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SBP runoff forum hosted
by CIVIC to be held today
Coalition of Independent Voters
in Carolina will host a forum today
for the two candidates in the stu
dent body president runoff elec
The forum is open to the public
and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in
Murphy 116. Candidates Matt
Calabria and Lily West will make
opening statements and then
address audience questions.
CIVIC is a student organization
formed this semester to promote
nonpartisan political debate on
Police investigate report of
person imitating ALE officer
Chapel Hill police are investi
gating reports of someone imper
sonating an officer early Sunday.
According to police reports, at 1
a.m. a suspicious person with an
Alcohol Law Enforcement Division
badge was checking identification
cards at the Pi Lambda Phi frater
nity house on 211 Henderson St.
There is no evidence that this
person is affiliated with any law
enforcement agency.
According to reports, the inci
dent is under further investigation
and police have no suspects.
Saturday shooting linked
to suspected Ohio sniper
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The day
after the chief investigator said
authorities were closing in on a
serial highway shooter, a man
stood in plain view on an overpass
and fired a handgun at cars below.
He then walked to his car and
slipped into traffic.
Ballistics testing has confirmed
that the Saturday morning shoot
ing was the 24th in a series in the
Columbus area, investigators said
Sunday. No one was injured in that
The bullet recovered from the
battery of a sport utility vehicle
struck on Interstate 70 matches
eight others recovered during the
investigation, including the one
that killed a woman in November,
according to a release. The others
have been linked by factors
including location and circum
Experts said the shooter is
becoming bolder after evading
capture for three months, when
authorities first established a pat
tern in the shootings.
Iraqi police capture No. 41
on U.S. list of top fugitives
BAGHDAD, Iraq A special
Iraqi police unit arrested a senior
Baath Party leader on the U.S. mil
itary’s most wanted list during a
raid Sunday on his home in a
Baghdad suburb.
The capture of Mohammed
Zimam Abdul Razaq leaves only
10 top figures still at large from the
list of 55 issued after the Saddam
Hussein regime fell. Abdul Razaq
was No. 41, and one of the four of
spades in the military’s “deck of
cards” of top fugitives.
Deputy Interior Minister
Ahmed Kadhum Ibrahim touted
the arrest as evidence that the still
rebuilding Iraqi police force “can
be depended upon in the fight
against terrorism,” looking to give
his troops a boost a day after police
in the turbulent city of Fallujah
were overwhelmed by dozens of
gunmen in one of the best organ
ized guerrilla attacks yet
U.S. officials gave conflicting
reports Sunday on whether foreign
fighters or Saddam loyalists car
ried out the bold, daytime assault
on the Fallujah police station.
At least 25 people, mostly
police, were killed in the raid,
more than 30 people were wound
ed and the attackers freed dozens
of prisoners at the station.
4 pjn. An information ses
sion about the Class of ’3B
Summer Study Abroad
Fellowship program will be held
in Union 3502. Students create
program proposals and receive a
grant of $3,500 to complete the
project if accepted. For more
information, contact Diana Levy
at 962-5661.
7 p.m. Rick Halperin, a pro
fessor of history from Southern
Methodist University and an
expert on the death penalty, will
present an overview of the death
penalty today in the United States
and its associated trends. The
event will be held in the Student
Union Auditorium. It is sponsored
by the Robertson Scholars
Collaboration Fund.
From staff and voire reports.
Survey to zero in on retention issue
Officials addressing faculty concerns
On Friday, University officials
announced plans to conduct a sur
vey of faculty members to investi
gate the growing problem of facul
ty retention and recruitment at
UNC-Chapel Hill.
Provost Robert Shelton said at
the Faculty Council meeting that
UNC-CH officials would investi
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Sara Rinehart of Kappa Delta charges down the field in a Powder Puff football game at the Hooker Fields on Saturday morning as part of a
fund-raiser for Dance Marathon. Last year the volunteers involved with Dance Marathon raised $167,238.49 for the For The Kids Fund.
Key events help cover expenses, fulfill mission
It’s the last dash in a long course.
With the UNC Dance Marathon scheduled
to kick off Friday, it’s crunch time for the
ocean of committees, subcommittees and
dozens of dedicated students involved.
The search for corporate sponsorship to
underwrite Dance Marathon expenses began
this summer. The first fund-raising push
began in October and won’t end until 5 p.m.
