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Preparation for 10th annual
UNC Dance Marathon begins
UNC Dance Marathon orga
nizers will be in the Pit this week,
recruiting moralers and volunteers
for the 10th annual event.
Students can sign up for either
job every day in the Pit this week.
Moralers pledge to stand on
their feet for six hours to bring
inspiration to the dancers, who
commit for 24 hours. Volunteers
work in shifts of three hours and
are responsible for tasks including
stage maintenance and meal dis
The marathon, which aims
to make a difference in the lives
of patients and families at N.C.
Childrens Hospital, starts Feb. 23
and ends Feb. 24.
Michael Bucy founded the mar
athon in 1998, aiming to unite the
UNC campus with the common
goal of helping others.
Last year the organization
received more than $236,000 for
the Kid's Fund and the marathon
featured more than 800 dancers
and 600 volunteers and moral
ers. The event increased the total
fundraising for the N.C. Childrens
Hospital by $1.3 million.
Restaurant will donate to
Carolina for Kibera today
Top of the Hill on Franklin
Street will donate today $1 of every
purchase of “charity beer" or home
made soda to Carolina for Kibera.
Carolina for Kibera is an inter
national nongovernmental orga
nization that aims to fight poverty
and prevent violence in the lives of
youth through community-devel
opment work in the Kibera Slum
of Nairobi, Kenya.
This year’s senior class is endors
ing Carolina for Kibera as the
organization for the Senior Class
Campaign. The organization was
founded in 2001 by Rye Barcott. a
then-undergraduate at UNC.
Donations for Carolina for
Kibera can be submitted at cfk.unc.
Public hearing scheduled to
discuss towing regulations
The Chapel Hill Town Council
will hold a public hearing to receive
public comment on a proposed
amendment to change the ordi
nance that regulates towing from
private property.
The proposed changes to the ordi
nance would prohibit towing com
panies from charging owners more
than SIOO for the towing. If the
owner returns to the vehicle before
the tow truck attaches the vehicle, a
fee of no more than SSO is allowed.
If the vehicle is not hooked up when
the owner returns, the towing com
pany is not allowed to charge them.
The council approved the public
hearing during its consent agenda
Monday. The public hearing is
scheduled for Feb. 11.
John Edwards' daughter hit
by drunk driver in Chapel Hill
A car driven by the daughter of
Democratic presidential hopeful
John Edwards was hit by another
auto, but she wasn't injured.
The other driver, Carol Small of
Durham, was cited by police for
driving while impaired. The acci
dent occurred while Cate Edwards
was driving in downtown Chapel
Hill on Friday afternoon, accord
ing to a police report.
“She was hit from behind by a
drunk driver," Edwards said when
asked about the accident following
a town hall event in Pawleys Island,
S.C. “She’s doing fine."
In 1996, the Edwardses' 16-year
old son, Wade, died in a car accident
Wade Edwards was driving with a
friend to the beach in North Carolina
when a strong wind blew his Jeep off
the road and it flipped over.
Grant for group addressing
health concerns awarded
The Chapel Hill-Healthy
Carolinians of Orange County
and the Orange County Health
Department received a $30,000
gram from the Kate B. Reynolds
Charitable Thist of Winston-Salem.
Healthy Carolinians of Orange
County Coordinator Bobbie Jo
Munson said the funds will go
toward enhancing the partnership
and addressing Orange County's
leading health concerns.
“The grant... will give us addi
tional resources to maintain and
expand our partnership so we can
continue to address priority health
needs in our community,* Munson
said in a press release.
Healthy Carolinians of Orange
County was founded in 1996 and
serves all Orange County residents
by partnering with agencies and
citizens throughout the county to
advocate, guide and assist in devel
oping strategies to promote healthy
lifestyles and improved health for
all residents.
From staff and wire reports
Moratorium expires Jan. 31
Towns Northern Area can develop
The development moratorium in
northwest Chapel Hill will expire
Jan. 31.
The Chapel Hill Town Council
voted Monday night not to fight
the expiration and to put in place
new plans to permanently shape
development in the area
All new development appli
cations in an area between
Homestead Road and Interstate
40 along Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard have been temporarily
halted since last May.
No one at the meeting spoke in
favor of extending the moratorium,
a move town staff wrote might not
be legally supportable in the first
“I think it has served its pur
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Sarita Allen and Rhonda Coleman, first grade teachers at Seawell Elementary, shop at the new East Chapel Hill Rotary Club supply store
Monday. Allen said she felt like "a kid in a candy store,” adding that there was so much to choose from that it was hard to decide what to get.
With SIOO vouchers in hand. Chapel
Hill-Carrboro City Schools teachers set out
Sunday to stock their classrooms with col
orful index cards, markers and a variety of
math learning materials.
