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thursday, september 24, 2009
Greeks, UNC at new crossroads By Brian Austin Senior Writer
diversions | page 5 FILLING THE VOID Chapel Hill’s two remaining independent theaters are stepping up to fill the void left by the Varsity’s closing.
university | online PLANNING AHEAD The Board of Trustees discussed upcoming changes to the Academic Plan, UNC’s philosophy on education, which was first created in 2003.
The history of fraternity and sorority life at UNC is underscored by a discordant relationship between these organizations’ members and the University. When fraternity and sorority members’ actions strain their groups’ relationship with the wider community, the ambiguous role of administrators in the system is highlighted. And in these moments, the University faces a choice between drawing Greeks closer and pushing them away. Fraternities and sororities are fundamentally different from other groups. Many maintain private houses off campus, but all are full of students whom the University has a vested interest in protecting. They have their own rules and cultures. Their right of association is protected by the First
Amendment, and UNC administration deals differently with them than they do other student groups. But students, administrators and alumni say maintaining the connection between the Greek community and UNC is key to preventing dangerous behavior from overshadowing aspects of organizations that, in general, provide numerous benefits to members and the campus. “If you don’t have the University working with fraternities and sororities, they’ll start to do things that are just really bad,” said Ron Binder, director of Greek affairs at UNC from 1994 to 2000. “Greeks will self-destruct. They won’t go away, but bad things will start to happen.” And the system’s history has shown that when problems arise, the University has intervened to ensure these students’ safety and well-being.
Revising a relationship In the wake of recent events that highlighted the system’s negative aspects, problems in the relationship have again come to light. Chancellor Holden T horp launched an investigation into the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity after the Aug. 23 death of its chapter president, Courtland Smith. Thorp used evidence of a party the night before Smith was killed as a way to explore changing the way UNC deals with Greek students. Thorp’s call for change has drawn student leaders closer to the University’s resources. “The upside of all of this attention is that it has opened up new levels of communication,” Thorp said. “It might have been too much attention right now, but we don’t want to go back to ignoring it.” Thorp said Delta Kappa Epsilon’s talks with the upper administration has helped him get up to speed on
UNC’s fraternities and sororities, whose houses border the campus, can create first impressions of the University to its wider community. Greek protocol. direction. But when it comes to impleAssistant Vice Chancellor for menting new practices, Thorp’s Student Affairs Winston Crisp told lieutenants — deans and vice new fraternity and sorority memchancellors who oversee campus policies — haven’t found a definite See Greeks, Page 11
Audit shows $10M ‘ﬂaw’
city | page 3 CHINA BOUND Seventh grader Caroline Liu is headed to China next month after scoring well on a nationwide test.
By eliza kern
Assistant university editor
university | page 3 MONEY MATTERS UNC is discussing $85 in student fee increases, including a seven-cent increase to the safety and security fee and a $22 student health fee increase.
Terri Phoenix, the director of UNC LGBTQ Center, holds a sign while helping promote the N.C. Pride Parade that will take place at noon Saturday in Durham. While N.C. Pride happens down the road, Chapel Hill also is hosting the International Gay and Lesbian Travel symposium this weekend.
Chapel Hill woos gay tourists By caitlin mcginnis Staff WRiter
sports | page 11 SHORT ON STARTERS Four members of the women’s soccer team are missing today’s game against Duke for injuries or travel.
this day in history SEPT. 24, 1967 … Members of The Daily Tar Heel and student government face off in an impromptu football game. Student government wins, 21-14.
Today’s weather Partly cloudy H 87, L 69
Friday’s weather Thunderstorms H 80, L 61
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Local tourism promoters are trying to tap into a $70.3 billion national gay and lesbian travel market by hosting an event for representatives from the industry beginning today. The Chapel Hill/Orange County’s Visitor’s Bureau will host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association symposium through Sunday. “We want to market to people who can present our information to a large audience,” bureau director Laurie Paolicelli said. “We are looking at this from a purely economic perspective.” The event’s timing coincides with the N.C. Pride festival, an annual celebration featuring a parade, this weekend in Durham. The symposium will market Southern culture, restaurants, hotels and nightlife in Chapel Hill to representatives of the gay travel industry. “Gay ethos is interwoven into who we are as a community, which makes Chapel Hill an attractive destination for the gay community,” said Paolicelli. “They can kiss and hold hands and not worry about jeers or cat calls.” But sophomore Billy Kluttz, outreach coordinator for UNC’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender -Straight Alliance, said he feels
that the bureau is being opportunistic. “Industry only cares about the queer community when it is profitable,” he said. “They ignore our political and social struggles on a daily basis and fail to support us when we truly need it.” Paolicelli said the event is needed because Chapel Hill in recent years has lost gay tourism to Durham and Asheville. The 33 attendees of the symposium include representatives from travel agencies, airlines and publications such as The Advocate, Creative Loafing and Passport Magazine. “Chapel Hill offers a Southern quaintness that is very attractive to young gay professionals,” said junior Enrique Perez, a freelance writer attending the event for Passport Magazine. “The South is an under-the-radar gold mine for gay travel.” Chapel Hill Town Council member and mayoral candidate Mark Kleinschmidt, who is gay, said gays often travel more frequently and have more disposable income than other tourists. “Tourism is the lifeblood of Chapel Hill, and it is essential that we appeal to them,” he said. Three openly gay local government officials — Kleinschmidt, Carrboro Alderman Lydia Lavelle and county commissioner Mike Nelson — will speak at the event.
DTH ONLINE: View a video of the rally to promote Saturday’s N.C. Pride Parade in Durham at dailytarheel.com. Paolicelli said she anticipates the event will cost $8,000 to $10,000 but that it can be easily recouped if gay tourism rates increase. She said she wants representatives of the travel industry to start thinking about Orange County as a vacation destination that accepts all people. “We would also like to see the business of our hotels and downtown restaurants increase.” The event’s itinerary includes a cooking class at A Southern Season, dinner at Crook’s Corner and a tour of Triangle nightlife. Attendees are told to visit West End Wine Bar in Chapel Hill and gay nightclubs in Raleigh such as Legends, The CC and Flex Club. GLBTSA publicity co-chairman Will Davis said Chapel Hill lacks a thriving gay nightlife, and he would rather visit bigger cities. “I could see Chapel Hill attracting the 30to 40-something set, but no one in their 20s,” Davis said. “I find it hard to think of Chapel Hill as a vacation destination.” Contact the City Editor at email@example.com.
A program intended to support military members and their families, funded with about $10 million in federal money, suffered from serious organizational mismanagement and ineffectiveness, Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Wednesday. An internal audit and review of the Odum Institute’s Citizen Soldier Support Program was prompted by allegations of mismanagement of federal funds. The program is intended to help soldiers and their families find mental health support and readjust to life after deployment, according to its Web site. The audit found the program suffered from red tape associated with the University without taking advantage of the institution’s expertise. “My view is that this program has serious flaws, and I don’t think we’ve given the federal government the best return on its investment,” Thorp said at the Board of Trustees audit and finance committee meeting. Thorp said the program was limited in its early years by leadership turnover and funding delays, but has shown some success since then. Still, he said the program would have to make significant changes to remain in operation. “This program has to show dramatic improvement in a short period of time to remain viable,” he said. On June 13, 2008, U.S. Rep.
See audit, Page 4
Five swimmers suspended after party By Powell Latimer Sports editor
Five members of the UNC varsity swimming and diving team received suspensions from the team after three were cited for alcohol violations, a fourth for disorderly conduct and a fifth for using a false ID last weekend, according to Chapel Hill police reports. Police cited the swimmers early Sunday morning at a party at a team captain’s house where high school recruits were present, Department of Athletics officials said. Senior captain Hank Browning, who rents the property where the party occurred, was cited for giving a malt beverage to a minor, reports state. Senior captain Alison Clemens, junior Rebecca Kane and one
other UNC student were cited for underage possession of alcohol, reports state. Browning, Clemens and Kane have all been suspended from the team until Nov. 1, coach Rich DeSelm said. Junior swimmer Tyler Smith was charged at 2:30 a.m. Sunday with disorderly conduct, reports state. Police said Smith was at the party but he was arrested later that morning at the corner of Rosemary and Church streets. Smith was suspended from the team indefinitely, DeSelm said. Freshman diver Michelle Mudge was also cited for using a false ID, reports state. Mudge is redshirting this season, but DeSelm said she will receive a suspension next year. Several high school recruits were
Alison Clemens and Hank Browning, captains of the UNC varsity swimming and diving team, were among five team members suspended this weekend. present at the party, Deselm said, adding that he spoke to several recruits and their families about the incident. No other citations were listed for that address. “There were questions, but certainly I think we’re moving forward with each and every recruit that was
here this weekend,” Deselm said. Police responded to a loud music complaint at 10:28 p.m. Saturday at 703 N. Columbia St, reports state. Officer Mitch McKinney of the Chapel Hill Police Department was present and said Chapel Hill Police called Student-Athlete Services that night when they determined the party involved team members. “If it’s a UNC student-athlete, we have agreed to make the athletic department aware of it also,” McKinney said. “Normally we’ve only done that after the fact. But we received a lot of resistance from everyone involved in that call.” Once the athletics department was notified, senior associate athletic directors Larry Gallo and John Blanchard went to the house and helped break up the party, athletic director Dick Baddour said.
