Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Orange County names CarlaBanks public affairs officer
Carla Banks was named publicaffairs officer for Orange County government Wednesday.Banks will be responsible forinforming the public about Orange
By Henry Gargan
Assistant Sports Editor
The NCAA tennis tournaments weren’t televised last spring. So theassociation, instead of reworking itsagreement with ESPN or changingits marketing strategy, decided thetennis championship itself needed a makeover.On Aug. 13, the NCAA releaseda report containing a number of recommendations meant to shortenmatches during the event.But the makeover they had inmind didn’t sit well with anyone.“It’s been unanimous,” UNCmen’s tennis coach Sam Paul said.“I haven’t really heard of anyone who supports the proposals, butthen again, I don’t speak for every-one. We just don’t feel that it’s broke, and we don’t think it needsto be fixed.”In response to criticism fromcoaches, players and fans aroundthe nation, the NCAA rescindedlate Wednesday afternoon the mostcontroversial of the recommenda-tions: a 10-point tiebreaker in placeof the third set in the singles matchand a truncated doubles set.Doubles matches, which arecontested in an eight-game set, would have been shortened to justsix games per the discarded recom-mendation.David Benjamin, executive direc-tor of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, credited the tenniscommunity and media for help-ing alert the NCAA of the report’spotential impact.“We got a tremendous amountof email in our office from a lot of coaches,” Benjamin said. “SportsIllustrated and The New York Timescarried it online over the weekend,so it got an enormous visibility. It was very clear that what was beingproposed was not only controversial but very upsetting to a lot of people.”The ITA manages college ten-nis during the regular season, but Benjamin said conferencesmight have considered adoptingthe NCAA’s format to prepare forchampionship competition, whichthe NCAA oversees.The association’s initial rationalefocused on the impact a shortergame would have on the sport’sability to be carried on television.The report also mentions stu-dent athlete welfare, as it relates todual matches spanning four or fivehours, as a concern.But many players felt these pro-posals undermined the basic integ-rity of the game. On Twitter, thehashtag #savecollegetennis gainedprominence in the days followingthe release.Caroline Price, a standout sopho-more on the UNC women’s tennisteam, was against the changes.She said her team’s strategy reliesheavily on being better conditionedthan its opponents — an edge that a shorter format would have dulled.“What we thrive on is our con-ditioning,” Price said. “We know that as we get into the third set that we’re mentally tougher and fitterthan our opponent. Changing thatto a tiebreaker takes that away. Youcan get lucky.”
By Maggie Conner
In the back of a large lecture hall,sometimes Facebook and daydreamstake precedence over listening to theprofessor.But the Center for Faculty Excellence is working to pull atten-tion back to the front of the room by revamping the learning experiencein large classes.Throughout the past six years, thecenter has redesigned six courses tomake them more interactive.But this semester, the center islaunching CFE 100+, a program that will redesign 10 courses, includingBiology 101, Chemistry 101, Drama 116 and more in the coming semes-ters.Bob Henshaw, academic outreachconsultant, said this effort will affectmore than 4,700 students through-out the 10 classes this semester.Henshaw said CFE 100+ involvescreating small group learningopportunities, breaking lectures intosmaller segments and using interac-tive technology such as clickers.“We are giving students the ability to take more responsibility in theirlearning,” Henshaw said.Instructors who want to maketheir classes more innovative submitproposals, and those chosen receive$6,000 grants to spend on educa-tional technology and for the timethey use to rework their material.This money can also be used tosupport additional TA office hoursfor students unable to get help dur-ing class, said Eric Muller, directorof the center.Muller said large classes havehistorically been a problem, but aremore of an issue with recent budgetcuts and increased enrollment.“More and more students arehaving their ‘gateway’ classes inan increasingly large setting,” saidMuller.Muller added that large class sizesmight turn students away from a subject they would otherwise enjoy.He said research shows that unin-terrupted lecture-style teaching isnot an ideal way to facilitate learn-ing, due to the human attentionspan and learning style.Henshaw and Muller added thatthey have seen significant improve-ments in classes that have been rede-signed. Student exam scores, interac-tion and participation increased inthe reformed classrooms.But some students said they pre-fer the traditional lecture style of large classes.Freshman Elizabeth Applegatesaid she chose UNC because sheprefers the anonymity of the largerclasses.“Office hours are a smaller placeto talk to professors if I need extra help,” she said.Junior transfer student ValerieDiaz said large classes are a new experience for her.“It feels more impersonal,” shesaid. “It is more intimidating to ask questions.”Henshaw said in addition tofunding from Lenovo, the initiativehas also received support from theOffice of the Provost.“The provost has committed tosupporting the redesigns on anongoing basis,” Muller said.Henshaw said this support willallow the program to continue wellinto the future.“During difficult budget timesthere are not a lot of new allot-ments,” he said.“This shows their recognitionof the importance of what we aredoing.” While the University recognizesthat large classes aren’t ideal, Mullersaid it isn’t economical to cut classsizes.“It is just a reality to this budgetsituation that we are facing,” he said.“This is one very constructive way to manage it.”
