Sunday, January 22, 2012

6th period: Current Event due 1/27

Happy first current event for the 3rd Quarter! 

This week, please find an article that is about the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area. It can cover any topic, so find something that interests you. If all 90 C&E students find out something about what it is going on locally, there should be a lot to discuss for our Community Service Projects. Remember that this week we should be narrowing in on a focus for the project. Hopefully this will start us off in the right direction. The article that you choose to focus on this week does not have to tie into your project topic (it can but does not have to); it might help one of your classmates find a topic of interest.

Happy Blogging! :) 


  1. Natalie Bulik-Sullivan, Pd. 6
    “Homeless remain at Chapel Hill Occupy site:
    Author – Katelyn Ferral
    News & Observer, 21 January 2012

    Although the Occupy Chapel Hill movement removed its tents and ended its full-time occupation of Peace and Justice Plaza several weeks ago, three new tents have been erected, which belong to several homeless citizens of Chapel Hill. One of the tent residents was also a participant in the Occupy movement, which understandably attracted a number of homeless supporters. Other members of the protest are known to have provided them with food and shelter before the movement disbanded. In response to the situation, Town Manager Roger Stancil has begun urging Town Council members to increase the enforcement of town ordinances regarding public spaces that have typically been ignored in the past and that were waived for the Occupy movement. Those policies cover topics that range from getting permits before hosting protests to smoking outside public buildings. The police department of Chapel Hill has announced that it does not intend to take action in response to the presence of the homeless, stating that they will not “treat them any different than the original Occupy group,” (Lt. Kevin Gunter). Mayor Kleinschmidt has promised that he will only intervene if their presence prevents what he describes as the purpose of Justice and Peace Plaza – to be a location where the public can profess their concerns about the state of the community.
    I find the responses of our town’s officials to be in no way satisfactory. Obviously, I am glad that they are not arresting or evicting the homeless occupants of the Plaza (which they had grounds to do), however, I also believe that they are placing too much attention on the fact that there are people camping outside the post office and too little on the fact that these people have no where else to go. I don’t know why that is, whether it’s because there is no room at the homeless shelter or for some other reason, but I believe that the government of cities has a duty to help its citizens, and ours ought to be doing more to provide these people with permanent help than simply allowing them to stay in tents in front of the post office.

  2. Mikko Rich-Voorheees 6th
    Chapel hill news
    UNC eyes 2013 construction, Dave Hart

    In the local area, Carolina North has been the talk of the town fro years now, and the construction of the first building is planned for this coming year. This first building is going to hold research facilities for the institution. It will be the first o 5 buildings made for this project; those 5 buildings will take up about 800,000 square feet, half of the entire plan. The entire building is laid out to take about 50 years before fully complete, and by that time take up about 8 million square feet with 311 acres preserved for conservation.
    Personally as a high school student I have little thrill for the Carolina north project. At the moment it is yellow tape and traffic cones to me and by the time the first building is even accessible chances are I will not even be in the state. Just as well if I were to attend UNC, I would still more than likely be out of school before this project turns into anything impressive. Other people are more thrilled about this than myself because of how much it will benefit the school, and in turn the entire community.

  3. Tim Bogan, 6th Period
    “New flu vaccine features smaller needle”
    By: Allen Mask, M.D.
    WRAL News: January 19, 2012

    Some people decide not to receive the flu shot each year due to their apprehension at the sight of that large needle which will soon be inside their arm. Those people no longer have an excuse not to get the shot due to a new vaccine which uses a smaller needle that just punctures the skin instead of the other method in which the needle travels deep into the muscle. The new vaccine comes with the same side effects as a traditional flu shot, except for a bit more redness and swelling around the puncture zone. One UNC-Chapel Hill student recalls how terrible the flu was for her in previous years and how her experience with this new method has been simple and less intimidating than the previous technique. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill epidemiologist Dr. David Weber says that about a third of all influenza related deaths each year in the United States are in perfectly healthy people.

