Monday, February 25, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
Historically black colleges tovisit local elementary school
In honor of Black History Month, students at EphesusElementary School will spend this week learning about historically black colleges and universities.Each classroom at the school will feature a different histori-cally black college, and studentsfrom these colleges will visit theelementary school.The marching band from NorthCarolina Central University willperform for the students, andthere will be a step show.
By Melissa Bendixen
At a latte-making class at OpenEye Cafe on Saturday, studentsunleashed their coffee creativity, try-ing their hands at making designsfrom elephants to tulips.Barista Miles Murray said theperfect latte is all about the milk.“It’s literally a science,” Murray said. “And for someone that doesn’tlike science, it’s real difficult.”In order to create designs on thetop of the latte, baristas pour thepaint-like steamed milk over theespresso with care.The elaborate designs are thenmade with a quick flourish by the barista when the coffee is about topour over the rim.But some students in the classfound the craft difficult. When Andrew Heintz tried hishand at pouring a design for hislatte, the design didn’t come out asplanned.“I am now drinking elephantsquid lungs,” Heintz said as he took the first sip of his coffee.Murray, who has been a barista for eight years, said creating lattedesigns was an imperfect art, but itis worth the effort.“Making coffee art is a symbolof quality,” Murray said. “So havinglatte art is like a barista’s stampof approval. A good barista is
Open Eye barista Miles Murray teaches Candy Cooper how to steam milk and make latte designs on Saturday morning.
By Amy Tsai
The federal government couldsoon propose a large-scale brainresearch project that University experts say would have significantmedical and economic benefits.The scientific community isstill awaiting details about thegovernment’s plan for the project, which President Barack Obama first hinted at in his State of theUnion address earlier this month.“Today, our scientists aremapping the human brain tounlock the answers to Alzheimer’s,”he said.“Now is not the time to gutthese job-creating investments inscience and innovation.”Marian Emr, spokeswomanfor the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke,said in an email that details suchas the project’s potential launchdate, duration and funding are still being finalized.Kelly Giovanello, a psychology professor at UNC, said in an emailthat she believes the academiccommunity is cautiously optimisticabout the project due to the lack of details, such as whether researchmoney will be available to morethan a select few institutions.She said she believed theUniversity would be positioned tomake significant contributions tothe project.“The UNC Biomedical ResearchImaging Center has recruitedan outstanding group of faculty
By Olivia Page-Pollard
Chapel Hill Transit employees brought historical civil rightsstruggles to life Saturday, portrayingRosa Parks’ legendary refusal to giveup her seat on a bus to a white manin 1955. About 15 transit employeescelebrated Black History Month by performing a one-act play aboutthe unofficial beginning of the civilrights movement.The play — “Why Should IMove?” — chronicled Rosa Parks’refusal and her subsequent arrest.Friends, family and fellow transitemployees gathered Saturday morning in University Mall to watchthe second annual re-enactment, which included narration from anolder Rosa Parks character and a cappella singing.Interim Transit Director BrianLitchfield said last year’s production, which commemorated MartinLuther King Jr. Day, was such a success that Chapel Hill Transit wanted to recreate it.“We felt that it was an importantenough event and an importantenough message that we’d liketo share it with the community,”Litchfield said.“Obviously we have a connection with Ms. Parks and what shedid and making sure that publictransportation was available toeveryone regardless of their race.”Many of the thespians said they had little to no acting experienceprior to their performance onSaturday.Jennie Stokes, who played an African-American passenger onthe bus, said it was her first timeperforming in a play like this, andshe enjoyed it.“It was a great experience,” Stokessaid.Playgoer Ashley Reed, a UNCgraduate student, said the event wasa success.
