Friday, October 26, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Chemistry professor receives PackardFellowship for science and engineering
Assistant chemistry professor David Nicewiczhas received a 2012 Packard Fellowship in Scienceand Engineering.The five-year fellowship is worth $875,000.Nicewicz and his laboratory team have beendeveloping novel organic dyes.These dyes acts as catalysts that aid in convertingsunlight to chemical energy.Researchers hope the dyes will produce materialsand medicines in a more cost-effective way.Past Packard fellows have gone on to receive addi-tional honors, such as the Nobel Prize in Physics andelections to the National Academy of Sciences andthe National Academy in Engineering.
— From staff and wire reports
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By Jenny Drabble
What started as an attempt toraise Chapel Hill’s revenue couldend in a lawsuit.Pamela Geller, executive direc-tor of the American FreedomDefense Initiative, has submitteda pro-Israel bus ad to the town —and she’s threatening to sue if thead isn’t run.Geller’s proposed ad reads, “Inany war between the civilized manand the savage, support the civilizedman. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”But after Wednesday night’s towncouncil meeting, the ad might nevermake it on Chapel Hill Transit buses.The council decided during themeeting to suspend all new ads afterrealizing they had been using thedraft advertising policy for morethan a year.The official policy, which wasadopted June 13, 2011 but not used, bans political or social ads.Geller said if Chapel Hill won’trun the ad, she might sue.“I intend for our ads to run, andI will take whatever legal measuresthat requires to get them up,” shesaid. “If they want to waste their taxpayers’ dollars, so be it.”Geller said she thinks theChurch of Reconciliation’s anti-Israel ad that is currently running is vicious, anti-Semetic and offensive,and she says her ad would increaseawareness and show a different sideof the issue.“They should run our ad at thesame time, since they’ve allowed that vicious ad to be posted,” she said.Geller has successfully sued New York City and Washington, D.C. ear-lier this year after judges ruled thatthe initiative’s ad is protected by theFirst Amendment.“The town has already chosen torun political messages, so they can’tstop midstream and choose which
Keelin Caffrey and Soleil Garcia-Johnson work on Soleil’s class president campaign posters at Rashkis Elementary School on Thursday.
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By Jessica New
In less than a year, access to the nine UNC park-and-ride lots will no longer be free for commuters, who will be required to pay a minimum $227 fee.The new charge for the lots will be implementedin the 2013-14 year as part of the Department of Public Safety’s five-year transportation plan.The park-and-ride fee for users of the Commuter Alternative Program will be charged on a slidingscale based on income. Those with an income lessthan $25,000 — which includes most UNC stu-dents — will be charged $227.On top of the parking pass fee, a $23.50 increaseto the student transit fee has already been cleared by the student fee advisory subcommittee.Michael Bertucci, president of the Graduateand Professional Student Federation, sent anemail earlier this week informing students of thechange and advising students to seek housingon Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit buslines.Bertucci said it is important that students whoplan to commute learn about this change beforeentering their first year at UNC or seeking off-cam-pus housing, so they don’t get locked into payingthe extra park-and-ride charge.“Students coming into the school need to under-stand that in order for them to go to school, they will have to pay money for a park-and-ride pass inaddition to the (transit) fee.”He also said one difficulty posed by the five-yearplan is that students might be seeing the effects of decisions made two years ago.“It’s been made pretty clear that it’s going to hap-pen, and we don’t think there’s any way for us tochange that at this point, so we just want to alert allgraduate and undergraduate students,” he said.The five-year plan, to be completed by 2015-16, was enacted to address a lack of money and pro- jected budget shortfalls for DPS, said Randy Young,department spokesman.The department intends to reduce revenue gath-ered from on-campus parking permits from $1.5million to $1 million in the next five years.The $23.50 fee increase contributes to the plan’sgoal of raising the yearly transit fee to as much as$169 by the 2015-16 school year.Students, who account for about 80 percent of total ridership of the Chapel Hill transportationsystem, will pay 41.5 percent of transit costs by 2015-16, as opposed to 29.5 percent in 2010-11. Aaron Hale-Dorrell, a history graduate student,said students are feeling the pinch.“It’s getting harder and harder, and flat out because of economic concerns,” he said.
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Pamela Geller’s proposed bus ad might not run on Chapel Hill Transit buses because of a decision to suspend all new ads.
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Richard Taruskin speaks about the history of reactions to Stravinsky’sRite of Spring at “Reassessing ‘The Rite’: A Centennial Conference.”
