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* *Board endorses $24 permits for scooters
* *Trustees welcome new chair, five new board members
* *Public Safety briefs Employee Forum on personal safety measures

Board endorses
$24 permits
for scooters





Scooter riders at the University will pay $24 for one-year parking permits as of Aug. 15, but broader questions about scooter parking and how scooter riding might be encouraged will likely undergo further study.

The Board of Trustees on July 23 agreed to the $24 fee after learning that failure to act would trigger a reversion to higher fees the board had approved in May (the permit regulations are a municipal ordinance already on file with the N.C. Secretary of State’s office).

The board reconsidered the original fees – which would have charged employees from $171 to $371, depending on their salary levels, and students $175 – in response to objections raised in the Carolina community.

Brian Moynihan, a graduate student in information science, created an online petition protesting the new fees and regulations. He told trustees the $24 fee was “a minor concession” to the 380 people who had signed the petition. A lingering issue, he said, was whether scooters should have to be parked in overcrowded lots now designated for motorcycles.

Moynihan said scooter riders were being treated much better at Duke and N.C. State universities. At Duke, scooter riders can park their vehicles in bike racks and can register their scooters for free, he said, and at N.C. State, scooter riders are free to park wherever they want and registration fees range from free to $5.

Moynihan also advocated that the University, with its emphasis on sustainable growth, be more supportive of this increasingly popular eco-friendly alternative.

Trustees Chair Bob Winston said the manner and substance of Moynihan’s presentation made it easier for trustees to listen to the argument with an “open ear.”

Chancellor Holden Thorp said the University would work to ensure that adequate parking spaces were available next year for both motorcycles and scooters. He also made it clear that encouraging and supporting the use of scooters would be reviewed in the coming year with the development of a new five-year campus transportation plan.

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Trustees welcome new chair, five new board members

Board of Trustees

New UNC Board of Trustees officers and trustees were sworn in July 23. From left, they are Barbara Hyde, vice chair; and new trustees Eddie Smith; Don Curtis; John Townsend III; Wade Hargrove and Felicia Washington.

New leaders at Carolina often acknowledge that they stand on the shoulders of those who came before. 

When Robert W. Winston III was installed as chair of the Board of Trustees on July 23, he spoke about the ways the Winston family had benefitted from its association with the University for more than 150 years.

Among the handful of students on hand when the University reopened after the Civil War in September 1875 was Winston’s great grandfather, Robert Winston of Bertie County, who narrowly lost out to his brother Francis in becoming the first student to enroll then.

“They raced to the Old Well to sign up,” Winston said, and Francis got there first.

Their older brother, George Tayloe Winston, was one of the six professors at Carolina at the time. He taught literature and in 1891 was named University president, succeeding Kemp Plummer Battle.

That sense of continuous improvement cannot be allowed to waver – even during hard times – Winston said, as he laid out his goals and objectives for the board. But there is nothing wrong with having some fun along the way, he added.

Winston

Winston

Winston, a 1984 graduate who serves as a director of the Research Triangle Foundation, has been a member of the board since 2003. The role of trustees, as it has always been, is to give back to the University by working to make it a better place than it was when they were students, Winston said.

He talked about the tough financial predicament the University faced, which will mean less state support in the foreseeable future and the resulting challenge ahead in learning how to manage with less.

“Hard choices have already been made but there will be more to come,” Winston said. “We must be strategically proactive by allocating our resources in a way that moves us ahead rather than be reactionary.”

He pointed to the recently completed Bain & Company efficiency study as well as the recommendations from the “Carolina: Best Place to Teach, Learn and Discover” initiative as crucial guidelines in that effort.

Winston also acknowledged the leadership of outgoing chair Roger Perry, pointing specifically to the vital role Perry played in helping the University reach a development agreement with the Town of Chapel Hill for Carolina North.

A board resolution commended Perry for “bringing people together, working toward consensus on sensitive issues and accomplishing what many thought was impossible through patience and an appreciation of the potential benefits for both the University and the community.”

Five new trustees were sworn in on July 22:

* *Donald W. Curtis of Raleigh, chair and chief executive officer of the Curtis Media Group, is a 1963 Carolina graduate. In 2005, he received the University’s prestigious William R. Davie Award recognizing extraordinary service to Carolina or to society.

