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Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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Volume 120, Issue 131
Dorm leadergetsDWI
 
By Katharine McAnarney
Staff Writer
The community director of Morrison Residence Hall was arrest-ed on campus Dec. 16 and charged with driving while impaired, accord-ing to UNC Department of PublicSafety police reports.Taris Mullins, 25, no longer holdsthe position.Mullins was arrested in theMorrison Circle parking lot after being involved in a car accident. According to the DPS crashreport, Mullins left Paul HardinDrive at 1 a.m. and was attemptingto park in Morrison Circle when hecollided with a 2006 Honda.He hit the curb while attemptingto park, backedup and side-swiped the car,the report states. Accordingto the report,Mullins caused$1,400 in totaldamages.Mullins hada blood alcoholconcentration of 0.15, the reportstates. The legallimit in North Carolina is 0.08.The arresting officer wrote in thereport that a suspicious driver inMorrison’s parking lot was “drivingerratically.” According to the DPS arrestreport, Mullins was charged withone misdemeanor count of DWI,and he had a trial date of Dec. 20.In an email, Mullins declined tocomment on the incident and hisemployment status.Morrison residents received anemail Jan. 8 saying Mullins wouldno longer be serving as community director because of “personal cir-cumstances.”Sarah Flynn and Ellen Hearn areserving as Morrison’s community directors. The position’s responsi- bilities include: supervising residentadvisers, overseeing desk opera-tions and leading the community infulfilling the housing department’smission statement.In the fall, Mullins gained notori-ety in the community after introduc-ing a program that rewards people
After arrest, Morrison’scommunity director nolonger holds the position.
dth photo illustration/erin hull and allison russell
In late December, Carrboro Board of Aldermen began discussing if the town could take over Collins Crossing Apartment Homes under eminent domain.
By Jenny Surane
Assistant City Editor
Two months ago, Juan Cervantas left hisapartment in Collins Crossing ApartmentHomes in search of cheaper rent — and bettermanagement.“They don’t like anyone,” Cervantas saidof the complex’s primary owner, AlcurtCarrboro LLC.Cervantas, a day laborer in Carrboro, saidrising rent pushed him out of his apartment.His story represents an ongoing struggle inCollins Crossing between improving the com-plex and maintaining its affordability. Andnow, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen is step-ping in to protect residents like Cervantas.In a Dec. 17 email to the board, former Alderman Dan Coleman asked if the towncould take over Collins Crossing under theeminent domain provision of the Constitution.His proposal — which has yet to be legally  vetted — met support from Aldermen Sammy Slade, Michelle Johnson and Lydia Lavelle.The eminent domain clause allows govern-ments to take over private property withoutowner consent. The clause has historically  been invoked to take over property for theconstruction of projects like highways andrailroads.But Coleman argued that per the Kelodecision — a 2005 Supreme Court decision which upheld the use of eminent domain totransfer ownership of private property in theinterest of furthering economic development— Carrboro’s transaction might be legal.Representatives from Aspen SquareManagement, the property’s managing com-pany, could not be reached for comment.The proposal surfaced alongside a deci-sion by the Old Well Owners Association,the homeowners association for CollinsCrossing, to raise a $5,406 special assess-ment for each unit. While the fee only applies to owners of the units, town officials worry the fee will betransferred to the complex’s primarily low-income residents through higher rents. Alcurt owns more than half of the com-plex’s units.Lavelle said she is excited at the prospectof protecting one of the few remaining afford-able housing locations in Carrboro.“We have been placing a lot of time andattention on the different groups that haveowned the complex and helping them try tomaintain affordability,” she said.Lavelle said while she thinks taking overthe property is a good idea, it still has to beexplored legally.
A MOUNTING CONTROVERSY 
Collins Crossing management has recentlyevoked reactions from renters and the town: 
nov. 3
— Collins Crossing residents pro-tested rising rents at the complex. 
nov. 24
— A 10-year-old boy fell througha deteriorating stairwell. 
 Ja. 8
— The town of Carrboro mandated24 of the 25 stairwells be fixed by March 4.
