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The Daily Tar Heel for March 23, 2012

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By Britton Alexander
Staff Writer
Two UNC students won morethan laughs on Wednesday.Ben Long and Brittany Spruill won the chance to openfor internationally acclaimedcomedian Lewis Black, whilecompeting in the Carolina Union Activities Board’sStudent Stand-Up Competition.Black, a UNC alumnus, willperform tonight in MemorialHall with Kathleen Madigan,a stand-up comedian, and JonFriedman, creator and producerof award-winning variety show “The Rejection Show.”The show and the stand-upcompetition are part of CUAB’sannual comedy festival, which wraps up Saturday. Vinny Tagliatela, comedy chairman for CUAB, said thecontest draws both experiencedstudent comedians and rookies.He said the competitionoffers the initial push for new comedians to start in the busi-ness, and that Long and Spruillare certainly on that track.“Both Ben and Brittany showed that they are strong
Serving UNC students and the University community since 1893
Friday, March 23, 2012Volume 120, Issue 17
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Tamok s th ful that allos commo popl to atta ucommo sults.
Andrew CArnegie
By Andy Thomason
University Editor
 Attempting to compensate for years of statefunding cuts, University leaders now believe they have at least one thing on their side — timing. With a two-year tuition plan set in stoneand the NCAA investigation now in the past,Chancellor Holden Thorp and the Board of Trustees are looking to utilize the next 18months to plan what they hope will be theUniversity’s largest fundraising campaign ever. At Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, Thorp presented the vision behindthe University’s coming campaign, along withmarching orders for the board to adopt a moreactive role on campus as they try to hone aneffective pitch.In the fall and early spring, administratorsadvocated for a two-year tuition plan with theintention of using the following 18-month quietperiod to their advantage, Thorp said in aninterview.“We engineered this on purpose,” he said.“The fact that the football (investigation) ended10 days earlier was a bonus.” And administrators will carry out most of the preparation of the campaign before fall2013, when tuition discussions will likely flareup again.“Between now and then we need to have a  very crisp story of how we’re going to sustain thepublic research university,” Thorp said.To remedy the steady, decades-long decline of state support, the University will embark on anambitious fundraising campaign that is expectedto exceed the $2.38 billion raised between 1999and 2007.But first it needs to find a message, a task that will define the coming months.“A lot of it is: What’s the messaging? What’sthe theme? Why are we asking people for
Leadersprep forfundinge≠ort
Chacello Holde Thop ad theBoad of Tustees bega caftig apitch fo the ext campaig.
By Mark Thompson
Senior Writer
 After a week-long search for the answerof how to win without Kendall Marshall,coach Roy Williams thinks he found theanswer — and it might be simpler than hefirst thought.“I think it puts an emphasis on every other part of the game,” Williams said.“We’ve got to step our level up in every area. We have to defend better, we have torebound better. If we are not going to get asmany easy baskets because Kendall is notout there, then we’ve got to get some morethat we have to earn.”It’s simple in theory, and it isn’t that faroff from what the Tar Heels did againstCreighton. Alongside the Tar Heels’ accustomedgood defense and tough post play, NorthCarolina shot an impressive 8-for-16 from behind the arc to seize control of the game. As usual, strong post play will be UNC’s
MARCH AT THE ARCH
By Kelly Williamson
Staff Writer
Four Greek houses could soonface losing University recogni-tion, and even more could losethe ability to recruit first semes-ter freshmen starting this fall.These possibilities are a resultof Greek system reform com-pleted last spring by the Board of Trustees, which includes raisingGPA requirements.On Wednesday, the board’s stu-dent affairs committee received anupdate on those reforms.Starting in the fall, all Greek organizations were required toattain at least a 2.7 average GPA to keep University recognition,up from 2.5.Four fraternities and sorori-ties do not currently meet thisrequirement, according to GPA averages from fall 2011.If these chapters fail to meetthe benchmark after two or moreconsecutive semesters, they couldface losing University recogni-tion, said Aaron Bachenheimer,director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life andCommunity Involvement.Bachenheimer said groups will work with the office to draft anacademic improvement plan toprepare for future semesters.The four groups are part of either the Greek Alliance Councilor National Pan-Hellenic Council, which on an average consist of 10members per chapter and don’ttypically don’t own houses.“The rule does not treat smallorganizations unfairly,said Winston Crisp, vice chancellorfor student affairs.“We are aware that one personin a smaller chapter having a badsemester could affect the overallGPA of the organization.”That’s what happened to Alpha Epsilon Omega sorority, which has a 2.48 cumulativeGPA.President Chazle’ Lassiter saidin an email that one of the mem- bers is suffering from a seriousillness, which has led to severalincomplete grades on her tran-script.“She is the main reason for ourgroup’s GPA suffering as a whole, but the others are all striving tokeep their grades up by studyingtogether and motivating eachother on a weekly basis, especial-ly during our chapter meetingsevery Sunday,” Lassiter said.If a group doesn’t work toraise its GPA, members will bereferred to the Dean of StudentsOffice, Bachenheimer said.
