Monday, September 30, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
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 aout the event.
License plate o∞ce returns to Chapel Hill
By Paul Kushner
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.
The new office will be inthe Gateway Commonsshopping center.
By Nick Niedzwiadek
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 a 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.”
A UNC professor isexploring the roots of modern segregation in N.C.
Realtors volunteer to Fix-A-Home
By Jenny Surane
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.”
Transfer students struggle with transition to UNC
The Greater Chapel HillAssociation of Realtorsrepairs one home yearly.
By Langston Taylor
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
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.”
About 4.5 percent of undergraduates aretransfer students.