VOLUME 116, ISSUE 123
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NEED FOR SPEED
When the UNC men's
basketball team faces
Michigan State tonight, Tar Heel
speedster Ty Lawson could meet
his match in lightning-quick
point guard Kalin Lucas
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Spoofs based on fire-and
brimstone sermons, PMS and
breast implants brought
grammar to life as students
broke the reverent silence of
Wilson Library on Tuesday.
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HOUSE BUILT ON SUGAR
Tuesday marked the
beginning of the Siena Hotel's
first weeklong gingerbread
house contest, which will end
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GAMER GETS SERIOUS
Programmer creates virtual
game for business students.
FIR TREES IN DANGER
N.C. State tries to find a
cure for Christmas tree pest.
DIVA DOG IS A STAR
A local pug competed in
the National Dog Show.
this day in history
A man identifying himself as a
police lieutenant makes harass
ing prank calls to Cobb Resi
dence Hall. He asked about the
residents' measurements and
the clothes they were wearing.
Due to a reporting error,
Tuesday’s pg. 1 story, “‘Not
guilty’ plea expected,” incor
rectly stated the age of
Lawrence Lovette. He is 18.
The Daily Tar Heel apologizes
for this error.
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Defense requests informant list
BY MAX ROSE
Defense attorneys for a man
charged with killing former Student
Body President Eve Carson are ask
ing that prosecutors turn over a list
of police informants who received
They also ask, in a separate
motion, for evidence that could
prove favorable to the defense in
the trial of Demario James Atwater,
22, of Durham.
Both moves are standard for
defense attorneys who want to
know the evidence against their cli
ents. But this request might prove
controversial because the relevant
records include about 200 pages
of Crime Stoppers reports, District
Attorney Jim Woodall said.
FROM CAMPUS TO REALITY
Katherine Lloyd, a senior art major, stands next to one of her pieces in the gallery of the Student Union. Lloyd hopes to stay in Chapel Hill to
work on her portfolio after graduation. "UNC allowed me to have a completely balanced education and not just focus on visual art," she said.
UNC art department
tries to prep students
BY JAMIE WILLIAMS
Beth Grabowski knows that UNC’s
Department of Art does not attract the
“most hard-core” of young artists those
students go to art schools.
But upon completion of the under
graduate program, Grabowski, assistant
chairwoman of the studio art program,
said graduates are just as prepared to
break into the art world as peers at art
Katherine Lloyd, a senior who will gradu
ate in two weeks, expressed a calm confi
dence when discussing her prospects in the
art world upon graduation.
“I’ve matured incredibly because of my
time in the program,” she said.
Lloyd, the co-president of the
Undergraduate Art Association, said that
all graduates of the program will leave with
the business savvy necessary for an industry
Exams spark Adderall abuse
Editor’s note: Names of drug
abusers have been changed to
protect their identities.
BY SARAH FRIER
ASSISTANT FEATURES EDITOR
It took Todd a while to realize
he was psychologically dependent
His brother introduced him to
the pill during finals week his first
year it was a biology test, and he
needed to ace it
Two years later, he takes it for
daily 4-hour study sessions. He
buys 30-milligram pills for $3
from friends of friends, then cuts
them into fourths.
“It’s like steroids for your brain,”
Todd said. “I feel like I can’t work
efficiently if I don’t have it”
Adderall is an amphetamine
SEE ADDERALL, PAGE 9
Crime Stoppers reports are filed
anonymously and prosecutors say
that turning over the records could
lead to a decrease in the number
of people calling in crime. The
defense argues that law requires
the records be shared.
Police found Carson in the road
early March 5 in a neighborhood
off of East Franklin Street and have
charged Atwater and Lawrence
Alvin Lovette, 18, in her death.
Search warrants state that
Orange County Crime Stoppers
received a call March 11 from a
woman who said that a man she
knows as “Rio” later a differ
ent informant identified him as
Atwater told her in a phone
conversation that he and another
man took Carson to an ATM before
that requires more of a mind for marketing
than outsiders understand.
UNC’s program has between 150 and
200 majors, with a similar number of
students studying art history, Grabowski
“Our department does a great job of pre
paring you as an artist, both theoretically
and the business aspect, preparing you to
show your work and market your work,”
Part of that preparation is a required pro
fessional seminar. In the seminar students
learn the business aspects of the art world:
how to write grant proposals, interview art
ists and gallery owners, and package works
into a portfolio.
But ultimately, Lloyd said success in the
art world depends more on the student’s
portfolio than the prestige of their under
graduate art program.
