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Western Carolina University
purchases land for expansion
Carolina University has bought
344 acres of land that will more
than double the campus that now
enrolls 8,396 students.
About 75 percent of the prop
erty, on the opposite side of N.C.
107 from the campus, is suitable
The purchase will accommodate
A.n ambitious regional economic
development plan, Chancellor John
Bardo said Friday. The $2.84-mil
lion purchase allows the campus to
plan for programs and public-pri
Local middle school wins
award for safe environment
C.W. Stanford Middle School
was one of 40 schools statewide
recognized Thursday as a 2004-05
Super Safe School for providing a
safe learning environment for chil
dren and educators.
Stanford and other winners
were recognized at the 2005 Safe
Schools and Character Education
Conference, held at the Sheraton
Imperial in Research Triangle Park.
The Triple “S” School Award was
established by the Department of
Public Instruction’s school improve
ment division to recognize public
schools’ exemplary efforts to ensure
the safety of students and staff.
To receive recognition as a Super
Safe School, schools voluntarily
submit a portfolio documenting the
safety processes they have in place.
seeks award nominations
The Chapel Hill Greenways
Commission is seeking nominations
of individuals or groups for its fifth
annual Chapel Hill Greenways and
Open Space Awards to recognize
those wbo have made valuable con
tributions to preserve or enhance
area greenways and open space.
The commission is seeking
nominations of those who have
made contributions such as build
ing new trails, improving existing
greenways, making monetary con
tributions, donating open space or
greenway land, cleaning channels
or streams or providing outdoor
and/or natural education.
Nominations should be
returned to the commission at the
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
Department, at 200 Plant Road, or
faxed to 932-2923.
Town Council to host bevy
of public hearings tonight
The Chapel Hill Town Council
will hold various public hearings
Council members invite pub
lic comment on the Montessori
Community Schools’ application
for a special-use permit to expand
its facility, located off Pope Road,
to include anew middle school
classroom building and anew fine
Public comment also is invited
on a special-use permit request to
construct the Southern Community
Park and associated improvements,
on U.S. 15-501 South.
The proposal includes playing
fields and courts, trails, picnic areas,
a dog park, restrooms, 229 parking
spaces, a recycling center and a site
for a fiiture community center.
The council also will hold hear
ings on Land Use Management
Ordinance text amendments, one to
change car and bike parking regula
tions and one to change subdivision
plan certification provisions; pro
posed revisions to the town’s Energy
Conservation Ordinance; and a
concept plan for the Homestead
Road residential property.
invites feedback on design
The Hillsborough Planning
Department will hold a design work
shop tonight on the proposed rede
sign of Churton Street, the town’s
main downtown thoroughfare.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the
Town Barn, citizen comment and
input is invited on the long-range
plan to make the 3-mile stretch
more pedestrian-friendly and
aligned with surrounding roads.
The workshops are the first in
plans for the redesign. Town offi
cials hope to receive more concrete
proposals by the fall.
Wallet taken from locker
in Fetzer Gym on Thursday
A wallet containing cash, a credit
card and a debit card totaling S6O
was stolen from a Fetzer Gym
locker Thursday evening, according
to University police reports.
The report states the locker orig
inally was locked but was found
open. No other belongings were
taken, according to reports.
From staff and wire reports.
Developer list shortened
BY DAN SCHWIND
Chapel Hill officials took another step
toward determining who will lead the
development of downtown parking lots 2
and 5 Friday when they released an evalu
ation of phase-one potential developers.
The evaluations, put together by proj
ect consultant John Stainback, will help
the Chapel Hill Town Council determine
which developers it will include on its
final short list for the development of lot
5 and the Wallace deck, the first phase of
“We tend to think everyone was behind
the revolution. But that wasn’t the case.” jack crosson, raleigh resident
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Carl Johnson (left), advances with his troops in a Revolutionary War re-enactment Saturday afternoon in Carrboro.
Spectators said they appreciated the history lesson they gleaned from the event, which recreated a scene from 1781.
Locals don coats for re-enactment of Revolutionary War
BY MELODY GUYTON
Muskets fired, red coats were
sighted and drumbeats echoed in
Hillsborough as British forces set up
camp on Saturday.
Time was turned back to the
year 1781 at the Alexander Dickson
House in downtown Hillsborough
on Saturday, as three Revolutionary
War re-enactment groups recre
ated British Gen. Lord Cornwallis’
encampment of the town.
