Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Student Congress debatesoversight committee bill
Members of Student Congress’rules and judiciary committeepassed a bill to rename the over-sight committee at their meetingTuesday night.The bill would rename it the“oversight and advocacy com-mittee,” and its focus would beimproving communication withstudents.If passed by the full body next week, the bill would require theoversight committee to createand maintain a “petition” website where students could voice com-plaints about campus problems.The oversight committee cur-rently reviews the allocation of student fees and makes sugges-tions for any necessary fee chang-es to Student Congress.The committee also approvedthe appointments of Amanda Claire Grayson to the positionof student attorney general andMargaret Anderson to the posi-tion of Honor Court chairwomanfor next year.
Report: UNC professor hasbeen jailed in Argentina
The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Tuesday thatUNC physics professor PaulFrampton is being held in an Argentine jail on charges of attempting to smuggle two kilo-grams of cocaine.Interim Director of NewsServices Karen Moon con-firmed that the University cutFrampton’s salary on March 1.Moon also said Senior Associate Dean for SocialSciences and Global ProgramsJonathan Hartlyn met with a member of the Argentine judi-ciary on March 5.
Coral reef study shows theeffect of global warming
A UNC professor co-authoreda recently published study thatshows protected coral reefs have been prominently affected by ris-ing ocean temperatures.The study, which was pub-lished in the Global ChangeBiology journal, was conducted by Conservation Internationalscientists, UNC scientists andthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Elizabeth Selig, a conserva-tion scientist with ConservationInternational, was the leadauthor of the study. Kenneth S.Casey, satellite oceanographerand technical director of NOAA’sNational Oceanographic Data Center, and John Bruno, associ-ate professor of biology at UNC,also contributed to the study.The study found that althoughspecial conservation zonesknown as marine protected areasprovide benefits to fisheries andcoral reefs, they offer limited helpto corals in the battle againstglobal warming.
CHCCS to hold commoncore standards forum
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools will hold a parent forumto discuss how the middle schoolmath pathway will be affected by new common core standards.District administrators will beavailable to answer questions atthe forum.The event is aimed at fifth-and sixth-grade parents and will be held Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Cafe Commons of CarrboroHigh School.Common core standards aremeant to be clear and consistentgoals for learning aimed at pre-paring children for success in col-lege and work. They involve key points for math and English.
Reservoirs to reopen forrecreation Saturday
University Lake and the CaneCreek Reservoir will reopen for boating, fishing, picnicking,sunbathing and other recreationSaturday.The Orange Water and Sewer Authority has designated theopening Lightning Brown Day inhonor of the late Mr. Brown.Brown was a community activ-ist and former member of theOWASA Board of Directors dur-ing the 1990s. All boat rental, boat launchingand lake use fees except those forelectric trolling motor rentals will be waived for the day.Because of the change to day-light savings time, it becomes dark too early to safely allow boating before 7 a.m., but during most of the lake season recreation hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.Fridays through Sundays.
Hazing discussed at ASG
App to be used to check grades
By Grace Tatter
A Google application recently approved by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Educationcould help parents keep a bettertab on their children’s grades — but some worry the new technol-ogy might not reach the parents who need it the most.The board voted last week toimplement Engrade — a Googleapp that serves as an onlinegradebook — for all middle andhigh schools in the district start-ing next school year.The app allows parents andstudents with Google accounts24/7 access to teachers’ grade- books, so they can instantly see when a student’s grade drops.“Our district has really neverhad a standard across all schoolsfor online gradebooks,” said Ray Reitz, the district’s chief technol-ogy officer.“This was an attempt, at least,for the district to support oneonline gradebook program thathas been very well received in a couple of our schools.”But Dana Griffin, an assistantprofessor in the UNC School of Education, said schools should be wary that parents who they wantto reach most might not be on theInternet, which was the case in thedistricts she researched in 2009.“Even using an app like this,only a certain population willhave access. Schools will notreach the parents they want toreach,” she said.Reitz said the district hastaken this into account, and eachschool offers paper progressreports as well.“The district understands thatthere is a digital divide in ourcommunity,” he said. “We arecurrently working with the townand several local organizationsto develop solutions to this chal-lenge.”The district began testingthe program at Carrboro HighSchool and Smith Middle Schoolin 2009, and later implementedthe program in both entireschools.Smith Middle SchoolTechnology Specialist KevinHarvey said the school hasresponded well to the app.“Communication with fami-lies has always been a priority,and this is one way that we cancommunicate information thatfamilies want and need moreeffectively,” he said. And Griffin said increasedcommunication about grades canraise student achievement.“Teachers might think Csare fine, because a student isn’tfailing,” Griffin said. “But someparents might want to know thattheir child is making Cs, becausethey know or think their childcan do better.”But she warned against “heli-copter parenting,” or parents behaving overbearingly.“You have parents who may see bad grades and come in andintervene before the child has a chance to,” she said. “But otherparents will put the responsibil-ity where it needs to be — on thekid.”
