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HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Private business and public
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The finance committee starts
the year and approves funds.
ELECTION 2008 BLOG
serves as delegate at DNC.
EDITOR'S NOTES BLOG
College newspapers seeing
this day in history
James Larkin Pearson, N.C.'s
poet laureate since 1953, died
at a Wilkes County hospital
of pneumonia after several
months of declining health.
He was 101.
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Pit attacker gets up to 33 years
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struck nine people
BY KRISTEN CRESANTE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
HILLSBOROUGH - The
UNC graduate who attempted to
kill people when he drove a rented
sport utility vehicle through the Pit
will face 26 to 33 years in prison.
Mohammed Taheri-Azar struck
pine people in the March 2006
incident. The victims who testified
at the sentencing hearing Tuesday
said the emotional impact has
lasted longer than the physical
Taheri-Azar chose not to com
ment, call witnesses on his behalf
or introduce evidence. When given
Chancellor Holden Thorp addresses questions Tuesday at his first open house, hosted by the student advisory committee. About 50
people attended the meeting in the Student Union. Thorp highlighted academics, research at Carolina and campus safety issues.
BY KESHA HUDSON
Chancellor Holden Thorp offered con
crete promises in response to student ques
tions Tuesday in the Student Union at the
first of three open house meetings planned
for this semester.
Thorp pledged to:
■ Raise more money for merit scholarships
and lead student recruitment efforts.
■ Raise S2O million to increase enroll
ment in first-year seminars.
■ Double the size of the Honors Program.
■ Improve employee welfare in regard to
compensation and training.
Questions were answered in an agenda
style format different than in previous
years. This was done to keep the conversa
tion positive and on topic, Student Body
Vice President Todd Dalrymple said.
Main St. face-lift details heard
Five-stoiy renovation plans in works
BY KATY DOLL
Main Street in Carrboro is closer
to anew look.
The property at 300 E. Main
St., which includes Cat’s Cradle
and the Arts Center, is expected to
be completely renovated and over
hauled, with five-story residential
and commercial buildings.
The first phase of the project
was approved in 2007, but devel
opers sought approval of updated
plans from Carrboro’s Board of
Aldermen on Tuesday.
The aldermen extended the public
hearing to Sept 16 so a lighting and
wastewater study can be reviewed.
The Arts Center and Cat’s Cradle
most likely will remain in the same
spot, and are expected to remain
open while construction begins.
“We know there’s the space for
everything those venues desire but
we don’t know exact configurations
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
an opportunity to speak, he said
repeatedly, “The defense rests, your
His younger sister, Lida Taheri-
Azar, spoke on his behalf.
on the Pit
“We know he was very wrong,
and we are grateful that nobody
was seriously injured.
“My parents need their little boy,
and I need him, too.”
Senior Resident Superior Court
Judge Carl Fox sentenced Taheri-
Azar after he pleaded guilty Aug.
12 to nine counts of attempted
When asked how he would maintain
the quality of the student body amid grow
ing enrollment, Thorp said he would raise
money for merit scholarships and do a better
job of recruiting prospective students.
“We’re going to have to take a much more
active role in persuading folks to come to
Carolina,” Thorp said. “And I’m going to
have to lead that effort.”
Thorp said he wouldn’t stop at improving
study abroad programs, encouraging under
graduate research and reducing class sizes.
“We’ve been saying those same things for
a long time and we need to come up with
some other ideas,” he said.
Thorp said he would need S2O million to
raise first-year seminar enrollment from 60
percent to about 90 percent of the class.
at this point” said Jim Spencer, the
Main Street project’s architect.
There are stipulations to protect
the Arts Center’s current space to
ensure its continued service to the
town, according to the agenda.
There has been mention of
moving a Carrboro library to the
Arts Center’s space, but it’s too pre
mature to tell if this will become a
reality, said Jon Wilner, executive
director of the Arts Center.
“It does really speak to the real
ity that the Arts Center does have
some options,” Wilner said.
