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Novemb er 2007 | Vo l u m e 10 | Is s u e 3 | w w w. u nc. edu /bw | FRE E
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[from the editor]
2416-B Frank Porter Graham Student Union UNC-CH Campus Box 5210 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5210 www.unc.edu/bw EXECUTIVE President KELLY GILES Editor AMY GUYER Managing Editor ROBIN HILMANTEL Internal Relations Director AMANDA YOUNGER Publisher LEEANN THORE Vice Presidents of Finance KELLY RABIL & CLAIRE BERG Accounts Manager MICHAEL PLATER Ad Representatives EMILY BLAESER, KATE GILLAM, MATTHEW KUSEL BRITTANY MURPHY, CASEY WELCH Vice Presidents of Publicity ALLISON MASSIELLO & MEHGAN MCMILLAN Marketing Directors EMILY SMITH & TYLER WILLIAMS Special Events Director ERIKA ROCKETT Distribution Manager MALLORY PLAKS Corporate Relations Directors BLISS PIERCE & SARA FENDER Creative Director KELLY GILES CONTENT Campus Editor DEBORAH NEFFA Arts & Entertainment Editor JON MCDONALD Sports Editor MATT TOMSIC Columns Editor MARIE CROWDER Special Sections Editor EMILY O’ROURKE Sports Shorts Editor CASSANDRA ZINK Photo Editor DANIELLE VERRILLI Senior Copy Editor PATEE FARLEY Staff Writers MADELEINE CLARK, LAUREN ENEY, KATE GILLAM, BRITTANY HOUSTON, CAROLINE HUTCHESON, KAREN KLEIMANN, KELSEY KUSTERER, MIA MOORE, BRITTANY MURPHY, AMY LEONARD, SOPHIA MALIK, ANNIE MURAWSKI, MARY LIDE PARKER, LIZ REGALIA, RACHEL SCALL, REBECCA SEARLES, KATHLEEN SHARPE, HANNAH TAYLOR, KELLY THORE, JILL WATRAL, CASEY WELCH, SARAH WETENHALL Copy Editors EMILY BLAESER, PATEE FARLEY, LESLIE STEPHENS Columnists COLIN KEIL, EMILY O’ROURKE, JON MCDONALD, CAROLINE MCMILLAN, MATT TOMSIC Page Designers FAYE FANG, SARA FENDER, KRISTIN MCKNIGHT, AMANDA MCPHERSON, KELSEY MORRISSY, JAMILA THOMPSON, MCKENZIE THOMPSON Photographers SARA FENDER, FAYE FANG, LIZ MUNDLE, VICTOR OLIVERA, MARY LIDE PARKER, AMY VU, MARY WYATT ONLINE Online Editor AMANDA MCPHERSON Online Content Editor CARRIE CRESPO Online Columnist MALLORY PLAKS Online Writers KELSEY KUSTERER INTERNAL RELATIONS Printing THE IMAGING BUREAU Adviser JOCK LAUTERER Board of Directors DEB AIKAT, LOIS BOYNTON, KIM MORISETTE, LEO ZONN OUR MISSION • To inform readers of the unique personalities, events and traditions that define the University’s heritage and help shape its future. • To offer staff members practical and enjoyable journalism, business and management experience. Blue & White is produced by students at UNC-CH and is funded at least in part by student fees, which were appropriated and dispersed by UNC-CH’s Student Government.
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Jon McDonald is a junior English major from Charlotte. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Matt Tomsic is a junior journalism major from Wilmington. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It cometh before the fall. It’s that fuzzy feeling for any NASCAR fan during the “Star Spangled Banner.” It’s the reason why at any sporting event, you can find at least one fan of the visiting team decked-out in the opposing side’s gear. And as the beer, expletives, Beefmasters, taunts and death threats rain down on this brave soul, pride is why he doesn’t leave. It’s the reason why I’ve had a 20-minute argument about whether a dolphin is a mammal or a fish. It’s also the reason that a UNC-Chapel Hill employee worked full time while raising five kids. It’s found in students who pay for college, working as much as possible and applying for every available loan. This month we decided to clutch the original cardinal sin and squeeze out of it every ounce of juicy hubris and conceit for your reading pleasure. We’ve got a behind-the-scenes look at the Marching Tar Heels, whose every funky stomp and shrill scream bleeds Carolina blue. We’ve profiled a few black swans, who gladly take advantage of UNC-Chapel Hill’s affordable education and beautiful town, but whose allegiances still lie eight miles down the road. Then we’ve turned a close eye toward the highly touted diversity at UNC-CH, as culturally focused groups try to walk the line between self-segregation and delighting in their differences. So take a few minutes, let it all go to your head, get on your high horse, let the world revolve around you. Confession exists for a reason, so for God’s sake, show a little pride. Enjoy.
Jon McDonald & Matt Tomsic Thematic Editors
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[in this issue]
8 PRESS ONE FOR COLLEGE FUND Meet students who juggle jobs, studying and personal lives on a low budget for the sake of a great education. 12 SPLIT PRIDE Hating Duke is practically a prerequisite to being a UNC-CH student, unless you’re one of these brave individuals. 15 STATE FAIR Take a look at the people who make the fair what it is. 18 THE OTHER FACULTY These are the people who do the daily tasks that often go overlooked. Meet four UNC-CH employees who enjoy working for the University. 22 CLIQUE CULTURE Ever joined a club to meet new people and realized they were all just like you? Our writers look at contrasting views of diversity in on-campus organizations. 25 MARCHING BAND Long practices, hours on the field and a sense of camaraderie and pride in UNCCH aren’t just for athletes.
[in every issue]
4 THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY 6 FROM THE BELL TO THE WELL 11 CALENDAR 30 SPORTS SHORTS
[on the cover] Cranston Farrington, an
employee at Student Stores for more than 20 years, has seen thousands of students come and go and witnessed multiple University remolding projects. He looks forward to retiring in six years. -photo by Liz Mundle
28 UH-HUH, NUH-UH Colin Keil Emily O’Rourke
Northern vs. Southern Pride
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the good, the
as told by gary birdsong
basketball starting turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, oh my! the music playing outside Memorial Hall less-than-80-degree weather
As much as students complain about the Pit preachers, they do provide a good deal of entertainment. Americans are professionals at avoiding offensive speech, but the Pit preachers stir up our polite, politically correct culture. Sadly, the campus favorite, “Gary the Pit Preacher,” was recently banished. This blogger took it upon herself to follow the exiled Birdsong from the Pit to Polk Place. “Hey, Gary! We miss you in the Pit, yo, the Pit, dawg!” one passerby said Birdsong did not seem to notice his fan, as he was quite involved in another conversation. In this conversation, Birdsong was saying that pedophiles who prey on young boys are homosexuals. Guy: “What about the straight, young men who rape girls?” Birdsong: “They’re homos, too.”
Girl: “Gary, is it a sin for a married woman to keep sex from her husband?” Birdsong: “That’s witchcraft.”
[how to be a good christian woman]
Girl: “What’s the first thing I need to do to be a good Christian woman?” Birdsong: “Get married.” Girl: “Get married, then what?”
Guy: “God, what was up with that strange woman busting into our classroom today, acting all confused, then running after a ‘Oh, I think I have the wrong room.’ I mean, come on! It’s the middle of the semester. I’m wasted, and I still found the right room.” Girl: “You came in late.” Guy: “But I came.” Girl: “Yes … reeking of alcohol. You giggled and threw trash the whole time.”
