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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA ASHEVILLE Blue Banner compiled by Sandy LaCode and Gina Douthat Men’s Basketball Bulldogs lock in a 6-1 record, see page 4. » ^ ik- Mi Travelogue Take a walk on the Eastern side with a student in Thailand. see page 10. THUR. 59 29 FRI. 51 29 SAT. 55 35 SUN. 53 10 Thursday, November 29, 2007 \v\\^’ \bl. 17, Issue 12 THE NEWS IN BRIEF University addresses I human rights UNC Asheville honors ^temational Human Rights Day In Dec. 9 with a talk by renowned human rights activist William Schulz. A former Amnesty ^temational director, Schulz trav- t|ed across the world pursuing human rights in places like Sudan, Darfur, Cuba and Northern Ireland. The talk, entitled “Restoring \merica's Credibility: Human fkights in a Post-9/11 World,” takes fclace at 7 p.m. and is free to the Ldent body and public. Asheville lands $35 million water bill . The city of Asheville made plans for a $35 million overhaul of the city’s water system, of which potions are more than a century pld according to city officials. The city expects accepted contractors to begin work on the project with in 90 to 100 days, with the project lasting up to two years. The changes mean fewer broken pipes and better water pressure, according to city officials. Asheville expects spending $65 nillion in all for necessary water lystem repairs, which Asheville jlvater customers pay for with the Capital improvement fee already on the water bill. Peace talks resume in Middle East Israeli and Palestinian leaders igreed Tuesday to resume nego tiations regarding the creation of an independent Palestinian state. The decision marks the first such negotiations to take place in seven years. The talks begin on Dec. 12 and will be held biweekly. The United States will moderate the discussions. So far, neither Israeli or Palestinian officials how any signs of backing lown on the issues that halted previous negotiations, such as die borders of a Palestinian state 2nd the status of Jerusalem. AIDS Quilt fashions connections with students By Caroline Fry Staff Writer In honor of World AIDS day. Western Carolina University will display portions of the AIDS quilt, made two decades ago in San Francisco to memorialize victims of the disease. The WCU display, which runs from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 in Cullowhee. comes in cooperation with UNC Asheville’s chapter of the Student Global AIDS cam paign. “By sponsoring this quilt at WCU, SGAC is able to expose to the UNC Asheville campus com munity a visible, tangible result of the pandemic,” said Maddie Hayes, co-chair of SGAC. “When you’re looking at this quilt, soak ing in all of the history, the person al importance, the result of AIDS, you can’t escape the feeling that there is so much to this world that we cannot even fathom.” More than 70 individual panels of the quilt will be on di.splay at the WCU campus. Along with the quilt, WCU will sponsor speakers, a theater piece and on-site AIDS testing, according to Kerrie Joseph, WCU wellness coordinator. “We hope to have a moving event that inspires people to become active in the fight against HIV and AIDS,” Joseph said. “Students should come out to wit ness and be a part of the world's largest community art project.” Joseph encourages UNC Asheville students to come to the WCU campus to view the quilt and help their fellow mountain students in volunteering. “Anyone can volunteer to be a quilt monitor, or to make and donate a panel, bring a carload of friends to view the quilt, or attend one of the many events during those four days,” Joseph said. “We will also be collecting items for donation to the people that the Nantahala AIDS Consortium serves." The AIDS Memorial Quilt began in 1987 in memory of those who died of the disease, anil today it contains 44,0(K) individual pan els and covers six city blocks. It was nominated in 1989 for the Nobel Peace Prize, and is the largest art project in the world, according to the NAMHS Project Foundation. The AIDS quilt serves as a great educational tool because it gives a personal, living view of the dis 15 years of waiting -A-’ • T fv ••7 Glen Edward Chapman, left, at age 25 in 1992 and right, at age 38 in 2005. Chapman is on death row for the murder of two women in Hickory in 1992 and has been granted a new trial after a court order. Chapman awaits trial at Central Prison in Raleigh. One man’s journey through accusations, incarceration, death row and now a new chance at freedom By Lisa V. Gillespie Editor-in-Chief Despite omitted evidence, a faulty defense, a withheld line-up and a 15-year proclama tion of innocence, Glen Edward Chapman may receive a new trial. “It’s an unfortunate fact that law enforce ment yields to the easiest solution. There is a lot of pressure to find suspects because the public wants results,” said Frank Goldsmith, lead attorney to Chapman in a phone inter view. “To have a man possibly sentenced to death is inconceivable and it’s a compelling case against the cause to speed up the death penalty process and lessen appeal time. If they had their way, he would have been exe cuted a long time ago.” During the past five years, Pamela Laughon, psychology department chair and mediation specialist, reinvestigated the case alongside her students. This led to the court order by Judge Robert C. Ervin saying Tenene Yvette Conley may have died from an overdose and someone else probably killed Betty Jean Ramseur. This information was discovered through false testimonies, with held evidence by the Hickory Police Department and ineffective assistance from his original attorneys’, one of whom died and the other whom became a judge. “When I went back to re-investigate that summer, the Hickory paper was describing it as the summer of fear, because four girls were killed in five months,” said