    I think that this new method of administering the influenza vaccine is a very positive development. Many people who feel they need to receive the vaccination are deterred by the thought of needles and the common phobia associated with them. I myself am not extremely fond of needles being stuck into me and I feel that this new method will be a less nerve-racking experience for a lot of people. With influenza being the cause of so many deaths in the United States per year, I believe this enhancement to the vaccine administration could contribute to lowering that number with less people being afraid of getting the shot.

  4. Kaitlin Jones, Per 6
    Council debates Yates request
    Chapel Hill News, by Mark Schultz
    January 25, 2012

    The Town Council is currently debating whether or not to hire an outside investigator to help review the police raid on the Yates Motor Co. that occurred last fall. Town Council has recently added a new committee, called the Community Policing Advisory Committee that will take on this debate. The committee is made up of people in Chapel Hill with full time jobs, so it is hard for them to do work with the Town Council. The police raid on the Yates Motor Co. was the result of the occupation of their building by people who shouldn’t have been there. There is controversy to this event: some people think that the police were right to do so, others strongly disagree. The Committee is considering bringing in outside help to help settle this dilemma one and for all.

    I think that the police were right to raid the building, because the occupiers should not have been there. I personally think that situation could be equivalent to that of breaking into someone’s home, and that should not be something that could be considered acceptable here in Chapel Hill. I’m not exactly sure what the occupier’s motives were, or what happened exactly that day, but from the information I have received from this news article, and hearing about it on the news on TV, I would have to side with the police and call is appropriate, as long as no one was severely hurt or injured as a result of the raid.

  5. Allie Rives 6th Period
    Teen Wants to Document Brain Disorder Test- John Sharpe
    Chapel Hill News

    Kristen Powers, a senior and vice president at Chapel HIll High School who is in line to attend Stanford next year has taken the role in sharing her story about Huntington's Disease. Huntington's Disease affects the brain and causes the innocent patient to soon lose walking ability, mental and physical strength as well as their loved personality, leading to premature death. Kristen's mother, Nikki was diagnosed with this disease in 2003. While symptoms became increasingly worse, Kristen's dad, Ed Powers, had been told by a child's psychologist it would be best if the kids didn't have to deal with this stress and concern each day. Therefore, Nikki was moved into a residential setting in 2006 and passed away January 2011. Kristen has set up a fundraiser for the documentary she has created to follow her as she goes through the planning for her test for Huntington's Disease, as she carries a 50% chance of inheriting it. The documentary is called, Twitch: The Documentary. She has set this up to spread the word about this disease, share her story and to support her mother on behalf of her death caused by this horrific illness.

    I personally know Kristen. She is the most compassionate, bravest and inspirational person I know. In the beginning of summer Kristen had informed me about what she was doing and how much effort she was going to put forth into it; and to this day she succeeded and it's only the beginning! I'm so happy that Kristen decided to create this documentary and the fundraiser for it; i know that not only I can be "with" her as she takes on this journey, i can donate to support the cause. I feel like with the fundraiser, along with myself this can make others feel apart of Kristen's ride through all of these discoveries. I can't wait to see what else she has planned for the documentary! I feel so honored to have a friend that is courageous and willing enough to open her story to many-very admirable.
    ~If you're wanting to know more about Kristen's "Twitch: The Documentary" or you're interested in donating money visit,

  6. Crescentia Cho 6th period
    Easthom Wants Discussion on Use of Public Spaces
    By Mark Schultz
    Chapel Hill News January 25, 2012-01-25

    Roger Stancil, town manager, sent a memo to town council last week stating different issues. One of these issues addressed how the town didn’t ban smoking near public buildings. The main issue was how the town officials chose not to enforce limits on how long groups can remain on pubic spaces. Outside the Franklin Street post office, Occupy tent encampment ended January 10, 2012. The police let them stay there because they weren’t blocking access to the building. Stancil thinks that this would be a good time to enforce the rules of permits and limits because the Occupy movement has left the area. Occupy says that this action would privatize public area and prohibit free speech and assembly.
    I can see both sides of the argument. I understand where Stancil is coming from because the tent encampment can be a long time. I have to agree more with the Occupy people because they have the right to assembly and they have freedom of speech. It says so in the Bill of Rights and I don’t think that the town council should try to take that away. Also, a public area means that the community can equally use it. If the Occupy people want to use it for a tent encampment I don’t see anything wrong with that.

