monday, september 20, 2010
The Daily Tar Heel
UNC t test Aert Carnaeergency srens Tuesday
The University will test its emer-gency sirens Tuesday between noonand 1 p.m.The sirens, which are part of the Alert Carolina safety aware-ness campaign, are likely to beaudible in on- and off-campuslocations, including downtownChapel Hill.The test is intended to checkequipment and remind students,professors and staff of what to doin case of an emergency.No action will be required dur-ing the test. The sirens will soundan alert tone along with a pre-recorded public address message.Upon completion of the test, a dif-ferent tone and voice message willsignal, “All clear. Resume normalactivities.”The University will also sendtexts to about 46,000 cell phonenumbers which have been regis-tered by students, professors andstaff through an online campusdirectory. About 26,000 of thosenumbers belong to students.In normal instances, studentsshould seek shelter and close win-dows and doors upon hearing thesirens.
UNC centers receve rethan $11 n n grants
Seven international centers atthe UNC have received competi-tive Title VI grants from the U.S.Department of Education that willtotal $11.29 million over the nextfour years.The awards will support global business education, internationaland regional studies — includingforeign-language and area-studiesfellowships for students — lan-guage instruction, teaching andresearch and community outreachinvolving Africa, Europe, Eurasia,Latin America and the MiddleEast.The centers that receivedfunds are the African StudiesCenter, the Carolina Center forthe Study of the Middle Eastand Muslim Civilizations, theCenter for European Studies,the Center for Global Initiatives,the Center for Slavic, Eurasianand East European Studies, theInstitute for the Study of the Americas and the UNC Center forInternational Business Educationand Research.
Yur Heath Rad prgraceebrates 100th bradcast
YOUR HEALTH Radio, a showlaunched two years ago by UNC’sDepartment of Family Medicine,celebrated its 100th show this weekend.The one-hour talk show onpatient health is co-hosted by Dr. Cristy Page and Dr. AdamGoldstein. The show was created asa service project aimed at improv-ing primary preventative care.The show used its 100th episodeto introduce two new service ini-tiatives. Information about ques-tions from listeners is now avail-able on a weekly basis beyond YOUR HEALTH Radio and YOUR HEALTH News. The show has alsoinstituted a new website, www. yourhealthradio.org, where listen-ers can access the show and newscolumn for free.
T -cst rabes vaccnecncs ffered ths ee
This week Orange County Animal Services Department isoffering two low-cost rabies vacci-nation clinics to commemorate of the 4th annual World Rabies Day, which is Sept. 28.Both clinics are offering one- year rabies vaccinations for catsand dogs for $10.The first clinic will be heldfrom 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday atOrange County Animal ServicesCenter at 1601 Eubanks Road inChapel Hill.The second clinic will be heldfrom 10 a.m. to noon Saturday atthe Government Services Center Annex at 208 S. Cameron St. inHillsborough. This clinic will only accept cash. World Rabies Day is sponsored by the Alliance for Rabies Controland the Center for Disease Controland Prevention along with otherorganizations.The campaign raises awarenessabout rabies and promotes preven-tion efforts.
Street csure causes deturfr Pttsbr Express rute
On Monday, the PittsboroExpress route will be detouredalong West Street, FayettevilleStreet and West Salisbury Streetdue to the partial closure of theChatham County CourthouseCircle in downtown Pittsboro.The normal route will resumeTuesday.
-From staff and wire reports
Secretary issues radio survey
abortion opt-out still in plce
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Though operating food trucks in ChapelHill is not illegal, the regulations placed onthem hardly make it worth the trouble forsome truck operators.Town spokeswoman Catherine Lazorkosaid in an e-mail that Chapel Hill regulatesfood trucks and their applications closely.“There are numerous issues that foodtrucks present — trash, health, and publicsafety, parking, signage, lighting, taxes, eco-nomic impacts on brick-and-mortar restau-rants,” Lazorko said.The town defines an “itinerant merchant”as a person who sells goods somewhere otherthan a brick-and-mortar store.These merchants must purchase a speciallicense and are subject to intense scrutiny by the local health department. The merchantalso must obtain permission of the property owner where the business is located.The town’s regulations do not apply toUNC’s campus.Lex Alexander, a managing partner of 3CUPS in Chapel Hill, said he is trying todraw attention to the outdated regulations. At last week’s Chapel Hill Town Councilmeeting, Alexander planned to submit apetition in an effort to change the rules.“As a retail merchant operating in ourtown at 3CUPS, I would welcome the excite-ment and vitality this new cutting edge phe-nomenon would provide the residents wholive here,” the petition states.He said because he was late to the meet-ing, he was unable to present his petition. Aaron Nelson, president and CEO of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, said food trucks are a recentdevelopment, coming into existence only inthe last five years.“This is a new fad,” he said. “We need tomake sure (food trucks) are properly regu-lated, clean and safe. They can add characterto the community.”Lazorko said some mobile food services with licenses already exist in the town, andthe council could be revisited in the future.“There is an increasing popularity forthese sorts of eating facilities,” she said.“The council may decide that it would liketo explore appropriate uses for them in thecommunity.”
