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ing error. The UNC Morehead
Building belongs to the state of
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Robertson scholar recipients
announced at UNC and Duke
UNC and Duke University
announced the 53 recipients of the
Robertson scholarship as incoming
Twenty-four scholars were
awarded the scholarship at UNC
and 26 at Duke. Three additional
students were offered the scholar
ship at both schools and may choose
either. In their sophomore Near, stu
dents switch campuses to live and
learn on the partner campus.
The scholarship was created in
2000 by Julian and Josie Robertson
of New York when they gave a 524
million endowment gift.
Hansbrough wins Naismith
Player of the Year Award
One by one, publications across
the country were all naming TVler
Hansbrough college basketball’s
National Player of the Year. But
the biggest individual award still
remained until Sunday.
Hansbrough stayed in San
Antonio after North Carolina’s Final
Four loss to accept the most presti
gious individual honor in college
hoops the 2008 Naismith TVophy
Men’s College Player of the Year.
Hansbrough edged out fellow
finalists Chris Douglas-Roberts
(Memphis), Michael Beasley
(Kansas State), and Kevin Love
(UCLA) for the award.
Hansbrough was the 16th recipi
ent from the ACC, more than any
other conference, and he was the
third Tar Heel to win the award,
following Michael Jordan and
Antawn Jamison.
County commissioners meet
and discuss tax education
With the polarizing land trans
fer tax referendum looming on the
May 6 ballot, Ballen Media present
ed its plans to educate residents
about the issue with a campaign
titled “Your Choice," in an Orange
Counts- Board of Commissioners
work session Tuesday night
Guilford Fitts, co-founder of the
local media consulting firm, said the
campaign's goal is to reach 60 per
cent of all adults at least four times
with information about the tax.
Commissioners voted unani
mously on March 18 to spend as
much as SIOO,OOO on the educa
tion effort.
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Aldermen discuss northern
area, push back discussion
The Carrboro Board of Aldermen
discussed the possibility of big box
stores in Carrboro and the impor
tance of housing affordability in
the town before deciding to dis
cuss the northern study area at a
later date.
The w-ork session touched lightly
on many issues regarding northern
Carrboro before adjourning.
Board members heard a pre
sentation and recommendations
from the Northern Study Area Plan
Implementation Review Committee
about how best to start development
in northern Carrboro.
Lisa Buckley, a zoning develop
ment specialist, also gave a pre
sentation on form-based zoning,
which focuses on how buildings
will look rather than what will go
on inside them.
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Duke receives SSO million to
fund its medical programs
The Duke Endowment of
Charlotte is giving SSO million to
the Duke University Medical Center
for the construction of a medical
education facility and ah inpatient
center for pediatric patients.
Of that donation, $35 million
will go toward the medical educa
tion center and the remaining sls
million will be used for the pedi
atric center. The gift is the largest
single donation ever received by the
Duke University Medical Center.
From staff and win reports.
Lot 5 plans up for comment
The public has its first glimpse of
the development at Lot 5 six years
after the controversial project first
was proposed.
The town recently received draw
ings of the eight-story retail and
housing community. The develop
ment will be built over the parking
lot at 140 W. Franklin St.
The plans, which include descrip
tions of colors and building materi
als, are slated to be on display at
Chapel Hill Town Hall. Town staff
and the Chapel Hill Town Council
will give informal feedback so that
the Ram Development Company
can fix small problems before con
struction, scheduled for this fall,
Deborah Lederer-Hughes, an art teacher from Carrboro Elementary, helps to hang masks made by Seawell Elementary fifth-graders. “Art
is a way that kids can make sense of the world, and it's important for us to support it,' said Annie Cramer, an art teacher at Seawell.
Exhibit showcases local students’ artwork
When looking at buffalo-skull, still-life
paintings done by the students at Carrboro
High School, Tarish Pipkins summed it up
in one word: “Wow."
Pipkins, who was one of the many parents
walking the hallways of the Lincoln Center
administrative building at the district’s
Vision Art Show that opened Monday, was
proud that his son, Divine, a kindcrgartner
at Glenwood Elementary School, had works
included in the event.
“We started his portfolio at age 2. so this
is right on schedule,” Pipkins said with a
smile. “This show takes me back to my high
school days."
