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university| page 6 WALK IT OUT Community members, students and faculty were excited during a meeting Tuesday about a potential bike path connecting the campus to Carolina North.

state| page 3 CHANGING SPACES The N.C. Department of Justice is trying to determine if the state’s largest insurance company violated state law with automated phone calls opposing parts of the federal health care overhaul legislation.

arts | page 3 HARK THE SOUNDS Carolina Choir and the UNC Chamber Singers will bring some heaven down to the stage tonight in their second concert of the season, called Celestial Voices. Both of the groups will be singing their pieces a cappella.

Sales of ‘sin’ items steady Alcohol, tobacco draw profits in recession BY seth crawford staff writer

As business after business shuts down and unemployment continues to rise in the economic downturn, industries that feed desires and addictions have not been hit nearly as hard. Whether it is alcohol, drugs, tobacco or adult products, stores are finding that Kelvin Farrington, left, pays Yogi Patel for their customers will prioritize their budgets to maintain their pleasures. bars. “The biggest trend we see as a result of the recession is liquor sales are down Alcohol but have been replaced with an upsurge People around Chapel Hill are spend- in sales of our beer,” Top of the Hill ing more money on alcohol but less on Restaurant and Brewery owner Scott hard liquor, according to the Orange Maitland stated in an e-mail. County Alcohol Beverage Control Other bars, including Orange County Commission. Social Club, Jack Sprat Cafe and the Blue Total sales in the county increased Horn Lounge confirmed this trend. from about $11 million in the fiscal year “We are getting the same number of ending in June 2006, before the reces- bodies, but they are getting lower qualsion, to about $13.5 million in the fiscal ity,” said Marshall Payne, co-owner of Blue year that ended this June, according to Horn Lounge. the ABC. “Instead of going to the middle and Meanwhile, mixed beverage sales top shelf they are going to the bottom dropped 3.8 percent. This trend is playing out at local See sales, Page 4

A mutation in the H1N1 virus found in patients of Duke University Medical Center is making it harder to treat patients with the flu.

DEC. 2, 1961 … The UNC men’s basketball team defeats the University of Virginia, 80-46, in Dean Smith’s head coaching debut. He went on to coach for 36 years, winning two NCAA titles.

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Women make up bulk of students

investigating whether male students are getting preferential treatment in college admissions to balance the high number of females enrolling. The issue centers on a federal law commonly known as Title IX, which prevents public universities and colleges from considering gender in admissions decisions. The law was initially created to ensure females had equal access to higher education and athletics. Title IX does not apply to private colleges, unless they are professional schools or technical institutions. Researchers will be looking at public and private colleges and

A 60 to 40 female to male ratio worries more than the women dealing with a lot of competition for a boyfriend. The disproportionate gender distribution is a nationwide trend. Some universities with ratios similar to UNC’s could be taking steps to make their student body more gender balanced. A study being conducted by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is

See GENDER, Page 4

Fiscal year 2005-06

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The faces were different, and the venue had changed, but one thing remained constant in Tuesday’s national championship game rematch: North Carolina still had Michigan State’s number. Just like last year, the Tar Heels got off to a fast start, scoring on each of their first five possessions. Just like last year, UNC had at least 50 points and a double-digit lead at halftime. And once again, No. 10 North Carolina (7-1) came away with an 89-82 victory in a very loud Smith Center, making it five in a row against the No. 9 Spartans (5-2). This time, though, it wasn’t supposed to go down like that. The Spartans were the ones with the higher ranking and the three returning starters from the nation-


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al title game. “All the talk was about Michigan State and them coming back and trying to beat us the third time,” Marcus Ginyard said. “But they’re coming on our home court, and we’re trying to protect our home court. And we were just as excited about this game as they were. A chance to put them away for the third time.” That’s just what they did. Once again, the charge was led in the post, where Ed Davis was nearly unstoppable. He shot 8-10 from the field and 6-8 from the

See rematch, Page 4

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Sophomore forward Ed Davis had a career-high 22 points to lead the Tar Heels on Tuesday night against Michigan State.

Local YWC presidency switches hands Under pressure for being ‘too liberal’ Senior Writer

The UNC chapter of Youth for Western Civilization has a new president after complaints to the national organization’s leadership that the group was becoming too liberal. Under a new, more conservative leader, the group is looking to increase its presence and bring back controversial speakers that sparked disruptive protests and initially launched the group into the national spotlight.

Nikhil Patel, the former president of the campus chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, said he decided to leave the group after a conversation with the group’s national president, Kevin DeAnna. Patel, an Indian-American who said he does not agree with some of the national group’s political ideals, became president of the organization during the summer after the group struggled to find a leader. “I accepted leadership in order to promote free speech and diversity of

thought,” Patel said in an e-mail. Patel initially planned to pursue a dual presidency after complaints from the national organization. He decided to step down after Riley Matheson, his friend and founder of the UNC chapter, received a call from DeAnna during which he said he was “cursed out” because the chapter was becoming more liberal. “Because DeAnna was only willing to contact me at the very end of this ordeal, as things were coming to a heat, and because it was obvious that whoever was feeding DeAnna information about me was not above lying, I decided

Nikhil Patel, former chapter president of Youth for Western Civilization, has stepped down.

Daryl Ann Dunigan, a senior, took over leadership of the group and intends to help it survive.

to resign and disassociate myself from YWC completely,” Patel said in an e-mail. Senior Daryl Ann Dunigan will now take over as YWC’s president. Dunigan said she received the group’s recognition papers, documents that show the organization

has University standing, from Patel Tuesday afternoon. YWC’s official mission, listed on the national group’s Web site, states that it aims to “organize, educate and train activists dedicated to the

See YWC, Page 4

History of Youth for Western Civilization at UNC March 19 Former U .S. Treasurer Bay Buchanan speaks about illegal immigration with no interruptions. She is the first speaker brought to campus by conservative group Youth for Western Civilization.

April 14 Former U.S. Congressman Tom Tancredo, an ardent opponent of illegal immigration, speaks on the subject. Protesters show up and five minutes into the speech, a window is broken. Tancredo leaves campus. The incident gains national attention.

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Sept. 18 YWC President Nikhil Patel notifies Cramer of anti-YWC Sept. 14 brochures. Cramer jokingly replies that he “has a Colt .45 and Koch and three other protesters knows how to use it,” sending the response to Thorp, who asks have their cases dismissed by a Cramer to resign as faculty adviser. judge. YWC renews its official status with professor emeritus Tuesday Elliot Cramer as adviser. Sept. 17 June Patel is asked to step Chancellor Holden Thorp Sept. 21 YWC’s faculty adviser Chris Clemens down as YWC chapter re-extends his offer to With Thorp’s help, resigns, saying he doesn’t have time to president by the national reimburse YWC for Tancredo’s YWC finds three properly advise a group that is organization. truncated appearance. new advisers. gathering so much attention and scrutiny.

April 22 Police arrest senior Haley Koch for her role in the Tancredo protest. Another protest of a YWC-sponsored talk leads to the arrest of six people but no UNC students.

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Over the past four years, retail and mixed beverage gross sales in Orange County have increased steadily.

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a beer Tuesday evening at the CITGO gas station on West Main Street in Carrboro.

Study to look Tar Heels take rematch into uneven of tourney title game gender ratio By Emily Ellis

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he maker of Samuel Adams beer released an updated version of an old brew that has been banned in 13 states, costs about $150 per bottle and contains 27 percent alcohol by volume. Known as Utopias, the beer was created in an attempt to “push the envelope” beyond state laws that cap legal alcohol by volume at 14 percent. “I’m pushing it beyond what the laws of these 13 states ever contemplated when they passed those laws decades ago,” said Jim Koch, owner and founder of Boston Beer Co., the maker of Samuel Adams. Utopias is created through a 15-year aging process similar to how scotch is made. Its long production process limits this year’s release to only 10,000 bottles. NOTED. A Houston man has been accused of assaulting his sister with a piece of pecan pie. Police say the man, 26, shoved the recently microwaved pie in the woman’s face. The woman was treated at a hospital for firstand second-degree burns to her face and neck. Reports state that she asked for all charges to be dropped, but Texas law requires that family violence be prosecuted.

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today Holiday fundraiser: Celebrate the season with performances by Lexicon, Will Hoggard, Linzie Gray, A. J. Reynolds and The Major 7’s. All proceeds from the event will help purchase gifts for children spending the holiday season in the N.C. Children’s Hospital. Attendees can decorate and personalize a card to be included with the gifts. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Student Union Cabaret

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QUOTED. “We would really like our animals in future to work like American sea lions. The Americans drop their animals from helicopters into enemy waters and then the animals place mines on installations, make videos of what they see along an enemy shore or use a special gauge to measure radiation.” — Gennady Matishov of the Murmansk Marine Biology Institute in northern Russia.


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Bollywood film: The Department of Asian Studies will present the film, “Lagaan,” a Bollywood feature film based on the original story by Ashutosh Gowariker, as part of the South Asia Film Festival. The film has received awards and critical acclaim at various international film festivals.

