FROM THE HILL
degree audit designed to make students'
advising appointments easier by providing
them with up-to-date information about
each student's completed classes, remaining requirements and options for fulfilling
"Certainly, [the new survey] shows
students are much more pleased than in
the past with the advising program and
services. We identified the problems,"
Gray-Little said the College of Arts
and Sciences plans to add additional
advising hours, improve the online
features and offer more programs to stu-
dents, especially those who are undecided
on a maJor.
NEW DIRECTOR SELECTED
FOR BLACK CULTURAL CENTER
The University has selected an administrator of an Atlanta research library as the new director for the Sonja Haynes Stone Black
Joseph Jordan has been the adminis-
trator for the Auburn Avenue Research
Library on Mrican-American Culture
and History in Atlanta since 1988. Prior
to that time,Jordan taught at Xavier
University, Antioch College and Howard
University and spent five years as a sen-
ior research analyst at the Library of
Congress, conducting research on
African nations for use in federal policy
'Jordan's background and experience
are ideal," Provost Robert Shelton said.
"He was the unanimous recommendation
by the search conmuttee, and we're
thrilled to have him."
The director's responsibilities include
working to build the new home for the
BCC, fund raising, setting programs and
engaging the faculty in the center and its
progranls, Shelton said. Ground was
broken in late April for a new $9 lmIlion
building for the BCe.
Jordan's appointment is pending the
approval of the UNC Board of Trustees
and the UNC System Board of Governors.
Late? Don't Blame
The Classroom Clock
The Bell Tower is nice landmark, but it can't compete with the accuracy of the newest clocks on campus. Last spring, tlle University installed lughly accurate "atonllc clocks" in
classrooms. The clocks look like standard wall clocks but receive a low-frequency
radio signal from the U.S. Atomic Clock in Fort Collins, Colo., allowing them to
keep accurate time to one-billionth ofa second.
"There is nothing atonuc at all about these clocks," said Jim MacFarquhar,
director ofbuildings services, pictured above. "The atomic part is the master clock
that sends out the signal."
The U.S. atOnllC clock, said to be one of the most accurate in the world, is
operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It keeps time by
counting the vibrations oflight given offby atoms in a glass tube.
The idea for the clocks came from foqrl,er Student Body President Brad
Matthews '01, whose platform included putting clocks in every classroom. After
rulirIg out electric and battery-powered clocks, University officials noticed an
advertisement for atonllc clocks in a magazine.
The high-tech clocks cost about $50 each. They were installed in more than
300 general-purpose classrooms.
Also, William "Sandy" Darity Jr. has
been selected to head UNe's Institute of
African American Research, the research
arm of the BCe. Darity is an economics
professor at UNC and the son of Carolina's first black doctoral graduate,
William Darity Sr. ' 64 (PhD).
HIGHER TEACH[NG LOAD
Professors in the UNC System would be asked to teach more classes to account for increased
enrollment under a measure being consid-
S ept e lllber / O c tob e r 2001