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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008
Saving the ‘other’ N.C.
It's April again, and it's time to
sit down and think about the
most depressing thing in all of
sports: the Charlotte Bobcats.
I, for one, am completely
exhausted with the Bobcats and
their perpetual struggle toward
mediocrity. And since they are
the only professional basketball
franchise in North Carolina, you
should be exasperated, too.
As North Carolina residents,
we should have a viable NBA
team. We’re a big state. We mat
ter. And the Bobcats aren't giving
us that right now.
But they can. They can do it by
the end of next year. So let's do
this. Let's fix the Bobcats.
Step one: stop letting Michael
Jordan make draft choices. The
Cats need at least one more legit
player to come out of this year’s
draft. Sadly, the draft choices will
probably be either Brook Lope/
or Kerin Love instead. Out of the
two, Lopez is probably the bet
ter prospect. Anthony Randolph
from LSU would work out fine,
as well. But no more Adam
Morrisons. Do you hear me, M.J.?
Second: Revamp the roster.
This is going to sound weird,
but go with me. 1 promise it’ll all
Make sure you get Antaw n
Jamison when he becomes a free
agent this summer. Do whatever
you have to do, but get it done.
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As anyone who watched Jamison
play for the past 13 years knows,
the guy will kill himself for the
win night in and night out.
Wait 15 or 20 games into the
season, letting your players prove
their worth and health.
Make a trade to the New Jersey
Nets for the Artist Formerly
Known as Vince Carter. Oh, that's
right, Vinsanity is coining back to
Odds are that the Bobcats
would have to offer only Jason
Richardson and one other player
maybe a Jared Dudley.
Now look at that lineup:
Raymond Felton, Carter at the
off-guard, and, oh, goodness,
Gerald Wallace still high-fly
ing, dunking and defending like
a beast off the wing. Down low,
Jamison stretches the defense,
and Emeka Okafor rebounds and
puts back thunderous dunks.
Now, the obvious problem with
this scenario is that Vinsanity
hasn't honestly cared about win
ning since his last-second jumper
clanged out in game seven of the
2001 Eastern Conference semi
But put Vince with Jamison
his old college buddy Felton
and Wallace, and I think he snaps
out of it, because those three
guys kill themselves every single
night out. Their spirit will awaken
The result is that Vince's
“jumper's knee" will go right out
the window. Vince will go back to
being that guy who jumped over
some poor European in the 2000
Olympics, the guy who got stron
ger once he w-as in the air.
Now imagine that I just laid
out a relatively feasible future,
and 1 also just made the Bobcats
the most marketable franchise
in sports history. I don't care if
you're an N.C. State. Duke or
even Appalachian State fan, you
cannot hate Antawn Jamison.
And with that light being cast
on Carter as well, the entire state
suddenly will fall in love with
the Bobcats as they rocket up the
Eastern Conference standings and
become a darn good team more
importantly, a money-making
I gotta go and get my season
tickets. Anyone wanna carpool to
Charlotte next year?
Contact Pmcell Latimer
at tlatimerfg. email.unc.edu
FROM PAGE 1
when campus was blanketed with
banners, posters and even Tibetan
“It was just the most beautiful
thing everywhere you looked it
was just one giant art project."
That revival of the community
spirit could lx- especially important
for this year's freshman class, said
Va. Tech sophomore Meagan Wray.
“They can’t ever fully under
stand what happened, but they are
a part of everything now," she said.
“It kind of brings them into the
Jay Poole, director of the newly
created Office of Recovery anil
National and World News
McCain urges gas
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sen.
John McCain on Tuesday called
for a summer-long suspension of
the federal gasoline tax and sever
al tax cuts as the likely Republican
presidential nominee sought to
stem the public's pain from a
To help people weather the
downturn immediately, McCain
urged Congress to suspend the
18.4 cent federal gas tax and 24.4
cent diesel tax from Memorial Day
to Labor Day. By some estimates,
the government would lose about
$lO billion in revenue.
BET founder says
race helps Obama
CHARLOTTE (AP) - The
billionaire founder of Black
Entertainment Television says
Barack Obama would not be a
leading presidential candidate if
he wen- white and that the Illinois
senator's campaign has “a hair
trigger on anything racial."
The Charlotte Observer
reported on its Web site
Monday that Bob Johnson, one
of Hillary Clinton's top black
supporters, was commenting
on remarks previously made
by Geraldine Ferraro, another
“It sfitting that as we celebrate our
centennial we remember the tragedy of last
year but we also look toward the future”
ISHWAR PURI, VA TECH ENGINEERING SCIENCE AND MECHANICS DEPARTMENT HEAD
Support, said that while Va. Tech has
always been close-knit, the tragedy
made students more willing to reach
out for counseling and support. "It
helped people be a little less reluc
tant to stop by and get a checkup."
