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The Daily Tar Heel for February 6, 2012

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Sttig  t ‘mm’
Starting around 3:30 p.m.Saturday, the Carrboro Communetook over the property where CVShopes to build a two-story, 24-hourdrug store.Some said the occupation wasprotesting the contentious CVS, which still needs Carrboro Board of  Aldermen approval.Others said the move protestedChapel Hill police’s armed break-upof an “Occupy Everywhere” encamp-ment that took over the former YatesMotor Co. building in November.“Obviously we’re in the position of feeling distrustful,” a masked protest-
Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
Monday, February 6, 2012Volume 119, Issue 146
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It is i t ttmt f tifls tt  s sws wt ty .
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OCCUPATION SPREADS
dth/brian fanney
Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton stands inside the Carrboro Commune encampment at a proposed CVS site on Saturday. Police disbanded the encampment within hours.
last-minute
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By Jeanna Smialek
City Editor
Police disbanded their four-houroccupation of an empty, CVS-owned building in Carrboro Saturday, butprotesters are already planning theirnext steps.The group plans to take back the201 N. Greensboro St. property usinga new tactic — gardening.“‘Guerilla planting’ is the term welike to use,” said Alanna Davis, a UNCstudent involved in the group, whichcalls itself the “Carrboro Commune.”Davis said the group decided at ameeting Sunday to plant a community garden at the property, so if town offi-cials tried to remove the plants they  would be destroying people’s food.She said the group might meetand discuss their course of action Wednesday.The planning session would occur inCarrboro Town Hall during the sametime CVS developers are scheduled toupdate the community on plans for thecontroversial property, Davis said.
By Becky Bush
Staff Writer
Three UNC students were arrest-ed early Friday morning on chargesof felony possession of cocaine,police said.Shane Mularkey, Jacob Groeschenand Nicole Suarez are all formerathletes at the University.Mularkey is a former UNC line- backer and son of Mike Mularkey, who was hired in January to be theJacksonville Jaguars’ head coach.Groeschen was a walk-on quar-terback for the UNC football team.He later served as a team manager, but didn’t returnto his dutiesafter the team’sDecember bowlgame, UNC ath-letics spokesmanKevin Best said.Suarez is a for-mer member of the UNC women’scross country team.Best said thethree are no lon-ger affiliated withUNC athletics.Mularkey andGroeschen werealso charged withpossession of drugparaphernalia, while all three were charged with trespass-ing, said Sgt.Josh Mecimore,spokesman for theChapel Hill PoliceDepartment. While officers were conductingfoot patrol on Wallace ParkingDeck, located at150 E. Rosemary St., a police officerobserved one of the three subjectssnorting some-thing, Mecimoresaid.Officers seizeda plastic bag con-taining cocaineresidue, Mecimoresaid. They alsoobtained the straw being used to snortthe cocaine, he said. Both were seizedas evidence, Mecimore said.Mularkey, Groeschen and Suarezappeared before a magistrate Friday and were released on $1,000 unse-cured bonds, Mecimore said.
Contact the University Editor at university@dailytarheel.com.
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is formr mmbr of th UnC wom’scross coutry tm.Sh ws lso chrdwith trspssi.
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ws  wlk-oqurtrbck for thUnC footbll tmd  formr tmmr.
Plc cgd 3 fmUNC ls  flnypssssn f ccn.
Jones guards Tar Heels’ tunnel for 26th year
‘Making of a King’ anengrossing event
dth/bJ dworak
Charlie Jones stands in the Smith Center, where he has been supervising the tunnel for 26 years.
By Nicole Comparato
Assistant University Editor
The most seasoned veteran of the SmithCenter walks out of the tunnel like the restof the players — but he remains there for the whole game.Charlie Jones, dressed in a Carolina blue jacket, has been supervisor of that tunnel sincethe Smith Center opened 25 years ago. Hisprimary responsibility is to keep unauthorizedpeople from entering the tunnel.Now 73, Jones has spent the past decades in what he considers the best seat in the house.“I like seeing the people, the players and theenthusiasm of the ball game,” he said. “Thisreally is a class act.”On Wednesday, Jones will experience one of his favorite games of every season — the UNC vs.Duke game. He hasn’t missed one in 27 years.Jones said his all-time favorite game of therivalry was when UNC beat Duke in 1986.“Beating Duke is like winning a champion-ship, or one of the things closest to it,” he said.“Any Duke win is a favorite win, but that year was the best.” Whenever Duke fans walk through his tun-nel, Jones offers them a piece of advice.He has told many of them, including formerDuke player Jay Bilas and current head coach
Fm up cls, Cl Jns ssn UNC lgnds cm nd g.
