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Wachovia Accounts Link to UNC ONE Cards
By Meredith Nicholson
Students with a Wachovia checking
account linked to their UNC ONE Cards
now have anew way to transfer funds to
their University expense accounts.
ONE Card officials activated anew
feature on Wachovia-linked cards this
week, allowing students to transfer funds
direcdy from their checking accounts to
their ONE Card accounts.
The transaction can be made 24 hours
a day from any touch tone phone, but
money cannot be transferred from a ONE
Card account to “a checking account
The feature was gradually activated last
Damage in Fire
No injuries were reported as a result of the
Friday night blaze, but the fire reportedly
caused $60,000 worth of damage at the site.
By Kellie Dixon
A yellow-and-wbite mop leans against the door frame of
7-A Martin Luther King Jr. St., and the front lawn is neatly
From the street, the public housing complex appears nor
But that was not the case Friday night when Chapel Hill
Fire Department officials responded to a fire that caused
$50,000 worth of damage to the residence and forced its res
idents to find another place to stay.
Yellow fire tape completes the setting and fences in the
manicured lawn where the one-story public housing complex
sits and where the smell of a partially charred building still
permeates the air.
At 10:02 p.m. Friday night, the fire department dispatched
three trucks to the reported structure fire.
When fire department officials arrived, they found smoke
coming from the building.
Officials also discovered a small fire in the bedroom, which
was reportedly extinguished quickly.
The extent of the damage to the interior or exterior of the
building has yet to be finalized.
No injuries, either to residents or fire personnel, were
The residents found shelter with friends, officials reported
Neighbors say the residents, a 28-year-old Tar Ffeel Temp
employee and her two children -one boy and one girl - had
lived at the home for more than four years.
The woman, who neighbors also say worked as a hair
dresser, had plans to open a day care center from her resi
She could not be reached for comment Monday.
Chapel Hill police and Orange County Emergency
Medical Service assisted the fire department with the late
Assistant Fire Marshall Rodney Watson is investigating the
cause of the fire and could not be reached Monday for com
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Rle-sharing applications such as Gnutella and Morpheus allow users to download and share not only mp3
files but larger files such as movies. Because these prograns use a larger amount of bandwidth, severe
network backup results when many students use the campus Internet connection to exchange certain files;
limiting the accessibility of other academic Web resources.
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week, and officials identified student use
almost immediately. Greg Horn, a senior
environmental studies and Spanish major,
said he wasn’t familiar with the new ONE
Card option but that he could see how it
would be useful to him. “That’s something
I would be interested in,” Horn said.
The new feature is only the latest in a
series of updates to ONE Cards. On July
1,1999, UNC entered into a contract with
Wachovia that allowed students to link
ONE Cards to Wachovia checking
accounts. The cards also function as ATM
cards in addition to their standard features.
Mike Freeman, director of Card
Services, said introduction of the linked
cards was delayed until fall 2000 due to
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By Sarah Sanders
Assistant Features Editor
Walking backward from the shade of
Jackson Hall, senior Come MacLaggan leads
a group of 10 potential UNC applicants, par
ents in tow, into the afternoon heat.
Squinting at the sun, everyone listens as she
explains the building was named for the
University’s first tenured black professor.
MacLaggan has accumulated many such facts
during her two years as a campus tour guide.
The admissions office is currendy accepting
applications for more than 100 open spots
among the corps of students, like MacLaggan,
responsible for introducing visitors to
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problems with software development.
But by May, 25 percent of students
had linked their ONE Cards to a check
ing account, said Jim Clinton, UNC
ONE Card office manager.
Clinton said the majority of students
utilizing this option are underclassmen
because they received the Wachovia
cards as incoming freshmen.
Upperclassmen who have the old ver
sion of the ONE Card need to get anew
one before they can link it to a Wachovia
checking account. Clinton said students
can have the new cards made free of
charge in the ONE Card Office. He said
upperclassmen will continue to change
over to the new cards and take advantage
Tour guide Corrie MacLaggan, a senior majoring in Spanish and journalism, leads a group of prospective students
and their parents through Polk Place. The tour began at Jackson Hall and finished at the Morehead Planetarium.
Guiding First Impressions
Rate Limits Placed on File Sharing
By Daniel Thigpen
Assistant University Editor
Students using two popular file-sharing
applications will now have to be patient
when downloading bulky files on campus.
In continuing efforts to keep up with
the growing demand for campus
Internet resources, Academic
Technology & Networks officials are
instituting a network rate-limiting policy
to balance Internet traffic.
The policy targets two specific file
sharing programs - Morpheus and
Gnutella - that bog down campus net
work space when many students use
them at once. The programs allow users
to download and share large entertain
ment files via the campus network.
Rate-limiting technology attempts to
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of the linked account
Freeman said interest in linking ONE
Cards with checking accounts was sparked
by students about four years ago. Student
representatives were included on the com
mittees that implemented the program
during the next few years.
The next scheduled upgrade will turn
the linked ONE Cards into Visa debit
cards. Clinton said he hopes this improve
ment will occur by Jan. 1, 2002. These
cards will be accepted at all retail locations
that take debit cards.
Unlike debit cards requested from a
bank, which must be mailed to the con
sumer, these debit cards will be immedi
ately available in the ONE Card office.
