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Delays set back renovations
to the School of Government.
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Council Brings Development to Standstill
By Jennifer Johnson
The Chapel Hill Town Council unan
imously approved a resolution Monday
night that will effectively halt all future
development in the area.
The resolution was adopted in lieu of
a proposed formal moratorium on all
town and UNC developments.
The resolution, presented by Town
Manager Cal Horton, scheduled work
sessions about the town’s new develop
ment ordinance during the times when
The recent $2 million grant will allow the
curriculum in Asian studies to expand its
summer programs, faculty and resources.
By Tina Chang
Thanks to a recent $2 million grant, UNC undergraduates
will have more opportunities to learn about Asian cultures
and to study in the region.
The Freeman Foundation, a Vermont-based philanthropic
organization that promotes Asian studies, has awarded $2 mil
lion to the College of Arts and Sciences’ curriculum in Asian
Course offerings in Asian studies will expand greatly
because of the gift, said Miles Fletcher, history professor and
chairman of the Asian studies curriculum.
Two of the most prominent new features of the Asian stud
ies program will be an eight-week summer program that will
be established in Beijing and a five-week program in Kyoto,
The summer program in Beijing will be modeled after a
Burch Field Research Seminar that took place in Beijing in the
spring of 2001, saidjames Hevia, chairman of the curriculum
in international studies.
In the Burch seminar, 15 students worked on individual
projects focusing on issues in contemporary China, although
Hevia said he hopes to expand the program’s scope with the
“We hope to take up to 40 students per year to Asia,” he
The funds also will be used to provide scholarships for 15
students who want to participate in one of UNC’s already
established programs in Asia.
New faculty also will be hired for the curriculum, including
additional professors in Chinese language and literature and
Japanese language and literature and anew director for the
Center of Asian Studies, Fletcher said.
Thirteen faculty members now teach courses in the Asian
Some funds will be allotted to purchase new library mate
rials for undergraduate courses and to attract distinguished
The Freeman grant is not the only funding that the Asian
studies program has received.
In November, UNC alumnus Alston Gardner donated $lO
million to Asian and international studies at UNC.
“It’s a promise for future development,” Fletcher said.
“There will be many more opportunities for UNC students to
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Young Democrats Support McKinney
Monday's forum allowed
six candidates to highlight
their platforms and respond
to several group questions.
By Krista Faron
The UNC Young Democrats
endorsed candidate Will McKinney for
student body pres
ident after the
group’s Monday _ . .
forum in Bingham
Hall - the first forum of election season.
At the forum, six candidates briefly
highlighted their platforms and fielded
public hearings for new construction
projects that need council approval
would have had to take place.
In effect, the resolution eliminates the
opportunity for developers to petition
the council until anew development
ordinance is approved. The council’s
tentative deadline for crafting anew
development ordinance is Sept. 18.
The new ordinance will be created
through a series of public forums, which
will give residents a chance to comment
on proposed developments but not on
future development proposals.
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Local Shops Grow Nationwide
Three local shops began as small
stores in Carrboro or Chapel Hill
and have spread to serve new
customers across the country.
By Jennifer Johnson
A few local entrepreneurs are proving that
small town businesses can make it on the nation
al scale despite a recent drop in the economy.
At least three local businesses - Cosmic
Cantina, Performance Bicycle Inc. and Adam &
Eve - have discovered new niches outside of
their Chapel Hill or Carrboro homes in the past
Cosmos Lyle, creator and owner of Cosmic
Cantina, decided to expand his operation to
New York City during the summer of 2001.
Despite the fact that the economy was in the
early throes of a recession, Lyle decided to
launch the business on the national scale after
questions from group members.
Candidates Correy Campbell and
Charlie Trakas did not attend the forum.
Following the candidates’ remarks, 40
Young Democrats members voted, with
a majority endorsing McKinney.
Candidates were allowed to speak on
issues pivotal to their campaigns and to
address campus concerns like tuition,
parking, construction and the arts.
Candidate Fred Hashagen empha
sized his leadership experience and past
success in galvanizing the University
community to action. He cited his expe
rience as assistant student body secre
tary, campus coordinator for the On the
Wake of the Emancipation Campaign
and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgen
der administrative assistant.
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The council rec
ognized four pro
jects - Orange
OFC and Larkspur
subdivision - that
will go forward
because they have
been approved by
the planning board.
owners and devel-
“If you’re looking for someone other
than a politician - if you’re looking for a
leader -then I’m not the best candidate,
I’m the only candidate,” he said.
Other candidates stressed the impor
tance of student government’s commu
nication with the University community.
Candidate Jen Daum highlighted her
plans for creating a more effective dia
logue between students and administra
tors. She said effectively communicating
student opinion on campus would be
critical to her presidency. “This cam
paign is about engaging, enriching and
empowering students," she said.