  7. Anna Zhang 6th
    Teen wants to document brain disorder test
    Published: Jan 25, 2012
    The Chapel Hill News

    Kristen Powers, the student body vice president of Chapel Hill High and founder of the Green Tigers club, is currently conducting a fundraiser for Huntington’s disease. Aspiring toward a $10,000 goal, she has currently raised $3, 475. Her reason for starting this fundraiser is mainly due to her family circumstances. Since she was eleven years old, Kristen knew she had a 50% chance of inheriting the disease. Her mother was diagnosed with it in 2003 and became increasingly physically and mentally unstable. She died last January. Even with this knowledge in mind, Kristen still maintains a positive viewpoint on her life saying, “after diagnosis, I will still have 20 healthy years of life to live, and that makes me extremely thankful for the time I have to live a normal life." She hopes that an effective cure will be found soon.

    Reading this article was rather amazing. I know Kirsten from Green Tigers and that fact that she’s student government vice president, but not to that extent. I never imagined that her mother died from Huntington’s disease and that she might inherit it too. But what’s really awe-inspiring is that Kristen has the strength to do something about it instead of just accepting her possible fate. If it were me, I would probably wallow away in sorrow and self-pity.

  8. Katie Mimmack pd 6
    Chapel Hill trash could be dumped in Durham as early as next year by Elizabeth Straub
    The Daily Tar Heel on January 25th, 2012

    The Orange County Landfill is quickly filling up and could be full anytime between 2013 and 2017. Board members are currently exploring different options, but are placing the most focus on moving the Orange County Landfill to Durham when reaches its capacity. Many people have stepped out against this movement for several reasons, most of them environmental. The Durham station does not have as many requirements as the one in Orange County, specifically it does not ban corrugated cardboard and scrap metal. This means that less waste would be recycled and the Durham landfill would fill up even faster. In addition to environmental concerns, Chapel Hill and Carrboro would have to pay an additional $200,000 and $700,000 in fuel expenses respectively. With all of these costs and concerns, it would be an extremely unwise decision to relocate the landfill to Durham.

    I personally do not believe it would be a good idea for the landfill to relocate. The environmental policies are much less strict there than in the Chapel Hill - Carrboro area, which may be more convenient for the average citizen, but would have a much worse impact on the environment. However, there is not yet a better alternative, so many people are going to have no choice but to accept this. If I were in a position of power, I would suggest we begin study/work on a space-dump program where garbage would be hyper-compressed and sent out to space in rockets. Since space has no environment and no nearby life-harboring planets, it would make sense to send out waste out into The Black. This article relates to class because it’s about events in our nearby community. The article curious as to where the landfill would be put in Durham and what communities might be affected.

  9. Colin Bergey - Period 6
    Group Collects 10,122 Books For Local Children
    By Unknown
    Chapel Hill News -

    A local nonprofit organization called Book Harvest collected 10,122 books from donators on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These books go to children whose families can not afford to buy new books. Community members were invited to drop off gently used books in front of Flyleaf Books, where 38 AmeriCorps volunteers were waiting to receive and sort the books. More than 300 people attended. This event was celebrating the 1 year anniversary of Book Harvest. In their first year Book Harvest distributed over 35,000 books. Minister Robert Campbell talked about how children's desire to read sparks when they receive new books.

