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Monday December 6th

National Poltics


Business School Transitions To New Network

A change in the University's computer network structure last weekend baffled some business school students, but officials said most students were only slightly affected by the modification. Beginning last Friday, all students enrolled in the Kenan-Flagler Business School were placed behind a different router in the University's computer network system. Officials say this step is one in a gradual process by UNC's technical support services to improve the University's computer network. "This is the first step in changing the entire campus network architecture," said Jim Gogan, direct

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Officials Voice Support for Qatar Program

UNC officials who traveled to Qatar this weekend expressed overwhelming support for establishing an undergraduate business degree program in the Middle Eastern nation, Chancellor James Moeser said Tuesday. Moeser, who participated in the trip, said he conducted an informal survey on the plane among faculty members who traveled to Doha, Qatar's capital. "Among the group that made the trip, the reactions were overwhelmingly positive," he said. Moeser, several administrators, three Board of Trustees members, two Board of Governors members and about 40 faculty membe

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Incumbents, New Member Join Board

Experience prevailed in the race for seats on Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, as voters returned incumbents Nick Didow and Valerie Foushee. Newcomer Lisa Stuckey also gained a spot on the board. The three newly elected Board of Education members significantly surpassed defeated candidates Joel Dunn and Chon Shoaf in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial returns. Didow said he is pleased to have the opportunity to continue as a member of the school board. “I’m also pleased that my fellow incumbent is returning to the board,” Didow added.

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UNC `Seizes the Moment' Against Lower-Tier Foe

North Carolina's swimming and diving team was in that situation Tuesday when it hosted Duke. UNC's coach, Frank Comfort, said the Tar Heels haven't lost to Duke since 1938, when the two schools met at a YMCA in Durham. UNC dominated Duke again, taking first place in 24 of the 32 events. North Carolina men's team captain Chris Helin described the competition as an intense practice. "It's nothing really too big," Helin said.

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Incumbent, 3 Newcomers Seize Town Council Seats

In a close election Tuesday, one incumbent and three newcomers seized the four seats up for grabs on the Chapel Hill Town Council. Incumbent Edith Wiggins prevailed with the most votes. Newcomers Dorothy Verkerk, Ed Harrison and Mark Kleinschmidt also won seats on the council, according to unofficial returns. "I'm really grateful to the citizens for re-electing me," Wiggins said.

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Gist, Herrera, McDuffee Win in Carrboro

Incumbents Jacquelyn Gist and Diana McDuffee retained their seats on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, while newcomer John Herrera slid past incumbent Allen Spalt for the third seat in Tuesday's nail-biting elections. Herrera's victory marks the first time a first-generation Latino immigrant has held a position in municipal government in North Carolina. "We need to have a new voice in Carrboro," Herrera said.

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Homecoming Elections Set for Today

The day before Homecoming king and queen elections, candidates attempted to put faces with names in last-minute campaigning efforts. Students can vote for this year's Homecoming king and queen from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today by logging on to Student Central and clicking on "vote" to cast a ballot. Each candidate runs on a platform that includes a service project, a point which candidates were trying to make students aware of Tuesday. The three candidates for Homecoming queen set up banners and tables in the Pit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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`New Kind of War,' But Age-Old Dilemmas For Nation's Media

As the now familiar mantra goes, September 11, 2001, changed America forever. Certainly we have lost much as a country: our innocence, our sense of security, our isolation from the rest of the world's problems. But even those Americans deepest in mourning can concede that some good has come of the disaster. The fallout has brought Americans together in a way unprecedented in most of our lifetimes. Almost 9 of ten Americans are standing proud behind a president who didn't even win a majority of the popular vote a year ago.

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Volleyball Crushes 'Pack

It was only fitting that the North Carolina volleyball team's victory against N.C. State on Tuesday ended with an ace. After all, UNC's serve dominated the Wolfpack all night long. The Tar Heels made it clear from the very beginning that they were in control and cruised to a 3-0 victory at Carmichael Auditorium. With the score tied at five in the first game, UNC defensive specialist Caroline deRoeck jump-started the Tar Heels with back-to-back aces to begin an 18-0 run.

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Gary Birdsong: Preaching to The Converted

We've all seen him around -- or more likely heard him. He'll show up often in the fall, forehead veins a-bulging, then open his mouth, making Jerry Falwell look like a raging liberal hippie. Some think he gives religion a bad name. He is known for making Muslim students cry. Gary Birdsong, the Pit Preacher, has become a bit of an institution at UNC. Walking through the center of campus, soothed by the lulling cadences of screaming and derisive laughter, I wondered about the man behind the voice. So I called up old Mr.

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Muslim Students Coordinate Week of Islamic Awareness

Amid the religious hollering of the Pit Preacher, pulsating '80s music and campaigns for Homecoming queen, the Muslim Student Association took a quiet approach to awareness in the Pit on Tuesday afternoon. The MSA will be in the Pit until Thursday in honor of Islamic Awareness Week, an annual event sponsored each November by universities across the nation. From 10 a.m.

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Vinroot Drops Bid For U.S. Senate Seat

Former Charlotte Mayor Richard Vinroot announced Wednesday that he will no longer seek the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in 2002. Vinroot, a former Morehead Scholar and UNC basketball player, was joined for his announcement in Charlotte by fellow candidate Elizabeth Dole, whom he said he will support in her bid to claim the U.S.

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Tar Heel Swimmers Dominate Blue Devils

Before the North Carolina-Duke swimming and diving meet Tuesday at Koury Natatorium, Duke's team gathered around one of its swimmers while he hit a pot with a stick. The Blue Devils began whooping and hollering, yelling "Go Duke." It would be about the most life Duke would show all evening. The UNC men's and women's teams both won their first four races and cruised to 227-65 and 184-104 wins, respectively, against the Blue Devils. The women's team improved to 3-1 and 1-0 in the ACC with the win, while the men are 2-2, 1-0.

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Foy Snags Chapel Hill Mayoral Post

A large crowd gathered at Pantana Bob's on Tuesday night to celebrate Kevin Foy's victory over opponents Lee Pavao and Cam Hill in the race for Chapel Hill mayor. As Foy entered the West Rosemary Street bar and restaurant, supporters greeted him with cheering, applause and a long round of "hip-hip hooray." The candidate addressed the crowd, saying, "Thank you all for being here.

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Voters Pass Largest Bond in County History

Orange County residents approved all four components of a $75 million bond package last night, passing the largest bond in the county's history. The bond was divided into four sections and will fund the county's two school systems, parks and recreation, senior centers and affordable housing. "I had been optimistic that the bond would pass, based on general comments and also editorials," Orange County Commissioner Alice Gordon said. The majority of the $75 million will go toward education, with $47 million slated to construct and improve Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City s

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Precautions Overkill on Halloween

You hear it all the time: Chapel Hill is a special town, with a special atmosphere. Local politicos tout the sense of community, and most people would agree that Chapel Hill exhibits a vibrancy you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in this state. That sense of uniqueness is exemplified by Halloween night on Franklin Street.

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