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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Jury indicts Chapel Hill shooter for murder
Police found 13 guns in shooter
Craig Hicks’ apartment.
By Zoe Schaver
Assistant City Editor

Craig Stephen Hicks will face charges of
three counts of first-degree murder following
his indictment by a Durham County grand
jury Monday.
Hicks, 46, has been charged with killing

Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad
Abu-Salha, 21; and Razan Mohammad AbuSalha, 19, on the afternoon of Feb. 10 in Chapel
Hill’s Finley Forest Condominiums.
Hicks kept at least 13 assorted guns — three
of them fully loaded — in his apartment at 270
Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, according
to an inventory of items seized by police while
searching his residence.
According to the Chapel Hill police search
warrant for Hicks’ apartment, Hicks turned
himself in to the Chatham County Sheriff ’s


for a story about a moment of silence held
at the UNC School of Law to honor the
victims of the Chapel Hill shooting.

Office about an hour after officers were dispatched to the condominiums at 270 and 272
Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill.
Officers were directed to apartment 272
by a female witness when they arrived at the
scene, the warrant states. Upon arriving at
the apartment, the warrant states that officers

Married gay couples face
maze of NC adoption laws

found a male subject, unresponsive, near the
entrance and two female subjects wearing
Muslim headdresses, also unresponsive, in the
kitchen area of the apartment.
A witness at the scene told officers he
noticed a man matching Hicks’ description
leaving the apartment building shortly after he
heard several shots fired, the warrant states.
“He noticed a white male, approximately
in his mid-forties, wearing a beard and with a


In NC, a
handful of
The theaters, popular in the
1950s, are dwindling
nationally and in the state.
By Corey Risinger
Staff Writer

Jennifer Tharrington (left) and spouse Anna play with their son Jack, 18 months, in his playroom in their home in Chapel Hill on Sunday, Feb. 15.

While marriage is legal, adoption statutes haven’t kept up
By Lindsey Brunson
Senior Writer

Jack Tharrington is 18 months old. He loves to
flip through picture books, play soccer, push the
keys on a laptop. He’ll be a big brother in June.
Jennifer and Anna Tharrington, both lawyers from Chapel Hill, are now expecting a little girl. Through “some creative in vitro fertilization,” Anna will be giving birth to Jennifer’s
biological child. A year and a half ago, Jennifer
delivered Jack, who is Anna’s biological child.
For many same-sex couples, having children
under North Carolina law has been nothing
short of complicated, even after the state’s gay
marriage ban was struck down in October.
Most state adoption laws presume that parenting occurs between a father and mother —
forcing Jennifer and Anna and other gay cou-

The following groups reported closures or delays due to today’s snow:

ples in the state to jump through legal hoops to
get equal rights to their children.
“All the family law statutes were written
with just heterosexual marriage in mind,” said
Jennifer Tharrington.
The Tharringtons were together for seven
years before they got legally married in New
York City in 2012.
“We both knew from the beginning that we
wanted kids,” she said. “We did the last huge
trip to Europe and drank wine for two weeks
in Tuscany, and then we were looking back and
we were like, ‘Time to be moms!’”
When Jack was born, Jennifer and Anna’s
marriage was not legally recognized in North
Carolina, meaning that only one partner could
be the legal parent of their child. N.C. adoption
laws do not allow unmarried couples to adopt,
said UNC law professor Maxine Eichner.

A mural of the legendary
basketball coach will be
located on U.S. 15-501.
By Elizabeth Baker

Monitor Alert Carolina for more details.

To Scott Nurkin, Dean Smith
always seemed larger than life.
So it seems fitting that the UNC
graduate is now in the process of
creating a giant mural of the legendary coach and humanitarian,
who died Feb. 7 at the age of 83.
Nurkin said he has been wanting
to paint the mural, which is located
at the corner of Smith Level Road
and U.S. 15-501, for a long time.
“I originally intended to do Dean
Smith on the back of He’s Not Here,
but there were a couple reasons
why that wasn’t going to work
out,” Nurkin said. “I had an idea of
what I wanted it to look like. That
particular image was a lot different
than this one.”

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Resident paints larger-than-life Dean Smith mural

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Schools and Orange County Schools

She said the law allows stepparents to adopt
a child. But before same-sex marriage was
legalized, gay couples couldn’t use stepparent
adoption — only one parent had legal rights to
the children.
Other states offer the possibility of secondparent adoption without the couple having to
be legally married, legal experts say.
Jennifer Tharrington, a family lawyer who has
helped LGBT couples adopt, knew she and Anna
could do a second-parent adoption in Florida and
not have to go to a different state to have their
child — which is the case in many states.
Jennifer has helped many clients through
second-parent adoption in Florida and so was
able to take an active role in her own process.
“Every single judge that I came across, either

