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Rowing Camp
Extends Sports
To Minority Girls
"If You Let Me Row" was first held in 1998
and will include minority high school boys
in future sessions, the creators say.
By Eric Meehan
Staff Writer
Harboring a love for rowing and a concern for girls’ self
esteem, a UNC graduate student has started an outreach pro
gram aimed at getting minority girls involved in sports.
Carol Hee-Seagle, a graduate student in the Department of
Marine Sciences, founded “If You Let Me Row” in 1997 to
teach confidence, strength, commitment and teamwork
through free rowing lessons.
“I’ve enjoyed rowing, and it can be really good for some
people,” Hee-Seagle said. “Everything in rowing is so huge -
the oars are 16 feet long and the boat is 60 feet long. To con
trol that has to make you feel strong.”
Hee-Seagle said her friend, Jen Obemier, a graduate stu
dent in the pharmacy department, was critical in the initial
stages of organization. “She knew a lot more about rowing than
I did,” Hee-Seagle said. “I was the idea person, and she was the
practical one. Jen even did the coaching the first year.”
First held in 1998, the program offered rowing lessons to eight
students during the first two weeks of August Getting partici
pants for the first sessions proved to be a challenge, however.
Hee-Seagle and Obemier learned this the hard way while
trying to recruit students from the teen center at the post office
and Hargraves Center in Carrboro. “It was really difficult get
ting girls at first,” Hee-Seagle said. “This year, getting the
(Northeast Baptist Church in Durham) involved has helped.”
The second session was planned for last summer but was
postponed until Fall Break because of bad weather.
Six students attended the Fall Break sessions, which were
taught by members of The Masters Crew, the graduate crew
club and three undergraduate rowers. The high school students
started the morning by learning the basics. Lunch provided time
to bond over the challenges all the girls were facing together.
Hee-Seagle said the afternoon brought improvement in
technique and increased enthusiasm. By the end of the ses
sion, the girls were rowing together in one boat.
“The Saturday that we had the camp was the happiest day
next to my wedding,” Hee-Seagle said. “(The girls) looked so
nervous at first, but by the end they were laughing and row
ing together."
Hee-Seagle said that she got some of her inspiration from a
similar program in Philadelphia in the late 1980s.
Due to pressure from minority leaders on the city council,
a program was started in an attempt to expand rowing partic
ipation beyond its traditionally white, upper-class boundaries.
But Hee-Seagle’s program encourages girls to get involved
in any sport or activity they feel passionate about. “It’s not my
goal to turn kids into rowers,” she said.
This year, Hee-Seagle wants to increase the participation of
undergraduate students in the program and extend the pro
gram to adolescent boys. “There’s a real value in trying new
things,” Hee-Seagle said. “For me, I feel like (the high school
students) have served me as much as I’ve served them.”
Anyone interested in “If You Let Me Row” can attend the
upcoming informational meeting at 9 p.m. today in Union 211.
The University Editor can be reached at
It’s Halloween on Franklin Street and anything goes
... even running condoms ... or Christmas lights???
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At What Cost?
Today, the DTH concludes its three
part examination of UNC’s Master
Plan, a blueprint for campus growth.
Answering Question 1: Why?
By Kim Minugh
University Editor
The Master Plan looks impressive
on paper.
New buildings, increased green
space and thinned traffic. Hidden park
ing decks, modem science facilities and
an arts complex.
It almost sounds too good to be true.
But the highly ambitious and innov
ative plan is more than just a blueprint
for campus growth - it’s designed to be
a guiding force in UNC’s future.
“The plan should be kind of both a
map and a compass - it will help with
the location of future buildings but will
also be a flexible road map for the cam
pus in terms of aesthetics, environment
and space,” said Adam Gross, partner
with Ayers Saint Gross, the architecture
firm hired by the University to imple
ment the Master Plan.
“The plan is intended to be pre
scriptive about where the buildings go
but also flexible and almost more spir
itual in design.”
Master Plan officials say the plan’s
Ready for Revelers: Bars, Police Prepare on Franklin
Franklin Street shopkeepers
get into the spirit of Halloween
with decorations, costumes and
specials for costume-wearers.
By Theo Helm
Staff Writer
Police and businesses alike prepared for
the costumed crowds of partyers to descend
upon Franklin Street Halloween night.
While most retail shops closed by 6 p.m.,
some decorated for the festivities. The man
nequins in Julian’s window display were
topped by jack-o-lantems. Orange balloons
floated next to Pepper’s Pizza.
Restaurants and bars seemed to be the only
businesses remaining open. Dick Moore and
Gerald Geaddy were getting ready at W.B.
Yeats Irish Pub and Restaurant on Franklin
“We’ve been anticipating (Halloween
night) now that we’ve got everything ready,"
Moore said.
Moore said the bar hires a live band for the
“It’s going to be a party atmosphere,” he
said. “The crowds are going to carry the ball.”
Geaddy said the fire department is also get
The world loves a spice of wickedness.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Ackland Art Museum highlights
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
purpose is to direct inevitable University
growth, preventing runaway sprawl and
striving to maintain the ambiance so
dear to the UNC community.
“If your campus knows how it would
like to develop, then you have some
thing to follow for short-term growth,"
saidjudith Pulley, vice president of aca
demic planning for the UNC system.
