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Be on the new chancellor's
student advisory committee
The student advisory committee
to the chancellor is accepting appli
cations for next year.
The committee is charged with
representing students' concerns to
the chancellor. Next year's commit
tee might be especially significant
because anew chancellor will be
in place. Chancellor James Moeser
will step down June 30.
Applications are due by 5 p.m.
Friday. For more information, visit
Advisory committee meets,
touches on myriad topics
The chancellor’s advisory com
mittee discussed several upcoming
issues at its Monday meeting.
Among the topics discussed
were the faculty tenure process, the
methods of dealing with violence
and Chancellor James Moeser's
plans after he steps down June
Visit University News at dailytar
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New art gallery on Franklin
Street to open in late April
• The Toots and Magoo Gallery
will open in downtown Chapel
Hill on April 22, the Chapel Hill
Downtown Partnership announced
in a press release Monday.
The gallery, which will be located
at 142 E. Franklin St, is owned by
Cheryle Jemigan-Wicker, “Toots,"
Margaret Pearson, "Magoo," and
Chloe Greene. It will feature fine
art antiques and paper goods.
Both Jemigan-Wicker and
Pearson have experience in the
Chapel Hill native Jemigan-
Wicker owned Jemigan-Wicker
Fine Arts in San Francisco from
1984 to 2003.
She was also president of the San
Francisco Art Dealers Association
from 2000 to 2003.
Pearson has been president
of Pearson Tribal and Fine Arts
since 1986 and is a senior mem
ber of the American Society of
Greene is the daughter of
Jernigan-Wicker and studied
Design at Cal Arts in Valencia,
Calif. She worked as a visual mer
chandiser for several California
paper stores and as the production
manager for a boutique letterpress
company in San Francisco.
The store's hours will be 11 am.
to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Anyone wishing for more informa
tion should call 942-3339.
Thomas Wright headed to
prison for 70 to 95 months
Thomas Wright has been con
victed on three felony counts of
fraud. His prison sentence will
range from six to eight years of
Wright was convicted after six
days of proceedings. His lawyer,
Doug Harris, said he will appeal
the conviction on the grounds that
State Board of Elections officials
gave irrelevant testimony that
prejudiced the jury. He also said
they will invoke precedent set by
Supreme Court rulings about pre
The conviction comes after
Wright’s historic expulsion from
the N.C. House of Representatives,
the first in 128 years. The expul
sion, which Wright is also chal
lenging, stemmed from similar
From staff and wire reports
Congress pulls election bill
Would have allowed campaign tickets
BY ELISABETH GILBERT
The first bill to be introduced
to Student Congress this session
has been shelved until at least
The move, which officials
announced Monday, could indi
cate the tone of branch relation
ships this year, as Congress officials
cited a concern about the executive
branch's reaction to the bill as a
reason for withdrawing it.
The bill would have amended
the student body president elec
tions to create a presidential ticket
requiring potential presidential
candidates to name a running mate
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Sugarland, a Franklin Street dessert cafe, has applied for ajjquor license and will start serving more than sweets in mid-April. The shop
will serve beer, wine and cocktails, including a signature drink called the "Tartini,” served in discontinued blue bottomed martini glasses.
Cafe to sen e soup,
salad and Smirnoff
BY RACHEL KUROWSKI
Alice Turner, an exchange student from the
United Kingdom, said she hasn't found a place
to have a drink with her girlfriends in her year
in Chapel Hill without the smoke, music and
drunk men common to many bars.
The European student finds Sugarland.
a Franklin Street dessert cafe, to be a home
away from home, at least for gelato, pastries,
teas and its specialty cupcakes.
Now the cafe, which opened in early
February, is adding an alcoholic beverage
menu in mid-April to proride a “sophisticated,
female-friendly" place where women can talk
and drink comfortably , without loud music or
interested suitors, owner Chris Ryan said.
"Most girls can't go into a place to have a
drink without being hit on," Ryan said.
The bistro couldn't start serving alcoholic
drinks when it first opened because liquor
licenses which cost $3,000 aren’t issued
Panel shares impact of DWIs
BY KEELY STOCKETT
First-time drunk drivers faced
sobering stories and statistics
As part of their court sentences,
many of those who receive DWIs are
required to attend a Victim Impact
Panel, sponsored by the N.C. chapter
of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
The meetings, held on the first
Monday of every month at the
Hillsborough courthouse, show
drunk drivers the potential impact
of drunken driving through the eyes
of victims’ families and friends.