There will be English subtitles. Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium Choir performance: The Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers present “Celestial Voices.” There will be selections from Spherical Madrigals and the music of Brahms, Walton and Whitacre. Refreshments will be served immediately following the free performance. Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Hill Hall Auditorium Support group: The UNC Students of Ailing Mothers and Fathers, a support group for students who have lost someone close to them, will meet. Time: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Student Union, FPG Lounge

Thursday Book reading: UNC professor of religious studies Omid Safi will read from his new book, “Memories of Muhammad: Why The Prophet Matters.” This book explores how different Muslims throughout Islamic history have both honored and con-

tested Muhammad’s legacy. Time: 3:30 p.m. Location: Bull’s Head Bookshop Soiree under the stars: This benefit wine-tasting will feature the state’s finest wines and handcrafted desserts, as well as live jazz. All proceeds benefit the Community Empowerment Fund. Tickets are $15 for faculty and community members and $10 for students. Contact for tickets or information. Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Morehead Planetarium Film: The Ackland Art Museum will present a screening of “Retrato de Teresa” (Portrait of Teresa, 1979). The film explores machismo and the oppression of women in Cuba. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: FedEx Global Education Center To make a calendar submission, e-mail Events will be published in the newspaper on either the day or the day before they take place. Submissions must be sent in by noon the preceding publication date.

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adence, an all-female a cappella group on campus, sings Tuesday afternoon in the Pit to honor World AIDS Day, held on Dec. 1 each year since 1988. Each of the singers wore a red ribbon to show their support for the fight against AIDS.

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4:30 p.m. Sunday and 11:19 a.m. Monday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. The van, a Ford E-250, was parked in a lot at 1400 E. Franklin St., reports state.

n   Someone spray painted a trash container, a generator, a power meter and a power panel at a medical facility between noon Sunday and 7:47 a.m. Monday at 109 Conner Drive, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Total damage to the items was estimated at $160, reports state.

n   A Carrboro police officer thought he heard gunshots at 1:45 a.m. Monday, but it turned out to be fireworks, according to Carrboro police reports. Members of a band said they were shooting off fireworks to blow off some steam after playing at Cat’s Cradle, reports state. The officer explained the town ordinance against fireworks, reports state.

erty of the Orange Water and Sewer Authority at 1:34 p.m. Monday at 609 Piney Mountain Road, according to Chapel Hill police reports.

n   A man pushed a woman after telling her she sped through a school zone Monday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. The incident occurred at 7:55 a.m. Monday at West Franklin Street, reports state. n  Graffiti was spray painted on the left side of a cargo van, causing $25,000 in damage, between

n   A man reported that he found his cat dead in front of his door at 10:34 a.m. Monday at 810 Old Fayetteville Road, according to Carrboro police reports. Police arrived and disposed of the cat in a sanitary manner, reports state.

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Optional candidates meeting draws nine students Tuesday Nine potential candidates for student government offices attended an option candidates’ meeting held by the Board of Elections on Tuesday night, kicking off the election season on campus. Students Liz Deane, Sean Kiernan, Joe Levin-Manning, Clay Macfarlane, Hogan Medlin, Reva Grace Phillips, Shruti Shah, Dakota Williams and Maggie Zhou attended the meeting. Board of Elections Chairman Pete Gillooly asked the potential candidates at the meeting not to indicate which office they might be seeking, stating this could be misconstrued as declaring candidacy, which is prohibited under election law at this time. Up for grabs in February’s election are several offices, including the positions of student body president, Carolina Athletic Association president, senior class president and seats in Student Congress. Gillooly explained election laws and procedures, outlined important dates and told candidates to prepare for the campaign season. “Everyone you’re running against is your worst enemy,” he said.

BY anika anand assistant city editor

When Kathy Buck received the phone call from police saying her store had been broken into, she thought, “Oh no, not again.” Buck, who has owned Purple Puddle, a florist and gift shop, for 22 years, said this is the third time in five years she has dealt with a break-in. So far, she said she has paid almost $1,000 out of pocket for damages. Buck is one of seven owners whose business was broken into since Nov. 18. In a news release, Chapel Hill Police Department Lt. Kevin Gunter said there have been 11 break-ins since Nov. 18 and nine of those appear to be related. Two businesses were broken into twice. It’s unusual to have this many similar incidents occur around the same time, Gunter said in an interview. In all of these cases, the front door was smashed in and whatever money was left in the cash register was taken – nothing else, he said. As of now, Chapel Hill police have identified one lead in the case, Gunter said. A surveillance tape released by police shows a white male and a small white truck at CVS Pharmacy. Police believe the suspect visited CVS prior to two reported breakins at Rams Plaza’s Supercuts and Framer’s Market and Gallery on

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Nov. 18 at about 4 a.m. Framer’s Market and Gallery owner Mary Anne Steinis and Framemakers co-owner Verna Jarrell have had their stores broken into twice in the past two weeks. Jarrell said Framemakers has been in business for 35 years and had never been a victim of a breakin until now. “We’re working on getting surveillance,” she said. “And we’re not going to have cash at all in here anymore.” Steinis said the incidents cost

2. Cafe Parveneh 5:20 a.m., Sunday $500 glass door

5. Supercuts Between Nov. 17-18 $200 structural damages $75 cash register $25 loose change

6. Framer’s Market & Gallery 4:04 a.m., Nov. 18 $200 door 3. Framemakers $75 cash register 4:50 a.m., Sunday $100 structural damage $250 cash 3:29 a.m., Nov. 18 5:06 a.m. Sunday $300 window $80 cash register $110 cash $1,000 structural damage 4. J&J’S Deli 3:29 a.m., Nov. 18 $20 cash $1,000 window

her a total of $1,400 in repairs. “I think people are just in a bad way with the economy the way it is,” she said. “And it’s a difficult time for small businesses … I thought to myself, you know, at least I didn’t have to resort to that.” Buck has a different theory to explain the break-ins. “Drug money is what the police mentioned the most,” she said. “They just need a quick fix, so they are looking for cash.” Her window signs that indicate there is no cash in the store and that

7. Drs. Wagoner and Jackson Between Saturday and Monday $30 cash

DTH ONLINE: View this story at to see surveillance video of a suspect. there are surveillance cameras are no deterrent for the robbers, she said. Gunter said it’s difficult to say why the break-ins are happening now, but added that the upcoming holiday season may be one reason. “I just feel badly for whoever did it,” Steinis said. Contact the City Editor at

Study reveals some wildlife benefit from acidification A study led by UNC marine scientist Justin Ries has found that some shelled marine animals become stronger from ocean acidification induced by carbon dioxide. The study, published in the December issue of the journal Geology, suggests that some creatures that live in sediment become stronger in spite of ocean acidification, which can slow growth and dissolve creatures’ shells. Research also showed that crabs and other organisms, whose shells grew the most often, prey on those who suffer from acidification the most, such as clams. These findings could have significant implications for global markets for shellfish and crustaceans along with the ocean food web.

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The Carolina Choir and the UNC Chamber Singers, directed by Susan Klebanow, left, rehearse Tuesday afternoon in Hill Hall. Tonight’s free concert will feature both groups performing individually without musical accompaniment and as a combined group for two pieces.


UNC professor wins Modern Language Association award Professor Sahar Amer, a professor in the Asian studies department, was announced as the recipient of the Modern Language Association of America’s 17th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies. Amer won the recognition for her book “Crossing Borders: Love Between Women in Medieval French and Arabic Literatures.” She is also an adjunct professor in the romance languages and international studies departments.

City briefs

Mason Farm Road to close for a tree removal Thursday During a tree removal, Mason Farm Road between Fordham Boulevard and Oteys Road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. All traffic will detour via Oteys Road and Fordham Boulevard, and detour signs will be posted. Contact Robert Myers with the town of Chapel Hill traffic operations at 969-5094 or rmyers@ for more information.

Affordable housing info session set for ordinance The public can learn about and comment this week on a proposed ordinance crafted to address affordable housing in Chapel Hill. A public information open house is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hargraves Center at 216 N. Roberson St. Repeating presentations are at 4:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. If enacted, developers of new communities of five or more units would be required to provide at least 15 percent of their housing units for households with incomes between 65 and 80 percent of the area median income. The draft ordinance, prepared by a Chapel Hill Town Council task force and consultants, is posted at and is available by calling 968-2728.


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Due to a reporting error, Tuesday’s pg. 3 story, “When’s the next bus?” incorrectly identified the committee that has provided $8,020 for the bus tracking equipment. The student safety and security committee within student government provided the money. Due to a reporting error, Tuesday’s pg. 8 story, “STV adds to semester lineup,” incorrectly stated the channel that airs STV locally. It appears on cable channel 4. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the errors.

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By Paula Peroutka Staff Writer

Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers will bring heaven down to the stage tonight in their second concert of the season, entitled Celestial Voices. Tonight’s free concert will feature both the Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers performing individually and as a combined group for two pieces. Both the 80-member Carolina Choir and 25-member UNC Chamber Singers will be performing a cappella, or without accompaniment. This style of singing is a sharp contrast to their opening concert of the season. Carolina Choir performed with the prominent Bruckner Orchestra Linz in Memorial Hall in November. “On this concert, the music is all a cappella,” said Susan Klebanow, director of UNC Chamber Singers and Carolina Choir and a professor in the music department. “Singing a cappella is a very different challenge than singing with an orchestra.” Klebanow, who has been directing the two groups for 20 years, said she is very excited

about the diversity between the group’s two concerts this fall. UNC Chamber Singers provided music for Morehead Planetarium’s annual Jupiter Ball in November. After singing music inspired by planets and the night sky for the ball, they wanted to continue that theme in their fall concert. Featured pieces for tonight’s concert include “Spherical Madrigals” by Ross Lee Finney, “Sleep (Silvestri)” by Eric Whitacre and “Lux Aeterna” by Edward Elgar. Tonight’s program will also include a wide range of works by German, English and American composers, from 1830 to the present, but all share an ethereal element. O n e p i e c e , “ M u s i c i a n s Wr e s t l e Everywhere,” was written by Elliott Carter, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer who is still alive today. Charles Streeter, a 15-year member of Carolina Choir, said he is looking forward to the diversity of the music, especially the modern pieces. “Some of the more modern music, if you are more used to singing classical music, can be very interesting,” Streeter said.

