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To mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month,an editorial opinion from
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Monday, April 1, 2013
dailytarheel.com
Volume 121, Issue 20
RAPEIS  VIOLENTCRIME.
 AT UNC ANd CollegeS ACroSS The CoUNTry,iT iS TreATed AS AN iNfrACTioN.
Smtn s unamnta wn mans a pncp sutn.Ts mans untakn a cmpt vau  t wa t Unvst as wt cass  ap. An tmans ttn  a mmnt t pbmatc qumnts  a uns, an nsta catna sstm tat azs t Unvst’s spnsbt t ptct ts stunts. A cutu  as justc sat t at  a bkn sstm, an su b pac wt a cus n:
1.Support for survivors;2.Education for all students on the consequences of rape;3.Deference in the pursuit of justice to trained law enforcement.
For years, universities have played an inap-propriate role in the aftermath of incidents of rape involving students. At UNC, the HonorCourt, a quasi-judicial board made up entirely of students, heard and adjudicated cases of sex-ual assault until last year. Similar models wereused across the country, becoming the object of intense scrutiny as to whether they could effec-tively deal with such a sensitive crime.In 2011, the U.S. Department of Educationissued what is popularly referred to as the “DearColleague” letter. The letter included a set of guidelines for making the ways colleges dealt with sexual assault compliant with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, landmark legislation aimed at preventing sex discrimina-tion. During the last two years, UNC and therest of the nation’s universities have implement-ed the changes demanded by the letter: lower-ing the standard of proof required to determineguilt in rape cases and the hiring of an individu-al to oversee the processes, among others. Yet despite the changes, the University’supdated procedures remain confusing, arbitrary and disturbing in the respective burdens they place on both students who file complaints andstudents who stand accused. Examples abound.The very makeup of the Student GrievanceCommittee — the body charged with formally resolving complaints — is baffling. One-third of its members are students whose only qualifica-tions are that they managed to be appointed by the student body president or the Graduate andProfessional Student Federation president, indi- viduals who are not elected on the pretense oexpertise in the area of sexual assault.The policy goes on to speak only in vagueterms on the level of training given to a group with so much responsibility, leaving too muchroom for error to a group of amateur judges. And the committee has at its disposal a num- ber of punishments, ranging from a written warning to expulsion.In short, changes to the system failed to cor-rect the same kinds of heinous flaws that a group of current and former students has usedas evidence in bringing two federal investiga-tions to UNC.The current system functions as a stopgapanswer to the demands of the “Dear Colleague”letter. And while many have praised the docu-ment as a step in the right direction, the letterlargely standardizes and codifies the trappingsof a broken system. By taking steps like man-dating a change in burden of proof, the letterfurther legitimizes the quasi-judicial bodies thathave long suggested the possibility of justice forsurvivors but failed to provide it.But, whatever its many shortcomings, theletter carries the weight of federal law, and theUniversity has an obligation to comply withit. And yet this does not mean the University should feel as though its hands are tied in whatit can change. The “Dear Colleague” letter is a complicated document, but its broader require-ments are clear, and could be satisfied by a sys-tem that is narrower in scope, but better accom-plishes its mission.For example, the Title IX coordinator could beresponsible for considering complaints of sexualassault, providing both sides the opportunity topresent evidence and wielding only the correctiveaction that is in the best interest of immediatestudent safety. Meanwhile, this coordinator couldalso be responsible for working with law enforce-ment to seek justice. But reorienting the roles of administrators isn’t enough to fix the problem of ineffective sexual assault policy.Indeed, such a revised system would work only as part of a multi-dimensional approach — onethat stresses greater education, sustained sup-port and deference to law enforcement. Theseare the proper means for the University to helpfight sexual assault, and they work hand-in-hand with each other. The University can make theoften intimidating criminal justice system moremanageable through counseling. By educatingstudents about the criminal — rather than insti-tutional — consequences of rape, the University can more effectively prevent it.But why not allow the University to providea separate avenue for survivors of rape to pur-sue resolution? Proponents of this approach, inplace at UNC and across the country, argue thatsuch systems are desirable because they caterto the special needs of college students. They allow for quicker resolution, more privacy andmore support than the criminal justice systemcan give. And it’s true that the criminal justicesystem is not known for its sensitivity in cases of rape, which are notoriously difficult to adjudi-cate — in a student hearing or a court of law.But the fact remains that it is not theUniversity’s place to suggest it can systemati-cally provide justice for victims of rape; a systemthat issues rulings, features various degreesof punishment and boasts a standard of proof implicitly makes that empty claim. Gentlertreatment of sexual violence — for the victimsand the perpetrators — is a form of discrimina-tion in itself, because it treats the crime less seri-ously than other severe crimes.Relieving ourselves of the expectation of adjudication does not mean turning our backson victims of rape, and it does not mean deny-ing those accused due process. It is simply a response that is both moral and sensible — ananswer to the hard question of how to handlethis problem across the country.Those most capable of changing the policesof the University — its leadership — are makingan honest effort to re-evaluate this system. They should not entirely dismiss wholehearted andcomprehensive reform because it doesn’t stick toa conventional reading of the “Dear Colleague”letter, especially given the Department of Education’s tendency to work with, rather thanpunish, allegedly noncompliant colleges.South Building should not let perceived legalcomplications stand in the way of its moralobligation and its ability to effect large-scalechange. The University is a respected institutionin public higher education. It can be a leader onthis issue, but only if it is willing to call a crimea crime.
INSIDE
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A community member’scall to speak out and atimeline of controversy
A rationale for the formatof today’s issue fromeditor Andy Thomason
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An opinion page devotedto the issue of sexualassault at UNC
 