Saturday, when the group’s online auction
closes its virtual block. The events are as var
ied as the students who donate.
“We never start with a financial goal
because our mission statement has three
parts,” Jessica Sherrod, a junior and business
management chairwoman, stated in an e-mail.
Dance Marathon seeks to unify the campus
and provide emotional support for the chil
dren and families, but the money is the third
part that makes it all possible.
Last year, the more than 200 volunteers
involved with Dance Marathon raised
$167,238.49 for the For The Kids Fund, which
was established in 2000 to allow money to be
given directly to the families and patients of
the N.C. Children’s Hospital.
Senior plans for
job, future travel
The end of the year already has
caught up with senior Sean
Michnowicz, and the path beyond
graduation seems obscured by
Plans for graduate school no
longer fill
mind; he didn’t
apply. After
evaluating sev
eral universi
ties whose
graduate pro
grams might
take his peace,
A biweekly series
focusing on the
job market and the
challenges faced before
and after graduation.
war and defense studies a few steps
closer to a career in counterterror
ism, Michnowicz decided time
taken off might be time well-spent
His lease expires May 31, and he
plans to leave Chapel Hill before
then, perhaps making his way
toward Austin, Texas, or Seattle.
Though both cities host major uni
versities in which Michnowicz has
been interested, education has
taken a back seat to money in the
bank for the 22-year-old from East
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gate the issues of employee reten
tion in the coming months. He said
a survey would be distributed to
faculty members to find the prob
lems with retention that are
“beyond mere numbers.”
“We want to determine what in
addition to salary and benefits are
key in addressing recruitment and
retention,” he said.
Judith Wegner, chairwoman of
Senior Mandy Helton, Dance Marathon’s
publicity chairwoman, explained that fund
raising is divided into committees for ease.
These committees put together everything
from grassroots change collection to dona
tions via UNC ONE Cards to auctioning off
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being captive in front of their own computers.
It is the second year Dance Marathon has held
an online auction, and at http://www.unc the selection is impressive.
Everything from food to entertainment to
requisite Tar Heel paraphernalia are available
for the bidding: a SSO gift certificate to Top
of the Hill, video rentals and jewelry. For tel
evision junkies, there are autographed
posters of cast members from “Bufly the
Haddam, Conn.
“There’s a difference between a
job and a career,” Michnowicz said.
“I’m just looking for a job, some
thing to pay the bills.”
And he’s aiming to travel, not
only within the United States. For
Michnowicz, who said he becomes
restless living in the same place for
years, a Winter Break trip to India
further fueled his fire for interna
tional forays.
“It’s not what I did,” he said. “It’s
still what I haven’t done.”
Michnowicz left New York City
on Dec. 22 and arrived in Chennai,
India, on Dec. 24 arpund 1 a.m. He
slept during most of the flight and
awakened to a culture whose sights
and sounds he’d previously experi
enced only through film, music
and language.
“When we flew into Bombay,
you could see the squatter settle
ments, which go about three
fourths of the way around the
international airport,” he said.
Noting the contrasts between
opulent wealth and extreme pover-
the council, said after the meeting
that the survey should be distrib
uted by the first week in March.
“We’re trying to document in
some detail why faculty might
stay, why faculty might leave,” she
The survey has not been drafted
yet, but Wegner said members of
the Faculty Council have been
working with research profession
als to complete the task.
“We’re looking at a lot of differ
ent models from other universities
Vampire Slayer,” signed copies of “Grounded
for life” scripts, a “Pirates of the Caribbean:
The Curse of the Black Pearl” script and
posters of professional wrestler Macho Man
Randy Savage.
Sophomore Shailika Shah, Dance
Marathon’s community events chairwoman,
and three subchairmen have been collecting
items since September for this year’s auction.
Shah is pragmatic about the success of the
auction. "We can do everything in our power
to make it known, but it still depends on peo
ple getting online and bidding,” she said.
That seemed to be the crux of the matter:
student involvement.
“It all comes from the students, and it’s
incredible how far it goes,” said junior Alison
Ross, fund-raising projects chairwoman. She
also is heading up the canning drive.
The canning doesn’t involve fruit, pectin or
gathering nonperishable items. Instead, slot
ted cans are used to collect spare change at
the Smith Center, Wal-Mart and the Franklin
Street post office. Money is donated during
approximately 10 separate canning drives
throughout the year and can bring in thou
sands of dollars.
