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Davis Ready for Broader Clientele
The food and noise policies
at Davis will stay the same
despite the closing of the
more relaxed Undergrad.
By Brook Corwin
Staff Writer
Students shifting their study setting
from the recently closed Undergraduate
Library to Davis Library will encounter
a quieter and less casual atmosphere
than their previous locale.
But Davis Library officials and librar
ians say that by ncl changing food and
noise policies in Davis, students accus
tomed to the Undergrad will learn to
Edwards, Price
Question NRC
Ruling in Letter
The NRC ruling found "no significant
hazards" in the Shearon Harris Nuclear
Power Plant plan for additional storage.
By Ginny Sciabbarrasi
City Editor
Two N.C. congressmen are showing signs of support for
Orange County’s appeal of a Nuclear Regulatory Commission
ruling allowing the Carolina Power & Light Cos. to expand its
nuclear waste capacity.
Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., and Rep. David Price, D-N.C.,
sent a letter to the NRC on Friday, questioning the Dec. 21
ruling. The decision came while the Atomic Safety and
Licensing Board, a division of the NRC, is still debating
whether additional storage at CP&L’s Shearon Harris Nuclear
Power Plant poses any environmental safety risks.
“The ‘no significant hazards’ finding by the NRC staff
appears to turn on the very issues that are still pending before
the (ASLB),” the letter states. “We understand that NRC reg
ulations permit it to approve a license amendment prior to the
conclusion of the proceedings before the ASLB. We think it
would be helpful, however, for the NRC to more fully explain
the rationale behind these regulations.”
The NRC decided to allow CP&L to open two existing
nuclear waste storage pools at the power plant, located in
Wake County.
Price press secretary Thomas Bates said the impetus for the
letter stemmed from residents’ concerns about the NRC’s rul
ing. “We’ve been working all along with our constituency to
ensure facilitation of public participation,” Bates said.
The proposal to open two existing cooling pools, which
would make the plant the largest storage facility in the coun
try for high-level nuclear waste, is causing concern among
Orange County officials. The county is worried that a nuclear
accident could potentially affect a 50-mile radius, which
includes Chapel Hill. The county has appealed the NRC’s
decision and the full commission will review the case.
Orange County Commissioner Steve Halkiotis said the
N RC’s ruling was based on pressures from CP&L. “I’m very dis
appointed but not surprised because of the NRC’s past track
record and connection to the industry,” he said in a news release.
But CP&L spokesman Mike Hughes said the decision was
made after a full scientific inquiry.
“This is hardly a rubber stamp -a rubber stamp doesn’t
See NRC RULING, Page 5
After two"recent sfLal assaults in Carrboro, the police are offering some pointers on how to stay
safe. Follow these guidelines to avoid dangerous situations and know what to do if threatened.
Be aware of your surroundings and the people in them:
■ Trust your instincts.
■ Stay alert to changes around you.
■ Notice places you might go for help.
■ If something feels uncomfortable, consider leaving or taking action.
Secure your environment
■ Use door and window locks when appropriate.
■ Keep your car in good running order with sufficient gas in the tank.
■ Keep flashlights handy in your house and car.
■ Make changes that will help you feel more safe.
If someone threatens or endangers you, get angry and take
■ Look the person in the eyes and express a rageful refusal. Give
commands. Don't negotiate.
■ Yell ("911!" or "Call the police!"), run or create a scene.
■ Outwit your assailant. Lie. Use manipulation.
■ Fighting back is one option.
Crisisline: 24 hours a day, 967-7273 or (800) 616-3696
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adjust to the new environment.
“We’ll have the same food and noise
policies that we’ve always had, even
with the increased traffic,” said Joe
Hewitt, associate provost for University
Unlike the Undergrad, Davis does
not allow any food to be eaten within
the building, a policy that Davis librari
ans and officials say will be enforced
through an increase in hired security.
“We recently established security
guards to patrol the lower levels for
food,” said Clifton Barnett, a Davis staff
member at the circulation desk.
But Hewitt said the noise policy in
Davis will require student enforcement.
“Noise is something we hope students
will control themselves by asking others
Easley Takes Office Amid Festivities
Newly sworn-in Gov. Mike Easley addresses bundled-up crowds in front of the
N.C. Archives and History Building in downtown Raleigh on Saturday.
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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
to display courtesy,” he said.
Hewitt also said noise complaints
from students will be handled by full
time employees trained to deal with the
“We don’t want just any employee
approaching a student,” he said, citing
an incident last year caused by an
employee trying to handle noise com
plaints in an overly confrontational
Barnett said that the circulation desk
staff, along with the security guards, can
handle complaints relayed by the refer
ence librarians or students.
But Carol Tobin, who heads the ref
erence desk at Davis, said that the
responsibility of dealing with concerns
varies according to the complaint.
