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Thursday January 20th

National Poltics


Students Support War Less Than Public

About 79 percent of U.S. college undergraduates support air strikes in Afghanistan, and 68 percent favor using ground troops, according to recent nationwide survey of college students. The survey, which was conducted by Harvard University's Institute of Politics, also found that the percentage of students who trust the federal government almost doubled in the past year -- up from 36 percent in 2000 to 60 percent. Trust for the armed forces was even stronger -- 75 percent of students said they trust the military to "do the right thing."

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The Right to Be Heard, No Matter What

Fred Hashagen and Michael Woods are right. David Horowitz is coming to UNC on Wednesday. But they are wrong to say that Horowitz's presence here will be "harmful and divisive." I don't agree with Horowitz's views, and, like Woods and Hashagen, his column on reparations that ran in The Daily Tar Heel last April made my skin crawl. But this is not a time to protest but to listen to the man for yourselves.

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Officials: Qatar, Mexico Programs Won't Overlap

UNC officials say a two-year-old exchange program between the UNC system and Monterrey Tech campuses in Mexico in no way undercuts the need for a satellite business school in Qatar. Although both programs aim to bring UNC-Chapel Hill an increasingly global perspective, officials say the Monterrey program would not overlap with a proposed UNC-CH business school in the small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar.

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Attorney General Sends Lawsuit to Federal Court

A lawsuit challenging recently drawn state district lines could be headed to federal court. N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper ordered last week that the case be moved from a N.C. Superior Court in Johnston County -- where the case was originally filed -- to a U.S. District Court in Greenville. If the case stays in federal court, it will be heard by a three-judge panel. Attorneys for the plaintiffs -- several of the state's prominent Republicans -- have asked a U.S. District Court judge to send the case back to a state court.

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UNC Junior Plans Peach Bowl Excursion for 800 Students

If the UNC football team is invited to the Peach Bowl, students with UNC spirit will be able to ride to Atlanta for the game thanks to a program engineered by a UNC junior. Burgess Foster has secured hotel rooms, luxury busing and 800 tickets to the Dec. 31 Peach Bowl for his program, Ride With Carolina Spirit. The cost will be $199.99 per package, with 2 percent of the proceeds going to a charity, which organizers said probably will be the Sonja H. Stone Black Cultural Center. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday at the Carolina Union Box Office.

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Walker Bails Out Tar Heels, Again

Any seasoned soccer fan knows that scoring opportunities are few and far between in the game of soccer. North Carolina midfielder Jordan Walker seems particularly picky about which shots she capitalizes on. The sophomore has snuck three goals into opponents' nets this season. But these weren't just any three goals. All three were game-winners.

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Basketball's Early Woes Will Fade

OK, North Carolina men's basketball fans: Take a deep breath and calm down. It will be all right. Yes, the 2001-02 season has gotten off to the one of the worst starts in North Carolina's storied history, but there is plenty of time for Matt Doherty's crew to right the ship. Here are the numbers: UNC averaged 34.4 percent shooting from the floor and 23.8 percent from behind the arc. Kris Lang leads the Tar Heels with 12 points a game, while Jason Capel is pulling down the most rebounds, 11 per game. UNC is turning the ball over 18 times a night while earning 14.5 assists.

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Turkeys Get Pardons, You Get the Chair

In the wee hours of Thursday morning, the tenderness deep at the core of compassionate conservatism shed its callous exterior and beamed brightly upon the White House lawn. A cornucopia of tenderness poured from George W. Bush's heart in the form of a presidential pardon. No, the mentally retarded guy on death row is still awaiting the sweet taste of cold, placid, injected death. But on a brighter note, one less turkey died this Thanksgiving because of the president's sweet, sweet empathy.

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LGBT Head Resigning From Position

A UNC student in charge of coordinating the efforts of all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups on campus announced that he does not plan to reapply for his position next semester. Junior Fred Hashagen, who has been the LGBT coordinator since August, said he will not continue his current post because he plans to run for student body president. He joins juniors Jen Daum, Will McKinney, Brad Overcash and Michael Woods, who also have expressed interest in running for student body president.

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Report Criticizes Universities' Responses to Attacks

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni issued a report Nov. 11 that criticized the responses of universities nationwide to the Sept. 11 attacks. The report, titled "Defending Civilization: How Our Universities Are Failing America and What Can Be Done About It," states that the American academic community is irresponsible to offer views that counter mainstream opinions. "College and university faculty have been the weak link in America's response to the attack," the report states.

