VOLUME 116, ISSUE 28
Tar Heel duo taken in WNBA Draft
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Senior Erlana Larkins was drafted in the first round
of the WNBA's 2008 draft Wednesday She was the
14th overall pick, called by the New York Liberty.
SEX, DRUGS AND CHOREOGRAPHY
BY BENNETT CAMPBELL
ASSISTANT ARTS EDITOR
What do Jesus, marijuana
and the soundtrack of the
1930s have in common?
They’ll all be a part of the
environment in UNCs Forest
Theatre starting tonight, as
Company Carolina presents
“Reefer Madness" at the out
door venue at 8:30 p.m.
The musical is based on the
1936 film. “Tell Your Children,"
essentially a propaganda video
stressing the eviLs of marijuana
use in an exaggerated manner.
“Anyone exposed to the reef
er loses any semblance of good
ness in their lives," explained
Kelsey Reinhard, a fresh
man who plays Mary Lane in
Company Carolina's play.
Reinhard's character expe
riences the alleged moral
decline that stems from mari
juana use, she said.
“The fun part for me is
getting to be bubbly and girly
but then making a complete
change." she said.
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ATTEND THE PLAY
Time: 8:30 p.m. today to
April 13 and April 17-20
Location: Forest Theatre
Levine’s legal woes continue
BY SETH WRiGHT
More allegations of sexual
abuse are surfacing from former
patients of retired UNC pediatri
cian Melvin Levine.
Carmen Durso, the Boston law
yer handling Levine’s five pending
lawsuits, said he is working with
N.C. lawyer Elizabeth Kuniholm
to investigate sexual abuse that
might have occurred while Levine
was employed at UNC from 1985
Levine has been accused of sexu
ally assaulting young patients start
ing in the late 1960 sand into the
1980s while he was in Boston.
‘Calls are still coming in,"
Kuniholm said. ‘I investigate every
one who calls as soon as 1 can."
She said most calls were made
to verify the charges already
brought against Levine rather
than to file lawsuits.
She said she was unable to com
ment on whether any civil action
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DORM GETS NEW NAME
Ehringhaus South Residence Hall
was officially renamed Maurice
J. Koury Hall on Wednesday in
honor of the UNC alumnus, former
trustee and donor.
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Larkins and Pringle picked 14th and 13th
BY POWELL LATIMER
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
Erlana Larkins and LaToya
Pringle, who for the past two years
have been the North Carolina
women's basketball team's twin
towers of power, were drafted in
the first round of the 2008 WNBA
Draft on Wednesday.
While neither of the two
received the hype that accompa
nied Candace Parker's early entry
and subsequent top selection.
Larkins and Pringle can both look
forward to their new professional
Fittingly, their names were called
back-to-back. Pringle went to the
Phoenix Mercury with the 13th
overall pick, and Larkins was called
by the New York Liberty at 14.
For a pair of players so close
throughout their career at UNC.
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Actors perform in Company Carolina's 'Reefer Madness” at the Forest Theatre at rehearsal Wednesday night. The musical, which is based on
the 1936 film "Tell Your Children," focuses on the alleged dangers of marijuana. It opens tonight at 8:30 p.m. and will also run April 17 to April 20.
formerly a UNC
sexual abuse of
would be taken but is advising cli
ents to contact the medical board
if they have concerns.
Levine retired as a full-time
practicing pediatrician in 2006
but continued to sec patients as an
adjunct professor until he volun
tarily stopped last week when the
most recent allegations surfaced.
He also withdrew his practicing
medical license, which is required
to legally treat, diagnose or operate
Durso said he is concerned
about UNC’s institutional
response to the allegations against
Levine because the University
kept Levine as a full-time profes-
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TAR HEEL BASEBALL
The UNC bats came alive
Wednesday night in Cary as the
team beat N.C. A&T 5-0, led by
stellar pitching from senior Mike
Senring the students and the University community since 1893
sor as lawsuits were filed.
“It's my belief that the people
who came to these institutions
came there because the institu
tions were places where they
believed their children would get
the best possible care," Durso said.
“The institutions have an obliga
tion, in my view , to see that a thor
ough investigation is conducted
with regard to Dr. Levine."
At UNC Hospitals, physicians
are protected by medical malprac
tice insurance. Doctors are provided
a lawyer in the event of a lawsuit.
