VOLUME 115, ISSUE 138
Public feedback mixed on Innovation Center
BY SARA GREGORY
The Chapel Hill Town Council
received the first public input on
the University’s master plans for
a proposed research campus at a
Carolina North Executive
Director Jack Evans presented
UNC’s master plans for Carolina
North, situated on the 963-acre
Horace Williams plot off Martin
Luther King Jr. Boulevard, at the
request of the council.
The plans call for the eventual
development of approximately 250
acres of academic, research, com
mercial and residential space dur
ing the next 50 years.
“We’re trying to plan an aggres
sive, sustainable, mixed-use com
munity," Evans said.
The council also heard how plans
are progressing for the Innovation
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English Clemmons, a senior at Carolina Friends School with cystic fibrosis, is selling tickets for an upcoming fundraiser, “Breathe," to be held this
weekend at CFS, with a goal of raising awareness about the disease. “It’s definitely not as well-publicized as other sicknesses," she said.
Teen raises money, hope for cystic fibrosis patients
BY BRYAONA SCHWARTZ
English Clemmons and her younger brother,
Silas, bond best when stuck at the hospital for
weeks at a time.
Throughout their lives, they have often spent
hours laughing at their favorite comedies such as
“Wedding Crashers,” And Silas, 9, can always make
English. 17, smile by quoting “Transformers.”
It is in these moments the siblings forget that
they have cystic fibrosis, a hereditary disease
that affects the lungs and digestive system.
“Die hardest part for me isn’t having the dis
ease myself” English said. The hardest part for
me is watching my younger brother suffer through
a lot of the things that I've had to go through."
She said her experiences with the disease
prompted her to take action.
On Saturday, English will hold a fundraising
Ongoing writers strike impacts Chapel Hill
BY BENNETT CAMPBELL
ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR
Perhaps the most tangible fall
out of the ongoing writers strike for
UNC students was, until recently,
the conspicuous on-air absence of
comic news anchors Jon Stewart
and Stephen Colbert
The drama of the Writers Guild
of Americas strike against produc
ers has been playing out since before
the walkout officially began in early
November, and its length has cast
doubts on the future of many televi
sion programs and ushered in anew
generation of reality shows.
Three principle issues brought
about the strike: encompassing more
writers within the guild, increasing
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Center, a business incubator that
would help startup companies, the
campus’s first building.
The University’s plans call for
construction on the center to begin
as early as 2009.
Some council members and resi
dents expressed frustration with the
process of considering the Innovation
Center ahead of a finalized master
pian, a complaint heard since the
plans first were introduced.
‘lt’s very hard to react to this mas
ter plan without having the results
of some of the ongoing studies that
arc under way," council member Bill
Strom said, referencing the fiscal and
transit studies slated for completion
in the coming months.
Evans defended the University's
decision to submit the Innovation
Center ahead of the master plan and
said the Innovation Center is mod
elled with the University’s long-term
event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the
Governors Club in Chapel Hill.
The night will consist of a silent auction, raffle,
dancing, music and food. Prizes include Carolina
Hurricanes paraphernalia, a trip to Bald Head
Island and round-trip tickets to Hawaii.
Two years ago, she organized a fundraiser in
Wilmington, securing $20,000 for CFF.
The foundation sponsors research to search
for a cure. Previously, many children with cystic
fibrosis would die before they left elementary
school. But with medical advances, patients
now can live past their 30s.
English has never know life without cystic
fibrosis. Just five hours after her birth, her intes
tine ruptured and she was rushed via helicopter
to UNC Hospitals, where she was diagnosed.
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the residual pay for writers for DVD
sales and providing compensation
for material on the Internet
The issues are often misunder
stood, and the strikes effects are
visible even in Chapel Hill, home
to writers such as Daniel Wallace,
author of “Big Fish’ and lecturer in
UNC s English department.
Identifying the problems
“The problem for writers now,
as far as getting things settled, is
that the networks are owned by
much bigger companies now,” said
Wallace, a member of the WGA.
"They’re not dependent on ‘Lost’
or really any shows like that to
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Environmentalists and some N.C.
residents breathed a sigh of relief
Tuesday when the U.S, Navy an
nounced a revised list of possible
sites for a landing field.
