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The Daily Tar Heel

Monday, February 23, 2015


Bike share might debut in Raleigh A study says it’s feasible, though the city likely won’t fund it in 2015. By Joe Martin Staff Writer

Bike-sharing programs have been popping up recently in major cities across the country and on UNC’s campus — and Raleigh could be next. Bike-sharing is a system of public transportation that allows people, for a relatively small fee, to grab a bike at a nearby kiosk, ride it around the city and drop it off at another bike kiosk. Daniel Rodriguez, director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the UNC Institute for the Environment, said while the concept is popular, it’s not necessarily profitable. “The usage tends to be fairly high, but unfortunately it is a money-losing operation,” he said. “So it requires a lot of subsidies like most transportation services.” A feasibility study conducted in Raleigh in the summer of 2014 found that a bike-share program would be beneficial and worthwhile. Jennifer Baldwin, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for BikeRaleigh, said although the program will not be funded this year, discussion on ways to implement the program will continue. “So we’re at the stage right now where we’re just recommending a business model, the number of stations there will be, how much this is going to cost and trying to ask the question of how are we going to get the funding,” she said. Baldwin said a discussion about implementation that was scheduled with the Raleigh City Council on Tuesday was canceled due to weather, so it will likely be postponed until March or April. Meanwhile, some UNC students are hoping to expand the University’s bike-share program, Tar Heel Bikes, which was founded in the fall of 2012. Adeyemi Olatunde, a freshman who is a part of Tar Heel Bikes, said the program currently has 30 bikes for student use in Craige, Ehringhaus, Morrison and Hinton James residence halls. “It’s about getting people to use bikes as a mode of transport around campus. You can use the bikes to go to Carrboro. You can use them on weekends to go to the farmers market,” Olatunde said. Katharine Mather, Tar Heel Bikes codirector, said though the Student Fee Advisory Subcommittee denied the program’s application for additional funding from the student transit fee, the group hopes to apply again in 2016 and expand. Mather said a campaign was launched last spring with the goal to get 2,000 signatures on a petition to expand the program. “The expanded system would be about 80 to 100 bikes. We would probably have 10 or so locations around campus,” Mather said. She said bike-sharing offers a convenient travel option for students besides buses and walking. “Right now, if you want to go around campus, you can either walk up quite a large hill or you can wait for the NU or the U or RU, or whatever, and those are very crowded and it comes every 15 minutes,” Mather said. “So if you need to get somewhere in a rush, it’s really difficult.”

DTH/CATHERINE HEMMER Carolina K. Wu, 2, practices toothbrush skills at an event hosted by Kidzu Children’s Museum and Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry.

OPEN WIDE, SAY ‘AH’ Kidzu Children’s Museum hosted a dental health event By Lauren Miller Staff Writer

The Kidzu Children’s Museum taught Chapel Hill children how to brighten their smiles Saturday to get the kids and their families excited about smiling bright at the museum’s grand opening later in March. “I want it to open right now,” said Davis Starling, a child participant in Kidzu’s Healthy Smiles, an interactive event to promote dental health. The event, hosted by both Kidzu and Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, featured puppets demonstrating proper brushing techniques, stories for kids about dental hygiene and a forum for parents to ask questions about their children’s dental development. “Dental health is important and, once (kids) form good habits, they benefit from them for life,” said Fam Zhang, whose son participated in

Healthy Smiles. “We bring him here once, he has fun, and he remembers dental health,” she said. Kidzu has served 150,000 young visitors since 2006, offering hands-on learning opportunities. The museum provides exhibits and programs about child health and wellness, art education, STEM and early learning, said Deanna Patrick, Kidzu’s development and programs coordinator. In December 2013, Kidzu moved to what the group calls its launchpad location in University Mall. This month, however, museum staff is anticipating the opening of its semi-permanent home, a larger space in University Mall, with new events and programming. The museum plans to open a permanent space at 150 E. Rosemary St. in 2017. Kidzu aims to make its activities fun and memorable, but educational and informative as

“We bring him here once, he has fun, and he remembers dental health.” Fam Zhang, A mother at Saturday’s dental health event

well, Patrick said. Mary Lee Batista, a dental assistant at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, said the Healthy Smiles event was particularly relevant because February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. “It’s all about education,” she said. “We are here to educate children and parents alike.” During National Children’s Dental Health Month, the American Dental Association publicizes research on dental topics including oral piercings, sippy cups and dental emergencies. Next week, Kidzu will host a program called the Teddy Bear Health and Wellness Clinic with the UNC Health Care Nursing Diversity Council to educate children about standard health

and wellness procedures. The program will conclude the museum’s weekly series leading up to the March opening of its new location, which is significantly larger and will allow for the expansion of existing programs and the creation of new ones. Kidzu is still seeking volunteers to help with its expansion. Volunteers will help out with STEM classes, arts and craft programs and special events, said Emily Chambliss, Kidzu’s education and outreach coordinator. “Volunteers have lots of interactions with the kids, help us find upcoming events and look for relevant crafts for the themes,” she said.

