gowns, and the platform committee wore academic regalia. Chancellor Paul Hardin explained that he University wanted to provide "more appropriate recognition" for August and December graduates with a true COlmnence- ment ceremony that gives them "the full treatment."
PLAy M AKERS
PRODUCTION OF THE
VISIT WILL OPEN FEB. 1
PlaYMakerS Repertory Co. will open Friedrich Di.irrenmatt's The Visit on Feb. 1 at the Paul Green Theatre in
Chapel Hill. Petforn1ances will continue
through Feb. 26.
The play is a shocking tale of human
greed centered around Claire Zachanassian,
one of the world's wealthiest women, who
returns to her poverty-stricken hometown
for a visit. She makes a bizarre offer to the
town. ln exchange for a $1 million dona-
tion to the townspeople, she asks for the
murder of Schill, her childhood sweetheart,
who is a store owner and one of the town's
leading citizens. What transpires raises
questions about 111.0rality, justice and love.
The Visit will be the fourth production in
what could be PlayMakers' most successful
season. Subscription totals have surpassed
5,300, breaking all records for the COI11-
pany's 19-year history. For ticket informa-
tion, call (919) 962-PLAY.
AUTHOR A N NIE D ILLARD
IS WRITER- IN-RESIDENCE
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard will visit UNC from Jan. 30 to Feb. 3 under the auspices of the
Morgan Family Writer-in-Residence pro-
gram in the English department. While on
campus, she will meet with creative-writing
students and will present a free public read-
ing in Memorial Hall at 7: 30 p.m. Feb. l.
Dillard received the Pulitzer Prize for
nonfiction in 1975 for Pilgrim at Tinker
Creek. Comfortable in many genres, Dillard
is an essayist and poet and has written short
stories and memoirs.
The Morgan FanUly Writer-in-Residence
program, established in 1993 by Allen
DRAMATIC EXPANSION. NEW FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR LINEBERGER CANCER CENTER
The National Cancer Institute has awarded an $1 1. 3 million
grant for cancer research to the
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer
Center at the University.
The center, part of the UNC
School of Medicine, will receive
$2.25 million in the first year of the
five-'year renewal grant.
"The grant is funded for 25 per-
cent over our previous level, a sign
of NCI's confidence in our expanding
potential, and gives us means to
develop and perfect our cancer
research programs," said Dr. Joseph
S. Pagano, center director and principal investigator for the grant. "The
Lineberger's hallmark is interdisciplinary science coming from a fusion
of basic, clinical and public-health
In the past five years the center
has grown from I 18 members to 175,
including faculty from all five UNC
health sciences schools as well as the
College of Arts and Sciences. New
projects in molecular epidemiology,
cancer genetics and cancer preven-
tion and control involve interdiscipli-
nary teams of investigators, merging
basic scientific research with clinical
findings and public-health science.
"The National Cancer Institute's
generous and ongoing financial commitment to UNC cancer programs is
persuasive testimony to the extraor-
dinary quality ofthe work being con-
ducted by our faculty," said Dr.
Michael A. Simmons, dean of the
UNC Medical School. "We are
grateful for this recognition."
The center also broke ground
Nov. I I on an addition that will more
than double the size ofthe 39,000-
square-foot Lineberger Building. The
space will house new laboratories of
scientists conducting both basic and
clinical research, the UNC Special-
ized Program of Research Excel-
lence (SPORE) in breast cancer, as
well as researchers with the center's
cancer prevention and control pro-
gram. Funding for the $18 million
addition carne from the 1993 Univer-
sity Improvements Bond package, a
federal grant and private fund raising.
Architect's drawing of the Lineberger Center addition. UNC Ullcberger Comprehetlsjllc Callcer CenlCr
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