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BOT to Vote on Master Plan Despite Council Concerns
By Kara Eide
The fate of the Master Plan is in the
hands of the UNC Board of Trustees
today as the group votes on whether to
approve the blueprint for campus devel
Developed by the Baltimore-based
architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross, the
Master Plan is a campuswide improve
ment and expansion project that, if
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Environmental Officials Seek Solutions to N.C. Smog Problem
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Traffic moves along Interstate 40 near exit 280. A bill regulating tail-pipe
emissions is expected to be introduced this legislative session.
N.C/s Diversity Evident in 2000 Census Results
By Benjamin Glover
Results from the 2000 U.S. census
report show that North Carolina’s pop
ulation is becoming more culturally
diverse, largely because of a rapidly
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blacks living in
the state has decreased since 1990, the
percentage of Hispanics living in North
Carolina increased from 1.2 to 4.7 per
cent - prompting some officials to say
that the state needs to address the needs
approved, will be implemented during
the next 30 to 50 years.
But some town residents and the
Chapel Hill Town Council have
expressed concern that final approval is
being decided prematurely.
The council has asked the BOT to
postpone its vote until after the results of
the Major Investment Study on trans
portation are released in May.
The research study is being conduct
ed by the N.C. Department of
of the growing Hispanic community.
Whites make up 72.1 percent of the
N.C. population, down from 75.6 percent
in 1990. The black community decreased
slightly, falling from 22 to 21.6 percent of
The state’s population as a whole has
grown 21.4 percent, up from 6,628,637
to 8,049,313 - enough to qualify the
state for anew seat in the U.S. House,
even though Utah officials have called
the results into question.
But officials say the most staggering
statistic is the dramatic increase in North
Carolina’s Hispanic population, which
was once virtually nonexistent.
Stephen Lilley, an associate professor
of sociology at N.C. State University,
attributes the state’s good economy and
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James Moeser said
he does not
requested delay of
the approval vote
By Talley Sergent *
On a clear summer’s day one can see for
Blink an eye, or even both, and fast for
ward to a hot, muggy summer day, typical of
the North Carolina climate.
Driving along Interstate 40 during rush
hour, cars pack the lanes, inching along slow
ly from Raleigh to Chapel
Traffic piles up, cars sit idly
and the air fills with nitrogen
oxide, or smog, making the
horizon seem to disappear in
Smog is a haze caused by
the mixing of solar ultraviolet
radiation and hydrocarbons
and nitrogen oxides in the
Smog and its potentially
damaging effects are no longer just a concern
for environmental groups but have come to
the attention of the N.C. General Assembly
and power companies.
Tom Mather, public information officer of
the N.C. Division of Air Quality, said the state
has a smog problem, which can be attributed
to the high levels of ozone in the area.
According to Environmental Protection
Agency reports, there are two types of ozone
- good ozone and bad ozone.
Good ozone, which occurs naturally in the
atmosphere, is found 10 to 30 miles above the
Earth’s surface and shields the Earth from the
sun’s ultraviolet rays.
But bad ozone, or ground-level ozone,
forms when automobiles and power plants
release pollutants that react with sunlight.
“Over the past five years we’ve had
increasing levels, except this past year
because we had so much rain,” Mather said.
Smog levels depend on the amount of pre
cipitation during the summer months.
Mather said North Carolina had 35 days
when smog levels surpassed federal regula
tions in 2000, ranking it seventh in the nation
for smog days last year. But in 1999, North
Carolina racked up 68 smog days because of
low levels of unemployment to the
Hispanic population explosion.
Lilley said that during the 19905,
when the nation was experiencing
unprecedented economic growth,
Mexico and Latin American countries
suffered from sluggish economies. Asa
result, many Hispanics migrated to
America in search of work.
Although N.C. wages are low com
pared to the rest of die nation, UNC-
Chapel Hill history Professor Harry
Watson added that average wages in the
state are still higher than in other coun
tries, particularly Mexico.
And changes are in store for the
state’s Hispanic community based on
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is necessary. “This Master Plan has been
in preparation for three years,” Moeser
said. “We’re pretty confident about all
the data, and I have no reservations.”
Moeser said that if the results of the
study do not support the Master Plan,
then proper changes can be made to the
proposal. But Moeser said he believes
changes will not be necessary. “I’m real
ly confident that (the findings) will sup
port the Master Plan,” he said.
Jonathan Howes, director of the
a decrease in rain during the summer months.
In North Carolina, the smog season begins
April 1 and lasts until the end of October,
California, a state that has been scrutinized
by environmental groups in the past for its air
pollution, first experienced major smog prob
lems in the 1970 sand ’Bos. In 2000, California
experienced 120 days of smog, topping the list
of states with the most smog days.
Yet Rep. Ptyor Gibson,
D-Anson, said it is impor
tant not to link California's
smog problems with North
Carolina’s “air quality”
problems, which he said are
Nitrogen oxide, better
known as NOx, is the main
cause of smog, Mather said.
“NOx interacts with hydro
carbons in hot, sunny weath
er, causing ozone,” he said.
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of the major environmental
issues facing North Carolina.
According to the Environmental Defense, an
online database that records pollution by geo
graphic area, NOx includes various compound,
such as nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide.
The compounds form NOx when fuels are
burned at high temperatures, which occurs
mainly in power plants and automobiles.