Soon the only way you’ll be able to see
a drive-in movie might be through the
movies that once played on their screens.
Since the drive-ins’ golden years in the
1950s, theaters in North Carolina have
dwindled from more than 200 to single
digits. According to the United Drive-In
Theatre Owners Association, the state
was down to six drive-in sites as of March
2014. Today, just three locations are listed
as active members of the trade group.
David Weber, a communications
professor at UNC-Wilmington, said
he thinks it’s unlikely the platform will
regain popularity — particularly given
the high number of drive-in closures
and more convenient movie-streaming
services like Netflix and pay-per-view.
“I have a feeling the industry’s done,”
said Weber, a drive-in connoisseur. “It’s
entered a decline, and one by one, they’ll
probably drop off and that’ll be it.”
Weber said there’s potential for a niche
market that offers an “ironic hipster
appeal,” but drive-ins’ future is uncertain.
In its heyday, the drive-in was more
than a nighttime activity — for some
theatergoers, it was a home away from
home, he said.
“It’s a place where you go to be alone
with a loved one, a romantic partner —
it’s a place where you would go with your
family to get out of the house,” he said.
Weber said he remembers pajamaclad viewers perched on the rooftops of
their cars, taking in the stars, the moonlight and their natural surroundings.
“We’re outdoors, beautiful night sky,
just the feeling of family companionship that was sort of being generated in
our car,” he said.
Weber said he doubts many individuals under ages 30 to 35 hold the same
nostalgic feelings. But Hannah Scruggs,
a UNC sophomore, has heartfelt memories of her own.
A native of Rutherford County, Scruggs
and her sister would frequent Sunset

Staff Writer

“If anyone was to be
emblematic of the town
of Chapel Hill, it would
be Dean Smith.”
Scott Nurkin,
local artist

This fall, he made plans with his
friend B. Rain Bennett, a photographer and filmmaker, to film a documentary about his creation process.
But then the holidays came and,
after them, cold weather. The two
decided to wait until the spring.
The Sunday of Smith’s passing,
Nurkin got a text message from
“Well, it looks like it became a
little more important now,” it read.
Nurkin had time that week. So
did Bennett.
And so, the project began.
Nurkin said he wanted to paint a


Local artist Scott Nurkin stands in front of his mural commemorating Dean
Smith located at the corner of Smith Level Road and U.S. 15-501 on Monday.

the snow doesn’t give a soft white damn whom it touches.



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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The person stole a car battery, valued at $50, and $10
in cash, reports state.

• Someone committed
larceny from a vehicle on the
800 block of Martin Luther
King Jr. Blvd. between 5:30
a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday,
according to Chapel Hill
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Northside landlords demand a voice
Property owners say their
opinions haven’t been
considered by the town.
By Morgan Swift
Senior Writer

Northside neighborhood landlords are concerned their voices are
not being heard in decision-making
The Northside and Pine Knolls
Community Plan Working Group was
created in 2012 to come up with a
long term plan for the community, but
property owners say they’ve been left
out of many of the group’s discussions.
“They aren’t represented on this
committee or any other committee,”

said Bob Lincoln, who owns seven
rental properties in Northside. “I don’t
think it’s fair or that the decisions will
be very balanced because of that.”
The committee is comprised of
staff from the town; the Jackson
Center, which chronicles the history
of Northside and advocates for its
preservation; EmPOWERment, Inc.,
a Chapel Hill-based organization that
connects people to affordable housing; and other community organizations and residents.
Lincoln said those organizations
are important voices that need to be
respected when it comes to the neighborhood, but there are other groups
that have a stake in decision-making.
He said most Northside residences
are rentals owned by investors and
many tenants are students, despite

the neighborhood being a historically
black, low-income community.
“The landlords are trying to create a good place and many of us
think Northside has become a much
better place than 10 years ago,” he
said. “I just don’t think the town
respects the students enough and
the contribution they make.”
Northside landlord Mark Patmore,
who owns Mercia Residential
Properties, said the town should
appoint a permanent Northside
neighborhood committee and require
that one member be a property owner.
“The neighborhood belongs to
property owners — we own the neighborhood,” he said. “Let’s say they ban
duplexes and you want to build one
and now you can’t — that has a direct
financial impact to the property.”

Chapel Hill Town Council members say property owners have been
provided opportunities to speak out.
“Since I have been on council,
every formal change on town ordinances impacting Northside has
happened after public forums that
the town invites anyone and everyone to weigh in on,” said council
member Lee Storrow.
Council member Maria Palmer
said the town doesn’t want to exclude
anyone from the conversation.
“It is not some secret meeting
or some people planning changes,”
she said.
But Patmore said property owners
are often not included until the council has already decided what to do.
“We are not represented and
when we are invited in to the equa-

tion there have been meetings for
years behind our backs,” he said.
Lincoln said one recent issue
property owners have been affected
by is stricter parking limits.
“There were thousands of signatures and we never heard one word
from the Town Council,” he said
about a petition that was created to
stop the parking restrictions.
Students and landlords have also
advocated for allowing more than
four unrelated people to occupy the
residences in the neighborhood.
“I think we are always going to
have a hard time and there are many
pressures,” Storrow said. “We are
never going to find a perfect solution
that makes everyone happy.”

Robots give attendance alternative
UNC pharmacy
students can use
robots to virtually
attend class
By Luman Ouyang
Staff Writer

Students in the UNC Eshelman School of
Pharmacy now have an alternative way to attend
classes if they cannot physically be there — a
telepresence robot.
“It’s been a great benefit because without it,
I don’t know that would I be able to actually
finish this semester,” said Matthew Brown, a
third-year student earning his doctorate of
pharmacy at the school.
After Brown learned he would need cancer
treatments every three weeks, he reached out
to Brad Wingo, director of student affairs at
the pharmacy school, and found out he could
reserve the robots to virtually attend classes.
Pharmacy professor Jo Ellen Rodgers said the
robot showed up on the first day of class while
students were introducing themselves.
“Everybody on the right side of the table went,
and the robot was with the table, and he went
next. We were all kind of surprised. We got a
sense of wow … it’s as if he was there,” she said.
Brown said it is fairly easy to use and control
the volume, height and movement of the robot.
“It looks a lot like FaceTime or your regular
Apple products,” Brown said.
Brown said the robot is most beneficial for
classes based on small-group discussions.
“It’s a class where we learned a lot from each
other — as far as when we come in, we might
discuss, basically, mock patients’ cases. It’s just
been important that I don’t miss that,” he said.
The school is always looking for more options
to be able to interact with students on a one-onone basis, said Victoria Hammett, an instructional technologist at the pharmacy school.
The school’s Office of Educational

Matthew Brown, a third-year student in the School of Pharmacy, uses a telepresence robot to virtually attend class while he receives cancer treatment.

