Friday, March 8, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
University Mall site of Chapel Hill library toclose March 16, reopen at new site in April
The Chapel Hill Public Library will close its tempo-rary site at University Mall to allow movers to relocatematerials to its newly expanded site at 100 Library Drive.The library will close March 16 and is expected toreopen in early April. During the closure, patrons willnot be able to check out or return books, but due dates will be adjusted to avoid fines.
Applications for 2014 senior class marshals areavailable; application deadline is March 25
Interested juniors can now apply to become 2014senior marshals.The application and more information about whatsenior class marshals are can be found at 2014.unc.edu. Applications are due by March 25, at 5 p.m.
— From staff and wire reports
Scandal may lead to criminal charges
By John Howell Jr.
Although the UNC-system Board of Governors closed its investigation of UNC-CH’s academic misconduct last month,criminal charges could soon be the latest issuefor leaders to address in the ongoing review of the scandal.Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall will meet with state investigatorsMarch 12 to discuss the potential of pursuingcriminal charges in the case.In its final report, the UNC Board of Governors Academic Review Panel attributedthe misconduct to the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies chairmanJulius Nyang’oro and administrator DeborahCrowder.The report concluded that athletics playedno role in the scandal, though athletes mighthave been advised to take the courses.Joni Worthington, spokeswoman for theUNC system, said UNC-CH contacted theState Bureau of Investigation in May 2012 toask for assistance in reviewing whether or notthere had been any criminal activity.“The SBI had at its disposal options forsecuring information and cooperation as aninvestigative unit that neither the Board of Governors nor the campus have,” she said.Former N.C. Gov. Jim Martin, who conduct-ed an independent review of the University’sacademic records, said in an interview that theSBI has the ability to put individuals underoath and inspect bank accounts.Martin’s report found irregular courses dat-ing back to 1997 and evidence of unauthorizedgrade changes.If administrators were compensated forforging signatures, they could be charged witha crime, he said.“If someone signed someone else’s name without authority, that would be a violationof the law only if they received something of value,” he said. Woodall said there might be chargesannounced after the March 12 meeting.“I’m not going to say anything until they’vecompleted their investigation,” he said.Board member Louis Bissette said the panelreviewed actions taken by the campus after thescandal and determined how similar problemscould be prevented in the future.“We think that all of the new processes andstructures that the campus has instituted willmake it very difficult for something like this tohappen again,” he said. Worthington said the board will determineif further action is needed once the SBIinvestigation is concluded.“If additional steps by the Board of Governors are warranted at that time, they will address it appropriately,” she said.Bissette said he is confident that the panelhas carried out its charge.“This has been a terrible thing, but at somepoint it has to end and the University has tomove on,” he said.
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By Andy Bradshaw
A proposal to privatize curbside recycling servicesdrew criticism from Orange County residents and lead-ers during a Board of Orange County Commissionersmeeting Thursday night.The board heard initial forms of community feedback on the privatization proposal at its meeting.County staff presented a proposal to move toward anagreement that would consolidate curbside recyclingservices under one franchise in unincorporated areas.Michael Talbert, assistant county manager for opera-tions, said moving toward one provider would stabilizerates for all residents of the unincorporated areas, but hestressed that the decision would take time.“We want to make it clear that no decision will bemade tonight,” he said. “This is a process that is project-ed to take around eight months.”But the proposal drew concern from some residents, who fear a franchise would harm Orange County’s recy-cling system, which currently relies on several privatehaulers.Hillsborough resident Jessica Bollinger said the movetoward a single franchise would displace her company,Efland Trash Service.Currently, unincorporated residents pay curbsiderecycling fees to have access to the county’s recyclingservices. With privatization, they would pay a stan-dardized fee.“Citizens would pay more, and it would be a disincen-tive for recycling,” said Jan Sassaman, the chairman of the Solid Waste Advisory Board. According to county documents, the privatizationproposal would not create any financial impact for thecounty budget.Chapel Hill Town Council member Jim Ward said thecurrent system has made Orange County home to one of the best recycling systems in the state.“Why would you now begin to dismantle this out-standing effort?” Ward asked.Commissioner Renee Price expressed similar concernand asked staff to look for other ways to stabilize rates.“I feel very uneasy about this,” she said. “I think weneed to explore other alternatives.”Commissioner Alice Gordon said recycling has toremain a top priority for the county as it moves forward.“We have to preserve our advantage in recycling,” shesaid.Commissioners scheduled a public hearing to furtherdiscuss the privatization proposal on April 23.
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The county is discussing privatizing curbside recycling forunincorporated residents.The proposal to privatize would not have any financialimpact on the county budget.Privatizing would result in one franchise controllingsolid waste and recycling in unincorporated areas.The county plans to hold a public hearing April 23 tosolicit feedback from residents about the proposal.