In what was described as a “wonder
ful partnership" by teachers and orga
nizers alike, the East Chapel Hill Rotary
Club and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public
School Foundation cut the ribbon Sunday
for a teacher supply store, which is full of
materials teachers might otherwise have to
pay for out of pocket. The store is open to
the 129 kindergarten through second-grade
teachers in the school district.
“This is one of the nicest things that
they’ve done for us," said Pam Peterson,
a second-grade teacher at Mary Scroggs
Elementary School. “I spend probably more
than SSOO a year out of pocket."
With an increasingly tightening budget and
80 percent to 85 percent of it appropriated
for staff salaries and benefits, school supplies
often are the first thing cut from the budget,
said Stephanie Knott, district spokeswoman.
Class teaches business of art
Cupcakes led Kelley Gill to enroll
in UNC’s first artistic entrepreneur
ship course 8U51509.
After baking vegan, gluten-free
and special-diet cupcakes for fun,
Gill said she realized the demand
for these types of desserts in the
Before long, she had requests
flowing in for custom-designed
cupcakes, and she decided to start
a business out of it. But her busi
ness knowledge was limited.
“I decided 2008 was the year
to focus on the business side," Gill
said. ‘l've done a lot with the arts
side, but I want to learn more about
how to set up a business."
This spring, UNC opened two
classes —one for graduate students
and one for undergraduates on
artistic entrepreneurship, making it
one of the first schools in the coun
try to offer this type of course.
The undergraduate course is an
introductory class to the new arts
entrepreneurship track for entre
preneurship minors. The graduate
student course allows students to
have a concentration in the artistic
field while earning a certificate in
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pose," said Scott Rad wav, a former
member of the planning board.
The new plan calls for an influx
of development opportunity areas,
which will allow for high-density
zoning, while squashing older plans
to put more restrictive zoning on
much of the rest of the land.
Down zoning could be expensive
for the town and bad for commer
cial growth, said Bill Bunch, chair
man of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Chamber of Commerce.
“Our fiscal health should also be
a consideration," Bunch said.
But zoning is a blunt instru
ment that can “get developers to
the table," said Michael Collins,
who is a member of the planning
board but was not speaking on its
Town staff recommended
“Supplies can be cut without losing jobs,"
Knott said.
The East Chapel Hill Rotary Club opened
the store in response to last year’s school foun
dation planning process, when teachers and
parents expressed a need for it Similar supply
stores exist in Charlotte and Durham.
“We... just really felt that the teacher sup
ply store was the best fit for our club and the
community where we could make a differ
ence," said Gary Hill, a member of the Teacher
Supply Store Committee within the Rotary.
The Rotary came up with about $15,000
from its own year-round fundraisers and
corporate sponsorships. Hill said. They then
bought school supplies at discounted rates
from the Franklin Street Staples and from
A Sea of Learning, an educational store near
The Streets at Southpoint.
While this is just the first year of the
school supply store, Hill said the Rotary
plans to run it at the beginning of every
semester, recruit more corporate sponsors
and expand the voucher program to teachers
of all grades.
“We are going to, in the next coming
years, touch every teacher in the school sys
Instructor Greg Hohn listens to Debbie Randolph in an innovative
course designed to bridge the gap between art and business practices.
“A lot of times students pursue
passions that they don't know how
they will use after college,” said
Raymond Farrow, executive direc
tor of the Kenan-Klagler Business
School. “People give up passions
because they need to make a living.
Entrepreneurship can teach you to
take what you care most deeply about
and develop it into a business.”
Patrick Vemon, associate direc
against the zoning, as recommen
dations from the task force that
studied the area will be entered
into the town's long-term plan
ning documents. Most develop
ment outside of the designated
areas would already require extra
permitting, so proposals will have
to conform to those long-range
The council also voted to aggres
sively pursue a realignment of
University Station Road, which
will connect with anew entrance
to Timberlyne Shopping Center off
of Weaver Dairy Road.
The reality company that owns
Timberlyne sent a lawyer, Eric
Vernon, to express its support for
the proposal.
In order to make more strate
gic long-term planning in the area
possible, the council also decided
to approve staff plans to purchase
new modeling software.
tem," Hill said.
The Rotary distributed a survey among
the district's kindergarten through second
grade teachers in the fall asking them what
supplies they needed and wanted most.
Knott said the teachers she had spoken
with liked the Rotary’s process to opening the
store, from the surveys to the final outcome.
“They’re really finding that the supplies
that are out here today are meeting the needs
they have in the classrooms," Knott said.
Teachers have access to other funding
sources, such as from the PTA and Public
School Foundation grants, besides their
annual allotment, said Pam Hemminger,
chair of the board of education.
