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BOE in violation of state laws Petitions should have been released “There’s certainly an open government By Andrew Dunn University Editor

sports | page 9 SHUT DOWN AGAIN The Tar Heels’ decisive win against Clemson on Wednesday increased the Tigers’ losing streak in Chapel Hill to 54 games.

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The Board of Elections has consistently violated state open government laws this school year, throwing much of its business in shadow and keeping the student body out of the loop in its decision making. Most recently, the elections board broke N.C. public records law and long-standing tradition by refusing to show The Daily Tar Heel candidates’ petition signature lists before they are checked by the board. Other infractions include closing meetings without just cause and ignoring several requests for documents and data. Public records law mandates that any document, with few exceptions, produced by a government entity be made public for anybody to see. It further stipulates that incomplete documents are pub-

lic records, and that government bodies must make them available as quickly as possible. “There’s certainly an open government argument to be made here,” former Student Body President James Allred said. Other student government officials agreed that its branches should be as transparent as possible. “It makes sense to not have a board like that dictate too much about what’s going on,” said former Honor Court Chairman Dan Cowan. “There shouldn’t be any times when there should be an issue (with transparency).” On Tuesday, the Board of Elections said it would not release the reports because they could harm the campaigns. The board said the petitions would be released in two days — this evening — once they had been reviewed.

Why transparency is important Why does student government matter?


Immediate review of the petition lists double-checks that the elections board makes the right decisions on who is placed on the ballot. The DTH pressed the issue to the student government adviser, Jon Curtis. His reasoning for not releasing the records was that the Board of Elections is not subject to public records law. A lawsuit by The Daily Tar Heel against UNC, settled by the N.C. Court of Appeals in 1998, clearly defines student government entities as subject to those laws. The DTH then sent the request to University Counsel. Mary Sechriest, associate University counsel, confirmed that the elections board is subject to public records law. She also said the information the DTH requested is a public record

and should be released. The information still was not given. The Board of Elections has similarly handled other open government issues since beginning work last semester, keeping the public unaware of its internal workings. In October, the Board of Elections illegally closed a meeting in which it discussed how much to fine student body president candidates Ashley Klein and Matt Wohlford for campaign violations. The N.C. open meetings law states nine specific reasons for which government meetings may be closed and mandates that officials cite their reason before closing the meeting. At the time, elections board

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Serves as the sole student voice on the Board of Trustees and in other administrative bodies. Serves as the primary liaison between students and administrators. Appoints the heads of committees, including those regarding town affairs and arts advocacy. Creates an on-campus parking plan for students.

What does the Board of Elections do? Counts petitions and determines which student election candidates go on the ballot. Enforces election regulations and determines fines for those who break them. Counts votes and declares winners in student elections.

What a transparent Board of Elections means to you … Ensures that student government leaders are democratically elected. Ensures that all candidates have a fair chance to enter races. Ensures that all students are able to vote.


dive | page 5 TIME CAPSULE PARTY

Fraley autopsy still not finished

Guests at the Felix Obelix EP release show Friday are asked to bring a small memento to put in a time capsule to be opened in 50 years.

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Investigations stalled by delay

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Committee changes faculty tenure policy Wednesday.

correction Due to a reporting error, Tuesday’s pg. 1 story, “Ongoing battle” incorrectly states where the annual Martin Luther King Jr. day march ended. It ended at First Baptist Church. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

this day in history JAN. 22, 1983 … Demonstrations and vigils take place for the 10th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortions.

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Crowds attempt to leave the National Mall via 18th Street after watching the presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Many spectators were turned away from the crowded mall, which extends a length of about two miles from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial.

D.C. masses shut out ticket-holders By Sarah Frier Senior Writer

Senior Kelly Shackelford landed one of the coveted tickets to Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. She thought she was set. But on Inauguration Day, as 6:15 a.m. turned into an even colder 10:30 a.m., she was still stuck in a tunnel under 3rd

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DTH ONLINE: View a slideshow of crowd shots from the inauguration festivities. Street in a wall-to-wall herd of people, in a clump-line set for a single destination. The human mass compressed forward, but it wasn’t progressing. The people had tickets, but they didn’t ever get seats. “Everyone was jostling and asking each other, ‘Do you know, have you heard? Can you see anything? Anybody know where this line is leading?’” Shackelford said.

Senior Kelly Shackelford had tickets to the swearing-in in an area that officials cut off access to. But there was no instruction and no explanation. A report from Senator Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, said that a decision was issued to cut off

access to Shackelford’s standing area, leaving thousands stranded without a view or a way to hear the ceremony. “These reports have prompted great concern by members of the Inaugural Committee,” Feinstein said in the statement. The Secret Service and the U.S. Capitol Police are investigating the situation. Senior Amanda Vaughn, who worked on Obama’s campaign and the Democratic National

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‘Darius’ advocates handicap access by Leslie Gordon

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When we asked for the release of the petition signatures, Board of Elections Vice Chairman Val Tenyotkin told our editors that Daily Tar Heel members are the only people who care. We know that’s not true. The 3,100 people who joined Facebook groups supporting student body president candidates prove him wrong. We know you care about who your student representatives are, and we hope that, consequently, you care that the board that oversees their elections operates honestly and transparently. Without that, we don’t know if the regulations that govern these elections are being followed. We don’t know if our representatives are democratically elected. We don’t know if your vote is counted. We’ll continue to advocate for open government on all levels. It’s your government. It’s your voice. You care.

The Board of Elections administers the elections for positions that wield a great deal of power at the University. What would it mean if you didn’t know that these positions were democratically elected?

What does the SBP do?

Gets $39 directly from student fees per year — about $1 million total. Audits and recommends purposes for more than $250 additional student fees per year — about $6.75 million. Distributes money to student groups, which often serves as their primary funding. Creates and executes rules that govern student life.

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Darius Weems and his friend Logan Smalley were watching the MTV show Pimp My Ride when they decided to take a cross-country road trip. They weren’t going to get a car pimped, though. They were going to pimp Weems’ wheel chair. Weems suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy — a disease characterized by rapid muscular degeneration­—the No. 1 genetic killer of children around the world.

The documentary will show at the Great Hall today at 7 p.m. The 12 guys who traveled across the country to raise money and awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and handicap accessibility knew it wouldn’t be a typical road trip. Weems had never been outside of Athens, Ga. “The idea evolved into, ‘why don’t we make a film and use it to raise awareness,’” said Barbara Smalley, mother of Darius’ friends Logan and Ben Smalley. They hit 20 cities in 23 days. “The bond you build with all the

guys in three weeks, that bond can never be broken,” Smalley said. Logan Smalley stepped up as the director and editor of the film, turning 300 hours of road trip footage into a 90-minute documentary on his laptop at home. The film screening is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week, to advocate equal access for handicapped people. Since its creation, the film, “Darius Goes West,” has won 28 film festival awards, making it the most decorated film of 2007. “No one expected these guys to

make an award-winning movie,” Barbara Smalley said. She now manages the “Darius Goes West” headquarters. She said Weems can grab a mic and explain his disease now, instead of shying away like before. Joshua Ford, a member of the Campus Y executive board helped bring the film to UNC. “The movie has a terrific message of Darius living life to the fullest and of idealism and friendship,” he said. “We wanted to show

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More than five months after the death of Chapel Hill High School student Atlas Fraley, officials have not told how he died. Fraley’s parents found him dead at home Aug. 12 after emergency workers visited earlier in the day. Fraley had complained of headaches and cramps in a football scrimmage that morning. He later described to emergency dispatchers fullbody pain and dehydration. But the public still does not know the cause of death because Atlas Fraley, 17, complained his autopsy has taken an unusuof feeling sick and called EMS ally long time, the day he died. experts said. Officials from the N.C. Office of Emergency Medical Services, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and Orange County say they can’t finish investigations surrounding his death until the autopsy’s release. Dr. John Butts, the chief medical examiner of North Carolina who is performing the autopsy, wouldn’t comment on the case. The length of time needed to complete a report varies, said Sharon Artis, case management supervisor for the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Autopsies usually take anywhere from 60 to 90 days based on the complexity of the case, said Clyde Gibbs, the medical examiner specialist for North Carolina. “As far as I can tell it doesn’t look like there are any specifics out,” Gibbs said. Toxicology scans and a histology have been performed on the body, Gibbs said. Dr. Kevin Whaley, the assistant chief medical examiner for Virginia, said toxicology results usually take about six weeks and they are

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he English-language textbook, “The speeches of Barack Obama,” sold more than 400,000 copies in two months in Japan. “Speeches by presidents and presidential candidates are excellent as listening tools to learn English, because their contents are good and their words are easy to catch,” said Yuzo Yamamoto of Asahi Press, which produced the book. “Obama’s is especially so. His speeches are so moving, and he also uses words such as ‘yes, we can,’ ‘change’ and ‘hope’ that even Japanese people can memorize.” The company plans to issue a sequel that includes Obama’s and John F. Kennedy’s inaugural addresses.

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today Curriculum information session: The Curriculum for the Environment and Ecology will discuss how environmental degrees will be administered through the College of Arts and Science. Previously, they were administered through the Institute for the Environment. Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Stone Center Auditorium

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Energy Information: The Orange County Department on Aging, with help from the N.C. State Cooperative Extension, will present several topics that should help people benefit from

energy conservation. For more information, contact The Seymour Senior Center at 968-2070. Time: 7 p.m. Location: The Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road. Lecture: Sam McCracken, general manager of Nike’s Native American business, will speak about diversity and corporate social responsibility. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Koury Auditorium, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Friday Study abroad fair: Representatives from all over the globe, past study abroad participants and study abroad advisers will provide information on UNC’s 270 opportunities in 70 different countries. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Student Union Great Hall Breastfeeding lecture: Miriam Labbok, Director of the Carolina for Breastfeeding Institute and Professor of the Practice of Public Health, will be speaking on “Breastfeeding: Is it a right or a responsibility?”

