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Due to a reporting error, the
Tuesday pg. 4 article “Council may
extend area’s moratorium” incorrect
ly states that the Chapel Hill plan
ning board recommended rezoning
in the NW area. It was actually the
planning department that made
the recommendation. The Daily Tar
Heel apologizes for the error.
UNC partnership launched
to find new energy sources
UNC has joined forces with
N.C. State and Duke universities
and RTI International to research
problems related to energy.
The joint effort, called Research
Triangle Energy Consortium, aims
to solve economic, environmen
tal, technical and social problems,
Among the consortium’s goals
is to develop new and sustain
able sources for energy, reduce the
environmental impact of current
energy production and educate
The consortium’s first event,
the RTEC Sustainable Energy
Symposium, will be today and
Thursday. It includes research
ers from the Triangle to debate
the issues and identify ways to fix
New committee talks about
Carolina North forest trails
The Carolina North trails and for
est advisory committee had its first
meeting Tuesday to update members
on several projects’ progress.
The committee is responsible for
advising the forest management
team on policy implementation for
Forest Manager Greg Kopsch
gave a presentation outlining what
the team has done so far. Some of
these projects include building
entrance columns and kiosks, as
well as putting up signs and data
collection boxes to get some feed
back from those who use the trails.
The team also has demarcated
part of the property’s boundaries,
as well as set up guidelines about
property usage, such as having no
motorized vehicles and having dogs
on leashes in the forest.
Residences experience issues
with scheduled cable outage
Students in residence halls expe
rienced a cable outage early Thesday
that continued into the day.
. The initial outage was scheduled
by student telecommunications to
change cable providers.
The contract with Time Warner
Cable was up for renewal, so UNC
considered all bids and chose
Campus TeleVideo as the best offer.
Several stations also have changed
channel numbers, and there are
additional channels to come.
Visit dailytarheel.com for the
Triangle Transit sees record
number of riders in October
For the second time this year,
Triangle Transit ridership has set
ridership records. Ridership was
87,721 in October, compared with
82,662 in October 2006, a 6.1
percent increase during the same
month last year.
October’s increase in ridership
is the equivalent of taking 30,000
auto trips off the road.
“Thanks to our riders, we’re
pleased that we’ve hit anew mile
stone,” Sig Hutchinson, chairman
of the TIA board of trustees, stated
in a press release.
There were 62 van pools in
October 2007, compared with 61
Chapel Hill police seek tips
about residential burglaries
Officers responded to a reported
burglary in progress at 329 Tenney
Circle at about 3:20 a.m. Friday.
Officers believe the suspect escaped
through a glass door that was bro
ken, cutting their scalp severely
in the process. There was a large
amount of blood on the rear patio
and a trail of blood leading toward
A resident at 606 North St.
woke up about 5:30 a.m. to find
that someone had entered their
residence. The victim’s cell phone
and 2004 Acura MDX was taken
from the residence.
Because of the seriousness of the
head injury, police believe that the
suspect has sought medical care in
the area. Urgent care facilities and
hospitals are encouraged to call if
they have treated or have any infor
mation on this individual.
If anyone has information about
the suspect, please call either the
Chapel Hill Police Department at
968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at
942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers
are confidential and anonymous,
and the caller might be eligible
for a cash reward up to $1,200 for
information that leads to arrest.
From staff and xoire reports
Dean search narrows to 7
The committee searching for
anew dean for the School of
Education has narrowed its selec
tion from 40 initial applications to
a group of seven semifinalists.
The selected candidates are now
being interviewed via video, said Jean
Folkerts, committee chairwoman
and dean of the School of Journalism
and Mass Communication.
So far, six candidates have been
interviewed, she said.
After the committee discusses
and ranks the candidates, the pool
will be narrowed to three or four
final candidates, Folkerts said.
“We anticipate bringing people
to campus in the early part of the
year," Folkerts said.
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United States veteran Frank Rea listens to a report from Veterans Affairs at the Congressional Veterans Breakfast in Raleigh. The event was
hosted by U.S. Democratic Reps. Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller and David Price and addressed concerns from attendees about VA services.
STARS, STRIPES AND EGGS
Congressional breakfast honors area veterans
BY ALEX COOK
RALEIGH About 200 area veterans
adorned with service patches ranging from
World War II to the 1991 Persian Gulf War
shared breakfast Tuesday on the dime of
three N.C. congressmen.
