Ran Northam

Three-Run Homer In The Seventh Pads Carolina Baseball’s Lead Over Winthrop

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team continued its dominance over non-conference teams Wednesday night with a 6-3 win over Winthrop in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels got on the board quickly with two runs in the bottom of the first. On the second pitch to a player in Carolina Blue, sophomore shortstop Michael Russell doubled to left field. Two pitches later, freshman designated hitter Landon Lassiter singled to left. After a fielding error, Lassiter reached second and Russell made it home. Later in the inning, freshman right-fielder Skye Bolt batted Lassiter in on a sacrifice fly to center to give the Tar Heels the early 2-0 advantage. Freshman right-hander Trent Thornton continued his scoreless inning streak from the mound as he started for Carolina. The streak was snapped at 20.1 innings when a fielder’s choice with runners on second and third scored Winthrop’s Luke Maldonado. With the win, Thornton improved to 5-0 on the season and is throwing a 0.81 ERA. The Eagles tied the contest in the top of the sixth and could have taken the lead, but the Tar Heels stranded the go-ahead run. Carolina took charge in the bottom of the seventh when Winthrop’s second error once again put the Tar Heels in scoring position. Sophomore second-baseman Mike Zolk stole second and after a passed ball made it to third. Junior pinch hitter Parks Jordan scored Zolk...

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North Carolina Softball Shuts Out Strong Campbell Team On The Road

BUIES CREEK – The UNCsoftball team bounced back from two weekend conference losses with a shutout at Campbell Wednesday night. The Tar Heels put all three runs up in the top of the first. Sophomore catcher Amber Parrish batted the first runner in with a double to left. Freshman second-baseman Erin Satterfield was followed in by Parrish and senior third-baseman Haleigh Dickey with a single up the middle by senior first-baseman Constance Orr. Junior right-hander Lori Spingola improved to 14-9 on the season throwing the complete game and only giving up four hits and a walk while striking out five. With the win, Carolina improved to 23-12; Campbell fell to 20-12. The Tar Heels return to ACC play this weekend with a three-game home series against Virginia Tech. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Friday at Anderson Stadium; the series wraps up with a double-header Saturday beginning at 1:00...

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Students Rally In Raleigh Over UNC System Budget Cuts

GREENSBORO – Students from the 17 UNC systems campuses are gathering Wednesday morning to speak out against the budget cuts that could shut down a number of the universities. Governor Pat McCrory released his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. The proposal cuts $140 million from the UNC system. Talks of a cut that large have put people on alert that the school system may have to close down one to two campuses. “The potential school closings would unfairly target H.B.C.U.s and other campuses which historically serve many poor and working class students and families of color,” says Carla Guzman, a student at UNC Greensboro and is one of the members of the NC Student Power Union, which is holding the press conference and speak out in Raleigh on Wednesday. An H.B.C.U. is an historically black college or university. To shut down an entire university—or to at least remove it from the school system—would be a major undertaking, and something that Guzman believes is not far-fetched. “It seems unbelievable, but many changes are happening, so we’re going to take this seriously,” Guzman says. She says one sign of its likelihood is that these are not the first round of budget cuts the system has seen. “They’re greater than $135 million on top of over 400 million that the UNC System has already absorbed,” Guzman...

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UNC To Suspend Honor Court Hearing Of UNC Student Pending External Review

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp announced Tuesday that he has asked the Honor Court to suspend its hearing involving Landen Gambill. The hearing was scheduled to take place some time in the next couple weeks and centers around complaints made by Gambill’s ex-boyfriend that she engaged in disruptive or intimidating behavior by continually referencing the fact that she was sexually assaulted. Gambill claims she never publicly announced her ex-boyfriend’s name. Early this week, Gambill’s lawyer Henry Clay Turner, wrote a letter to Chancellor Thorp asking that the proceedings be dismissed. It also announced that Gambill filed a formal complaint with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights claiming that she believed the University was retaliating against her for all the attention and now investigations she has brought to the University. To see the letter from Turner to Chancellor Thorp, click here. However the lawyer representing Gambill’s ex-boyfriend, John Gresham of Tin Fulton in Charlotte, says that can’t be true. “The University had nothing to do with that. It was handled exactly like any other complaint,” Gresham said. “It was reviewed by a third-year law student which is exactly the way the Honor Court is supposed to work to determine if there is a basis for the charge. She determined there was a basis for the charge. So then it was in the Honor Court proceeding, exactly like...

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No. 1 UNC Baseball Hosts Mid-Week Contests Tuesday And Wednesday

CHAPEL HILL – The No. 1 UNC baseball team steps out of conference play for two mid-week contests at home Tuesday and Wednesday. The VCU Rams travel to the Hill on Tuesday for an early evening game. Due to the expectation of very cold night-time temperatures, Tuesday’s game was moved up to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday’s was moved to 4:00 p.m. The Rams are 12-8 and opened Atlantic-10 conference play last weekend with three losses to Butler. VCU has dropped five of its last six contests. The Tar Heels are 21-1, 7-1 in the ACC and have won five straight since their lone loss of the season to then-No. 29 Miami. Carolina only played two of the three games in the Boston College series this weekend as rain shortened the matchup that was already moved from Chestnut Hill to Chapel Hill. North Carolina’s pitching staff has moved into the No. 2 spot in the earned run average. UNC’s 1.70 ERA is second only to Oregon State’s 1.64. The Tar Heel offense is also one of the tops in the land as it is fifth in runs scored at 9.4 per game. Wednesday Carolina will host the Big South’s Winthrop Eagles in preparation of its weekend conference series against Clemson. Due to the UNC women’s basketball game Tuesday and the early start time Wednesday, the mid-week games will not be carried on WCHL. However, you can listen to...

