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The Daily Tar Heel September 26, 2011

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By Jonathan Jones
Senior Writer
 ATLANTA — North Carolina knew enteringSaturday’s game against Georgia Tech that itcouldn’t completely stop the Yellow Jackets.The home team had the nation’s No. 1offense and was coming off a 768-yard perfor-mance against Kansas the previous week. So when the Tar Heels forced Georgia Tech to kickfield goals in its first two possessions, they were just executing the game plan.“I’ve said all week long, this is not about yards,”said UNC interim head coach Everett Withers, whose team gave up 496 yards of total offense.“This game is about making them kick three. We just didn’t make them kick three enough.”Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense wouldprove too much for the Tar Heels for a thirdstraight year as UNC fell 35-28 despite astrong fourth-quarter rally by the visitors.UNC (3-1, 1-1 ACC) piggybacked off fresh-man Giovani Bernard for 52 yards in thegame’s first drive, culminating in a touchdown just 3:34 into a match heavily favored to be ashootout. Bernard, who rushed for a career-high 155 yards, was the only UNC running back to get more than one touch.“That’s what we pride ourselves on is a faststart,” Bernard said. “And we did a good job onthe first drive and we came to a halt really.The 63-yard opening drive was the bulk of UNC’s total offense for the first half and it gainedonly 40 more yards by halftime. The YellowJackets, on the other hand, racked up 272 yards.Quarterback Tevin Washington tossed for139 yards and one touchdown in the first half, which UNC defensive end Quinton Coples saidcaught the defense off-guard.But despite the 17-7 score at halftime, Withers was still upbeat about his team’s chances.“I came in the locker room and said, ‘Guys,I love where we are right now. I think we got achance to go out here and find out who we are,’” Withers said. “And we were able to get back inthe game and give ourselves a chance to win.”UNC found itself down 28-14 with less thantwo minutes left in the third quarter, but quar-terback Bryn Renner led UNC downfield in 1:25to get back within one score. UNC knotted thegame at 28-all with a Bernard touchdown run with seven minutes left, but Ga. Tech responded
Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
Monday, September 26, 2011Volume 119, Issue 78
Bloomberg to give graduation speech
By Andy Thomason
University Editor
Michael Bloomberg can makeit anywhere, including at UNC.The mayor of New York City  will give the commencementspeech for the class of 2012 inMay, Chancellor Holden Thorpsaid Friday.Bloomberg, founder of finan-cial services company BloombergLP and the 12th-richest personin the country, gained successas an innovator before enteringpolitics, a past Thorp said will beappropriate for a crowd of gradu-ating seniors.“Mayor Bloomberg’s moder-ate approach to politics and thesuccess he’s had with that in hisposition is also a very timely topic,” he said.“He’s one of the most interest-ing Americans.”The pick, which Thorp madefrom a list of 11 names, camemuch earlier than usual as part of an effort to ensure the University could attract high-profile indi- viduals.“In previous years, waiting toget started has really taken a tollon the type of individual they  were able to get,” said SeniorClass President Dean Drescher, amember of the commencementspeaker selection committee thatsubmitted the final list to Thorp.That list was made up primar-ily of public figures and philan-thropists, reflecting a desire toalternate speakers’ backgroundsfrom year to year, said Dr. RonStrauss, executive associate pro- vost and chief international offi-cer, who led the group.“There was a little bit of discus-sion this year that we wouldn’tgo and have a more academicscientist since last year we hada Harvard University professor,”said Strauss, referring to biologistE.O. Wilson, the 2011 speaker.Every year, the University’scommencement speaker appearsfor free. Bloomberg will be pre-sented with an honorary doc-tor of laws degree, which wasapproved by the Faculty Councilon Sept. 16, Thorp said.The University offered the bid toBloomberg through Peter Grauer,chairman of Bloomberg LP anda UNC alumnus, Thorp said. Thecompany’s news division partners with the School of Journalism andMass Communication on a hand-ful of initiatives.The commencement speakerselection committee, which wasmade up of students and faculty,met for the first time in February,and submitted its short list of names to Thorp on March 25,Strauss said. In the past, thecommittee wouldn’t conduct itsfirst meeting until the beginningof September, he said.Strauss wouldn’t release theother names on the short list,saying the University will likely extend offers to some of them forfuture commencement speeches.
Contact the University Editor at university@dailytarheel.com.
