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Volume 110, Issue 56
could call the shots
A provision in the N.C. House bud
get might halt UNC Chancellor James
Moeser’s plans to shut down the Horace
The budget bill stipulates that the air
port, located off Airport Road, will stay
open until otherwise ordered by the
N.C. General Assembly.
It was introduced into the House
budget July 31, three months after
Moeser announced that the University
was suspending operations at the airport
as soon as anew home could be found
for UNC’s air fleet.
The provision is not in the Senate
version of the budget.
Moeser cited financial strain on the
University and a lack of resources to
make safety improvements as the main
reasons for shutting down the airport.
UNC spent an
$250,000 to meet
the airport’s capi
tal cost expenses.
All told, the air
port is expected to
record an operat
ing defirit totaling
for the 2001-02 fis
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said the provision,
which was unani
announced in April
plans to close Horace
by the House Appropriations
Subcommittee on Education, has arisen
for multiple reasons.
“There are several influences at work
here - there are private pilots who keep
their planes at the field, people who
want to refuel and land there and then
sports fans who fly in for basketball and
football games,” Insko said.
The airport houses about 25 private
ly owned planes, seven of which are
owned by the University.
Insko said she knows the proposal
has backing in the Senate.
“I know several senators have (Area
Health Education Centers) in their dis
tricts, and they don’t want to see the
program harmed,” she said.
AHEC coordinates the transport of
doctors from the UNC School of
Medicine to other areas around the
state. Faculty then provide their exper
tise for speciality climes and education
al programs. The program houses its
fleet at the Horace Williams Airport.
Moeser said upon the announcement
of the airport’s closure that the site
would stay operational until AHEC
could be relocated.
Insko said the AHEC’s transition
might not move as swiftly as Moeser
“There are negotiations under way
for anew hangar for the AHEC fleet,
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A student committee is working to help students
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Students debating religion with "Pit Preacher" Gary Birdsong catch the attention of national media that flooded the campus Monday.
The afternoon discussions of the freshman summer readingtook provoked a flood of publicity positive and negative for UNC.
Return to Normalcy
Focus shifts from the contested summer reading program to UNC's Ist day of classes
By Meredith Nicholson
Assistant University Editor
Only one day after national media swarmed the
campus to witness incoming students participate in
discussions of the contested summer reading book,
UNC students tried to get back to normal Tuesday.
Most students said that they thought the debate
over the required reading of Michael Sells’ book,
“Approaching the Qur’an: The Early Revelations”
had been blown out of proportion and that they were
glad to see the controversy take a back seat to the
first day of classes.
Jenna Searcy, a freshman from Harrisburg who
read the book and attended a discussion section
Monday, said her session was active. She was
pleased freshmen read the book and discussed it
because it allowed her to hear all points of view, she
said. “Obviously, it created a lot of things to discuss.”
Searcy said she saw a big circle of people debating
the book in the Pit on Monday and that she was inter
viewed by one of the many camera crews on campus.
But she said that all the fuss had faded down by
Tuesday and that she did not talk about the book or
reaction it generated in any of her classes.
Journalism Professor Chuck Stone, who was an
active participant in a free speech rally held in the Pit
before Monday’s discussion groups, described the
atmosphere as turbulent but productive. “We need to
ALE Cracks Down on Students' Ist Weekend
By Jamie Dougher
Assistant City Editor
Local law and alcohol enforcement
officials together maintained a strong
presence over students’ first weekend
back in town, issuing increased num
bers of alcohol-related citations.
Herbert Battle, the assistant supervi
sor for Orange County’s Alcohol Law
Enforcement division, said the ALE
made 72 arrests and issued 93 charges
last weekend in conjunction with the
Chapel Hill Police Department
Chapel Hill police alone recorded
30 citations last weekend. Police
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Wednesday, August 21, 2002
“You wouldn’t know we had a controversy on campus (Monday).”
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Participants in a free speech rally Monday
carried signs with political messages.
let the pros and cons collide.... You can’t get critical
thinking when you only get one side,” he said.
Stone said the appearance of the media stirred up
reaction on campus, but he said he thinks the con
troversy is basically over and he hopes students will
refocus their energy on other pressing issues.
teamed up with ALE to issue 20 cita
tions last year and 68 in 2000.
