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with pride. The people of North Carolina
know that investing their tax dollars in your
Plan Host education will generate returns for our state.
Private donors believe in this investment,
incentives and events to events with the chancellor, too, and their gifts have created many of
highlight the importance vice chancellors, Deans the opportunities you will have during your
of private giving for and Directors time here. They fund undergraduate research
students on campus grants, study abroad scholarships, and first
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11 WELCOME HOME, HEELS
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14 CARRYING EVE’S MANTLE
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25 SENIOR MOMENTS
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that’s hot I believe pornography is wrong. I would like to explain myself by sharing the
work of Gail Dines, Catharine MacKinnon and Harry Brod.
Let’s define the framework for discussing porn, as laid out by leading
fmylife.com pornography researcher and Wheelock College professor Gail Dines. Dines
points out that we cannot approach porn as merely images or fantasy:
If you’re ever having a bad day, just go to this
Web site. It will undoubtedly make you feel Pornography is a lucrative industry that involves real people with real bodies that
better. suffer real harm, both physical and mental.
What harm, you ask? Catharine MacKinnon, one of the most widely cited
legal scholars in the English language, writes that, “In pornography, there it is, in
britney’s world tour one place, all of the abuses that women had to struggle so long even to begin to
The girl is back and totally hot. articulate, all the unspeakable abuse: the rape, the battery, the sexual harassment,
Don’t act like you don’t think so. the prostitution, and the sexual abuse of children. Only in the pornography it
is called something else: sex, sex, sex, sex, and sex, respectively” (“Pornography,
Civil Rights, and Speech” 1985). For simplicity’s sake, I will address heterosexual
sparkly chocolate porn involving legal adults.
Mars makes a new, less than 85-calorie Pornography is not just a mirror of certain individuals’ sexual desires. It
chocolate bar called Fling. And get this: it shapes them. To the extent that gender identity includes and is influenced by
shimmers. sexual identity, pornography socializes people to conform to sexual and gender
roles. These roles follow the model of male dominance and female submission.
So whether or not you — as a man, woman or other — consume pornography,
redbox you participate in it simply by living in a society with a pornographically
$1 movie rentals out of a socialized view of male and female behavior.
giant red vending machine?! Pornography is also unprotected by the First Amendment, as some claim.
We’re down. MacKinnon explains that pornography strips women of credibility and authority
—women’s voices are silenced or dismissed. To defend pornography through the
First Amendment is to deny women’s freedom of speech in favor of men’s.
national pi day Pornography also disadvantages men in two primary ways, writes Harry Brod,
March 14 is 3.14 for all you math a male sexuality theorist and professor at the University of California at San
lovers out there. Diego. First, porn objectifies the male body.
“Men become sexual acrobats endowed with oversized and overused
organs” (“Pornography and the Alienation of Male Sexuality” 1995). The male
body becomes a machine that must be monitored for performance quality,
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mechanizing sex and limiting pleasure.
Second, porn teaches men to search for sexual fulfillment of nonsexual needs,
which can ultimately lead to frustration and disappointment. The New York
Times Magazine ran an article in its “About Men” weekly column in which the japanese rape video game
male author writes that men socialized by a pornographic society “risk losing the Amazon.com pulled “Rapeplay” from sales.
capacity to respond to the ordinarily beautiful women we love in our bedrooms” Whose sick mind(s) came up with this?
(Gender Violence 2007).
We can conclude that men stand to benefit greatly from the anti-pornography
movement. Men stand to be empowered and liberated by the feminism at the
root of the movement, which simultaneously requires the surrender of male pinching on st. patty’s day
privilege. We aren’t in the third grade anymore, so don’t
Too many times, I’ve heard a woman praised for her “sexual liberation” when touch us if we forget to wear green.
she expresses enjoyment of pornography. I think a woman who is truly sexually
liberated, however, is a person who recognizes that the male dominance and
violence in mainstream pornography goes hand-in-hand with female submission
and abuse. A liberated person recognizes that pornography feeds a “rape culture”
of violent heterosexual behavior that degrades and damages all women to varying
ruckus calls it quits
As college students, we may never be
individual degrees. There should not be more dignity in submitting to the able to afford music again.
established norms than in defying and reshaping them.
I will acknowledge, here, the theoretical distinction between pornography and
erotica. Pornography by definition requires the eroticization of power hierarchy
between participants; erotica involves adults with freedom of choice. the ides of march
I see real difficulty in distinguishing the two in a society that has not achieved Beware. Caesar learned the hard way.
gender and sexual equity, but the distinction is significant, and my argument here Learn from his mistakes.
is against pornography. Until the government formally recognizes pornography’s
infringement on women’s freedom of speech, the responsibility of eradicating the
industry lies with consumers. The question of why individuals enter the industry herpangina
is highly speculative and ultimately irrelevant. If we, as people, gendered though It’s a painful mouth infection, which is
we are, can overcome the inflated individualism that permeates our society to see not hot anyway, but can we at least get a
the collective harm inflicted by social institutions like pornography, we can work name change so it doesn’t sound like an
more effectively toward an equitable society.
& —anqi li
STD in the you-know-where?
“I’m taking advantage of the warm
weather to expose some skin to the sun.
Plus, florals, grandpa sweaters and heels
make me feel sexy.”
“I’ve really been trying to step it up lately
[for my campaign].”
“You should always look your best
because you never know who you may
“I like to dress in a way that reflects my
personality and unique style. Modesty is
my style, and I like to dress that way.”
from the bell
The soothing aroma of freshly brewed coffee wasn’t the only thing
in the air as the elevator doors opened to the fourth floor conference
room in the FedEx Global Education Center. A harmonious mixture
of accented voices filled the room, immediately generating an inter-
These voices belonged to the guests of UNC-Chapel Hill’s first
International Coffee Hour, an event co-sponsored by the Interna-
tional Student and Scholar Services and UNC-CH’s Writing Center
that bring together international taste in company, conversation and
coffee. Jane Rosenburg, an assistant director for student service for
ISSS, said that the event was designed to give American and interna-
tional students and scholars an opportunity to socialize away from
their usual environments.
As guests entered the room, they were warmly welcomed by ISSS
and Writing Center staff members who stood behind a table where
guests were invited to sign in and make name tags. Guests were en-
couraged to grab a cup of coffee, enjoy an assortment of pastries and,
most importantly, get to know other attendees at the event.
The hosts had no idea how many people to expect. Since this
was the first event of its kind, they guessed around 25 to 30 people
would be attending; but, a final count of over 80 guests and two
empty coffee urns 30 minutes into the event clearly indicated they
had vastly underestimated the turnout. The sign-in sheets revealed
that numerous guests comprised students from Asia, Africa, India, Lindsey Dvorak gives Micah, a seventh-grader from Culbreth Middle School,
Europe and South America. voice lessons. Dvorak helped Micah overcome her fear of singing in front of
Nigel Caplan, an English as a Second Language specialist at the
Writing Center, organized the social hour in response to the growing
desire of international students and scholars to meet and mingle.
“It’s important for internationals here to meet each other. Plus, alumnus profile Stephen Cauley
they appreciate any opportunity to interact with native speakers,”
Caplan said. “It’s also vital to the university’s vision of international-
ization that opportunities be provided for American students to meet
people from other cultures, and they can experience the world just When Stephen Cauley arrived at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1950, he didn’t know a
by coming to the coffee hour.” soul.
Desh Bandu, a native of Nepal and a research assistant at the His father and a tenant from his family farm in Kinston drove him to Chapel
UNC School of Medicine, heard about the event through an ESL Hill. They dropped off Cauley, with only his trunk, at Old East Residence Hall,
workshop that Caplan runs. With little time to meet people as he where he would live for the next four years.
works through an 18-month application process for his residency, “I knew nobody in Chapel Hill,”
the coffee hour gave him a chance to branch out. Cauley said. “But that didn’t bother me
“It was an opportunity to come out of the lab and meet people, because I knew I wanted to be there.”
something I have been really missing in almost one year that I have At first Cauley wanted to become an
been here at UNC,” Bandu said. attorney, but it didn’t take him long to
Natasha Rostovtseva, a master’s student at the School of Journal- realize that law wasn’t for him. Cauley’s
ism and Mass Communication and a native of Moscow was grateful favorite classes were history and English
to talk with friends from Russia whom she rarely sees on campus. literature.