“You're lucky you got caught,"
Lori Brown, a MADD state devel
opment officer, told the drivers.
“You’re lucky that all that happened
was that you got pulled over and
got a DWI”
Brown led the meeting with
Barbara Blackburn, a victim assis
tance coordinator for MADD. Both
emphasized that families of victims
of alcohol-related accidents are the
ones who suffer the most.
‘lt's hard to get your life back,
and eventually you will, but it
won't be the life you had before,"
Stacy Koon, who initiated
Orange County's VIP, has first
hand experience with the effects of
drunken driving. Her mother. Faye
Coleman, was killed by a drunk
The vice president now is
appointed by the president after the
election, along with other Cabinet
members, but the appointment
must be approved by Congress.
, Ben Mickey, chairman of the
rules and judiciary committee,
announced his decision to withdraw
the bill Saturday, citing a lack of
support from the executive branch
and a need for further research.
“It was a little too edgy and dras
tic a change for them at this time,"
Mickey said. “We could work with
them a little more and just come to
a compromise so that the students
can still get their say in this process
until April 1 each year, according to N.C. law.
Ryan said he expects to receive the official
license any day now.
Sugarland will serve imported beers, des
sert wines and cocktails, but there will be no
bar. Approximate prices will be $430 for beer.
$5.50 to $6.50 for wine and $7 to $9 for cock
tails. Margaritas also will be on the menu.
The owners are especially excited about
the Tartini" cocktail, which will be served in
discontinued Carolina blue martini glasses.
“Smirnoff will be the baseline, and we'll
go up from there," Ryan said.
The restaurant also lists lunch options,
including soup and salads, on its menu online
but has not yet started serving them.
The Ryans said they hope to attract people
after plays and concerts at Memorial Hall.
Hill Hall and Historic Playmakers Theatre.
The restaurant closes at midnight.
Ryan said he and his wife, Katrina designed
the cafe to have a historical, cosmopolitan feel
to it like a 19605-era European cafe.
“Sugarland is how I remember Chapel
Hill before the chain restaurants came in,"
Chris Ryan said. “Each store had its own
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Lori Brown, development officer for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, speaks
to DWI offenders at the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough.
driver in 2006.
“Mom was a 20-year employee
with the UNC-Chapel Hill School
of Education," Koon said. ‘lt's just
amazing the impact she had."
After their mother’s death,
Koon and her sister, Jill Woody,
wanted drunk drivers to know
the stories of past victims and
offenders who were involved in
but also so that we can make sure
that we re still putting leaders in for
the right reasons."
He said the bill, which he had
worked on for about three months,
likely will not be reintroduced until
next January', if at all. Before that,
he plans to form a committee with
members from all three branches
of student government to revise it.
Student Body President J.J.
Raynor said the executive branch
likely would not support the bill if
it resurfaced. She and her Cabinet
worry that allowing presidential
candidates to choose running
mates before the election would
lead to political bargaining, with
presidential hopefuls appointing
friends instead of qualified appli
Katrina Ryan said that she has lived in
Chicago. New Orleans, Australia and Hong
Kong, but that her time spent studying
cooking in Bourgogne. France, is the largest
influence on her vision for Sugarland.
“In France, we’d sit at the cafe closest to us
and have a snack and glass of wine," she said.
“It became exotic and romantic."
She said she wants Chapel Hill residents
to enjoy the same experience.
Samantha Weissman, who just moved to
Chapel Hill from Miami, came to Sugarland
on her second day here and plans to come
back once it starts serving drinks.
“Cupcakes and martinis are a good mix,"
she said. “Sugarland is a trendy. Miami-type
place. But it’s a lot cheaper."
The shop sold 6,800 cupcakes in its first
month. Katrina Ryan said, describing the
volume of sales as a success.
Most cupcakes are $2.75. while the blue
Tar Heel fan" cupcake is $3.75.
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When they heard about other
panels throughout the state, they
decided to introduce a VIP here.
The two women often attend the
meetings to speak directly with
“We make sure that they
understand the things that we
miss," Koon said. “I need my mom
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“The selection process w-e have
now is just so strong," she said.