“We are so lucky that we actually see the
money in our hands,” Ross said. “And we also
dates with Chapel Hill’s
most eligible bachelors.
“We really specialize, so
we cover different audi
ences,” Helton said. “The
reason we have a lot of
events is we want (stu
dents) to get something in
return. We want a captive
This year’s audiences
will have the pleasure of
W. Rosemary gets attention
New developments on West
Rosemary Street might bring new
life and attention to a part of
downtown that business owners
say does not get as much notice as
Franklin Street.
At a recent Chapel Hill Town
Council public hearing, developer
Tom Tucker expressed concerns
that Rosemary Street does not
receive as much funding for side
walks and lighting as Franklin
■Ricker, who serves on the
Chapel Hill Downtown
Commission, said owners on
Rosemary Street have contributed
to the Downtown Service District
Tax but have not seen any results.
“I have a hard time understand
ing how they expect to encourage
development,” he said.
Charles House, chairman of the
Downtown Commission, said
Franklin Street gets more atten
tion because it has a more visible
presence in the town.
“Rosemary is equally as impor
tant as Franklin, but it is not as
developed,” he said.
House said Franklin Street, due
to its retail business and proximi
ty to the University, has more
pedestrian travel, which explains
that have done this,” she said. “I’ve
got a lot of information in a thick
She said that the survey would
be distributed to the faculty via e
mail and that she hopes to have
results by the Faculty Council’s
April meeting.
The meeting also concerned the
continuing issues of tuition.
During its Jan. 17 meeting,
members of the Faculty Council
passed a resolution condemning
UNC-CH’s proposed tuition
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Customers Satish C. and Santosh Agarwal have dinner at Oriental
Garden, a Chinese restaurant located at 503 W. Rosemary St.
why certain amenities such as side
walks are installed there. He said
these amenities will be seen on
Rosemary Street eventually.
“There is no intention at all to
slight the Rosemary district,” he
Tucker is developing Rosemary
Village, a major project for the
West Rosemary area, which will
include 38 condominiums and
seven retail shops.
'Ricker has been working on the
project’s design for four years and
increase, even though much of the
revenue from the increase would
go toward faculty salaries.
Chancellor James Moeser spoke
during Friday’s meeting and
defended UNC-CH’s proposals.
“The state is still in a very pre
carious situation,” he said. He
explained that raising tuition would
be in the interest of UNC-CH.
In last month’s resolution,
Faculty Council members cited the
Saffelle regains
footing afterfire
At the Saffelle company’s new
warehouse in Hillsborough on
Friday, an employee dragged her
cigarette across the sidewalk sev
eral times and ran it under tap
water before throwing it away.
Her caution seemed appropri
ate after a fire Feb. 7 destroyed the
janitorial supply company’s
24,000-square-foot building in
Carrboro, causing several million
dollars in damage.
Carrboro Fire Chief Rodney
Murray said the investigation is
still underway. “We’re not any far
ther along. We just started digging
the building out Hiesday after
The department asked for help
from the State Bureau of
Investigation and the N.C. Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
because of their ability to deal with
large commercial buildings.
“It gives us another set of eyes to
look through and additional man
power,” he said. “It’s time consum
ing to dig through debris. The
more assistance you have, the
quicker you can move through that
In addition to damages to the
company’s business, there still are
concerns about chemical runoff
into University Lake, a primary
water source for Orange Water
And Sewer Authority.
After the fire, OWASA switched
its water withdrawal from
University Lake to the Cane Creek
Reservoir as a precaution.
OWASA received phone calls
from homeowners in the area
complaining of sudsy water and
chemical smells, said Rachel
Monschein, laboratory supervisor
at the Jones Ferry Road Water
Treatment Plant.
She said the plant has run
extensive tests on the lake, but it
won’t receive results for about two
“We’re going to not return to
University Lake as a source until
we get those test results as a pre
caution,” Monschein said. “In sum
mer, there’s more outdoor water-
said it would consist of upscale
shops, including a facial spa, a cof
fee shop and an art gallery.
The project site is located on
West Rosemary next to Mama
Dip’s Kitchen and is expected to be
completed by summer 2005.
Judy Bosniadis is a sales and
marketing executive with the
Rosemary Village project
“(Rosemary Village) will bring a
revival to the area,” she said. “I feel

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