“Since we all are very busy with our school activities and commu- “I was shocked by how much I en-
nicate mostly on Facebook and LiveJournal, it was a nice opportu- joyed Shakespeare,” Cauley said.
nity to chat in person,” she said. One of Cauley’s professors challenged
ISSS and the Writing Center plan to host an International Coffee his students to memorize 500 lines of
Hour every two weeks. Satisfied with the way the event turned out Shakespeare for extra credit. Cauley
in January, Rosenburg and Caplan said that there was only one addi- learned about 25 lines, some he still
tion they needed to make for the next hour: more coffee. &—mary sisson
The University Cauley came to was
considerably smaller than it is today, with
8 March 2009
to the well photos by faye fang
Franklin Street microbreweries are gearing up for St. bluegrass band will complete
Patrick’s Day with a load of hops and a touch of festive the scene for a traditional
spirit. Irish party. every year
What began as a religious holiday has morphed into But make sure you since 1962 Chicago has dyed
a heathen’s heaven, celebrating everything Irish including chug fast because there the Chicago River green in
shamrocks, leprechauns and green beer. will be no green beer
“It’s a celebration of Irish history,” said Matt in sight on the 18. And
honor of st. Patrick’s day.
Clements, an Irish descendant, UNC-Chapel Hill the lucky lad or lass who source: www.nationalgeographic.com
alumnus and director of food and beverage at Carolina purchases the last pint of
Brewery. “They were looked down on as the lower class, every green-beer-filled keg
and now we celebrate how far they’ve come.” wins a gift certificate.
Microbreweries are often considered the “mom and “No one wants green beer the
pop” shops of beer. Brewing about 310 gallons, or 10 day after St. Patrick’s Day, so we make
barrels, of beer at a time, Carolina Brewery’s bronze tanks getting rid of it a celebration,” Clements said.
and wooden bar give the restaurant a rustic feel, especially
as men in rubber boots approach with buckets. The
& —jessica cruel
brewers use malted barley, water, hops and yeast to make
their signature beers in house.
Carolina Brewery will be honoring St. Pat by dyeing
its Sky Blue Golden Ale a festive green with food
coloring. Their special holiday menu will also be available
during the week, consisting of traditional Irish fare like
corned beef and cabbage, Reubens, stout stew and boiled
potatoes. Some lesser-known items, such as fish and soda
bread, will also be on the menu. Starting at 9 p.m., a local
about 6,700, primarily male, students.
“It was a different world,” Cauley said, explaining that he often hitchhiked to
UNC-CH from Raleigh or Goldsboro.
Downtown was different, too. Beyond the Columbia Street intersection,
Franklin Street was almost empty.
But in some ways the Carolina experience hasn’t changed since Cauley’s time
here more than 50 years ago. He listened to the Bell Tower ring while he studied We are not
in Wilson Library and ate meals in Lenoir Hall, though dinner cost 49 cents
instead of $9.25. here merely
“I went to all the ball games,” he said, referring to football and basketball. He
remembers once watching the Tar Heels beat Duke in the snow at Kenan Memo- to make a
After graduation, Cauley taught school for nine years before becoming a man- living. We are
ager at the Clayton branch of Raleigh Savings and Loan.
here to enrich
Cauley and his wife, Betty, married in 1956 and reside in Clayton. Two of
Cauley’s three children attended UNC-CH and his granddaughter is a junior.
“Students today are faced with things I never even dreamed about,” said Cau-
ley, who learned to read by a kerosene lamp. The times may have changed, but
Cauley still considers UNC-CH a special place.
“It was a great place then,” he said, “and my love for it has never wavered.”&
One thing I’ve learned so far from my semester in so I quickly got in line.
Lindsay is writing to us
Florence is that study abroad students have a lot in common I enthusiastically scarfed from Florence, Italy.
with one another. For instance, we would much rather down both hot dogs, even
take a trip by train than by bus. Trains are the preferred though I quickly realized
European way of travel when visiting neighboring cities. that these Italian hot dogs
After you leave the train station, you find yourself in a were posers for the American
new city that vaguely reminds you of the one you just left. version. It didn’t matter.
Lindsay Britt is a junior
The only difference is that this new city has two more old Why is it that we
journalism major from churches you can visit. continuously search for
Suttontown. She can be Don’t get me wrong: You can find beautiful architecture signs of American consumer
reached at in every city, like the Arch of Constantine in Rome. The products when abroad? Why
firstname.lastname@example.org. arch that gets study abroad students really jazzed, though, is do we feel the need to buy
less like an Italian historic site and more like a monument prepackaged loaves of sliced white bread
to American culture. That’s right — it isn’t traveling when there are bakeries on every corner? Maybe
preferences or even famous landmarks that study abroad it’s the American mentality that we are
students bond over. It’s the food. Yes, I am referring to those better than other nations. Maybe
golden arches that mark McDonald’s all over the world. it’s our ignorance of what
every time you turn
Those two arches serve as a security blanket for better things are available
around, there is a American students who enjoy cheeseburgers as they to us that keeps us nearly one
student greedily reminisce about how much cheaper food is back in the searching for Starbucks in eight workers in the
ordering a Big Mac States. You’d think we’re all here to shovel Mediterranean on every corner.
food into our mouths with both hands, but every time you Regardless, I came U.s. have been employed by
or drooling over turn around, there is a student greedily ordering a Big Mac to Italy to broaden my Mcdonald’s at some time.
Mcnuggets. Buon or drooling over McNuggets. Buon appetito! cultural horizons and source: “Fast Food Nation” by
appetito! It’s not just McDonald’s that gets study abroad students from this point forth, I Eric Schlosser (2001)
hyped. Basically, any American brand-name product from swear on my honor to do
Skippy peanut butter to Special K cereal will have students just that. I hereby pledge
shelling out big euros for small commodities that remind to abandon what I know of
them of home. At least here in Italy the peanut butter isn’t American culture and embrace,
poisoned with salmonella. That justifies everything, right? instead, the Italian way of life.
I came to Florence to indulge in authentic Italian foods. I have even developed a three-step program for recovery:
I vowed to delve into Italian culture and never thought that Step 1: Stop living off peanut butter and jelly
I would look over my shoulder. I still haven’t cheated and sandwiches. It’s time to learn a couple of recipes and try out
gone to Mickey D’s. that spinach-stuffed ravioli I found at the market last week.
What I did was might be considered worse. Step 2: Feed my sliced white bread to the birds. The
During my first week in Florence, I took a trip with gypsies can’t maintain the obscene number of pigeons in
my roommates to IKEA, a giant furniture retail store, to Florence all on their own.
pick up a drying rack. After an excruciatingly long time Step 3: Stop watching American television online. Well,
spent fighting crowds, we were hungry and exhausted. except Lost. You understand.
Fortunately, the checkout counter was conveniently placed If all goes well, I may even convince some of my
right in front of a mini food court. The advertised special classmates to follow my lead. I’ll bring it up over dinner. We
was two hot dogs for 0,70 euro-cents apiece. I like all
kinds of skeptical meats, especially Bright Leaf hot dogs,
have plans to try out this amazing Mexican restaurant soon.
As recently as the 1970's, pubs in Ireland were required by law to close on
St. Patrick's Day for religious observance.
10 March 2009
by davis harper
design by amanda mcpherson
photos by kathleen macguire
After a year playing in Cary, the Diamond
Heels are poised for another run to Omaha
for the College World Series with the help
of the newly-renovated Boshamer Stadium, a
veteran team and a renewed fan base.
Learning to adapt: Spending a Year in CarY
Throughout the 2008 season, construction workers were the only
ones rounding the bases at Bryson Field. The Diamond Heels were
forced to commute 30 minutes each way to Cary and play home games
at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
This long drive from Chapel Hill resulted in a sharp decrease of
students and Chapel Hill residents in attendance, and by the last weeks
of the 2008 season, the players wearily boarded the bus for practice and
But the head coach, Mike Fox, was adamant that the change of
venue was not a negative experience for the Heels’ program.
“It turned out to be a little bit of an advantage,” Fox said in a press
conference. “We have a new fan base, and I think the ballpark kind of
suited us last year.”
ceremony will take place on April 18th during the game
against the University of Miami.
The Ram’s Club also benefited from the deep pockets
of George Steinbrenner, long-time owner of the New York
Yankees. Steinbrenner’s daughter graduated from UNC-
Chapel Hill, and after a $1 million donation the entrance
courtyard will bear his family’s name.
According to Ken Mack, major gift director at the
Ram’s Club, the renovated Bosh will allow the baseball
program to flourish twofold.
“The new facility is going to enhance the fan experi-
ence,” Mack said. “Secondly, it is going to give Coach Fox
the tool he needs to recruit the top-notch student athlete
to come here and play baseball for us.”
BuiLding a dYnaStY: 2009 projeCtionS
While the new Bosh has garnered a lot of media and
spectator attention, it is impossible to overlook the star-
studded squad that will light up the complex in 38 home
games this season.
The Diamond Heels, after three consecutive top-three
finishes in Omaha, return three All-Americans for the first
time. The Heels also have been picked to finish first in the
ACC and NCAA by three baseball publications.
