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Saturday February 4th

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Reader: Warner's `Harsh Light' More Ignorant Than Enlightening

I absolutely love to learn. For this reason, Tuesday is my favorite day. With no classes and no meetings, every Tuesday I make a point to absorb everything that I can, starting with The Daily Tar Heel. In doing so, I happened across the weekly column of Craig Warner. Because it is difficult to find an out-of-the-closet conservative in Chapel Hill, I felt fortunate to make this discovery. On a recent Tuesday, I turned to the opinion page eager to devour my weekly dosage of conservative enlightenment.

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Benjamin Franklin's Life Stories

Dear George, I hope this letter finds you well. It is I, your good friend, Benjamin. Times have changed since I last spoke to you. Back in our glory days, Thomas and Alexander were powerful men invited to every important function. The gentlemen demanded and received respect. Nowadays, T. J. and his buddy Mr. Hamilton circulate throughout the world as mere commoners. Remember that Hansen fella? He never sent one word in my direction. This arrogant man really thought he would lead this country! Ha! John Hansen has been long forgotten.

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Fish Tank Idea Moronic on Many Levels

My fellow seniors are morons. Well, at least the 166 jokers who voted to put an aquarium (read: big, ugly fish tank) in the Student Union. Maybe the problem is that I just can't picture it. Where the hell are they going to put a big-ass fish tank? My pick is the bowling alley, but I suspect it will be located in a much more prominent place. Remember, this bad boy is going to be the size of a wall. Also, who is going to feed these fish? Anyone who has ever owned fish or won them at the State Fair knows it is virtually impossible to keep them alive.

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Federal Lawsuit Could Suspend Satellite Voting

A federal district court judge will likely rule today on whether to hear a lawsuit that aims to put an end to No Excuse Voting. If the judge decides to hear the lawsuit, No Excuse Voting could be suspended while the case is heard. The N.C. General Assembly approved No Excuse Voting, which allows citizens to cast ballots for three weeks prior to Election Day, in 1998 as a tool to increase voter turnout. Education leaders have used the program to encourage college students to vote for the $3.l billion higher education bond referendum on this year's ballot. The suit - brought Oct.

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Volleyball Takes Terrapins to School

After Sunday's volleyball game with Maryland, a throng of Girl Scouts huddled around the North Carolina team, listening intently to a clinic being conducted. Perhaps the Terrapins' squad should have stuck around and taken some pointers, too. The Tar Heels dominated every aspect of their contest with Maryland, destroying the Terrapins 3-0 (15-10, 15-5, 15-3) in a little more than an hour. "Our intensity and our level of play were outstanding today," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.

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Touring Lesbians Speak Powerfully

A group of self-proclaimed "baby poets, tired old whores and delinquent divas" brought its brand of radical performance art to UNC on Sunday afternoon with the Wasted Motel spoken word tour. The San Francisco-based tour features radical lesbian poets, filmmakers, authors and musicians.

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UNC Wraps Up Fall With Softball Sweep

Good vibes have been contagious lately with North Carolina's softball team. The team capped off an important weekend in the program's history, gathering Saturday at the site of its new state--of-the-art softball complex for a groundbreaking ceremony. The event came a day after the Tar Heels completed their fall exhibition schedule by sweeping Louisburg College 3-0 and 9-3 on Friday at Finley Field. The doubleheader domination was a spectacle for both the present and future talent of the program. The usual suspects - shortstop Michelle Semmes, pitcher Radara McHugh and catcher Natal

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Senior Class Gift Choice Disappointing, Bad Use of Money

TO THE EDITOR: As members of the senior class, we are very upset by the fact that the class gift will be a wall-sized fish aquarium. Whereas the idea is creative, we feel that our money could be used for better things. For instance, has anyone noticed the trees that have disappeared from our campus for the sake of construction? Why don't we replace them? A friend of ours who attends James Madison University in Virginia commented that she loved our campus because we had so many trees. Many other people feel the same way.

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Unseen Artist, Unmistakable Art

Recognizing Tola Oguntoyinbo's artwork is like knowing lyrics to a song you can't actually remember hearing before. From a Franklin Street bar to a Carrboro car wash, finding his colorful paintings in the community is easy. But his works aren't often connected, and he often goes unnoticed. One just needs to look no further than the walls of the Blue Marlin Pub, Smoothieville, Carolina Car Wash, Jersey Mike's or the Pit to realize that one man is behind them all. "Painting is a lot like eating to me - it's the same principle," said Oguntoyinbo, a 26-year-old UNC graduate.

