Friday, April 12, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
Seke Bn otests coeoted
By Andy Willard
Student opposition to certain bills recently filed in the N.C. General Assembly has beenstrong and widespread in past weeks.This unrest continues a decades-long traditionof fighting legislative involvement in UNC affairs— a tradition former Student Body President BobSpearman participated in during the 1960s.Spearman addressed a crowd of about 60 in Wilson Library Thursday for the annual GladysHall Coates University History Lecture.He spoke for the 50th anniversary of theN.C. Speaker Ban, which was passed in 1963.The law prohibited individuals withCommunist affiliations and anarchist tendenciesfrom speaking at state-supported institutions.“It was a dumb, bad, unnecessary law,”Spearman said.“I cannot remember a single student thatthought there should be a speaker ban.”He said the law was a response to the pro-gressive ideas the legislature believed were being promoted at the University.But Spearman said he spoke out strongly against these allegations, even testifying beforethe Britt Commission, which was charged withinvestigating the legislature’s claims.“The idea that students would be snookered by Communists was absolutely laughable,” he said. After Spearman, a Rhodes Scholar, left UNCfor Oxford University, the fight against the ban was continued by UNC’s Students for a
The Speaker Ban limited speakerswho could come to UNC.
Robert Spearman gives a speech on theSpeaker Ban on Thursday at Wilson Library.
WHAT WAS THE SPEAKER BAN?
The Speaker Ban law, passed in 1963, man-dated that individuals with Communist tiesand anarchist tendencies could not speak atstate-supported institutions. The law was declared unconstitutional by afederal court in 1968.
Lvelle to un foCbooo
By Lauren Grady
Under the elm tree outside of Carrboro Town Hall on Thursday, Alderman Lydia Lavelle officially announced her candidacy for mayor.“I have been humbled by the amountof people who have encouraged meto run for the position,” said Lavelle, who was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in 2007.The election will take place inNovember, and Lavelle is the first toannounce her candidacy.Lavelle said when Carrboro MayorMark Chilton announced he would notseek a fifth term, she began to think about her campaign.“When Mark Chilton announced he was stepping down as our town’s leader,I started giving the idea of running formayor serious consideration,” she said.If elected, Lavelle would be the firstopenly lesbian mayor of Carrboro.“I don’t think it’s an issue at all,” shesaid.“When I first ran for the Board of Aldermen six years ago, it was in thenews a lot, and I don’t see it as oftennow.”Lavelle’s partner, Alicia Stemper, saidshe is supportive of the campaign.“I think she’d bea fabulous mayor,”Stemper said. “She’ssmart, she’s level-headed, she’s passion-ate, and her leadershipskills are just really fun to watch.”Lavelle is an assis-tant professor at N.C.Central University’sSchool of Law.“I’ve been able to do my job at Central very well while serving on the Board of Aldermen,” Lavelle said.“People who know me know that I’ma very engaged and present alderman. When I decide to do something, I do it100 percent.”Lavelle also sits on theTransportation Advisory Committeeof the Durham-Chapel Hill-CarrboroMetropolitan Planning Organizationand is a member of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau Boardof Directors.Lavelle’s mayoral platform empha-sizes improving transportation plan-ning, establishing relationships withregional partners and increasingCarrboro’s tax base.“We need to find a way to identify rev-enue streams so that our taxes don’t keepgoing up,” she said.“We need to be smart about how we build our commercial, and we need to be smart about how we try to figure out ways to make money.”Chilton said Lavelle’s active engage-ment in multiple organizations andtown boards will make her a strongcandidate.He said Lavelle lives in an area that isoften underrepresented in town govern-ment, so she will be able to bring a voiceto those people. And Alderman Sammy Slade saidLavelle’s diverse opinions would servethe town well.“She has good capacity to listen andtry to reconcile varying viewpoints,” hesaid.“That’s a pretty valuable attribute for a mayor to have.”
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Sophomore Richard Walden performs the role of Berger in Pauper Players’ performance of “Hair.“
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By Gabriella Cirelli
1960s America. Love, sex, war and drugscreated a revolutionary atmosphere — andtonight Pauper Players revives those feelings with its spring production of “Hair.”“Hair” is about a group of hippies in New York City protesting the Vietnam War draft.It follows the story of main characters Claude,Berger and Sheila.The play is directed by senior Paul Hovey, who said he envisioned a collaborativeapproach to the production, which is the firstmusical he has directed.“‘Hair’ is about how you feel, rebellingagainst the man and finding your identity,”Hovey said.“And I as a student director cannot do that without my actors finding that in themselves. Itried to guide the actors to find the answers thatthey needed instead of having them ask me.”Hovey said no one in the cast of 23 actorshad never performed “Hair” before, but eachfound his or her own place in the hippie tribe.Emily Ruffin, who is co-producing the show with Brittney Holland, said Hovey’s renditionof “Hair” influenced her decision to act as a producer for the first time.“I wanted to see another side of the produc-tion process aside from acting,” she said.“(Hovey’s) very artistic vision was somethingI really wanted to be a part of.”The production is also a formative expe-rience for actor Cressler Peele, who playsClaude, the lead male role.“This has definitely been the hardest char-acter for me to get into because it’s so differentfrom how I am in everyday life,” Peele said.But “Hair” is not completely foreign toPeele, who said he has seen the productionthree times — including on Broadway.“It’s a show that isn’t really like any othermusical out there. It’s very free, and the lovethat the cast has for each other is so clear thatthe audience can see it,” Peele said.“So for me, it’s really awesome to be part of a show where the emotions of the cast are soclear and out there for the audience to feel.”Cressler said he hopes these emotions willaffect even those audience members who arenot necessarily interested in musical theater.“I think there’s a musical for everyone, andthis musical has so much beauty and suchimportant messages,” Cressler said.“Musicals aren’t just about jazz hands.
