North Carolina Newspapers

    VOLUME 115, ISSUE 127
UNC’s Kenya NGO closed
Class officers say CFK still needs help
UNC senior class officers will
continue to encourage students to
donate to Carolina for Kibera, even
though the organization has tempo
rarily dosed most of its operations in
the face of violence in Kenya.
This year's senior class officers
endorsed CFK, which works in one
of the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, as
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Women’s hoops retires Latta’s No. 12 jersey
Former UNC point guard Ivory Latta's jer
sey was retired Saturday. She is the second
woman hoopster to receive such an honor.
State | page* 9
Durham city officials held a town
hall meeting to discuss water
shortage concerns with residents.
The current water supply should
last until April.
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paign, but post-election rioting and
unrest have made it uncertain when
volunteers will be able to return.
“The program's stopped right
now because of violence, but once
the violence subsides, they’ll need
more help," Senior Class President
Ashley Shores said.
Even with the organization’s
near-future plans in limbo, Shores
said she hopes students won't be dis
suaded from donating to CFK.
Bestows honor for only
second time at Carolina
One of the greatest women’s basketball
players ever to play at North Carolina stood at
midcourt, raising one finger to the Carmichael
Auditorium crowd.
Even through a couple of tears, a smile as
big as the heart she played with lit up her face.
And then she hoisted her framed No. 12 jersey
high in the air.
It is a jersey number that no UNC player
will ever wear again.
Ivory Latta, the former All-America guard,
was honored at halftime of the Ikr Heels' ACC
opener against Georgia Itch on Saturday with
the retirement of her jersey, making her only
the second Tkr Heel in the program’s history
to receive the honor. She also received the
University’s Patterson Medal in the ceremony.
*1 was real excited about it,” Latta said.
“It’s definitely a great honor to get my jersey
retired here after the best, Charlotte Smith.
So I’m just happy ”
Latta finished her prolific career with a
school-record 2,285 points, which included an
ACC-record 345 3-pointers. She was a three-
city | page 5
Downtown eating options were
trimmed down while students were
on Winter Break with Franklin Street
eateries the Rathskeller and Buffalo
Wild Wings dosing their doors.
She said the current situation
only emphasizes the need for help.
Rye Barcott, CFK founder and
UNC alumnus, said that the vio
lence in Kenya is isolated around
the recent elections and that he
thinks it will die down soon.
“We’ve got a stable cash flow," he
said. “Hopefully the peace will pre
vail owr the next couple weeks '
Senior Nick Cain said that despite
not knowing much about the issues
in Kenya or CFK. he thinks the tur
moil will encourage hLs donations.
“I’m optimistic that once the vio-
Latta's career stats
2,285 points: most in school history
599 assists: second in school history
.389 3-point field goal percentage:
highest in school history
257 steals: seventh in school history
► Holds UNC single-season records in 3-
pointers made (2007), free throw
percentage (2005)
► Played in 138 games* tied for school record
time All-American and was the 2006 National
Player of the Year, which is the criterion for
such a heralded honor.
“What she did for women's basketball, our
program and the University is just unbeliev
able," coach Sylvia Hatchell said. “Because
she’s such a small package but yet she’s got so
much energy."
And Latta did not sell this vivacious reputa
tion short Saturday. She pointed to the crowd
and pumped her fist before being mobbed
by the current Tar Heels in the center circle.
And as if four trips to the Big Dance weren’t
enough, Latta gave one more shimmy for the
lence stops that
they'll be able to
go back," he said
of CFK volun
But Shores
also said stu-
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on Carolina for
Kibera's future
dents aren’t
limited to donating to CFK.
Even if students are put off by
the situation surrounding CFK,
they can choose to donate to a
number of groups.
SpOrtS | page 7
Shooting guard Wayne
Ellington had a career-high 36
points against ACC foe Clemson
and hit the game-winning shot in
Building height
draws concerns
5-story building
too tall for some
UNC could soon host the East
Coast’s largest Christian-themed
residence at a state school if the
UNC Wesley Foundation can gar
ner enough local support.