By Katherine Proctor
Assistant Arts Editor
To make the most of “TheMaking of a King,” you have to do your homework.PlayMakers Repertory Company’s most recent pro-duction — a double feature of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” and“Henry V” — is a sweeping narra-tive of a crucial chapter in Britishpolitical history.Due to the show’s vast scopeand numerous characters, mentalstamina and prior familiarity withthe plot are necessary to maximize what the plays have to offer.But the production is well worth the effort it demands of the audience. It is evident thatall facets were treated with theutmost care, from the precisecostuming to the captivatingmusic, composed and performedlive by Mark Lewis.The production containsenough action and intrigue tomake it feel shorter than its totalrunning time of six hours — per-haps more like four.
‘hy IV’
The production’s first leg — an
theater review
Making of a King
 
PlayMakers Repertory Company
 
Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
DTH ONLINE:
 Visit dai-lytarheel.com for a video of interviews with the actorsand photos from rehearsal.
MakiNG oF a kiNG
Time:
 Tuesday through Friday,Feb. 7 to March 4, at 7:30 p.m.in rotating repertory; Saturdayperformances of both plays at 2p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday per-formances at 2 p.m.
Location:
Paul Green Theatre
abridged version of both partsof “Henry IV” — blends politicaldrama and a coming-of-age tale.One of two main plotlinesfocuses on a rebellion againstKing Henry IV that erupts intocivil war, and the other exploresthe transformation of heir appar-ent Prince Hal from tavern wast-rel to serious ruler.In his PlayMakers debut,Shawn Fagan is charming as thespirited Prince Hal.Beer mug constantly in hand,he swaggers about the stage,doling out insults and winks in
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“I’m here as an officer of the North Carolina government.I’m not leaving till they leave.” 
Mak Cin,
Crrboro myor
The N.C. Yuth Tap Ensembleaudtned fr “Amerca’s GtTalent” ths weekend. Page 3.
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Studentsarrestedon drugcharges
 
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 A girl’s gtta d what a girl’s gtta d— we just didn’t realize they started this yung. A girl in the eighth grade at a N.Y. middleschl allegedly sld 20 f her classmates pt brwnies, and was nly stpped when a ganja-averse classmate snitched n her.Stay n that hustle, girl. Maybe try selling inCarrbr next time.
QUOTED.
“There is nthing gd abut liqur”Rev. Lenard Lester, f Barburville, Ky.Barburville is cnsidering repealing its ban n the sale f liqur in rder t bst a sluggishecnmy. Nearly ne-third f the state’s 120cunties are dry.But after this weekend, ur liver has t agree with the gd reverend.
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ecause Americans aren’t fat enough already, and because we’re sure you didn’t eat enough at your Super Bowl party last night, we proud- ly present you with this delightfully new way to give yourself a heartattack. God Bless the U.S.A.Colonie, N.Y., bakery Coccadotts Cake Shop created a new variety of cup-cake just for the Super Bowl this year: the chicken wing cupcake. The cupcakeis actually a cornbread mufn, topped with bleu cheese frosting and a wholechicken wing slathered in hot sauce.The cupcakes struck such a chord that they were even featured on “GoodMorning America,” and the bakery is taking orders on Facebook. Now please go to the gym.