Greek organizations at risk under new GPA requirements
Beginning last semester, all Greek organizations had to meet a minimum GPA requirement of 2.7. Starting this fall, chapters must reach the campusaverage GPA, which uctuates, to oer fall rush to rst-semester freshmen. Groups can use their cumulative or semester GPA, whichever is higher.
SOURCE: HTTP://GREEKS.UNC.EDU, UNIVERSITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEESDTH/CAMERON LEWIS
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Zeta Phi BetaAlpha Epsilon OmegaSigma Gamma RhoOmega Psi Phi
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Greek organizations
Chapter GPA, fall 2011Chapter GPA, cumulative
 2.7 : Minimum GPA requirement Below are Greek organizations that traditionally recruit rst-semester freshmenin the fall, but might lose that ability under the new campus average GPA requirement.(Cumulative GPAs, fall 2011)
• Delta Kappa Epsilon: 2.907• Phi Gamma Delta: 3.007• Delta Sigma Phi: 3.128• Lambda Chi Alpha: 3.082• Pi Lambda Phi: 2.975• Kappa Sigma: 3.006• Pi Kappa Alpha: 2.882• Alpha Kappa Delta Phi: 2.904• Delta Phi Omega: 3.025
Greek organizations in danger of losing chapter recognition
Greek houses may loserecognition due to GPA 
dth/Melissa key
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain speaks to a crowdof more than 500 Thursday at the Medical Biomolecular Research Building.
Students to open for Lewis Black 
Herman Cain: ‘Americandream is under attack’
By Katharine McAnarney
Staff Writer
He used to sit at the back of a segregated bus — now he hashis own. And it even has hisface on it, for anyone who mightdoubt it belongs to him.Herman Cain, a formerRepublican presidential can-didate, talked Thursday abouthis hard upbringing, his goalsand his desire to preserve the American dream.Cain gave a speech tomore than 500 people in theMedical Biomolecular ResearchBuilding. He began by talkingabout growing up during thecivil rights movement.“Look at me. Today not only  was I able to run for president, Ihave my own bus out there withmy picture on it.”Cain emphasized that the American dream, though bro-ken, can be fixed if people stay informed, involved and inspired.“The American dream isunder attack,” he said. “Thegood news is that we can takeit back.”Cain said his first dream wasto make $20,000 a year and havetwo American Express cards.Once he accomplished thisgoal, he went on to work for thePillsbury Company and thenBurger King, eventually becom-ing CEO of Godfather’s Pizza Inc.
Fome pesidetialcadidate Cai shaedhis goals fo the US.The 2 wies of CUAB’sstad-up cotest willope fo Black’s show.
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recet efoms equieGeek ogaizatios tomaitai a 2.7 GPA.
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Though UnC’s stegth is i thepost, good 3-poit shootigcould be the diffeece.
