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The districts were chosen based on teenpregnancy rates, number of children in fostercare and rate of free or reduced lunch eligibil-ity, Floyd said.But opponents of abstinence-only sexeducation say the grant is no cause for alarm— and though the grant’s name suggests a cur-riculum shift, not much will change.“There’s some loopholes in that federalgrant money that make it possible for theDepartment of Education to fund thingsthat aren’t abstinence-only education,said Elizabeth Finley, spokeswoman forthe Durham-based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of N.C., which advocatescomprehensive sex education.“It’s a really great case of money that could be used for really bad stuff being used forreally good stuff.”
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Volume 121, Issue 71
 A surplus of giving 
Board of Governorsreconvenes today 
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Wayne Cotton, who has been an employee of the PTA Thrift Store for six years, puts donations on the shelves in the Chapel Hill store on Thursday.
By McKenzie Coey
Assistant City Editor
Dana Trent might be competing withhundreds of other Orange County nonprof-its, but she feels like she’s still making a realdifference.Trent is the project manager at thePTA Thrift Shop, which raises money forthe Parent Teacher Associations at publicschools in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Although there are similar nonprofitsin the area, she said she does not think theindividual purposes of the organizations arelost in the huge supply.“We feel like we are unique and that wecan affect so many different types of pro-grams,” Trent said. “We can make such animpact in such diverse ways.”Orange County had 291 nonprofits in2010, according to data from the NorthCarolina Center for Nonprofits. AlamanceCounty, which has a similar population toOrange County, had 143.The data only includes those organiza-tions with annual gross revenues of $25,000or greater.Nonprofits spend about $500 million andemploy 29,127 people in the county.
Specific missions
Some nonprofits have narrowed theirpurpose to make sure they wouldn’t step onanother’s toes.Sacrificial Poets encourages Chapel Hill youth to write and perform poetry andexpress themselves artistically. With a mission so specific, the organiza-tion’s executive director, Will McInerney,said he does not feel like he needs to com-pete with other nonprofits.“What Sacrificial Poets provides — spo-ken-word poetry and hip-hop art education— there is no one else doing it,” he said.McInerney said he thinks nonprofits needto collaborate more to develop relationships,even if their missions are not identical.“Nonprofits could definitely benefit fromdeveloping strong relationships with eachother,” he said. “Ultimately, nonprofits areabout working together.Trent said the PTA Thrift Shop oftencollaborates with other nonprofits when itsgoals overlap and sees the duty of nonprofitsas engaging in a cooperative process.“We see our work as to be the tide thatlifts all the boats no matter what we aredoing,” she said. “We hope that other non-profits see that as well and work together.Everyone has very unique missions, and itis wonderful when you can cooperate andcombine your missions.”
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Tabitha Blackwell said there is a degreeof redundancy with some popular types of nonprofits.“I think there is a certain amount of duplication out in the community — howev-er, I think there is also a lot of collaborationin the community,” Blackwell said.
Orange County is home to a large number of nonprofits
By Madeline Will
State & National Editor
 When the UNC-system Board of Governorsmet in committees Thursday, it consideredallowing historically black and minority institu-tions to accept more out-of-state students thancurrently permitted.UNC-system schools have an 18-percent capon the enrollment of out-of-state freshmen, andthe proposal discussed would raise the cap to30 percent for the system’s six historically black and minority colleges.Harold Martin, chancellor of N.C. Agricultural& Technical State University, said in an interview after the meeting that raising the cap would helpthe historically black university.If schools violate the cap for two consecutive years, there is a penalty.“(Increasing the cap) would be a great oppor-tunity based on our records that a high percent-age of students we bring to North Carolina remain in North Carolina,” Martin said, addingthat many study in areas like the science, tech-nology, engineering and mathematics fields and business.“They stay as nurses, they stay as teachers andthey bring value to the economy of our state.But UNC-Pembroke student Robert Nunnery,a non-voting student member of the board andpresident of the system’s Association of StudentGovernments, said while it would benefit schoolslike N.C. A&T, smaller schools like FayettevilleState University and UNC-P wouldn’t need theincrease anytime soon.“Pembroke doesn’t have that many out-of-state students — we’re not even pushing theout-of-state cap as of now,” he said.“(It could be good) for the long-term growthof the university. Short-term, I’m not sure.”Martin said a policy change would not deny access to any North Carolina prospective stu-dent.The proposal recommends a five-year pilotprogram with an annual report to the board. A 
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NC school board OKs abstinence education grant
By Tara Jeffries
Senior Writer
 A federal grant aims to trim teen birth ratesin rural N.C. school districts by laying thegroundwork for abstinence education early — but tweaks to curriculums will be minor. A Title V Abstinence Education grant of about $800,000, which targets 19 high-risk dis-tricts to provide abstinence education in fourthto sixth grades, gained State Board of Educationapproval last week. The grant extends through2014 due to the Affordable Care Act.In 2012, North Carolina received more than$1.7 million in federal money for abstinenceeducation programs — already one of thehighest amounts in the nation.The grant will fund basic puberty educationclasses already given to fourth- and fifth-grad-ers, said Nakisha Floyd, abstinence educationconsultant for the N.C. Department of PublicInstruction, in an email.
