By McKenzie Coey
Visual artist, musician and poetCharlotte O’Neal, also known as “Mama C,” will perform a spoken-word andmusic performance today, channelingmemories of the time she spent on twocontinents as a human rights activist.The performer left her hometown of Kansas City for Tanzania at age 19, afterher husband, Pete O’Neal, was exiled because of his role in the city’s Black Panther Party.“Brother Pete’s exile could have beensomething of a hell for both him and us but it turned into a blessing,” she said,reflecting on her home in Tanzania.She refers to everyone as brother orsister — a sign of respect and equality.Mama C was also a member of KansasCity’s Black Panther Party in the late1960s and early 1970s before she and herhusband left for Tanzania.She has since been committed tosocial issues, said Joanne Hershfield,chairwoman of UNC’s women’s and gen-der studies department.Hershfield directed and produced a documentary called “Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush.”
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Chapel Hill police, UNC Department of PublicSafety hold prescription drop-off event today
People with outdated and unused medications willhave the chance to safely dispose of them today atUniversity Mall. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the ChapelHill Police Department and UNC Department of PublicSafety will host a disposal event in the mall’s parking lotat 201 S. Estes Drive.Police will accept both prescription and over-the-counter medications in solid and liquid forms.
Commencement Information Day will be inthe Great Hall today for graduating seniors
A number of campus departments and groups will bein the Great Hall of the Student Union today from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. to provide information to seniors graduat-ing in May.Information will be available to help seniors completepre-graduation activities, including purchasing caps andgowns and donating to the senior class gift.
— From staff and wire reports
By Meredith Burns
The Republican Party is feeling pressure after itsnational committee released a critical self-analysis of November’s election losses Monday — and UNC’s con-servative leaders support the modifications, which aimto broaden the party’s appeal.The report’s authors found the party to be perceivedas largely out of touch with the public and called for a more modern message for the party in federal elections.“It pretty much says we need to be a more open andinclusive party,” said Peter McClelland, who was electedchairman of the UNC College Republicans Monday.The party needs to include more voters who share thesame values of fiscal conservatism and limited govern-ment, but might have different stances on social issues,foreign policy and immigration, he said.“They need to have that spot at the table. Even if the whole party does not shift, they need to have a spot atthe table,” McClelland said. “We need to play on the sim-ilarities we do have with others instead of saying, ‘We’redifferent, we’re not going to change, and we’re not goingto let you in because of that.’”One focus of the report is the youth vote. Last year,Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost voters younger than 30 by 5 million votes.Lauren Friedmann, a math and economics doublemajor, said she sees a gap between the Republican Party and her college peers, especially with social issues likegay marriage and access to contraception.“There seems to be a great disconnect between theircurrent beliefs and messages, and what we’ve been feel-ing and pushing for,” she said.One way to persuade more people to vote Republican— especially youth — is for the party to embrace the lib-ertarian ideals of protecting civil liberties and maintain-ing free markets, said Everett Lozzi, a senior and statechairman of Young Americans for Liberty.Steven Greene, political science professor at N.C.State University, said he thinks reaching out to moregroups is a smart move for the party.“They are going to be the ones who move into posi-tions of political power,” he said. “They need to bringmore voters in and convince everyone they’re not justthe party of angry, old, white men.”Peter Vogel, president of the UNC Young Democrats,said that, though the report lacks calls for substantivepolicy changes, the party should broaden its scope.“It’s good for the country when both parties competefor these voting blocks because electoral competitionensures that each party will tailor their polices to win votes,” Vogel said.Greene said the Republican message will take time tochange and will only come when the party’s survival isthreatened.“Reports don’t change things — elections do.”
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The party’s national committee wants tomake changes to appeal to more voters.
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COMMENCEMENT INFO DAY
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Great Hall of the StudentUnionBuy announcements, class rings, frames,caps and gowns, and more.
GOP aimsto improveinclusivity
By Mary Frances Buoyer
The class of 2013 is on the right track to overcome its predecessor’s fundraisingshortcomings, senior class organizers said.Simon Scholl, chairman of the seniorcampaign, said this year’s campaign is ontrack to meet the goal set by the class of 2011 — which had the highest ever partici-pation of students donating — heading intotoday’s Commencement Information Day.The class of 2012 fell short of its goal of 48 percent.This year’s senior campaign hasexceeded last year’s participation, with17 percent of seniors contributing to thesenior class gift so far, in comparison withlast year’s 11 percent at this time.Campaign leaders have made their goal48 percent participation with an averagegift of $20.13.“I am confident that we’ll meet the48 percent goal and hope we can even be the first class to break 50 percentparticipation,” Scholl said.Senior Class President Tim Palmer saidhe is hoping to make the event a milestonein fundraising for the senior class gift.“All of our senior marshals will be
Charlotte O’Neal, known as “Mama C,” will perform spoken-word and music with African cultural influences at the Ackland today.
