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Due to an editing error,
Thursday’s page 13 story, “Center’s
career officially over,” incorrectly
stated Damion Grant’s hometown
as Kingston, Jamaica.
The former player is from
The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for
New recreation center kicks
off its grand opening today
The Rams Head Recreation
Center will celebrate its grand open
ing from 6 p.m. to midnight today
with GO For It!, a fitness extrava
ganza. The RHRC officially opened
its doors Sept. 7.
Students, faculty and staff will be
able to participate in fitness classes,
health screenings and sports activi
ties. Student performers and musical
groups also will provide live enter
tainment in the outdoor plaza and
Club's barbecue fundraiser
raises funds for area projects
The Kiwanis Club of Chapel Hill-
Carrboro is holding its 18th-annual
BBQ Cook-off fundraiser in the
University Mall parking lot from
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets
are $7, and 50 percent of the funds
raised will go to the club.
The funds will support Kiwanis
International’s “Disaster Relief
Fund” for Katrina victims as well as
other local service projects.
El Centro Latino to hold first
soccer tournament Saturday
The first El Centro Latino Tomeo
Independence, an all-star soccer
tournament and event for the whole
family, will be held 9 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. Saturday at the Chapel Hill
High School soccer field.
All proceeds from the event will
go to El Centro Latino, a nonprofit
organization committed to improv
ing the quality of life for Latinos in
and around Orange County.
The Torneo Independence will
include eight all-star soccer (futbol)
teams from Alamance, Chatham,
Durham, Orange and Wake counties.
There also will be two noncompeti
tive games Sunday and food, activi
ties for children and artists selling
international crafts and artwork.
Officials name nine members
to N.C. lottery commission
RALEIGH The members of the
first N.C. State Lottery Commission
include Glaxo’s former chief execu
tive and a political operative who
helped bring a numbers game to
Charles Sanders, the former chair
man and chief executive of the drug
giant, was tapped Thursday by Gov.
Mike Easley to lead the commission
for the next year.
The nine-member committee also
includes Bryan Beatty, the state’s
crime control and public safety sec
retary, and Kevin Geddings, who
led the pro-lottery campaign before
a referendum in 2000 that allowed
a lottery in South Carolina.
There’s no word on when the com
mission will hold its first meeting.
One of its immediate tasks is to hire
an executive director and choose a
lotteiy operator who can get out the
first scratch cards next spring.
Besides Sanders and Beatty,
Easley’s other appointments are
former Easley aide John McArthur,
Wilson attorney Robert Farris Jr.
and Linda Carlisle, vice chairwom
an of the UNC-Greensboro Board
House Speaker Jim Black, D-
Mecklenburg, appointed former
state Board of Transportation
member Gordon Myers as well as
Geddings, former chief of staff to
S.C. Gov. Jim Hodges.
Senate President Pro Tempore
Mark Basnight, D-Dare, appointed
former Charlotte city council mem
ber Malachi Greene and Wilmington
accountant Robert Appleton.
Raleigh to host upcoming
hurricane benefit festival
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker
will address attendees Sunday at a
hurricane benefit and music festival
to be held at The Lincoln Theatre.
The event was organized by Band
Together, a local nonprofit group
that raises awareness and funds for
Proceeds will go to the Food Bank
of Central & Eastern North Carolina
and will be distributed to hurricane
evacuees in the TViangle.
Performers confirmed to play
include The Vibekillers, Six String
Drag, Arrogance, Tres Chicas, Patty
Hurst Shifter, The Cartridge Family,
The Woods, $2 Pistols, Hobex, Rob
Watson, The Greatest Hits, Los
Pelones and The Bleeding Hearts.
The event runs from 2 p.m. to 11
p.m. Tickets are sl7 in advance and
S2O at the door.
From staff and. wire reports.
Viruses infect campus e-mail
ITS officials work to shut down link
BY SHARI FELD
A deluge of e-mail viruses found
its way into the inboxes of University
students, faculty and staff since
Wednesday afternoon —and more
infected e-mails are on the way.
The e-mail typically arriving
with the subject line “Account Alert”
or the name of a campus group
claims to be sent by admin@email.
unc.edu. It tells recipients that in
order to avoid account suspension,
they must follow an Internet link
within 24 hours.
Immediately after learning of
the virus, Information Technology
Services officials started working to
stop it from spreading, said Jeanne
Steven Waters explains the Segway Human Transporter to Chapel Hill High student Rhys Baker at Weaver Street Market on Car Free Day.
LOCALS START UP
DEBATE, NOT CARS
BY MICHAEL TODD
They came on foot, they came by bus,
they came by bike, they came by high-tech
But they didn’t come by car.