* *Wade Hampton Hargrove of Raleigh, a national media attorney and partner with Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP, graduated from Carolina with honors in 1962 and earned his law degree here three years later.

* *Edward C. Smith Jr. of Grimesland, chair and chief executive officer of Grady-White Boats Inc., is a 1964 University graduate who with his family established the Edward C. Smith Sr. Family Carolina Scholars Awards. He is the former president of the Educational Foundation Inc.

* *John L. Townsend III of Greenwich, Conn., a former managing director and general partner for Goldman Sachs and Co., earned a bachelor’s degree in 1977 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1982 – both from Carolina. His family established the Townsend Freshman Seminars and the Townsend Family Professorship. 

* *Felicia A. Washington of Charlotte, a partner and lawyer who represents businesses in the area of employment law at K&L Gates LLP, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Carolina in 1987 before going on to the University of Virginia law school.

The sixth new board member, Jasmin Jones, was sworn in May 27 to fill the ex-officio seat held by Carolina’s student body president. The trustees also elected as vice chair Barbara Rosser Hyde of Memphis, president of the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation and director of the J.R. Hyde Sr. Foundation, and as secretary Phillip L. Clay of Boston, chancellor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Public Safety briefs forum
on personal safety measures

No one expects to be hit by lightning. Of course, most people know not to stand next to a metal pole during a thunderstorm.

Similarly, most people go to work each day not thinking that someone might enter the building armed with a weapon with the intention of killing them.

Connie Bullock, support services captain, and Lori Palazzo, lieutenant — both with the University Department of Public Safety — told Employee Forum members on Aug. 5 that it was perhaps no more likely that such an attack would happen to them as it was to be hit by lightning.

But it is no less impossible. Every day, somewhere around the world, someone is struck by lightning. And there are news stories all too often about a person entering a building with a gun and opening fire.

The first reaction for anyone who hears gunshots inside their building is surprise and fear, Palazzo said. The fear can quickly turn into panic and a descent into helplessness, she said. But if you have trained yourself to think about what you should do in this situation, you can commit to act.

Bullock went through the options to think through in advance – options he described as “get out, hide out and take out.”

After you figure out what is happening and where it is happening, your first thought should be to get out through an exit away from where the intruder is approaching.

“If you can get out, get out and get out fast,” Bullock said. “Don’t wait for others to validate your decision.”

As soon as you are out of the building, the next thing is to “call out” by calling 911 and giving the police as much detailed information about the situation as you can, he said.

Palazzo said it was important to be mindful, not fearful. There is a reason airline flight attendants tell their passengers before every flight where the emergency exits are located. Similarly, in your work situation, you should develop an idea of where the various emergency exits would be in the event of an attack.

If you cannot escape, Bullock said, cowering under your desk is seldom the best option. If you are in your office alone and hear the attacker coming down the hall, lock and barricade your door. And if your office has a window, think about throwing a chair through it and jumping out.

If you should find yourself face-to-face with the attacker, total commitment and absolute resolve will be critical to your survival, Bullock said.

The closest fire extinguisher can be a good weapon. With it, you can spray the assailant in the face to catch him off guard, or you can use it to “give him a lick upside the head,” he said.

“If I was in that situation, I would hit the assailant as hard as I could with the intention of taking him out with one shot,” Bullock said.

If you are in a roomful of people, develop a plan to act as a team before the intruder enters the room. Turn off radios and silence cell phones or pagers. And spread out, he said,  because it is easier to shoot people if they are huddled together.

“Don’t everybody sit on the floor and cower like sheep,” Bullock said. “Disrupt his actions or incapacitate him. Do whatever it takes and do it without hesitation.”

Palazzo said most situations like these end before police arrive.

However, if police arrive while the attacker is still loose, it is important for people to know that any person they encounter is a potential suspect.

If an officer points a weapon at you, your first response should be to raise your arms and spread your fingers to show that you have nothing in your hands. “Officers are trained that hands kill,” she said.

In other action
The forum’s only formal action was to ratify a letter from Chair Tommy Griffin to Chancellor Holden Thorp opposing a legislative proposal to reduce the employee tuition waiver program from three available classes each year to two. Griffin said although this was a legislative matter, the forum wanted to express its view.

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