“Every lawsuit is going to be
different because every lawsuit
is an allegation," said Stephanie
Crayton, a UNC Hospitals spokes
woman. “It would really depend
on what is revealed from an inves
tigation as to what disciplinary
actions may or may not occur."
During his career as a pediatri
cian, Levine helped establish the
SEE LEVINE, PAGE 13
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it seems strange for them now to
“It's going to be weird; we just
played with each other for four
years," Pringle said of the profes
sional divide. “It’s going to be weird
to look across and see that we have
on different jerseys."
One twist of the day was that
Larkins, the All-American and
MVP of the 2008 ACC Tournament
was taken after Pringle.
“I was shocked. I was hopin' I
wasn't making any faces on TV,"
Pringle said. “I think it was all about
what each team was looking for."
Apparently, the Mercury
defending WNBA champions
were looking for a shot-block
ing center who could run the floor
in their run-and-gun offense, one
that's even more revved up than
the breakneck pace that UNC
Audit reveals financial
mishandling at WSSU
BY ARIEL ZIRULNICK
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
Winston-Salem State University
has been given 90 days to correct
financial discrepancies revealed
in an annual report released last
week by the N.C. Office of the
If the university’s financial aid
office has not made the necessary
changes at the end of the 90-day
period, it could lose its discretion
ary pow er regarding budget and
management issues, said UNC
system Vice President for Finance
"Not only have they started, but
they've implemented a lot of the
suggestions," Nelson said, refer
ring to recommendations from
both the university’s own internal
audit and the state audit report
The WSSU Financial Statement
Audit Report outlined six areas of
concern, four within the universi
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SIGNAL FEST 2008
The Southeast Electronic Music
Festival is coming to Chapel Hill
this weekend, featuring
electronic-based acts and some
coach Sylvia Hatchell likes.
They also obviously liked that
Pringle has shown the ability this
season to step out to even the 3-
point arc and knock down jump
ers, and her silky low-post scoring
moves will only look better next to
former Connecticut legend Diana
“I’ve been talking with the coach,
and he said, 'We like to shoot it,
and we like to shoot it a 10t.... UNC
runs, but we really run.'" Pringle
said. “I was like. That shouldn't be
a problem for me."
Larkins, viewed as undersized by
some WNBA scouts, nonetheless
should fit in fine with the Liberty
as a power forward with superior
passing and rebounding skills.
“I'm just happy," Larkins said. “At
the same time I was surprised that
I was still around at 14. (Liberty
coach Pat Coyle) thinks that a lot
SEE WNBA, PAGE 13
ty’s financial aid office.
The audit revealed excessive
financial aid packages to both
students and employees, as well
as awards given to ineligible
It also disclosed a failure to
return, or return in a timely
manner, loans from students who
withdrew from the university.
The university first became
aware of the issue in summer
2007. when it performed its own
“We did our own internal inves
tigating based on some numbers
that didn't agree." said Sigrid Hali-
Pittsley, interim assistant vice chan
cellor for university advancement
WSSU immediately fired
three of the employees involved
and reassigned the fourth. Soon
after, it shared its results with the
SEE AUDIT, PAGE 13
this day in history
Society of Janus, a secret society for
students, faculty and administrators
for outstanding leadership in
residence hall life; inducts 12
students and one professor.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008
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Senior LaToya Pringle was drafted in the first round
of the WNBA's 2008 draft Wednesday. She was the
13th overall pick, called by the Phoenix Mercury.
may ease up now
BY KRISTEN CRESANTE
Recent rainfall might have alle
viated drought conditions enough
to move Orange County out of
Stage 3 water restrictions.
The Orange Water and Sewer
Authority board of directors will
meet tonight to vote on whether to
return to Stage 1 water restrictions.
“We’ve seen substantial
improvement." state climatologist
Ryan Boyles said. ‘We are no lon
ger I (Hiking at the dire conditions
we were facing."
If the water-use restrictions
are lowered, it will be against the
urging of Gov. Mike Easley, who
asked local leaders throughout
the state Wednesday to resist low
ering water restrictions, citing the
potential still for a dry summer.
Ed Holland, OWASALs planning
director, said one of the things the
board will consider is supply and
demand, because the Stage 2 and 3
restrictions are an inconvenience.
“There are swimming pools
that aren't able to be filled, and the
University is going to need to irrigate
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ATTEND THE MEETING
Time: 7 p.m. today
Location: 400 Jones Ferry Road
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