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almost every day.
“We’re a 12-month place. We’re
not a nine-month place,” said
Thomas Thornburg, associate dean
of programs in the school.
Areas of expertise range from
adolescent pregnancy and parent
ing law to solid waste management
and fire protection law.
David Lawrence, an institute
professor since 1968, specializes
in local government law and legal
aspects of public finance. “I might
get anywhere from 40 to 70 or 80
phone calls a week,” he said.
One person who keeps the
schools’ phone lines busy is Jan
Winters, the Gastonia County
“I could say honestly that we use
them continually,” he said.
Recently, Winters said, some
questions arose concerning undoc
umented immigrants and their
access to public health.
Members of Winters’ office
received an opinion from the
school that he said was clear and
well-substantiated with references
to decisions of similar cases in
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onto the Hawks’ bandwagon with
more magnetism than a refrigera
tor door and a smile that should be
copyrighted by Dr. Seuss.
But you can forgive Marvin
Williams if he hasn’t thought
about any of this yet. First of all,
the team hasn’t even discussed
such expectations not publicly,
at least. And secondly, he’s got
other things to figure out first.
“I can get from home to here
and back,” he says, referring to the
Hawks’ Philips Arena. “I can get to
the airport. I can get to Wal-Mart.
Can you blame him? In a city
like this, where there’s a Peachtree
Street and a West Peachtree Street,
a Peachtree Road and a Peachtree
Drive, a Peachtree Battle Avenue
and a Peachtree Hills Avenue,
maybe ignorance really is bliss.
And besides, it’s not like he’s in a
hurry to find his way around.
“My dad does most of the driv
ing,” Williams says. “It’s a lot big
ger than Chapel Hill. I can walk
everywhere I need to be in Chapel
Hill. Here, you gotta drive.”
Yeah, and there are other differ
ences, too. Small stuff, really.
For instance, Chapel Hill is home
to the University of North Carolina,
a blue-blooded charter member of
college basketball’s elite. Atlanta is
home to the Hawks, a team that’s
elite only in the sense that it loses
better than anyone —a team that’s
a real-life example of the phrase, “If
you can’t say something nice, don’t
say anything at all.”
“These guys did lose a little bit
last year, but hopefully I can come
in and contribute and try to help
that,” Williams says. “You know, I
did win a few games last year, and
this year I hope I can turn around
and do the same thing.”
And Coach Mike Woodson, who
played at Indiana under Bobby
Knight, is vaguely familiar with
the benefits a winning college pro
gram can provide.
“It can help him tremendously,”
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“They are an exceptionally
valuable resource to, I believe,
all of local governments in North
Carolina,” he said.
Newly elected county commis
sioners in Gastonia County are
encouraged to attend an orienta
tion program that the school runs,
Veteran officials also enroll in
the institute’s continuing educa
Before taking on her role as
Morehead City clerk, Jeanne Giblin
worked a similar job in New York.
Despite her years of experience,
Giblin said she learned a lot from
the 10-day municipal clerk pro
gram she took when she began.
' “It includes everything that you
could possibly want to know to be
a municipal clerk,” she said.
Giblin said she continues to take
the school’s courses and subscribes
to an institute-sponsored listserv
for municipal clerks.
“It has been the most handy
thing,” she said.
In an age where information is
readily available through schol
arly Web sites and online courses,
he says. “I think any time you come
out of college winning an NCAA
title, that’s one of3oo, almost 400
schools. He’s a talented kid, but
again, it’s a learning curve, com
ing from college to the pros.
“Now, he might shock us, he
might come in and just be unbe
lievable. You never know.... The
sky’s the limit.”
That’s the difference. At UNC,
everyone did know. They knew
the kid was good enough to start
for any team in the country his
own included. They knew he could
out-talent, out-jump and generally
out-play just about anybody he
matched up with.
Not anymore. In the NBA,
Woodson says the kid will play the 3
and maybe some 4, but is less decid
ed on whether he’ll start. It’s like
George Clooney making “Return
of the Killer Tomatoes!” six years
before landing “ER.” Even kings
aren’t bom wearing their crowns.
