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CORRECTION
Due to a source error, Tuesday’s
pg. 3 brief “UNC Achordants
recruiting for next year with audi
tions’ incorrectly names the oldest
all-male a capella group at UNC. It
is the Clef Hangers.
Due to a reporting error, Monday's
article ’Singing along’ incorrectly
states that Cheylaine Murchison,
a junior who opened for musical
act, Musiq Souichild, sang “Failin'"
by Alicia Keys. Murchison actu
ally performed ‘Killing Me Softly’
by The Fugees. The Daily Tar Heel
apologizes for the errors.
CAMPUS RRIEFS
All males can sign up to try
out for UNC Clef Hangers
; UNCs Clef Hangers will be in the
; Pit and the Student Union resource
hub this week recruiting any male
students interested in auditioning
for a spot in the a capella group.
Auditions will be Monday and
Tuesday. Call-backs will follow on
April 23.
The group is taking all male
voice parts. For more information,
visit www.clefhangers.com.
Planetarium launches kids'
summer learning program
GlaxoSmithKline has given a
grant of more than $350,000 to
the Morehead Planetarium and
Science Center to support the new
Science in the Summer initiative.
The program will focus on
teaching second through eighth
grade students and teachers the
importance of science education
at libraries across the state.
Students will be given laborato
ry experience while teachers will be
able to attend workshops to incor
porate specific curriculum into
their teaching, all free of charge.
Chancellor to give students
certificates for excellence
Chancellor James Moeser will
recognize outstanding students
during the 2008 Chancellor's
awards at 3 p.m. today in the
Student Union Cabaret.
Each April, the chancellor gives
certificates, prizes and medals to
students who have stood out aca
demically, as well as those who have
been exceptional leaders within the
campus through their involvement
in residential and Greek life and
student self-governance.
The chancellor will also give
out the Student Undergraduate
Teaching and Staff Awards. These
awards were established by stu
dents to recognize outstanding
undergraduate instruction.
CITY BRIEFS
U.S. Census Bureau won't
hire locals for rehearsal
The Chatham County Manager's
Office was notified Thursday that
the U.S. Census Bureau will not be
hiring any local census workers for
the 2008 census dress rehearsal.
A lack of funding was cited as
the reason for the cancellation.
Debra Henzey, director of com
munity relations in the County
Manager's Office and chairwoman
of the complete count committee,
said in a press release she was con
cerned about the loss of 300 jobs
that the decision caused.
’Our committee members are
most distressed that jobs were prom
ised and did not happen,' Henzey
said. “Since last fall, we worked hard
to recruit people and had pushed
even harder last month.”
Census workers were scheduled
to start training later this month.
Even though local workers won’t
visit homes to collect census infor
mation, Henze>’ urged residents to
voluntarily return the census forms.
University, county will work
: to use landfill gas as energy
A project to capture gas from
the Orange County landfill to gen
! erate electricity for carbon credits
will proceed.
The Orange County Board of
! Commissioners granted county and
University officials permission to
move forward on developing a final
contract that will address engineer
; ing, commercial and legal issues.
*We do believe this will be a
win-win for the University and the
; county,’ UNC Director of Energy
; Services Ray Dußose said.
Visit City News at dailytarheel.
com for the full story.
;Town of Hillsborough lifts
voluntary water restrictions
! Hillsborough has lifted its volun
tary water restrictions after rainfall
raised reservoir levels.
! The town's West Fork Eno
; Reservoir is 94.5 percent foil, and
Lake Orange is 100 percent full.
The town now has more than a
year’s worth of water supply.
; In October, Hillsborough imple
mented voluntary water restrictions
by asking customers to reduce their
' water consumption by 10 percent
- Prom staff and wrier report*
Site criteria still undecided
BY MAX ROSE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The county might consider issues
of social justice as it decides on a site
for a waste transfer station.
The Orange County Board of
Commissioners put off a decision
that would have
identified crite
ria for the site
after final rec
ommendations
were not ready
Tuesday.
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space expected to run out in three
or four years, Olver Inc. faces a
compressed schedule to help
find a location to handle Orange
County’s waste.
And after three recent hearings,
the company could not put togeth
er recommendations in time.
“We hoped to be a little further
IRON & WINE
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Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, who was brought to UNC through joint efforts of Cat's
Cradle and the Carolina Union Activities Board, performs in Memorial Hall on Tuesday.
Hopefuls focus on education
BY DEVIN ROONEY
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
In an effort to combat the rise in
high school dropout rates, educa
tors and government officials across
North Carolina are designing alter
native schools and reforming the
community college system to better
meet students' needs.