Time: noon to 1 p.m. Location: Gillings School of Global Public Health Celtic Jam: Accordionist David DiGiuseppe and multi-instrumentalist Rob Sharer will lead a night of jigs, reels and anything Celtic. Come and bring your tunes, songs, instruments or just come to listen. Tickets are $3 per person. Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Carrboro Century Center Play: “Jesus- The Teen Years” will be in its second weekend by Perihelion Theater Company. Directed by Julie Tomkovick, the play focuses on the undocumented teen years of Jesus and brings many laughs. Tickets are $15 and $12 for students and seniors. Time: 8 p.m. Location: Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist To make a calendar submission, e-mail Events will be published in the newspaper on either the day and the day before they take place. Submissions must be sent in by noon the preceding publication date.

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enior Hussam Eltayeb displays the Palestinian flag in the Pit on Wednesday with Students for a Democratic Society. Members of the group gathered signatures to protest Israel’s occupation of the Gaza Strip. They plan to send the petition to U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C.

Police log n   A Pittsboro resident was

charged with six felony counts of breaking into vehicles, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Travis Ray Lilly, 18, was arrested on Bolinwood Drive in connection with three cars which were reported broken into on Bolinwood early Monday, reports state. Lilly attempted to steal a contact lens case and wooden baton, valued at $0.50 and $16 respectively, reports state. Damage of $100 each to two of the cars also was reported. The breaking and entering comes after someone broke into six cars on Bolinwood Drive last week, causing $1,200 in damage, according to reports. It is unclear from reports if the two are connected. Lilly also faces misdemeanor charges of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of damage to personal property. He was taken to Orange County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail and was expected in court Wednesday.

n   Someone gained access through a window and stole $3,300 in electronics and a Vera Bradley bag valued at $85 from a building on Bynum Street, according to Chapel Hill police reports. n Someone broke into and started a fire in a Carrboro home Wednesday, according to police reports. The fire consumed the house on Barnes Street and the vegetation around it, reports state. n Police responded to a dispute Tuesday about whether a woman should be rolling up a ball of snow, according to Carrboro police reports. When police arrived, the arguers “went their separate ways,” according to reports. n Police received reports Tuesday of kids throwing snow balls at passing cars on N.C. 54, according to Carrboro police reports.




Who Can Study Abroad? Programs are available for all majors. Though most major classes must be taken here at Chapel Hill, there are program options for all academic and career paths. Study Abroad advisors help students choose an appropriate program and obtain course approvals from their departments.

study abroad fair

Friday, January 23rd 11am-4pm • Great Hall, Student Union

What about academics? Sevilla, Spain

Where are programs located? UNC programs and approved programs are available around the world in Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America and the United Kingdom. There are more than 300 programs in over 70 countries.

My Spanish improved and I learned how to better view issues from differing perspectives. My horizons were broadened more by this semester than by any other previous life experience.

Cape Town, South Africa

Summer 2009 Application Deadline February 12, 2009 at 4pm Fall 2009 Application Deadline February 19, 2009 at 4pm

All programs are approved for UNC credit, making it easy to stay on track for graduation. Students earn 12-18 credits per semester while abroad - the same as here on campus. Credits earned abroad can fulfill electives, general education requirements, perspectives, foreign language requirements, and major and minor requirements. Academic advising is a service of the Study Abroad Office.

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The Daily Tar Heel Correction

Due to a reporting error, in Friday’s pg. 3 story, “Former Clef singing on ‘Idol,’” Clef Hangers president Steven McQuaid was incorrectly referred to as Steven McLade. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Campus Briefs

Duke to award degree to former Chancellor Moeser Former Chancellor James Moeser will receive an honorary degree from Duke University at its May 10 commencement. Moeser is joined by three Nobel Prize winners, a pianist, a business executive, a Harvard University economist and Oprah Winfrey, who will also give the school’s commencement address. He is being recognized for his work at the University of NebraskaLincoln and UNC, including the creation of the Carolina Covenant.

Arts and Sciences, Nursing dean searches nearing end Searches for a deans of the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Nursing are nearing completion, said Provost Bernadette Gray-Little at the Board of Trustees’ University affairs committee meeting. She said the search committees are conducting “airport interviews” off campus and are starting to hold some on-campus interviews. Gray-Little also said the search for the dean of the School of Information and Library Science began this week, and that UNC has three finalists for the Renaissance Computing Initiative director.

Business professor receives GAA faculty service award The General Alumni Association awarded its Faculty Service award to Kenan-Flagler Business School professor Jim Johnson. Johnson serves as director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center, which is supported by the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC. The award honors faculty members who have performed outstanding service for the University or the association.


CHCCS will make up snow day, OCS delayed two hours Orange County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay today. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools have set a day to make up the Wednesday cancellation of class. The school day will be made up on Feb. 27, which was originally scheduled as a teacher workday. It also had been scheduled as an inclement weather make-up day. Students were already not scheduled to attend school Tuesday, when the area received snow.

Castillo hearing delayed due to illness of presiding judge


Fiscal climate calls for cuts No new Less revenue tightens UNC’s budget By Elly schofield

Assistant university editor

Though recent attention has UNC study: Lack of sexual been on state-mandated budget desire bad for female health cuts, the University’s financial A new study by UNC researchers and Proc ter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals found that women with low levels of sexual desire, often the result of menopause, are more likely to be depressed or suffer physical symptoms such as back pain and memory problems than women with higher levels of desire. The study found that women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder reported poorer health status and worse health-related quality of life than women without the disorder.

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problems extend further. UNC is operating at a loss, and the loss is growing. The University has also taken on $1 billion more in debt since 2003. Dennis Press, assistant vice chancellor and controller, presented a report to the Board of Trustees’ audit and finance committee Wednesday that detailed the University’s financial position. UNC ’s operating expenses exceeded its operating revenues for both 2007 and 2008. The operating loss for 2008 was 6.4 percent higher than in 2007. At the same time, the University

suffered a 35 percent decrease in total revenue. That number includes $146,650,000 in income from investments — a 53.8 percent decrease from 2007. T h e Un i v e r s i t y a l s o h a s received 14 percent less in total gifts from donors than this time last year. “Many times donors are not paying but are committing money,” said Matt Kupec, vice chancellor for University advancement. But the news was not all bad. Despite the decrease, Kupec said the commitments were encouraging. UNC has already been promised more than $146 million from donors this fiscal year. A report completed by Kupec’s office describes the current rate of

commitments — $31 million per month — as a “blistering” pace. UNC’s total commitments were second only to Johns Hopkins University for the month of November out of a list of 26 peer institutions. The state-mandated budget cuts still made up a significant part of the meeting, however. In response to a troubled economic climate throughout the state, UNC has already taken a 5 percent cut and was asked last week to cut another 1 percent from it’s budget. Dick Mann, vice chancellor for finance and administration, said there will likely be budget cuts of as much as 7 percent for fiscal year 2009. “We’re looking at how we’re going to take that reduction and we’re talking to the (academic departments),” Mann said. “We are certainly hopeful that it could

Gifts received from start of fiscal year Received as of Jan. 12, 2009: $132,355,933 Received as of Jan. 12, 2008: $154,038,389 Change: -14 percent DTH ONLINE: The trustees also discussed safety and campus construction projects. be on the lower side, 5 percent or less, but we don’t know.” He said he wasn’t sure whether the cut would lead to layoffs. “We can’t tell you which positions would be affected,” he said.

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Town working to maintain services By Thomas Pearce Staff Writer