Candidate Brad Overcash also empha
sized the importance of student voice in
producing change at UNC. He proposed
the idea of a “student summit,” where rep
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spoke in opposition
to the resolution.
opers attended the meeting to protest a
formal development moratorium the
council was expected to consider.
But the decision to focus on crafting
the new development ordinance caught
the attendees off guard.
Aaron Nelson, president of the Chapel
Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce,
said projects that haven’t gone to the
planning board or are under review now
will be stalled for six to eight months.
Several speakers expressed concern
about the council’s decision because,
although the resolution replaced the
running two thriving stores in Durham and
Chapel Hill. “I really like New York,” Lyle said.
“I thought I might as well have a financial rea
son for being here.”
The New York restaurant, located at 101
Third Ave. in Manhattan,
caters to its new patrons
with later nighttime hours,
a more varied selection
and higher prices than its
Chapel Hill and Durham
“The prices are a little
higher, and there are a few
more specials, like the Big
Apple Salad,” Lyle said.
“We also stay open until 5 a.m. because the bars
don’t close until 4 a.m.”
Creating new branches is a challenging and
sometimes risky decision for small businesses
because of regional differences between states,
But Lvle said he is confident the business
resentatives from campus groups would
have the opportunity to address the entire
student body. “My campaign is about
rebuilding the student voice," he said.
“I’m focusing on real ideas, feasible ideas
and ones that have been flushed out."
With a decidedly more irreverent
approach than the other presidential hope
fuls, write-in candidate Nathan Katzin also
promoted more consistent communica
tion among students. His colorful, occa
sionally profane remarks addressed cam
pus issues in an extremely candid manner.
“I’m here to help us figure out what
our voice is," he said. “I’ll be in the Pit
every week to talk to students about sex,
television and weed."
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hotly contested moratorium on devel
opment, the proposal will successfully
stagnate development for months.
Nelson spoke in opposition to the res
olution, saying it was unfair to develop
ers and business owners.
Prior to the meeting, Nelson said 65
e-mails from local business owners were
sent to Mayor Kevin Foy expressing dis
satisfaction with the moratorium on
future development. “(The moratorium)
is an inappropriate solution to an
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move will be successful because his consumer
base continues to grow.
He said he relies heavily on the feeling of a
universal collegiate atmosphere to ensure
Cosmic Cantina’s success. “It’s kind of a test to
“It’s ...a test to see if a concept
can be carried to different
locations. You only ... know
the market once you open. ”
Owner of Cosmic Cantina
Another business that has made its way out
into the world is Performance Bicycle, which
grew from a single small Carrboro shop in
Garry and Sharon Snooks’ basement into a
thriving nationally recognized supplier.
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Student body president candidate Bennett Mason speaks at a forum
sponsored by UNC Young Democrats while other candidates listen.
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If the proposed fee passes,
each UNC-system student
will be charged $1 per year
to help fund the ASG.
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Members of the UNC-system
Association of Student Governments
have drafted a budget that would take
effect if a proposed systemwide fee is
adopted to fund the association.
The proposed $ 1 per student annual
fee would boost ASG’s budget to
approximately $165,000 -a huge
increase from its current budget of
The budget proposal, which was first
discussed at Saturday’s ASG meeting,
includes $40,000 for a managing direc
tor, SIO,OOO for traveling expenses and
stipends for ASG officers, who now are
ASG President Andrew Payne said
the managing director would be a'Yull
time professional who would provide a
stable figure and help with transition.
Payne said one of the goals of the
proposed budget is to increase equity
among different campuses, particularly
for smaller campuses in outlying areas
of the state.
Although the ASG has yet to set a
date to vote on the proposal, student
leaders have said the additional funds
“I think the need is definitely there,”
said UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body
“For ASG to function like other sys
tems across the nation, we need the
Public universities in some other
states have fees for student government
expenses. The ASG’s proposal states
that California students pay 50 cents per
semester, Wisconsin students pay $1.35,
and students in New York pay $2.
The ASG is supposed to receive
$250 in dues from the student govern
ments of each system school.
But several campuses could not
afford to pay dues this year, meaning
the ASG’s budget, normally at $4,000,
totaled just under $2,500.
To take effect, the ASG’s proposal
also must be approved by the UNC-sys
tem Board of Governors.
James Haltom, ASG vice president
for public affairs, said he is optimistic
about the proposal’s chances for gaining
“I think we have a good chance,
because if they stop this, they’re stop
ping us from having a voice,” Haltom
said. “Basically, we don’t have a lot of
funding; a lot of the stuff that we do
comes out of our pockets.”
Haltom said many members are
forced to pay for official business out of
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see if a concept can be car
ried to different locations,”
Lyle said. “You only begin
to know the market once
Lyle said he is planning
other forays into unknown
territories in the future,
with potential restaurant
locations at the University
of Miami or the
University of Virginia.
Tuesday, January 29, 2002