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plans for Carolina North in mind.
“We have thought about where we
want that to be in the context of the
15- and 50-vear plan," Evans said.
The council has seen a concept
plan for the Innovation Center
that shows the basic structure and
location of the building, but Evans
presented more detailed plans
UNC’s Board ofThistees also
saw new designs at its Wednesday
So far the University hasn’t sub
mitted a special-use permit request
ing town approval for construction.
The council's role Wednesday was
only to hear public input.
Former council member Joe
Capowski said more housing is
needed to accommodate the growth
the campus will generate, a concern
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Professors Paul Edwards and
Daniel Wallace are members of
the Writers Guild of America.
bring in income."
So while guild members contin
ued to picket, a plethora of reality
shows quickly replaced some of the
more traditional programs.
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that dogs the lungs, obstructs the pancreas
and stops natural enzymes from helping the
body break down and absorb food.
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animation and reality television
writers into the fold, but Wallace
said that demand was dropped.
‘They were never going to get
the reality show writers in the WGA
because the networks would have
no cushion in the event of a strike.”
The other issues, though, are
proving even more contentious.
“One of the biggest issues is what
writers get paid when their work
is put on the Internet,’ said Paul
Edwards, another WGA member
and lecturer in the communication
Since producers are reluctant to
compeasate writers for online mate-
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scene, from dance parties at
locations like Hell's Disco Inferno,
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008
BACK IN THE GJHE
the Heels' win ove r Miami
for black vote
BY ARIEL ZIRULNICK
ASSISTANT STATE ft NATIONAL EDITOR
In South Carolina, where blacks
constitute about 30 percent of the
total population and more than 50
percent of the Democratic vote.
Democratic presidential candi
dates are working hard to court a
demographic that nationwide can
fly under the political radar.
“You have Barack Obama, who
could make history' by being the
first African-American president,
and then there's Hillary Clinton,
still, across the
South, a lot of
loyalty for the
coverage of the
professor of history and African-
American studies at the University
of South Carolina.
The South Carolina Democratic
primary is Saturday, and Clinton
and Obama have been especially
attentive to the state's black vot-
to get expansion
OK master plan
BY WHITNEY KISLING
In the next few- years, UNC’s
School of Medicine plans to dou
ble its freshman class. Soon after,
it should begin a physical expan
sion project that could cost in the
ballpark of $1 billion.
The Board oflhistees approved
the master plan
of UNC Health
Care and the
as well as heard
on expectations for the future of
the schools student population.
The physical expansion
includes anew bed tower, more
research facilities and renovated
this day in history
UNC plays its first basketball
game against Duke, then Trinity
College, and wins 36-23. UNC
dominated the Mid-Atlantic and
went undefeated for the season.
ers. Both candidates are reiving
on their popularity within the
black community to carry them
to a win in the first Southern
The latest polls out of South
Carolina have Obama up 12
points on Clinton.
Donaldson attributed Obama s
rise in support among blacks to
his strong standings in the polls.
“Before, he was just a senator
from Illinois with an interesting
story," Donaldson said. “Now,
particularly after lowa, people are
paying much more attention "
Clinton's popularity among
black voters stems largely from
the strong repertoire her husband
developed with the black commu
nity during his presidency.
“I think it gives her instant
credibility and a reservoir of
affection and respect." said UNC
history’ professor Fitz Brundage.
“However, it's not something that
can be taken for granted."
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Now, the University must find
funding, and the N.C. General
Assembly is one of the first places
officials will start looking.
“That’s a lot of money, and 1
readily acknowledge that,” Dr.
Bill Roper, CEO of UNC Health
Care and dean of the School of
Medicine, said as he presented
the design plan to the trustees.
Roper said the buildings in UNC
Hospitals should cost about $725
million, with S4OO million of that
coming from the hospitals.
The research section still in
the design phase is estimated at
S2OO million. And the most uncer
tain part of the plan is Berryhill
Hall, where most undergraduate
teaching is housed Officials haven't
decided if that building will be ren
ovated or rebuilt, but the expected
cost is about SIOO million.
The expansion has been under
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