Particulate matter, the other main agent that
produces smog, is a mixture of particles such
as soot, dust and smoke. Particulate matter, or
PM, is most dangerous in its smallest forms,
according to the Environmental Defense.
So just what do these scientific terms
Mather said the NOx and PM that com
prise smog - or bad ozone - not only cause
far-reaching health hazards but also could
affect North Carolina tourism. “No one wants
to go visit the mountains for their beauty and
not see anything,” he said.
Mather said the state risks losing its natur
al beauty in all three of its main geographic
regions - the coast, the piedmont and the
mountains. Tourism accounted for $11.9 bil
lion in total expenditures in 1999 by domes
tic and international travelers.
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The results of the 2000 census show that since 1990 the percentage
of the Hispanic population of the state has nearly doubled.
• ■ White 70.2%
■ Black 21.4%
□ Hispanic 4.7%
| Asian 1.4%
I American Indian 1.2 %
| Other 0.1 %
SOURCE-2000 U.S. CENSUS
Master Plan, said he also supports the
BOTs decision to move forward with
the Master Plan.
“There will always be a reason not to
act on it,” Howes said. “I think the BOT
feels as though they’re ready to act on it”
Howes also stressed the importance of
the plan’s flexibility. He said the plan is a
living document that can be altered if nec
essary. “If the circumstances in the future,
such as transit, warrant a change, then the
BOT can make changes in the plan.”
The bill passed by the Rules and Judiciary
Committee of Student Congress would force
congressional approval of CAA procedures.
By Greg Steffensen
New accusations and the threat of student congressional
oversight of Carolina Athletic Association Cabinet appoint
ments have angered CAA members and prompted vehement
denials of impropriety.
“We don’t have anything to hide,” said CAA President Tee
Pruitt on Wednesday.
“But it’s ridiculously hideous for (Congress) to think they
can do that,” he said, referring to a bill passed Tuesday by
Congress’ Rules and judiciary Committee that Would make
the CAA’s procedures subject to Congress’ approval. “The
necessary check is through the spring election cycle."
Congress members drew up the legislation in response to
recent concerns about CAA’s possible misconduct.
Full Congress will vote on the bill next Tuesday, along with
two resolutions to censure Pruitt and other top CAA officials.
CAA External Relations Director Rachel Goodman also
said she is displeased with the turn of events. “It’s personally
upsetting to me because I know so many people oo CAA have
worked for the student body, and those rumors and lies are
just a horrible compensation,” she said. “I can see why student
government would respond, but there’s nothing we’re cover
ing up, so there’s nothing for them to find."
CAA Chief of Staff Greg Rocco said criticism of the orga
nization is unfair. “Everyone has already made up their minds
that we’re crooks,” he said.
But Board of Elections Vice Chairman Fred Hill said he is
sticking by assertions he made before Congress’ Student
Affairs Committee on Tuesday night that the CAA president
receives 40 to 60 purely discretionary tickets to each basket
ball game and that ticket distributions for regular season bas
ketball games and the ACC championship were conducted
The Daily Tar Heel has been unable to confirm or deny
Hill’s claims with the ticket office.
In testimony before the committee and in a letter to the
DTH on Wednesday, Hill said it was his personal belief that
every ticket distribution for the past two years has been rigged.
Hill further testified that two friends in die CAA told him that
bracelets distributed at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays would be at the
front of the line for riser tickets.
But CAA Cabinet members deny any abuses. “That is the
most inane thing I’ve ever heard," said Kerry Slatkoff, direc
tor of CAA ticket distribution. “No one knows those numbers
except myself, (ticket office Director) Clint (Gwaltney) and
(ticket office employee) Shane (Parrish), and we don’t pick
them until Saturday.”
Slatkoff said Gwaltney and Parrish are both present for the
selection of regular seat and riser seat numbers, which she said
is done using a random number generator in Microsoft Excel.
Cabinet members also deny any secret stash of disposable
tickets. Pruitt said he receives around 26 tickets per game, from
section 117 and the back of the Carolina Fever block. Roughly
14 are given to members of the sports marketing committee and
nine to the External Relations Committee. The remaining two
or three tickets Pruitt gives to whoever wants them, he said.
The DTH has been unable to confirm or deny Pruitt’s
claims with the ticket office.
Slatkoff said dozens of such extra tickets are impossible.
After two tickets are given to each of the 25 ticket distribution
workers and another 50 are distributed among the roughly 25
Cabinet members, there simply aren’t enough left- she said.
Although they could offer no evidence of impropriety, some
former Cabinet members say Pruitt and other officials might
be hiding something. “It sounds very feasible -1 wouldn’t put
anything past Tee,” said Tiffany Black, a former CAA Cabinet
member. Pruitt fired Black on Feb. 28 for allowing campaign
duties to interfere with her organizational responsibilities.
Pruitt said the Cabinet has not yet discussed whether to attend
Congress’ Tuesday meeting. “Obviously, there are tilings that are
much more important than perpetuating tile rumor mill.”
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Student Body President Brad
Matthews echoed Howes and Moeser’s
sentiments, saying the Master Plan is not
set in stone.
“This is not a process that was done
in a vacuum - there’s all sorts of exter
nal pressures that apply,” Matthews said.
“But this is just an outline. We’ve got to
have a starting point This is a plan, and
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