Technology asked professors, one of the associate deans and a few students for feedback
on several options, and the Double Robotics
robot stood out for a few reasons.
“It is very easy to handle, and it’s very easy
to connect and use,” Hammett said.
She also said the price is reasonable for the
school’s present technological setup. The cost
requires $2,500 for this particular robot, $500
for the iPad and $300 for the charging station.
The Eshelman School of Pharmacy now has

three Double Robotics robots. Two of them
are on main campus, and one is at the school’s
Asheville location.
Rodgers said she was very appreciative of the
technology staff in helping set up the robot.
“We could have the robot, but if we didn’t
have our support desk — they were so attentive. It definitely wouldn’t work without
(them). They were a very key component in
the success of this,” Rodgers said.
Students, faculty and staff can reserve the

robots for up to a day at a time.
Rodgers said the Double Robotics robot is
close to perfect, but there are some drawbacks
common for videoconferencing technology.
“Sometimes it’s difficult, when multiple people are talking, to focus on one person,” Brown
said. “It might freeze a little bit or have a little bit
of glitch where you miss a few seconds, but for
the most part, it’s very reliable.”

ESPN takes on
New exhibit highlights
best of special collections UNC-Duke rivalry
ESPN’s “First Take” will
broadcast live from the
Student Union today.

The Wilson Library exhibit
includes artifacts from a
variety of UNC collections.

By Mark Lihn

By Emily Lowe

Senior Writer

Staff Writer

Wilson Library’s new exhibit
includes a diverse collection in which
browsers can find a copy of Madonna’s
popular book “Sex” alongside the signature of Queen Elizabeth I.
These rare pieces are part of a new
exhibit at Wilson Library entitled
“An Alphabet of Treasures: Special
Collections from A to Z.”
The exhibit gives students the ability to find unexpected treasures while
exploring hand-picked pieces from
UNC’s special collections.
The exhibition includes artifacts
from all six of the UNC special collections, including one of Thomas
Wolfe’s composition books from
the North Carolina Collection, film
cans used on “The Andy Griffith
Show” from the Southern Historical
Collection, and a list of civil rights
demands made by the Black Student
Movement in 1968 from University
Rachel Reynolds, coordinator of
special collections exhibits and outreach at Wilson Library, took care in
selecting standout pieces from each
collection and fitting them to a theme
ranging from activism to zombies.
“What we wanted to do was put
an exhibition together that drew
upon the six special collections of
the University to highlight the treasures that exist within each special
collection,” Reynolds said.
One way that this exhibit stands
out is its unique way of storytelling.

“An Alphabet of Treasures: Special Collections from A to Z,” an exhibit now on
display in Wilson Library, includes a range of artifacts for students to explore.

Rather than a collection of pieces
working together to tell an overarching narrative, each piece stands on
its own with its own unique history.
Reynolds said she is confident each
person who enters the exhibit will
have a different collection of favorites.
Communications major Perry
Carter has found this to be true.
“The piece I was drawn to
most was the cellophane wrapped
Madonna “Sex” book. I was drawn to
it because of its back-story,” Carter
said. “When Madonna produced
that book, it was exactly what young
minds wanted to consume.”
Jason Tomberlin, head of research
and instructional services, said he
knows Wilson Library appears offlimits, but he hopes this exhibit will
cause them to think otherwise.
“You will hear Wilson described
as the scary Harry Potter library. It

is a little off-putting, but we want it
to be a place where students can use
materials,” Tomberlin said.
He is encouraged by the changes
Wilson Library has implemented
to make it more approachable.He
said familiarity with Wilson has
improved in the past 10 years.
“Usually when classes come in
now, we always ask, ‘How many of
you have been here before?’ and more
and more hands are raised,” he said.
Reynolds said the A to Z exhibit has
received positive feedback, and she
hopes more students explore it.
Reynolds’ goal is for the exhibit to
continue to draw people in.
“The hope is that people will see
this exhibition as a taste and it will
inspire them to come and explore further,” he said.

The hosts of ESPN’s “First Take”
are bringing their arguments to
UNC ahead of the UNC-Duke
men’s basketball game this week.
Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith
and Cari Champion will broadcast
the show live from the Great Hall
of the Student Union today from
10 a.m. to noon.
The hosts will visit the other
side of the rivalry on Wednesday,
when “First Take” films at Duke
before the scheduled 9 p.m. at
Cameron Indoor Stadium.
UNC students can begin lining
up for entry at 7:30 a.m. in the
West Lounge of the Union. Doors
will open at 8:30 a.m., with seating
for about 450. Students must show
their UNC One Card to gain free
Therese Andrews, production
coordinator for ESPN, said the
network approached UNC with
the idea in January. She said ESPN
will cover all of the costs related to
the event, which she said is a great
opportunity to involve students
leading up to the game.
“‘First Take’ travels on the road
regularly,” Andrews said. “Doing the
show in front of live fans is really
important to us. College students
have a great energy. The rivalry is a
great reason for us (to come).”
Karen Moon, a University
spokeswoman, said she thinks the
show will be a fun event for UNC
students leading up to the game.