Cupcake wings or the win
From sta and wire reports
DAILY DOSE
 
Smene made threateningphne calls at midnight Friday at2 Adelaide Walters St., accrding t Chapel Hill plice reprts.The persn was calling a cellphne and threatening t beatanther persn up, reprts state.Smene entered a residenceand stle prperty between 8:05a.m. and 4:56 p.m. Thursday at101 Schultz St., accrding tChapel Hill plice reprts. An Xbx 360 valued at $200,a Playstatin 3 valued at $300,a Wii valued at $150 and a lap- tp valued at $500 were stlen,reprts state.In ttal, the stlen items were valued at $1,150, accrding tplice reprts.Smene brke int a resi-dence and stle items between11:30 a.m. and 12:52 p.m.Thursday at 307 Telluride St.,accrding t Chapel Hill plicereprts.Jewelry and precius metals valued at $300 was stlen, reprtsstate.The persn als caused $400 wrth f damage t the drand frame f a Chevy Suburban,reprts state.The suburban was a 1994 black mdel, accrding t reprts.Smene cmmitted armedrbbery and brke and enteredint a residence at 9:30 a.m.Thursday at an apartment at 1000 Weaver Dairy Rad, accrding tChapel Hill plice reprts. A desktp cmputer was dam-aged in the incident, and thecsts f the damage ttaled $500,accrding t plice reprts. A flat-screen Phillips TV valuedat $400 and $300 in cash wereals stlen, reprts state. A clerk stle mney frm cus- tmers and a business at 11:40a.m. Thursday at the Dry Clean Warehuse at 2801 HmesteadRad, accrding t Chapel Hillplice reprts.The persn stle mney valuedat $100 in ttal, reprts state.
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News
Monday, February 6, 2012
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SHAMRoCKIN’ IT!
H
olly Johnson, a senior and member of KappaDelta sorority, crosses the finish line of the 19thannual Kappa Delta Shamrock ‘N’ Run 5K onSaturday morning. The race’s proceeds were donated toorganizations working to prevent child abuse.
dth/melissa key
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News
Monday, February 6, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
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CAMPUS BRIEFS
Faculty member namedSocial Worker of the Year
Barbara “Bebe” Smith wasrecently named the 2012Social Worker of the Year by the National Associationof Social Workers’ NorthCarolina chapter.Smith is a co-director of theUNC Center for Excellence inCommunity Mental Healthand a clinical assistant profes-sor in the department of psy-chiatry.Her career has been focusedon helping individuals living with mental health issues,and she has directed and worked with the SchizophreniaTreatment Evaluation Program(STEP) and many other pro-grams.Smith will receive heraward March 1 at the NASW-NC Annual Ethics Conferenceand Awards Luncheon inRaleigh.
UNC alumna to directAmerican Indian Center
 A UNC alumna will becomedirector of the American IndianCenter at UNC on May 1. Amy Locklear Hertel, of theLumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina, is currently aproject manager at the Centerfor Social Development at Washington University in St.Louis, where she is a doctoralcandidate at the George WarrenBrown School of Social Work.The largest Native Americanpopulation in the eastern UnitedStates rests in North Carolina.
- From staff and wire reports
in
BRIEF
Leimenstoll passionate about green ideas
By Liz Crampton
Staff Writer
 Will Leimenstoll has alwaysknown what he’s going to do withhis life. A passion for the environmenthas been his focus since child-hood, when he would spend histime reading books about animalsand promoting sustainable devel-opment in town hall meetings.His environmentalism trans-lated into an ambition to becomea sustainable urban planner.“It has been something I’vecared about for a very long time,”Leimenstoll said.But first, in his campaignfor student body president,Leimenstoll aims to bring hisgreen ideas to UNC.Leimenstoll, who collected themost petition signatures of allthree candidates, said his plat-form takes a holistic approach,applying equity, efficiency andthe environment to all issues.“The sustainability frameworkis somethingthat no othercandidate bringsto the table,” hesaid.Leimenstollserved as co-chairman of student government’senvironmental affairs committee, which promotes environmental-ism on campus by encouragingsustainable lifestyles.Former co-chairwoman of thecommittee Sara Rafalson saidLeimenstoll knows about morethan just the environment.“It’s more about just his envi-ronmentalism, but how he seesissues are related,” Rafalson said.Leimenstoll said being student body president has not always been a goal. It wasn’t until afriend suggested it during din-ner that he considered puttingtogether a campaign, he said.But a semester studying abroadin South Africa complicated thecampaign assembly process.“I was 8,000 miles away,”Leimenstoll said.“It took a lot of emails.Despite the distance,Leimenstoll said he organized acampaign staff that prioritized histwo main issues: affordable tuitionand protecting the environment.“Just by reducing energy  bills or reducing what we sendto the landfill we’re saving theUniversity money,” Rafalson said.Leimenstoll said thinkingabout these issues is what keepshim up at night.“I feel like UNC is one of thosesocioeconomic ladders that canreally change people’s track inlife,” he said.“One of the big points in my plan is that UNC should focus on being proudly public.Leimenstoll saw his member-ship in Pi Kappa Phi fraternity asan opportunity to share his envi-ronmentalism.Fellow fraternity member WillMcLeane said Leimenstoll wasadamant about making the fra-ternity green.“It really does give you oppor-tunities to grow as a leader, espe-cially for me as environmental guy 
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Student body president candidate Will Leimenstoll wants to bring sus-tainability and environmentalism, as well as affordable tuition, to UNC.