“He can guard a point guard,
and he can guard a 2 or a 3,” says
point guard Tyronn Lue. “He’s a
guy who’s 6-9, and you can run
pick-and-roll with him, pick
and-pop, he can post up, take you
off the dribble. He’ll take a little
while to put it all together, but he
definitely has the talent and the
Still, the list of talented play
ers who have flopped as high
draft picks is long, and six Hawks
besides Williams have entered the
league before playing four years in
college, including two forwards
Al Harrington and Josh Smith
who went straight from prom
to the pros.
“It’s hard to prepare for some
thing you’ve never experienced,”
Williams says. “It’s a lot easier
(because) those guys are my age, so
we can definitely relate.... They’ll
definitely help my transition.
“The best advice I’ve gotten is,
‘Take care of your body. Just work
hard and make sure you take care
of your body, and you’ll have a
good, long career.’”
But you can lift more weights
than an Eastern European middle
school and you can watch your
diet more closely than Calista
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Winters said he still turns only to
UNC’s school for information.
“I think that the school of gov
ernment has a degree of credibil
ity about affairs in North Carolina
that is head and shoulders above
anybody else,” he said.
The school’s experience-based
teaching techniques outweigh
the perks of online instruction,
“We specialize in adult educa
tion and have spent a lot of time
on teaching methods that adults
respond well to,” he said. “Beyond
that, I think that one of the advan
tages of any in-person kind of
teaching is when you’re dealing
with a lot of adults ... they have a
lot to teach each other.”
A think tank hidden from most
of the public’s eye, Smith said the
school’s Chapel Hill base and pub
lic interest keep its resources and
availability wide open.
“We’re not doing it because it’s a
piece of business that we generate
revenue from,” Smith said. “We’re
doing it because we think we can
help someone, and we’re going to
be there in the long haul.”
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Flockhart and accidents still can
happen. That’s a lesson Williams
has had to leam the hard way.
Marvin Williams knows how to
ran. He did it under Roy Williams
as a Tar Heel. He does it as Edgerrin
James in Madden NFL ’O6, which
he plays “every day from 2 (p.m.) to
10 (p.m.)” at the Atlanta townhouse
he shares with several friends from
his hometown of Bremerton, Wash.
And he’ll do it under Woodson as a
Hawk, a familiar strategy that fig
ures to ease the transition a bit.
Right now, though, Marvin
Williams is not running. All his
teammates are; they’re doing sui
cides to close out Tuesday morn
ing’s practice, the first official prac
tice of the season. No. 24, however,
is nowhere to be seen.
Just 20 minutes ago, Williams
was riding a stationary bike on the
far wall of the practice court that
sits deep in the bowels of Philips
Arena. Then he just sort of disap
peared. No, he didn’t go into the
locker room to get fitted for his
lime green throwback (one of the
countless perks of being a Hawk).
And no, he didn’t slip out early
to play the soon-to-be-released
College Hoops 2K6 video game
with him on the cover. (“I don’t play
basketball games. Too much pride.
They’re too hard for me,” he says.)
He did leave, but it was to go to
the hospital for X-rays instead. This
guy gives new meaning to the term
“getting off on the right foot.”
That’s because the right foot is
the one he sprained sometime last
week during a voluntary workout
at Philips Arena, a routine he’s fol
lowed for the past two weeks.
The Hawks are listing him as
day-to-day, and all accounts are
that the injury if you can even
call it that isn’t serious.
Still, a first day on the job like the
one Williams held is positive proof
of a truth that he had to leam much
too quickly: It’s not quite so easy to
find your way in the NBA.
Besides, you have to know how
to find your way around your own
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Memorial Hall, which seats slight
ly more than 1,400.
CAA President Justin Johnson
said collaboration among the
involved groups enabled them to
attract a marquee performer such
as Common, who currently is the
opening act for Kanye West.
“The best option we have is to
work together with other groups,”
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demic year already have been
approved based on an existing
slate of peers.