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UNC wide receiver T. J. Thorpe gets tackled by Georgia Tech safety Isaiah Johnson. Thorpe had one reception for 18 yards in UNC’s loss against the Yellow Jackets.
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Dental fees could rise $1,240
Inexperience shows against Ga. Tech
fooTBall: NorTH CaroliNa 28, GeorGia TeCH 35
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By Kelly Parsons
Sports Editor
 ATLANTA — With just more thana minute and a half left on the clockin Saturday’s game against GeorgiaTech, North Carolina needed a quicktouchdown to tie the score and holdon to the hope of winning its firstroad game of the season.But instead of moving down thefield as the seconds ticked away, red-shirt sophomore quarterback BrynRenner was forced to spend valuabletime peeling himself off the turf of Bobby Dodd Stadium.Ga. Tech sacked Renner seventimes in its 35-28 win against UNC— including twice during the TarHeels’ final drive.The sacks and an illegal shiftpenalty ate up UNC’s precious timeon the final drive, and the Tar Heels walked off the field without a win forthe first time this season.But even though the inexperienceof his first-year starting quarterbackshined against the Yellow Jackets,interim head coach Everett Witherssaid he hoped Renner would takesomething from the game’s mishaps.“The one thing you don’t wantto do, and Bryn will learn from this, you can’t take sacks when you haveno time outs,” Withers said. “Sacks inthose two-minute drives equal vic-tory for the defense.” After getting sacked for the firsttime in UNC’s win against Virginia,Renner said he would focus on gettingrid of the ball instead of looking foropportunities that weren’t there.But against Ga. Tech, sacks and twointerceptions showcased his uneasi-ness under pressure.“It starts with me,” Renner said.“We really just need to make moreplays to win, and it’s my fault. I needto get the ball out of my hands.”Prior to UNC’s game against UVa.,the Tar Heels were one of just fiveteams in the nation to allow no sacksin two games played.Offensive lineman James Hurstsaid his unit was responsible for many of Renner’s plummets during the
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Number of TA positionsslashed due to budget cuts
By Nicole Comparato
Staff Writer
Dentistry students are likely toeither find their curriculum alteredfor the worse or be charged $1,240more in student fees, depending on theoutcome of fee increase requests intro-duced Friday.In the student fee advisory sub-committee meeting, officials fromthe School of Dentistry presented feeincrease requests, the size of which sur-prised many members of the group.The school requested an increasein the instrument management fee fordental students from $1,500 to $2,500and an increase in the instrument man-agement fee for dental hygiene from$760 to $1,000, Ken May, vice dean of the school of dentistry, saidIf approved, the increases would beimplemented in the 2012-13 academic year.The school has been unable torequest these fee increases for 20 yearsdue to a moratorium set by the Boardof Governors that denies all University special fee increases, said May.Special fees are those that are appli-cable to students engaged in only par-ticular activities or courses of study. Itmainly applies to professional schools.May said the school needs the feeincreases to provide the same caliber of academic programming. And this might not be the last specialfee increase request the subcommitteesees.Dwayne Pinkney, associate provostfor finance and academic planning,said the subcommittee will likely seemore special fee increase requests fromacross the University, despite the stand-ing moratorium.“I think our stance on special fees
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By Madeline Will
Staff Writer
Ryan Burk was a teaching assis-tant for eight semesters before theUniversity’s economics departmentannounced his position would be cut. All sixth-year graduate teachingassistants in the economics department,including Burk, were forced to find fund-ing for their tuition elsewhere. While Burk received a fellowshipthrough the University to help cover histuition, other TAs haven’t been as lucky.“Everyone has been scrambling to do whatever they can,” Burk said. “Peopleare taking out loans and doing extratutoring — doing whatever they can tomake it through the year.” As budget cuts for the UNC systemcontinue, graduate students are begin-ning to feel the crunch. The teachingassistantship program, which allowsgraduate students to pay off their tuitionand receive an annual stipend, has beensqueezed due to the cuts, administratorsacross the system said.Tammy McHale, UNC-CH senior
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U.S. Sen. Sam Ervin criticizedRichard Nixon’s handling o the Watergate scandal in aspeech to 6,000 people inCarmichael Auditorium.
Students, proessors andcommunity memberscontributed short stories,poems and essays thattell the authors’ personalaccounts o their lives inChapel Hill.
Worthwhile InvestmentsSave Energy, Chapel Hill’sprogram to improveenergy eiciency, is up ormodiication at today’s TownCouncil meeting.
