By Claire Williams
As UNC-system admin-istrators discuss new enroll-ment funding models, schoolsthroughout the system arealready planning changes.Following years of exten-sive budget cuts, N.C. StateUniversity is slowing its fresh-men enrollment growth to fitavailable resources and main-tain academic quality.The university’s new long-term enrollment plan includesincreasing graduate and trans-fer student enrollment.To implement the enrollmentplan, NCSU administrators willhire more tenured and tenure-track faculty to expand theschool’s research capacities andadvise graduate students.Tina Valdecanas, chief strat-egy and branding officer at theResearch Triangle Park, said anincreased focus on research atNCSU will bring more researchdollars to the area.In a NCSU report about theenrollment plan, the university said it expects a 38 percentincrease in incoming transferstudents, and a 22 percentincrease in incoming master’sstudents by 2020. This year,1,027 transfer students enteredthe university, along with about2,000 master’s students. Admitted freshmen are pro- jected to increase by only 1 per-cent in 2020. This year’s fresh-man class totaled 4,564 students.The UNC system hasrequested $29 million in enroll-ment funding from the statelegislature for the 2012-13academic year, including $11.5million for a new performance- based funding model that was discussed by membersof the UNC-system Board of Governors at its meeting last week.The new model is designedto reward campuses for gradu-ating more students and oper-ating more efficiently.Cathy Barlow, provost atUNC-Wilmington, said theuniversity is also taking steps tooperate more efficiently by bol-stering its graduate program.UNC-W’s enrollment modelallows for controlled growth of both transfer and freshmen stu-dent populations, she said.“We are currently assess-ing our enrollment model andexploring a number of optionsto develop a new model inresponse to decreased university resources and the current eco-nomic environment,” she said.NCSU’s smaller increase inadmitted freshmen students will boost the selectivity of theuniversity’s admissions, accord-ing to the report. It will alsodecrease introduction-levelclass sizes and increase resourc-es available for scholarships andneed-based financial aid.UNC-CH does not plan tofollow NCSU’s enrollment plan, but will grow slowly and selec-tively, said Bruce Carney, UNC-CH executive vice chancellorand provost.“Their enrollment plan makesconsiderable sense for them, within the funding formula cur-rently in use,” he said. “It is notour road map, however.” And at East Carolina University, Provost MarilynSheerer said they are encourag-ing transfer students while cut-ting back on freshmen enroll-ment increases.“Our facilities cannot handlea larger freshman class, and ourfaculty is at capacity in terms of serving that population.”
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
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Student transit cuts will bediscussed to fill budget gap
Lower student fees meansmore walking.In order to accommodate toa tighter transportation system budget, members of the advisory committee for transportation met Wednesday to discuss tentativecutbacks to student transit.The system’s funding is suffer-ing as a result of budget short-falls. Department of Public Safety tried to ease these shortfalls by raising student transit fees by $14.50 per student — but thestudent fee advisory subcommit-tee approved an increase of just$8.74.The funding shortfall willrequire cutbacks in service, someas drastic as cutting entire buslines during winter, spring andsummer breaks, members said.
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Tobacco addiction provesan issue for cancer patients
UNC researchers have uncov-ered a lack of effective tobaccoaddiction treatment servicesfor patients at cancer centersnationwide.Dr. Adam Goldstein blamedthe specialization of medicine onthis lack of services.“Cancer doctors as specialistshave focused on trying to curethe cancer, but they also mustfocus on cures for the disease —addiction — that causes many cancers,” Goldstein said.Researchers believe continuedsmoking after being diagnosed with cancer can shorten theprognosis of patients.It also increases risk for moretumors and causes more prob-lems after cancer surgery.Goldstein said cancer patients’physical and psychological issueshave proven difficult to incorpo-rate into oncology.
