Monday, October 7, 2013
The Daily Tar Heel
Festival explores issues in central Africa
By Amanda Raymond
UNC students sought to break the silence surroundingsexual and interpersonal vio-lence during Project Dinah’sSpeak Out! event Friday night.Speak Out! UNC is an annu-al event where members of Project Dinah read anonymoustestimonials from survivors of sexual assault and interper-sonal violence.The testimonials were post-ed on the organization’s perma-nent blog.Project Dinah is a UNCorganization that works to endsexual assault and interper-sonal violence.“We want every relation-ship to be free of fear andforce,” said Alban Foulser,publicity chairwoman of Project Dinah.The audience heard storiesabout the nature of the assaultsthat survivors experienced andthe emotions they felt after- wards.There were also stories of triumph and encouragementfrom those who overcametheir trauma from sexualassault and interpersonal vio-lence.“They see that other peoplehave experienced this, andeven if they don’t want tocome out and say, ‘This hap-pened to me,’ they can shareit and other people can heartheir story,” Foulser said. “AndI think that is kind of a relief for them.”The event featured perfor-mances from a cappella andspoken word poets in betweenthe testimonial readings.Senior Gabriel Baylor saidhe came for the performancefrom EROT spoken wordgroup but left with a greaterunderstanding of the event’smessage.“I didn’t realize how deep it was going to be,” he said.“I’ve never — I don’t think —considered some of the things,or seen or heard the stories that were presented tonight.”Speak Out! ended with anopen-mic portion, where any-one from the audience couldtalk about their experiences with interpersonal violence,or comment on what they hadheard.“I wasn’t really expectingso many people to come upand speak in the open-micpart about their own personalexperiences, so that was really powerful,” junior Dylane’ Davissaid.Foulser said Project Dinahaims to open the eyes of theUNC community.“They don’t really connect
Patrick Ewald, the general manager of Sitti Restaurant in Raleigh, prepares a sample at the sixth annual PepperFest in Briar Chapel’s Boulder Park.
By Oliver Hamilton
Dozens of local restaurants and brewer-ies brought the heat Sunday at the sixthannual PepperFest.Each establishment crafted their own dishfor attendees using locally grown peppers.The festival, held at Boulder Park in BriarChapel, was sponsored by the AbundanceFoundation, a nonprofit focused on outreachthrough sustainable agriculture.“We are dedicated to preserving the localfood shed through events and education,”said Beth Turner, a volunteer at the festivaland a Pittsboro town commissioner.Through their efforts, the foundationhas touched farmers that are as vibrant anddiverse as the peppers they promote.“We get peppers that are specifically bredfor this region, and we work with the chefsand some actually end up going local afterthe festival,” said Tami Schwerin, executivedirector of the Abundance Foundation.One of the contributors of these locally created peppers is the Piedmont Biofarm, which is a sustainable vegetable farm spe-cializing in growing a wide array of peppers.“We’re creating whole new varieties of peppers that have never existed before,” saidDoug Jones, a Piedmont Biofarm farmer.Jones, who’s known as Dr. Pepper, saidhe has been growing his specialty peppersfor 10 years and has been an integral part inthe creation of the festival.“We’re founders of the festival, along with Abundance Foundation, and it actu-ally began as a tasting event,” said Jones.Jones uses the tasting aspect of the fes-tival to gauge public approval and interest— and he uses the information to createsuperior tasting peppers.“Our goal is to get more peppers con-sumed and promote sweet — not hot —peppers, so people will eat a larger amountin their daily diet,” said Jones. Along with the panoply of peppers, theunderlying mission of the festival has shiftedto one of sustainable living.“We have brought a lot of positive expo-sure to Pittsboro and the local farmersthere as well,” Turner said.The local turnout at this year’s festival was the biggest in its history — and orga -nizers have taken notice. And residents are also catching on andare appreciative of the festival’s approachtowards helping Piedmont farmers.“I think that they’ve done a great jobpromoting local businesses and farms,”said Ann Johnston, a festival attendee andChapel Hill resident. After the pepper king and queen had been crowned and the burning mouths were quenched, regional farmers and resi-dents gathered for pepper beer and blue-grass music.