Chapel Hill is attempting to maintain services, but the town is leaving tasks undone after a $2.5 million budget cut. As an order from the town Contact the University Editor manager requires that empty posiat tions remain vacant, officials have stressed that residents will not see a change in services because of the 5 percent budget cut. “The manager has asked us to make cuts that won’t affect service levels,” said Kenneth Pennoyer, director of business management. Pennoyer said departments were dividing the responsibilities left by vacant positions among current employees. But Pennoyer also said there is a limit to what existing employees can do. “When we leave positions open, we leave work undone,” he said. T h e C h a p e l H i l l Po l i c e Department has been unable to hire a crime analyst because of the cuts, said Capt. Chris Blue. Many but not all of the crime analyst’s duties have been covered by other officers, he said. “In our case, crime analysis calls for long-term planning and projection. Some of that’s probably not happening. In fact, I’m sure it’s not,” Blue said. Administrative positions in the police department are not being filled, but Blue said the department had little alternative. “Eighty percent of most departments’ costs are made up of personnel costs,” he said. “You’d have to cut a whole lot of paperclips and copy paper.” Chapel Hill’s Public Works Department is also leaving positions open. Operations Manager Richard Terrell said the department has four vacancies that will not be filled until at least July 1. The unfilled jobs, such as a management position in a billings dth/shannon church program or construction worker, Senior Gordon Schuit views the exhibit “Comic Stripped: A Revealing Look at Southern Stereotypes in Cartoons,” on display on the first will not have a direct impact on floor of Carroll Hall. The exhibit presents a variety of stereotypical views of the South, such as the widespread brewing of moonshine. services, Terrell said. “If we have a solid waste collector position vacant, we have to fill that,” Terrell said. “Some other open positions, like a construction worker, might slow down work but it won’t stop.” low along, you’ll see the story of Southern Tuesday’s winter weather added stereotypes as they’ve evolved.” a new complication for the departTwo of the comic strips, Snuffy Smith and ment, Terrell said. lots of people will get to see it.” Li’l Abner, were first published in 1943. Snuffy By TRIP Smith “The recent snow event, for Staff Writer Tom Hanchett, the historian who researched Smith is still printed today, making it one of instance, cost us a few thousand A new exhibit in Carroll Hall shows and created the exhibit for the Levine muse- the longest-running comics in publication. we had planned on saving,” he how long-standing Southern stereotypes um, said he has been interested in the depicKudzu, another comic in the display, was said. — those describing a land of slow-talking, tion of the South in comics his entire life. produced by former UNC journalism profesThe town implemented the 5 moonshine-swilling, poverty-stricken folks “I remember growing up and being fasci- sor and Hall of Fame member Doug Marlette. percent budget cut after projec— came to exist through comic strips. nated with Snuffy Smith and Pogo, and I’ve Marlette produced Kudzu from 1981 until tions that it will receive $1 million Through May, UNC will host “Comic noticed that people still expect to find these 2007, when he died in a car accident. less from sales tax than had been Stripped: A Revealing Look at Southern stereotypes when they come to the South,” Donald Shaw, a UNC professor of the histobudgeted. The $2.5 million cut Stereotypes in Cartoons,” an exhibit on loan Hanchett said. ry of mass communication, said the exhibit was will also provide a cushion for next from the Levine Museum of the New South The comics in the display address many an artistic depiction of the vital role Southern year’s budget, which is expected to in Charlotte. common themes from published depictions society has played in American history. have a gap of approximately $3.3 The exhibit focuses on six cartoons ­— Snuffy of the South, including nature, race, religion, “It’s impressive to be able to look at the origmillion. Smith, Li’l Abner, Pogo, Kudzu, The Mountain poverty, “womenfolk” and moonshine. inals and see the details of the drawings,” Shaw Town Manager Roger Stancil Boys and King of the Hill — and addresses the But Hanchett said that the playful exhibit said. “It’s quite an art to be able to do that, both said in a council meeting last week many Southern stereotypes that they depict. provides a useful spectrum to examine sig- to draw and also to get the story across. The that $2.2 million had already “It’s a fascinating and really cool exhibit that nificant ideas and undertones in the history exhibit shows a lot of how the Southern culbeen transferred into an account we think students will definitely like,” said Kyle of the southern United States. ture permeated the rest of the nation.” that requires manager approval York, communications director for the School “It’s a lighthearted way of dealing with to use. of Journalism and Mass Communication. “A something serious and important,” Hanchett Contact the University Editor lot of classes are held in Carroll 111, so we think said. “If you start at the title panel and folat Contact the City Editor at


Comics display looks at Southern stereotypes

Alvaro Rafael Castillo was due in court Wednesday but the hearing was postponed because the judge called in sick. Castillo, 21, is charged with firstdegree murder and nine additional charges. Prosecutors say Castillo killed his father, Rafael Huezo Castillo, on Aug. 30, 2006 at their home in Hillsborough. Castillo then drove to Orange High School and fired about 15 shots into an outdoor BY Tarini parti patio where students often ate Staff Writer lunch, prosecutors said. Orange County Commissioners Officials said the hearing will be are expected to discuss a new promoved to Friday at the earliest. gram that alerts federal authorities when the Sheriff ’s Office arrests Waste management to have any illegal immigrant. Starting this year, the county is different location Friday part of the U.S. Immigration and O r a n g e C o u n t y W a s t e Customs Enforcement’s Secure Management will have a different Communities program. It alerts the location starting Friday. federal government if undocumentThe brand new facilities are just ed immigrants are taken into sheriff’s on Eubanks Road, just west of the custody, but unlike other programs, Orange County Landfill. Secure Communities doesn’t initiate The new facility will include ser- deportation procedures. vices such as picking up new recyThe board wasn’t aware of the cling bins and wheel kits, getting sheriff’s decision to enroll in Secure a landfill permit, and purchasing a Communities, said Commissioner hauler’s license. Alice Gordon. Sheriff Lindy The phone number remains the Pendergrass will present to the board same, at 968-2788. County staff tonight to clarify the program for the requested in a press release that commissioners. any non-essential calls be delayed The Orange County Board of until after Friday. Commissioners passed a resolution against an ICE program in 2007, -From staff and wire reports called 287(g), which gives local police

Board to discuss ID program Alerts feds to illegal immigrants the right to initiate deportation procedures. Commissioners resolved that local authorities should not enforce federal immigration laws. Commissioner Barry Jacobs said he thinks the Secure Communities program complies with the 2007 resolution, but is unsure that it maintains equal human rights. “We want to be as unaffiliated with ICE as possible,” Jacobs said. “We don’t want to enforce a dysfunctional federal policy.” The Orange County Sheriff ’s Office could not be reached for comment, but counties across the state face similar dilemmas as ICE programs expand to Wake, Buncombe and Henderson counties. Margaret Misch, founder of the Orange County Bill of Rights defense committee, said she is concerned that the Secure Communities program might be repressive. “Bottom line is that it’s taking away what I consider to be equal rights for all residents of Orange

County,” she said. William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigrants PAC of Raleigh, said Orange County is using a “light touch”, and needs to adopt the 287(g) program instead. “Even liberal counties like Orange cannot ignore popularly supported immigration laws,” he said. Wake County partnered with the 287(g) program last November. “We had people coming in that I didn’t think were legal,” said Donnie Harrison, Wake County’s sheriff. “We were spending tax payers’ dollars on people we thought were legal.” Chatham County recently decided to decline to participate in 287(g). George Lucier, chairman of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners pointed out that only eight N.C. counties have joined the program. “If the federal government can’t control illegal immigration, then local law enforcement surely can’t,” he said.

Residents argue against Southern Village hotel By JoE Woodruff Staff Writer

Residents said Wednesday that a planned four-story hotel would eliminate parking, change the skyline and violate Southern Village’s sense of place. The majority of residents who spoke found fault with the proposed construction in Southern Village in a meeting with the Chapel Hill Town Council. Plans call for a four-story 120,000 square foot building that would be built over a parking lot on Market Street. Southern Village is a 312-acre development which includes retail, housing and recreational uses. “Ask any neighborhood in America if they would like a hotel,” said Southern Village resident Mark Humphrey. “I’m sure you know what the response is.” Some residents doubted the ecoContact the State & National nomic viability of the hotel itself. “What will happen when these Editor at

rooms are unoccupied? Could this become a Red Roof Inn or Motel Six?” resident Ayse Belger said. The hotel’s plans were originally six stories high. Council members said that they remained open to new development opportunities in Southern Village if they coincide with the community’s aesthetic. “I just can’t imagine what a fourstory hotel would do to the skyline,” said council member Laurin Easthom. Council member Ed Harrison said he would like to see an attractive alternative to the parking lot, but that the scale of the plan was too large. “This proposal would be a lot easier to swallow if it were smaller,” he said. Developers said the hotel would be a part of the organic development of Southern Village, a mixed

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thursday, january 22, 2009

National and World News Senate confirms Clinton for State

Student stabbed at Virginia Tech causes lockdown; suspect arrested

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — The Senate confirmed Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., to be President Barack Obama’s secretary of state by a 94-2 vote Wednesday after nearly a half a day of debate for an outcome that was never really in doubt. Some Senate Republicans raised concerns about potential conflicts of interest stemming from the international activities of former President Bill Clinton’s William J. Clinton Foundation. Other cabinet nominees expected to be approved later this week, include the nominee for Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner.

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech police confirmed a murder in the vicinity of the Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown Wednesday evening. A woman was stabbed and killed in the building, which houses more than 100 graduate students. VT police received a call at 7:09 and apprehended a male suspect at the crime scene. Campus police think the incident is a domestic dispute. They sent messages to students at 7:48 p.m. telling them that a murder had taken place at the building, known as the GLC. In the message, students were cau-

tioned to stay where they were. Police also told students in the message that the suspect was in custody. A spokesperson for VT police said the lockdown was initiated as a routine step to ensure the stabbing was an isolated incident. Police also sent e-mails to parents to communicate the incident. Campus police issued a second alert, telling students that they were allowed to return to the GLC if they were residents there, breaking the lockdown, though they were cautioned to avoid the area if they could.

Unknown powder Israel completes sent to the WSJ Gaza withdrawal

9-11 trials halted by an Army judge

CHICAGO (MCT) — More than 12 envelopes containing an unknown white and powdery substance have been sent to senior executives at The Wall Street Journal, and two floors of the newspaper’s New York headquarters were evacuated. Some of the envelopes are being isolated in the mailroom of the Journal’s offices in Lower Manhattan, while others already have been distributed to other parts of the building. Suspicious envelopes have been received in major newsrooms across the country in the past year, including at the New York Times and Reuters offices in New York.

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (MCT) — An Army judge on Wednesday ordered a 120-day freeze on the Sept. 11 capital conspiracy trial — a move sought by President Barack Obama but opposed by accused al-Qaida kingpin Khalid Sheik Mohammed, who asked again to plead guilty. Army Col. Stephen Henley halted the 9-11 military commission proceedings at midday, after a Pentagon prosecutor argued at the war court created by President George W. Bush that the trials themselves are the prerogative of the new commander in chief.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (MCT) — Israel pulled its remaining soldiers out of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday, 25 days after launching its offensive against the militant Islamic group Hamas, officials said. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni flew to Brussels, Belgium, to meet with European officials to defuse criticism over the war, which Palestinian officials said killed more than 1,300 people in Gaza, 40 percent of them women and children. Israel will also investigate whether soliders improperly used white phosphorus, a smoke screen that can cause serious burns.