“They went to try to bring some calmness to the residents of the house, and that’s what they did,” Baddour said. “And they actually got cooperation from some of the swimmers who were there. “To my knowledge, we’ve never been called out before.” The swimmers suspended until Nov. 1 will miss the first six meets of the season. DeSelm said the team plans to take part in community service. “This is a strong swim program. It’s got good kids in it,” Baddour said. “Bad decisions were made the other night, and sometimes a program needs some guidance. And coach DeSelm and his staff are providing that.” Contact the Sports Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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rock the hall
The newest in-flight danger: sharks
From staff and wire reports
amuel L. Jackson and the 2006 “Snakes On A Plane” film was scary, but now there is a whole new level of danger when flying: sharks. There’s monkey-fighting sharks on a Monday-to-Friday plane! Rather than snakes, a jumbo jet liner carried four 10-foot nurse sharks and three 6-foot blacktip reef sharks. The seven sharks were carried among a total of 1,261 live fish from an aquarium in Barbados. They traveled a total of 4,000 miles to Britain. When the jumbo jet liner landed, only 21 fish had died. The cargo was worth about $200,000. Can’t wait for the tagline for the sequel: “There’s mother f--ing sharks on this mother f--ing plane!”
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yan Robinson, a senior education major, Sarah Gerald, an English and composition major, and today several members of Campus Ministries performed Wesley Campus Ministry: Join Wednesday evening in Hamilton Hall. The performance the United Methodist student group included about five songs and was followed by Bible study. for a fun-filled night. Participate in Eucharist at the United Methodist Church chapel, then enjoy dinner cooked by the senior class. There will also be a program and game n A 17-year-old man was night. arrested for stealing a case of beer Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 3:21 p.m. Monday from the Location: Wesley Campus Ministry Harris Teeter on North Greensboro Street, according to Carrboro Photo philanthropy: Love taking police reports. pictures and helping others? Nancy
Police log n Somebody took a garbage
can from the street between 8 a.m. Sept. 14 and 11 a.m. Thursday in front of 233 Woodhaven Rd., according to Chapel Hill police reports. The garbage can is worth $200, reports state.
n Somebody stole a $135 beer keg from the back porch of 305 N. Columbia Street between 2 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, according to Chapel Hill police reports.
n A woman reported Monday
that a stray cat attacked her cat at 124 Fidelity St., leading to more than $300 in veterinary costs, according to Carrboro police reports. When police arrived, they set up a trap for the stray cat at about 3 p.m., reports state.
Farese will be discussing her newly established organization, Photo Philanthropy, which provides incentives for photographers to donate their skills to non-profits by providing financial rewards or recognition. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Campus Y Seminar Room
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30 Taps! 100 Different Bottled Beers! BUB’S FINALLY HAS BOOZE!
Remember all those times you’ve wanted to let your teachers know how you feel about them?
NOW YOU CAN! Nominate the best teacher you have had at UNC for a
UNIVERSITY TEACHING AWARD and make your opinion count!
Here are some nomination comments from last year’s nominations: “But it is his personal interest and engagement with all of the students that brings him full circle with each class.” “She is extremely personable, accommodating and knowledgeable in her field of study. I would love to be in one of her classes again.” “None can disagree that studying under him is a truly eye-opening experience.” “She clearly loves to teach, and her vitality, creativity, and passion inspire students to want to become better people, and to love learning for its own sake.” “He is a remarkable teacher. Not only does he have a solid command of the academic material, he has a rare gift for making academic abstractions seem relevant in the real world.”
Visit www.unc.edu/teachawards to find out more about how you can say thanks to a deserving teacher at UNC.
Deadline for nominations: October 1, 2009
Christian scripture lecture: Ever questioned conflicting accounts found within the New Testament of the Bible? Bart Ehrman will be exploring these discrepancies in detail during his lecture. Admission is $15, or $5 for GAA members. Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Hill Alumni Center
Friday Meet the advisers: Academic advisers and new peer advisors will be holding an open house. This event will let students get to know their advisers in a more informal setting with lemonade and cookies. Time: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Steele Building Bluegrass Fridays: Venture out for a little bit to bluegrass and a whole
lot of fun. You’ll hear the delightful sounds of the Gravy Boys. There will be a buffet and full service bar. No cover charge. Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Location: The Carolina Inn Laser shows: The planetarium will host five amazing laser light shows featuring classic rock music selections including U2, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Adult tickets are $9.50, and student tickets are $7.50. Time: 7 p.m. to midnight Location: Morehead Planetarium To make a calendar submission, e-mail email@example.com. Events will be published in the newspaper on either the day or the day before they take place. Submissions must be sent in by noon the preceding publication date.
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UNC was one of 53 colleges and universities honored this week by Minority Access Inc. for its commitment to diversity. Minority Access Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving recruitment and retention of minorities in higher education, government and the private sector, honored UNC at the group’s 10th National Role Models Conference in Washington, D.C. Archie Ervin, associate provost of diversity and multicultural affairs, accepted the award on behalf of the University. The group also included UNC’s diversity plan in a best practices guide that was distributed to the participating colleges and universities. Er vin said the University received the award due to its recruitment of students from historically underrepresented populations and diversity training and education programs on campus.
Professor receives grant to research childhood obesity The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded Eric Hodges, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, a $350,000 grant to research childhood obesity and the influence of parental feeding patterns. Hodges was one of 15 nurse educators who received the highly competitive Nurse Faculty Scholar award. The study will expand upon previous research examining feeding patterns of first-time mothers. Hodges said he plans on reconnecting with participants from the previous study through house visits and data collection. He will examine whether any patterns emerge between the early feeding habits he researched and childhood obesity. The project will also focus on the environmental and social factors that possibly contribute to obesity. Participants in the study are primarily located in Durham and throughout Orange County.
UNC continuing with layoffs at N.C. Research Campus UNC-Chapel Hill is laying off staff at its Nutrition Research Institute located on the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Officials would not disclose how many would be laid off. The layoffs come following about $12 million in cuts to UNC system’s research centers and institutes. The institute employs 34 people — the largest presence of any school with a place at the campus, which houses research centers for several UNC-system schools and Duke University.
Woman kidnapped, raped in Chapel Hill earlier this week A woman was kidnapped and raped between 11 p.m. Monday and 10:21 a.m. Tuesday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. She was taken against her will from the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Municipal Drive to a separate location and was raped, and then was left or dropped off elsewhere, reports state. Chapel Hill police Sgt. Jason McIntyre said he did not know whether the victim was a UNC student or how old she was. Information about the incident has been kept confidential, McIntyre said. “Our main emphasis is protecting the victim,” he said. “Unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of sexual assaults.”
Council candidates at forum debate green development Neighbors for Responsible Growth held a forum Wednesday night for Chapel Hill Town Council candidates. The questions were put together by members of the new political organization and focused on sustainable growth for the town. Candidates were faced with such issues as growing urbanization, affordable housing and taking the final steps with Carolina North. Each question was answered with regard for keeping things green and preserving Chapel Hill’s values. Some candidates emphasized connecting the Carolina North development with the rest of the town through transportation infrastructure and greenways, while others emphasized the need for affordable housing and development without changing town character. Visit www.dailytarheel.com for the full story.
ASG delegation could change College Now chosen by student body president By eliza kern
assistant university editor
A bill passed by Student Congress that would change who selects UNC’s delegation to the Association of Student Governments is now in the hands of Student Body President Jasmin Jones. The bill proposes to change the delegation from the student body president and her three nominees to a group consisting of the student body president, the speaker of Congress, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation president and a fourth delegate approved by all three.
The UNC-system ASG meets monthly to discuss issues facing students in the 17-school system. T he bill narrowly passed Congress after much debate over graduate student representation. Joe Levin-Manning, speaker of Student Congress, said he and Jones were elected by and represent the entire student body, and to give graduate students a delegate would give them undue representation. “My issue with the way it is, quite frankly, is that it’s a difference in the balance of power. GPSF is not a legislative branch of government, and by giving them a representa-
tive, we kind of are short-changed,” he said. “It gives them more representation than is fair.” But other representatives argued that Jones and Levin-Manning could not fully articulate the issues graduate students face to ASG. “Everyone agreed that the power should not be resting entirely in the executive branch,” said graduate student representative Emily Danforth. “People debated whether or not having the SBP being one of the delegates is sufficient in representing graduate students. In my opinion, it is not.” Jones has until Sept. 29 to veto the bill, sign it or take no action at all, in which case the legislation would become law. Should she veto
the bill, it is unlikely to gain the support needed to override it. Jones said she is not necessarily opposed to the bill, but wants to discuss further the concept of graduate representation before making any decisions. “I want to get an understanding of what is their interest in being a part of the organization and why they feel like it would be a benefit for them to participate,” she said. “I want to know where it’s all coming from.” Without a decision made on the bill, Jones and her two nominees will attend the ASG meeting this weekend.