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OK, we hate those ridiculous Aflaccommercials too, but this is just downrightmean. Also hilarious. Authorities were called in Santa Cruz, Calif.,Saturday afternoon for reports of an intoxicated woman abusing a duck. The woman was taken to jail on charges of public intoxication whiledeputies tried to catch the duck.
“I just want to be rich when my hus- band dies. #whitegirlproblems”— @whitegrlproblem (Babe Walker),Internet personality and soulmate of eery single sorority girl we know. Who are we kidding, this is all we want too.This and a Cook-Out on Franklin Street and we would definitely be #winning.
he name’s Dose, Daily Dose. We have a license to be rude, crude anddrink our martinis shaken out of a Solo cup. We also have a duty to tell you about the dangers of being “passionate” with underage girls.Guess which one we’re doing here today?James Bond, 49, of Somerset, U.K., was a schoolteacher at Dulverton Schooluntil he was found in a “passionate embrace” with an underage female pupil by  the school caretaker. Bond then admitted to kissing the girl, and also admitted to sending her sexually explicit videos. A judge sentenced Bond to three years of community service, and also man-dated that he be placed on a sex-offender registry and prohibited from working with “young or vulnerable people.”
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Someone smeared anunknown brown substance on theshirt of a man at 2:30 a.m. Friday at 137 E. Franklin St., according topolice reports.The long-sleeed button-downshirt was alued at $50. Someone willfully damaged a patrol car between 8 p.m.Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday at828 Martin Luther King Jr. Bld.,according to police reports.The damage was done to thefront quarter panel of the patrolcar and alued at $250. A 2010 black Cherolet Impala wasinoled in the incident, according to police reports.Someone hit a woman with a door during an argument at 9:28a.m. Saturday at 817 Edwards St.,according to police reports.Someone stole two bags of chips from a church at 12:03 p.m.Saturday at 304 E. Franklin St.,according to police reports.The chips were alued at $2each, reports state.Someone broke into a homeand damaged the property at 6:34p.m. Friday at 211 Mellille Loop,according to police reports.The suspect broke in through a  window and stained the wall with blood, according to reports.The damage was alued at $100 to the window and $100 to the wall, reports state.
Someone stole a gold braceletand a set of partial dentures froma home between 4:00 p.m. Sept.14 and 11:00 a.m. Sept. 15 at 210Pinegate Circle, according topolice reports.The gold bracelet was aluedat $1,100 and the dentures at$1,300, reports state.Someone broke into a home at4:55 a.m. Friday at 808 E. FranklinSt., according to police reports. A female woke up to find a maleand a female in the room, reportsstate.Someone trespassed in ClubNoa Apartments in Carrboro at1:15 p.m. Wednesday at 103 W.Main St., according to policereports.Reports state that the suspect was intoxicated.Someone stole items from a Food Lion between 7:22 p.m. and7:27 p.m. Wednesday at 602 JonesFerry Road, according to Carrboropolice reports. The subject droeaway in a blue Isuzu.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The Daily Tar Heel
If you’ve ever typed a long paper, you know how difficult it is to focus on writing. Not only are youdistracted by other windows, but you can become distracted by Microsoft Word’s interface. Menus uponmenus at the top of the page deter you from actually writing on it.That’s where OmmWriter comes in. This word processor, available in the Mac App Store, strips away allof those annoying menus, margins and headers.Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton and four candidates vying for seats on the town’s Board of Aldermenmet Friday night for a forum co-sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and theOrange/Chatham Sierra Club. The forum focused on environmental and economic issues, with candidatesanswering questions from the organizations and audience members on issues ranging from job creation toregional transit.
See a Q&A on Town Talk.
ON THE BLOGSTar Heel Tech: Focus on writing with OmmWriterCarrboro candidates talk environmental issues
auren Petersburg, a senior English major and thepresident of Carolina Dance Initiative, leads adance as part of the group’s annual convention thattook place from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. “We work toadvocate and unite the dance community,” Petersburg said.
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Campus briefs
Fiction writer Al Young toreceive Thomas Wolfe Prize
 Writer Al Young will presenta free lecture Oct. 4 as the 2011Thomas Wolfe Prize recipient. Young — who has publishedfive novels — will speak at theHistoric Playmakers Theatre at7:30 p.m.The prize is sponsored by theUNC English and comparativeliterature department and theMorgan Writer-in-ResidenceProgram. Young has also publishedpoetry, fiction, nonfiction,criticism, personal essays andscreenplays.Ben Jones of Hendersonville,a 1950 UNC graduate, endowedthe prize money for the award.