With such a wide variety of music, both on tonight’s concert and throughout the season, the two ensembles have had an exciting and packed season so far. With tonight’s concert, the groups will finish their fall program. They also have a large project planned for the spring and a concert scheduled for April. “Typically the choirs take on one big project in the spring — this year it is ‘Carmina Burana,’” said Dani Nowell, president of Carolina Choir. “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff, is based on 24 medieval poems from a 13th-century manuscript of the same name. “This season is unique in that Carolina Choir had the opportunity to do a bigger project in the fall as well,” Nowell said. Contact the Arts Editor at ATTEND THE CONCERT Time: 7:30 p.m. today Location: Hill Hall Auditorium Info:

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Health message could violate law By Emily Stephenson Senior Writer

The N.C. Department of Justice is trying to determine if the state’s largest insurance company violated state law with automated phone calls opposing federal health care overhaul legislation. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina — which has 3.7 million customers and provides the campus health plan offered at UNC — asked call recipients to tell Democrat U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan to vote against creating a government-run insurance plan. The government option is included in the legislation up for debate in the U.S. Senate. State law only allows automated calls in certain circumstances. Calls from insurers to customers are permitted if they provide information related to health care, medication or other benefits. The justice department began investigating last month after receiving complaints from people who received the calls and were not BCBSNC customers, said department spokeswoman Noelle Talley. Twenty N.C. legislators sent a letter last week to N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin claiming that BCBSNC used robocalls for political purposes. “These robocalls had nothing to do with providing care to patients, but were instead used to advocate a specific political stance,” the letter stated. “We do not believe that policy holders intended for their relationship with blue cross to be used in this manner.” Lew Borman, BCBSNC spokesman, said the company — which is a unique nonprofit because it pays taxes — has complied with the attorney general and that the company stopped the calls before the investigation began. He said BCBSNC has been transparent about efforts to communicate its stance on health legislation. “We believe we have the right and the responsibility to communicate with North Carolinians and tell them what kind of impact this would have,” Borman said. “If we were not involved, we’d be the only ones not involved.” N.C. Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange, one of 20 lawmakers to sign the letter, said she was concerned because the state health plan is administered by BCBSNC. “A nonprofit should be working for the common good,” she said. “Are they abusing this public trust?” BCBSNC is one of two finalists for a plan to be offered on every UNC-system campus next year. BCBSNC and the other finalist, Pearce & Pearce, will present to General Administration next week. The 20 lawmakers also questioned whether the company violated lobbying laws with other efforts, including a postcard that provided a way to contact Hagan. Because BCBSNC pays taxes, it follows a different set of lobbying rules than most nonprofits. The Department of Insurance asked BCBSNC last week to address the complaints but has not received a response, said Kristin Milam, director of public information. Contact the State & National Editor at

UNC listserv reliability issues to be addressed Plans underway to prioritize lists By David Riedell Staff writer

Some problems with UNC’s listserv system can’t be fixed — like the widespread confusion among those who can’t tell the difference between “reply” and “reply all.” But Information Technology Services is now streamlining the listserv system to fix problems with overloaded servers and slow message delivery. To fix these problems, the office is planning to prioritize which types of groups can create listservs, giving preference to lists that are directly related to the University’s mission, including academic and administrative units and student groups. Other lists not directly tied to University organizations could be —From staff and wire reports. moved to alternate servers.

“Essentially, the service is not as reliable as we’d like it to be,” said Michael Barker, assistant vice chancellor and chief technology officer of ITS. “We’re spending a significant amount of time tending to it.” Listservs allow organizations to send e-mails to large groups of recipients. Many student organizations use them to relay news to their members, and academic departments use them to send messages to both students and faculty members. Barker said listserv system usage has “grown uncontrolled,” and the thousands of listservs put a strain on the University’s servers that route e-mails. While an initial cap of 250 members is put on listservs, several groups have petitioned to have larger lists. Every once in a while, ITS has to

apply software patches to the system to keep it running, which sometimes cause delays in message delivery. “It’s been a periodic annoyance for a number of groups that use the service,” Barker said. To counter this, ITS is increasing regulations on listserv creation. “We need to ascertain the community’s pools of listserv groups and assess which are central to the University business, which are affiliated and which are there as a public service,” Barker said. “We’ve got to make sure that the use of the listservs first and foremost discharges the needs of the University.” Tim McGuire, manager of the ITS messaging systems, expressed his desire to improve the listserv service in an e-mail. “It is a top priority of mine and ITS to deliver a better list server service,” he said in the e-mail. “There

will most likely be a stricter policy that will limit lists to populations and content that at least indirectly further the goals of the University.” Barker said ITS is looking at several different solutions to help the listserv system run more smoothly. ITS uses a listserv service called Lyris, but Barker said he is open to switching to a different service if it better meets the University’s needs. One possible solution could be creating alternate listservs on different servers. “We’re going to have some blend of approaches,” Barker said. Student groups could ease the burden on UNC servers by using third-party listservs such as Google and Yahoo, which operate outside of UNC’s servers. Barker said the upcoming change is necessary to keep the listserv system running properly, and said he does not expect a service interrup-

Potential priority listservs Central to University business, such as academic groups Affiliated with UNC, such as student organizations Public service listservs that aren’t directly linked to UNC tion while changes are implemented. He said ITS does not yet know what costs might be involved. “It’s gotten to a point where our current approach is not going to be able to grow anymore, and it’s gotten difficult to sustain as it is. Thus, it’s necessary for us to do something different and improve the service moving forward,” he said. Contact the University Editor at



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shelf.” Although bars like Jack Sprat have been forced to offer more specials to attract customers, bar owners said the recession has not done a lot of damage to business. “No matter what kind of money is out there, people are still going to go out and drink,” said Jason Ray, co-owner of Jack Sprat.

Drugs The recession’s impact on the illegal drug trade is more difficult to calculate. “Hard core drug users are going to get it no matter what,” said Chapel Hill police Sgt. Jabe Hunter. What changes is the number of people willing to be police informants for money. The recession has brought more civilians into drug related investigations, Hunter said. Unemployed people, in an effort to make side money, are more willing to make undercover purchases for the Chapel Hill police so that officers can get search warrants, Hunter said.

Tobacco Even with the tax hikes on tobacco products implemented by the Obama administration, tobacco sales have not declined.

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free throw line to total a careerhigh 22 points. Deon Thompson added 14. “Ed and Deon did a great job of working to get the ball tonight,” Ginyard said. “It’s something that we’ve been trying to get on them to work on. We’re looking for them inside, and we have faith in them that they can score inside.” Unlike in April, MSU made this one a game in the last few minutes. After shooting nearly 64 percent from the field in the first half, UNC’s shooters cooled a bit. The Tar Heels went almost 10 minutes with just two field goals in a stretch, and the Spartans pulled within six points five times with less than two minutes to play. But each time, UNC had the answer. A two-handed slam by Davis, followed by seven free throws, kept the Spartans at bay. And even after two Tar Heels missed a pair, UNC came away with the rebound. Larry Drew II made five of those free throws as part of his career high 18-point, 6-assist evening. Not every Tar Heel had the experience of playing MSU twice last year — in fact, most didn’t. Even the youngest players got up to speed quickly, though. At one point, tied at 21 in the first half, Williams went to a lineup with four freshmen. They rewarded him by going on a 9-0 run, including five points from Strickland. “To me the key to the first half was that everybody who came in gave us something positive,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. Strickland contributed nine points, eight in the first half, in the best game of his young career. He also had three assists and no turn-

Taxes on a pack of cigarettes were raised from 39 cents to $1.01. “This is a pretty recession-proof business,” said Expressions owner John Long. Expressions sells tobacco paraphernalia, and its sales, which have increased every month since April 2008, are consistent with tobacco sales. “Tobacco is an addictive substance. People don’t quit smoking when times get tough,” Long said. JR Tobacco of America in Burlington, said the extreme price hikes have not deterred sales. The same number of cartons of cigarettes and cigars are being sold this year as compared to the past, a spokeswoman said. Cherry Pie, an adult novelty store that also sells tobacco accessories, has felt the impact of the recession, but not as badly as some other businesses, manager Erik Fanning said. “While I’m confident we have more customers than ever before, the average amount spent per transaction is certainly less than it was a couple of years ago,” Fanning said in an e-mail. “We have seen a big uptick in our less expensive products, while sales of our high-end merchandise have seen a drop-off. “Cheap is king these days.”

