Rachel Nash

Hatchell Makes History: Selected For Naismith Hall Of Fame

CHAPEL HILL – UNC women’s basketball head coach Sylvia Hatchell will be a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The announcement of the 2013 class was made Monday. Hatchell is the first woman with UNC ties to earn an induction. She’s now a part of an elite club of nine other Tar Heels in the Naismith Hall of Fame – including coaches Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Larry Brown, player/coach Billy Cunningham and players James Worthy, Robert McAdoo and Michael Jordan. Hatchell will attend the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 8. She joins coaches Rick Pitino, Guy Lewis, and Jerry Tarkanian and players Bernard King, Gary Payton and Dawn Staley as members of the 2013 class introduced Monday as a part of the Men’s Final Four festivities in Atlanta. A three-time national coach of the year, Hatchell led the Heels this year to a 29-8 finish, losing in the Sweet 16 to Delaware. In 2013, Hatchell became just the third women’s coach in history to reach 900 career wins, and she currently stands No. 2 all-time behind Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. Hatchell has won 636 games as the head coach at UNC in her 27 seasons as head coach. In 1994, she led the Heels to the national championship on Charlotte Smith’s buzzer-beating three-pointer against Louisiana Tech. Carolina has also...

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Old Big East’s New Name: American Athletic Conference

CHAPEL HILL – What’s left of the old Big East Conference announced Wednesday that it will be renamed the American Athletic Conference or    the AAC. The conference “will rebrand as such across all platforms, associations and media at the conclusion of the 2012-13 sports seasons,” according to a press release. The announcement was made by Commissioner Mike Aresco with unanimous approval by the conference’s Board of Directors. There’s been mixed reaction on the internet and social media sights about the AAC name. Some people (mostly ACC people) say the resemblance to the ACC might cause some confusion. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? “We worked with our institutions, sports marketing experts, media partners, and also solicited opinions and reactions from collegiate sports fans to create a compelling list of names,” said Aresco.  “Versions that included the word ‘American’ led every list.  American Athletic Conference represents a strong, durable and aspirational name for our reinvented Conference.” Beginning with the 2014-15 academic year, the AAC will consist of the University of Central Florida, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Connecticut, East Carolina University, the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, Southern Methodist University, the University of South Florida, Temple University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa. The U.S. Naval Academy will become a football-only member in 2015 and the conference will play a football championship game....

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Affordable Housing Options Questioned in Chapel Hill/Carrboro

CHAPEL HILL – There’s been some controversy surrounding the topic of affordable housing in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area recently.  And some local groups say it’s time to tackle those issues head-on. Tish Galu is a member of the Orange County Justice United—a group dedicated to making change on social justice issues affecting the lives of low and middle-income residents in Orange County. “Affordable housing is diminishing rapidly with in the entire county but specifically with in Chapel Hill and Carrboro,” said Galu. Justice United has been involved in improving affordable housing in the area for the past two years. According to Galu, the Colony Apartments— now called The Park, and Abbey Court, now called Collins Crossing—have recently changed owners. She says monthly rent rates at those complexes have gone up by about $200. Galu says those complexes were the primary affordable housing options in the area.  Calls to Brenda Wishart, the rep for Collins Crossing, have not been returned. “It has really disrupted people’s lives and it will continue to and it’s pushing tenants away from being able to live near where they work” said Galu. Galu says The Park apartments recently stopped accepting applicants under the federal rent payment assistance program, Section 8 housing. Landlords are required to meet fair housing laws but are not required to participate in the Section 8 program. Below is an emailed statement...

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UNC Softball Stomps Appalachian State 9-2

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 25 Heels handled Appalachian State 9-2 Tuesday evening at Anderson Stadium. Constance Orr led Carolina with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. Elisha Elliott headed-off the first inning with a single; she then stole second before advancing to third on a ground out. Orr doubled to center sending Elliott home to put the Heels on the board first. Kristen Brown drew a walk loading the bases for UNC, and Kati Causey drew another walk bringing Amber Parrish home. Jenna Kelly reached first on an error, driving-in Orr for the score; this also advanced Amy Nece and Brown. A third walk to Megan Morrison scored Brown, giving Carolina the 4-0 advantage. The Heels went on another scoring tear in the second inning with 5 runs. Orr came to bat with bases loaded; she drew the walk to score Satterfield. A pitch hit Nece, advancing Dickey for the score, leaving the bases loaded with one out. A single by Kelly to left field brought Parrish home. Orr came home on a wild pitch that also advanced Kelly and Nece. A single by Elliott drove in Nece, increasing UNC’s lead to 9-0. Both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth innings, but the Mountaineers avoided the shut-out with two runs in the fifth. Sarah Warnock’s double to right center drove in both ASU runners to put the Mountaineers on the board with...

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Art Exhibition Making A Difference In Global Water Crisis

CHAPEL HILL – The Global Education Center is hosting an exhibition called The Water of Life: Artistic Expressions, and proceeds from the project will make a difference in the global water crisis.  It’s a part of the UNC campus-wide theme for this year, Water in Our World. UNC freshman Caroline Orr has 14 paintings featured in the multimedia exhibition which also includes music, photography and film. “The theme of water, it’s just everywhere saturating campus,” Orr said.  “I decided to compose this body of work all focused on water and that’s where it began. It grew into this initiative over the following months.” Orr partnered with the student group, A Drink for Tomorrow, to raise money for the cause. Members of the group are going to Las Cocas, Peru, this summer to help with the construction of a clean water pipeline to a village of more than 800 people. Nine of Orr’s paintings will be auctioned online—  live bidding is going on right now till May 10. Each time you bid an additional 20 dollars for a piece of art, you give 20 more feet to build the pipeline. You can click here for a link to the bidding website. According to A Drink For Tomorrow, contaminated water and poor sanitation kills more than 3,600 children each day— that’s more than malaria, measles and HIV/AIDS combined. 2.6 billion people lack access to improved sanitation and close to a billion lack access...

