thursday, february 10, 2011
The Daily Tar Heel
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Randi Davenport, executive direc-tor of the James M. Johnston Centerfor Undergraduate Excellence atUNC, has received the 2011 GreatLakes Colleges Association New Writers Award.Davenport’s book, “The Boy WhoLoved Tornadoes: A Mother’s Story,”is a narrative about her challenges asthe mother of an autistic son. It wonin the creative nonfiction category.The award goes to new authors’first published volumes of poetry,fiction or creative nonfiction.Davenport, who is also anadjunct faculty member in thedepartment of English and com-parative literature, will go on tourto GLCA member colleges as partof the award. She will speak to stu-dents and faculty about her book.The book has been praised by TheLos Angeles Times and Publisher’s Weekly reviewers, among others.
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UNC graduate Callie Smith, afirst-grade teacher at Bogue SoundElementary School in Newport,has been chosen as the SoutheastRegion’s Teacher of the Year.Smith, one of nine teachersaround the state to gain a regionaldistinction, is a North CarolinaTeaching Fellow.She was named the 2010-11Carteret County Public SchoolSystem Teacher of the Year in May,after which she became a regionalfinalist.She was visited at her school by N.C. Department of PublicInstruction judges, who observedher in her classroom.Smith majored in elementary education and biology at UNC.She has also taught in Raleigh andDurham.
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UNC students and ChancellorHolden Thorp participated in adigital town hall talk titled “Finding Work, Finding Our Way: Buildingthe Economy & Jobs of the Future”on Wednesday.The forum, which was spon-sored by Microsoft and hosted by The Atlantic Magazine, was held in Washington, D.C.It featured industry expertssuch as Treasury Secretary TimGeithner, Federal CommunicationsCommission Chairman JuliusGenachowski and Virginia Gov.Bob McDonnell, who answeredquestions asked by students fromUNC and Miami University of Ohio, who participated in theforum by webcast.Shruti Shah, a senior who wasone of six students to participatefrom UNC, said that the event was both interesting and pertinent tocollege students, especially thoseentering the job market amidst achallenging economy.“I’m a senior,” she said. “I have a job, but a lot of my friends do not.”Shah said that the panelists—including Thorp — talked aboutthe importance of innovation inimproving the economy, an issueshe said should be addressed.“It was an honor to be a part of it,” she said.Shah said UNC students submit-ted videos showcasing entrepre-neurship at the University, which were posted on The Atlantic web-site prior to the event.
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The NCAA has upheld its deci-sion of permanent ineligibility for junior defensive end MichaelMcAdoo.“We appealed this decision because we believed it was unfairand we continue to believe that,”UNC athletic director DickBaddour said in a press release.The University is still working with the NCAA to resolve the pend-ing case involving current footballstudent-athlete Devon Ramsay.
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Urban Ministries of Durhamand the McKinney advertisingagency have teamed up to launchthe online game SPENT, whichuses social media to educate peopleabout poverty, homelessness andthe non-profit organization.To play, log onto http://play-spent.org. Gamers will be chal-lenged to make it through themonth on their last $1,000, afterlosing their job and home whilelearning about how changes inemployment, housing, medicalcosts and other expenses can cre-ate unexpected shortfalls.The game also allows users todonate money and find ways to getinvolved with Urban Ministries.