“We aren’t sure what’s permitted,” she said.“But it’s something we are all interested in.”Carrboro attorneys Michael Brough andRobert Hornik said they haven’t been directly contacted about the idea yet.“Our involvement has been dealing withthe enforcement of building codes (at CollinsCrossing),” Brough said.“I have not seen any such email, nor haveI heard any discussion about the town takingover the property yet.”Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton said he isinterested in looking into the possibility.“It’s an interesting idea, and I think it’s
Taris Mullins,
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Grade patterns to be viewable
By Sam Schaefer
Staff Writer
In the next two weeks, theUniversity will launch a programallowing professors to view classgrading patterns — for themselvesand their colleagues.The initiative, referred to asthe instructor grading patterndashboard, is part of an ongoingeffort aimed at addressing the issuesof grade inflation and inequitablegrade distribution.It will allow professors to view grade distributions from all classes,departments and other professors. Andrew Perrin, a professor of sociology who spearheaded devel-opment of the program, said theproject was started 10 years ago andaims to make grading patterns more
Professors will be able tosee class grading patternsto address grade inflation.
transparent.“The tool is one piece of the largerprocess,” he said.In April 2011 the Faculty Council approved the addition of extra context — including classes’median grades — to students’transcripts. The move came inresponse to a UNC study detailingthe issue of grade inflation at theUniversity.Perrin said he hopes the new dashboard will help professorscontextualize their own gradinghabits.“There’s been ongoing concernover both grade inflation and gradeinequality,” he said.The project was developed by members of InformationTechnology Services and theregistrar’s office.University registrar ChrisDerickson said the tool was alsopart of a larger initiative called theStudent Data Warehouse, a program
Legislature to discuss ID laws
By John Howell Jr.
Staff Writer
 A controversial voter ID law thatcould affect as many as one in 10registered voters in North Carolina  will be one of the issues discussedin the upcoming session of the N.C.General Assembly.More than 600,000 registered voters, or 9.25 percent, could beaffected by legislation requiringphoto identification at the polls,according to a recent report fromthe State Board of Elections.Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett,chairman of the N.C. House elec-tion law committee, said a voter IDlaw is a priority for the Republicanmajority this session.“I do believe that the people of this state expect improved integrity in the election process,” he said.Chris Moran, executive directorat the Inter-Faith Council for SocialService in Carrboro, said the elderly and the disabled, who might nolonger drive, are among those who will be affected.He said the Division of Motor Vehicles offers a picture ID at nocharge for the homeless, as long asthey can provide two other formsof identification — a process thatcould take up to 12 weeks for some.Losing the opportunity to vote isa form of poverty, he said.“We want those individuals tofeel the freedom of being able to goout and cast a vote,” he said. Although Moran said it is a dif-ficult process, the IFC strongly encourages its guests to exercisetheir voting rights, especially at thelocal level, he said.But Lewis said the legislation will grant ample time for voters toobtain the proper identification.“Any bill that we pass will makesure that any qualified voter willhave access to a state-issued ID atno charge to them,” he said.Rob Schofield, director of research and policy developmentfor N.C. Policy Watch, is skepticalof voter ID laws and said there arefew incidences of in person voterfraud nationwide.“The right to vote is a preciousConstitutional right and as a gen-
More than 600,000 N.C.voters could be affectedby photo ID legislation.
VOTER ID LAW
612,955
total state residents who could beaffected
208,442
residents aged 41 to 65 who couldbe affected
191,104
black residents who could beaffected
see
COLLINS CROSSING,
page 9see
DWI,
page 9see
GRADE PATTERNS,
page 9
Carrboro leaders propose taking over a contentious low-income housing complex
eral rule government ought to befinding ways to make it easier to vote,” he said.Lewis said he has been tasked with ensuring that there are com-plete and open committee hearingson the bill, taking feedback intoconsideration.The final bill will ultimately be vetted in the interests of the publicand voting rights groups, Lewissaid.But a voter ID law has oppo-
see
VOTER ID,
page 9
CARRBORO’S
aCQuISITIon
PRoPoSITIon
 