Adam Warren, a senior leader from New Bern expected
to build on an excellent season on the mound in 2008,
Dustin Ackley, a consensus All-America last year con- insists the team is not feeling the preseason heat.
sidered to be the best hitter in college baseball, said a year “It’s not so much pressure, it is more motivation,”
away from Chapel Hill has helped motivate him to excel Warren said.
this year in front of rejuvenated supporters. Assisting Warren on the mound are Alex White and
“I definitely didn’t like being in Cary, but now I appre- Matt Harvey. The trio is considered the top starting staff
ciate being back and playing on campus more,” the junior in the nation. White was the 2008 ACC pitcher of the
from Walnut Cove said. year, and the powerful right-hander is looking to build
on that success in 2009. Brian Moran, a preseason All-
the diamond heeL tempLe: the new BoSh American, and Colin Bates head a bullpen that Fox con-
Welcoming them back to Chapel Hill is the 4,000-seat siders his deepest ever.
capacity, state-of-the-art Boshamer Stadium. Bryson Field Ackley and Kyle Seager, a junior from Kannapolis, are
at Boshamer Stadium, the complex that stood from 1972 skilled hitters and both were All-Americans in 2008. They
to 2007, was upgraded in every way. It just may be the will lead a lineup of solid bats that could see the insertion
impetus the Diamond Heels need to break through and of dynamic freshman Levi Michael.
win their first College World Series.
The structure that stood for 35 years became outdated the 10th man:
and was no longer an adequate home for a Tar Heel team a new (and renewed) Fan BaSe in 2009
that has been averaging 45 wins per season in the last Every year, fan excitement for the Diamond Heels
decade under coach Fox. starts out slow except for a few devout supporters, a fact
On Oct. 2, 2007, construction teams officially broke only exacerbated in 2007 by playing home games in Cary.
ground. The total cost was $25.6 million and was funded By the time June and the College World Series roll around,
entirely by private donors. however, Carolina fans are powder-blue-clad and ready to
For coach Fox, the construction of the new Bosh was unite behind their beloved Tar Heels.
a labor of love, and he is thrilled to finally move in to the That paradigm is sure to shift with the construction of
complex. the new Bosh, and players and coaches alike are ready to
“I’ve watched every bolt and screw and seat put in here, embrace an enlarged fan base.
and I’m still amazed,” Fox said in a press conference. “The Season ticket holders have increased from one in 2007,
best part now is moving everything in and seeing it come the last year in the old Bosh, to a whopping 650 season
to life.” tickets sold for the upcoming campaign.
The Bosh is completely revamped. The hill located Mack attributes the increase in numbers to the success
on the first-base line has been replaced with grandstand of the Diamond Heels and the renovated venue.
seating. There are three concession stands with ample “I think the combination of the two is going to be hard
restrooms compared with one stand two years ago. The to beat anywhere in college baseball,” Mack said.
six new club boxes behind the plate have already been The centralized location on campus is convenient to
leased. The entire concourse has been doubled, and luxuri- students, and the chances of the Diamond Heels getting
ous locker rooms, batting cages and study space provide back to the College World Series is strong.
the Heels with the capabilities to improve physically and “We’re definitely excited,” Warren said. ‘We’re ready to
Bryson Field was dedicated by the family of benefactor &
play in front of our fans.”
and former first baseman Vaughn Bryson. The dedication
12 March 2009
Closing Remarks: B&W: Are you excited about this upcoming season, especially since you
will be playing at the new Bosh?
A Conversation with Closer Colin bates CB: I was kind of nervous last season to start especially it being my first
Colin Bates is a redshirt sophomore from Naper- year playing baseball in college. Going into this year though, I know my
ville, Ill. After ending last season as a freshman All- role. I know my catchers better. But, I am nervous coming back to Chapel
America, Bates is on the preseason watch list for the Hill. The pressure is on us with all the attention surrounding the upcom-
NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, presented to the ing season. I'm excited being in Chapel Hill though. The drive to Cary
nation's top relief pitcher. But it was not his accolades everyday was a real pain.
on the baseball field that grabbed our attention; it was
everything else about him. B&W: What are your predictions for the upcoming season? Do you think
This right-hander is in the Kenan-Flagler Business that we’ll be seeing the team in Omaha again?
School majoring in business administration, and last CB: Honestly, it's a let down if we don't (finish in Omaha). My senior
season, he claimed a spot on the All-ACC Academic year in high school, we made it. My freshman year, we made it. My sopho-
Team and was named to the ACC's Academic Honor more year, we made it. I haven't been around Carolina baseball to know
Roll. He redshirted his freshman season after undergo- anything different than the season ending in Omaha. I'm excited for the
ing thoracic outlet decompression surgery due to a blood clot in his right season to start, but we can't think about Omaha now.
shoulder. He pitches with a piece of his removed rib in his back pocket, which
easily earns him the award of the most bizarre baseball superstition. And on B&W: What was it like meeting Terry Francona (the Boston Red Sox Gen-
top of all that, he is an accomplished artist. His acrylic painting of Michael eral Manager) at the Carolina First Pitch Dinner?
Jordan was recently featured in an NCAA-sponsored Student-Athlete Art CB: It was really cool. I did a collage-type painting of a Red Sox/Yankee
Exhibtion (which can be seen online at tarheelblue.cstv.com). game, and he signed it for me. He told me about how it was the game
where (Jason) Varitek and A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) got in a fight that
B&W: I understand you're from Illinois, so Michael Jordan was most emptied both dugouts.
likely a major role model of yours growing up, but I have to ask you, why
did you paint him in his Chicago uniform instead of Carolina blue? B&W: As far as rivalries go, the (Chicago) White Sox or the (Chicago)
CB: I did that one in my junior year of high school. There were a series Cubs?
of pictures that came out in ESPN the magazine, and there was really no CB: White Sox. It's definitely a family thing. But mostly, I had better ac-
significance to why I picked that picture. I've had a whole lot more experi- cess to attend Sox games because I'm from the South side. I love going to
ence with him as a Bull. Cubs games though, but I couldn't bear being a fan.
by robin hilmantel • design by mckenzie thompson
photo courtesy of Eve Marie Carson Memorial Scholarship
The campus was shocked when Chapel Hill police announced Eve Carson, then student body
president, was the victim of a shooting near campus. Students cried and embraced. Professors
cancelled classes. Five thousand people gathered in Polk Place. One year later, friends and
strangers alike are healing the best way they know how: by honoring Eve’s memory.
andrew Coonin Can’t bring himself to delete her e-mails. He still reads
them — especially one Eve Carson sent after he told her he was charged with
driving under the influence.
“You know that you have my support!” the e-mail from the former student
body president read. “I’m there to the end, friend!”
Carson was found shot to death in a neighborhood near campus on March 5,
2008, exactly a week after she had last e-mailed Coonin.
Carson is the friend who stopped to talk for 10 minutes and stayed an hour.
She sacrificed sleep, a rare commodity, to fit late-night dance parties into her over-
“I think we’ve probably all heard people talk about how Eve made everyone
feel like they were important,” said John Brodeur, associate director of the Carolina
Union. He knew Carson through her involvement with N.C. Fellows, a leadership
training program. “When she said that people came first, she lived that out.”
A year after Carson’s death, members of the campus community continue to
value her. Just as former student body president Seth Dearmin challenged them
to do during Carson’s memorial celebration March 18, 2008, various members
Andrew Coonin, center, on student government of the campus community have taken on “Eve’s mantle” — whether or not they
election night 2008. knew Carson.
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photo by Lyndsay booth
When lethargy struck, Carson would remind friends
that they were lucky. So lucky that they had a responsi-
bility to help others and inspire them. “So much of the
things she and I discussed had to do with the concept
of privilege,” Brodeur said. “I think it would be fair
to say that Eve felt incapable of ever repaying the debt
given to her by means of that privilege. … I think for
her, running for student body president was a way of
realizing more of her potential in giving back.”
Jeremy Crouthamel, a senior English major and a
varsity cheerleader, was crowned Homecoming king in
November. Crouthamel knew Carson through her room-
mate, but the two bonded quickly over their deep connec-
tion to the University.
Jeremy Caruthamel, center, sings Hark the Sound with fellow cheerleaders.
“I remember closer to when she died I was cheering
at a basketball game, and she was sitting in the front row photo by Amanda McPherson
wearing a prom dress,” Crouthamel said, recalling what Senior Katie Sue Zellner remembers how, when she was
Carson wore to the men’s Duke game her senior year. “I Carson’s chief of staff, Carson would ask her cabinet
looked at her, and we smiled. We just shared this passion.” members what they wanted their legacy to be. “Eve
Also like Carson, Crouthamel tutored at a school in wanted people to think about what it was that was
Durham, helping a class of about 20 students at Jordan important to them and how they were going to act on
High School. that,” she said. Carson thought about how she wanted
“I think there were only two people in our class that to impact student government as well. “She didn’t
didn’t have criminal records,” he said. “It killed me to want there to be a student government type of person,”
know that they were so influenced by gang violence.” Zellner said. “She wanted to draw from all different
Coincidentally, the class Crouthamel tutored included crowds on campus.”
