THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2004
BY RACHEL BROCK
Several ongoing construction
projects slated to improve campus
transportation are posing problems
for both drivers and pedestrians.
The Advisory Committee on
Transportation met Wednesday
to discuss the challenges that stu
dents and faculty face in navigating
around construction areas.
Derek Poarch, University police
chief and chairman of the commit
tee, said the biggest transportation
issue during the next two years will
be on-campus parking.
“Hopefully we’ll turn the comer
and see some improvement once
we start completing (parking)
decks that are under construction,”
This month’s meeting began by
highlighting the many current and
upcoming campus construction
projects, including the Ramshead
Center on South Campus, a steam
tunnel on Manning Drive and pedes
trian bridges atop South Road.
Members also noted off-campus
projects, including the Chatham
County Park and Ride Lot located
off of 15-501 South, that will affect
campus parking and transit. The
lot is slated for completion in
August of 2005.
The committee addressed stu
dent concerns, brought up by
Jennifer Carter, a representative of
the Graduate-Professional Student
Federation, that the buses are too
full at crucial times.
After the meeting, Carter also
expressed worry about how 75 per
cent of new parking spaces will be
allocated to faculty members. She
said this leaves too few spaces for
both undergraduate and graduate
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• Committee members are looking
for ways to make the Zipcar service,
an on-campus car rental program,
available for students under 21.
Officials stressed the need to get
the word out about the Zipcar pro
gram, which has become increasing
ly popular, as academic departments
now have access to the service.
“We are going to work with
Zipcar and the University to do
everything we can to get this
service for interested students,”
Kurt Neufang, assistant director
of Chapel Hill Transit, said during
the meeting that the group will lis
ten to student concerns and will try
to mitigate any problems.
Neufang explained four changes
to bus routes that have been imple
mented this semester. The “S,”
“JFX,” “V” and “FG” underwent
changes in August.
He also passed out a “Mobility
Report Card,” evaluating UNC’s
Bicycle activity was the only
area of transportation that saw a
decrease in popularity since 2001,
and committee members said this
could be attributed to increased
construction and the free bus
The group also noted the suc
cess of a deal with Triangle TVansit
Authority that allows students and
faculty to purchase monthly passes
at the discounted rate of $lO.
Committee members will meet
again Nov. 17 and continue to dis
cuss problems and potential solu
tions to transportation on campus.
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Opening brings new start for APS
Shelter will complement county facility
BY SARA LEWKOWICZ
Saturday will mark the opening
of the Animal Protection Society’s
brand-new adoption center, almost
six months after the group lost con
trol of the Orange County Animal
The opening, which will include
tours of the facility and a demon
stration of the group’s dog training
program, comes as anew begin
ning for APS.
For more than a year, the orga
nization was embroiled in contro
versy concerning its management
of the county’s animal shelter.
Kay Flaminio, executive director
of APS, said the adoption center is
a breath of fresh air and anew start
for the organization.
Flaminio said the center will
serve a different purpose than
the county animal shelter, focus
ing on providing an environment
GOP accuses opponents of blocking spots
BY SHERRI ENGEL
State Republicans have pub
licly accused the N.C. State
Board of Elections of catering to
party politics and preventing ads
against the Democratic incum
bent governor from reaching the
Members of Patrick Ballantine’s
campaign and the N.C. Republican
Party say a partisan BOE is the
reason the gubernatorial can
didate’s campaign has not been
allowed to air ads against Gov.
“The governor appoints the
majority of the board, and the
Democrats now control the
board,” said Bill Peaslee, chief
of staff, political director and
special legal counsel for the N.C.
When the Republican Governors
Association tried to put out ads
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“(The adoption center) is just
like a home environment. We put
the animals in rooms instead of
cages, so they’re less stressed out
and happier,” Flaminio said.
She said the center handpicks
animals that have temperaments
suitable for adoption. All animals
will be spayed or neutered before
adoption takes place.
“We’ll be working to match the
animals we have with the people
who are coming in looking for
pets,” she said.
Flaminio also said the center
will be working with the county
animal shelter by taking a number
of animals and preparing them for
“I feel like the Orange County
Animal Shelter and the APS have
a partnership that will only grow,”
Flaminio said. “We are all excited
promoting Ballantine, the BOE
stopped the corporately funded
ads. The board claimed the associ
ation did not register as a political
action committee, and non-PAC
organizations can’t use corporate
funding for advertisements.
But Republican Party members
cried foul, citing the State Capitol
Media Project, a Washington,
D.C.-based organization founded
by former Democratic governors
that was allowed to air ads in favor
“The same standard should be
applied, and there should be a level
playing field,” Peaslee said.
But Kim Strach, deputy direc
tor of campaign finance at the
BOE, said the State Capitol Media
Project does not have a political
purpose, so it can air the ads.
“Their goal is to discuss issues
and policies of Democratic candi
dates,” she said.
about the adoption center opening
so that we can save more animals ”
Joe Pulcinella, director of the
county animal shelter, said the
shelter is focusing on moving out
of the stormy waters it has endured
for the past two years.
“We’re kind of getting past the
rocky transitional period and get
ting into the point now where we
can start working on the projects
that are more forward-looking.”
Pulcinella noted that there have
been drop-offs in both the num
ber of adoptions and the number
of animals being brought to the
shelter. He attributed the changes
to confusion caused by the facility’s
“My staff and I have had people
ask when we’re moving,” he said.
“...A lot of the public is still very
confused about what’s going on with
the county shelter. We’re trying to
get the word out that we’re still open,
and we’re not going anywhere.”
The Orange County Board of
Commissioners is taking transi
“Their sole goal is to play a version of
Dean Smith’s old four comers and keep
voices critical of Gov. Easley off the air”
EDWARD TOBIN, rga executive director
Schorr Johnson, commu
nications director of the N.C.
Democratic Party, said both
Democrats and Republicans on
the board voted unanimously that
the RGAs ad was illegal.
But he also said other BOE rul
ings about political ads have been
in favor of the Democrats.
“Of course (the BOE) is parti
san, but it doesn’t mean the rul
ing is wrong,” said Ferrel Guillory,
director of UNC’s Program on
Southern Politics, Media and
Despite this innate partisan
ship, Guillory said the BOE has
been able to work through party
differences when making deci
In a statement, RGA Executive
Director Edward Tobin still
claimed the BOE’s decision was
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tional steps toward placing animal
services under one county-con
trolled department or bureau.
In April, the commissioners
decided to remove APS from the
position of shelter managers.
The commissioners made the
decision after receiving recommen
dations from a special task force cre
ated to assess shelter problems, cit
ing a lack of accountability and past
problems as reasons for their deci
sion not to recontract with APS.
The storm surrounding APS
began more than two years ago,
when critics Elliot Cramer and
Judith Reitman filed a lawsuit
accusing the group of withholding
financial records and changing by
laws illegally. APS filed a counter
suit charging Cramer and Reitman
of libel, slander and defamation.
The legal battle concluded in
July when APS officials withdrew
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will try to overturn it in federal
“Their sole goal is to play a
version of Dean Smith’s old four
corners and keep voices critical
of Gov. Easley off the air through
Guillory said the organization
can go to court and challenge the
ruling, but the BOE is abiding by
the letter of the law. The RGA just
hadn’t filled out the right paper
Association has a spotty track
record coming in and circumvent
ing law,” Johnson said.
“Patrick Ballantine should call
on the Republican Governors
Association to stay out of North
Carolina and abide by the law.”
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