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Residents: UNC Officials
Hesitant to Compromise
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Mason Farm Road residents
expressed frustration Friday about what
they perceive as reluctance on the part
of the Board of Trustees to alter the
University’s Development Plan.
In discussions last week, neighborhood
representatives and University officials
reached what both regarded as a compro
mise for a proposed access road between
South Campus and Fordham Boulevard.
But the compromise received a luke
warm response from trustees at their
Thursday meeting. Last week’s discus
sions between residents and University
officials, which generated the compro
mise, centered on the precise location of
the access road connecting South
Campus to Fordham Boulevard.
The road is one component of the
University’s Development Plan, which
details campus growth for the next eight
years. The Chapel Hill Town Council
will vote on the plan Wednesday.
The compromise requires moving the
proposed four-lane access road north of
a planned graduate student family hous
ing complex on Mason Farm Road.
This is an alternative to the UNC
proposed access road, which would run
south of the planned family housing.
The compromise would have the
access road run through land already set
aside by the Development Plan for
potential light rail and bus use.
Residents said they were frustrated
by the BOT’s perceived unwillingness
Airports May See More Security
Officials hope the added
presence of National Guard
units will boost consumers'
confidence in airport safety.
By Julia Lamm
N.C. airports could receive added
protection from National Guard units as
early as this week as part of an overall
increase in air
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Thursday that the National Guard will
be deployed to major airports nation
wide to provide added security after the
Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The federal
government will pay added expenses for
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to consider their alternate proposal.
“The decision, even though it was
one without hostility, reflects the fact
that we have no input at all. There is no
consideration for the neighborhood,"
said former Chapel Hill Mayor and
UNC faculty member Ken Broun.
Broun added he thinks the BOT’s
stance puts in doubt the effectiveness of
future Development Plan conversations
between the University and residents.
If the council adopts the stipulations of
the compromise, it could put the council
into conflict with the BOT’s wishes.
Jonathan Howes, special assistant to
the chancellor for University relations,
characterized the BOT’s Thursday dis
cussion on the Mason Farm Road issue
as “not hostile or belligerent, a princi
pled discussion that reflected their stew
ardship feelings toward the University.”
Howes explained to residents in the
Friday meeting that BOT members said
Thursday they wished to leave the
access road where originally planned. In
this situation, the housing would be bet
ter if it was oriented toward campus and
not split apart by the access road.
Residents and UNC officials might
continue discussions Tuesday morning at
the Chapel Hill Town Hall. But Susan
Fellner of 1300 Mason Farm Road said
she felt - in light of the BOT’s reaction
Thursday - the residents’ efforts could be
futile. “Here we sat, here we problem
solved, and we were rejected.”
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the almost 4,000 National Guard mem
bers deployed nationwide.
Gov. Mike Easley announced Friday
that troops will be sent this week to 12
major N.C. airports, including Raleigh-
Durham International Airport and
Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.
Easley’s Press Secretary Fred
Hartman said the state is willing to com
ply with Bush’s request.
“North Carolina will do whatever we
have to do and whatever we’re asked to
do to protect the people,” Hartman said.
He said 80 to 90 troops will be sent to
airports throughout the state.
Hartman said troops will receive spe
cial training from the Federal Aviation
Administration before they are deployed.
Hartman also said Easley’s office
plans to aid the federal government.
“We’re willing to do whatever is need
ed to make our state as safe as possible.”
But Mirinda Kossoff, communications
manager at RDU, said the airport has its
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Spiritual Festival Promotes Unity
By Brett Garamella
Integrating his music with spirituali
ty, guitarist David Seidel struck a chord
that epitomized the Rumi Festival.
Seidel’s group, Beloved, performed
Friday at the Hanes Art Center audito
rium as part of the four-day festival,
which aimed to unite people of different
religions. The fourth annual festival,
which started Wednesday night and
ended Saturday night, included camp
outs, spiritual discourses, workshops and
musical performances in the Chapel
Seidel said his group’s music fit in well
with one of the festival’s aims - promoting
cultural unity through music. “We’ve got
elements of north Indian classical music
and American contemporary music and
Central Asian music," he said. “And we
try to blend these things together.”
own police force already, meaning a mil
itary presence might not be necessary.
As of Friday, RDU officials had not
received any orders from the governor’s
office about National Guard presence.
But Kossoff stressed that a public per
ception of safety is essential to keep the air
port’s business from declining any further.
“It’s just a question of people regain
ing their confidence,” she said. “Our
economy depends on (confidence). It
has such a ripple effect everywhere.”
Easley also stated in a Sunday press
release that improved airport security was
crucial to regaining public confidence in
air travel. “The economy of the state and
nation depends upon safe and efficient air
travel,” the release stated. “At a time when
the private sector is stretched thin, it is vital
that we have a highly-trained personnel in
charge of security at the airports.”
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WASHINGTON - The Taliban government
confirmed Sunday that Osama bin Laden is still
in Afghanistan, but the White House flatly
rejected an overture to negotiate his fate.
Meantime, Attorney General John Ashcroft
warned of a “very serious threat” of new terror
ism against Americans that might increase if the
United States retaliates for the Sept. 11 attacks.
