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Sunday January 29th

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Critique on N.C. Colleges Constructive, Leaders Say

By Monica ChenStaff WriterGov. Jim Hunt and UNC-system President Molly Broad expressed cautious optimism after the state's higher education system received mediocre grades in a national report.They said the $3.1 billion higher education bond and other efforts will help the system improve its national standing.Measuring Up 2000, a report released Nov.

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Board-Scouts' Alliance Weighed

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education's support of local Boy Scouts might be in jeopardy due to conflicting policies on discrimination.The Boy Scouts' policy, though somewhat hazy, prohibits "avowed" homosexuals from serving as scoutmasters or joining the scouts, a policy upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. But the school board also maintains a policy on discrimination, one prohibiting discrimination on any number of characteristics, including sexual orientation.

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MSU Police Work to Stop Pro_ling

The Michigan State University Police Department recently announced a plan designed to reduce racial profiling by campus police officers and improve the university's relations with minority students.MSU Police Capt.

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Athletes Team Up, Help Families

By Joanna Housiadas Staff WriterScissors snipped away at wrapping paper and ribbon flew through the air as UNC athletes came together in the spirit of the holidays to gift wrap presents for needy families.More than 20 UNC athletic teams -- including the women's and men's lacrosse teams -- are teaming up to sponsor 20 local families in hopes of making their Christmas holidays a little brighter.Each team sponsored at least one family, donating the money to buy them gifts off their wish lists. The gifts were wrapped on Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon.

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Barksdale Goes Off Early, Then Goes Out

By Mike OgleAssistant Sports EditorAt the start of the North Carolina women's basketball game against Maryland on Saturday afternoon, UNC forward LaQuanda Barksdale was unconscious. At the start of the second half, she was out of commission."She's had an allergic reaction, and she can't even see," UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said.

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Real Millennium Causes Less Hype Than Year 2000

On New Year's 2000, millions of people celebrated what many believed to be the start of a new millennium.But mathematicians were quick to point out that Jan. 1, 2001, actually begins the third millennium. Although the 21st century began last New Year's Day, the new millennium does not begin until Jan. 1, 2001. The Roman calendar, used by much of the world, begins with the year 1 A.D., not the year zero. Because a millennium is a 1,000-year period, the third millennium should begin 2,000 years later in the year 2001.

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Off-Season Work Ethic Gives Erndl Added Speed

By Tim SolicStaff WriterFor many college athletes, the summers are filled with long training sessions preparing for the upcoming season. For North Carolina's Kevin Erndl, that was never the case.Erndl used to rest in the off-season, taking the time to recuperate after the grueling collegiate season came to a close.But things have changed, and now Erndl is flying. Erndl, a junior on the men's swimming team, has started out the year at a scorching pace. Thus far, Erndl has tied the fastest time in UNC history in one event and equaled the sixth-fastest time in another.

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UNC Athletes Earn Postseason Honors

From Staff ReportsNorth Carolina men's soccer players Chris Carrieri and Danny Jackson were named to the 2000 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America Team. Carrieri, who led the nation in scoring this season, was named to the first team. Jackson, the leader of the Tar Heel defense, was named to the third team. Carrieri, the ACC Player of the Year, set UNC school records for goals and points in a season this fall. He led the ACC in points (64), goals (25), scoring (2.67 points per game) and goals per game (1.04).

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UNC Hires Bunting to Replace Torbush

The search lasted 21 days, but Dick Baddour finally got his man.Baddour, North Carolina's director of athletics, joined Chancellor James Moeser in introducing John Bunting as the school's new football coach Monday.The announcement at a 5 p.m. press conference in the Bowles Room signified a homecoming for Bunting, who was a standout linebacker at UNC from 1969-71."I owe an awful lot to North Carolina," Bunting said. "It's been 30 years since I've been here.

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Students Frustrated by CAA's Ticket Distribution Mistake

Carolina Athletic Association officials proved a lot of naysayers wrong Saturday morning when the new basketball ticket distribution process ran with few problems -- and even half an hour ahead of schedule.Director of Ticket Distribution Kerry Slatkoff said the new distribution process accomplished its main goal -- to curb cheating. She said the only students who criticized the revamped process are the cheaters. "We gave out a lot ... about 1,000 less bracelets," she said.

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SHS May Cut Hours in Effort to Improve Care

By Scott BrittainStaff WriterStudent Health Service officials are considering eliminating after-hours services as a way to boost the quality of their care -- but some students are concerned that the change will compromise medical care for students.SHS Director Bob Wirag recently received a recommendation to cut the center's hours of operation from an internal committee of SHS employees and student representatives.

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Students Riled Up by Marching Band

Students from Hillside High School in Durham were given a harsh welcome to UNC as they rehearsed for Chapel Hill's Dec. 2 Christmas parade.As the high school students warmed up outside of Spencer Residence Hall at about 9:30 a.m.

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UNC, 3rdTech Join to Create Tracking System

By Matt MansfieldStaff WriterThe HiBall-3000 Tracker.It's not a devious invention by the Alcohol Law Enforcement to track how many drinks an underage student has had on Franklin Street.It's a new technology developed by the University's Department of Computer Science. The tracking system is a way of visually monitoring how and where the user moves in a room and can be used for virtual reality, entertainment and even medical purposes."It's the best in the world," said Henry Fuchs, a computer science professor.

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Local Bands Continue Traditional Last-Day-of-Classes Concert

It might not be as big a pairing as the Carolina-Duke game, but two local bands have jointly built their own Chapel Hill tradition.The Platinum Heavyweights and the Steep Canyon Rangers have been playing together on the last day of classes for four semesters. They continue the tradition tonight at The Hideaway in the Bank of America Plaza."We (the two bands) offset each other well," said Woody Platt, a UNC graduate and guitarist for the bluegrass-focused Steep Canyon Rangers.

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Signs Point To Hiring Of Bunting

By Bret StrelowAssistant Sports EditorJohn Bunting is coming to Chapel Hill today for the second time in a week. He's not expected to leave this time without becoming North Carolina's next football coach.John Bunting's wife, Dawn, said Sunday at the couple's home in New Orleans that she expects UNC to offer her husband a contract today. She said a press conference to announce his hiring should occur today or tomorrow."It's his dream job, the dream he's always talked about," she said. "A lot of people don't get to live out their dream.

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New Computers Help Kids Learn

By Wendy PhillipsStaff WriterSome of Chapel Hill's youngest students are learning their ABCs with the help of a little technology and some brand-new computers.Community Schools for People Under Six, a pre-kindergarten school located on Caldwell Street, received two new classroom computers in November to supplement students' education.A grant sponsored annually by IBM and United Way provided the school with the computers.

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Are You Final-ly Ready?

Your palms sweat, and your heart pounds. Your eyes droop lazily as they focus on page after page of material you should have started to study weeks ago. Facts and figures swim in your head while distractions float in and out of your thoughts.The hours remaining before the exam dwindle as you drown in a choppy sea of anxiety and stress -- with no lifeline in sight.Chances are, you aren't alone in this predicament.William Knaus, a psychologist, estimates that 90 percent of college students procrastinate.

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FBI Combats Cybercrime in Triangle

RALEIGH -- N.C. FBI agents and representatives from a national security program launched a new system this week aimed at protecting Triangle businesses against cyberterrorism.The National Infragard Program began on Monday in Raleigh.The program, which has been in effect in Charlotte for about a year, is an Internet-based effort to provide companies with protection from computer intrusion and to keep data secure."We hope to get well over 100 members in the Research Triangle Park area," Chris Swecker, FBI special agent for N.C. operations, said at a press conference last week.

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