Mineral rights raise concern
By Jenny Drabble
As fracking moves closer tolegalization in North Carolina,DR Horton homeowners acrossthe state worry their homes could be a site for this controversialmethod of oil extraction. A bill legalizing frackingpassed in committee Wednesday,making applications availablefor permits as early as July 2014if the bill passes in N.C. General Assembly’s short session in May.Since DR Horton homeown-ers don’t own the mineral rightson their property, a subsidiary energy company of DR Hortoncould frack under homeowners’property with or without theirpermission. And homeowners would seeno financial benefit from oil ornatural gas extracted.Despite multiple phonecalls, the company could not bereached for comment on whetherthey would pursue fracking.Some of the DR Horton home-owners in Chapel Hill believe theprocess, which involves extract-ing natural gas or oil using pres-surized fluid, could destroy theirneighborhood if used.“Fracking raises all sorts of questions about water pollution,traffic, noise and ruining both theproperty values and the environ-ment,” said Bill Arthur, residentof the Legend Oaks neighbor-hood in Chapel Hill.“The drilling affects all of the neighbors and has to beapproached on a wider range.”Legend Oaks contains houses built by Orleans Homes andnewer houses built by DR Horton.But those who live in Orleanshouses own their mineral rights. Arthur said because his neigh- bor was not comfortable waivinghis mineral rights, DR Horton wouldn’t sell the home to him.“I guess with Horton it’s eithertake it or leave it,” he said.Jim Floyd, a Legend Oaks resi-dent and DR Horton homeown-er, said he was aware of the min-eral rights issue when he boughtthe house and that the company was very up-front about it.He said he does not wantfracking under his home, but felt
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“If they want to exploit oil, they should buy the properties and rezone the area to non-residential.”
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NCSU to alterenrollmentmodel, growth
Rebecca Watson, a senior who plays the role of Agave, performs during the final dress rehearsal of “The Bacchae” on Wednesday night. Theplay was adapted from the ancient Greek tragedy about mortals who are punished for refusing to worship the god Dionysus.
By Kathryn Muller
When he first started working on “TheBacchae,” Chris McMahon wanted hisactors to be completely naked.But when the director of LAB! Theatre’slatest LAB!oratory series production wastold that nudity wouldn’t be allowed, hesettled for bandeau tops and bike shorts.“The Bacchae,” a Greek tragedy written by Euripides, is about mortals who refuseto worship the god Dionysus and theirresulting punishment. The play premieresThursday at the Center for Dramatic Art.McMahon, who readapted the play into what he calls a “modern techno style,” said“The Bacchae” is essentially about theexploration of human nature — a conflictthat he says many movies and plays attemptto convey but few actually capture.Instead, McMahon said he had a betteridea for how to interpret the meaning thatlies within “The Bacchae.”“Why do something over that has beendone?” he said.Greg Kable, professor of dramatic art,said that readapting a Greek tragedy like“The Bacchae” is not an easy task.“We have a lot of preconceived notionsabout Greek culture that we get from mov-ies, but trying to make that world come back to life is daunting,” he said.McMahon, in readapting the originaltext, said he took a minimalist approach.“I really wanted to do it in a room, and Ireally wanted arena type staging so nothingis hidden,” he said.Keeping with this interpretation,McMahon also wanted the costumes to beas revealing as possible.“The Greeks had the idea of prudence,”he said. “(This project) rejects a lot of thoseideas.” At first, Paige Kinsley, a member of thecast, said she was uncomfortable with wearing very little clothing, but she saw therevealing wardrobe as an opportunity to try something new.“I wanted to push myself,” she said. “Itdoesn’t faze me anymore because I get how it works with the piece.”McMahon’s adaptation also incorporatestechno music into scenes, which sets up an
LAB! Theatre puts a new spin on a Greek drama
UNC professor wins Guggenheim
By Elizabeth Ayers
