thursday, april 8, 2010
The Daily Tar Heel
Tingle e esechestem up to in NIH gnt
Researchers from UNC, DukeUniversity and N.C. State University have collaborated to arrange morepowerful clinical trials for cancerpatients.The research, aimed at provid-ing better and more personal-ized therapies to cancer patients,recently received a five-year, $12.5million grant from the NationalCancer Institute.The project, titled “StatisticalMethods for Cancer Clinical Trials,”is one of the largest of its kind to begiven a grant by the institute.Michael Kosorok, a professor inthe Gillings School of Global PublicHealth, is one of the project’s threeprincipal investigators. The othertwo are from N.C. State and Duke.
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Two computer scientists at theUniversity have been awardedfor their virtual reality research by the Institute of Electrical andElectronic Engineers ComputerSociety, the world’s leading organi-zation of computing professionals.Computer science professorFrederick Brooks Jr. won the 2010 Virtual Reality Career Award, which honors his lifetime contri- butions to virtual reality researchand practice.Professor Ming C. Lin receivedthe 2010 Virtual Reality Technical Achievement Award for herachievements in virtual and aug-mented reality.
Student Congess elects neoffices duing 92nd session
Student Congress elected newofficers in its first full body of the92nd session Wednesday.Deanna Santoro was electedspeaker in an uncontested race.Santoro, who was a representativeduring the last session, has alsoserved as speaker pro tem and asthe rules and judiciary committeechairwoman.Student Congress member AlexMills was elected speaker pro temafter an initial tie vote with represen-tative Adam Jutha. After a second vote, Mills defeated Jutha 16 to 11.The following committee lead-ers were also elected:
Finance committee: ChelseaMiller
Rules and judiciary commit-tee: Adam Jutha
Student activities committee:McKinney Brown
Ethics committee: Keith Lee
Gemn students isitingChpel Hill-Cboo schools
Seventeen students andtwo teachers from the Ohm-Gymnasium in Erlangen, Germany,are spending three weeks in ChapelHill at Chapel Hill and Carrborohigh schools.The German students, who areliving with students of the two highschools, have met the mayor of Chapel Hill and toured the policeand fire departments and UNC.Today the group will tour theGovernor’s Mansion and variousmuseums. And on Tuesday, theGermans faced off against the American students in a soccermatch.The American students andtheir teachers, Marilyn Metzlerand Patrick Bradshaw, will travel toGermany in June for three weeks.The exchange has taken placeevery other year since 2000 andis conducted under the German American Partnership Program.
Donton od ce couldcuse Stud tffic dels
Motorists navigating downtownChapel Hill and the UNC campusshould expect traffic delays from7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday dueto the Wachovia Tar Heel Ten Miler,a road race designed to showcasethe local communities.More than 2,000 runners willparticipate in the race, which issponsored by Endurance Magazine,the Chapel Hill DowntownPartnership, Fleet Feet Sports andthe Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA.The event benefits the local YMCA’s “We Build People” cam-paign.
3 communit colleges getmone fom U.S. goenment
Three N.C. community collegesare receiving almost $11 millionfrom the federal government totrain students in the health informa-tion technology field, The (Raleigh)News & Observer reported.Pitt Community College, CentralPiedmont Community College andCatawba Valley Community Collegeare part of a group of 21 schoolsnationwide to train thousands of people in six months or less.
- From staff and wire reports.
UNC alum’s ﬁlm part of Full Frame
thrif sores see business upick
tar hEEl spriNtErs
ophomore Mak Karigan sprints Wednesday after-noon at the preliminaries of the Fastest Tar Heelon Campus competition. The event challenges stu-dents from all over campus to run the fastest 40 meters.The six finalists, three males and three females, will raceagainst some of the quickest UNC varsity athletes athalftime of the spring football game on national televisionSaturday. Karigan, like many who came to Wednesday'spreliminaries, trained for the event. He finished secondfor the men with a time of 4.52 seconds. Freshman JamalBrazan took first place at 4.5 seconds, and sophomoreHolly Zoeller took first for the women at 5.25 seconds.
SEE THE FILM
4:40 p.m. today
Durham ConventionCenter, 201 Foster St.
By Mark SaBB
Rodrigo Dorfman, an inde- pendent filmmaker and UNC alumnus, will present his film“Generation Exile” at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival today in Durham. The filmmaker describes his style as ‘fictionary,’ mixing fictional story-telling with elements usually found indocumentaries. We sat down with Dorfman to discuss his experienceas a filmmaker.
What were some of yourearly experiences with films?
My father used totake me to see films that I shouldn’thave seen as a little kid; they werereally adult films. They were artmovies from Europe that really shaped me as a little person. The firsttime I felt the power of the movingimage was when I was working inChile, under the dictatorship, withan underground news gatheringagency that was filming the uncen-sored reality and lives of the Chileanpeople under the dictatorship.
When did you get seri-ous about filmmaking?
My first film wascalled “My House is on Fire.” I didthat in 1997 with my father, and it was a short. It was about under con-nected children and what happens tounder connected children in NorthCarolina. It was very poetic, very beautiful and it went around the world. After that, I slowly started working my way up, and I guess Itruly started becoming serious whenI bought my first real digital camerathat was good enough to withholdscrutiny. You become a professional when you have professional tools. I’ve been a screen writer for 12 years, andas a filmmaker I have made already four features in the past three years.
Was UNC pivotal inshaping you as a filmmaker?
I got my master’sin journalism at UNC in multime-dia, and that’s where I learned my craft. This is really and truly wheremy career took off after I finishedthat amazing program that allowedme to go to Morocco with a scholar-ship and film. A lot of my footagethat I took on my trip made it into“Generation Exile.”