“In addition, a few of our broadcast students are interning and
getting the hands-on experience of
working and watching a live remote
two-hour broadcast,” she said.
In light of current Tuesday class
cancellations, Megan Johnson,
the Union’s associate director for
communications and creative services, said the event will take place
regardless of the weather forecast.
Andrews said there is no backup
plan for inclement weather. She
said more than 400 people waited
in line for hours to gain admission
to the show on Friday in New York
City despite negative wind chills.
Johnson said the Union has been
the intended venue of the event
from the beginning and is treating
it like any other rental event.
She said there have been some
delays with the arrivals of the
ESPN personnel.
“Being in the heart of the campus
is important to us,” Andrews said.
“It met our needs technically, and
the size of the room is flexible for the
size crowd we were hoping for.”
Moon said the Office of
Communications and Public
Affairs worked closely with their
counterparts at Duke in preparation for the shows.
Sophomore Luke Fernandez said
he will be more likely to attend the
show because of class cancellations,
which also mean less work.
But senior Nick Brenner said
the weather has made it less likely
that he will attend.
“I’m worried that there might be
a long line, and I’d be stuck waiting in the cold,” Brenner said.
“But I’ll be more inclined to go
if my friends go.”


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balding spot on the top of his
head, wearing a gold Carhart
coat, walking fast from the
back of the apartment building,” the warrant states.
The warrant also states the
witness saw the man leave the
scene in a gold car. Officers
later searched Hicks’ gold
2000 Nissan Sentra, the vehicle he drove to turn himself in.
According to the inventory
of items seized after officers
searched Hicks’ apartment,
the residence contained
several rifles, handguns and
shotguns, as well as multiple
boxes of ammunition in a
variety of sizes.
Police also gained access to
Hicks’ Facebook page.
“A review of his page
revealed images of a firearm
and various images showing
his affiliation with atheism,”
the warrant states.
Hicks’ Facebook cover photo
depicts in large red letters the
word “anti-theism,” defined in
the image as “the conscientious
objection to religion.”
The image states, “Of course
I want religion to go away. I
don’t deny you your right to
believe whatever you’d like; but
I have the right to point out it’s
ignorant and dangerous for as
long as your baseless superstitions keep killing people.”
Officers also searched the
apartment of Barakat and
Yusor Mohammad AbuSalha, where they found eight
shell casings and one bullet,
according to an inventory of
items seized.
Robert Hurley, capital
defender for the state of
North Carolina, said the state
has not announced whether it
will pursue the death penalty.
“They may or may not,”
Hurley said.
Hicks’ case was appointed
to Assistant Capital Defender
Stephen Freedman, who
declined to comment for this

mural of Smith because of the
way he transcended his role
as a basketball coach.
“He wasn’t just a basketball
coach — he was so much more
than that,” he said. “I think
everybody that was underneath
him would say as much. He
was more than just someone
who told them how to play basketball well. He taught people
how to lead their lives well.”
After hearing of his death,
Nurkin thought Smith was
owed some type of tribute
because of what he meant to
the Chapel Hill community.
“If anyone was to be
emblematic of the town of
Chapel Hill, it would be
Dean Smith. I think he’s synonymous,” he said. “I think if
you were to poll residents of
the town and say, ‘Who best
represents what this town is
about?’ or ‘Who is the most
recognized and cherished
member of this town?’ it
would be Dean Smith.”
Nurkin plans to include in
his mural a large portrait of
Smith and his favorite quote
of Smith’s — “You should
never be proud of doing the
right thing. You should just
do the right thing.”
Chapel Hill Mayor Mark
Kleinschmidt said he thinks
the mural is a beautiful way
for Nurkin to reflect his
appreciation for Smith.
He said Smith was not only
an enormous figure in college
basketball but was also an
active and involved resident of
the community and state.
“When you think of his
relationships with his players,
it wasn’t just about whether or
not they had the highest free
throw shooting percentage or
how many shots were blocked
in a given year. When Dean
Smith coached you, it was just
as important to demonstrate
that you were a good citizen
and engaged with helping others,” Kleinschmidt said. “He
really reflected what it means
to be a Chapel Hillian.”

Bennett said he’s been getting a time-lapse of Nurkin’s
painting process as well as
taking real-time footage.
Sometimes, he said, people
will stop and take pictures of
Nurkin and the mural. When
that happens, he takes pictures of them, too.
Bennett said he applauds
Nurkin for undertaking the
project. Because Nurkin
couldn’t find anyone to fund
it, he did it himself.
“He’s spent a lot of time
and money doing this
because he loves it so much,
and Dean meant so much to
him, and the Carolina family means so much to him,”
Bennett said. “I just applaud
him so much for the effort
because I’ve been out there
when he’s been on a 20-foot
ladder with 25-mph gusts in
20 degree weather. It’s not
easy, you know.”
Bennett said his mindset
in creating a video of Nurkin’s
process will be different now
that Smith has died. He said
he feels like it will be more
significant now.
“I just want the video to be
a representation of him,” he
said. “I don’t want the video
to have any different feel to it
than the mural does.”
Nurkin said cold weather
and the threat of snow have
prevented him from finishing
the mural. He said he is currently about 30 to 40 percent
done and that he’s going to
add a lot of layering and coloring in Smith’s face, as well
as a huge backdrop.
Nurkin said many people
ask him who’s paying him or
who asked him to do this.
His answer is always the
same. No one is paying him
— he’s doing it all on his own.
“He certainly has his memory all over town and obviously has a giant arena built
in his honor,” he said. “But
this is just one little thing I
thought I could do. It’s just
something I wanted to do.
(It’s) what I can contribute.”