If you enjoyed this, check out past Pit-sitting, eavesdropping and more at the Blue & White blog. Head on over to: bluenwhite.wordpress.com.
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bad, the ugly
Birdsong: “Leave this school.” Later he added: “Have sex. Have lots of babies.” Girl: “What number — six?” Birdsong: “Six, six, six. That’s an evil number.” Girl: “OK, let’s go on to seven.”
Girl: “What should I wear?” Birdsong: “Dress modestly.” Girl: “Can I wear this (blue jeans and a t-shirt)?” Birdsong: “No, you look like a man.”
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[that’s a fact]
“Women want to control men, it’s a known fact.” “Feminism leads to homosexuality.” Birdsong’s change of venue has not affected his ability to draw a crowd. His politically incorrect speech may be grating at times, but he is as much an institution on campus as Silent Sam or the Old Well. Moving him will not change that fact. -kelsey kusterer
photo courtesy of scott kimball
what to watch
In “Sicko,” Michael Moore could easily have created a montage of sad stories from the 50 million uninsured Americans. He opted for portraying the tragedies of the 250 million insured Americans. Our biggest fear when it comes to nationalized health care is that we picture a communist-like state where the hard-working suffer and the lazy reap the benefits. By showing us that the insured are still victims of a faulty system, Moore causes a paradigm shift. The viewer begins to think, “Why am I holding on so fiercely to a system that has no interest in me, only in my money?” Moore then reinforces the wheels that have begun churning by showing us examples of nationalized health care systems that have been successful in other countries. Nope, not the U.S.S.R. The two countries most analogous to the United States — England and France. Just when the viewer is packing his or her bags to move across the pond, Moore takes a group of Sept. 11 rescue workers who
could not get treatment in the United States down to Cuba, where terrorists are getting better health care than Americans in Guantanamo Bay. Moore’s ideas are varied and jump quickly from one new situation to the next, keeping the viewer hooked, interested and in disbelief. To be able to make a patriotic viewer question the intent of their government is one thing. But to make someone question if their government and health care system even cares whether they are dead or alive can be truly devastating. Maybe we need to be devastated. The feeling can quickly turn from feeling completely abandoned by your country to feeling like you have nothing to lose. When a person feels like they have nothing to lose is when the will to fight is born. Moore is trying to light a spark, but we have to carry the flame. It’s not about politics; it’s about you and me and who is going to take care of us when we are sick. If we don’t care, then who will care for us? – sophia malik
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from the bell
When you think of your typical college fraternity, a few things come to mind: secret initiations, brotherly bonding and, of course, parties. But Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the nation’s largest service fraternity, is anything but typical. For one thing, it includes girls. “I never wanted to be in one of the other frats,” sophomore pledge Matt Vita said. “And APO just isn’t socially-based like the others. It’s weird, I never thought of it as a frat, but more of a club.” Since 1929, when UNCChapel Hill recognized the Rho Chapter, the fraternity has met weekly to plan service projects and local volunteering opportunities like helping out at animal shelters, children’s hospitals, assisted living facilities and fundraiser events that might need a hand. “I really like the fact that I can identify with so many other people who share the same values as I do,” sophomore pledge Hannah Autry said. “It’s just nice to know that you have the capability to impact someone’s life so deeply with something that might not take a great deal of time.” The growing interest in APO has challenged the group leaders. This semester APO had to cut 25 percent of its pledges to form a group of 120 brothers and sisters. “The past two semesters, our rush has been really competitive,” Co-President Nick Cain said. “We have had to cut people because we didn’t think we could manage so many people.” APO is founded on three core principles: service, leadership and friendship. “I used to hesitate to say I was in a fraternity,” Cain said. “But as I grew in it, I am very proud to be a part of Alpha Phi Omega, a fraternity that stands for much more than just being a social organization.” —rebecca searles
alumni profile: bucky harris
Bucky Harris, 25, is part of a legacy of UNC-Chapel Hill athletes that encompasses four men and four sports. The history of the Harris men begins with Harris’ grandfather, William Clinton Harris Jr., captain of the Tar Heel basketball team whose championship banner from the Southern Conference Championship in 1935 still hangs in the Dean E. Smith Center. “Big Buck,” number 17, was notable for his offthe-court leadership. “He was kind of the same as me,” Harris said. “When he got there, he was nowhere near as good as anyone else, but he played harder and tried a lot harder than anyone, so they kept him because he was a great asset to the team.” Harris’ father, William Clinton Harris III, Class of 1968, played for the UNC-CH baseball team. Better know as Daddy Buck, he was a switch-hitter for Carolina. The Harris family watched him play outfield from the stands, and his father came to cheer on his son for the first game the Tar Heels ever played under stadium lights. Bucky’s older brother, William Clinton Harris IV, from the class of 1995, initiated the third generation of Harris athletes as a lacrosse player.
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to the well
One would imagine that UNC-Chapel Hill, the oldest public university in America, is steeped in tradition. However, for one reason or another, just a handful of deep-rooted traditions have lasted, and the traditions we celebrate are fairly young. Up until the mid-20th century, at the end of the school year, all the seniors would gather under Davie poplar to smoke a peace pipe. As the university expanded, this and many other smaller traditions fell by the wayside. Harry McKown, of the North Carolina Collection at Wilson Library, said that when soldiers returned from World War II, there were few people left to pass down the traditions. “They had wives, kids, jobs to get to — not a lot of time to participate in all that,” McKown said. “I think there were a lot of things that didn’t survive when all the new folks came in.” The Meeting of the Waters is an even less known, almost mythological tradition. On hot days they would gather at the waters to bathe and relax (back before UNC-CH admitted women). Historian Kemp Plummer Battle described the Meeting of the Waters: “The dense shade of the lofty trees, the musical murmur of the tumbling streams, the high bluffs covered with mosses and ferns, hepaticas and heart leaves, the rustling of the leaves of the treetops, and the perfect calm below, make this an ideal place for lovers of nature.” One thing that will never die is UNC-CH and Duke’s rivalry — which goes beyond basketball. After every Duke/Carolina football game, the winning team paints the platform of the “Victory Bell” their school color, either light or dark blue, and keeps it in the school stadium until the other team earns it back. The Tar Heels were the first to win the Victory Bell in 1948 in a 20-0 victory over Duke. The Victory Bell has now been in Kenan Stadium for the past three years straight. Freshmen believe that a drink from the Old Well on the first day of class secures a 4.0 GPA. Even if traditions are superstitions, the history shared on the grounds of the oldest public campus is real. As UNCCH’s campus expands to include 1,000 more acres of land, the bell tower will continue to ring out and Davie poplar will stand behind Silent Sam. —kathleen sharpe
Clint, as they called him, was a freshman when the lacrosse team won the National Championship in 1991. His entire family was at Fetzer Stadium to watch him score his first goal. “I had all the choice in the world when it came to picking my school,” said Bucky, a native of Wisconsin. “My parents went with me to every school I wanted to visit, but I ended up only applying to one.” During his first week, he saw a flier for the fencing team: “‘No experience required — just prove you have heart and aptitude.’” He took it down, hoping that fewer people would show up and that he would have a better chance to make the team. Harris still has the flier. Of the 120 students that showed up, the team kept 10, including Bucky. “At first I got a lot of jokes, like, ‘Oh, what kind? Chain-linked or picket?’” he said with a laugh. But his family studied up on fencing so they could support him completely. His dad came to every home meet. Bucky became captain and was named most improved by his sophomore year. After his fourth year, he was ranked in the top 50 in the world. Bucky says his decision to become a part of the third generation of athletes at UNC-CH was the best thing that ever happened to him. “It gave me a sense of time, place and purpose,” he said. “I knew very clearly and took a lot of pride in where I had come from.” -elizabeth regalia
[words from the wise]
“He was better than me at that particular time. But right now I don’t think he could beat me.”
