Friday, March 30, 2012
The Daily Tar Heel
8 UNC students namedFulbright grant recipients
Eight UNC students have wona Fulbright grant, and more win-ners will be announced on a roll-ing deadline until mid-May.Given by the Fulbright U.S.Student Program, the grantallows students to either pursueresearch or to teach Englishabroad.The winners announced so farare Mark Abadi, Julia Ault, Laura Brade, Patrick Dowd, Joshua Ford, Brittany Lehman, ElaineTownsend and Leslie Willis.Last year, UNC had 18 grantrecipients, the 10th most fromany school in the country, saidTripp Tuttle, adviser for theFulbright program at UNC.
Chapel Hill police arrest8 people for car break-ins
The Chapel Hill PoliceDepartment arrested eightpeople for breaking and enteringinto vehicles between March 14and March 27. All of the arrests were on felo-ny charges, and in each incidentthe vehicle broken into had beenleft unlocked or unsecured.Police are recommendingthat residents lock their vehicledoors and trunks and roll uptheir windows when they leavetheir cars. A police press release alsosuggests that residents part in well-lighted areas, and that driv-ers never leave valuables or keysinside of their vehicles.Police also urge residents whonotice suspicious activity in theirarea to contact 911 immediately.
- From staff and wire reports
By Daniel Wiser
Assistant State & National Editor
RALEIGH — Democratic guber-natorial candidates showed few signsof division on issues at an educationforum Thursday, while the leadingRepublican contender declined toattend the event.Hosted by the N.C. Association of School Administrators, the forumpresented candidates with an oppor-tunity to discuss their views on edu-cation spending and policy in frontof about 100 school administrators atthe Raleigh Convention Center.Much of the discussion amongthe Democratic candidates centeredon their opposition to educationcuts in last year’s state budget. TheRepublican majority at the N.C.General Assembly enacted total cutsof more than $900 million in educa-tion funds — including a reduction of $414 million, or 15.6 percent, for uni- versities — in efforts to grapple witha budget deficit of $2.4 billion.Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton said he would work with the Republicanleadership to emphasize the impor-tance of education as an investmentrather than a budgetary line item.“I would hopefully let them know the wisdom of that — that educationis the key to the future and that weneed to build education,” he said.“That’s going to be the key to jobs.”Republican frontrunner PatMcCrory, former mayor of Charlotte,unveiled his education platform Wednesday and did not join theother GOP candidates at the forum.His plan calls for offering two typesof high school diplomas — one forcollege-ready graduates and one forstudents entering the workforce —more student choices in terms of online courses, and charter schoolsand merit pay for teachers.McCrory has also said he opposesextending three-quarters of a one-cent sales tax that expired in last year’s budget. That extension, whichcould raise as much as $750 mil-lion in additional revenue, has beena sticking point for current Gov.Bev Perdue in her public spat withRepublican legislators, who say taxesshould not be raised during a sput-tering economic recovery. While all of the Democratic candi-dates expressed their support for thesales tax extension to fund education,none appeared willing to differenti-ate themselves on other issues.Former Congressman BobEtheridge joined Dalton and Rep.Bill Faison, D-Orange, in opposingtax credits for families who wantto send their children to charterschools. They also agreed that meritpay should not be awarded to teach-ers before their salaries are increasedto match the national average.“Everybody wants to do it, butnobody wants to put the money behind it,” Etheridge said. According to a survey conductedearlier this month by Public Policy Polling, a left-leaning polling firm based in Raleigh, McCrory leadsEtheridge by a 46-36 percent marginand Dalton by a 46-35 percent mar-gin. McCrory continues to benefitfrom support among independentsand more name recognition afternarrowly losing the governor’s seat toPerdue in 2008.Other Democratic candidates whoattended the forum included Dr.Bruce Blackmon, a retired physician who advocated for using 5 percentof state lottery funds to invest in anendowment for education.Republican Scott Jones, a busi-ness owner from Greensboro, said he would take a nonpartisan approachto education.“Right now we’re worriedabout too much Democrats andRepublicans, and we can’t get any-thing done — that includes theschool system.”
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Gubernatorial hopefulsshared views on NC budgetat an education forum.