“Regardless of how things have
gotten rearranged on the site over
the years, what has been consistent
is the architectural design, which
will fit perfectly with Carrboro.”
Laura Van Sant, partner and
spokeswoman for Main Street
Properties of Chapel Hill LLC, the
owners of the property, said they
will attempt to ensure no disrup
Tuesday, two of the victims
appeared in court to testify, one
sent a representative, and others
had written statements read.
“There’s an involuntary clench
in my back every time I see a car
go by,” said Susan Burgin, who
was a sophomore at the time.
Burgin was walking past Davis
Library on her way to class when
she saw the Jeep drive onto the
sidewalk, she said. She was struck
by the right-front part of the vehi
Karen Harman, a part-time stu
dent at the time of the incident, was
walking in front of Lenoir Dining
Hall when she saw the Jeep com
ing toward her, she told the court
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that he is one
of a kind,” she
tears. “He was
a naive kid who
“We live here.
We designed it
with Carrboro in
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tion of businesses by completing
anew building before tearing
down the existing location.
Parking was of concern to the
aldermen Tuesday, as the devel
opment is expected to need 1,195
spaces, while the proposal only
But Van Sant said this will not
be a major problem, citing the
different times people use the
parking lot. The Cradle’s busi
ness is generally at night, while
offices generally only need park
ing during the day, she noted.
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Mohammed Taheri-Azar appears in court with his lawyer on Tuesday to
receive his sentencing in the presence of his family and victims.
On employee issues
While Thorp said some employee issues
can’t be fixed, he said he’ll keep an eye on
three specific ones: compensation, transpor
tation and management training.
He said that UNC probably will raise the
minimum pay rate this year and craft policies
to ensure adequate training for management
“There are a lot of folks that have become
managers who don’t have any training in
how to be a manager,” he said.
Thorp said he would look into lighting
Coker Arboretum, a plan that has been con-
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Ongoing UNO study
links MSG to obesity
Additive may have
BY ANITA RAO
The effects of using the flavor
enhancer monosodium glutamate,
commonly known as MSG, are
unclear and controversial.
And a recent study from UNC’s
School of Public Health that has
linked MSG to obesity is the first
product of an ongoing research
project that will investigate long
The consumer confusion can be
attributed to the different names
and forms of MSG, said Dr. Ka He,
co-researcher and assistant profes
sor of nutrition and epidemiology
at the school.
“MSG is an additive to an addi
tive, and even within an additive
they could refer to MSG by a dif
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2008
unclear on rules
BY KEVIN KILEY
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
At least two potential student
body president candidates have
begun holding large meetings with
Though planning at this point
in the year is common in student
elections, the size and publicity of
these meetings blurs the distinc
tion between private and public
Juniors Ashley Klein and Matt
Wohlford held campaign interest
meetings this week and said they are
interested in pursuing the office.
Last weekend, Wohlford sent an
e-mail to more than 50 students
to solicit help. He had an interest
meeting Tuesday night and has
another scheduled for today.
Klein said she had a big turn
out at a campaign staff meet
ing Monday, packing the Faculty
Lounge of the Campus Y. She said
she contacted students individu
ally to invite them to the meeting.
“Candidates in the past have
shown that we can have large
meetings like this if we’ve contact
ed campaign workers on a one-to
one basis,” Klein said.
The Board of Elections, which
oversees student races, hasn’t
taken action against any candidate
for holding similar meetings in at
least the last three years.
The Student Code states that
students may not publicly cam
paign until they declare candi
dacy at a mandatory meeting 28
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ferent name,” he said.
While MSG can be used as an
independent food additive, it is
also a part of other sauces and
“MSG is most commonly associ
ated with Asian-style cuisine,” he
said. “But MSG is also common in
Though the chemical has
reached notoriety for being found
in Chinese food, it also is found in
canned vegetables, soups and pro
cessed meats in most any grocery
A 1995 report from the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration
and the Federation of American
Societies for Experimental Biology
found no evidence of long-term
health effects related to MSG. But
the short-term effects can include
headaches, nausea and numb
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