The foundation, a Methodist
campus ministry, is looking to
renovate and expand its existing
facilities across the street from
the Carolina Inn.
But the building, which would
loom over Pittsboro Street, is
causing tension with University
neighbors because of its incon
gruous height.
The foundation is now revisit
ing its plans after presenting them
to the town’s Historic District
Commission, where residents and
commission members raised con
cerns about the building's size.
“Everyone loved the design of
the building it looked great,"
said Stephen Rich, vice chairman
of the commission. “However,
everyone had the same concern,
too. The building would have too
much mass compared to what is
around it"
The proposed building would
include a two-story student center,
connected to five stories for stu
dent residents providing space
for more than 150 students.
"There has been a residential
component to the current build
ing since it opened about 40 years
ago," said Nick Didow, a founda
tion board member and professor
at the Kenan-Flagler Business
“With this expansion, we’re
seeking to serve the community
for the next 50 years.*
Ferrell comedy tour
coming to campus
Known for his roles in various
“Saturday Night Live’ skits and
movie hits such as “Anchorman,"
comedian and Hollywood star,
Will Ferrell is coming to the
Smith Center on Feb. 22.
UNC is Ferrell’s last stop on the
Funny or Die Comedy Tour, which
will visit six other colleges.
Accompanying Ferrell are
fellow funny
men Zach
and Demetri
The tour will
coincide with
the release of
Ferrell’s new
movie, “Semi-
Pro," in which
Ferrell plays
a singer who
uses all his
Comedian Will
Ferrell will
perform at the
Smith Center in
money to buy
his own basketball team.
Clint Gwaltney, associate
director of ticket operations for
the Smith Center, said that as of
Tuesday, about 8,500 student and
general public tickets have been
Student tickets priced at $45
went on sale to UNC students on
Dec. 6.
Pennsylvania State University,
which is hosting the show on Feb.
11, is charging students only S2O
for tickets.
Ferrell’s UNC performance
comes only a few days after the
Carolina Comedy Festival fea
turing Lewis Black and Friends,
which is put on by the Carolina
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on the stairs connecting the Student
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The foundation’s current liv
ing arrangement, Wesley House,
accommodates about eight stu
dents. Residents participate in
programs including group Bible
study and weekly meetings.
Despite the Christian events now
supported, Didow said the new
facilities would be available for any
student who wanted to apply.
‘The building will be open to
Christians, students of other faiths
and students of no faith,” he said.
Rich said the foundation had
looked at swapping properties
to occupy a University building
on Franklin Street across from
Morehead Planetarium and Science
Center, but the building would still
need to be reduced in scale.
And although the foundation
has to revisit plans after town
objections, Didow said that the
project is moving forward and that
the group still plans on closing its
doors in May for construction.
“We’ve taken the feedback from
the commission, and we’re devel
oping alternative plans for the
town council that respond posi
tively to that feedback,’ Didow
The breakdown:
► Will Ferrell featuring Zach
Galifianakis, Nick Swardson and
Demetri Martin
► Feb. 22 in the Smith Center
► Doors open at 7 pm., show at
8 pm.
► Tickets: $45 students and
general admission. Available at
Union Activities Board from Feb.
13 to Feb. 16.
Although Ferrell’s performance
is not part of the festival, Mallory
Cash, the festival's chairwoman,
said she doesn't think his show will
hinder her event’s turnout
“Will Ferrell and Lewis Black
have different types of comedy, and
if anything, I hope it brings more
people to the Comedy Festival,*
she said. “It’s great to have a big
name like that come to campus,
and people are excited.*
Planning for the Comedy
Festival is a year-long process, and
Cash said she had no idea Ferrell
was coming to campus until it was
announced Dec. 5.
Cash said she's seen a mixed
response from students when it
comes to ticket prices to the Ferrell
“The Dean Dome is really, really
expensive to open, and I’m sure
that’s probably part of it* Cash
said. “There’s some sticker shock
for students used to low prices
CUAB tries to keep prices low for
students, and Carolina Performing
Arts keeps it low."
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