By Wei Zhou
With more than 3,300 members involved in Greek life, UNC fraternities and sororities offer more than just temporary social connections — they provide a large alumni network for students after college.Many current Greek students create unique networks at UNC in terms of mentorship, career development advice and internship opportunities.“It’s a way to separate yourself from the other applicants and particularly make connections with CEOs,” said Hilliard Burton, president of Chi Psi Fraternity.Founded in 1855, Chi Psi’s UNC chapter is one of the largest on campus and offers many differ-ent networking opportunities such as dinners with former members and guest speaker lectures.Burton said as a brother, he has access to alumni for career or internship suggestions.“There are opportunities for those students in the chapter to interact in a very direct way with alumni,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the office of fraternity and sorority life and com-munity involvement.He said Greek alumni are willing to give their time, wisdom and advice to the students.“Many of those alumni stay involved, stay con-nected, come back to campus, so the students have opportunities to meet with and network with those folks multiple times a year and set up opportuni-ties for internships or job connections,” he said.He said in general, the older the group, the more extensive the alumni networking is.But he added some younger groups also have very strong alumni networks.Chartered in 1976, Alpha Phi Alpha is consid-ered one of the newer fraternities on campus and has about 200 alumni across the country. Warren Wyatt, the president of Alpha Phi Alpha, said members of the organization regard the alumni connections as valuable to their careers.“When you are looking for a job, you know, you need some type of reference, some kind of credi- bility, and alumni will help you with that,” he said.Bachenheimer said Greek alumni tend to be the most engaged and generous donors.He said a lot of Greek alumni stay connected through different ways after graduation. Some Greek organizations have chapters across the country and alumni are still in touch even 20 or more years after graduation.“There is a sense of commitment and loyalty that gets engendered through Greek experience that does not typically happen with most other student organizations,” he said.Bachenheimer said Greek students have an added sense of permanence at the University.“It’s a place when they come back for a foot- ball game on a Saturday 10 years from now, they may not know anybody on campus, but they know in their frat, they are gonna have a con-nection.”
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Abigail Coryell (front) and Mary Stewart Evans rehearse for Kenan Theatre Company’s production of “R+J,” on Wednesday.
Greeks soak up alumni connections
Kenan Theatre Company puts a spin on the classic
By Megan Caron
Shakespeare’s classic love story has tran-scended time periods and settings — now two student directors are playing with the show’s gender roles.Kenan Theatre Company’s “R+J,” a mod-ern interpretation of “Romeo and Juliet,” opens tonight.“R+J,” written by Joe Calarco, follows a group of Catholic school students as they begin to read “Romeo and Juliet” for the first time, breaking school rules.The script was originally written for a male cast, but co-directors graduate stu-dent Nathaniel Claridad and junior Katie Chelena thought two casts — one male and one female — would bring a unique dynamic to a familiar story. A single-gender, four-person cast means that each actor is responsible for more than one character in the show.“There are no costume changes, so it’s all up to the actor to drive the show,” Claridad said.The show will also be done in-the-round, with the audience surrounding the stage, creating a more intimate atmosphere between the audience and the actors.Chelena said audience members will hear Shakespeare’s words in a new and exciting way.“It’s fresh,” she said. “It takes something that’s very old and stale and makes it fiery and brings it back to life.”In addition to the proximity of the audi-ence and the small casts, the show will also only have one prop: a giant piece of red fabric.“That’s my favorite kind of work,” Chelena said. “When you strip down your resources to only the bare basics, suddenly the most simple thing becomes so beautiful and I think that’s the most exciting thing for me.”Junior Abigail Coryell, one of the show’s actresses, said the challenges of the minimal-ist play made it extremely fun to work on.“It’s been really rewarding to try and understand how Juliet and the student in the story can become the same story,” she said.Coryell also said she thinks students in the audience will be able to relate to the students in the show.“The fact that we are students at the same time — that they are just sneaking off and doing something they are not supposed to be doing and they start believing in this story — it just brings the beauty and the poetry and the danger of Romeo and Juliet closer to home,” she said.Claridad said having two separate casts has helped show the variation in gender dynamics more clearly, but each cast also
Fraternity and sorority networks often yield career opportunities.
Google Fiber may reach Chapel Hill
Carolina Creates does Beatles
By Kris Brown
Google Fiber, a high-speed televi-sion and Internet service, could soon be coming to Chapel Hill.Chapel Hill and Carrboro, along with Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville, Cary and Garner, are some of the 34 cities included in Google Fiber’s poten-tial expansion announced last week.Google Fiber is currently only available in three cities across the country: Kansas City, Mo., Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah.“It’s an exciting prospect for our region and would be a catalyst for economic development and entrepre-neurs,” said Chapel Hill Town Council member Lee Storrow in an email. Google Fiber’s connection speeds are 100 times faster than conventional broadband services, are capable of pro- viding clear high-definition TV, and can allow for near instant downloads.The cities are not approved yet, and Google said it will be working with mayors and city officials in the next few months to check if the cities have ample infrastructure and the necessary resources to submit a high volume of construction permits.The cities must submit their quali-fications by May 1, and then Google plans to announce the final list of cit-ies that will get Google Fiber by the end of the year. Marc Hoit, vice chancellor for information technology at N.C. State University, said he is excited about the possibility of Google Fiber in the Research Triangle Park area. He said Google could have been
The service is currently available in three cities but has plans to expand.
