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Campus lighting questioned
BY MARY COLE ALLEN
Sophomore Lydia Lewallen
walks through McCorkle Place at
night several times a week and said
she is freaked out every time.
“The eerie fluorescent light
ing juxtaposed with stuffy
academic architecture creates
something that looks like it’s
off the science fiction channel,”
Students’ and administrators’
concerns about the lighting in
McCorkle Place during Tuesday’s
campus lighting tour raised ques
tions about the decision to install
such lighting last summer.
A CLOSING STATEMENT
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of supporters in Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon. Obama emphasized the
importance of North Carolina to a victory for his campaign. The state has been swarmed by both campaigns in the weeks leading up to Nov. 4.
Obama returns to N.C. for a last pitch in final stretch
BY KELLEN MOORE
RALEIGH - With only days
left until Election Day, Democratic
presidential candidate Barack
Obama made one last plea to N.C.
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who attended the rally at Halifax
“If you’ll knock on some doors
for me, if you make some calls
for me... If you’ll fight with me, I
promise we won’t just win North
Carolina. We will win this general
election,” he said.
His status as the presumed
University PAC ups election funds
BY BRENDAN BROWN
A controversial political action
committee run by UNC-Chapel
Hill trustees has raised its stand
ing as one of the state’s largest
Though still trailing the inter
est groups for realtors and trial
lawyers, Citizens for Higher
Education increased its contri
butions to state legislators by 14
percent this election.
The group has given $485,000
so far, according to campaign
finance reports filed this week with
the N.C. State Board of Elections.
At this point in the last election
cycle CHE had given $425,000.
In addition, the PAC has raised
almost 14 percent more money
from its members than it had by
this time last election, putting it
on track to reach the $700,000
mark by year’s end.
That growth has been spurred
by a number of high-profile leg
islative victories in recent years,
including a SSO million annual
Installing the new lighting in
McCorkle Place cost the University
$187,000, said John Laetz, manag
er of electric distribution systems,
who installed the lights.
The lights in McCorkle Place
are placed about 40 to 60 feet
apart along the sidewalk areas.
“They’re placed this way so that
the lights merge, but there are
about 20 feet of low-light area
between posts,” Laetz said.
He said the new lighting in the
quad is different from before, but it
is not necessarily bad.
“There used to be area lighting
SEE LIGHTING, PAGE 4
@DTH ONLINE: Watch Barack
Obama's wife, Michelle, speak
at a Wednesday rally in N.C.
leader in the presidential race is a
far cry from where he stood when
he began his campaign 21 months
ago as the underdog.
The rally was part of a final
whirlwind tour of several swing
states as Obama makes his last
appeals before Election Day with
his usual mix of campaign rhetoric
and specific promises.
His wife, Michelle, also stopped
in the state Wednesday with a rally
in Rocky Mount.
At this stage of the game, it’s
probably too late to woo many vot
ers with television commercials or
new policy emphases, said Ferrel
Guillory, director of the UNC
Program on Public Life.
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“If I can get somebody on the
phone, it’s an easy sell,” said Paul
Fulton, the UNC-CH trustee who
leads the PAC.
Fulton has set a goal of2oo mem
bers, each of whom typically gives
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Instead, this big-picture cam
paign has turned to an all-out blitz
to get voters to the polls.
“He didn’t say anything particu
larly new,” Guillory said. “It was
just to re-emphasize to his own
supporters and potential voters
why he sees this state as important,
to keep them motivated and keep
their morale up.”
Cheers and sign waving showed
supporters’ zeal as Obama touched
on some of his now-familiar talking
points: economic improvement,
appeals for national unity and
attempts to link Republican candi
date John McCain with President
Obama sought to defend himself
$2,500 per year. The group now
has about 165 members, including
prominent alumni and current or
former UNC-CH trustees.
Fulton said he is trying to recruit
younger members, particularly
SEE PAC, PAGE 4
8 DTH ONLINE: Mike
Huckabee campaigned for
John McCain in Raleigh.
against McCain’s accusations of
socialist economic policies.