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Rain Delays UNC Baseball Match-Up Against Clemson

CHAPEL HILL – It was a short night for the No. 1 Diamond Heels Sunday against Clemson at Boshamer Stadium. Rains rolled through just before 8 p.m. in the second game between the Tigers and the Heels. Play is scheduled to resume 2:45 p.m. on Monday. The Tar Heels held a 2-0 lead over the Tigers with two outs in the top of the third inning. UNC registered its two runs in the second inning. Matt Roberts set-up a safety squeeze bunt to score Brian Holberton. And two batters later, Landon Lassiter sent a double inside third base to left field, scoring Mike Zolk from second base. Sophomore Benton Moss was having an excellent night on the mound, striking out six batters through 2.2 innings. The Heels took the first match-up on Saturday, beating Clemson 10-3. With that win UNC improved to 24-1 overall, and 8-1 in the ACC. The third game of the series is also slated for Monday night at 6...

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NC Gas Prices Down Going Into Easter Weekend

CHAPEL HILL – If you’re taking a road trip this Easter Weekend you can rejoice! Since peaking at $3.80 on Feb. 22, the average cost of a gallon of gas in North Carolina has fallen to $3.64. “Fuel prices are down about 25 cents this Easter Weekend compared to last year,” said Janeane Flow of AAA. Flow says more people will be on the roads this weekend because the weather forecast calls for pleasant conditions. As we head into the summer travel season, Flow explains we can expect gas prices to remain lower than last year barring any supply issues from the Middle East. “With gasoline prices being lower, we do expect people to travel more this year. People are probably tired of recently cutting back travel plans,” Flow explained. Flow says the popular destinations are predicted to be beaches of North and South Carolina as well as Walt Disney world. And if you are taking a long road trip, Flow advises to take a break every one to two hours or once every one hundred...

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Lee Charter School Opening Remains Unclear

CHAPEL HILL – The confusion surrounding the status of the Howard and Lillian Lee Scholars Charter School continues to grow. Friday was the deadline set by the North Carolina Office of Charter Schools for the school’s board members to answer questions asked about its recent split from its managing firm, the National Heritage Academies. On March 19, the day the NHA announced it was pulling out of the project, the state Office of Charter Schools sent a letter to board members asking for clarification about the separation, setting the deadline for March 29.   Being that the deadline was on Good Friday, calls to see if the school board had responded to the letter went unanswered.  And without a managing firm, the opening of the school is in question. It was originally slated to open in August of this year. Joel Medley, the director of the state Office of Charter Schools, said if a new management firm were to take over, that would require approval from the State Board of Education. No one was available to take calls in Medley’s office on Friday so we don’t know if the school’s board members responded to the letter. Jeanne Kirschner, a former board member, confirmed she is no longer on the board, and could not provide any updates. Construction of a new building was set for a site in Carrboro at Claremont South;...

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Catholics Celebrate First Easter With New Pope

CHAPEL HILL – Good Friday marks a special time for Catholics as they celebrate Easter Weekend with their new leader, Pope Francis. Father Scott McCue, of the Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill, says Catholics around the world are united during the Holy Week as many of the ceremonies are televised. “But in general I’d say there’s lots of excitement in the Catholic world these days as Pope Francis is doing everything for the first time,” Father McCue said. “He’ll celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Mass. People will be able to see it around the world as he comes and preaches his messages to all of us.” Father McCue says he was touched by what Francis did on Holy Thursday.  He washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in Italy. Two of those inmates were women. This is significant because historically, including women in that part of the Holy Thursday Mass is frowned upon. Normally the 12 people are priests, representing the 12 disciples. Also, previous popes have performed the foot-washing ritual at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.  Performing the ceremony in a juvenile detention center breaks out of normal traditions. Father McCue explains the Sacred Paschal Triduum—the three days known as Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil—are the three holiest days of the liturgical year....

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21st Century Vision Plan Pushing Ahead To Advance UNC

CHAPEL HILL –  The 21st Century Vision project is continuing to push research and entrepreneurship to advance UNC in years to come. And it’s just one of the many items on Board of Trustees’ agenda for this week. “The focus of today was commercialization of technology. What we had here was a preliminary report of a task force that was charged last fall by the Chancellor’s recommendations about how the university can do a better job on the commercialization of technology,” said Barbara Entwisle, UNC Vice Chancellor of Research. The committee, Using Research to Solve the World’s Problems, is one of the committees under the 21st Century Vision plan that Chancellor Holden announced in May of last year. Entwisle co-chairs the committee with BoT member Lowry Caudill. Maryann Feldman, professor of Public Policy at UNC, did a survey on the entrepreneurial endeavors of faculty members and post-docs. “The real reason they are doing this is because they want their research to make a difference. I think that’s so important to understand about motivation,” Entwisle said. The committee talked about the importance of encouraging entrepreneurship and how it can positively impact the UNC business ecosystem. Judith Cone, special assistant to the chancellor, presented a two-year progress report examining students and their start-up companies. As committee member and Trustee Steven Lerner said, “Money flows where the ideas are.” Entwisle also identified several areas where the University needs...

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