VOLUME 116, ISSUE 18
Not all blue lights
BY SARA GREGORY
The only time Eve Carson
stepped before the Chapel Hill
Town Council’s podium was to ask
for increased emergency call boxes
and lighting off campus.
“There is really no issue which
concerns everyone students or
citizens more than safety,' the
student body president told the
council in September.
“There's nothing which concerns
us more than our security."
As representatives from stu
dent government made their case,
Carson stood behind them, nod
ding her head in support of the
initiative that began with her pre
The project’s SBO,OOO cost
came from student-approved fee
increases, something Student
Body Outreach Director Christian
Mibelli said was a reaction to
“For us not to feel safe when it’s
dark outside is pretty sad," Christie
Cunningham, Carson’s senior
adviser, told council members.
And it was Carson who faced
their worst nightmare.
After police found her shot to
death in an intersection on March 5,
students are paving more attention
to both their surroundings and the
setups in place to keep them safe.
A Daily Tar Heel analysis shows
that areas with more blue lights
have less reported crime. At the
same time, the survey found gaps
in the blue lights system that could
challenge its effectiveness.
A survey of the lights
Student government proposed
adding three new off-campus call
boxes last March to the just more
than 200 located on University
property- throughout Chapel Hill.
The 9-foot-tall black poles have
blue strobe lights that are set off
whenever a button is pushed.
The Department of Public Safety
can track which call box is activated,
and officers respond each time.
“This is a means for anj-one on
campus to be able to use call boxes
UNO’s Sweet 16 foe
a tough team to top
Game will be a
contrast of styles
BY JESSE BAUMGARTNER
When Washington State coach
Tony Bennett took over the pro
gram last season for his father,
Dick, there wasn't much reason
An 11-25 record in the Pac-10
during the previous two years
with a program historically mired
in defeat typically will do that
But using his father's groundwork
of a miracle in
the Cougars to
26 wins and a
Check out the
No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament
with Dick’s slow-down, defensive
The team has backed that up
this season with a preseason top
-10 ranking and two dominating
victories in the tournament.
So now Bennett, whose roster
contains no Hansbroughs but a
bundle of overlooked glue guys,
will get his shot in the national
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UNIVERSITY Student Congress held a
public forum to discuss student publications
ARTS The play "Still... Life" uses real
life stories to talk about the death penalty.
SPORTS The men's swimming and diving
team competes at nationals starting today.
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to have a direct link into the police
department," said LL Angela Carmon
in DPS's crime prevention office.
The DTH tried to follow the blue
light path from one to the next By
design, each should be in sight of
another. The results show inconsis
tencies in visibility, accessibility and
placement of the blue lights. In a
survey- of 71 call boxes:
■ Only 49 had blue lights, while
22 had yellowed with age.
■ Only 13 were in sight of
another call box. At the remain
ing 58, no other blue lights could
SEE BLUE LIGHTS, PAGE 4
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is one of four
more than 10
points a game
spotlight with a chance to knock
off the streaking No. 1 Tar Heels
who boast the All-Americans
and superstars to go along with
the legendary coach.
*1 know nobody's giving us much
of a chance," Bennett said Monday
“That’s fine. But we’re in a pretty
The turnaround started and has
continued with the various no
names. who still remain so at
least on the East Coast
There's Derrick Low, the Great
Hawaiian Hope with the sweet
stroke who Roy Williams saw
as more of a point guard while
recruiting him at Kansas. And Kyle
Weaver, the athletic, do-everything
guard from Wisconsin who slipped
under everyone’s radar.
Then came Taylor Rochestie,
the junior point guard from
Tulane who ended up at Wazzu
after Hurricane Katrina. Plus the
SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 4
sports I page 11
The No. 7 Tar Heels beat Virginia
Tech 16-6 Wednesday night.
Freshman Corey Donohoe had
three goals. The team is 8-2
overall and 2-1 in ACC play.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Colleges across the country face
similar challenges when trying to
keep their campuses safe.
Of the 16 UNC-system universi
ties white all boast emergency call
boxes, the number of blue lights
varies from as few as 11 to as
many as 400.
N.C. State University has about
400 call boxes in the form of tradi
tional freestanding poles and wall
units in parking decks and eleva
tors, said Steve Cartton, a senior
officer in crime prevention.