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Landen Gambill Adds To Complaints Filed With DoE-OCR Against UNC

CHAPEL HILL – The UNC student who has been at the forefront of rallies on campussupporting sexual assault victims and a change in how the University handles the cases has filed a federal complaint against the University. According to multiple sources, Landen Gambill’s lawyer Henry Clay Turner told UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp in a letter that Gambill has filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. The letter asks that the Honor Court charges against Gambill be dropped. This is the third complaint filed with the OCR; it’s also investigating UNC for the handling of sexual assault cases after Gambill and several other women including former assistant dean for students Melinda Manning, and for possible Clery Act violations. The Clery Act is a federal law that requires campuses to disclose crime statistics. The Honor Court charges Gambill’s lawyer has asked to be dropped were made by her ex-boyfriend whom she has not publicly named but accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting her. The ex-boyfriend filed the charges stating she engaged in disruptive or intimidating behavior against him. In the letter, Turner said Chancellor Thorp has the right and the responsibility to step in and dismiss the charges even though they are often handled by students and faculty. Turner also stated that Gambill will not be participating in the Honor Court hearings because “the retaliatory charges against my client are inappropriate,...

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East Chapel Hill Hosts Transition Fair Tuesday Evening

CHAPEL HILL – More than fifty businesses, organizations, and places of higher education are taking part in a fair to help students in need of special accommodations prepare for life outside of school. “This in an opportunity for our families to come to East Chapel Hill High School and meet with many different representatives from a variety of area resources,” says Susan Lombardo, Transition Facilitator at East Chapel Hill High School. “The transition facilitator is most concerned about the students’ transition from school life to adulthood,” Lombardo says. Tuesday’s fair at East Chapel Hill presents students and young adults the opportunity to find their next step in life. Lombardo says not only does it allow those who don’t want to continue their education a place to find a job, but connects other individuals with the right people at colleges and universities to make sure they get the right help to make the most of it. “Students who perhaps will go on to a four-year school and requires some type of modification or accommodation through disability services, this event would also be appropriate for them,” Lombardo says. A few of the local organizations participating in the event include The Arc of Orange County, OE Enterprises, Extraordinary Ventures, different departments of the Department of Social Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, and much more. Local colleges and universities will also be representatives. The...

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News Around Town: OCPL Strategic Plan; Love 2.0; Annual Passover Seder

CHAPEL HILL – The Orange County Public Library is seeking feedback from the public for its strategic plan that will guide it through the next three to five years. A series of focus groups will take place on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. centering on older adults and members of the County’s Latino and refugee communities. Each session will last about an hour. The first begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Seymour Senior Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill with the focus on older adults. The second revolves around the same topic and begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center on Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough. The third session focuses on immigrants and refugees. It begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Human Rights Center on Barnes Street in Carrboro. Spanish, Burmese, and Karen interpreters will be available. XXX Barbara Fredrickson is the latest author to stop by Bull’s Head Bookshop for a reading of her new book Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become. Fredrickson is a principal investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab at UNC. She focuses on positive emotions and human flourishing. The reading takes place Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Bull’s Head Bookshop at UNC. You can pick up a hardcover copy of her book for five dollars off the suggested price at Bull’s Head. XXX The Kehillah Synagogue hosts...

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Orange County’s Unemployment Rate Still NC’s Best Despite Increase

RALEIGH – County unemployment rates across the state rose in the first month of the new year, but Orange County remains the state leader. The North Carolina Department of Commerce Division of Employment Security announced Friday that Orange County’s seasonally unadjusted rate of 6.6 percent is still the best in the state, almost a full point ahead of Chatham County that came in at number two. However, compared to a year ago, numbers rose slightly. In January 2012, Orange County saw a jobless rate of 6.2 percent. The biggest jump came between December 2012 and January 2013 in which the county saw a 0.7 percent increase. Since the rates are not adjusted for seasonal employment, an increase of that size is not unlikely. Graham County’s unemployment rate was the highest in January at 20.4 percent. All of the state’s 14 metro areas saw increases to open the year as well, but the Durham-Chapel Hill area was the best. This part of the triangle saw a rate of 7.7 percent which matches the rate from a year ago. In second was the Raleigh-Cary area, which saw a rate 0.3 worse than Durham-Chapel Hill. Click here to see the full...

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North Carolina And Florida State Battle For ACC Softball’s First Place

CHAPEL HILL – After dropping out of the top 25 and responding with two run-rule wins earlier in the week, the Carolina softball team heads back into conference play for a weekend series with Florida State. UNC and FSU are the only two teams left unbeaten in league play. Both are receiving a single vote in the polls. Before the mid-week series against the North Carolina Central Eagles, the Tar Heels dropped three out of four contests in the Louisville Tournament in Kentucky. Prior to that Spring Break weekend tournament, they fell to Kentucky and have only won three of their last seven contests. However, North Carolina was picked to win the ACC this year, and conference play has started well. UNC started with a sweep over Boston College in Chapel Hill; FSU’s first series was a sweep of NC State. The weekend series gets underway Saturday with a double header. Due to the threat of inclement weather, all three game times have been bumped up. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in Tallahassee with game two expected to begin around 11:00 a.m. Sunday’s game will also begin at 11:00 a.m. Saturday’s 9:00 a.m. game can be seen live on ESPN3. For a link to that webcast, click...

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