Gregg Jarvies, Chapel Hill police
chief, said his department and the ALE
jointly decided to perform an operation
last weekend. In some cases, the police
will call in the ALE for specific reasons.
“Sometimes they’ll tell us they’re
going to be in town, or we’ll ask them if
they can do an operation if we have a
particular problem with a bar or a club,”
Jarvies said. “It’s a legal requirement -
they can do operations we can’t.”
The areas around Fraternity Court
and Franklin, Columbia and North
Roberson streets were heavily
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Cindy Wolf Johnson, associate vice chancellor for
student learning, said that it is too early for an esti
mate of how many students attended the discussion
groups but that the sessions were well-attended.
She said Monday was an exciting time and that
she is looking forward to the follow-up activities.
Summer reading program officials have planned a
series of events, including a visit from Sells and a
panel of campus religious leaders.
Though some freshmen said they expected to dis
cuss the book in their English classes, Wolf Johnson
said that it is up to individual professors whether to
use the book in class and that it was never a require
ment for freshman English classes.
Christopher Hill, an English graduate student who
is teaching a section of freshman English, said he never
intended to use the book in his class and he will not be
reading any essays that students wrote on the subject
When the class studies public issues, students will
have the opportunity to write about “Approaching
the Qur’an: The Early Revelations" if they choose,
but it will not be assigned, he said.
Hill said students will continue to talk about the
book but that things will calm down now that stu
dents are back in classes. “I think the media not
being around really helped.”
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patrolled, with the majority of citations
issued in these areas, Chapel Hill police
spokeswoman Jane Cousins said.
Jarvies said that when students
arrive, police assign more officers to
the street because of the increased
crowds. “When there’s more officers
than people, you’re going to see an
increase in arrests,” he said.
Jarvies said police will sfrive to
maintain a visible presence on the
street throughout the year, not just
“If we have problems, we respond,
but we want to maintain a general
presence,” he said. “We want to have a
downtown where people can have fun,
enjoy the atmosphere and avoid peo
ple who tend to over-imbibe."
Jarvies said that every year the
Chapel Hill Police Department meets
with all bar owners and managers to
discuss ways to curb underage drinking.
“We want to maintain as much con
trol over there as we can,” he said. “If we
don’t continue to maintain some control
over the illegal sales and consumption of
alcohol, then we’re likely to see an
increase in the number of incidents.”
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Task force will craft
5-year plan for UNC
By Daniel Thigpen
UNC-Chapel Hill’s newly formed
tuition task force is up and running, and
members say they hope to have a com
prehensive tuition plan proposal ready
early next semester.
Committee members met for the first
time Monday to discuss their general
approach to the endeavor and solidify
plans for the rest of the semester.
Provost Robert Shelton said the
group studied essential background
information and statistics that will even
tually be applied to crafting a long-term
tuition plan for the University.
“It was a beginning, and we had good
representation I thought,” said Shelton,
head of the committee. “A lot of work
has to be done outside the meetings.”
Although the committee only recent
ly met, University officials have been
grappling with the tuition issue for quite
Last year, the UNC-CH Board of
Trustees formed a similar task force to
draft a one-year campus-based tuition
increase. That committee later pro
posed a S4OO permanent tuition hike to
the BOT, which board members
approved in January.
The UNC-system Board of
Governors later adjusted the Bor’s rec
ommendation, trimming it down to
S3OO and also approving across-the
board increases for the system’s univer
sities - an 8 percent tuition hike for in
state students and 12 percent for out-of
Since then, campus leaders have said
they are making it a priority to ensure
tuition increases at UNC-CH are more
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Post Sept. 25
By Daniel Thigpen
The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of
Trustees’ soon-to-be-newest member is
eager to get to work, although his term
doesn’t actually begin until late
Philip Carson, an Asheville lawyer
and UNC-CH graduate who previous
ly served on the UNC-system Board of
Governors, will officially be sworn into
the position at the BOTs Sept. 25 meet
Carson, who has practiced law in
North Carolina for 35 years, fills the
vacancy left by former Bank of America
CEO Hugh McColl.
McColl resigned from the board in
May, citing time constraints.
“I’m honored to be part of the
University’s governing body,” Carson
said. “It’s a great board - they’re strong
and dedicated people.”
BOT Chairman Tim Burnett said he
is delighted to have Carson joining the
While the two only knew each other
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