'We try to put them so at
N.C. hip-hop groups dance for top honors
take first place
BY SETH WRIGHT
It was a night filled with crowd
interaction and intense competi
tion, as host Kel Mitchell’s antics
helped bring down the house
Wednesday in a packed Memorial
But the crowd didn’t just
of the hip-hop
You Got’ hip
hop dance competition, which
showcased the talents of four
dance crews from several North
The event was sponsored by the
Carolina Union Activities Board’s
performing arts committee.
After Mitchell kicked off the
night with comedic singing about
an evening where his date had food
stuck in her teeth, the audience par
ticipation and dance battles began.
T\vo teams from UNC, OPEYO!
Dancers and Misconception
Dance Company, joined N.C.
Central University’s Underground
Legendz and Unanimous from
But perhaps the most energetic
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Other N.C. campuses
least they’re visible from one to
another," Carlton said. 'We look
for the needs around the area as
the university grows.'
In Durham, Duke University has
about 500 call boxes, of which
about 140 are poles with lights,
Maj. Gloria Graham said.
Duke's campus police works
with other offices on campus to
add blue lights in areas of both
new construction and high pedes
“It’s kind of a holistic
approach," Graham said.
come to see
tion was the
“Show Us What
Tishya Hill and Xaviera Williams, freshmen at N.C. Central University, perform with their dance squad
Underground Legendz at the second annual "Show Us What You Got!" show held in Memorial Hall.
moment of the night was when
Mitchell brought members of the
audience on stage to have their
own dance competition.
“I really enjoyed the improvisa
tion of random dancers added to
the show,” said Kelly Patterson,
who attended the performance.
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THE MUSIC BLOGOSPHERE
Blogs are increasingly reviewing
music before magazines and
other print products, helping to
level the playing field between
the two mediums.
j WATER WATCH
May move back to Stage 2 rules
BY JESSICA STRINGER
With tighter water restrictions and higher rates in place,
the University and residents are feeling the effects of the
continuing drought. And both are doing more to conserve
Because lake levels have risen to almost 60 percent, the
Orange Water and Sewer Authority will meet today and could
decide to roll back water restrictions.
Stage 3 water rules took effect March 1. restricting uses such
as topping off swimming pools.
The OWASA Board Of Directors said it would discuss a
move back to Stage 2 if levels rose to 60 percent by April 1.
The University started paving 137 percent more for all the
water it uses from OWASA because of the rate increases, Ray
Dußosc, director of UNC s energy services, stated in an e-mail.
He estimated that if Stage 3 restrictions were in place for six
months, the University's water costs would increase by about
Conservation efforts have helped with a decrease in water
consumption, Dußose said.
The University has reduced water use in a number of areas.
It stopped spray irrigation on landscaping and installed dual
flush valves on toilets in more than 50 buildings, he said.
In her environmental science class, senior Meredith Morgan
said she learned about the University's measures to conserve
water through measures like water-free urinals.
"The drought has created a heightened awareness about how
much water I use." Morgan said. “It's been three days since I've
Morgan also said she catches rainwater to water the plants at
her apartment and flushes the toilet only when necessary.
Freshman Erin Davis said she has been more conscious
of her water use ever since posters were hung and dual flush
valves were installed on toilets around campus. She said she
takes shorter showers and waits until she has a large load
before doing her laundry.
“Our (resident adviser) encouraged us to use less water,
especially during the water competition." Davis said, refer
ring to the water competition between UNC and N.C. State
Residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro also are making
efforts to cut their water use.
Carrboro resident Jill Grant said she doesn't wash her car,
water her lawn or leave her faucets running.
“I ani really thinking about getting drought-resistant plants."
And Grant said she has seen her own water bill go up.
"You actually think about your water consumption when
SEE OWASA. PAGE 4
“It gave people a chance to show
off things you wouldn’t expect
them to be able to do."
And although the night's events
focused on the dance competition.
Mitchell took the crowd back by
delivering lines from his famous
this dav in history
MARCH 27,1958 ...
Student Body President candidate
Bob Furtado if elected, he will
try to add a recreational element
to the Student Union, giving UNC’s
7,000 students a place to hang out.
THURSDAY MARCH 27. 2008
"Welcome to Good Burger
home of the Good Burger! Can 1
take your order?" Mitchell quoted
from his performance in the 1997
film “Good Burger."
“1 used to watch (Mitchell) on
SEE HIP-HOP SHOW, PAGE 4
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