monday, march 21, 2011
The Daily Tar Heel
Due to a reporting error,Friday’s page 3 story “Innovationfunds trickle in” incorrectly stat-ed the span of time in which theInnovate@Carolina programhopes to reach its fundraising goal.The goal is to raise $125 million by June 30, 2013.The Daily Tar Heel apologizesfor the error.
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George Rabinowitz, a politicalscience professor known for hisgroundbreaking work in the fieldof American politics, died thisweekend from a heart attack.Evelyne Huber, chairwoman of the political science department,was notified Saturday morningof Rabinowitz’s death in an emailfrom his wife, Stuart Macdonald,said John Stephens, a political sci-ence professor.Rabinowitz and his wife were inTrondheim, Norway conductingresearch.He taught a large variety of polit-ical science courses for decades atthe University, including POLI100, Introduction to Governmentin the United States.He began teaching at theUniversity in 1971.Rabinowitz was known for histheory of directional voting, whichchallenged the traditional medianvoter theory by arguing individualsprefer candidates who are furtherto the right or left — depending onthe individual’s affiliation — ratherthan the center.But his personality was the oppo-site of polarizing, Stephens said.“He’s the total opposite of apolarizer, almost to a fault,” he said.“He is so likable.”Stephens said he was shocked tolearn of Rabinowitz’s death.“He was in extremely goodphysical shape,” Stephens said.“He swam on a regular basis, andhe was a golfer. He was very fit, soit’s very shocking.”Rabinowitz was an ideal col-league, Stephens added.“He was an incredibly magnani-mous person.”
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The UNC faculty council passeda resolution Friday to allow fixed-term faculty and retired faculty vot-ing and representation privileges inthe council meetings.One amendment will require atleast two retired faculty membersbe present at each faculty councilmeeting and allow them to speakon behalf of retired faculty.The second amendment willallow all fixed-term faculty to voteon issues which pertain to fixed-term faculty members, such as thehiring or promotion of a fixed-termfaculty member.
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The council committee on fixed-term faculty has prepared a ques-tionnaire to distribute to all UNCdepartment chairs within the nextmonth.The questionnaire has two aims:to find out if departments are follow-ing University policies and to find outif they have implemented guidelinesthe council has suggested.The results will be included inthe committee’s annual report, dueout next month.The provost’s office is support-ing the project and will be sendingan email with a link to the survey to the department chairs.
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Orange County is recruitingapplicants for the Human RelationsCommission.The commission seeks to elimi-nate problems of bias and discrimi-nation in the town through educa-tion, persuasion, conciliation andenforcement.The commission will providerecommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on its find-ings and investigate discriminationcomplaints.The Board is especially interest-ed in candidates who have a pas-sion for women’s issues.Visit http://www.co.orange.nc.us/boards/apply.asp for anapplication.
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The bus stop near the closedparking lot at 141 W. Rosemary St.will be temporarily relocated due toconstruction on the lot.The closing will affect buses onthe CW and JN routes.The relocated bus stop will beon Rosemary Street directly acrossfrom Pritchard Avenue until fur-ther notice.