UNC o≠ and running in win Tar Heel break a lethal weapon by David Reynolds Senior writer

With a little less than 13 minutes remaining in the second half of No. 10 North Carolina’s 89-82 win against No. 9 Michigan State, MSU forward Delvon Roe beat UNC’s defense down the floor and finished an easy layup to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to 13. For the moment, at least. Point guard Dexter Strickland raced up the court on the resulting inbounds pass and quickly spotted an unmarked Marcus Ginyard streaking toward the basket. Without hesitation, Strickland flicked a lob pass to Ginyard that hit the senior in stride on an unobstructed path to the basket. And like that, UNC had answered. Five seconds had passed. Just like old times. “Coach made an emphasis to us before the game; he thought that they were going to come and try to outrun us,” point guard Larry Drew II said. “Guys took that as a personal challenge to go out and show Contact the City Editor them we’re the best running team at in the nation.” Strickland and Drew set the tone from the opening tip-off, making a conscious effort to sprint up the floor at every opportunity they saw open space in front of them. On one such opportunity in the first half, Strickland attempted to dribble the length of the court for a quick basket, but had his layup attempt blocked by Roe as he drove toward the rim. Undeterred, the freshman made another coast-to-coast run just half a minute later, finding enough space to create another layup opportunity — and the second time he finished. “I was just trying to help my team out,” Strickland said. “We were running the break pretty hard. We were trying to get early buckets and play good defense, get dth/andrew dye a good lead.” Coach Roy Williams threw a But it wasn’t all so pretty. variety of lineups at Michigan At times, the Tar Heels’ point

State, including one with four freshmen, in UNC’s victory.

overs in 14 minutes. “I felt real confident,” Strickland said. “It was all focus. I felt real confident about driving the ball, shooting the ball. The confidence is going to keep getting better each game. I’ve just got to keep that mental focus.” North Carolina will walk away from Tuesday night with a resumebuilding win. The Spartans, though, missed their chance at revenge, succumbing once again to UNC. Thompson, who has made a habit out of defeating MSU since his freshman year, said his team was fired up to keep the streak alive. “I think when they see that Carolina blue they get a little shaky,” he said.

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universities within 100 miles of Washington, D.C., where the commission is headquartered. They don’t know whether they’ll find anything to back up the concerns, said Lenore Ostrowsky, acting chief for the commission’s public affairs unit. The “FY 2010 Project on Sex Discrimination in Higher Education Admissions,” was proposed by Commissioner Gail Heriot, a law professor at the University of San Diego, Ostrowsky said. Heriot was intrigued by accusations that have arisen about private schools discriminating against female students in order to maintain their gender balance. “Some commentators have called this an ‘open secret’ and suggested the same may be occurContact the Sports Editor ring at state schools too (where it at would be illegal),” Heriot wrote in the proposal.

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“We were running the break pretty hard. We were trying to get early buckets.” Dexter Strickland, freshman guards were moving a little faster than they were comfortable with. Drew committed three turnovers, and all of those occurred when the sophomore point guard tried to thread the needle to a big man in the post on the run. And a flurry of sloppy offensive possessions near the end of the game allowed the Spartans to whittle UNC’s lead to six. “(Drew) had a spell in the second half in which he threw two passes off the backboard. The Houston Rockets a hundred years ago had a play like that throwing it to Moses Malone,” coach Roy Williams said. “That’s not our play. He wasn’t trying to do that.” The up-tempo pace helped spark life into a UNC offense that had been bogged down in half-court sets most of the season. The Tar Heels’ point guards found a way Heriot said the question of discrimination can be answered, but determining how gender ratios affect individual students’ enrollment decisions might be more difficult. “It’s not easy to definitively answer such a question, but we can try to poll students,” Heriot said. The list of schools for the first round of the study has not yet been made public, Ostrowksy said. If the study finds any cause for concern in the first group of schools, the commission will begin investigations elsewhere, she said. The commission is legally only allowed to subpoena schools within a 100-mile radius of where the hearings for the research are held, so it would have to travel in order to get a national understanding of the issue. Stephen Farmer, associate provost and director of undergraduate admissions at UNC, said the gender ratio at the University has been 60 to 40 in favor of females

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Sophomore point guard Larry Drew II had a career-high 18 points and six assists during UNC’s win against Michigan State on Tuesday night. to get their big men comfortable running and raced to a 16-point halftime lead on the strength of the fast break. Strickland acknowledged afterward that Tuesday’s game was the most polished and efficient UNC had played all season on the fast break, but said his coach was far

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from satisfied with how it functioned in the second half. “Coach Roy was really mad because we can do much better,” Strickland said. “But that was one of our best games.”

revival of Western Civilization.” But the local chapter has faced criticism from members of the UNC community who claim the group borders on white supremacist. Last semester, YWC hosted two speakers whose talks were disrupted by protests. Seven protestors were arrested, and UNC received national attention for the incident. Dunigan said she hopes to make more appearances and publicly promote YWC’s ideals. “I think it’ll be more open about recruiting members and having a presence on campus even if we’re not having events,” Dunigan said. “We shouldn’t be ashamed.” DeAnna said he thinks Dunigan is better suited to serve as the chapter’s president. “Nikhil is more of an independent, whereas Daryl Ann is a conservative, so we’ll probably do a lot

more events,” he said. “I’m hoping to bring Tancredo back.” But Elliot Cramer, a professor emeritus of psychology and a former YWC adviser, said he thinks the group will dissolve as the result of the national chapter’s interference. “I don’t think it’s appropriate for a national organization to dictate to a local chapter,” he said. “I’d be surprised if the current advisers would be willing to stay on under the circumstances.” Dunigan said the group will remain intact and the three advisers have been informed about the shift. She said although she might face opposition, she looks forward to the new challenge. “I think the best thing is you can’t take it personally,” she said. “Take it with stride because it’s bound to have conflict, but I see the conflict as welcoming.” Contact the University Editor at


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National and World News White House to host job summit

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WA S H I N G T O N , D . C . (MCT) — The nation’s 10.2 percent unemployment rate gets renewed attention this week as President Barack Obama hosts a jobs summit Thursday, a day before the Department of Labor reports new job numbers that are unlikely to show significant improvement. Obama invited academics, business and labor leaders to a White House seminar to hear their suggestions on what might spark them to begin hiring again. Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there’s growing Democratic support for a new “jobs bill” to provide more economic stimulus next year. Ideas Congress is weighing include potential tax credits for employers for new hires, a payroll tax holiday for employers and big government work programs like those of the 1930s, with today’s efforts likely to boost inner-city jobs and reverse years of neglect. Democrats worry that the jobless rate will keep rising ahead of congressional elections next year, threatening the majorities they now hold in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Weighing against new jobs programs, however, are trillions of dollars in projected federal budget deficits over the next decade, which threaten longterm economic stability.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s attorneys argued Tuesday that the two-term Republican only used state aircraft for official business, adding lawmakers were “splitting hairs” over ethical violations — proof Sanford had done nothing to warrant his removal from office. Sanford’s attorneys laid out their defense during a three-hour hearing examining the governor’s use of state aircraft, the second of four scheduled House impeachment hearings. However, the House panel voted Tuesday to expand its inquiry into the 2008 trade trip to Brazil that Sanford detoured from to meet his Argentine lover. This summer, Sanford reimbursed the state $3,300 for airfare to Buenos Aires and expenses. Impeachment committee chairman James Harrison, R-Richland, said he agreed with Sanford’s attorneys that the panel should reject some of the nine charges the State Ethics Commission lodged against the governor for his use of state aircraft. Harrison said five charges might cross legal lines but added he had yet to make up his mind. Lawmakers are reviewing Sanford’s use of state aircraft and campaign money and his abandoning of his duties for a secret five-day trip to Argentina in June.

SEATTLE (MCT) — Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood, Wash., police officers, was shot and killed in Seattle early Tuesday morning by a Seattle police officer making a routine check of a stolen car. The shooting occurred about the same time as Pierce County, Wash., sheriff ’s detectives took into custody a man believed to have acted as a getaway driver in Sunday’s slayings of the Lakewood officers. Police also booked four people into jail on suspicion of providing assistance to Clemmons, sheriff ’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. One of those arrested is the alleged getaway driver and is believed to be a former cellmate of Clemmons in Arkansas, according to law enforcement and KIRO-TV. Several other people also will be taken into custody for helping Clemmons, Troyer said. Clemmons, who was armed with a handgun taken from one of the officers he is accused of killing, was shot during a confrontation with a patrol officer, police officials said. He refused commands to stop and was shot by the officer about 2:45 a.m. (PST), the officials said. Troyer said Clemmons had an older wound to his stomach believed to be the result of a gunshot fired by one of the Lakewood officers who was killed Sunday.

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Sales are high at new mixed-use community BY christoffer o’connor staff writer

East 54 has already sold almost all of its available condominiums and leased much of its retail space despite some concern that the development underway may tarnish the small-town feel of Chapel Hill. The five-building mixed-use community about half a mile from the University opened in September and will continue opening in phases through 2011.

Sales are healthy Gary Burns, sales director for East 54, said there are only a few condominiums left of the 74 already completed, and approximately 80 percent of the retail space has been leased. About half of the office space has also been leased, said Roger Perry of East West Partners Management Company. In addition to the existing condominiums, 100 more will become available over the next two years. Businesses including Kerr Drug, Deluxe Cleaners, Citrine hair salon and Charles Schwab already have opened. Condominiums are priced up to $800,000.

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For some residents, the objection is not to what it is, but where it is, he said. “It’s a type of development that works very well in an urban setting,” he said. Nancy Oates, who also works on the Chapel Hill Watch blog, said even if some were in opposition, the development’s sales reflect a need filled. “Once this market picks up, we Mixed response might see more of these types of Don Evans, one of the opera- developments,” she said. tors of Chapel Hill Watch blog, said he has heard concern from Affordable housing neighboring community Glen East 54’s affordable housing Lennox that East 54 is the beginning of a trend of overdeveloping units are also filling up. Twenty of the 23 condominiN.C. 54. Hosting several multi-level ums deemed affordable housing buildings will hurt the area’s have already sold, said Robert Dowling, executive director for the appearance, he said.

