VOLUME 112, ISSUE 121
S7OOK in parking fines
remains unpaid to DPS
ALMOST HALF OF CAMPUS PARKING CITATIONS WON’T BE PAID
BY SUSIE DICKSON
Hundreds of parking citations are issued
every day on UNC’s campus, but nearly half of
these fines will never be paid.
During the past two years, officers from
UNC’s Department of Public Safety issued
more than 103,000 parking citations total
ing $2.7 million in fines, according to DPS
records. But only about $1.5 million of these
In 2003, almost 9,000 citations were dis
missed upon appeal, about 16 percent of those
issued. This year, about 7,600 citations have
been appealed and dismissed, or about 15 per
4 online groups
to tout programs
BY STEPHANIE NOVAK
Students living on campus this
spring have the opportunity today to
discover what digital music service
providers will be able to offer them.
Representatives from Napster,
Cdigix, Ruckus Network and
Rhapsody will take center stage at a
forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the
Great Hall of the Student Union.
Students will be able to choose
one of the programs to experi
ment with next semester as part
of the UNC-system Office of the
President’s pilot program for music
The representatives will attempt
to distinguish their companies
today through their presentations
and demos so students can make
a decision on which company to
select for the spring.
“Their focus will be telling
people about the services that will
be available for the digital music
pilot,” said Jeanne Smythe, direc
tor of Information Technology
Services computing policy. “We’re
hoping to learn about the popu
larity if it’s the kind of service
students are interested in.”
She also said ITS and student
government will gather feedback
from students that could deter
mine whether UNC will imple
ment a music downloading service
He Jones,chief of staff for Student
Body President Matt Calabria, has
had the opportunity to try out some
of the services and is serving as the
representative for Rhapsody.
“It’s really rewarding to be able to
play any song at any time,” he said.
“It’s a lot of music, and it’s really fim
to have all that at your fingertips.”
Cdigix and Ruckus target stu
dents at colleges and universities,
whereas Rhapsody and Napster
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In 2003, only 93 citations were appealed
and upheld. This year, 312 citations have been
appealed and upheld.
Valid reasons for appeal usually include
broken meters or damaged signs that make
parking rules confusing, said DPS spokesman
“There are a lot of nonvalid reasons (for
appeal), most of which begin with the three
words ‘Somebody told me,’” he added.
In order to dispute a citation, a driver must
submit a written appeal to DPS within 10 days.
After this window of time closes, the depart
ment tacks a $lO late fee to the fine.
Although this process has led to the appeal
and dismissal of many fines, almost $700,000
Hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash pumps up an enthusiastic crowd during the Hip-Hop Tribute on Thursday night in the
Great Hall of the Student Union. The evening's performances also included a breakdancing contest and a freestyle battle.
WHEELS OF STEEL
BY MARGARET HAIR STAFF WRITER
Hip-hop legend Grandmaster Flash has taken a large
scale approach to the innovation of his art form over
the past 25 years.
In a lecture and workshop Thursday afternoon in the Student
Union Cabaret, Flash emphasized the importance of the growth
of hip-hop from 1971 to the present.
“In life, as in music, in order to know where you’re going, you
have to know where you came from,” Flash said.
Grandmaster Flash is credited not only with innovating the
role of the DJ, but also with introducing
the turntable as a musical instrument
and not a piece of sound equipment
Flash said the goal is to blend any
type of music into one continuous
groove. “I had to figure out a way to
go from AC/DC to Michael Jackson
to Miles Davis ... all one behind the
other,” he said.
He describes his technique as the
“science of cutting” moving from
one sound bite to another without a
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in unforgiven fines remain unpaid, and the
University likely never will collect most of
The department uses several different meth
ods to collect on-campus parking violation
fines. The one it chooses depends on whether
the ticket is issued to a student, employee or
someone unaffiliated with the University,
If students fail to pay a parking citation
within 60 to 90 days, the department puts
an administrative hold on their registration.
Students then must pay the fine before they
are allowed to register for classes.
SEE PARKING, PAGE 6
break in the beat. Focusing on finding
the one part of a song that would get
bodies moving, Flash was the first to
repeat those key sections rather than
let a record play straight through.
“I’d have to say that the science
behind that is mine’s,” Flash said.