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Forward John Henson, who is recovering from a wrist injury of his own, will play a pivotal role for the Tar Heels tonight against Ohio in the Sweet 16, especially as UNC looks to expand its shooting range.
We’re not goingto get away fromwhat we do.We’re still goingto play from theinside out.
Kendall Marshall,
Unc po gur
 
NOTED.
The expression “so-and-so saved my ass,” is a pretty common one. In this guy’s case,it’s also a pretty accurate one.Three Hispanic males walked into a Modesto,Calif., convenience store Wednesday and fought with a clerk before shooting him in the butt. Theclerk’s wallet stopped the bullet. Guess it was a pretty good ASSet! See what I did there?
QUOTED.
“I also believe that number one,(Obama)’s a Muslim. Number two, he’s a stu-dent of Saul Alinsky ... and I believe that it’shis policy to bring this country to its knees andruin the United States of America.”— Bob Nolan, Louisiana voter.It’s the return of Crazy Republican Fridays!I’m sure you’ve missed them, too.
I
mean, if a certain political party can manipulate the Constitution toact like the separation of church and state is a vicious attack on country  bumpkins everywhere, then surely this kind of thing is acceptable.Pasco County (Florida) judge Anne Wansboro ruled that red lightcameras violate our Constitutional right to due process by shifting the burdenof proof in the trafc violation cases away from prosecutors. The decision cameafter a defendant pointed out the state had no proof that, one, he was driving the car in question and two, that the camera had not malfunctioned.City ofcials are appealing the ruling based on the argument that Wansborodenied them due process to counter argue.Oh, Florida. Please get your shit together. Love, The other 49 states.
Constitution: 1, Trac tickets: 0
From staf and wire reports
DAILY DOSE
 
Someone opened an unlockedcar and took a cellphone at 7:15p.m. Tuesday at 399 UmsteadDrive, according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.Police responded to reports of robbery, aggravated assault and breaking and entering at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday on Coolidge Street,according to Chapel Hill policereports.Someone entered the victims’home, bound them and beat them with a blunt object, reports state. Among the items stolen werea computer, a stereo, a televisionand musical equipment, according to reports.The items stolen were worth$3,230, reports state.
 
Someone committed roadrage at 8:31 a.m. Wednesday at theintersection of Raleigh Road and W. Barbee Chapel Road, according to Chapel Hill police reports.The person attempted to runanother car off the road, reportsstate.
 
Someone was verbally abusive to a walker and his family at 12:25p.m. Wednesday at 120 S. EstesDrive, according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.Someone opened an unse-cured tailgate to a pickup andstole items in the truck bed in a parking lot at 2:01 a.m. Wednesday at 5623 FordhamBlvd., according to Chapel Hillpolice reports.Shoes worth $25 and a Patagonia nylon duffel bag valuedat $200 were stolen from the2000 red Ford F-series pickup truck, reports state.Someone sat in a parking lotand smoked marijuana at 12:43a.m. Wednesday at 200 Westminster Drive, according toChapel Hill police reports.Someone was sleeping on a  town bench at 3:05 a.m.Thursday at 120 E. Franklin St.,according to Chapel Hill policereports.
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IRRESISTIBLE READING 
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n front of Davis Library, graduate student of library science Margaret Hagerty was helping organizesome of the books that were on sale for the School of Information and Library Science book sale. “I came to help, but I am also here to buy books. Who can resist?” she said.
dth/jean lee
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Come to the qd todto ceebrte the Idi ceebrtio o spri. Ticket re $4, which icdeoe powdered coor pcket, dwi be od tod beore the eet.Mke re to wer white d etred to he to o coor .
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Tnsctos io sng fng:
Come ee Trctor Impro per-orm t the artCeter thi weeked. Thi how i oi to be  bit dier-et rom their rer how: Itedo imp tki diece e-tio, ctor wi orm rich, deeoped chrcter o the pot.stdet ticket cot $7 i dced $9 d o how.
