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Some N.C. gas stations have
‘raised prices enough to result
in 3,200 reports of price
gouging filed since Friday.
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As the UNC football team
prepares to face Virginia Tech
on Saturday, sophomore corner
Kendric Burney is asking, "Can
we contain Tyrod Taylor?"
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Kappa Alpha Psi held a forum
Tuesday titled "Does Your
Greekdom Define You?"
that drew a-crowd of about 40
Greeks and non-Greeks.
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Chancellor pushes research
BY LINDSEY NAYLOR
Chancellor Holden Thorp has
stepped into his post at a time when
universities are competing ever more
intensely for research funds.
Thorp is new to the role of chief
fundraiser for the University, and he’s
assumed that mantle in the midst of
ing to $1 bil
lion by 2015.
But Thorp is familiar with the
on-the-ground complexities of uni
versity research the grant writ
ing, the regulations, the science and
the economics. And those involved
with research at UNC expect that to
help their cause.
Thorp began his research
career as a UNC undergraduate in
the chemistry labs, and it peaked
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First-year Lex-jordan Ibegbu preforms during EROT's auditions on Tuesday evening in the Union. EROT is UNC's premier slam poetry
group. They host two full-length theater productions per year. Slam is a growing type of performance art, specifically in urban areas.
Spoken word poetry group in the midst of auditions
BY SETH WRIGHT
Students have an opportunity to help
perpetuate a tradition that has been around
longer than Shakespeare or Milton spo
ken word poetry.
Ebony Readers/Onyx Theatre, UNC’s spo
ken word poetry group, is holding the second
day of its annual auditions 6:30 p.m. to 10
p.m. today in the Union Cabaret.
About 80 people are trying out this year.
The origin of spoken word poetry pre
dates that of written poetry, and the art
initially used rhyme schemes as an aid for
memory, said professor Michael McFee,
director of the creative writing program.
“Poetry is, after all, an oral art,” he said.
McFee said EROT was tapping into an
ancient pleasure, noting that the tradition
of hearing poetry recited aloud extends far
Board takes over waste siting
BY EVAN ROSE
Of the top four potential sites
for anew waste transfer station,
the first two are in Hillsborough’s
economic development district,
number three is adjacent to a
mobile home park and number
four has been home to a landfill for
Orange County Commissioners
say something went wrong.
Now the board members are
taking the siting process into their
own hands, voting Tuesday to apply
criteria immediately that would
take into account factors such as
environmental justice and a site’s
proximity to schools and parks.
“This process is our process,”
Commissioner Moses Carey Jr.
said at the outset of the meeting.
“It’s not the contractor’s process.
We know what we want to hap
pen tonight —and that’s what we
After the motion Tuesday, the
SEE WASTE, PAGE 9
Serving the students and the University community since 1893
when he returned as professor and
As chancellor, he has some ideas
about the direction he would like to
see other University research take.
He said he wants more of a focus
on undergraduate research, and he’d,
like to see more risks taken to get
faculty research to market
“I’m an experimentalist; I like to
try things,” Thorp said in an inter
view. At his first open-house forum
as chancellor, he told students:
“If you all don’t experience what
it is that makes a research univer
sity different, then ultimately the
way that we have been doing pub
lic higher education for 200 years
is going to be in danger.”
Since 2006, the University has
SEE RESEARCH, PAGE 9
back in history.
“It reminds us that poetry is embodied art
that comes out of living, breathing human
beings and not just their minds and their
computers,” he said.
EROT was created by members of the
Black Student Movement in the 1980s,
originally focusing on racial issues.
But during the past three decades, the
group has deepened their issue base to include
classism and socioeconomic disparities.
“We are not limited to those topics,” said
Donovan Livingston, EROT co-president.
“Our voices extend far beyond those realms.”
McFee said there is a large difference
between simply reciting poetry written for a
collection and performing a poem as EROT
EROT’s 13 members will perform often
on campus this year. Livingston said EROT
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University research participation
The University depends on external funding for the vast majority of its research.