The show is coordinated to be an exhibi
tion of the artistic talent in the area, but it
also emphasizes the district’s ongoing dedi
cation to reinforcing in students the impor
tance of the arts.
It is an opportunity for students and art
Outside the comfort zone
Working out can
be intimidating
Working out can range from an
unpleasant chore to an absolute
nightmare. Not only is one sub
jected to intense physical activity,
but it’s also in public.
But at UNC, part of students’
tuition pays for two state-of-the
art gyms, the Student Recreation
Center and the Rams Head
Recreation Center.
To get the most for their
money, and not to mention to
avoid the dreaded “freshman 15,"
many students have found ways to
make working out a more enjoy
able experience, stepping outside
their comfort zone and into some
“When I first started coming to
work out at the gym, 1 definitely
felt a little uncomfortable," senior
Nick Thomas said. “I mean, it’s no
fun being the smallest guy in the
"So I just started coming regu
larly, usually at a time when it was
less crowded and got to adapt to
a routine. I also would go with
.friends to work out with, which
makes it a little less awkward so
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The purpose of the feedback is
to make sure the approved pro
posals are practical to maintain.
Chapel Hill Landscape Architect
and Urban Forester Curtis Brooks
“It’s not unusual in a develop
ment application such as this
to have issues that need to be
resolved," he said.
The council already has approved
a special-use permit despite com
munity protest about the height
and density of the project. The
developers still must submit zon
ing compliance plans which show
that the project blueprints include
the approved details.
And Ram Real Estate is hoping
to open a sales office for the multi
use development, advertised as
teachers to display the wide variety of cre
ative work going on in art classrooms across
the district.
Although some of the most brilliant pieces
were the portraits and sketches done by the
area's high school classes, elementary age stu
dents also showed their talent, with attendees
stopping in their tracks for minutes on end to
analyze their work.
“1 think it’s a very visible sign that we
have a active, healthy program, especially
with [Superintendent Neil Pedersen] being
there for the opening," said Arts Coordinator
Theresa Grywalski. “Even the fact that 1
have this position in the budget shows the
district's commitment."
But Grywalski said there is an ongoing
problem of schools finding appropriate
artistic opportunities for students.
While students are required to take a fine
art class in elementary school, many must
struggle in high school to find a spot in elec
tive art classes, she said.
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lan Bensberg lifts in Fetzer Gym on Tuesday. “When you work hard and
see someone else do better, then it is a little upsetting," Bensberg said.
you have someone to hang with in
the downtime between reps."
But sometimes personal drive
isn’t enough to get people through
the doors.
The staff behind the scenes
for both the SRC and RHRC are
aware of the fact that the gym can
be intimidating and do what they
can to offer solutions.
“It’s all about atmosphere when
you are working out," said Reggie
140 West, in the next month, sales
manager Amy Besada said.
Most of the 137 condominiums
will be expensive; some are likely to
cost more than $1 million, she said.
The development is required to
have 21 affordable housing units
when it opens in about 2010.
“We hope to have a broad scope
of people that would want to live
here," Besada said.
The development is a private
public partnership and plans to
include an already unveiled sculp
ture that uses recycled rain water
to create a mist.
The town will lease Lot 5 at
$1 a year for 99 years to Ram
Development and is expected to
spend millions to redevelop the
property to include an under
Grywalski said there is also a growing
nationwide trend of placing students on
faster tracks toward their post-second
ary education, with more and more stress
being placed on English and math skills for
placement exams. This can draw students
away from subjects they might truly enjoy,
she said.
"1 think the arts are very important and
part of our basic humanity in that they
enable our children to express themselves
in a variety of ways," said School Board Vice
Chairwoman Lisa Stuckey.
“And there’s support for that kind of
education, with data that shows kids who
participate in the arts doing better in other
areas of academics."
For the next month the halls of the
Lincoln Center will be adorned with
ceramics, paintings and other works of
Almost no hallway space has been spared
in draping the interior of the building with
everything from realistic portraits to Chinese
Hinton. director of the SRC. “We
try to take out that air of intimi
dation out of the environment
mainly through our staff. We
search far and wide for a staff that
is not only friendly and approach
able but qualified so that students
feel comfortable and can get the
most out of their workout."
