Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
Student aid committee talksabout success of aid last year
The University provided morefinancial aid in the form of grantsand scholarships in the 2010-11school year, a trend that helps easestudent debt after graduation,administrators said.In 2010-11, 74 percent of students’financial need was met throughgrants and scholarships. Amid the highest tuition hikesin school history, Steve Farmer, vice provost for enrollment andundergraduate admissions, saidthere has never been a time whenmore students are interested infinancial aid.The number of undergraduatestudents who demonstrated needand received it has increased signifi-cantly from 2009, rising from 37 to43 percent.
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By Grace Tatter
The impetus for the first collaboration between CUAB and WXYC came from a famous jazz musician. While Googling himself, jazz pianistMatthew Shipp discovered that UNCradio station WXYC frequently plays hismusic. He asked the station to help himfind a venue to perform in the area.“We were so pleased that he contactedus,” said Karina Soni, outreach coordina-tor for WXYC.“We were flattered, because it’s an art-ist we really appreciate, and he saw thatand wants to perform.”Soni said the station jumped at thechance to bring Shipp and his current bandmates to the Chapel Hill area — but they didn’t have the funding to do itthemselves.So Soni asked Evan Allan, music chair-man for the Carolina Union ActivitiesBoard, if the organization would collabo-rate with WXYC for the first time. Allan said he was happy to help.“That type of jazz isn’t represented oncampus at a lot,” he said.Ultimately, CUAB secured the funding— about $5,000 — and WXYC publi-
By Kate Caison
It might be due to AugustineJoseph’s audacity that MichelleObama will be giving the May commencement address at N.C. Agricultural & Technical University.Joseph, president of the univer-sity’s College Democrats of N.C.chapter, had the opportunity tomeet President Barack Obama lastOctober. After their handshake andofficial picture, Joseph presented thepresident with his N.C. A&T logolapel pin.“This is a symbol of Aggie pride,”he said. “You will need it when youcome back and speak at A&T.”The president gave a sincerelaugh, Joseph said. “But then I said,‘Mr. President, I am serious.’”Joseph said Obama responded with an “OK.”During the course of this year,N.C. A&T Chancellor Harold Martintried to reach out to Obama andinvite him to speak at the May grad-uation ceremony.But it wasn’t until last week thatN.C. A&T received a call regardingthe Obama administration’s deci-sion. The White House told theuniversity that Michelle Obama, nother husband, would be speaking atthe address.The White House officially announced Wednesday that thefirst lady would be speaking at N.C. A&T’s graduation. Compensation forthe commencement address has not been requested.Greensboro Coliseum will hostthe graduation ceremony with thefirst lady and about 1,100 N.C. A&Tgraduates.The university is expecting anincrease in attendants to hearMichelle Obama speak. The presi-dent is not expected to be in atten-dance.Previously, the university hostedDonna Brazile, a political analystfor the Democratic Party, at itsDecember commencement andRandal Pinkett, co-founder, chair-man and CEO of BCT Partners, forits spring 2011 ceremony.“Twitter says the student body is really excited. As a campus com-munity, we are excited and abso-lutely pleased,” said Nicole Pride,associate vice chancellor for uni- versity relations.Joseph said he saw tweets frompeople worried about not being ableto get into the graduation ceremony because of the high profile status of the speaker.“People were saying, ‘It’s going to be a circus,’” he said.James Stimson, professor of political science at UNC-CH, saidin an email that the Obama admin-istration’s decision to have Michellespeak at N.C. A&T isn’t withoutpolitical motivation.“Everything the president and firstlady do during campaign season iscalculated for political goals,” he said.
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Everyone involved in the future Hampton Inn project at 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro participates in a groundbreaking Wednesday morning at the site of the town’s first hotel.