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Undocumented students seek aid By estes gould Staff Writer
Contact the University Editor Now that undocumented immiat email@example.com. grants have regained the ability to enroll in the N.C. Community College System, the concern is whether high tuition costs will be a deterrent. In order to enroll, an undocumented immigrant has to pay outof-state tuition, averaging $7,700 a year per student — which is about $6,050 more than in-state tuition would cost. “That’s a lot of money for lowincome families, especially without access to student loans,” said Ilana Dubester, interim director of El Centro Latino, explaining that many of the families of these students face financial difficulties. Paying out-of-state tuition is one of the requirements of the policy approved by the N.C. Board of Community Colleges last week that allows undocumented immigrants to enroll in the system. The policy also requires that they be graduates of U.S. high schools and that they not take any citizen’s place in the university system. Dubester said she doubted that many undocumented immigrants will be able to pursue the opportunity because of the price tag. “This is just not enough. This is OK, but that’s about it,” she said. Undocumented immigrants do not qualify for state or federal aid, so private scholarships are their only options for tuition assistance, said Jessica Hernandez, assistant director of admissions at UNCChapel Hill. dth/Jessey Dearing It is up to undocumented stuCaroline Liu, a 12-year-old Chapel Hill resident and seventh grader at Smith Middle School, will represent the United States in an dents to find those scholarships on international competition in China next month. Of 218 test-takers nationwide, Liu was selected for one of three spots on the U.S. team. their own, she said. The scholarships are more competitive, harder to find and could have residency requirements, which could prevent a potential undocumented student from enrolling, she said. have to go back to China and work there.” The UNC system allows undocDual language classes are taught for half umented immigrants to enroll, but of the day in English and half of the day in they must also pay out-of-state Chengdu, China for the World Chinese Mandarin, beginning in kindergarten. by Matt Bewley tuition — $21,753 at UNC-CH. The Staff WRiter José Nambo, the dual language program Culture Contest Final. in-state total cost is $3,865. A Chapel Hill 12-year-old studied Chinese She will tour cultural sites for a week, coordinator for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City College costs are a deterrent for Schools, said Glenwood’s program began culture, history and geography three days a then compete for more than a week. many undocumented high school week with her classmates and more with her “I think it’s pretty cool to go by myself,” with a federal grant in 2002 and has been students, especially in the Latino funded by the district since 2005. mother at home. Liu said of her trip. population, Hernandez said. Liu’s fifth grade teacher, Judy Ouyang, “She made me study how deep the lakes Her parents, originally from the Hunan “They really don’t see why to are,” Caroline Liu said of her mother. province of China, aren’t going, but nine asked her class to participate in the test. continue to work hard and com“I’m just so proud,” Ouyang said. “At first All of that hard work paid off. international teams are expected to attend. pete in high school to enter a colAfter scoring near perfect on a national “It will be really nice to experience this I thought she wouldn’t be able to make it lege they can’t afford,” she said. test, Liu has earned the right to represent with other kids who are good at Chinese,” because she’s not a high school student.” Linda Weiner, spokeswoman for Two others, an eighth grader and a ninth the United States in an international com- Liu said. “Maybe I could learn something N.C. Community Colleges, said that grader, both from Texas, also qualified for the petition held in China next month. from them.” the new policy makes community Liu, a seventh grader at Smith Middle Xiaoyu Liu, Caroline’s mother, said the U.S. team. This was the first year students colleges consistent with schools in School, took the 100-question test in February family speaks Chinese at home. She said her from Glenwood attempted the test. the UNC system. She said that it Liu, who has been to China five times, 2008 when she was in the fifth grade. daughter was also enrolled in a Mandarinimproves the system for undocuOut of the 218 test-takers nationwide who English dual language program while at said her favorite thing to learn about Chinese mented immigrants that came here history was the greed and violence of the earned a passing score, Liu was selected for Glenwood Elementary School. at a young age. one of three spots on the U.S. team. Liu began the dual language classes when Chinese emperors. “The new policy gives them an The test was given in eight other countries she started kindergarten. It was the pro“It’s important for them to learn something, opportunity to pursue education and administered in Mandarin Chinese. gram’s first year. not just get a high score,” Xiaoyu Liu said. at a higher degree — a restricted The students in Liu’s class studied 300 “We feel Chinese study for her is very opportunity, but it keeps the door questions after school for two months. important,” said Xiaoyu Liu. “The world Contact the City Editor open,” Weiner said. Liu was rewarded with a free trip to changes so much, you never know; you may at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the State & National Editor at email@example.com.
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Student to compete in Chinese culture contest
A Look at STUDENT FEES
UNC contemplating fee increases for 2009-10 By Ryan Jepson Staff writer
Over the course of six weeks, student leaders and administrators are considering about $85 in fee increases for the 2010-11 school year. Each week, The Daily Tar Heel will examine different fees up for debate. Contact the University Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student health fee Current price: $406 Suggested increase: $22 What the fee supports: The student health fee supports a wide range of Campus Health services, such as walk-in hours, mental wellness care and sexual assault treatment. Last year, Campus Health Services saw 63 percent of students.
Justification: The increase is largely due to inflationary costs of health care to employees, said Mary Covington, assistant vice chancellor for Campus Health Services. “I don’t want people to pay out-of-pocket for many services,” Covington said. “I see that the fee is going up and that this is a hard economic time.” The fee also will help support the future Stallings-Evans Sports — From staff and wire reports Medicine Center.
Student organizations fee Current price: $39 Suggested increase: $6 What the fee supports: Funds the Student Activities Fund Office, which helps pay for programs by student organizations — from speakers to concerts and publications. Justification: Last year, the office funded only 49 percent of groups’ requests. Student Body Treasurer Jennings Carpenter described the increase as essential to promoting strong student organizations. “There has been a large growth in student organizations, and we aren’t able to give out as much money,” Carpenter said. “The value of our dollar has dropped so much.” The fee increase would have to be approved by a student body referendum.
Student fees projected to rise next year Since 1993, UNC student fees have been increasing steadily. Several of these fees have been recommended by UNC for further increases in the 2009-10 school year. $428.00
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Education and technology fee Current price: $409 Suggested increase: $9 What the fee supports: Funds two separate areas of technology services on campus: school-based needs such as computer labs and campuswide technology services. Justification: The revenue would help replace computers, maintain a level of technological support and hasten the process of outsourcing and improving Webmail.
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Current price: $2.20 Suggested increase: 7 cents
Current price: $13 Suggested increase: 85 cents
What the fee supports: The fee is distributed among the safety and security committee, harassment and assault fund, the Victim’s Assistance Fund and conference and equipment.
What the fee supports: Funds Carolina Student Legal Services, which provides legal support to students and organizations.
Justification: Legal services is currently in a deficit. The fee will help Justification: This fee increase is sustain the organization amid due to inflation and increased inflationary increases in BlueCross programming in response to BlueShield’s premiums for staff and emergencies. increased accounting costs.
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Short ﬁlms depict diaspora By eric pesale Staff Writer
Some study the intricacies of the African diaspora as an academic subject, but one film series will work the matter into a relaxing lunchtime discussion. “It’s a ‘chill-out’ time,” said Ursula Littlejohn, program coordinator of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, which hosts the 2009 Hekima Film Discussion Series. “We hope it will be a small oasis in the middle of a hectic day,” she said. The event’s first short film, “Kwame,” chronicles the struggles of an exiled former Ghanian Army captain living in Los Angeles. Organizers expect the screening and discussion to last an hour. The series consists of two other short films about the dislocation, relocation and diaspora of Africans. Lunch will be provided at all showings. All three films are short — the
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Sue Myrick, R-N.C., sent a letter to UNC-system President Erskine Bowles questioning the management of the federal money provided to the program. In response to Myrick’s letter, UNC ordered an internal audit. The
longest runs 27 minutes — and all were discovered on the film festival circuit. The Stone Center also offers additional film series, such as the Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film. Littlejohn said that she and some of the Stone Center staff often have their own lunch and discussion while reviewing potential film selections. Stone Center Director Joseph Jordan said he scouted out films at festivals such as the Hollywood Black Film Festival and the Washington, D.C., African Diaspora Film Series. “We want to have a good amount of documentary material that allows faculty, students and staff a different perspective based on research,” he said. Littlejohn has reached out to pertinent student and academic groups, such as the Black Student Movement and Organization of audit recommended better training for employees, as well as the creation of stronger financial controls. The institute has addressed these recommendations, Thorp said. UNC also investigated the extent to which the program met the needs of military families and satisfied its federal obligations. “The CSSP will have to make
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African Students’ Interests and Solidarity, as well as the Latina/o Studies program. “For you to engage with other people and view films from a different culture or ethnic background opens your mind in a different way,” she said. Jordan said he hopes the event makes an impact on the community. “I’m hoping they come with questions and ideas, and I hope they leave with the same thing,” he said. “If we’re really good, I hope they leave with some answers.” Contact the Arts Editor at email@example.com. some rather profound changes to the way it operates,” the report states. Thorp said he reactivated the internal review committee and that program leaders will deliver another progress report next month. Contact the University Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obama tells U.N. to work with US
Senate ﬁnance committee begins debate on health care reform bill
UNITED NATIONS (MCT) — President Barack Obama called on the world’s nations Wednesday to drop “reflexive anti-Americanism” and move beyond posturing to solve global problems ranging from nuclear proliferation to climate change. Making his inaugural address to the United Nations General Assembly, Obama ticked off a list of his predecessor’s policies that he has overturned: banning extreme interrogation techniques that many consider torture, pledging to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, withdrawing from Iraq and seeking deeper cuts in nuclear weapons. Specifically, he said Iran and North Korea “must be held accountable” if they continued nuclear programs outside international inspection. Israel, the Palestinians and Arab nations “must decide whether we are serious about peace or whether we will only lend it lip service.” Both developed and developing nations must bear responsibility for combating climate change, he said.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — Members of the Senate Finance Committee made slow progress Wednesday on a health care overhaul bill, turning aside an amendment that would have further delayed the measure. Senators narrowly shot down an amendment by Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., that would have made the bill’s language public ahead of the vote, as well as the final cost analysis from the
Congressional Budget Office. Bunning wanted both to be posted on the committee’s Web site for 72 hours before members take a final vote. Highly contentious amendments remain, including one by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. Snowe’s amendment would make a government-run insurance plan available as an emergency option if other insurance coverage was too expensive.