    It is amazing that donations exceeded 10,000 books in just one day. I think this is a great program, and it is also very successful. Children need to practice reading when they are first starting out, this program helps less fortunate families do that.

  10. Natalie Ragazzo
    6th period. January 26, 2012
    UNC's Bullock to replace Strickland out with season injury
    published January 24, 2012

    Last Thursday UNC's junior guard Dexter Strickland suffered a knee injury in their game against Virginia Tech. He will be out for the rest of the season due to his injury. Taking his place will most likely be sophomore Reggie Bullock. While Strickland averaged about 7.5 points per game Bullock averages about 8.4 points. Coach Roy Williams said this is a big loss for UNC for Strickland is a good back up to Kendall Marshall, UNC's point guard. Strickland was averaging about 6 minutes per game in place of Marshall. Williams says that Strickland has been UNC
    s best perimeter defender but then praised Bullock's defense against Virginia Tech.
    I think it will be a big loss to UNC's basketball team with Srickland's injury. He is a big contribute to the team's playing. He was a big defensive threat and the players that will be taking his place are very big offensive threats but they aren't as good at defense. So I believe that they will be good at making points but they may not be as good in their defense. I also think that giving Sophomores and freshmen more playing time will make our team stronger though, especially as the years go on because they will already have some playing time.

  11. Nate Hebert
    6th period
    January 26 2012
    Tents remain after occupy leaves published on Jan 22 2012

    Within a week of the Occupy Chapel Hill protestors taking down their tents, three new tents appeared. People are now starting to question the use of public space. Homeless people are now living in the occupy camps. The occupy members take them in and feed them and give them shelter. If the camps were to leave they would have nowhere to go. The Occupy Chapel Hill members hold seminars, meetings and teach ins for anyone who wants to attend. Town Manager Roger Stancil has brought up the point that the town typically requires groups to get a permit to have space for demonstrations, and that the demonstrations also have a time limit. These rules have obviously been waived off.

    I think that it is ridiculous that the occupy movement is still going in Chapel Hill. Considering they only have three members, they are not really driving home a point. They need to find a job or hobby instead of wasting their time “protesting”. This relates to what we are talking about in class because it is in the Chapel Hill area.

  12. Julian Wilson
    6th Period
    Mayor reopens trash debate by Mark Schultz and Katelyn Ferral

    This article is about the discussions surrounding the landfill on Eubanks Road and a possible waste transfer station. It talked about the discussion about whether or not they will make a waste transfer station or not and if they do where they will put it. Mayor Chilton wants to reopen discussions about putting a waste transfer station in Orange County, which had been already been decided against two years ago. He believes that a waste transfer station would be a good idea to have in Orange County and that if we do not get one before the landfill on Eubanks closes, we will never get one. Having a waste transfer station in Orange County would cut a lot of costs that would go to driving it all to Durham. The problem is that no one wants the waste transfer station to be anywhere near their home. It also talked about the possibility of running sewage lines to the Rogers Road community near Eubanks Road as compensation for housing the landfill nearby for so many years. This is significant because it will affect us all because we live here and all have trash.
    I was very interested by this article, because I live on a road that branches off Rogers Road, and often have to drive past the landfill. I am very curious to see how this new debate will go and what the results will be. I am very opposed to them keeping open the landfill on Eubanks any longer, especially open as long as 2018, which had been suggested by some. Hopefully they will close it by 2013, which is the current possible date for closing. This is related to what we are studying in class because it has to do with a problem in the community of Chapel Hill. I am concerned by this article however that the landfill could possibly be left open longer, which I personally think would be really bad.

  13. Weaver Street is open to foot traffic after months of construction
    The Daily Tar Heel; January 25, 2012
    Rachel Butt

    Construction on Weaver Street in Carrboro, North Carolina began over 10 months ago. On Monday morning the road constructions as completed and the street was opened. The construction was to improve sidewalks and install new pipes and things similar to that. Some approve of the improvements while some are more critical and had hoped for even better improvements. While the road was closed businesses suffered from lack of foot traffic. With less people on the street they received less business and didn't make as much money. Carrboro tried their best to help these businesses by advertising using signs and ads in papers but the businesses were still effective. Already by the opening of the streets business are making more money. Although West Weaver Street has been opened there are still finishing touches to be made to the road.