myself or my clients, was like,
‘God bless you and your family. It’s my honor to preside
over this; I wish you didn’t
even have to do this,’” she said.
Now that Jennifer and
Anna’s marriage is recognized in the state, when their
new baby is born they can go
through stepparent adoption.
But it doesn’t mean North
Carolina’s adoption process is
without obstacles.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in the LGBT community
regarding how same-sex adoption and birth certificates are
going to operate subsequent to
the marriage ban being struck
down,” said Chris Brook, legal
director of the N.C. American
Civil Liberties Union.
Durham lawyer Milan Pham
said N.C. couples must be married for six months before they
are able to go through stepparent adoption. This period can
be waived, but that decision
depends on the clerk of court
in each county.
Jennifer Tharrington said



Drive-In in Shelby, one of the
state’s few remaining venues.
“That’s (one of ) the few
times we typically get along
really well,” Scruggs joked of
their trips.
Scruggs said Sunset DriveIn has maintained a wide
audience, showing more
kid-friendly features, like
“Monsters Inc.,” before showing PG-13 or R-rated movies.
Though it retains many
traditional traits of drive-ins
depicted in films like “Grease,”
Scruggs said the experience has
become more comfortable and
flexible, especially for families
and large groups.
Once graveled and neatly
arranged, she said the viewing area is now adorned with
soft grass and lawn chairs as
alternatives to sitting inside

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she has seen a lot of these
cases with her clients, where
some county clerks will waive
the period and others will not.
“I mean sometimes these
children are 14 years old —
they’ve been waiting all these
years to have an adoption
option available, and now the
clerk is making them wait
another X number of months
because that’s what the statute says,” she said.
James Langley, a respiratory
therapist from Stokes, N.C.,
said he and his partner Chip
adopted their son Ken in 2006.
Langley first saw Ken in 2004
when he was about 2 years old.
The boy came into the hospital
so badly beaten that he had a
hole in his stomach.
“We had an instant connection; I can’t quite explain
that,” he said. “He grabbed my
face and pulled my face down
to his and that was it.”
From there, the long
struggle of adopting Ken
began. James Langley was
the one to adopt Ken legally,
since at the time he and Chip
could not be married.
James Langley married

Chip in October, after 23 years
together and raising their son
for eight years. Still, he said
Chip can’t adopt their son officially for 120 days.
Another issue facing gay
couples involves birth certificates, Brook said, as state law
presumes that the names of an
opposite-sex married couple go
on their child’s birth certificate.
Birth certificates in the
state currently only have space
for a mother and a father, so
in the case of a lesbian couple
who is having a child, only the
biological mother’s name can
be put on the birth certificate.
Brook said there’s no reason the marriage presumption should not extend to
same-sex couples.
“We need to make certain
that same-sex couples are
treated the same as oppositesex couples in all of the extensions that go along with marriage and having a family,”
said Brook, “including adoption proceedings, as well as
being able to get both parents
on the birth certificate.”

a car. With woods behind the
several-stories-tall projector,
Scruggs said there’s little to
distract from the image.
She said it still has some
quirks people can’t find at a
cineplex and that she and her
family tune their radios to listen to movies as they drive by.
Sunset Drive-In recently
upgraded to a digital projector, a roadblock that has
impeded many drive-ins’
futures, necessitating expensive updates and remodels.
The remaining drive-ins
in North Carolina are closed
for the winter. But Scruggs
said that in season, the Sunset
Drive-In continues to be
packed with cars and people
eager for a showing.
“I think they’ll sustain it
pretty well,” she said. “It’s a
classic in Shelby that some
people love to do.”
Craig Askew, operations

manager of the Raleigh Road
Outdoor Theatre — the oldest
operating drive-in in the state
— said his family has been
associated with the drive-in
for all of its 67 years. As a little boy, he said he remembers
going with his uncle, who
was the theater’s first projectionist. There, he saw “The
Empire Strikes Back.”
Later in life, he recalls
going to the drive-in on dates
with his wife.
Askew said the Raleigh
theater underwent a remodeling about nine years ago, but
the classic memories still hold
true. Now, he said, the only real
difference is the quality of their
picture, a crisp 60-foot-by-80foot digital screen.
“It is something very special, a lot of people have discovered,” Askew said.

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and society

master of

“If there is ice on the
roads, it’s a snow day.”

“Like as in how many
inches? I’m from California,
so any amount of snow is a
snow day to me.”

Yun-Ah Park,

Helina Gan,

public health

biology and

“If the roads are frozen, or
sidewalks, buses can’t run,
and students have a potential for slipping and falling
on ice.”

“Just some ice on a pathway could be dangerous if
someone slips or falls.”


Compiled by Carly
Berkenblit, staff writer


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

John Thomas,



“If it’s unsafe to get to class
or too much ice. A lot of people from this area don’t have
the proper clothing.”

political science

“I’ve never experienced
snow down here, but my
dad told me that if we get a
couple inches of snow, people
freak out.”



junior, exercise
and sport science
and communication studies

public policy and

“Just any snow on the
ground. Ice on the roads.