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Inaugural adventures, from country to classy Two nights full of political festivities By Sarah Frier Features Editor

The idea was to party with the president. Either president, really. I became a member of the Texas State Society to get tickets to the Black Tie and Boots Ball, where George W. Bush celebrated his past two inaugurations. I’ve never even spent a day in Texas. I got a low price on Tuesday’s Purple Ball, which benefited the United Negro College Fund, because my mom is an elected official in California. Diversity, celebrities and education. Sounds Obama-y, right? I didn’t see any presidents. But I spent two nights surrounded by extravagance. You didn’t know whether people were important or not because they all donned tuxes or evening gowns, they all held their drinks just so, they all posed for pictures and fussed in bathroom mirrors. Everything is big in Texas, so I’m told, and their ball was no exception. Six ballrooms held about 15,000 people, dancing up a sweat to live music from country stars I hadn’t heard of. While Asleep at the Wheel was performing, some women chattered to each other about going to the ball across the way, where Denzel Washington was telling Texans how much he respected them after acting in movies set there. In fact, all the speeches from senators and congressmen told Texans how great they were. No b o d y m e n t i o n e d O b a m a . Nobody mentioned Bush. The event had its quirks: dozens of high school rangerettes dressed in short blue skirts, red shirts, white vests and boots; a giant black and purple cowboy boot in the entryway; the occasional person wearing a flashing horseshoe pin. Men and women alike wore boots with their formal wear. The Purple Ball was a different story. No quirks, just Hollywoodstyle class.

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Features Editor Sarah Frier attended the Purple Ball, a celebration of the inauguration benefiting the United Negro College Fund Tuesday.

You didn’t know whether people were important or not because they all donned tuxes or evening gowns, they all held their drinks just so, they all posed for pictures and fussed in bathroom mirrors. We arrived in our rental car among limousines. We passed film crews from Inside Edition and TV Guide, hoping to get a scoop on the ball that Ed Harris, Ashley Judd, Kate Walsh and John Cusack were attending, among others. “That’s the actress from ‘Fame’ holding the bathroom door! Remember that TV show?” a reporter gushed as jazz played smoothly in the ballroom. The aesthetically presented three-course dinner included foods I didn’t recognize: something from the broccoli family, a baked cheese and chicken stuffed with deliciousness — a far cry from the buffet-style meat on a stick, beef taquitos, chips

and salsa of the night before. Speeches extolled the virtues of education for minorities and support for service members’ families. Red and blue mixed is purple. So the Purple Ball’s message was unity, they explained. Some said, “Oh!” aloud as it made sense. Deidre Hall, of ‘Days of our Lives,’ asked the guests to rise from their dinner seats, join hands, close eyes and send mental wishes to President Obama, so that as he sleeps “he will feel us lying next to him.” They don’t do that in Texas. Contact the Features Editor at

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by jamie williams diversions editor

America’s had a big week. No matter your personal politics, there’s really no disputing the magnitude of what transpired. Chapel Hill musician Wendy Spitzer understands that as well as anyone, but instead of opting to discuss with friends over coffee, she has instead decided to involve the entire Chapel Hill community in what essentially amounts to a huge class portrait. Hoping to capture the temper of the times, Spitzer has organized what must be the most ambitious concert corresponding with the release of a debut EP in recent memory. In addition to tunes from her band Felix Obelix, Midtown Dickens and Billy Sugarfix, attendees are encouraged to bring an item to contribute to a time capsule which will be held at the historic Horace Williams House for 50 years. “I think now is the perfect time for something like this,” Spitzer said. “It’s three days after the inauguration and change is in the air.” Spitzer said she came to the idea for the event after considering the themes of Felix Obelix’s debut disc. “All the songs I wrote seem to center on the theme of a misremembered past,” she said. “I really wanted the show to center on that. When people are thinking of what they will bring, I’m hoping that they will be in the frame of mind.” If the prospect of picking one item to represent your current situation in life seems daunting, Spitzer understands your concerns, saying that she’s heard from plenty of friends who are concerned about what to bring. Spitzer, for one, seems to be taking a practical approach, saying that among other things, she will include a DVD player. That soon-to-be-outdated bit of technology will be used by future Chapel Hill residents to view videos made by concert attendees. Carrboro’s Minnow Media will bring a video booth where people can present a more tangible, less material representation of Chapel Hill in 2009 by interviewing themselves in the booth. “I think the video booth is going to be a cool way for people in the future to identify with people of the past. To really see them,” she said. To help with the event, Spitzer has received a grant from the Orange County Arts Commission and support from the Chapel Hill Preservation Society. Ernest Dollar of the Preservation Society said that the event fits their mission perfectly. “We thought it was a natural partnership,” Dollar said. “Our mission is to preserve Chapel Hill’s character, and this sort of snapshot is a perfect way for people to take stock of the present.” With that said, Dollar, a historian and steward of Chapel Hill’s culture, said he still isn’t sure what he’s going to include in the time capsule. “In 50 years when people open this, it will be like they are climbing back into our heads,” Dollar said. “It’s a lot to think about, but suspect there will be a lot of Obama stuff.” The timing of the show only three days after President Obama’s inauguration was mostly a coincidence, said Spitzer, who has been planning this event for close to six months. She added that a renewed sense of optimism and reflection plays perfectly into the theme of the evening. With all that’s going on, it might be easy to forget that there will actually be music played. But Spitzer certainly hasn’t, noting that her nerves have been steadily building as the show approaches. “This is my first time fronting a band,” Spitzer said, although some may remember her from her time with Chapel Hill’s Eyes to Space. “I’ve been putting this band together for about a year and a half. I wanted to do this in a big way, so now I guess the pressure’s on.” If Spitzer is feeling some degree of pressure, she’s doing nothing to keep as many people as possible from seeing her perform. Operating on the logic that in order to create a true representation of the community, you have to include as much of that community as possible, Spitzer has taken every conceivable step to make sure that the event is as inclusive as possible. “I made sure it would be all ages, I put up like 25 fliers in Spanish, I hope people will come and bring their families,” Spitzer said. “I really want this community building element to come together, and if I can sell out the run of 60 EPs, that would be pretty awesome too.” Contact the Diversions Editor at

FELIX OBELIX EP The self-titled debut from Felix Obelix starts slowly, with a lonely horn rising among flourishes from a vibraphone. And that’s the calmest moment of the record. After the levee breaks, Wendy Spitzer’s voice takes the lead, soaring above the ornately orchestral arrangements of brass and woodwinds as well as drums and accordion. It’s a record that has more depth and complexities housed within its four tracks than many pack into a full-length. It certainly rewards close attention and repeated listens with instrumental flourishes often hiding just below the surface.

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In the mold of Felix Obelix’s goals with its EP release party, the EP itself was a community effort, bringing together an incredible amount of musicians to create these songs, which it seems have been allowed to grow and flesh themselves out, both in Spitzer’s mind and through the process of recording. The songs move with speed and energy, rising and falling on the power of Spitzer’s vocals. It’s certainly a record of little joys and big shifts, complexities and obvious attention to details. It will draw you in, and the attraction only gets stronger with repeat listens. -Jamie Williams

BOTTOM LINE: Ornate arrangements give way to epic vocals on Felix Obelix’s selftitled debut EP.





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sibly more impressive. As guitars jangle out oppressive sunshine, Simone uses her razor sharp voice to express pure distaste that just barely makes it above the music that’s so tense, it seems more like it’s insisting on happiness than actually expressing it. It plays right in with the anticapitalist lyrics about Dyagileva’s struggles with fame. Like a foreign film where each shot is pieced together so well that subtitles aren’t necessary, every song here expresses itself so well -Jordan Lawrence musically that words aren’t important. It works as well as a purely Alina Simone instrumental album as it does with a translation in front of you. By that token, Simone has given an American audience the clearest perspective possible on one of Russia’s best songwriters. And for that, listeners owe her a great debt.

the endless energy that his band stacks behind him. Throwing postmodern rage on the back of this classic rock locomotive makes for a record that perfectly represents the deliciously self-righ-Jamie Williams teous anger that comes when youthful romanticism has been bent so far Titus Andronicus it finally decides to fight back. It’s aggressive, expressive and irresistibly fist-pumping, and it’s one of the hardest-hitting and best debut records heard in a while.

Newman seems to fit that bill perfectly. This sounds like a record he’s been waiting to make for a long while, and now that his work is finally out, it truly is a joy to hear.