    I'm very happy that the road is open. Being a citizen of Carrboro I know first handed that West Waver Street being closed was very inconvenient. Now with the road open going to and from places will be much easier. I also think it's good that businesses have more of a chance to make money now, it it extremely difficult to without foot traffic. I'm curious to see how the new road looks because i haven;t gotten the chance to see it yet.

  14. That last comment was from Maddie McNeal. :)

  15. Occupy Chapel Hill-Carrboro quick to challenge town manager's memo
    News and Observer, 1/21/2012
    Mark Schultz

    This article is discussing the prolonged "Occupy Chapel Hill" movement. The town manager of Chapel Hill still claims that the occupiers have broken no laws for the town of Chapel Hill. It stated that Durham cleared out their protestors after one day for breaking laws on camping without a permit. Now the town manager is trying to create regulations that would limit the actions of the protestors; they quickly responded to this. They claimed it was against their right to assemble and that the town had no right to clear them out.

    I honestly think this is ridiculous. They've been there for three months and have made no difference. If it's been too long; people don't even pay attention to it when they walk downtown anymore. The article also said that sometimes it's just the homeless people living in the tents. Most of the protestors have gone home, but still refuse to take the movement down. They apparently use the plaza to hold meetings, but for what? They've literally done nothing in these past three months, and almost all of the "Occupy" movements nationwide have been over for weeks. I think it's fine for the town to want to shut this down. I'm surprised they've let it go on for this long.

  16. Ryan Castellano
    Daily TarHeel
    UNC’s Reggie Bullock Ready to Start
    The Daily Tarheel
    About a week ago in UNC’s 82-68 win at Viginia Tech, Dexter Strickland, North Carolina’s shooting guard/backup point gaurd tore his ACL in his right knee going up for a lay-up. This gives someone else a chance to prove their skills and Reggie Bullock is next in line to fill this gap. This sophomore missed the final month of his freshman year recovering from a knee injury similar to Strickland’s and is ready to make his first start in a Carolina jersey. Bullock’s birthplace, Kinston, is full of NC State fantics that will cheer on the team UNC will play next with Reggie starting for the heels. Though Strickland is a huge loss to the team, the Tar Heels will adjust giving younger guys more time and opportunities.
    It’s a shame that Dexter Strickland suffered this painful injury. In my point of view, Dexter was one of their best players. He made some very acrobatic plays and was always the most energetic in the locker room. Bullock has come up big this season however hitting some key three pointers. The heels will adjust fine with him and also Stilman White, the scrawny freshman will get some time to prove his worthyness. Though the tar heels don’t look like a championship team this year, it will give them a chance to see how the underclassmen will be in the future and also see how Bullock can be a future star.

  17. Carly Narotsky, Pd.6
    “Immigrant students get a taste of American of dining, politics”’
    By: Tammy Grubb
    Chapel Hill News
    January 25, 2012

    Laura Campagna’s ESL class at Carrboro High School has 12 students from Myanmar (formerly Burma), 2 students from Mexico, and 1 from Russia. The students are getting better at English, but learning a new language is hard. A few of the students’ native language is Karen, an ethnic Burmese language. Only about half of them had ever been to a restaurant, so they recently took a class field trip to Panzanella in Carr Mill Mall for lunch, and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton joined them. This was an interesting experience for many of them because in Myanmar politicians are never seen walking on the street, and nobody would muster up the courage to approach an authority figure anyway for fear of being thrown in jail. Furthermore, in Myanmar those who live in Thailand refugee camps are forbidden to grow their own food, so they rely on food dropped from U.N. helicopters. Some dare to grow some crops outside the camp, risking being attacked and killed if they are found out. Schooling is limited to those with enough money to pay for it. The students say education and family are very important, and that they are getting a better education in Carrboro. They also say people are nice here, but it’s hard to make American friends. Campagna tells them most kids at school probably don’t even know they speak English, so it’s up to them to make the first step and just say hi.