“You need to think about what facil
ities are compatible and aesthetically
pleasing for maintaining the beauty of
the campus.”
The concept of a master plan is noth
ing foreign to UNC. Officials first con
jured up a campus blueprint in the 1920s
to design South Building, Wilson Library
and the area encompassing Polk Place.
A series of plans were written and
then discarded in years to come,
including one that was rejected by the
late Chancellor Michael Hooker when
he took office in 1995.
But officials say this one is special.
It’s not like the others.
It’s more than just a plan.
“The Master Plan will serve the
University for 10 to 20 years in the
ting ready behind the bar to prevent things
from getting out of hand.
“The fire department was hosing down the
cardboard Dumpsters in back,” Geaddy said.
Moore said his only concern is enforcing
the law.
“We’re a little worried about the law,”
Moore said. “We’re not going to be able to ID
as well with all the costumes people will be
At the other end of town, bartender John
Harrison prepared Hell.
“We’ll be really
busy,” Harrison said.
“We usually give away a
lot of beer promotional
Harrison, dressed as a
Cub Scout, said every
one in Hell will be wear
ing a costume.
“People must be
wearing a costume to get
in,” Harrison said. “They’re usually pretty
cool about it”
As for his own costume, Harrison said it is
no big deal.
“It was just something I had around the
house,” Harrison said. “It must have belonged
to a really big Cub Scout.”
As bars and restaurants prepared for the
■ Today: A Plan in Action
future because someone will come along
with ideas,” said Jonathan Howes, direc
tor of the Master Plan. “The plan pro
vides sites for things to occur.”
David Pardue, secretary for the
Board of Trustees and a former member
of the Master Plan Executive Steering
Team, said the plan’s long-term scope
will curb ill thought-out construction on
campus. “(It’s) a long-term plan that will
ensure that construction will be done in
as pleasing a way as possible,” he said.
“Historically, we haven’t done as good
a job in laying out
Efforts to strate
gically place build
ings call to mind
the sporadic and
disconnected layout of South Campus -
often considered one of UNC’s most
infamous eyesores. “(The Master Plan)
will make campus more aesthetically
pleasing and correct mistakes made by a
lack of planning - like South Campus,”
Chancellor James Moeser said.
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party, revelers waited for the crowds.
“We’re here from Indiana, and we want to
see some people,” said Carrie Connaughton,
who just moved to Carrboro.
Connaughton, dressed as Paddington Bear,
waited for the crowds at He’s Not Here with
two friends.
“We came here to people watch,” said
Greg Gallagher, who was dressed as a spe
J.P. Trehy, a high school student from
“'Everybody’s crazy, doing their
own thing. Last year we saw a
streaker get almost all the way
down the street. ”
J.P. Trehy
High School Student
“We’re just hanging out, looking at cos
tumes,” Britde said. “We just saw a great
pumpkin costume.”
While citizens prepared to party, about 260
police officers took their positions along
Franklin Street.
Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Jackie Carden is not
sure how many people will jam Franklin
Plan Attempts
To Maintain
UNC Ambience
By Brook Corwin
and Leigh Josey
Staff Writers
For prospective college applicants, a little too
much concrete sometimes makes all the difference.
Allison Stevens, a freshman from Benson, said she
decided to attend UNC after comparing the concrete
of N.C. State University’s campus with the character
istic trees of UNC. “When I visited N.C. State, it did
n’t seem to have the friendly atmosphere we have
here,” Stevens said. “There was
University and the town are a focus among students,
Chapel Hill residents and UNC officials.
Linda Convissor, project manager of campus facili
ties planning, asked whether atmosphere or conve
nience is more essential to maintaining the feel of cam
pus. “Do you want a commuter campus or a place
(where) you would like to live and study?” she asked.
See AMBIENCE, Page 6
Chapel Hill, said there
will be plenty to see.
“Everybody’s crazy,
doing their own thing,”
Trehy said. “Last year
we saw a streaker get
almost all the way down
the street."
Tommy Brittle and
his son said they are
looking for thrills of a
different sort
Today: Sunny, 68
Thursday: Cloudy, 77
Friday: Sunny, 79
Wednesday, November 1, 2000
a lot of brick, and it felt cold.”
With UNC’s Master Ran in
place to map out future campus
growth, efforts to preserve the
inviting climate within the
“We don’t know how many people will
come out because it’s a weeknight,” Carden
said. “On weekends we can have more than
50,000 people.”
Sgt. K.L. Cheeks of the Durham police
doubts there will be that many people.
“They predicted (50,000) to 60,000 people,
but that’s on a nice night on a weekend,”
Cheeks said. “I suspect there will be less than
Both officers said the police will be watch
ing for weapons and alcohol.
“We’re especially on the lookout for
weapons - even costume weapons,” Cheeks
“We’ll take anything that looks like a
weapon,” Carden said.
“We have trash cans where they can pick
things up later.”
Carden said the police will wait to close
Franklin Street until more people arrive.
“We’ll play it by ear,” Carden said. “We’ll
close the street when the crowds are too much
for the sidewalks.”
Cheeks said above all, the police will be
watching for citizens’ safety. “We’re here not
so much for enforcement but for protection.”
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