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Ceebrtewith WXyC thi weeked b comito their 90 Dce Prt. Mke reto wer 90 cothe d et red toite to ome o or orite jmrom the 90. admiio i $5 or who wt to tted.
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Cheero the me’ croe tem  thetke o the Mrd Terpi thi
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Friday, March 23, 2012
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Scrary ‘running’ UNC  rir
By Edward Pickup
Staff Writer
On the day that ChancellorHolden Thorp charted an ambi-tious path for the University,the only visible surprise was theretirement of an institution.Jaws dropped around theCarolina Inn ballroom as trust-ees and observers alike receivedthe surprise news that Brenda Kirby, the University secretary, will retire by the end of this year.For the last 32 years, Kirby has managed chancellors’ sched-ules, made their appointmentsand made sure they were intouch with theright people— but morethan that,she has “beenrunning theUniversity,”Thorp said.“It is not anoverstatementto say thatBrenda has been runningthe University for 32 years,”he said. “Thereis no way to replace the institu-tional knowledge that she has.”Kirby has been in her cur-rent role as secretary of theUniversity since 1980. She joined the University in 1972.In this time, she has servedtwo medical deans, six chancel-lors, 32 student body presidentsand 69 trustees.Earning an annual salary of $150,000, Kirby has not only overseen schedules but also drawnup her experience to offer advice.“My job has been to be thechancellor’s right hand,” she said.“From time to time, when anissue comes up it is my job to tellthem what it is about and how itshould be handled.In this capacity, Kirby has also been an adviser to student gov-ernment, said Zealan Hoover,student body vice president.“I must stop by at least once a  week, if not more often, and sitdown and talk to her,” he said.“She is really just a great mentorto students and genuinely inter-ested in what we have to say and what is going on.”Kirby’s retirement is goingto leave an enormous role to fillin the chancellor’s office, said Wade Hargrove, chairman of theBoard of Trustees.“I don’t think Brenda isreplaceable,” he said. “She is a  wealth of institutional knowl-edge and wisdom.“We will miss her greatly.”That feeling was commonplaceThursday as word spread of herretirement.“I’m very sorry to see her go,”said David Bevevino, former stu-dent body vice president. “She’sinvaluable to the institution, sothat’s going to be tough — bigshoes to fill.Thorp said a replacement will be found as quickly as pos-sible so Kirby can work with herreplacement to ensure a seam-less transition.“The best we can hope for isthat she will spend a great dealof time with the person thatreplaces her,” he said.Kirby herself was morerelaxed about the vacancy she will leave.“I don’t have to worry aboutthat,” she said. “I’ve always beentold that you don’t choose yoursuccessors.”Kirby said the highlight of hercareer at UNC has been work-ing with the leaders who havemolded the institution.“I’ve worked with some awe-some leaders in the Air ForceROTC, in the medical school andhere in the chancellor’s office,she said. “I have learned so muchfrom their leadership and attri- butes that they have had.”
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Brna Krby
isth Univrsity’sscrtry. Sh mn-s th chncl-lor’s schduls ndppointmnts.
Aftr a stord 32yararr, th Unvrstysrtary says oodby.