Jones said there is much to con
sider when creating a list of peer
universities, including size of the
institution, amount of research
conducted, admissions selectiv
ity and commitment to graduate
The first copy of the proposed
peer institutes was sent to system
chancellors during the summer,
After reviewing the proposal,
chancellors from the 16 universi
ties replied with their personal
“They came back and said,
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Dell already has upheld its
socially conscious reputation by
offering one of the first comput
ers from the plant to a children’s
museum in Forsyth County and
donating $50,000 to a govern
ment program committed to relay
ing information about business
skills to schools statewide.
But benefits from the move are
not entirely one-sided.
Officials boasted that the area
is equipped with a strong work
force and a location close to
many of Dell’s customers and is
tied for the lowest business tax
rate in the country.
“We’re a lot closer to about 60
percent of our customers (here)
than we are in Nashville and
Austin,” Parra said of Dell’s other
two manufacturing locations in
the United States.
When Easley took the stage,
he joked, “If I had known that
this would have put you within
60 percent of your customers,
we wouldn’t have negotiated so
The state enticed Dell with a
$242 million incentive package,
to which Forsyth County and
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Getting a great performer also
has a lot to do with luck, Benson
said, referring to the series of events
that led to booking Common.
Last week, organizers said it was
unlikely they would get Common
to perform, citing negotiation
complications with his manage
“We had the right act at the
right time and the availability was
right,” he said Wednesday.
The Common performance will
be one of many events leading up
‘Well, some of these we have real
heartburn with,’” Jones said.
Putting together the new list
has required a good deal of back
and-forth with university admin
istrators, he said.
“In several cases I said, “Well, I
can buy that.’ Other times I said,
‘I hear your cases, but I can’t buy
After considering their
responses, Jones said he re-eval
uated his list and sent the latest
version to the chancellors about
a week ago.
“The campuses are in the pro
cess of reviewing the second itera
tion to see if they are in agreement
with it or if they’d like to suggest
changes,” said Alan Mabe, UNC
system vice president for academic
Winston-Salem added a com
bined $37 million.
Dell already has hired 350
employees for the manufactur
ing plant and promises to raise
that number to 1,500 during the
next five years.
“I’m very confident we have
an outstanding team of North
Carolinians who will raise the
productivity, quality and safety
bars to new levels,” Parra said.
The plant also has drawn
four suppliers to the area: APL
Logistics, EGL Inc., Austin Foam
Plastics Inc. and World Wide
The idea is that additional sup
pliers will yield additional jobs.
Easley said he expects that the
total increase in jobs to be about
6,500 and that the state will see
an increase in gross product of
$24.5 billion during the next 20
Advocates of the incentive
deal, many of whom were in
attendance, hail the opening as a
boon to a struggling economy in
need of stimulation.
But dissenters, such as Ralph
Byrns, professor of economics at
UNC-Chapel Hill, contend that
the incentive package was bad
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Nov. 5, Johnson said.
“Throughout the week we’ll
have different events going on in
the Pit throughout the day.”
He called this year’s perfor
mance a turning point in the way
Homecoming is perceived on cam
“I think it’s getting bigger and
better every year.”
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A finalized list of peers should
be completed sometime during the
winter, Davies said.
“I would expect by maybe
February we would have a set of
adopted peers,” he said.
Mabe emphasized that the last
say on the matter does not go to
Jones or the chancellors.
“Eventually this would go to
the Board of Governors,” he said.
“They would approve a peer list for
But the campuses will continue
to have considerable input, Mabe
“We hope to ideally reach a kind
of consensus with each of the cam
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“Were a lot closer to
about 60 percent of
our customers (here)
than ...in Nashville
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“The tax breaks far exceed
any reasonable approximation
of benefit to North Carolinians,”
The tax cuts Dell will receive
will be offset by higher taxes on
other businesses and consumers,
“Most of the major gains
in employment over the past
30 years have been created by
small start-up businesses rather
than large corporations given to
The rate of economic growth
that the new plant spurs ulti
mately will determine whether
the winning bid will be con
sidered a victory for North
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