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By Megan Hahn
As UNC seniors prepare to donCarolina blue gowns, local hotels arealso gearing up for graduation seasonand the influx of families, alumni and visitors that it brings. After what Laurie Paolicelli,executive director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau,described as the “perfect storm of a recession” local hotels felt in 2010,she is optimistic about the visitors —and money — these upcoming events will bring to the industry. Wednesday marked a major step inthe local hotel business, as developers broke ground for Carrboro’s first down-town hotel, a 142-room Hampton Inn& Suites.Paolicelli said in recent years, new hotels opening in Durham and cor-porate budget cuts have caused localhotels to suffer — but with the upcom-ing hotel and other projects, she is opti-mistic that they are bouncing back.Since October, Paolicelli estimatedChapel Hill hotels have seen a 6 to 10percent increase in demand for rooms,though rates are still down from pre-recession levels.But she said based on trends, shethinks rising demand will continue. Average occupancy has increased by 2.1 percent from last year to total59 percent for Orange County so farthis year, and Paolicelli said hotels inChapel Hill reach an average occupan-cy of 60 to 70 percent on weekends.The state as a whole saw 43.8 per-cent average occupancy in January of 2012.“People stay in a hotel room for a reason; depending on that reason they look for different prices. Weddings want elegance,” she said. “Athletic trav-elers look for a more reasonable rate.”Paolicelli said The Hampton Inn & Suites, which will be located at 300 E.Main St. as part of a $20 million mixed-use development, will be the first moder-ately priced hotel in downtown Carrboroand will offer options for people visitingfor special events like graduation.Laura Van Sant, spokeswomanfor development firm Main Street
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By Jenny Surane
Plans for a new CVS at 201 N.Greensboro St., which have met resis-tance from residents and town officials,have been delayed once again.But this time it was CVS that askedfor the delay.The Carrboro Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night to indefinitely post-pone the April 17 public hearing, whenthey were scheduled to make a finaldecision on the rezoning. According to town documents, theplanning board recommended that the board deny the current request.Town planners cited the lack of pedestrian access and poor integration with downtown development as reasonsto deny the rezoning.In response to that feedback, CVSasked for more time to revise its conceptplan, Alderman Dan Coleman said.“Depending on the nature of theirrevisions, they may require an additionalround of reviews from the planning oradvisory board,” he said.Coleman said CVS made the decisionto delay the public hearing after present-ing three different conceptual plans tothe planning advisory boards. Alderwoman Lydia Lavelle saidCVS also asked for the delay to betterrespond to neighborhood feedback.“Based on feedback from the com-munity and the planning and transpor-tation advisory boards, they said they wanted to reconsider the plans they presented,” she said.Leigh Polzella, the developer for theproject, said there is no definitive timeframe that CVS will need to considerrevisions to their concept plan.“Following the comments made dur-ing the March 1 planning board publichearing and the March 15 planning board working session, we concludedthat more time was needed for planevaluation,” she said in an email.Polzella said CVS plans to review cur-rent comments and staff reviews, and toreceive the planning board’s final rec-ommendations before proceeding withtheir plan evaluation.Polzella said she couldn’t expand on what revisions CVS is considering.“It is premature to discuss the chang-es we are working on,” she said.Lavelle said whether CVS decidesto submit another rezoning request, a public hearing would be rescheduledonce CVS was ready to present new plans.“No matter what happens, they aregoing to have a public hearing,” she said. Approval for rezoning will requirea three-fourths majority vote from theBoard of Aldermen after residents filed a petition earlier this month.Though many have opposed theproperty and say it would destroy thetown’s character, Carrboro residentLynn Hayes said she looks forwardto hearing the town’s decision on the
The contovesial business’sconcept plans will take moetime than anticipated.
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Jazz pianist Matthew Shipp, center, will perform March 29 in the Hill Hall auditorium.
nity,” she said. Vizuete said he believes students whoaren’t familiar with Shipp’s music willenjoy the performance.He first saw Shipp perform live about14 years ago as part of the David S. Warequartet, and he said he still remembersit vividly.“They were an atomic bomb of a quartet,” he said. “It was something very new and powerful, and I’ve been a fan ever since.”Soni said she hopes WXYC and CUABcollaborate on more events in the future.“We want to keep doing things likethis,” she said.“We want to be able to bring artiststhat don’t get as much exposure with thehelp of CUAB.”
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CVS has been contentious from its start:May 5, 2011: Developers presenteda concept plan to Carrboro advisoryboards at a courtesy hearing.Feb. 4, 2012: Carrboro Communeoccupies the 201 N. Greensboro St.building in protest.Early March: Residents filed a protestpetition with the town to oppose therezoning for the CVS.March 17: Guerilla Gardeners threw“seed bombs” over the building’s fenceto protest.
potential rezoning.“Right now there is this ugly abandoned building,” she said. “Anything would look better than what it is right now.”
Properties, said the new hotel will begeared for the budget traveler.“You can go out of your room and goto a restaurant in Carrboro and go toa bar and grab a drink without a $200price tag,” she said. And the extra rooms it will offer arelikely to be welcomed at graduationtime — the local hotel industry’s busi-est season.Jamie Frydlo, who works in sales atFranklin Inn, said the hotel is usually at
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“We were flattered, becauseit’s an artist we really appre-ciate, and he saw that and wants to perform.”
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cized the event.Shipp is known for his artistry in “free jazz,” which is more improvised thanmainstream bebop or modal jazz.He has released 20 albums in the past10 years, either as part of a group or as a solo artist.Many of Shipp’s albums are in rota-tion at WXYC, meaning they get regularplay, said Will Vizuete, an environmentalscience professor and disc jockey at thestation.“They’re very good at promotingevents,” Allan said, citing the number of local radio stations they contacted andtheir advertisements around campus.But Soni said publicizing for an actthat few outside of the WXYC communi-ty are familiar with has been a challenge.“It’s hard to turn people onto jazz,” shesaid. “They’re all like, ‘I love the top 40!’”Soni said she’s excited to help expandShipp’s fan base, though.“It’s a really good way to integratestudents and give them an idea of what we do and how we want to expand musicthat we really like to the campus commu-