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    VOLUME 113, ISSUE 39
A ‘temporary’ change
After months of escalated ten
sions between the Chapel Hill
Town Council and the University,
there might be light at the end of
the tunnel.
The council unanimously
approved a reworked resolution
Monday night establishing any
rezoning on the Horace Williams
tract as a “reasonable temporary
measure” in preparation for the
development of UNC’s satellite
campus, Carolina North.
It also affirms a “willingness
to work cooperatively with the
Mayor Kevin Foy submitted
the proposal before the council
approved a controversial plan that
will rezone the central portion of
the Horace Williams tract to Office/
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Juan, an undocumented immigrant and high school student who has lived in the area for more than six years, works on his car Monday afternoon.
A Chapel Hill High School junior, who has lived
in town for more than six years, will graduate
next year.
. But he will have to wait for a legislative deci
sion to determine whether he will be able to attend college
straight out of high school.
A controversial bill in the N.C. House would allow the
children of undocumented immigrants who have attended
state high schools for at least four straight years to pay in
state college tuition.
Right now, those students, usually from lower-income
families, are forced to pay out-of-state tuition, which can
Officials: 4 cases
are a coincidence
Campus officials are attempting
to quell the fears of students and
parents in the midst of a fourth
investigation this year into a case
of meningococcal virus on cam
Students on campus espe
cially in Granville Towers, which
has seen three of the four cases
have expressed concern that the
incidents could be related.
But for now, officials say the
cases are a coincidence.
“Over at Granville, we are told
that these cases are chance events
because meningitis does not live
in the environment, only in the
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district than the current Office/
Supporters of the rezoning point
out that 01-2 will allow the coun
cil to have a say in all development
plans, whereas 01-3 just requires
planning board approval.
Foy said it is important to move
quickly on any rezoning and to reaf
firm a friendly relationship with
University officials, who had regis
tered strong objection to the action,
as the two prepare to collaborate to
plan for Carolina North.
“We are in a good position to
move forward with the University,”
he said. “This is just a holding zone.
We want to work with them on a
permanent zone. It’s going to be a
long process to figure out what is
going to be the right zone.”
Foy said the proposal was a direct
Bob Wirag,
director of
Student Health
Service, said
officials can’t
link cases of
meningitis in
Granville Towers.
human host,” said Bob Wirag, direc
tor of Student Health Service.
“Until public authorities estab
lish a different link, they’re telling
us it’s a chance happening.”
Meningitis, which can be a
life-threatening disease, is not
contracted through the environ-
response to a letter from Chancellor
James Moeser dated April 21 that
indicated the possibility of compro
mise about the ioning question.
Moeser said the University
might withdraw its protest petition
under three conditions:
■ that the council rezone the
entire tract to 01-2, as recom
mended in the Horace Williams
Citizens’ Committee report;
■ that the council establish
the zoning temporarily until the
University is prepared to start devel
opment of Carolina North; and
■ that the council agree to work
cooperatively with UNC to develop
anew zone for the entire tract.
Mayor Pro Tern Edith Wiggins
said she believed the council’s
actions Monday represented the
compromise UNC officials sought.
“I’ve had a feeling all along ...
be as much as $14,000 more each
year. Students would have to com
mit to apply for legal residence as
soon as they are eligible.
Juan, a student at Chapel Hill
High who has chosen to conceal
his true identity, is academically
qualified to attend a good in-state
school, but his financial status
puts him in a tight spot.
“I want to go to UNC(-Chapel
Hill) or Duke,” he said. “Of course,
I’m not going to get into Duke.
“My grades aren’t nearly good
enough, and I don’t have that
much money.”
The bill enjoyed widespread,
RIAA cant get students name
Almost two weeks ago, a federal
judge rejected a request to reveal
the identities of two UNC-system
students accused of music-swap
ping practices that violate copy
right law.
But the Recording Industry
Association of America, which
first filed lawsuits against the stu
dents two years ago, might try a
second approach.
On April 14, Judge Russell
Eliason of the U.S. District Court in
When the Recording Industry
Association of America began its
attacks on downloading, UNC
found itself in the line of fire.
(UNC’s) protest petition was to say,
‘Hey, we exist. It’s our property,’”
she said. “I think they fundamen
tally understood what needed to
There has been much debate in
recent months about whether to
rezone the 454 acres in question
168 are now zoned as Residential
-2 and 286 as 01-3 to the more
restrictive 01-2.
Council members’ vote rezones
the 01-3 parcel of the tract but will
retain the R-2-zoned land.