“We believe that there is the likelihood of
additional terrorist activity. And it is our job to
do whatever we can to interrupt it, to disrupt it,”
Ashcroft said on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”
“We believe there are others who may be in
the country who would have plans,” Ashcroft
said when asked about the ongoing hunt for
those behind the strikes against the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon.
Also Sunday, Taliban leader Mullah
Mohammed Omar told his people in a radio
address not to worry about a U.S. attack because
“Americans don’t have the courage to come here.”
Earlier, a Taliban envoy acknowledged for the
first time that bin Laden is in Afghanistan and
Sufism, the spiritual basis of the fes
tival, seeks to promote harmony among
people of different religious and ethnic
backgrounds. Mevlanajelaluddin Rumi
- the festival’s namesake founded
Sufism in the 13th century.
Although many of the festival’s atten
dees follow the Sufi practice, which they
say teaches love, compassion and one
ness of religions, non-Sufis participated
as well. “IPs' S celebration of (Rmni’s)
teachings and his living of those teach
ings,” said Laura Thiel, festival co-chair
woman. “There are people from all
walks of life. You can’t even imagine
what a broad spectrum it is.”
This festival is considered one of the
central events in American Sufism,
bringing participants from all over the
country. “I live in New Hampshire ... so
we had a 15-hour drive,” Seidel said.
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Bill Aims to Lessen Growing Pains
By Elyse Ashburn
Officials say the UNC system’s grow
ing pains might be eased by pending
legislation that aims to reduce contract
ing delays and public construction costs.
If the N.C. General Assembly passes
House Bill 623, it could have major impli
cations for UNC-system growth and for
UNC-Chapel Hill’s Master Plan, legisla
tors and University officials have said.
The legislation has already passed the
House, but several changes were made
to it in the Senate, at which point it was
sent back to the House, where it is still
sitting in a rules committee.
Evelyn Hawthorne, UNC-CH’s asso
ciate vice chancellor for government rela
tions, said the bill would enable UNC and
other public builders to have increased
flexibility in their construction plans.
Hawthorne said state law requires bid
ding at each level of public construction.
under the control of the Taliban. He said nego
tiations might be possible if the United States
offered evidence linking bin Laden to the attacks.
“He’s in a place which cannot be located by
anyone,” Taliban ambassador to Pakistan Abdul
Salam Zaeef told journalists in Islamabad.
Zaeef said the Taliban, which has rejected a
series of appeals to hand over bin Laden and
avert a military confrontation, was willing to
talk. “We are thinking of negotiation,” he said,
adding that if direct evidence against bin Laden
were produced, “it might change things.”
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card
said, “The president has said we’re not negoti
Card said the Taliban government has been
told what to do. “They’ve got to turn not only
Osama bin Laden over but all the operatives of
the al-Qaida organization. They’ve got to stop
being a haven where terrorists can train,” he
said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Bin Laden must “be purged from Afghanistan,
and the Taliban knows that,” Card said. “The
United States is very patient, but we want to see
justice done and we want to see it done quickly.”
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But the proposed bill would allow public
entities to accept one bid for each project
Rep. George Holmes, R-Alexander,
who cosponsored the legislation, said
using one contractor would expedite
construction and reduce costs.
The UNC system already received
similar exceptions on some of the pro
jects funded by the bond referendum.
Rep. Joanne Bowie, R-Guilford,
added that under the legislation, any
construction costs exceeding the initial
bid would become the contractor’s
responsibility - possibly saving the
UNC system even more money.
Hawthorne said the legislation also
would reduce the number of construc
tion projects that require state approval,
making the process more efficient
All public building projects costing
more than $500,000 now require state
approval, but the proposed bill would
raise that threshold to $2 million.
Hawthorne said many UNC-CH ren
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Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was
skeptical of the Taliban claim.
“It was just a few days ago that they said they
didn’t know where he was, so I have no reason
to believe anything a Taliban representative has
said,” Rumsfeld said on NBC’s “Meet the ft-ess.”
The continuing threat against Americans was
cited by Ashcroft as he argued for legislation he
said would help confront those plotting terrorism.
He called on Congress to meet President
Bush’s deadline of Friday for approval of the
“We think that there is a very serious threat
of additional problems now. And frankly, as the
United States responds, that threat may esca
late,” Ashcroft said.
“Very frankly, we need to do everything we
can here at home,” the attorney general said,
repeating his claim that his department needs
increased powers for surveillance, the ability to
use information gathered by foreign govern
ments and the ability to detain terrorist suspects
for longer periods of time.
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ovation projects fall under the $2 million
threshold and that the bill would have a
major impact on smaller schools in the
system. Most construction projects at
smaller campuses cost less than $2 million,
she said, adding that increasing the thresh
old would ease the construction burden at
several historically black schools.
Hawthorne said the bill would enable
universities to accept bids from companies
with lower bond ratings, enabling minori
ties and other groups traditionally at a dis
advantage in die construction industry to
bid on campus construction projects.
Hawthorne said those opposing the
bill are primarily subcontractors con
cerned about losing business.
Holmes said he is not sure the bill will
make it out of committee before the legis
lature adjourns. He said, “I am in favor of
the bill, and hopefully we can get it done.”
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