Mass. governor permitted to name temporary replacement for Kennedy WASHINGTON, D.C. (MCT) — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., is gone, but one of his dying wishes is coming true. The governor of Massachusetts has been given power to appoint a temporary replacement for the late, longtime Democratic “lion” of the Senate, as Kennedy wished. The Massachusetts legislature approved a bill Wednesday allowing the governor to name the replacement. Because the governor is a Democrat, the new senator is all
but certain to be a Democrat. That would restore a Democrat to the Senate at a critical time in President Obama’s pursuit of a health care overhaul. Kennedy, who died in August after battling brain cancer, had written to state officials over the summer asking they move swiftly to replace him. The appointee will serve only temporarily, until the voters settle on a longer-term replacement with a special election in January.
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With the Varsity Theater gone, two other indie theaters push forward by Jonathan Pattishall Staff Writer
When owner Bruce Stone made the tough decision over the summer to close the Varsity Theater, he had more than just the loss of a landmark weighing on his mind. Having owned the Varsity for a mere nine years, and his other, larger Chapel Hill theater, the Chelsea, for 19, experience told him that the Chelsea stood a better chance in the changing economy of art-house cinema, despite the fact that the Varsity was actually a far older institution. “That was the decision we made,” Stone said. “We had to go with one or the other.” It was a decision few welcomed, though all had to accept it in the end. The Chelsea stayed while the Varsity closed up. The sad reality is that art-house, or “specialty” cinema, is a sector of the economy in a state of dramatic and destructive flux. A host of problems, mostly caused by the closing of specialty distributors and the withholding of potentially popular independent films until the winter awards season, has created a kind of annual boom and bust cycle in smaller specialty theaters, which often have only two to four screens. In this cycle, theaters eke out slight ticket sales during a slow summer movie season, and then don’t have enough screens to run all the myriad award contenders in late fall and winter. This makes it hard to support multiple small independent theaters in a town the size of Chapel Hill. “It’s thin in the summer,” Stone said. “The issue was that there were fewer movies available. Closing one theater is a way to keep all your eggs in one basket.” When asked if this summer’s crop of independent films drew bigger crowds, Stone’s assessment was measured, listing bigger drawers such as “(500) Days of Summer,” “Away We Go,” and “Whatever Works.” However, he also acknowledged the reality of summer syndrome. “We’ve had a couple of slow weeks recently.” As for one of the other big problems that crippled the Varsity, the notoriously inconsistent, inconvenient
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and unappealing parking situation on Franklin Street, Stone says that the Chelsea remains immune to such a problem. “The parking there has always been free, abundant and clean.” While the Chelsea continues precariously on its own path, mainstream multiplexes in the area are doing strong business as usual. Possibly even stronger now that the Varsity is closed, says Jason Barker, a manager at the Lumina Theater in Southern Village. “It’s been more of a help than a hindrance,” Barker said on the Varsity’s closing, adding that even during the general economic downturn “there hasn’t been much of a change.” Jennifer Gallinari, another manager at the Lumina, expanded on their drawing power with students, which was also a major cause of the Varsity’s closing. “With the close proximity of campus, they’re coming out more often,” she said. “They’ve even been coming out more in recent years.” Gallinari added that she has noticed students coming to the Lumina even from Duke and N.C. State, which is curious given the Varsity’s inability simply to draw crowds from UNC. It was this lack of patronage from college students that ultimately doomed the Varsity. Where an off-campus, independent theater like the Chelsea, in a comfortable, geriatric location like a shopping center, can bet on sufficient patronage from older movie-goers, a Franklin Street theater is unlikely to succeed without strong student attendance. Meanwhile, multiplexes virtually have their work done for them once a spacious parking lot has been paved, and, as the Lumina’s situation has shown, when the competition of art-house cinema shuts down. But despite the difficulty of running an independent movie house, Bruce Stone is stoic in discussing the Chelsea’s future prospects. “It’s promising when you hunker down,” he said. “We always worry. We worry everyday. “But we’ve been at it for 19 years, and we think it works pretty well.” Contact the Diversions Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indie theaters still here in Chapel Hill
THE LUMINA THEATER The Lumina Theater, located in Chapel Hill’s upscale Southern Village, caters to a more mainstream crowd, stocking a variety of wide-release films.
THE CHELSEA THEATER The Chelsea Theater, located in Tymberline Shopping Center, serves as the town’s only art-house cinema with a shifting lineup of independent titles.
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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART: YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
New York‘s The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, who blend emotionally driven teenage drama with the fuzzed-out noise rock of bands such as Sonic Youth, were launched into the national indie rock limelight thanks to rave reviews from their self-titled debut album. In what is sure to be one of the most buzzed over shows in Chapel Hill this year, The Pains will appear at Local 506 next Tuesday with fellow critical darling Cymbals Eat Guitars. Diversions Staff Writer Luis Torres squeezed in an interview with Kip Berman, the leader of the busy band, while he was in Portland, Ore., in the middle of the group’s second national tour this year.
Diversions: Given the extent of your recent touring, are you still excited to come to a small place like Chapel Hill?. Kip Berman: We’re psyched to be coming back to Chapel Hill! We’ve played there once before, also at Local 506 in the spring this year. Dive: I know you list New York City as your favorite town to play. How does Chapel Hill compare? KB: We like playing in New York just because lots of our friends are there. But, up until recently, we only played very small shows there.
people have responded so positively to our music. It was way beyond any expectation we had or anything we could’ve thought possible. We’re extremely grateful and thankful. We weren’t really expecting to get to this level so we don’t have ambitions for fame. We just want to be a band that people like. I guess I’ve always thought of our music as the kind of band that would’ve been our favorite band when we were 17. As long as someone enjoys it, then it’s fun for us to do. We don’t have to be huge for hugeness’ Dive: Were you a fan of the ambitions sake. We don’t want to be as big as Chapel Hill scene before you startColdplay or anything ed playing shows here? Dive: What do you enjoy the KB: Yeah, I was aware of it. most about your success? I grew up in Philadelphia, but KB: The most important I knew about the stuff going on there. Chapel Hill was a great thing for our band is to tour and indie rock destination during the work hard, so it’s really exciting ’90s, and there was always an that we’re getting to play in a lot awareness of Merge Records and a of places outside of what we’re lot of the great bands they put out. used to. We’ve toured in Scotland They put out the Magnetic Fields and England. Glasgow was really which is one of the awesomest amazing because so much of the bands around. I’m a big fan of that music from that country is really label. Also, Sonic Youth has this influential to the music that we song called “Chapel Hill,” so that’s play. I don’t know if there’s something in the water there, but so pretty cool. great bands like Teenage Dive: Your band’s gotten a many Fanclub and Orange Juice and lot of attention and praise on the Belle & Sebastian are all from blogosphere this year. Do you relish there and they’re all very promithe recognition? Do you ever resent nent and significant to us. the backlash that comes with it? Your music gets hit with KB: : We’re very grateful that a lotDive: of labels such as “shoegaze” or Local 506 is pretty much the same size venue that we were used to coming up in New York. The thing with expansive touring is that there are awesome places all over. It’s a misconception that there aren’t cool things in smaller towns; there really are. Whether it’s Salt Lake City or Portland, it’s always nice to come share something with new people. Chapel Hill is a great music city; it has a lot of history with Merge Records and Superchunk.
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“indie pop.” Do you ever mind that you get pigeonholed into certain genres?
KB: I think it’s natural for people to view music in that way. You have to call it something so we don’t get offended if people want to call it one thing or another. We just want to write pop songs, we’re not conscious of one genre or another. Getting compared to older bands is really flattering because it’s bands we really admire. We’re never offended by that. Dive: Your album cover is a simple black-and-white picture of two smiling girls. What’s the story behind that image? Why did you choose it? KB: It’s a picture of two friends; they live in Arizona. One of them, her name’s Kendra and she’s an 18-year-old senior in high school and she does a lot of photography. We just really liked that image because our album centers around the idea of having a best friend and being isolated away from the world in a way. Just having one best friend in high school and doing your own thing and not
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The members of New York’s The Pains of Being Pure At Heart pose together for a press photo. The band will play Local 506 on Tuesday. being popular among the crowd, but really feeling comfortable in your own area. The image captures it really well.
finished in my friend’s basement. They’re really fun songs, and we’re excited to play them live and for people to get to hear them.
Dive: What comes next after
Dive: Are you going to put out
the Local 506 show?
a new full-length anytime soon?