Laurence Lovette, who is one of two Durham residents
charged with Carson’s murder. Emily Motley usually isn’t interested in student body
So when Crouthamel decided to run for Homecoming presidents’ platforms, but something in Carson’s sparked
king in September, he knew his corresponding service proj- her interest. It was an end-of-the-year music festival, also
ect needed to address the violence that took his friend’s life. known as Springfest.
Crouthamel, who will teach high school after he gradu- A friend of Motley’s suggested she apply to work on
ates in May, is planning a conference to educate local teach- the spring music festival committee, but Motley had never
ers about how they can help prevent gang violence. considered joining student government before.
“If (teachers) can just open their eyes to what to look “I think, like with a lot of things at Carolina, I was
for, they could make a huge difference,” he said. kind of intimidated,” the senior journalism major said.
The Carolina Athletic Association will fund a half- “Student government seemed like an unattainable goal.”
day event that will likely be held in early April. It will be But Motley applied and got the job.
offered for free to local teachers and Teaching Fellows and Carson originally envisioned a multi-day music festival
will feature up to three speakers, including one former featuring several artists.
Durham gang member. Although the conference is in the “She said, ‘Maybe it’s not possible, but let’s just see
early planning stages, Crouthamel already has received what we can do with it,’” Motley said.
an outpouring of support, even from By May, the committee had secured a concert with
people with whom he spoke only Nine Days and Boyz II Men in the Dean E. Smith Center.
briefly during his campaign for Before the main event, a carnival-like “lot party” offered
Homecoming king. outdoor performances by student groups.
“I’ve gotten a lot of Alex Robinson, chair of the Springfest committee last year,
students for the
e-mails from people thinks Carson would have been proud to attend the event.
Carolina Way was formed last fall saying, ‘Hey, what “The idea of bringing people together was something
to commemorate Carson’s charitable you said really struck that really appealed to her,” Robinson said. “And it was
spirit. Although it started as an alliance of a chord with me. I something that people could get excited about. She loved
would love to help when people got excited about things.”
Greek organizations, it has since opened to out,’” he said. Robinson says Carson emphasized making Springfest a
all campus members. Crouthamel is lasting event, one that would help shine some of the lime-
source: UNC-CH Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life considering naming light usually reserved for athletics on the campus arts scene.
the conference “The Motley and the rest of the Springfest committee strug-
Eve Project.” gled to fund the event this year because of the economic
“I would like to get into crisis. But thanks to fundraising help from Students for the
contact with her parents and Carolina Way, the event will continue this year. It is tenta-
just see what their feelings are,” tively scheduled for April 25.
he said. “She makes me want to live dif- “What it came to be is something bigger than just one
ferently, and she continues to do that every time I think person,” Motley said. “I think that really encompasses a lot
about her.” of what (Carson) believed.”
Jock Lauterer, center, and his “Community Journalism” class are launching a newspaper to promote a positive atmosphere in Durham. Vice Chancellor Margret Jab
photos by Andrew Johnson
One night when Carson was running for student body who might be a shooter on the streets and turn him into a
president, several of her campaign volunteers grew hun- shooter with a camera?”
gry. Coonin, now CAA president, was one of several Lauterer’s “Community Journalism” class, which focus-
who complained about how early the closest campus es on service learning, and students from The Campus
convenience store closed, so Carson promptly wrote Echo, NCCU’s student newspaper, will mentor the high
extended store hours into her platform. “Every little school students, giving them exposure to college life when
thing was something that could be fixed and should be they otherwise might have none.
fixed,” Coonin said. The paper will print a monthly insert with a circulation
of 2,000, and staffers will update a Web version more reg-
Police call northeast central Durham the “bull’s-eye.” ularly. Lauterer purchased digital and video cameras with
The 180-block circle experiences the highest rates of gang a $25,000 grant the project recently was awarded. He
violence, reported gunshots and prostitution of any area expects office space and printing services will be provided
the department covers. by the city and a local paper, respectively.
“The term ‘bull’s-eye’ is not a complimentary term,” Now all the project needs is a staff, which should be in
said Jock Lauterer, a lecturer in the School of Journalism full force next year when high-school seniors will need to
and Mass Communication. “This is a neighborhood that complete a mandatory graduation project.
many people think is in crisis.” Although the first issue of the paper won’t be out
Lauterer happened to be studying northeast central before the one-year anniversary of Carson’s death, Lauterer
Durham when two of the area’s residents first were charged wants the paper to have a lasting presence.
with shooting Carson. Lauterer hadn’t known Carson, but “I don’t want a flash in the pan,” he said. “This has got
he wanted to take action. to be sustainable.”
“I’m sitting here thinking last spring, last April, ‘What
can I do?’” Lauterer said. First he thought to partner with After meeting with Carson weekly during her tenure,
North Carolina Central University in Durham. Then Mai Margaret Jablonski, vice chancellor of student affairs,
Thi Nguyen, a UNC-CH professor of city and regional says she is able to more deeply connect with students.
planning, passed on an idea from a student: Why not start “Sometimes when you become a vice president or vice
a neighborhood newspaper to encourage civic engagement? chancellor you become disconnected with students,”
“It was one of those eureka moments of O-M-G, if she said. “The closeness I felt to Eve has played itself
you will,” Lauterer said. He sees the paper shining a posi- out positively in my ability to now become closer to
tive light on the community, whose members usually see some other students. … There’s so many moments
themselves mentioned in newspapers only when they are when her presence is there almost guiding my work.”
accused of crimes.
Local high-school students will staff the paper. Those who were closest to Carson are often struck by
“I’m not about to be so egotistical as thinking that that memories of her.
newspaper could have prevented something like (Carson’s During basketball season, CAA president Coonin
murder),” Lauterer said, “but what if we could get one kid is reminded of last year, when he and Carson received
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the cause she championed
Chancellor Holden Thorp presents Elinor benami with the scholarship.
photo by Amanda McPherson
blonski. Jablonski’s jewelry, made in remembrance.
The junior-year merit scholarship was supposed to
be named after Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser.
but when Andy Woods heard that the girl whom he
had met at the Campus Y on one of his first days as
a freshmen, the same girl who had come up with
special-edition Nike Dunks with Tar Heel logos on the the idea for the scholarship, had been murdered,
back. Carson requested a size 9, not realizing that only he knew that the scholarship would have to be
men’s sizes were available. renamed to honor Eve Carson.
“She would clunk around in those giant shoes,”
Coonin said. A couple of days later, he was horrified when, Chancellor Moeser and several others had the same idea.
on senior night for the men’s basketball team, he saw her
trudging through the rain in them. After all, only 200 Last month, Junior Elinor benami was chosen out of
pairs of the shoes had been made. more than 140 applicants as the first winner of the
“That was very much Eve,” he said. “She wasn’t just Eve Marie Carson Memorial Scholarship.
going to have them. She was going to wear the shoes no
matter what.” “The kind of person we’re looking for is someone
Coonin wore his pair to the memorial service shortly who obviously demonstrated commitment in high
after Carson’s death and to several basketball games after school, but while at UNC they found a passion,”
that. Woods said during the selection process. He served
Vice Chancellor Jablonski commissioned a as director of the scholarship committee.
Hillsborough artist to make her a jewelry set the week after
Carson died. Now every time she wears the Celtic-style “Elinor was chosen for the breadth and depth
necklace and earrings, made with blue topaz gems, she of her passion. She has done a ton of work with
thinks of the former student body president. the environment, and she has demonstrated a
“It reminds me of the galaxy, so filled with possibili- commitment to leadership and service while still
ties,” she said. “That’s how I think of Eve’s presence.” pursuing her passions.”
Now that the initial devastation of Carson’s violent
death has subsided, Brodeur, of N.C. Fellows, can see In addition to covering in-state tuition for her senior
more clearly what the tragedy means. year, the scholarship will fund a summer job or
Brodeur holds a graduate degree in counseling, but he project in line with benami’s interests.
said that Carson’s exceptional listening skills — he “can’t Several student groups have helped raise money for
recall a conversation with her that was insubstantial” — the scholarship, including Students for the Carolina
helped him improve his own in a way that his professors Way, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Pi beta Phi Sorority
never could. and the senior class. The fund needs $3 million
“The reason that we love her so much was not because to become endowed and sustain itself off of the
she was superhuman,” he said, “but because she brought account’s interest.
out qualities in us that we might not have ever known that
we have. … Time is helping us understand more clearly “It’s going to (eventually) support five outstanding
the impact that she had on all of us.” individuals at this University,” Woods said, “five
individuals who walked in the same way that
by erin wiltgen design by mckenzie thompson
photo by liz mundle
Visiting the Ackland Art Museum today is
nothing like a silent parade through endless
galleries. Museum security guards give lessons
in modern art, and deeper beauty is found
amidst the art in a yoga class. The Ackland’s
new and innovative programs provide visitors
with ways to see art like never before.
