Monday, January 30, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
UNC study says high-fiber dietincreases diverticulosis risk
UNC School of Medicineresearchers have found that a high-fiber diet increases the rise of devel-oping diverticulosis, contradictingthe widely held belief that this dietlowers the risk.Diverticulosis is a disease of thelarge intestine in which pouchesdevelop in the colon wall. It affectsabout one-third of adults older than60.The study also found that consti-pation does not increase a person’srisk of the disease, contrary toanother popular belief.
Local school board submitsletter about charter school
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education sent aletter last week to the chairman of the N.C. State Board of Educationasking that the board reject theapplication for a new elementary charter school in Chapel Hill.The letter stated that based onits business model, the Lee ScholarsSchool would tend to reduce theresources available to underservedstudents who might attend the school.The letter also stated the charterschool would negatively impactthe school district’s budget, whichcould hurt the district’s initiatives toaddress problems like the achieve-ment gap.
-From staff and wire reports
By Emily Overcarsh
Supporters of the University’sgender-neutral housing initiative will have to wait a little longer fora decision from Chancellor HoldenThorp. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp said earlierthis month that Thorp would takeaction on the proposal by Jan. 27.That date is now passed, but Crispsaid he is confident a decision willcome in the next few days.Thorp was unavailable for com-ment Friday. University spokesmanMike McFarland said more informa-tion on the proposal’s status will beavailable this week.The gender-neutral housingproposal, if passed, would allowstudents of the opposite sex tolive together in a specified UNCresidence hall starting in the fallsemester.The proposal’s supporters say itaddresses issues of safety and wouldmake some students feel more com-fortable in their residence halls.Sophomore Kevin Claybren, whostarted the gender-neutral housingproposal, said he doesn’t know why a decision hasn’t been made yet.“I was with everyone else withthinking (Thorp) was going to makeone by Friday,” Claybren said.Crisp wrote in an email thatThorp will need to make a decision by the end of the month at the latest.“Our ability to move forward ona decision to implement would haveto happen in early February,” Crisp wrote.“I can only assume (Thorp) hadnot finished his consideration intime for a decision Friday and willdo so in the next day or so.”Rick Bradley, assistant director of Housing and Residential Education,said in September that the housingdepartment is ready to take actionon the proposal as soon as it isapproved, should Thorp approve themeasure.Terri Phoenix, director of theLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgenderand Queer Center, said earlier thismonth that Thorp has in the past been an ally for inclusion.Claybren said he is hopeful thedelay in announcing a decisionreflects the amount of considerationThorp is putting into it.“I’m just hoping that this timethat he is taking is to make the bestdecision for our campus.”
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Where arethey now? The Daily TarHeel catches up withformer SBPs. Page 5.
A Closer CommuniTy
SBP candidates ask ITS for help
By Edward Pickup
Last week, InformationTechnology Services found itself preventing broken campaigns,not broken laptops.Days into the student body president campaign, three of the then-seven candidates werehaving so much trouble settingup online petitions that they turned to ITS for help.Shruthi Sundaram, chair- woman of the Board of Elections, said there is nothingin the Student Code that prohib-its ITS from assisting candidates.Sundaram said she directedcandidates to an online ITS help
Arcadia Cohousing is a pedestrian-oriented residential cohousing community on 16 acres about three miles from the towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
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By Katherine Proctor
Assistant Arts Editor
UNC Bhangra Elite has justi-fied its name.The Indian folk danceteam will compete in the Elite8 Bhangra Invitational in Washington, D.C., on March 3.The invitation-only com-petition, sponsored by EmdoEntertainment, selects eightBhangra teams throughoutNorth America to participate.Of this year’s participants,Bhangra Elite is the only team with both male and femalemembers.This year marks the first timethe group has been chosen forthe competition. Ameer Ghodke, a captain forBhangra Elite, said waiting forthe announcement of the team’sinvitation was extremely drawnout.“The process of our hearingabout getting in is a seven- oreight-week process,” he said.“Every week they announce anew team, and we were on thetail end of that.”He said though the teammembers weren’t expecting to be chosen, they knew they had agood shot.Prasant Lokinendi, theteam’s manager, said the invita-tion confirms Bhangra Elite’sstatus as a highly talentedteam.“It’s kind of like the EliteEight in basketball,” he said.“When you get that far, youknow you’re a good team.”Bianca Patel, another oneof the team’s captains, saidBhangra Elite will begin hold-ing extra practices to preparefor Elite 8.Ghodke said the team willpractice for two or three hoursevery night.“You have to prepare like varsity sports do for a big game,”he said.Patel also said that prior tothe competition, the team willhave to make some changesto the routine it typically per-forms.“We’re going to have to addsome more gimmicks for Elite8,” she said.Less than a week before Elite8, Bhangra Elite will perform inanother competition in Durhamthat calls for a more traditionalroutine, Patel said.Ghodke said the quick tran-sition between the differentroutines will be a challenge, buthe knows Bhangra Elite will beup to it.“When you have somethingas big as this, everyone bucklesdown,” he said.Lokinendi said two or three
Unable to set up onlinepetitions, 3 candidatessought assistance.The chancellor has yet tomake a decision ongender-neutral housing.
