Monday, April 7, 2014
The Daily Tar Heel
Chapel Hill to host Rosemary Street meetings Thursday
The town of Chapel Hill will host a series of meetings for its Rosemary Imagined project on Thursday in the Sky Lounge at Greenbridge Condominiums. Residents can provide feed- back on the town’s two draft con-cepts for redeveloping Rosemary Street. After this week’s meetings, a consulting firm will revise the plans and create one draft concept for the town’s review.
Police honor Jewish group for Christmas Day meals
The Chapel Hill Police Department presented a Civilian Service Award to the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill last week. The federation was given the award for its consistent service to the police department on Christmas Day, when the federa-tion provides meals for employees working.
— From staff and wire reports
ASG holds last meeting of 2013-14
By Madeline Will
State & National Editor
When N.C. State University Student Body President Alex Parker was sworn in this week-end as next year’s president of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments, he knew the difficulty of the task ahead of him.This year, and in years past, the association has been criticized for inefficiency and wasting student funds — it’s funded by an annual $1 stu-dent fee. In the fall, UNC-CH students only narrowly voted to stay in the association. ASG has consistently been trying to reform itself.“ASG’s trying to make amends, it’s trying to get itself together,” Parker said. “I’m hoping (critics) will give us one year ... (to) put behind the past, move forward. I think we deserve that chance.”It’ll be a critical year for the association to see if it can flour-ish or not, he said.Outgoing ASG President Robert Nunnery said his year at the helm of the embattled
The association’s new president was sworn in this weekend.
is the outgoing president of the UNC-system Association of Student Governments.
association has been wonder-ful, albeit challenging.“The student body presi-dents have asked a lot of questions, held (Senior Vice President Olivia Sedwick) and I accountable, definitely pushed back when they didn’t like how things were headed — which is good, but it made for a very challenging year,” he said.
Town ﬁnds 12 tenants in North Street residence
By Joey DeVito
Two local property owners were fined about $60,000 by the town of Chapel Hill after the town found 12 people were living at a property at 135 North St.The town’s occupancy rule, which was added to the town’s land use management ordinance in 2003, states that no more than four unrelated people can live in one resi-dential house.The owners of the prop-erty at 135 North St., James Bulbrook and Whitney Long, were first fined $23,400 for breaking that law in May 2013, according to town documents.Bulbrook and Long haven’t paid the fine, town docu-ments indicate. Neither could be reached for comment and current tenants in the home declined to comment.Mark Patmore, the owner of Mercia Residential Properties, said the town conducted a second inspec-tion this year and found the violations persisted, fining the owners about $60,000.If there are more than five unrelated people living in a house, then it needs to be built to state commercial fire codes, which include install-ing sprinkler systems and fire escapes, among other require-ments, Patmore said.The North Street property was not built to those codes, so it was not equipped to house that many people.The town’s Inspections Department received com-plaints about the amount of people living in the house from other residents in November 2012, which
The owners were fined for violating an occupancy ordinance.
Iyvn Mack-Voss, age 1, picks up eggs at Chapel Hill’s annual Community Egg Hunt at Homestead Park on Saturday.
By Claire Nielsen
The search was on.Carrboro resident Lori Hoopes brought her daughters Gigi Hoopes, 8, and Evie Hoopes, 5, to the Community Egg Hunt at Homestead Park Saturday.It was their second time going to the event. Hoopes said she noticed the egg hunt’s hectic atmosphere and large crowd.“Everybody’s like, ‘I have to wrangle children,’” Hoopes said.Gigi and Evie said they both had fun at the event. Evie said she only found three eggs during her hunt, but Gigi found about 20 and gave some to her sister.“I liked having the excitement of finding a lot of eggs and seeing what was inside,” Gigi said. Amanda Fletcher, assistant supervisor of festivals and community celebrations for the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation department, said she estimated there were about 1,200 people at the event.Program Assistant Amy Stibich said this was her first year working at the egg hunt, but she was prepared for the
1,200 children, ages 2 to 10, joined the hunt
Jenny Surane selected as editor-in-chief
By Cammie Bellamy
For Jenny Surane, finding the right word is as important personally as it is professionally.“‘Overwhelming,’ is what we decided the word was,” she said Saturday, after her selection as the 2014-15 editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel.But if Surane was overwhelmed, it wasn’t for long — the first thing on her mind after being selected was getting ready for next year.Surane, currently the Daily Tar Heel’s city desk editor, is a junior business journalism major from Cornelius who ran unopposed for editor-in-chief.Between assembling her new staff of editors, learning the ins and outs of running the newspaper and beginning to implement an ambi-tious platform, she will have a full schedule in the months before tak-ing the helm.Joe Schwartz, who served as the
Surane, a junior, currently serves as The Daily Tar Heel’s city desk editor.
DTH FILE/CHRIS CONWAY
Jenny Surane is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel for 2014-15. She’s currently the city editor at The Daily Tar Heel.