By Lauren Clark
Professors from colleges nationwide spokethis weekend about the Muslim veil’s far-reach-ing influences on religion, art and fashion.Seven featured speakers spoke to about 200people at the FedEx Global Education CenterFriday and Saturday. The conference, called“ReOrienting the Veil,” was put on by the 2013Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.Sahar Amer, an Asian studies professor andlead organizer of the event, said an exhibitionthat shows how Muslim women choose to por-tray themselves will be held at the Ackland ArtMuseum for the remainder of the semester.“Art is a unique way to give voice to aspectsnot usually discussed,” she said.Banu Gokariksel, a geography professor, was a co-organizer and speaker at the event.She said she was excited to bring an inter-disciplinary group of scholars together for thisconference to examine the cultural, politicaland religious meanings of the veil.“For many women, the materiality of theheadscarf is actually significant for cultivatingpiety, and therefore, it is an integral part of religious practice,” she said.Gokariksel said the veil, or the hijab, is a relevant topic.“The veil is particularly important today because of its geopolitical scripting in thepost-9/11 world as a symbol of Islam andMuslims,” she said.Juliane Hammer, a religious studies profes-sor and a co-organizer of the event, said it wasimportant to continually discuss the aspects of the veil.“The continuing interest in this topic com- bined with widespread misconceptions andsimplifications of the topic explains why moreshould and can always be done in discussingthe topic,” she said. Amer, who wore a veil for one year whileattending college, said she believes the confer-ence provided an enlightening experience.“I hope people have a new perspective on veiling — that a lot of women are choosing to veil — and match religious reality with socio-economic reality,” Amer said. “Muslim women’s values are not heard in relation to fashion.” Amer said she is always amazed at how much interest the topic of veiling generates
Chapel Hill Transit employees perform a play about Rosa Parks. Sheila Neville,playing a young Parks, is arrested by James Harler, playing a policeman.
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Professors nationwide attended“ReOrienting the Veil.”
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The imaging project maybe proposed by thefederal government.
Town transit commemorates Rosa Parks
neuroscientists, purchased cutting-edge equipment and launchedseveral areas of scientific inquiry on human brain activity,” she said.Potential medical benefitsof the research include greaterunderstanding of mental disordersand neurodegenerative diseasesand why they occur, she said.Joseph Piven, a UNC psychiatry professor, said research in the lastdecade has explored the idea of networks in the brain.“Having a picture of how theparts of the brain interact is really very important,” he said.Much of the past researchhas focused on single structuresand connections in the brain, but diseases such as Alzheimer’sinvolve multiple regions of the brain, Piven said.Scott Huettel, a neuroscienceprofessor at Duke University, saidthe project will build on decades of work and expand the research.“(The project will) try tounderstand how neurons talk toeach other and how functions aredistributed across regions,” Huettelsaid.The project will need to developnew technologies and new methods for computing the vastamount of expected data, he said.John Gilmore, a psychiatry professor at UNC, said theresearch will also drive economicdevelopment.“Research always has very tangible economic benefits, both by funding the people that aredoing the research … And in thelonger term, economic benefitsof understanding very complexmental disorders,” he said.
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Luce scholarship for study inAsia awarded to 2 students
Student Body President WillLeimenstoll and senior Henry Ross have been selected to partici-pate in the Luce Scholars Programfor 2013-14.The scholarship funds a year inEast and Southeast Asia.Eighteen students were select-ed from universities across thecountry.UNC was the only school tohave more than one studentselected, and it has had 35 LuceScholars — the most of any school— since the program began in1974.
— From staff and wire reports
Chapel Hill Transitemployees put on a playabout Parks on Saturday.
people that disagree,” Harler said.“We can continue to learn.”Harler also said the event wasan effective way of reminding thecommunity about the importance of the civil rights movement.“It brings history to life,” he said.“When you see it, you get thefeeling.”
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“The veil is particularly important today because of its geopolitical scripting in the post-9/11 world.”
geography professor and event co-organizer and speaker
from people who were drawn to it because of its ties to fashion and art.Gokariksel said the topics covered in the con-ference have wider international importance.“The rise of a fashion industry with a focuson modest dress for Muslim women is a sig-nificant global phenomenon,” she said.
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going to be able to offer you thatguarantee.”For John Lapp, a retiredprofessor from N.C. State, learningabout making latte art was aboutappreciating detail.“Any field you can think of hasmore complexity than you realize,”Lapp said.“It’s fun to see that — it’s funto see the complexity behindsomething that seemed simple.”
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“I was so glad there was so muchsinging,” Reed said. “I thought it was going to be only spoken, but thesinging was great.”Chapel Hill resident JulieMcClintock, who attendedSaturday’s performance, saidthe play is beneficial for raisingcommunity awareness of stillexistent civil rights issues.“Just the fact that the townemployees got approval for doingsomething like this speaks volumesfor our community,” McClintock said.Transit employee James Harler, who played Parks’ arresting officer,said he still believes there is much to be done for civil rights.“There are always going to be