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'We don't put on any airs
of being big and grand,” the
director said. 'We're just a
festival that's a good time and
a good hang.”
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Common areas in Morrison
Residence Hall have been
damaged by vandals who
have not been caught. The
cost could be transferred to all
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Watch a performance of
'I Am An Insect' the summer
puppet show by Paperhand
Puppet Intervention at the
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Two cafes on campus will begin
using all-compostable products
in the next few months. The
Daily Grind already uses
corn-based plastic cups.
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UNC professor premieres film
about women's soccer team.
Gov. Mike Easley gives tips on
how to prepare for the storm.
ELECTION 2008 BLOG
Read the highlights of Sarah
Palin’s speech from the RNC.
this day in history
North Carolina residents
brace for the arrival of
Hurricane David, which
already had killed more than
600 in the Caribbean.
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Campus abuzz over reunion
Ben Folds Five tickets on sale Monday
BY KEVIN TURNER
ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR
For Tar Heel musicians Ben
Folds, Darren Jessee and Robert
Sledge, a homecoming is in order.
Excitement was palpable on
campus following Tuesday’s
announcement for a Ben Folds
Five reunion slated for Sept. 18 at
“We are so excited about this
show, and it’s just an opportunity
that concert presenters and activ
ity board chairmen would dream
of” said Tom Allin, Carolina Union
The group disbanded after a tour
for its fourth and final album, the
1999 release “The Unauthorized
Biography of Reinhold Messner.”
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After abstaining from food and drinks from sunrise to sunset, Muslim students and supporters enjoy a catered meal at an iftaar
sponsored by the Muslim Students Association Wednesday in the Union. They will fast daily for the rest of the month of Ramadan.
Muslim students come together for fast
BY ANITA RAO
After sunset Wednesday, about 70
Muslim students and supporters broke
their Ramadan fasts with a date, fol
lowed by a prayer.
The students then relished platefuls
of tandoori chicken, yogurt salad, spicy
garbanzo beans and other traditional
Pakistani cuisine during a family-catered
iftaar, a meal to break the daily fast
With the growing Muslim popula
tion at UNC, Ramadan is taking on a
more community feel, Muslim Student
Association Social Chairwoman Furat
“About four years ago, the MSA gen
eral body meetings were small enough
to fit into the third floor Union alcoves,”
Sawafta said in an e-mail.
But this year, a large Union room
could hardly fit all of the members, she
said. More than 100 members attended
concerns at Forum
UNC employees could lose
some job security protections and
benefits if a proposal backed by
,UNC-system President Erskine
Bowles is passed this spring.
The proposal would allow more
employees to be deemed exempt
from a statute that governs how
state employees are compensated,
promoted and fired and provides
some protections against layoffs.
More than 20,000 UNC
system nonfaculty employees,
including housekeepers and
computer specialists, could be
affected by the change to the State
About 25 employees expressed
their concerns about the N.C.
General Assembly proposal
Wednesday at the first Employee
Carolina Union Activities Board,
which spent $11,700 on the show,
booked the trio in conjunction with
Cat’s Cradle and MySpace.
“It was brought to us originally
by Cat’s Cradle three or so weeks
ago,” Allin said. “They said we have
an opportunity, but we would have
to move fast on it.”
Folds played a solo show at UNC
in 2007, which sold out in a mat
ter of hours. Students camped out
overnight for tickets, although this
is prohibited by University polity.
Allin is predicting just as much of
a rush for tickets this time around.
Of the tickets, 630 have been
allotted for students, which will be
on sale starting at 10 a.m. Monday
for $22. The general public is able
SDTH ONLINE: See a slideshow of
Ramadan photos at dailytarheel.com
ATTEND TODAY'S IFTAAR
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union 3206
the first meeting.
Ramadan is the ninth month in
the Islamic lunar calendar. Muslims
fast daily during the holiday because
they believe it was in this time that the
Prophet Muhammad started receiving
revelations of the Quran from God,
MSA President Ola Mohamed said.
“The verse in the Quran said God
asked us to fast to gain self-restraint or
Qod-consciousness,” Mohamed said.