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AssistAnt University editor
Jonathan Ray Plymale, a defen-dant in a 2009 cocaine bust thatcontributed to a University reviewof the Greek system, was sentencedto nearly two years in jail Tuesday.Plymale, 24, was sentenced to 20months in jail plus five years of pro- bation, after pleading guilty to sev-eral charges, including felony con-spiracy to traffic cocaine, traffickingcocaine and maintaining a dwellingfor keeping a controlled substance.That sentence was relatively lenient because he immediately cooperated with the investiga-tion, said Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall.“The standard punishment is35 to 42 months,” he said. “The judge deviated from that becausethe judge found that Mr. Plymaleassisted the police.” According to court documents,Plymale made a full confession topolice and provided informationregarding the addresses and otherdetails for four local drug dealersin Burlington and Chapel Hill.Efforts to act on that information were inhibited by the community’sawareness of Plymale’s arrest, courtdocuments state.Plymale was arrested Sept. 15,2009, after a police informant bought cocaine from him at theChancellor Square apartment of Eliza Vaughan. She was sentenced to36 months of probation in October. Woodall said Vaughan received alighter sentence primarily becauseshe was tried by a different judge,although they faced roughly thesame charges.Police found 76.8 grams of cocaine at Vaughan’s apartmentat 211 Church St. They later foundabout 121 grams of the drug inPlymale’s apartment in a buildingassociated with the UNC chapterof Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.The busts led to the arrests of five others.Combined with the death of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity President Courtland Smith earlierin the year, administrators gavethe Greek system more scrutiny and are considering new rules forfraternities and sororities.But despite the attention thearrests garnered, officials say theamount seized — while certainly large — was not out of the ordinary.“The only thing that made thisunique to people was that they werestudents or former students andselling to other students,” Woodallsaid. “We’ve had other cases thanthis that were much bigger.”Chapel Hill Police spokesmanKevin Gunter said the amount of drugs seized was “unprecedented”for an investigation involving most-ly college students. But Gunter saidhe didn’t think the busts spoke forthe University or Greek system asa whole.
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The day before the UNC-systemBoard of Governors’ monthly meeting and expected discussionon budget cuts, Gov. Bev Perdueannounced good news for the state— especially for the UNC system.Perdue said in a YouTube video Wednesday that the state’sexpected budget shortfall could be$1 billion less than the predicted$3.7 billion, which means cuts tostate institutions — including theUniversity system — might not beas severe as expected.But the board will continue itsdiscussion regarding the budgettoday among other issues rangingfrom tuition to campus safety.Here are some of the big itemson the agenda:
The board will continue toplan for the upcoming cuts in statefunding.The system has been prepar-ing for up to 15 percent cuts.Furloughs, layoffs and early retire-ment incentives for tenured faculty are all on the table.Thousands of course sectionssystem-wide and entire degreeprograms and departments couldalso be slashed.The UNC system has lost $575million in state funding in the lastthree years. The majority of thosecuts were on the administrativeside, so this year universities are being forced to take on the aca-demic side.
The board is also workingtoward changing the way it fundsenrollment growth for universities.Former President Erskine Bowlesrecommended linking enrollmentfunding to graduation and reten-tion rates.Through this recommendation,the system plans to ask the N.C.General Assembly for $45.8 mil-lion for 2011-12.UNC-Pembroke will not beallowed to increase the size of its freshman class, and UNC-Greensboro and Western CarolinaUniversity will face restrictedgrowth.
Tuition proposals for all 16campuses will be voted on to sendto the N.C. General Assembly forfinal approval.The proposed increase forundergraduate residents at UNC-CH is $313.
The system will also begin toprepare for a decrease in federalPell Grants for the 2011-12 fiscal year because it would put a greater burden on the state’s resources forneed-based aid.
The board is also recommend-ing that the budget for UNC-CH be reduced by $158,225 for thecurrent fiscal year because theUniversity exceeded the number of out-of-state freshman it is allowedto enroll.The system requires universities
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Student Body President HoganMedlin and Board of ElectionsChairman Andrew Phillipsresponded today to claims thatthey violated the Student Code inallowing for a Union renovationfee to go on the ballot.The response comes after theStudent Supreme Court enjoinedto delay the release of electionresults.Their answer claims that those who brought the suit lacked stand-ing to challenge their decision.Medlin and Phillips requestedthat the court deny the plaintiffs’demands for a court decision andlift the injunction.Jessica Womack, chief justice of the court, said the court is waitinguntil the briefs submission dead-line passes at 5 p.m. today beforediscussing the suit.Medlin and Phillips denied all but two of the seven allegationsagainst them. They said they were without knowledge of one andadmitted to another in part.There is no specific time limit set