KB: We’ll be touring in the KB: We hope so, if we don’t, states and then going over to like, die. That would suck. As long Europe for a few more shows in as we’re alive and well, we should Britain. We have a new EP out this have a new album out next year. month and that’ll give people some Contact the Diversions Editor music for now. We recorded it in at email@example.com. between tours; four songs we just
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Empty spindles littered the ground of the Pit in front of DJ Ill Digitz as he scribbled the names of albums and mixtapes on burned discs. A few yards away, MC Charlie Smarts and producer Foolery asked passers-by if they like hip-hop, hoping to spread the gospel of good music to willing ears. It is a Wednesday afternoon in the Pit. This is half of Raleigh’s up-andcoming hip-hop group Kooley High, and this is their life. “At first you take it a little personal, but then after a while it’s just funny. People act like you have the plague or something,” Ill Digitz said, referring to people’s reactions when the group hits the streets to do some self-promotion. “But at least two or three of these people are going to listen to that CD you gave them and think, ‘Wow, I just got a dope hiphop album that I wouldn’t have got.’ That’s what makes it worth it.” Since Kooley High dropped Kooley is High in April, the group has stayed busy. Emcees Charlie Smarts and Tab-One have both released solo projects for free download, with one from fellow member Rapsody on the way. The group also spent some time on the west coast creating a buzz, have done some shows locally and have been trying to make sure everybody in the Triangle knows about Kooley High. “Right now it’s just the Kooley is High, Charlie Smarts f ’alex, Tab-One Tabloids campaign. We just want to make sure everybody in the world has heard all three,” Charlie Smarts said of the group’s current releases. It’s a push that has taken on more importance as Smarts and Foolery lost their day jobs. And like many independent
artists, Kooley High bears the full weight of its promotion, wearing the MC, producer, DJ, A&R and street team hats simultaneously. “We’re our own label in ourselves,” Smarts said. “We just need to stop making music for a hot second,” Ill Digitz added. “We need to make sure these three are put out there like they deserve because f ’alex and Tabloids are albums, so they deserve to be pushed properly at least for the next couple months.” While the group pushes its creative bounty, it is also shopping for a distribution deal for their forthcoming debut album, The High Life, which they hope to release next year. And even though there isn’t a timetable laid out for the album, the group plans to drop a new mixtape in January to appease the fans. In the meantime, Tab-One, Charlie Smarts and Ill Digitz will be doing a weekly show at Ruckus Pizza in Raleigh in addition to the upcoming group shows. Along with Friday’s Durham Literary Center benefit at the Duke Coffeehouse with brothers-in-rhyme Inflowential, Kooley High will also be performing in Los Angeles in November. The group is also trying to expand their presence in Chapel Hill. Kooley High plans to collaborate with UNC’s Hip-Hop Nation club for a Thursday night show in October. “We want to get access to our target audience. If there’s a hip-hop head in the building we know they’ll f--k with us,” Foolery said. “There ain’t really any reason to make music if you don’t let what you have work for you.” Kooley High is hustling hard and
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Foolery of Raleigh hip-hop group Kooley High hands out free CDs of the group’s new mixtapes during a visit to the Pit last week. ATTEND THE CONCERT Time: 9 p.m. Friday Location: Duke Coffeehouse 106 Epworth Lane, Durham Info: duke.edu/web/coffeehouse
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One listen to The Minus 5’s newest album Killingsworth reveals that it isn’t the next overnight pop sensation. With its mix of bar-ready rock and alt-country, Killingsworth’s set of melancholy songs is the work of a band that’s mastered honky-tonk heartbreak. The Minus 5’s biggest strength lies in its mastery of balance and nuance. While most of the songs on the album address heartbreak or the tumult of a relationship with candor, the harmonies and instrumentation on Killingsworth demonstrate the band’s ability to add multiple elements to a song without rendering it overdone. “Vintage Violet,” with its subtle
blend of piano and guitar, artfully accommodates the male-female vocals that pervade the rest of the album, building slowly and steadily to each chorus. While The Minus 5 proves to be adept at instrumentation, its lyrics are equally remarkable. On opener “Dark Hand of Contagion,” , Scott McCaughey describes a couple’s disintegration, singing, “Your wedding day was so well-planned, like a German occupation.” The album’s combination of enigma and accessibility allows the lyrics to successfully navigate the line between approachability and originality. So crack open a PBR and enjoy these musings on love gone awry. It may not always lift your spirits, but Killingsworth proves that The Minus 5 can craft beautiful music, even if its outlook is bleak. -Linnie Greene
The Depreciation Guild In Her Gentle Jaws Electronic/rock
Some bands rely on nostalgia to win over an audience. The Depreciation Guild falls into that category. But it’s not the “classic rock” methods that hearken back to your dad’s El Camino. The
Depreciation Guild utilizes an eight-bit approach incorporating original Nintendo-era sound effects into wistful pop that connects with the video games generation. In some instances the monotone, electronic pitches are more heavily utilized. On “Heavy Eyes,” the pensive vocals of Kurt Feldman and Christoph Hochheim are supplemented with Gameboy-like explosions, creating a “dude, check this out” effect. The Depreciation Guild succeeds without an overuse of electronic devices. In “Sky Ghosts,” even though the sound effects still make an appearance, distorted guitars power over soft vocals, achingly sighing, “Whatever cloud you’re on I will find you.” But on much of the album the daydreaming guitar wanders off. Lyrics become incomprehensibly stream-of-conscious and that bleep-bloop of A-button mashing never seems to go away, making for monotonous, one-dimensional songs. The eight-bit sound has come to be recognized as a legitimate subset of rock, but here the shtick gets old. In Her Gentle Jaws is a pretty good album, but the added synthesizers and effects start to feel tacked on and forced before it ends.
Kaze first in flight hip-hop
So much in hip hop is measured around terms such as “real” or “legitimate.” You can’t boast about things you don’t have. You’ve got to be able to back it up. But no matter if it’s true, a lot of times I don’t care how big some rapper’s house is or how many diamonds he has. Enter Chapel Hill’s Kaze. An underground MC with talent, Kaze is upfront about what he is: a hard worker scraping to make his rap dream a reality. It’s a refreshing point of view that makes his First in Flight mixtape communicate with those of us who don’t live the life of an MTV megastar. Take “Day in the Life.” Over warbling synths and programmed horns that shine with glamour, he waxes colloquial saying “Mama came in off the porch cause them ’squitas was out/Suppertime, home cooking got us all in the house/Say my grace, feed my face, kiss, hug and be out.” It’s a mundane event, just a meal with the folks, but by the grace of the beat and Kaze’s confident, laid-back flow, it comes off as wonderful. Kaze throws down some pretty -Benn Wineka good lines making himself sound
good as well. Over the lazily sensual soul sample in “919 Fashion,” he drops smile-evoking references such as “I’m off the wall, better hope I don’t see Thriller,” and “Fresh” finds him using the voluptuous syncopation of 9th Wonder’s beat to turn an analysis of his wardrobe into five minutes of pure wit. Despite the success, not everything on Flight soars. A lot of Kaze’s auto-tuned hooks are corny, and a couple of the tracks are straight-up dubs. “Need it to Go,” for instance, is a lame, crude reference to sex as a drive-thru exercise. At one point here Kaze claims to be the “best in the South.” Well, he’s a long shot from that mark now, but if he keeps up the work, “best in the Triangle” might not be too far out of reach. -Jordan Lawrence
The Big Pink A Brief History of love Electronic/rock
When bands like Ireland’s My Bloody Valentine began packing distorted riffs and buzzing chords into their music, the term “shoegaze” was born. Shoegaze has found its latest incarnation in London duo The Big Pink, a group
that serves its stadium pop with a hefty dose of volume and distorted noise. One of the group’s strengths is the energy it maintains throughout the album. It does stadium pop justice with songs that build steadily to a climactic crescendo. Even on slower tracks like “Love in Vain,” the group establishes continuous momentum. While The Big Pink delivers its material loud enough to distort the music itself, the din doesn’t compensate for the group’s reliance on repetition. On “Dominos,” the lyrics “These girls fall like dominos” loops over and over like a mantra, wearing thin after the first few reiterations. Though the group’s epic pop draws the listener in initially, the style feels stale toward the end, indicating that the band could benefit from more variation and experimentation. With its noisy, larger-than-life arrangements and stadium sensibilities, The Big Pink proves that energetic music can come in a grand package. The presentation works for a little while, but in the end, it’s clear that The Big Pink needs to innovate beyond its brand of shoegaze pop. -Linnie Greene
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thursday, september 24, 2009
movieshorts The Informant! In Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” series, George Clooney’s Danny Ocean is a calm, suave, master thief who excels in deceit and pretending to be someone he isn’t. In “The Informant!,” Soderbergh’s new comic tale of corporate crime, the main character is essentially a delusional nitwit who thinks he’s Danny Ocean. He has the veneer of confidence and calm but lacks all the actual skill and long-term thinking to get the job done. Based on true events, Matt Damon stars as Mark Whitacre, a high-ranking executive at Archer Daniels Midland, a real-life company whose products pepper grocery store shelves across the country. He exposes the unethical business practices in the world of food additives to the FBI, turning informer on his own company and its partners. The movie follows his years as part of the FBI investigation, until his own crooked deals and impulsive lying make him the subject of it. Damon owns the screen as Whitacre, creating a character that is sympathetic despite his often baffling actions. “The Informant!” is full of amusing moments, like Whitacre’s habit of spewing random facts about everything from corn to adoption or his inability to remember the exact amount of money he might have embezzled. While the movie is chock full of chuckles, it doesn’t have any moments of fall-on-the-floor hilarity, preferring to let small jokes add up over time. Unfortunately, it avoids becoming a direct satire of corporate greed and crime, which leaves an entire source of humor untapped. Despite its imperfections, “The Informant!” is a low-impact but still funny farce about a man who was
never really cut out for the pressure of leading two lives. It may not be a hilarious send-up of Enron-style greed and corruption, but thanks to a strong performance by Damon and good direction by Soderbergh, it’s still well worth seeing. -Mark Niegelsky
Jennifer’s Body You don’t need to see the credits to know Diablo Cody is involved in “Jennifer’s Body.” Cody’s trademark snappy dialogue and sarcastic wit makes this comic take on traditional horror films work surprisingly well. Amanda Seyfried stars as Needy Lesnicky, a nerdy high school girl with a manipulative and popular best friend named Jennifer (Megan Fox). When the pair attends a concert for a strange rock band, Jennifer ends up as the victim in an occult sacrifice, and her body becomes the host to a demon that forces her to kill and eat hapless teenage boys for sustenance. Naturally, or rather preternaturally, Jennifer’s conversion into a demon strains the girls’ friendship, forcing Needy to fight back if she wants to save her boyfriend and the rest of the male population from slaughter. The film is essentially “Juno” meets “Species,” a hipster take on a basic femme fatale plot, but it manages to have two distinct personalities without feeling like two different movies. There are some laughs and scares, some good bit characters, and Fox plays a vapid demonwhore with disconcerting ease. The film also features the most amusing botched sacrifice at the hands of eyeliner-wearing indie rockers to date. Seriously, when you’re looking for a virgin to slaughter, the first place to look isn’t the school slut.
