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Police: Extra Cost for Halloween Worthwhile
By Jocelyn Oberdick
Police officials reported Monday that
this year’s Halloween celebration, which
drew about only half the crowd of last
year’s, cost the town an additional
But Chapel Hill Police Chief Gregg
Jarvies told Chapel Hill Town Council
members Monday night that safety
should not be sacrificed to reduce the
cost of policing Halloween and that the
additional money was a necessary price
Last year more than 50,000 revelers
turned out for Halloween, and the fes
tivities cost the town $75,000, a figure
that Jarvies said he hoped would
decrease with stricter security measures
The issue of who should pay
the costs to the town that
UNC's growth will create
first came up last year.
By Carolyn Pearce
After 14 months of negotiations, the
Chapel Hill Town Council accepted the
University’s stance on fiscal equity
Monday night but emphasized a need
for more negotiations.
Town Council members voted unan
imously to acknowledge receipt of a
Nov. 16 letter that Chancellor James
Moeser sent in
response to the
town’s request that
help cover the
costs of its own
receipt of the let
ter, they said it
leaves more to be
tent with the
response to the
Chapel Hill Mayor
is disappointed with
response to the
The town’s requests to share growth
costs with the University came in the
form of a 17-point proposal sent to UNC
officials in October that outlined the
town’s expectations for how the
University will handle an upcoming
surge of development. Although UNC
officials agreed with most of the town’s
stipulations, they disagreed or deferred
decisions on three of the points. One of
the three points mandated that UNC
cover all costs created by development
of the Horace Williams tract.
Mayor Rosemary Waldorf said she was
disappointed with portions of the
University’s response to the town’s
requests. “I somewhat regret that we did
n’t get everything we wanted,” she said.
Mayor-elect and council member
Kevin Foy also said he is not complete
ly satisfied with the negotiations.
“This is not the final version,” Foy
said. “There are a lot more things to talk
Council member Bill Strom said he
has seen some inconsistencies in nego
tiations between UNC and town offi
cials that he wants to see rectified.
“I want to clarify some points in
(Moeser’s) letter that are inconsistent
with some conversations,” Strom said.
“I hope that (Foy) can bring an innova
See FISCAL EQUITY, Page 5
announced in early October.
Jarvies attributed the increased cost
to additional law enforcement on
Franklin Street on Halloween night.
Chapel Hill spent $49,000 on more
than 200 police officers, who were
employed from outside jurisdictions
including Morganton, Wilson,
Henderson and Raleigh.
Jarvies said expanded traffic restric
tions, also implemented this year, did not
contribute greatly to the increase in cost.
Despite the fact that the cost of this
year’s celebration was higher than last
year’s, Jarvies said the new measures
should be retained next year.
Jarvies told the council that the new
traffic plan and the beefed-up security
contributed to the town’s successful con
trol of the Halloween festivities.
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Jim Lowry, manager of Cranberry Tree Farms, helps Chapel Hill resident Tanya Froeber choose a Christmas tree Monday night. Froeber purchases
her tree every year from the farm and this year decided to take a Frasier fur home to her family. Lowry, a graduate of N.C. State University,
has worked at the farm for 10 years. Cranberry Tree Farms has been in operation for 14 years and has several lots in the Chapel Hill area.
Plague South Campus
University police say they
are considering increased
patrols around residence
halls during Winter Break.
By Mike Callahan
Several UNC students returned to
their South Campus residence halls
Sunday to find their rooms had been
burglarized during Thanksgiving break.
According to police reports, five
rooms in Craige and Hinton James res
idence halls were robbed during the
four-day weekend. A DVD player, a
VHS recorder and a television were
among the items stolen, which totaled
more than $530 for the five rooms.
“They pretty much ransacked our
room,” said freshman Christie
McDaniel, who lives in Craige. “I just
really felt violated.”
University police Maj. Jeff
McCracken said the burglaries are still
under investigation and appear to be
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“The amount of officers was sufficient
for the crowd size this year,” Jarvies
said. “We will need to have at least the
same amount of people next year.”
Jarvies also said the traffic restrictions
were necessary to keep the celebration
controlled. From 8 p.m. until about 1:30
a.m., vehicles were restricted from the
roads within a 1 1/2-mile radius of down
town Chapel Hill.
Jarvies reported that arrests were
down 40 percent from last year’s cele
bration. There also were fewer problems
related to illegal parking or vandalism in
nearby neighborhoods around the
downtown area, he said.
