Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
Brewing vats fill the back room of Steel String Brewery in Carrboro. Steel String is one of many craft breweries that have opened in the area.
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By McKenzie Coey
Assistant City Editor
For the second year in a row, the Howard and LillianLee Scholars Charter School will not open on time.The State Board of Education denied the school’srequest to delay its opening, said Joel Medley , the directorof the state’s office of charter schools. He said the schoolhas to reapply for a new charter by Dec. 6 if the administra-tion wants to open in the 2014-15 academic year.Medley said the state board denied the request for a delay after reviewing the school’s difficulties with opening.The school applied for two other charters but has failed toopen on time due to issues with facility and management.“The state board, looking at the situation, (saw) thatthe group had received two charters and had not beenable to open either one on time,” Medley said.The school originally applied for a fast-track charter, which would haveallowed it to open in August2012, and it voluntarily gavethe charter back. The schoolthen reapplied in the normalround and received the char-ter that would have given ita full year and allowed it toopen this month, had it not been for the ongoing man-agement issues.“Anytime that you aregranted a charter and do notopen as planned, that undercuts some of the community support that may have been there,” Medley said.The school originally partnered with NationalHeritage Academies, a for-profit charter school manage-ment company located in Grand Rapids, Mich. But theNational Heritage Academies dropped the Howard andLillian Lee Scholars Charter School in March.Medley said the board’s decision does not mean theschool’s next charter application will be denied.“Is it feasible that they can get an additional chartergranted to them? Absolutely,” he said. “You can’t forecastthat far down the road.”The charter school has long been a concern for localminority groups and education activists who worry theschool will segregate low-income students.The Rev. Robert Campbell, president of the ChapelHill-Carrboro NAACP, has openly opposed the charterschool. He said he believes the school would only draw inunderperforming black children, keeping those children ina separated environment.The school was originally created to close the achieve-ment gap in Orange County, according to the school’soriginal charter submitted to the state board in 2011.But Campbell said he thinks there are better ways of addressing that gap than creating a separate school.“You have people now coming up with ways to getinvolved with the school — get involved in the academicside of making sure each kid has the necessary environ-ment in order to learn.”
Lee CharterSchool delaysopening again
By Paige Ladisic
Assistant City Editor
Carolina Brewery is a favorite forstudents and Chapel Hill residentsalike — but to meet the growing upwardtrend in popularity and taste for craft beer, owner Robert Poitras is changingthings up. According to the North Carolina Brewers Guild, there were 12 brewer-ies in the state when Carolina Brewery opened in 1995.This number has grown steadily since then — there are currently 79 breweries in North Carolina, includ-ing two in Chapel Hill and two inCarrboro.In addition to trademarks like Sky Blue Golden Ale and Flagship IPA,Poitras said he recently decided to lethis brewers be more creative and work on a small-batch series of brews thatcan only be found at the Chapel Hilllocation.The small-batch series will include brews that have been popular in thepast, as well as experimental mixturesof flavors and ingredients, Poitras said.He said the older Franklin Street Lager will be back soon, as well as a black IPA.“We don’t offer any domestic beers,and we never have,” Poitras said. “We’re
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New Israel-focused ad comes to Chapel Hill buses
By Daniel Schere
Assistant University Editor
State budget cuts are hav-ing a trickle-down effect on theUniversity, and this year its health-care facilities will feel the impact.The budget calls for a $15 millioncut to the UNC School of Medicineand an $8 million cut to theUniversity Cancer Research Fund, which is part of the UNC LinebergerComprehensive Cancer Center.The fund, which was created in2007 with the opening of the N.C.Cancer Hospital, receives $50 mil-lion in state money each year.But this year, the N.C. General Assembly removed the section of the budget that commits to $50 millionannually, leaving the fund with anestimated $42 million.Dr. Shelton Earp, director of the Lineberger Center, said thisamounts to a 16 percent cut for thefund. Earp said he is concerned this will significantly compromise thequality of the center’s work.“Virtually everything that has been supported will be reduced tosome extent.”Earp said the cuts would reducethe number of projects the faculty could work on, including on drugdevelopment and genomics.The center has recruited 140 facul-ty in the past five years — but reten-tion will become increasingly difficult because of the budget cuts, he said.The cuts come as a result of a decrease in the state’s Tobacco TrustFund, which is one of the mainsources of funding for the CancerResearch Fund. Earp said the money will instead be shifted to the state’sgeneral revenue fund.He is also concerned that havingreduced faculty and resources willmake for stiff competition amonghospitals nationwide for out-of-statefunding. Last year, the LinebergerCenter received $88 million in out-of-state funding — most of whichcame from National Institutes of Health.Earp said faculty members aredisappointed with the cuts, but hesaid he remains optimistic that thecenter will pull through.“It’s our job to absorb these cutsand come out as strong as we possibly can,” he said.UNC's School of Medicine willhave to deal with a $15 million bud-get cut, but spokeswoman JenniferJames said it is too early to tell which areas will be affected.James said budget cuts are noth-ing new to the school, especially during the economic downturn.“We’re confident we can do itagain,” she said.Bill Roper, dean of the School of Medicine, said in a statement thathe hopes state politicians will recog-nize the impact of the school.“Moving forward, we hope tocontinue working with our legisla-tors to help them understand thatas the state’s largest medical school, we have a mission to train the nextgeneration of physicians and otherhealth professionals,” he said.UNC’s School of Medicine was top-ranked in primary care by U.S. News& World Report this year.
