VOLUME 112, ISSUE 11
Missing UNC toxic waste found
STATE PROBES REMOVAL OF 2 DRUMS FROM BUILDING SITE
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
The N.C. Department of
Environment and Natural
Resources informed UNC officials
Saturday that they located two
containers of toxic waste that have
been missing from a UNC con
struction site since January.
Peter Reinhardt, UNC director
of environment, health and safety,
Position shift awaits
approval of trustees
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Bernadette Gray-Little hasn’t officially left
her post as executive associate provost, but
UNC officials believe they already have
found the person who will replace her.
Gray-Little was recommended to take up
the position of dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences, but she won’t be given her new title
officially until the UNC Board of Trustees
approves the move at its March 25 meeting.
In anticipation of the BOT’s likely
approval, Chancellor James Moeser signed
off on Provost Robert Shelton’s recommen
dation to promote Steve Allred to executive
Allred currently serves as associate
provost for academic initiatives, a position
in which he has served since August of2ool.
He noted that he began his current job
the same day Gray-Little started her position
and that the two were selected by the same
He also was quick to point out that Gray-
Little did a superb job.
“I’m really honored to be given the oppor
tunity to do this,” he said. “I hope that I can
be as well thought of as Bernadette Gray-
Little was in this position.”
Allred graduated from UNC in 1974 and
returned in 1986 to work in the Institute of
Although Gray-Little’s move will be
tough, Shelton said, he is happy that Allred
is willing to fill the position. Shelton said he
believes Allred is ready to take on the new
responsibility. “I think Steve has proven
himself at all levels,” he said.
Shelton recommended Allred after sever
al deans and faculty members requested that
he receive the promotion.
He said he anticipates that the BOT will
approve the moves, and an internal search
committee will be formed to find someone to
fill Allred’s old spot
In the meantime, Allred said, he will be
doing both jobs. Shelton said a combined
effort will be needed to fulfill all of the
responsibilities in both of the jobs.
“We’ll distribute those among everyone in
my office,” he said. “We’ll all have to work a lit
tle bit harder, but I’m hopeful with an inter
nal search we will fill the position quickly.”
He noted Allred will now work more
closely with deans.
SEE ALLRED, PAGE 5
System budget cuts may affect classes
UNC-CH may cut up to 60 sections
BY STEPHANIE JORDAN
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
UNC-system schools say they
will feel the punch of budget cuts if
the state enacts reduction scenarios
that could slash schools’ budgets by
1 percent, 2 percent or 3 percent.
“It will certainly have an impact
on our academic core,” said Chuck
Hawkins, senior associate vice
chancellor for financial services at
East Carolina University. “We’ve
taken hits of $45 million. We’ve
already taken out everything we
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raised concerns last week about the
whereabouts of the toxic waste cre
ated from the renovation of the
Medical Science Research
Building. Reinhardt said Sunday
that he was happy to hear the
waste was found.
“They’ve assured us that it’s
been found and that it will be dis
posed of properly,” he said.
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The deadline for public univer
sities to forecast what likely would
be cut if the funding is reduced was
originally March 5, but it was
extended by two business days to
March 9, giving the schools more
time to consider their possible cuts.
But university officials across the
system say the extension does not
make the reductions more palat
“Cuts have been deep over the
last few years,” Hawkins said.
erate fully with NCDENR as it con
ducts a formal investigation as to
how the two containers were
removed from the site without
“Whoever took them wasn’t fol
lowing proper procedure,” he said.
“We believe they were secure.”
NCDENR waste management
specialist Phil Orozco declined to
“We’re really concerned about hav
ing the resources for quality edu
“The scenarios we’re seeing
aren’t looking good.”
UNC-Chapel Hill also will face a
substantial negative impact if any
of the budget cut scenarios pass.
“On top of three years of budg
et cuts, the cumulative impact
means fewer teachers, fewer
library services,” said UNC-CH
Provost Robert Shelton. “Any of
these scenarios would have an
effect on us.”
Between 30 and 60 class sec
tions will disappear if a cut is
Reinhardt said that NCDENR
officials were unable tell him exact
ly where the waste is but that the
people who have custody of it must
take several steps to properly dis
pose of it.
They first must do a chemical
analysis to determine what is in the
5-gallon and 20-gallon drums.
Then, they must get
authorization to transport and dis-
For the first time since 2000, both North Carolina basketball teams will
compete in the NCAA Tournament. The UNC men’s team, which missed
the tournament in 2001 and2oo2, rebounded this season to earn a No.
6 seed despite a disappointing quarterfinal exit in the ACC Tournament.
Sophomores Raymond Felton, Sean May and Rashad McCants combined for
72 of UNC’s points in the team’s 83-82 loss to Georgia Tech at the Greensboro
Coliseum on Friday.
The Tar Heels (18-10) will take on Air Force in Denver, Colo., in the first round
Thursday. No player on the current roster has ever played an NCAA Tournament
game. •* . -•
“Needless to say, we’re happy that we’re still playing,” UNC coach Roy Williams
said. “I had the guys over to my home for dessert after practice, and they’re very
pleased.... (My wife) Wanda did the whole thing: brownies, ice cream, banana
pudding and strawberry shortcake, so you could have about what you wanted.”
The UNC women’s team, which reached the finals of the ACC Tournament
before losing to Duke, earned its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Tar Heels (24-6) earned a No. 4 seed and will face Middle Tennessee State
in South Bend, Ind., on Sunday.
They next could face No. 5-seeded Notre Dame on its home court, the second
consecutive year UNC faces such a scenario.
“What I learned is, don’t predict what the committee will do because it’ll be
just the opposite,” UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said.
implemented and the University’s
average class size also will increase
to more than its current average of
32 students per class.
“If you add one or two (stu
dents) to a class, does it make a dif
ference?” he said. “At some point it
does. As classes get bigger overall,
you start to feel it.”
Above all, University officials
are predicting that reduced class
sections might prevent UNC-CH
from meeting the expectations of
incoming students, which are
likely to number 335 more than
SEE SYSTEM, PAGE 5
The Tar Heels fall 83-82 to Georgia Tech in the final
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pose of it and contract a waste dis
The disappearance of the drums
comes amid a contract dispute over
the work being done at the site.
On Thursday, The (Raleigh)
News & Observer reported that rep
resentatives of Southern Site &
Environmental Corp. believe almost
20 employees have been exposed to
toxic materials while gutting the
building and taking waste to a land
fill at Alamance County.
The chemical analysis could
NCAA shot put title
BY BRIAN MACPHERSON
In a result that has become
almost routine, North Carolina
junior Laura Gerraughty won her
second consecutive NCAA indoor
shot put title with a record-break
ing throw of 62 feet 10 inches at
the NCAA Indoor Championships
on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
Gerraughty broke her own col
lege record of 62-9 1/2, a mark
she set Feb. 29 at the USA Indoor
TYack and Field Championships
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help to determine whether or not
the company’s concerns are found
University officials have main
tained that no workers were
exposed to mercury, arsenic,
asbestos or lead.
The contractors said that while
demolishing the building, they
identified asbestos and lead paint,
which were promptly removed.
The N&O reported that the
SEE WASTE, PAGE 5
broke her own
with a throw
of 62 feet,
Along with the USA champi
onship, she has won the ACC title
in the shot put and the weight
throw, and she was named the
SEE GERRAUGHTY, PAGE 5