Erik Straub observes a piece in Ackland Art Museum.
aS SiLent oBServerS, they move about the galler- region, the Ackland offers, as an extension of the exhibits,
ies, eyeing students who whisper and study the art. They an array of special programs like yoga classes in the gallery.
disturb little in the focused, peaceful atmosphere of the “I think it’s genius,” said Darryo Young, a 23-year-old
Ackland Art Museum, but unnoticed by many museum security guard. “I wanted to join.”
attendees, security guards are an integral part of the gallery A popularly attended class, Brown said, yoga provides a
experience. way to get people to the museum and enhance the art.
“If you’re down in the galleries, the people that know “If doing yoga in the galleries gives you time to experi-
most about the art that you’re looking at are the secu- ence a statue of Buddha in a different way than standing
rity guards that are standing silently behind you,” said there looking at it, then that’s a way to create a new experi-
Nic Brown, director of communications at the Ackland. ence,” he said.
“They’re down there all the time. Some of them are artists The Ackland offers a variety of programs that cater to a
themselves.” community as rich and diverse as the museum’s art collec-
Although Brown said he has learned a lot about art in tion. A series of rolling programs occurs every month, such
his two years working at the museum, he still defers to the as the yoga classes held twice a month, music in the galler-
guards for more experienced knowledge. ies on every third Sunday and the popular Art After Dark
“Someone asked me a question about a sculpture the event on the second Friday. For this event, the museum
other day, and I just turned to the security guard,” he said. keeps its doors open late until 9 p.m. and offers a cash bar
One of the beauties of working at the museum is the and live music.
sheer amount of exposure to art knowledge. “The museum experience is so much more than just
“I continually get to learn about art history and about coming to the museum to look at a work of art in silence
the art that’s in the exhibitions,” Brown said. “It’s like by yourself,” Brown said. “We look at the museum as an
being in a non-stop class that I’m actually interested in.” artistic resource, as a laboratory even. With that source
material we can enrich lives and create that artistic experi-
namaSté the aCkLand waY ence in many different ways.”
This is the kind of personalized educational experience
that the museum aims to capture. In addition to boast- Fun For aLL ageS
ing the largest collection of works of art on paper in the While many of these programs cater to the interests of
Southeast and the strongest collection of Asian art in the students and hip, young professionals, the Ackland also
18 March 2009
hosts programs for families and children. Volunteers and “Museums are social areas where
staff give regular tours of the museum to high schoolers, people gather and interact,” Brown said.
middle schoolers and even home-schoolers. “The last thing the Ackland wants to Membership
“At any given time you go downstairs, and I’m sure be is a sleepy little gallery space that to the Ackland is free to
it drives the security staff bonkers, but there can just be people forget about. It keeps us and
hundreds of fifth-graders running around,” Brown said. the artwork vital.” UnC-CH students.
“That sort of integrates us into the community in a really This year, the museum celebrates source: www.ackland.org
profound way.” 50 years of such vitality, commemorat-
Robyn Stout, a mother of three boys, brings her older ing its journey from a borrowed exhibit
sons to the tour for home-schoolers every month. in 1958 to the sophisticated gallery it is
“I bring them to be well-rounded,” she said. today. When the Ackland first opened, the
And the sooner they start the better, said Kathleen museum did not own a single piece of art.
Templeton, a volunteer tour guide. “Our first exhibition was all artwork loaned to us by
“The earlier the kids come in here, the less intimidat- other art museums,” Brown said. “From a space to show
ing the museum is,” she said. “The younger kids are the art with no art in it, we’ve come quite a long way.”
ones who find the most interesting things in a piece of art.” The anniversary kicked off last fall with the exhibit
But while the museum does have a strong education “Circa 1958.” This spring, the main exhibit is “At the
program for pre-college-aged children, it doesn’t dismiss Heart of Progress,” featuring John Eckblad’s collection of
the University. In fact, both Brown and Templeton attri- industrial and coal-culture images. All of the exhibits cel-
bute many of the Ackland’s rich programs to its proximity ebrating the anniversary focus on collectors, Brown said.
to UNC-Chapel Hill. “As a museum, when you look back at how you
“I most certainly think the most important thing about became what you are, a lot of it is based on different col-
having a museum attached to a university is that it ties in lectors that have assisted in the collecting of the museum
science and philosophy (and other academic subjects),” itself,” he said. “It’s part of a unique growth that a museum
Templeton said. “It’s multidisciplinary.” undergoes.”
Despite the Ackland’s growth from a struggling gallery
the art oF progreSS to a thriving museum, it still manages to maintain a per-
University professors and groups such as Student sonalized feel, in part because the building itself is so small.
Friends of the Ackland help nurture this relationship. “People who love the Ackland love it because it feels
Templeton said that some Spanish classes have held mid- like it’s their museum,” Brown said. “It creates this inti-
terms in the galleries, while a few undergraduates from the mate experience and also these world-class experiences that
Department of Dramatic Art helped to curate an exhibit. continue to change and evolve.”
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From electrician to nurse to one-woman support
system, the job description of a sorority housemother
by seth wright is vast and varied. But in between the homework and
design by amanda mcpherson housework, these ladies provide a touch of home for
photos by elizabeth hazeltine the Greeks on campus.
nanCY korCheCk sits down with several 20-year-old said if she ever needs anything, Korcheck is the first person
women to an 11:30 a.m. lunch of tater tots, chicken, salad she calls.
and rice crispy treats. The 73-year-old woman looks a bit Francine Raymer, the housemother at Pi Beta Phi, was
out of place with her gray hair, purple blouse and glasses in a different boat than Korcheck. Just last year she was
strung around her neck. She listens. in Vermont working in the corporate world at a national
After hearing about homework assignments and the and international titling company. Her customers were real
“Talk Sex with Sue Johanson” event, Korcheck gets up, estate lawyers.
tells the young women to “make your mothers proud” and “It was great because I was on the road, and I managed
goes into her small apartment inside the Alpha Chi Omega all of our accounts and was responsible for bringing in new
sorority house. It is complete with a leather massage chair business,” she said. “I entertained all of our customers.”
and flat-screen TV. But after 20 years of corporate work, Raymer decided
Korcheck has been doing this routine for the 17 years it was time for change. This is the 56-year-old’s first year
she has been a housemother at the Alpha Chi Omega being a housemother at Pi Beta Phi.
sorority. She is one of 10 housemothers of the 12 total “I was looking for something new and
Panhellenic sororities at UNC-Chapel Hill, since two of interesting to do,” she said. “I love work-
the Panhellenic sororities do not have houses. Each day ing with young people, and I have a
the housemothers, who live in the Greek houses with the grown daughter, so this was sort of As of fall 2008,
sorority members, take care of the general household upkeep. a perfect fit for me.”
17 percent of the 17,771
About 17 percent of UNC-CH undergraduates are
members of the Greek community. Chi Omega, the largest working in the houSe undergraduates at UnC-CH
Panhellenic sorority house, holds 62 women. Meanwhile, Korcheck said people always were in sororites or fraternities.
36 women live in the Alpha Chi Omega house on ask her what she does. source: UNC-CH Office of Fraternity and
Rosemary Street. Pi Beta Phi has two houses adjacent to “Well, I call the plumber and Sorority Life
one another; one holds 27 women while the other holds 16. the electrician,” she said, her arms
The housemothers have a heavy workload. “They are resting on her leather chair.
definitely a support system,” said Laura Hedlund, presi- Housemothers are responsible for
dent of Alpha Chi Omega. taking care of anything that goes wrong
with the sorority house, including helping with fire
moving to ChapeL hiLL inspections and drills, replacing light bulbs and making
When Korcheck’s husband of 31 years filed for divorce, sure the house is safe and secure.
Korcheck said she began to evaluate what she was going to “It’s like running a small hotel,” Law said. “It seems
do with her life. The Washington University graduate had like something breaks every day.”
been working as a nurse. Besides household upkeep, the housemothers serve as a
“I just didn’t have the energy to put forth,” she said. “I support system and steady role models for the sorority sis-
didn’t want to stay in Florida.” ters. Each housemother is able to advise and share her own
What she did want to do was stay close to students. unique life experience.
She also wanted to continue working in the medical pro- Hedlund said the housemothers are like caretakers, but
fession. Alpha Chi Omega answered her call and hired her are also there for the young women if emergencies occur.
on the spot. She moved to Chapel Hill six weeks later. With her background in nursing, Korcheck once iden-
Since then, Hedlund said, Korcheck has become like a tified that a young woman had come down with a severe
mother figure to the sisters. case of meningitis. Korcheck immediately rushed her to
“I couldn’t imagine living here without her,” Hedlund said. the hospital.
“It has been one of the most rewarding, fun things I’ve “They pumped her full of antibiotics and saved her
ever done,” Korcheck said. She and Lee Law, the house- life,” she said.
mother at Chi Omega, have been longtime friends. Law Other housemothers, like Raymer, offer different qualities.
