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Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, theleader behind an effort to buildan interfaith center — the so-called “9/11 Mosque” — has beenannounced as the speaker for the2011 Weil Lecture on AmericanCitizenship.The talk is scheduled for March16 and will take place at 7:30 p.m.in Hill Hall. It is free to the pub-lic. Tickets will become availableat Memorial Hall for UNC faculty and students beginning Feb. 28. Abdul Rauf is the creator of theCordoba Movement, which seeksto create understanding betweendifferent faiths and cultures.
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UNC Secretary of Faculty Joseph Ferrell was honored Jan.14, with the General Alumni Association’s 2011 Faculty Service Award.The award honors faculty mem- bers for outstanding service to theUniversity or association.Ferrell, who is also a professorof public law and government atUNC, has been the secretary of faculty since 1996.He joined the faculty in 1964,and he has been on the committeeon University government since1974.The Elizabeth City nativereceived a bachelor’s and a lawdegree from UNC before earning alaw degree from Yale University.
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The Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation launched an onlineauction that will allow the highest bidder to see their name in ClydeEdgerton’s upcoming novel, “TheNight Train.”The foundation launched theauction Friday and will take bidsthrough Jan. 30, 2011.The auction is the first of a seriesof auctions the foundation will holdin 2011 and 2012. The auctions arefor Chapel Hill experiences, andproceeds will benefit the ChapelHill Public Library and supportthe foundation’s work.Edgerton, whose novel is a com-ing-of-age story that will be pub-lished July 2011, stipulates that hemust meet with the winner of theauction Visit www.chplfoundation.org/auction for more information onthe series or to place a bid.
UNC tea aes fnas fxTAX accuntng cntest
One UNC team will advanceto the finals of the national xTAXfinals competition, which willtake place in Washington, D.C. onJanuary 27-28.The finals are part of PcW US’ninth annual xTREME tax casecompetition. Undergraduatescompete in the games by develop-ing and presenting solutions to real world tax and accounting issues.UNC’s five team members willeach receive $10,000, and theirfaculty advisor will receive $5,000for making finals.Events for the game were heldon 84 campuses nationwide, and4,500 people participated. Tencollege teams made the finals —five for the xTAX competition andfive for the xACT accounting com-petition.UNC will compete against teamsfrom Brigham Young University,Bryant University, the University of California Berkeley, and theUniversity of Houston.
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After originally planning toannounce bids for the WeaverStreet Reconstruction ProjectThursday at 2 p.m., the CarrboroPublic Works Department hasdelayed the announcement untilTuesday at 2 p.m.Public Works Director GeorgeSeiz said the department deferredthe announcement due to last min-ute changes to the plans.“This delay will give developerstime to adjust their bids appropri-ately,” he said.
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The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education heardthe results of a district wide survey on the characteristics of its idealsuperintendent as part of its regu-lar meeting Thursday night.The board praised the district forits high response rate to the survey, which indicated that stakeholders want a leader capable of makinghard decisions in a fiscal year likely to be full of difficult financial deci-sions and program cuts.
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-From staff and wire reports
ASG participation challenged
Online signingmay not be legal
“If UNC withdraws, it will lookirresponsible on our part. But it will look great if the students shut it down.”