Community Home Trust, which handles affordable housing in the county. Twenty-one more will become available in the next two years, he said. Half of the affordable condominiums were sold to University employees, he said. The town of Chapel Hill’s Comprehensive Plan suggests that new developments set aside 15 percent of the properties for affordable housing. Twenty percent of East 54’s units are affordable housing, meaning the occupants make less than 80 percent of the area median income. “We offered it right away, since we thought it was the right thing,” Perry said. Contact the City Editor at

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Mutated H1N1 kills three New virus resistant to drug Tamiflu By Jonathan Michels Staff Writer

A mutation in the H1N1 virus is making it harder for health officials to treat patients with the flu. Three of the four patients infected with the mutated virus at Duke University Medical Center died Friday. Doctors are worried because the mutated virus is resistant to Tamiflu, the main drug used to treat the flu. Resistance to the drug is common in the seasonal flu, but rare in H1N1, said Dr. Cameron Wolfe, an infectious disease specialist at Duke. The patients at Duke represented the largest cluster of Tamifluresistant swine flu victims in the nation, Wolfe said. All four of the patients suffered from multiple ailments, which weakened the patients’ immune systems and their abilities to fight the virus. But it is still unclear what part the drug-resistant flu played in the deaths of three of the patients. “If you look at the cases that have occurred so far, they have occurred in patients that have been immunosuppressed,” Wolfe said, referring to the patients’ weak immune systems. The resistant flu strain is being tested by infectious disease clinicians at Duke but is not believed to have

spread from patient-to-patient. Early detection of the mutation enabled the fourth patient to make a full recovery, Wolfe said. “Some viruses mutate, and people who have compromised immune systems end up getting the medication longer, so the flu virus becomes resistant,” said Carol Schriber, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Because these mutations are common, the public should keep the situation in perspective, Schriber said. “We take it very seriously, but there’s no need to panic about it,” Schriber said. Officials were not concerned that Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 could be a big threat if there is another wave of the flu, which some have predicted could happen in January as students return to school. Doctors can prescribe Relenza, an alternative drug that treats the flu, to patients that are resistant to Tamiflu, Wolfe said. He said the key difference between the two drugs is the administration of the medications. Tamiflu is provided in pill form, which is easier for the average patient to take, but Relenza is a

nasal spray, which can be problematic for asthmatic patients and flu-infected children. Mary Covington, executive director for Campus Health Services at UNC, said the University is not worried about the mutation because the majority of the cases can be treated with Tamiflu. Covington reminded students that the key to preventing the virus is to avoid exposure all together. This includes receiving the flu vaccine and practicing good hand hygiene. Contact the State & National Editor at

Members of Carrboro’s Board of Aldermen defended the Rogers Road community, speaking out against continued traffic of the county’s trash through their neighborhood. The county is slated to decide Monday where to put a waste transfer station because the landfill in the historically black and lowincome community is expected to reach capacity by 2012. At a packed meeting Tuesday, the Aldermen called on the Board of Orange County Commissioners to remove a location near the community, which has hosted a landfill for almost four decades, from the list of possible areas. Other locations being considered are a spot in Bingham township off N.C. 54 and another site off Millhouse Road. The county commissioners originally intended to put the station at the same location as the landfill, but protests by the Rogers Road community forced the county commissioners to search for a new location in 2007. Olver, Inc., the consulting firm hired by the county, determined the Bingham township location to be the best option last year. Former alderman Mark Dorosin, senior attorney at the UNC Center for Civil Rights, questioned the county’s addition of the Millhouse Road location, also known as the Paydarfar site. “Two months ago this Paydarfar site had been introduced, despite the fact that it doesn’t meet the criteria set forth by the private consulting firm,” Dorosin said. The Paydarfar site is 2,500 feet

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People protested a potential waste transfer station placement at a Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting in November. away from the current landfill. Rev. Robert Campbell, who has been pushing for expanded services for Rogers Road residents for years, said it is a step in the right direction to have the Board of Alderman support his community on the issue. “It’s a great accomplishment to have one of the municipalities step forward with a resolution,” Campbell said.

Aldermen sworn in The board also swore in its recently elected members Jacquie Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Sammy Slade. O’Donnell will remain mayor pro tem, which she’s held since John Herrera resigned in August. Contact the City Editor at


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Residents call for a bike path Discuss Carolina North options BY Sofia Morales Staff Writer

Before ground has even been broken at Carolina North, the town is already trying to figure out how residents would like to move between main campus and the new satellite research campus. Residents gave their answer at a forum Tuesday. They want to bike safely and conveniently. The town of Chapel Hill hosted a meeting in University Square to get input on a bike path’s location and how to create it. Carolina North will be a satellite research campus and mixedContact the University Editor use development to be built about at two miles from campus off of

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different ways to commute. Homestead Road Others had topographic concerns. “If it is too steep, people won’t use it,” said Chapel Hill resident Carolina North Este Will Raymond. sD rive Each of the proposed routes runs parallel to railroad tracks, which would provide a direct and flat way to get from main campus reet to Carolina North. n St i l k Fran One of the proposed paths starts on West Cameron Avenue, continUNC ues via Limstead Park to Lloyd Street and goes parallel to the rail- 0 feet 4,000 road. Then it reaches Estes Drive SOURCE: GOOGLE MAPS and ends in Seawell School Road. DTH/CHRISTINE HELLINGER “This connection will become the centerpiece of other bike paths The public opinions on the path that will join other sections of the will be presented to Chapel Hill town,” said Douglas MacLean, a Town Council on Jan. 11. UNC faculty member. “It is important to think big and not to be Contact the University Editor hampered by the upsets.” at ulevard

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concerns about joining new groups after deciding not to continue with clubs they joined freshman year. Sophomore Wendy Tapia said it’s easy to lose excitement for clubs as a sophomore. “I think coming in as a freshman I was really excited about it,” Tapia said. “Once you’re actually in it, it’s not as exciting as it was before and it doesn’t have the same appeal.” The students also met with academic advisers, faculty members and student groups to discuss how they could reverse falling grades and become more involved on campus. Hammill said forums have been helping committee members develop projects to address sophomores’ struggles, such as a new living-learning community called Sophomore Year Navigating Carolina. The community will be committed to encouraging collaborative learning, campus leadership and exploration of majors and careers. The second start committee also is planning to host a spring activities fair with other student government committees and campus organizations. “If you still want to get involved and find your niche, you still can,” she said. Cynthia Demetriou, the undergraduate education retention coordinator, said the forums and programs show UNC’s concern. “It sends a message to sophomore students that there are people that want them to succeed,” she said.

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Obama pledges to end war in Afghanistan Would withdraw troops in July 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — Looking to end one of America’s longest wars, President Barack Obama will send another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan by next summer, but start to withdraw at least some American forces in July 2011. The first Marines could arrive in Afghanistan by Christmas, the vanguard of an accelerated buildup that would see all of the extra troops there by next summer. “I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan. After 18 months, our troops will begin to come home,” Obama said in a speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. “I do not make this decision lightly,” Obama said, stressing that he recognizes how weary Americans are with war, and how eager they

are to focus most on rebuilding the battered U.S. economy. “If I did not think that the security of the United States and the safety of the American people were at stake in Afghanistan,” he said, “I would gladly order every single one of our troops home tomorrow.” New troops from the U.S. and its allies, Obama said, “will allow us to accelerate handing over responsibility to Afghan forces, and allow us to begin the transfer of our forces out of Afghanistan in July of 2011.” “Just as we have done in Iraq, we will execute this transition responsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground. We will continue to advise and assist Afghanistan’s Security Forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government — and, more importantly, to the Afghan people — that they

will ultimately be responsible for their own country.” His promise of a surge of troops, coupled with a timetable for beginning a withdrawal, was a grand gamble aimed at navigating among the military’s request for more troops, Islamic insurgents’ belief that they can outlast the U.S. and anti-war public opinion, especially among his fellow Democrats. At the Pentagon, however, some officials already fretted that the strategy is rooted in the political realities in Washington, not in the burgeoning security problems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama’s emphasis on a timeline for withdrawal, stressed by officials who briefed the media, could encourage the Taliban to wait out the U.S. effort, some fear. Obama’s escalation strategy is aimed at stopping terrorists from retaking hold of Afghanistan — their base for planning the 2001 attacks against the U.S. — while

also signaling to the Afghan government that it must stand up to defend its own country, and to war skeptics in the U.S. that the war, now in its ninth year, won’t drag on indefinitely. The West Point audience of about 4,250 included cadets and the families of cadets, as well as the secretaries of Defense, State and Veterans Affairs, and top Pentagon officers. From Afghanistan, the U.S. commander who requested 80,000 extra troops for his “low-risk” option called the decision a good one. “ The Afghanistan-Pakistan review led by the president has provided me with a clear military mission and the resources to accomplish our task,” Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said in a statement. “The clarity, commitment and resolve outlined in the president’s address are critical steps toward bringing security to Afghanistan and eliminating terrorist safe havens that threaten regional and

“I have determined that it is in our vital national interest to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.” Barack Obama, President global security.” Administration officials stressed that Obama’s timetable only sets the start of the withdrawal of U.S. forces — leaving it open for Obama to determine later whether and how quickly to keep withdrawing those troops and how long to take. Presumably, Obama could stretch a withdrawal out for years if he and commanders felt that Afghan forces couldn’t take over completely. “Those variables — pace and end — will be dictated by conditions on the ground,” a senior administration official said, one of two briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, which they insisted upon. The official forecasted a con-

tinued U.S. presence there for the foreseeable future, albeit with a much smaller footprint. “While we do not intend ... to commit American combat forces indefinitely to Afghanistan, we do reaffirm our long-term strategic partnership with Afghanistan, but not at anything like 100,000 U.S. troops in their country,” the official said. By reserving the ability to keep U.S. troops there until Afghan forces are able to defend their country, Obama hopes he’s sending a message to terrorists that they can’t simply wait him out. Contact the State & National Editor at

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Deadlines are NOON one business day prior to publication for classified ads. We publish Monday thru Friday when classes are in session. A university holiday is a DTH holiday too (i.e. this affects deadlines). We reserve the right to reject, edit, or reclassify any ad. Acceptance of ad copy or prepayment does not imply agreement to publish an ad. You may stop your ad at any time, but NO REFUNDS or credits for stopped ads will be provided. No advertising for housing or employment, in accordance with federal law, can state a preference based on sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, handicap, marital status. ARE YOU AMAziNg? Join our KidsPeace family of amazing foster parents! Receive training, professional assistance and financial support to provide parenting to kids in need, because they are amazing, too. Call Carla at 919-872-6447 for details and Do Something Amazing!

