Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Hearing tonight on plan tomodify wastewater system
State regulators from the N.C.Division of Water Quality willhold a public hearing at 7 p.m.tonight to discuss UNC’s applica-tion to modify its wastewater sys-tem at the UNC Animal ResearchFacility in southeast OrangeCounty.The public hearing for theBingham Facility will be held at the White Cross Recreation Center, at1800 White Cross Road in ChapelHill.Registration will start at 6:30p.m.The Division of Water Quality will hear residents’ comments before the body decides to approve,revise or deny the permit.
Associate professor winscontest to dine with Obama
David Garcia, associate musicprofessor at UNC, won a campaigncontest and dined with PresidentBarack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday.Garcia and his wife ate with theObamas and two other winners with their spouses in a restaurantin Washington, D.C., on Monday night. All of the winners had previ-ously donated to the Obama 2012campaign throughout the past few weeks.Garcia said he is a son of immi-grants and supports Obama’sDREAM campaign.
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By Grace Raynor
Despite a large turnout, animpromptu Sunset Serenade in thePit Monday night was dampened— not by rain, but by a violation of University policy.Sunset Serenade, a performancethat usually hosts many campus a cappella groups on campus the day before school starts, is tradition-ally held in front of Wilson Library.Members of the groups decided tomove it to the Pit when officials can-celed the concert on the lawn due toinclement weather.Don Luse, director of the Carolina Union, said the performance groupsdid not go through the proper chan-nels to obtain permission to perform with amplification in the Pit.“The policy states clearly that youcan’t do anything in the Pit withoutthe Union’s approval and that if weallow any sound reinforcement, it’seither operated by us or we approvethat in advance,” he said.“Neither of those things hap-pened.”Luse added that the groups arenot supposed to perform in the Pit with amplification unless it is after4 p.m. on a Friday — when it is con-sidered a concert.Luse said Austin Gold, managerof box office and information ser- vices for the Union, gave the groupspermission to perform, but specifiedthat there was to be no amplifica-tion.“One individual came to me, andthey were asking for an extensioncord,” Gold said. “At that point, Iexplained that they couldn’t haveamplified sound in the Pit.”But Gold said by the time he hadthat conversation, the event hadalready started.He said no one from the StudentUnion had been notified that the a cappella groups were performing inthe Pit.Luse said some members of theUnion staff met with various groupsTuesday morning to address theissue.Daniel Potter, president of theClef Hangers, UNC’s oldest all-malea cappella group, declined to com-ment on the situation.Luse said the policy is in place toavoid disruption of classes.Even though classes hadn’tstarted by Monday night, Luse saidthe policy applies regardless of thecircumstances.“We understand that classes weren’t in session, but it’s not ourpolicy,” he said. “It’s a University policy.”Luse said the organizations willnot be punished at this time, but if there are violations in the future,more serious action will be taken.Senior Sarah Cohen said shethought the Sunset Serenade wasstill a great kickoff to the year.“I thought it was really nice to beable to get everybody together lastminute,” Cohen said.
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By Meredith Burns
Students planning a road tripoutside Chapel Hill for Labor Day weekend might want to check pric-es at the pump before departing.Gas prices are rising in thestate, with average regular gasolineprices up about 30 cents a gallonsince July. Angela Vogel Daley, the N.C.spokeswoman for AAA said pricesin the state have steadily risen sinceJuly 1.The recent spike in prices isuncharacteristic of the late sum-mer season, Daley said.“We usually see gas prices fallin August or at least stabilize,” hesaid.The average gas price in NorthCarolina was $3.68 as of Tuesday.Last month, the average was $3.36.The national retail average of gas is $3.72 per gallon — up from$3.57 a year ago.The rise in gas prices is closely tied to the rising cost of crude oil,Daley said, adding that demandfor oil has risen as the economy continues to strengthen, furtherraising prices.Daley said supply problems— including refinery fires in the western U.S., the prediction of anactive hurricane season and ongo-ing Iranian threats to block oilexports — have also contributed tothe rising cost of oil.Tom Kloza, a chief oil analyst with Oil Price Information Service,an international news service, saidthough presidents often attemptto take credit — or place blame onthe opposing party — for gas prices,President Barack Obama is not atfault for the recent uptick in prices.Presidents have little short-termimpact on the cost of oil and gas,Kloza said. And he said gas prices are likely to fall again in mid-September.“I’m not sure where the prices will be 10 days from now. They might be higher, they might belower,” Kloza said. “But I’m pretty certain 100 days from now that gas will be considerably lower.”Gas prices traditionally drop inthe fall as vacation season wrapsup and more gasoline is imported,he said. And gas used in winter monthsis cheaper to manufacture becausethe additives and other ingredientsfor it are less expensive, he said.Daley said it is too early to tellif the rising cost of gas, which isabout 10 cents higher than thistime last year, will affect travel onLabor Day weekend.In the Triangle area, gas prices were $3.71 Tuesday — a 35 centincrease from last month.Freshman Katrina Bond is stay-ing in Chapel Hill during the long weekend, but said the cost of gasdid not affect her decision to stay.She considers high gas prices anunfortunate reality of travel: “You just do what you’ve got to do andcringe later.”