DTH’s editor-in-chief for 2006-07, was a member of the selection com-mittee. Schwartz said Surane’s can-didate platform, which emphasizes the newspaper’s online presence and investigative work, made him confi-dent in her ability to lead.“The ideas that she’s articulated, they remind me of a Daily Tar Heel that I worked at,” Schwartz said.“And I guess the best compliment I could give her is I would want to work in a newsroom that she’s in charge of.”Surane’s platform calls for instituting an investigations and special projects team, which would handle long term stories and con-tinuous series on topics relevant to readers.She said while readers can expect the DTH’s coverage areas to remain consistent, she wants to see more narrative journalism, in-depth investigations and forward-looking stories. Surane said one of the most valuable parts of the selection pro-cess was the willingness of com-mittee members to challenge her in their questioning.During their meeting Saturday, members spent an hour interview-ing Surane about her platform before voting on whether or not to While he’ll remain in office until the end of the month, this weekend marked Nunnery’s last meeting as president. ASG, which met at Western Carolina University, passed its budget for next year. The group voted to shave about $200 from each of the execu-tive officers’ stipends — with the exception of the president and senior vice president — and put the money towards student advocacy, as well as eliminate three executive offi-cer positions. That decision was made at a meeting that only about half of the executive officers attended.“I think it’s unacceptable — we’re paying them for a job and they’re not there,” said UNC-CH’s delegate Connor Brady.Brady said he remains dis-appointed in the group’s advo-cacy efforts and accountability.But he said he’s optimistic about the reforms, and Parker and incoming Senior Vice President Leigh Whittaker’s ability to implement them.Parker said he and Whittaker have discussed at length how to run an effective organization.“It sounds kind of intuitive, but it’s not, it’s something we’ve struggled with,” he said. “We always have to keep our-selves in check.”Next year, Parker said he will focus on implement “soft reforms” that change the cul-ture of ASG.Nunnery said one of ASG’s biggest accomplishments this year has been garnering public exposure for its stance on cer-tain issues, like voting rights.“It might take a while to get to what our position was, but when we made it, it was very impactful public relations- wise,” he said. “It might not have influenced the outcome, but ASG didn’t let stuff go down the pipeline without let-ting our opinion be known.”
select her as editor.“It’s a great process because it shows you what you need to look at more in your platform,” she said. “I’m not married to my platform — I’m willing to hear other people’s ideas.”Hope Thomson, a junior chemis-try major from Durham, also served on the selection committee.“(Surane is) someone who loves this and loves this atmosphere and putting out the paper,” Thomson said. “That was what struck me most — she is so, so passionate.”Though Surane ran unopposed, Schwartz said the selection process was no less rigorous.“I think it’s important even when you have one candidate to make sure that candidate is well-qualified,” he said.“Not just to do it well, but to do it excellently well.”
“I liked having the excitement of finding a lot of eggs and seeing what was inside.”
large crowd.“It has a reputation — people know about it,” she said.The event featured three egg hunts, each of which lasted about 15 minutes. The hunts were broken up by age groups.The plastic eggs were laid out in fields for children to pick up. Overall, more than 25,000 eggs were used.Stibich said Chapel Hill’s Parks and Recreation department collaborates with the Carrboro and Orange County departments to hold the egg hunt. Every three years it is held in Chapel Hill.“So now it’s our year,” she said. “It’s one of the few events we collaborate on with the other departments.”Stibich said the eggs were ordered from Sunny Bunny, a company known for providing employment to adults with disabilities. All three town departments purchase the eggs.“Everyone pitches in and buys the eggs and prizes,” she said.Karina Goco, an eighth-grade stu-dent at McDougle Middle School, and Jessika Patel, a ninth-grade student at Chapel Hill High School, worked as volunteers at the egg hunt through the Chapel Hill Youth Council.They said part of their duties involved setting up for the event.“We had to put out some of the eggs on the field,” Goco said.Goco and Patel said they were also tasked with helping supervise the egg hunts to make sure everything went according to plan.Both volunteers said they enjoyed watching the children participate in the hunt.“It was fun,” Patel said.Evie said she enjoyed observing the festivities as well as participating in them.“Getting to watch the egg hunt was awesome,” she said.
caused the department to inspect the property and find the violations.During the inspection the town found there were 12 people living on the property. They also found that there were 11 bedrooms on the property, as opposed to the four bedrooms mentioned in the original building plans, which constituted another violation.This caused the town to condemn the property, mean-ing it temporarily could not be used. The home is no lon-ger condemned, and now has different tenants.Five other properties received fines for similar vio-lations in 2013, but the fine given to Bulbrook and Long was the largest ever given by the town for this violation, according to town records.Former Student Body President Christy Lambden formed a work group to address the four-person occu-pancy ordinance and spoke to the Chapel Hill Town Council last month about repealing the rule to allow more stu-dents to live together. He rec-ommended raising the limit to six unrelated people. Having that many people living in one house is a safety concern for the town, Patmore said.“Twelve people in a house that’s not built to commer-cial code — yeah, that’s pret-ty much unsafe,” Patmore said. “If there ever was a fire, who knows what would happen.” While Patmore said 12 residents in a house not up to code is excessive, he took issue with the four-person limit, which he sees as unnec-essarily restrictive.“Should it be four?” Patmore said. “No, that’s just a complete waste of real estate.”