FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2004
Fledgling DEDC makes progress
Group looks to increase its presence
BY CATHERINE SHAROKY
Though the town’s newest down
town group has been meeting for
more than three months, members
and business leaders say the group
is just getting its feet wet.
The Chapel Hill Downtown
Economic Development Corporation,
formed to help a downtown com
munity in flux, isn’t yet a familiar
name. But it has begun to take some
permanent steps toward becoming a
major advisory force.
The corporation has chosen Suite
202 in the office building at 308
W. Rosemary St. as its permanent
location. It is located next door to
Pan tana Bob’s, which Chairman Bob
Epting said is “as middle of down
town as one can get geographically.”
The corporation is in the process
of selecting a permanent executive
director. Epting said members will
begin to discuss and outline the job
description of a potential director
at their Wednesday meeting.
“The permanent director will
Past honor cases sparked code changes
BY DAN GRINDER
Four years have passed since the
last open case of the UNC honor
system engulfed the campus in
controversy and cries for reform.
Charges brought against then
student Michael Trinh in spring
2000 served as a catalyst for revi
sion of the honor system.
Trinh, fearing an unfair trial
behind closed doors, opened his
case to the public after he and 23
other students were reported for
cheating on a group project in a
computer science course.
His initial conviction was met
with a public outcry of injustice,
inspiring him to appeal the deci
sion. The verdict was overturned
in February 2001.
The controversy resulted in
the reassessment of honor system
procedures, which previously held
little interest to the campus.
“It wasn’t just the case, it was
the whole situation,” said Sue
Estroff, professor and chairwoman
of the Faculty Council at the time.
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be the go-to person responsible for
pooling resources between individ
uals, the town and the University,”
said Nancy Suttenfield, board
member and UNC vice chancellor
for finance and administration.
The board is currently headed
by interim Executive Director Nick
Didow. Epting said the board has
been pleased with Didow’s services
“On the other hand, it is clear
that we would like to have that per
son in place permanently,” Epting
said, adding that a director could
be selected by spring 2005.
The corporation also plans to
put up a Web site by the beginning
of next year in hopes of helping
local business and property owners
better understand its goals.
“It’s difficult to touch base with
every single person, business and
property owner,” said Mary Jo Stone,
chairwoman of the Chapel Hill
Downtown Commission, a group
of business owners downtown that
plans to work with the corporation.
“We were aware of the situation,
but the case really pushed us to
Many students questioned the
complexity of the code.
“Our code was very legalistic,”
said Dave Gilbert, assistant dean
of students. “You almost needed a
law degree to understand it.”
Faculty called for more involve
ment on their part in the histori
cally student-run system.
“Faculty were complaining that
the offenses happened in their
classrooms, but they had no input
in the situation,” Gilbert said.
Chancellor James Moeser
appointed a committee of students
and faculty to explore the situation
in December 2001.
The committee scrutinized the
Instrument of Student Judicial
Governance, which serves as a
statement of student disciplinary
procedures. It issued a report that
proposed the first major changes
to the document since it was
adopted in 1974.
“It was a major provision to
She said many downtown busi
ness owners have been made aware
of the corporation via newspapers
“Until a lot of these things are
set up, there might be one or two
people that might slip through the
cracks,” Stone said.
Epting said the corporation
was not created to act as a liaison
between the downtown business
community and the public. Other
Chapel Hill business groups already
perform that function, he said.
The seven-member corpora
tion was created to fuse the goals
of the town, the University and the
private downtown business sector.
Four town representatives hold
positions on the board. Two seats
are filled by University officials,
and the seventh member was cho
sen by the other members.
Epting said the corporation
promotes economic revitalization
through downtown development
in places where the interests of the
downtown business community
and the University join.
“For a long time, some people
have had a view that there was
rewrite the entire document,” said
Judith Wegner, chairwoman of the
Committee on Student Conduct at
the time and current chairwoman
of the faculty.
The task force issued an exten
sive report in June 2002 that out
lined trouble spots in UNC’s honor
system, suggesting new and some
times controversial ways to allevi
ate those problems.
“Everything was on the table,
from the preamble to the offenses,”
Suggestions from the review
committee included an expedited
hearing consisting of a three-per
son council, an “XF” grade signi
fying failure for academic dishon
esty, more flexibility for the court
and a lowered burden of proof.
In 2003, the review com
mittee significantly revised the
Instrument, providing more
opportunity for faculty and stu
dents to discuss alleged violations,
expanding the range of sanctions,
expediting the honor system pro
cess and giving the Honor Court
some kind of dividing line there,”
Epting said about the perceived
separation between the University
and the downtown sector.
“It is in the University’s interest
to see our downtown be vibrant and
exciting for faculty and students
and visitors,” Suttenfield said.
“It’s our home, and we care
a great deal about its economic
Another goal of the corporation
is to preserve the characteristics and
charm of downtown while approv
ing downtown construction projects
that help keep it modern.
The group sent Monday a list
of recommendations to Town
Manager Cal Horton regarding the
town’s proposed re-developments
of downtown parking lots 2 and 5.
“Franklin Street is not a street
that divides the University from
the town,” Epting said. “It’s a place
where the University and the town
are physically joined.”
“Downtown Franklin Street feels
like my own heart,” he said.
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more flexibility to administer edu
“What came out was a whole
new system with an increased level
of involvement,” Estroff said.
