wednesday, october 27, 2010
The Daily Tar Heel
Art students get new venue
Landmark show long-awaited
by Nora ChaN
When he aspired to work in criminal jus-tice, officer Jason Bellavance never expectedhe would enforce the law on two wheels.“It’s fun because it’s kind of like gettingpaid to work out,” said Bellavance, who works as a bicycle officer for the ChapelHill Police Department. “I like being out-side. I don’t like being confined to a car allday long.”Bellavance is one of nine officers on bicycles that patrol the downtown area. Hesaid talking to people, even if they’re not introuble, is a big part of his job.“A lot of times when you’re in your car, you only get to get out and talk to people when something’s wrong,” Bellavance said.“You don’t get to talk to people in normal,everyday conversations.“Down here you’re just walking up anddown the streets, or you’re on the bicycle. You get to wave at people.” After graduating from East CarolinaUniversity with a degree in criminal justice,Bellavance attended a police academy inGreenville. He got his first job as an officerin Chapel Hill.“I wanted to go to areas where people were not allowed to go, figure out what wasalways going on,” said Bellavance, who hasalways aspired to be a police officer.Bellavance worked on regular patrol forabout three years before applying for thedowntown unit. The 29-year-old has beena self-proclaimed “bike cop” for about four years.“He’s very proactive on his bike,” said offi-cer Chris King, who sometimes patrols on a bicycle. “He rides more than anybody in theunit, by choice.”Officers on bicycles patrol what Lt.Donald Bradley called the “central busi-ness district” between Columbia Street andGraham Street.Bradley said the main benefit of using bicycles is officers can get to places morequickly than on foot and can get throughtraffic and alleys. Bicycles are also quieterthan squad cars.“With sirens and alarms, people know you’re coming,” Bradley said. “The bicycle ismore of a stealth mode in arriving.”But the benefits of police bicycles do come with some drawbacks.Bellavance said he has to call for an offi-cer with a vehicle to arrest people.“We can’t handcuff them to the bike and
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walk them,” he said.Bellavance, who often works from 3:30p.m. to 3:30 a.m., said some of his mostmemorable experiences involve intoxicatedpeople.“You get some bicycle people leavingthe bars and weaving in and out of traffic,”Bellavance said. “(One) ended up crashingtheir bike.“They were heavily intoxicated, and they ended up getting a DWI on the bicycle.” And despite the alcohol-related crimesinherent to a college town, Bellavance saidhe enjoys working in Chapel Hill.“People are friendly,” he said. “I like howevery year a different group of people leave… so you don’t see the same people all thetime.“I like the kind of colors you get.”
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“With sirens … peopleknow you’re coming.The bicycle is more of astealth mode in arriving.”
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With the loss of the Chapel HillMuseum went exhibits that illus-trate the history of the area. But adifferent kind of display will soonfill the space.In hopes to revitalize themuseum’s previous building at523 E. Franklin Street, the UNCDepartment of Art is planning anexhibit to feature artists, half of whom are from North Carolina.The town will lease the buildingto the department at no cost.UNC art professor Elin Slavick,the exhibit’s curator, said she hopesto keep history alive despite themuseum’s closing.“It makes it very powerfuland poetic to have an art show torespond to the building it is in,” shesaid. “It makes sense conceptually.”“Local Histories: The Ground We Walk On” will feature art rang-ing from paintings to visual andaudio performances.UNC students will work withSlavick to curate the exhibit and sitin while she and her co-organizer,UNC assistant art professor CarolMagee, review the work of poten-tial artists for the exhibit. Artists should submit their workto Slavick by Dec.1 and have whatthey want displayed ready for theshow’s premier in late January.The show will end in April, butthe art department is guaranteedthe space until July. Slavick saidshe hopes to use the space as muchas possible during the gap throughmeans like a panel discussion onart or a local music celebration.“I really want to organize eventsto bring people in, not just theopening event,” Slavick said.Chapel Hill spokeswomanCatherine Lazorko said though theart department will have the spacefor now, the building’s future is still being determined.“We continue to get a lot of exciting proposals,” she said. “We’reopen to the public getting involvedand providing some stimulatingsuggestions.” And though town leaders areoptimistic about the transition,some are sad to see the building’soriginal purpose — history — go.Stephen Rich, the museum’sformer treasurer, became involved with the Chapel Hill Museum sev-eral years ago when he attendedone of its “friend-raisers.”“I know there are a lot of peoplein town that feel the same way asthe volunteers at the museum did,”Rich said.“We feel like the history is aform of art as well. More visual artis fine, but we filled a niche that isnow gone.”Slavick hopes a contemporary twist on the intention of the ChapelHill’s museum will make the hesi-tant come around.“We are inspired by the localhistory all over the world and howpeople engage and explore the ideafrom art,” she said. “We have a greatopportunity here.”