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Students from the UNC Schoolof Law will meet at noon today to discuss how to balance stu-dent safety and public access toUniversity facilities in response totwo instances of trespassing last week.School officials contacted theDepartment of Public Safety twicelast week after students com-plained about trespassers on theschool’s grounds.Police issued one trespasser a warning and arrested the otherafter a background check showedmultiple warrants for his arrest.The incident has sparked a larg-er conversation about how muchaccess the public should have tocampus institutions. As a public institution, theUniversity cannot prevent mem- bers of the community from usingthe library and other facilities, butstudents want to talk about waysthey can improve safety.“What we have to do now isstrike the balance between appro-priate access and what needs to bedone to continue to ensure a safeand supportive environment forstudents,” said Katie Bowler, assis-tant dean for communications atthe law school.Community members, includingpeople who live at the local Inter-Faith Council for Social ServicesCommunity House, frequently usethe computer and media facili-ties at the law library, said Shelly Mason, an IFC resident.Mason said he comes to thelibrary to read the papers andrelax.“I like to keep up with the localand national news,” Mason said.“Eventually I think I’ll branch outand read about law because I liketo read about the old cases.”Third-year law student Shelly Anand said she worries thedebate over public access couldlead to profiling of community members.“I don’t think these individualshave any idea that all of these dis-cussions are going on,” she said. Anand said it is possible for stu-dents to feel secure at the school
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for the duration of the injunction onelection results.“There is a vote,” Union DirectorDon Luse said. “We just don’t know what the vote is.”Congress members AdamHorowitz and Leah Josephsonand co-plaintiffs Chelsea Cook andChristopher Lane claimed that theUCommons campaign lacked eli-gibility and offered incentives forsignatures.Medlin and Phillips deniedthese claims, saying that the refer-endum does not apply to all aspectsof election law, some of which they deemed vague.“While the plaintiffs have iden-tified the relevant portion of theStudent Code, the plaintiffs failed todemonstrate how they were directly and adversely affected by the elec-tion act,” Medlin and Phillips wrote.“Simply citing the Student Code isnot adequate in establishing stan-dards.”That’s similar to the actionPhillips took with regard to theinjunction to delay release of the student body president elec-tion results. Phillips said plaintiff Deanna Santoro, the former speak-er of Student Congress, lackedstanding because she was notdirectly and adversely affected by Ian Lee running for student body president.In the UCommons case, Medlinand Phillips were accused of notresponding to complaints of elec-tion law violations during the cam-paign. If passed, the referendum would have raised student fees by $16 each year for 30 years, begin-ning in the 2011-12 academic year,to pay for renovations.Medlin and Phillips said thecomplaints against the UCommonsreferendum were not in violationof the code.Phillips said that in the case of election controversies, injunctionsare common.“That’s what the plaintiffs askedfor and that’s what they got,”Phillips said.Horowitz said he had no doubtthat the case would move forward.“I am confident that the injunc-tion will not be dismissed and that it will go to hearing,” Horowitz said.Tyler Mills, president of theCarolina Union Activities Board,said he does not mind waiting forthe decision since construction of UCommons will not immediately be taking place.“We definitely would like to hearfor some peace of mind,” he said.
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RALEIGH — As drastic budget cutsloom, student government leaders fromacross the state beset the N.C. General Assembly Wednesday to plead for minimalcuts to the UNC -system schools. At its annual Students Day at theCapitol, the UNC Association of StudentGovernments, a collection of delegatesfrom all 17 UNC-system schools, discussedthe system’s funding with lawmakers as they begin to search for areas to cut. A total of 49 students lobbied for ASG’sthree legislative priorities: maintainingfunding for financial aid, keeping tuitionrevenues on campus and requesting fund-ing for enrollment growth.The association is funded by an annual $1fee from every student in the system. Fundshelp pay for delegates’ hotel and travel costs.Students met with every member of theN.C. Senate’s education committee andappropriations sub-committee, includingthe Democratic leader Sen. Martin Nesbitt,D-Buncombe.They also met with many of the corre-sponding committee members in the N.C.House.“Everyone’s been very receptive and somehave been very realistic in saying there’sno money for increased education fund-ing,” said Jared Hopkins, vice president of student government at Western CarolinaUniversity.“We just tried to emphasize the impor-tance of higher education and that there’s adirect relationship between education fund-ing and unemployment in North Carolina.”The students’ lobbying efforts come inthe wake of UNC-system President Thomas
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“You can’t make assumptionsabut a whole campus or a wholecommunity based on one case,” hesaid. “I would caution people againstmaking those assumptions.”Tucker Piner, the formerInterfraternity Council president,said that although he doesn’t believe drug use is or was a largeproblem in the Greek system, thearrests served as a wake-up call.“We really took a hard look at thepeople in our chapters, who you wantrepresenting you,” he said. “I’m of the belief that we should take every eventand try to turn it into a positive.”
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