Get Guilty pop/rock

There is a palpable sense of joy that runs just through Get Guilty, the sophomore solo effort from A.C Newman, an artist best known as the founder of uber-collective The New Pornographers. On Get Guilty, the guitars jangle and Newman sings with the sort of exuberance that is often missing from the overly self-serious world of the singer-songwriter. And despite the single man with guitar configuration, Newman isn’t so much of a singer-songwriter as he is a band leader who is simply missing his band. There are no confessions, no love letters and most of the lyrics remain ambiguous. “Like a Hitman, Like a Dancer” (it beats Brandon Flowers, sorry) stands out as the clear single with its frantic acoustic punches keeping clear time as Newman shouts with joy, reflecting – I think – on the human condition. There are still plenty of the elements that have led the New Pornographers to prominence and critical acclaim, but whereas that group’s last few albums have tended to be more experimental, Get Guilty is stripped of most of those elements in favor of acoustic arrangements. Newman’s voice is the real star of the release, though. He sounds joyful, exuberant and playful, working over the words with a sense of freedom earned after years of critical hits with the New Pornographers. It’s always nice to find a record that finds its maker at peace with his work, and above anything else,

The Airing of Grievances

-Jordan Lawrence punk rock

You’d be hard-pressed to find an angrier record from 2008 then The Airing of Grievances, which is being re-issued this week on XL Records. Not that it’s really depressing or intimidating, but every song on Titus Andronicus’ full-length debut resounds with the kind of anger that only comes in those infrequent, irrational moments when everything in life seems to be going wrong. And to this end, the New Jersey band’s attack is perfectly tuned. Borrowing from Springsteen and The Replacements in equal measure, Titus Andronicus uses the bright anthemics of folksy arena rock to carry the venomous aggression of front-man Patrick Stickles far beyond the short bursts of punk rock it would seem more ready for. And let me tell you, Stickles sure knows how to spit some fire. “Now the way we hold each other so tight would look more like a noose if held up to the light,” Stickles screams in album opener “Fear and Loathing in Mahwah, NJ” with enough fervor to remind the happiest man of the times in life when all seemed to be lost. But what makes Grievances special is the contrast between the doom and gloom of Stickles’ imagery and

The Gourds Haymaker! americana

Everyone Is Calling Out to Me Beware Chamber pop

I would like to apologize. Because of short staff and space issues, Dive overlooked this album when it came out this summer. But luckily I can praise it now in hopes that you’ll go to Alina Simone’s show Saturday at the ArtsCenter. Simone was born in Ukraine, lived for a time in Chapel Hill, and has now moved to Chicago has produced a batch of covers of Russian folk-singer Yanka Dyagileva. And though the songs are sung in Russian and many listeners will not have heard of Dyagileva, Simone’s ever-amazing voice and the possibly more amazing arrangements ensure this isn’t a problem. So much emotion is poured into the music and singing that words aren’t terribly important. On “Beware” a pummeling acoustic guitar line plays as an electric one slinks along in the background Simone releases her lines quickly with smoldering intensity before a blazing guitar solo rips the song in half. It’s the exact sound of the “the declaration of war onto all four strings” that the lyrics are telling the listener to fear. And the job done on “Sold” is pos-

The Gourds’ Haymaker! is a rollicking album, and the combination of raspy vocals, electric guitar, and string instruments create a fusion best described as rock ‘n’ bluegrass. Songs such as “The Way You Can Get” seem to have been influenced by 1970s country-rock bands. However, songs such as the catchy, harmonicainfused “All the Way to Jericho” illustrate that there is also an element to the Austin-based band’s sound that is entirely their own. The use of electronic sound effects in the song “New Dues” makes the song stand out. However, while the album is an enjoyable listen, it is not groundbreaking by any means. It is another Americana/alternative album that resonates with “good ol’ boy” camaraderie and seems at times to be a little self-indulgent. And while the songs are for the most part upbeat, after listening for some time, the songs all tend to blend together in a muddle of down-home vocals, fiddles, and mandolins. Haymaker! will not be enjoyed by those who dislike country music or happen to have piercing headaches at the time of listening to the album. Ultimately, the album is neither terrible nor extraordinary, but rather falls somewhere in the middle. -Cassie Perez

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Daniels makes it back to Chapel Hill By Jordan Lawrence Assistant Diversions Editor

David Karsten Daniels is a restless guy. In his life he has found it difficult to remain in one place for too long. In his music he constantly bounces from genre to genre and theme to theme. And during an interview with him, it was nearly impossible to keep him nailed down to one topic. “I think that I have a little bit of a itch to scratch,” he said. “That can show itself in terms of wanting to move around a lot, or it can show itself in terms of wanting to take different kinds of music styles and put them in a pot together. “Both kind of come from the same inability to sit still.” It’s an itch that leads Daniels, whose nomadic travels recently led him through a stint in Chapel Hill working in Davis Library, to use his talents not just for the singersongwriter pop of his records. Daniels also takes part in such diverse projects as film scoring and a recent collaboration with Fight the Big Bull, a jazz collective from Richmond. And though Daniels’ recent marriage has taken him away from Chapel Hill and on to a short stay in Seattle before finally settling in Ashland, Ore., he will return Saturday for a performance at Local 506. “I like the Pacific Northwest a lot in general,” he said. “It’s really pretty. Not that North Carolina isn’t. I like the trees.” But a move and a marriage haven’t been enough to slow Daniels’ creativity. In addition to his other projects, Daniels is also writing songs for another album despite having released two records in the past two years. “I just started work on a new album that’s going to be about rabbits,” explaining that he just got one as a bet. “It’s my first pet since a dog when I was a kid that didn’t work out really well.” The theme of caring for another creature should prove a great fit for the bruised, orchestral folk that Daniels has already wound around phenomenal break-up songs with

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2006’s Sharp Teeth and the dread of death on 2007’s Fear of Flying. “I’ve had the most success with writing about something that’s very close by or close to myself,” he said. “I don’t think that I’ve ever been a particularly nurturing person, and I think having to care for something little and defenseless like that necessitates some sort of tweaking of one’s outlook with regards to other living things.” And though things are going smoothly for him in his new home, Daniels said that he’s still excited to come back to town. “I’ve played a lot more shows in the Triangle than anywhere else, but I haven’t played any of the songs from the new record,” he said, adding that he has a nonmusical reason for his enthusiasm. “I’m excited to get some ceviche at Carrburritos. I’ve been missing that.” Contact the Diversions Editor at


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My Bloody Valentine 3-D

“My Bloody Valentine 3-D” is a movie that lives in a world of horror clichés, in which jump scenes abound and being an amorous teenager is pretty much a death sentence. Most of the films that so blindly adhere to these slasher-cinema staples fall flat on their faces, but somehow “Valentine” manages to be a damn fun way to kill a couple of hours. In the small town of Harmony, the only survivor of a coal mine cave-in awakens from a coma and goes on a killing spree with a pick axe, only to be buried alive in the

very mine he once escaped from. Ten years later, Tom Hanniger (Jensen Ackles), whose negligence was blamed for causing the initial mine accident, returns to town and the gruesome murders begin again. “My Bloody Valentine” more than makes up for its generic plot with a body count that even Rambo would envy. There is sex, violence, and severed heads galore (which for some reason makes this the perfect date movie), and even a few moments that are legitimately tense, although all of them end with delightfully over-the-top murders that prevents any lasting terror from developing. Unfortunately, the movie can’t really sustain the campy premise for its entirety, and even at a runtime of 101 minutes, it seems a little bloated. The ending is particularly weak, throwing in a curve ball twist that will have most audiences rolling their eyes and feeling a little cheated. Still, “My Bloody Valentine” pays homage to the heyday of slasher movies, and at no point does it try to be anything other than gross-out horror for the sadist in all of us. In this age of Eli Roth and his “torture-porn” genre and a flood of horror remakes, “Valentine” is a refreshing and fun trip back to the gory past.


“Defiance” tells the amazing story of World War II Jews in Belarus, one of the first areas invaded by Nazi Germany, and their struggle to escape persecution and survive together in the wilderness. Under the leadership of the Bielski brothers, the refugees can scarcely scratch out a living and barely are able to maintain a stable way of life. But as the group grows in size, the brothers have a harder time avoiding detection from the Nazi soldiers and an even harder time -Mark Niegelsky keeping everyone in the commu-

nity alive. Director Edward Zwick has succeeded in turning the plight of the semi-forgotten into movie magic in films such as the classic “Glory” and the incredibly intense and punch-in-the-gut powerful “Blood Diamond.” But while “Defiance” doesn’t become the umpteenth exploitation of the Holocaust, it fails to create the lasting impression you’d expect. Rather, it is a truly interesting story that doesn’t shamelessly dramatize the true story it’s based on, but doesn’t create a worthy impact either. The script is unspectacular. Daniel Craig (yes, the blonde James Bond is playing a Jewish man) is satisfactory, but simply doesn’t have the chops to elevate the film any further. But he does, of course, deliver enough poutylip stares to put Zoolander to shame. “Defiance” doesn’t take many risks, and because of this it doesn’t sport many immediately apparent flaws. But as a result, the film’s execution doesn’t pack as much punch as the story alone does. It’s a good film – if anything, maybe half an hour too long, but good. But don’t expect “Schindler’s List” – just a great story told pretty well. -David Berngartt

Album from the Vaults: The Beach Boys, Today! : Granted, Pet Sounds is their best record, but1965’s Today! is the best compromise Brian Wilson ever made between artistic ambition and his killer sense of fun. Sporting such gems as the frothy “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “Please Let Me Wonder,” the group’s best break-up song, it’s a classic with enough youthful energy to jump start you from your early semester lull.

Movie from the Vaults: “The Deer Hunter”: This best picture winner of 1979 isn’t exactly what you would call an uplifting watch. But its honest and graphic take on the effects of the Vietnam War on a group of friends and the industrial town in which they live is powerful and moving. Also, check out a young Christopher Walken.

