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    VOLUME 112, ISSUE 123
Council says yes to renaming
Garland King Jr. of Chapel Hill was one of many to speak in favor of
changing the name of Airport Road to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Talk on
Officials to work
throughout Dec.
Some University officials will
spend time hitting the books this
holiday season as students head
home for Winter Break.
Members of the Board ofThistees
reviewed recommendations from
the University’s TUition Task Force
during their November meeting.
Now, they will reconvene Jan. 27 to
decide which proposal to send to the
UNC-system Board of Governors.
“All of the conscientious board
members will review Tuition Task
Force proposals,” said Trustee John
The board will discuss three
proposals recommended by the
Ihition Task Force: $350 for resi
dents and SBOO for nonresidents;
S3OO for residents and SI,OOO
for nonresidents; and $250 for
residents and
$1,200 for
“The task
force did a very
thorough job,”
said Provost
Robert Shelton,
co-chairman of
the task force.
“It’s really in
the hands of the
trustees now.”
Schwab, vice
chairman of
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Robert Shelton
praised the work
of the Tuition
Task Force.
the BOT and a member of the
Tuition Task Force, said he thinks
the trustees have done most of
their homework and reviewed the
task force’s report.
He said he expects trustees to
talk in early January before their
monthly meeting.
“The preparation from the last
meeting was what we needed,”
Schwab said. “What we did last
year makes this year easier.”
Although the board does not
have any official meetings during
Winter Break, Ellison said he will
review and analyze the completed
research to decide which plan will
best serve the University.
“I really care that we continue
to ... not place an undue burden
on (students),” said Ellison, who
sat on the task force.
Student Body President Matt
Calabria, co-chairman of the task
force, said he also will review
research and start planning forums
for students during the break.
A public forum regarding tuition
hikes has yet to be held this year.
Calabria added that it is impor
tant to examine how tuition affects
not only the applicant pool, but
also how increases will change the
face of the University.
Today's paper is the final DTH of the semester; the paper will resume publication
on Jan. 11,2005. Look out for our special Exam Survival Guide section tomorrow.
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High school sophomore Elizabeth Dias (right) danc
es the role of Sugar Plum Fairy with her partner,
Eugene Barnes, in the TViangle Youth Ballet’s pro
duction of the Nutcracker on Sunday. The show, performed
at Chapel Hill High School’s Cultural Arts Building in the
ASG looks for
lobbying role
Leaders analyze group's priorities
As the UNC-system Association
of Student Governments works
to create a more comprehensive
lobbying structure, the group will
have to determine what kind of
advocacy role it can —and should
take on.
In working to establish a great
er presence at the N.C. General
Assembly, ASG leaders want to
create a student initiative distinct
from the system’s administration.
“I envision it as more of an
independent thing,” said Amanda
Devore, ASG president. “Where
our interests are similar, clearly
we would be working on the same
issues. But I don’t think it’s so
much of a coordinated effort.”
UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body
President Matt Calabria, who has
been a key advocate of an intensi
fied lobbying role for the ASG, said
it is fairly clear that the organiza
tion would not always agree with
system administrators.
“I think everyone has a healthy
understanding that the stu
dent voice is not identical to the
administrative voice, even though
we complement each other very
Sabra Faires, chief of staff
to House Co-speaker Richard
Morgan, said the UNC-system
Office of the President already
has “a very visible presence here
The emotion that characterized an 11-month saga
about renaming Airport Road in honor of a civil
rights leader spilled into the topic’s final chapter
Monday night.
The Chapel Hill Town Council received a standing
ovation from members of the community when it
voted unanimously in favor of changing the name of
Airport Road to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
“Dr. King fought just for this,” said Brenda Brown,
an at-large member of the Special Committee to
Consider Renaming Airport Road.
The committee’s recommendation of the name
change by a 15-3 vote helped drive the council to
approve the renaming Monday.
Brown wept with joy after the council approved
the committee’s proposal, which calls for the road to
be renamed by July 4,2005.
That recommendation also calls for the place
ment of separate street signs with the designation
through its regular government
relations staff.”
The head of that staff is Mark
Fleming, vice president of govern
ment relations. As the university
system’s state government advo
cate, he is a constant presence
in Raleigh, working to cultivate
relationships with legislators and
advance the agenda set out by the
UNC Board of Governors.
While recognizing that students
and system administrators will
not always agree on their priori
ties, Fleming said the ASG should
focus on teamwork in advocating
at the General Assembly.
The different constituencies in
the university system whether
faculty, administrators or students
should work to present a unified
message to legislators, he said.