University facilities and sharing interesting
bits of trivia.
MacLaggan, a journalism and Spanish
major from Austin, Texas, said she decided to
volunteer for the position because she is fasci
nated with the history of the campus and is
eager to share her school spirit with prospec
“People always ask me why I came to
UNC, since I’m from Texas,” she said.
“Honesdy, I just loved the campus visit, and I
want to give others the same experience.”
Tours entail more than a trek through the
quad, a peek inside Lenoir and a drink from
the Old Well. Guides also offer pertinent
information about safety, housing and acade
balance Internet resources on the cam
pus network by limiting the amount of
traffic particular programs can utilize.
People using file-sharing applications
might experience slower downloads as a
result of the technology.
According to an e-mail sent to support
technicians by ATN Computing Policy
Director Jeanne Smythe and Networking
and Communications Director Jim
Gogan, officials have been experimenting
with rate-limiting technology since the end
of August. “This action was taken to ...
ensure appropriate bandwidth for those
applications that are critical to the educa
tion and research mission of the
University,” the e-mail stated.
The traffic from students in South
Campus residence halls using the two
file-sharing applications took up about
Eventually, officials hope to be able
to activate the cards over the Internet
from the ONE Card office.
Clinton said having the technology to
create the cards on campus provides the
additional benefit of allowing students to
replace a lost or stolen card immediately.
But making blank debit cards in the
ONE Card office raises certain security
concerns, Clinton said. “Visa has inter
viewed for security pretty intensely,” he
said “(Visa will provide) security cameras,
safes will be in place to make it secure, and
we’ll have our own internal procedures.”
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mics, as well as personal college experiences.
Between an introduction to Davis Library
and an explanation of meal plan options,
MacLaggan tells her tour groups about her
involvement in campus organizations.
Jerry Lucido, director of Undergraduate
Admissions, said it is individual exchanges
that make tours different than simply brows
ing a school’s Web site or reading the under
graduate bulletin. “Students are best at
expressing the attributes of Carolina.”
Lucido also said tour guides are an integral
part of the admissions process because they
provide applicants with their initial view of a
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65 percent of the campus network
resources, according to the e-mail.
Smythe said that during the past
week, numerous students complained
about not being able to access Web
pages they needed for academic pur
poses. ATN attributed the problems to
severe network congestion.
Technicians have been trying to com
bat the problem by updating Internet
bandwidth, an effort which costs
between $650,000 and $1 million a year.
“I would say bandwidth has been
upgraded a couple of times a year for
the past six years,” Gogan said.
But Gogan said the need to upgrade
has increased as network technology has
advanced. The need has been attributed
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Administrators from various
UNC departments created
My UNC to combine aspects
of several different sites.
By Karey Witkowski
Assistant University Editor
In the near future, freshman
Lawrence Orr will wake up in the
morning, flip open his laptop, log in and
have the University at his fingertips.
When My UNC, anew student por
tal, goes live sometime in the next year,
Orr will be able to go to one Web site
and get the latest campus news, weath
er reports, movie listings and dining hall
Orr will also have access to bulletins
from his major and even a five Web
cam that will allow him to catch a
glimpse of the Pit
“It would be more convenient than
having to skip from place to place,” On
said. “It really shows how much tech
nology moves today.”
The University currendy has a num
ber of different portals - sites with indi
vidualized Web content - including
Student Central and Blackboard, an
educational site. But there is no Web site
that brings an array of features togeth
er with daily content like entertainment
options and stock reports.
“Swaenr OSKraf is limited just to
administrative information,” said Lori
Casile, assistant to the vice chancellor
for Information Technology Services.
“It doesn’t include all the information
like My Yahoo!”
So when the Registrar’s Office was
collecting feedback last year to redesign
Student Central, administrators from a
number of UNC departments decided
to collaborate and create My UNC, a
one-stop site for almost all University
The development of My UNC start
ed last December with the formation of
a portal steering committee. In
February, the committee started collect
ing feedback from student focus groups
about what they would like to see on the
“They were saying, ‘I go to Student
Central when I register, but not on a
day-to-day basis,’” Casile said. “They
want to know what movies are playing
and daily features.”
My UNC, which is still in the design
phase, will likely have a tab sysUm with
such tides as “My Academics,” “My
Housing” and “My Finances."
In addition to the tabs, the user will
eventually be able to customize the win
dows that drop into the main page.
But Casile warned that when My
UNC goes live, it will be relatively stan
dard and static. “In early versions there
will be very limited customization,” she
said. “A lot of that will improve over
Casile said she hopes testing on the
site will begin this semester, when a lim
ited number of students will be instruct
ed to visit the site every day and pro
But the date My UNC will be avail
able to all UNC students and faculty
members is still in question, mosdy
because of state budgetary concerns.
Some project coordinators are wor
ried that budget cuts might divert atten
tion from developing the new portal.
In the meantime, Casile said she and
other officials will continue working out
the kinks, such as how to determine the
identity of the user and how to get the
rest of the UNC departments to utilize
the Web site.
“We have to find how to get the rest
of the University to buy in instead of
them creating their own portal,” Casile
said. “It will be a huge part of the
University’s Web presence.”
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