Board questions McCrory over budget
By Sarah Brown
PEMBROKE — “Education, economy andefficiency” continued to be the rallying cry of Gov. Pat McCrory at the UNC-system Board of Governors meeting Thursday — but some boardmembers were still not convinced by his rhetoric.In the board’s first ever meeting on UNC-Pembroke’s campus, McCrory spoke to a crowd of more than a hundred, including all 17 UNC-system chancellors, as part of a questionand answer session with the board.McCrory responded to university admin-istrators, faculty members and students whohave voiced concern about his plan to cutfunding for higher education.He said setting financial priorities is dif-ficult, given the need to improve Medicaidand transportation while supporting the eco-nomic recovery.“It’s a Catch-22,” McCrory said during the dis-cussion. “Education is important for commerce, but commerce is also important for education.”The UNC system reported Thursday thatMcCrory’s budget proposal would cut a total of $139million from the systemin the 2013-14 fiscal year.McCrory has cited the needto improve universities’efficiency before allocatingmore funding to higher edu-cation.Board member WalterDavenport asked McCrory whether campuses wouldhave to be closed or con-solidated in the final state budget.McCrory said he didnot anticipate any closuresor changes, but emphasized that campusesshould share resources to improve efficiency.Out-of-state students will shoulder the bulk of the financial burden next year, he said — which will be achieved in part through a proposed 12.3percent out-of-state tuition hike at UNC-CH.Board member Fred Eshelman said it isunclear whether more tuition increases will be necessary to accommodate the governor’srecommended cuts.McCrory said funding for specific university programs should correlate with available jobs.“We have to adjust education toward themarket forces,” he said.But Eshelman said he’s worried about theimpact of the cuts on the implementation of the UNC system’s strategic plan.The system’s five-year strategic plan wasapproved by the board in February and aimsto increase the number of bachelor degreeholders in the state to 37 percent by 2025.“If this budget stands — and I don’t know if it will or not — we’ve gutted the plan,”Eshelman said.“Almost all of the money we asked for, forenrollment increases or quality, were gutted.”Cameron Carswell, the outgoing Associationof Student Governments president who sitson the board, said she was disappointed thatMcCrory used the economy’s struggles as anexcuse to push education to the back burner.“Neglecting to set education as a prior-ity should not be dependent upon economictimes,” Carswell said.Carswell said some of McCrory’s comments were off topic and distracted from the maineducation questions asked by board members.Outgoing UNC-CH Chancellor HoldenThorp, who attended the discussion, saidhe will be interested to see how the budgetevolves in the next few months.“(McCrory) seemed pretty clear about hisobjectives,” Thorp said. “(There will be) chal-lenges of getting the branches to work togeth-er before the budget is finalized.”The legislature is expected to approve a final budget in June.
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Gov. Pat McCrory reiterated afocus on economic recovery.
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There can be real, important meaning and beauty in musicals.”Beauty isn’t the only thing this 1960s musi-cal represents, though. The piece exudes 1960sthemes of change, protest and unrest — all of which the cast and crew said they attempted tomaintain in their adaptation.Hovey said he hopes the audience remem- bers what it’s like to be young and full of ener-gy, rebellion and love.“‘Hair’ was revolutionary in 1968,” he said.“It broke theatrical and social rules, and Itried to be as true to that as possible — so beready for literally anything.”
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Democratic Society, which formed as a directresult of the legislation.Jerry Carr, a sociology Ph.D. candidate at thetime, was one of the leaders of the organization.Carr, who attended Spearman’s speech, saidStudents for a Democratic Society reached outto students for support.“We went out to the dorms, held discussionsin the lobbies and held protests in McCorklePlace,” Carr said.Carr said the organization invited Frank Wilkinson and Herbert Aptheker to speak in1966. Both had ties to the Communist Party. When they were denied the right to speak oncampus, Aptheker stood on the stone wall thatseparates McCorkle Place from Franklin Streetand spoke to a crowd of students.Ultimately Aptheker was arrested, and thecase was taken to a state court, and the SpeakerBan was overturned.“The wall does belong to the students, because they fought the battle and they wonthe battle,” Spearman said.John Blythe, special projects and outreachcoordinator for University Libraries, said he was excited to have Spearman speak in light of the current political climate in the state.“In these times of partisan politics, it’simportant to remember the University is a place where open discussion of controversialissues can occur without anyone worryingabout his job or being suppressed,” he said.
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