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The Daily Tar Heel for September 30, 2013

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Monday, September 30, 2013
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The town of Chapel Hill is updating its currentprocess of approval for development inChapel Hill, which can be complicatedand lengthy for business owners.
It took Travis Vencel 26
 
months to gethis Bicycle Apartments project approvedin Chapel Hill. Vencel wasn’t the first developer tostumble through the traps of the town’slengthy development process — but he might be one of the last.Last week, the town launched an effort to update itsland use management ordinance, or LUMO, for thefirst time in 10 years.“The update is supposed to help folks better under-stand and better predict what developmentis and what is expected during thedevelopment process,” said EricFeld, the town’s current develop-ment planner. When developers want to bring theirprojects to Chapel Hill, they usually have to apply to rezone the land for their desired use. Those applica-tions then pass through a public hearing, some of the town’s19 advisory boards and the Town Council.John Richardson, Chapel Hill’s sustainability officer, said the townneeded to produce a code that would be helpful for everyone.“Our development process will always take longer if it takes our people longerto understand what the process is,” Richardson said.
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The town hired Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio, an Austin, Texas-based company that specializes in creating
Student fee increases considered
 WakeMedCEO stepsdown prior to ACA 
By Kelly Jasiura
Staff Writer
UNC’s student fee advisory subcommitteeapproved two of three proposed student feeincreases Friday for the upcoming school year— but were left divided on a small increase tothe athletics fee.The subcommittee reviews student fees, which undergraduate and graduate studentsare required to pay — currently, each under-graduate student pays $1,917.02 in fees for the year. At the meeting, the committee consideredstudent fees covering Campus Recreationand Campus Health, and approved $8.60 inincreases between the two, but then couldnot decide on a $4.75 increase to the athlet-ics fee.Due to a lack of consensus, no decision wasmade on the proposed 1.7 percent increase tothe current athletics fee of $279. Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham, whopresented at the meeting, said the increase would account for a general inflationary increase, as well as the rise of team travel costsand continuing support for UNC’s 28 Olympicsport teams.He attributed the rise in athletic travelcosts to the new member additions to the ACC, including Syracuse University and theUniversity of Notre Dame. The number of games the teams play remains the same, butthe distance the teams now have to travel ismuch greater because of the locations of thenew ACC schools. Assistant Provost for Finance BarronMatherly said he is in support of the feeincrease.“I think it is an appropriate subsidy becauseof past years and the risk it put Olympicprograms at if we did not approve a fee,” hesaid. “Last time the group did not improve anincrease, the athletic fee was increased evenhigher (the following year).”But Student Body President Christy Lambden said he is concerned that the athleticdepartment is asking students to subsidize ath-letics, especially because most students don’tutilize opportunities to get into Olympic sportsgames for free.
Chapel Hill works to update its land use management ordinance
Subcommttee approves CampusHealth, Campus Rec fee creases.
By Kathryn Trogdon
Staff Writer
Bill Atkinson, the president and CEOof WakeMed Health and Hospitals,announced last week he was steppingdown — just days before the AffordableCare Act’s new health insurance enroll-ment system debuts nationwide. A statement from WakeMed says thesystem’s Board of Directors and Atkinsonmutually decided that he will step down by Tuesday — the beginning of the new fiscal year for WakeMed. The statement citeddifferences between Atkinson and the boardabout the future direc-tion of the organization.But Tuesday marksthe first day that Affordable Care Actenrollment begins forsubsidized insurancethrough the new HealthInsurance Marketplace.The online system isintended to allow many uninsured families tofind affordable healthinsurance, with cover-age to start in January.In the statement, WakeMed said aninterim CEO has not yet been named andthat hospital officials plan to conduct a national search to find Atkinson’s replace-ment. Adam Linker, a health policy analystat the N.C. Justice Center, said Atkinson
The Affordable Care Act oesto effect o Oct. 1.