By Jasmin Singh
Fifth grade students at RashkisElementary School won’t be able to votein the upcoming presidential election — but they can vote in their own. As part of their persuasive writingunit, students in Michelle Whitfield’sfifth grade class are running their ownelection campaigns for class president.Students have advertised their cam-paigns by making signs, PowerPoints andcommercials. The cam-paigns launched Oct. 8,and the students will voteon Nov. 2. Whitfield said the stu-dents came up with theidea themselves.“This is the most engaged they have been all year,” she said.Out of the 26 students in the class, 21 arerunning for president. But there is a catch.“The students can’t vote forthemselves,” Whitfield said. “For thestudents who aren’t running, they arelobbying for someone else. Everyone isgetting involved.” Whitfield said her students are alsonot allowed to vote for their friends. Each vote must be based on facts, she said.Two students running, Diego Bennettand Theo Hyde, both said they were the best candidate for the job.Bennett said he wants to know what it’slike to have presidential responsibilities.Hyde said he was the best candidate because he will stand up to people.Inspired by television ads for thecurrent presidential election, Bennettand Hyde have even created their ownads attacking their opponents.“Do you want a president engulfed indrama like Diego?” Hyde said.“I’ve been here for six years, and hehasn’t. Why should he be president of this community?” Bennett said.In another part of the unit, Whitfieldhad the students research Republicanand Democratic political platforms. Whitfield said a heated debate brokeout between Dani Kaufman-Sedano,Matthew Kupec and Will Brady on theissue of financial aid.Kupec and Brady said the poorshouldn’t be given money for college.Kaufman-Sedano argued back.“It isn’t their fault. What if they areunderpaid and need the extra help?”Kaufman-Sedano said. “And what if they can’t afford college? That’s not fair.” Whitfield said she wants to continuethese mock elections on a smaller scalefor regular classroom positions such astransporter, interior designer and the“geek squad.”Jeff Nash, spokesman for ChapelHill-Carrboro City Schools, said electionseason is a great time to teach childrenabout the democratic process.“It is important for them to know how it works and what it is so that when they turn18 they will know what to do,” Nash said.“An event like this is important when you live in a democratic nation,” he said.“You have to have an educated citizen fora democracy to work.”
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By Madeline Hurley
More than two years in the works, Carolina Performing Arts’ centennial celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s famed ballet“The Rite of Spring” is now infull swing.CPA’s “The Rite of Spring at100” has already brought world-renowned artists like Yo-Yo Ma,Compagnie Marie Chouinardand members of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory toChapel Hill.BeginningThursday, CPA began to break from perfor-mances to explore the academicside of “The Rite of Spring” with Reassessing “The Rite”: A Centennial Conference.The conference merges thearts and academia, featuringscholars from around the world. Will Robin, a UNC musicol-ogy graduate student who hashelped coordinate the confer-ence, said it adeptly mergesperforming arts, campus cultureand scholarly attitudes.“This project has absolutely taken it home on this,” he said.Severine Neff, a UNC musicprofessor, has been involved with planning “The Riteof Spring at 100” from the beginning.“In terms of the birthday celebration itself and in termsof scholarly work, it seemsnatural to have a conference with all of the scholars —as many as we could fromdifferent parts of the world,”Neff said.The weekend conferencefeatures 26 scholars’ addresses. It will explore the impact “The Riteof Spring” has had on culturethroughout the 20th century.Donald Raleigh, a history professor at UNC, will openthe conference with a speechaddressing the ballet andits place in the history of St.Petersburg, Russia.Showcasing the widespreadreaches of “The Rite of Spring,”Mary Davis, of the FashionInstitute of Technology, willdiscuss the ballet’s influence onFrench fashion.Neff said the conference will address how “The Rite of Spring” has affected dance,orchestras, music compositionand popular music.Reed Colver, CPA’s direc-tor of campus and community
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engagement, said CPA was ableto host the scholars primarily due to a $750,000 grant award-ed by the Andrew W. MellonFoundation to fund “The Rite of Spring at 100.”“For us to be able to bringscholars from all over the world for this conference, andthen also to have some of ourUNC scholars to be able to goto Russia and participate ina sister conference, is really incredible,” Colver said.“It’s a weekend that’s going to be very rich and varied.”
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political messages they will or willnot be running,” she said.“This is a violation of the First Amendment.”Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt saidhe’s not concerned about a lawsuit.“She’s very litigation happy,” he said.“The fact that someone mightsue because we’re doing our jobsdoesn’t bother me. We have to work on ensuring that we develop the bestpolicy for our community that is both respectful and constitutional.”Margaret Misch, a Carrbororesident, said she supports runningpolitical ads on the buses.“I am a strong advocate of civilrights, civil liberties and freedom of speech,” she said.Misch said although the debateis about whether buses are a publicspace, she thinks freedom of speechshould be allowed regardless.The council will revisit the bus adpolicy on Nov. 5.Kleinschmidt said the councilcould decide to eliminate ads, banonly religious and political ads orallow all bus ads.“It really depends on the commu-nity conversation and the council’sdeliberation as to what direction we’re going to take.”
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Dancing “The Rite”after its premiere — 3:30 p.m.to 5 p.m.
Panel Discussion:Stravinsky and “The Rite” in20th Century Russia — 1:30p.m. to 3 p.m.
Locating “The Rite”:Cultural Perspectives — 10:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For a full schedule, visitbitly.com/M0lfYe