Model wellness curriculumsuccessful, research shows
UNC researchers tested theinstallment and effects of amodel system in psychosocialrehabilitation clubhouses thatpromotes healthiness and urgestobacco users to quit.Study results showed reducedtobacco use for clubhouse mem- bers. The program also helpedadvance policy changes forsmoke-free living.The model curriculum,“Learning About Healthy Living,”uses support groups to promote wellness and motivation in club-house tobacco users.Clubhouse staff said the cur-riculum spurred other healthy changes: the implementationof walking groups, tobacco-freeareas and more.Information was gatheredfrom staff interviews and surveysof 271 clubhouse clients fromnine different clubhouses inNorth Carolina.The North Carolina Healthand Wellness Trust Fund provid-ed seed funding for the program.Results are published in theSeptember issue of BMC PublicHealth.
City briefs
Roll-cart pilot program tobegin enforcing on Monday
The town will begin issuingcitations to residents who leavetrash containers on the side of the road after 7 p.m. on the day of collection.The pilot program looksto identify violators in theNorthside and Pine Knolls neigh- borhoods. Violators will get a $25citation that must be paid orappealed within 30 days. If thefine is not paid, an additional$25 will be applied for every day it remains outstanding.The program is meant toimprove the look and feel of theneighborhoods and the flow of traffic.
Hillsborough will conduct adowntown traffic study
The Town of Hillsboroughhired Kimley-Horn Associatesto conduct a traffic study of thedowntown area during the last week of September.The complete study is expect-ed to last six months. With theresearch, the town hopes to iden-tify a variety of small projectsto ease congestion at ChurtonStreet.The recommended projects will be taken as alternatives tothe Elizabeth Brady Road exten-sion plan.The study will be carried out by field workers and electronicmonitors, which pick up onanonymous Bluetooth signals.The signals will come from thedrivers’ electronics but will notprovide any personal informa-tion.The data collected will provideinformation on traffic flow at dif-ferent hours, at key points andthe time taken to travel.
Battle Branch pedestrianbridge to close in October
The Chapel Hill Parks andRecreation Department will begin a project to replace thepedestrian bridge on the BattleBranch Trail.The project will completely replace the bridge built in the1980s with a new bridge and boardwalk that will have less of an impact on the trail.The town said the new struc-tures will be built from superiormaterials.The contractor expects to begin work on Tuesday and theexisting bridge will likely beremoved by Oct. 3, consequently closing the trail at this point.The town advises residentsnot to attempt to cross the bridgeduring construction.
- From staff and wire reports
By Madeline Will
Staff Writer
CHARLOTTE — Student leadersgathered Saturday in Charlotte to dis-cuss funding allocations and lobbyingtactics for the academic year.Members of the UNC Associationof Student Governments discussedawarding a grant to Appalachian StateUniversity to help the campus in aninternational competition.The association, made up of studentdelegates from all 17 UNC-systemschools, meets monthly at a differentcampus throughout the state. Travelcosts and officer stipends are paid for with an annual $1 student fee from allsystem students.Members proposed using ASG’spool of money meant for cam-pus innovation grants — a total of $10,000 — to a particular schoolinstead of multiple ones.In past years, selected campuseshave received up to $1,000 each fromthe grant.But Atul Bhula, the association’spresident, said he could raise thatlimit if needed.This year, ASG might allot theentire fund to ASU for a projectits students entered in the U.S.Department of Energy’s SolarDecathlon competition.“It’s a huge competition,” saidLauren Estes, ASU’s student body pres-ident. “It’s the equivalent of winning anational football championship.”The contest includes a mix of inter-national collegiate teams competing todesign and build energy-efficient solar-powered houses. ASU is the only uni- versity from North Carolina competing.“This is not just an Appalachianthing,” said Bhula, who is an MBA stu-dent at ASU. “This is our state.”Estes said once the competition isover, ASU’s team will travel across thestate showcasing the house. But thehouse is currently in Washington, D.C., waiting to be judged, and Estes said theteam lacks the money to move it back toNorth Carolina when the competitionends this week.“At this point, we’re scraping the bot-tom of the barrel with funding,” she said.Members also debated the associa-tion’s lobbying efforts.Kevin Kimball, a delegate fromUNC-CH, sponsored the Keep It Local Act — a bill that would prevent ASGfrom lobbying at the federal level tosave money. ASG’s last advocacy trip to Washington, D.C., in January 2009cost the association $26,000, withcosts from participants bringing thetotal to more than $50,000. And some members said they want tofocus on being effective at the state level.“We haven’t perfected what ASGdoes in North Carolinian politics,” saidMary Cooper, UNC-CH’s student body president.But Bhula is planning to take about20 students to Washington this springto lobby for higher education.The legislative and public affairscommittee tabled Kimball’s bill untilnext month.