Durham mayor discusses city’s growth, race with students Carolina RISE brought the mayor to speak about a variety of topics Friday. By Rebecca Brickner Staff Writer

Durham Mayor Bill Bell wants to look beyond downtown revitalization to decrease poverty in his city. Bell talked about this plan and his career in city politics, his beginnings as an electrical engineer at IBM and his experience as a black man in a speech to UNC students. The event, which took place Friday evening in the Student Union, was part of a speaker series put on by Carolina RISE in partnership with student government. Carolina RISE targets minority students with a goal of creating “representatives increasing student excellence.” Bell discussed the “rich AfricanAmerican heritage of Durham as a center of business and culture.” He also spoke about his contributions to the decision to merge the Durham

County school system and the city school system in the early 1990s. Bell said he has turned his focus to creating a better Durham for future generations. “Neighborhood by neighborhood, year by year,” he said of his plans to improve quality of life in the city by encouraging mixed-use and mixedincome development. Academic advisor Dexter Robinson helps RISE coordinate its guest speakers. “The idea is just putting students in a venue … where folks who they deem successful are tangible, so they can ask questions. If they need a mentor, once they feel like that person is tangible, the likelihood that they ask questions or follow up with them seems a little more real, and their dreams seem a little more realistic,” Robinson said. Robinson spoke from his own experience about the confusion that students — particularly minority students — can feel after graduating from UNC. “When you graduate from here in your early 20s, you’re lost. Most of your network consists of your

“We need to succeed … so that we can make a better place for people who come after us…” Antonio Squire, RISE executive of operations for family matters

peers, so it can be hard for you to get a job or get ahead because you don’t necessarily know people who are established, so the speaker series hopefully helps with that as well as mentorship,” Robinson said. Junior Antonio Squire, who serves as an executive of operations for family matters within RISE, said he felt the event was a success. “I want to get into local politics, so it was amazing to be able to talk to someone who is so widely known — someone who knows the president and travels all around the world and who is a local figure but so well-known globally,” he said. Squire said the goal of RISE and the speaker series was to show minority students what resources they have both at UNC and in the professional

DTH/ASHLEY CRABTREE Durham Mayor Bill Bell speaks about his career in city politics and decreasing crime in Durham at a Carolina RISE meeting Friday in the Student Union.

community after graduation. “It’s not enough for us to just get here (to UNC), but we know we need to succeed and thrive while we’re here so that we can make it a better place for people who come after us,” he said.

“Given the fact that he’s an African-American and he’s very successful, he has opened up many doors for me … it was just an amazing experience.”

With ‘Pitch Perfect’ performance, Walk-Ons advance The group placed second in Saturday’s quarterfinals at Duke. By Madison Flager Staff Writer

Co-ed a cappella group the UNC Walk-Ons stood in a circle in Dey Hall 307 on Friday night to rehearse for the last time before competing in the International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella South quarterfinals. Assistant music director Turner Davis led a series of stretches and exercises. Choreographer Kyle Conroy gave a short pump-up speech, and they ran through the show. “We don’t really go into it with the mentality to win; we just go into it to do our best and impress the people coming there to support

us,” Conroy said. The next night, in front of a packed auditorium at Duke University, the group took second place, qualifying them to move on to the ICCA South regional semifinal next month at the University of Florida in Gainesville along with Grains of Time, a group from N.C. State. “I never thought (this) was going to happen in a million years,” UNC senior and WalkOns business manager Madeline Hurley said. “We’re all pretty shocked.” The group has been rehearsing for this competition all semester and sent in an audition tape in October. They competed in ICCA for the first time in 2014. The Walk-Ons were the only group to compete from UNC and one of eight groups from North Carolina and Virginia universities.

Hurley said when the group walked off the stage, they knew they had given it their all. “It felt like the best performance we ever did as a group,” she said. Music director and sophomore Claire Cooper said she felt the group channeled its nervous energy into good energy, allowing them to be calm once they got on stage. The group of 17 sang “Sigh No More” by Mumford and Sons, a mashup of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” and “I Will Never Die” by Delta Rae. Cooper said though the songs aren’t particularly well-known, the audience seemed to like them, cheering after a solo in “Sigh No More” and standing up in applause when the performance ended. The Walk-Ons will perform these songs again March 21, competing against the top two groups

from each of the South quarterfinals. Unlike its usual performances at private events or charity functions, this one involved dancing and a score sheet. “It’s so different than the way most a cappella is,” Conroy said. “We have to dance, and we’re not dancers, so it was a learning curve. So many times in the arts, it’s just performative, and you go out and do your best, but I like the competitive atmosphere.” For Hurley — one of two seniors who has been with the Walk-Ons since freshman year — the win is especially sweet. “Me and Sarah (Stewart) were talking about how amazing it’s been to go through four years with the group and see how it’s changed,” she said. “It’s so great to see how far we’ve come.”

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The Daily Tar Heel Feb. 23, 2015 Three pack

DTH Feb. 23, 2015  

The Daily Tar Heel Feb. 23, 2015 Three pack