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North Carolina teen pregnancy rates in selected counties
Teen pregnancy rates have decreased across North Carolina. The numbers below represent the teen pregnancy rate per 1,000 girls age15-to-19-years-old. Orange County has the lowest rate of North Carolina’s 100 counties, while Richmond County has the highest.
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Orange: 13Wake: 28.1Mecklenburg: 40.5Richmond: 90.3Durham: 46.9Watauga: 13.5Swain: 70.2Beaufort: 60.7Sampson: 62.7Onslow: 79
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State National Guard extends benefits to same-sex couples
By Marshall Winchester
Staff Writer
Gay rights activist groups acrossNorth Carolina are praising theN.C. National Guard for its decisionMonday to extend federal benefits tomarried same-sex couples.The U.S. Department of Defenseissued an order in August that stateNational Guards had to begin rec-ognizing all legal marriages for thepurpose of federal benefits by early September, in response to the U.S.Supreme Court’s decision in Juneto strike down part of the federalDefense of Marriage Act.“(Recognition for gay couples inthe National Guard) is somethingthat has been a long time in themaking, and especially since thedownfall of DOMA,” said JamesMiller, executive director of theLGBT Center of Raleigh.The decision will affect same-sexcouples who have been married in Washington, D.C. or one of the 13states where gay marriage is legal,regardless of their state of residence,Miller said.He said these benefits includesurvivorship benefits, health benefitsand first-of-kin notification if a per-son’s spouse dies while serving.Chris Sgro, executive director of LGBT rights group Equality N.C.,said in a statement that despite thefederal benefits some gay couplesin North Carolina will now receive,they are still discriminated against by the state’s constitutional ban onsame-sex marriage.“We must at once applaud thisdecision by the National Guard, while also using this momentum to begin ending state-level discrimi-nation against loving, committedcouples wherever they live,” he said.But not all National Guardmembers in states with same-sexmarriage bans are seeing the sameextension of benefits.In Texas, which also has a con-stitutional ban on gay marriage,the state National Guard is stillnot offering benefits to same-sexcouples. The Texas National Guardsaid in a statement that the new Department of Defense policy con-flicts with state law.“The Texas Military Forces willcontinue to follow state law untillegal clarification is received fromthe Texas State Attorney General,”the statement said.Eric Martinson, a former memberof Oklahoma’s National Guard andpresident of the Veterans’ Military  Advocacy Student Organizationin UNC’s School of Law, said stategovernments will have a hard timeopposing the measure becauseNational Guard organizations func-tion as both state and federal enti-ties.“The same concerns that backedthe reasons why we do have survivor benefits for heterosexual couples arenot unique to heterosexual couples,”Martinson said.“(The state is) going to have a hard time denying service members benefits the federal government saysthey’re entitled to.”Justine Hollingshead, directorof the GLBT Center at N.C. StateUniversity, said she is heartened by the N.C. National Guard’s decisionin spite of the state’s conservativepolitical climate.“With the news last week of otherstates like Texas, who are standingtheir ground and refusing to providethose benefits, I think it speaks vol-umes about the National Guard herein North Carolina,” Hollingshead said.She said the benefits are oftencritical for the living situations of married gay couples.“It’s an absolute necessity that we’re treating same-sex couples andheterosexual couples the same.”