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by Julie Cooper
PlayMakers Repertory Company has been lacking one thing in its rich35-year history — a production of an August Wilson play.Tonight, the company will pre-miere “Fences,” its first work by thecelebrated American playwright.The play follows a black family as they struggle to overcome faileddreams and racial prejudices in1950s Pittsburgh.Female lead Kathryn Hunter- Williams, a professor in theDepartment of Dramatic Art, saidthat she is thrilled about the play’spremiere on the Paul Green Stage.“It’s beautifully crafted,” saidHunter-Williams, the only resi-dent PlayMakers actor in the pro-duction.“The language of the characters,the family dynamics and the family portrait that is drawn is so rich andfull of life.”“Fences” centers on the charac-ter of Troy, a former Negro LeagueBaseball player who was unable tomove up to the major leagues dueto the racist climate of his time.The play presents him as a bitterman who works for the sanitationdepartment to support his wife andson.The plot follows Troy as he proj-ects his feelings of inadequacy ontohis 17-year-old son who, like hisfather, shows considerable athleticpromise.Seasoned TV and stage actorCharlie Robinson will play Troy — arole that he said is close to his heart.“Every time I play this role I growas a person and also as an actor,”Robinson said. “I learn so muchabout myself through doing it.”The complex family relation-ships and powerful dialogue pres-ent considerable challenges for theactors.But Robinson — best known forhis role as Mac on NBC’s “NightCourt” — welcomes the unpredict-ability of Wilson’s work, and saidthat this spontaneity makes theplay exhilarating for audiences.“One second you’re laughing andone second you’re crying,” he said.“The rhythms in his work areso bluesy and it’s just like listeningto improvisations in jazz or blues, because you never know what’sgoing to happen.”PlayMaker’s Artistic ProductionDirector Joseph Haj said that theintroduction of August Wilson toUNC is long overdue.“I’ve been here since 2006 andthe idea of getting an August Wilsonplay into our season has been part of a conversation every year since I’ve been here,” Haj said.This year, that conversation paidoff. The company decided to bringin the necessary guest artists to pulloff the production, Haj said.“It’s thrilling,” Haj said. “They’rean unbelievably gifted company of actors. I’ve loved watching this play grow.”Previously, PlayMakers did nothost enough black resident actorsto capture the demographic of Wilson’s works, much of whichcelebrate the black experience.
