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The Daily Tar Heel for Feb. 24, 2014

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Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Volume 122, Issue 1
Campus recommended percent increaseGeneral Assembly enacted percent increase
Undergraduate out-of-state tuition percent increase
What system schools requested for out-of-state tuition increases versus what the legislature enacted
School year
Over the summer, the N.C. General Assembly enacted an out-of-state tuition increase for undergraduates at most system schools. The UNC-system Board of Governors will ask the legislature to repeal the increase.
The percent change in tuition for out-of-state UNC-CH undergraduates, compared to the prior school year
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UNC-CH’s increases in out-of-state tuition by school year
2010-11 2011-12 2013-142012-13 2014-15
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The Board of Governors wants legislators to repeal an out-of-state increase
By Madeline Will
State & National Editor
CARY — During the summer, the N.C. General Assembly handed down a steep tuition increase for out-of-state students. And come May, UNC-system officials  will return to the legislature to ask for that increase to be taken back.The system Board of Governors met Friday to set next year’s tuition and fee increases. In-state undergraduates won’t see a tuition increase.The board voted to ask the legislature to repeal an out-of-state tuition increase for under-graduates that was mandated in the summer — ranging from 12.3 percent at some campuses, including UNC, to 6 percent or zero at others.UNC’s increase amounts to $3,469. UNC officials had asked for a 2.5 percent — or $700 — increase instead. Administrators say the hefty legislative increase will hurt the University’s ability to attract talented out-of-state students and offer need-based aid.“I think there’s a lot of concern that UNC-Chapel Hill’s jump … that it’s going to be difficult, and it’s a significant increase for out-of-state students,” said Hannah Gage, former  board chairwoman. “I think the budget we’re sending to the legislature … reflects our feeling that the increase should not be that high.”
An appeal to the legislature
Despite the board’s vote, there is no guarantee that legislators will repeal the tuition increase that they enacted. Few members are optimistic.Still, several board members said regardless of the final decision, it’s important to tell legislators they should stick to precedent in the future and let the Board of Governors set tuition increases.“Hopefully they will consider it in a thought-ful way and at least understand why we don’t think it’s a good idea for the General Assembly to be stepping in and taking over some of the responsibilities of the board,” Gage said.Board chairman Peter Hans said he and
UNC retains attorney for fraud investigation
By Andy Willard
Assistant University Editor
The new administration is treading territory very familiar to its predeces-sors.UNC Chancellor Carol Folt announced Friday that the University has retained an outside attorney who  will conduct another investigation into academic misconduct in the former Department of African and Afro- American Studies. After the scandals came to light, it was renamed the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies. According to a press release from Folt and UNC-system President Tom Ross, the latest probe was jointly initi-ated in response to information shared  with the University by Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall.UNC spokeswoman Karen Moon said the administration is not ready to give details as to how the investigation  will be conducted. Woodall has been using the findings of the State Bureau of Investigation  which looked into the department’s
Powell petitions town on occupancy rule
By Bailey Mathias
Staff Writer
Student Body President-elect Andrew Powell didn’t waste any time trying to make good on his campaign promise to simplify students’ off-campus housing experiences.Part of Powell’s platform was to work  with the town of Chapel Hill to overturn its four-person occupancy rule, which says a single-family home can have no more than four unrelated residents.Following his election last week, Powell created a petition for students to show their discontent with the rule.“We hope that a combination of
Chancellor Carol Folt and system President Tom Ross made the joint decision. The student body president-elect wants to overturn the controversial housing law.
Police talk storming response
Fans lit bonfires and celebrated on Franklin Street on Thursday night after the Duke game.
