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    VOLUME 112, ISSUE 115
Formal talks rejected
COUNCIL REQUESTS PUBLIC FORUM ON UNIVERSITY ZONING
BY TANNER SUVDEN
STAFF WRITER
The Chapel Hill Town Council
rejected Monday the possibility of
meeting with the University about
proposed changes to the zoning dis
trict that governs UNC.
The Office/Institutional-4 zon
ing district was created for the
University in 2001 to guide con
struction on large tracts of land on
the main campus and related sites.
Town Manager Cal Horton’s
proposal would have created a
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Nearly 80 students attend “The Real Thanksgiving:
The Past, Present and Future of Native Americans,”
a dinner catered by Boston Market, Monday
night in Connor Residence Hall. This is the second year
for the event, which was co-sponsored by the Carolina
“Almost any voting system that you have,
there is potential tampering, ” verla insko, N.C. REPRESENTATIVE
Task force to look at voting machines
BYCARLYTRICHE
STAFF WRITER
Memory shortages in electronic
voting machines have been blamed
in the loss of more than 4,000 votes
in Carteret County on Election
Day, possibly altering the outcome
of two Council of State races.
Now, officials are ready to crack
down on the problems presented
by electronic voting. Legislators
created a committee Friday to
assess these machines.
“The purpose is to ensure voter
confidence in the system,” said
Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange.
The Joint Select Committee on
Electronic Voting Systems com
prises 13 members from both the
Doulas integral to Womens Hospital
BY LINDA SHEN
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
The curving lobby of UNC Hospitals
is a sheer face of windows, and on a
bright day, the carpets are striped white
from the sun.
Lois Ballen’s office is on the fifth floor
of the Women’s Hospital, where the walls
are painted soothing, matte colors, and
the doorplates are gold and pink. From
behind a set of locked, limited-access
doors, she is the program manager of
UNC Birth Partners, a volunteer, hospi
tal-based doula program.
“A doula is a nonmedical care pro
vider who offers emotional and physical
comfort measures, along with helping
families find information and finding
a good position for birth,” explained
Debbie Young, director of publications
for Doulas of North America.
Ballen, a registered nurse, has spent
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four-member council committee
to hold public meetings and to
discuss eight proposed changes to
01-4 with a University committee.
But the council and town resi
dents asked Monday for a more
open and less formal public forum
to discuss the proposed procedural
changes to the zoning district.
“We have used this format when
talking to the University about big
problems,” said council member
Bill Strom. “We don’t need some
thinglike the Paris Peace talk-style
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state and local levels.
“(This committee), of course,
has subpoena power,” said House
Co-speaker Richard Morgan, R-
Moore. He said it would be stron
ger than similar groups in the
past, with diverse members who
can offer a wide range of input.
The committee will meet Dec.
12 to start developing suggestions
about how to improve the contro
versial voting system.
Many committee members seem
to think a paper ballot in addition
to the machines would help clear
up a lot of confusion and prevent
votes from being lost.
“It just means that there would
be a paper trail of some kind,”
years seeing women come in for deliv
eries unaccompanied, unprepared or
sometimes both.
“Women come in with the people
they choose to help them, but they know
nothing about birth —and labor can be
scary” she said. Ballen says that most
women bring family members who are
no more comfortable or knowledgeable
about birth than themselves.
“They see their loved one in pain or
with weird behavior, and people freak
out”
So far this year, 118 babies and their
families have received a little extra help
from BirthPartners’ staff of volunteer
doulas.
Young said doulas run the gamut of
service, meeting patients prenatally,
staying through the birth and working
with mothers post-partum.
“It is the continuous care that makes
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format to discuss this issue. We
need to have more of a conversa
tion between the whole town and
the University.”
Council member Cam Hill
agreed, adding that the proposed
changes are minor and that the
type of meeting that Horton advo
cated should be saved for issues that
require more time and energy.
Meetings could resemble the
informational public forums held
earlier this month about redevelop
ing parking lots 2 and 5, Hill said.
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Indian Circle. This year’s event focused on the true
meaning of Thanksgiving as opposed to myths. Margaret
O’Shaughnessey, professor of English, gave a speech
highlighting the origins of Thanksgiving traditions.
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Insko said.
Under this system, when a vote
is cast electronically, a paper ballot
also would be printed.
The voter could then review the
paper ballot to verify that the vote
is correct If the paper ballot is not
correct, the person would be able
to vote again.
“There’s now no paper trail,” said
Sen. Austin Allran, R-Catawba. “If
a machine has malfunctioned ...
there’s no backup.”
Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange,
said the committee will look to
avoid all possible problems that
might occur with the machines.
“We’re going to start with an over
view of the systems in the state.”
the doulas work so well.”
Most of the country’s doulas are in pri
vate practice, but Birth Partners matches
women with doulas when they arrive at
the hospital in labor.
Ballen explained that women receive
doula care in situations based on avail
ability, risk or isolation during delivery.
