Monday, November 27, 2000
Brown Taps Ist Black Leader
By Sally Francis
A black woman was recently selected
to head Brown University, making it the
first Ivy League school to appoint a
But higher education leaders are
more impressed with the candidate’s
resume than her race.
Smith College President Ruth J.
Simmons was unanimously elected by a
search committee Nov. 9 as Brown’s
Simmons also will be the first perma
nent female president in Brown’s 228-
year history, and she follows University
of Pennsylvania President Judith Rodin
to become the second female president
in Ivy League history.
She will take office July 1,2001, after
spending six years at Smith.
Simmons will succeed former Brown
University President E. Gordon Gee and
replace the interim President Shelia E.
“I am delighted to have the opportu
nity to lead this outstanding university in
this exciting time in history,” Simmons
stated in a Brown press release Nov. 9.
Erosion Compensation Dredges Up Concerns
By Tim Sullivan
Dare County residents whose homes
and businesses have been threatened by
erosion will soon receive aid from the
federal government, despite protests
from some environmental experts.
Congress recendy passed a bill call
ing for a comprehensive beach nourish
ment program along a 14.8-mile stretch
of beach in Dare County.
The program, which will cost rough
ly $l.B billion over the next 50 years,
involves relocating sand from the ocean
floor to the rapidly eroding beach.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., sponsored
Glen Downs, Jones’ chief of staff, said
it is important to protect shore structures
from natural forces. “There are a lot of
debates about the efficacy of beach
nourishment,” Downs said. “But the
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“It gives me enormous pride and joy to
think that I will serve as president of an
institution that not only has ideals I can
share, but also earnestly seeks to love
Simmons graduated from Dillard
University in New Orleans and later
received a doctorate in romance lan
guages from Harvard University.
She also has held administrative posi
tions at the University of New Orleans,
the University of Southern California
and Spelman College.
Simmons has received numerous
honors, including the Fulbright
Fellowship to France, the Centennial
Medal from Harvard University, the
National Urban League Leadership
Award and was named CBS’ 1996
Woman of the Year.
UNC journalism Professor Chuck
Stone, who became acquainted with
Simmons in the early 19905, said she
would be an asset to Brown.
“Simmons sends a message about
making schools more inclusive,” Stone
said. “She will attract faculty, professors
and students if people submit to her
Stone said Simmons was working at
benefits outweigh the costs.”
Downs said half of the funding for the
current project will come from the fed
eral government and the rest must be
raised at the state and local levels.
But opponents of the bill have voiced
both economic and environmental con
“We think it’s ill-advised,” said Molly
Diggins, director of the North Carolina
chapter of the Sierra Club. “It’s the sin
gle most expensive beach nourishment
program in the nation.”
Orrin Pilkey, a Duke University pro
fessor with knowledge of the program,
also expressed concerns about the pro
jected cost “It will cost $30,000 a year
per each piece of beachfront property,”
Pilkey said. “It would be cheaper to just
buy out all the property.”
Matt Stutz, a Duke Earth and Ocean
Sciences graduate student, said buying
all of the property along the beach
Princeton University when he met her.
Simmons started as director of
Princeton’s Afro-American studies pro
gram before becoming associate dean of
the faculty and then vice provost.
“Her progress is inexorable, and she
is a dynamite scholar and good educa
tor,” Stone said. “I am not surprised at
how fast she has risen up the ladder."
Brown spokeswoman Laura Freid
said Simmons was well received by the
campus community, which greeted her
with four standing ovations at a Nov. 9
“We are elated and the campus has
been electrified since Thursday’s
announcement,” Freid said.
Freid said Simmons’ accomplish
ments at Princeton, where she was vice
provost for three years, and the success
of her presidency at Smith proved that
she was a charismatic leader and well
qualified for the position.
“We did not make the decision based
on gender or race,” Freid said. “We were
just fortunate to find someone so capa
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Jim Stephenson, N.C. Coastal
Federation policy analyst, said the beach
nourishment program might damage
the environment along the shore, dump
ing large quantities of sand that will
smother coastal wildlife. “We are also
concerned about the potential impact on
fisheries,” Stephenson said.
Pilkey said the program is designed
to protect man-made structures lining
the shore, not to preserve the natural
environment. He said nature should be
allowed to take its course, and structures
built near the sea should either be
demolished or allowed to succumb to
“Their time has come,” Pilkey said.
