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THE JOKER, “BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM”
Friday, March 21, 2014
Volume 122, Issue 15
IT’S TIME TO DANCE
The North Carolina men’s basketball team gathers in a huddle Thursday. UNC will take on Providence today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
By Brooke Pryor
SAN ANTONIO — Even after the bus had pulled up to the doors of the AT&T Center Thursday afternoon, the North Carolina basketball team didn’t want to unload.They had a schedule to stick to, an afternoon of preparing for their date with 11th-seeded Providence as dic-tated by the NCAA.But schedules be damned.The satellite-enabled, in-bus tele- vision was turned to the matchup between Harvard and Cincinnati. And despite their obligations, the play-ers refused to leave until No. 12-seed Harvard completed its upset of fifth-seed Cincinnati.It was a sobering reminder that at the end of the day, the seeds are sim-ply numbers, often devoid of any true value.“We were just on the bus and saw Cincinnati lose to Harvard, and they were a No. 5 seed and Harvard was a 12,” J.P. Tokoto said. “It’s basically, anything could happen, you see it happening in front of you. “
The No. 6 seed Tar Heels will face 11th-seeded Providence
UNC system faces ACA costs
Head over to dailytarheel.com for a photo gallery of UNC’s practice day in San Antonio.
But the gravity of their situation didn’t appear to phase the sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9). After exiting the bus, the group was lighthearted. Wade Moody donned a green wig and tinted glasses in the locker room and took on the role of interviewing his teammates.Brice Johnson sang his own ren-dition of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” Kennedy Meeks got down on his hands and knees in an attempt to distract Marcus Paige during inter- views.Out on the court, others playfully took jabs at each other and attempt-ed wacky shots during the open practice before coach Roy Williams chided his players to take ‘game-like’ shots.It was a celebratory atmosphere, reminiscent of the mood during the
The system will incur additional costs of up to $47 million.
By Kate Grise
As the Affordable Care Act con-tinues to roll out, the UNC system is facing an up to $47 million increase in costs associated with insuring a growing number of employees, caus-ing officials to consider trimming employee hours or weighing less expensive health care plans.Beginning in January 2015, the UNC system will have to provide insurance coverage for the 8,600 employees who work 30 hours a week, but are not currently covered by the state insurance plan, said Marty Kotis, a member of the Board of Governors.Those employees include gradu-ate teaching assistants, student employees, postdoctoral employees, temporary or visiting faculty and library and administrative staff.But the $47 million cost is a maximum amount calculated using the $5,452 price of insuring an employee, said Charlie Perusse, chief operating officer for the system. The actual cost will likely be much lower.“There’s a lot we don’t know. Number one, the feds are still adjusting guidelines and param-eters. We could have some sets or subsets of employees that would be exempted from coverage,” he said.Kotis said the system’s General Administration has considered dif-ferent options to combat the high cost, including shifting costs from other areas, seeking less expen-sive health coverage plans, cutting employee hours and increasing rev-enue to the system — which could include tuition increases.Perusse said the campuses could manage employee costs more effi-ciently to reduce the total number of employees who need to be insured.“Do you need someone always at 30 hours a week, or could they be a little less and still provide the same service?” he said.
Theater management minor to begin in the fall
The new program will focus on the business side of the theater industry.
Department works on gender inclusivity
UNC’s department of philosophy focuses on including more women.
By Sarah Niss
While some philosophy depart-ments nationwide are wracked with scandal and gender issues, UNC is working to ensure inclusivity.More than 650 people have signed a petition to the American Philosophical Association request-ing a code of conduct for philoso-phy professors, following a string of sexual harassment accusations against professors at universities such as Northwestern University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.“Twenty years ago this stuff would have been swept under the rug,” said UNC graduate student Jennifer Kling. “There is a cultural problem in the department — but it’s in the process of changing.”The field faces a longstanding prob-lem of gender representation, and phi-losophers want to understand why.“Philosophy has historically been the domain of middle-upper class white men,” Kling said. “We have very few women and few persons of color in the profession.” About 23 percent of tenure-track faculty in philosophy departments nationwide are women, according to the association’s Committee on the Status of Women. UNC has more female philosophy professors and an equal number of men and women pursuing graduate degrees.“No other department in the top 30 or 40 has anything remotely like that,” said philosophy chairman Marc Lange.UNC faces problems at the under-graduate level, where the majority of
By Breanna Kerr
The majority of students who come to the department of dramat-ic art intend on acting, but soon there will be another option off the main stage.Catering to the students interest-ed in the business side of the theater industry, the new theater manage-ment minor will start up in the fall.Hannah Grannemann, the managing director at PlayMakers Repertory Company and lecturer in the dramatic art department, had been teaching theater management classes for two years when she decid-ed to compile courses into a minor.“We’ve had theater management courses in the catalogue for a long time,” Grannemann said. “It seemed to me a good idea to expand our offerings and grow the department.”She said putting together a minor track was quite easy, and she started working on it last summer.Dramatic art classes from the past are resurfacing, being created and revamped, but the addition of the theater management minor doesn’t require any additional funds or faculty.Grannemann said she will be teaching DRAM 279, a new class called “Introduction to Theater Management,” in the fall. An exist-ing class, DRAM 193, “Production Practicum,” is being given a man-agement track, DRAM 491 is resur-facing and DRAM 493 is being rei-magined for theater management.“There are four courses that make up the minor track, but we
“I hope they understand that the arts can be looked at as an art form and as a business.”
department of dramatic art chairman
also have cross-listed courses in business in economics,” she said.The new classes will be avail-able in time for next semester’s registration period, and students can declare a theater management minor in the fallas well. Classes in theater management are not lim-ited to dramatic art majors.“This is a great next step for the department, and it can attract stu-dents who are interested in the arts but don’t necessarily want to be per-
THE LOWDOWN ON FRIDAY’S GAME
Providence vs. North Carolina
23-11, 10-8 Big East23-9, 13-5 ACC
7:20 p.m.AT&T CenterBroadcast: TNT
The Bottom Line — North Carolina 67 , Providence 61
UNC should have no problem outrebound-ing the Friars after a recent heavy empha-sis. Kadeem Batts and LaDontae Henton are biggest interior threats.
Providence uses a short rotation, and Bryce Cotton playing 39.9 minutes a game. UNC substitutes more freely and gets more con-tributions from the bench.
Until now, Providence hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and has struggled against teams in this year’s field. UNC is 0-2 in NCAA games in San Antonio.
Both Marcus Paige and Bryce Cotton lead their team in points and minutes played. Cotton has played all but 10 minutes in his team’s last 13 games.