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BY JoRDAN wAlkER
A poll designed and publicized by Student Body Secretary Ian Leehas ruffled a few feathers withinstudent government and WXYC,the campus radio station.Lee sent an e-mail Thursday tomultiple listservs asking studentsto take a poll aimed at gaugingtheir opinion of WXYC.Officials from student govern-ment and the station said they think the process could have beencarried out more effectively if Leehad sought the help of more orga-nizations.“It just seems rushed,” saidStudent Congress SpeakerDeanna Santoro. “Had all branch-es of student government and WXYC been involved, we couldhave made sure the poll was morethorough.”Santoro said WXYC receivesfeedback from students eachsemester through multiple ave-nues, including student call-insand other station initiatives.Lee and Student Body VicePresident Holly Boardman said thepurpose of the poll is to determinethe number of students who listento WXYC and how the station can be improved.“Quite frankly, a lot of studentsdon’t listen to it,” Boardmansaid.The poll provides students theopportunity to voice what type of programming they want WXYC tofeature more frequently.Those who take the poll areallowed to write in a genre underthe “other” category or check one of four other options, including newsand hip-hop.But Santoro said this list isinsufficient considering the sta-tion’s broad range of content.Lee said he was enabled to initi-ate the poll, in part, by changes tothe Student Code that have givenstudent body secretaries a broad-er range of power. Those dutiesinclude soliciting feedback fromstudents.Boardman said a significantamount of student fees go to WXYCand that the weekly “Student Body President Radio Show” is oneof student government’s mostimportant outlets to reach out tostudents.Lee said he intends to releasesimilar polls about different orga-nizations every month.He said he plans to let the survey run for two weeks and hopes to col-lect up more than 500 responses,then give the results to WXYC foranalysis.Santoro and WXYC stationmanager Nicole Campbell saidthey had no knowledge of the poll before it was released.Santoro said there is a gap between the mission of the radiostation and the wishes of students,and that student governmentshould work to address it. But itshould have been a collaborativeeffort, she said.Campbell said the survey should not have been publicizedthrough student government list-servs.
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BY JEN SERDETCHNAiA
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Concerns from students aboutthe abortion benefit in the UNC-system health insurance planmight go unaddressed by the stategovernment. As part of advocacy efforts toremove the abortion benefit in thestudent insurance plan, membersof Students for Life of America wrote a letter to Gov. Bev Perdue in August after being dissatisfied withsystem President Erskine Bowles’response.Bowles changed the abortion benefit to an optional instead of a default provision after receivingseveral e-mails from students andparents.Students for Life of Americareceived a response on Sept. 10from Perdue but waited a week tomake the announcement public,said Kristan Hawkins, executivedirector for Students for Life of America.In a two-paragraph letter,Perdue only thanked the orga-nization for its civic engagement without further addressing theissue.“We are pretty disappointed inthe way the governor responded,”Hawkins said.“We had written this serious let-ter asking her to address this seri-ous matter, and in return, we got a brush-off.”Perdue’s response makes it seemlike the issue is not important toher, Hawkins said.“To parents and students, it’s animportant question,” she said.Some student groups agree withthis stance.“It would have been nice to seeany sort of concerned response,”said Chase McDonough, a UNCstudent and a member of CarolinaStudents for Life.The campus organization is nota subsidiary of Students for Life of America.Perdue should have at leastengaged in debate, he said.“It would have been really niceto have a response to our con-cerns instead of her thanking us,”McDonough said.“It’s a cold-hearted response.”The ideal response would have been Perdue putting the system inits place and calling for the removalof the abortion benefit altogether,McDonough said.But others believe that by mak-ing the benefit optional for stu-dents, the system has already dealt with the issue.“Her response was absolutely appropriate,” said Lee Storrow,UNC student and memberof VOX: Voices for PlannedParenthood.“In my mind, this issue is over,”he said. “We have a compromisethat works for everyone.”
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