By Lucinda Shen
Severe paddlings, forcedgarbage ingestion and other ini-tiation tactics have sparked theinterest of UNC-system leaders,following recent allegations of hazing instances nationwide.Dartmouth College madeheadlines earlier this month forrecent allegations that hazingevents, including swimmingthrough a pool of vomit, took place in a Sigma Alpha Epsilonfraternity pledging event. AndFlorida A&M University dealtthis past fall with marching band hazing incidents, whichresulted in a death, according toCNN news reports.Members of the UNC-system Association of StudentGovernments were prompted by these hazing incidents tostart a discussion on the dan-gers of hazing at the group’smonthly meeting.“We wanted to raise aware-ness about hazing and identify it,” said Lauren Estes, student body president at AppalachianState University.The discussion precedes the Annual N.C. Higher EducationSafety Symposium, which will examine campus safety,on March 28 at East Carolina University.Peter Romary, director of Student Legal Services at ECU,said the hazing discussionsduring the symposium willtackle issues of prevention andawareness.“The misconception is thathazing only occurs in Greek organizations,” he said. “It hap-pens across the board, it hap-pens in teams, in a residencehall — it has the ability toimpact anyone.”North Carolina state law upholds that the act of hazing isillegal, and “to subject anotherstudent to physical injury as partof an initiation, or as a prerequi-site to membership” could resultin a class two misdemeanor.The UNC system has a strongno-tolerance policy on hazing, but studies suggest that mosthazing incidents go unreported.Most universities in the sys-tem use a self-reporting methodto deal with hazing.UNC-CH uses a hazinghotline, allowing those whoreport incidents to remainanonymous.“These hotlines just providea little help in overcoming the various pressures and anxietiesassociated with reporting,” said Aaron Bachenheimer, directorof fraternity and sorority life atUNC-CH.He said there have been noreported incidents of hazingsince he started his post thisfall. All newly pledged fraternity and sorority members sign a haz-ing contract and read the new member bill of rights, he said.But according to a report by the National Collaborativefor Hazing Research andPrevention, 95 percent of col-lege students in 2008 who saidthey were hazed did not reportthe incident.The main reason studentsgave for their silence was thatthey didn’t want to get theirteam or group in trouble, thereport said. At ECU, the majority of theanonymous tippers are not in theGreek system, said Keith Tingley,director of Greek life at ECU.“We’ll get a call from some-one, a family member or a sig-nificant other,” he said. ASU’s fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha was suspended lastmonth until spring 2014 for a hazing incident.“Since the incident, no policieshave been changed,” said JamarBanks, director for the Centerfor Student Involvement andLeadership at ASU. “It’s businessas usual, it’s pretty much a no-hazing policy, period.”
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New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper speaks to UNC journalism students and faculty Tuesday about her experience.
By Emily Overcarsh
Helene Cooper said she almost peedin her pants the first time she stepped on Air Force One.The UNC alumna has been a WhiteHouse correspondent for The New York Times since President Barack Obama wasinaugurated, and her first interview withhim was on Air Force One.“All I wanted to do when I got on it islike steal stuff,” Cooper said at her lectureTuesday in the George Watts Hill AlumniCenter.“So I was in the bathroom looking for Air Force One soaps when Robert Gibbs, who’s the press secretary, said, ‘The presi-dent is ready to see you now if you canremove yourself from the soaps.’”Cooper lectured about her career as a reporter and her experience as the firstperson to break the news that Osama binLaden had been killed.She started her journalism career atThe Daily Tar Heel as a sophomore.“It took me like a year to get on thestaff of the DTH,” Cooper said in aninterview before the event. “I kept trying,and they were like, ‘No, get in line.’”She said her most influential jour-nalism teacher was Jock Lauterer, whotaught her news writing class.
New York Times White House reporter visits UNC
‘Sisterhood’ explores friendships over time
By Faith McElroy
This-is-the-third-in-a-series-of-stories-this-week-showcasing-the-student-playwrights-featured-in- LAB!-Theatre’s-“One-Acts-in-the- Park,”-which-begins-Saturday-at- Forest-Theatre.
UNC sophomore Bailey Jonesdidn’t write a play to empowerthe world or send a message —she wrote it as a personal chal-lenge.Her first play, “Sisterhood,” will be performed as part of LAB!Theatre’s “One-Acts in the Park.”“Really, it was just thata lot of under-grads writeplays, and I wanted to see what I could do with it,” Jones said.“Sisterhood” explores therelationship between Sarah andKatie, and its evolution over thecourse of their lives.The two characters are bestfriends, and the play begins when they are nine years old. Itfollows the characters throughtheir high school years and theirtwenties.Jones said that to write theplay, she took elements from herown friendships. It begins inthe two girls’ youth and revisitsthem in future settings.“As the girls get older, theirrelationships with boys andparents, and their expecta-tions of what they want out of life change, which shapes theirfriendship,” Jones said. After LAB! provided Jones’play with a director, she let go of the reins.“It’s tempting to try to keepcreative control over every littledetail when you have createdsomething,” she said. “It’s help-ful in its growth to let someoneelse take over and see what they can do.”The play’s director, sopho-more Dane Keil, said he hasappreciated the experience of making his directorial debut with Jones’ play.He said that although Joneshas given him the freedom to do what he wants with the play, he’sstayed true to the script.“I like Bailey’s writing and Ilike this kind of story,” he said.“It has a pretty clear dichotomy between the characters — one is what the other isn’t.”Tori Male, who plays the roleof Sarah, said Jones’ voice is pal-pable in “Sisterhood.”“Bailey is a very witty, dead-pan, sarcastic person,” Male said.“You can see her personality reflected in the play.”Male, who directed a play forlast year’s festival, said she canrelate to the play’s theme.“There is an undercurrent of
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competing lifestyles — the girls want to get married and settledown but also want a career,” shesaid.Keil said the story showcasesinteresting characters.“It shows a closed-in person who kind of flowers at the end tothe detriment of other people,”Keil said.“I don’t want to spoil it.”
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