NOTED.
Good news for those of you who regularly hang out in the woods of Ehringhaus: A new study indicates thatsmoking weed does not, in fact, make youdumber. A study claiming the opposite was conducted by Duke last year, butother scientists concurred Duke’s originalresearch was flawed. Classic.
QUOTED.
“Everybody here is, ‘Oh my gosh, you got a box of heads,’ and every- body thinks that it’s unheard of.— Department of Homeland Security spokesman Brian Bell after officials atChicago’s airport received, oh my gosh,
a box of 18 severed heads “still covered inskin.
” (How else would they be?)
emember last year when psycho teenagers were pouring vodka into their eyeballs to get drunk faster? Apparently that wasn’t the pinnacle of get-drunk-quick schemes, becausenow we’ve got the — drumroll please — Vaportini.The device heats alcohol to 140 degrees Fahrenheit with a candleso it can be inhaled through a straw. Thus, alcohol enters the blood-stream directly via the lungs, skipping the digestive system as a whole.Reportedly, it delivers a quick but powerful high.Parents would do well to be terrified about this recent development, asthe Vaportini costs just $35 (great for that college budget?) and is widely available on the Internet. L’chaim.
High on Skyy
From staf and wire reports
DAILY DOSE
 
Someone vandalizedproperty at the Chi PsiFraternity at 321 W. Cameron Ave. between 5 a.m. and 10:13a.m. Monday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person broke windows,causing damages valued at$150, reports state.
 
Someone vandalizeda vehicle at 100 WestgreenDrive between 8:15 a.m. and5:35 p.m. Monday, accordingto Chapel Hill police reports.The person scratchedthe victim’s car with keys.Damages to the vehicle were valued at $100, reports state.
 
Someone stole cones at325 W. Franklin St. at 11:59a.m. Monday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person stole 30 trafficcones, valued at $75, from a  job site, reports state.
 
Someone broke andentered a residence at 200Purefoy Road between 6p.m. and 11:19 p.m. Monday,according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.The person entered theresidence through an openeddoor and stole an iPad, valuedat $700. The iPad was laterreturned, reports state.
 
Someone stole a bicyclefrom a residence at 96S. Peak Drive between 9a.m. Thursday and 12:20p.m. Monday, according toCarrboro police reports.The person cut the bikelock and stole the blue and white mountain bike. The bike, valued at $250, had twoflat tires, reports state.
 
Someone damaged per-sonal property at PleasantDrive between 11:00 p.m.Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday,according to Carrboro policereports. The person broke thepassenger side mirror of a car,reports state.
POLICE LOG
 