-Carolina basketball star Michael Jordan on losing a game of pool to then-assistant coach Roy Williams when Jordan was an undergrad *courtesy of tarheelblue.com
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Press One for College Fund
Dealing with midterms and papers is hard enough. What happens when students have to add supporting themselves and paying for college to the mix?
BY karen kleimann & marY lide parker • DESIGN BY FAYE FANG & kElSEY morrISSY • PHoToS BY FAYE FANG
My roommate and I joke it’s worse than the real world - your day never stops Michael Creech
Michael Creech, a junior at UNC-CH, works at UNC Hospitals.
IT’S TOWARD THE END of the night, and Michael Creech walks into his apartment after a long day of school and work at UNC Hospitals. He sets the latest utility bills on the kitchen counter. But instead of fixing himself a sandwich and relaxing in front of the TV, he heads toward his desk and digs into a pile of homework. He only has a few hours before he has to get up and repeat the day. Creech, a junior at UNC-Chapel Hill, has a federal government loan. It covers some tuition, but not his school books, rent or utilities. He has to work about 12 hours a week at UNC Hospitals in the Anesthesiology IT Department to pay for everyday expenses, leaving little time for him to pursue other interests. “My roommate and I joke it’s worse than the real world,” he said. “Your day never stops.” Creech is pursuing a business administration degree at the Kenan-Flagler Business School and also wants to get a master’s degree in accounting at UNC-CH. But if he isn’t admitted into the Master of Accounting program, he must find a job immediately after graduating in order to pay off his debt as soon as possible. “I’m looking at about $25,000 worth of loans,”
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[N.C. State] and we had to split things up,” Creech said. But this doesn’t include interest, Creech said. But, with a smile, he added, which rose from 4 to 6 percent since he started “We continue to have arguments about college in August 2005. who’s better, and you can guess which Whether shuffling bills, going to financial budside I’m on.” get workshops or paying straight out-of-pocket, Like other financial programs, The the financial prospects of tuition are worthy of Carolina Covenant provides many stua few nervous twitches. Ever-increasing tuition, dents with the opportunity to attend competition for scholarships and pressure to UNC-CH without complete coltuition obligations. lege before Students need to pursuing an be 200 percent advanced degree under the poverty make money a level to qualify. top priority. “But the costs Many students don’t pay for basic at UNC-CH necessities,” said worry about the 18-year-old Joshua financial burHarwood, a freshman dens of tuition and a member of the and how they Covenant. Harwood can pay for it feels he still needs a job while still leavto compensate for what he ing time for a doesn’t have. social life and He dreams of becoming a extracurricular research neuroscientist and activities. said he feels at home in Students who Chapel Hill, where receive loans he has plenty of and some types opportunities to of financial aid get involved in camhave to pay the pus activities. But he money back recognizes that the through a workUniversity doesn’t study program or soon after have a neuroscience graduation. For those fortunate department, meanenough to receive scholarships ing that he can only without having to work, there is major in psychology time to enjoy going to football and biology, leaving games and riding the P2P bus the leap to neuroafter a night of fun. Eliza Harris works at Paper Pen & Ink in Carr science a task for Creech considers himself finanMill Mall graduate school. cially savvy. He’s built a financial He realizes that cushion by saving money he the money can made in high school and workdry up quickly if he doesn’t continue to ing full-time during the summer. monitor his expenses. With the aid of Still, he wishes he were more socially confinancial budget workshops and frugal nected. spending, Harwood can actively purCreech sometimes must sacrifice his weekends and free time to make sure he has enough money sue all social avenues to their fullest possibilities. to pay his expenses, which provides a good look Harwood and his sister are the at what the real world is like, he said. first in his family to attend a fourBut Creech is proud of not having to spend his year college, and he’s proud that he entire career paying for college. “I’d rather sacrifice the time now and work real- was accepted into UNC-CH as part ly hard to not have to pay as much money after I of the Covenant. “It’s like an academic family,” he said. get out of here.” He also said he is grateful to be in a Though he doesn’t get to engage in many school activities, he still has plenty of school spir- place where he can interact with diverse groups of people, admire the beautiit, which he and his siblings inherited at home. ful campus and attend football games. “We were raised as Tar Heels and always hated Harwood painted his hair and face blue Duke and N.C. State, until the first sister got in
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Freshman Josh Harwood is a member of the Carolina Covenant.
and white for his first UNC-CH football game. He also said he feels privileged to attend a school with famous alumni such as Michael egedent Union Jordan and Andy Griffith. “Plus,” he said jokingly, “I really like the color blue.” Garrett Windle, a resident of Chapel Hill for the past year, is taking the road less traveled to put himself through college. Windle has held 10 different jobs since age 15 and has been completely financially independent from his parents since the day of his high school graduation. He paid his way through one semester at Appalachian State University before he ran out of money. Windle said his biggest flaw in managing his finances was poor planning. “I could have taken unsubsidized loans, but I didn’t,” he said. “My rationale at the time was ‘I would rather stay out of debt.’” For the past year and a half, Windle worked toward better planning. After attending Appalachian State, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves and completed the requisite six months of initial training. After not being deployed to Iraq and having no money to go back to school, Windle made the decision to move to Chapel Hill. “I knew I would want to go back to school if I was around all my friends who were in school,” he said. “Not to mention, Chapel Hill is a great place to be.” As of now, Windle plans to start classes in
January at Durham Tech Community College, which he will attend for three semesters before applying to transfer to UNC-CH. “Carolina is most likely to open doors to law school for me,” he said, which is his ultimate goal. The University’s Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program is one of the most active in the country. Even though Windle is not in the ROTC, he can still use the selection officers as a resource while at the University. “Instead of working my way through school on Franklin Street, I’ll be working my way through school in Iraq,” he said. Eliza Jane Harris, a junior at UNC-CH and an international studies major, has also been financially independent from her parents since her freshman year of college. Harris says her financial independence is both rewarding and challenging. “I feel like I have more freedom because I don’t have to rely on anyone but myself,” she said. “I think I get a lot more out of my education because my parents’ expectations don’t influence me.” She currently holds two jobs, working about 20 to 30 hours a week. Her tuition and other expenses are covered by scholarships and grants. But some opportunities that many students at UNC-CH take for granted are simply not feasible for Harris. “I can’t participate in any clubs or student organizations because whenever I’m not working, I’m studying,” Harris said. But to her it’s all worth it: “I wouldn’t want to be at any other school.”
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These students bleed blue, but it’s a darker shade than that of their peers. & brittany murphy • design by amy guyer & mckenzie thompson • photos by amy guyer
When basketball season starts up, he knows better than to wear his Duke shirts around campus, but he sometimes sneaks one on as an undershirt. Likewise, Devon owns a few Carolina shirts (gifts of course), but cannot bear to wear them when November rolls around. His refusal to sport Carolina blue and be ousted as a Duke fan went so far as the Duke vs. UNC game at the Dean Dome last year, where he wore a plain gray hooded sweatshirt. In a more daring move, Inazu proudly sported Duke blue at the teams’ last game, only to find himself on the losing side. Is it hard to support the “wrong” team? Both of these Duke fans admit that they can feel like the odd man out at games and in class during the season. Preferring not to antagonize his students, Inazu limits his Duke pride in the classroom and admits to enjoying a Carolina soccer game here and there. Devon said he is not averse to watching other Carolina sports but tries to limit his game attendance. Once basketball season sets in, he avoids the trek down to the Dean Dome all together. “I don’t like being surrounded by all that Carolina blue,” Devon said.
