Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
Special Olympics coordinator forChapel Hill to receive service award
The town of Chapel Hill has awardedColleen Lanigan, Special Olympics coordina-tor for the Chapel Hill Parks and RecreationDepartment, the W. Calvin Horton Service Award for her work with the group.She will receive the award, given by Town Manager Roger Stancil, in a cer-emony on Friday at the Northside Gym atthe Hargraves Community Center at 216 N.Roberson St.Lanigan has served as Special Olympicscoordinator for Chapel Hill for more than17 years and has worked with the SpecialOlympics since 1990, coordinating year-round events for more than 300 athletes.
— From staff and wire reports
Perdue to speak on leadership
By Madeline Will
In one of her first public appearances sinceleaving the Governor’s Mansion, Bev Perdue will discuss leadership and living a public life.Perdue will speak today to kick off theUNC School of Journalism and MassCommunication’s Women in the Media Leadership Series.“She’s the first woman governor in thestate. (I thought) if we could launch the series with someone of her stature, that would be a fantastic opportunity,” said Susan King, deanof the journalism school.Perdue will join King on stage along withKaren Gil, dean of the College of Arts andSciences, and journalism students AveriHarper and Jessica Kennedy.King said students will be able to ask ques-tions after the free event.Harper, a senior and co-anchor of the“Carolina Week” newscast, said she is excitedto meet Perdue and learn from her.
The former governor will speaktoday for the journalism school.
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By Jessica New
As UNC physics professor Paul Framptoncontinues to serve time on house arrest in Argentina, a lawsuit he had previously filedagainst the University was dismissed Monday by an N.C. judge.Frampton filed the lawsuit in NorthCarolina in protest of UNC’s decision tosuspend his pay after he was arrested lastJanuary at a Buenos Aires airport with twokilograms of cocaine in hissuitcase. An Argentine courtconvicted Frampton inNovember on drug smug-gling charges and sen-tenced him to house arrest,said Mark Williams, a UNC mathematics profes-sor leading support effortsfor Frampton. Williams said the dis-missal of the lawsuit by Superior Court JudgeRobert Hobgood will notderail Frampton’s overallcase against the University.“The dismissal yesterday doesn’t mean it’sover by all means,” Williams said.Frampton has also pursued theUniversity’s internal grievance process. TheUNC faculty grievance committee ruled onSept. 26 that Frampton’s pay should nothave been suspended, but the provost andchancellor rejected its recommendations. Williams said Frampton is appealing the twoadministrators’ decision.Jill Moore, chairwoman of the faculty grievance committee, declined to commenton a specific case under confidentiality rules but said that the committee plays no furtherpart in cases that have been rejected by thechancellor.Frampton’s appeal will be heard by theUNC Board of Trustees at its next meeting onJan. 23, Williams said.But should the Board of Trustees rulein favor of the University, Williams saidFrampton will not continue the lawsuit orpursue further legal action against UNC.Frampton has maintained his innocence,alleging he was the victim of a scam andarguing that he should receive full pay. Hesaid he has been able to perform his fullduties as a faculty member while incarcer-ated, including publishing papers in his fieldand advising his graduate students. Williams said Frampton also has filed anappeal in Argentina, but he doesn’t expectthe appeal process there to be quick.Frampton’s ex-wife Anne-Marie Framptonsaid she has been in contact with him almostevery day, and he is keeping his spirits up.“He’s very positive,” she said. “To him, theglass is half-full and not half-empty, which isa very good way of living.”She said he fell for the scam becausealthough he excels at calculation and research,he doesn’t see reality as it is and is gullible.“He’s the absent-minded professor,” shesaid. “I know one when I see one — I marriedone.”
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Paul Frampton filed the lawsuitafter UNC suspended his pay.
econdary ear, nose and throat resident Gita Fleischman practices removing a penny from a human larynx atthe grand opening of the N.C. Eye Bank’s multidisciplinary surgical skills laboratory. The nerve, eye, and ear,nose and throat departments will use the new state-of-the-art facility to practice surgery on human organs.
