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Council to consider new
name for Town Hall building
The Chapel Hill Town Council
tonight will consider a proposal to
rename Town Hall in honor of for
mer Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee
and Lillian Lee, former dean of stu
dents at Chapel Hill High School.
The proposal, made by Mayor
Kevin Foy and Mayor Pro Tern
Edith Wiggins, suggests that the
building be named Lee Municipal
Building starting May 8, the same
day as the renaming of Airport
Road is scheduled to take place.
Howard Lee was the first black
mayor of Chapel Hill, and, accord
ing to the petition, the first black
mayor elected in a predominant
ly white city in the South since
Reconstruction. He was also a five
term state senator and is chairman
of the state Board of Education.
His wife, Lillian, spent almost
her entire teaching career in the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro school sys
tem, the petition states.
Council to hold hearing on
leaf-blower use tonight
The Chapel Hill Town Council
will hold a public hearing tonight
to consider the proposed regulation
of leaf blowers and similar equip
ment with the goal of preserving
Council member Cam Hill made
the proposal at the council’s Sept. 27
meeting because of concerns about
the noise emitted by the machines
and their effects on air quality.
Based on comments received,
Town Manager Cal Horton will
draft a recommendation on wheth
er to go ahead with the proposal.
The public hearing begins at
Town Hall, at 306 N. Columbia
St., at 7 p.m.
Series of AIDS awareness
events to kick off tonight
The service component of the
Student Global Health Committee
is sponsoring a series of talks about
AIDS titled, “Narratives of HIV:
Hearing Their Stories.”
The series will bring various
speakers to campus during the next
few weeks who plan to educate the
community about the severity of
AIDS globally and how people can
help battle it.
The series begins at 7 p.m. today
in 133 Rosenau Hall with the view
ing of “A Closer Walk,” a documen
tary about global HIV/AIDS and
what people can do to help.
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Registration closes tonight
for charity poker game
Registration for the Triangle
Tsunami Relief Coalition’s Online
Poker Tournament closes at 11:59
Registration is available through
Paypal by sending a $5 buy-in to tsu
are automatically entered into the
competition by sending money.
For more information, visit
Today The Daily Tar Heel
will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. in
room 3209 of the Student Union
for those interested in joining the
newspaper’s award-winning staff.
Any currently enrolled UNC
student is welcome to attend the
meeting, at which DTH editors will
discuss the way the paper works
and answer any questions inter
ested students might have.
For more information, contact
Managing Editor Chris Coletta at
Today Teach For America will
hold an information session from
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 2398
Students can learn about the
experience, graduate school schol
arships and deferrals, and the
For more information, visit
Today The Campus Y is spon
soring a charity entertainment
show at 7 p.m. tonight in the Great
Hall of the Student Union to ben
efit groups that assist in eliminat
ing mines from area affected by the
The show will feature food from
local restaurants, performances by
campus groups and guest speaker
Thomas Vajda, a foreign affairs offi
cer with expertise in mine action
from the State Department.
Today The No. 9 North
Carolina women’s basketball team
will battle Tobacco Road rival and
top-ranked Duke at 7:30 p.m. in
the Smith Center.
The game will be televised by
ESPN2 and is the only regular sea
son game the Tar Heels (14-3, 2-2
ACC) will play in the Smith Center.
From staff reports.
Student affairs faces change
BY EMILY STEEL
In a letter sent to University
administrators late last week, Vice
Chancellor for Student Affairs
Margaret Jablonski announced
a series of personnel changes to
streamline the Division of Student
Affairs, in hopes of becoming more
responsive to student needs.
The changes, which will take effect
March 1, mark one of the first pub
lic moves of Jablonski’s term since
she came to UNC in August to the
division, which lacked a permanent
leader for about two years.
“It was like a domino effect —as
soon as you started to move one
thing, it impacted another,” she said.
“It is my hope that students soon
will notice more effective services
because some programs will be more
T The partnership) will get more shareholders
involved in a very important problem.” chris moran, ifc executive director
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David Olive receives his lunch Sunday afternoon at the Inter-Faith Council's men's shelter, which is seeking anew, larger location.