By Dree Deacon
Staff Writer
Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Bryan  Walker was on Franklin Street Thursday night, but he wasn’t celebrating. He was keeping an eye on you. And at 8 a.m. Friday morning,  while most people were in bed recovering from the UNC men’s  basketball victory over Duke University, Walker and about 10 other officers from the Chapel Hill Police Department gathered  with interested Chapel Hill resi-dents to chat over a cup of coffee.The event, held at Market Street Coffeehouse on South Elliott Road, was the first Coffee  with a Cop event in Chapel Hill and is part of a national move-ment to break down barriers  between citizens and police.Many of the officers at Friday’s event had been working until 2 a.m. the previous night to keep the town safe during post-game festivities. While there were as many as five fan-fueled bonfires started on Franklin Street after the big win, no related arrests were made. Walker, a professional stan-dards and information sergeant  with the Chapel Hill Police Department, said he enjoys  working large celebrations like the storming of Franklin Street  because the crowds of Chapel Hill are generally happy. He said large crowds are typically rowdy.“That means less problems for us,” Walker said. Walker has been on Franklin Street for Chapel Hill’s Halloween celebration every year for the past 20 years, which drew a crowd of 80,000 people at a peak in 2007 . He said it is one of his favorite events to patrol, and his favorite costumes are from attendees dressed as characters from the police-themed comedy show Reno 911!Sgt. Gabriel Shinn, a patrol sergeant with the department for 16 years who attended the event, sat down, coffee in hand, and talked about his experiences as an officer.His experiences include every -thing from issuing traffic tickets to patrolling celebrations on Franklin Street like the one on Thursday night, which attracted about 10,000 people at the peak of the storming.Though it was a late night coupled with an early morn-ing, Shinn said the officers were happy to be at the event and answer any questions residents had for them.“I think it humanizes police officers,” Shinn said.Sarah Owens, owner of Market Street Coffeehouse, said the shop decided to host Coffee with a Cop  because she hopes it will reinforce ties between the public and law enforcement.“It’s a nice community event and we really enjoy being a part of this community,” Owens said. “It  just seemed like a natural exten-sion of what our vision is for the community.”
 Chapel Hill police said Thursday’s post-game revelry went smoothly.
“A mom and a dad … cannot compete with the income of four adults.” 
Donna Bell,
Chapel Hill Town Council member
great research, good arguments and a strong voice from the students can help get this rule overturned,” Powell said.This rule was added to the town’s Land Use Management Ordinance in 2003 and has drawn criticism from evicted student renters who say they  were not informed of the rule prior to renting homes.The Chapel Hill Town Council  would make the ultimate decision about whether the ordinance would be
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Mirrorless Monday:
 To raise awareness for National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, all the mirrors in the Student Rec-reation Center will be covered.  This year, NEDAwareness Week seeks to address eating disorder misconceptions and better highlight available resources for treatment and support.
 All day
 Student Recreation Center
Tai Chi in the Galleries:
 Reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being with a round of Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese movement practice. The class will all be taught within one of the Ackland’s galleries. Session is free for Ackland mem-bers and $5 for non-members.
 Noon - 1 p.m.
 Ackland Art Museum
An Oscars Preview:
Which films were the best of 2013? Dana Coen, director for the Writing for the Screen and Stage minor and Scott Myers, a visiting lecturer, will lead a discussion about the roster of nominees for Holly-wood’s biggest night. Get tips on your Oscar ballot before the big event at this fun review of contemporary film. Entry is $20 at the door.
 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
 Flyleaf Books
“America’s Music” Series: The Blues and Gospel Music:
 The Ackland Film Forum will present a film history of popular music.  This week focuses on blues and
 A 13-year-old Chicago boy was arrested and charged with a felony for throwing a snowball at a police officer  Wednesday. The unnamed minor faces a felony charge of battery to a police officer and is due in juvenile court on March 12.  You know, it’s kind of becoming illegal to just be a child nowadays.
“Take pride in your appear-ance. If your (closet) is full of Ed Hardy T-shirts, you need not apply. Basically if  you’re partying with us, 90% of the time  you’ll be wearing a collar.— A group of Washington, D.C. men in a Craigslist advertisement who are look-ing for some new friends. Good luck.
f there’s something that scares you in life, sometimes the best thing to do is conquer it head-on. When a Florida man’s fear of spiders became too great, he thought the only next natural step  was to get a giant tattoo of a black widow on his face.Eric Ortiz really, really hates spiders, and now that he has a tattoo of one that takes up most of his cheek, other arachnophobes will probably quasi-hate his face. It’s a lose-lose, but for him, the decision was logical.“Everybody fears spiders,” Ortiz said. “That’s why I got it. Just to, like, make me know, that that’s what I fear, but not to fear it. You know  what I’m saying?” It seems his girlfriend didn’t get what he was saying.  According to his Facebook profile, he is now listed as single.
