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A potential $2,000 tuition forGovernor’s School could makethe program less merit-based andleave districts deciding whether totake on the extra cost.If the N.C. General Assembly’sproposed budget cuts are enacted,the program will lose all of its statefunding, leaving students or localdistricts with the full cost of atten-dance.The cost of Governor’s Schoolincreased to $500 last year, andstudents already accepted intothe N.C. Governor’s School willlikely not have to pay an increasedtuition this summer, Mary Watson,director of the program, said.In the Chapel Hill-CarrboroCity Schools district, 21 studentswere selected to attend the six-week program this year.The district requires parentsto pay a tuition, unless they areunable, in which case financialassistance is available, said JeanParrish, coordinator for district’sinstructional services division.The district did not have topay any student’s tuition in 2010,Parrish said, though she declinedto comment on how many studentsare seeking aid this year.“We’re facing the same cuts aseveryone else,” she said“We can’t say that we can pay them all, but if the student has afinancial need we can pay that forthem.”She said no students in the dis-trict have been deterred from theschool because they couldn’t pay.The Orange County Schoolsdistrict had five students acceptedinto the program, said PatriciaColeman, administrative associ-ate to the superintendant.The county district paid the fulltuition for all five, she said.Sarah Ringel, the parent of anOrange County Schools studentaccepted to Governor’s School,said she questioned the prioritiesof the state in de-funding the pro-gram.“The whole concept of Governor’s School is one of thefew things that’s just purely basedon merit and not money,” she said.“We’re turning a sad corner. It’snot surprising, but it’s still sad.”Governor’s School is a six-weekresidential summer program forhigh-achieving high school stu-dents that provides academic andfine arts classes at Salem Collegein Winston-Salem and MeredithCollege in Raleigh.Without funding, the programwould have to operate like a privateprogram, accepting full tuition foreach student, Watson said.If that happens —which Watsonsaid is likely — it won’t only be stu-dents who are worse off, she said.“When you don’t educate andprovide for your brightest stu-dents, you’re hurting the economy of the state,” Watson said.
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In the fall of 2009, a graduatestudent was sexually harassed by her adviser — but the problemdidn’t stop there.After UNC’s confusing harass-ment policy prompted her to seekhelp, the dean she spoke to waslegally required to file a report.That complaint forced the stu-dent to break with her adviser,undermining her prior researchand forcing her stay in school forat least an extra year.Now, a year and a half later,her case has led the University toconsider permanent changes in itsharassment policy.Leslie Lerea, associate deanfor student affairs in the graduateschool, said the harassment adviso-ry committee is working to rewritethe University’s harassment policy,hoping to complete it by the end of this semester.At a meeting Tuesday, the com-mittee discussed the policy’s revi-sion, which began in October afterthe woman, whose name has notbeen disclosed by the University,contacted Laura Blue, the outgo-ing president of the Graduate andProfessional Student Federation.Blue said that although thewoman was refunded a year’stuition, her dilemma showed thepolicy required clarification.Blue said three or four otherstudents complained the policy was inaccessible and confusing.“This is especially an issue forgraduate students if their adviseris the problem,” she said. “You’repretty much deciding whether youwant to start over or not when youconsider reporting it.”According to current policy,if a student speaks to any faculty member about being harassed, thefaculty member must file a reportwith the Equal Opportunity/ADA Office.Blue said graduate studentsmight choose not to report theincident to avoid jeopardizingtheir progress but that they shouldhave clear, accessible informationregarding their options.At the beginning of this schoolyear, Blue presented the problemto Ron Strauss, the executive asso-ciate provost.“Laura came to talk with mebecause she wanted to explore theconcept of why people don’t comeforward with reports,” he said.Strauss then took the matterto Ann Penn, chairwoman of theharassment advisory committee.The committee, comprised of faculty members, an undergradu-ate student and a graduate student,has been working to revise the pol-icy ever since, Lerea said.Julie Lauffenburger, the gradu-ate student on the committee, saidthe old policy was too confusing.“We want to make the languagemore accessible, explain the reviewprocess,” she said. “We’re lookingat other universities’ policies to seewhat works.”
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RALEIGH — The day after a leg-islative proposal calling for a $483million cut in state funding for theUNC system was released, studentswere already taking action.Four members of UNC YoungDemocrats traveled to RaleighWednesday to persuade legislatorsagainst the large cuts to education.These four students were partof a group of lobbyists from UNC’schapter of Young Democrats whowill be meeting with legislatorsin the N.C. General Assembly thisweek. A second group will lobby today.“We as young people, as col-lege students and as Democrats,urge the North Carolina GeneralAssembly to not mortgage our edu-cation,” stated a letter the groupdelivered to legislators.Burton Peebles, a member of theYoung Democrats, said the groupis concerned with all of the cutsbeing proposed to education.“The sandwich has already beentrimmed down,” Peebles said.