asg senior vice president
By JEN SErdETCHNAiA
assistant state & national editor
Another petition is floatingaround campus.Members of UNC CollegeRepublicans are collecting signa-tures to get a referendum regard-ing the University’s participationin the UNC Association of StudentGovernments on the general elec-tion ballot on Feb. 8.The association consists of stu-dent delegates from all 17 of theUniversity system’s institutionsand is funded by $1 in student feesevery year.The University’s participationin the association has faced criti-cism in recent years and now theCollege Republicans are workingtoward gaining more than 2,900signatures by Feb. 2 to get the ref-erendum on the ballot.“We never had a vote about whether we should join this,”said UNC College RepublicansChairman, Anthony Dent. “If you’refor ASG or against ASG, we shouldhave a vote.”The College Republicans havecollected 500 signatures since they started petitioning Wednesday.“We just want democracy on thisissue,” Dent said.But it is ultimately up to theUNC-system Board of Governorsto approve a student fee, saidthe association’s President AtulBhula.“A student referendum is not binding per se,” he said.“Representatives of ASG gener-ally pay their own travel and hotel,”Bhula said.But without the fee to help alle- viate expenses of the representa-tives, ASG might become a very elitist group just for students whocan afford being a part of it, hesaid.Bhula said it’s fair to ask studentsto put $1 toward ASG when they are already putting so much money toward other campus groups.He said ASG saves studentsmillions.“We make sure our representa-tives understand how students arehurting,” Bhula said. “The returnon investment with ASG is muchgreater than anything else.”Dakota Williams, UNC stu-dent and ASG senior vice presi-dent, said he is not opposed to the vote, but like Bhula, he is unsure whether a student vote actually has the authority to remove astudent fee.“I don’t know if we as a student body have the power to do this,” Williams said.“The fee itself was implement-ed by the Board of Governors ina democratic process, but not adirect one,” he said.He also said no one from theUNC College Republicans spokeon the issue with either him orBhula.“I will be impressed if they get3,000 votes,” he said.“If UNC withdraws, it will lookirresponsible on our part,” Williamssaid. “But it will look great if thestudents shut it down.”The six student body presidentcandidates had varying reactions tothe petition and plans as to how toaddress ASG if they are elected.
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By dEBorAH STrANGE
Campaigning for student body president might never be the same.Ian Lee, student body secretary and candidate for student body president, launched Thursday anonline method for collecting sig-natures for his campaignBut the method has not beendeclared legal by the Board of Elections, and it has drawn com-plaints from other candidates.Lee launched the web site atabout 3 p.m. Thursday. It requiresusers to give their Onyen andpassword in order to provide anelectronic signature. Candidatesfor student body president arerequired to collect 1,250 signaturesto be placed on the ballot.Lee said he thinks it is only logi-cal for the signature gathering pro-cess to move to the Internet.“We think it’s something that’sso much easier for students to showtheir support,” he said.Rick Ingram, another candidatedisagrees, saying he thinks Lee’suse of technology is a method of evading election law.“I think it’s an attempt to under-mine the process of becoming astudent body president candidate,”he said.But Lee said he is confident the board will decide to declare the sig-natures collected online valid.“The Code doesn’t say anythingabout prohibiting them,” he said. Andrew Phillips, chairman of theBoard of Elections, said he wantsto give candidates as much creativelicense as legally possible whilemaintaining a level playing field.“The board values the rights of candidates to use their creative pow-ers to campaign in whatever waysare legally sanctioned by the StudentCode,” Phillips said. “Issues of fairplay and fair treatment of candidatesare the board’s top concerns.”He added the board will holda hearing on the legality of onlinesignature gathering “sooner ratherthan later.”Brooklyn Stephens, a candidate,said students might respond nega-tively to an online signature form.“It would be easy to blow off asurvey online,” she said. “It wouldn’tappeal to me if I didn’t know himpersonally.”Mary Cooper, another candidate,said she will leave any decisions tothe board.“I trust the board to understandthe rules completely,” she said.Joey Guy and Dylan Gilroy arealso candidates. While initially worried about thesecurity of Lee’s site, Phillips saidhe is reassured by the fact thatusers need an Onyen. The web siteuses the same technology used forstudent voting, Lee said.Ingram complained to the board in the fall Lee was illegally campaigning. Ingram argued theStudent Code prohibits the student body secretary from campaigningfor student body president.The board eventually droppedthe investigation.
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In-state vs. out-of-state residency at UNC
In fall 2010, in-state undergraduates at UNC had the highest number ofresidencies out of all groups. When looking at all groups, in-state students hadapproximately three times the number of residencies as out-of-state students.
SOURCE: UNC OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND ASSESSMENTDTH/RYAN KURTZMAN
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“The new laws werenot in the statemanual, but theyhad already beenincorporated.”