“I’m the one person authorized
by the board to represent the uni
versity system and coordinate leg
islative activities,” he said.
While praising the work of
Fleming and his staff, Devore
said students and administrators
won’t necessarily share all their
legislative priorities.
Issues such as same-day voter
registration and lowering the
age at which people can run for
office to 18 don’t necessarily gel
with the system’s priorities, she
said. But ASG advocates would
“Historic Airport Road” along the road.
But some people were not as pleased as Brown.
Catherine Holland, who served on the committee
and owns a business on Airport Road, expressed frus
tration with the committee’s final recommendation,
which evolved during three November meetings.
“To (committee members in favor of the renaming),
Airport Road seems like the only solution,” she said.
Before voting on the proposal, council members
heard a presentation from two of the facilitators
hired by the town to ensure that the committee’s
meetings stayed focused.
The presentation highlighted the committee’s final
report, which discusses the group’s 10 total recom
mendations and its decision-making process.
Council members then heard comments from com
munity members standing on both sides of the issue.
“It would be nice if we could just wave a magic
wand and everybody would be happy about this,”
Robert C. Hanes Theatre, was the company’s 10th anniver
sary production. Dancers from several companies participat
ed; Barnes performed courtesy of the Carolina Ballet Three
more performances will take place at the Carolina Theatre in
Durham, at 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m Sunday.
“Part of the Jewish experience has to he one of excitement,
engagement and enjoyment ” rabbi zalman bluming , DIRECTOR OF CHABAD
Menorah ignites Hanukkah
The course of Jewish history
has seen bloodshed, injustice and
miracles —but until today, not a
public menorah lighting at UNC.
Hanukkah, which begins at
sundown today, is an eight-day
celebration of miracles.
The lighting, meant to celebrate
the Festival of Lights, will occur at
6:15 p.m. today at Polk Place and
feature a 10-foot ice sculpture in
the shape of a menorah.
Rabbi Zalman Bluming, direc
tor of the Jewish organization
Chabad, said the lighting of the
ice sculpture gives a modem spin
to an ancient tradition.
“Part of the Jewish experi
ence has to be one of excitement,
engagement and enjoyment,” he
Bluming said the lighting of
the sculpture has special signifi
cance because the ice symbolizes
apathy and the fire represents
In its entirety, the sculpture
represents the merging of the two
Chancellor James Moeser will
speak at the lighting along with
prominent leaders in the Jewish
community, including Bluming
and Lew Borman, former head of
the Jewish Federation of Durham-
Chapel Hill.
Bluming said he expects a
turnout of between 200 and 250
people, making today’s event one
of the state’s largest-ever public
menorah lightings.
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Chabad, a campus Jewish group, will host UNC's first public menorah
lighting tonight. A sculpture similar to the one depicted above will be lit.
Overall, students said that they
are pleased with the University's
recognition of Hanukkah and
that the ceremony, which also
will boast Jewish food and music,
will be exciting as well as mean
The lighting will allow students
at the University to get a glimpse
of Jewish culture, said junior Sam
“It’s important for (students)
to see Jewish life on campus in a
creative and fun, yet traditional
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Tools gain favor
in local agencies
When Carrboro police used
pepper spray on a knife-wielding
suspect in a Harris Teeter in 2003,
the man told them the chemicals
tasted good and then chased them
down with beer.
When an Orange County dep
uty was launched from the rafters
of a building during a scuffle with
a suspect who was high on crack
cocaine, the officer was out of work
for weeks.
In both cases, police faced the
dilemma of stopping a danger
ous aggressor while minimizing
“Historically, law enforcement
has had limited tools to deal with
hostile suspects,” said law enforce
ment training expert Ken Cooper,
who is also director of security at
Bard College.
Most police tools developed
before the Taser use pain to stop
an attacker. But drugs, alcohol
and mental disability can dull pain
and, along with it, the effective
ness of less-than-lethal weapons.
Sometimes they render the tools
As an alternative, local depart
ments are joining more than 5,000
other agencies throughout the
country in adding Tasers to their
Chapel Hill and UNC police
issued Tasers to officers for the first
time last summer. The Carrboro
Police Department probably will
use federal grant money to buy
Tasers early next year.
Though the Orange County
Sheriff”s Office bought Tasers three
years ago, few deputies are trained
way,” he said.
He added that he is excited
about the ceremony, as it is part
of an ages-old tradition.
The menorah lighting also will
encourage togetherness in the
Jewish community, said Francisca
Reines, a graduate student in phi
“It’s a way for Jewish students
to be Jewish together,” she said.
“(It is) a way of bringing warmth

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