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It’s not very clear that Sam Mendes knows what he’s doing with “Revolutionary Road.” Of course, what he’s trying to do is make a movie about how soulless suburban America was in the 1950’s. And what made it horrible, as he puts his finger on thematically, was how homogenous and predictable it all was. But his film can’t figure out if it wants to be predictable and pasty itself (perhaps in self parody, or perhaps just in poor artistry), as it often is, or if it wants to be the same kind of excessive melodrama that Mendes’s other suburbia film, “American Beauty,” unfortunately perfected. The result is a lopsided movie that lacks most feeling of directorial control. The story follows the disintegrating marriage of the Wheelers, a young suburban couple (Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet). Despised careers, extramarital affairs, and frustrated housewife ambitions provide the backdrop to this solid narrative. Most of the movie’s control problems boil down to the script and the acting. The first of these problems is considerable. At times unintentionally funny, at others droning in tedious monologues, the script lacks the kind of subtlety that would have been most effective. It’s like getting hit in the head with the cinder block of suburban America. But everyone who’s lived there knows that suburbia

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isn’t a cinder block; it’s a quiet Quaalude. Then there is Winslet, whose entire presence in the film is problematic. Not only does she spend the whole movie overacting, but she carries a countenance that is nearly impossible to describe; it looks like a cross between overblown earnestness and mild constipation. Whatever it is, it prevents her dramatic monologues from being taken seriously. Mendes also mishandles her character entirely. Knowing his penchant for suburban clichés, one would think he would turn this housewife into a feminist martyr to American paternalism, which he tries at first. He gets lost along the way, however, and ends up with a female lead who is impossible to sympathize with: an irascible bitch, and a bad mom to boot. Though it provides some nice character complexity, one gets the feeling that this wasn’t what Mendes wanted. There are enough high points to keep the movie from sinking entirely, including two brilliant appearances by a local lunatic (the son of the Wheeler’s neighbor) who exposes the great suburban fraud in an uncharacteristically well-

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album’s best song. Merriweather brims with excitement and enthusiasm as it parades its way along and is undoubtedly some of the band’s most focused and thoughtful work to date. Animal Collective has crafted a powerful and adventurous record that clearly defines where the band has come from and where it wants to go. Contact the Diversions Editor at

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Love Language catch a ride on the fast track by ben pittard staff writer

As Carter Gaj snags the phone, he off-handedly comments that he’s airing out his feet on the drive to Boston. “It’s really cold man, it’s a really cold tour…it’s important to try and stay dry,” he said. Gaj, filling in for Josh Pope on bass for the tour, also plays for local act Max Indian. “It’s fun to waltz into a band that’s already holding it down,” he said on joining the band on the road. Gaj isn’t the only one that has had the comfort of walking in on something already in motion. Frontman and songwriter Stuart McLamb has been holding it down for the past two years, slowly evolving a series of bedroom demo tapes into what is to be The Love Language’s debut album, tentatively due for release around St. Patrick’s Day. “The record was a funny thing,” said Lamb. “It was me doing songs but it was like I was making something for myself. I wasn’t thinking about making a record,” he said. “I just kept recording on that 8-track and it piled up and it turned into a record.” Lamb describes the song “Lalita,” the album’s first single, as defining

the lo-fi sound of the band. “With the song it just turned out so nice that I was really impressed. Not that I’m especially talented, but it’s one of those moments like riding a wave,” he said. “After I did that I knew I didn’t want to re-record this song and that sort of set the standard for the rest of the album.” As the number of demos piled up, the band began to slowly form around McLamb’s bedroom project. What started innocuously as a personal endeavor blossomed into a seven-piece indie-pop ensemble. Missy Thangs, one of the band’s two keyboardists, described her initiation as “totally serendipitous.” Serendipity has followed The Love Language as it has rapidly come to prominence in the local scene with an album release on the horizon and the present East Coast tour accompanying the Rosebuds at prestigious venues such as New York’s Bowery Ballroom. “It makes one stop and think a little bit,” said drummer Tom Simpson. “We had a situation with the drums (at the Bowery) and they

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aya Angelou speaks Wednesday to a packed Memorial Hall audience in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., “the man who loved us all.” She sang an old hymn called “Look Where We’ve All Come From” and emphasized King’s importance to all Americans.

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kylar Gudas of Carrboro’s Harmute plays at the band’s CD release party Jan. 13 at the Nightlight. The group of students has occasionally been playing its brand of literate indie rock in and around Chapel Hill and Carrboro for a few years. Vinyl Records signees Lake Inferior played as well, bringing its kinetic brand of rock to the stage in preparation for its own Contact the Diversions Editor at CD release show on January 30. To the delight of everyone, cupcakes were also served.

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Workers go back to school N.C. community “Whenever there is an economic downcolleges favored turn, people turn to community colleges.” PEGGY BEACH, SENIOR INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST FOR N.C. COMMUNITY COLLEGES

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As recession has hit both blueand white-collar workers, many are heading back to school to acquire new employable skills. C o m m u n i ty c o l l e g e s f a c e increased enrollment and tighter budgets as the newly unemployed go back to school. “Whenever there is an economic downturn, people turn to community colleges,” said Peggy Beach, the senior information and communications specialist for N.C. Community Colleges. While exact numbers have not yet been tabulated for this semester, 49 of the 58 North Carolina community colleges saw major enrollment increases in the fall and expect even larger increases Contact the City Editor this spring, she said. at “We’re seeing obviously displaced workers,” said Megen George, director for external affairs and marketing for N.C. Community Colleges. President of Wake Technical Community College Stephen Scott said some employees who have lost

their jobs in banking and financial services, manufacturing and construction are coming to community colleges. Scott said about a quarter of the college’s students already have a university bachelor’s degree or higher. The average student’s age is 34, he said. Many students continue to work part-time in addition to studying, Scott said. Scott said the fastest growing program at Wake Technical Community College is video gaming and simulation. Other programs experiencing growth include automotive technologies and nursing, as well as some labor-intensive jobs such as welding. “Our auto program is full,” Scott said. “Our graduates can come out and make as much as $50,000 in the first year.” Scott said the college was trying to train students for the niche industry of hybrid cars and alternative fuel vehicles, which would

give them a competitive edge in the market. As community colleges attempt to match the demand in the industry, many are running into obstacles. The nursing program at Wake Technical Community College cannot enroll all of the students seeking nursing training due to budget constraints, Scott said. “The state has a shortage of health care workers, teachers and welders,” Beach said. Satisfying the demand for these degrees is difficult, especially when there are no budget increases for the higher enrollment numbers, George said. “We stretch because we want to educate all of these people because they are our future when the economy does turn around,” George said. “We are providing the training for a post-recession economy.” Contact the State & National Editor at



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Tar Heels make it 0-54 Ellington comes up big again careerfor Tigers in Chapel Hill Notches high seven assists MEN’S BASKETBALL Clemson UNC  By Mike Ehrlich

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Danny Green first bobbled the ball at the top of the key. Then after a drive into traffic, he lost it again — right into the waiting hands of Tyler Hansbrough, who deposited it for a bucket. It was that kind of half for the No. 5 Tar Heels, who turned a five-point halftime lead into a 94-70 laugh of a top-10 showdown Wednesday, on the way increasing UNC’s Chapel Hill win streak to 54 straight against Clemson. Wayne Ellington came out on fire and never cooled off, and his 25 points and career-high seven assists were just the latest installment in a Clemson-haunting career. “When Wayne is knocking down shots like he always has been against Clemson — he’s becoming the Clemson guy for us — it makes it a lot easier,” Green said. The Tar Heels (17-2, 3-2 ACC) struggled early to defeat the Tigers’ press and committed several turnovers. But late in the half, things started clicking. All told, it took less than eight minutes of game time to turn a 38-36 Clemson lead into a 60-42 UNC advantage. Ty Lawson had four points and four assists in a 24-4 UNC run that spanned halftime and put the Tar Heels on top for good. In fact, during one part of the streak, UNC scored on nine straight possessions. “That’s when the crowd was the loudest, and when we were playing best on defense,” Lawson said of the big UNC run. “When we see those little spurts in the game, we

“Even when I do leave here I still want the streak going. I don’t want them to win here, ever.”

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ty lawson, UNC Junior just have to take advantage of it, like we did today.” Lawson finished with 16 points and a seven-to-two assist to turnover ratio — a category in which he continues to lead the ACC. When No. 10 Clemson (16-2, 2-2 ACC) came out of halftime and set up in a zone defense, it would have been easy for North Carolina to settle for a series of 3-pointers early in the shot clock. Instead, the Tar Heels were patient with the ball, penetrating into the heart of the zone and converting easy buckets. It didn’t help Clemson’s cause that the team came out of the locker room ice cold to begin the second period. The Tigers wound up shooting just 28.6 percent in the second half. UNC coach Roy Williams said his team closed out on jump shooters better in the second period, but that Clemson also just couldn’t find the range. “They didn’t shoot the ball particularly well in the second half,” Williams said. “I’d like to think that our defense was part of it, or the pace of the game.” Hansbrough was hounded early and even had a tooth knocked loose in the first half. But the tenacious senior clawed his way to 14 secondhalf points. He and Deon Thompson, who added 15 in the game, controlled the paint against Trevor Booker,

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Ty Lawson continued his good form against the Tigers, proving why he has the best assist-turnover ratio in the conference with a 7-2 mark.

and UNC doubled up Clemson in points in the paint. Clemson sharpshooter Terrence Oglesby kept pace with Ellington for most of the contest, but as the rest of the Tigers, he met with a lot of iron in the second half. He finished with 22 points. With the win, UNC climbs above .500 in the ACC for the first time this season and continues to give Clemson fits. UNC now leads the all-time series by a 122-19 margin and has the longest home winning streak against an opponent in NCAA history. “I want to keep it going,” Lawson said. “Even when I do leave here, I still want the streak going. I don’t want them to win here, ever.” Contact the Sports Editor at