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Holiday Traffic Back to Normal at RDU

RALEIGH -- Airport officials said Sunday that this year's Thanksgiving weekend traffic resembled last year's despite concerns that fewer passengers would take to the air after the recent terrorist attacks. The U.S. Airways customer service supervisor at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, who asked to be called Shelia A., said business has risen since an initial drop after Sept. 11. She added that "compared to last year's Thanksgiving weekend we had as many passengers this year or maybe more."

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Police Arrest 2 Armed Robbery Suspects

Carrboro police arrested two men last week in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Tuesday evening at The Village Apartments. Police arrested Jeremy Steele, 18, of 1661 Airport Road at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday. Steele is being held in the Orange County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond after appearing in court Wednesday. Tyler Jackson, 18, of 614 Council Lane turned himself in to police early Wednesday morning.

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PlayMakers Hosts Holiday Play

PlayMakers Repertory Company is changing the pace from usual Christmas fare. Last year "An O. Henry Christmas" was the company's holiday contribution; George Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner," this year's show for the holiday season, opened Nov. 21, and its connection to the Christmas season is tangential at best.

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Changes Are Good, Sometimes

You have already heard enough of your friends complaining about it; you yourself have probably turned out a well-expressed phrase or two against it. But in the end, you've come to the conclusion that there's nothing to be done about it. That being the case, why would I want to write a column about construction on campus -- what remains to be said? Well, for one thing, perhaps there is something to be done about it. "Change is good," proclaim the propaganda posters designed to inform the campus community of the status of construction projects.

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UNC Escapes Early Exit From NCAAs

For 52 minutes, the crowd of 1,445 at Fetzer Field on Saturday was eerily silent. Fans chewed their lips in nervous anticipation, unusually quiet except for the occasional cheer saturated with urgency when the North Carolina women's soccer team attempted a run at the goal. Were the Tar Heels going to lose? Was their campaign for an 18th national title done for? In the third round of the NCAA Tournament? The UNC of old eventually appeared, scored two late goals and ended the unranked Rutgers' season with a 2-1 defeat.

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Students Complain About Dust, Debris at Site

Renovations to Murphey Hall might be more than just a noisy nuisance. Students recently have expressed health concerns stemming from dust clouds forming around the construction site behind Lenoir Dining Hall. Freshman Colin Rogister said he and a friend were physically affected as they walked to Lenoir last week. "We were walking behind Greenlaw (Hall) and were hit by a thick cloud of dust," Rogister said. "I have no allergies, but I coughed a lot, and it irritated my eyes." Rogister said he immediately became ill from the site's debris.

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New Law to Stiffen Penalty for Stealing Gas

Starting Dec. 1, those who forget the "pay" part of "pay-at-the-pump," will face harsher penalties. But some local gas station employees are expressing mixed feelings about the effectiveness of newly beefed-up legislation. A bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley on Aug. 13, will make the penalty for stealing gasoline from a commercial entity a class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also includes a provision that allows the Division of Motor Vehicles to take away the driver's license of an offender for second and subsequent convictions.

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UNC's Individuals Highlight Wrestling Tourney

After its second match of the season, the North Carolina wrestling team has reason to be optimistic. At the Sharpie-Carolina Open on Saturday at Carmichael Auditorium, a meet involving more than 260 wrestlers and 14 universities, UNC's wrestlers placed first in the heavyweight and 125-pound weight classes and took second in the 133, 141 and 174 classes. "We definitely have the potential to be top-10 again this year. This is a very young team with a lot of potential," said redshirt freshman Chris Rodrigues, who wrestles in the 125 class.

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Council Set To Consider Fiscal Equity

The Chapel Hill Town Council will vote on a resolution tonight regarding the University's proposal on how costs should be shared between the University and the town. The council's action, another step in ongoing talks about cost-sharing between the two entities, comes in response to the UNC Board of Trustees' discussion of fiscal equity last week. Chancellor James Moeser, responding to the Town Council's request for further discussion about fiscal equity, sent a letter to the council Nov. 16 after discussing the issue with the BOT.

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30 Extra Days Given To Zoning Violator

Orange County officials decided Monday night to wait 30 more days before levying a $3,600 zoning fine against a man who illegally has housed a trailer on his property since Feb. 21. The Orange County Board of Commissioners moved to withhold the civil penalties against Hulan Bradshaw, of 3714 Mill Creek Road, in an action described by several commissioners as keeping with the "holiday spirit." Bradshaw has incurred a $3,600 fine, which will be removed if he complies with the commissioners by Dec. 19.

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