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Sunday January 16th


Meteor shower doesn't live up to hype

The Leonid meteor shower did little to dazzle stargazing students in the early hours of Tuesday morning.Many students stayed up until as late as 5 a.m. to watch the meteor shower at its peak. But many of those students said it definitely did not live up to its hype.Junior Brett Whitney said he watched the shower from outside his dorm at Spencer Hall but was not impressed.

Students struggle to print basketball tickets

Never mind the turnovers that have plagued the Tar Heels against Valparaiso.The biggest challenge UNC faced for Sunday's game might have been printing student tickets.

Trees: friend or foe?

I was willing to consider two trees falling on campus in the last few weeks bad luck.But with another rash of uprooted timber over at Duke University, I’m beginning to get suspicious.One tree blocked traffic on Duke’s West Campus, and pedestrians and motorists reported almost being hit by other falling trees.Here at UNC, two students were hit on Nov. 2 by a large pin oak near Mitchell. And a second tree fell Wednesday, breaking a classroom window in the process as an obvious act of protest.

By-the-Numbers: Stormy Thursday

The weather this week has been completely miserable, particularly today. I braved the barren tundra out in the Pit for around 15 minutes this afternoon to see how students are coping.Here are a few stats:Umbrellas flipped inside out: 3

Blog rates UNC bathrooms, gives new meaning to dirty jobs

For those of you who read on the toilet, sing in the shower, or just enjoy chilling in bathrooms, there is a blog made just for you.UNC Pooper scopes out bathrooms on campus and rates them based on cleanliness, location, space, supplies, heating and air conditioning, traffic, and even Internet availability.If you ever get the urge to write a paper from the toilet seat, you'll be well-informed.

Students to hear the roar of the "Werewolves" on Friday

Have no fear. The "Werewolves" are here.In preparation for their flyover at Saturday's football game against the Miami Hurricanes, four fighter jets from the VMFA-122 squadron known as the "Werewolves" will have a practice run Friday afternoon.Barring poor weather or schedule changes, students can expect to hear the roar of Marine F/A-18 Hornet jets between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Fresh(man) Eyes: Rainy Days

I wake up from the warmth and comfort of my twin-sized comforter and hop down from my lofted bed.  I groggily stumble my way outdoors to check the weather.I look out past my dorm's balcony and my heart sinks — it's raining.

Be prepared to enter...The Homecoming Zone

Today is election day for Homecoming king and queen in case you've been living beneath a rock for the past week.Campaigners are out in full force trying to sway students to vote for their candidates.Entering the Homecoming Zone

Nobel Laureate Chalfie presents research to UNC

Overflow crowds spilled into Wilson Hall for Nobel Laureate Martin Chalfie's seminar on the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein in Coker Hall on Tuesday. With the use of GFP — which Chalfie discovered alongside fellow laureates Osamu Shimomura and Roger Y.

Artist Eduardo "Choco" Roca Salazar visits UNC

Visiting artist and printmaker Eduardo “Choco” Roca Salazar, has gained international fame for his work. And he even has some famous fans who have sponsored his art.Choco said that he personally knows both Fidel Castro and his brother, Cuban President Raúl Castro.Keeping up with the Castros

Campus groups to offer safe, substance-free Halloween activities

Two campus groups are organizing substance-free events to offer students who choose not to drink and student-parents a safe Halloween celebration.At 7 p.m. on Saturday, the Latter-day Saint Student Association will be hosting their second annual OcSOBERfest event for students who choose not want to drink on Halloween.

States to take action on medical marijuana use

State governments are working to draft legislation regulating the medical use of marijuana after the federal government announced that it would no longer prosecute users or providers of legal marijuana.

Leaders discuss global warming

The world’s most powerful economies met again to discuss ways to curb the effects of global climate change on Monday in London.Global climate change is an increasingly pressing issue, and the U.S. is still considered as the country most responsible for the increase in carbon emissions.

Mixed reaction to change in CAA ticket policy

The Carolina Athletic Association announced last week changes to their basketball ticket distribution policy. Students will now receive one ticket if they win the lottery, in place of last year's policy of awarding two tickets per student. 

"Balloon boy" hoax prompts public anger

Since last week, media and the public have been buzzing about the "balloon boy" — a 6-year-old boy whose parents, it seems, may have lied about his whereabouts in order to gain a spot on a reality television show.