NOTED.
 When an unrequited crushdevolves into stalking, you’re already look-ing at some weird behavior — but nothinglike the moves of one Japanese man.To get her attention, he filled her highheels with hydrofluoric acid. At lastupdate, she had five toes chopped off andprobably still doesn’t want to date this guy.
QUOTED.
“Justin Bieber had to leave a monkey in quarantine after landing inGermany last week without the necessary papers for the animal.”— The AP is on it, reporting on Bieber’sinability to import a monkey. Also men-tioned: he “was booed by his beloved fans”in London. It’s a hard-knock life.
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ounded men and women of UNC: Soothe your heart- break by indulging in this revenge fantasy, performed by someone else so you don’t have to get arrested for felony stalking.One 61-year-old guy, still not over his 2011 breakup, went on Craigslistposing as his ex-girlfriend. The request: “I’m a senior lady who is lookingfor some fun And adventure in my life!! Would like to meet a gentlemanin his 50’s that is Hung and that can give me some pleasuring.”Imaginably, Virginia’s weirdest and wildest old dudes came crawlingout of the woodwork and onto this woman’s porch, where she had tochase them away several times a day. I’m sure the neighbors were thrilled.
Never too old or revenge
From staf and wire reports
DAILY DOSE
 
Donald Cecil Macaully,34, was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor countof assault on a female andtwo misdemeanor counts of assault on an officer at 377 S. Estes Drive at 3:45 a.m.Saturday, according to ChapelHill police reports.
 
Someone broke andentered a vehicle at 9115Seawell School Road between1 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. Tuesday,according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.The person stole radioequipment, valued at $50,and a basket, valued at $10,reports state.
 
Someone damagedproperty at 1709 High SchoolRoad between 4:30 p.m. and8:30 p.m. Tuesday, accordingto Chapel Hill police reports.The person scratched the victim’s truck with a key.Damages were valued at$500, reports state.
 
Zachary James Maloney,21, was arrested and charged with littering at 157 E.Rosemary St. at 2:27 a.m. Wednesday, according toChapel Hill police reports.Maloney was observed tak-ing newspapers from a vend-ing machine and scatteringthem on the ground, reportsstate.
 