— you don’t find that as much inthe Greek community,” he said.Leimenstoll credits his parentsfor fostering his passion.“I would get in trouble if I wouldn’t recycle a yogurt con-tainer,” he said.“I don’t think that’s common.”Leimenstoll’s mother, JoLeimenstoll, said she remembersa conversation during Will’s youth when he told her his life’scalling was to fight sprawl.“He really does feel he canmake a difference,” she said.“That’s been true about Willsince he was much younger, sothis campaign doesn’t surpriseme at all.”
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SBP Candidate ProfileS
 This is the first in a series of SBP candidate profiles.Today: Will LeimenstollTuesday: Tim LongestWednesday: Calvin Lewis Jr.
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By Neal Smith
Staff Writer
Textbook sales at Student Storesare on the decline — and it’s not just because of prices.In the 2010-11 academic year,Student Stores sold almost 12,000 lessunits than the previous year, and almost20,000 less than it did four years ago.Changing course preferences arepartly to blame for the drop in sales,said John Gorsuch, director of StudentStores.In 2010-11, 653 classes at theUniversity did not require textbooks, upfrom 217 in 2006-07.Some professors said they go withouttextbooks because they don’t want toplace a financial burden on students, while others said they couldn’t find thequality of textbook they wanted.Rachael Clemens, a doctoral student-teacher in the School of Informationand Library Science, wrote in an emailthat she couldn’t find a textbook thatsupported the needs of her class.“I prefer the opportunity and flex-ibility of inserting/replacing new anddiverse readings, rather than relying ona pre-packaged textbook,” she said.Gorsuch said he doesn’t attribute thedecline in sales to the prices of StudentStore’s textbooks, which are in line withthe market value.He said the price of a textbook isset by the manufacturer, and StudentStores only adds a standard 25 percentindustry markup. The markup pays foroperating costs for Student Stores, andleftover profits go to the University’sscholarship fund, Gorsuch said.But the portion that goes to scholar-ships is just a small percentage of themarkup, he said.Instead of buying textbooks fromStudent Stores, many students renttextbooks from outside companies or buy them from other providers like Amazon.com.Despite student interest in rentingtextbooks, Student Stores is not cur-rently planning to offer that option.Kelly Hanner, textbook departmentmanager, said rented textbooks can becheaper but also out-of-date.Hanner said if Student Stores wereto adopt an in-house rental program,professors would have less freedomto choose their material, because they  would be stuck using the same book for years.Some students are also turning toe-books and e-readers to buy textbooks.Hanner said Student Stores followschanging technological preferences based on the demands of studentsand professors. E-books only accountfor a small percentage of its business,Gorsuch said.The small percentage of sales is basedon several factors like the technology requirements of professors, and the factthat not all books have e-book compo-nents, Gorsuch said.“In any large volume situation, youcan’t please everybody,” Gorsuch said.“But we want a high degree of satisfac-tion.”