UNC's federal research funding has grown despite a national trend to the contrary.
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ATTEND THE AUDITIONS
Time: 6:30 p.m. today
Location: Student Union Underground
wants the new members to inspire the group,
which typically rounds out at about 20.
As EROT grows, its members will not
only write and perform a theatrical produc
tion, but also perform around campus and
host an open mic show to top off the year.
Livingston said the group averages one
performance every two weeks, and campus
organizations can request EROT to perform
at their events.
Corinna DeWitt, a first-year who audi
tioned yesterday, recited her poem called
SEE AUDITIONS, PAGE 9
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2008
Chancellor pledges to
review Latino center
BY KELLEN MOORE
ASSISTANT UNIVERSITY EDITOR
Students are excited about the
possibility of a Latina/o center at
UNC, but University administrators
want to proceed more cautiously.
More than 75 students and facul
ty attended a forum Utesday night to
discuss possibilities for the center.
Despite their enthusiasm and
past support from South Building,
current administrators have com
mitted only to studying the idea.
The center is one of two student
recommendations included in the
University’s response to UNC
Tomorrow, which outlines how
the UNC system can help meet the
state’s needs in the next 20 years.
In April, as administrators were
preparing the University’s response
to UNC Tomorrow, Chancellor
Holden Thorp, then-dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences,
expressed reservations about the
necessity of the center.
In an e-mail sent to Vice
Had claimed to
BY EMILY STEPHENSON
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
A man who claimed to have
been abducted in August by three
of the suspects in the kidnapping
and shooting death of a Chapel
Hill man is now the sixth suspect
Matt Johnson is charged in the
shooting death of 20-year-old Joshua
McCabe Bailey, District Attorney
Jim Woodall said Thesday.
told police last
week that he
on Aug. 17, by
11, 19, and Jacob
all suspects in
denied bond Tuesday for Matt
Johnson, Jack Johnson 11, Maxwell,
Minton, Brandon Hamilton
Greene, 26, and Ryan Ladar Davis
Lee, 20, who have been charged
with first-degree murder and first
degree kidnapping in the case.
A confidential informant told
investigators that the defendants
dug a shallow hole before shoot
ing Bailey in the head with a nine
millimeter pistol in a yvooded area
by TVisted Oak Drive in Orange
County, according to search war
The suspects allegedly moved
Bailey’s body to Chatham County,
where investigators found him
“They moved his body from
a location in Orange County to
a location down in Chatham
County,” Woodall told the court
Steve Bailey, the victim’s father,
last saw his son in the afternoon
of July 21 on Weaver Street in
Woodall said all six of the men
charged with murder and kidnap
ping seem to know each other, and
he believes Bailey knew most of
them as well.
“It seems that everyone does
know everyone else,” Woodall said.
“Most of them have known each
other for some time. The victim
knew most of them.”
” He said sheriffs did not release
Matt Johnson’s name Monday with
the other five because police had
to travel to Wilmington to arrest
The men will be held without
bond until an Oct 6 court date.
District Court Judge Beverly
SEE BAILEY, PAGE 9
Chancellor for Public Service and
Engagement Mike Smith, Thorp
explained his reasoning:
“With the curriculum in Latin
American Studies and the Center
for the Americas, it’s not clear what
is missing,” Thorp wrote. “I’d hate to
create the perception that we have a
problem with Latino students whdn
they’re actually doing well.”
Thorp added that students may
have been trying to push the issue
of undocumented Latinos, writing,
“I doubt we want to get into that.”
But on Tuesday, Thorp changed
“The provost and I need to look
at the proposal on its merits, with a
fresh start, and that’s what we intend
to do,” Thorp said. “The dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences is dif
ferent than the chancellor. I’m doing
my new job now.”
Thorp said he is no longer con
cerned that die center would unnec-
SEE LATINO CENTER, PAGE 9