U.S. Reps. Brad Miller, D-Wake, Bob
Etheridge, D-Harnett, and David Price, D-
Orange along with officials from regional
Veterans Affairs offices spoke to those
gathered about a variety of veterans’ issues
and fielded concerns from attendees.
The congressmen lauded current VA
operations and praised Congress’ recently
passed funding for VA services the larg
est increase in the program’s history.
Price said that he was pleased with the
increases in VA funding and capacity but
Alum’s work first
of its kind in N.C.
Latino film to be
shown at UNC
BY ALEXANDRIA SHEALY
Filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman
said he can barely stand a five-min
ute-long educational video.
So when the UNC alumnus was
approached by Durham’s Latino
Community Credit Union to make
a 90-minute educational film
aimed to serve as a manual to the
Hispanic community about the
process of buying a home, he came
up with a different idea.
“Ninety minutes is a long time
for an educational video,” Dorfman
said. “So I said let’s just make a film
that has a real story with characters
and an arc, and we will mix actors
with real people and a real story
that will illustrate this idea.”
Dorfman’s film, “Los Suenos de
Angelica” or “Angelica’s Dreams,”
will be presented at a free screening
at 7 p.m. today at the FedEx Global
Education Center Auditorium. The
film is the first Latino feature film
to come out of North Carolina.
Dorfman will lead a discussion
Steve Allred, executive asso
ciate provost who helped set up
and facilitate the committee, said
when the finalists come to campus
for interviews, the committee will
hold open public forums.
“It’s important that the faculty,
students, staff, other people in the
community have an opportunity
to see the candidates and ask them
questions,” Allred said.
The post was first advertised in
the Chronicle of Higher Education.
“We look for somebody who is
interested in teacher education,
somebody who is interested in lead
ership,” Folkerts said. “They also have
to have a real knowledge about what
goes into an educational system.”
Fenwick English, an education
professor, served as interim dean
that there is more work to be done.
“Two-hundred thousand of our service
members are deployed overseas at this
moment,” he said. “It is no time to rest on
Improvements cited by panelists included
expansion of the capacity and staff of VA
facilities in North Carolina.
Bob Keteles, assistant director of the
Winston-Salem VA regional office, said the
expansion should help VA offices assist North
Carolina’s growing veteran population, which
he said has put a strain on die system.
The number of employees in N.C. VA facili
ties has increased 67 percent since 2000, to
496 employees statewide. Keteles said it’s like
ly that 30 to 50 more will be hired in 2008.
Veterans’ benefits, such as those for educa
tion, were also discussed at the breakfast.
ATTEND THE SCREENING
Time: 7 p.m. today
Location: FedEx Global Education
after the screening.
Shot entirely on location in
Durham over a three-month peri
od, Dorfman’s film tells the story of
an immigrant Latino couple who
must decide whether to face the
challenges of staying in the U.S. or
to return to their native country.
“The main thing before you even
try to buy a home is the question,
Are you going to stay or not?’”
Dorfman said. “I’ve had people
come up to say, ‘This (film) really
talks to me because I’m in the same
Dorfman, who lives in Durham
and is an immigrant himself, said
he wanted to keep the educational
aspect of the film intact without
infringing on its aesthetic and
“When you’re trying to create
an educational film, you have a
message, and you also have a story
SEE LATINO FILM, PAGE 5
during the search that resulted in the
hiring of former Dean Tom James.
James, whose salary was $211,000,
left UNC in June to take the position
of provost of the Teachers College at
Interim Dean Jill Fitzgerald will
hold the position until the search
committee’s selection takes office
July 1 of 2008. Salary for the new
dean has not yet been decided.
Although not a member of this
search committee, English said he’s
hoping for a dean who can help
solve the state’s teacher shortage.
“We have to be concerned about
teacher quality. We can’t just be
pumping people out the doors,”
The committee is looking to
balance the teacher shortage with
Etheridge said that he was pleased by the
results of the GI Bill and that it has helped
many veterans attend affordable colleges,
but he wants to modernize the bill.
“Now, the college costs are skyrocket
ing. We need a GI Bill for the 21st century,”
Etheridge said to applause.
The breakfast meeting began with cadets
from the N.C. State University Army ROTC
program leading the room in the pledge of
allegiance. An a cappella singing group fol
lowed with the national anthem.
The anthems of each branch of the armed
forces were played between speeches, and
the veterans stood for the anthem of their
branch of service.
Earl Mann, an Army veteran from the
Vietnam War, said he was pleased with the
breakfast and the presentation.