Child Care Services SEEKiNg FAMilY TO SHARE daycare slot at Victory Village for 2 days/wk starting January. Child’s DOB must be 12/26/06 to 6/26/07. Call 966-4085, email

Child Care Wanted CHilD CARE: Experienced child care needed for 14 month-old twins (boy and girl) from 11am-4.30pm, Monday thru Friday. References and background check required. Start December 8. kamalika_mukherjee@yahoo. com. 919-932-5299. BABYSiTTER! german family looking for a fun and reliable babysitter once a week in the evening. SEEKiNg BABYSiTTER FOR 7 year-old girl in Chapel Hill. Begin 1/11/10, MWF approximately 2:30-5:45pm, car required. 919960-6076. AFTERSCHOOl SiTTER needed for 7 year-old girl in Carrboro, MWF 2:45-6pm. Require mature, non-smoking, energetic individual who enjoys playing with kids. Must have car and be safe driver. Please contact ilona at 929-2218 or CHilD CARE: We need a responsible, energetic, experienced sitter for 2 kids, age 5 and 1, for afterschool care, M-F 2:30-6pm. Urgent need for December 2009, maybe longer. Must have a car and references. Call 370-9275.

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AFTERSCHOOl CHilD CARE needed for Chapel Hill 7th grade boy. Monday thru Thursday afternoons from 2-5pm. Dependable transportation, good driving record and references required. Contact Becky at Becky. B. Sale@ or 919-933-3169.

3BR/1BA HOME 4 MilES SOUTH of campus. Beautiful hardwood floors, central heat and air, W/D hookups, nice yard, no pets. Available immediately. $750/mo. leave message at 919-933-1162.

REliABlE, lOViNg BABYSiTTER needed for 6 month-old in Carrboro from 9:30am-1:30pm, Monday, Wednesdat, Friday starting in January. Prior experiences with infants, references, non-smoking required. Email resume to:

For Rent FAIR HOUSINg All REAl ESTATE AND RENTAl advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation, or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis in accordance with the law. To complain of discrimination, call the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development housing discrimination hotline: 1-800-669-9777. HOUSESHARE: CHAPEl Hill TENNiS ClUB: Dependable responsible person needed to share and care take. 2 miles UNC, 1 block busline. January through July, longer. 929-6879.

6BR/3BA wALk TO CAMpUS Rent now for 2009-10, $2,550/mo. See for pictures and floor plan. Call 919-933-8144.


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4BR HOUSE 1 MILE FROM CAMpUS 123 Johnson Street $1,300/mo. Walk to campus. Plenty of off street parking. 4 spacious bedrooms, 2 floors, 2 full bathrooms, W/D. Pictures and floor plan at Call 919-414-2724. WAlK TO CAMPUS. 2BR/1BA with W/D, dishwasher, central air and heat. Available immediately. $750/mo. 933-8143, WAlK TO CAMPUS. Available December 1. Brand new renovations, 3BR/2BA, W/D, dishwasher, central air and heat, large back deck. $1,700/mo. Short term lease available. Call 919-933-8143. AUgUST 1, 2010. WAlK TO UNC. 2BR-4BR available. 101, 102, 103 and 105 isley Street, Chapel Hill. $1,000-2,000/mo. Please drive by first then call to schedule the showing. 919-605-3444. HUgE MASTER, $400/MO, private bath. Also available, 3 large bedrooms, $350/mo. Split utilities. All appliances. Hillsborough. Easy access to i-40 and i-85. 919-491-7737, OFFiCE SPACE DOWNTOWN. 1 room, 260 square feet. 1 parking space. lease required. $500/mo, includes electricity, gas, water. 919-929-2102. SPACiOUS, MODERN 6BR/5BA town-

house on busline. large bedrooms, hardwood floors, outside wooden deck, W/D, dishwasher, all appliances. Free parking, storage and trash pick up. $400/BR. Available May or August 2010. 933-0983 or

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1BR/1BA COTTAgE. 116 North Street, right off Franklin Street. Small covered front porch, W/D, water included, $800/mo. Available August 2010. No pets., email

$450/MO. UTiliTiES, lAUNDRY included! Fully furnished! 15 minutes to campus on T, NS, Saferide buslines! http://raleigh. Mile to 2 shopping malls. Move in January 1-15. 919-913-5883.


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seeks friendly, motivated, energetic individual to work as an ophthalmic assistant. Will be trained to use ultrasound electrodiagnostic equipment and multiple instruments used in the diagnosis of retinovascular disease. Candidate would find experience challenging and fulfilling. Fax resume to 919-787-3591.


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SURVEY TAKERS NEEDED. Make $5-$25 per survey.

WATER AEROBiCS iNSTRUCTOR: PT group fitness instructor for aqua aerobics. Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA needs an aqua aerobics instructor for CH Brh. Team members need to be passionate about the YMCA mission, display our core values, take their job seriously, but not themselves. Still interested? You need: Know and teach aqua aerobics to a diverse and energetic group of members during the week, be well versed and certified as a group fitness instructor and in aqua aerobics by a nationally recognized organization (iFTA or AFAA), interact with and encourage participants, create the best atmosphere for fitness the YMCA way, have great customer service, be an example of YMCA core values in all you do. What you need to have: EXPERiENCE (more the better). You should already be or have instructed aqua aerobics before. it doesn’t have to be in a YMCA, but that’s a plus. POSiTiVE OUTlOOK, you should be so happy to be here so all your students can’t help but be happy to take your class. You’ll need to have your RED CROSS AND FiRST AiD CERTS. Professional demeanor and composure, listen, encourage others to talk Complete application from our web site,, forward to nchan@, fax 919-942-0256, or bring to Chapel Hill Branch N Chan’s attention.

YMCA BASKETBAll! Part-time staff officials and volunteer coaches are needed for the upcoming season (January thru March, 2010). Fun opportunities abound, participate with a friend! Contact Mike Meyen at mmeyen@ or 919-442-9622 for additional information. CAMPUS REPS WANTED to launch an exciting, new product. Total healthy, all natural energy drink. Make money. Call 919-969-7047.


Care seeking healthy, non-smoking females 20-32 to become egg donors. $2,500 compensation for COMPlETED cycle. All visits and procedures to be done local to campus. For written information, please call 919-966-1150 ext. 5 and leave your current mailing address.

DANCE iNSTRUCTOR NEEDED: Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department is looking for a dance instructor to teach classes on Mondays from 3:15-5:15pm (2 classes) for ages 3-4 and 5-10. Thursday dance instruction is also needed from 3:30-5:30pm (2 classes) for ages 3-4 and 5-10. Competitive pay based on experience and qualifications. Call 918-7371 for details!

VOCATIONAL SUpERVISOR RSi provides quality care to people with developmental disabilities. We are recruiting a dynamic, enthusiastic leader to supervise our vocational day services program. Supervisory experience plus at least 1 year MR/DD experience a necessity. $31K/yr. Apply online at

gyMNASTICS INSTRUCTORS wANTED Sport Art gymnastics Center Chapel Hill looking for enthusiastic, reliable individuals. Teach recreational gymnastic classes. Start January 2010. Children age 5 and up. Mark, 919-929-7077, 919-732-2925.

TwITTER, DRUpAL, wORDpRESS seeking 2 students for social media and PHP projects. Technical experience with Wordpress, Drupal, Facebook and Twitter are a must. 5-10 hrs/wk. Work from home. Rate of pay based on experience. Email resume to: OUTREACH COUNSElOR: The Chapel HillCarrboro YMCA is now hiring for an Outreach Counselor position. Must be 21 years or older and have experience working with a diverse community of 5-12 year-old children. looking for a staff member who has great communication skills with kids, parents and teachers. Staff member will need to obtain a Commercial Driver’s license and be available Monday thru Friday from 2-6pm. Application can be obtained at our web site www. or apply at the YMCA located at 980 Martin luther King Jr. Blvd, or send electronically to

BARTENDERS ARE IN DEMAND! Earn $20-$35/hr. 1 or 2 week and weekend classes. 100% job placement assistance. Raleigh’s Bartending School. Have fun! Make money! Meet people! Ask about current tuition rates. Call now! 919-676-0774,


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1997 VW Jetta Trek Runs great. Black interior & exterior. Roof rack, new tires, alloy wheels, 145K miles, 4 cylinder, cruise control, spoiler, custom stereo, manual transmission. $1,900. Call 919-619-3962

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Homes For Sale AFFORDABlE HOME FOR SAlE. Spacious 2BR/2.5BA legion Road Townhome in Chapel Hill. New carpet, paint and dishwasher. On free bus route, near shopping, i-40 and 15-501. in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school district. Offered by Community Home Trust. Your investment is 80-105K depending on income. Must be owner occupied. Other qualifications apply. See or call for details. 919-967-1545.