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Top: Sisters Wendy Aylin Sanchez, 2, and Danna Sanchez, 6, playaround a cow decorated with a birdhouse in the upper quad. Middle:A cow decorated with flames outside of Old West. Bottom left: A cowdecorated with a piano outside of Memorial Hall. Bottom right: A cowdecorated as Rameses in the upper quad.
By Carson Blackwelder
Assistant Arts Editor
CowParadeNC, an offshootof the world’s largest public artexhibit, has put 81 plump sculp-tures out to pasture.These original cow sculptures by regional artists have beenspread around the Triangle andits surrounding areas. Of all of the locales, UNC has the highestconcentration of the herd, with 15placed sporadically across campusearly this week.CowParadeNC is an artisticcharity event benefiting the N.C.Children’s Hospital.Danielle Bates, director of com-munications at the hospital, saidthe original plan was to place thecows on Franklin Street.“But worrying about pedestrianright-of-way and Halloween fes-tivities deterred that,” she said.Each fiberglass bovine weighs125 pounds and is safely securedto a concrete stand weighing 400pounds.Bates said the herd will remainin its current location until at leastDec. 7, after which there will be a livestock auction on Jan. 26.Hosting the CowParade NorthCarolina 2012 Gala Auction isChapel Hill clothing designer Alexander Julian — owner of Julian’s on Franklin Street — andhis wife, Meagan.Bates said CowParadeNC aimsto raise $300,000, the amountraised at CowParade in Madison, Wis. — a parade with similardemographics and herd size toCowParadeNC.The Ackland Art Museum ishosting two grazers: How Now, a brown cow, and the octopus-cladSt. Augustine Monster.So far, How Now has been a suc-cess in front of the Ackland, saidEmily Bowles, the Ackland’s direc-tor of communications.“There are so many hidden ani-mals in the design,” Bowles said.“The two cows we have are done by artists who really took their craftand style and applied it to the cow
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By Liz Crampton
Assistant University Editor
Students disappointed by thecancellation of FallFest will stillhave a chance to pack their bags with free stuff.Student organizations will besetting up in the Pit on Friday totry to recreate the festive atmo-sphere, though it will admittedly be smaller.“We’re trying to do as much as we can to provide opportunities forstudents to get what was going to bedistributed in various ways over a period of time on campus,” said DonLuse, director of the Carolina Union.Some of the most prominentcampus organizations will set up booths around the Pit on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Luse said.“We decided Friday would bea great time for departments tohave an opportunity to promotethemselves during a high traffictime during the week,” said KarenCunningham, director of market-ing and special events for CampusRecreation.The Carolina Union is alsoarranging for extra space to be avail-able in the Pit this week and next.But Luse said FallFest will notentirely be rescheduled due to con-flicts with class schedules.“With student organizations, we’re trying to just make sure we’regetting as many tables around thePit and get the Pit filled as much as we possibly can,” he said.Ray Angle, director of University Career Services, saidhis office will not offer as much on
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Friday as it would have at FallFest.“I would say we’re going to scale back significantly because we wouldhave been posting obstacle coursesand mini golf areas,” Angle said.To compensate for the cancella-tion on Sunday, Carolina Createsorganized several performancegroups, such as the Clef Hangers,an a cappella group, to visit resi-dence halls Sunday night.“It was a cool alternative to theplanned activities of FallFest,”said Hudson Vincent, president of Carolina Creates. Vincent said Carolina Creates isalso working with about 50 perfor-mance groups that were scheduledfor FallFest to make appearanceson campus soon.But some students are worriedthe FallFest cancellation will alterthe typical freshmen experience ina negative way.“It’s something you look forwardto as a freshman — so there’s alwaysnext year, but it’s not the same,”sophomore Preetha Naidu said.Freshman Mackenzie Collinssaid she was disappointed to learnthat FallFest would not be happen-ing this year.“Once I realized that people weregoing to be hanging out in the Pitduring classes I felt better about it being canceled,” Collins said.“But the social aspect of FallFestisn’t going to be the same.”
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and used it as their canvas.”Bowles said Emily Kass, the Ackland’s director, was instru-mental in getting the museuminvolved in CowParadeNC.“Our cows are very bright and visible, and they draw your atten-tion upward.”How Now’s creator, Burritt“Bucky” Benson, of Lumberton,said he wanted his cow to getpeople’s imagination going.“This is the first time I’ve paint-ed on a 3-D object,” Benson said.“When I started doing the legs, Irealized what I got myself into.”Benson said he loved the chal-lenge of the project.“I was just tickled to death to bechosen to work on the cow.”
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