20 March 2009
Raymer said with her background in the corporate
world, she is able to advise the Pi Beta Phi sisters with
career and academic choices. Just the other night, she said,
a sister was interested in traveling to Greece, and Raymer
has been to Greece twice.
Korcheck said among the biggest problems all the
housemothers encounter are anorexia and bulimia, which
are common among college-aged people. She said she
believes the problem exists long before young women
come to college, though Law and Korcheck both said a
sorority will only help combat anorexia and bulimia.
When they are not fixing the house or being role
models, housemothers have free time. The only require-
ment is that they be home at night. Law said that she
frequently receives permission to travel to Myrtle Beach,
S.C., to visit her condominium for the weekend. She also
enjoys going to shows at Memorial Hall and visiting her
family in Raleigh. Korcheck also plays bridge; she said she
could play every night, but she keeps it to only two times
“The way my cards are running, that’s more than
enough,” she said.
Laughing with the girLS
With more than 30 young women living together,
the housemothers are bound to encounter a little bit of
One night, Korcheck said, she woke up to a loud
banging noise. When she stepped out in the hallway to
identify the mysterious noise, she found a group of sisters
sledding down the stairs on a saucer. She went back to bed
as though she had witnessed nothing out of the ordinary.
She found the saucer the next morning on the floor
broken into pieces, but the next night, one of the girls
headed to Wal-Mart and purchased a new saucer for
future stair-sledding events.
“We call that the Alpha Chi luge team,” Korcheck said.
Korcheck later told Law’s granddaughter about the luge
team. Her granddaughter said that she wanted to live at
Korcheck’s house because “they have fun.”
“She was very apologetic she couldn’t come,” Law said.
The duo has collected more stories over the many years Francine Raymer, house mother, with
of friendship. Eight years ago, Law, Korcheck and the rest Emily Dean, president of Pi beta Phi.
of the housemothers were out for coffee together. Law
asked Korcheck if she had looked at her composite lately, important that they stay energetic for the sorority sisters.
the large frame that holds pictures of all the sorority sisters. She often exercises and goes to the gym.
“The composite was gone,” Korcheck said, estimating “When I leave...I will probably go to Dallas,” Korcheck
the cost at $4,000 to $6,000. Chi Omega’s composite had said. She said she wanted to be close to her family.
also been taken. Law said she will most likely retreat to her condomini-
One of the girls in the sorority knew who had stolen um near the ocean. For her, living in a retirement home is
the composite: It turned out to be a fraternity brother. The not an option.
expensive frame was returned, cracked and broken into But Raymer said she isn’t retired. She plans to return to
pieces. Korcheck told the boys they would have to pay for the corporate world.
the repairs. It wasn’t until several months later that Alpha “My thought right now is to just do it for a couple of
Chi Omega’s composite was restored. years, but you never know because one of the other house-
“They called Lee at Chi Omega and told her they mothers told me that her intention was to be here for a
couldn’t afford to fix her composite,” Korcheck said, add-
ing that she can be intimidating when she wants to be.
year, and she’s now on her eleventh or twelfth year,” she
said. “It’s always something you can go into later in life I
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A Limelight customer looks at a display of second-hand shoes.
the eConomY. Everyone’s talking about it.
The severity of its seemingly endless downward trend rears its ugly head in the
news and at the kitchen-table conversation daily. Everyone’s asking the same ques-
tions, pondering the same prospects. But the answers are not identical, and the solu-
tions vary according to perspective. On Franklin Street the response has been mixed,
but one thing’s certain: business is bound for change.
Stepping into the LimeLight
“I wasn’t sure at the time what that (change) would be,” said Hillary Fisher,
owner of LIMELIGHT clothing store on Franklin Street. “Then the recession hit,
and everybody was looking for a bargain.”
So Fisher spent her Thanksgiving brainstorming ways to cater to her customers’
growing financial needs, and in January she brought consignment to her Franklin
Street boutique, painted it green and called it LIMELIGHT. In a consignment
shop, people bring in items to be sold, and, once the item is sold, the profits are
split between the shop and the donator.
“The manager at my store had gorgeous clothes, and she couldn’t wear them,”
Fisher said. “I thought, `Oh my goodness, these are wonderful clothes and nobody’s
wearing them.’ It felt like I’d struck oil in my own backyard.”
For 20 years, a store called Modern Times occupied 402 W. Franklin St. Fisher
bought the space from the original owner about six years FeeLing thriFtY
ago and opened up a second location at University Mall. Thrift stores, like the PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro, are
After two years, both stores were doing well. Fisher wanted also feeling the weight of the recession as the number of
to differentiate the two but couldn’t figure out how, until donations continues to decline.
last year. In the 1950s, three women founded the PTA Thrift
“The economy was the thing that sparked it,” she said. Shop to raise enough money to hire an art teacher for the
“The economy did a change and people seemed desperate school system. The thrift shop was their way of supporting
to me. They wanted a bargain.” their cause, said Barbara Jessie-Black, executive director of
Not knowing how to satisfy her customers’ appetite for the PTA Thrift Shop. Now all of the shop’s profits support
fashion without sacrificing quality, Fisher said she discov- the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district. While the end
ered the perfect solution through consignment. of the year is typically the busiest time of the year for the
“The idea of consignment is definitely not a new idea shop in terms of receiving donations, this year was a dif-
by any means, but I do think that this is a new type of ferent story.
consignment,” she said. “It wasn’t as much as it had been in the past,” Jessie-
And now, 60 to 70 percent of the store’s inventory Black said. “People are wanting to sell things instead of
comes from someone else’s closet. For her first consign- getting a tax receipt.”
ment collection, Fisher started with her friends. The first Jessie-Black also said the new toy regulation regarding
day she visited the people she called “real shoppers,” she lead content caused the store to clear its shelves of toys and
went home cradling a Versace dress. childcare products - goods that brought in the most rev-
“I walked away with stuff that I couldn’t believe was enue this holiday season.
just sitting in people’s closets.” “Over the holidays we
A Nicole Miller or Betsey Johnson dress that would had a large influx of shop-
normally cost $300 or $400 can be sold pre-owned for pers shopping us for toys,
about half the price, Assistant Manager Darci Moyers said. more so than at any other
“We’ve had really rare pieces, like ancient Gucci bags time in the past,” she said.
and Louis Vuitton that you can’t find anywhere else,” she “That was a direct reflec-
added. tion of what was happen-
Fisher said her customers spend anywhere from $20 to ing with the economy.”
$40 on consigned pieces, though new dresses can cost up
to $400. BuSineSS aS uSuaL
“You can get an eight-dollar top here, or you can get a While some Franklin
Coach purse. It kind of runs the gamut.” Street businesses are
Moyers said consigners get 50 percent of what their changing their approach
pieces sell for, and consigners usually make about $100 to or noticing a slump in
$200 a month. Next month, Fisher will owe a consigner sales, others are finding
$1000. that it’s business as usual.
“It is the absolute best shopping you can do... You’re Spanky’s Restaurant and
putting money back into your community.” Bar, for example, hasn’t
‘Oh my goodness, these are wonderful
clothes and nobody’s wearing them.’
it felt like i’d struck oil in my own backyard.
Hand-painted murals cover the PTA Thrift Shop.
where is this stuff
Limelight Spanky’s Restaurant
420 W. Franklin St. 101 E. Franklin St.
PTA Thrift Store Chapel Hill Chapel Hill
103 Jones Ferry Rd.
seen much change since the recession began last year.
“During tough economic times, people gravitate
toward more iconic brands, those that have been around
for a long time,” said Spanky’s General Manager Greg
Overbeck. “We feel very fortunate in this economy,” he said.
Overbeck said he thinks businesses just starting out May 12-29, 2009
probably have a harder time adjusting to the economic
situation. But he added that the restaurant did drop some Registration begins March 26.
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The recession hasn’t made much of an impact on the
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Documentary Theater Practicum (3), Kathryn Williams. Experiential
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“On game days and on weekends, you know we’re Rosefielde. Prerequisite, ECON 410 or permission of instructor.
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Nothing could be finer.
Summer School at Carolina.
Characatures line the walls at Spanky’s Restaurant.
24 March 2009
It all started with my brother. Two years ago, in the animal lover — adopted Squeaker as her surrogate son.
fall semester of 2006, Thomas was a junior here at UNC- Squeaker ruled the house. He had his own personal
Chapel Hill. gallon of whole milk that we were not allowed to drink.
That semester he burned all his bridges. On a daily basis, Mom brushed his sleek fur and would
He stopped going to class, skipped his final exams and often spend 20 minutes on the phone telling me about her
the day before he signed his papers, he called my parents and Squeaker’s plans for the day. She even tried to buy a
to tell them he was dropping out of school and joining the frontward-facing baby carrier to tote him around in, but
Marines. my sister managed to talk her out of it.