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RYAN RALLIES RALEIGH
Top: GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks at the “Victory Rally with Paul Ryan & the GOP Team” in Raleigh at SMT Inc. Bottom left: A sup-porter holds a sign during the rally. Bottom right: Bridget Munger holds a sign protesting the “legitimate rape” controversy outside the warehouse.
By Sarah Brown
Trading his suit for a casualpolo and slacks, Republican vicepresidential nominee Paul Ryancaptured the admiration of ananimated crowd in Raleigh on Wednesday.Ryan, a U.S. representativefrom Wisconsin, returned toNorth Carolina days after he andRepublican presidential nomineeMitt Romney visited Mooresvilleand High Point. Attendees at the rally saidRyan’s youth and charisma bol-sters Romney’s campaign andcould energize GOP voters in battleground states such as NorthCarolina.“He’s brilliant, and he’s an intel-lectual powerhouse,” said TerriHaag, of Raleigh. “What morecould you ask for?”Rose McCreery, of Raleigh,agreed with Haag.“He’s pro-life, and he’s got allthe right morals,” she said. “He’salso capable of working with bothsides.”Ryan addressed several hun-dred supporters at SMT Inc., a Raleigh-based sheet metal fabri-cation company. The free eventreached capacity about 25 min-utes before the start.Much of Ryan’s speech focusedon fiscal policy, including promis-es to curtail government spendingand complete an overhaul of thenation’s tax code.“President (Barack) Obama andthe words ‘fiscal responsibility’ donot belong in the same sentence,”Ryan said at the speech.Ryan is the chairman of theU.S. House budget committee.Nashville, N.C., resident Andrew Pardue, who will beginhis freshman year at HarvardUniversity this fall, said fiscalpolicy will make the difference inthe election.“(Ryan) highlights the battles between the president andCongress over budgetary issues,and he offers a way to fix them,”he said. A deafening roar ensued whenRyan reiterated his vow to repealthe Affordable Care Act, Obama’ssignature health care legislation.The GOP promise of overturn-ing the act has convinced formerDemocrat Margie Cerrillos, now an independent voter of Cary, to vote Republican this November.Standing next to a “HispanicsFor Romney-Ryan” sign, Cerrillossaid people need to depend lesson government — as her parents, who immigrated from Mexico,strove to do.“Everyone should have healthcare, but (the current administra-tion) is going about it the wrong way,” she said. Addressing North Carolina’s9.6 percent unemployment rate,Ryan said his ticket’s plan willeventually create 12 million jobsnationwide, with an estimated355,000 jobs in the state.Ryan made no mention of Rep.Todd Akin, R-Mo., a Senate can-didate who made a controversialstatement Sunday suggesting women will not get pregnant aftera “legitimate rape.” But the issuedidn’t escape notice at the event.Protesters — including PlannedParenthood, MoveOn, andProgress N.C. — held signs andchanted outside the venue.Katy Munger, of Progress N.C.,said she was concerned about theRepublican stance on women’shealth.“In our opinion, rape is rape,”she said, referring to Akin’s com-ments.Both Romney and Ryan have voiced disapproval of Akin’s state-ment.
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The CFE 100+ initiativewill redesign 10 courses tomake them interactive.After facing criticism,the NCAA backs down onshortened matches.
NCAA TENNIS CHANGES
The NCAA initially recommendedthe following measures be imple-mented in championship matches.Remove the warm-up with theopponent before matchesReduce time between singles anddoubles from 10 to five minutesShorten each changeover (break between odd-numbered games)from 90 to 60 secondsReplace the third set in singleswith a 10-point tiebreakerReduce the eight-game doublesset to six games
Though the NCAA decided thethree-set and eight-game formats would not change, it said Wednesday that it would continue to pursue thereport’s other less-contentious sug-gestions.
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Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan pays a visit to NC
Tennis changes spark backlash
County government programsand services. She will create newsreleases and utilize social media tocirculate information to residents.For six and a half years, Banksserved as the manager of commu-nications for the city of Kissimmee.Fla. She has also worked as a newsanchor and reporter for TV sta-tions in Missouri, Georgia andFlorida.Banks will officially begin onSept. 17.
Several streets have closed forroutine railroad maintenance
Several streets in Carrboro andChapel Hill begin closing Aug. 20 toallow Norfolk Southern Railroad toconduct routine checks of its cross-ings.East Main Street in Carrboro will be closed on Aug. 25 andHomestead Road in Chapel Hill will be closed on Aug. 30.Residents can check the county website for further information.
UNC recognized by NationalGeographic for water theme
UNC was recently featured in a National Geographic article for itsefforts in water conservation andresearch.Projects include distributing water fact sheets and tips in resi-dence halls and organizing a reus-able water container donation.These efforts are part of thecampuswide theme “Water in Our World.”UNC will host a major conferenceon water issues as they relate to pub-lic health in October.The University will also hold a speaker series as well as sponsor a film screening in coming months.UNC is one of three universitiesfeatured for its focus on the impor-tance of water.
From staff and wire reports