One big draw for more timid
ground parking garage with about
330 spaces.
Critics have said the proposed
project goes against principles of
sustainable development and is
uncharacteristic of Chapel Hill.
But town council member Bill
Strom said the project is consistent
with the town’s economic plan and
will give future developers more
certainty about the process.
“1 think it's important to recog
nize that no one project in itself
is going to make or break Chapel
Hill," he said.
“We re going to look back on this
in 10 years and be very pleased with
the process."
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Raynor aims to tackle
sustainable initiatives
When Student Body President
J.J. Raynor was compiling her ideas
for running student government,
she turned to sustainable campus
groups for advice.
“I took input from other student
groups like FLO Foods and RES PC
to see how we can best help their
efforts and those of students*
said Raynor,
who took office
April 1.
a sophomore
involved with
FLO Foods, said
. JJ. Raynor's
one plunk
at a time
she is confident Raynor’s adminis
tration will support sustainable
organizations such as FLO.
“She’s one of the candidates
who brought the food issues to the
table," she said. “It’s good to know
that she already realizes it’s part of
A major hurdle for FLO is retain
ing student support for the increase
in purchases of fair, local and organ
ic foods, Koukopoulos said.
"We need student government
behind us to have campaigns for
support it’s crucial.’
Schools examine
current buildings
University enrollment is getting
larger, space is getting smaller, and
departments are studying their
With the UNC School of Law
moving to Carolina North. UNC’s
future satellite campus, and the
School of Information and Library
Science planning to set up shop on
South Campus, other departments
and schools are debating whether
they too should move or expand.
As the number of students
increases, so will the need for space.
“We are not planning to move
to South Campus or to Carolina
North," said James Dean, senior
associate dean for academic affairs
in the Kenan-Flagler Business
School, which moved to the McColl
Building in 1997, from Carroll,
Hanes and Gardner halls.
“However, we may need to
expand our current facilities in
connection with expected enroll
ment growth over the next few
years," he said.
The School of Education is also
facing an enrollment increase, but
doesn't see the need to move.
“We are considering expanded
enrollments’ Interim Dean Jill
Fitzgerald said. "We have no cur
rent plans for moving in the fore
seeable future."
But not everyone is worried
about space limitations with
increased enrollment.
Dean Jack Rich man of the School
of Social Work sard the school cur
rently is not considering moving.
“Locating off the main campus
could prove to reduce our collab
orative interdisciplinary efforts in
teaching, research and service," he
stated in an e-mail.
The School of Social Work,
though founded in 1920. did not
have its own building until 1995.
Dean Jean Folkerts also believ es
a move off campus would not ben
efit the School of Journalism and
Mass Communication, which
has been located at Carroll Hall
for nine years, since the business
school vacated the building.
“We highly value our location in
the middle of the campus," Folkerts
said. “Our current location gives
our students access to necessary
services, such as the library, as well
as access to information sources."
Still, Folkerts is concerned with
space requirements as the school
looks to expand facilities. “The best
solution for us would be to expand
into the Phillips Annex that is
directly across the parking lot from
us," Folkerts added.
The School of Dentistry already
has begun its expansion by decom
missioning two buildings which will
be demolished to make room for the
Dental Sciences building, said Deb
Saine, spokeswoman for the school.
But the dean of the College of
Many other officials involved in
sustainable efforts also said Raynor’s
platform is on the right track.
One of the first environmental
initiatives Raynor hopes to tackle
is the prevention and removal of
invasive plant species on campus.
‘They are going to get out of
control and go wild," Raynor said.
Peter White, director of the N.C.
Botanical Garden, said the spread
of invasive species happens with
the introduction of plants that
carry disease and harmful insects.
“J.J.’s proposal is a good policy
to have, and it shows a certain
amount of attention to thought and
detail as to how we impact the rest
of the world." White said.
One of several whom Raynor con
sulted about her environmental plat
form points was Margaret Jablonski,
vice chancellor of student affairs.
Jablonski said she advised
Raynor about the feasibility of her
platform points, and she said she
thinks one of the most difficult pro
posals to achieve is the installation
of motion sensor lighting on cam
pus. The project, she said, will be
expensive and time-consuming.
“WTiat's important about all of

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