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Wednesday December 8th

National Poltics


Major Choices Require Major Input, Insight

I've got to do some shopping. I need orange juice, new blue jeans and some direction in life. It's about that time to get a major, and I'm getting worried. The years have crept up on me. I'm practically a junior which means it's about time to gulp back trepidation and stare down my destiny. It's time to decide my fate, future, and choose from more than a hundred options -- the majors list. I'm turning to you all for help.

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New Hotel Will Only Help Town

A proposed addition to West Franklin Street could breathe new life into the downtown area. And for once, there seems to be broad support for new construction. Last week, the Chapel Hill Town Council held a public hearing on The Franklin, a five-story, 66-room hotel slated to be built across from Ham's, where the abandoned Trailways Bus Station currently sits. The bus station was purchased last year by Richard and Robert Capps of Greenville for $795,000. The Capps also own hotels in Greensboro, Jacksonville and Greenville.

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Journalists Strive For Objectivity During Tragedy

As the World Trade Center collapsed before their eyes, many journalists found it challenging to maintain their objectivity during one of the darkest moments in American history. Though called to be loyal, patriotic Americans, reporters sometimes had to pick through disturbing information. NBC's Tom Brokaw and CBS's Dan Rather -- two icons of American journalism -- both have displayed emotional response to the attacks and their aftermath on the air.

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Tar Heels Move Up in Poll

The North Carolina men's soccer team moved up one spot in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, climbing from No. 7 to No. 6 after a pair of wins last week. Southern Methodist is ranked No. 1, as it has been all season. UNC is the second-highest ranked ACC team this week behind No. 2 Virginia, which defeated North Carolina in Charlottesville last month. Saint Louis, which defeated the Tar Heels 2-1 in September, is ranked third. Stanford is fourth and St. John's is fifth. Indiana, Washington, Clemson and Rutgers round out the top 10.

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Envy, Horror, Sadness: A Red Sox Fan Reacts

This Saturday, Carl Adamec will once again wear that familiar, smug smile favored by championship monopolists around the world. Regardless of what happens during the following week, he has won. And I, once again, have lost. That's because Carl is a Yankees fan, proud and boastful, while I am a Red Sox fan, disgusted and inconsolable.

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UNC Study Explains Beer `Skunkiness'

A new UNC chemistry study has the potential to eliminate one of the annoyances of many college students' lives -- foul-smelling, "skunky" beer. Malcolm Forbes, a UNC chemistry professor and one of the experiment's conductors, said the study revealed that the biggest factor contributing to some foul-smelling beers is sunlight. Forbes said sunlight provides energy for a chemical reaction to occur within the beer. "We've figured out what's going on and what causes skunky beer," Forbes said.

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ASU Keeps Freeze on Expenses

Appalachian State University officials have said they will continue freezing all nonessential spending until there are indications of a more stable state budget situation. But UNC-system officials said it is up to individual universities to choose their response to looming threats of budget cuts. Two weeks ago, Gov. Mike Easley indicated that the UNC system might have to contend with budget reductions of up to 4 percent. But Easley has said he will try to avoid targeting educational programs when looking for additional savings within state expenditures.

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More Riser Seating Unlikely

Officials say architectural and seating difficulties within the Smith Center prevent the possibility of building additional risers in the near future. Although they have explored the possibility of constructing a new riser section under the west end of the basketball court, officials say it is not a feasible option for the upcoming basketball season. "Right now we don't have the capabilities to do risers on the other end," said Clint Gwaltney, director of ticket operations.

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Town May Incorporate Tract in Transit Plans

Concerns about future traffic problems prompted town officials Monday to address the impact of UNC's proposed Horace Williams development on regional transportation plans. The Chapel Hill Town Council voted to continue participating in a regional transportation study and instructed town staff to develop a process to connect regional mass transit plans to the future Horace Williams development. No plans now directly link the tract to a proposed corridor that would connect areas of the Triangle with various forms of mass transit.

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Mayoral Candidate Pavao Advocates Continuation Of Preserving Greenways

TO THE EDITOR: I am voting for Lee Pavao for mayor of Chapel Hill, and I urge you to do the same. I have known Lee for many years and have enjoyed working with him on various volunteer projects. One that I remember well was the planting of the mini-park of East Franklin Street and Elliot Road. Pavao was there, shovel in hand, working to better that little bit of environment, making Chapel Hill more attractive. There were not many folks there, not enough to attract the media, but Pavao was. I think that is indicative of Lee Pavao.