Mary Blaine is a senior The whole family was horrified. What was he think- As if this wasn’t bad enough, my dad developed even
English major from Oxford. ing? Members of the Blaine family did not join the armed more bizarre behaviors. At a dinner party we had over the
She can be reached at forces. We all went to college and then got nice boring jobs summer about four months into Thomas’ deployment,
and settled joyfully into a mundane life. The Marines were Dad brought a big box of illegal fireworks from South
not part of our plan, and definitely should not become a Carolina onto our porch. Tons of people were gathered
part of his. around a bonfire in our backyard about 30 yards from
My mother tearfully tried to talk him out of it, but her the porch. I watched, stunned, as my dad, cackling like a
efforts were to no avail. In March of last year, he deployed madman, lit up a Roman Candle and shot flaming balls of
for a seven month tour in Iraq. fireworks in the direction of our guests.
i worry that this The seven months of his first deployment were rough I recognize that we all have our own coping strategies,
deployment will break on my parents, my three other siblings and me. Clouds of but my parents’ approach to coping stressed the rest of us
my parents’ hearts fear and worry constantly hung over our heads, tears welled out. Needless to say, we were all thankful when Thomas
often and we waited impatiently for telephone calls and e- made it back home safely in October.
long before it will mails confirming his safety. If more than two weeks passed Unfortunately, at the beginning of February we learned
break their minds. without hearing from him, we all lost sleep at night. that he will be redeploying, to Afghanistan this time, and
At school, I felt isolated. My classmates seemed to in May—four months earlier than originally anticipated.
forget that there were thousands of troops on the other side I worry that this deployment will break my parents’ hearts
of the world, fighting. I didn’t care whether or not my peers long before it will break their minds.
agreed with the war—I just wanted them to acknowledge But more than anything, I worry that people will
its existence. To not ignore it. I would tell anyone who continue to forget. As this war stretches into its sixth year,
would listen about my brother, forcing a connection with it has becomes too routine, too easy to ignore. There are
the war onto them. millions of other things to occupy the mind of the average
Everyone in my family was a little on edge while he college student who has no connection to the military: The
was gone, but in the midst of it all, I became seriously economy is disintegrating, finals will be here before we
concerned about my parents’ sanity. know it, March Madness is getting into full swing…
Two weeks before Thomas left, he rescued a small black But for my brother, Thomas. For my mother. For my
kitten stuck in a tree. The thing absolutely never shut up, pyromaniac father. For Squeaks. For me. I’m asking you to
so we named it “Squeaker” (or, you might prefer his rapper remember today. &
name, “Squeak-Nasty”). My mother — never much of an
orientalism by angela tchou
Each month, our Two Views writers take
opposing views on a new topic.
This issue they discuss the Pitcam.
dan: I never knew we had a “Pitcam.” A couple days dence Hall. A lone bike
after getting this topic, I jumped on Google, typed is chained to a tree
“UNC Pitcam,” and was whisked away to a Web site in the background. The first live,
showing me a painfully slow live video of students I have learned
Madeleine Clark is a junior walking through the Pit. For 10 minutes I sat in Davis nothing and feel 24-hour webcam show
English major from Great Library, not watching porn like the guy next to me, but really creepy. was of a coffee pot at
Falls, V.A. She can be a bunch of students ambling through the Pit. First, a My voyeur- Cambridge University.
reached at girl entered the picture from the right, stopped to talk to ism has been dull
some friends (I assume they were her friends), and then because I am an
left. Pretty sweet. While the Pitcam is comically unevent- English major truly
ful, there’s really no reason to get rid of it. It doesn’t lacking in technological
invade anyone’s privacy, because everyone is horribly out skills. The poor quality,
The Pitcam is for of focus. There isn’t any audio so it’s hard to figure out distant figures and lack of audio
how anyone would feel personally invaded by the cam. provided to me by ResNET are really all I have to work
anyone to see
There are some potential positives, too. I’m not sure if with. I have to assume, however, that there are people out
everyone, whether or this student goes here anymore, but last year there was a there with the power to work with the imaging to pro-
not the party being guy that would do running back-flips off the trees in the duce clearer results. The 24-hour continuous live-feed is
watched has any idea of Pit. The cam would be a great way to record his acrobatic actually taking 10 frames per second, not recording video,
stunts. It’s also funny to watch people trip on bricks. If to track your move across the Pit and SASB sidewalk.
the invasion of privacy. you get off by watching people walk across an area you Maybe I’ve watched too many spy movies but the act
yourself have walked a thousand times, then the Pitcam of zooming in and watching a person closely doesn’t seem
is for you! outside the realm of reason. This Web site is perfect for
Yes, people aware of the camera could use it to say
madeLeine: Currently, I’m watching a man of uniden- “hi” to Mom and Dad or record sweet stunts but what
tifiable origin and age pace back and forth in front of Le- about the thousands of other people passing through the
noir. I cannot hear his cell phone conversation, recognize Pit each day? Maybe you aren’t doing anything illegal or
his face, nor deduce his reason for being on campus at 10 embarrassing but you are still being watched. The Pitcam
p.m. on a Tuesday. This man of mystery does not interest sacrifices the privacy from sometimes unwilling or un-
me in the slightest, so I switch over to the SASBcam. A knowing passersby. This means you, Dan, since you didn’t
girl in a pink hoodie is walking away from Morrison Resi- know the camera existed.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen in the Pit?
“My freshman year I held my hand on a table for Duke
Riser Tickets. It was an intense battle, but my hand
slipped off at 23 hours. The winners went for 58.
Go big or go home, right?”
“The Pit breakup. The scene was fake but
the actions seemed so realistic.”
26 March 2009
“The day a guy smacked the Pit Preacher.”
get an idea of what life is like at 10:43 on a
Thursday morning. It’s a nice novelty gadget
that doesn’t really do any harm. If people want
to live out their fantasies following anonymous
students around as they eat overpriced Alpine Dan Widis is a senior history
bagel sandwiches, let them. It’s not like you’ll major from Charlotte. He can
ever know anyway. be reached at
madeLeine: Via the Pitcam, potential
Visit www.unc.edu/webcams/pitcam to view live footage of the Pit. students and their overzealous parents can see
the productivity of ticket sales, Hunger Lunches
dan: Okay, so people with imaging software will be able and community service opportunities available in the Pit if people want to live out
to watch me walk around the Pit, blow up a picture of on a Thursday morning. They can also watch drunken
my pretty face, and see me drinking a medium cup of freshmen stumbling back to South Campus from a
their fantasies following
Daily Grind coffee (no milk, no sugar, but the tech-savvy rousing night of frat-hopping on any given Friday night. anonymous students
stalkers already knew that) and eating Nature Valley gra- No one wants to see that, and it’s a little unfair to record around as they eat
nola snacks. I guess there is the possibility that someone someone in that state without warning.
overpriced Alpine bagel
would do that, but I can’t quite figure out why. I mean For the most part the Pitcam is harmless. It’s a simple
look at the picture to the right: what a mustache. If you live-feed to get a feel for the hub of UNC-CH’s campus. I sandwiches, let them.
are worried about people stalking, I’m pretty sure there can cringe at your black coffee and appreciate your burnt
are better, more interesting ways to go about it. With the umber sweater from the safety of my living room. I’m not
Pitcam, all you get to see is what I like to wear on Tues- particularly threatening, merely judgmental. However,
day (dark earth tones). If you were a more traditional, the fact remains that many of the people recorded have
time-conscious stalker, Facebook would give you so much no idea that there is a camera. Facebook at least has a
more. Actually, if you were stalking me so comprehen- voluntary login and flexible privacy options. The Pitcam
sively that you knew when I was going to walk through is for anyone to see everyone, whether or not the party
the Pit, you probably wouldn’t need the Pitcam. being watched has any idea of the invasion of privacy.
The more I think about the Pitcam, the less I’m freaked Next time you want to assault a Pit preacher or pick a
out by it. Sure, it takes away some anonymity, but it’s
a nice way for prospective students and anal parents to
wedgie, be warned that Big Brother is watching.
“Freshman year some really hateful religious groups came to campus.
Some of them were pretty scary and they all took over the Pit!”
“A guy in a gorilla suit chasing another guy in a banana suit.”
“I saw a fight between
two guys. It was
lunchtime so everyone
was watching. Two other
guys broke it up right
before the cops came.”
player profile Leila Tunnell
At every UNC-Chapel Hill basketball game, six students have floor
seats. They sit alongside players and coaches, and they see and hear exactly
what goes on during the game. But these students aren’t there just to cheer
on the team. They’re student managers, and for them basketball is not just a
The women’s ultimate frisbee team gained a valuable asset this year with the sport — it’s their job.
transfer of junior Leila Tunnell. Hailed as one of the best collegiate ultimate Every year the men’s and women’s basketball teams both hire six
players in the nation, this music major is an inspiration on and off the field. students as managers for the season. The job demands long hours, patience
how did you get started playing ultimate frisbee? what drew you in? and time management. It also provides endless opportunities not given to
I started playing ultimate in the 5th grade when my older the average college student including a chance to work with one of the top
brother, Dylan, started playing. I went on to play for my programs of its kind. For these 12 UNC-CH students, basketball season
middle school ultimate team at The Paideia School in Atlanta runs year-round, everyday.