Re-enactors educated spectators on
the camp life of Loyalist and British
soldiers in the ways of dress, weap
onry, drills and everyday chores.
Members of the King’s Own
Patriots portrayed Loyalist soldiers,
and members of the 33rd and 64th
regiments of foot represented British
Diane Hogan of Graham, who
brought her grandson to the re-enact
ment, praised it for bringing “living
history” to young people.
Congress cuts fees
to make budget fit
BY JOHN RAMSEY
Student Congress slashed speak
er fees as well as printing and pub
licity requests during 31 hours of
meetings for its annual Budget
Congress cut 17-6 percent of the
$91,538.23 speaker fees allotted by
the Finance Committee two weeks
ago, leaving $75,418.23. Original
estimates for printing and pub
licity dropped 12 percent, from
$102,466.90 to $90,110.13.
“We’ve had to decide what level
and what quality we can fund,”
said Congress Speaker Charlie
Anderson. “It was hard to make
cuts because people came in this
year with really good requests.”
Congress budgeted 97-19 percent
of its $331,264.35 in funds, leaving
After zeroing out the $33,050
request from the executive branch
of student government two weeks
ago, Congress created space in the
budget for full funding.
This year, 94 groups asked for
funding, a 34 percent increase
from the 70 that requested funds
last year, and Congress was forced
to cut requests from several orga
the overall revitalization project.
According to the evaluation, the devel
oper request for qualification proposals
ranked as follows:
1. LeylandAlliance of Tuxedo, N.Y.,
with Grubb Properties of Charlotte
2. Pizzuti Companies of Columbus,
3. Ram Development Cos. of Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.
4. Opus South Corp. of Alpharetta,
5. East West Partners Management
“When you see this, it makes an
impression on you,” Hogan said. “It
gives you an appreciation for your
roots and how your forefathers
Jeff Durst education and inter
pretation specialist of the Alliance
for Historic Hillsborough, the event's
sponsor expressed similar ideas.
“It’s a great experience for people
of all ages,” he said.
Re-enactors demonstrated march
ing drills, tent-pitching, fire-building
Zach Smoak, 10, of Greensboro,
said these demonstrations gave him
an appreciation for the ease of mod
“It takes more time for them to do
stuff especially the fire-building,”
Soldier re-enactors were also avail
able to answer attendees’ questions
about the meanings of different parts
of their uniforms, the workings of
their weapons and historical details
Congress decided that magazines
requesting student fees only would
receive enough money to print half
of their issues, said Rep. Domenick
Grasso. If the publications are suc
cessfiil, they can request additional
funding, he said.
The Black Student Movement
received $13,508.11 of its initial
$24,244.99 request. After a heat
ed debate, Congress decided not
to fund the group’s request for a
$5,000 speaker fee to bring Cedric
the Entertainer to campus.
Many Congress representatives
supported funding half of the speak
er fee, but the amendment failed.
“Watching other speakers get
funded, it sends a slap in the face
to our organization,” said BSM
Treasurer Conitras Houston.
“Cedric the Entertainer would
have brought laughter to the cam
pus, but, more than anything, his
life and his experiences would have
brought an educational and diverse
The Student Code prohibits
funding events that are primarily for
entertainment unless the Finance
SEE BUDGET, PAGE 5
Cos. Inc. of Chapel Hill with Stonebridge
Associates of Bethesda, Md.
6. Federal Chapel Hill Associates LLC.
Stainback said that based on the evalu
ations, he is recommending that the coun
cil drop the two lowest-ranked developers
to create a short list of four proposals.
If the council follows Stainback’s sugges
tion, it would eliminate the only two local
developers that responded to the RFQs.
According to the evaluations, the two
SEE SHORT LIST, PAGE 5
concerning the Revolutionary War in
David Snyder of Efland, a re-enac
tor, encouraged spectators to ask
questions because of the prevalence
of myths concerning the Revolution.
“A lot of misconceptions are passed
down, partly because of the ways in
which the war is covered in schools,
and also because of the way that it’s
covered in Hollywood,” he said.
Denise Crosson of Raleigh said
she was surprised to learn that
Hillsborough was a center for Loyalist
Her husband, Jack Crosson,
“As Americans, we tend to think
everyone was behind the revolution.
But that wasn’t the case,” he said.