MAY SEE NEW START
As cold weather descends, town will consider homelessness partnership
BY MEREDITH LEE MILLER
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Town officials tonight will consider adopt
ing a resolution to create a “partnership to
end homelessness in Orange County.”
Members of the Chapel Hill Town
Council and the Orange County Board of
Commissioners are expected to join together
to start a 10-year plan to end homelessness.
The council’s resolution also recommends
that the town consider allotting funds in its
2005-06 budget for developing the plan.
“If adopted, it will get more stakeholders
involved in a very important problem,” said
Chris Moran, executive director of the Inter-
Faith Council. “We are trying to get other
people to own this problem.”
He said the IFC should not be the only
group responsible for ending homelessness.
The IFC operates a men’s homeless shel
ter on Rosemary Street and a women and
children’s shelter on Homestead Road.
IFC officials say the town has been help
ful in aiding the homeless.
“The town has been very supportive of (the
IFC),” said President Natalie Ammarell, who
noted that the IFC has been working with the
town in planning for the future of the group.
The town contributes more than
County kicks off budget talks
BY RYAN C. TUCK
County Budget Director Donna
Dean used a wilted plant as a
graphic in her presentation on this
year’s budget at the Orange County
Board of Commissioners’ planning
The metaphor was not lost on
“This is gonna be interesting,”
Chairman Moses Carey Jr. said
after Dean’s presentation detailed
the county 1 s budget outlook for the
2005-06 fiscal year.
Among the principal issues for
the commissioners are increased
student membership in both
school districts, an increase in
county Medicaid expenses, debt
service related to voter-approved
bonds from 2001 and planning for
the long list of capital projects the
county hopes to undertake.
Where the county assigns funds
connected to other programs."
The changes include the addi
tion of two new associate vice
chancellors, a senior associate dean
of students and a director of devel
opment and external relations.
She said there will be minimal
monetary impact to the division
that has a total budget of $53.2 mil
lion for the 2004-05 fiscal year, with
additional reserves of $16.1 million,
and 683 employees 253 staff per
sonnel and 430 students.
While paperwork has yet to be
finalized, Jablonski said, the promo
tions will amount to about an addi
tional $20,000 for each of the two
Jablonski has eliminated
Cynthia Wolf Johnson’s position
as the associate vice chancellor for
$200,000 annually to the IFC.
A component of the organization’s future
planning that has received recent media
attention has been the IFC’s desire to build
anew facility to replace the men’s shelter.
The shelter currently occupies a town
owned municipal building at the corner of
Columbia and Rosemary streets.
Ammarell said a larger, more residential
facility is needed to provide better support
for the homeless especially on winter
nights when the center often has to use floor
space as a sleeping area.
Al Buie, a manager at the men’s shelter,
said he sees more people coming to the shel
ter in the winter than in the summer.
“It varies, but winter time always brings
more people,” he said. “The harder the win
ter, the more people.”
Typically, the men’s shelter is only open dur
ing meal times. The center had to curtail its
daytime hours because of budget restraints.
But Moran said the IFC has made a pledge
to keep its doors open to the homeless all day,
so they can escape harsh winter weather.
“We’re always prepared for cold weather for
when that happens,” said Moran, adding that
there are ongoing emergency plans to ensure
that the shelters are ready during winter.
for capital projects has become a
recent touchstone for debate, as the
commissioners have proposed a big
change in capital funding expendi
tures for the next 10 fiscal years.
Since 1988, the county has
dedicated about 77 percent of its
capital expenditures for schools,
leaving the remainder to county
But in October, because of the
large backlog of needed county
construction, the commissioners
decided to change the targeted
ratio to 60 percent for schools, 40
percent for the county.
“The county has deferred many
of its needs for 15 years,” said
Commissioner Barry Jacobs. “It’s
not about not doing things. It’s
about trying to organize it a little
And with plans for two separate
senior centers, an Orange County
campus for Durham Technical
set of changes
Johnson, who has worked at
UNC for more than 22 years,
declined to comment on whether
she was asked to leave or decided to
step down but said she is just begin
ning her search for anew position
in higher education. She said she is
not considering employment with
in the Division of Student Affairs.