Two plays into North Carolina’s matchup with Clemson, the Smith Center already had turned into the O.K. Corral. Clemson’s Terrence Oglesby came out guns blazing, hitting the mark from deep on the game’s first possession. Answering him was Wayne Ellington, barely 20 seconds later, with a trey of his own. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the shootout. “We were both just in the flow of the game,” Ellington said. “(Oglesby is) a great shooter, and he got some open shots.” Oglesby gained the upper hand early by scoring eight of Clemson’s first 12 points, including one 3-pointer that came after faking Bobby Frasor almost out of his shoes. The Tigers’ senior shooting guard spent most of the night doing his best Clint Eastwood impression — the steely-eyed guard brought out all the stops, including a lethal shot fake that frequently sent Tar Heel defenders flying by. But it seemed as though for every Oglesby shot, there was an answering salvo from Ellington’s silky-smooth strike. During one stretch, the junior guard scored two points and then assisted on three straight buckets. To cap it all off, Ellington came away with a loose ball and laid that in for another deuce — some of his 16 first-half points. That Ellington was able to put up those kind of numbers might seem surprising — all eyes were on Ellington every time he touched the ball. After all, he’s burned Clemson, before. His career against the

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Wayne Ellington had another monster game against Clemson, scoring 25 points and seven assists. “I’m more excited about the assists,” he said. Tigers stands at 24.2 points per game, and no one in orange and purple will forget his overtime game-winner to bury the Tigers in Clemson last year. Didn’t matter. Ellington still racked up a game-high 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting. “Maybe he doesn’t like that color orange,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “Some styles of games suit certain players, and it’s up and down, people seem to find Wayne. Wayne’s a shooter.” Ellington certainly seemed to thrive on the pace. In addition to his 25 points, he also registered a career-high seven assists and pulled down six boards, three of them on the offensive end. He also went 5-for-6 from the free throw line. “With (Clemson’s) press, it’s easy to find guys on the wing or in the post,” Ellington said. “I’m more excited about the

seven assists (than the points). That’s a career high for me.” Just as Ellington and Co. were finding their groove in the second half, Oglesby and Clemson were running out of ammunition. Oglesby went cold, shooting 1-for-11 in the second period. And with Oglesby, so went the Tigers. As Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Deon Thompson started to go to work, Ellington could only smile his trademark sheepish grin and shake his head with the knowledge that his team was just too good. Meanwhile, Oglesby’s head sunk lower and lower after each near miss. “We were putting some pressure on him,” Ellington said. “We were making him take harder shots, and I think that takes a toll on him.” Contact the Sports Editor at

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released before the final autopsy. Atlas Fraley’s toxicology results have not been released despite multiple requests. Gibbs said the complexity of the death often influences the time needed to complete the report. He said the case loads of the examiners can also push back release dates. “He might be trying to investigate something more,” Gibbs said. “There’s nothing here I can see specifically that’s causing it to be a delay.” Whaley said dehydration — Fraley told emergency dispatchers that he needed intravenous fluids — can sometimes be diagnosed by looking at a person. But Whaley said the medical examiner is possibly being overly cautious. “When you’ve got a high school kid, those are sort of high profile cases,” he said. “You want to make

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‘Darius Goes West’ because it shows civil rights in a different light, in terms of handicap accessibility and rights.” It was also former Student Body President Eve Carson’s favorite movie, Ford said. Carson’s younger brother, Andrew, is one of the crew members, as are several other people from her Georgia high school. In 2008, Darius and his friends started a “One Year. One Million DVDs.” campaign in an effort to raise $17 million for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research without the help of a distributor. For each copy of the film sold, $17


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Chairman Ryan Morgan said the Student Code gave him the authority to close meetings. While true, members of Student Congress said the Code can never be a justification for violating state law. The decisions from that meeting set the tone for how the board would regulate the several dozen student elections candidates who would eventually declare their candidacy. The Student Supreme Court eventually forced the board to reduce Klein’s fine. Later in October, the elections board failed to provide minutes for the closed meetings, which is required by law even if the meeting was closed justifiably. Morgan and Vice Chairman Val Tenyotkin said they forwarded the


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None of the governmental organizations performing investigations will release their results until they have a finalized autopsy. Stephanie Knott, spokeswoman for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, said attorneys are handling the study of Fraley’s death. “We have not received any information on the investigation from our attorneys,” she said. “As a district we weren’t drafting anything. We have asked the law firm to do it and they don’t have anything at this time.” The Orange County and a separate state EMS investigative report have also not been released.

Contact the Arts Editor at request for minutes to University Counsel, but no response was ever made. In December and January, the board ignored DTH requests for historical petition signature list data. These numbers would help show how important petition signatures are in student elections. The Board of Election’s position is that all of its actions were justified. “Look, if y’all really have this big of a problem with how we’re running the election, file a case with the Student Supreme Court or state court,” Morgan said in an e-mail. “I have more pertinent things to do than to comment on one-sided, sensationalistic pieces.”

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will be donated to finding a cure. “It’s all about as grassroots as you can get,” Ben Smalley said. The crew will also send a copy of the DVD to every middle school and high school in America with the help of supporters who were inspired by the dedication of this group of friends. “The guys don’t even have a chance to take a breath and realize how many lives they’ve changed,” Barbara Smalley said. Ben Smalley has no regrets. “The bottom line of the film is that if you have an idea, always act on it,” he said.



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Despite the current state of the economy, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ plans to open its eleventh elementary school have not changed. The school is slated to be built in Chapel Hill’s Northside community between Caldwell and McMasters streets. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will receive an update on the school’s progress at its meeting tonight. Chairwoman Lisa Stuckey said

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although the county commissioners haven’t made any changes to the plans yet, she thinks it is possible that the economy will have some effect in the future. “I think we’ll see over the next several months what is going on with revenue streams to state and local government, and that might affect our plans,” Stuckey said. “I certainly hope it doesn’t. We need it badly.” Preliminary concept plans were presented to the board in October, and concept plans were submitted to the town in December.

“I think we’ll see over the next several months what is going on with revenue streams from state and local government, and that might affect our plans.”

The designers of the project, “It’s a process they always go Moseley Architects, have not been through,” Triggiano said. “I don’t told that the status of the economy know if they’ll approve construction. will affect anything, said Steve It’s still so early in the process.” Triggiano, senior associate at The building’s design already Moseley. Plans haven’t changed, uses the most cost-effective mateand the school is still slated to open rials, Triggiano said. August 2011. “The building will have highly “At this point everything is still a sustainable features in line with go,” Triggiano said. the construction budget,” he said. He also said that the project has “We haven’t gone above and radio the speech they would have not yet been funded, but that is not beyond anything that the district seen. out of the ordinary. Preliminary told us.” from page 1 funding is always approved first, Contact the State & National and construction is approved later, Convention, stood in the line for Contact the City Editor Editor at he said. an hour and a half before giving at up. “It was awful. We were packed All dressed up in like sardines; everyone was Features Editor Sarah Frier trying to push to the front,” she attended two Washington, D.C., said. inaugural balls. See pg. 4 for story. “We were worried they were going to start rioting, and we Immigration concerns © 2008 The Mepham Group. All rights reserved. didn’t want to be there when it Commissioners plan to discuss a Level: 1 2 3 4 happened.” controversial immigration program So she sought shelter in a tonight. See pg. 3 for story. cafe. Complete the grid In the confines of the tunnel, so each row, column Shackelford met a couple who had Building on up and 3-by-3 box (in driven from Washington state and The Chapel Hill Town Council bold borders) conwomen from Michigan who’d been discussed plans for a Southern tains every digit 1 there for four hours. Village hotel. See pg. 3 for story. to 9. People were sending messages to CNN and MSNBC, tellSolution to Southern stereotypes ing anyone who might help that Wednesday’s puzzle they were stuck without direction, An exhibit at Carroll Hall showShackelford said. cases cartoons showing Southern “If someone had come and told culture. See pg. 3 for story. us, ‘Hey, we’re sorry but we can’t let you in,’ we could have gotten a spot No room in D.C. on the mall,” she said. Many with tickets to view the In spite of it all, the crowd was inauguration were turned away. in good spirits. See pg. 1 for story. To pass the time and forget about the penetrating cold, the strangers belted every popular song they could think of, from “God Bless America” to “Lean on Me.” And as the new president spoke, the crowd fell silent, leanLearn more about the Carolina Advising Corps at ing into each others’ iPhones and Interest Session: Jackson Hall • 1/27/09, 6:00pm • Blackberrys to hear on Internet