A SPORT FOR ALL AGES
From left, Phyllis Fearrington, Lynn Lyght, WIlliam Fonville, Marilyn Guthrie and Rosa Bowles are members of the Orange County Jammers.
By Marissa Bane
William Fonville might be 84 years old, but that doesn’t stop him from throwinghis teammates into the air.Fonville is a member of the OrangeCounty Jammers, a cheerleading groupfor senior citizens. And, at the close of NationalCheerleading Week, the Orange County Jammers serve as a reminder that cheer-leading is a sport for anyone.Fonville was the first man in NorthCarolina to join a senior citizen cheer-leading team.“He is a great dancer,” said fellow cheerleader Lynn Lyght. “He is also my spotter and just brings so much joy andlaughter to the team.”The Jammers started cheering in2007. The group consists of six mem- bers, aged 64 to 84, who meet weekly to practice their original routines andcheers.Only one of them was a cheerleader inhigh school. None of the other Jammershad any prior experience.Clementine Self, the team’s founderand head cheerleader, had the idea tostart the group after seeing the DurhamDivas, another senior citizen cheerleadingteam, perform at a competition.Self approached Cydnee Sims, theOrange County’s senior center manager, with hopes of starting a local team.“I loved the idea, and the SeniorGames staff all jumped on board as well,”Sims said.Sims now serves as the coordinator forthe team and helps schedule performanc-es and manages the team’s budget.Lyght said the team’s biggest goal is tosupport athletes in the Orange County Senior Games.The games are annual athletic com-petitions that promote healthy lifestylesfor people who are 55 years old andolder.Some of the events include archery,swimming, tennis, golf, and billiards.Dana Hughes, Carrboro recreationsupervisor, said the Jammers pick theevents they cheer for. Their favorites are basketball and track and field.“The team also performs at theChristmas parade and other big events,”Hughes said. “They volunteer as a team a lot too, which is great.”Sims said the team performs about 10
Education program boosted in size
By Zach Freshwater
The School of Education’s acceptancerate remained consistent with previous years, but the school added four seats in itselementary education program this year inresponse to a competitive applicant pool.Kara GrawOzburn, assistant director of student affairs for the school, said the pro-gram, which is normally capped at 30 stu-dents, received so many strong applicantsthat it was expanded to accommodate 34new students.She said as far as she knows, this is thefirst time more seats have been added.Fewer students applied to the school’sfive programs this year, but general accep-tance levels remained steady.This year out of 87 total applicants, 72students were admitted. The 82 percentacceptance rate held the same as last year.But some who were not directly accept-ed have other options.GrawOzburn said 12 applicants to theelementary education program are still being evaluated.“Some would consider them an admit,some would consider them a deny,” she said.
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out I got in, and it was great because I gotto share my excitement with them.”McGuinn said she told her dad rightafter she found out.“He was really excited,” she said. “Hesaid to keep trucking, because this week has been crazy.”McGuinn said she doesn’t have any bigplans to celebrate yet.“I’m going to write some more papersand study for some exams,” she said witha laugh.
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Cheerleading group supports county’s Senior Games
These students have been given theoption to pursue the school’s child devel-opment and family studies program or themiddle grades education program.She said the school has given studentsthis option for the past two years becausethe elementary education program isextremely competitive.GrawOzburn said these students have been given this option because of thestrength of their applications.“We wouldn’t have offered them theoption to be reviewed if they weren’t quali-fied for the School of Education,” she said.This year, the school began using a new application system called ApplyYourself after students had difficulties with theprevious method. She said the onlineapplication had been through ConnectCarolina for the past two years.“Last year in particular, studentshad difficulty uploading documents,”GrawOzburn said. “This year we didn’treceive any of those complaints.”Sophomore Jamie McGuinn, who wasaccepted to the middle grades educationprogram, said she was volunteering inthe Pit when she received her acceptancenotification.“I was sitting beside another teach-ing fellow and another education major,and they were like ‘We need to open it,”’McGuinn said. “I opened it up and found
“I just love seeing the expres-sions of people’s faces whenwe perform.”
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to 15 times per year.“I just love seeing the expressions of people’s faces when we perform,” Lyghtsaid.“I always look forward to gettingtogether with the group because we alwayshave fun together, but my favorite part of being a Jammer is the competitions.”There are 12 senior citizen teams inNorth Carolina that compete at the annu-al North Carolina Senior Games cheeringcompetition.The Jammers compete in a divisionthat includes five other teams of compa-rable size.The competition takes place inRaleigh every September. This year will be the Jammers’ sixth competition as a team.
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