By CHriSTiNA AUSTiN
Students officially have less timeto appeal for in-state residency —and may find residency harder toprove — thanks to an updated stateresidency manual.Previously, students billed asout-of-state were given the entiresemester to appeal for in-state sta-tus. Within the past few years, how-ever, they have had only 10 daysfrom when the semester started.The shortened period was inpractice but was not in the stateresidency manual until August, when it became state law.“The new laws were not in thestate manual, but they had already been incorporated,” said RobertaKelly, associate university regis-trar.The change was made so thatthe state budget can be organizedand allocated earlier in the year because tuition dues are a majorcontributor to the budget.Chris Derickson, University reg-istrar, said that the earlier deadline will definitely impact students by cutting their appeal time.“This change does impact stu-dents a lot,” he said. All students must state their res-idency status when initially apply-ing to the University or to a pro-gram within the school. Eighty-onepercent of enrolled undergraduatesin fall 2010 were residents.Students accepted as residentspay an in-state tuition, while thosenot accepted pay a higher out-of-state tuition. Although the change may causemore students to pay out-of-statetuition, Derickson said it is meantto make the system more efficient,not to generate revenue.Officials also said students willhave the same academic experience whether or not they are residents. Ashley Memory, senior assistantdirector of undergraduate admis-sions, said that while in-state stu-dents receive preference in admis-sions, accepted students are treatedthe same regardless of residency.She added that residency deter-mination is a very individual pro-cess and that two individuals withsimilar situations may be judgeddifferently.North Carolina does not havea set checklist of criteria to auto-matically make a student eligiblefor in-state residency and tuition,Kelly said.Proving permanent residency fora year or sharing a home address with parents or guardians in thestate does help a student’s case,she added.Though the process isn’t stan-dardized, Derickson hopes to makeit simpler.“I want to bring a sense of clar-ity and consistency to the process,”he said.He plans to do this with fre-quent training sessions, which he began just a few months ago, and by meeting regularly with those who determine residency. He also wants to communicate effectively with the campus community.Derickson wants local rules forresidency drafted to extend beyondthe state’s rules and help make theprocess consistent.
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Celina Chapin knows Rome wasn’t builtin a day.But as director of “The Trojan Women,” atragic Euripides play that expresses femalesuffering during war, she proves it only takesabout two weeks to recreate ancient Greeceon stage.Production began during exams inDecember but winter break, conflictingclass schedules and illnesses led to severallast-minute changes in “The Trojan Women”performance.“I went into this project wanting to con-trol everything, but at this point I just real-ize that you can’t,” Chapin, a junior, said. “Istarted to accept the challenges because alittle bit of resistance forces you to be morecreative.”Chapin said she wanted to put togethera performance before she leaves UNC inFebruary to study in Prague. She chose “TheTrojan Women” for its strong female roles.Seema Shukla, 23, who plays Hecuba,said she found emotional parallels betweenthe women of ancient Greece and modern victims of war.“I’ve been relating to the play much morethan I thought I would,” Shukla said. “Yousee the desperation and helplessness thatone can feel in these matters.”Though traditionally performed with achorus to provide continuity, “The Trojan Women” lost those actors to cases of the fluand changing class schedules.Juniors Ellis Driver and Johnny Reisteamed up to create shadow puppets toreplace the chorus.“The process has been stressful but stilldefinitely fun,” Driver said. “We’ve put in 10hours to making them, and it’s all been inthe past few days.”Lucius Robinson, who graduated inDecember, had to step in to play the role of Menelaus on the last day of preparation.“It’s my first day,” he said at the Wednesday rehearsal, two days before the play’s pre-
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miere.Chapin said Robinson was able to pick upthe script and memorize lines quickly.“I went from feeling like I couldn’t do thisplay anymore to having it almost completedin a day,” she said.The play sticks closely to the original version and premieres in Bingham Hall’sBlackbox, where the black walls and smallstage create minimal scenery. Chapin saidshe hopes the audience focuses on the actors’channeling of women enslaved during war.Though stressful, the group has enjoyedovercoming its difficult timeline.“I’m definitely showing up at the dressrehearsal with a bag of Emergen-C and mak-ing everyone drink it,” Chapin said.
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