    I think it’s very good that Chapel Hill News wrote an article about this. My guess is that most people don’t know about the Burmese community here. However, at Junior Follies there was a performance of Karen culture, so hopefully that brought some awareness. This article also provoked thought about the cultural shift that comes with moving to another country. Immigrants have to get used to a whole new social dynamic, and the adjustment can be difficult. People native to Chapel Hill or Carrboro tend to take for granted the privileged lifestyle that comes with living here.

  18. Alex Walker, 6th Period
    Mayor Reopens Trash Debate
    Author: Mark Schultz AND Katelyn Ferral
    Source: The Chapel Hill News
    Publishing Date: January 22, 2012

    Two years ago, discussions over an Orange County solid waste transfer station were closed. Now, though, Mayor Mark Chilton of Carborro wants to open them back up once more. The landfill on Eubanks Road is almost full, and the plan right now is to close it in 2013 and transfer all waste to a station in Durham. This plan is expensive and inefficient, though, and the mayor supports a different plan, one that would be cheaper and reduce pollution. He proposes to build a new landfill here, giving Orange County more flexibility for it’s future.

    I believe that the landfill issue is a pressing issue that could cause much debate within Chapel Hill. Of course its better to have an efficient new landfill that reduces costs and pollution, but nobody is willing to volunteer their own backyard for it. People don’t want the smell, vermin, and illegal dumping associated with the Eubanks landfill near their houses, even if it would improve our solid waste system. This topic has much to do with our community service project, and it is an issue that may might want to address in their volunteer work.

  19. Collin Vilen 6th Period
    The Daily Tar Heel
    Common Application leads to 23 percent increase in applications at UNC

    The University of North Carolina switched to a common application form this year, as well as increasing application fees from $70 to $80. So far, there has been a 23% increase in applications to UNC. UNC staff say they expected this after asking other colleges who made the switch. The common application is a shorter version of the application UNC had before this year, more people are applying because it is conveniently shorter and not as time-consuming. UNC admissions office says this is why they were hesitant to switch to the common form for this very reason, they believe students should apply to colleges because they want to go there, not because of convenience.

    I believe that UNC administered the common form and increasing the application fees is because the school needs to make more money. I think they are smart to do this, but I also believe students should not be so rash in applying to schools because of this form. When I apply for college, I want to have a couple schools that I have thought about a lot and really want to go to. The length of the application form should not be a factor in deciding where you want to go to college. I hope people learn to think it through a little bit more. This news is important in this community because many people from this district will think about applying to UNC.

  20. Grant DeSelm, 6th Period
    New task force to address Rodgers Road mitigation
    Many Authors

    Residents near and around the landfill near Rodgers road are being talked about quite a bit recently in the past few weeks. A new task force is deciding on a sewer system and a new community center for nearby residents. Last night, members of the county, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough made the task force relevant. The goal of these new projects is a result of how the county will mitigate the effects of the landfill on its neighbors. In the nearby future, the task force will discuss the cost and project plan for the sewer system and the community center. The Orange County commissioner, Earl McKee, is making sure the costs of the projects will be split evenly between the three cities and the county as a whole. This is a big project because by 2013, when the landfill will close, they will have spent over 1 million dollars.
    I think this project for these local people is a great thing. It’s bad enough to drive by the landfill and smell the nasty odor; but when you have to live next to it, that could really be a pain in the butt. I am a little concerned about when the project is actually going to take place. Are they going to start next month or next year? The only thing they said was that they would meet next December and meet about the progress. To me, that sounds like they are going to wait an entire year to start the miniscule project.