State returns EPA grants to study fracking
By Meredith Burns
Senior Writer
RALEIGH — After returningalmost $600,000 of federal grantsto study environmental protec-tion has sparked controversy,N.C. environmental officials aredefending their decision.Earlier this month, the N.C.Department of Environmentand Natural Resources returnedtwo grants to the EnvironmentalProtection Agency that wereawarded in June.One grant allocated $222,595to identify and collect baseline water testing data from wetlandsand streams where hydraulic frac-turing — better known as fracking— is most likely to occur.On Friday, Division of WaterResources Director Tom Reederdefended the return of the grant before the Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with state rules on fracking.“I find when you get in thesetypes of discussions when there’s a lot of accusations being made, it’sgood to inject a little reality intothe discussion now and again,”Reeder told the commission.Reeder said one of the reasonsthe department returned thegrant is because the funded stud-ies would have covered a broaderregion than the proposed frackingarea and would be completed toofar in advance of drilling to be a useful baseline testing.But George Matthis, a formerDENR employee who spoke beforethe commission, said EPA grantsare usually able to be amended andtimelines can be extended.“This whole business with thegrant returns really got under my skin,” Matthis said in an interview.“Having managed grants for 15 years for this department, it justdoesn’t make any sense.Commission Chairman Jim Womack said though he did notknow about the grant or its return,he supported Reeder’s decision.“If it’s not going to add sufficient value, then don’t take the grant anddon’t take the money,” he said.The baseline surface watersampling that would have beenfunded by the studies will occur asneeded, said Sarah Young, a divi-sion spokeswoman, in an email.Jeannie Ambrose, a ChathamCounty resident at the meeting, saidshe questioned why the commission would deny any money that couldhelp measure effects of fracking.The other grant returned by thedepartment awarded $359,710 tomonitor wetlands in coastal andpiedmont regions.Both grants were administeredthrough the N.C. Wetlands ProgramDevelopment unit, which dis-solved after the Division of WaterResources and the Division of  Water Quality were consolidated.Matthis said the restructuringof the department and the returnof the grants reflect the pro- business direction the departmentis heading under Secretary John
Almost $600,000 federal rats wasretured to the EPA.
WHAT iS FRACking?
Fracking consists of drilling andinjecting a mix of water, sandand chemicals into shale rock formations to release trappednatural gas. The process is controversial:Opponents say the processcould lead to environmentalcontamination, but advocatessay it could spur job creation inthe state.
Skvarla, who was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory last December.“They claim the environmentcan still be protected with reducedamounts of money, with reducedstaffing — and yet, with my 33 years of experience with DENR, Ifind it hard to believe that you canshed staff and deal with less money and still do a good job at protect-ing not only the environment, butpublic health,” Matthis said.
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Folk artist Charlie Lucas, who pro-duces artworks rom materials likecar parts and scrap metal, has anexhibit in Durham.
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This day in history
SEPTEMBER 30, 1955
24-year-old actor JamesDean died in a car accidentin Cholame, Calif. His movies“Rebel Without a Cause” and“Giant” were released shortlyafterward.
 
today
Is Rape Politial? A roundtabledisussion:
Join three proessors rom a variety o disciplinesin the second installment o aseries that explores the more dicult questions regarding rape.
Time:
4 p.m.  5:30 p.m.
Loation:
University Room,Hyde Hall
Debt and Taxes:
Join economics proessor Michael Salemi ina discussion aout economics,which is designed or noneconomists as well.
Time:
6 p.m.
Loation:
Chapman Hall 211
tuesday
Southern Journe Series: JimMills, Bluerass Banjo:
As parto a Southern music series, JImMills, a Grammy Awardwinningluegrass anjo player, willperorm.
Time:
Noon  1p.m.
Loation:
Pleasants Family Assemly Room, Wilson Lirary
Sor Juana: Hispani HeritaeMonth Leture:
Proessor RosaPerelmuter will speak aout theliterary and pulishing career o Mexican poet Sor Juana, who isoten revered as the rst eminist o the new world.
Time:
5 p.m.  6:30 p.m.
Loation:
Pleasants Family Assemly Room, Wilson Lirary
Will power leture:
 Thishandson course will touch onthe concept o selcontrol toachieve personal goals and ahappier lie. Presenters will provide stepystep procedures or
NOTED.
 What’s 3.8-inches tall and canfit on top of an iPhone? Nope — not what’s left of Miley Cyrus’ self-respect — but instead what is now considered the world’s smallest dog.Miracle Milly, a 2-year-old PuertoRican Chihuahua, was recently crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records.
QUOTED.
“They always ask my age, and Ioften lie and tell them I’m 90.”— 103-year-old Harry Rosen, a New  York resident, who eats dinner at a dif -ferent fancy restaurant every night sincethe death of his wife five years ago. Heattributes his secret to living a long life tosleeping on his back.