Unlike the flurry of latex-gloved
doctors and nurses checking vitals and
measuring progress, the doula is focused
solely on the woman in labor, answering
her questions, helping her breathe and
running interference with concerned
family members.
Ballen said the benefits of having a
doula aren’t restricted to a calmer wait
ing room. “(Women who have doulas)
use less pain medicine because they don’t
seem to need it,” she remarked, grinning.
SEE DOULAS, PAGE 4
Horton’s proposal also was criti
cized because some, including town
resident Laurin Easthom, said there
was a lack of citizen involvement.
“I hope the council decides
to use citizens at the meetings,”
Easthom told the council.
Council member Mark
Kleinschmidt said that even though
the proposed summit-style meeting
could create discussion between
the council and the University, it
SEE ZONING, PAGE 4
She said similar problems have
occurred during the past three
state and federal elections, in
2000, 2002 and 2004.
“We also want to hear from
experts (on voting machines).”
Kinnaird said intentional tam
pering with the machines is a
problem that can be solved with
the help of experts.
“Almost any voting system that
you have there is potential tam
pering,” Insko said.
But more importantly, acciden
tal malfunctions like the incident
in Carteret County can be fixed.
“I think the issues are unin-
SEE VOTING, PAGE 4
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Natalie Stevens (left), a volunteer doula at UNC Hospitals, works with Michelle Willis, who
is expecting a daughter Monday afternoon. Doulas like Stevens assist women in childbirth.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2004
Reed selects
deputy for
tech services
East will facilitate overhaul of ITS
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
As Information Technology
Services enters the second month
of an expansive reorganization, a
new face has joined the depart
ment’s helm.
George Washington University
technology administrator Robyn
East will serve as the University’s
first deputy chief information offi
cer, effective Dec. 28.
Dan Reed, the University’s CIO
and vice chancellor for informa
tion technology, announced East’s
appointment during an ITS staff
meeting Monday afternoon.
“She was someone who had
strong support from all quarters,”
Reed said Monday evening.
East now holds the post of an
executive director in the information
systems and services department at
George Washington University.
When Reed stepped into his
position last June, the deputy CIO
position was created to help him
oversee information technology at
the University.
Reed also directs the Institute
for Renaissance Computing, a joint
effort with Duke University and
N.C. State University, and serves
on President Bush’s Information
Technology Advisory Committee.
“He has multiple commitments
on campus and in national orga
nizations,” said Megan Bell, acting
assistant vice chancellor of com
munications for ITS. “He’s got a
lot of hats to wear, and that’s one
of the reasons why the deputy CIO
was created.”
Officials began searching for
System schools
examine tuition
Past concerns again rear their head
BY ERIC JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
As widely expected, the over
whelming majority of UNC-system
schools are readying proposals for
campus-based tuition increases for
the 2005-06 academic year.
Mark Lanier, special assis
tant to the chancellor at UNC-
Wilmington, summed up the mood
of campus administrators across
the system.
“I completely understand the
reluctance to increase tuition,” he
said. “No one wants to increase
tuition, but we find that in order
to provide the kind of quality that
our students expect —and that
we want to offer campus-based
increases are a source that we
reluctantly have to go to.”
At almost all of the system’s 16
campuses, tuition task forces and
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Deputy CIO
Robyn East
will lead the
most important
changes at ITS
since the group
was created
seven years ago.
someone to fill the newly created
position as soon as Reed began his
tenure as vice chancellor.
The application process, which
closed Aug. 27, produced nearly
175 contenders. A search commit
tee sifted through the field, set
ting aside four finalists who were
interviewed by both Reed and the
committee.
“Everyone who talked to (East)
thought she would make a differ
ence,” Reed said.
The post will give her ample
opportunity to make an impact.
“The role of the deputy CIO is ...
to do the day-to-day management,
to do all the day-to-day work with
all the assistant vice chancellors and
operations,” Bell said. “Dr. Reed’s role
is really one of strategy and vision.”
East won’t have much time to
unpack her boxes as she arrives in
the midst of what some say is the
largest change to ITS since its cre
ation seven years ago.
A complete information tech
nology reorganization, aimed to
increase flexibility and community
responsiveness, kicked off Oct 1.
The move condensed Academic
Technology & Networks and
Administrative Information
SEE EAST, PAGE 4
boards of trustees have been meet
ing to craft proposals that focus on
funding for classroom needs.
Most schools have yet to final
ize the amount of their proposed
increases, and the system’s Board
of Governors is expected to issue
guidance on that subject sometime
before its January meeting.
The board expects tuition pro
posals from system schools starting
in January and will likely continue
debating through March.
Last year, the BOG accepted
requests of up to S3OO, ultimately
allowing a $250 hike for N.C. State
University and UNC-Chapel Hill
and an increase of $225 at 13 other
schools.
The board directed that the
additional funds be earmarked
SEE SYSTEM TUITION, PAGE 4
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