About 200 residents gathered Thursday
to promote alternative transportation as
part of the area’s celebration of'Car Free
Day —a day honored internationally by
about 1,400 U.S. cities, as well as 37 other
And many walked, jogged, hiked and rode
the bus the rest of the day, too.
“The primary goal is to expand awareness
about how dependent we are on our cars,”
Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy said. “If you
think about it, there are ways to use your
Nearly 800 Orange and Durham county
residents pledged online to go “car lite” or “car
free” Foy was in the “car free” category.
“The easiest way to go without a car is to
plan for it,” he said.
The town’s fare-free transit system and its
greenway trails and sidewalks make these
alternatives feasible, he said.
Groups promoting those alternatives
turned out at Weaver Street Market in
Carrboro to show locals creative ways to get
Take the time to explore the world around U.S.
BY ANDREW PATTERSON
Most of you reading this have
been to Charlotte. It is 141 miles
from Chapel Hill, roughly a two
hour drive going slightly faster
than the speed limit.
Now imagine that when you
arrived, you discovered that the
average salary of an adult was sl6 a
five percent of
outside half of
the houses were
busts of George
and the paint-
A series on travel
ed slogan, “Long Live George W.
Now you’ll begin to understand
how different life was for me during
the four months I spent in Havana,
Cuba, last semester.
Although it sits only 90 miles
south of Florida, Cuba is as close
to a mirror opposite of America
as one could find anywhere in the
To start with the obvious, Cuba
is a communist country. .
The type of communism where
you buy eggs from ration cards and
find ice cream on a black market.
Yes, black market ice cream.
Smythe, director of computing pol
icy for UNC.
“When we realized that was out
there, the fastest thing we could do
was block access to anyone on cam
pus to that link,” she said. “We’ve
gotten some e-mail from people say
ing, ‘Hey, your link doesn’t work.’
“That’s the purpose.”
ITS officials also are updating
the software for the campus’ central
antivirus server and central mail
server about every 15 minutes.
The virus affected 25 to 30 peo
ple, Smythe estimated, before ITS
officials removed the link.
Many students said they sus
pected there was something wrong
with the e-mails before even click
The Village Project, a nonprofit group for
sustainability, hosted the event.
Carrboro resident Steven Waters brought
a Segway scooter to demonstrate its uses and
“I’m a pedestrian activist,” he said.
Waters said he chose his home in Carrboro
so he would be able to walk to work.
Waters joined the other locals gathered on
the lawn to listen to music and learn about
alternative methods of transportation.
The Triangle Transit Authority and Zipcar
also were on hand to give out information
and sell folding shopping carts for pedes
Town officials who participated in the day
cited several benefits of using public transit.
“I walk and take the bus not for environ
mental reasons to decompress, to see what’s
going on around town, to feel connected with
my community,” said Carrboro Alderman
“It takes me 25 minutes to walk to work. If
I drove it would take 30.”
Chapel Hill Town Council member Ed
Harrison said he went car free for 24 years,
and until he completed graduate school at
Duke University, he never owned a car.
Harrison said he limits driving by packing
many tasks into each trip —a tactic called
trip chaining. “(My wife and I) very seldom
First you walk down the drive
way of a nondescript house. You
reach your hand through two
metal, gated doors and give the
woman behind them your plastic
Your ice cream would be dropped
into the plastic bag and you would
be instructed to wait two blocks
before eating your contraband.
We’re all familiar with feel
ing like it takes an hour to get an
omelette at Lenoir. In Cuba, it liter
ally takes an hour.
In Cuba, it’s a common occur
rence to have nine people working
in a restaurant with 20 tables and
five customers, and it still takes 45
minutes to get a sandwich. That
isn’t a joke, it is a daily reality.
Both of these problems would be
fixed if people had the ability to sell
the goods the market demanded
and would receive payment based
on their performances two of the
pillars of a free-market system that
were outlined in your Economics
10 lecture right before you fell
ing the link.
“I realized you (had) to down
load stuff and the way it was
worded was kind of weird,” said
sophomore Lauren Ferguson, who
deleted the e-mail.
Junior Abbey Smith said ITS
officials should have been more
proactive in warning students
about the threat.
“I was disappointed that ITS,
after finding out there was a virus,
didn’t send out a mass e-mail
saying not to click on that link
because it was a virus,” she said.
“The Webmail account is through
the University, so they should take
responsibility and tell us when
there’s a problem.”
But taking action is a higher pri
ority than sending a mass e-mail to
40,000 people not all of whom
get into the car just to go to one place,” he
He said another benefit of Car Free Day
is that it garners feedback from residents
who seldom ride the bus on their views of
the transit system.
But aside from the crowd gathered on the
Weaver Street lawn, some say the day passed
“I don’t think that I see a difference in traf
fic on Car Free Day,” Foy said. “But for people
who do know about it, it probably has some
effect on their thinking on other days.”
