FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2005
FROM STAFF REPORTS
■ Chapel Hill police arrest
ed a Durham man at 2:45 a.m.
Thursday and charged him with
one misdemeanor count of driv
ing while impaired and one mis
demeanor count of driving with
out a valid license, police reports
According to reports, Barton
Heath Ramsey, 27, w as stopped by
police after striking a post at the
entrance of University Square, at
143 W. Franklin St
Ramsey blew a .22 on the
Intoxilyzer 5000 and was arrested
for the listed charges.
Ramsey was released on a writ
ten promise to appear March 15 in
Orange Count}' District Criminal
Court in Hillsborough.
■ Chapel Hill police arrested a
local man at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday
and charged him with one mis
demeanor count of assault on a
female and one misdemeanor
count of felonious restraint police
According to reports. Chav
Gomez-Hemandez, 26, was arrest
ed on charges of assaulting his girl
friend during an argument at her
Reports state that police also
arrested the victim and charged
her with one misdemeanor count
The magistrate found no proba
ble cause for her arrest and released
her from custody.
Gomez-Hemandez was sched
uled to appear Thursday in Orange
County District Criminal Court in
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■ Carrboro police responded to
a complaint of obtaining property
by false pretenses at 10:20 a.m.
Wednesday at Tar Heel Tobacco, at
104 N.C. 54 Bypass, police reports
Reports state that the subject
used a counterfeit $5 bill to pur
chase a $2.75 pack of Marlboro
Menthol cigarettes and two 69-
cent White Owl cigars.
According to reports, the sub
ject was described as a white
woman in her 20s wearing a zip
pered jacket and sweatpants. The
suspect left the store in a white
Police entered the bill into evi
■ A local man was the victim of
larceny and breaking and entering
with force from his residence at 1
a.m. Thursday, Chapel Hill police
Reports state that the suspect
entered the residence on Lindsay
Street by forcing a plywood panel
over a broken back window.
The suspect stole an SBO
Panasonic television and a S4O
radio, reports state.
■ A UNC graduate student was
the victim of simple assault at 12:15
a.m. Thursday, Chapel Hill police
According to reports, the vic
tim was punched by an unknown
suspect at the corner of Franklin
and Columbia streets. The assault
resulted in minor injury.
Town to see brighter center
BY CHRIS CARMICHAEL
In a time when malls are rap
idly replacing main streets as city
centers, town leaders are betting
big that careful redevelopment of
parking lots 2 and 5 will keep the
community’s focus squarely on the
“The Town Council has invested
a lot of time and energy and (tax
payer) money in trying to continue
to invigorate downtown in a way
that is consistent with our sense
of place. ... That’s what we aspire
to achieve (in lots 2 and 5),” Mayor
Kevin Foy said Thursday.
In support of this effort, Ronald
Lee Fleming, renowned urban
designer and founder of The
Townscape Institute in Cambridge,
Mass., was invited to speak to resi
dents at Town Hall on Thursday
about the importance of public
art and urban design in creating
meaningful, vibrant downtowns.
Fleming began by praising Chapel
Hill for its progressive policies,
“Here (in Chapel Hill), it is really
refreshing to see a foundation for
sustainable communities and a
commission on public arts that is
already thinking outside of the tra
ditional box,” Fleming said.
Fleming’s presentation used
images from around the world to
demonstrate methods of connect
ing a town’s diverse population
with its urban environment
He stressed that urban design
I must be approached from a “holis
tic” viewpoint citing examples from
“small lovable objects” such as cus
tom drinking fountains and move
able street furniture to large activity
centers such as parks.
Fleming said the developments
of the last 30 years lack that holistic
approach, resulting in boring, inac
tive city centers.
Schools may cut tech spending
BY HALLEY KUEFFER
The nation’s colleges and univer
sities, constrained by tight budgets,
appear to be looking at reducing
funds for research technology- to
make ends meet
College spending on technology
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Ronald Lee Fleming gives a presentation on the role of public art and design in civic urban space Thursday
at Chapel Hill Town Hall. The presentation is part of an effort on the development of parking lots 2 and 5.
He proposed using art, urban
games, food and landscaping to
bring people back together and pro
mote community pride.
He also challenged residents to
find innovative uses for transit, not
ing that anew transit center like the
one being considered for construc
tion beneath lot 2 is a logical place
for people to congregate.
Fleming’s presentation also
emphasized ways that cities could
exercise more control by regulating
design, specifically with regards to
building height and historical style.
He proposed w-avs to fight cor
is expected to decline this year by 4
percent nationwide, according to a
survey by Market Data Retrieval.
Despite this fact, higher educa
tion institutions across the country
are expanding their wireless con
nectivity and course management
porate branding by holding compa
nies to strict design requirements.
Strict design regulations are
often at the center of property
rights debates because they limit
how owners can develop their prop
erty-. But Fleming said community
interest should take priority over
individual property claims.
“We have to see it as a collec
tion of rights where w-e all have
responsibility and we all have
some impact,” he said. “We have
to make public policy that adds
Fleming added that public art,
The study shows a vast disparity
between spending on technology
bv private and public institutions.
Private schools spend an aver
age of $553 per student per year on
technology-, while public universi
ties spend only $203.
“It is a reflection of economic
ahp Daily (Tar HM
which has been considered a contro
versial use of tax dollars, is necessary
to achieve that value.
“(Public art projects) are not a
frill,” he said, adding that art can
create economic value as well as
Parking lot 2, behind Spanky s
restaurant, and parking lot 5,
across from University Square,
are scheduled to de developed into
mixed-use facilities w-ith retail,
residential and open space.
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times, not necessarily a trend,” said
Maureen Hance, spokeswoman for
Market Data Retrieval. “Private col
lege funding has really increased,
and public (funding) has a tight
compliance to state budget.”
Public institutions nation
wide are having to make cuts in
funding for technology, but UNC
Chancellor James Moeser said in
September that staying high-tech
will remain a high priority.
“The leading public university
must lead in technology,” Moeser
said in his State of the University
address in September 2004.
Moeser went on to add that there
will be continued focus on high
speed computing to “help advance
the University’s mission.”
UNC spends an average of S6O
million per year on technology,
said Dan Reed, the University’s
vice chancellor for information
“There are places where UNC
does quite well, such as the invest
ment that has been made on the
Carolina Computing Initiative,”
But he added that UNC “histori
cally” has spent little on research
computing, programs that allow
students to conduct research on
Reed stated that the University
is in the process of evaluating
which technological services are in
need of an upgrade.
“We are looking at the needs of
the campus and putting a budget
together to support the campus,”
“Technology does not stay in one
place," said Barbara Means, direc
tor of the Center for Technology- in
Higher education institutions
often cut funding in technology
because they can expect less of a
backlash than when they make cuts
in other areas, Means said.
She said that as public institu
tions nationwide decrease their
funding in technology, they are
“borrowing from the future.”
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■ Due to a reporting error, the
Feb. 10 article “May’s toils fall short
for UNC” states that Sean May
scored 18 points and 23 rebounds
in the Tar Heels’ Wednesday loss
May, of course, scored 23 points
and brought down 18 rebounds.
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