Most students remember their first loyalties belonging to their parents’ alma maters. Perhaps your first music box played “Here Comes Carolina” or your first bib featured a smirking blue devil. Maybe your first words were “wolf pack.” When you’re young, your loyalties surface without you even knowing it, and sometimes things never change. The idea of sharing allegiance to both Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, to most students, is unfathomable. But hidden amongst the legions of devout Tar Heels lurk the unfortunate few souls who also support the Blue Devils. One closet Duke fan, Devon*, admits to having jumped on the Duke bandwagon during the infamous 1991-1992 seasons. He stuck with it and retains his pride for the rival school alongside his two brothers, one of which is a UNC-CH alum. He said that a shared loyalty to Duke is a great bond between him and his brothers. However, when you support both archrivals, showing your pride becomes a sticky situation. John Inazu, a Ph.D. candidate and Political Science professor, spent seven years at Duke and finds relinquishing his old ties impossible.
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Not everyone falls into the category of athletic pride. Some people genuinely do not care if UNCCH beats Duke or anyone else in the ACC for that matter. For them, it’s all about academics. Doug*, a junior music major originally hailing from the University of South Carolina falls into this category. He has little allegiance to any school and transferred to UNC-CH solely for academic purposes. Growing up in a family that stressed intellectual endeavors, the quality of education is his main focus when it comes to siding with a school. “If Duke gave me a full ride tomorrow, I would definitely take it,” he said. Then there are those who have a healthy amount of pride for both athletics and academics. They love to see their team win, but at the same time they are committed to their education and value the opportunity to be able to attend an institution like UNC-CH. As Taylor Scott, a sophomore psychology major, said, “Sometimes you have to put your Chem lab before rushing Franklin Street.” Many love a great rivalry, and UNC-CH and Duke have one of the biggest. Sometimes Duke’s losses taste sweeter than UNC-CH’s biggest wins. But for those students who share an allegiance to both schools, it can be hard to choose sides. Inazu takes the high road with his pride for Duke University and chooses not to be one of those antagonistic fans of the rival school.
“I’ve come to appreciate the rivalry for the competition rather than the animosity,” he said. Sometimes being a Duke fan has its downsides. One of Inazu’s colleagues, a fellow grad student and Duke fan, used to keep a Duke sticker on the back windshield of his car. While the car was parked on campus one day, an overzealous Tar Heel fan smashed in the window. After that incident, Inazu removed his own Duke sticker for fear of a repeat offence. Devon is familiar with the animosity that Inazu witnessed. While most of his peers are buzzing with uncontrollable excitement for Carolina basketball, he is just trying to stay out of the conversation. He chose to remain anonymous for this article because he knows that some Tar Heels are too serious about the rivalry to overlook the detail. When forced to admit allegiance in certain social situations he “can feel their opinion of me lowering.” He was told that by the end of his freshman year at UNC-CH he would convert to Carolina Pride. While he’s tried it out, he feels that it’s just not possible for him to cheer on his future alma mater to victory. His loyalty lies eight miles down the road. As a general rule, this Dukie tries to lay low when it comes to talking about his Blue Devils fandom. He gets some teasing from his friends but prefers to avoid confrontations from people who might not understand (especially drunk people). So what does he do when it comes time to sing the alma mater and that infamous last line? “Go to hell Duke … I just can’t say that,” he said.
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Above: North Carolinians from Wilmington pride themselves on their agricultural export technology, where they use 235-foot-tall cranes to lift cargo from railroad cars to ocean vessels. At the fair, crane operator Brandon Davis shows Jessica Walter, 9, how to control a 1-40 scale model crane. Susan Clizbe, the port’s communications manager, said “I set [Senator] Richard Burr up with a crane and he turned into a four-year-old, so I knew the kids would like it.” Below: Jim Weber of Clayshaper Pottery demonstrates techniques on his pottery wheel to onlookers at the Village of Yesteryear. Although currently based in Milner, Ga., Weber learned his craft at Haywood Technical College in Clyde, N.C. While demonstrating, Weber stressed the importance of hard work and education to keep the Southern heritage alive. “We are truly living examples of heritage and talent, expressly for the citizens of the state of North Carolina.”
Woodworker Lyle Wheeler shapes part of a chair he is working on at the fair’s Heritage Circle. Wheeler produces traditional ladderback chairs and rockers using Shaker techniques in his shop at Millers Creek, N.C., near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each piece of the chair comes from a specific part of the trunk based on the wood’s qualities and grain. “I’ve been making chairs since ‘89,” Wheeler says. “My grandfather taught me how.”
Meet the people behind N.C.’s traditions. & captions by danielle verrilli • design
photos by kelly giles
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Fruit and produce competitions at the fair provide opportunities for farmers to receive recognition for their prized products. Entries are divided into categories such as youth, amateur and most true to type.
Left: Vicki Troxler, a partner in the Greensboro-based Neese Country Sausage, shows off samples of liver and sausage. Neese’s is a fourth-generation family-owned business that sells to grocery stores across the state. “The hogs are raised in North Carolina...normally it’s a female,” says Troxler of the meat used in their bacon, ham and sausage products. “They have no chemicals.” Bottom: Members of the Triangle Bonsai Society displayed their trees at one of the fair’s many horticulture exhibits. Meticulous care and pruning goes into producing miniature versions of various species of trees, each of which fits into a specific form. The organization seeks to educate and promote the bonsai art through lectures and demonstrations. Far Left: Stacks of products made or grown in North Carolina greeted visitors to the Got to Be NC agricultural exhibit, where they could learn about local companies and taste free samples. Products ranged from the fourth-generational family-owned Cheerwine soft drink based in Salisbury, to Anne’s Old Fashioned Flat Dumplings, started by Bryan and Anne Grimes in Greenville, N.C. The pastry strips are a key ingredient in the popular Southern dish known as chicken pastry or chicken n’ dumplings.
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Below: Lenny Moore, of Greensboro, works iron at the forge as part of the fair’s Heritage Circle. Moore and other members of the North Carolina Blacksmith Association educate onlookers about their craft. The association holds regular meetings and clinics to teach newcomers and to pass their trade along to the next generation. New member Eric Cartrette, who attends demonstrations to learn the craft, said sometimes “we need someone to take us by the hand and show us.”
Above: Donna Ball of Bobbee’s Honey packages honey-flavored cotten candy in News & Observer newspaper distribution bags to sell to customers. The small business from eastern North Carolina sells honey products such as syrup, candy sticks and cotton candy to distributers and takes pride in its unique filtering preparation process.
Above: Virginia Boone, left, braids a custom rug using purple, black and cream strips of fabric while her niece Mary Ann Dotson, of Lake Lure, N.C., describes the braiding process to a customer at the fair’s Village of Yesteryear. Boone began braiding rugs 60 years ago in 1945, and has been demonstrating her Colonial-era craft at the exhibit since 1966. “I had to learn to do it without looking...when I had to teach [braiding],” Boone says, who can carry on a full conversation without looking at her task as wrinkled but skilled hands create a work of art. She taught her trade several years ago to Dotson, who has expanded the designs into braided handbags. Left: Strange expressions stare down visitors to the fair’s pumpkin carving contest. Artists, including Tim and LInda Trudgeon, of Mocksville, N.C., proudly transformed the pumpkins into detailed, three-dimensional faces. Below: Woodworker Lyle Wheeler shapes part of a chair he is working on at the fair’s Heritage Circle. Wheeler uses red oak logs while they are still green, saws and shapes them down, dries the pieces and then assembles them without glue.
