrent.”
TJ’s, nesded next to Caribou Coffee at 108 W. Franklin St.,
has been in business for nine years, and McFall said he does
not have any intention of losing his license to sell alcohol.
“You’re not going to get me to risk a $1,500 fine,” he said.
“My guys know I’d much rather have a license than a sale.”
He also offered some insight as to why minors tried to use
fake IDs. “My personal opinion is the government created
binge drinking, because if an underage person gets in a bar,
they’ll drink a lot because they know it’s going to be a long
time before they get back in one,” he said. “If you’re old
enough to vote, you should be old enough to enjoy the fruits
of the country.”
McFall said the employees take the fake ID or cut it on the
spot. “Most of the time, we’ll tell them we’re doing them a
favor,” he said. “We’ve got to do it better than the next guy.
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Kubitz said his house was far overdue for
renovations. “(The house) hasn’t been renovat
ed in 40 years or so. It’s old, and needs lots of
new things and new wiring," he said.
Bobby Pettiford of the Chapel Hill
Inspections Department said the house had not
been labeled unsafe, but it may still have been
in bad condition at the time of inspection.
“I don’t have any record of (a condemna
tion), but the only fraternity house we ever con
demned was the one that burned down,” he
said, referring to the 1996 fire that destroyed
the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house and
killed five UNC students.
Because the houses had been so damaged,
Binder said the renovations would actually be
helpful to regular fraternity activities such as fall
rush. “Renovations are the best recruitment a
group could have - in describing what the house
will soon look like, the group is selling a dream.”
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“mirror” in the network, reflecting all the
network traffic back out. This redirection
of traffic makes the network think that
everyone’s machines are in other loca
tions. “It’s going to take a good while to
clean up,” Gogan said Wednesday
evening. He predicted that staff would
work into the night to fix the problem,
but some problems might remain today.
Users who still cannot connect to the
Internet should call ATN at 962-HELP.
Gogan said the old wiring has created
minor problems before that occurred at
times of low network traffic. Ideally,
ATN would like to replace the wiring,
but Gogan said asbestos in the rental
units has impeded repair efforts.
“It would be godly expensive,” he
said. “Imagine the trouble of shutting
EZ Student Storage, a company based out of
New York, is fielding criticism after charging
students multiple times for its services.
By Jason Arthurs
Students who thought they found a summer storage bargain
found out the hard way that some things are too good to be true.
EZ Student Storage, a New York-based company that
attracted UNC students w,th its offer to pick up and store
items for the summer, infuriated many students by failing to
keep on schedule and by overcharging student credit cards.
Ezstudentstorage.com advertises that they will pick up
boxes from residence hall rooms and return them at the end
of the summer for as low as S9B. But some UNC students’
credit cards were charged as much as S9OO.
Sophomore Ashlee Smith from Maryland waited with sev
eral other students outside of Morrison Residence Hall on
Monday afternoon for the delivery of possessions they had
entrusted the company with at the end of last semester.
Her boxes did finally arrive - three hours later than her
appointed time and only after EZ Student Storage charged her
credit card three times for a total of S9OO, Smith said.
“They tried to steal my money, and they really pissed me off,”
Smith said. She said her dealings with the company were rid
dled with problems, starting when the company first contacted
her with an estimate of $l2O.
Company officials were not available for comment, but
Student Legal Services Director Dorothy Bemholz said she is
aware of the complaints and is investigating any previous lawsuits
against the company. “It’s one thing to conduct business sloppi
ly; it’s another thing to commit credit card fraud,” Bemholz said.
She said the credit card companies could prosecute for
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down the Bank of America building.”
For now, Gogan said ATN will try to
inform the departments on how to prop
erly disconnect the cables.
Bruce Egan, assistant director of the
Information Technology Response
Center, said ATN was able to respond to
the problem in a matter of minutes.
“Networking is what ties all of the
campus together, so we’re very depen
dent on it,” Egan said.
And Gogan said the problem came at
one of the worst possible times. “It’s bad
enough when it happens at all, but it’s
especially bad when it happens the first
week of classes.”
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