Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Independent Weekly Vol. 7 Issue 4, Feb 23-Mar 8 1989
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On Valentine’s Day, thousands of North Carolina teachers protested in Raleigh for higher pay, more benefits, and an end to the Career Development Program. The program was designed to reward teachers with high ratings, but the North Carolina Association of Educators says it has failed. Teachers say that the program’s evaluation system encourages robotic teaching and does not consider content or students’ needs.
Durham Mayor Wib Gulley is considered one of the rising starts of the state and national Democratic Party. The mayor has begun to address the major issues of growth management, downtown revitalization, transportation and housing. Despite his accomplishments, Gulley faces some challenges in the coming months, including a proposed major projects ordinance.
Patrick Dougherty makes sculpture out of saplings by weaving the wood of sprawling circular forms, which support themselves and then grow outward. His art is site-specific, meaning that he builds his sculpture with a particular space in mind, and the space itself helps determine what the resulting sculpture will look like. His latest exhibit, Shelters of Transition, is on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.
Melinda Ruley, writer for the Independent, wanted to see how writing is being taught in the 1980s. She visited elementary and middle schools in Raleigh, and English courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After two weeks of observation, Melinda found that school children used their imaginations to form impressions and describe their world, whereas older adults used experience in writing.
The new Cat’s Cradle reopened in the old Southern Bell Building across from University Square in Chapel Hill. The new venue is big enough to dance in and still retains its former grungy rock and roll vibe. Opening night featured Southern pop and country-rock musicians.