By Memet Walker
A new method of energy gath-ering is creating friction amonglegislators and environmentalactivist in North Carolina.The state could soon be enter-ing a new era in energy if statelegislators override Gov. Bev Perdue’s veto of a bill that wouldopen the state to hydraulic frac-turing, also known as “fracking.”Fracking releases natural gastrapped in rock deep beneath theground by pumping a highly pres-surized water mixture up to thou-sands of feet beneath the soil to break up the rock and allows natu-ral gas to escape to the surface.Sen. Tommy Tucker,R-Mecklenburg, sponsoredthe bill, the Energy Jobs Act,that would open up the state tofracking.“It is going to create high paying jobs in parts of the state that des-perately need it,” Tucker said.But the bill was vetoed by Perdue in June. The Senate hasalready overridden the veto, butthe House has not.Tucker said it might takeanother election cycle before theHouse can find the votes to over-come the veto.“I just don’t understand why anyone would want to dependon the Middle East for energy,”he said.The Senate recently commis-sioned the N.C. Departmentof Environment and NaturalResources to conduct a study toexamine the potential effects of fracking in the state. The study isexpected to be completed in April2012.The technology for fracking isnot new. The state is following inthe footsteps of others that arealready open to fracking, saidRick Bolich, a hydrogeologist with the department.However, North Carolina is geo-logically different than other states,he said.“We can see what’s been donein other parts of the country,”Bolich said. “Certainly there have been mistakes made, and we cantry and keep those mistakes fromhappening here.”But those mistakes are a bigconcern for local environmental-ists, who said the costs of frackingfar outweigh its possible benefits.The amount of water used infracking is a cause for alarm, saidKatie Hicks, assistant director of Clean Water for North Carolina.“At drought time, it can bedevastating, since the processuses such huge amounts of water,” she said. “Anything that we can do to conserve the waterfor people is really going to bemore and more essential.”But Tucker said he thinksfracking, if adopted in the state, would cease during a drought.Hicks also said the processmight contaminate groundwater, which is used for drinking water.The water mixture used to break up rock contains a smallamount of chemicals that couldleak and contaminate the state’saquifers, she said.“There’s a specific concernfor groundwater here, especially since there are so many ground- water (well) users in NorthCarolina,” she said.So far, Hicks said she has beenpleased by the public response toClean Water’s fight against the bill.“In general, the response has been pretty astounding,” she said.Jose Rial, a professor of geo-physics and climatology at UNC,said he doesn’t like the idea either.Even though only smallamounts of chemicals are used inthe process, supporters of frack-ing shouldn’t dismiss the poten-tial dangers, he said.“That’s like saying Kools aregood for you because they tastelike mint,” Rial said.But Tucker said possible con-tamination by chemicals usedin fracking should not deter theprocess.“Regrettably, if it happens, ithappens,” he said. “When you havea crash, you don’t stop flying.“We’ll continually improve theprocess.”
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By Paula Seligson
Today is the last official day to opt intoHeelMail, UNC’s new email service that willchange addresses to live.unc.edu. About 18 percent of students have not yetopted into HeelMail, out of more than 27,400student accounts, Information Technology Services officials said.Tim McGuire, manager of ITS messagingsystems, said accounts will be forcibly transi-tioned in batches over two weeks beginningMonday.McGuire added that users will be able to movetheir data, like old emails and contact informa-tion, from Webmail to HeelMail up until the endof the semester. All messages sent to Webmail will be forward-ed to new HeelMail with no lag time, he said.The response to HeelMail has generally been very positive, said Mike Barker, assistant vicechancellor for infrastructure and operations.He said one of the main complaints is confu-sion with HeelMail’s added services, like calen-dar integration and a task list.“Most of those folks are accustomed to usingthe mail and using a reading environment justfor mail,” he said.Faculty and staff won’t be using HeelMail because of information security issues but arealso transitioning to a new platform calledMicrosoft Exchange.HeelMail is stored on Microsoft’s serversacross the country, while Microsoft Exchange,the faculty and staff email, is stored on servers within the University, McGuire said.This distinction was made because faculty email often contains sensitive information pro-tected by law.“It’s not a secure versus insecure distinction,”Barker said. He added that HeelMail could notguarantee the level of protection that the HealthInsurance Portability and Accountability Actrequires. About 3,500 faculty and staff have not yetopted into Microsoft Exchange, which is alsoreplacing Webmail, he said.McGuire said some students who work for theUniversity, such as student researchers, are alsorequired to use Microsoft Exchange because they could come into contact with sensitive data.Microsoft Exchange does not allow users toautoforward emails to another account.John Miller, a blind graduate student, said hecould not transition into HeelMail when he first visited the website because the menu was notcompatible with his screen-reading software.He said he contacted ITS and they eventually helped him with the problem.“They have a specific thing for screen readers which alleviates a lot of my concerns,” Miller said.