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y medicine cabinet couldn’t hold all the bottles of fish oil, vitamin-C supplements, energy enhancers and ginkgo capsules without collapsing, so I needed a solution. If I could get all my essential nutrition in one sitting, I could toss the pills in the trash. Food After hearCOLUMNIST ing of Michael Pollan’s search for the perfect meal in his book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” I thought I might find such a thing in Chapel Hill to fill me up and keep me healthy. But before setting out I had to establish a few guidelines for eating right, rules a stressed-out college student might forget. Pollan sought to create a meal with fresh, in-season ingredients that were hunted, gathered or grown. Avoiding processed food sounded like a good place to start, but I cracked open a few textbooks to learn a little more. From a nutrition perspective, more than half of your diet should be carbohydrates. Then roughly a third should be fat, good fat found in fish and nuts. Proteins round out the rest, but you don’t need meat at all. Certain foods, like dark-green leafy vegetables, give you about everything you need. Japanese dietary guidelines suggest people eat up to 30 different foods daily. My mom always told me to eat by color to achieve the same effect. And I couldn’t forget that I’m a broke college student. I decided the perfect meal would be plant-heavy, fresh, colorful, accessible, affordable (under $12) and — of course — tasty. Now, Chapel Hill has more foods than the international aisle at Harris Teeter, so I had to narrow the scope. I tossed Mexican food (my favorite) out first because of all the fat from cheese and white flour; Chipotle’s tortillas have 290 calories and nothing redeeming. Pizza places were out of the picture, too. A lot of the nicer places — Lantern, Top of the Hill — had good options but were too pricey. I learned from John Anderson, professor emeritus of nutrition, that people in Okinawa, Japan, and the Mediterraneans live very long on diets high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and seafood. They eat little, if any, dairy. But most Asian restaurants within walking distance from campus don’t cook traditional fare. In the end, I found a winner with Mediterranean Deli’s $8.95 four-item sampler. Pomegranate muhammara, a hummus-like spread with red peppers and walnuts; spinach (a super food) and cabbage salad; tabouli, a slaw with parsley, tomato and wheat bulgur; and couscous, a pasta-like product with fruits and chickpeas, made up this perfect and delicious meal. I didn’t need meat, bread or dairy, all of which contain unnecessary fat. I got my protein from the chickpeas, carbs from the couscous and tabouli, healthy fat from the nuts, calcium — and just about everything else — from the spinach. In truth, nearly every restaurant had some valuable option. There’s no dish that’s perfect for everyone because the business of nutrition isn’t so precise. While wine-loving Sardinians dine on meat and cigarettes and live very long, Inuit eat nothing but fish for months and do fine. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to eat a little bit of everything. Variety is the way to go. Mix it up. Eat colors. Eat fresh. Eat plants, especially spinach.

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Don’t cut community colleges Community colleges should be among the last entities to suffer budget cuts


t is easy to overlook community colleges’ budget cuts, but this system is one of our state’s most vital assets and funding must remain as close to normal levels as possible, especially during the recession. As a result of state budget cuts, Gov. Bev Perdue is cutting funding for the N.C. Community College System by 5 percent. It is understandable that some might want to decrease the community college system’s funding — after all, other agencies have received similar cuts and it seems only fair. But access to community colleges is essential when unemployment is on the rise and many people are being forced to switch industries. Not only are community colleges essential for future employment, but they are also crucial for the state as a

whole. If North Carolina is to make it through the recession and remain competitive in national and international labor markets, the community college system must operate at maximum capacity — even if other agencies’ funding must be proportionally decreased as a result. N.C. public schools will only receive a 2 percent cut. Community colleges should receive a similarly low reduction. Local community colleges are an important educational resource, particularly during a time of recession when many people are seeking new, marketable skills. D u r h a m Te c h n i c a l Community College President William Ingram pointed out that historically, hard economic times have resulted in more adult students enrolling at DTCC to make themselves

more competitive in the workplace. Just this spring, DTCC experienced a 10 percent increase in enrollment, and future increases are expected. Comparable increases are occurring with the other 57 colleges in the system. During her gubernatorial campaign, Perdue made a promise to provide free community college education in North Carolina. Not only has she reneged on that promise, but has now cut the system’s budget by 5 percent. Although the severity of the state’s recession was unpredictable, this particular budget cut is unacceptable. The state should attempt to find alternate forms of cutting costs to ensure that community colleges are able to enroll as many students as possible while ensuring the quality of education is not diminished.

Get your finances in order A new online program from Campus Wellness Services aims to help teach students financial literacy


he CashCourse online resource, implemented by Counseling and Wellness Services, is a useful program for students who lack financial literacy. The program aims to educate students about credit cards, saving money and managing student loans. Credit card debt contributes to poor credit ratings, which can lead to long-term difficulties in securing housing and loans. The program is a useful tool that teaches students to take steps toward a financially secure and self-sufficient future. Too of ten, s tudents at the university level are not responsible enough for their

own finances. They may claim to be “on their own,” but students are often no more financially independent from their guardians than they were in high school. For some students, debt begins to accumulate even before college graduation. Furthermore, high student debt can negatively affect the entire University. College ranking schemes, such like that of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, often incorporates student debt among their determinants. T he average outs tanding balance on undergraduate credit cards was $2,169, according to a 2004 study

by Nellie Mae, a student loan provider. The same study reported that 56 percent of undergraduates obtained their first credit cards at age 18. As one’s college years can be a particularly financially susceptible period, CWS is right to implement CashCourse at the University. By making this program available, CWS is targeting University students at a pivotal point in their economic future. CWS should be commended for providing this easy-toaccess resource that has the potential to deter students from the negative effects of long-standing debt.


TO THE EDITOR: I live down the road from the proposed new waste transfer station along N.C. Hwy. 54. I moved to this area to start a small farm, do my best to achieve self-sufficiency and make smaller the footprint my family treads upon this beautiful earth. The decision to put a waste transfer station in the rural part of Orange County offends every one of my values. The elephant in the living room, so to speak, about this abysmal decision is that it is essentially allowing UNC to export its trash to a still-rural part of Orange County that is protected watershed. Seventy percent of the trash generated in the county comes from UNC. Why not put the waste transfer station on UNC’s new north campus (Carolina North)? There are models of putting a clean, efficient and well-run waste transfer station in an urban area elsewhere in the country — Palm Beach, Fla., for example. It can be done. Don’ t you think that the University should have to look at its own waste problem in the face? What better way to ensure better efforts to reduce and recycle trash than requiring that, before it leaves the county, it has to be packaged at the source? I spent years as a city dweller, and one of the illusions about living in an urban environment is that food comes from the grocery store and trash is magically whisked away on trucks to landfills. In the country, the reality is a bit different. The food comes from the ground and the trash has to be dealt with by hauling it to the dump yourself or hopefully composting and recycling it. It makes bad policy to prevent people from having to examine their own externalities. And that’s exactly what putting Orange County’s waste transfer station in a rural part of the county would do. If not UNC’s campus, far more ecologically and fiscally sound options exist along the Interstate 40/85 corridor near Hillsborough. Is it any coincidence that all but one of the county commissioners live there, and the one who doesn’t voted for that option? One of the great things about Orange County is how well we manage our trash, recycling and natural resources. We have led other counties by example. Let’s not lead ourselves and others down this path. Suzanne Nelson Mebane

Obama train

Winter serendipity

Class of 2013

We’re all excited about the historic inauguration of President Obama. But his train ride from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., was a bit too theatrical and corny for our taste.

Tuesday seemed magical. The snow and cancelled classes were a fortunate stroke o f s e r e n d i p i t y. Snow, Chapel Hill and the dawn of a new era — seldom is there a happier coincidence.

After an unprecedented number of applications to UNC, next year’s Tar Heels are poised to be the strongest entering class ever. Kudos to the folks at the admissions office.

US Airways pilot

John Roberts

The whole country shivers when plane accidents happen in New York. But the quick thinking of US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger III turned a potential catastrophe into a national heart-warmer.

Way to go, Mr. Chief Justice, for blighting the most-watched inauguration in history with your incompetent oathgiving. And we thought Supreme Court justices are supposed to be eloquent.

Deer run amok The deer overpopulation in Orange County is causing alarm. Although deer birth control sounds appealing, maybe residents should just stop “adopting” families of deer. Deer are not pets.

Student should seek to elect responsible leaders TO THE EDITOR: At various points during my time at UNC, I have deeply questioned the legitimacy of Student Congress, whose most influential responsibility is most likely the distribution of

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funding to student organizations. The finance committee is almost comical, attempting to cut a $300 year-long student organization budget and then approving a $5,000 budget for one sole event. Publicity of the funding process is abysmal — and yet the excuse often used for overfunding particular projects is that few groups apply for money. Just Tuesday the committee held an 8 p.m. meeting that was mandatory for organizations hoping to receive funding. T he committee did this despite dangerous road cond i t i o n s , t h e f a c t t h at t h e University cancelled classes between 3:30pm and 10 a.m., and at least seven e-mails sent from concerned student organization leaders. Do members of Student Congress actually think that their meetings are more important than basic safety? In his inaugural address, President Obama reminded us that “the question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.” We should ask this question of our own student government. As the student government election season begins to gear up, I challenge the student body to actively engage so that we might elect and maintain leaders who care about Carolina students through their actions and attitude, not just in their rhetoric. We must hold our representatives accountable when they are unresponsive to their electorate — from the national level down to university campuses. Rachel Craft Senior Spanish and International Studies

Snowball fighting is not all fun and games to all TO THE EDITOR: Yesterday while walking back from Rams Head Market I witnessed a group of snow day revelers hurling waves of snowballs at random passersby as if they were medieval crossbow men. A biker whom they had pelted riposted, calling the group “a bunch of a--holes,” to which a member of the group responded “C’mon man; have some fun?” My question is, if they wanted said biker to “have some fun,” why didn’t they just offer him some hot chocolate or make a last supper sculpture out of snowmen for him to admire? They could have even peed on Judas to make the idea clearer. I managed to miss their barrage, but still I would have preferred that my shredded cheese and I would have been able to walk in peace. Alex Owen Senior Economics and Dramatic Arts department and phone number. ➤ Edit: The DTH edits for space, clarity, accuracy and vulgarity. Limit letters to 250 words.

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