UNC racsscialmdia 
By Brandon Moree
Assistant Sports Editor
 All week long students andfans alike have been glued toTwitter, desperate for updates onKendall Marshall’s wrist.They aren’t the only ones mon-itoring the social media accountsof student athletes.The University is keepingan eye on social media as wellthrough a third-party monitoringservice called Varsity Monitor.Sam Carmahan, CEO of Varsity Monitor, wouldn’t give specificsabout the relationship between theUniversity’s compliance depart-ment and the company, but he didconfirm that UNC is a client.“We provide social media monitoring services, so we work  with athletic departments to helpthem keep an eye on the socialmedia, both positive and nega-tive behavior that’s occurring,”Carmahan said. “They can usethat information for educationalpurposes and to work with stu-dent athletes to avoid any poten-tial issue down the road.”Carmahan said that UNC became a client of Varsity Monitor in the fourth quarter of 2011. Around that time, on Oct.28, the University had its hearing with the NCAA’s Committee onInfractions. As a part of the allegations,the NCAA charged that UNC didnot adequately and consistently monitor social networking activ-ity that visibly illustrated poten-tial amateurism violations withinthe football program.This was the only part of theallegations that the University disputed, on the grounds that it was unprecedented. Athletic director Bubba Cunningham, who declined tocomment about Varsity Monitor because he hadn’t been hired when UNC became a client, saidthere is still no NCAA policy regarding social media.“I don’t know how legislation’sgoing to change in the future,” hesaid. “What we were told in theinitial teleconference was thatthere isn’t and, in this case wasn’t,a blanket policy.“But essentially my (take) wasthat regardless of how the infor-mation is presented, via socialmedia or some other way, to aninstitution, that it’s our require-ment or responsibility to track down information and see if there’s any potential violation.The athletic department’spolicy on social media is thateach team can outline its ownrules for use.For new head football coachLarry Fedora, it’s not so muchabout the rules as it is commonsense.“We have a policy, but themain thing I told those guys is,‘Honestly, you know the differ-ence between right and wrong.Things that we do in that meet-ing room aren’t for the public,’”Fedora said.
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By Grace Tatter
Staff Writer
There isn’t a class about busi-ness contracts in the drama department.But Clare Shaffer, a sopho-more dramatic arts major, saidone might be useful. As producer for Company Carolina, Shaffer has to negoti-ate contracts for the rights toplays the company performs.The most recent of these,“Spring Awakening,” opens this weekend.“It’s a lot of paperwork,” shesaid. “Doing this has really pre-pared me to go off and deal withthe business things.
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By Janna Jung-Irrgang
Staff Writer
This is the last in a series of stories this week showcasing thestudent playwrights featured in LAB! Theatre’s “One-Acts in the Park,” which begins Saturday a Forest Theatre.
LAB! Theatre was not lookingfor playwrights with a history.But while selecting short playsto feature in Saturday’s “One- Acts in the Park,” the company chose plays by Patrick Robinsonand Sam Smith, who were bothpreviously involved with LAB!Robinson’s “Where the OceanMeets the Sky” was producedin November, while Smith’s“Stick-Up Kids” was on stage inFebruary.
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Time:
1 p.m. Saturday
Location:
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Info:
labtheatre.blogspot.com
EvangelineMee, literary manager forLAB!, said it was coincidentalthat they were both chosen.“We wanted to facilitate a place for these (established)playwrights, while also cultivat-ing new people who had not written plays before,” she said.For the festival, Robinson wrote “Festival of Clouds,” whichtells the story of a college-agedcouple who drive from New Jersey to South Carolina.“I wrote it in one sitting,”Robinson said. “There’s nothingimpressive about it. It’s more of a challenge for the director andthe actors to make it into some-thing that’s good.”George Schlosser, who isdirecting “Festival of Clouds,”said the script was deep.“It’s very intuitive in a way,”he said. “But we did have to findourselves going through the play nerd,” he said.“I wanted to think about why  you would take the time to letthe bugs run on your skin when you’re in a war.”Edmund Poliks, who directs“Lousing,” said he thought thescript was great to work with.“It’s about distraction, gener-ally messing around,” he said.“It’s not meant for you to walk out and say ‘it changed my life.’It’s meant to be really fun.”Poliks also said that the six-character ensemble cast will beinteresting for the audience.“Watching them is like watch-ing a family interacting,” he said.Mee said that the festival pro- vides an opportunity to foster anartistic community.“It will not only be enjoyablefor the audience but is also a place where playwrights cansee their scripts performed onstage.”
