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Air base competes for award
Stands to receive at least SIOOK
North Carolina’s Pope Air Force
Base is one of three finalists for
the 2006 Air Mobility Command
Installation Excellence Award
worth SIOO,OOO.
“To be a finalist is a testament
to the hard work of the people
stationed here at Pope,” said Ist
Lt. Mark Hanson, chief of media
release at Pope.
Pope most recently has been in
the news as one of the bases recom
mended for possible closure by the
base realignment and closure com
mission, which evaluates and reor
ganizes military infrastructure.
The base’s position as a finalist
for this award will not have any
Chapel Hill recruits State planner
Though UNC is the town’s larg
est employer and arguably the best
local source of academic expertise,
municipal officials have opted to
have an N.C. State University expert
look over the draft plans for a major
downtown development project.
The town has asked Marvin
Malecha, dean of the College of
Design at N.C. State, to help review
plans for mixed-use developments
slated to be built on lots 2 and 5.
The project could post an $8
million public bill.
Malecha will do the work free
of charge, and Town Manager
Cal Horton has indicated that if
Malecha’s work requires more labor
than anticipated, the town could
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effect on this recommendation,
Hanson said.
“The people stationed here do as
they would at any other time and do
whatever is necessary once Congress
makes the final call,” he said.
But the matter is in Congress’s
hands now that the President has
concurred with the report, Hanson
What would be done with the
money if Pope were to win has yet
to be decided.
Pope recently won an air mobil
ity award of $30,000, which was
donated to Keesler Air Force
Base in Mississippi in the wake of
Hurricane Katrina, Hanson said.
To be considered for the Air
Mobility Command award, bases
compensate the design school with
scholarship funds.
“I’m there really to offer my
opinion of whether this will be a
project the city will be proud of,”
Malecha said.
“My charge is to offer an opin
ion about what the best course of
action is and therefore make com
mentary. And because I’m an inde
pendent voice, my comments aren’t
necessarily bound by the economy
of the city.”
Horton said they went with
Malecha who holds a master’s
degree in architecture from Harvard
University instead of someone
affiliated with the University simply
because of the project’s nature.
“There’s no design school here,”
he said. “This is not about city and
must submit their installations for
review. The Air Force then choos
es the top three installations and
sends an inspection team to each
base to determine the winner.
Pope is a finalist among the Air
Mobility Command.
The other two finalists for the
award are Charleston Air Force
Base in South Carolina and Travis
Air Force Base in California.
The inspection team arrived in
Fayetteville on Monday to review
Pope for the award. The award will
be presented in 2006.
There are similar awards for the
other commands, such as the Air
Combat Command and the Air
Education and Training Command.
The winners of each command
then compete against each other
for the Air Force Commander in
Chief Installation Award.
regional planning, it’s about archi
Malecha is more than qualified
for the work anyhow, Horton said.
“We wanted to select somebody
that was highly confident to do the
work,” he said. “He’s provided this
kind of service before.”
Horton added that the town
had previously worked with Peter
Batchelor, another member of N.C.
State’s design program.
Malecha’s work largely will con
sist of cooperating with town con
sultant Ram Development Cos.
“He’ll be working with architect
engineers to apply the town’s design
standards and provide insight to
the project,” Horton said.
University business professor
Nick Didow thinks the town’s choice
The Commander in Chief award
was instituted in the mid-1980s by
President Ronald Reagan.
The award “recognizes the out
standing and innovative efforts of the
people who operate and maintain
U.S. military installations,” according
to the Department of Defense.
The winner of the 2004
Commander in Chief award, Beale
Air Force Base in California, used
its award money to construct a
running track and heritage park,
among other things, said Capt.
Mike Andrew, chief of the public
affairs office for Beale.
Beale won the award based on
factors including its environmental
work, communication, quality of life
and team problem solving, he said.
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reflects efforts to get the best man for
the job more than friendly rivalry.
“We don’t have anybody on our
faculty who’s an architect,” he said.
There’s people with urban design
experience but no one with build
ing design experience.”
Emil Malizia, chair of the
University’s City and Regional
Planning department, said the town
wasn’t wrong to choose someone out
side the University, but the depart
ment is happy to help if needed.
“If State’s willing to take this one,
we’d love to help in the future,” he
University Editor Brian Hudson
contributed to this article.
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UNC-G second
to require laptops
Beginning in the fall of 2007,
UNC-Greensboro will require all
incoming freshmen to purchase
laptop computers.
“We’re laying all the ground
work now,” said UNC-G Chancellor
Patricia Sullivan. “We’re wiring
the campus, doing the faculty
Chapel Hill is now the only
campus in the UNC system that
requires its freshmen to have their
own laptops —a rule that took
effect in 2000.
But cost issues will factor into
the equation in Greensboro more
so than at Chapel Hill, said Senior
Associate Provost J. Allan Boyette.
“In contrast to UNC-Chapel Hill,
we have a comparatively needier stu
dent population, as defined by the
financial aid office,” Boyette said.
Price estimates vary, but Boyette
said the university hopes to offer
laptops for between SI,OOO and
$1,500 apiece.
“We are shooting for as low
cost, reliable machine as possible,”
he said.
According to the Carolina
Computing Initiative Web site,
students at UNC-CH have a
choice to pay either $1,802 or
$2,522 for a laptop, depending on
which of the two available models
they choose.
Like students at Chapel Hill,
freshmen at UNC-G will buy lap
tops through the university from a
selected vendor, Boyette said.
While a vendor has not yet been
chosen, a faculty committee is
working to find the best machine
to sell to students, he added.
The same committee also will
decide how to provide software
configuration and student cus
tomer support other factors
contributing to the total price of
the computers.
Meanwhile, the university’s
Academic Affairs and Information
Technology and Planning offices
are directing the project, which will
include the installation of wireless
Internet access throughout campus
by the fall of 2006.
Boyette said university officials
have met with a student advisory
group that strongly supports the
“Students are really calling for
this, asking ‘why aren’t we further
ahead (technologically)?’”
In the fall 0f2004,60 percent of
incoming freshmen came to school
with their own laptops.
“We’ve seen a gradual transition
to laptops from desktop machines,”
Boyette said. “Laptops are just
more versatile.”
Matt Hill, chairman of the leg
islative committee of the student
senate at UNC-G, has worked on
the project with university staff.
“I believe it’s a good idea because
everyone should have a computer,
but not everyone can afford one,”
he said.
Hill said that if the cost of lap
tops is figured into financial aid
programs, the requirement will
help ensure that all students have
equal access to useful learning
“The university must find a way
to where low-income students
won’t be adversely affected by the
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