Town bus driver Nancy Hayes also said
she noticed no difference in ridership
Thursday as she drove her regular S route.
“It was about the same,” she said. “My
load is always heavy.”
Blair Pollock, Orange County solid waste
manager, said the community works well with
a car-free lifestyle.
“You don’t really need a car in Chapel Hill,
it’s just a choice,” he said. “It’s not like I’m anti
automobile, it’s just a tool.”
He also said the day lets locals take a pro
active approach to a global problem.
“Car Free Day is one little way a person
can fight global warming.”
Contact the City Editor
■hlaf ' s
COURTESY OF ANDREW PATTERSON
People gather for the Worker's Day rally in Havana, Cuba, this May.
Jose Marti, the father of the Cuban Revolution, was honored that day.
The simple economic principle
of supply and demand is made real
when literally five to 10 people a
day ask you for a lighter because
no one has taken the time to evalu
ate the demand for lighters.
In Cuba, things become real.
When your credit card suddenly
becomes useless and you have only
S2OO left in your pocket for the
next three weeks, the policy read
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2005
were affected Smythe said. Also,
people might not have read the infor
mational e-mail or others might
have read it when it was too late.
“We acted first to minimize the
problem,” she said. “If it’s something
we can contain quickly, containing
it is much more important.”
Everyone should take precaution
to prevent getting a virus, Smythe
“When you see something that
you think is suspicious, don’t click
on the link or the attachment,”
Students should install and
update antivirus software, Smythe
said, because preventing a virus is
easier than getting rid of one.
Contact the University Editor
ings that you had skipped over
seem a lot more relevant.
Past American presidents such
as Ronald Reagan become more
than just historical figures when
the policies enacted during their
terms explain why the house
keepers keep eating the chocolate
powder and Pringles in your closet
and leave the S6OO in your drawer
SEE CUBA, PAGE 6
BY MEGHAN DAVIS
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
With only two candidates par
ticipating, a Hillsborough election
forum became a dialogue between
an incumbent and a challenger who
are competing for different seats.
The Orange-Chatham Group
of the Sierra Club hosted a forum
Thursday for Hillsborough Town
Board and mayoral candidates.
Commissioner Mike Gering, who
is running for his second term, and
Tom Stevens, who is a challenger for
mayor, talked about —and agreed
on many environmental issues.
not attend due
to a family
Commissioner Frances Dancy
and challenger Paul Newton had
previously scheduled engagements.
The event was the first Sierra
Club election forum held for
Hillsborough candidates and the
second forum the club has hosted
this election cycle.
“There’s a target for a lot of
growth here,” said moderator
Melissa McCullough. “We recog
nize that most town issues do affect
Both candidates called for a mas
ter plan for sustainable development
and to protect the Eno River.
“We need to have a master plan
we need to have a backbone to
preserve the greenways and protect
the watershed,” Stevens said.
Gering mentioned his initiative
to create a master plan for side
walks that he hopes to see more
“Nobody on the town staff
could remember the last time a
sidewalk was built,” Gering said.
“Unfortunately it’s a kind of a stark
realization to see how much a sin
gle foot of sidewalk costs about
$Bl per foot of sidewalk.”
The candidates were asked about
new developments and what they
would like to see in the future.
“There’s no question about
growth in Hillsborough: It’s here.
There’s no question about traf
fic in Hillsborough: It’s here,”
SEE FORUM, PAGE 6
Cat’s Cradle will
host benefit show
BY WHITNEY ISENHOWER
Not every concert for a good
cause has to feature Bono.
Famed Triangle artists and
bands from as far as San Diego are
scheduled to play a benefit concert
Saturday at Cat’s Cradle for victims
of Hurricane Katrina.
Pop rock to hard rock acts
will help raise proceeds for the
American Red Cross and Music
Maker Relief Foundation Inc., a
Durham-based nonprofit dedicated
to helping Southern musicians.
Music Maker has set up a fond
specifically to help the afflicted
New Orleans artists.
Tim Duffy, president of Music
Maker, said he hopes to see more
benefits of this type to aid those
hurt by the hurricane.
“It’s a great tragedy, and it’s
overwhelming that the govern
ment can’t take care of everything,”
The show features acts such
as SpencerAcuff, Slewfoot and
Frank Heath, the owner of Cat’s
Cradle, said the bands helped make
the show’s planning process go
“The first week the idea kind of
came to me and then a bunch of
bands approached me,” he said.
“They’ve all pretty much volun
The show also is raising funds by
having local businesses and indi
viduals match money from ticket
sales dollar for dollar.
“It’s sort of doubling exactly
what comes through the door,”
The benefit sees musicians
SEE BENEFIT, PAGE 6