Someone broke andentered a residence at 607  Westminster Drive between9:30 a.m. and 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person stole a HPnotebook, valued at $150, twoDell laptops, valued at $600each, a Toshiba laptop, valuedat $600, a house key and$210 in cash, reports state. An intoxicated femaleassaulted a bartender at 125E. Franklin St. at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, according toChapel Hill police reports.
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By Cammie Bellamy
Assistant City Editor
In a nod to the 100th anniver-sary of the town that brought themtogether, Lydia Lavelle and Alicia Stemper registered as domesticpartners in Carrboro in March 2011. A month later, the bill that wouldeventually become North Carolina’s Amendment One was filed.Today, the amendment is law andconstitutionally bans gay marriageand domestic partnerships in thestate —thus nullifying Lavelle andStemper’s domestic partnership.But as the Supreme Court debatesthe validity of such bans on same-sex marriage, local LGBT activistsare focused on the future.“I’m very, very cautiously hopeful, but I would not be surprised to nothave it happen,” Lavelle said. “But I wouldn’t be surprised if you see atleast a few of the justices say ‘This isa matter of constitutional magnitudethat is really not fair to same-sexcouples.’”
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Vimala Rajendran, owner of Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, experienced a violent marriage and now speaks out against violence against women.
‘A right to be heard and believed’
Restaurateur calls community to speak out about violence against women
By Chelsey Dulaney
City Editor
On the door of Vimala’s CurryblossomCafe on West Franklin Street is a sign:“Food is a human right, and no one will beturned away.” Vimala Rajendran, 54, has spent the last20-or-so years of her life cooking — forfriends and family, for herself, for the com-munity.Rajendran’s love of food has seen herthrough bad times — a violent marriage —and good times — the opening of her res-taurant. For Rajendran, food has becomemore than just a way to satiate hunger; it isa way to heal.“(Food) also makes the person feel goodon various levels, especially a whole body experience of healing,” she said. Among the warmly colored walls of herrestaurant, Rajendran is a cook, an activistand an active member of the community. When she’s not making the samosas shespent so many years perfecting, she chairsthe board of a community television centerand regularly hosts events for causes she ispassionate about.She has master’s degrees in political sci-ence and educational media technology and diplomas in both early childhood edu-cation and information technology. And she is survivor of domestic violence.Rajendran, who is originally from India,said she grew up in a home that was safefor women and girls.So when violence began to quietly inchinto her marriage, she struggled to face hersituation.“Even though I was very aware thatabuse and control was creeping up in my relationship, every day I thought I hadgone too far into the commitment to just withdraw and run,” she said.“I thought if I stayed I would make difference and change him, but it neverhappened.”For 16 years — through the birth of her three children, through a move to theUnited States and eventually to Chapel Hill— Rajendran stayed with her husband.Then, one day, Rajendran had enough. Armed with the support of her Chapel Hillcommunity, she left.“It came to the point where I couldn’ttake it anymore,” she said. “During the 16 years of a difficult and abusive relationship,an activist was brewing.”Today marks the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month — and thoughRajendran was not a victim of sexualassault in her marriage, she has a messagefor all victims of violence against women.“If an individual feels violated in any way — sexually, emotionally, physically — it isnot their fault,” she said.“They have a right to be heard and believed. And keeping silent about it on any level actually harms the whole community.UNC junior Andrea Pino, co-chairwom-an of UNC’s Project Dinah, which aims to
Health insurance to be covered by BlueCross
By Hayley Fowler
Staff Writer
 After student health insurance premiumsnearly doubled this year, the UNC system hasdecided to change providers from Pearce andPearce Inc. to BlueCross BlueShield of NorthCarolina. Administrators said the new health insur-ance provider was selected for multiple rea-sons, including affordability.BlueCross BlueShield has proposed a planof $1,290 per year, almost $130 less than this year’s $1,418 premium, said Brian Usischon,the system’s associate vice president for humanresources and university benefits officer.But the final cost is still being negotiated,he said.“We’re still working on price — that’s the biggest piece,” he said.BlueCross BlueShield also offered to place a cap on price increases for the next three years,Usischon said.BlueCross BlueShield was selected as thenext health insurance provider after the sys-tem considered input from all 17 campuses, hesaid. Other bids came from Pearce and PearceInc., the system’s current provider, UnitedHealthCare Services Inc. and Aetna Inc.Usischon said benefits will remain relatively the same for the 40,000 undergraduate andgraduate students enrolled in the health insur-ance plan systemwide.The copay and deductibles students pay  will not change, but the cap on the amountof student health care spending will rise from$100,000 to $500,000 next year, and will beunlimited by 2014-15, Usischon said.“Essentially, it’s the same design in terms of  what benefits exist now,” he said.Pam Silberman, clinical professor of healthpolicy and management at UNC, said thesystem’s health care was altered to meet new requirements under the Affordable Care Act, which requires every student attending a col-