Raynor did stress the need to
continue the discussion about the
election process and the Student
Code as a whole.
And as the discussion continues,
Raynor said she also thinks more
people should be involved, includ
ing other branches of student gov
ernment and students themselves.
These are huge changes if you're
talking about something like that.
They had their merits, but certainly
everyone needs to be at the table
if we’re talking about that big of a
change to the Code." she said. “For
something this big, 1 think it truly
needs to be like a year."
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Thesis candidates read
from fictional works
BY ALYSSA GRIFFITH
Sex. incest, the modem South and
the decline of dairy farms have been
every day subjects of classwork for
senior Katherine Meehan this year.
Meehan has worked all year on a
work of fiction that centers around a
young Southern girl who is forced to
deal with a sexually abusive father,
in what Meehan says turned into a
"mutilated" fairy tale.
Beginning today, Meehan and
nine other students in the honors
thesis class for fiction writing in
UNC’s Creative Writing Program
will be reading excerpts from their
year-long literary endeavor. Students
enrolled in the thesis class for poetry
will read from their work April 16.
Creative writing honors stu
dents are required to produce a
manuscript of at least 100 pages of
fiction or 1.000 lines of poetry.
“1 desperately wanted to be in this
class." said senior Adam Edgerton,
who is in the fiction honors class. “1
knew that 1 was going to be writing
a book come hell or high water."
But becoming a creative writ
ing minor at UNC isn't like declar
ing most minors at the University.
Admission into the program is
selective, based on a portfolio sub
TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2008
BY AMY EAGLEBURGER
East Carolina University will
have to wait until a hearing
Thursday to know the fate of recent
student government elections.
Shortly after the elections on
March 25 and March 26. members of
the ECU Student Senate introduced
a resolution calling for anew round
of elections under the jurisdiction of
anew elections committee. The reso
lution. which |>assed with the more
than required two-thirds vote, cited
serious concerns about fairness in
But. given the short amount of
time before final exams, there might
not be time to carry out new elec
tions. said Preston Stanford, presi
dent of the ECU Student Senate.
“Realistically, looking at the
amount of time. I’m doubtful," he
said. “But I think there should be
just based on principle alone."
An early controversy came after
allegations that a campaign ticket
composed of current executive offi
cials, including treasurer Guillaume
Bagal, used student funds to buy T
shirts for their campaign.
The shirts, originally purchased
for a Service N.C. event, were the
same orange hue used later in the
campaign to support Bagal s ticket.
As treasurer, he had the ability to
dole out student funds.
“It was brought up and they were
caught in the act and the elections
officials, as usual, did nothing." said
Ryan Campbell Wiggins, a senior
communications major who has
been active in student government.
Student elections were also
plagued with controversy last year.
I In that case, the student judicial
branch decided that there were
concerns regarding the fairness of
I campaign tactics and that anew
! election was necessary.
But that second election never
happened. Marilyn Sheerer, vice
chancellor for academic and student
affairs, was involved in that decision,
although who actually made the call
is disputed by student officials.
Current ECU Student Body
President Keri Brockett said the
issues this year are to be expected in
any student government election.
“There have always been these
types of issues and violations." she
said. “People are disappointed in
the results it happens every year
on every campus."
Other UNC-system schools have
1 also seen election controversies in
the past year, including N.C. Central
| University and UNC-Pembroke.
Wiggins, who is no longer
involved with student government,
i said he is disappointed in what he
sees as a deterioration in the qual
ity of ECU’s student leadership.
“When 1 first joined, it was one
of the most valuable college experi
ences I had," he said. “The organi
zation has done a complete 180."
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Honors in Creative
6 p.m today, April 14 and 22
Ist floor. Graham Memorial
5 p.m., April 16
2nd floor of Greenlaw Hall
A brief reception will follow each
mitted by the students and reviewed
by a faculty committee. In addition,
students must have completed sev
eral courses in their chosen track,
either poetry or fiction.
“I’ve wanted to be accepted into
this honors seminar ever since I
took my first creative writing class,"
said Parker YVoltz, who is in the fic
Students meet twice a week all
year to earn a total of six credit
hours for the class and discuss their
own work and offer criticism to
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