 The itsy-bitsy spider tattoo
From staff and wire reports
Someone broke and entered at a residence at 417  Yates Motor Company Alley  between 12:20 a.m. and 1:50 a.m. Friday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. The person entered through an unlocked door and stole items including cash, a watch, a class ring two laptops and a laptop charger. The stolen items were col-lectively valued at $4,830, reports state.• Someone reported loud music at 106 Schultz St. at 2:14 a.m. Thursday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. There was noise from loud talking and a loud television, reports state.• Someone shoplifted  beer from Food Lion at 1129  Weaver Dairy Road at 6:06 p.m. Thursday, according to Chapel Hill police reports. The beer was valued at $40, reports state.• Someone stole a bicycle at 107 Shelton St. between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m.  Wednesday, according to Carrboro police reports. • Three people broke and entered and committed bur-glary at a residence at 202 Broad St. between 6:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Thursday, according to Carrboro police reports.The people entered through an unlocked window and took items from the resi-dence, reports state.• Someone damaged prop-erty at Koury Natatorium at 1:39 a.m. Friday, accord-ing to reports from UNC’s Department of Public Safety. • Someone vandalized property at Swain Parking Lot at 9:50 p.m. Friday, according to reports from UNC’s Department of Public Safety.
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bluegrass with the screenings of “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: ‘Feel Like Going Home’” and “Say Amen, Somebody.”
 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 Varsity Theatre
Compagnie Kafig:
Enjoy an evening of dance featuring a combination of hip-hop, capoeira and samba as they’re wrapped around the theme of life and dreams in Brazilian shanty towns.
 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
 Memorial Hall
Monday, February 24, 2014
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ate FitzSimons, also known as “Nate the Magician”, performs magic on Franklin Street on Sunday afternoon. FitzSimons, a Chapel Hill native, began practicing magic in kin-dergarten.
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Credit transfer to be simplified
By Madeline Will
State & National Editor
CARY — For many students who have transferred from a community college to a UNC-system school, the transition was complicated by a tangle of red tape.But now, a new agreement should make it easier for community college students to transfer course credits to a North Carolina public university.On Friday, the leaders of the UNC system and the N.C. Community College system joined together to sign the new Comprehensive  Articulation Agreement. It had taken two years to update the origi-nal 1997 joint agreement.The revised rules, which will go into effect for new college transfer students in the fall, are meant to give students a more direct and clear path to a four-year institution. The agreement establishes foundational courses that will transfer to any system school to meet general edu-cation requirements and requires coursework to help students map their academic progression.It also guarantees that community college students who transfer will be  juniors with full credit if they have completed an associate degree.“It’s certainly going to save time,  but it’s also going to save money  because students have to pay tuition if they have to repeat a course,” said N.C. Community College System President Scott Ralls. “It’ll also save money for taxpayers because our courses are supported (by taxpayer money) in both community colleges and the university (system).”He said this agreement will also help the thousands of students who take some college courses while still in high school.UNC-system President Tom Ross said the more streamlined process  will help transfer students be suc-cessful at system schools. About 24,000 students who start-ed at a community college in the state are now undergraduates in the UNC system — accounting for 54 percent of all transfer students in the system.Latisha Edwards, 31, is one of those students. She transferred from Fayetteville Technical Community College to Fayetteville State University and is set to graduate in May as a chemistry major.She is considering going to phar-macy school, and UNC-CH is one of her top choices.She credited the transfer pipeline for preparing her academically. After graduating high school, Edwards took some time off before going to college.“I didn’t take the traditional route,” she said. “I didn’t see myself going to pharmacy school or even  being able to compete to get into Carolina, and now I feel prepared.”Gov. Pat McCrory applauded the agreement in a statement.“I came to office promising that  we were going to break down the silos in education, and this clear and concise plan is a powerful example of this,” he said. “When we focus on the interest of students, amazing things can happen.”
