Eric Pesale


Smart Start, More at Four face major cuts

Two early childhood development programs that are used in Orange County could face cuts up to 20 percent if the N.C. House of Representatives budget is passed. The house budget proposal designed to counter a budget shortfall of at least $2.4 billion could result in major cuts for schools, including a 20 percent cut for both Smart Start and More at Four Pre-Kindergarten.

	Ray Lafrenaye, vice president of facility planning and development for UNC Hospitals, outside of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital.

UNC Health Care sees growth

UNC Health Care will likely have to look off campus or renovate current spaces when considering growth of its facilities. In the last two to three months, patient beds have been occupied at 90 percent to 100 percent — the symptom of an aging and growing Triangle population — and UNC Health Care is among many area providers trying to figure out how to best serve patients.

	A small crowd came to watch the Georgetown vs. N.C. State club ice hockey game at a tournament in Hillsborough on Saturday.

UNC club ice hockey raises profile with tournament

As UNC’s club ice hockey team scored goals against opponents at Hillsborough’s Triangle SportsPlex this weekend, they also scored assists for the county’s local profile. For the first time, the UNC club hosted the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League Championship Tournament, placing fourth out of seven teams. The competition was held Friday through Sunday.

Chapel Hill Library’s permanent location to be decided

The future of the Chapel Hill Public Library will be decided tonight. The Chapel Hill Town Council will vote on whether to accept a proposal from Madison Marquette to permanently move the library from its 100 Library Drive location to the current location of Dillard’s at University Mall.

Dancers perform as part of a production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled to start this weekend.

Nutcracker draws on rich history

When Robert Weiss saw a production of George Balanchine’s influential New York City Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” as a child, he knew immediately that he wanted to become a dancer.“When the lights went down and the curtain went up, you’re transported into a magical world where anything is possible,” Weiss said. “And I said, ‘That’s the world I want to live in.’”


Linda's Bar and Grill is a local favorite for food and drinks.

Linda's Bar and Grill is a local favorite for food and drinks.

The fourth annual erotic fiction reading, hosted by the Lab! theatre group, will be held at Linda's Bar and Grill.

The fourth annual erotic fiction reading, hosted by the Lab! theatre group, will be held at Linda's Bar and Grill.

Linda’s is in a good starting location to head home from after a night’s out.

Linda’s is in a good starting location to head home from after a night’s out.

	All orders of Linda’s cheese fries-such as this half-order basket above-come with chives, bacon, cheese and ranch dressing.


All orders of Linda’s cheese fries-such as this half-order basket above-come with chives, bacon, cheese and ranch dressing.

	Courtesy of Kaitlin Groundwater

	Kaitlin Groundwater, a second-year student from Va., is president of UNC’s Underwater Hockey Club.

Student of the Week: Kaitlin Groundwater

While Groundwater still swims in the pools at UNC, it’s for an entirely different reason. She currently plays forward for UNC Underwater Hockey. “It seemed like a change of pace from swimming laps, which in general is pretty boring,” Groundwater said. “It seemed enticing. I showed up for the first practice and it was definitely different, nothing like any other sport I played before.” Groundwater, who is planning to go to medical school after graduation, is now the team’s president. The club currently has 12 to 15 active members, and regularly recruits for their year-round season.

	All orders of Linda’s cheese fries-such as this half-order basket above-come with chives, bacon, cheese and ranch dressing.

UNC Bucket List #88: Eat cheese fries at Linda’s on Franklin Street

When it comes to getting some good late-night greasy food, Linda’s Bar and Grill was never the first place that came to mind. Usually when I’m buzzed or hammered (and yes, ladies & gents, I’m over 21) I’ll usually head on over to Time-Out for a western omelet with cheese or grab Mexican food out at Qdoba or Cosmic Cantina. But Linda’s? Never been. I always thought it was a restaurant for some reason. In fact, I had always wondered if it was still in business since I never saw people walk in or out. None of my friends had ever talked about it, and since I felt all too comfortable in my usual Franklin St. haunts, I never really thought about visiting it. That was, however, until I heard about Linda’s cheese fries.

	Courtesy of Erin Edwards

	Erin Edwards, J.D. ’11, holds her golden retriever Duncan. Edwards is a puppy parent for Eyes Ears Nose and Paws in Carrboro, an organization that trains and assigns service dogs for diabetic and physically-disabled owners.

Student of the Week: Erin Edwards

Most students go to UNC Student Stores to buy textbooks, try on basketball jerseys, or even check out the magazines at Bull’s Head Bookshop . Erin Edwards, however, goes there to ride the escalators with her golden retriever, Duncan. Edwards, a 3L at UNC School of Law and a chemistry major from UNC-Greensboro , trains service dogs for owners with diabetic issues and physical disabilities as a puppy parent for Carrboro-based Eyes Ears Nose and Paws . “He was afraid of the escalator for a long time,” Edwards said of Duncan. “We go up and down the escalator almost every day, and I give him treats on the escalator to teach him not to be afraid of it. I reinforce what he learns when he’s at school, and they teach him the hardest stuff. I think the people at the bookstore get a big kick out of it.”