MaMa sees artistry
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present collecting gifts to the campaignand we are hoping a large number of seniors will decide to donate,” he said.Scholl said his team hopes to finish upthe month similar to the class of 2011, which went into April with 25 percentparticipation.He said once they reach 25 percent,they only need 800 more seniors toparticipate to meet their goal.Senior Class Vice President Nora Chan said she believes the success of thecampaign is attributed to an increase infundraising events.“These events have served as benchmarks for our fundraising,” she said.Scholl said the most successful event was “Beat Duke Week.”The campaign established a competition with Duke to see whichsenior class could capture the highestpercentage of students giving to thecampaign before the second basketballgame against Duke.“We found the event to be very successful and we collected a little over200 gifts in four collection days in thePit,” Scholl said.Scholl said campaign leaders arenot discouraged by the campaign’sshortcomings of 2012.Palmer said this year’s goal was sethigh to encourage a culture of giving back among seniors.“I think it’s important to give becauseUNC’s continued success benefits every graduate, and Carolina’s standing is a reflection on all Tar Heels,” he said.
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The class of 2013 may set afundraising milestone.
Hershfield said the film is abouthow Mama C expresses African culturethrough art.The two were introduced two yearsago at a meeting in Raleigh at whichMama C was the speaker.“I was so inspired by her story that Idecided I wanted to make a film abouther,” said Hershfield, who traveled toTanzania in 2011 to shoot the film.Mama C’s performance will touch onsubjects about women, such as African- American women coming to terms with who they are, Hershfield said.“A lot of her poems and music she writes really address issues that per-tain to women in terms of identity andhealth,” Hershfield said.Mama C said her work exhibits influ-ences of the blues, jazz and gospel thatKansas City was famous for during herchildhood.She said she has always been an artis-tic person.“I’m inspired by just about everything,”she said. “Whether it is a dream, whetherit’s the wind, or whether it’s a wrinkle inmy cloth.”Her husband, Pete O’Neal, foundedTanzania’s United African AllianceCommunity Center in 1991 to promoteties between Tanzanian and Americancultures.The couple also created the Leadersof Tomorrow Children’s Home, which isunder the umbrella of the community center. They currently provide care for22 children between the ages of 5 and15.Hershfield presented a screeningof her documentary on Tuesday nightat the Sonja Haynes Stone Center forBlack Culture and History, and O’Nealattended, said Joshua Miller, a Ph.D.candidate who assisted Hershfield inplanning the screening and today’s per-formance.Mama C said she thinks everyone isan artist.“All you need to do is open up yoursoul, let it all run out, and try to keep up with it,” she said.
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Seils wins Carrboro seat, but turnout disappoints
Artist, activist to give spoken-word performance
By Jenny Surane
Assistant City Editor
Damon Seils is the newestmember of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen after Tuesday’s specialelection drew 261 voters — a 1.7 per-cent turnout.Seils ran uncontested in Tuesday’selection, which cost the town about$11,000. Workers at the polls said they were disappointed with Tuesday’s voter turnout, but they expected it.Poll worker Helen Figueroa, who worked at the north Carrboro pre-cinct, said her precinct usually seesabout 30 percent of voters in non-presidential elections.But this week’s special electiondrew just more than 1 percent of voters to the precinct.“I don’t think there was enoughadvertising in this particular elec-tion,” Figueroa said.“In general, we have good voterturnout, but with only one candidateit’s different,” she said.Tracy Reams, director of theOrange County Board of Elections,said Tuesday’s election was the firstof its kind, so it’s difficult to deter-mine the cause of low voter turnout.“We’ve never had an election where there was only one contestand only one candidate running,”she said. “We don’t have any electionthat we can compare this to.”Jake Gardner, who has worked atthe north Carrboro precinct since1980, said Tuesday’s election wasthe lowest voter turnout he hadever seen.Gardner said he thought the factthat Seils ran uncontested led many eligible voters to stay home.“You wouldn’t have expected any-thing different,” he said.Gardner said he feels the specialelection might not have been the best option for an uncontested race.“The issue here is not who is run-ning but rather if this is a necessary situation or not,” he said. “There’s a fair amount of money involved.”Tuesday’s election could be thelast of its kind for Carrboro.Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orangeand a former Carrboro mayor, hasintroduced a bill to the N.C. General Assembly that would give the boardalternatives, such as appointments,to fill future vacancies.Seils received 88 percent of the vote Tuesday, with write-in votesaccounting for the remaining 12percent.Seils said despite the fact that heran uncontested he took the electionseriously.He said he spent just less than$1,000 on campaign materials and went door-to-door in almost every neighborhood in Carrboro to talk topeople about his platform.Seils said he is eager to start histerm as alderman.“The first thing I’m going to wantto do is get appointed to committeesalong the lines of the issues I careabout,” he said.Seils celebrated his victory atthe Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboroafter the polls closed at 7:30 p.m.Tuesday.“I’m ready to hit the ground run-ning,” he said.
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Tuesday’s special election drew onlyabout 1.7 percent of eligible voters.
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Only 261 people voted inthe election, 1.7 percentof Carrboro voters.