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By Jonathan LaMantia
Assistant Sports Editor
As seniors fill out job applica-tions and make preparations tomove to new cities, one UNCstudent — a sophomore — doesn’thave the luxury of choosing hisdestination.UNC midfielder Mikey Lopezhas signed a contract withGeneration Adidas, a program thataims to develop elite youth soccertalent in the U.S. while providinggrants for players to continue theireducation later. He will wait tohear his name called by any of the18 teams who have picks in MajorLeague Soccer’s SuperDraft today.“It’s tough not knowing where you’re going,” he said. “I just wantto get this over with so I know where I’ll be heading, so I can wrap my head around that city.”TopDrawerSoccer.com ratesLopez, a Mission, Texas, native, asthe top prospect available in thedraft, regardless of team need. After UNC lost to Indiana 1-0 in the NCAA quarterfinals,Lopez signed the Generation Adidas contract.“At first I didn’t want to gocause I hated losing here,” Lopezsaid. “I didn’t want to go out likethat, losing to Indiana, but I talk-ed to my dad, and we decided thatit was time for me to move on andgo make that next step and startmy career as a professional.”Lopez recorded three goalsand four assists as a freshmanand took home ACC Freshmanof the Year honors. In his sopho-more campaign, Lopez notchedonly two goals and one assist, butcoach Carlos Somoano remem- bered both goals fondly. One was a game-winner in overtimeagainst Wofford and the other,against Clemson, was featured onSportsCenter’s top plays.Somoano said Lopez mostlikely won’t be remembered atUNC for his scoring, but for hisexplosiveness on the field as a box-to-box player.“He really captures your eye when you’re watching the game because he plays very aggressive,and he can cover a lot of ground,”Somoano said. “He’s above aver-age, good at just about every-thing. He doesn’t have a signifi-cant weakness in his game.Lopez has a busy week aheadof him, as he will leave for Mexicotoday to join the U.S. U-20 men’ssoccer team, which he said hashelped prepare him for competi-tion against professionals.Junior Jordan McCrary metLopez when he was 14 and has been Lopez’s teammate on theU.S. U-15, U-17 and U-20 teams.McCrary said Lopez has improvedhis ability to take control of thegame since he arrived at UNC.“You’ll never see him give upon a ball,” McCrary said. “You canalways just count and depend onhim to make a big play for you.”Earlier this week, MLSSoccer.com reported that Lopez wantedto be selected by Chivas USA, butLopez said he was misunderstood.“I just want to go to some placethat they want me and they arethinking about having me start orgo in and help the team immedi-ately — not have me as a project,”Lopez said.UNC used Lopez primarily as a central midfielder, but Lopez’s rolecould change in MLS despite hishope that it will remain the same.“Hopefully the team thatchooses me is thinking the same way and will want me to play thatsame position,” he said.Somoano called the decisionthat faces Lopez’s next coach on where to play him “the million-dollar question,” but he expresseda hope that Lopez’s skills will beused properly.Lopez is the second UNC play-er to sign a Generation Adidascontract in two years after EnzoMartinez signed last year and wasdrafted 17th by Real Salt Lake.Somoano credited former play-ers for impressing MLS scouts, but he said the program has done
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UNC midfielder Mikey Lopez, of Mission, Texas, is likely to be a toppick in today’s MLS SuperDraft.
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By Taryn Rothstein
The 15 speakers and performers for theupcoming TEDxUNC conference wereannounced Wednesday — and they areinvolved in a wide array of fields and topics.Senior Stirling Little, who pitched the topicof gender harassment in video games, was the winner of the student speaker contest. He saidhe was excited to hear about being selected.“As far as personal career development andpromoting an issue that I care about, this iskind of the best possible thing that could havehappened to me,” he said.The lineup includes many UNC and localtalents, along with more well-known speak-ers and performers, like folk-singer Abigail Washburn and CEO of Matter Ventures Corey Ford.Mackenzie Thomas, co-director of TEDxUNC, said the process for selectingspeakers involved a lot of collaboration andeffort.“We have our organizing committee of a little over 20 students, and we were constantly throwing out ideas and names,” she said.“We ended up with this lineup that wecouldn’t be happier with.”Included on the list is Jane Thrailkill, asso-ciate professor in the department of Englishand comparative literature.“It will be fun giving a speech to a moregeneral population, not just simply scholars orstudents in a class,” Thrailkill said. “I will rel-ish being able to talk to such a diverse group of people in a new environment.”The theme of this year’s conference is“common threads,” which TEDxUNC co-director Rachel Myrick said she believes willtie together all the diverse fields and topics atthe event.“When we invite (the speakers), we givethem a booklet of what we were envision-ing for the theme,” she said. “We work withthem to help shape their talks to mesh nicely together.” A local band of UNC students, MorningBrigade, will be performing at the event.Sophomore and band member Nathan Spainsaid he appreciates the opportunity.“We are excited to be a part of such a well-established event,” he said.The speakers will also have a dinner on Feb.9, the day of the actual event, which studentscan sign up for on a first come, first served basis. Tickets for the dinner will be availableJan. 25 on the TEDxUNC website.“It will be cool for people to have a small,discussion-based atmosphere after the confer-ence,” Myrick said.
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The conference speakers wereannounced Wednesday.
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“I think this will be a really great oppor-tunity for the journalism school, especially since more than 70 percent of our students arefemale,” she said.King created the series to showcase womenin leadership roles and in the public eye.Future speakers include CNBC correspondentKayla Tausche on Feb. 25and author Tia McCollorson April 23.“When I graduated fromcollege, no one said, “What would you like your publiclife to be?” King said. “Theexpectations for womenthen were not very high.Now my expectations for women students: sky high.”Perdue was also the firstfemale lieutenant gover-nor and the first womanto chair the N.C. Senate Appropriations Committee.Ferrel Guillory, a UNC journalism profes-sor and expert on Southern politics, said heexpects Perdue to encourage women to pur-sue leadership positions.“Her own life story serves as a model forelevating women into important positions,” hesaid. “I think she’ll reflect on her own experi-ences and draw some lessons.”Perdue, who did not run for re-election and was succeeded by Gov. Pat McCrory, battled low approval ratings in the second half of her term.Guillory said Perdue faced difficult conditions,including the recession and a change in leader-ship in the General Assembly.She was also accused by The (Raleigh) News& Observer for not being media-friendly, butGuillory said Perdue was a visible governor.“I don’t mean that in terms of holding pressconferences, but she was out in the public a lot,”he said. “Transparency isn’t specifically a rela-tionship with the press; it’s the relationship withthe public, her own cabinet, the legislature.”
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well to get the most out of itsplayers.For those who will missLopez’s presence as a Tar Heel,there is hope.McCrary said he’s heard Lopez’s younger brother, Andy, is evenmore talented.The younger Lopez is two years away from Division I com-petition and has verbally commit-ted to become a Tar Heel.
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