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UNC-CHAPEL HILL UNCLE C.C.
Students grow to love UNC-CH in four years — five if they’re super. But what about the employees who have been here for several decades?
by brittany houston
& rachel scall
design by jamila thompson photos by liz mundle
24 years he admits that his favorite part of the day is going home. “The first 10 or 15 years, it was extremely fun to come to work,” he said. “The people in the store made it fun.” Farrington remembers his old co-workers being like family. But as more of his friends left the job, his feelings about coming to work have changed. “I really do miss the people who aren’t here now,” he said. “Many are deceased, many have retired, many left to work somewhere else. It’s the people that make a job.” Farrington said he now looks forward to his retirement date, which is six years away. “July 20, 2013,” he said. “This freshman class, I’ll get to see graduate,” he said affectionately. “Then, ‘Uncle C.C.’ is out.” Esther Jeffries, a 41-year UNC-CH employee and cashier at Lenoir Dining Hall, put it simply: “I enjoy working with the students. What I’ve enjoyed most about my job is the students.” While some might see UNC-CH as just another uni-
students aren’t the only ones who can’t get enough Carolina Blue. There are more than 8,000 non-faculty employees who work at UNC-CH. Although the 72 percent retention rate of professors recently made the front page of The Daily Tar Heel, that number doesn’t tell the full story. Students have plenty of reasons to take pride in being a Tar Heel, but we spoke to four university employees to find out what they thought of their time at UNC-CH.
“The people take a lot of pride in their Tar Heels,” said Cranston Farrington, a long-time Student Stores employee who is proud of the school’s diverse population. Farrington has been working in Student Stores for 24 years, and the University has changed dramatically throughout his time here. “There’s no place to park,” he said. “Every parking lot that was here when I first got here has a building on top of it.” Farrington’s days start early in the morning, and after
“IT HELPED US RAISE OUR KIDS”
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“You see that building there? (Student Stores) That building has gone through more reconstructions since I’ve worked here than the United States of America.”
Doug Crutchfield, a student aid accountant at the University describes why his interactions with students is his favorite part of working at UNC-CH: “Seeing students come in as freshmen, it never seems like they were here four years. It seems like they’re here two years and they’re saying, ‘I’m graduating!’ So seeing the students come in and grow up and being able to go out in life and then also hearing back from Cranston Farrington has worked at UNC-CH for 24 students who … you’ve gotten to know when [they were] in school here.” years. But after July 2013, “‘Uncle C.C.’ is out.” As an undergraduate, Crutchfield’s own dreams of going to college were almost crushed 30 years versity, for Jeffries it is much more personal. Jeffries spent part of her 41-year career at the University ago when he found out he owed the school $500. “Five-hundred dollars is nothing now,” he said. “But I working in the Student Union. She was a single parent only paid $1,200 a year. I said, ‘If I’ve got to pay $500, I with five kids, and she never had a weekend off. Because she didn’t have a baby sitter, Jeffries would bring all five might not be able to go to school.’” Crutchfield now works in UNC-CH’s Student Aid Ofof her kids with her to work whenever they didn’t have fice as an accountant, helping students who are in the school. Despite these tough odds, Jeffries pulled through and same position he was. “I needed financial aid when I went to school,” he said. feels that she owes part of her success to UNC-CH. “Who knows — a couple thousand dollars might make “We should be proud (of the University) because it helped us to raise our kids,” she said. “So that’s what the difference between students saying, ‘Well you know makes me proud — that I had a job, worked here, en- what, I can’t afford to go to school.’” Crutchfield praised UNC-CH’s devotion to its students joyed my job and all my kids.” Jeffries said she has enjoyed watching trends change on and the idea that everyone deserves an education. “I really believe the school is concerned about trying campus. to educate students,” Crutchfield said. “And they do it “The kids’ dressing,” she said. “I love to watch the fashvery cheaply. They try to hold down the cost, and a lot of ions!”
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Fill me with a caption. Whatever you want to say
“It’s just the most important thing I could’ve done, to thank the Lord for allowing me to be here for 41 years.”
schools can’t say that.” But before becoming an advocate for affordable education, Crutchfield fell in love with UNC-CH basketball. “I was drawn to the school as a fan because of When Esther Jeffries’ children didn’t have school and Dean Smith,” he said. “In the ’60s, blacks did not play for white schools in the South. But Dean she had to work, Jeffries would bring her children to Smith recruited Charlie Scott from New York work with her. City. He was not afraid to step out and take a stand and do what’s right, even though there were Fisseha has nothing but admiration for the 300 Marchsome people who did not like what he did.” ing Tar Heels in the University’s band. She is impressed That’s when Crutchfield instantly became a Tar Heel. by the fact that students with different backgrounds and
“The feel of Carolina — it’s such a free environment,” said Elsabet Fisseha, a UNC-CH alumna and an administrative assistant for the marching band, about what makes UNC-CH special to her. Fisseha has been a full-time employee here for three years, and she attended the University from 2000 to 2004. Her transition from student to employee has helped her to grow-up at Chapel Hill. “A lot of the things that didn’t make sense to me as a student start to be a little more clear,” Fisseha said. “You stop thinking on an individual level — the things that I want and need — and you start to look at the big picture. As a student, I was thinking about how to make it best for me.” “You’ve always got people with ideas floating around and listening to students talking about what they’re learning about,” Fisseha said. “The element of learning and education that goes on here is a really positive thing.” For Fisseha, working at UNC-CH is all about the students. “College students are so enthusiastic and fun and entertaining.”
“THIS IS WHERE MY HEART IS”
interests can all come together and put in so much effort for a common goal. Working with the band, Fisseha sees how dedicated the students can be, and she is proud of the University’s response to their hard work. “We really try to give back to our students for putting in hours upon hours every week,” she said. Fisseha said she also is impressed by how popular UNCCH is outside of North Carolina. “We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and saw people in Carolina stuff,” she said. “This University is worldrenown. All over the place they know about Carolina and what a great university it is.” Even in her short time here, Fisseha has noticed the changes the University has undergone, most notably technological changes. “We used to have a smaller office upstairs and functioned with two computers,” she remembers. “Now, every single one of us has a computer.” For some employees, Carolina pride comes down to a single statement: “Carolina is my home!” Fisseha said. “This is where my heart is and always will be.”
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the shameless facebook stalker
Caroline McMillan is a junior journalism and English major from Charlotte. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. edu.