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“The question is, do we want toeat a sandwich or do we want to goon a diet?”The students met with fiveDemocratic legislators, askingthem to hear the students’ side of the story.“We are meeting with pretty con-servative Democrats who could endup voting with Republicans,” saidLauren Hovis, co-political directorfor the Young Democrats.Members of the group said they focused on lobbying Democratsand didn’t meet with Republicanrepresentatives because they would be less likely to change theirminds.“We are putting our resourc-es where it’ll be most effective,”Peebles said.One of the main worries for thestudents is a tuition increase.“If you raise tuition on students,aren’t you punishing them for work-ing hard?,” said Peter Alfredson, amember of the group.Alfedson, who is a Russian majorat UNC, said he was also worriedabout course offerings.UNC-system administratorsare projecting an elimination of 9,000 course sections and 240,000class seats systemwide in case a15 percent cut is approved by theRepublican leadership.Alfredson and other members of the group talked to N.C. Rep. FrankMcGuirt, D-Anson, who showedthem a “cheat sheet” of statisticsrelating to transportation, highereducation and other items.“He showed us a list of the esti-mate of staff that would be elimi-nated,” Alfredson said. “It was scary to see.”McGuirt asked the group forhelp.“Are any of you armed?” he said.“Because I need weapons againstthese Republicans.”
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by Jenna stout
Laughter filled the auditorium of KenanTheatre Monday — but the seats werestrangely empty.Before the dress rehearsal of LAB!Theatre’s production of “Taming of theShrew began, the cast gathered in a circleand looked to its director, Amelia Sciandra,to hold the offbeat Shakespearean adapta-tion together.Sciandra — also a LAB! producer — hadbeen running around the stage parting hair,mopping, instructing and singing along withthe cast to make sure her debut as a directorbecomes a success.Although Sciandra’s love for LAB! beganeven before she was enrolled at UNC, the play,her last with the company, is a chance for herto be on the other side of the process.“I am obsessed with theater and fellin love with LAB! my senior year of highschool when I came to see two productions,”Sciandra said.As a freshman at UNC, Sciandra wasfinally able to join the ensemble.“LAB! immediately became my home —the first thing I did on campus was a show,”she said.And the last thing she does on stage atUNC will also be a LAB! production.The modern adaptation of “Taming of theShrew” features several layers, Sciandra said.It begins with a musical scene of set builderson strike and eventually builds into a pro-duction of “Kiss Me Kate” in the 1940s.“I drew a diagram of how the differentlayers tied together,” Sciandra said. “Thecompany jokes that at times it feels likethey are ten levels deep in a play version of ‘Inception.’”Stephanie Waaser, who designed the set,said the layers were somewhat of a challengeto create.“The trick with designing for Ameliawas to remember the levels of plays withinplays — working with costuming and sets —involved in her vision of adapting ‘Tamingof the Shrew.’”Luke Wander, who plays Petruchio in theShakespearean comedy, said that Sciandrahas grown from being an actress to beinga director.“I was in a show with Amelia last year andshe had many creative ideas as an actress,”he said.“But it has been great to discover a differ-ent side of her which blossomed directingthis production.”Sciandra selected “Taming of the Shrew”as her final show in order to stretch actorsin a unique way, she said.“I have gained a new perspective of adirector’s vision and the fruition of work-ing with a great cast that loves to laugh,”Sciandra said.
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And as the curtain goes up this week, itwill be a bittersweet end for Sciandra.“I have lived in this building more oftenthan my dorm or apartment,” she said.
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Due to a reporting error,Tuesday’s page 7 story “Durhamhosts Full Frame festival” incor-rectly states the number of filmsthat are to be screened at the festi-val. There are 100 films screened,not 60.In the same story, it is statedthat Full Frame raised nearly $2million last year. That money israised for the local economy andnot for profit.The Daily Tar Heel apologizesfor any confusion.
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UNC students honored threefaculty members, six teachingassistants and one staff member atthe Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony April 12.The recipients were chosen by a student selection committee forteaching excellence and service toundergraduate students, and theawards were presented by outgo-ing Student Body President HoganMedlin.Faculty members Alain J.Aguilar, Theodore Leinbaugh andEunice Sahle won the 2011 StudentUndergraduate Teaching Awardsand will receive $5,000 each. Allteach in the College of Arts andSciences.The graduate student teachingassistant winners, who received$1,000 each, included Neal Viradia,Elizabeth Johnson Darden, JasonRobert Combs, Tyler David Jones,Michael K. Muraya and ForrestSpence.University staff member JohnDavid Mendoza Brodeur was hon-ored for service to students witha 2011 Student UndergraduateStaff Award, and also received$1,000.At the ceremony, students werealso honored for excellence in aca-demics, leadership and service.
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Greece has joined a UNC ini-tiative that aims to help countriesmake better medication choicesbased on their people’s character-istics and needs.The country came as the latestaddition to the Pharmacogenomicsfor Every Nation Initiative, whichis active in more than 100 coun-tries.The Golden Helix Institute of Biomedical Research in Athenswill work with the UNC Institutefor Pharmacogenomics andIndividualized Therapy throughthe program.The project also has partnersin Brazil, China, Ghana, Mexico,Jordan, South Africa and India.The initiative works to inte-grate genetic risk data for an indi-vidual country and WHO essen-tial medicine recommendationsinto public health decisions.It aims to do so without over-burdening health care funds andtechnology infrastructures.
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The Orange County HistoricPreservation Commission andthe Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County are hosting a photography con-test for the month of May, whichis National Historic PreservationMonth.The theme is historic architec-tural details, and submissions willbe judged on how well they remindviewers of the past and help bridgethe past to the present and to thefuture.Submissions should highlightold buildings and architectural fea-tures in the towns and rural areasof Orange County.
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A Yale University chemistry labwas closed Wednesday after a stu-dent was found dead.Richard Levin, president of the university, sent an email tostudents explaining that MicheleDufault died after her hair wascaught in a piece of chemistry labequipment.The New Haven fire departmentreceived the call sometime aftermidnight.
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