“Growing up, any ice on
the road was a snow day in
North Carolina, but realistically, a couple of inches of

Runoff SBP election begins today

By Victoria Mirian
Staff Writer

The two remaining student
body president candidates
criticized the current administration and defended their
platforms in Monday night’s
of Carolina
Voters, a
group of 12
student organizations, held
a runoff debate in The Daily
Tar Heel office after inclement weather left it without a
meeting space on campus.
"(Andrew Powell) has
failed in reaching out to many
groups on campus,” candidate Houston Summers said.
“He’s kind of segregated those
groups off and let them be on
their own.”
Candidate Kathryn Walker
said the role of the student
body president is to show up
to student organization meetings. She said it is hard for
groups like the Black Student
Movement to meet with the
student body president.
“I think these meetings,
and being a face on campus
and meeting with students, is
part of the job,” she said.
Walker, former chairwoman of the College Republicans,
said “Republican” is not a
label that defines her ideas.
“Nowhere when I signed
my party card when I was 18
did I say, ‘OK, I want to give
up these beliefs because I want
to be a Republican,’” she said.
Walker said she was proud

Runoff elections will be held
today until Wednesday at
6 p.m. Students can vote at Offices
on the ballot include:

Student body president:
Houston Summers will compete against Kathryn Walker


Residence Hall Association president: Taylor Bates
will compete against Grayson Berger


SBP candidates Kathryn Walker (left) and Houston Summers
debate in The Daily Tar Heel office on Monday before elections.

that her organization and the
Young Democrats combined
efforts to hold a voting drive
in the fall. She wants to bring
student organizations together to create a larger campus
leadership council.
Summers defended his
previous statements about
offering athletics-style tutoring services to the entire
student body in an effort to
improve minority male retention rates, which he said are
higher for athletes.
“It’s about taking the successes with athletics that we’ve
had and taking the resources
that we give to student athletes and offering them to
other students across the
University,” Summers said.
He also stood by his statement that he voted for Thom
Tillis in the 2014 U.S. Senate
election. Voter records showed

that Summers did not vote,
but he said there must have
been a mistake in the records.
“It would have been a
pretty silly thing to do to lie to
the Young Democrats about
voting Republican,” he said.
The candidates said they
could not point to a weakness
in their platforms.
“It’s very hard to say that
something that I worked for
is not going to work,” Walker
said. “If there is any fault
within my platform, it would
be perhaps there are some
vague spaces, only because
I think platforms need to be
living documents.”
Summers acknowledged
that it may be difficult to get
the Board of Governors to listen to student ideas.
After his campaign ended
Feb. 10, former candidate
David Marsh endorsed Walker.

2016 senior class officers:
Ying Lin and Brent McKnight
will compete against Cat
Leipold and Max Williams

Walker said she is humbled and happy that Marsh
endorsed her campaign.
“I respect David for all of the
work that he did, and we talked
to make sure that the strong
points of his platform are still
incorporated,” she said.

Dean Smith mural
A local artist painted a
mural in Carrboro to commemorate the former UNC
coach. See pg. 1 for story.

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Complete the grid
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and 3-by-3 box (in
bold borders) contains
every digit 1 to 9.

Solution to
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This study was approved 12/15/14 by the Committee on the
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Department of Psychiatry.

and YOU should be ASHAMED,
and welcome to the “Confederacy of DUNCES,”
IF you did NOT VOTE for OBAMA
and the DNC Party Ticket.
You will NEVER get a chance to make good on Obama,
Yet, YOU do have the opportunity to REDEEM YOURSELF.
~ James Creal Waters, ‘76
(Double) International Studies and French


ESPN’s “First Take” will
be broadcast live from the
Student Union today. See
pg. 3 for story.

Chapel Hill shooting
Shooter Craig Hicks was
indicted on three counts
of first-degree murder on
Monday. See pg. 1 for story.

Robotic attendance

You may be eligible if you are:
• Female between the ages of 18 and 45
• Gave birth 5 months ago or less
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Golden Spike
44 Photo blowup: Abbr.
48 Sea spots?
49 Blueprint detail, for short
51 Sexy
53 Cable Guy of comedy
54 The Gem State
57 Warning from a driver?
58 Elvis __ Presley
59 No-frills shelter
60 Hip-hop Dr.
61 Free (of)
62 “__ changed my mind”
63 Caracas’ country, to the
64 Athens : omega ::
London : __
65 Assenting vote



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Established 1893, 121 years of editorial freedom










By Drew Sheneman, The Star-Ledger

From Atoms to Zebrafish


David Weber, on drive-in movie theaters in North Carolina



It’s not

Seth Rose will discuss the
Morehead-Cain Scholarship.

“We’re outdoors, beautiful night sky, just
the feeling of family companionship that
was sort of being generated in our car.”

Prudence Prune, on systemic racism at the University

Senior biology and chemistry major
from Chapel Hill.



“Racism and its effects don’t just appear
in explicit forms like segregation and
attack dogs.”