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 We know the perils of an oil spill, but another substance has been causing a sugary mess near Hawaii — molasses. A Honolulu molasses pipeline (thoseexist?) burst open Monday, leading tomore than 233,000 gallons of the syrup being dumped into the sea and killingthousands of fish.
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“Anyhow, have a good day and Ihope poor sods such as myself will be yourgreatest sources of consternation in life.— A New York City man in responseto a fellow Redditor who shamed him for working on his computer while riding thesubway. Give the guy a break, he just hada baby and finished his Ph.D. thesis.
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ure, doctors treat diseases and make things all McDreamy in bed. Oh wait, you mean my life’s not “Grey’s Anatomy?” Butsome doctors just like to ruin all the fun, especially one pedia-trician from Orlando, Fla. who has apparently discovered a “milk and cookie” disease.Dr. Julie Wei, a pediatric ear and throat doctor at Nemour Children’sHospital, found that a combination of dairy products and warm, gooey cookies are supposedly linked to many childhood ailments like fatigue,sore throats and coughs. Seriously, what’s the next disease that will bediscovered? Big Bird-itis? Let’s focus on something much more trouble-some, like research papers.
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DAILY DOSE
Someone reported loudnoise from night construc-tion at 210 S. Estes Drive at2:06 a.m. Thursday, accord-ing to Chapel Hill policereports.• Someone violated a city ordinance at a bus stop atColumbia and Rosemary streets at 11:51 p.m. Wednesday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person was sleeping atthe bus stop, reports state.• Someone reported anintoxicated hotel guest atthe Siena Hotel at 1505 E.Franklin St. at 11:38 p.m. Wednesday, according toChapel Hill police reports.• Someone stole a chopsaw from the open bed of a pickup truck at 1801 FordhamBlvd. at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday,according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.The saw was valued at$650, reports state.• Someone stole a lock  box from a person’s bed-room at 800 Pritchard Ave. between 8:30 a.m. and 1p.m. Wednesday, accord-ing to Chapel Hill policereports.The box, valued at $25,contained $216 in cash,$1,000 in jewelry and $2,200in collectible coins, reportsstate.• Someone trespassed afterdark at the Hargraves Centerat 216 N. Roberson St. at10:42 p.m. Tuesday, accord-ing to Chapel Hill policereports.• Someone reported sus-picious knocking at 1105N.C. Highway 54 between9:10 p.m. and 10:21 p.m. Wednesday, according toChapel Hill police reports.The person was knockingon windows, reports state.
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UNC Lineberger ComrehensiveCancer Center’s ediatric oncology and hematology clinic.
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Dawing in the Galleies:
Ackland Art Museum’s Director o External Afairs Amanda Hughesleads a creative session about aarticular object in the Ackland’scollection. Bring aer and drymedia, such as crayons or encils. All levels are welcome.
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rystal Bright warms up with her band CrystalBright and the Silver Hands at Weaver StreetMarket on Thursday before they played a set.The band, a self-described “kaleidophrenic cabaret,”also includes Diego Diaz and Seth Oldham.
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UNC housekeepers honored for work 
By Amanda Albrightand Caroline Leland
Senior Writers
This week, students and adminis-trators joined together to celebratethe University’s housekeepers.UNC’s Housekeeping Services hasundergone a year of changes at theadministrative level. Darius Dixon, who previously served as deputy assis-tant director of housekeeping at N.C.State University, became UNC’s direc-tor of housekeeping in spring 2012.Last year, former HousekeepingServices Director Bill Burston quitamid allegations that housekeepingadministration had mistreated itsemployees. Anna Wu, vice chancellor forfacilities development, said shethought the department’s leadershipimproved this year.“Darius’ leadership has been tre-mendous, and he is putting a goodteam in place,” she said.Dixon declined to be interviewed. Wu said an important improve-ment was the clarification of house-keeping policies.“There has been a tremendousinvestment in training for manage-ment and training for employees,she said. “There’s also been a clearpolicy for how we hire people.”She said the new leaders haveimproved English as a SecondLanguage training and the equip-ment available to housekeepers.“I would say that morale is better.”Housekeeper George James saidsome things in the department haveimproved in the past year, but heis still dissatisfied with the depart-ment’s overall structure.“I still think that race mattersdeeply,” he said. “It is in many wayskind of denied.James said UNC ignores what hesees as its institutional racism.“White supremacy is an extremely dysfunctional foundation of thehousekeeping department,” he said.In 2012, only 15 out of 401University housekeepers were white.James said the majority of depart-ment administrators are white.He said it’s difficult to see smallimprovements in a positive light whenthere are such large-scale racial divi-sions in the department. But he saidhe always feels like his voice is heard.“If I had concerns about some-thing in the department, I would cer-tainly have Mr. Dixon’s ear,” he said.Housekeeper Cynthia Fuller saidshe enjoyed the appreciation week events and that recommendationsmade last year were carried outeffectively. She said the advisory committee did a good job.Student Congress also passed a 
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UNC housekeepers were honored at a dinner Monday in the Great Hall.