Data from the N.C. State Board
of Education show that in 2006-07
more than 5 percent of high school
students dropped out
Educators and government offi
cials from across the state are work
ing toward crafting affordable pro
grams to meet the needs of a variety
of students, including those at risk of
dropping out
Bryan Setser, director of N.C.
Virtual Schools, said the governor
and the candidates have recognized
online education as a cost-effective
option.
*1 think irregardless of what
party you’re affiliated with, you
see the value that online education
can save the taxpayers money, and
it can also help the workforce.”
He added that online classes can
help some students stay in school.
"The first way it helps is engage
ment: We offer a different style of
teaming and a different type ofiearo-
Top News
along,’ said Bob Sallach, project
manager with Olver.
Following complaints from
Rogers Road residents that the
originally proposed criteria fail
to take into account the Orange
County landfill in their commu
nity, the decision might include
general criteria on environmental
justice.
The Orange County Human
Relations Commission present
ed several possible criteria and
a definition of environmental
justice for the board to use as a
guidepost.
“Fair treatment means that no
group of people should bear a dis
proportionate share of the nega
tive environmental consequences
resulting from industrial, govern
mental and commercial operations
SEE WASTE, PAGE 11
Plaits for Education
Bill Graham: ‘You have to
identify those who are at a risk for
dropout as early as possible, you
have to mate sure those students
get the attention they need.'
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Pat McCrory: “We need to look
at expanding trade classes more in
our high schools for those students
that might not be suitable for four
year college "
► www.patmccrory.com/docs/
issues/Policy-Statement-Education
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Bob Orr “We need to have one
a dramatic restructuring at the top
of the system.’
► www.orr2ooß.com/Issues/
Education/Restnjaure.html
ing that keeps students in school and
raises their interest level.”
Politicians are also focusing on
the role of community colleges as a
transition between secondary and
higher education, as well as oenters
for lifelong learning.
Waste transfer timeline
► 2001: The Board of County
Commissioners proposes that sofid
waste be transported to a
disposal site outside Orange
County by a waste transfer station.
► March 3, 2006: The Solid
Waste Advisory Board
recommends that the waste
transfer station be located on
Eubanks Road, by the landfill,
for convenience.
► March 27, 2007: The com
missioners voted to accept the
advisory board's site recommen
dation.
>• Nov. 5. 2007: After
protests by the community, the
CUAB performance a
sell-out at Memorial Hall
BY KEVIN TURNER
STAfF WRITER
A foil, rich and textured sound wafted through
Memorial Hall Tuesday as Iron & Wine played a
subdued and beautiful set to a sold-out house.
The vast size of Memorial Hall and its acous
tics lent itself to making the performance more of
a showcase of musicianship than a rock-out indie
concert some might expect from such a popular
act among the college crowd.
The show also featured opening act, Califone.
“There’s a big difference when you play a seated
theater than when you play like a rock show or a
rock club." said Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter
who records and performs under the name Iron
& Wine. “It’s nice to be able to offer more of a
variety of sound in this kind of a venue, but the
quieter, more mellow stuff definitely resonates a
bit more in these kind of seated places."
And it definitely was a warmly melodious
show, with overtones resonating throughout the
venue.
Beam, who began his career with homemade
10-fi recordings of him and his acoustic guitar,
played a nearly two-hour long set peppered with
songs from his first album to later EPs and from
his most recent record. The Shepherd's Dog.
“I was really amazed at the variety of songs
that he played." said Allison Duncan, a junior who
waited for two hours for tickets.
“I was really impressed with the different
sounds that he combined for it —it was so much
more than the acoustical stuff that I’m used to
hearing on their records. It was really awesome to
hear the breadth of his musical capabilities."
The crowd remained in hushed awe through
out the performance. At one point Beam face
tiously told the crowd. “You guys need to shut up;
SEE IRON & WINE. PAGE 11
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The sold-out crowd in Memorial Hall, which
holds 1 ,434, listens to Iron & Wine perform.
Fred Smith: ‘ln business, if I
were losing a third of my custom
ers, I would try to have anew plan.
I think that's what we need to do
with education.*
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issues/improvmg-sdwots/
Richard Moora: 'Our challenge
is going to be as we move forward:
How do we keep making sure that
tuition is as inexpensive as possible
but we're providing worfd-dass
opportunities?*
► www.richardmoore.org/issues/
issueArtides/educatingJrtml
Bev Perdue: “We need to work
on, work seriously on giving kids a
reason to stay in school rather than
encourage them to be so disen
chanted they drop out.*
► bevperdue.com/free_details.
asp?id=s9
Audrey Bailey; a spokeswoman for
N.C. System of Community Colleges,
said the system has always focused
on adult education.