Clark Cunningham

eb. 12 marked 206 years
since the birth of Charles
Darwin in 1809. While
Darwin Day festivities generally
bypass the United States, the
theory of evolution by natural
selection remains one of the
bedrock principles of the life
sciences. But this wouldn’t be
obvious upon examination of
the way evolution is taught in
public schools. In spite of the
ongoing influence of evolution
on our daily lives, it is often
taught as an aside rather than
a framework for a fundamental
understanding of biology.
Put plainly, this is a disservice to students. Evolution is
not a collection of names, dates
and vocabulary terms — it’s a
powerful force that underlies
all of biology, and our quality
of life depends on our understanding it. As such, education
in evolution should live up to its
potential and assume a central
role in the biology classroom.
While evolution explains the
origins of the present diversity
of life, the same natural forces
that resulted in our existence
are still at work today. Strong
modern examples of evolution can be observed in quickly
reproducing infectious agents.
The influenza virus continues
to evolve each year because of
mutations in viral genes, necessitating an annual flu vaccine
to aid our immune systems in
fighting this dynamic adversary.
As we develop new treatments for infectious diseases,
evolution grants a competitive
advantage to microbes that
survive and reproduce in spite
of our efforts to combat them.
Tuberculosis, HIV, malaria
and all infectious diseases play
by these evolutionary rules
as they continue to plague
humans into the 21st century.
A curriculum featuring similar
examples would remain relevant to students tired of hearing about Darwin’s finches.
One reason for the current
curriculum’s lack of rigor is
evolution’s potential for court
controversy — many educators are relieved to have evolution in the curriculum at all.
Thankfully, the last major word
in this debate, the federal court
case Kitzmiller v. Dover in 2005,
struck a decisive victory for the
teaching of evolution in public
schools. Here, Bush-appointed
Judge John E. Jones III rebuked
the teaching of intelligent design
— thinly-veiled creationism —
and described the school board’s
decisions as “breathtaking inanity.” But to have won this debate
and then provide a superficial
education in evolution is a hollow victory indeed.
In my time here at UNC, I’ve
been able to learn the biological sciences through the lens
of evolution. It has been nothing short of enlightening to
learn that the development of
specialized proteins over billions of years, the progression
of cancers and the distribution
of sickle cell anemia across the
world all have roots in evolutionary processes. Students
should not have to pursue a
college science education to
receive such profound insights.
The Russian evolutionary biologist Theodosius
Dobzhansky famously stated
that “nothing in biology makes
sense except in the light of
evolution.” The teaching of
evolution should reflect this: By
comprehensively studying evolution, we illuminate previously
unseen aspects of our world.

The Daily Tar Heel

Rename Saunders to
illuminate history

The run-off election for student body president is today, and we encourage
all students to take advantage of this opportunity to determine the future of
student governance at UNC. We acknowledge a general discontentment with
the available candidates but hope that everyone chooses to participate.

The Daily Tar Heel endorses Houston
Summers for student body president


he editorial board
had decided that
Houston Summers’
experience on administrative committees, relationships with powerful people
and general willingness
to listen to student voices
make him fit for the role of
student body president.
This endorsement
comes with heavy reservations. Despite his protestations to the contrary,
we do see Summers’ candidacy
as a continuation
of the
administration in
a variety
of ways.
Houston Summers
Junior from
Powell’s presidency has
been competent, his leadership has not been as
transformative or vocal as
we might have hoped.
We anticipate Summers’
closeness to the administration will inspire a similarly cautious approach to
student government, one
that is adequately involved

in student lives but hesitant to take strong stances
on the issues of the day.
This board also takes
issue with his definition
of “unity,” which seems to
call for a melting pot of
student interests, ignoring
the real ways in which the
interests of varied student
groups are often distinct
from one another.
As before, we remain
troubled by Kathryn
Walker’s political inconsistency. It is difficult to
reconcile her activities
working for the election
of Thom Tillis with her
stated desires for a robust
system of higher education
in North Carolina. Under
Tillis’ watch, the University
system endured punitive
budget cuts that could
disrupt the University’s mission of serving the people of
the state.
That being said, a
Walker presidency would
be a competent one. Her
experience in the executive
branch this year would be
useful to her presidency,
but her accomplishments
in state and external relations to date have not been
substantive enough to sug-

gest her presidency would
yield the results UNC
needs in the face of a hostile General Assembly.
We believe that
Summers will be an effective advocate for student
voices. We are less confident about whether he
will advocate for the voices
traditionally heard least in
the halls of state government.
Summers claims to have
been transformed in his
approach to issues of privilege and oppression through
discussions with members
of marginalized groups on
campus. In the absence of
a candidate otherwise representative of these groups,
we can only hope that this
transformation is genuine
and that his learning process continues quickly.
Houston Summers will
provide an energetic and
positive face to student
government. His experience advocating for the
interests of studentathletes is encouraging,
and we hope he is able
to expand the scope of
his abilities to represent
a much wider expanse of
student experiences.


You Asked for It
In which we await Chapel Hill’s future as the ice planet, Hoth.
Drew Goins (who didn’t
know about the impending
frozen precipitation until
two hours before our deadline) and Kelsey Weekman
(whose mom tweeted a
handy list of snow survival
tips at her, so she’s all set)
are the advice columnists of
“You Asked for It.” Results
may vary.

You: What happens if it

snows in Chapel Hill?

YAFI: In case you haven’t
learned from anyone
and everyone’s small talk
already, snow days throw
the state of North Carolina
into total anarchy.
It’s not all disrupting the
macro-level social systems
and attending readings
at Internationalist Books,
though. You need a plan.
Make sure you are completely stocked up on food.
Expect to be run over by a
mom with a stroller who
is likely already panicking
because it’s too cold outside
for a tennis skirt or even a
velour jumpsuit.
If you’re not in the mood
to take on Jenn or Jan or
Debbie or whatever, slide
into the dining hall before
the looters get to the brown-

Kelsey Weekman & Drew Goins
Assistant online editor and senior
To submit your own questions:

ies that aren’t vegan.
Fashion yourself a homemade sled. Use whatever
you have just lying around
— plastic bin lids, mattresses
and still shrink-wrapped
econ textbooks.
If you’re not one for outdoor sports, take the day to
catch up on work or watch
that Netflix “expose” about
Chipotle that we’ve all talked
about but no one has actually dared to watch.