Jarvies said he estimates that next
year’s Halloween costs will be approxi-
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connected. Officials have no suspects at
McDaniel said she and her room
mate had their window screen broken
and the contents of their dresser drawers
emptied onto the floor. Despite the mess
left behind, McDaniel said the burglar
only stole her roommate’s combination
In two of the five rooms, nothing was
stolen, reports state. But damage was
reported in all rooms.
Sophomore Glenn Hollar, also a
Craige resident, said he felt angry when
he returned to school to find a Super
Nintendo, DVD player, checkbook and
pillowcase stolen from his room. The
estimated cost of the items is more than
According to police reports, the per
son or people who burglarized the
rooms left the rooms in disarray. Police
said the burglars might have entered
through a window.
Hollar said more should be done to
protect student property during vaca-
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officers from various jurisdictions, such as
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managed the crowd.
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planning the event. source: chapel hill police department
Grade Inflation Makes Marks at Harvard
Some professors say increasingly inflated
grades reduce their institutions' validity
and that the problem must be addressed.
By Michael Davis
The findings of a report released last week by Harvard
University stating that grade inflation is a problem at the insti
tution are similar to the findings of a report released by UNC
professors last year stating that the problem exists at UNC.
According to the report, half of all grades awarded to
Harv ard undergraduates are A’s or A-’s.
The report adds that the humanities have the biggest prob
lem with grade inflation, with A’s and A-’s making up almost
two-thirds of grades awarded in small humanities classes.
In a letter accompanying the report, Susan Pedersen,
Harvard’s dean of undergraduate education, said actions will
be taken in the spring to correct this trend.
UNC economics Professor Boone Turchi said the report’s
findings indicate a problem that needs to be addressed by
many universities, including UNC. Turchi brought the issue
to the forefront at the University two years ago, saying inflat
ed grades needed to be investigated.
The Faculty Council approved a resolution this fall requir
ing individual departments to monitor grade inflation and
give annual reports to deans. An amendment to the resolution
also required that the Educational Policy Committee collect
information from those reports for the council.
Turchi said the Harvard report’s findings will remind the
faculty of the issue on the UNC’s campus.
Harvey Mansfield, a Harvard government professor and the
lead opponent of grade inflation, said the issue is a major epi
demic at the university. “I think it’s a scandal here at Harvard.”
But he said grade inflation is not limited to Harvard and is
especially prevalent in other private institutions.
Mansfield said in addition to the staggering percentage of A’s
and A-’s, more than 90 percent of students graduate with honors.
Mansfield said weighting grades by reporting the percent
age of students who received each letter grade in the class on
transcripts is one solution to the problem.
The system will retain a professor’s sovereignty by not lim-
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The desert airstrip captured
by the Marines late Sunday
was part of the last major
stronghold of the Taliban.
The Associated Press
SOUTHERN AFGHANISTAN -
Newly landed U.S. Marines went into
combat for the first time late Monday,
with fighter jets attacking armored vehi
cles near their new base in southern
Two F-14 Tomcats hit the armored
column, said Maj. Brad Lowell, a
spokesman for the
said Marine AH-
1W Cobra helicopters were in the area
but did not fire on the armored vehicles.
The Marines landing in Afghanistan
come from two divisions, including the
26th Marine Expeditionary Unit from
Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. The
other division is based at Camp
Earlier, Marine spokesman Capt.
David Romley said Cobras had
attacked 15 tanks and armored person
nel carriers and destroyed some of
them. As he spoke with reporters short
ly before midnight local time, he indi
cated combat continued. There was no
word on casualties for either side.
Romley did not say who manned the
vehicles, but the desert airstrip the
Marines seized Sunday night is in the
region of Kandahar, the last major
stronghold held by the Taliban.
Romley would not say if the armored
column was heading toward the base or
give any details about where it was
attacked, except to say it was “in the
vicinity of this base.” He said the vehi
cles had been spotted by U.S. aircraft.
Romley said the column included
tanks and BMPs, which are armored
vehicles capable of carrying a dozen sol
diers each. When the Soviet army
retreated from Afghanistan in 1989 after
a decade-long w r ar, it left its client
regime with dozens of tanks and BMPs
that later were captured by a coalition
of local militias and warlords.
At the base, helicopters and transport
planes ferried in troops and equipment,
and the Pentagon said it would take at
least another day to reach the full com-
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An "A" for Effort
A Harvard report stating that half of all grades received by students are A's or
A-'s mirrors a report released last year examining grade inflation at UNC.
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SOURCE: 2000 GRADE INFLATION REPORT TO THE FACULTY COUNCIL