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This week, the summer DTH editors were asked to submit anonymous questions about each other for a Real World-style confessional video that will be shown at the DTH summer banquet tonight. Of the questions asked of me, some of the most telling were: ‘Can you name all of the editors on our staff?’ and “Where have you been all summer?”
They say the first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. Well, my name is Sam, and I have a problem.
I was in seventh grade homeroom when I first learned the World Trade Centers had been destroyed and the Pentagon attacked by terrorists. At the naive age of 12, I honestly had no idea what to make of the news.
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THE ISSUE: The upcoming sesquicentennial of the Civil War has sparked discussion around campus and the state about the proper treatment of North Carolina’s Confederate past. Is it a valid part of the state’s heritage, or is it something to be shamed or forgotten? What should happen to Silent Sam? Today, members of the editorial board weigh in on the war’s proper place in the discourse.
Filmmaker Roman Polanski has directed stellar films for decades. He has earned the title of “Best Director” at the Golden Globe Awards in 1975 and at the Academy Awards in 2003. He has been widely recognized, with almost all of his films subject to critical acclaim. At least that’s what I’m told.
The Daily Tar Heel staff writer Sam Jacobson had a chance to talk to artist-in-residence Oliver Herring. On Saturday, Herring will lead a group through a TASK Party. He discusses his career and TASKS below.Daily Tar Heel: Talk about how your work has developed over the years.Oliver Herring: The first TASK I did was in 2002. It came out of a series of videos that I worked on that had been conceived under similar conditions in a very open-ended way.
Correction (March 4 12:31 a.m.): Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the orchestra would stop in Newport, Va. It will stop in Newport News, Va. The story has been updated to reflect the correction. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
A new state Web site is aiming to set up a marketplace for waste.A state environmental agency created “N.C. Biomass Trader” to help organizations sell and buy industrial waste that can be converted into biofuel.Materials such as sawdust, used cooking oil and grease and cardboard are some of the types of waste made available through the site.Buying and selling biofuel materials is gaining popularity and could be used at UNC in the future.Before the Web site was available, organizations would simply burn the waste or deposit it into landfills, posing harm to the environment.The site is a spin-off from an older site that distributed waste called N.C. WasteTrader. Both are funded by the Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the State Energy Office.Tom Rhodes, an environmental specialist for the agency, said he anticipates that the new site will be more popular than the original.“There is a growing need for biomass products in North Carolina for energy production and other needs,” Rhodes said. “It is catching on. We anticipate that its going to grow very rapidly.”Though UNC has not used the Web site to purchase biofuels yet, some administrators said there is a great potential for it on campus. “I think it’s a great idea,” said Cindy Shea, director of UNC’s Sustainability Office. “It demonstrates how advanced the biofuels market has become and how strong the demand is.”UNC’s Cogeneration Facility currently runs partially on coal, but tests are being conducted to see whether torrefied wood and other materials sold on the site could work at the University.“It is much more of an elegant solution than paying for the disposal of the product,” Shea said. The Cogeneration Facility hasn’t seriously considered using the site yet, but officials said the concept has potential.“Biomass is part of our future,” said Phil Barner, cogeneration systems manager at UNC. “I think it will be a big difference assuming we can make it work in our boilers. It will use less coal, and we would be buying quite a lot.”Contact the State & National Editor at email@example.com.
UNC isn’t the only school concerned about the safety of its post-game celebrations.Duke and N.C. State universities have enacted policies that dictate when students can and cannot have bonfires before and after major sporting events.NCSU officials have had a zero-tolerance policy on bonfires during campouts before major sporting events since a firefighter was injured prior to a basketball game against UNC in 2000, said Thomas Stafford, vice chancellor for student affairs at NCSU.“Students had been drinking and were throwing stuff at the fire marshals,” Stafford said. “One fireman got hit and injured.”Jimmy Ryals, a 2003 NCSU graduate, said campouts sometimes got out of hand.“Campouts usually started Friday night and ended early Sunday morning. Toward the end of the weekend, things often got out of control. There was a lot of drinking,” Ryals said.The university has always required the bonfires during victory celebrations to be supervised by fire officials, but the incident prompted the university to ban campouts altogether in 2001, Stafford said.When they resumed, bonfires and alcohol were prohibited.“Campouts have gone very well since then,” Stafford said. “We’ve had no problems.”Duke intensifies regulationsDuke officials work with the local fire department, requiring students to obtain a permit for celebratory bonfires.Sue Wasiolek, dean of students at Duke, said permits are granted to students only after they have gone through extensive planning with the fire marshal’s office.