“By the end of the week, he’ll
be calling me a secret communist
because I shared my toys in kin
dergarten,” Obama said. “I shared
my peanut butter sandwich.”
Obama’s persuasive side took
the backseat to his requests for
help to win the state.
“Don’t believe for a second
this election’s over,” Obama said.
“Don’t think the power will go
without a fight.”
His pleas demonstrated to some
who attended that the battle is not
yet won in North Carolina.
SEE OBAMA, PAGE 4
Economic fears may slow
Carolina North progress
BY ANDREW CUMMINGS
The economic state of the coun
try could cause the development of
the first building at Carolina North
to be delayed far beyond previous
The real estate company that
UNC contracted to build and
manage the Innovation Center, a
business incubator meant to facili
tate start-up companies based on
UNC research, is worried about
being able to find tenants.
“I think they’re concerned about
in this environment whether they
could fill up the building right
away,” UNC Chancellor Holden
Thorp said. “They might want to
wait for a time when we’re more
likely to be producing tenants for
the Innovation Center than we are
Thorp said venture capitalist
firms tend to hold their money
back from investing in new com
panies when funds are tight
“So you just need things to loos
en up a bit,” Thorp said.
The Chapel Hill Town Council
was scheduled to vote Monday on
the special use permit that would
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2008
Residents call for
BY EVAN ROSE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
A young woman in dark purple
scrubs paid her respects Wednesday
evening to a knee-high cross on the
corner of South Columbia Street
and Mason Farm Road.
This intersection is where UNC
Hospitals radiology imaging spe
cialist Valerie Hughes, 33, was
struck and killed by a Chapel Hill
TVansit bus Monday afternoon.
It’s also one of the most dan
gerous in Chapel Hill, pedestrians
and officials said.
Traffic signaling at the intersec
tion simultaneously indicates for
pedestrians to cross and vehicles to
turn onto Columbia.
It’s often unclear that vehicles
are legally required to yield to
Passengers on the bus that struck
Hughes said it was turning left onto
South Columbia from Mason Farm
and hit her in the crosswalk.
“I’ve walked across there many
times, and I’ve had to stop because
somebody is about to run me down,”
resident Richard Steele said. “They
blow the horn at me like I’m the per
son that’s doing something wrong.”
Residents said the intersection
is dangerous because so much traf
fic turns left onto South Columbia,
instead of going straight across the
intersection onto small, unmarked
Most four-way intersections in
the state operate the same way,
said Kelvin Jordan, a traffic engi
neer at the N.C. Department of
Transportation who coordinates
with Chapel Hill.
But because so little traffic con
tinues onto Westwood, there isn’t
a left turn signal that holds traf
fic so pedestrians can cross freely,
said Kumar Neppalli, Chapel Hill’s
engineering services manager.
The South Columbia and Mason
Farm intersection has been under
review and was already planned to
be modified next year, he said.
He said his department hung up
a large “yield to pedestrians sign”
in response to multiple telephone
and e-mail complaints about safety
at the intersection.
But residents said the sigh often
goes unnoticed by preoccupied
drivers and pedestrians.
Resident Karen Hurka-
Richardson said the intersection has
put her in danger countless times.
“I wish I had contacted Chapel
Hill earlier,” she said. “I feel like that
death could have been prevented.”
The N.C. Department of
SEE TRAFFIC, PAGE 4
“Everything that we
want to do is likely to
take longer than we
thought it was going
to six months ago.”
HOLDEN THORP, CHANCELLOR
have allowed the center’s con
struction to begin, but University
officials asked for the vote to be
deferred to a later date.
Mayor Kevin Foy said he wasn’t
notified that the University wanted
to postpone until hours before the
The council delayed the vote
until Nov. 24, but Thorp said they
could ask to defer the vote again if
the economy doesn’t turn around.
Thorp said the construction
could conceivably be pushed back
until even after the development
agreement is completed for the
entire 250-acre research campus,
which would happen in June 2009
at the earliest.
SEE INNOVATION, PAGE 4