SYSTEM HEALTH INSURANCE
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UNC-CH students in the system’s plan
40,000
students enrolled in the plan systemwide
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annual premium for current system plan
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premium proposed by BlueCross BlueShield
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The UNC system decided to switchproviders due to affordability.
UNC again considers buildingbridge to help pedestrians
By Marisa DiNovis
Staff Writer
For the second time in the pastthree years, UNC administratorsare considering building a nearly $10 million bridge over South Roadto improve pedestrian safety.But this year’s proposal is mark-edly different from the 2010 plan, which would have built a crossing between the Student RecreationCenter and the Pit and was indefi-nitely delayed because of a lack of funding.The new $9.5 million design, which would bridge the gap between the Genome SciencesBuilding and Caudill Laboratories, was presented to the Board of Trustees’ buildings and groundscommittee last week and put onhold for further discussion.“Everyone hated the design of (the 2010 plan), and we decided tohold off,” Chancellor Holden Thorpsaid at the meeting. “And when wecame back to it, we decided thatthis bridge was more important,and I agree that it is.”Bruce Runberg, associate vicechancellor for facilities services,
Gay couples prep forSupreme Court ruling
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Alicia Stemper, right, and Lydia Lavelle registered as domestic partners in 2011.
Plan for South Road pedestrian bridge
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It would link the GenomeSciences Building andCaudill Laboratories.Couples in Chapel Hill andCarrboro say the road toequality remains long.
said at the Wednesday meeting thatall construction projects on campussince 2005 have been taxed, withthe revenue accruing in a trust funddesignated for pedestrian safety projects.Buildings and grounds commit-tee member Don Curtis said thenew bridge project would use allthe money in the pedestrian safety fund.Runberg said both designs arestill on the table, but the new proj-ect has taken priority.“The bridge to the Pit is still a concept, but it’s been shelved forthe moment,” Runberg said. “Wecurrently don’t have funding for it.”University architect Anna Wupresented the final design to thecommittee. Wu said the construc-tion of the bridge would encourageconnectivity between North andSouth campuses and would link the
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Spring 2012
Landen Gambill filed a sexual assault com-plaint against her ex-boyfriend in the HonorCourt. He was found not guilty, but Gambillsaid the case was mishandled.
Aug. 1, 2012
Sexual assault cases were removed from thehonor system’s jurisdiction to abide by newfederal mandates.
 January
 Three UNC students, one former student andone former administrator filed a complaintwith the U.S. Department of Education, claim-ing that UNC facilitated a hostile environmentfor students reporting sexual assault.
Feb. 22
Gambill was charged with a conduct violationof the Honor Code stating that she engagedin disruptive or intimidating behavior againstthe man she accused of raping her.
March 1
 The Department of Education’s Office for CivilRights opened an investigation against theUniversity in response to the complaint.
March 4
Jayne Grandes began in the new inves-tigator position in the University’s EqualOpportunity/Americans with Disabilities ActOffice.
March 11
Ew Quimbaya-Winship began work as UNC’sdeputy Title IX officer, a position mandatedby the federal government.
March 21
 The U.S. Department of Education’s Clery ActCompliance Division announced it wouldevaluate whether UNC violated federal law.
March 25
Gambill filed a third federal complaint, alleg-ing that the University has attempted tosilence and discredit her.
March 26
Chancellor Holden Thorp suspended Gambill’shearing pending a review of her claims.
Sexual assault controversy at the University

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A woman who was a mad bomber from 1968 until 2005. Nazi Atrocities and the 21st Century
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LOL>>>then in the bottom right the female who assaulted a bartender. Can't we all just get along?
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Anyone notice the assault on a female in the Police Log?
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