However, the trendy slang and banter between Needy and Jennifer wears thin, and the movie never really produces a compelling reason why polar opposites are friends to begin with. “Jennifer’s Body” also follows too many horror clichés, relying heavily on the “quick cut and loud music” school of scares, and for an R-rated movie, there is a dissatisfying amount of gore. It’s not a perfect mix of comedy and horror, but the film is never tiresome to watch. With a good amount of jokes at the expense of horny teenagers alongside serviceable scares at the spilling of their hormoneladen blood, there’s a little more to “Jennifer’s Body” than just Jennifer’s body. -Mark Niegelsky
Lorna’s Silence Adding up the numerous pieces of information in “Lorna’s Silence” leaves its audience hanging on for answers. But the powerful acting makes deciphering the characters and their relationships worthwhile. Lorna (Arta Dobroshi) plays the Belgian emigrant and wife of Claudy (Jérémie Renier), a heroin addict pulled into Lorna’s scheme to climb the social rungs through a mob plan. Put into action by a Russian mob lord needing Belgian citizenship, Lorna marries Claudy for citizenship necessary to then marry the mobster and receive payment. Dobroshi provides a striking portrayal of a struggling emigrant. Her raw and believable depiction of the money-induced protagonist casts her in an unsympathetic light, that ultimately renders her character’s development more meaningful. Coupled with Renier’s harsh, realistic portrayal of heroin addic-
Missing in action At least four women’s soccer players aren’t playing in today’s Duke matchup. See pg. 11 for story.
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4 Complete the grid so each row, column and 3-by-3 box (in bold borders) contains every digit 1 to 9.
Solution to Wednesday’s puzzle
Finding funding Undocumented immigrants now can attend community colleges, but money is tight. See pg. 3 for story.
tion, it becomes impossible not to support his crusade to gain Lorna’s respect. Juxtaposing the anxiety between Claudy’s heroin addiction and Lorna’s discomfort with the couple’s closeness, the directors force their on-screen chemistry into the light. It is unfortunate that an uncomfortable love scene, played with such grief and clinging desperation, only guarantees the lasting impact of 60 percent of the film. But the intricacies of Lorna and Claudy’s strange, unstable relationship are the only valuable connection established within the context of the film. The climax, which culminates in Claudy’s sudden death, leaves the rest of the film yearning for the same fulfilled character development, but “Lorna’s Silence” winds down in a tiresome onslaught of patched up plot leftovers. The film couldn’t stand on its own without the damaging and irreconcilable connection between Lorna and Claudy, and once the couple’s flame is snuffed out, the rest of the film drags restlessly on.
am Taylor of Chapel Hill’s monstrously good heavy rock band Caltrop rips through a slashing riff during the band’s powerful performance at Sunday’s Carrboro Music Festival. The band played in a parking lot -Rachel Arnett beside The Station which also saw a set by SNMNMNM.
Are you currently experiencing
around one or both of your lower
UNC School of Dentistry is presently enrolling healthy subjects who: are non-smokers between the ages of 18 and 35 have pain and signs of inflammation (pericoronitis) around a lower wisdom tooth (3rd molar) Participation requires three visits. Benefits for participating include: free initial treatment of painful problem a free dental cleaning up to $50.00 payment for your time free consult regarding options for 3rd molar treatment If interested, please contact: Tiffany V. Hambright, RDH Clinical Research Coordinator • Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 919-966-8376 or Tiffany_Hambright@dentistry.unc.edu you will be contacted within 24 hours.
The first part of UNC’s Hekima film discussion series begins today with “Kwame.” See pg. 4 for story.
Board of Trustees Four board committees met Wednesday, and the full body gathers today. Go online for story.
Fee hike? UNC is considering fee increases totaling $85. DTH looks at a few of the options. See pg. 3 for story.
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Deadlines are NOON one business day prior to publication for classified ads. We publish Monday thru Friday when classes are in session. A university holiday is a DTH holiday too (i.e. this affects deadlines). We reserve the right to reject, edit, or reclassify any ad. Acceptance of ad copy or prepayment does not imply agreement to publish an ad. You may stop your ad at any time, but NO REFUNDS or credits for stopped ads will be provided. No advertising for housing or employment, in accordance with federal law, can state a preference based on sex, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, handicap, marital status. HUgE YARD SAlE! University United Methodist Church. Saturday, 9/26. 8am-1pm. 150 East Franklin Street. Furniture, clothes, collectibles, households, toys, books, sports, more. Rain or shine. DESigN AND MARkETiNg WORkSHOp: Experience the world of engineers and entrepreneurs! in this workshop, you’ll design a product for a specific audience and then create a marketing campaign to “sell” your product. For more information about this weekend workshop for middle school students, please visit www.learnmore.duke. edu/youth/workshops, 919-684-2827, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLLEgE PREP WORkSHOP Need help choosing the right college? Writing the college essay? preparing for the SAT? Want to know what college life is all about? get the answers to these questions and more from professional, experienced staff in this weekend workshop. For more information, please visit www.learnmore.duke. edu/youth/workshops, 919-684-2827, youth @duke.edu.
Child Care Services THAT kiD’S plACE has full-time and parttime spaces available in our preschool program. All full-time spaces, $550/mo. part-time prorated. 919-960-6165.
4BR, WAlk TO UNC. 4BR/4.5BA Columbia place townhome. pristine, fireplace, deck, 4 parking spaces. Available immediately. $2,600/mo. Email agent for photos, details: email@example.com, 919-606-2803.
$800/MO. WillOW TERRACE, behind University Mall. on busline. 2BR/1.5BA. Recently renovated, lots of storage. Walk everywhere! No car needed here! 919-274-2900.
pARTiCipANTS NEEDED for studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRi). Studies are conducted at the Duke University Brain imaging and Analysis Center. Must be 18 years of older and no history of neurological injury or disease. Studies last 1-2 hours and participants are paid approximately $20/hr. For more information, call 681-9344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 10672.
vOiCE iNSTRUCTiON with Estelle Morgen. BS Juilliard, MA Columbia. Breathing, diction, range, interpretation techniques. Classical, Broadway, Standards. Call 919-969-9249.
1BR ApARTMENT FOR RENT. Unfurnished apartment at Chapel view Complex available in October or November. Numerous amenities. Email or call for more information. email@example.com, 910-850-1321.
ROOM AvAilABlE FOR SUBlET. Room and parking available at the Warehouse Apartments on Rosemary Street. Sublet through July 10 at $700/mo. Share with 3 female roommates. 843-818-9355.
Child Care Wanted AFTERSCHOOl CHilD CARE NEEDED
for 2 fun boys (6 and 9). Weekdays, 2-6pm. Non-smoking. Car and references required. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-967-2701.
2BR CONDO FOR RENT: 2BR/2BA, W/D, stove, refrigerator, dishwasher. Community gazebo. Water and sewer included. This first floor condo is located just 2 miles from downtown Chapel Hill. The bus stop is at the entrance of this complex (buses are free in Chapel Hill). Tyler Creek Condominiums has been a popular place to live in Chapel Hill since the 1970s. Call or email Brent Willett at 919-8106972 or email@example.com. Also visit http://Willettproperty.com.
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giMgHOUl ROAD: peace and quiet in this secluded little studio cottage. Only 1.5 blocks from campus and busline in Chapel Hill. $500/mo. 919-929-7618.
3BR/2BA HOUSE FOR RENT: Bright house in quiet, safe neighborhood in SW Durham. Hardwood floors, gas fireplace, deck, fenced in back yard. 6 minutes to Duke, 12 minutes to UNC. W/D included. $1,200/mo, 1 month deposit. 1 year lease, available October 1st. Non-smoker. please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-225-3119.
piTTSBORO. UNC student(s) wanted to watch our 2 year-old in home, 9am-noon, Oct 7-8, maybe more. 10 miles south UNC hospital. $10/hr. Experience, references required. 942-4527. CHilD CARE NEEDED FOR 3 year-old in Chapel Hill. 15-20 hrs/wk including M/W/F 12:30-4:30pm and Tu/Th mornings. Reliable car and references required. $12/hr. Contact email@example.com.
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WRiTERS DREAM: BEAUTiFUl 3BR/2BA, 10 minutes South of UNC, Chapel Hill. Jones Ferry Road. Hardwood floors, granite counters, Jennair range. No smoking; $990/mo. 919-357-3488.
lEARN ART OF lANDSCApE gardening and experience cycles of nature. physically demanding work building and planting with established contractor. Driver’s license required. Full-time and part-time. Andrew Bryan, 929-9913.
UNiqUE, vERY pRivATE 3BR house. $1,275/ mo. pets Ok. 919-548-6824.
gROOMER WANTED for dogs. Full-time in a Chapel Hill veterinary clinic. 919-942-1788.
OFFiCE SpACE DOWNTOWN. 1 room, 260 square feet. 1 parking space. lease required. $500/mo, includes electricity, gas, water. email@example.com. 919-929-2102.
HABiliTATiON TECHNiCiAN: Maxim Healthcare Services is hiring habilitation technicians to provide one on one services to individuals with special needs. We have consumers in Durham, Chatham and person Counties. Applicants should have high school diploma, valid drivers license and clean background. if interested please contact Christina Holder at 919-419-1484 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2BR/1BA APARTMENT AvAILABLE great Carrboro location. Newly renovated with hardwood floors, W/D in unit. $699/ mo. includes internet, cable. looking for someone to take over 1 year lease that ends next August. September would be rent free. On several buslines. Call 252-268-4010 if interested.