“Our job is to address —and
SEE EDUCATION, PAGE 11
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008
commissioners reopen the site
search.
► Feb. 11,2008: The
commissioners identify criteria for
anew waste transfer site location.
► May 20,2008: Information
will be released about possible
locations for the site.
► June 30, 2008:
Commissioners will decide on a
final list of candidate sites.
► Nov. 18, 2008:
Commissioners will select the
final location of the waste
transfer site.
Judge decides against
former dental workers
BY MEGAN HANNAY
STAFf WRITER
A judge ruled last week against
two former UNC dental techni
cians who claimed that age dis
crimination played a part in their
dismissals.
Sharon House and Jacqueline
Maynard claimed that their
January 2007 layoffs were a result
of age discrimination because only
two of the 15 terminated techni
cians were younger than age 40.
Although John Williams, dean
of the School of Dentistry, origi
nally said the employees were let
go because it would be more cost
effective, court documents showed
the cost comparisons that the
school used to make the layoff deci
sion were inaccurately calculated.
Although the case is still pending.
Judge Joe Webster from the N.C.
Office of Administrative Hearings,
stated his ruling in a press release.
He said that though he agreed with
House and Maynard’s argument that
school officials did not follow policy
with the terminations, precedent did
not allow him to rale in their favor.
SEE DENTAL SUIT, PAGE 11
Second
forum
reviews
goals
I
UNC Tomorrow
examined again
BY REBECCA PUTTERMAN
; ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
About 50 people came to hear
UNC Vice Chancellor for Public
Service and Engagement Mike
Smith give the same Power Point
presentation he offered the day
| before.
The dual forums were intended
to allow as many faculty, students
| and community members as were
interested to learn about and com
ment on UNC-CH’s multipronged
| approach to a systemwide initia
tive intended to help UNC meet
the needs of the state.
UNC Tomorrow is made up of
seven main findings ranging from
global readiness to access to higher
! education.
Six committees appointed in
February by Provost Bernadette
Gray-Little must submit their com
! piled report to the UNC General
Administration by May 1 on how
I UNC-CH will utilize new or exist
i ing programs to directly serve the
needs of all seven findings.
"The proposals that are going
I forward are processes that arc
\ just starting.” Mike Smith, also
| the director of the six UNC
CH committees, assured forum
attendees.
“I know it’s been frustrating to
those who wish it had been more
transparent or w anted more input.”
he added, emphasizing that the
May 1 report will be more of a first
draft rather than a finish line.
As Smith focused on the propos
als for how to improve access to
higher education, one forum attend
ee declared that access is important
but not if students can’t finish in a
timely fashion or become eligible for
graduate school.
Vicki Kowlowitz, of the School
of Nursing, emphasized the need
to begin the proposed Residential
; College Advising and Support
Program— which would provide
college advising to high school
students in underserved regions
of North Carolina in middle
| school.
“Why is it high school and not
; middle school?" Kowlowitz asked.
"That’s really the critical time. By
| the time they get to high school, it’s
j almost too late."
Students themselves had their
own comments to make on the May
1 report in the hopes of being able
to meet some of UNC Tomorrow’s
directives themselves.
"We invited student leaders to
just gather their ideas about what
they thought were the most impor
tant issues that the University and
the state are facing," said Chris
Belhorn, an executive assistant
for Student Body President J.J.
Raynor.
Belhorn said students saw a
comprehensive public service
database and a Center for Latino
Studies as the most urgent priori
ties of the UNC-CH community.
"Students hope that this center
will make a statement that UNC
SEE FORUM, PAGE 11
Dental suit
Early October 2006:15
dental school employees are
informed that they will be
replaced with outsourced labor.
April 12 and 13. 2007: Two
technicians give a Petition for
Contested Case to the University,
which begins a lawsuit.
July 13, 2007: The state
submits a motion for summary
judgment, a request to judge
the case without a full trial. The
judge denies the motion.
Oct. 17,2007: Dean John
Williams gives a deposition.
Nov. 7, 2007: The two sides
hold a mediation, attempting to
settle the dispute out of court
Nov. 21, 2007: The state sub
mits a second motion for sum
mary judgment. The judge also
denies this motion.
Dec 2007: Witnesses testify
about their involvement in dental
tech firings.
April 8, 2008: Judge Joe
Webster hands down a ruling
in favor of the UNC School of
Dentistry.
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