Lisa Lindsay found her next book in a footnote.Lindsay, a history professor, was planning a book on African women, but stumbled on a footnote about James Vaughan,a South Carolina native whomoved to Nigeria in the 1850s. After meeting Vaughn’sdescendants in Nigeria, Lindsay decided to change course.She got some help Friday when she was tapped for a JohnSimon Guggenheim MemorialFoundation fellowship, which will provide funding for the book about race-related strug-gles in Africa and America inthe 19th century.“The life of James Vaughanforms one thread in a largerfabric of interconnections dur-ing a transformative period in Atlantic history: When slavery was abolished in the UnitedStates and colonialism began in West Africa, and when peoplein both places struggled overslavery, freedom, and citizen-ship,” Lindsay’s proposal reads. Almost 4,000 historians,scientists, novelists and art-ists apply for the fellowship, but only about 220 awards aregiven out each year.Chairman of the history department Lloyd Kramer, saidthe award shows the quality of the historical scholarship atUNC.This is the second consecu-tive year that a history profes-sor received the fellowship.Fitz Brundage won in 2011 tocomplete his study “Torture in America: The Long History.”“I think it’s an honor for ourhistory department as well as forthe University,” Kramer said.Brandon Byrd, a graduatestudent teaching assistant inLindsay’s trans-Atlantic slavetrade class, said he was happy for Lindsay because she workedhard for it.Lindsay said she will use herthe house was worth the risk.“We were told that the pos-sibility of fracking happening was very slim,” he said. “We were alsotold they would stay a certaingreat distance away from our lotif indeed the mineral rights wereto be exercised.”If fracking does come to thearea, Arthur said it will affecthim too — despite the fact thathis house was built by Orleansand he owns the mineral rights.The energy company coulddrill in the area if it obtainedmineral rights to a certain per-centage of the land, even if somehomeowners don’t consent.“I don’t think fracking should be allowed in a residential area.If they want to exploit oil, they should buy the properties andrezone the area to non-residen-tial,” Arthur said.Representatives from bothNewland Communities and M/IHomes, other homebuilders, saidthey don’t sell mineral rightsaway from properties.Noelle Talley, spokespersonfor the attorney general, saidin an email that the ConsumerProtection Division is preparinga report for the legislature aboutissues related to fracking, whichis due May 1.“(The Department of Environment and NaturalResources) has shared with ouroffice any public comments thatrelate to consumer protectionmatter, which is how we learnedof the issue involving mineralrights and properties sold by DR Horton,” she said. William Clarke, another resi-dent of Legend Oaks, said he andhis wife oppose fracking.“Whether fracking is madelegal or illegal, it is just immoral,”Clarke said. “We paid for ourproperty and I own it to the cen-ter of the earth.”
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analogy that will allow the audience to con-nect with the philosophy behind the trag-edy, Kinsley said.“Techno is the modern version of theDionysian thought — the unordered, theunattained way of life that people know.”Kable said that while “The Bacchae” is very much a tragic story, it is also oddly comedic.“Dionysus is the unconscious part of ourselves that we can’t control but have toaccept,” he said.“It’s weirdly tragic but weirdly funny because it gets us looking at the human-ity that lies beyond and below, and what itcosts us to be alive on earth.”
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Lisa Lindsay, an associate profes-sor of history, was awarded aGuggenheim Fellowship to sup-port her research.
grant to relieve her from a yearof teaching so she can focus onher writing.The fellowship requiresrecipients to spend six to 12months on the project.To apply for the fellowship,Lindsay wrote a four-page pro-posal indicating how she woulduse the grant and a three-pageprofessional narrative about her work and accomplishments.But she said the foundationdoes not have a specific set of requirements.“That is why they call theseawards ‘mid-career’ awards,”she said.Lindsay was also required tosubmit copies of her previously published books.In 2003, Lindsay publisheda book titled “Working withGender: Wage Labor andSocial Change in SouthwesternNigeria,” which focused on women’s rights and gender in Africa. With the fellowship, Lindsay said she will spend most of the year just writing.“I’ve already done most of my research,” she said. “What Ireally need to do now is just sitin a chair and crank it out.”
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