VOLUME 116, ISSUE .‘lB
Spring Fest bigger in part II
Boyz II Men, dodgeball are features
BY ALEXANDRIA SHEALY
Organizers of Spring Fest 'OB
said that, even now, the festival
makes some University adminis
trators a little nervous.
Many of those administrators
were witnesses to a different ver
sion of the festival before it was
canceled in the early '9os because
of excessive alcohol use and crowd
But Hilary Marshall. Spring Fest
08’s event coordinator, said she has
worked on the revamped festival to
gamer administrative and student
BRINGING OUT THE BEAT
Dance group promotes
BY ASHLEY NICOLE LEWIS
Audience members were able to experi
ence authentic African dance while learning
about the ongoing global HIV/AIDS epidemic
Wednesday night at Memorial Hall.
The Spirit of Uganda dance group,
which appeared as a part of the Carolina
Performing Arts series, is a cohort of the
organization Empower African Children.
The group tours the United States regularly
to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and the
2.4 million orphaned Ugandan children.
The show opened with a single pulse from
a small arched harp, but quickly escalated
with the beat of enormous drums and rhyth
mic chanting. The dances varied from a piece
where women balanced jugs on their heads to
a selection played on a gigantic xylophone.
The performers ranged in age from 9 to
23, but the younger dancers moved with as
much physical agility and understanding of
the dance as the older performers.
The dances requin' a lot of flexibility and
energy." dancer Betty Nakato said. "You would
expect an unhappy group of children because
of our home circumstances, but wc have a lot
of hope and joys in our performance.*
Throughout the show, Peter Kasulc. the
group’s artistic director, offered commentary
on the cultural and historical significance of
each dance, often juxtaposing the pieces with
American customs to accent differences in
Kasule also spoke about the difference
Spirit of Uganda has made in the lives of the
performers, most of whom have lost one or
both parents to HIV/AIDS.
“Through dance I have achieved my full
potential," Nakato said. “Our lives can be
Author an inspiration to abuse victims
BY NATE HEWITT
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
After a conversation with writ
er-comedian Angela Shelton, you
would never guess that she was a
victim of childhood abuse.
But Shelton, 35, doesn't dwell
on her past. She spends her time
writing and performing comedy,
as well as filming an online cook
ing show for her Web site.
“Violence and joy cannot coex
ist," she said. “I want to help peo
ple live joyful lives."
And she isn't alone. She has
discovered that 28 other women
with the name Angela Shelton
also were victims of rape, incest
or domestic violence.
She has since started the Angela
Shelton Foundation and travels
the world to empower victims of
domestic abuse to heal.
And Saturday she will speak
about her experiences at the UNC
School of Social Work.
“She’s such an inspiring woman,"
said Deborah Barrett a professor in
the School of Social Work. “1 think
everyone can learn something from
what she has to say."
Shelton was removed from her
abusive father’s home and placed
in foster care when she was 6 years
old. He was not charged with a
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Wednesday's article “Waste has
impact’ incorrectly states that
residents signed a complaint
of environmental racism on
Jan. 8. That was the date the
request was processed, not the
date the complaint .was signed.
The Daily Tar Heel apologizes
for the error.
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“The goal was always to bring
Spring Fest to this level, and so last
year we proved to the administra
tion that there was an interest to col
laborate." Marshall said. "Students
wanted something to send the year
off. As soon as Spring Fest was over
last year, it was important for me to
get more organization on the board
to make it bigger."
Spring Fest 'OB, the fruit of
Marshall's and many other campus
leaders' y ear-long efforts, kicks off
at 4 p.m. Saturday with a Lot Party
in the parking lot adjacent to the
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A Spirit of Uganda dance group member dances wildly while drumming on a hollowed-out gourd Wednesday night at Memorial Hall.
The group features members ages 9 to 23 and travels worldwide as it promotes awareness of AIDS and the civil war in Uganda.
examples to people who are in trouble or
have hard times."
Some said the show also had complex
"The show was outstanding, not just as a
cultural window, but the mechanics of every
dance, every body part is concerted with the
music" attendee Erin McKenney said.
ATTEND THE SPEECH
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 pm. Saturday
Location: School of Social Work
crime, but was ordered by the
court to never again contact her
or her siblings, Shelton said.
“I’m past the point of darkness,
and I'm on the healed side now," she
said. “It won’t be depressing at all."
Shelton’s mother Joann, who
works as her press agent, said
she likes that her daughter finds
humor in just about everything.
“I think if you’ve lived a life
where you make people laugh,
you’ve lived a good life," Joann
Angela Shelton began her
research in 2001 when she Googled
her name and subsequently talked
to 40 Angela Sheltons. Seventy per
cent were abuse victims.
After conversing with all 40
women, she said they had much
more than a name in common.
“A lot of them are nurses, and
only one voted for George Bush,"
Shelton's book, “Finding Angela
Shelton," released earlier this
month, tells the story of her life
online I dailytarheel.cora
UNIVERSITY Students begin second
week of protest for workers' rights.
CITY Local students will travel to
Atlanta to learn about civil rights.
SPORTS The men's and women’s lacrosse
teams prep for the ACC tournaments.