His style flew in the face of the norm,
causing peers to emulate his newfound
mastery of the ones and twos.
From its inception in 1972 to
Flash’s work with die groundbreaking
Jablonski has seen smooth transition
BY ERIN ZUREICK
When Margaret Jablonski stepped into her
position as UNC’s vice chancellor for student
affairs in August, she walked into an entirely
People say “y’all” and eat grits at breakfast
—a far cry from the atmosphere at Brown
University in Providence, R. 1., where she served
as dean of campus life.
So Jablonski began meeting with various
campus organizations to tap into student life
at UNC and to better acclimate herself to the
“(My first semester) was one of learning about
Carolina itself and all the different organizations
that are important to students,” she said.
Now, almost four months into her job, she
said she has experienced a smooth transition
and has increased communication among cam-
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UNC junior Kim Pastwick helps senior Ileana
Rodriguez fix her hair at the Senior Black and
White Ball on Thursday evening. The ball, which
was organized by the Senior Class Marshals and was held at
the Carolina Club, featured live music, food and a cash bar.
group the Furious Five, the develop
ment of the DJ’s new science influ
enced his successors.
Consequently, his work had a lasting
effect on hip-hop as a musical genre
comprising several different elements.
Flash said hip-hop was created by
the DJ. Asa culture, it also includes
MCs, break dancing and graffiti art
All the elements of that culture
came together Thursday night in a
“Tribute to Hip-hop” presented by the
Carolina Union Activities Board.
Featuring a break-dance battle,
graffiti wall and freestyle face off, the
evening’s highlight was a performance
by the Grandmaster himself.
Organizers distributed 500 free tick
ets to a capacity crowd. Carolina Union
Activities Board program adviser Angela
Crisp-Sears said that for the size of the
event and its scope of performances, the
cost was average. Due to contractual
obligations, she was unable to disclose
SEE FLASH, PAGE 6
“She is the first person to come sit next to me at football
games. Her passion for students really shows.”
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pus organizations at the same time.
As the senior leader of student affairs, Jablonski
oversees programs for student learning and stu
dent services such as the Campus Y, the Office of
Greek Affairs and student government
Student leaders said she has been particularly
effective in connecting campus groups by encour
aging communication and collaboration.
“She really finds ways to connect with stu
dents and has tried to understand issues that
face students from all walks of life,” said Student
Body President Matt Calabria.
In her quest for information, Jablonski orga
nized five lunches throughout the semester that
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2004
A FORMAL AFFAIR
Violent crimes draw attention
from students and employees
BY STEPHANIE NEWTON
Among the many delete-wor
thy f.-malls that flood a student’s
inbox, some are hard to ignore.
News-breaking memos that
relay the occurrence of a recent
armed ATM robbery can be unset
tling, especially to those who live
near, or have friends who reside in,
the targeted crime zone.
“The University does a good job of
trying to keep the campus safe, but
apparently it isn’t,” said freshman
Kay Exum, citing concerns about
recent violent crimes on campus.
From the beginning of the
semester until Nov. 1, University
police have filed reports alleging
one forcible rape, two robber
ies, one aggravated assault, 17
burglaries, 323 larcenies and 11
motor vehicle thefts. A third rob
bery occurred Nov. 1 and a fourth
happened in mid-November, said
Randy Young, spokesman for
UNC experienced its first
on-campus murder since 1991
Monday when Randy McKendall
reportedly shot his estranged wife
and then turned the gun on him
self outside the James T. Hedrick
Building, located at 211 Friday
Center Drive, about three miles
from the main campus.
Despite the numbers, officials
said a more in-depth analysis is
needed to fairly assess the current
level of campus security.
In response, the Employee
Forum is beginning to address the
SEE SAFETY, PAGE 6
brought together 10 campus groups with simi
Jablonski said she was surprised that many
student leaders didn’t know each other and was
pleased that the lunches provided an avenue for
discussion among student groups.
Both student leaders and co-workers said
Jablonski has provided an open atmosphere
“She is Very professional and cordial, easy to
get along with,” said Diane Fisher, Jablonski’s
SEE JABLONSKI, PAGE 6
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The number of on
campus crimes from
the beginning of the
semester until Nov. 1
reported with two
more since Nov. 1