By Leslie Carlucci
If you’ve seen the block-buster hit The HungerGames, you might have recognized the woodedlandscapes of Western North Carolina. The state was the film’s setting of a futuristic dystopiannation, where children are selected to compete in a game of survival.The film brought in about $150 million at the box office during it’s opening weekend, and fansare now rushing to the state to visit shootinglocations and areas where the actors spent timefilming.The film, based on the first of a trilogy by Suzanne Collins, was shot last year in Ashevilleand Charlotte areas. And the sequel is rumored toreturn to North Carolina next year. Amanda Baranski, executive assistant for the western N.C. Film Commission, said the N.C.Film Office has projected that almost $60 million was generated during production. As the statecontinues to face potential budget shortfalls,fan tourism could be a beneficial uplift for theeconomy.“I think that (fan tourism) will be a lasting eco-nomic impact,” Baranski said. “After the film hasplayed and people see the thing, they’re going to want to come here.”Prentiss Brewer, visitor services manager with the Brevard and Transylvania Chamber of Commerce, locations where parts of the movie were filmed, said visitation to the county’s tourism website has more than doubled recently, and sheexpects tourism to continue to grow.“We do expect to see a pretty substantial leap inthe numbers,” she said. “Summer is normally busy anyway, and we’re expecting it to be the blockbuster year.”Tammy Hopkins, co-creator of the private com-pany Hunger Games Fan Tours, said fans have been asking her about tours since last year. Thecompany’s other co-creator, Leigh Trapp ,was previ-ously involved with tours based on the Twilight andHarry Potter movies.Hopkins and Trapp offer day and weekend excur-sions at DuPont State Recreational Forest, wherescenes of the games — particularly scenes in whichprotagonist Katniss sleeps in the tree tops — werefilmed. The company also offers opportunities forfans to participate in activities based on the movie.Fans who take part in the tour can learn survivalskills and compete in time trials, resulting in a win-ner. Both creators are expected to be interviewedtoday on the MSNBC Today show about the HungerGames fan tours.The tourism division of the N.C. Department of Commerce has created a four-day, self-guided itin-erary for sightseers to visit shooting locations andstar hangouts from production.
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Fans are flooding the state to visitthe film’s shooting locations.
By Caroline Pate
In 1989, an art critic denouncedThornton Dial’s drawing skills.But this criticism only motivated Dialfurther.Dial, previously known for his mixed-media sculptures, produced a collection of drawings between 1990 and 1991.These drawings make up one of the Ackland Art Museum’s latest exhibits,“Thoughts on Paper.”The exhibit is the first one to featureonly Dial’s drawings, said Kimberly Kutz, a curatorial intern for the Ackland.“He’s best known for his sculpture, actu-ally, not his works on paper,” she said.In conjunction with “Thoughts onPaper,” UNC Press has released a book of the same name that contains critical essayson Dial’s drawings.
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A collection of drawings byThornton Dial will be one of the latest Ackland exhibits.
Barbara Jentleson, the digital archivist at the Ackland, observes Thornton Dial’s art at the open-ing reception of “Thoughts on Paper,”which includes Dial’s drawings from 1990 and 1991.
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By Megan Cassella
In hooded sweatshirts and headscarves, UNC students looked to makea statement Thursday afternoon. About 65 students gathered on thesteps of Wilson Library for a photoshoot to symbolically protest acts of racial discrimination — specifically,two recent cases they said targeted the black and Muslim communities.Trayvon Martin was a black 17-year-old who was shot and killed while walk-ing in his neighborhood in Sanford,Fla., by George Zimmerman, a neigh- borhood watch volunteer who said he was acting in self-defense.Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-oldMuslim and mother of five, died after being beaten last Wednesday in herCalifornia home with a tire iron.She was found with a letter next toher that read, “This is my country. Go back to yours, terrorist.” She was origi-nally from Iraq. At Thursday’s photo shoot, studentsheld hands, standing solemnly togetherin front of a sign that read “Hoodies & Hijabs 4 Justice.”Sophomore Amira Shehata, whoorganized the event, got the idea from Wake Forest University. After seeingtheir photo, she wanted to organize thesame event at UNC, she said.“I got a lot of great reactions, because both African-Americans andMuslims were being represented here,”Shehata said. “We wanted to stand forall minorities and show that we need justice for everyone.”Shehata said she organized the eventprimarily because she wanted to spreadawareness about these two recentinjustices.
About 65 students held asign that read ‘Hoodies andHijabs 4 Justice.’