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Chancellor James Moeser's sweeping vision for the University has included a massive build-out of the campus's facilities and a renewed commitment to the arts
and global education. Though Moeser says he knows that his legacy will forever be linked to campus construction, he hopes he will be remembered for more.
BY BRIAN HUDSON, UNIVERSITY EDITOR
For the entire University community, this
year is a milestone.
Detours and green fences the unmis
takable emblems of construction —will increase
their stronghold on North Campus.
At the same time, classrooms, students apart
ments and administrative buildings will be
transported to South Campus in a massive con
struction blitz unlike any in University history.
Even South Building, the bedrock of UNC’s
administration, is feeling the effects of construc
“There were a couple days where my desk was
literally shaking vibrating because of the
jackhammers,” Chancellor James Moeser said
The University, guided by the Master Plan for
campus growth and powered by the Carolina
First fundraising campaign, is exploding this year
in a flurry of capital improvement projects.
MEMORIAL HALL WAITS IN THE WINGS
Go see a show
The reopening of Memorial Hall will
offer more opportunities for students.
Students tickets are available for $lO
for most of the Performing Arts Series
Students are allowed access to priority
More than 700 artists in 40 shows are
scheduled for the next year.
The renovated hall seats 1,434 and
has wider seats, more leg room, better
sightlines and enhanced staging
SOURCE: WWW.UNC.EDU/PERFORMING ARTS
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RANK AND PLACE UNC places fifth
among public universities, PAGE 12
NO TAXATION Orange County to vote
on special district tax, PAGE 18
INSURING COVERAGE UNC might
look to require health insurance, PAGE 20
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Hype builds as hall’s grand opening gala approaches
BY JIM WALSH
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
People have been whispering
its name for years, waiting for the
time when Carolina would estab
lish itself as the destination for
marquee performing arts shows.
Now, Memorial Hall, the largest
performing arts space on campus,
Located on Cameron Avenue
and a stone’s throw from the Old
Well, the renovated hall is up
and running after three years of
construction and modernization.
Campus officials are heralding it
as the symbol of a revitalized and
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OUT OF PLACE
Some 400 students assigned
to Cobb Hall moved in to
temporary homes in the stu
dent family housing units on
South Campus this weekend.
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By thetimethelastbrickis laid, the equivalent
of the Wake Forest University campus will
have been added to UNC.
Few question that the end result of con
struction will dominate the legacy that suc
When the chancellor arrived on campus in
2000, most of what is now dotting the cam
pus skyline was still a blueprint.
This year, as the strains on the campus
growing arts community.
“The idea that there is a central
gathering place for this University
is something that has been missing
since the hall’s been closed, and I
think the reopening is reclaiming
that,” said Emil Kang, executive
director for the arts, who oversees
fund raising efforts and facilities
operations for the campus arts
Officials say the hall, which
seats more than 1,400, is slated to
become a destination for the per
forming arts, drawing acts such as
crooner Tony Bennett and violin
ist Itzhak Perlman for the opening
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The newest additions to
UNC's ROTC program were
given a rough introduction to
student-soldier life at Camp
Butner this weekend.
reach a peak, the results of construction are
coming into focus, as is the message that will
eventually define Moeser’s tenure.
The campus already is benefiting from
projects that are being completed.
The Ramshead Center provides South
Campus with its first central quad area along
with a massive recreation center and dining
SEE VISION, PAGES 8,9
performances Sept. 9 and Sept.
Organizers hope to raise about
$1 million in ticket sales this
Chancellor James Moeser called
the reopening a renaissance for
cultural life on campus.
“I think many students come
here from small towns, and how
many of them have ever had the
opportunity ... to hear Itzhak
Perlman play the violin?” he said.
“My hope is that students will be
there to take advantage of this.”
SEE MEMORIAL HALL, PAGE 5
Concerns focus on
housing, fringe effects
BY TED STRONG
Few things have, or will, continue to
have as big an impact on the Chapel Hill-
Carrboro area as University development.
“Growth and development has been the
driving force in Chapel Hill. That’s going
to continue to be the major issue around
which all other issues revolve,” said Chapel
Hill Mayor Kevin Foy on Saturday.
Indeed, from the chiller plant slowly
rising above the Gimghoul neighbor
hood to the Horace Williams Airport, the
future site of Carolina North, the growth
of the town’s biggest organization rarely
advances without controversy.
“When you think about the close prox
imity and passionate interests of neigh
bors on campus, there is likely to be a
little bit of disagreement or friction,” said
Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor
for planning and construction.
Runberg said last week that univer
sity representatives were taken mostly
unawares by the loud resistance they
received from local residents regarding
the chiller plant approved for construction
above Gimghoul in 2003.
Since then, he said, officials have been
trying to talk to and respect the wishes of
residents along the perimeter of the aca
demic island as the University progresses
with projects like student family housing on
Mason Farm Road and Carolina North.
Mason Farm Road resident Diana
Steele, who has been outspoken about the
impact the University family housing has
had on her neighborhood, said University
officials have become better at accommo
dating neighborhood concerns over time.
“When they first published the Master
Plan, there was no recognition that there
were human beings living in some of the
areas where they intended to build,” she
She said the University created a bet
ter-than-anticipated integration between
student housing and the Mason Farm
neighborhood by leaving untouched
some houses on the north side of the
road —as was requested. Officials also
gave residents a personal tour of the new
buildings earlier this month.
Now UNC, quickly running out of
space on main campus, will look to expand
mainly on the Carolina North satellite
campus at the Horace Williams Tract.
In a further effort to assuage local con
cerns, University officials took a group of
influential off-campus politicos on a tour
of newly renovated campus facilities last
week. The tour featured candidates and
elected officials from area governments.
The message from school to town was
clear: We come in peace, mean you no
harm and want no resistance.
SEE CITY REACTION, PAGE 5
Memorial Hall, closed since 2002, will reopen Sept. 9 with a perfor
mance by Tony Bennett and an entire day of student performances on
Sunday. The reopening is seen as the start of the Arts Common project.
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STILL ON THE TABLE
Senate President Marc
Basnight announced Friday
that the proposed lottery bill,
which failed the Senate, could
be back on the floor Tuesday.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2005
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