“Why, hello there. We meet again.” They’re the first words to fall off my tongue, as I stare incredulously at my computer screen. It’s him. That guy. And he just posted on my wall. “Sincerest wishes for a wonderful halfbirthday, Caroline,” followed by a stream of exclamation points flooding my page. I’m speechless. Now, let me back up a minute and explain the situation. A few months ago, I got a friend request from a guy whose name I didn’t recognize. Still naïve and figuring I’d probably met him somewhere, I accepted — big mistake. After getting the wall post, complete with creepily intimate first-name address, I became acutely aware that I don’t know him or even what he looks like. Leafing through his pictures, I realized that his 4,200 “friends” must not know him, either. All eight of his pictures — every single one tagged by him, mind you — serve only to cloak his true identity in a number of clever guises, such as Brad Pitt, Preacher Gary and a shirtless Calvin Klein model. Impressive? Hardly. And no, I’m not fooled. Unfortunately, this shameless stalker is not alone. The advent of Facebook gave college students a connective platform, a medium of expression and most importantly, a pastime. And thanks to Mark Zuckerburg’s decision to go global, we’ve hit on a problem of international proportions. But I’ll admit it; I’ve used Facebook for a little investigative journalism, myself. I know the feeling of being in a 400-person lecture hall and recognizing someone — that kind of first-and-last-name recognition. But from where? All-nighter at the Undergraduate Library? A party, perchance? As my heart sinks, I realize she’s my friend’s friend twice removed. But there is a fine line to be drawn. Inadvertently glancing at these people’s pictures is a far cry tamer than stalker-boy’s method — commenting on them. All-toowitty phrases work their magic, such as, “wish I had been there,” “cheesin” and my personal favorite: “haha I.J. I.J.” (stalker-boy talk for the inside joke of which he’s most definitely not a part). Stalker-boy also has used Facebook to create a number of worthy events. Take for example, his ingenious idea to send all of us 4,200 friends an ever-so-suave invite, asking for our “digits.” When not a soul answered, stalkerboy pressed on, his indomitable spirit spurring him to try, try again. And again. As for the real events, though, we’re all repeatedly told to “dress accordingly, but be creative” at whatever themed party he has planned. His party invites follow the trajectory of most major holidays: “Labor day, flag day, hug-your-favorite-tree day — all futile attempts at communicating a humorous side I find infinitely lacking. Being the Facebook purist that I am, I don’t like all of the new applications and addendums that have hit the scene. But someone else does. I can now see a circus-like arrangement of information I didn’t want to know — his daily horoscope, political convictions and top 700 friends, organized by their redeeming attributes. I’ve been dubbed “most likely to wear a skirt when going to study in the library” — a counterproductive move on the part of stalker-boy, seeing as this homemade superlative only serves to intensify my unease. I am now being watched — all the time. Stalker-boy and his breed of shameless Facebookers are the very reasons girls have adopted stringent privacy settings. I’ve now removed my residence, classes and favorite hangouts for fear I’d be forced to put a face to this stranger’s name. Why, might you ask, am I still friends with him? Well, for kicks mostly. Seeing as stalker-boy updates his profile every hour, on the hour, my roommates and I have an endless supply of comic relief. Adding tidbits, unnecessary commas and an endless supply of quotes all echoing the same carpe-diem theme make for wonderful late-night pick-me-ups. So “happy half-birthday” to you, stalker-boy; I’m sure you’ll be seeing me around. &
“ … his breed of shameless Facebookers are the very reasons girls have adopted stringent privacy settings.”
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Take a closer look at campus diversity.
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“I think most of the time they follow just the Hispanic stereotype but don’t necessarily cover the whole culture,” Romero said. He believed that because they were so engrossed with their organization, their group was somewhat separated from other groups on campus. He found that most members were Hispanic and that the group didn’t include many students who just wanted to learn about the culture. After this experience, Romero looked into other cultural and religious groups on campus and decided that they were just as isolated and unvaried. “I think that the culture here sometimes promotes segregation rather than diversity,” Romero said, “which, as I understand it, means everyone can be homogeneously together and not separated in so many groups.” It would be easy to lay the blame on students for creating these cliques, yet perhaps school policy also encourages these separations, Romero said.
BEFORE COMING TO UNC-Chapel Hill, Adrian Romero had heard nothing but good things about the Carolina Hispanic Association, a student-led group celebrating Hispanic culture on campus. But after attending a few meetings and events, Romero noticed that the Hispanics and other groups on campus were segregated, and he did not find the diverse experience he was expecting. Like Romero, many incoming students have heard about diversity at UNC-CH. Looking to find a place in the crowd, they join organizations expecting to find a group of friends with whom they share common interests. But many find that after joining these groups they become encompassed by only those people similar to themselves. Romero, a sophomore journalism major, also found that the members of CHispA did not represent the Hispanic culture as he viewed it.
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Many would say this segregation comes naturally as people flock toward others with similar interests and backgrounds, but it is also possible that the school establishes these comfort zones for the students beginning in freshman year. Before Romero went to CTOPS for orientation, he attended a pre-orientation for minorities at the University “for a smoother transition and to avoid any problems when they first get here.” Although he was thankful for a chance to meet more people, Romero did not see the need for a separate orientation when the issues addressed applied to all students, not just minorities. “They told us tips that were very useful for everyone, not just if you were African-American or Hispanic,” he said. At pre-orientation, Romero noticed that there were separate sessions for blacks, Hispanics and other minorities. He disagreed with the University’s choice to separate the races within the orientation. “I was in the African-American session by mistake, and the lady told me three times that the Hispanic group was in the next room,” Romero said. “I didn’t care which group I was in; they only talked about things like meal plans and advising.” Romero’s observation was confirmed by others, but about other races, religions and ethnicities. Marie* had a similar experience with Phi Beta Chi, the Christian sorority on campus. Marie had heard of Phi Beta Chi from a friend, and knowing the sorority’s values were similar to hers, she hoped to find a group of friends that would share her faith and beliefs. Although she was looking for friends who shared her views, she found that the members
were much more alike than she had anticipated. She left the sorority the next year. “All the girls were really nice and I liked them a lot, but I was looking for a more diverse group of friends,” Marie said, “especially on a campus known for its diversity.” Marie also saw a variance between her beliefs and those of many members of the sorority. “I wasn’t expecting as many radically Christian girls as passionate about religion as there were,” she said.
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Although some see this exclusivity as a hindrance, others enjoy the sense of kinship that comes with a group of friends who share beliefs. “There is a certain comfort level with fraternizing with the same kind as you,” sophomore journalism major Adam Yosim said. Yosim is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity. He thinks that celebrating Judaism at UNC-CH has brought him closer to other members of his religion and introduced him to many friends. “For me,” Yosim said, “Judaism is a big part of my life, so it’s fun to hang out with people that have stuff in common with you.” When asked if he thinks his participation in the organization has hindered him from experiencing the campus’s diversity, Yosim replied that in no way had Alpha Epsilon Pi had that effect. While he admits that most of his friends are Jewish, he still maintains many relationships with those who aren’t. “I get along with all of my friends, regardless of religion,” he said. Since he has been in Chapel Hill, Romero has seen discrepancies between what he considers actual Hispanic culture and the way Hispanic culture is portrayed on campus. “The dance groups say they portray Hispanic culture just because they dance salsa or because they are noisy and spicy,” he said. Romero said that because the group propagated these stereotypes, it failed to portray the more relevant characteristics of Hispanic culture. He also noted that the monthly page written in Spanish in the Daily Tar Heel, La Colina, is supposed to reflect the ideals of Hispanic students; he said it instead covers things that are not imme-
diately relevant to the Hispanic population on campus. “I completely disagree with the focus of the whole section,” Romero said. “They start saying that there is such a large Hispanic society in North Carolina, but then all the stories are related to Latin American politics.” Romero said the only campus stories covered in La Colina are about CHispA, which he believes doesn’t portray the Hispanic culture properly. “It’s a local newspaper,” he said. “They should cover the Hispanic community or UNC-CH stories, not South American baseball.” Romero believes that the Hispanics on campus would be more interested in reading local stories rather than things that don’t pertain to their everyday lives. “I have a friend who once told me, ‘Immigrants like that who are just looking back at what is going on in their home countries are not here in America or back there. They stayed on the airplane.’”
*Name has been withheld at source’s request.