“People are definitely looking at your
work before they are looking at where your
degree comes from,” she said.
And the program at UNC goes a long
SEE ART, PAGE 9
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ANTHONY HARRIS
Pressure to succeed in school has led to an epidemic of Adderall
addiction among students feeling the stress of rigorous classes.
While that conversation is avail
able to the defense attorneys, many
other leads remain in the police
and prosecution’s hands.
Discovery laws, expanded in
2004 by the N.C. General Assembly,
require that the prosecution turn
over almost all evidence in a crimi
nal case, said G. Bryan Collins, the
public defender for Wake County.
“We have a Constitutional
right to know what the evidence
is against us,” said Collins, who
said he files both motions in every
murder case. “We don’t believe that
prosecutors ought to be the gate
keepers of that information.”
Prosecutors worry that people
SEE CARSON, PAGE 9
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First-year Morgan Thompson’s 'Growing Pains"
sculpture won the Undergraduate Art Association
competition even though she is not an art major.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2008
Atwater pleads not guilty to federal charges
One of the men charged with
killing former Student Body
President Eve Carson pleaded not
guilty to federal charges Tuesday in
Greensboro. Demario James Atwater,
22, is charged with carjacking result
ing in death, using firearms during a
carjacking, being a felon in posses
sion of firearms and possessing an
improperly registered shotgun.
Prosecutors say he and Lawrence
Alvin Lovette; 18, kidnapped Carson
from her home March 5, took her in
her car to withdraw money from her
accounts then shot her five times in a
neighborhood off East franklin Street
In March, Atwater and Lovette
pleaded not guilty to state charges of
first-degree murder, first-degree kid-
Driver in fatal accident
had 10 prior incidents
BY KRISTEN CRESANTE
ASSISTANT CITY EDITOR
The Chapel Hill Transit driver
whose bus fatally struck a pedes
trian in October has been involved
in 10 other traffic incidents since
In eight of those collisions,
James Willie Orr, 65, was driving
a Chapel Hill Transit bus.
In three of the accidents, Orr
rear-ended another vehicle, and
three others involved him striking
a fixed object
According to town policy, a
Chapel Hill Thmsit employee can
be fired because of a preventable
accident with a fixed object or two
preventable rear-ends accidents
within the period of employment.
It is unclear how many of Orr’s
napping and several lesser charges.
Atwater's federal trial is set to
start November 2009. Federal pros
ecutors must disclose whether they
plan to pursue the death penalty
against him by March 31,2009.
Lovette isn't facing federal
charges and was too young at the
time of the crime to be eligible for
the death penalty.
District attorney Jim Woodall said
Atwater won't be tried for state
charges for about a year.
Until then, federal lawyers will be
in contact with state lawyers, prepar
ing for the trials, said Louis Allen,
Atwater's federal public defender.
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BY GABBY PINTO
Seniors registered for fewer
than 12 credit hours next spring
might have to re-evaluate their last
Students planning to underload
will no longer be considered full
time students by UNC. An e-mail
notifying seniors of the change was
sent out last week.
Previously, students who under
loaded still could be listed in the
University’s records as full-time
students to guarantee access to
campus services such as housing.
In some cases, that full-time
status also is necessary to receive
federal financial aid and health
“It has been done this way for
several years, but when I reviewed
the practice, I determined that
it had potential for putting the
University and students at risk,”
said Alice Poehls, assistant provost
and University registrar.
By calling them full-time stu
dents, the University was pro
viding inaccurate information to
external sources such as federal
programs, insurance companies
and loan services, Poehls said.
After discovering the reporting
issue, she decided to change how
such students were recorded.
. “We were clearly involved in a
practice that was inappropriate,
but the complicated nature of the
computer system and the regula
tions left many of us unaware of
the full picture,” Poehls said.
Last spring, between 300 and
500 students underloaded.
Students are still allowed to ask
for permission to take fewer than
12 credit hours, but they will be
listed in the edmputer system as
SEE UNDERLOAD, PAGE 9
accidents were preventable, mean
ing the driver failed to do every
thing possible to avoid the acci
But Orr was not terminated until
after he struck Valerie Hughes on
Oct. 28 while she was in the cross
walk of South Columbia Street and
Mason Farm Road. Hughes died
later from her injuries.
Officials would not discuss Orr’s
situation because it is a personnel
issue, but he is currently awaiting
trial for a misdemeanor charge
of death by motor vehicle in the
A certain number of accidents is
common for someone who drives a
bus for a living.
SEE ACCIDENTS, PAGE 9