“We have to submit a very detailed plan on how the bonfires will be managed and conducted, and we only get the permit if the weather permits,” Wasiolek said.Prior to one of the games against UNC last year, students were told there would be no bonfires because they did not attain a permit in time, sophomore Jonathan Palgon said.Students also have to follow an extensive list of rules while the bonfires are burning. They are allotted two hours of “fuel” time when they can add safe flammable objects such as firewood, Wasiolek said, as well as an hour of “burning” time.After that, safety officials extinguish the fire. Only one is allowed and it must be away from buildings.A specific group of staff surrounds the fire to make sure that unsafe objects aren’t thrown in and that students don’t get too close, she said.“The students understand that if they don’t follow the rules, then the marshal won’t issue another permit,” Wasiolek said. “Having a fire can be a dangerous situation. It must be done in a safe way.”Contact the State & National Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thirteen years after a fire at the Phi Gamma Delta house killed five UNC students, fire safety legislation may become a law.The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation last week co-sponsored by U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., to recognize October as Campus Fire Safety Month. Price also helped to fund fire prevention efforts in student housing.UNC students traveled to Washington, D.C., in September to lobby for the legislation.“While I have always been concerned about student safety on college campuses, the tragic fires at UNC brought this issue home to me,” Price stated in an e-mail. “To their credit, students at UNC have been tireless advocates for this issue.”About 40 UNC students traveled to Capitol Hill this year with parents of fire victims, University administrators and fire safety officials to lobby for stronger fire safety measures for student housing.In September, the group from UNC was part of more than 90 meetings with members of Congress and staff.Dylan Castellino, a Phi Gamma Delta member, said he helped organize the trip to Washington because he knows the destruction that a campus fire can bring. “This is probably the one time I feel like I have had an impact on something on such a large scale,” Castellino said. “It was a pretty surreal feeling going through each congressman, sitting with their staff, telling them how important this is and the difference that it could make.”Jenny Levering, assistant dean of students for fraternity and sorority life, said the authenticity of the students’ requests for help is what made them successful.“It touches close to home because we lost students here due to a fatal fire. You talk to people about fire safety and they have to listen,” she said.The legislation would provide incentives for business owners to add fire sprinklers and other emergency systems to buildings and would grant money to universities for fire suppressant systems.“Campus fire safety is an issue that goes beyond one state or one region of the country,” Price said. “It’s a national issue and Congress has, appropriately, been very responsive and proactive about it.”Contact the State & National Editor at email@example.com.
The N.C. State Fair is Tweeting, blogging and Facebooking its way to an unprecedented increase in ticket sales. The fair’s social networking outreach, which began in June 2008, has helped to double ticket sales from this time last year.With the fair less than two weeks away, more than 16,800 admission tickets have been sold without anyone leaving their homes.The troubled economy could have helped ticket sales — local attractions become more popular when people can’t afford to travel, said Karlie Justus, state fair public information officer.The N.C. State Fair is the first state fair to use Twitter to promote ticket sales and fair officials are also using it to encourage potential attendees to tell fair officials what attendees want to see, eat and do at the fair.“We try to have conversations with people on Twitter so people can relate to us,” Justus said. “People always want to hear about the new foods and the rides. It has been a really great customer service tool.” Twitter is facilitating more than just better ticket sales. American Idol contestant and 2008 UNC alumnus Anoop Desai was able to contact the state fair’s management and book a performance — all via Twitter.“It’s really helpful because you don’t necessarily have to go through a PR firm, you can just put it out there and it happens,” Desai said.He announced on Twitter that he wanted to perform at the fair and the fair management contacted him after reading it.“Honestly, he would not be performing at the fair if not for Twitter,” Justus said.The fair will be Anoop’s first solo performance since American Idol. “It was something that I wanted to do for people that supported me,” said Desai, a Chapel Hill native.“I’ve only missed about three fairs in my entire life, so I’m very excited about performing there.”The fair also is promoting a new event called the Deep Fried Triangle Tweetup, which will bring together local Twitter users at the fairgrounds.The fair is partnering with Ourhashtag, a social networking company that has organized Tweetups throughout the Triangle area. Jeff Cohen, social media strategist for Ourhashtag, said the fair partnered with the company in order to attract fans who have participated in Tweetups throughout the region. “The folks at the fair are trying to reach out to people who wouldn’t necessarily go,” Cohen said. “The Tweetup is designed to make these people feel special, almost like a VIP group.”The fair is also using a blog called “Deep Fried @ the N.C. State Fair” for publicity. The blog features frequent updates about what will be happening at the fair, a video of Anoop’s training regiment and other ticket sales updates. A “deep-friend ambassador” was announced Monday on the blog. The winner will attend the pre-fair media lunch, sample the newest fair foods and music and blog and Tweet about the experience on her own personal blog and the official fair blog. “We want someone to come out and blog about everything,” Justus said.Contact the State & National Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.