Police Emphasize Safety in Wake of Attacks
By Stephanie Furr
Staff Writer
Carrboro officials are working to pro
mote crime education and prevention to
residents after two sexual assaults late
last month.
Carrboro police Capt. Joel Booker
said officials recently met with residents
and staff of Ridgehaven Townhomes
and The Village Apartments - the sites
of the two attacks - to relay information
and precautions regarding assaults.
Booker said Carrboro police are
working to make sure that students
returning from Winter Break, especial
ly those living in the area near the
attacks, are aware of the crimes.
“We’d certainly like for returning
University students to be aware and be
“It depends on the situation,” she
“We may talk to the person ourselves,
go to the circulation desk or call securi
Whether such complaints will arise is
something library officials say is too
hard to predict and will require some
flexibility in policies and services.
“Our policy is not going to be static;
it will be responsive,” said Diane
Strauss, the associate university librarian
for public services.
“We may not have anticipated all the
student needs that will arise.”
Hewitt said that one possible change
in Davis policies is making study
See LIBRARY, Page 5
cautious,” Booker said.
Carrboro officials are still investigat
ing the two incidents. The first sexual
assault happened Dec. 22 at Ridgehaven
Townhomes at 101 Rock Haven Road at
10:30 p.m. Reports state that the
assailant entered the victim’s apartment
and assaulted her. There was no sign of
forced entry.
The second incident, a rape, occurred
Dec. 26 at The Village at 1000 Smith
Level Road at 5 a.m. Reports state that
the assailant broke into the residence
and assaulted the victim. The victim was
transported to UNC Hospitals and did
not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Assailants in both incidents were
described as males between 5 feet 10 inch
es and 6 feet tail with muscular builds. But
the Carrboro police have not determined
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Soo Yeon Kwon studies in Davis Library. Davis is now the main campus
library, open 24 hours, while the Undergrad is being renovated.
New Governor Heralds
Unity as Key to Future
By Lucas Fenske
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH - Mike Easley offi
cially became North Carolina’s 67th
governor Saturday, vowing to con
tinue education reforms and to unite
a state increasingly divided along
economic lines.
More than 4,000 people, some
wearing fur coats to ward off the cold,
gathered in downtown Raleigh to wit
ness the historic inauguration. Easley
is the first baby boomer and practic
ing Roman Catholic to serve as gov
ernor. He is also the first governor in
more than 25 years not namedjames.
Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, also
sworn in Saturday, is the state's first
Financial Woes Require
Fast Action From Easley
By Jennifer Samuels
Assistant State & National Editor
Severe monetary problems cou
pled with a rocky transition stand in
the way of Gov. Mike Easley’s goal of
creating a united North Carolina.
North Carolina is facing a budget
deficit of almost SSOO million only
halfway through the fiscal year.
UNC-Chapel Hill political science
Professor Thad Beyle said Easley’s
term will be different from previous
governors because he is starting out
with a deficit.
whether the two incidents were related.
Booker said the proximity of the
crimes, which occurred within one block
of one another, suggests a connection.
“That is extremely concerning to us.”
Booker said he recommends students
use the buddy system when walking at
night, traveling with at least two or three
other people. He said both male and
female students should be alert and
report suspicious conditions. He also said
that those who live alone should make
sure that the same lights are on when
they return home as when they left and
that their residence is secure before
entering. “If you see that things are out of
place, you don’t have to go inside - just
call the police,” Booker said.
Matt Ezzell, coordinator of commu
nity education for the Orange County
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female lieutenant governor.
The inauguration was billed as One
North Carolina -a theme repeated
throughout Easley’s inaugural address.
“We must remember that North
Carolina is more than a collection of
regions and people,” he said. “We are
one state, one people, one family,
bound by a common concern for
each other.”
Easley said economic growth,
which has caused some portions of
the state to prosper and others to
stagnate, is dividing the state. ,
“Over the past century, our state
has prospered,” he said. “But our pros
perity, unfortunately, has been selec-
Beyle said Easley must deal with
the state’s fiscal woes in the first six
months or it could get worse.
Rep. Ruth Easterling, D-
Mecklenburg and co-chairwoman of
the House Appropriations Committee
in the N.C. General Assembly, said
increased health care expenses large
ly contributed to the deficit
“Look at the percentages in the
budget - education takes about 66
percent and health and human ser
vices takes 17 percent,” she said.
See EASLEY, Page 5
Rape Crisis Center, said people should
trust their instincts and stay aware of
their surroundings.
Ezzell said the center has served 97
sexual assault victims between July and
December, and only 35 of those cases
were reported to police.
He said the risk of attack can be
decreased by things as simple as staying
near lighted areas and keeping one’s
head up when walking.
Ezzell also cautioned against leaving
drinks unattended in a social situation or
accepting drinks from strangers because
of the prevalence of drugs such as
Rohypnol, commonly known as “date
rape drugs.”
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