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to find out ‘what does this linemean?’”Robinson, inspired by his ownrelationships and his friends’experiences, said that the topic isrelevant to people his age.“It’s basically about saying‘I love you’ when you’re young,an experience most people deal with, and having a sense of humor about it,” he said.Robinson — who was awardedlast year’s UNC Selden Prize inPlaywriting for his play “Wherethe Ocean Meets the Sky” — hasalso been involved in LAB! as a  writer, director and actor.Smith said his one-act play,“Lousing,” features ConfederateCivil War soldiers in Virginia having lice races on their arms.“I’m a bit of a Civil WarShaffer first decided toproduce “Spring Awakening”after receiving a proposalfrom junior Katie Moylan, theshow’s director.Moylan saw the play inCharlotte and had a vision before the curtain dropped forintermission for her own pro-duction of the show.“I thought, ‘Wow, this wasan incredible thing I was given,and I want to give it to someoneelse,’” Moylan said.Moylan immediately wrote
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‘SPRiNg AwAKeNiNg’
Time:
7 p.m. Saturday toMonday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Location:
Historic Playmakers Theatre
Info:
 Tickets are $7 to $13
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By Amelia Nitz
Staff Writer
UNC is the only university that has a piece of waterinfrastructure as its official logo, a fact that was madecrystal clear Thursday afternoon.The University kicked off H2O Carolina, a two-yearresearch focus, at the Old Well Thursday with a read-ing of Caridad Svich’s play “The Way of Water.”The program aims to make major breakthroughs in water research and integrate the theme campus-wide,said Jamie Bartram, director of the University’s WaterInstitute and a former United Nations water expert.Chancellor Holden Thorp said the theme is another way UNC can focus on sustainability.“It’s a great opportunity to show how Carolina fos-ters scholarship that helps improve people’s lives,” hesaid in a press release.The University also announced a new endowed pro-fessorship that will allow the Gillings School of GlobalPublic Health to recruit a professor who is a globalleader in research and policy for improving the world’saccess to clean water.The Don and Jennifer Holzworth DistinguishedProfessorship Fund was established with a $666,000donation from the Holzworths, according to a Thursday press release. The fund will total more than$1 million through matching funds from the state.Bartram said this is the first time an Americanuniversity has brought the entirety of its resourcestogether to focus on one theme for more than a semes-ter or year.“Taking a campus-wide approach to that chargethrough the water theme marks a first in recentUniversity history,” Bartram said. “What we are pro-posing to do is bigger and more exciting than whatothers have done before.”He said he gets proposals each day from faculty andstaff with ideas for integrating water into courses andevents next year.“The main objective was for it to be very participa-tory, to bring people in,” Bartram said. “It’s encourag-ing that we’re already seeing this many proposals.” Will Raymond, member of the Orange Water andSewer Authority board of directors, said the conversa-tion about water should have been initiated two yearsago on a local level.“I hope this focus and creativity spills over into ChapelHill and Carrboro and promotes a discussion of not only  water globally, but water locally,” Raymond said.UNC is not the first to make water its primary focus.The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of  Advanced International Studies hosted a “Year of  Water” during the 2008-2009 academic year.Felisa Neuringer Klubes, director of communica-tions for the school, said it has focused on a differenttheme each year since 2005. Klubes said that althoughthe theme was exclusively an initiative of the school, itsparked university-wide interest and collaboration.“We viewed it to be very successful and students were extremely engaged because the theme of waterseemed to resonate with students,” Klubes said. Ashley Rogers, director for corporate and foundationrelations for the school, said it also worked to providereal-life experience with the topic, sending students toChina and Istanbul to study global water issues.The University of Michigan’s College of Literature,Science and the Arts also sponsored a water-themedsemester in 2011. Manja Holland, co-chairwoman of the project, said she proposed the idea because it is rel-evant across a variety of disciplines and related to herprofessional research.“As an aquatic ecologist, I am particularly concernedabout the global water crisis and water sustainability,Holland said.
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Dramatic art majors sophomore Allen Tedder, left, and senior Stephanie Linas read the play “The Way of Water” on Thursday afternoon as part of UNC’s two-year water theme.
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