Transfer students with associate degrees would come in to UNC as a junior.
David Snyder, left, and Mark Dappert, right, participate in the 12th Annual Revolutionary War Living History Day in Hillsborough Saturday.
Hillsborough o≠ers re-enactment of the War of Independence
ASG preps for new leaders
By Graves Ganzert
Senior Writer
 As the smoke cleared at Hillsborough’s Revolutionary War Living History Day, the red coats  were not greeted by hordes of angry patriots, but visitors looking to peer into life during the war.The town of Hillsborough offered the public an opportunity to experience firsthand the history  within the town Saturday.The event offered war-themed guided walking tours, craft activities and re-enacted military practices. The entire event com-memorated British General Lord Charles Cornwallis’ occupation of Hillsborough with his 1,900-man army on Feb. 20, 1781.Bill Nichols, a Hillsborough resi-dent, said events like this offer an exciting way to understand the his-tory of America.“I was simply out for a walk  when I saw the demonstrations,” he said. “It is always fun to learn from things like this.”Nichols said the re-enactment is a unique way to engage a commu-nity with the town’s history.“I think people should be aware of the history here,” he said. “It’s a delight and interesting to understand what the British were doing in the Revolutionary War at this point.”Karen Snyder, a resident of Efland, said she has been doing 18th century style re-enacting for more than 30 years. Snyder and her husband were  both dressed in authentic style clothing while demonstrating com-mon practices of people during the era.“It is important especially for chil-dren to understand where everyone came from,” she said.“We didn’t just appear on Earth.  We all have stories.Lynn Bull, a resident of Goldsboro, has been re-enacting since 1969 and said it has become a growing trend of historical learning.“We try to use the tools of the time and we carry out the same thing with the uniforms, the drill and the equipment,” he said. “We try to be as accurate as possible.”Bull said his passion is to share significant historical experiences  with people. Through such events he said he is able to relive critical moments in history.“It might just be a moment in time when you wake up to a camp-fire and for a few seconds it feels like you are almost there,” he said.Brandie Fields, executive direc-tor of Orange County Historical Museum, said the re-enactment offers a way to learn local history that makes people feel they are going back in time.“It is a great way to interact with people and ask questions to the closest thing to the actual historical people,” she said.Fields said the town’s historic  background is worth showcasing to the community.“Hillsborough seems to have always been historical in every era of U.S. history,” she said. “You can tell it is historic by  walking down the street but you need to hear about it or experience it first hand to appreciate it.”
By Lindsay Carbonell
Staff Writer
RALEIGH — With only two meetings left, the UNC-system Association of Student Governments is setting up for its next administration.The association met this  weekend at N.C. State University and passed a reform bill and four resolutions. Members nominated a single ticket for president and  vice president. ASG, funded by an annual $1 student fee, is composed of stu-dent delegates from all 17 UNC-system schools. Among the resolutions passed  were: a resolu-tion to add  A-plus to the systemwide grading scale, a list of the  ASG’s legisla-tive priorities, a resolution to raise awareness of the use of Congolese con-flict minerals in technology and a resolu-tion on renew-able energy.
New leadership
 Alex Parker, student  body president of N.C. State University, and Leigh Whittaker, student body president of UNC- Asheville, who have been friends since high school, are running uncontested next month for president and senior vice presi-dent of the association. ASG President Robert Nunnery and Senior Vice President Olivia Sedwick had won last year’s elec-tion as write-in candidates, but Nunnery said he doesn’t foresee Parker and Whittaker losing.Parker said he and Whittaker have already begun discussing plans for the organization if they  win, which will be made public next month during the campaign.The election will be held dur-ing the ASG’s March meeting.