“I am glad they are going to do more for
SEE BREAKFAST, PAGE 5
Ravellette, 67, dies in car wreck
BY DAVID CROW
Local inspirational figure Marty
Ravellette, 67, died Monday when
the driver’s side of his GMC van
collided with a logging truck at an
Alamance County intersection.
“(This morning) we expected
that gray van to pull up anytime,
but inside our minds we knew he
wouldn’t,” said Don Pinney, man
ager of Sutton’s Drug Store.
Ravellette, bom without arms, had
been going to Sutton’s Drug Store for
breakfast for the last 15 years.
“There is no such thing as a dis
ability. He showed people to work
with what they got,” Pinney said.
Known to be a very vocal person,
Ravellette carried on conversations
every day with regulars at the drug
store and students.
“Sutton’s is a big family, and Marty
was part of our family,” Pinney said.
“Sometimes he was here twice a day
... especially in the spring when he
was working a lot.”
Ravellette, a self-made busi
nessman, owned Hands on
Landscaping. Using his legs, he
managed to work on more than a
dozen lawns a week operating
a push mower, riding mower, leaf
blower, edger and chain saw.
Jock Lauterer, a lecturer in the
School of Journalism and Mass
Communication, said people can
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007
UNC’s role in conducting research,
Folkerts said. And the job, English
said, is also no place for someone
without experience as a dean.
“I don’t think this is a place for
someone to be a dean for the first
time,” he said. “This is not where
you get on-the-job training.”
Noteworthy achievements dur
ing James’ deanship include the
restructuring of the education
school around four broad focus
areas and his role as a “great
spokesperson for UNC’s role in
higher education,” Allred said.
“A lot of the qualities he brought
to the job are things they’ll be look
ing for in a candidate.”
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Marty Ravellette, a well-known local man, died Monday in a car wreck
in Alamance County. Ravellette often dined at Sutton’s Drug Store.
learn a lot from Ravellette.
“He teaches you to make do with
what you got,” Lauterer said.
Lauterer met Ravellette at
Sutton’s when Ravellette was drink
ing a cup of coffee with his left
foot. After meeting him, Lauterer
invited Ravellette to speak to his
“News writing” classes for the last
“What you want to do is present
kids with the opportunity to write
interesting, fascinating and com
pelling stories,” Lauterer said.
“He’d walk into a class and lift up
the chalk with his left foot and write
UNC events to
BY MONIQUE L. NEWTON
Senior Anna Swisher doesn’t
mind giving herself an insulin
injection in a public place.
“I’m very open about it,” said
Swisher, who has had diabetes
since she was 4 years old.
“I’ll pull it out and do it any
where because I’m used to it.”
And it doesn’t hurt that people
have become more educated about
diabetes and insulin injections in
the past 10 years, Swisher said.
In order to spread awareness, the
American Diabetes Association has
designated November as American
About 21 million Americans 7
percent of the population have
diabetes, and about 54 million are
at risk for developing the disease,
according to the association.
Throughout the month, UNC
Campus Health Services is spon
soring diabetes prevention walks
with physicians and dietitians on
hand to answer students’ ques
tions. The first walk will be today.
Diabetes is an illness charac
terized by unusually high levels
of blood sugar, which must be
monitored and stabilized with an
increase of insulin in the body.
Swisher, like many others with
diabetes, has an active schedule.
And that’s what can make it chal
lenging when it comes to keeping
her blood sugar in check.
“Time management is really
tough because there are always
immediate demands,” said Dr.
Margaret Vimmerstedt, a physi
cian at Campus Health Services
who specializes in diabetes.
Most of Vimmerstedt’s patients
have TVpe 1 diabetes, which is
sometimes known as “childhood”
SEE DIABETES, PAGE 5
Dates: Today, Thursday, Monday
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Walks start at Rams
More info: A physician and
registered dietitian will be on
hand to answer students'
questions during the walks.
Date: Nov. 27
Time: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: UNC Wellness Center
More info: Dr. John B.
Buse, chief of the Division of
Endocrinology and Metabolism
at the UNC School of Medicine,
will speak about 'How to Avoid
Diabetes and How to Treat It.*
on the whiteboard in beautiful cur
sive his name, Marty Ravellette.”
Lauterer was present at Sutton’s
on Tuesday. The drug store was
mostly quiet, and Ravellette’s chair
“The lunch counter people said
they’re not letting anybody sit in
Marty’s chair today... it’s a shrine,”
Ravellette is survived by his wife
Maree, 65, and his daughter Nancy
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