PepperFest aims to spice up local agriculture market
from sweet to heat
By Lindsay Carbonell
Members of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments introduced a resolutionSaturday to support the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit against North Carolina regard-ing recent voting laws — only to see the resolu-tion die on the floor.Resolution 5, which sought to affirm votingrights for all citizens, was a response to the Sept.30 DOJ lawsuit that charged that the state’s vot-ing laws intentionally disenfranchised minority groups.Some members pointed out that college stu-dents are also vulnerable to the law. Startingin 2016, photo IDs will be required to vote, butuniversity-issued IDs will not suffice. The new law also shortens the early voting period by a week and eliminates same-day registration.The association, which is funded by a $1annual student fee, met at UNC-CH. The groupis composed of student delegates from acrossthe UNC system and meets monthly at differentcampuses.In August, the association had passed a resolution to show support for keeping on-campus voting accessible, but a lack of actionon Resolution 5 raised questions from somemembers, including UNC-CH Student Body President Christy Lambden, about the associa -tion’s effectiveness.“It was an absolute travesty,” Lambden saidafter the meeting. “We are, as student represen-tatives, there to advocate for students, and theassociation failed to do so.”The resolution, drafted by Lambden andfellow student body presidents Alex Parkerof N.C. State University and Dylan Russell of Appalachian State University, was hastily intro-duced Saturday, requiring a suspension of ASG rules to discuss it. But the motion to suspendthe rules failed to pass 18 to 14.Some members, including ASG Senior VicePresident Olivia Sedwick, said the resolutioncould have been more successful as a critical let-ter open to the public.“To me, the format was more of a hinderancethan anything,” Sedwick said. ASG President Robert Nunnery said somedelegates might have wanted to discuss the res-olution with their on-campus superiors before voting.Still, Lambden, Russell and some other vot-ers agreed that concerns about the bill couldhave been addressed in assembly and that kill-ing the motion prevented Resolution 5 from being discussed at all.“This organization spent over $3,000 on bringing this (meeting) together,” Lambdensaid. “For us to achieve nothing is a disservice tostudents.” At the meeting, members also discussedadvocacy initiatives — including a trip to Washington, D.C., which was postponed par-tially due to the government shutdown — andappropriation of money for a just-created pro-fessional advisor position. At the end of the meeting, Fayetteville StateUniversity Student Body President Jalynn Jonescriticized what she saw as the delegates’ unpro-fessionalism and the lack of progress at meet-ings despite their length and cost.Nunnery said ASG leaders managed toreduce this meeting’s cost by not offering hotelrooms to schools less than two-and-a-half hoursaway, and reducing the duration of stay fromtwo nights to one night.“(The meeting) had a full-packed agenda, butthe cost was dramatically low,” he said.But many delegates said they are still frus-trated.“I’m disappointed that I came here — on my fall break — and we didn’t even have an opendialogue about news that’s affecting students,”said UNC-Asheville Student Body PresidentLeigh Whittaker.
By Paige Hopkins
Last weekend’s “CelebratingCongo: A 2-day Festival of Art and Advocacy” brought arts and advo-cacy together in exploring currentissues in central Africa.Each program within the event was meticulously planned by the UNC music department and Yole!Africa US, a non-profit created by UNC students to bring aware-ness of happenings in the easternDemocratic Republic of the Congoand the U.S.The Sonja Haynes Stone Centerhosted the festival, which took place on Friday and Saturday. Theprogram included everything froma Q-and-A session about progres-sive movements taking place in theCongo to a fashion show featur-ing designs created by Congolese women.
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“Celebrating Congo: A 2-day Festival of Art and Advocacy” was a event toexplore central issues in central Africa through performances and lectures.
Music professor Cherie RiversNdaliko, who oversaw and plannedthe event, worked to inform attend-ees of issues in the Congo andinspire them to help.Ndaliko said one of the mineralsmined in the Congo is often usedin cell phones and many other elec-tronic devices — an industry with a history of worker exploitation.“One of the things that we wantedto do was raise awareness in theCarolina community that for allof us who have portable electronicdevices, for all of us who engage inthe modern world in any way, theconflict in Congo has everything todo with us,” Ndaliko said. While festival events did focus onadvocacy and responsible consumerchoices, they incorporated vibrantmusic and live entertainment as well.“We decided to call it ‘CelebratingCongo’ because that’s exactly what we want to do,” Ndaliko said. “We want tocelebrate the vibrancy of the culture,the people, the food, the fashion, themusic and the film traditions.” At the “Celebrating Congo” fashionshow on Saturday, music was blastedfrom the speakers of the Stone Center while energetic models strutted their African-inspired designs.Mamafrica, included in the fash-ion show, is a clothing line featuringthe work of Congolese women withall proceeds going toward providinghealing arts programs, educationand economic opportunity to the women of Congo, according to theline’s website.“Through the clothing we’re ableto create awareness here in theUnited States and have the con- versation about being conscious of where your clothing comes from,”said Ashley Nemiro, the non-profit’sfounder. “We want to buy clothingthat has a story, that has a purpose,and speaks up for a woman’s voice.”Petna Ndaliko, Cherie Ndaliko’shusband, presented his film docu-mentary, “Mabele na Biso,” after a spoken word event Friday.The documentary focused on a recent self-sufficiency movement inCongo started by community direc-tor Samuel Yagase. Yagase was on the panel for theQ-and-A session and was translatedfrom his native French to English. Hesaid charity groups should ask locals what needs to be done in their regioninstead of just bringing money andexecuting their own agenda. Yagase’s work, which encouragespeople to engage in activities likegrowing their own food and oper-ating a community radio station,has made it possible for more than6,000 Congolese people to functionindependent of foreign aid.“It is an invitation for a differentconversation around internationalaid and an opportunity for peopleinterested in Congo to see a differ-ent image of the Congolese,” Petna Nadliko said.
Celebrating Congo washosted by the SonjaHaynes Stone Center.A motion to support a DOJ votingrights lawsuit died on the floor.Project Dinah heldthe Speak Out! eventon Friday night.
that probably every single per-son on campus knows someone who has been sexually assault-ed,” she said.Sheena Ozaki, chairwomanof Project Dinah, said eventslike Speak Out! create a safeoutlet for survivors and show-cases the familial aspects of UNC.“What I think, at least, isthat it shows survivors thatthey have a community herethat supports them, that’s hereto listen to their stories and to believe them,” she said.Speak Out! is a night thatcomes with many powerfulemotions, but Ozaki said thegoal of it all is to encouragepeople to make a change.“The point for us is to belike, ‘Yes, all of this is happen-ing and it’s horrible, but we arehere to support you and we arehere to help end that cultureand fight for justice.’”