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Church Blends Politics With Praise

Religion and politics mixed with spirited song and goodwill Sunday as St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal Church celebrated 136 years of worship. Invoking a history of black struggle and achievement, Ben Ruffin, chairman of the UNC-system Board of Governors, delivered an anniversary message of "Good News from the 'Hood." An enthusiastic audience of church members and visitors, including local and state public officials, received Ruffin's message, which was delivered in an atmosphere of jubilant choral and gospel music, prayer and invocation.

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Just Say `Know' to Marijuana

There exists a problem in this country today. It is the lack of information from our government's own experiments that truly can be trusted. In this case, I am speaking of marijuana laws and a movement to change them. It seems to be almost impossible to move other citizens to change their opinions on ideas. Why is this? There is a simple explanation: No one knows what information is truth, partial truth, extreme exaggeration or plain lies.

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Simmons Saves Day for Clemson

By Bret Strelow Assistant Sports Editor Clemson had every reason to worry. Star quarterback and Heisman hopeful Woodrow Dantzler was limping to the sidelines with a bruised left foot. The fifth-ranked Tigers were already facing a 17-point deficit on the road against a team with abundant confidence and a crowd with newfound enthusiasm. But Willie Simmons crushed North Carolina's hopes. He put a hush over Kenan Stadium.

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Gardner Makes Tar Heels Pay for Focusing on Run

By T. Nolan Hayes Sports Editor For the second week in a row, the North Carolina defense succeeded in stopping its opponent's primary strength on offense. But for the second week in a row, that result came at a high price. The Tar Heels held Clemson's vaunted rushing game in check Saturday but were spread thin against the pass in the process. Wide receiver Rod Gardner made them pay for it.

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Author Educates UNC on Suicide

Author Kay Redfield Jamison came to Chapel Hill on Friday as part of her continuing quest to educate college students and faculty on the daily, albeit seldomly discussed, realities of suicide. "(Suicide is) a major public health epidemic that not many people want to talk about," she said. Jamison, author or co-author of five books and many scientific articles regarding psychological topics, spoke to students in the University's Department of Psychiatry about the biological aspects of suicide. "College students don't have the forum to learn about depression," she said.

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UNC, Town Join Forces to Foster Harmony

Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf and UNC Chancellor James Moeser met on the steps of the Franklin Street post office on Thursday to announce a new strategy for approaching town-gown relations. The two unveiled a new committee composed of members from the Chapel Hill Town Council and various University representatives. The committee will meet to discuss issues of mutual interest to the town and UNC, by way of a neutral facilitator. "Our motivation to discuss this kind of a joint working team is pretty simple," Moeser said.

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SportSaturday - UNC senior Sedrick Hodge has developed into one of the nation's best linebackers.

North Carolina's 1997 recruiting haul at tailback was ranked among the top five nationally. Ravon Anderson, Rufus Brown, Tyrell Godwin, Anthony Saunders and Domonique Williams combined to rush for 8,981 yards and 111 touchdowns in their senior seasons in high school. The Tar Heels also brought in all-state linebacker Sedrick Hodge from Atlanta that year. Three and a half seasons later, none of the backs has developed into the impact player UNC hoped they would. Anderson and Williams transferred. Godwin quit football after his sophomore year to concentrate on baseball.

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Tigers Ground Game Tough to Tame

Game and time: No. 5 Clemson at North Carolina. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. Series: Clemson leads 30-17-1. Personnel: Clemson - OT Akil Smith (lungs) and QB Brian Carr (torn achilles) are out for the season. DE Terry Bryant (calf) is probable. UNC - LB Merceda Perry (right ankle) is out for the season. WR Chesley Borders (hamstring) is doubtful. DB Anthony Anderson (shoulder) and RB Rufus Brown (shoulder) are questionable. DE Julius Peppers (concussion) is probable. The key matchup: Clemson's offense is designed to get opposing defenses thinking about the pass.

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SportSaturday - Upbeat Fryer Proves Steal For UNC

Duke must be kicking itself. When North Carolina's Lisa Fryer was a junior in high school, she was all set to attend a volleyball camp at UNC's archival, one of the schools recruiting her. But when that camp was canceled, Fryer came to one at UNC instead. She fell in love with the University, and the rest is history. "We were fortunate," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.

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