tutorial for creating Onyen-authenticated websites.Each candidate must collect1,250 signatures in order to beplaced on the ballot. To sign apetition online, students arerequired to provide their Onyenand password.Three of the candidates —Leigh Fairley, Will Leimenstolland Warche Downing — saidthey had trouble setting up a way to authenticate a student’s Onyenand approached ITS directly.Bruce Egan, director of theITS Response Center, said ittook some time to set up the website for the first candidate who approached ITS.“We had no understandinggoing in of what the require-ments were,” he said. After the first website was setup, Egan said, that approach was used with other candidatesand didn’t take as long.Matt Howell, manager of walk-in services at ITS, saidsetting up the websites was notdifficult for his staff.“The cost to ITS would be nomore than if someone came inand needed help troubleshoot-ing a wireless connection. It’snothing out of the ordinary interms of cost,” he said.Howell said candidates thenhad to check with the Boardof Elections to make sure thesetup was within the rules.He added that an official sys-tem for online signatures might be set up in the future.The other candidates all saidthey had friends set up the peti-tion websites.“It was relatively easy once
“The cost to ITS would be no more than if some-one came in and needed help troubleshooting awireless connection.”
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I found a friend that was com-puter savvy enough,” candidateCalvin Lewis said.In the past, candidates havecampaigned for signatures onclipboards in the Pit or by can- vassing residence halls, a meth-od known as dorm storming.Last year, Ian Lee was thefirst candidate to create anonline alternative to paper sig-natures. The Board of Electionsapproved the method. Lee isnow a member of The Daily TarHeel’s editorial board. All of the then-seven candi-dates set up their websites by Saturday, they said. Signaturesmust be submitted to the board by Tuesday at 5 p.m.Brian Min and Tim Longestare also running for student body president. Nico Garces withdrew from the race Sunday.Longest said the board’sdecision to approve online sig-natures while declining to offerfurther guidance was fair.“It is very difficult to get setup, even if you’re a serious webdesigner,” he said.Candidates said they aremostly using social media and word of mouth to promote theironline petitions.
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The Indian folk dancerswill compete with thecontinent’s top teams.
years ago, Bhangra Elite wouldnever have been chosen to com-pete.“We were nowhere close tothat level,” he said.“But now, with a lot of hard work, we’re one of the topteams in the United States andCanada.”
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“You have to preparelike varsity sports dofor a big game.”
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By Elizabeth Straub
Christian Stalberg is seeking residents to createan ecovillage — a community that would share com-mon land, farm organically, use its own currency and be located about 10 minutes west of Chapel Hill.Stalberg said he hopes to begin construction ona community that would house up to 100 people on100 acres of land in the Efland area by the end of the year, after clearing the project with the county.The community would use little energy, provideaffordable housing and make decisions based ongeneral consensus, he said. It would also use envi-ronmentally and socially healthy practices to create asustainable way of life.“It’s also an effort at replacing the alienation of our common society where you don’t know yourneighbor,” he said. While the community will be new, it is not thearea’s first intentional community — a group formedon purpose by people who share common values. Arcadia Cohousing, a community in Carrboro, was also created by people who agreed to worktogether toward a common goal.“Here in our Arcadia community, our focus isaround learning how to be a good neighbor andlearning to share resources,” said Becky Laskody, an Arcadia resident.The group that formed Arcadia was created in1991 and built its community on 16.5 acres in 1994.Instead of the traditional neighborhood road, acentral sidewalk connects houses in Arcadia, leadsto a community garden and passes by a commonhouse — complete with kitchen, library, and guestrooms. Some houses are joined and all are locatedclose together.Stalberg said if approved and built, the ecovillage will contain similar features, including a commonhouse with community resources, and will also raiseorganic crops and livestock to feed residents.“We would like the ecovillage to be as food self-sufficient as possible,” he said.Stalberg said the community would use naturalmaterials and energy-efficient methods to constructhomes ranging from 100 to 400 square feet . Arcadia was also designed with the environmentin mind, providing access to solar power and pro-tecting the surrounding woods, Laskody said.“It’s also important for folks to see that there aredifferent ways to create neighborhoods,” she said.“We don’t have to stick with the usual model thatdevelopers offer.”Like the planned ecovillage, Arcadia uses ademocratic decision-making process that allowsall residents to get involved. While residents may abstain from voting, those who participate in vot-ing must all be in accord for the decision to stand.
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“Here in our Arcadia community,our focus is around learning how tobe a good neighbor and learning toshare resources.”
Steven Fisher, an Arcadia resident, said he values Arcadia’s respect for privacy and of the individual’schoice to get involved in the decision-making pro-cess.Fisher joined Arcadia because his wife had mul-tiple sclerosis and needed a house to fit her needs.“I was interested in having the opportunity todesign a house that would suit her,” he said.Elisabeth Curtis, another resident, joined partly toparticipate in a social experiment — to see if peoplecan live so close to one another.“If we can’t do it here, what hope is there for therest of the world?” she said.Laskody added that living in an intentional com-munity helps develop interdependence.“Though it takes extra work … you gain a lot fromthe sharing that you do with other people.”
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