resolution last week to honor UNChousekeepers.“Ultimately, I think that remem- bering to thank them continuously,throughout the year, not on oneindividual week or day meant forthem, is what means most,” saidConnor Brady, speaker of StudentCongress. “And I hope our campuscommunity does just that.”
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Block party unites students, non-student residents
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Brooklyn Williams, 8, gets her face painted by Sophie Suberman at the Kidzu station at the Northside Block Party on Thursday.
Scienceprogramgainsprestige
By Daniel Schere
Assistant University Editor
Biomedical engineering may not be themost common major at UNC, the pro-gram could increase its prominence this year by becoming nationally recognized.Undergraduate program directorRichard Goldberg said the departmentis in the early stages of joining DukeUniversity and N.C. State University asschools with biomedical engineering pro-grams that are accredited by ABET, for-merly called the Accreditation Board forEngineering and Technology, Inc.Goldberg saidthe program will not change but will becomemore well-known due to anelevated status.“The mainthing that it buysus is credibility,”Goldberg said.He saiddepartmentleaders had notpursued accredi-tation in the past because of the red tapeuniversities must go through.“It’s just an involved process thatrequires extensive documentation andcoordination,” he said.Goldberg said though UNC’s programis not as extensive as N.C. State’s, havingUNC Hospitals on campus creates moreresearch opportunities.Goldberg said 184 students declaredtheir major as biomedical engineeringas of Sept. 1. He said accreditation couldincrease the amount of biomedical engi-neering majors at UNC.Senior biomedical engineering major Veronica Fleck said despite its lack of accreditation, UNC’s program adequate-ly prepares its students with the skillsneeded to enter the workforce.But she said access to job opportuni-ties is a hurdle, a sentiment echoed by senior Shruthi Rajan.Rajan said she chose UNC’s programover N.C. State’s due to easy hospitalaccess. She said many N.C. State stu-dents commute to UNC to do research.But she said it is easier for studentsthere to find jobs.“They definitely have the manpowerand resources such as career fairs thattarget engineers and a lot of cool designlabs that we don’t have the resources(for) here,” she said.This summer, Rajan interned at theelectronics company Siemens, but saidunlike other majors at UNC, biomedicalengineering students do not have muchsupport when looking for jobs.Rajan, who is co-president of UNC’sBiomedical Engineering Club, saidmembers have formed committees which are aimed at closing this gap.“If you go to the Steele Building,they don’t really know much about ourprogram so we have sort of a mentoringcommittee that is composed of studentsthat help underclassmen,” she said.Rajan said she hopes the efforts of theclub will level the playing field at UNC when it comes to finding jobs.“When I came here I knew biomedicalengineering was one of the hardest majorson campus,” she said. “And the kind of course work we do, the kind of time andthe effort that we put into our four years,it’s really unfair that we don’t get the kindof resources that Kenan-Flagler gets.”