FABUlOUS RENTAl NEAR SHOppiNg! great 3BR/1.5BA home near University Mall and free busline, updated kitchen, renovated bathrooms, great fenced back yard with patio, screened porch $1,300/mo. Available October 1. 698-6570.
local business seeks MS Acess programmer for new project. First meeting in pittsboro, work from home. Students welcome. $25/hr. email@example.com, 850-420-2087.
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AFTERSCHOOl CARE NEEDED for 6 year-old girl. pick up from Scroggs to sports M/W/Th about 3pm. Occasional weekends with toddler. possible summer nanny. Reliable, good record, references required. Call evenings, 919-942-8927.
WAlk TO CAMpUS. 2BR/1BA with W/D, dishwasher, central air and heat. Available immediately. $775/mo. 933-8143, www.merciarentals.com.
1 block from Franklin Street. 208 Church Street: 4BR apartment, $2,800/mo. 211 Short Street: 4BR home, $2,800/mo. BOTH NEWlY REMODElED! 919-656-6495.
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Care seeking healthy, non-smoking females 20-32 to become egg donors. $2,500 compensation for COMplETED cycle. All visits and procedures to be done local to campus. For written information, please call 919-966-1150 ext. 5 and leave your current mailing address.
pART-TiME pERSONAl ASSiSTANT: Busy software developer needs part-time assistant. U: smart, outgoing, geeky, college educated, well written and spoken, handy with all things computer, willing to work anywhere on a laptop, especially coffee shops, addicted to information. Resume: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pets/Livestock HORSE NEEDS RiDER! Advanced intermediate or advanced. Dressage, combined training. References, demo required. 2 miles from UNC. Busline. Work exchange. 919-6211234.
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If September 24th is Your Birthday... Finish up a lot of old projects this year, or simply decide not to do them. (That is one of your options, remember.) Start with a list of old stuff.
lOST: BlACk NOTEBOOk: Several pages of class notes. lost Monday 9/14 on U bus or near Ram village. Cash reward. 336-708-5161.
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COLLEGE ADVERTISING STAFF IN THE NATION? it’s a fun & flexible job that allows you to learn about the way advertising is bought, sold & produced by the largest circulating paper in Orange County. We are a hard-working, motivated team that emphasizes customer service. Stop by Suite 2409 in the Student Union to pick up an application. Due October 1st.
SCHOOl READiNg pARTNERS! Help beginning readers practice reading skills, 1-2 hours weekly, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools. Training 9-22 or 9-24, 5:30-9pm, or 9-29, 9am-12:30pm. preregister: firstname.lastname@example.org. nc.us, 967-8211 ext. 2833.
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COACH WRiTE vOlUNTEERS! Conference 1 on 1 with students to improve their writing skills. Training is scheduled for 9-16 or 9-30 or 10-6 at 5:30-9pm. preregister: sphillips@ chccs.k12.nc.us or 967-8211 ext. 28369.
SpECiAl OlYMpiCS SWiM COACH volunteers needed for youth program. 40 minute classes run on Monday or Wednesday mornings, Tuesday or Thursday afternoons, Thursday mornings, 9/21 thru 12/3. No experience necessary. Register at 968-2810 or clanigan@ townofchapelhill.org. www.sooc.org.
SpRiNg SEMESTER SUBlET: 1 room available in 3BR/3BR Chapel Ridge apartment. $575/mo, all utilities included. Several complex amenities. Move in and out dates flexible. 704-450-9835.
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had kept the national organization abreast of the situation and would from page 1 continue to contact them when the bers Sunday the Greek system was fraternity undergoes a standards on the ropes and he would no lon- review. ger tolerate reckless behavior. “In general we think most of our The way it was organizations are healthy, and we In the past, the Greek system think most of our organizations are out there doing good stuff,” Crisp had been largely cut off from the University, which was attempting said in an interview. “There’s also negatives about the to avoid being named in lawsuits. organizations that the University It resulted in unsafe conditions and has never wanted to tolerate. I don’t little oversight. Binder is the reason most fraterthink that’s ever been a change.” A n d U N C a d m i n i s t r a t o r s nities don’t look more like “Animal haven’t made it a priority to come House.” He became UNC’s enforcer up with new ways to deal with the when he took the assistant dean position in 1994, traveling through Greeks. While the DKE party received house parties and keeping a close more attention than previous inves- eye on Greek houses. He introduced the rules that tigations, UNC has dealt with it in the same fashion as other infrac- the old-timers love to hate: dry tions. It passed off the investigation rush, no kegs and tight controls on to the student-run Greek Judicial hazing. He established the Greek Board, which imposed a year of Judicial Board and other institutions of self-governance. probation on the chapter. He said there was resistance at As private organizations, Greeks abide by their own codes of con- first, but alumni, advisers and studuct and deal out sanctions based dent leaders of the Greek system on their own rules. Those involved soon realized that he made their say they take the responsibility of lives easier. In May 1996, a fire in Phi self-governance seriously. “Chancellor Thorp looked Gamma Delta killed five students, our way and said ‘You guys need raising the profile of fire safety in to do your job,’ and that’s what fraternity houses and causing the Dean Crisp was saying too,” said Chapel Hill Town Council to pass Interfraternity Council President an ordinance requiring the Greek Charlie Winn of Thorp’s call for an houses to install sprinklers. Binder created requirements investigation. “Typically he doesn’t tell us to for fire safety and provided the do our job because we know that. resources for organizations to folHe just wanted us to know that he low through. thought it was important for us to do it well now more than ever.” Keeping close ties Apart from its investigation, The biggest thing that keeps administrators worked with alumni and parents to provide resourc- fraternities tied to the University es to Delta Kappa Epsilon after is access to UNC’s resources for Smith’s death, but they have only student groups, including lists minimally involved the national of pledges, not to mention the University’s name and reputation. organization. When that recognition is taken “I see things on the chancellor’s blog and all that other stuff, but they’ve done nothing to reach out to us,” said Delta Kappa Epsilon Executive Director David Eastlick, who oversees the nationwide organization’s chapters. Crisp said the administration
away, fraternities like Pi Kappa Phi, which had its charter revoked in 2005, operate outside IFC guidelines. The fraternity chooses new members last and doesn’t hold formal social events. Crisp said it is important for groups to stay connected to the University to keep national organizations supportive of chapters. “It’s certainly not clear to me that national chapters will allow an organization to continue without its relationship with the University,” Crisp said. While the organizations have their own governance structures, fraternity and sorority members are perceived to be part of the University first and their Greek organization second. They can be brought in front of the Honor Court individually, and are sometimes held collectively accountable for actions.
‘Taking responsibility’ If the University were adamant about changing the relationship, experience shows it could. In the past, administrators introduced rules and cracked down on infractions. They have also leaned on chapters to self-govern more diligently. Delta Kappa Epsilon has embraced the consequences of its violations, and members say they are working to take a leadership role in improving the relationship. Administrators took note of the effort with which the fraternity is making an attempt to do good. “I always think it’s a good thing when people are taking responsibility for their actions and are trying to find ways to improve the campus and the world around them,” Crisp said. Contact the University Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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UNC shorthanded vs. Duke By Jonathan Jones Assistant Sports Editor
North Carolina women’s soccer players Meghan Klingenberg and Amanda Tucker entered Wednesday’s practice at Fetzer Field costumed as Blue Devils in preparation for tonight’s match against Duke. While Klingenberg and Tucker will inevitably trade their royal blue ensembles and pitchforks for Carolina blue jerseys, the Tar Heels will still be shorthanded for the rivalry game. Starters Tobin Heath, Ashlyn Harris and Nikki Washington, along with reserve Lucy Bronze, will miss UNC’s first ACC game of the season. “Obviously, we’re not going to be as good with players like that missing, but I have confidence in my reserve players,” coach Anson Dorrance said. “I look at this as giving my young players more experience early.” Heath and Harris are missing both the Duke game and Sunday’s match against Wake Forest due to practice commitments with the U.S. national team. UNC will have to fill the void left by Heath, a senior midfielder who has logged the most minutes of any Tar Heel on offense. Harris has started all eight games in goal for UNC and has allowed only one goal all year. “I feel like everyone has to step up equally,” senior defender Kristi Eveland said. “I think we have to talk more. It’ll be a good way of seeing how our team can come together when some of our stars aren’t here.” Across the pond, Bronze is competing in European qualifying for the under-20 England national
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team. Bronze, a freshman defender from England, has started in just one game this season. Still, she’s a key reserve on Dorrance’s squad and is expected to return for Sunday’s match. Washington’s absence has already been felt by the team. The senior forward had two goals and three assists on the season before tearing her ACL against Louisiana State last Friday. A four-year starter, Washington’s career at UNC is done after suffering the injury six games into the year. “She’s one of the best flank midfielders I’ve ever coached,” Dorrance said following the LSU game. “We’re not running up the white flag, but we’re not going to replace her. You just can’t replace a player of that caliber.” In UNC’s next match against Auburn, Dorrance started Brittani Bartok in Washington’s place, substituting Bartok with freshman Alyssa Rich in both halves of the game. Despite having holes at three starting positions, Dorrance said
Nikki Washington, who tore her ACL last weekend, is among four UNC women’s soccer players who will be absent tonight versus Duke.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Greeks need to accept responsibility, move on
or centuries humans have obsessed over finding a quick and easy way to boost brainpower. This is especially true on a college campus where marathon Rock Band sessions and frat parties make cramming a necessary evil. Most try to maximize studying efficiency by barricading themselves in the library armed with the modern elixirs of intelligence — a Red Bull in one hand and a double-shot espresso in the other. But instead of frying your nerves with stimulants, you should take time away from studying to exercise. If you just cringed at the sight of that word, you are not alone. For non-fitness nuts, exercise can feel like getting a root canal at an Ashlee Simpson concert. But the good news is that you can significantly improve your memory after just 10 minutes of running. That’s right — 10 minutes. Only a fraction of the time it takes to scroll through all of your ex’s recent photos on Facebook. Research shows that learning improvements were most dramatic after two three-minute sprints — even more so than after a brisk 40-minute jog. This is because high amounts of brain-derived neurotrophic factor are released during intense exercise. BDNF prevents facts stored as long-term memory from decaying and keeps them fresh until test time. Although these immediate benefits are only provided through intense workouts, do not fret, long-distance buffs. Twelve weeks of moderate exercise training provides the same memory improvements. Plus, it has the added benefits of strengthening heart muscle and lowering blood pressure. If you still think the torture of exercise is unbearable, you should start working out with others, which increases your tolerance of pain. Perhaps a quick run might be the perfect way to kick off a late night study group session. But why stop at exercise when there are other easy ways to boost your IQ? For instance, foods like grapes, chocolate and tea enhance the memory benefits of exercise. These sound much more appealing than the classic study snack of Funyuns and a Monster energy drink. New evidence indicates that the benefits of exercise and healthy eating are longlasting. Both exercise and the Mediterranean diet reduce cognitive decline in old age and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This means you substitute red meat, chicken, potatoes and butter with fish, veggies and olive oil to enhance the nerve growth provided by staying fit. Admittedly, in today’s fastpaced world, it is hard to keep an eye on how your behaviors might impact you down the road. But if all it takes is a bit of exercise to increase my chances of becoming as suave as Hugh Hefner in my 80s, I am more than happy to put in the time. For now, it would be wise to take advantage of exercise’s immediate brain-enhancing qualities while studying. Even before its perks were known, Thomas Jefferson spoke of exercise’s virtues, saying, “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading.” No wonder his Declaration turned out all right.