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The Marching Tar Heels know what Carolina pride sounds like. by lauren eney & hannah taylor • design by bliss pierce • photos by hannah taylor
THOMAS GINN still gets goose bumps all over when he plays the notes of “Hark the Sound” after a UNC-Chapel Hill football game. Proudly playing his trombone, he is a part of the group that manages to bring students, alumni and faculty together as they sing along to the alma mater. He is a part of the group that, regardless of whether or not the Tar Heels win or lose, gets fans to explode and sing “I’m a Tar Heel born, I’m a Tar Heel bred, and when I die I’m a Tar Heel dead.” Ginn, a sophomore economics major from Atlanta, is above all, a Marching Tar Heel. “I take a lot of pride in what we do,” he said. “We’re representing the University.” Since the Marching Tar Heels formed over a century ago, band membership has grown to include approximately 275 instrumentalists. Alumni and students still gather to watch the traditional pre-game performance on the steps of Wilson Library. The Marching Tar Heels pass cheering tailgaters at the Bell Tower as they march up to Kenan Stadium.
For many band members, these events are just another Saturday’s work, but to UNC-CH Tar Heel fans, these traditions are rooted in the spirit of the school. The marching band is the athletic division of UNC Bands, and they vow to stand through the whole game. It also is their duty to lead the crowds in cheering, singing and swaying at appropriate times. The palpable energy at a football game is conjured, to a large extent, by the block of musicians performing from the end zone. According to the UNC Bands Web site, marching band members are the “ambassadors of the University,” representing the school at away games and all sporting events. These responsibilities, topped off with six hours of practice each week, plus the eight to 10 hours devoted to Saturday football games, prove that the University’s marching band is far more than a leisurely pastime. BUT THEY’RE NOT COMPLAINING… Luke Hostetter, a junior history major, said of the UNC-CH marching band, “Pride of the ACC.
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It’s such a rush, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Just getting out there before pre-game and seeing that sea of powder blue . . . it was ridiculous.
-Leah Josephson, freshman
It’s what our shirts say.” Such a simple phrase can hardly encompass the essence of the marching band in its entirety, but to the band members the slogan comes close. Hostetter and other band members admitted to joining the marching band primarily for the chance to get basketball tickets and a court-side view of the games. As a coveted prize on campus, this reasoning is understandable. Still, the marching band is more than pride and support for the basketball team. The marching Tar Heels recently had the opportunity to travel to Notre Dame for a football game. “Even though we got steamrolled, we took the whole band,” Hostetter said. “It’s nice to go to other schools and represent UNC.” Marching band pride is not just a fabrication from movies such as American Pie, he said. Pride is an important component of the team, and it energizes the band to devote so much time to supporting school spirit. “We’re a visible part of campus,” Hostetter said. THIS ONE TIME, IN BAND… One of the main reasons Ginn came to the University was for the athletics. And although he isn’t a student-athlete, he is a huge fan. “I’m definitely more of a sports fan who happens to play an instrument,” he said. And as a member of the marching band, Ginn is able to go to all of his favorite team’s big games. He
said he didn’t enjoy being on the marching band as much when he was in high-school, but here it allows him to go to games and play an integral role in the University community. “I love being a part of the game-day experience,” he said. Ginn is such a big fan that he spray painted his trombone Carolina blue and once he even wore a hand-crafted mask to a game — just so he could match Tyler Hansbrough after his infamous nose injury. Ginn and his friends got the idea to create the special game-day accessory while traveling with the team to Tampa, Fla., at the end of last season. He and a group of friends decided to give up on going out on the town and instead made a stop at Walgreens, where they got the supplies for the masks. About $12 later, they had plastic cups, athletic tape, scissors and lighters. These were all they needed to mold and craft the masks to match the then-sophomore basketball player. They worked for more than four hours, and through trial and error they were able to create the masks they would wear the next day. “It was well worth it, though,” Ginn said. When Tyler first walked out on the court, he didn’t notice the screaming band members who were trying to get his attention. Maybe the mask blocked his vision. But, eventually, the Tar Heel basketball star looked over and immediately did a double take. “He smiled!” Ginn said. “It was a huge accomplishment, we thought.” For his efforts, Ginn’s story appeared on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Web site, and the commentators on ESPN mentioned him and his friends.
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A COLORFUL STORY Their stage stretches 100 yards long. At capacity, their audience is made up of 60,000 fans and rivals. Sharing the field with the marching band is UNCCH’s color guard team, or as Leah Josephson calls them, “the visual representation of the music.” Josephson, a freshman journalism and French major, was the captain of the color guard team at her high school in Cary. Following the suit of the three previous captains of her high school team, she decided to continue participating in the marching band and come to UNC-CH. For Josephson, the experience so far has been exhilarating. “In high school, (the audience) was like 500 people,” she said, recounting the first time she stepped onto the game field. “It’s such a rush, like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Just getting out there before pre-game and seeing that sea of powder blue … it was ridiculous.” In terms of traditions that every great and longstanding UNC-CH organization must have, there is one that caps off every practice. Josephson said band members cheer back and forth, “Carolina-Pride-Carolina-Pride. Who is the pride of the ACC? Carolina!” THE BEAT GOES ON Kathy Walker is a junior bass player on the drumline and a veteran of the Marching Tar Heels. Hanging out before Thursday’s practice, the English and psychology double major rolled off the game-day schedule as smoothly as she rolls off the drum cadences four times a week. “Game day [for the Marching Tar Heels] starts three-and-a-half hours before game warm-up at Davis Library,” she said. “Then there’s team arrival,
lunch with the whole band at Lenoir and the performance at Wilson Library where we play the old songs for rich alumni.” She smiled. “Then there’s pre-game and stands cheers.” Devoting half of a weekend to the marching band might seem like a daunting commitment, and Walker agreed. “It’s an exhausting experience afterward,” she said, “but during the game it’s worth it.” With two years of experience under her belt, including traveling to away games and participating in Pep Band, Walker reminisced about past moments in marching band. “It’s completely geeky, but there are seven of us on the bass line,” she said. “My best moment is when it sounds like one instrument.” On that note, she gathered her drum and filed neatly into her place in the arc formation where warm-ups begin on Navy Field. Backpacks and instrument cases cluttered the sidelines as band members took their places. Soon the full sound of instruments in harmony resounded over the field and beyond. Watching and listening, it is easy to be filled with the same UNC-CH spirit that brings students and fans to link arms and sing at football games each Saturday.
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patriotism vs. nationalism
the dictionary and Wikipedia for so much, so I turn to Orwell to differentiate between patriotism and nationalism. He spelled it out for us in 1945 in his essay “Notes on Nationalism,” written in the wake of World War II: “By ‘patriotism’ I mean devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people … Nationalism, on the other hand, is inseparable from the desire for power.” He goes on to characterize the nationalist by his indifference to reality. “All nationalists have the power of not seeing resemblances between similar sets of facts … Actions are held to be good or bad, not on their own merits, but according to who does them, and there is almost no kind of outrage — torture, the use of hostages, forced labour, mass deportations, imprisonment without trial, forgery, assassination, the bombing of civilians — which does not change its moral colour when it is committed by ‘our’ side.” Cringe. I believe above all else in the principles of equality and freedom. I realize that those words seem empty right now, but I do believe that it is the duty of our generation to help resignify them. All I can hope for in the meantime is that we don’t blindly support our nation’s institutions and misplace our pride — and we realize that we, not Orwell, have the power to write history. But something about Orwell’s words haunt me, and I have to wonder if my optimism is too late: “The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.”
Emily O’Rourke is a journalism major from Fairfield, Conn. She may be reached at eorourke@ email.unc.edu.