Laughon, self- proclaimed lifesaver working to change death sentences to life sentences. “It was the sum mer of fear, alright. Thank goodness for Ed Continued on pai;k 3 | ease instead ol coki facts and sta tistics, according to Hayes. Some panels commemorate people with quotes, poems and even pieces of victim’s favorite clothing. “This quilt represents hope and beauty.” Hayes said. “Instead of watching a horrific, depressing documentary or following the increasing statistics ot mortality rates due to AIDS, you're witness ing a product that was made by the hands of victims who want to show the world that this disease can be defeated with some action si r Quil l i>a;k. 2 | University receives $1 million donation By Neal Brown Investigative Reporter The Cliffs Communities, a pri vate residential development offering luxury homes and home sites, donated $1 million to the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness, scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2008, according to Keith Ray, chair and associate professor of the health and wellness department. “Thus far this is the second largest gift beyond the state appropriation,” Ray said. Joe Kimmel and Associates gave the largest gift thus far of $2 million, which will help fund the Kimmel arena, a multipurpose convocation center and basket ball arena. The new Health and Wellness Center is scheduled to break ground in spring 2008 and take about 18 to 24 months to build. The total cost of the building is estimated between $40 and $42 million. The university received and appropriation amounting to $35 million from the North Carolina Board of Governors and needs to raise a total of $5 to $7 million in private funds to com plete the building. The Cliffs Communities made their gift public Nov. I at the Owen Conference Center. The ceremony included a variety of foods to reinforce the depart ments commitment to health and wellness. “The room was full, and we had SF-F, Cliffs fa(;f. 21 Film Festival highlights Hispanic contributions to the arts irti By Clary Tedford Staff Writer Hispanic Outreach for Learning Awareness hosted a Latin-themed film festival in the Humanities Lecture Hall on Nov. 14, 15 and The festival showed Latin Americas diversity, according to Alexandra Ulrey, one of HOLA’s Executives and sophomore j'P^nish and environmental stud ies student. Many students might not know ow much European influence exists in these countries, or they ""ght be unaware of the Jewish eommunities and other cultures "'khin Latin America, Ulrey said, H s a melting pot like the rest ® the World,” she said. “Movies ® ten give a homogenized picture the world, movies but these were that weren’t main stream.” festival was open to UNC as well as the greater community, said executive Caitlin Asheville Asheville Hola Nelligan, senior Spanish student. “We had a solid 10 to 15 people attend every night, which is decent, although I was hoping for more,” Nelligan said. Nelligan said she agreed with Ulrey that diversity was the core motivator for the festival. “The event was important because it showcased a wide vari ety of great Hispanic/Latin cine ma that we are not normally exposed to, proving there is more to this cinema than the popular ‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ or ‘El Laberinto del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)’,” she said. “We showed ‘Nada Mas,’ ‘Juchitan Queer Paradise,’ and ‘El Abrazo Partido.’” Cuban director Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti directed “Nada Ma s,” which starred Thais Valde s and Nacho Lugo among tts Cuban cast. It was released in 2001. „ “Juchitan Queer Paradise , a film by Mexican director Patricio Henriquez, dealt with homosexu- • Mexican town ot a 99 Trey Bouvif.r - Staff Photographer Caitlin Nelligan, HOI.A executive and .senior Spanish student, talks with executive Alexandra Ulrey, sophomore Spanish and evironmental studies student in the Student Organizations suite in Highsmith. 2003. In addition, the film won the Award of Merit from the Latin American Studies Association in Juchitan. Since its release in 2002, it has played at the follow ing festivals: Latin American Studies Association, 2004; Outfest, Los Angeles 2004; San Francisco Gay Film Festival, 2004. “It’s about this guy who’s liv ing in Argentina and his family Movies often give a homoge nized picture of the world, hut these were movies that weren’t mainstream. Alexandra Ulrey I lOLA Kxccutivc has Polish lineage,” Ulrey said. “He’s basically trying to figure out where he belongs.” HOLA executive member Sarah Chase preferred “Nada Mas.” “I liked the style of the film. The plot centered around a postal worker named Carla (Valdes) who began writing fafse letters to people. It was funny because she almost got caught,” said Chase, senior Spanish student. For those who missed this year’s film festival, the organiza tion plan to show films on the quad next year, according to Ulrey. “We want a larger scale thing for next year, just to give UNC Asheville’s campus a taste of some works of art that aren’t mainstream,” she said. For other upcoming events, HOLA will host a play in December. “Our next big event that will be coming up is the Spanish play ‘El Arte que Hizo Pub,’ that we help sponsor with the Spanish theater group TELASH,” Nelligan said. “The play is made up of mem bers of the community, two UNC Asheville students, and is direct ed by professors Greta Trautmann and Lule Rosenbaun. The dates of the show arc Nov. 30, and Dec. 1 and 2.” Nelligan said. “HOLA and El Proyecto de Estudiantes en la Comunidad Hispana joined forces as one group under the HOLA name in 2006. Since then, it’s been an effort of a variety of students and faculty, all dedicated to bridging the gap between the communities in the greater Asheville area,” Nelligan said. I

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