“Let it come.”
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opportunity that we lost to get a little
more nationwide audience.”
Tyfu recendy released its second
album, Out Of Control, on the band’s
independent 111 Gore label.
He said individual members might
seek deals with major labels in the future
but that Tyfu would probably remain
Far Too Jones was in the midst of
recording an album when Mammoth
closed shop in Carrboro and dropped
the band. The record, Shame and Her
Sister, finally appeared Nov. 7, released
on Far Too Jones’ own Aszams
Vocalist Chris Spruill said discussions
are in progress with other major labels,
but the process is a slow one.
“We’re not turning our back on major
labels at all, but it’s going to have to be
the right situation,” he said. “The whole
experience with Mammoth has made us
a bit smarter than we were three years
Raleigh’s alt-country act The
Backsliders, which released two albums
on Mammoth, has remained inactive
since the move.
Melchiorre said the company’s orga-
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Richard Cole, dean of the School of
Journalism and Mass Communication,
said plans are in place to fill the three
journalism classes Shumaker teaches
while he is hospitalized.
Mac Secrest, a former newspaper edi
tor and former UNC faculty member,
will be teaching Shumaker’s editorial writ
ing class, while journalism Professor
Cindy Stiff will be teaching newswriting,
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nizational structure had changed, but
its spirit remains the same. Mammoth
now operates with only 14 employees,
and former Hollywood Records execu
tive Rob Seidenberg serves as its pres
“It’s almost like anew beginning,”
Melchiorre said. “The roster has been
pared down. All the staff is fairly new,
but they seem to be signing some rootsy
stuff, the same type of thing (as when the
company was based in Carrboro).”
Spruill said that in Far Too Jones’
case, the parting of the band and the
label was a mutual derision.
“We had a meeting with the new
president and basically told him if we
were not going to be a priority as we had
been before, then we didn’t want to con
tinue with the label,” he said. “The new
Mammoth regime was polite and hon
est. There was no animosity, just each of
us wanting to move in different direc
Mammoth’s former Carrboro
employees also have found that life goes
on without the company. Steve Balcom,
a Mammoth executive who lost his job
with the company when it moved, said
he felt no resentment.
“There’s no hard feelings, just sadness
in the way it went down and disap
pointment,” Balcom said. “I think most
of us still believed in ourselves and the
and Jay Eubank, director of career ser
vices for the journalism school, will be
overseeing Shumaker’s practicum class.
But Cole said the intangible role that
Shumaker plays at UNC will be harder
to fill. Shumaker is perhaps best known
for his cartoon counterpart, P. Martin
Shoemaker, in the comic strip “Shoe”
drawn by the late Jeff Mac Nelly,
Shumaker’s former colleague.
Mac Nelly, a UNC alumnus who died
injune, worked with Shumaker on The
Chapel Hill Weekly from 1968 to 1970.
But besides lending some of his per
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artists we were working with.”
Balcom and two of his former co
workers founded a marketing company
called the Splinter Group, where they
use marketing techniques they devel
oped at Mammoth, he said. Far Too
Jones is among its clients.
Melchiorre said Mammoth plans to
expand its lineup. Several groups have
already joined up since the move: folk
singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding,
the Seattle indie pop act die Young
Fresh Fellows and rock group A.
“We’re looking to sign a lot of bands,”
Melchiorre said. “We have complete
support by Disney for that.”
The label’s current lineup is filled out
by the Zippers, the Freestylers, Joe
Henry and California pop band Fu
Manchu, all of which Mammoth
retained from its Carrboro era. The
label also put out the soundtrack to the
summer movie “Jesus’ Son.”
In the wake of Mammoth’s depar
ture, both the company and the local
music scene it once enhanced look not
to the past, but to a very much alive
“It’s going to be fun to get back (on
tour),” Spruill said. “I want to keep mov
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sonality to a cigar-chomping cartoon
duck, Shumaker has distinguished him
self in the journalism school as well.
“Shu has been a splendid professor
for many years - students worship him,”
Cole said. “He is a legendary teacher.”
Cole said students, faculty and staff
already have felt Shumaker’s absence and
expressed their support by sending cards
to him and visiting him in the hospital. “I
think we’re doing everything we can.”
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Volume 108, Issue 121
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