How does it feel tohave your movie premiered at theFull Frame Documentary FilmFestival?
It’s great to finally be able to go to the next stage, whichis to show it in public and actually see it have an effect, that’s the wholepoint. On one level you make filmsfor yourself but then you’ve donethat, and you later show it to peopleso others can bathe in those imagesand the feeling. Hopefully the nextstage after that is distribution andthen after that you move on.
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By OLIvIa BarrOw
Even when the economy tanks,some things never change: localteens still need to look fabulous onprom night.“It provides an opportunity forus to be a little vain and splurge alittle bit, but it’s one of those occa-sions when that’s OK,” Chapel HillHigh School senior Sarah Sullivansaid in an e-mail.But while looking awesome isa must, breaking the bank is not.Four local thrift and consignmentstores say they’ve seen businessuptick since the recession. Andsales of affordable prom dresseshas been part of that.“There’s a general shift in the way people think about how they use their money,” said LesleighCooper, owner of The StockExchange consignment boutique.“Basically, we’re in the business of recycling.” Annie Jackson, owner of Timeafter Time Vintage Thrift shop,said she sells more than 100 promdresses each prom season, but not just to teenage girls.“We can service all proms … seri-ous prom people, tacky prom people,elderly prom people,” Jackson said.”Cooper said she has seen businessimprove since the recession began.Both Refinements and Timeafter Time Vintage Thrift inChapel Hill and My Secret Closetin Hillsborough also sell prom andcocktail dresses.Gabe Blanchard, a senior at EastChapel Hill High School, will wearthe tuxedo his parents bought forhim for last year’s Thanksgivingdance this year, cutting his promcosts to about $100.“I would say I’m definitely cut-ting back,” Blanchard said.His girlfriend, Sullivan, said hertotal cost was about $420 — andshe paid for it with birthday money from both of her parents. Allyson Ropp, from CarrboroHigh School, aims to save money this year. She will spend between$40 and $100 at prom this week-end, since she is borrowing herdress from family and is going outto dinner with friends.“I’m not going to go out andspend a ridiculous amount on adress that I’m only going to wearonce,” Lindsay Savelli, a senior atChapel Hill High School.Knowing that many girls only wear their dresses once, UNC’sKaleidoscope magazine steppedin to help recycle those dresses by organizing the Cinderella Projectat UNC.Lauren Hafezi, a spokeswom-an for Kaleidoscope, created andimplemented the project, which col-lected more than 50 dresses for girlsat Southern High School in Durham who could not afford one.The predominately minority and lower-income population atSouthern made it a good candidatefor the program.“It’s one of those expenses thatcan definitely be reduced,” she said.“You wear a dress one time, and it’snice to give it another life.” Whether your budget is $50 or$500, prom must go on.“The prom itself isn’t actu-ally what’s exciting; it’s more get-ting dressed up, taking pictures,and going out with your friends,”Sullivan said.
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By SETH CrawFOrD
Out of the ashes of failedattempts to succeed in the tradi-tional high school setting, somestudents have found another chan-nel for success at the alternativehigh school Phoenix Academy.Starting in a one-room trailer 12 years ago, Phoenix Academy grewevery year until it became an offi-cial high school in July 2009. And with the end of its firstschool year a few months away,the school can reflect on its accom-plishment — the creation of anindividualized, more intimate set-ting that makes college an optionfor students who might not have been able to graduate at a tradi-tional school.Former Orange High School Assistant Principal LaverneMattocks was named as the school’sfirst formal principal and said mostof the students are happy the acad-emy is an official high school.“They take pride in that. They feel legitimized,” Mattocks said.“Now they’re like, ‘We’re a highschool.'”The students have even begunpushing the school to make schoolT-shirts, she said.Since becoming principal, shesaid she has had to find ways tofocus on each of the 43 students’specific needs.“We are tying to live up to thealternative model by just being cre-ative, thinking outside the box, justsaying there is no box,” she said. “If I can get you to walk through thosedoors every day, I’ll find a way out-side the box to really find success.”Mattocks said the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education has been supportive of the school throughout its first offi-cial year. After a visit of the schoolin the fall, board member JoeGreen said he left impressed.“It has extremely capable teach-ers,” he said. “I kind of left with theimpression that it had the feel of asmall private or charter school.”Some students said they areresponding well to the school’semphasis on smaller, more hands-on classrooms.Senior T’kara Watson said shelearns better with more intimateclassroom setting. She also said theschool’s small size creates a bond between the students and teach-ers.“It’s like a family now,” Watsonsaid. “There’s arguing, but there’sno fighting. It’s just a big family.”Senior Antonio Glenn said hedropped out of school in 2007 aftergetting lost in the crowd at EastChapel Hill High School and get-ting caught up in the wrong crowdat Carrboro High School.He said he knew he needed to gethis diploma but wouldn’t be able todo it at a traditional high school.Glenn said he knew Phoenix wasthe only way he could make it.“People ain’t talking all the way around the room,” said Glenn, whoplans to graduate in June with sixother seniors. “You can ask morequestions, concentrate and focuson the lessons.”To make up classes he missedafter dropping out, Glenn takeslower levels of certain classes inaddition to his regular classes tomake up the credits. After he graduates, Glenn plansto go to Alamance Community College and major in auto mechan-ics, something he said he wouldn’thave the opportunity to do if it weren’t for Phoenix Academy.“It’s a good school,” Glenn said.“Ain’t nothing bad about it.”
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