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Travel/Vacation BAHAMAS SpRINg BREAk $189 for 5 DAYS or $239 for 7 DAYS. All prices include: Round trip luxury cruise with food. Accommodations on the island at your choice of thirteen resorts. Appalachia Travel. www., 800-867-5018.

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FOUND: SilVER iPOD NANO, on sidewalk next to Bell Tower 11/30. Email Heather at with your name. lOST: KEYS with small moccasin chain on a pink band. lost around Ram’s Plaza on 11/30. Please contact

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lOST: RiNg. large blue stone, small light blue stones on either side. lost 10/16. Email or call 919-602-7498.


ROOMMATE WANTED: $430/mo, +1/3 utilities. 3BR/2BA house 1.5 miles from campus. Newly remodeled, on busline, parking available, W/D, appliances., 910-916-3163.

Rooms SEMi FURNiSHED STUDENT APARTMENT. 3 miles from UNC in lower level of private home. 1 large room with full kitchen and bath. Very secluded with private entrance and deck. $625/mo includes all utilities, cable TV and DSl. Available immediately for serious student. Email or call 484 802 0236 for pictures.

Sublets ROOM FOR SUBlET! University Commons Apartments. located on J and D buslines. W/D, utilities, parking, private bathroom included. $420/mo. looking for UNC student. 919-621-2862.





BEDROOM WiTH PRiVATE BATH and office space. Share large tri level house with 3 quiet roommates. Free utilities, internet access, cable, W/D, parking space. $495/mo. Available now: will rent by semester. 919-942-1027.

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wednesday, december 2, 2009

Gay marriage is now legal in U.S. capital

Ribbons of hope


lexandra Zagbayou, top left, a senior international studies major, passes out AIDS awareness ribbons to students Tuesday for World AIDS Day. Zagbayou is a member of the Organization for African Students’ Interests and Solidarity, which volunteered to help raise AIDS awareness. Right, Counseling and Wellness Services offered free, walk-in HIV testing Tuesday at the Student Union to about 200 students. World AIDS Day provides governments, national AIDS programs, community organizations and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.

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White House ‘crashers’ defend against charges

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — The District of Columbia Council took a major step toward joining New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and Massachusetts in legalizing same-sex marriage Tuesday, approving the change by a vote of 11 to 2. Although the outcome was expected from the heavily Democratic city, the move remains controversial because of opposition from socially conservative churches. “Today’s vote is an important victory not only for the gay and lesbian community but for everyone who supports equal rights,” stated openly gay council member David Catania, in a statement. “Gays and lesbians bear every burden of citizenship and are entitled to every benefit and protection that the law allows,” stated Catania. The most vocal opposition came from the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington. Archbishop Donald Wuerl warned that legalizing samesex marriage will force the church’s social services arm to scale back its efforts in the city. The law, as passed Tuesday, would not make churches perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, but it would require employers doing business with the city, including churches, to provide health benefits for married samesex couples. Providing those benefits would violate their religious beliefs, say church officials. Refusing to provide them, however, would make them ineligible to have social-services contracts and partnerships with the city. “We really don’t want to be in a position where we’re being asked to abandon one part of our faith to be able to live out the other part,” said Susan Gibbs, an archdiocese spokeswoman. “Our goal is to be able to provide the same level of services, but we have to be true to our faith.” Gibbs said the archdiocese was trying to work out a compromise allowing them to continue receiving city money to help provide

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Michaele Salahi, accused of crashing a white house dinner the president’s hand in a receiving line and pose for photographs with Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. “I think the president really had the same reaction the Secret Service had,” Gibbs said of Obama’s response, “and that was great concern for how something like this happened.” As members of Congress call for an investigation and with a House Homeland Security Committee hearing scheduled this week, Salahi maintained that he and his wife are “shocked and devastated” by the portrayals of them as gate crashers. “No question,” said Salahi, characterizing himself as a great admirer of the president. “It’s been devastating what’s happened to Michaele and I … Our lives have really been destroyed.” Tareq Salahi said he and his wife have been “very candid” with the Secret Service and “have turned over documentation to them. We’re going to definitely work with the Secret Service between Michaele and I to really shed light on this.” Contact the State & National Editor at

David Catania, D.C. Council social services but exempting them from recognizing same-sex marriages. She said the archdiocese currently had about $18 million to $20 million in city contracts. The debate over same-sex marriage also revealed a dichotomy in the district’s social politics. While about 75 percent of the majority African-American city’s registered voters are Democrats, who as a party tend to support same-sex marriage, some of the strongest opposition came from socially conservative AfricanAmericans. Same-sex marriage “is unbiblical,” said Pastor George Gilbert Sr., who leads the district’s Holy Trinity United Baptist Church. “ Pe o p l e o f f a i t h c a n b e Democrats while disagreeing with them on some things.” The pastor also rejected comparisons between the gay rights movement and the civil rights movement. “I am an African-American — I was born black,” he said. “Gays are not born gay. It’s a choice.” The council’s vote Tuesday is not final. The council must vote to pass the law again, which is expected to occur on Dec. 15, and then once signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty as expected, it is sent to Congress for review. If Congress takes no action to block the law within 30 legislative days, same-sex marriage will become legal. District politicians are optimistic that Congress will let the legalization of same-sex marriage pass. Contact the State & National Editor at Changes are on the way for UNC listservs in an attempt to solve several issues. See pg. 3 for story.


audacity or the poor behavior to do that. No one would do that and certainly not us.” Tareq Salahi, maintaining that he had e-mails that support his claim, said, “I am certain we will be completely exonerated.” The e-mails are “clear to us,” he said in the “Today” interview from the couple’s home. “Based on the timeline, I think the American public is actually going to be extremely surprised with all the details that went from beginning to end into what was supposed to be a lovely, beautiful evening — a lifetime memory.” Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said in a televised interview this morning that there was no way to view this incident other than as an unauthorized intrusion. “This wasn’t a misunderstanding,” Gibbs said in an interview aired by MSNBC on Tuesday morning. “You don’t show up at the White House as a misunderstanding.” The White House says the Secret Service is investigating what happened at the dinner, where two people who were not formally invited managed to make the rounds, shake

“Today’s vote is an important victory … for everyone who supports equal rights.”


“We were invited, not crashers. … No Salahis insist they were invited one would do that and certainly not WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — The couple who made their way into a White House state dinner and met the president, vice president and other high-level officials said Tuesday they were not gate crashers and were “shocked and devastated” by those accusations. Tareq Salahi, making his first television appearance since the dinner that President Barack Obama hosted for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, insisted in an interview on NBC’s “Today” that the couple was cooperating with a Secret Service investigation of the matter and “the truth will come out.” Salahi, maintaining that, for his wife, Michaele, the experience had been “the most devastating thing that has ever happened,” said Tuesday: “We’re greatly saddened by all the circumstances … portraying my wife and I as party crashers. I can tell you we did not party-crash the White House.” Insisting that there is more to the story of their appearance at Obama’s first state dinner, Salahi maintained that the explanation will exonerate the couple from any allegations of misconduct. “We were invited, not crashers,” Michaele Salahi said, “and there isn’t anyone who would have the


Solution to Tuesday’s puzzle

Call Crimestoppers Police are seeking information on nine break-ins they believe are related. See pg. 3 for story.

Stronger swine flu A drug-resistant strain of the H1N1 virus contributed to three N.C. deaths. See pg. 5 for story.

Need a boost? Student government is leading programs to combat the “sophomore slump.” See pg. 6 for story.

Controversial calls The state is investigating BlueCross BlueShield of N.C. for robocalls. See pg. 3 for story.


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Former U.S. Senate primary candidate.

“MPHeels,” after declaring that current students are waiting for basketball players with more personality


Gen Y is witness to history’s repeat


eneration Y. You were the tireless foot soldiers in the campaign that elevated the junior senator from Illinois to the White House. You ushered in an era in which America would reclaim its stature abroad, a stature tarnished during the Bush neocons’ reign of arrogance. A year later you’re witness to a winding down of George Bush’s war in Iraq in accordance with a treaty he negotiated before he left office. And last night, the president of Hope and Change spoke to the nation about what will henceforth be known as Obama’s War. By ordering the insertion of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan, the president has handed Generation Y a 21st century analog to the Baby Boomer’s Vietnam. During the escalation of the Vietnam War, presidents Johnson and Nixon’s cadre of best-and-brightest military and foreign policy advisors advanced a host of strategic underpinnings for escalating the war. Most notable was the domino effect rooted in the belief that if South Vietnam fell to North, a cascade of other southeast Asian countries would fall to communist regimes. The only regime that fell was the South. The dominoes remained upright. Last night President Obama stressed the strategic necessity to stabilize Afghanistan as part of a broader regional security compact. Assurances about timelines and metrics and increased corruption oversight. Assurances to Afghans that we’d be their guests for a short while yet ensure their safety for a lifetime. A president anguished over his decision to send young Americans to war yet comforted by months of study and review and consultation — just like presidents Johnson and Nixon. Despite the president being a fellow Baby Boomer, I see an Afghanistan that conjures up a sobering sense of redux. Despite all rhetorical flourish, all the strategic assessments, all the political appeasement to the left and right, and the carefullychosen backdrop of the storied West Point as his pulpit, the fact remains that the president believes he can conquer an amorphous enemy on a battlefield which has swallowed the British thrice and the Russians once over the last century and a half. A country teeming with corruption, lacking a central government, ruled by tribal chieftains whose wealth is fueled by an economy producing 90 percent of the world’s heroin. A war theater where the president, on his short watch, has now committed half of the forces to be deployed: 50,000 troops costing $50 billion per year to maintain. A president expanding a war in support of a fragile democracy and shady ally in neighboring Pakistan. A Pakistan having more jihadists and nuclear weapons per square mile than any country. A Pakistan in which the U.S. has invested more than $12 billion in military aide in return for a spike in extremist violence and a Taliban insurgency fully nested inside all major cities. A Pakistan as the launch pad for the Mumbai terrorist attack and keeper of a nuclear arsenal of more than 80 warheads and an unknown amount of fissile material. Take note, Gen Y. History and mankind alike bend toward repetition. America hurdles onward seeking fonts of Hope and vehicles of Change. Another president sends troops to battle an enemy who has no timeline. Is anybody listening?