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Couch-surfing film hits the Varsity 
By Katie Hjerpe
Staff Writer
One documentary aims to show that in a developing age of sharing, it’s often best to talk to strangers.“One Couch at a Time,” a documentary thatfollows avid couch-surfer Alexandra Liss througha seven-month trip across six continents, over 20countries and countless couches, will premiere atthe Varsity Theatre on Saturday.Her goal in creating the film, she said, wasto showcase this growing form of travel thatfits right into the new sharing economy.“The film ends with the realization that we’re entering an age of sharing,” Liss said.“That’s really the most interesting part — we’reone small planet in this galaxy of sharing.”The documentary itself practiced what itpreached. In the spirit of opening one’s home totravelers, the film was created by a team of what were once complete strangers who came togetherto pool their talents to make the project possible.“I pretty much found (Alex) through couch-surfing,” said the film’s producer Jean-Michel Werk. “She made a post looking for peopleto get involved, I approached her with ideas.From there, she liked what I had to say, and I became her producer overnight. Werk, who didn’t meet Liss in person untilafter her trip, contributed funding for the film’sfinishing touches. He said the project was only possible because of strangers coming togetherto share this method of travel.“(The film) came mostly from people who were able to offer their services for free,” Werk said. “I was the producer, but I’m not going toget paid for what I did — we just want peopleto see it and know what’s going on, how travelhas changed with the internet and the new sharing economy.” Another goal of the film was to destigmatizethe concept of inviting strangers into one'shome, Liss said.“You think of all the things that could go wrong, but couch-surfing has a user reputationsystem,” she said. “Friends criticize, but I say,‘What about that guy you took home from the bar?’”In addition to removing the stigma of couch-surfing, David Vega, who traveled withLiss throughout South America, said they hopethe documentary undoes other travel stigmasand stereotypes, as well. He said he heard hor-rible stereotypes about Brazil before travelingthere, specifically about crime.“It just sounded like the most awful place —it was sensationalized,” he said. “Once you getto know the people, it was the opposite. It wasthe most beautiful travel experience — break-
By Tyler Clay
Staff Writer
The Neighborhood Night Out and Block Party emptied downtown residential streetsThursday and brought students and residentstogether for music, food and a celebration of community.The block party began at 5 p.m. and washeld on the Hargraves Recreation Center baseball field. The event was directed towardstudents and non-students living in theNorthside, Cameron-McCauley and DavieCircle neighborhoods.“It’s a great event to connect the town of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the Officeof Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement at UNC.Bachenheimer, a coordinator of the event,said the block party is part of the Good NeighborInitiative, a cooperative effort planned by hisoffice, the town of Chapel Hill, EmPOWERmentInc., the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership andthe Marian Cheek Jackson Center.They hoped the event would build a morecohesive community by bringing together stu-dents and permanent residents living in thearea, Bachenheimer said.Meg McGurk, executive director of theDowntown Partnership, said the community has a unique blend of students and non-stu-dents most college towns lack.“Seeing the students get involved with theolder residents is a pretty powerful thing,” shesaid.Erick Dowell, a senior biology student liv-ing in the area, attended the event for the firsttime this year.He said he was initially drawn to the block party because he enjoyed similar events heldin his neighborhood when he was younger.The involvement of community organizationsalso stood out to him, he said.“I grew up in a neighborhood and wealways had stuff like this, but we never hadorganizations like this come out,” Dowell said.Many organizations — including LoveChapel Hill, the Aveda Institute, Habitat forHumanity and Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate— set up booths, led activities and handed outmerchandise to participants.“We always try to be invested in the com-munity,” said Matt LeRoy, teaching pastor atLove Chapel Hill. “We’re a very community-focused church.The event also featured a bounce house,crafts and games geared toward children.Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt,Town Council member Donna Bell andPolice Chief Chris Blue also attended theevent.Kleinschmidt said the block party is a greatevent and has grown more successful.The organizers of the event also said they see a growing sense of community betweenstudents and non-students in the neighbor-hoods.“The students who are involved in this havechanged their behavior in the community,said Linda Convissor, director of local rela-tions at UNC.“The ones who come and understand thathow they live in the community makes a dif -ference to the rest of the neighborhood really are changing things.”
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ing down that barrier.The filmmakers said couch-surfing allowstravelers to learn about a location from nativeson a more intimate level than traveling by hotels and tour guides.“It’s a way for (people) to find out for them-selves what the world is really like instead of taking other people’s words for it,” Liss said.Those involved with the project said couch-surfing allows participants to build strong rela-tionships with the people they meet along the way. Through their shared experience caughton film, the filmmakers hope to give viewers aninstruction manual for those curious about —or afraid of — couch-surfing.“The biggest compliment is seeing an audi-ence absorb (the film) and come up and say, ‘I want to do X, Y and Z,’” Vega said. “We wantpeople to step out of the everyday norm that they have and see the beautiful world that’s going on behind the noise that you hear every day.
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