-From staff and wire reports
ABC stores may open Sundays
counil to waitto vote on move
by Emily bOOkER
Panicked Saturday night ABCstore runs in preparation forSunday game days might be athing of the past.Senate Bill 277, proposed ear-lier this month, would allow N.C.Alcoholic Beverage Commissionsto have the option to remain openon Sundays, revoking a blue lawthat has been in place for morethan 70 years.N.C. Sen. Clark Jenkins,D-Edgecombe, who is sponsoringthe bill, cited accessibility as moti-vation behind the legislation.“The addition of Sunday hasbeen requested by different munic-ipalities, groups, and we want toprovide convenience to the con-sumer,” Jenkins said.The bill would allow each ABCboard — run by the individualcounties in the state — to makethe decision to remain open onSunday and to decide their hoursof operation.It makes no difference whetherthe store is open Sunday as opposedto any other day of the week, andthe change would not have a signif-icant impact on college campuses,Jenkins said.“Students who are 21 can buy liquor already in a bar. What’s thedifference between buying it in aglass or buying it in a bottle?” hesaid.But groups such as the ChristianAction League of North Carolinaare lobbying against the bill andbelieve the benefits of convenienceor the possibility for state revenueare outweighed by the risk to pub-lic health.Rev. Mark Creech, the executivedirector of the Christian ActionLeague, cited several studies thatshowed increases in alcohol-relat-ed accidents and fatalities after therepeal of Sunday liquor bans.“The repeal on the sale of Sunday sales in places like New Mexico wasfollowed with 29 percent increasein alcohol-related crashes and 42percent in alcohol-related trafficdeaths on Sundays,” Creech said.“Binge drinking and excessivedrinking is typically somethingthat occurs during the weekends.“This 24-hour break has beenknown to disrupt the cycle of bingedrinking.”North Carolina ranked 6th inalcohol-related traffic fatalities in2009, according to a report by theCentury Council, a nonprofit orga-nization created to prevent drunkdriving and underage drinking.Creech said studies have alsoshown states with a repeal haveencountered a decline in churchattendance.“The juice isn’t worth thesqueeze,” he said. “Churches provideunprecedented aid with the poor,with those with drug problems.“Legislators — like they draftbills to help businesses thrive —should take churches into accountas well,” Creech said.But some students say if the billpasses it will eliminate prior incon-veniences.Ariana Rowberry, a sophomorepolitical science and peace, warand defense double major, saidshe thought a repeal of the bluelaw would increase accessibility tostudents at UNC.“I think students would really enjoy and take advantage of this,”she said. “Also, it could increaserevenue for the state.”
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by ERiC PESalE
After years of debate, the ChapelHill Town Council will hear fromresidents in a public hearing onwhether a local homeless sheltershould get a new address.Residents will weigh in on theInter-Faith Council for SocialService’s application for a specialuse permit to build a new men’sshelter near Homestead Road.Chapel Hill Town Council mem-ber Sally Greene said the councilwill not vote on the shelter tonightbut will determine based on thepublic’s response whether to putthe issue up for a vote at the nextbusiness meeting or hold anotherpublic hearing.The IFC is attempting to movethe shelter out of its current loca-tion on 100 W. Rosemary St. into asite at 1315 Martin Luther King Jr.Blvd. near Homestead Road.The land used for the proposed16,250-square-foot, 52-bed facility would be leased to the IFC fromthe University for $1 a year andwould provide a 16-bed increasefrom the Rosemary Street loca-tion.Chris Moran, executive directorof the IFC, said his organizationhas already given presentations toseveral committees and the townplanning board.“What we’ll do … is present thefacts and present all the informa-tion we can on why this site is agood site and why we believe it’sa good application,” Moran said.“It’s up to the town to make a deci-sion.”Council member Penny Richsaid she expects a lot of questionsto be raised at the meeting.“It gives the opportunity forpeople to speak what’s on theirmind, question the developmentpros and cons, and if there areconcerns on anyone’s behalf, thoseconcerns are answered at the time,”Rich said.Resident Mark Peters helpedcreate abettersite.org, a compi-lation of arguments against theproposed site. He said his group of neighbors is among those present-ing against the relocation.He said one of his group’s pri-mary arguments is that the pro-posed site is within one-fifth of asquare mile from other transition-al housing facilities and is adjacentto pre-schools, public recreationalspace and neighborhoods.Peters also said the public hasbeen left out of the site selectionprocess.“If … this public hearing con-stitutes a replacement for a publicsite search or even publicly-vettedcriteria, the answer is absolutely not,” Peters said on whether thepublic hearing could be consid-ered a step forward in allowingresidents to have more say on therelocation.But Moran said more than 300people participated in the IFC’sthree community discussions lastspring, where participants pro-vided comments and recommen-dations to consider.“As you’ll see on Monday eve-ning, we’ve made changes based onthose discussions,” Moran said.Rich said she expects the dis-cussion of the IFC’s special usepermit application to attract atten-tion from many residents.“The chamber will be packed, Iguarantee you.”