  21. Gabe Foster 6th
    Tar Heels overpower Wolfpack for 74-55 win by Andrew Carter
    News and Observer

    The media and both colleges had been trying to build hype and make the game more like the rivalry it had once been leading up to the game. NC State had lost 10 straight times to UNC before they played them Thursday night. There was a lot of speculation that State would snap that streak. They did not; UNC crushed them 74-55. Carolina played some of their best defense of the season and kept State to a season low 55 points.

    I was excited to see UNC beat State and extend their streak to 11 games in a row but I don’t like the media playing up the rivalry between the two teams. At one point UNC and State was a rivalry but it has died and been replaced with Carolina Duke. In recent years Carolina and Duke have gone back in forth with each team with a real chance of winning just about every game. UNC has repeatedly beaten NC State but the media has still tried to play up the rivalry. I can’t get excited over a series where one team destroys the other on a regular basis.

  22. Laura Sullivan
    6th period
    Teen Wants to Document Brain Disorder Test
    By: John Sharpe
    Chapel Hill News

    Kristen Powers, the Vice President of Chapel Hill High has recently shared her story about Huntington’s disease. She has currently started a fundraiser for this disease. Today she reached her goal of ten thousand dollars. Huntington’s disease is a disease where an innocent patient loses walking ability, mental and physical strength, which could then lead to premature death. Kristen Powers have a 50% chance of inheriting this disease. The fundraiser is for Kristen to use the money and make a documentary that would be of her as she goes through the planning for her test for Huntington’s disease. The Documentary’s name is Twitch: The Documentary. She does this to spread the word about Huntington’s disease and share the story of her mother with the world.
    I think it is a fabulous idea for her to make this documentary for her Mom. I truly believe in spreading the word about any disease and sharing you story to really get the point across to people. I am so glad she has already raised over ten thousand dollars so far and still has long to go. I think it is good for Kristen and other people who have had relatives that have had Huntington’s disease for Kristen to make this movie. I will definitely be donating to this cause.

  23. John Morales, 6th Period
    Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Health Care Dedicates New Acute Burn and Wound Unit
    Source: North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives
    By North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives
    Publishing Date 1-27-12

    On Jan. 27, 2012, The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in UNC Health Care made a new unit, which was Acute Burn and Wound Unit. This unit was made to honor the long friendly relationship with North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives that with it's support the unit was made. Dale Lambert, CEO of Randolph Electric Membership Corporation stated that the partnership can contribute to helping anyone with the best treatment on burns. The Electric Corporations as well said that they will give 1 million dollars in total for the burn center. Medical director of the Jaycee Burn Center, Dr. Bruce Cairns said that the support provided by the electric cooperatives has been essential to the founding of the center. The coperatives have helped the burn education for a long time and even brought 100 burn survivors to a UNC Basketball game. The Burn Center helps the community with care along with education towards the students.

    I think that this unit is totally positive and can really help people in our community. This unit prooves that Chapel Hill is capable of doing many things and contribute to the community. Not only will this unit help the community but it will help many others who are in need of it.

  24. Emma Beck
    Per. 6
    Jan. 27
    By Amanda James

    A national project called 1000,000 Homes, went out handing coffee, blankets and meals for the homeless of Wake and Orange county. The project is organized by United Way, the Wake County Partnership to End Homelessness, and the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness. 60 volunteers went out three times this week, at the crack of dawn. They ask questions like "Do you have any medical problems? Have you been recently released from jail." etc. Their goal is to find the ones in need of the most help and give them care first, then move on to the others.

    I think that it is really nice that people are going out to do this. I would like to help the community, but I fear that it would make me too sad to look at all these people. I think that it is depressing that they found this many homeless people. I also wounder the stories behind each person and how they got that way. This article makes me realize what other people have to go though in their daily life. It also makes me realize how lucky I am to have what I have.