Cornwallis came to Hillsborough
in February 1781 because he thought
he might be able to enlist new soldiers
in his army, as he had heard the town
SEE WAR, PAGE 5
Carrboro concert ends aid series
BY LAURA OLENIACZ
About 30 people gathered
together Sunday night in Carrboro
to support a charitable cause, help
facilitate peace and appreciate
musical diversity at a world-music
concert for tsunami aid.
The concert, the last in a series
of six, was created to provide relief
for the victims of the Dec. 26 tsu
nami in Southeast Asia.
All proceeds from the series
will go to the relief organizations
UNICEF and Mercy Corps.
Some people danced and leaped
around the Carrboro Century Center
concert hall, while some listened
quietly. One man spun two gleeful
children in circles with both arms.
Sunday’s concert also served
to generate a sense of connected
ness and peace for many attendees,
“We need to take the seed of
consciousness and plant it in the
universe ... and if we do it con
sciously with good intentions, we
can bring forth this peace on earth,”
said attendee Bruce Thomas, a
meditation leader at the Balanced
Movement Studio in Carrboro.
Sunday’s concert featured three
local bands: Zindagi, a world beat
band; Jaafar, a Middle Eastern
fusion band; and the Latin group
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2005
16 MISSIONS, ONE VISION
Part 11 of a 16-part series profiling the campuses
of the UNC system.
BY AMY EAGLEBURGER
GREENSBORO - When UNC-Greensboro offi
cials speak of change for the university, the image
that comes to mind does not include dozens of mack
trucks and orange construction signs.
Instead, while there are hints of physical change,
the transformation is largely an internal shift of
“UNC-G is a university in transition,” said Provost
A. Edward Uprichard.
UNC-G opened its doors in 1891 as a women’s col
lege and became co-educational in 1963.
The institution has a long history of excellence in
undergraduate programs, with particular emphasis
on the area of performing arts.
“We are very proud of our undergraduate pro
grams,” Uprichard said. “Almost 20 to 25 percent of
the freshmen identify themselves as an arts-related
But while staying true to their roots, officials want
In its ambitious five-year plan, the university set
two major goals to become both a student-centered
research university with SSO million in external fund
ing and a university of first choice for undergraduate
and graduate students.
“This is a real bold move,” Uprichard said. “We want
to become the Triad’s public research university.”
A key part of becoming a research university is
expanding the number and scope of doctoral and
graduate programs the school offers.
Since 2001, UNC-G has added five doctoral pro
grams in the areas of history, economics, geography,
information systems and specialized education.
Those additions brought the number of doctoral
programs at the university to 17, and UNC-G now has
received permission to plan two new programs in the
areas of nursing and community health education.
Four other programs, though not yet official, might
be added in the coming years.
Uprichard said the success of the programs is reli
ant on the quality of the professors and students.
“When you have new doctoral programs, you
have to recruit and maintain.excellent faculty and
recruit and maintain excellent graduate students,”
UNC-G also is putting emphasis on external fund
ing to provide the school the financial boost necessary
to maintain research and development of these and
When thinking about expanding research,
Uprichard said, space is also an issue.
“It’s obvious we are going to have to move off-cam
pus with research projects,” he said.
The university is in the midst of a joint venture
with N.C. Agricultural & Technical State University
that has been christened the Millennial Campus
It calls for the creation of two new campuses on
land recently acquired by the two institutions and on
a portion of the N.C. A&T farm.
“That’s a very exciting project,” Uprichard said.
The North Campus of the Millennial project is an
area comprising 70 acres with a number of extant
Davis Lumpkin, associate vice chancellor for facili
ties, said the two institutions already have had a num
ber of meetings to discuss how they can begin to use
those existing buildings right away.
The South Campus portion of the project is unde-
SEE GREENSBORO, PAGE 5
Padmini Hands performs with the band Zindagi as part of a world-music
show for tsunami aid. The concert was the last in a local six-part series.
“It’s music for peace and for
making that connection across the
Earth,” said Padmini Hands, the
lead singer and saxophone player
The six-man band played music
from a range of countries, including
Bulgaria, Pakistan and Africa. Its
lyrics focused on themes of peace,
love and freedom —a match for the
philanthropic drive of the concert.
The concert series was organized
by Gerry Williams and his wife,
Janet Place, who said they wanted
to give more to the relief effort.
Admission Sunday was based
on a suggested minimum $lO
donation or a check made out
to the organizations, generating
about SSOO in all by the end of the
night. The series as a whole col
lected about $7,500.
Despite the relatively small
turnout Sunday night, Williams
SEE CONCERT, PAGE 5