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by miChEllE ZayEd
The Orange County Board of Commissioners is redesigninga plan for informing residentsabout the importance of a salestax increase.After voters rejected the quarter-cent sales tax increase in Novemberby a 51-49 percent margin, com-missioners are considering revisit-ing the issue in hopes of avoidingan increase in property taxes.Commissioner ChairwomanBernadette Pelissier said the pri-mary reason the increase failedwas because residents did not havethe right information, especially inthe county’s rural areas that aremore skeptical of tax increases.“We didn’t have a good timewindow in order to educate citizensabout how the sales taxes wouldwork,” she said.While talking to residents afterlast year’s election, Pelissier said shefound many people who said they would have changed their voteshad they been better informed.For example, she said many resi-dents were concerned their grocery bills would increase, but the taxwould not affect these items.“We need to do a better job of educating people about where thecounty budget is going to in gen-eral,” Pelissier said.She said there are not yet con-crete plans on how the board willbetter inform the public. The boardwill hold a second public hearingon April 6 to garner more residentinput before deciding whether toinclude the referendum on thisyear’s ballot.Retired resident John Hinsonsaid he would vote for a secondtime should the referendum makethe ballot.“We cannot afford a quarter of acent,” Hinson said, “Social security has not gone up in two years, andthey want to raise taxes.”Hinson said, he doesn’t thinkthe county needs the money asmuch as they say they do.“They didn’t sound like they needed the money,” he said. “They were looking for projects to use iton.”Pelissier said the annual $2.5million the sales tax is projectedto generate would be split betweeneconomic development, education,libraries and emergency services.Economic development andeducation were both slated toreceive 42.5 percent of the tax rev-enue from last year’s referendum,although the percentages associ-ated with the latest effort aren’tfinalized.Economic Development DirectorGary Shope said he hoped the rev-enue from the tax increase wouldallow future construction projectsto be sustainable.He said the county needs toinvest in long-term infrastructureprojects.“We have to have a vehicle to beable to support the funding for themajor work,” he said.If the increase fails again, Shopesaid the county’s other optionsinclude raising the property tax ordeveloping utility districts.But, because state cuts have notcome in yet, Pelissier said it is dif-ficult for commissioners to makealternative plans.
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by JOdiE SiNgER
Jean Chapman celebrated her grand-son’s birthday Friday by standing in frontof the post office on East Franklin Street,holding a sign and asking for peace.“War begets war begets war begets war”was written on her sign, along with a list of conflicts the U.S. has been involved in.Chapman, a member of Women’sInternational League for Peace andFreedom, was one of six participants of apeace rally put on by the local group Eldersfor Peace.Hoping to call attention to the eighthanniversary of the beginning of the war inIraq, the protestors held anti-war signs andinteracted with students and community members to gather signatures on a petitionto end the war.“Our point is quality, not quantity,”said Lois Hobbs, a member of Elders forPeace.The group, founded in 2002 and basedout of a retirement community, has about20 active members and more than 100subscribers on an e-mail list, said VivianPlonsey, co-founder of the group.Plonsey said many members are unableto participate actively because of their age,but they contribute financially and partici-pate by writing letters to congressmen andprinting petitions, she said.Hobbs said Elders for Peace has metevery week since 2002, a year before thewar in Iraq began, and focuses on promot-ing peace in general.“We don’t miss a week because we feelthe issues are current,” she said.Twice a month, the group also hostsspeakers or views films, events that attractmany participants, Hobbs said.And the group has seen results fromtheir efforts, Hobbs said.She said they helped influence Rep.David Price, D-N.C., against voting for theIraq War, but the group should not receiveall the credit.“There was an outpouring of supportagainst voting for the Iraq War,” she said.The group holds demonstrations whenthe members feel there is a reason to callattention to something, Hobbs said,Whenever they plan a vigil, they sendout an e-mail to all the peace organiza-tions that belong to the Orange County Peace Coalition, and they are joined by other groups.Chapman, though not a member of Elders for Peace, described herself as afriend of the organizations and said thelocal peace groups often work together.Chapel Hill resident Wes Hare was alsonot a member of the group, but he partici-pated with a shirt and a sign calling forpeace.He said he attends many of the organiza-tion’s demonstrations.“When they’re out here, I come,” hesaid.
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