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Researcher to study breastreconstruction decisions
A UNC researcher will use afive-year National Institutes of Health grant to examine patients’decision-making process aboutpost-mastectomy breast recon-struction.Clara Lee, a UNC School of Medicine physician and scientist, will also evaluate the effects of reconstruction on body imageand patients’ quality of life.The career development awardtotals $862,700.
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Following more than 7,052 hours of work by more than 1,400 University students, faculty and staff, leaders of the Build a Block project will welcometheir first family this weekend.The project, organized by the UNCchapter of Habitat for Humanity, will house UNC Hospitals employeesand their families in 10 houses, all of which were built in the last year.In the fall of 2009, Habitat forHumanity Orange County approachedUNC student Megan Jones with thenews that a record number of UNCstaff had recently been approved forHabitat low-income housing.Out of that conversation, the Builda Block project was born.This weekend, after one year of work and more than $300,000 infundraising, community members andthose involved in the project will cel-ebrate the successful effort.Chancellor Holden Thorp willattend the dedication ceremony,as will UNC alumnus JonathanReckford, CEO of Habitat forHumanity International.Susan Bourner, director of devel-opment for Habitat for Humanity Orange County, said the project wasone of the largest such developmentsundertaken by a university in the U.S.She said the project represented a“paradigm shift” in the way universi-ties approach low-income housingdevelopments — building 10 housesin a year when the norm is two orthree.This summer, UNC Habitat chapter won Habitat for Humanity’s campuschapter of the year, which includeda $4,500 grant from State FarmInsurance.
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Lee is a plastic and reconstruc-tive surgeon. She said patients’decisions to have breast recon-struction should be personal, notinformed by race, geography orsocioeconomic status.The study will examine thosechoices.Lee is a member of the UNCLineberger ComprehensiveCancer Center and a recipientof a 2010 Lineberger PopulationSciences Award.
Joint hepatitis study showsshorter treatment is effective
A new study, conducted in part by UNC, found that a 24-weekhepatitis C treatment course is aseffective as a 48-week treatment.The study found that 92 per-cent of 24-week patients had nodetectable hepatitis C in their blood after treatment discon-tinued.Having that sustained viro-logical response is analogous toa cure.In the 48-week group, 88 per-cent had no detectable hepatitis Cafter treatment discontinued.Up to four million people in theUnited States have this chronicliver disease. Many will seek treat-ment for hepatitis C.Michael Fried, a profes-sor of medicine at UNC, was aco-author of the study, whichappears in the September issueof The New England Journal of Medicine.
Chapel Hill receives awardfor being bicycle friendly
The League of AmericanBicyclists has named Chapel Hilla “bronze bicycle friendly busi-ness.”The town was one of 111 new businesses that received theaward.Chapel Hill applied for the des-ignation to encourage bicyclingto and from work. The town has worked to increase bicycle friend-liness in the workplace.The town encourages bicyclingas a form of transportation by providing amenities such as bikecheck-out and workshops as wellas incentives for riders such asgiveaways.“We are happy to recognizethe Town of Chapel Hill for theirinvestment in bicycling as a vehi-cle for improved employee health,social responsibility and economicgrowth,” said Andy Clarke, leaguepresident.“Some of the most success-ful companies in the world areshowing that investing in bicy-cling is not only good for healthand sustainability but also the bottom line.”