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CUTTING UP
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tylist Christy Davis works on JenniferDoughty’s hair at Salon 135. Both women arestylists at the salon. During Salon 135’s ofhours, the stylists can be seen taking a break andhaving fun together.
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Appeals court rules against former playerMichael McAdoo in suit against NCAA, UNC
Former North Carolina football player MichaelMcAdoo won’t get his day in court.The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that McAdoo had no valid grounds to sue UNC or theNCAA for his expulsion from the team in 2010.McAdoo was declared permanently ineligible by theNCAA after he was found to have received improper benefits and improper academic assistance. A paper made public in McAdoo’s lawsuit revealedapparent plagiarism that prompted the review of theDepartment of African and Afro-American Studies.McAdoo filed a lawsuit against the University forhis disqualification from college athletics, but thethree-judge panel said he lacked a legitimate claimfor financial damages because as a linebacker for theBaltimore Ravens, he achieved his goal of playing pro-fessional football.
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UNC la graduat find ucc in jb markt
By Claire Bennett
Staff Writer
 While law school graduates nation- wide are facing dim employmentprospects as the recession lingers,many newly minted alumni of UNC’sSchool of Law are escaping this trend.Law schools assess recent gradu-ates’ employment statuses ninemonths after graduation, whichmeans that in about a month,schools will be looking at where theclass of 2012 is working.In past years, UNC’s law schoolhas fared well in graduate employ-ment rates. Among students seeking employ-ment after graduation, about 94percent were successful from the law school’s 2011 class.Out of those who found employ-ment, about 92 percent found long-term, full-time jobs.But the sputtering economy andthe cost of law school has taken itstoll on other law programs acrossthe country. Declining enrollmentshave been seen across the board.“Without question, the depres-sion, which began in the fall of 2008, and the accompanying lack of confidence in the future, have been one of the major causes of the decline and may have been theoriginal precipitating event,” saidSusan Prager, executive director of the Association of American Law Schools, in an email.In 2012, at a time when other law schools were facing larger setbacksin enrollment, the UNC School of Law enrolled 240 students — only 10 fewer than 2011.Last year was the first time theprogram had a class smaller than the year before, but Michael States, thelaw school’s assistant dean for admis-sions, said he is not concerned.“Our decline of 10 students isn’tenough to say it was because of X, Y,or Z,” he said.States said law schools are see-ing fewer enrollees because highertuition and levels of undergraduatedebt are causing students to delay pursuing a law degree. And studentsmight not be ensured a job afterthey graduate.Prager said the decline in enroll-ment seems dramatic because law school enrollment spiked in 2010.Pre-law students at UNC are con-sidering the price of law school andlow job prospects.Travis Styres, a UNC senior plan-ning on going to law school, under-stands that pursuing a career likelaw comes with its risks, but she saidit’s just like finding a job in anotherfield.“I feel confident that law school isthe right choice for me, so the finan-cial responsibility is something thatI have accepted,” she said.Styres said that even as an under-graduate, she has received help andguidance from pre-law advisors.Brian Lewis, assistant dean forcareer services at UNC’s School of Law, said the school is doing every-thing in its power to help studentsprepare for the job market.UNC School of Law’s CareerServices offers law students an array of opportunities including pro bonoprojects, internship openings andmoot court experience, he said.“We can’t create jobs, but we cando a lot to make sure our students
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Restaurantsstruggle tocompete
By Graves Ganzert
Staff Writer
Tomato Jake’s never got the chance to become a Franklin Street favorite.The restaurant spent just 10 months in Chapel Hill before it had to close its doors over winter break.The demise of Tomato Jake’s and Jack Sprat Cafe— which also closed down late last year — has ledFranklin Street restaurant owners to question why somerestaurants on the street struggle to remain viable.Tomato Jake’s owner Glen Gordon has saidthat competition from on-campus dining optionscontributed to the restaurant’s shuttering.Mike Freeman, director of auxiliary services, saidon-campus meals have increased from around 12,000to 15,000 a day since last year.But even with this success, Freeman said, he didn’tfeel like added dining options such as Wendy’s contrib-uted to the closing of restaurants like Tomato Jake’s.“The Wendy’s is doing well, but I don’t think what we did caused Franklin Street restaurants’ sales todrop,” he said.Sophomore Kenan Drum said he thought TomatoJake’s saw too much competition not from on-campusoptions, but from other places on Franklin Street.“There are too many of the same kind of restaurant,” he said. “A lot of the time business for onelocation cancels out business for another.”Jonathan Browning, the general manager of Tomato Jake’s, said there were many factors that ledto the failure of the Franklin Street location.He said he expected running his new restaurant would be a challenge, because he knew many well-established restaurants on Franklin Street had yearsof experience and regulars to fill their booths.“As a new kid on the block, we didn’t have any of those,” Browning said. After less than a year on Franklin Street, Browningsaid, the restaurant could not come up with themoney to stay in the location.“Making the rent was definitely a problem,” he said.“In the summer, Chapel Hill becomes a ghost town.It’s hard to make rent.”Don Pinney, general manager of Sutton’s Drug Store,said watching Tomato Jake’s quick departure fromthe Chapel Hill scene shows how the food business onFranklin Street is a financial balancing act.“Most restaurants keep it cheap as possible while being able to make the rent, which is so high,” Pinney said. “That’s the hard part.”Browning said he ultimately wished Tomato Jake’shad tackled the new location with a better plan.“I wish the Franklin Street location had beendone better. It was not the fault of the students orthe campus food. The failure of the Franklin Streetlocation was not solely a costumer issue but anexecution issue,” said Browning.But Pinney said overall restaurant success onFranklin Street has been declining in recent years.“In the last nine to 10 years the numbers havedropped,” he said. “The tradition of eating on FranklinStreet is not as strong.”