You: What happens if it
doesn’t snow in Chapel Hill
after I assumed it would?
YAFI: If you were banking
on snow, or snow-banking as
dads would say, a false alarm
will make you feel colder than
that girl who dressed like He’s
Not Here is an indoor bar.

Don’t miss class. You’re not
afraid of snowy conditions;
you’re tougher than the Duke
basketball team. There will
surely be someone humming
that stupid snowman song
from Frozen, but stay strong.
Conceal, don’t feel. Don’t let
them know.
You didn’t do your homework, did you? No one did.
Just will yourself to be invisible, a feat often attempted in
Friday recitations regardless
of weather.
If your invisibility
cloak isn’t winter weather
friendly, fake it until you
make it. If Hollywood can
convince us all that a book
of Twilight fan fiction is
the pinnacle of modern
romance, you can convince
your professor that you
read 35 pages about agrarian life in the early 1800s.
Steer clear of any special
events an optimistic RA
might have planned. You can’t
technically make snow cream
if you’re just using ice that
solidified on the railing.
Above all, be grateful that
in the lack of snow there is
electricity. When the power
goes out, so does the internet,
taking with it our collective
millennial life force.

Dear Chancellor Folt,
We, the undersigned,
are graduate students in
the UNC Department of
American Studies and the
Folklore Program.
We write to you in the
spirit of our department’s
commitment to empower
students to value the nation’s
complexity by engaging with
a variety of historical, literary, artistic, political, social
and ethnic perspectives. We
believe the names of buildings on our campus that
memorialize perpetrators
of physical and structural
violence impede our ability
to fulfill this commitment.
As students and teachers of
American Studies, we are
concerned about the lack of
education regarding the history of racism and discrimination at our university.
Our campus holds a history of discrimination and
violence against minorities
extending to its inception,
and our desire is that UNC
will be more proactive
about increasing awareness
of this past. The landmarks
we celebrate, including Old
East and South Building,
were built by enslaved
people. The University was
open for 50 years before
trustees forbade students
to bring their own enslaved
people to campus.
Political conflict in the
1880s accelerated racial tensions between students and
the black community leading to the whipping, jailing
and arrests of black Chapel
Hillians. Qualified black
students were consistently
denied admittance to the
University, notably the first
black female Episcopalian
priest, Pauli Murray.
At the University’s doorstep on Franklin Street,
anti-integrationists beat
and urinated on students
and citizens. Enrollment
numbers for black students
have decreased steadily
over the last five years. And
still, our buildings and
streets memorialize slave
owners like Paul Cameron
and Thomas Ruffin and
white supremacist apostles
like Josephus Daniels and
Julian Shakespeare Carr.
In our department,
scholars study landscape,
memory, performance,
politics, history, emotion,
language and culture, all
of which play a role in the
conversation happening
around race on our campus.
We all, in some form, study
the impact of the past on
the present. We believe that
the history of this University
is in conversation with its
present, which is why we
join in solidarity with The
Real Silent Sam Coalition.
We demand that
Saunders Hall be renamed
and that the Silent Sam
monument be contextualized within the racialized
landscape of our campus.
Renaming Saunders Hall
in honor of folklorist Zora
Neale Hurston is not an
erasure of our University’s
history but instead a step

towards the invigoration of
a campus culture that celebrates difference and cultivates a distinct and egalitarian student body.
If our university seeks
to uphold the values of our
public promise to the state,
we need leadership that
will foster an anti-oppressive physical environment
for all members of the
UNC community.
Charlotte Fryar and
Rachel Gelfand on behalf of
15 other American Studies
and Folklore students.

Carolina community
was united in support
In the wake of the
shootings of Deah Shaddy
Barakat, Yusor Mohammad
Abu-Salha and Razan
Mohammad Abu-Salha,
UNC Muslim Students
Association members were
suddenly tasked with grieving for the lost lives, answering to the national and
international community
and the press and providing support to members of
the local community. For
their generous efforts and
support during this difficult
time, the UNC MSA wishes
to thank everyone at UNC
who made Wednesday’s vigil
and prayer services possible.
We especially thank
Crystal King, the Carolina
Union director, for her
kindness and selflessness.
Crystal mobilized university
staff and administrators
to help us organize every
detail of the vigil, from
providing parking accommodations to keeping the
Great Hall available for our
late night prayer services.
Above all, she was an emotional pillar whose support
has been unwavering.
Crystal also introduced us to Dean Desiree
Rieckenberg, who handled
all of our logistical questions
and iterated that anything
we wanted would be provided to us. Her diligence
and compassion helped to
make the vigil successful.
Crystal connected us to
Dean Blackburn, who acted
as a liaison between the vigil
organizers and speakers. His
warm smile and reaffirming words gave us strength
throughout the day.
We additionally wish
to thank Vice Chancellor
Winston Crisp, Chancellor
Carol Folt and Bobby
Kunstman for their presence, words of wisdom and
support; Vice Chancellor
Joel Curran for handling the
press, Megan Johnson and
the Union Design Services
for creating the vigil programs, the UNC Student
Stores Print Shop for printing the programs, the Union
staff for staying open after
hours and UNC Hillel for
providing candles for the
vigil. In their generosity and
support, these individuals
and others have demonstrated the Carolina Way.
Shamira Lukomwa
Global Studies and communications
Nicole Fauster
Global studies

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