Chapel Hill to host car-freeday to promote town health
The Town of Chapel Hill will be hosting a day without carsThursday.The day is part of Chapel Hill’seffort to reduce traffic congestionand improve air quality.The town is encouraging resi-dents to walk, scooter, rollerbladeand carpool instead of driving.Residents may also useChapel Hill Transit, a free bussystem that offers routes toanywhere in Chapel Hill andCarrboro. As part of Car Free Day, any-one riding Chapel Hill Transit onSept. 22 can ask the driver for a“car-free” sticker.The sticker can then be broughtto the planning department to be entered into a drawing for giftcards and other prizes.
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‘a peaCeful plaCe to rest’
By Katie Reilly
Evelyn Poole-Kober believes that every-one should have a peaceful place to rest,even after death.Poole-Kober, a UNC graduate, has been working to repair the once-abandonedMargaret Lane Cemetery in Hillsboroughsince 1985.She was honored Monday by the Townof Hillsborough for her work at the histor-ic cemetery, which includes uncovering oldheadstones and improving the landscape.“Everybody on the awards committeethought it was really important to recog-nize her since preserving history, especially something this important, is one of themost important things we try to do inHillsborough,” said Town Manager EricPeterson.The cemetery, also known as the OldSlave Cemetery, was used before the Civil War as a burial ground for slaves and blacks. According to a 2006 archeological sur- vey, the cemetery contains 151 graves.Poole-Kober said the cemetery wasovergrown and cluttered with trash whenshe first moved to Hillsborough.“People used to just hang out in thecemetery,” she said. “I was picking up trashevery Sunday.”In the early 1980s, she approached thetown and requested that they maintain theproperty.“I wanted it to be preserved and main-tained,” said Poole-Kober. “You don’t wantit to fall into disarray.” As secretary of the Margaret LaneCemetery Committee in the 1980s, Poole-Kober worked with the committee torepair the cemetery and research who was buried there.The committee’s most recent project was the creation of a monument thathouses three uncovered gravestones.The monument was unveiled inJanuary.District Court Judge Beverly Scarlettsaid she attended the dedication ceremony.“To finally have the work of the slavesand the slave descendants recognized ispowerful,” said Scarlett.“I hope it’s going to bring our commu-nity closer together.”One of the headstones in the monument belonged to a relative of Scarlett.Poole-Kober said the monument hasalready brought more recognition to thecemetery.“I see a lot of people stop by,” said Poole-Kober. “That’s nice to know that peoplenow are recognizing it as a place to see his-tory of the town.”Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens saidPoole-Kober’s work in the cemetery has been important to the town.“She is a real advocate for what she believes in about Hillsborough,” saidStevens. “She has been a champion.”
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The Build a Block model will bediscussed as an example of what ispossible from a college Habitat chap-ter at the Habitat for Humanity YouthLeadership Conference in November,Bourner said.Lauren Blanchet, co-director of theBuild a Block project, said the entireUNC community became involved.“Most people contributed to thisproject somehow, whether they bought a cookie at a bake sale, attend-ed our a cappella concert or signed upto the build,” she wrote in an email.“Our University can break down boundaries and come together tomake some positive change.”Blanchet added that the UNCchapter will not stop here, and hasambitions to continue working toprovide accommodation for families who need it.“The truth is, there are still fami-lies living in substandard housing inChapel Hill, and we believe that as acommunity we have a responsibility todo what we can to help them.” Ashley Gremel, a UNC student who volunteered for Build a Block, wrotein an email that going to the build sitegave meaning to the extensive processof organizing and fundraising.“Build A Block is Tar Heel pridetaken off the basketball court,” she wrote. “If you go to a build once, you will be hooked for life.”Franklin Niblock, co-chairmanof the UNC chapter of Habitat forHumanity, said it was nice to make adifference at home.He said Sunday’s dedication rep-resents the culmination of the entireproject, and it will be great to seeall of the different volunteers cometogether to celebrate.
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