B
illionaires aren’t typically pegged as the hipster types but thelatest trend among the uber elite set to ditch yachts for sub-marines is like, so subversive. “There is a change in attitude of super-yacht owners,” Bert Houtman, a chairman for a subma-rine model company, told Bloomberg News. “They’re fed up with drink-ing white wine and riding Jet Skis, so they’re looking for another thrill,”Houtman said. Ugh, yachts are so incredibly rudimentary, right?On the bright yet still terribly dim side of not being rich, this is all a huge favor to us common folk since these presumably hoity-toity subma-rine owners are isolating themselves in the depths of the ocean. Have funhanging out with the fishes, freaks. We’ll take your caviar.
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From staf and wire reports
DAILY DOSE
• Someone broke andentered through a window at 306 Estes Drive at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, according toCarrboro police reports.The person stole a laptopcomputer, reports state.
Someone reported a suspicious vehicle on SouthCamellia Street between 4:07 p.m. and 4:12 p.m. Thursday,according to Carrboro policereports.The person reported thather son had seen a vehicle inthe area occupied by two men,one of whom might have had a firearm, reports state.
Someone reported a suspicious person at 200Barnes St. at 5 p.m. Thursday,according to Carrboro policereports.• Someone stole alcoholfrom the Food Lion at 104N.C. Highway 54 at 8:50p.m. Thursday, according toCarrboro police reports.• Someone defrauded Elmo’sDiner at 200 N. Greensboro St. between 10:56 a.m. and 10:57 a.m. Thursday, according toCarrboro police reports.The party of three left without paying for their meal, which cost $28.85, reportsstate.• Someone was playingloud music at 112 W. FranklinSt. at 1:35 a.m. Friday, accord-ing to Chapel Hill policereports.Reports state a band wasplaying music in violation of an ordinance.• Someone vandalizedproperty at 201 S. EstesDrive at 8:55 p.m. Thursday,according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.Car tires were damaged with a puncturing tool ordevice, causing damage esti-mated at $120, reports state.
To make a calendar submission,email calendar@dailytarheel.com. Please include the date of the event in the subject line, and attach a photo if you wish. Eventswill be published in the newspaper on either the day or the day beforethey take place.
CoMMuNIty CaLeNdaR
strengthening personal goals.Cost is $60.
Time:
7 p.m.  9 p.m.
Loation:
The Friday Center
South Asia Film Fest: Ran-eKhuda:
 The South Asia Film Festcontinues with a presentationo Range Khuda, or The Color o Paradise. The lm chronicles therelationship etween a younglind oy and his widowedather. The screening is ree.
Time:
7 p.m.  9 p.m.
Loation:
FedEx Gloal Education Center
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Poetry Pals Picnic
C
ary Simpson, a senior English major fromChapel Hill, picnics in the Coker Arboretumon Sunday morning with some classmatesfrom her poetry thesis class. “We love each other,”said Simpson about her classmates.
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itina Egungun paints faces at the Folklife Festival on Saturday in Carrboro. The Folklife Festival featured performances by both contemporary and traditional groups. The festival took place throughout the day and included visual arts, musi-cians, films, food and much more.
See dailytarheel.com for a photo gallery and story aout the event.
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License plate o∞ce returns to Chapel Hill
By Paul Kushner
Staff Writer
Students will no longer have todrive as far away as Durham to geta new license plate from the state.Chapel Hill has not had a license plate office since its only one at University Mall closed afterthe arrest of its operator, Caprina Evette Kirkpatrick, in November2012.Kirkpatrick was arrested andcharged with felony embezzlementof state funds through her licenseplate office. Kirkpatrick will appearin court today.On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Chapel Hill will once more have a license plateoffice.The new office will be located atthe Gateway Commons shoppingcenter at 1704 E. Franklin St.The closest DMV office to ChapelHill is currently the Durham loca -tion — in neighboring DurhamCounty.Kirkpatrick had contracted theDMV office since 1999. The chargescame after the state began investi-gating irregular accounting at theagency.DMV spokeswoman MargeHowell said the DMV alwaysintended to re-open the Chapel Hilloffice.“Every time an office closes for whatever reason, whether it be thedeath of the contractor or a situa -tion like this the DMV will adver-tise for a replacement,” Howellsaid.The DMV started advertising theapplication within three weeks of the closing of the Chapel Hill officeand it was due Dec. 28, Howellsaid.Howell said all DMV agenciesmust be contracted out to privateoperators by the Division of VehicleServices, which also processes allapplications.Bruce Farmer has been giventhe contract for the new office onFranklin Street.Farmer’s agency, Calvary Management Agency LLC. oper-ates the license plate office inDurham.The DMV searches for contrac-tors like Calvary Management Agency through their applicationprocess, seeking dedicated andexperienced contractors when they reward these contracts, Howellsaid.She said once the contract isawarded it is up to the contractor tohire employees and establish a loca-tion, although all operations mustconform to the DMV standards.Farmer said he will be hiringnew people to fill positions in thefuture.To ensure that the new officeadheres to DMV standards, Farmerand his employees are currently tak -ing a three week training course inRaleigh, a mandatory step beforethe office can open.Howell said delays in the begin-ning of this course have slightly moved the opening of the new office,pushing it to Oct. 15.Howell said the DMV has turnedKirkpatrick’s case over to the OrangeCounty District Attorney.