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Junior Anisah Jabar had her phone stolen while walking down Franklin Street on Monday at 10:30 a.m., but she was able to catch the thief.
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By Claire Smith
Staff Writer
 While walking down Franklin Streetat about 10:30 a.m. Monday, UNC junior Anisah Jabar suddenly found herself chasing down a robber.“I felt like I was in the Hunger Games,”Jabar said.Jabar was on her way to an interview for a graphic design internship withSymbology, a clothing label, whensomeone snatched her iPhone out of herhand in front of University Square. At first Jabar said she thought theculprit was a friend playing a joke on her.But when she turned around, she saw a man dressed in a black sweatshirt and black jeans, running in the direction oGranville Towers with her phone in hand.“I started screaming and chasing him,”Jabar said.Jabar said three other men startedchasing after the robber as well after yelling for bystanders to call the police.“I didn’t see this happen, but while he was running he threw my phone up 10 feetin the air and kept running,” she said.Jabar said the robber stopped inthe Granville Towers parking lot andapologized. Another man, a bystander, washolding her undamaged phone. A bystander called the police, and NasirKeshawn Brown, 17, was arrested upontheir arrival. Brown was charged with felo-ny larceny from a person and misdemeanorpossession of stolen property.Jabar said she didn’t think twice beforepursuing Brown because she knew she wouldn’t be able to afford another phone.“At the moment, I was thinking that Iget so many Alert Carolina emails. I don’t want to be another victim. This needs tostop,” she said.Students received an Alert Carolina emailabout the incident Tuesday afternoon. After the commotion, Jabar retrievedher phone and continued on to herinterview, where she was hired on the spot.Jabar said she explained why she wasfrazzled and was thrilled to be hired.Marissa Heyl, founder of Symbology,conducted the interview with Jabar.“I think the adrenaline was going fullforce, but she did an outstanding job at theinterview and really demonstrated her pas-sion and interest in the position,” she said.Junior Stephanie Lopez, Jabar’s room-mate, said she was shocked when sheheard what happened to Jabar.“She ran after him, which I think is so brave, because who knows if this guy hada gun or a knife or really good fightingskills,” she said.But Sgt. Josh Mecimore, spokesmanfor Chapel Hill police, said he discourages victims from running after thieves.“Though we appreciate their interventionand they certainly assisted in catching him, we try to remind citizens that calling 911 and being a good witness is the safest way to deal with something like that,” he said.
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UNC student, bystanders stop phone thief in the act
Public library to reopen in April
By Marissa Bane
Staff Writer
 While the new Chapel HillPublic Library is set to open in April, emerging budget prob-lems might keep it from operat-ing at full capacity.Due to a lack of funding,town officials said they are wor-ried they might not be able tohire new staff for the library’sexpanded facility — which will add 35,500 square feet tothe library’s original space of 27,000 square feet.Originally, the town allo-cated money to hire additionalstaff for the library but laterrealized the projected annual budget wasn’t sustainable, saidInterim Library Director Mark Bayles.Town Councilman LeeStorrow said these budget con-straints were expected whenthe town began the $16.23 mil-lion expansion project.To address the concerns,Storrow said the town is con-sidering offering less frequentprogramming, restrictingentrances and limiting hours.“No option is off the tableat this point,” Storrow said. “Itcould take several months oreven up to a year to reach fullcapacity.”In an email on Jan. 8, TownManager Roger Stancil told thecouncil that while the library project is 89 percent complete,it remains 13 days behindschedule.Bayles said the ideal budgetgiven the funding problems would be $2.9 million per year, with $2.1 million comingdirectly from the town.He said he hopes the council will approve that budget.Storrow said the councilplans to allocate more money to library funding, but it willstill not be enough to allow thelibrary to open with full pro-gramming and a complete staff.If the final budget allows fornew staff, the selection process will begin in February. While Bayles said no stafmembers will be fired, it isunlikely that the budget willallow for new staff to be hired. And any openings areexpected to have steep compe-tition.One position opened at thelibrary earlier this month, and257 applications for the spot were submitted in one week.Bayles is now working withStancil to address the library  budget.“We are still determining what level of funding the towncan sustain over the course of thenext couple years,” Bayles said.Specifically, he is working with the council to figure out
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 The new Chapel Hill Public Library will open in April, but due to bud-get problems it may not initially operate at full capacity.
how many hours of operationthe town can support with a sustainable funding level.“We are trying to move for- ward as quickly as possible,Bayles said. “It is all just a pro-cess right now.”Clancy & Theys ConstructionCompany has been responsiblefor the library’s construction.“Every public project has budget issues to overcome because the people spendingthe money are responsibleto the taxpayers,” said ScottCutler, the company’s vicepresident.Due to the current economicrecession, Storrow said theChapel Hill community has been more understanding of the library’s budget challenges.“We are happy to have metour project goals and are proudof the building,” Cutler said.
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