Poole also commented on the
physical health of those recovering
from injuries suffered last year: of the
26 students injured, six graduated
and the rest returned to school, with
10 on track to graduate in May.
The university has made chang
es in security measures, taking the
hundreds of recommendations it
received and factoring them into
33 broad initiatives.
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Deadly blasts throughout Iraq kill
60, contradict U.S. claims of success
BAGHDAD (AP) Bombings
blamed on al-Qaida in Iraq tore
through market areas in Baghdad
and outside the capital Tuesday,
killing nearly 60 people and shat
tering weeks of relative calm in
The bloodshed struck directly
at U.S. claims that the Sunni
insurgency is waning and being
replaced by Shiite militia violence
as a major threat.
The deadliest blasts took place
in Baqouba and Ramadi. two cit
ies where the U.S. military has
claimed varying degrees of suc
cess in getting Sunnis to turn
Strike struggles to
stir up employed
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)
Opposition attempts to stage
a nationwide strike to demand
the release of election results
largely fizzled Tuesday as many
of the few Zimbabweans with
jobs reported to work in this
economically ravaged nation.
The failure underscored the
difficulty opposition leaders
have had harnessing popular
anger against President Robert
Mugabe's regime to try to force
the release of the official vote
count from the March 29 presi
dential ballot. Some workers
said they were not even aware
of the strike call.
“On all of those initiatives there
has been some action," said Larry
Hincker, associate vice president
for university relations.
The university’s new emergency
notification system, VT Alerts, has
more than 20,500 subscribers.
Wray termed the text message and
e-mail notices “really helpful."
Also Va. Tech added five new
counseling positions and 11 new
police officers, created a threat
assessment team and ordered inte
rior classroom locks.
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Editor at &tntdesk(a> unc.edu.
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It was the deadliest bombing
in Iraq since March 6. when a
twin bombing killed 68 people
in a crowded shopping district
in the central Baghdad district of
The U.S. military said Tuesday
that attacks in Baqouba have
dropped noticeably since last
June. But a series of assassina
tions and other high-profile
attacks have occurred this year,
and American commanders
have consistently warned that al-
Qaida-led insurgents continue to
pose a serious danger.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP)
The Olympic torch came to
Pakistan early Wednesday for
what the pro-China government
hoped would be a festive and
trouble-free leg of its world tour.
Protests against China's
human rights record disrupted
the torch’s passage through
Western cities last week, and
Pakistani authorities took pains
to avoid any repeat during its
short stay en route to Beijing.
There were no indications
that rights groups planned any
protests like those that disrupted
torch relays in Paris, latndon and
San Francisco last week.
FROM PAGE 1
Body President Eve Carson.
■ Four emergency alert sirens
intended for activation in the
event of an armed and dangerous
person on or near campus, a major
chemical spill or hazard or a torna
do sighting were tested March
26. The test revealed some technical
issues, including a limited range.
■ Appalachian State University
used its emergency text message
notification March 3, when a stu
dent falsely reported sighting a
gunman off campus.
■ The UNC Campus Safety Task
Force recommended that anew
associate vice president for safety
and emergency operations for the
UNC General Administration be
installed by August 2008.
■ Both task forces stressed
the creation of on-campus threat
assessment teams and the retrain
ing of faculty and students on how
to recognize and report threats.
■ Both task forces found it impor
tant that campus police be ade
quately trained only 53 percent
of sworn officers on UNC campuses
were trained in crisis intervention as
of January. UNC-CH's Department
of Public Safety has been nationally
accredited since 1995.
■ Both task forces also suggested
that campus police forces engage
in a Memorandum of Agreement/
Memorandum of Understanding
with each local emergency agency to
coordinate emergency responses.
■ In its August report on the
Virginia Tech shootings, the Virginia
governor’s commission noted that
security cameras could have helped
prevent the massacre.
■ Creating a surveillance camera
network that would include every
main entrance and access door on
UNC-system campuses would cost
more than $1.6 million, according
to the UNC task force.
Mental health as a priority
■ Campuses were urged to devel
op a policy of involuntary with
drawal of students who pose such
a threat, meaning students who
haven t actually broken rules can
be expelled from school for demon
strating threatening behavior.
■ Both task forces focused on the
need to retrain faculty on mental
health privacy laws to better enable
faculty and administrators to report
students who might be harmful to
themselves or others.
■ The system budget includes
$1.9 million in annual funding for
case managers for students who
could pose a threat to themselves or
others and $1.7 million annually for
increased counseling services.
Building toward safety
■ By August 2011 the system aims
to implement Crime Prevention
through Environmental Design
techniques for new buildings.
■ The state hopes to establish a
Center for Campus Safety, which
would serve as a hub in coordinating
training and sharing information.
Contact the State and National
Editor at stntde*k(g> unc.edu.