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The new office will be inthe Gateway Commonsshopping center.
Studyhighlightsminorityexclusion
By Nick Niedzwiadek
Staff Writer
Legalized segregation and Jim Crow laws have been abolished for decades, yet a new study suggests minority communities in North Carolina — andin Orange County — are still negatively affected by institutionalized racism.The study, written by Peter Gilbert,a research fellow at the UNC Centerfor Civil Rights, examines the state- wide social and political impact of super-majority nonwhite communi-ties segregated from predominantly  white neighborhoods.“These hyper-segregated communi-ties are burdened with educationaldeficiencies, a lack of affordable hous-ing, exclusion from political processesand proximity to waste facilities,Gilbert said. According to the study, one obstaclefacing minority communities lookingto rectify these deficiencies is under- bounding, an urban planning process in which a community is excluded from city’s boundary despite being within itsmunicipal limits, which Gilbert said can be due to political agendas.The Rogers Road community, a his-torically African-American neighbor-hood squeezed between Carrboro andChapel Hill, is one such area in whichthe study found underbounding.“Many of these boundaries weredrawn during legalized segregation,or Jim Crow, and these communities were never given the economic oppor-tunity, development or infrastructureto catch up with other municipalities,”Gilbert said. “Now, neither the city northe county claims responsibility for theexcluded underbounded community.The study also found that OrangeCounty has a high disparity betweenhigh poverty levels in the elementary schools attended by minorities com-pared with the rest of the county.Gilbert said one possible solutionthat he would support is the studentassignment program formerly usedin Wake County. In the program,students from low-income familiesattended traditionally high-incomeschools and vice versa.Graig Meyer, the director of stu-dent equity and volunteer services forChapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools,said the busing system might not work across the state.“I think that there is plenty of evidence showing that schools thatare income and racially balanced do better on a whole than segregatedschools,” Meyer said. “The difficulty is what the community is willing toaccept, such as in long bus rides ormultiple school reassignments.”The study sheds light on lesser-known inequalities like environmen-tal injustice, in addition to education-al and political disparities.Minority communities are morelikely to be near landfills and other waste facilities that have been shownto lower property values and rein-force underdevelopment. Before theOrange County Landfill closed thissummer, the Rogers Road neighbor-hood housed it for 41 years.Gary Grant, co-director of theNorth Carolina Environmental JusticeNetwork said environmental injusticeis prevalent in minority communitiesacross the state.“The communities that are cho-sen to be dumped on, whether it belandfills, industrial animal growing orsmokestacks, are told that these loca-tions are the best for these facilities,”Grant said. “They tell us it is becausethe land is cheaper, but that is becauseof the minority community nearby.”
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A UNC professor isexploring the roots of modern segregation in N.C.