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By Brian Fanney
Staff Writer
 A Chapel Hill program to encourage energy efficiency is set to provide less funding — but wider availability — than during its first stageafter tonight’s Town Council meeting.Chapel Hill launched the WorthwhileInvestments Save Energy (WISE) program, which helps subsidize homeowners’ energy effi-ciency improvements, in March 2011 using a$455,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.So far, nearly 100 homes in Chapel Hill havereceived energy assessments and 51 of thosehomes have committed to subsidized improve-ments using the program. After the large response, the town could mod-ify the program to allow more homes to benefit.The council might approve a resolution that would set the subsidy homeowners can receivefor improvements 5 to 10 percentage pointslower than in the program’s first phase.The measure would also reduce the maximumamount the town will pay out to homeownersfrom $5,000 in the first stage to $1,500 in thesecond.
Program benefits for efficiency
To participate in the WISE program, a hom-eowner must have an energy audit to find how to best improve efficiency. If those improvements will decrease the home’s electricity bill by 15percent, the homeowner can receive subsidies topursue them on a first-come basis.Phase one of the program offers a 50 per-cent subsidy for duct systems and insulationimprovements and a 25 percent subsidy forimprovements to heating, air conditioning,appliances, lighting and hot water heaters.Those numbers could decrease to 40 and 20percent for phase two.“Our list consists of those measures thatgive the best bang for the buck,” said JohnRichardson, sustainability officer for the town of Chapel Hill.Rainer Dammers, a Southern Village hom-eowner, installed a $23,670 solar energy systemand will pay only $6,214 after incentives fromfederal, state and local governments.Dammers was also able to regain 50 percentof the cost for fixing leaky ducts and insulationgaps through WISE program rebates.“A 50 percent subsidy is quite significant. You can do more than otherwise you wouldhave wanted to do all by yourself and get betterresults,” Dammers said.
Not the only decreasing rebate
Before the introduction of the WISE program,Dammers made efficiency upgrades, includinglighting and window improvements, with helpfrom federal and state rebates.But Tom Simchak, senior research associate at Washington, D.C. based Alliance to Save Energy,said federal tax credits for items like energy-sav-ing insulation, doors and windows might expireat the end of the year.“Right now Congress is thinking about otherthings,” he said. “There’s a whole lot more actiongoing on at the state and local level.Dammers said he would have waited forsolar systems to be more cost effective, but was worried that government rebates might disap-pear.“What made my decision was concern withthe political shift and the financial struggles onthe federal and state levels.
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By Katherine Proctor
Assistant Arts Editor
Heads up — this one’s ascreamer. An assortment of moans,groans and yelps — male andfemale, electrically and manu-ally induced — is the chorus forPlayMakers Repertory Company’sproduction of “In the Next Room(or the vibrator play).”The play, written by SarahRuhl, blends a Victorian set-ting and modern comedy in itsstory about the vibrator’s early use to “release excess fluid in the womb,” a cure for hysteria.In capitalizing on the play’srampant sexual humor, the pro-duction is successful.But it leans a little too hard onthe shock value, and the script’sdeeper issues — like racial ten-sions, suppressed homosexuality and a mother’s failure to connect with her baby — take a back seat.The play’s action never leavesthe home of the vibrator’s keeper,Dr. Givings, whose operating the-ater and living room share a wall.The show starts sluggishly.
courtesy of sarah ruhl
Kelsey Didion stars as Mrs. Givings and Matt Garner stars as Leo Irvingin PlayMakers Repertory Company’s production of “In the Next Room”.