“For every voice protesting the Iraq war, there is another voice shouting back that opposing the war is unpatriotic.”
Without question, the day America does patriotic best is the Fourth of July. We pull out all the stops. Everyone gets decked out in their stars and stripes to enjoy fireworks, hot dogs and Bud Light. We sing “God Bless America” and call it a day on July fifth. Other than that single day, I haven’t noticed patriotism anywhere in the United States. At Carolina, we may bleed Carolina blue, but we certainly don’t bleed white or red. The last time I remember the nation coming together — I mean really showing pride — was Sept. 11. Sept. 11 allowed for the public to identify with a single, global threat, and it became the rallying point for renewed pride in our nation. Nothing unifies a population faster than a common enemy — and the Bush administration has abused this truth. In the years since Sept. 11, America has reared her ugly head. After Guantanamo, after Blackwater, after Jena Six, it’s hard to be proud of being an American. Not to mention the debacle in Iraq. It’s odd to discuss the role of pride in the discourse around Iraq. For every voice protesting the war, another voice is shouting back that opposing the war is unpatriotic. Unpatriotic? I thought that patriotism was fighting for and defending the ideals of your country. Calling a person “unpatriotic” for not supporting the Iraq war is confusing the definition of patriotism with that of nationalism. Nationalists devote themselves to the interests of the nation, and they aspire to emphasize national, rather than international, goals. Nationalism promotes the idea that one nation is the greatest. It seems that underlying every nationalist sentiment, there lingers contempt for others. Extreme forms of nationalism, like Fascism, are driven by xenophobia and end in war. Now, I can only rely on
“I had to wear a garbage bag for pants, rub dirt in my face and put grease in my hair for a school project. Everyone laughed and made fun of me, but at least my group made an A.” - Naomi Fernando, sophomore
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Patriotism is a touchy subject these days. Inevitably, it begs the polarizing question, “What do you think about the war in Iraq?” With the phrases, “withdraw the troops” and “support the troops” on everyone’s political lips, it is sometimes hard to remember the true definition of patriotism, “the love for one’s country” (as good old Merriam and Webster put it). Thankfully this love is not in short supply. In my opinion, patriotism is vibrant in our complicated world. Certainly, after Sept. 11 America will never be the same. For “the MySpace generation” (as magazines like Business Week now call us), Sept. 11 was a collective loss of innocence. But does that mean our generation’s devotion to our country is a distant memory? Far from it! Consider the thousands of devoted NASCAR fans, belting out the National Anthem to a country singer’s rendition of the most American song there is. More than 100,000 people stand on their feet every race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway, proudly displaying their patriotism, waiting with bated breath to sing along. Many of these self-declared rednecks are supporters of the war in Iraq, but many more are American patriots who love to show their support for their country in any way possible. Consider also the multitude of Facebook groups devoted to the love of our country. More than 100,000 people (as of Oct. 2, 2007) have joined the “NEVER FORGET 9-11-01, GOD BLESS AMERICA” Facebook group, and there are many other groups that exist with equally impressive memberships. Countless Facebook users debate in group discussion forums about the war in Iraq, but users usually have one thing in common: They love their country and want to see it succeed. Isn’t that really the definition of a patriotic democracy? People coming together, for the love of their country, to
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openly discuss how it should be run? Patriotic organizations help keep the passion for one’s country alive, and the myriad Sept. 11 memorials are proof of its existence. UNC-Chapel Hill’s own remarkable display of flags on Polk Place caused people to remember the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. While walking by on that September afternoon, I was astounded by the number of people taking a moment from their hectic days to look at the memorial, bowing their heads in reverent silence. In fact, no one really could look at anything else. All eyes were fixed on the flags, and for a moment, patriotism, that great unifier, stood as the sole emotion among a diverse multitude of students. Regardless of your feelings about the war, I can almost guarantee that there is something that you like about America. In fact, I guarantee that if you think about it, there are hundreds of things that you feel proud to have every day. Whether it is “slurpees” (as an episode of Golden Girls suggests are the best thing about America), freedom of speech, capitalism or the genuine adoration for America’s unique flavor of representative Democracy, there’s just something about the United States worth loving. Despite the seemingly two-sided nature of patriotism arguments, the “love for one’s country” is a strong emotion that is prevalent today. To critics who cite voter apathy and partisanship as causes for lower-than-ever levels of political participation and nationalism, I say that patriotism is not necessarily measured by the number of votes cast. What matters is the shimmer in the eyes of those who attend memorials and rallies, the strength of the voices protesting in the name of American ideals and the pride of those who raise the American Flag every day. Patriotism is not dead. Let’s keep it that way.
Colin Keil is a freshman business major from Charlotte. He can be reached at ckeil@email. unc.edu.
“ … it is sometimes hard to remember the true definition of patriotism”
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For Bobby Frasor, Marcus Ginyard and Tyler Hansbrough, you’ve got to dance before you can practice. And dance they do, with some help from the UNC-Chapel Hill dance team. Late Night with Roy, the Friday-night event that showcases Carolina’s men’s basketball team dancing, acting and joking around for fans, marks the first day that ACC teams can begin practice. The two teams begin practicing the week of the event, spending two
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Basketball players perform a skit version of “Wayne’s World” and ponder their teammates’ fates if they had never learned to play basketball.
hours each night on their moves. Elizabeth Edmond, a member of the dance team, said there is a lot of planning in advance, including choreographing the steps and picking out music. She said they try to pick out catchy, funny songs that people know — especially songs from movies — and then they “make the boys do cheesy dances.” Lifts, big formations that look good from afar and slapstick moves are favorites in the Late Night repertoire. The dance team breaks the dances down into 10-second chunks and uses a lot of repetition in teaching the players. “They joke around a lot, which makes it fun,” dance team member Jaime Derbyshire said. “But sometimes it’s kind of hard to teach them.” Their sidekicks (phones) are a distraction when learning the dances, a phenomenon Edmond calls “sidekick-A.D.D.”
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Lifts are a particular focus of the dance this year. Thirteen players are paired with 13 dancers for partner roles. For part of the choreography, the dancers gracefully roll over the players’ backs. Derbyshire said mastering this was difficult: “They can’t squat down low enough — they’re so tall.” Buth the dancers said the players are quick learners and, most importantly, are full of enthusiasm. This is especially true now that the team is more mature, with a group of juniors who performed in their third Late Night event. “This year they all seem to be really involved,” Edmond said. Hansbrough is a case in point. Freshman year he was quiet and shy; by sophomore year he was a little more talkative, and this year he is “really into it,” suggesting dance moves and other ideas. And when experience isn’t enough, the players help each other. “Marcus is a natural performer, a natural ham,” Edmond said. “He really helps get the other guys riled up.” The dance team members said that Ginyard, Danny Green and Deon Thompson are some of the best dancers. Frasor does an awesome Carlton (the character from Fresh Prince of Bel Air), Edmond said, and he knows the robot and how to walk it out. Dance team member Melanie Jackson always looks forward to working with the basketball players because of their enthusiasm and trust in the dance team to help them put on a great show. “It’s just hilarious to watch them do the dances,” she said. “They try really hard to learn the choreography and do it well.” Edmond agreed: “It’s going to be something people will remember.”
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“There are a lot of similarities between us. I don’t get as angry and frustrated as he does. I channel my energy a little differently than he does. But that doesn’t mean we don’t hate losing the same.”
-Carolina basketball star Michael Jordan on Head Men’s Basketball Coach Roy Williams * courtesy of tarheelblue.com
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