Many residents supported
rezoning the 01-3 portion so as
to give the council greater control
over development decisions but
said the R-2 designation should
stay because its standards are even
more strict than those in 01-2.
bipartisan backing in the legis
lature, but about 10 of its 31 co
sponsors reneged in the wake of
constituents’ concerns.
Complaint letters reach
ing editorial pages and advo
cacy groups’ Web sites across
the state have said that illegal
immigrants should not receive
educational benefits reserved
for legal residents.
The letters echo the findings
of legislative researchers, who
say the proposal violates a 1996
federal law.
Winston-Salem rejected the RIAAs
request to reveal the names of the
two students. Currently, the RIAA
has only their online aliases.
Eliason’s decision was made
public Thursday.
The two students, whose aliases
are “hulk” and “CadillacMan,” are
enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and
N.C. State University, respectively.
Both are targets of a process
the RIAA initiated two years ago,
when it subpoenaed UNC-CH and
N.C. State. It was seeking the indi
viduals’ names under the Digital
October 6, 200,5
The RIAA subpoenas the
University for the first time,
requesting a student's personal
information under the Digital
Millenium Copyright Act.
February 4,2004
University officials refuse to
reveal to the RIAA the identity
of a UNC student accused
of copyright infringement for
downloading music files.
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The University and the Town Council have been battling over proposed zoning changes to
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Hunt slows
for Bowles
Says presidency shouldn’t be political
After announcing his hopes
to become the next UNC-system
president, Erskine Bowles is tak
ing a step back in an attempt to
let the selection process run its
natural course.
“I don’t want to turn this into a
political campaign,” said the two
time Senate candidate and former
chief of staff for President Clinton,
who revealed this weekend that he’s
interested in the job. “I’ve said just
about everything I want to say.”
The UNC-system Board of
Governors seeks a replacement for
current President Molly Broad, who
will step down within the next year.
BOG Chairman Brad Wilson
said that Bowles’ entrance into the
race was not unexpected and that
it would not alter the selection.
The board still plans to conduct an
open, nationwide search.
“It is the validation of a lot of
public speculation, but it does not
change the process,” Wilson said.
“We are going to find the right per
son for the position.”
Wilson did have some concerns
regarding potential applicants.
Noting the lengthy terms of past
presidents, he said it’s important that
a candidate be able to hold the post
for a substantial amount of time.
Current president Molly Broad
has led the system since 1997- The
first president, Bill Friday, held the
position for 30 years.
“We are looking for someone
that could serve for more than a
couple of years,” Wilson said.
But N.C. Senate Majority Leader
Tony Rand, D-Cumberland, said
longevity plays a smaller role in his
choice for the next leader.
“I want the best president we
Millennium Copyright Act.
But because the music files are
stored on students’ computers and
not the universities’ networks,
Eliason wrote, the schools do not
have to offer the information.
“These are old cases,” said Jenni
Engebretsen, spokeswoman for the
RIAA. Now, she said, “We are using
an entirely different process.”
Known as “John Doe” litiga
tion, that process has been used
in several other RIAA cases since
January 2004.
If the RIAA pursues the case,
March 23, 2004
The RIAA announces that it has
filed anew round of lawsuits.
That marks the first time
university users have been sued
under "John Doe" litigation.
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aims to be the
president won't
affect the
search process.
can find, and that president will
serve for the productive period
they have,” Rand said.
The state Senate’s 21 Republicans
have endorsed Bowles for the post,
citing his business acumen.
The BOG has appointed the
search committee for the new
president, and it will hold several
public forums across the state in
the next few weeks in order to gain
input from students and faculty.
The forums will be held May 4
at UNC-Charlotte, May 5 at N.C.
Agricultural & Technical State
University and at UNC-Chapel
Hill, and May 16 at East Carolina
The process for locating the
next president has just begun, and
the forums will be essential, BOG
member Hannah Gage said.
“It is in the most preliminary
stages,” she said. ‘We have not dis
cussed what we will be looking for.
“We hope to find information,
ideas and thoughts at the forums
that will help the decision.”
In the meantime, Bowles said
he’ll continue to avoid politicizing
his efforts to be the next UNC-sys
tem president.
“I am glad they are going to do a
national search,” Bowles said. “If it
happens to be me (that is selected),
then that’s great.”
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Engebretsen said, it will first file a
lawsuit identifying defendants only
by their IP addresses. The associa
tion would then file a subpoena for
the names and attach them to the
addresses. “We are currently con
sidering our options,” she said.
The crutch of Eliason’s deci
sion not to hold the two universi
ties accountable rests on the fact
that the networks they provide
were used to transmit songs, not
April 14, 2005
A judge in Winston-Salem rejects
the RIAA's request for the names
of two UNC-system students
accused of violating copyright
law by sharing music files.

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