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Even with the school’s past expe-rience with cuts, James said havingfewer resources is always an issue.“Obviously people are concerned,”she said. “We’re being asked to domore with less.”
By Holly West
Assistant City Editor
As Chapel Hill Transit prepares to takedown the advertisement that prompted thetown to change its bus policy last year, a new ad in opposition to it has just been put up.The original ad featured two men, onePalestinian and one Israeli, both holding theirgrandchildren, with a tagline that read, “Join with us. Build peace with justice and equality.End U.S. military aid to Israel.”That ad, taken out by Chapel Hill'sChurch of Reconciliation, is scheduled to be removed from Chapel Hill Transit buseslater this week because its one-year contracthas expired.The new ad, which began running on all of the town’s 98 buses this weekend, depicts anIsraeli boy and a Palestinian boy embracing.Its tagline reads “Israel Seeks a Partner forPeace.”It was placed by Triangle-based organiza -tion Voice for Israel and national organizationStand With Us. Both organizations describethe new ad as pro-Israel.Michael Ross, chairman of Voice forIsrael, said the ad was a response to thead taken out by Chapel Hill’s Church of Reconciliation.The church’s ad advocated for the end tomilitary aid to Israel. It sparked controversy when it was first put on Chapel Hill Transit buses last August.Ross said his organization decided to placean ad because it was offended by the currentone.Sharon Shohfi, chairwoman of the Churchof Reconciliation’s Salaam Shalom committee,said she doesn’t have a problem with the new ad.“The purpose of our bus ad was to spark dialogue,” she said.But Shohfi said her church does object tothe attitudes of the opponents of the church’sad.“They’re calling our ad and what we standfor anti-Israel and that’s a total mischaracter-ization,” she said.Getting people to ask questions was theimpetus for the Chapel Hill Town Councilreviewing its bus advertising policy lastDecember.The Church of Reconciliation’s ad waspulled from buses shortly after it firstappeared last August because it failed to list a contact for the church.It was placed back when the information was added.
Complaints about the ad prompted thetown to rewrite its bus advertising policy.The town council declared buses a limitedpublic forum. The new policy permits any advertisement, including those expressingpolitical and religious views, on buses aslong as it is respectful and includes a dis-claimer.Town council member Lee Storrow said thenew advertisement is in line with the town’sadvertising policy.“It’s a respectful ad that articulates a view -point,” he said.Storrow said town and Chapel Hill Transitstaff review ads before they go up on buses.“It’s our job to make sure we are protect-ing a diverse range of perspectives in terms of speech,” he said.Despite the differences between the ad herchurch placed and the latest ad, Shohfi said
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The Church of Reconciliation’s ad, top, is beingremoved from Chapel Hill Transit buses asStand With Us’ ad, below, it just starting to run.
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she’s glad the new ad will keep the discussiongoing.“I hope it’ll cause more talk,” she said. “Ihope it’ll cause more people to ask ques-tions.”
“Chapel Hill just always kind of had that yearning for cooler things, whether it’smusic or food.”
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going to get you hooked on craft beer.”He said he thinks Chapel Hill isa place where craft beer is meant tothrive.“Chapel Hill just always kind of hadthat yearning for cooler things, whetherit’s music or food,” Poitras said. “Thesame thing goes for craft beer.”Senior Jessie Franklin , who saidhe has visited many breweries in thearea and in the state, enjoys tasting theunique seasonal and experimental brewslocal breweries come up with.“Each of them has their own differentflavor,” he said. “I want to go to placesthat have a really approachable atmo-sphere.”Steel String Brewery is the first brew-ery in downtown Carrboro and the new-est in the area to enter the growing craft beer market. Will Isley, Steel String’s Brew Czarand a co-owner, said he thinks people areslowly moving away from the more com-monly recognized brands of beer.“Everybody’s embraced the idea of enjoying a premium beer, somethingthat’s a really specialized product insteadof a mass produced, very bland, boring beer,” he said.Poitras also said he has seen peoplefrom all walks of life enjoying craft beerat a much higher frequency.“Craft beer is now hitting a very widedemographic,” Poitras said.Poitras said the typical craft beerdrinker 20 years ago was a 30- to40-year old male, but now men and women anywhere from 21 to the upper70s are enjoying craft beer all around thenation.But Franklin said he thinks the brew-ery selections we have in the area have a lot of room to grow and reach out to aneven wider customer base.“I think we have a lot of really bigcompetition in the other cities,” he said.Other breweries in bigger cities areexperimenting more with flavors andingredients, Franklin said, and he said he would like to see the breweries in ChapelHill and Carrboro experiment more andexpand their market.“Right now, we have a very small sec-tion, and they’re catering to a very spe-cific Chapel Hill market,” Franklin said.“I wish they would branch out.”