Realtors volunteer to Fix-A-Home
By Jenny Surane
City Editor
 When Susan Prytherch walkedinto her Chapel Hill home Friday, a smile stretched across her face.“I’m no longer the house withthe ugly green door,” Prytherchsaid.Instead Prytherch said she is thehouse with a beautifully repainteddoor, thanks to the Fix-A-Homeproject from the Greater ChapelHill Association of Realtors.Every year, one home is selectedto receive repairs and upgradesfrom the association’s volunteers.Last week Realtors and mem- bers of the Chapel Hill construc-tion community came together toremodel Prytherch’s kitchen withnew tile and install an accessibleshower in her master bathroom.The team also repainted most of thehouse and completed yard work.“I kept expecting it to be a dream,” Prytherch said. “That I’d wake up and I’d be back to the ugly old house that was hard to keepup.” Anne Hoole, the Fix-A-Homecommittee chairwoman for theGreater Chapel Hill Associationof Realtors, hadn’t tallied the totalcosts of the repairs, but said donatedmaterials cost more than $10,000.This year’s Fix-A-Home project brought in more donated materi-als than ever, according to CubBerrian, the CEO of the GreaterChapel Hill Association of Realtors.“We could not have done it with-out our business partners,” Berriansaid. “We’ve had people here forabout a month.”Skilled tradesmen arrived atPrytherch home at the beginningof the month to do the tiling andmajor electrical work. But last week Prytherch left while the teamof about 75 volunteers descendedon her home to finish the massiveremodeling.Prytherch is a disabled singlemother who lives in her home withher 11-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.She and Elizabeth stayed in theHampton Inn & Suites ChapelHill/Carrboro for free last week  while the volunteers completed therepairs on her home.Terry Crook, a Coldwell BankerRealtor in Chapel Hill, said hespent his week clearing the brushout of Prytherch’s yard.Crook said he’s helped with every Fix-A-Home project, and his favor-ite part of the event is the home-owners’ reactions to the repairs.“The reactions are spectacular,”Crook said. “This is well beyond thescope of most homeowners, eventhose that are agile.”Prytherch said she has beenpicking out paint samples for herhome for several months, trying tofind the perfect tones for her home.“Just look at these rooms,”Prytherch said smiling and point-ing at her walls. “It’s just beautiful.
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Transfer students struggle with transition to UNC
The Greater Chapel HillAssociation of Realtorsrepairs one home yearly.
By Langston Taylor
Staff Writer
 When sophomore Christina Luke, who transferred to UNC this yearfrom the University of South Florida,got out of her taxi on move-in day,she was fifteen hours away from herTampa home and anyone she knew.The first person who helpedher move in was another transferstudent.Not wanting to leave her suit-case, Luke waited alone outsideMcIver Hall for five minutes.Finally, another transfer, who sheonly knows as “Theo,” walked by and helped her with her bags.Luke is one of 836 undergradu-ate transfers enrolled at UNC thisfall, a group that makes up 4.55percent of the student body — thehighest proportion since 2009. According to a 2011 study by the UNC Retention Task Force,fewer than half of transfer studentsadmitted for their junior year andthose from community collegesgraduate within four years.Sophomore transfers from four- year institutions graduate at rateson par with traditionally admittedstudents, around 75 percent. Annice Fisher, a transfer studentretention coordinator in the Officeof Undergraduate Education, saidtransfers often struggle to adjust torigorous academic expectations atUNC and do not take advantage of academic support services.“Their previous institutions may or may not have had those resourc-es,” Fisher said. “Thus, transfersmight not know we offer aid orsupport in that area.”Luke said the biggest change forher has been her workload.“It seems that at North Carolina, you learn a lot and you learn really fast,” she said.Katharine Watters, a junior whotransferred from the University of Pittsburgh, also said her coursework has been more intense at UNC. Shealso said there are increased socialchallenges of enrolling as a junior.“When you come in as a transferstudent, a lot of people your agealready have their set groups,” shesaid. Watters said she recommendsgoing to the transfer orientation, where it’s easier to meet otherupperclassmen.There are several groups thathold events to help transfersmeet and find academic support,including the Transfer UnitedLiving Learning Community, TauSigma National Honor Society andT-LINK peer mentoring program.Students can also join the stu-dent-run group Tar Heel Transfers, which plans events for studentsand trips to places like Carowindsand Jordan Lake.Shannon Smith, a senior whotransferred from Fayetteville
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Junior psychology and linguistics major Erin Shumate is a transfer studentfrom the University of Mary Washington. She transferred her sophomore year.
Technical Community College last year, was a member of Tar HeelTransfers last year and is now thepresident of the group, as well as a T-LINK peer mentor.She thinks the trips were valu-able to her transition, and she feltshe owes it to new transfer stu-dents to make sure they also ben-efit from the program.“All of the events were fun, but it was more than just having fun — it was about the connection we wereable to make with one another insharing the experiences,” Smithsaid.Erin Shumate, a junior whotransferred from the University of Mary Washington, said she madefriends by joining a sorority.“It was kind of hard trying tomake friends all over again,” shesaid. “But I joined (Pi Beta Phi),and that helped a ton.”Smith said she thinks all thesupport options make UNC a greatplace for transfers.“I can’t think of a better com-munity to transfer to, that is more willing to help you succeed,” shesaid. “Transferring to UNC meansthat you have an opportunity to be a part of a community of intel-ligent, successful and engaging stu-dents who are working hard to besomething great, and give back.”
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About 4.5 percent of undergraduates aretransfer students.

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