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Petition Complicates UNC Rezoning Proposal
By Matt Viser
City, State & National Editor
The Chapel Hill Town Council held
a public hearing Monday, announcing
that a protest petition submitted by
Chapel Hill residents on June 13 had
ered valid and
will take a super
seven votes out
on Master Plan
See Page 7
of the nine-member board, for UNC’s
main campus to be rezoned. Without the
petition, the rezoning proposal would
By Haywood Alexander
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What might have been a lazy summer afternoon
in Carrboro exploded with sound Sunday as local
musicians pounded drums throughout town to chris
ten the fourth-annual “Fete de la Musique.”
Truly the “Paris of the Piedmont” for a day,
Carrboro teamed with pedestrians as local artists
played from 2:00 p.m. until midnight on stages set up
Music fans poured into the streets in the late after
noon, many grabbing a seat in the shade near
Weaver Street Market for some cool jazz tunes.
Others sipped beers at Armadillo Grift or Tyler’s
Restaurant and Taproom and enjoyed local solo artists.
Locations included the Open Eye Cafe, PTA
Thrift Shop and Centura Bank, among others, for a
total of 15 different venues throughout Carrboro.
Catherine DeVine, member of the Orange
County Arts Commission, oversaw the festival and
was responsible for assigning a venue to more than
116 different acts.
“This is the fourth year for this event, and the
musicians love it,” she said.
Jackie Hayes, another organizer for the event, esti
mated that a total of about 10,000 people enjoyed the
festival this year, as opposed to the event’s 7000 par
ticipants last year.
Indoor, most of Sunday’s crowd flooded into air
conditioned venues were packed for most of the day,
including Will Carroll, 22, who showed up to hear
southern rock band Brother’s Grim at Tyler’s.
“These guys are good, but I’m from Seattle,”
Carroll said. “Point me towards the grunge.”
Carrboro Mayor Mike Nelson opted for the more
mellow sounds of pianist Mark Lewis at Century
Nelson, a “Fete” veteran, wore running clothes in
preparation for the balmy weather and a lot of walk
“You can learn a lot by going venue to venue and
hearing new kinds of music,” he said.
The “Little Blue Choo” a miniature, motorized
train which carried people from event to event,
made commuting a lot easier at this year’s event.
Another new feature this year was the pair of
Committee Recommends UNC Alumnus As Research Head
By Geoff Wessel
The University is one step closer to
naming anew head of research programs
in a search process that began last August
Illinois college administrator Tony
Waldrop has been selected by a search
committee made up of students, faculty
and administrators as the top candidate
for the post of vice chancellor for
Research and Graduate Studies.
“The University has made an offer,”
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have required only five affirmative votes.
But before the supermajority vote
takes place, the Town Council must first
approve the creation of anew zoning
district, Office Institutional-4.
The University’s current zoning dis
trict, 01-3, has a floor area limit of 14 mil
lion square feet, and the University
already occupies 13.6 million square feet
So without the 01-4 rezoning, the
University would not be able to add 5.8
million square feet to Master Plan-relat
The Town Council will vote on the
rezoning issues - both the creation of the
01-4 zone and the University's eligibili
ty for it - on July 2. If both are
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Both folk group Silver (above) and street performer Brendan "The Pretty Good" Busker (below) perform Sunday afternoon in front of
Weaver Street Market as a part of the fourth-annual Fete de la Musique in Carrboro. More than 100 bands played in 15 different venues.
gigantic 13-foot electric guitars on display outside of
Town Hall. Passers-by were also able to play the gui
tars with an oversized pick.
Michael Mcßride, the owner of these two giants,
will soon appear in the Guinness Book of Records as
owner of the largest playable guitars in the world.
“Fete de la Musique” began in France in 1981
when the Minister of Culture encouraged musicians
to take to the streets in celebration of the Summer
The festival was imported when Cyril Boisson, a
native of Senegal, Africa, living in Paris, moved to
Carrboro in 1996 and introduced the idea to Mayor
This year’s event encountered no major setbacks,
thanks in part to the cooperation of Carrboro police,
many of whom seemed to enjoy the change of pace.
Officer Gary Blankenship monitored traffic in
front of Armadillo Grill while a tie-dyed folk singer
moaned a sorrowful tune on stage.
“I’m more of a country music fan myself,”
Blankenship said. “I don’t know if there’s any of that
Other fans, like William Overlock, 21, offered a
more relaxed view.
“She’s pretty good,” he said. “One day she’ll put
this town on the map.”
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reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
committee chairman Fred Brooks said.
“The matter is awaiting action from the
Board of Trustees.”
Brooks said Waldrop, who holds
three UNC degrees and has served on
the General Alumni Association, had
committed to accepting the position,
pending approval by the University’s
Board of Trustees and UNC system
Board of Governors.