Melissa Exum, who earns
$99,737 as dean of students, will
soon work as the second-highest
ranking member as associate vice
Moran said he would love to have the men’s
shelter open 24 hours a day year-round like
the women’s and children’s shelter —but the
IFC does not have the budget to do that.
Moran said the organization would need
an additional $75,000 in its budget to keep
the shelter open all the time.
Relocating the shelter might also be nec
The IFC is still studying the land at Legion
Road as a possible location for a future men’s
shelter, he said, but it is too early to say where
and when the shelter will relocate.
Several residents around the Legion Road
area spoke at the Jan. 10 council meeting to
protest the possibility of the relocation.
“There are always misunderstandings in
society, and these stereotypes will always be
with us,” Moran said. “Our job is to relay the
Buie said the people who stay at the shelter
are not all criminals or plagued with substance
abuse problems —some are just average peo
ple who are experiencing financial troubles.
“It doesn’t take but a split second for the
average person to become homeless,” he said.
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Community College and many
parks, the commissioners agreed
that the county will need to guar
antee a source of funding.
“Because we have a way to pre
dict what we’ll need, we know what
facilities we need,” Jacobs said.
The commissioners cited the
ability to predict needs facili
tated mostly through the adopted
Schools Adequate Public Facilities
Ordinance —as a reason they
could suggest a decrease in tar
geted spending on schools’ capital
Some have since questioned the
predictability of funding needs.
In a Jan. 4 letter to the commis
sioners, Lisa Stuckey, chairwoman
of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board
of Education, stated concern about
the necessity of the target.
“Of specific concern is how
SEE BUDGET, PAGE 4
MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2005
chancellor for student affairs. She
will oversee many student life-ori
ented offices, including the Carolina
Union, Campus Y and Counseling
and Psychological Services.
Christopher Payne, who earns
$92,969 as director of housing and
residential education, soon will take
responsibility for housing and resi
dential education, technology and
support systems, career services and
Student Health Services.
In his 13th year at UNC, Winston
Crisp will leave his post as associ
ate dean for student services at the
School of Law to serve under Exum
as senior associate dean of students.
Crisp, who makes $94,500 ayear,
was responsible for establishing the
student services department at the
SEE JABLONSKI, PAGE 4
I, TOO, SING AMERICA
unior KaDarra Lowe performs “Words on Experience
in Ghana” as part of “I, Too, Sing America,” a program
sponsored by the Black Student Movement at the
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on
Friday night. For the full story, visit www.dthonline.com.
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Group to endorse
an SBP hopeful
BY JOHN RAMSEY
Student organizations will begin
the process of officially endorsing
candidates for student body presi
dent at 8 p.m. in 209 Manning Hall
when the Young Democrats hold
the first forum of the season.
The Young Democrats will ques
tion the four candidates Seke
Ballard, Leigha Blackwell, Seth
Dearmin and Tom Jensen on
issues ranging from tuition increas
es to environmental conservation.
Two candidates make mention of
their history with the organization.
Jensen has taken an active role in the
organization, serving as party affairs
director and organizing campaign
operations last fall. Ballard served
on the executive board of the Young
Democrats last year and continues to
participate in the organization.
The renewal of the Green Energy
Fund, which taxes students $4 per
semester and supports renewable
energy projects on campus, is one
of the group’s major concerns, said
Young Democrats Secretary Peter
Tinti, who will moderate the forum.
All four candidates voiced their
support for the fund.
“With all the construction going
on around campus, this is the per
fect opportunity to implement
renewable energy,” Blackwell said.
The candidates’ platforms call for
SEE FORUM, PAGE 4
BY INDIA AUTRY
Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange,
branded as the state’s most liberal
legislator, has crafted a fifth-term
agenda confronting anti-crime
hardliners and business interests.
Her progressive views make her a
fit representative of the area some
times referred to as “Liberal Hill.”
might have grown
strong enough to
push a morato
“We think it’s
time we do it.”
the Senate in
State Sen. Ellie
pushing for a
April 2003 but was held up by the
But a change in the legislature’s
leadership this year and increasing
citizen support for the ban could
put a temporary end to executions
in the state.
An opponent to the change,
Richard Morgan, R-Moore, likely
SEE KINNAIRD, PAGE 4