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Fluctuating tuition from UNC-CH’s peer institutions mightsoon have a bigger impact on theUniversity.The UNC-system Board of Governors will review peer institu-tions for schools in the UNC systemin the spring, and administratorssay this reevaluation might givemore leeway in increasing tuition.The board is in the process of reviewing the Four Year TuitionPlan, which was set in place in2006 by UNC-system PresidentErskine Bowles. The plan, whichexpires this year, sets guidelines fortuition increases in the university system. A recommendation made by a tuition task force prompts the board to discuss whether the UNCsystem’s peer public institutionsshould continue to be used as benchmarks in setting tuition.Board members said they don’texpect to stop using peer insti-tutions as examples for settingtuition, but changes to the actuallist of institutions is likely.UNC-system schools currently have to keep their tuition withinthe bottom quartile of their peers.“The tuition plan point of hav-ing schools being in the lowerpercentile of the peer institutionsis consistent with our goal of keep-ing tuition as low as possible,” saidCharles Mercer, a member of theBoard of Governors.“It is a measuring stick to let youknow that you are keeping it low.”Jeff Davies, UNC-system chief of staff, said the system should stay inthe lower quarter.“We believe it is an appropriate benchmark,” Davis said.“We are not only in the lowestquarter but second or lowest intuition.” Alan Mabe, the UNC-systemsenior vice president for academ-ic affairs, said tuition increasesat peer institutions can impacttuition increases at UNC-systemschools.Universities would be able toincrease tuition in relation to peerinstitutions and still stay within the bottom quartile, he said.“If you have different peers withdifferent tuition that would be adifferent measure,” Mabe said.“The peers are increasing sothat average in the lower quartileis going up, so that is a changingtarget that the campuses are com-paring it to.”For example, UNC-CH usesabout 16 peer institutions as bench-marks to judge various things abouta university, including faculty sala-ries, Mabe said.Some of the University’s currentpeer institutions are Duke University,Emory University, University of California at Berkeley and University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. As tuition at those universitiesrises, UNC-CH could have moreheadroom to increase tuition while staying within the bottomquartile.The peer institutions were lastreviewed when the Four YearTuition Plan was put in place,Mabe said.“It seems a good time to do this when a new president is on board,”Mabe said in an e-mail.President-elect Tom Ross is slat-ed to take over for Bowles Jan. 1.Mabe said many factors aretaken into consideration whenchoosing peer institutions as they set goals for individual universitiesand measure success.These factors include compa-rable university sizes, admissionpolicies and degree programs.
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Due to a reporting error,Tuesday’s page five story “Holocaustsurvivor gives face to the past”incorrectly stated the date of IrvingRoth’s liberation from Auschwitz.The liberation happened April 11,1945.The Daily Tar Heel apologizesfor the error.
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North Carolina senior corner- back Kendric Burney was clearedto play in Saturday’s homecominggame against William & Mary.Burney missed the first sevengames of the season while his eli-gibility was being determined by the NCAA. The NCAA ruled onBurney, suspending him from theseason’s first six games for viola-tions of NCAA agent benefits andpreferential treatment rules.Burney was set to make hisdebut against Miami, but UNCheld out the Jacksonville native while it worked with the NCAA to determine Burney’s eligibility status.Burney was tied as the team’sfourth-leading tackler last seasonand caught five interceptions, thesecond most on the team.
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Researchers from the UNCLineberger Comprehensive CancerCenter and the Gillings School of Global Public Health have receiveda five-year, $3.9 million grant tofight disparities in cancer deaths between blacks and whites in 13North Carolina counties, includingChatham, Alamance and Orange.The project will seek to educatecommunities about cancer and theprograms and treatments availableto them.Blacks in North Carolina diefrom prostate cancer 47 percentmore frequently than whites, andfrom colon and breast cancer 15percent and 20 percent more often,respectively.
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Researchers, including two fromthe UNC School of Medicine, havefound that the methods used toassess infertility in at-home testsare possibly not the best methodsto be used. Many tests have shownto cut off prematurely, leading women who are actually fertile to be labelled otherwise by the test.
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With six faculty awardedFulbright Scholarships for 2010-11,UNC is tied for second among topresearch universities behind only the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has eight.The grant allows faculty toconduct research internationally. About 800 researchers from theU.S. will travel to 140 differentcountries next year.UNC tied with the University of Florida, Washington University inSt. Louis and George WashingtonUniversity with six award recipi-ents.
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The man dubbed the “RepeatRobber” of banks by the FBI wasarrested Monday and charged withfive counts of common law rob- bery, according to a Raleigh PoliceDepartment news release.Raleigh and Durham policearrested Lee Bennett Pope III, 37,on an outstanding violation war-rant in a shopping center park-ing lot in Durham before Raleighdetectives assumed custody andtransported him to Raleigh, thenews release states. According to the Raleigh PoliceDepartment, law enforcement offi-cials that currently hold cases pos-sibly related to a pattern of bankrobberies have been notified of Pope’s arrest.
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Superintendent Neil Pedersen was named Administrator of the Year by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Association of Educational OfficeProfessionals.Pedersen was nominated for hiscommitment to educational officeprofessionals during the difficult budget years and his participationin regular information sessionscalled “Ask Dr. Pedersen.”Pedersen received the award in1989 when he served as the dis-trict’s assistant superintendent forsupport services.
-From staff and wire reports