BOT Chairwoman Anne Cates said
she expects the search committee to sub
mit a name to the board in time for its
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
officials will follow
by submitting a 10-
plan on July 3.
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July 26 meeting. “The Board of Trustees
has not been a part of that search up to
this point,” Cates said.
She said she personally had been
impressed with Waldrop’s abilities in the
General Alumni Association.
“We’d be pleased to have him back in
Chapel Hill,” Cates said.
The position is an important one
because of the University's research
interests and new focus on genomics,
said epidemiology graduate student
George Jackson, a student representative
law professor. Broun, 414 Whitehead
Cir., compared UNC officials’ recent
actions to that of a corporate institution.
“I feel their actions have been the
actions a corporation might take, with
out concern of anyone’s interest but
their own interest,” Broun said in an
Like many speakers at Monday’s
meeting, Broun alluded to the
University’s actions in the General
On May 28, with the support of
UNC officials, Sen. Tony Rand, D-
Fayetteville, drafted a bill in the Senate
budget that would exempt the
University from town zoning laws.
on the search committee.
“Research is a fundamental compo
nent of the mission of the University, as
is graduate education,"Jackson said.
“This person acts as an advocate for the
faculty, students and staff on issues relat
ing to research.”
Jackson said Chancellor James
Moeser is raising the position from that
of vice provost to vice chancellor to
stress the importance of research.
“(Moeser) wanted to be sure that
research and graduate studies has a high
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“I think trust between the town and
the University has been gready eroded
by the actions of the University going to
the General Assembly,” Broun said.
“It’s hard for me to oppose the
University, but I feel I need to do that to
protect the community, especially my
One of the primary controversies lies
in the Mason Farm Road neighborhood,
which is on UNC’s southern border.
Anita and Richard Wolfenden, 1307
Mason Farm Road, have lived in the
neighborhood since 1970. If UNC’s plan
gets approved, residence halls would be
See REZONING, Page 2
profile at UNC,” Jackson said.
Waldrop, a native of Columbus, N.C.,
was a Morehead Scholar as an under
graduate and earned his bachelor's degree
in political science. He also has a master's
degree and a doctoral degree from the
If the governing bodies approve his
candidacy, Waldrop is expected to begin
at the Chapel Hill in August
Geoff Wessel can be reached
Thursday, June 21, 2001
The house will likely drop a
proposed alcohol tax and
cuts to public health funds
from the state budget.
By Matt Viser
City, State S National Editor
North Carolina House of
Representatives say they will not
increase any taxes, yet will manage to
avoid harsh cuts in the Health and
Human Services Department.
House representatives have been
busily meeting in subcommittees, trying
to make changes to the budget the
North Carolina State Senate approved
and handed to them on May 31.
“There are considerable changes,”
said Rep. Verla
“The plan is that
the House version
would not include
increases or loop
man of the House
affirmed that the
more than likely
not include any
says the House
budget will not
include more taxes.
tax increases on specialized taxes, such
as the proposed “booze tax” that would
add a six percent sales tax on liquor.
House Finance committee members
earlier discussed a proposal to apply a
six percent state sales tax to liquor,
which would have added $22 million in
revenue to the budget But Luebke said
it is now unlikely that such a proposal
would pass in the House due to the nar
row majority the Democrats hold.
“With a 62-58 margin in the House,
we cannot move forward with that,” he
said. “House Republicans have indicat
ed they are opposed to any ongoing
increase in revenue.”
Luebke also ruled out any success of
the loophole closings, which were pro
posed in the Senate budget
But a bill that could accelerate the
payments of employee income tax with
holdings, sales taxes and utility taxes
was approved, 24-6, in the House
Finance Committee on Tuesday.
“It moves forward the availability of
money,” Luebke said. The bill will
bring in sll6 million.
Despite few other indications of new
revenue, legislators still say they’re com
mitted to reducing many cuts to the
Health and Human Services Department
“We’re taking out all the dates for
closing institutions,” Insko said.
The Senate’s plan would have closed
the Dorothea Dix in January 2003, two
schools for the deaf in July 2003, one of
five state mental retardation centers in
July 2002 and the Whitaker School, for
troubled adolescents, in July 2002.
“We are committed to restoring some
of the mental hospitals and deaf
schools,” Luebke said.
Although Gov. Mike Easley has used
the budget crisis to point out the benefits
of a state lottery, House legislators say
that has not been a topic of discussion.
“The House is not keen on a lottery,”
she said. “There’s not a lot of support in
the House Finance Committee or the
A proposed budget is expected to be
considered by the full House
Appropriations Committee by Monday
and to the House floor for debate by
Wednesday. More than likely, the bud
get will not be passed by the beginning
of the fiscal year, startingjuly 1.
“At the earliest, it will be the first
week in July,” Insko said.
Matt Viser can be reached