Yo, Congress, represent! Congress should abandon districts based on residence


espite the squabbles and procedural issues that have plagued Student Congress this year, there remains a larger, more intrinsic problem: representation — or lack thereof. There are several problems. First, Congress is overwhelmingly composed of white males. This is a surprising statistic, given that about 60 percent of this campus is female. And most members are sophomores and juniors, leaving seniors and freshmen underrepresented as well. This is part of the more fundamental problem of a residence-based representation system. Congress represents the entire

student body and has the power to distribute student fees. These problems need to be addressed. First, it’s important that women and other minorities are encouraged to run for Student Congress. Next, representatives should be elected by class instead of by their residency. The current system is a detriment to the goal of a truly representative Congress with members who reflect and understand the needs of their constituents. Students in dorms have little in common except their address. They represent students of all years, with many different needs and desires.

The U.S. Congress uses a residence-based districting system to reflect the fundamental importance of geographical community needs. But at UNC, the most important community is not one’s residence — it’s one’s class. So Congress should be restructured to reflect those class-based shared interests. Further, Congress doesn’t even have the authority to deal with specific dorm needs — that’s under the purview of the Residence Hall Association. These are changes that would not be very difficult to implement, and they would help to better represent constituents’ interests.

LFIT helpful? Fat chance. Teaching lifetime fitness classes at UNC not necessary


NC’s lifetime fitness requirement is an unnecessary component of a liberal arts degree. Lifetime fitness courses were created in 2006 as a replacement for the swimming test graduation requirement. The online lecture part of the class teaches students the tenets of a healthy lifestyle. The activity section provides a structured environment for physical exertion — from walking to weightlifting. But this one-credit course adds little value to a UNC degree. Healthy eating habits, while important, do not supplement a political science or history degree.

UNC’s goal should be to thoroughly educate students in their desired fields of study; the lifetime fitness requirement is little more than a nagging burden that occasionally creates a scheduling conflict. Granted, leading a healthy lifestyle is important, and exercising several times a week is certainly good practice. But it is not a necessary tenet of a liberal arts education, especially since the N.C. Board of Education requires all students to take a health class before high school graduation. Bobbi Owen, senior associate dean for undergraduate education, attributed the development of UNC’s lifetime fitness

requirement to a disturbing increase in obesity levels. She pointed to this generation’s stereotype as “watchers, not doers” as an indication of the necessity for such a requirement. But it’s simply not the University’s prerogative to be part of the health police. Duke University has a more sensible alternative. It has physical education classes as half-credit electives, without the health requirement. UNC officials will begin a thorough review of the new curriculum in fall 2010. Adjustments will be made hopefully to the lifetime fitness course or it will be stricken from graduation requirements altogether.

Homesick blues New shelter needs to be built; crime data misleading


ecently released data on the arrests of homeless people should not derail efforts to build a new homeless shelter. The Chapel Hill Police Department released data detailing 315 offenses committed by the town’s homeless population so far this year. The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service is trying to move its homeless shelter from its current location on West Rosemary Street and build a new building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Many residents near the proposed site oppose the shelter’s relocation to their neighborhood. One of the reasons behind

their opposition is a concern about a potential increase of crime with the shelter’s move. But these 315 offenses need to be taken in context. First, there are only 230 unique cases listed in the police data, meaning that many of the offenses listed were the result of several citations being issued at the same time. Second, out of 94 offenders listed in the police data, only 31 actually list the homeless shelter’s address as their address. The other 63 list “streets of Chapel Hill” as their addresses. Third, Chris Moran, executive director of IFC, has said several times that many of the people

who list the homeless shelter as their address in fact have never stayed at the homeless shelter. The shelter’s address is well-known, and we shouldn’t blame an entire community of men just because some people misuse the shelter’s address. Finally, Chapel Hill police spend most of their time responding to incidents that aren’t committed by homeless people. Police responded to 772 incidents in October alone. That’s more than twice the amount of incidents committed by homeless people so far this year. So let’s not allow stigmas and misconceptions to block the IFC’s work.

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Student attendance at games not that important

Field hockey coach is very grateful for the support

TO THE EDITOR: There have been countless letters recently from our peers outraged about student attendance at games, criticizing the student body, demanding that we make a bigger effort to show. It truly baffles me where you guys get off with this attitude. See, I have this crazy theory that maybe the people who aren’t in the Dean Dome didn’t come because that’s not what they wanted to do on said night. Maybe they watched it at home with friends and a beer. Maybe it was on in the background while they got that paper finished. Or maybe they just didn’t care that UNC was playing that night. It is our time to use as we see fit. Stop trying to force guilt on me over your choice in recreational activity. It would be one thing if team members or coaches wrote in asking for our support, but it isn’t. You’re a bunch of randos with nothing better to do. You are not a part of the team. So get off your high horse and get rid of that elitist attitude. No one cares that you never miss a home game. If living vicariously through five kids with a ball is what you choose to do, that’s your choice. Stop trying to make it mine.

TO THE EDITOR: As I look back on the excitement of winning our program’s sixth NCAA title, I’ ll always remember the game’s thrilling finish and the way our players never stopped fighting. But I’ll also remember how wonderful it was so see so much Carolina blue in the stands in WinstonSalem and hear our fans cheering enthusiastically for the Tar Heels. I’ve been at UNC for 29 years, and I think it’s the best school in the nation in terms of the overall balance provided to student-athletes — outstanding academics, top-notch athletics and a great social life. Another thing that makes the Carolina experience really unique, however, is the fan support for our teams, and the support from the Carolina Fever students in particular. The home-field advantage generated by Fever — whether at Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill or Kentner Stadium in WinstonSalem — is absolutely invaluable to our program. Over the years, I’ve tried to meet, and thank, many of the Fever members who come to our games. If I haven’t gotten to you yet, please know this: I am extremely grateful for your support, as are our players. It’s yet another reason I’m so proud to be a Tar Heel.

Stephen Bloemeke Senior Communications

Transfer station should not be on Millhouse Road TO THE EDITOR: Some Orange County commissioners are currently considering a vote to locate the w a s t e t ra n s f e r s t at i o n o n Millhouse Road. Millhouse Road is half a mile from the Orange County landfill and is in the Rogers-Eubanks neighborhood. This historic working class African-American community has endured the Orange County garbage for almost four decades. This community has received nothing but broken promises and disrespect for three decades. No other community can make that claim. There is no rationale that justifies Millhouse Road as the site of the transfer station. Let me paint a verbal picture. The Rogers-Eubanks neighborhood has with great dignity and perseverance fought to reclaim their neighborhood. They have been steadily climbing the mountain of justice avoiding the boulders tossed down local politicians. Yet the neighborhood keeps climbing toward the summit of this mountain. Recently they climbed the last vertical face, fingertips on the edge of the summit. As they peer over this ledge, they see several commissioners holding sledge hammers in front of a big red neon sign flashing Millhouse Road. A choice to make: Vote for Millhouse swinging those sledge hammers on the fingertips, bam, bam, of that community kicking them into the abyss. Or throw those hammers behind you smashing the Millhouse neon sign into smithereens, reaching out to the neighborhood, helping them onto the summit to take back their neighborhood for themselves and future generations. David Richter Pittsboro

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Karen Shelton Head coach, UNC field hockey

Luquire’s attempted to show us the ‘real world’ TO THE EDITOR: In my opinion, Rebekka Veith has mistaken the purpose of Lea Luquire’s column (“Luquire’s columns failed to capture New Orleans,” Dec. 1). The focus of Luquire’s column was to serve as a looking glass of sorts into the notorious but sometimes frightening “real world” — not to inform readers about New Orleans and their renewal efforts. Luquire is extending her views about a world removed from the Chapel Hill “bubble,” a place that I believe many UNC students, and especially soonto-be-graduates, either tend to forget about entirely, fail to properly consider or are apprehensive about entering. Her last column, “Get out there and take a chance”, (Nov. 30) highlighted Luquire’s own views and experiences of the world as removed from the Blue Heaven, and offered an overall lesson she learned from her experience — that challenges are key opportunities for obtaining perspective and achieving personal growth. As a senior applying to various grad schools and summer jobs, I find myself anxious about the uncertainty of my whereabouts after graduation. Reading of Luquire’s adventures in New Orleans have imbued me with a sense of excitement and possibility for the future, which is a welcome relief from the stress. Nicole Land Senior Psychology

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The Daily Tar Heel for Dec. 2, 2009  

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