	Courtesy of Julian Caldwell

	Julian Caldwell, a.k.a. JSWISS, performs a song during one of his performances. He will be performing at Cafe Beyond on Franklin St. on April 7th.

Student of the Week: Julian "JSWISS" Caldwell

During the day, chances are you’ll find sophomore Julian Caldwell at UNC’s School of Journalism , taking classes in the electronic communication track and learning about sports journalism. Outside the classroom, however, don’t be surprised if you find him rapping in the Media Resources Center in the basement of the R. B. House Undergraduate Library . Chances are, you might just hear him recording his latest rap songs.

	Bulletstorm, released in February of this year, is the video game behind the Electronic Arts promotional contest that may bring UNC a free Snoop Dogg concert

"Bulletstorm" Takes Reviewers by Storm

Lately there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the University’s Snoop Dogg concert, which the University won the rights to after students garnered the most votes in an online promotional contest by Electronic Arts. On campus, students have weighed in lately on the appropriateness of his lyrics and whether they fit in with the University’s values. Wait until they check out the EA game behind the concert competition. Videos and reviews have recently surfaced about Bulletstorm , the video game at the center of EA’s Snoop Dogg contest.

	Waiting for Superman deals with the state and current problems surrounding the American public school system, which affects the lives of many children in the United States.

"Waiting for Superman" screens In Student Union

Directed by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for Superman, aired in the Student Union Wednesday night, follows a set of children and their parents who are trying to get accepted into prestigious local charter schools. In the process, Guggenheim brings to light interesting—and even shocking—factoids regarding the state of American public education, enlightening viewers on everything from the drawbacks of tenure (which makes it extremely difficult—if not impossible—to fire underperforming teachers) to the dance of the lemons . The film received an 89% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes , and won the Audience Award at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival .

	Courtesy of Keith Grose

	Keith Grose

Student of the Week: Keith Grose

The last semester of college is a landmark time for any fourth-year student. For Keith Grose, it is—among other things—the culmination of his four semesters in the fiction track of UNC’s Creative Writing Program. Grose will be one of four seniors reading tonight from his collection of short stories to kick off the Creative Writing Program’s annual Senior Honors Fiction Readings series tonight. Eight other seniors in the department’s senior honors thesis course for fiction writing will present excerpts on Thursday and Friday.

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	UNC and Duke men’s basketball players warm-up before the start of their March 5th matchup.

UNC Bucket List #40: Get tickets as a senior to the UNC-Duke game

It’s true that NCAA March Madness Tournament is already upon us, and the ACC Tournament has also provided us Tar Heel fans with some exciting, nail-biting and memorable finishes from our men’s basketball team. Yet when I graduate in May, I’ll never forget the night I was officially introduced to the rivalry. And no Wolfpack faithful, I’m not referring to our schools’ “rivalry.” I’m talking about that Saturday night classic on March 5, 2011. It was my first taste of the UNC- Duke men’s basketball rivalry. Before coming to UNC, I was never really into college basketball. Even though I transferred in the year we won the NCAA tournament and will never forget all the craziness that ensued when we all rushed Franklin St. afterwards, but for the most part I was just playing along with the crowd. I didn’t have any kind of burning passion against Dookies. Blame it on growing up in UConn country or loving football more than basketball. I may have seen UNC and Duke football game my junior year and competed against their rowing team when I was on UNC Men’s Crew as a sophomore, but to me Duke was just another reputable university that was just down the road.

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Bucket List Item #16: Eat Breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe

UNC Bucket List is a weekly feature highlighting the 100 things students should attempt before they graduate. Check out the full bucket list and all previous Bucket List posts here. Bucket List Item Number 16: Eat breakfast at Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe Whenever I walk down Franklin Street in the afternoon, I usually shoot a quick glance through the windows of Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe to see whether or not the line cooks are busy flipping pancakes, the blue t-shirted cashiers rushing to serve plates and ring up checks at the register, or even catch the slightest scent of the blueberry waffles.

	Courtesy of Alice Day Brown

	Alice Day Brown

Student of the Week: Alice Day Brown

Some students choose to study or work abroad to learn about different cultures, practice a language or explore a new part of the world. For Alice Day Brown, a month-long trip to Costa Rica after her freshman year in the summer of 2009 did much more. Brown, who is also co-chair for UNC’s Habitat for Humanity chapter and a member of Chi Omega, said she taught English to elementary school children from rural high-poverty families who worked in the country’s coffee fields.