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Defying gravity 
By Chelsea Bailey
Staff Writer
UNC Hospitals officials celebrated the first day of thefall season by warning against a different kind of fall.Falls Prevention Awareness Day, held Friday, aimed tohighlight the risk factors for falling amongst the elderly.Richard Wall, 67, showcased his renewed sense of  balance at the Falls Awareness Fair, joking while stand-ing on one foot that he wouldn’t fall. After falling in his apartment last April, Wall under- went several sessions of physical and occupationaltherapy at the UNC’s Geriatric Specialty Clinic.“All those commercials with, ‘Help, I’ve fallen and Ican’t get up,’ — trust me, they are true,” he said.“I crashed down on the floor. Very fortunately, I hadmy cellphone with me, and I could call the ambulanceand a friend,” he said.Dr. Jan Busby-Whitehead, director of the UNCCenter for Aging and Health, said people aged 65 andolder living alone are 30 to 40 percent more likely tofall. That likelihood increases to 50 percent when theelderly move to long-term care facilities.Busby-Whitehead said there are multiple risk fac-tors that lead to falls, including memory loss, cognitiveimpairment, vision loss and medical conditions likediabetes that can result in a loss of feeling in the legs andfeet.But the most common and most treatable cause of falling, she said, is medication.“There are a number of different types of drugs thataffect the central nervous system, and they are the onesmost commonly associated with falls,” Busby-Whiteheadsaid.“The greatest prevention tool is being seen by a physi-cian.”Tiffany Shubert, an adjunct assistant professor in thedivision of physical therapy, said studies show a stronglink between exercise and cognition in reducing the riskof falling.“If you focus on anything from walking and talkingto just walking around, you improve balance,” Shubertsaid.She said exercises like balancing on one foot or walk-ing around a room with the aid of a walker can improvemuscle strength and coordination. Wall said since his fall, he has realized how easy it isto take walking for granted.“There are days when I’d rather sit here,” he said.“It would be easy to give up and just let people dostuff for you, but that’s not a lot of fun.”Busby-Whitehead said she hopes increasing aware-ness about fall causes will reduce the number of patientstreated for injuries.“It’s a major problem that threatens the indepen-dence of older people,” she said.“Aging alone doesn’t cause this. There are multiplecauses, and there are things we can do to prevent andtreat falls.”
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Richard Wall walks with physical therapist Tiffany Shubertat the Fall Safety event at the Neuroscience Hospital.
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“In the Next Room (or thevibrator play)”PlayMakers Repertory CompanySept. 24, 7 p.m.
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Its first act contains tediousmoments where virtually noth-ing is happening on stage besides a woman removing lay-ers of clothing.Characters shuffle in and outof the house, between the livingroom and the “next room,” intoand out of their clothes, fromfrustration to ecstasy. Watchingthe action feels like watchingan assembly line in an orgasmfactory.In the second act, the show begins to accelerate toward itsclimax, which features full nudi-ty and snowstorm coitus.Despite trouble projectingher lines, Kelsey Didion embod-ies the flighty Mrs. Givings, a woman who can’t connect withher husband, can’t nurse her baby and can’t get off.Her desperation becomesevident in her interactions withKatie Paxton’s Mrs. Daldry, achildlike waif who becomesaddicted to her treatments andrelentlessly finds excuses toreturn to the Givings’ house foranother hit.Didion and Paxton are acharming pair, giggling glee-fully as they sneak into the “nextroom” and use the machine to doeach other favors.It is truly heartwarming to watch Paxton brandish the vibrator and thrust it betweenher friend’s legs — out of thegoodness of her heart.Didion anchors the produc-tion without commanding it.Though she is not always thecenter of the action, she is alwaysin it — even if she has to picklocks to get there.But the standout of the pro-duction is Annie, played by UNCdrama professor Julie Fishell. As Dr. Givings’ nurse, Fishelldisplays impressive range. Herperformance determinedly pleasuring Mrs. Daldry is asdelightful as her weeps for lostlove are touching.Matthew Greer is both ador-able and pitiable in his role asDr. Givings.His earnest attempts todivorce physicality from emo-tions provide an ideological corefor the production. He is trappedin a pattern of packaging andclassifying pieces of his life,afraid to let them mix.It is not until his sex-starved wife leads him into the gardenand proceeds to mount him thathe begins to break free from thismindset.Though choppy at times, “Inthe Next Room” is well-executed.It is a play about liberation — notonly in the female sense, but alsofrom societal compartments.The characters learn to gettheir hands dirty, and that aspectof the production, if anything, will keep people coming.
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