VOLUME 113, ISSUE 52
HITTING CLOSE TO HOME
London bombings affect visitors and could impact academic travel
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rebecca Folmar is a 2005 alumna ofUNC who is working
in London as an intern at a communications firm. She arrived at King’s Cross
Station shortly after an explosion. Here, she details the experience of July 7.
BY REBECCA FOLMAR, contributing writer LONDON
Just days after the terrorist attacks of Thursday, July 7,
London appears to be back to business as usual, though
with held breath.
As security alerts were heightened, tube stations unexpect
edly closed and investigations furthered Tuesday, I began to
suspect that Londoners might not be as confidently defiant as I
had originally supposed. Whenever a helicopter flies overhead,
or sirens are heard squealing in the
distance, people notice.
The tone in the air is now suspense
ful as people wonder if another round
of terrorism is in store for the city.
It is odd for me to think that last
Thursday was just another day of
people going about their business.
For me, my day began like any
other day, except that I purposely took
my time getting to my internship.
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Forrest Steele examines some of his paintings on display dur
ing the 2nd Friday Art Walk last week. Steele is an artist in
Carrboro that shows his work at the Bleecker Street Studio and
Gallery. The 2nd Friday Art Walk featured a number of galleries open
for public viewing with free admission in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
BOG adds 4 new
members to roster
Officials sign on during crucial phase
BY WHITNEY ISENHOWER
In the midst of a critical period
of change for the UNC system, the
Board of Governors is welcoming
four new faces to its ranks.
Fred Mills, Irvin Roseman and
David Young will take on four-year
terms, and Charles Hayes will fill a
vacated term that ends in 2007.
The N.C. House elected the offi
cials, along with four returning
members, in late June, and they
officially became members July 1.
The new members face a number
of issues currently in front of the
board specifically the search for
anew UNC-system president.
Hayes, the president and CEO
of the Research Triangle Regional
Partnership, said his background
in economic development gives
him an understanding of the need
for connecting universities and the
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Instead of leaving my dorm at the
usual time of 8:30 a.m., I took my
time, hanging out a bit longer with a
friend I had hosted overnight.
We left my dorm around 8:45 a.m.
and discovered, upon arrival at King’s
Cross Station minutes later, that there
was a “power outage” at King’s Cross
and that the station was closed.
SEE LONDON, PAGE 4
WALKING ON THE WILD SIDE
“I know professional economic
developers on the BOG, and I hoped
I could do something to ensure the
linkage,” he said.
“I think I have a pretty good
understanding of the disparities
between rural and urban areas.”
Hayes’ House sponsor, Rep. Lucy
Allen, D-Franklin, said his occupa
tion was one of the things that made
him an asset to the board.
“Our community colleges and
universities are our greatest tools
in the business world,” Allen said.
“I think he understands that.”
Fred Mills, secretary and trea
surer of Mills Construction Cos. Inc.,
said his age and experience could aid
him in his position on the board.
“I’ve been around for 62 years,”
Mills said. “I know a lot of things
not to do, and I know a lot of things
SEE BOG, PAGE 4
STREETS IS WATCHING
"Hustle & Flow" chronicles one man’s life
and his passion for hip-hop. PAGE 7
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A monthly event, the walking tour also offers free refreshments and
live entertainment Venues showcased on the tour include the Carrboro
Arts Center, Caffe Driade, the Carrboro Century Center, Nested, Open
Eye Cafe, Sizl Gallery and Turning Point Gallery. The walk is held
from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month this summer.
Case puts capital projects at risk
UNC system holds
huge parking sum
Preliminary figures show total revenue
collected on each campus since 2001.
SOURCE: UNC-SYSTEM DIVISION OF FINANCE
BY KATHERINE HOLLANDER
The London terrorist attacks last
Thursday not only shook the lives of the
area’s citizens but launched an aftershock
across the globe.
And while the city of London swiftly
works to restore order, worried thoughts
hit close to home for UNC students and
UNC’s Study Abroad department took
quick action in locating and ensuring the
safety of all students who were studying in
the city at the time of the attacks.
“We had 33 students in London at the
time of the bombings,” said UNC Study
Abroad Director Robert Miles. “We had
most of the group contacted by 1:00 (p.m.)
Miles said he has been watching the
Funds for parking decks could be used in lieu of past fees
BY JOSEPH R. SCHWARTZ
A recent action by the N.C.
Supreme Court could put UNC-
Chapel Hill’s plans for construction
on parking decks in jeopardy.
The court unanimously ruled
July 1 that parking fines on UNC
system campuses belong to the
public school system.
A trial court now will decide if
that ruling will be applied retro
actively to 1995.
Carolyn Elfland, associate vice
chancellor for campus services, said
if UNC-CH is forced to pay parking
fines from 1995, it could mean the
Arts Common and the Bell Tower
will be left without parking decks.
The campus set aside $3.9
million from fines collected since
2001, but $6.6 million more
might be needed to repay the
prior fines from before that year.
That, coupled with a loss of $1
million of yearly parking fines reve
nue, means the campus might have
to rethink its development plans.
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situation in England closely over the
In a statement on its Web site the depart
ment said while officials are taking precau
tions, specifically in London, there are no
plans to cancel any of the abroad programs
in the immediate future.
“I cannot provide security for anyone,”
Miles said. “But what we can do is provide
information and advice.”
While there is no guarantee of secu
rity for students while traveling abroad,
the Study Abroad department takes sev
eral measures to educate students prior to
arrival in their country of choice.
“Students need to understand that ter
rible things can happen anywhere,” Miles
said. “You don’t have to go abroad for them
SEE STUDY ABROAD, PAGE 4
Key issues stand between
legislators and final version
BY STEPHEN MOORE
With the deadline for the current continuing
budget resolution quickly approaching, legislators
in the N.C. General Assembly are scrambling to
create a final budget or anew
resolution by July 20.
But compromise between
the Senate and House
appears more difficult than
Several issues continue to
plague both houses, including
the lottery and a half-cent tax
difference on cigarettes.
Leadership meetings are
continuing late into the night
most weekdays as common
ground is continuously being
But a third party is impact
ing these meetings, greatly
influencing the budget negotiations.
Gov. Mike Easley has met twice within
the last two weeks with the leadership of the
General Assembly as he continues to impact the
SEE BUDGET, PAGE 4
“(We’re) probably not going to
be able to afford as many decks
as we otherwise would be able to,”
But she and other officials con
tinue to stress that much still needs
to be hammered out before the final
figures and impact are known.
A date is yet to be set for the case,
but Michael Crowell, attorney for
the public schools, said a resolution
could be reached by early fall.
Money generated from park
ing fines traditionally goes
toward debt incurred on parking
decks and the operational costs of
Under the recent ruling, UNC
CH can keep up to 10 percent of
parking fines to fund collection
costs, but all other monies must
be turned in.
Elfland estimated that funding
collection and enforcement costs
$750,000 annually 5650,000
more than the maximum the
University could keep.
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parking, so if we lose income we
have to get it from somewhere
else,” said Leslie Winner, general
counsel for the UNC system.
She said campuses might be
forced to raise the cost of parking
permits to make up the disparity.
“It’s going to shift this cost
from the lawbreakers to the law
abiders,” she said.
UNC-CH currently is paying
debt on the Rams Head parking
deck, and three other projects are
But while many questions
remain, Elfland said one thing is
certain: Officials must find a way
to fund parking enforcement.
“We can’t say, ‘Well we just
won’t have enforcement any
more,’” she said. “The whole sys
tem would collapse. ... We have
to look at our budget and see
how we are going to afford this
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