“I know teachers do end up spending
money out of pocket," Hemminger said. “We
wish they didn’t have to."
Peterson said the district provides basics,
but she was excited about the wide array of
materials the supply store stocked.
“They’ll give me white paper, but it’s fan
to have colors."
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tor of the business school, and lec
turer Greg Hohn will spearhead
the graduate course, which focuses
on the practical parts of business,
but also discusses the risk, the
measure of success and exploita
tion of creativity.
“One of the things about artists
and entrepreneurs is that the most
successful ones have to blaze their
The software is designed to show
more concretely the traffic, visual
and other impacts of new zoning
Plans to create a specific com
mittee to look at further zoning
in the area, particularly transit
oriented zoning, were scrapped in
favor of integration of that process
into the overall strategic planning
of the town.
Del Snow, who chaired the task
force, urged the council to get the
software up and running as quickly
as possible.
“You still do not have the frame
work on which to advance," she
She also pushed for improve
ments in public infrastructure to
support the needs created by devel
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N.C. in-state residency
applications due today
Graduate student Rebecca
Morgan considers herself a girl
without a state.
Despite giving up her driver’s
license and insurance in Florida,
moving to a house in Chapel Hill
and getting a job nearby, she isn't
considered an N.C. resident
“I love Carolina, and I don’t
want to seem bitter, but it’s kind of
a bummer because I gave up all my
rights ... in Florida,” said Morgan,
who also plans to be a teacher in
North Carolina after graduating.
And she isn’t alone. About 40
percent of graduate students are
out-of-state. Of the 928 students
who applied for N.C. residency
for the 2006-07 school year, 62
percent or 576 students were
approved. The 352 others were
To apply for N.C. residency for
this semester, students must turn
in their application by 5 p.m. to the
admissions office.
Only 29 ofUNCs out-of-state stu
dents who make up 17-6 percent
of the nearly 18.000 undergraduates
Feuding groups
want new space
After more than a year of
dispute, two feuding groups of
fanners in Hillsborough will find
out tonight who will occupy the
county’s newly constructed Public
Market House.
The Orange County Board of
Commissioners might choose the
existing Hillsborough Farmers
Market or the newly formed
Farmers of Orange to manage the
In the agenda for tonight's meet
ing, staff have recommended a third
option that the board decide to
have a countv-run market.
The market house, near the
Hillsborough courthouse com
plex, is scheduled to open as
early as March, according to the
In October, County Extension
Director Fletcher Barber Jr. set
forth standards for possible occu
pants of the Public Market House,
including that they must have a
board of directors, a market man
ager and liability insurance.
Ben Bergmann. a member of the
Farmers of Orange, said the group
became officially incorporated Jan.
4 by the state in an effort to meet
the county guidelines.
The 13 farmers and artisans
comprising Farmers of Orange split
from the Hillsborough Farmers
Market after a prolonged effort to
change the way the original group
is run because they wanted to have
an elected board of directors to
manage the market.
The Hillsborough Farmers
Market is unincorporated.
Bergmann said he thinks his
group deserves to run the new
“For me, it's just about as clear as
it can be," he said.
Bergmann said the group
that split from the Hillsborough
Farmers Market tried three times
to meet the county’s standards dur
ing the feud.
“Instead of being rewarded for
all the patience and effort we’ve
been at it for two years, it’s taken
a lot of time and our money we
might not get it," he said.
Multiple attempts to contact rep
resentatives from the Hillsborough
Farmers Market were unsuccessful.
Mark Danieley. a horticulture
extension agent who worked for
the county on the issue, said he
looked at other farmers' markets
in the area
He is not sure what decision the
commissioners will make, but he
said farmer-operated markets have
been successful.
“The Carrboro market is run by
the vendors and it seems to work,"
he said.
Time. 7:30 p.m. today
Location: F. Gordon Battle
Courtroom. 106 East Margaret Lane.
applied for residency last semes
ter. About half of those, just 15, were
reclassified as residents.
To determine residency,
University Registrar Alice Poehls.
the official chairwoman of resi
dency, said the University abides by
state law, a residency manual that
was created by the state and local
rules that define how the process is
carried out
“The law affects all of the pub
lic institutions in North Carolina
under the offices of the Board of
Governors,” Poehls said. “I don’t
think a lot of people understand
Students must demonstrate that
they’ve lived in North Carolina for a
full year and that they intend to stay
after graduating.
While the law itself isn’t under
review, the manual, last revised in
1985, is again under revision.
The University also is adjusting
its own process of implementing
the guidelines.
Linda Dykstra, dean of the
Graduate School, said where a stu-

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