Basketball managers have multiple responsibilities while working with
and then played for and captained the women’s varsity team in
the team during practices.
“We always joke about it because the list of things that we end up
what made you transfer to Carolina? doing kind of just grows every single day,” said Brianna Carbonell, a senior
I enjoyed my experience at Connecticut College very much, exercise and sport science major from Atlanta, Ga., and co-head manager of
but I have found that Carolina has programs and departments the women’s team.
which much better fit my academic and extracurricular needs. The managers for the men’s team arrive at the Dean E. Smith Center
I am a music major studying vocal performance, and I hope one hour before practice begins, while the managers of the women’s team
to go into the MAT program here to get my masters in music arrive 30 minutes ahead of time. They are in charge of getting everything set
education. The music department here is exceptional, but I up while the players get ready for practice.
would be lying if I said that the ultimate team here didn’t also “We’re at practice in case [the players and coaches] need anything,”
said David White, a junior exercise and sport science and political science
play a very large role in my interest in UNC-CH. The UNC-
double major from High Point and a manager for the women’s team.
CH women’s team, Pleiades, made it to the College National
“Anything” includes running the clock, so that the coaches can keep
Championships last year, which is a huge accomplishment for
practice running smoothly, getting waters, rebounding and passing. Practice
any college program. That is what really got me excited about
the school, and I have so loved playing for the team here.
what position do you play? do you have any roles on the team?
I am mainly a handler, which means that I am primarily a
thrower and my role on the team is to move the disc quickly
and efficiently down field to my teammates.
what are your hopes and dreams for the women’s ultimate team this
I think the UNC-CH women’s team is incredibly skilled
this year, and we have the potential to be one of, if not the,
best team in the country. It would take a lot of hard work
to get there, but I have so much faith in the ability of all of
my teammates. Regardless of our season results though, my
greatest hope is that at the end of the season, everyone feels as
if they worked their hardest because they love the team and the
sport and that they benefited from being a part of Pleiades.
where do you see yourself in the future?
I was lucky enough to start my ultimate career very early,
and so I think I still have my peak years of competition
yet to come. I would really love to win a college national
championship with UNC-CH and also one day a club
national championship. I feel confident that even after I finish
playing the sport, I will always want to be involved - either
coaching teams or organizing camps for youth ultimate Men’s basketball manager Ryan Riedel
players. Ultimate will always be a part of my life in some way, I listens during a time-out huddle.
feel sure of that.
—will bryant photo by amanda mcpherson
28 March 2009
takes up about five hours every afternoon.
For the managers of the men’s team, practice duties extend beyond
regular hours to whenever the players need someone to rebound for them.
“You’re pretty much on call. They say 24/7, which is the truth. If
someone calls you up at eleven o’clock at night, [you] kind of have to go
down there,” said Bobby Cooper, a junior exercise and sports science major
from Winston-Salem. Cooper became a manager for the men’s varsity team
his freshman year after working at basketball camp for only one summer.
For basketball managers, games are not two-hour activities: They are
“Pretty much, our nights are done when there’s a game... . We’re not
doing anything else,” said Abigail Whitling, a junior exercise and sport sci-
ence and political science double major from Hillsborough and a manager
for the women’s team.
For a 7 p.m. game, set up for either team — which includes setting
up the court and the locker rooms for the Tar Heels, their opponent and
the referees — could start as early as 1:15 p.m. Four hours before the game,
the team, the coaches and the managers attend a pre-game meal off-cam-
pus. Everyone is back at the Smith Center two hours before the game, and
the managers do not leave until everything is cleaned up, usually about an
hour and a half after the game ends. photo by kathleen macguire
Although managers have floor seats at games, they are not there to
“Basketball games — that’s just a totally different experience because
I’m right behind the bench,” said Ryan Riedel, a junior exercise and sports
science major. “I’m working. I have to work and watch the game.”
The key to managing a varsity basketball team
is time management.
“The time commitment is killer,” said Riedel.
But as hard as the time commitment may be,
the benefits of working with the team make up for
“I do feel like I’m a part of the team,” Whitling
said. The other managers shared this sentiment.
The student basketball managers get a chance
to experience things that other students miss out
on, such as traveling with the team and witnessing
“Everybody was pumped, coaches were jump-
ing around. I mean, it was insane,” said Riedel of the
locker room celebration after the men’s team beat
Duke in 2008 to win the ACC regular season. baseball was, is and always
Being at that game meant Riedel could not go will be, to me, the best game
home for spring break, but now he has a champion-
ship ring. in the world.
The experience of working with a varsity
basketball team is something that will help each
basketball manager in his or her future.
“As I’ve gotten a little bit older, I’ve learned
that this is probably going to be worth more than
going to a party one Saturday night,” Cooper said.
“It’s a lot of little nit-picky stuff,” said Whit-
ling, “but in the overall scheme of things, I think if
we weren’t there, then things would go crazy.” &
Tim Tippens, a junior communication studies major, four years at Caro-
has been a die-hard Duke fan since his family moved to lina and never rushed
Durham when he was 3 years old and nothing, not even Franklin Street?
spending three years at Carolina, can change that. TT: No. Not really. I
see enough of it on the
MLP: So how did you become such a hardcore Duke fan? news; I get the picture.
TT: It’s a family thing, I guess. I was raised a Duke fan. We Oh yes; one of the
Mary Lide Parker is a junior had just moved to Durham from Connecticut when Duke most quintessential
journalism major from won the national championship in 1991. My dad immedi- experiences of being a
Wilmington. She can be ately took to them and the rest of the family followed suit. Carolina student is a
MLP: Why did you decide to come to UNC-CH? Did you waste of your time.
apply to Duke? MLP: Have you
firstname.lastname@example.org. TT: I didn’t apply to Duke because of the money and I’m ever been to a game
not in love with the reputation of the school. It’s really just a in Cameron Indoor
basketball thing – I’ve never even followed any other Duke Stadium?
sport. TT: I work concessions there and when no one is buying
What a strange loyalty. Is this what most Duke basketball food I can go sit with people and watch the game. One
He should show his fans are like? time, these two girls invited me to sit with them at the end
MLP: What is it like being a Blue Devil among Tar Heels? of the game. I was front row and center of the student sec-
traitorous colors and
TT: It’s lonely. tion, and it was awesome. After the game, one of the girls
take the insults and Ha, serves him right. who had invited me to sit with them threw up all over the
mockery like a man. TT: There’s an interesting camaraderie because every once floor.
in a while, especially on game days, some kids will be Hahahaha.
brave enough to wear Duke blue on campus. When that MLP: What do you think of the Cameron Crazies? If you
happens, I sneak up to them and whisper, “Hey, I’m with went to Duke, would you be out there tenting with them?
you!” Sometimes I wear Duke clothes underneath what I’m TT: Yeah, I would be a Cameron Crazy 110 percent if I
wearing. went to Duke. Like any fan, it can go way too far and you
MLP: But you’ve never worn visible Duke paraphernalia on can end up throwing up everywhere. But there’s no place to
campus? watch a basketball game like Cameron because the intensity
TT: No. is ridiculous.
Hmph. He should show his traitorous colors and take the MLP: Have you ever been to a game in the Dean Dome?
insults and mockery like a man. TT: Yeah, but I was way up in the nosebleed seats and you
MLP: What do your Carolina friends think of your basket- can only be engaged to a certain extent from up there. But
ball allegiance? I’ve never made an effort to be in the student section.
TT: I’m sure they don’t express their full opinions to me. I Good. We don’t want you there.
do get a lot of shit. And absolutely no respect. My room- MLP: If you could switch one Carolina player onto the
mate, a Carolina Fever member, is the only one that has Duke team, who would it be?
ever shown any appreciation for it. TT: Danny Green. I like the way he plays basketball. It’s
MLP: Have you ever rushed Franklin Street? kind of like he’s an under-spoken basketball player. He’s
TT: No. reserved and he can play.
Loser. Not to mention he’s gorgeous and the Duke team could
MLP: Would you ever? definitely use some better-looking men.
TT: Maybe if they won the national title – but if it was MLP: Do you hate Tyler Hansbrough?
against Duke, no way. TT: Yes – pretty stereotypical Duke fan response, but yes, I
Oh, that would be the most perfect thing ever. definitely hate Tyler Hansbrough.
MLP: Don’t you think it’s a shame that you’ll have spent Don’t worry, dear, I’m sure he hates you too. &
Boy 1: You should have seen this girl last night. She was all over me at P.T.’s.
Boy 2: Did you get her number?
Boy 1: No, it was weird. She said she didn’t have a cell phone, but then I saw her texting someone later.
Boy 2: Weird.
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read about the economy on p. 22
read about Boshamer Stadium on p. 11
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