Bills and resolutions passed
The highly contested A-plus resolution squeaked through the  ASG’s general assembly after stalling in committee for three months.The resolution recommends the addition of an A-plus to the systemwide grading scale, a numerical equivalent of 4.333. The overall GPA is capped at 4.0, and grading is ultimately up to the instructor’s discretion.The Clean Energy Act, which  voices the association’s support for 100 percent renewable ener-gy in the UNC system by 2050, almost didn’t go to the floor.But after the association heard a presentation led by Caroline Hansley of the N.C. Student Energy Network, the resolution  was passed unanimously. Hansley said Duke Energy controls 83 percent of North Carolina’s energy grid, and the system spends $226 million per year on energy.Once the resolution is intro-duced at the Appalachian Energy Summit on Tuesday in Greensboro, discussion of a spe-cific plan can begin, she said.Three months after UNC-CH almost left the association  because of its organizational issues, ASG has passed a struc-tural reform, the first in a set of reforms introduced by NCSU del-egates, including Parker.The reform passed was to con-solidate the ASG’s five committees into three, and it passed 24-6 with three abstentions. Nunnery said he plans to veto the bill for word-ing issues and then resubmit it for the next meeting, with Parker’s support. He has 10 days to veto.Nunnery said the committee structure was a scapegoat dis-tracting from the real issue.“(The issue is) delegates who seem more worried about, ‘Hey,  what are you doing tonight at the  bar?’ versus ‘Hey, what are you doing tonight at the committee meeting?’” he said.Crystal Bayne, student body president of UNC-Greensboro,  was one of the delegates who supported the resolution.“We get it, everyone’s taking personal responsibility,” she said. “It’s time to pull the trigger.
The Association of Student Governments met this weekend.
Alex Parker
is N.C. State University’s student body presi-dent and is running for the position of ASG president.
Student’s nonprofit works to spread solar power
By Tyler J. Rouse
Staff Writer
Molded by a dynasty of solar energy entrepreneurs, UNC sophomore Alexander Wilhelm has ventured beyond U.S. borders to increase access to solar with his own nonprofit corporation.“Putting solar energy into developing countries is a hobby now,” Wilhelm said. “Creating the nonprofit aspect of it just makes it legit.” Wilhelm, recently admitted to the Kenan-Flagler Business School, said his parents, Markus and Cathy, served as role models and educators after they started their own real estate company for green homes in Chapel Hill  before turning it into Strata Solar LLC in 2008. Wilhelm’s interest in renewable energy, coupled with his passion for helping underprivileged com-munities, influenced his decision to create United Solar Initiative Inc. USI Inc. aims to positively impact communities in the United States and abroad by providing the tools necessary to have a sus-tainable source of electricity.He said he is currently net- working to gain sponsorships so he can hire a paid full-time staff. Wilhelm interned with his par-ents’ company one summer and gained experience in the field of finance.“He saw us when we were only five employees,” Cathy Wilhelm said about her son working at Strata Solar. “He saw the growth and knew what it took to make (his nonprofit) work.”USI Inc.’s solar energy systems provide lighting, water-pumping capabilities and other general electrical needs for underprivi-leged communities.Kenya and Nicaragua are two prospective areas Wilhelm has cho-sen to focus on. In these countries, his nonprofit will target schools, hospitals and girls’ shelters. Wilhelm said that an advan-tage to placing solar energy in schools is that adult literacy classes can be taught at night. He hopes to provide solar energy to hundreds of schools, both inter-nationally and domestically.Michele Hoyman, a profes-sor of political science at UNC, taught Wilhelm the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship and  was instrumental in Wilhelm’s decision to pursue his nonprofit.“He’s your model UNC student,” Hoyman said. “He definitely rep-resents Carolina values.” Wilhelm’s enthusiasm for solar energy also pushed him to join UNC’s Student Environmental  Action Coalition, where he now serves as co-president with UNC sophomore Megan Neligan.  Wilhelm and Neligan were specifi-cally asked by SEAC advisor Greg Gangi to revamp the declining environmental group on campus.“Alex is someone that’s really thinking of how to make a differ-ence,” Gangi said. “He really has a vision. He’s actively creating the  world he wants to live in — a world powered by renewable energy.”
A Kenan-Flager student hopes to push alternative energy abroad.
Sophomore Alexander Wilhelm, a business major, created a nonprofit corporation to spread solar energy to Kenya and Nicaragua.

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