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By Jessica Seaman
Staff Writer
Universities seeking to enroll moreout-of-state students to maximizetuition revenue might be given moreleeway if the UNC-system Board of Governors decides to alter its reviewprocess for enrollment.Members of the board have discussedchanging the process of reviewingenrollment numbers to every three years instead of two, which would helpuniversities control their enrollmentnumbers better, said David Young, amember of the board.No new policies have been imple-mented, but the board might discuss itat meetings later this year, he said.The extra year would help all UNC-system schools balance their enrollmentnumbers so they don’t exceed their 18percent out-of-state enrollment cap forincoming freshmen.“They could make a conservativeeffort to drop enrollment in the third year,” Young said.The review discussion comes after the board waived UNC-CH’s $334,652 finefor exceeding its 18 percent cap for out-of-state students in the fall of 2010 and 2011.UNC-CH — the only university to exceedthe cap last year — accepted about 24 stu-dents more than what is allowed.Last month, the board’s budget andfinance committee, led by Young, madethe recommendation to waive the fee,and the board voted unanimously to doso, citing the financial instability as oneof its reasons for dropping the fine.More students are now considered out-of-state because of state legislation thatclassifies Morehead-Cain scholars andathletes on scholarships as out-of-statestudents, which factored into the board’sdecision to waive the fine, he said.“It was unfair in my mind to penalizethem on something that they have littlecontrol over,” Young said. “It is an act oscience to try to maximize the numberof out-of-state students because they  bring in more revenue.”He also said it would be unfair forthe board to charge the fine in light of recent budget cuts. The UNC systemabsorbed a 15.6 percent reduction instate funding, or $414 million, last year.“I thought with the budgets, for us,the Board of Governors, to pile on it, was just unfair and not in the right toneof what we are trying to get our univer-sities to be about,” Young said.Jim Deal, a member of the board,said the board needs to change thereview time so universities are notpenalized when they exceed the cap.“The fairest thing to an institutionis to look at an average over a period of  years,” Deal said. “It gives you a bettersnap shot to stay within 18 percent.”Bruce Carney, executive vice chancel-lor and provost at UNC-CH, said he would support the change.“A three year rolling average wouldmake some sense,” he said.Carney said the money the University  would have used to pay the enrollmentfine will now be used in another way that has not yet been determined.“Since we don’t have to pay that, we will put it to some other good use,” hesaid.Carney said the University’s admissionsoffice strives to admit as many out-of-state students as they can without exceed-ing the 18 percent cap, but it is hard todetermine how many students will enroll.
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Breanna Polascik, 15, Sam Hickey, 17, Luke Hickey, 15, and Sarah Linden, 17, (left to right) of the group Good Vibrations practice for their ‘America’s Got Talent’ audition.
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By Kathryn Trogdon
Staff Writer
The North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble wantsto be able to show America what residents already know — Chapel Hill’s got talent.The ensemble performed Saturday in front of “America’s Got Talent” judges for a spot on the showat the Charlotte Convention Center.The ensemble won’t find out if it has moved onto the next round of judging until mid-February, but dancers said they felt good about the perfor-mance.“I think it went really well. I feel good about it, but obviously, I don’t want to assume it went betterthan it did,” said Sarah Linden, a high school juniorand one of the dancers.The ensemble was targeted by “America’s GotTalent” and called to audition, unlike many other actsthat came without an express invitation.“They said, ‘You’re on the top of our priority list’,”said Gene Medler, founder and artistic director of theensemble. “It’s just exciting to get the recognition.”Medler founded the ensemble in 1982 because he wanted to give his dancing class a chance to performmore often.Three decades later, the ensemble frequently performs at local schools and nursing homes —and it also has performed in the culture festivalleading up to the 2010 Olympics and cities acrossthe world, including Mexico City, Rio de Janeiroand Helsinki.“Anybody that would let us dance, we dancedfor them,” Medler said. “Now we are 49 strong anddancing all over the world.Most ensemble members come from theTriangle area and range from ages 8 to 18. Theensemble raises money to pay for travel and danceclasses.“The reason for that is the ensemble is open toevery child who would like to audition and performregardless of cost,” said Mike Hickey, father of threeof the dancers.“If you want to tap dance and you can tap dance, you can join the company.”The 10 dancers selected to audition for“America’s Got Talent” said they were ecstatic when they learned they had been invited to try out and might have the chance to perform for anational audience.“I was so excited and I was screaming on thephone with my mom,” said Taylor Hartzog, a dancerand high school senior.Linden said the selected dancers practiced almostevery night the week before the competition toperfect a piece called “Doom, Doom, Bop” — a fast-paced, rhythmic a cappella dance.She said she was nervous before the perfor-mance, but once she started dancing her nervessubsided.“During it wasn’t as nerve-wracking, because once you’re dancing you don’t really think about beingnervous at all.”
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