SEE RAMADAN, PAGE 4
Forum meeting of the school
Forum Vice Chairwoman
Brenda Denzler said the addi
tion would essentially remove
University employees’ state
employee designation by creat
ing a separate human resources
“In name we would be part
of the state system, but in some
aspects we would be part of a
completely different system,” she
The proposal was written with
the notion that exempting more
employees from the statute would
allow for better recruitment,
according to a task force report,
and gives the University more
authority to classify employees
SEE FORUM, PAGE 4
Time: 10 a.m. td 6 p.m. Monday
Location: Memorial Hall box office
to purchase tickets at the same
time via etix.com and myspace.
com/benfolds for S4O.
“I would suspect that it would
sell out pretty much right away,
just based on sales for his previ
ous show at Carolina,” said Frank
Heath, the owner of Cat’s Cradle.
Many of the band’s fans were
surprised and excited by Tuesday’s
“I was really surprised because
I was of the inclination that their
split was pretty final,” said senior
Josh Sharp, who has seen Ben
Folds’ solo show multiple times.
Yasmeen Zamamiri (right) talks with sophomore
Yasmin Awan at the MSA iftaar Wednesday.
McNeese game was ‘humbling’
UNC’s sole focus
on Rutgers now
BY DAVID ELY
If Butch Davis’ mantras of “tak
ing it one game at a time” and
“letting everyone else buy into th|e
hype” fell upon deaf ears during
training camp, his players are lis
Now that McNeese State gave
the Tar Heels the type of battle
one would expect from a Rutgers
or a Notre Dame, rather than a
squad from the supposed “younger
brother” Football Championship
And certainly since the play
ers had a couple of days to watch
tape, evaluate mistakes and let it
all sink in.
Through the struggles of last
SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 4
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
“We thought he was gone but he’s come
BEN FOLDS FIVE, FROM 'STEVEN'S LAST NIGHT IN TOWN'
“I saw him in 2006 and 2007
with a band, and the band he used
was pretty much a faux version of
the band he used to play with, so
I’m really excited to see him with
Heath said the trio’s show would
differ from Folds’ solo show.
“This will be a completely dif
ferent vibe,” he said. “I think there
are a ton of people out there who
are going to be more excited about
a Ben Folds Five show than just a
Ben Folds show.”
The band is to play its final album
in its entirety, an exciting prospect
to fans who see it as the band’s most
With problems on both sides of the line and a lack of offense Saturday,
UNC's football team found plenty of things to improve for its next game.
artistically adventurous venture.
“It’s my favorite album,” Sharp
said. “There’s a lot of interesting
instrumentation in the songs that
I don’t know how they’ll do live.”
The announcement and the
upcoming Andrew Bird show con
trast to CUAB’s quiet first semester
“We’ve set a high bar for our
selves,” Allin said.
“It’s hard to find a lot of bands
that we want to reunite and then
get them here on top of that.”
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Software IDs the
BY EMILY STEPHENSON
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
Unlike some nearby county
agencies, Orange County does
not always send an ambulance in
response to 911 caHs.
Orange County’s 911 dispatch
ers use the same software as Wake
and Mecklenburg counties, but
resources dictate how protocol is
Orange County Emergency
Medical Services’ treatment pro
tocols have received increased
scrutiny after the Aug. 12 death of
17-year-old Atlas Fraley, a football
player and rising senior at Chapel
Hill High School.
Fraley died a few hours after
calling 911 at 1:45 p.m. to com
plain of full-body pain and pos
EMS arrived at Fraley’s house
at 1:53 p.m., but details of his
treatment are under investiga
tion. EMS officials have consis
tently declined to comment on the
Fraley case or the investigation.
Orange, Wake and Mecklenburg
counties all use the software pro
gram Advanced Medical Priority
Dispatch System to assess the chief
medical complaint of each caller.
Dispatchers then follow a coun
ty-established procedure based on
County procedure is based on the
EMS medical director’s review of
the 34 different kinds of complaints
established by the software.
Capt. Dinah Jeffries of Orange
County Emergency Services said
SEE EMS, PAGE 4