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
R&B group Boyz II Men will
headline the festival in a concert
beginning at 8 p.m. in the Smith
Center. Nine Days, a rock group,
Spring Fest has cost groups
including the Carolina Union
Activities Board, the senior mar
shals. Student Congress and others
“We’ve basically taken the 10
most respected and busiest campus
leaders and put them together in a
group and said ‘Hey, let s plan this
huge feat that’s never been done
before,’" Marshall said.
Student Congress approved
$20,000 from student fees to be
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COURTESY Of ANGEIASHEITON COM
Angela Shelton formed the "Army of Angelas" to speak about self-heal
ing across the country. Shelton will speak in Chapel Hill on Saturday.
and experiences, as well as those
of the other Angelas.
Shelton also has released a movie.
■Searching for Angela Shehnn," which
chronicled a road trip by Shelton to
interview the other Angelas, and is
used at rape crisis centers and shel
ters across the country.
The movie took 57 days to film,
three rears to edit and cost $300,000
financed by donations and DVD
and T-shirt sides to make.
“Making the film totally changed
my life,” Shelton said. “It has
inspired people to heal and started
a movement to break the silence.”
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used to fund the Boyz II Men concert.
CUAB. which receives $300,000 in
student fees each school year, con
tributed $23,000 to the festival.
Marshall received contributions
from several other UNC organiza
tions in addition to being sponsored
by CRUNK!!! Energy Drink.
Carolina Union President Robert
Gurdian said although Spring Fest
has come together successfully so
far. it was not an easy task, given
the event’s past.
Duke University's Last Day of
Classes celebration faces opposition
from administrators, but because the
event is so popular, little has been
SEE SPRINGFEST, PAGE 11
Although many stylistic differences existed
between the Ugandan dances and other forms
of dance, influences and similarities were
noticeable through the dancers’ movements.
"You can see common elements with other
styles of dancing from Indian, to belly dancing,
even when you’re in the dub." she said.
"The performance itself is amazing,"
The 43-minute film will be
available online at angelashelton.
com until April 30.
Terry Bellamy, mayor of Shelton’s
hometown of Asheville, has named
April 29 “Angela Shelton Day” to
honor all "Angela Sheltons."
“It’s a campaign for everyone
who reports sexual abuse on the
same day," Shelton said. “The
Angelas inspired me to move for
ward. and 1 want to inspire others
to do the same."
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Diversions will host a party
starting at 10 p.m. Saturday
at Local 506 on West Franklin
Street. Three bands will be
How to attend the
Spring Fest concert
► Student tickets available at the
Student Union box office today
through Friday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
► If seats remain, tickets will be
available at the Ernie Williamson
Athletics Center box office dur
ing the festival.
► Two tickets per One Card, one
One Card per person.
► 4 p.m. Lot Party featuring
student performances. Campus
Dining Services' barbecue and
student art show begins
► 7 p.m. Smith Center opens
► 8 p.m. Boyz I! Men concert*
Ticket and One Card required for
attendee Alex Henderson said. “But some
times the message gets subsumed in the
music. 1 hope that people remember the real
message of the show is to inspire and inform
about the situations in Uganda."
Contact the Arts Editor
Financial aid program
expands under Moeser
BY KATIE HOFFMANN
When Caitlin Shaw was accept
ed to UNC in 2004, she had one
reservation the price tag.
“I thought, ‘Oh. that w’ould be
great to go there, but look at the
A few weeks later she got a pack
et in the mail saying she could be
part of the Carolina Covenant —a
new program that bundled federal,
state, institutional and private funds
to allow students from low -income
families to graduate debt-free.
“It took me a while to realize
they weren't joking," she said of
the promise of
Shaw will be
part of the
first class of
ars to graduate
ect was one
of the largest
this dav in history
APRIL 24,1973 ...
About 500 members of the Black
Student Movement confront
Chancellor N. Ferebee Taylor at
South Building to protest cutbacks
in black students admitted to UNC.
THURSDAY. APRIL 24. 2008
BY MAX ROSE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The first search for a waste
transfer station was brief.
In March, commissioners decid
ed that the station would go at the
site of the current Orange Counts
to reopen the
they now must
will play a role
in the siting of
The h is
on the site and
a map detailing
waste being placed in lower
income and minority neighbor
hoods has led many to call for a
new emphasis on environmental
equality in the siting process, but
most parties acknowledge that
any community that ultimately
is chosen to host the station will
SEE WASTE. PAGE It
What is it?
► A waste transfer station
consolidates waste from multi
pie garbage trucks and places it
in an 18-wheeler truck so that it
can be economically transported
to a distant disposal location
► Trash is moved quickly it's
in and out of the transfer station
within a day.
► It reduces transportation costs.
The waste can be screened prior
to disposal to remove anything
recyclable or hazardous.
James Moeser s term almost
doubling the number of students
served and sparking more than
80 similar programs at universi
ties across the country since its
“We’ve become the gold stan
dard for need-based scholarships,"
When the chancellor leaves office
in July, his successor will have to
sustain that standard amid chang
ing demographics and funding.
'We got lucky'
In need of more money to kick
off the Covenant, its founders took
a bet when it started that state
funding for financial aid would con
tinue to increase. They were right
When the program started in
2004, Covenant funding was com
posed of 15 percent state funds
and 50 percent federal funds.
State funding for need-based
aid continued on its upward path
increasing more than 800 per
cent for the past seven years.. It is
now 25 percent of the program’s
SEE COVENANT. PAGE 11
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