Significant strides increased fac
ulty and student input for the sys
tem in use today. These include a
faculty-student resolution process
that allows students and faculty
to come to a consensus with little
“It was time for to re-evaluate
where the University was,” Gilbert
said. “It was time for a change.”
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WXYC celebrates 10 years online
Ten years ago, WXYC-FM, 89.3
on the radio dial, became the world’s
first radio station to rebroadcast its
signal over the Internet.
This weekend, the University’s
student-run station will celebrate
its lOtye.ar anniversary as an
The celebration will include the
release of a compilation CD, an
anniversary party and a panel dis
cussion on the history and future
of Internet radio.
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UNC struggles with
BY JENNY RUBY
Every year, top prospective stu
dents turn down their acceptance
to UNC and decide to attend other
universities, some of which offer
enticing scholarship packages.
The small number of merit
based scholarships offered at
UNC is the reason students give
most often when they decide not to
attend the University, admissions
Officials now are in search of
different avenues to fund merit
scholarships in hopes of recruiting
top students, said Steve Farmer,
senior associate director of under
“If we want to remain competi
tive in the recruitment of top stu
dents, we really need to look care
fully at merit-based scholarships
for these talented kids,” he said.
Despite the increasing demand
for merit-based scholarships,
members of the Thition Task Force
decided in October not to extend
tuition revenue to cover the cost
of such aid.
The committee came to the con
sensus that increased funding for
merit-based scholarships is impor
tant but should not be generated
through tuition revenues.
“We would like to strengthen
the merit program, but it’s viewed
as complementary to need-based
scholarships,” said Shirley Ort,
associate provost and director of
scholarships and student aid.
Traditionally, tuition revenue
funds need-based scholarships,
while merit-based scholarships are
generated through private dona
tions and endowments.
Farmer said that because of the
University’s aim to make higher
education accessible to all North
Carolina students, the focus always
has rested heavily on need-based
“We are very excited about this
weekend,” said Jason Perlmutter,
WXYC station manager. “We are
going to highlight the success of
our Internet broadcast.”
The station will kick off its week
end celebration today by broadcast
ing live in the Pit. “We are going to
Stream our event and allow anyone
who walks by to be able to transmit
a request,” Perlmutter said.
The compilation CD, titled
Bandwidth: Celebrating 10 Years
of Internet Radio on WXYC-Chapel
Hill will commemorate a decade
“The University has made
need-based aid a high prior
ity because we want to make sure
that every student who gets into
the University can afford tuition,”
Farmer said. “This is a great com
mitment for a public university.”
Ort said about 120 merit schol
arships are given by the University
to incoming freshmen each year
none will be affected by the
task force’s decision. This number
does not include the Robertson
or Morehead scholarships, which
awarded 15 and 40 scholarships to
freshmen this year, respectively.
The Carolina First Campaign, a
$l.B billion fund-raising initiative,
is one of many campaigns seeking
to provide support for areas such
as merit-based scholarships and
The Carolina Scholars Program
also offers merit-based scholarships
to both in-state and out-of-state stu
dents. In-state students are awarded
$7,500 per year, while out-of-state
students receive $15,000. Last year,
about 40 students received these
scholarships, Farmer said.
Other programs include
National Merit Scholarships, given
to students who are National Merit
Scholars who list UNC as then top
choice, institutional resources and
graduate student tuition remis
Richard “Stick” Williams, chair
man of the Board of Trustees, said
he is glad the full board recently
discussed both need- and merit
based scholarship funding. He
said finding this funding is a top
priority for the BOT.
“There are as many avenues as
we have through any other fund
ing,” Williams said. “It’s just a mat
ter of effectively explaining why
you need the dollars.”
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of success at WXYC. It includes a
collection of songs contributed by
local artists such as Malt Swagger,
Work Clothes and Jett Rink.
The entire CD will be available for
free on the WXYC Web site Sunday.
The disc also will be available for
purchase on the Web site, from con
tributing artists and in area stores.
“Our first goal was to have (the
CD) just on the Web so that anyone
could listen to it,” Perlmutter said.
“But it’s been a while since the sta
tion has had a music release.... We
felt we should have something for
the CD age.”
Many local artists are scheduled
to perform at Saturday’s release
party at Local 506. Billy Sugarfix
will emcee the event, which will
include live music by eNtet, the
Moaners, Spectac and Jett Rink.
“Many people have helped out
with (the station) over the years,”
said John Dzubak, day manager for
Local 506. We’re hoping everyone
comes out to celebrate.”
All of the weekend events are
scheduled to be broadcast live on
WXYC and simulcast over the
Internet. “The Internet simulcast has
been a real good thing,” Perlmutter
said. “It allows people who are affili
ated with the University to listen
when they aren’t hero”
Perlmutter said he is optimistic
about the future of Internet radio
and the possibilities it presents for
WXYC. “I don’t know maybe one
day people all around the world
will be riding around in their cars
listening to WXYC.”
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■ Due to an editing error,
the headline for the Nov. 4 story
“Honor Court hearing open to all”
misrepresented a fact stated in the
The hearing was not, in fact, an
Honor Court hearing; it was an
appeal heard by the Undergraduate
■ Due to a reporting error, a
Nov. 4 photo caption on page 3
stated that the group pictured was
Misconceptions, performing “Don’t
The group actually was the
Carolina Style Ballet Company,
performing “Awaken the Dawn.”
To report corrections, contact Managing Editor
Chris Coletta at ccoietta4Semail.unc.edu.
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