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Mayoral Candidate Kevin Foy is Qualified Choice For Area Neighborhoods

TO THE EDITOR: Kevin Foy is my choice for mayor because Foy, not Lee Pavao, has been the champion for Chapel Hill neighborhoods over and over and over again. Let's look at just three cases: Case 1: Widening Weaver Dairy Road. When the state wanted to widen Weaver Dairy Road to five lanes, Pavao said sure, OK with me. But not Foy. He stood with the neighborhoods in their fight to limit the widening of the road to what truly was necessary. Foy is the champion of the Timberlyne, Cedar Hills, Silver Creek and Chandler's Green neighborhoods.

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Campus Calendar

Today 5:30 p.m. -- The Kenan-Flagler Business School will hold a "Women in Business Forum" in Koury Auditorium at McColl Building, Kenan-Flagler Business School. 7 p.m. -- Delta Sigma Theta sorority Inc. and the Yes, I'm Saved College ministry of Orange Grove are sponsoring Bible Study in McIver first-floor lounge discussing "The Power of Money." 8 p.m. -- The Carolina Union Activities Board is sponsoring Killer Condom, a dark German comedy to be shown in the Union Cabaret. Erotic food and prizes will be provided and a discussion will follow.

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Government Toughens Research Standards

University researchers across the country now have more than students peering over their shoulders. The White House Office of Management and Budget released new guidelines this month concerning the quality of information that can be represented as fact at the federal level. According to a press release, the guidelines issued by the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs apply to facts, statistics and technological information used by government officials.

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Student Responds Saying It is Unfair to Call UNC A One-Party University

TO THE EDITOR: This is a response to the Reader's Forum letter by Allie Perry entitled "Student Agrees with Horowitz: University is One-Party School." I have not attended any of the teach-ins nor do I have a desire to, but I did attend the service Sept. 12th in Polk Place and the Peace Vigil sponsored by Campus Y and the student government. I am a student, and I tend to lean toward liberal views. I believe in nonviolence. I believe in the ideals of America, especially things like freedom of speech, tolerance, basic human rights and maybe even not so basic human rights.

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Suspicious Mail Found On Campus

Officials responded to four suspicious packages sent to UNC deans' offices last week, but the packages proved to be harmless. The dean's office at the College of Arts and Sciences and the dean's office at the School of Medicine each received two 8-by-10-inch manila mailing envelopes Wednesday afternoon, said Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety. Officials from DPS and the Department of Environment, Health and Safety responded to calls from office assistants who thought the packages were suspicious and were concerned that they might contain anthrax.

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Students Find Tighter Security

Many students flying home for Fall Break came face-to-face with assault rifles during the vacation. Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, airports have heavily increased security measures, including random searches, pat downs and constant patrolling by armed military personnel. Despite the intimidation that could come with the weaponry and searches, many students said they felt relatively calm during their travels.

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Gypsy Caravan Gathers in Durham

DURHAM -- As golden earrings shone against the dark skin with each beat, the odd meter followed the cracking sound of a wooden spoon in the hand of a Roma dancer covered in golden jewelry. Four distinct nationalities joined Oct. 6 in the Page Auditorium on Duke University campus for the Gypsy Caravan 2. They were brought together not only because of the quality of their rhythm but also because they all identified themselves as the gypsies or, more correctly, as the Roma.

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Death Was Result of Overdose

A medical examiner confirmed Monday that UNC senior Daniel Walker died from a multiple-drug overdose. Walker, who was a senior journalism and economics major, was found dead at at 10:39 a.m. Sept. 7 in his 92 Pine Hill Drive residence. Thomas Clark III, the associate chief medical examiner handling the Walker case, said a combination of cocaine, alcohol and oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin, found in his system caused his death. But Clark also added that the levels of each drug detected in Walker's system would have been enough to kill Walker.

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California Passes Sex Crime Bill

California is the first state to endorse a federal law, passed earlier this month, that requires sex offenders to register with campus police before enrolling in classes or working at a university. But N.C. officials are uncertain when the legislation will be adopted in the state.

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