TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2005
DEDC to search for leader
Seeks expert in
BY MEREDITH LEE MILLER
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
While still in its beginning stages,
a local economic development group
will be seeing some changes in the
coming months as the group search
es for a permanent executive direc
tor and anew seventh member.
Once these appointments are
made, some say the Downtown
Economic Development Corporation
will be able to focus its energies on
its mission fusing the interests
of the University, town and private
sector in a healthy downtown.
While the search for a permanent
executive director comes as no sur
prise to the group, the need for anew
seventh member arose when former
Chairman Bob Epting resigned in
November after he was the only
member who voted against taking
an agenda item into closed session.
The Chapel Hill Town Council is
in charge of naming a replacement
Epting was one of four members
appointed to the corporation by the
town to represent downtown stake
holders. The University appointed
two members, and the six members
selected the seventh.
Mayor Kevin Foy said the coun
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cil should decide what to do about
finding Epting’s replacement at its
“We have to decide what the pro
cess will be,” Foy said. “My first con
cern is whether Bob will continue
to want to serve. If that’s possible,
then that’s my first choice.”
Andrea Rohrbacher, the corpo
ration’s newly elected chairwoman,
said she is unsure how the selection
process for anew member would
work. But she said it is unlikely that
the town will appoint anew member
without consulting the corporation.
On Wednesday morning, a cor
poration subcommittee will meet to
decide how to go about the search
for another new member —a per
manent executive director.
Since its inception six months
ago, the group has been guided by
interim Executive Director Nicholas
Didow, a UNC business professor.
Didow, members Tom Thcker and
Nancy Suttenfield and Rohrbacher
will discuss how the corporation
will search for a full-time director.
“We all hope to identify and
recruit the most highly qualified
director that we can over the com
ing months,” Didow said.
Rohrbacher said the group will
advertise extensively for the position
because she wants to find someone
who has a strong background in
economic development issues.
Once we get a director who is eocperienced
in development, we can focus on the issues
with respect to economic development
ANDREA ROHRBACHER, dedc chairwoman
“Once we get a director who
is experienced in development,
we can focus on the issues with
respect to economic development,”
Rohrbacher said, citing perennial
issues such as vacancies and safety.
She said Didow has been helpful
in creating the foundation of the
corporation, such as setting up an
office and telephone line.
“He has been very generous to
devote the amount of time for this
(group),” Rohrbacher said.
Didow said he is willing to aid the
FROM STAFF REPORTS
■ Chapel Hill police arrested
a woman at 2:30 a.m. Sunday
and charged her with one felony
count of possession of stolen goods
and one felony count of fraud for
obtaining property, police reports
According to reports, Karen
Leann Martin, 24, was arrested by
Carrboro police for driving while
impaired. Chapel Hill police had
warrants on Martin and served
them on her following her arrest,
Martin was released on a written
promise to appear today in Orange
County District Criminal Court in
■ Chapel Hill police arrested a
local woman at 3:35 a.m. Sunday
and charged her with one mis
demeanor count of driving while
impaired, police reports state.
According to reports, Elizabeth
Joanne Gibbard, 26, was arrested
on the 800 block of East Franklin
Street on one count of driving while
impaired after she was involved in
a motor vehicle accident.
Police transported Gibbard to
UNC Hospitals for injuries from
BAC results are pending from
a lab report from the N.C. State
Bureau of Investigation, reports
Gibbard is scheduled to appear
June 14 in Orange County District
new executive director and corpora
tion if both parties think a period of
transition would be helpful.
The Executive Director Search
Committee will meet at 7:15
a.m. Wednesday in the corpo
ration’s conference room at 308
W. Rosemary St., Suite 202. The
meeting is open to the public.
City Editor Ryan C. Tuck
contributed to this article.
Contact the City Editor
Criminal Court in Chapel Hill.
■ Chapel Hill police arrested a
Durham man after 3 a.m. Monday
and charged him with one misde
meanor count of drug parapherna
lia, police reports state.
According to reports, Noah
Gordon Kesler, 20, was arrested
for the drug paraphernalia charge
after police observed a vehicle
parked in a no parking zone on
McMasters Street near Mason
As police approached the vehi
cle, it drove off and later pulled into
a driveway after passing Carver
Street, reports state.
According to reports, police
waited near Church Street for the
vehicle to pull out of the drive
way and then followed it down
to Bynum Street, where police
stopped the vehicle for suspicious
Police reports state that Kesler
did not have identification and
that when he was asked to step
out from the vehicle, he only
opened the door enough for him to
squeeze himself out while shield
ing the interior of the door from
According to reports, once
Kesler was out of the car, police
looked into the car and saw a mari
juana pipe in plain view.
Kesler is scheduled to appear
April 19 in Administrative Traffic
Court in Chapel Hill.
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BY JOHN RAMSEY
UNC’s honor system now han
dles cases more efficiently after it
underwent an overhaul in 2003,
and more improvements are on
the horizon, according to a report
released at Friday’s Faculty Council
The group’s latest resolution,
approved at the meeting, attempts
to solve the potential problem of
large-scale cases that could swamp
the system, such as a case in 2000
that involved 24 computer science
The resolution gives the student
attorney general the option to pres
ent cases involving five or more
students who accept responsibility
for their violations to a three-mem
ber panel and reach an agreement
without a formal hearing. The
resolution also includes a written
notice that a student cannot gradu
ate with an unresolved case in the
“You can have an outbreak
of big cases, and this resolution
makes sure we’re prepared,” said
Judith Wegner, chairwoman of
While the number of cases
reported during the fall semester
has remained between 120 and
140 for the past four years, honor
system officials increased the
number of cases heard in the fall
from 64 in 2002 to 96 in 2004
—a 50 percent increase.
“The increase stems from the
revamping of the system in 2000
and the changes in the code in
2003,” Student Attorney General
Carolina Chavez said. “We’re much
better equipped to handle the case
The most significant changes
include measures that encourage
students to accept responsibility
for their actions, allow faculty to
make final grading decisions and
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“We have more options with our
sanctions now,” Chavez said.
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community service and other sanc
tions that focus on the educational
aspect instead of the punitive
Honor system officials have
seen a substantial increase in the
percentage of students pleading
guilty. The number was up to 75
percent last semester from 51 per
cent in fall 2003.
“A lot of cases are just students
being lazy, cutting corners when
they know what they should be
doing,” said Melinda Manning,
a member of the Committee on
Although the honor system
continues to hear more cases per
semester, there continues to be a
backlog of unheard cases at the
start of a semester.
Data show that 31 percent of
cases reported last fall were heard
during the same semester.
Chavez said the percentage
seems low because most cases flood
her desk around the time of mid
terms and finals.
“When we get cases concerning
finals, it’s impossible to hear them
all before January” Chavez said.
The system has become much
more valuable to the University
community during the past two
years, Chavez said.
“We want to make sure all
degrees awarded are earned and
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