Friday: Editor-in-chief Andrew Dunn will explain the rationale for the DTH’s coverage of incidents involving the Greek community.
Bicycles for all WeCycles proposes innovative bike rental program that the Town Council should approve
he town of Chapel Hill should allow WeCycles, a nonprofit bike-sharing organization, to begin operations. WeCycles wants to construct kiosks around town near hightraffic areas such as bus stops and various campus locations. For a $45 yearly fee or a $4 hourly fee, people can swipe a OneCard, credit card or WeCycles membership card and have a bike that can be returned to any of the kiosks, which would be open 24 hours. WeCycles has stated that Chancellor Holden Thorp and UNC Chief of Police Jeff McCracken have both expressed interest, and the Town Council ought to follow their lead. This is a plan that would help both the town and its residents.
Its proposed business model is self-sustaining. WeCycles would be funded by membership fees and through collaboration with local businesses, which means fees will stay as low as possible. Also, a wide availability of bikes — 300 spread over 30 locations — would decrease reliance on the town’s bus system, which often runs routes of 30 minutes or more. WeCycles will also operate a Web site with information on how many bikes are currently available at each kiosk to help riders plan. Davidson College has a bikesharing program in which students and community members can take bikes for free, but they can’t be parked off campus, and there are no locks to prevent theft.
Duke has a free bike-sharing program as well, although it is funded by student fees and not open to the general public. WeCycles’ proposal resolves the problems that both those programs have encountered, providing an optional program open to all and with many locations both on and off campus. WeCycles would be hugely beneficial to local businesses, residents and students, not to mention the environment. If just 10 percent of the town’s population of 80,000 people rode a bike 30 miles instead of taking a car, carbon emissions would be reduced by 114 tons, and 12,000 gallons of gas would be saved. The council ought to approve the plan as soon as possible. It’s hard to say no to a proposal where everyone wins.
Really, ALE? ALE must justify its case for equipping ofﬁcers with assault riﬂes or abandon the program
orth Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents have the right to be armed, but not with assault rifles. Currently, every agent is equipped with one of these weapons. Some ALE agents have already shown that they are inept at handling the firearms. T he (Raleigh) News & Observer reported last week that two of these assault rifles have been stolen, and there has been at least one accidental shooting. This raises serious concerns about the workings of the agency and the decision to arm its agents with these weapons. ALE is part of the N.C. Department of Crime Control
and Public Safety and is responsible for enforcing state laws on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages, among other duties. But ALE agents are rarely involved in situations in which deadly force is required. And the cost of the assault rifles is substantial. The state issued assault rifles at a price of $1,495 each. ALE purchased the rifles using money made from federal seizures involving alcohol, drugs and illegal gambling, the N&O reports. Although tax dollars weren’t used to purchase the assault rifles, it doesn’t justify arming ALE officers with these dangerous weapons. About a week after it was
reported that all ALE officers were equipped with assault rifles and that two had disappeared, Bill Chandler stepped down as director of ALE. Gov. Bev Perdue has recently selected Madison County Sheriff John Ledford to head up the program. As Ledford transitions into his new position, he needs to revaluate the need to equip ALE officers with assault rifles. If he decides to continue using these weapons, he must publicly justify his decision and beef up safety measures to prevent any further thefts or accidents. But we’d prefer that ALE officers are not armed with combat weaponry.
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According to a campus study, about 80 percent of students have had alcohol, nearly 36 percent marijuana and about 5 percent cocaine. Let’s see what happens to the Adderall stats when midterms start.
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TO THE EDITOR: Let’s be real here. Stop being defensive and screaming “unfair” because the Greek community is in the spotlight of attention right now. After all, to an extent, you have earned it. First, as an alumnus of the Greek community at UNC, I can say confidently that the vast majority of the Greek community are hard working and good natured people. And yes, a few bad apples do ruin the image for everyone. Welcome to life in the real world. When you cannot understand that a fraternity is mourning the loss of one of their own because of alcohol at a pledge party that should not have been there, someone needs to call a time-out. When you cannot understand how or why cocaine use is much more serious, and therefore newsworthy than, say, alcohol, someone needs to call a time-out. When you make excuses for the lack of reporting merely because an incident was illegal (underage drinking), instead of focusing on the extent of its illegality (cocaine), you are reaching a bit too far. When you dismiss the scale of the incident by claiming only a “few” members of the Greek community were involved, when the incident was located at an unofficial fraternity house of which several residents charged were in the Greek community, with nearly 200 grams of cocaine was found, you’re borderline delusional. I can safely assume you are all well-educated and smart students, so please either be more reasonable, or have someone do you a favor and slap the stupid out of you. This is not a game. You’re in the spotlight because you’ve earned it, not because of “unfair” attention. There is no obvious incongruence, but plenty of obvious ignorance and irresponsibility. Accept responsibility and accountability for what has happened as a community, regardless of the few who have given you a black eye, clean it up and move on. It’s the only responsible thing left to do. Thomas Jones UNC ’09
Greeks wrong to blame DTH for negative coverage TO THE EDITOR: In response to all of the complaints against The Daily Tar Heel regarding the Greek community, please take the pity party elsewhere. Stop trying to shift blame to the DTH for sensationalizing its articles and attacking Greeks. Multiple arrests surrounding a narcotics bust is sensational by definition. The fact that several of those arrested were or are Greek members is going to put more scrutiny on the Greek community. If several members of the football team were arrested for cocaine use, I assure you
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the DTH would put as much scrutiny on them as the Greek community. Now, breaking the law is breaking the law, but read this carefully: Underage drinking is not analogous to cocaine trafficking, the latter being a felony that can come with a prison sentence. Anyone who compares the two is either shortsighted or entirely disingenuous. Does anyone honestly believe the two offenses are the same? Furthermore, you can talk about how much service the Greeks do and what an important symbol of unity they are for the University, and we won’t deny that, but in life, you get debits, as well as credits, by association. If the Greek community wants a secure reputation, then perhaps it should monitor itself to the point where we think of its contributions more than its legal issues. Instead of complaining about negative coverage, the Greek system could take positive, proactive steps to assess and mitigate any illicit drug use within the community. Andrew Elliott Senior Economics, Political Science David Conrad Junior History
Column about Al-Qaeda oversimplified the issue TO THE EDITOR: We d n e s d a y ’s c o l u m n (“Historical context often missing,” Sept. 23) would greatly benefit from following its own advice. The column attempted to encourage us to understand the true history of regions of interest such as the Middle East. In the process it made just as many irresponsible generalizations that were as equally misleading as “they hate us for our freedom.” The column suggested that Al-Qaeda and similar terrorist groups merely want the West out of the Middle East. While this is a stated goal, Al-Qaeda is more concerned with exporting its hateful, chauvinistic brand of fundamentalism around the world and carrying out violent attacks in Russia, Africa and Southeast Asia. Osama bin Laden and his counterparts have been linked to violence on almost every continent. The column’s oversimplification seems to suggest that Al-Qaeda is nothing more than post-colonial reactionaries seeking self-determination from Western imperialists. To quote Mr. Fleming, “nothing could be further from the truth.” Mr. Fleming’s observations about Iraq’s history do raise important concerns about the dangers of ignoring historical context. But as students of history, politics and culture, we should not fall into the trap of simply shifting blame from one actor to another. Keith Gordon Senior Political Science, International Studies
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