By Zhai Yun Tan
When The Beatles first set foot in the United States, they topped the charts and attracted millions of fans. Fifty years later, “Beatlemania” is still alive and will storm Chapel Hill tonight.Hosted by Carolina Creates, “All You Need is Love” will com-memorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ arrival in the U.S.. Student bands will come together at Chapel Hill Underground on Rosemary Street to celebrate by playing Beatles hits along with their own compositions.“The idea started in the team because a lot of people were fans of The Beatles,” said senior Patrick Carney, co-director of Carolina Creates’ music division. “I think most musicians appreciate the influence of the band on music culture.”In addition to paying tribute to The Beatles, Carney also seeks to use this event to promote student musicians — the goal of Carolina Creates Music.The featured performers include Carolina Sidekicks, Sloth, Moneybox and sophomore singer-songwriter Aline Martins. Carney is part of the group Carolina Sidekicks.“We were all sort of the side-kicks in our other projects,” he said. “We thought it’d be fun to get together and form a group that would just go out and play covers of songs we all really like, taking turns fronting the band so we’re not sidekicks all the time.”The band will be playing Beatles songs already in their repertoire, while Martins will be
Musicians celebrate 50 years since the famous group’s U.S. arrival.
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Sophomore Aline Martins will perform a jazz rendition of The Beatles’ “All My Loving” in the Carolina Creates’ event, “All You Need is Love.”
performing their songs with her own twist.“I’m going to do ‘All My Loving’ — it’s going to be a pretty jazzy rendition of it, my take on Amy Winehouse’s version,” Martins said. “It’s like a cover of a cover.”Martins often performs for dif-ferent organizations on campus but said as a devoted Beatles fan, she’s excited for “All You Need is Love.”“I immediately started thinking about a set list after they contact-ed me,” she said.Carolina Creates also held a promotional contest on the Facebook event page encourag-ing people to post their favorite Beatles songs. A poster will be chosen randomly to receive two free tickets.Senior Shezeen Ali, Carolina Creates Music’s director of mar-keting, said the response to the event has been very positive.“I knew there would be fans,
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but I’ve been even more sur-prised by how many people are enthusiastic,” she said. “Their favorite music wouldn’t neces-sarily be rock, but they love The Beatles.”Senior Ian Porter, event coordi-nation chairman and host of the event, is also an avid Beatles fan.“That’s what’s exciting about them — throughout the years they evolved as they grew older. You’ll see very different phases of The Beatles throughout the night,” he said.“You can’t go wrong with any songs with them. You never can.”
SEE THE SHOWS
Feb. 27, March 1-2 (male cast), Feb. 28, March 2-3 (female). Show times vary.
helps make Shakespeare more acceptable.“People are usually very frightened of Shakespeare or think he is boring, but he’s not,” he said. “He actually taps right into who we are as human beings.”Junior and actor William Foote said audiences should look forward to being intrigued by the show.“It encapsulates the comedy aspect of it hugely, but at the same time, it is really a tragedy as well, so it is a really good bal-ance,” he said.Coryell said this performance of Romeo and Juliet is for those who may not fre-quent the theater often.“This would be the production for them to see, because it’s (students) up on stage,” she said.“It’s four students playing around and getting burned by the fire that they are playing with.”
“It’s an exciting prospect for our region and would be a catalyst for economic development and entrepreneurs.”
Chapel Hill Town Council member
drawn to the area because of the N.C. Next Generation Network, which is a collaboration of universities and municipalities, including UNC and Chapel Hill, that aims to supply ultra-fast bandwidth at affordable prices. “Because of the three universities (in the area), because of the high-tech area and Triangle Park, because of the stu-dents and the start-ups that we do, we believe that an innovation region like this would make the fastest and best use of high-speed Fiber,” Hoit said.Hoit said the technology has far-reaching applications — two years ago, a violist, a violinist and cellist performed together 600 miles away from each other in real time using a Fiber connection.Neil Davis, a freshman study-ing computer science at UNC, said Google Fiber could expand the oppor-tunities for collaboration between UNC students. “Possibly, it could give computer sci-ence students a better infrastructure to work on open-source projects,” he said. “This being Google, they may allow us to tamper around with Fiber itself.”Davis said the availability of high-tech resources in the area could spur students to be more proactive in the work they produce.“It’s inspiring enough for me to want to do computer science, not just to innovate, but also to innovate to improve our society.”