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Thursday August 11th

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ESPN Anchor Scott Perfect Example of UNC Sucess Story\

TO THE EDITOR:I am confused about the controversy surrounding the selection of Stuart Scott as 2001 Commencement speaker. Scott graduated from the University in 1987 with degrees in radio, television and motion pictures and speech. He has now gone on to be a national sports anchor for ESPN. Would this not be considered to be the highest level of success in his field?

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Duke Staves Off Tar Heel Comeback

Throughout the season, the North Carolina men's lacrosse team has used its resiliency to battle back from deficits.The Tar Heels again displayed that resiliency Wednesday night as they opened the ACC season against Duke, erasing a five-goal Blue Devil lead after falling behind 7-2. Yet UNC could not manage its first conference victory since 1999, losing 11-8 at Fetzer Field.The loss moves UNC to 4-2 on the season and 0-1 in ACC play. Duke moves to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the ACC."We played hard tonight," UNC coach John Haus said.

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New Study States Higher Education Not Affordable for Low-income Students

A recent study released by the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance states that lower-class college students are now paying a greater percentage of college costs than their middle-class counterparts -- putting college further out of reach for poor students.The ACSFA, which is a congressional panel examining college financial aid programs, also found that low-income students attend four-year schools at half the rate of their higher-income peers who are just as academically prepared.Since 1993, state-funded merit-based financial aid programs, which favor middle-class students

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Forte Remains Undecided on Future Plans

North Carolina's Joseph Forte released a statement Wednesday regarding reports that he had decided to forgo two years of eligibility in favor of playing in the NBA."There's been a lot of speculation about me going to the NBA, but I want to make it known that I have not made any decisions on going pro or not, nor have I chosen an agent," Forte said. "I want to take some time to be a normal college student and weigh my options.

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Aldermen Approve Carr Mill Mall Courtyard, ATM

CARRBORO -- At its meeting Tuesday night, the Carrboro Board of Aldermen approved a request granting the owners of Carr Mill Mall a permit to expand the building's courtyard.Nathan Millan, who attended the meeting as a representative from the Carr Mill Limited Partnership, fielded questions and concerns from the aldermen.

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Melodramatic `Enemy at the Gates' Tanks

Enemy of the Gates2 StarsHollywood tends to imagine the World War II as a two-sided battle between the Western Allies and the Germans."Enemy at the Gates," the new film by Jean-Jacques Annaud ("Seven Years in Tibet"), is the latest addition to Hollywood's revival of the WWII movie. It offers an entirely foreign perspective for American audiences: the "good guys" are the Soviets.Set during the epic siege of Stalingrad, the film tells the true story of Vasily Zaitsez (Jude Law), who rose to fame as a sniper in the Soviet army.

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Black Media: Looks All Light to Me

Once upon a time, I was in love with The Box, and all was right in the world. (For the uninitiated, The Box was "music television you control" -- a channel that played music videos all day, every day. It was divine.) Every day after school, I would bond with The Box, soaking in the latest from Tribe, De La Soul, Snoop, Salt 'N Pepa, Das EFX and others.Then one day The Box went away and took my love for music videos with it. Sure, I'd catch Rap City now and again, but it wasn't the same.

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BOT to Vote on Master Plan Despite Council Concerns

The fate of the Master Plan is in the hands of the UNC Board of Trustees today as the group votes on whether to approve the blueprint for campus development.Developed by the Baltimore-based architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross, the Master Plan is a campuswide improvement and expansion project that, if approved, will be implemented during the next 30 to 50 years.But some town residents and the Chapel Hill Town Council have expressed concern that final approval is being decided prematurely.The council has asked the BOT to postpone its vote until after the results of the Major Investm

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Schmidt Keeps `Perfect Balance'

After talking with Alice Schmidt, you would have never believed that gray clouds hung over North Carolina for much of the week.Rather, everything seemed perfect for Schmidt, UNC's freshman star middle distance runner. She speaks with the enthusiasm of a champion and consistently laughs between sentences.But a carefree attitude and the willingness to strike up a conversation is nothing unusual for Schmidt, who will be racing at 1 p.m. Saturday on her home track at the Challenge Cup."If you're not having a good time when you're running, then what's the use?" Schmidt said.

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Anti-Slavery Reparations Ad Rocks Duke

DURHAM -- Duke University students converged on the Student Union on Wednesday to protest an anti-slavery reparations advertisement published in The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper.The ad, written and paid for by bestselling author David Horowitz, listed "Ten Reasons Why Reparations for Slavery is a Bad Idea -- and Racist Too." The Chronicle, a newspaper independent of the university but run by students, published the ad on Monday and followed it two days later with two articles written by Duke President Nannerl Keohane and The Chronicle editor Greg Pessin stating why the a

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New Census Data Spurs Discussion Of Redistricting

RALEIGH -- Several dozen legislators from the General Assembly's three redistricting committees gathered Wednesday for a presentation on how data from the 2000 U.S. Census would be processed to redraw legislative and congressional district lines.The complete data, which was released by the U.S. Census Bureau earlier in the day, will be used to determine population distribution in North Carolina and might impact the political makeup of the state's congressional delegation and the General Assembly. William R.

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Gymnast's Attitude Ties Together Team

No matter the situation, it's often hard to find North Carolina gymnast Lisa Companioni in a bad mood.Ask any of her UNC teammates, at practice or on campus, and they'll talk about Companioni's fun-loving nature and constant smile."Lisa ties everyone together with her humor," sophomore Natalie Halbach said. "She makes you feel good about yourself. She is great when I am stressed, when I am working too hard.""She brings enthusiasm to the team," Monica Middleton said. "She is always smiling and perky.

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N.C.'s Diversity Evident in 2000 Census Results

Results from the 2000 U.S. census report show that North Carolina's population is becoming more culturally diverse, largely because of a rapidly increasing Hispanic community.While the percentage of whites and blacks living in the state has decreased since 1990, the percentage of Hispanics living in North Carolina increased from 1.2 to 4.7 percent -- prompting some officials to say that the state needs to address the needs of the growing Hispanic community.Whites make up 72.1 percent of the N.C. population, down from 75.6 percent in 1990.

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Trustees Give Resounding `Yes' to Master Plan

The UNC Board of Trustees gave unanimous approval Thursday morning to the University's Master Plan, launching a new era of campus growth.The Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for campus development, was met with no dissent from trustees and granted swift approval, despite lingering concerns from many town officials and local residents.The rest of the meeting was spent discussing the plan's implementation.The BOT approved committee recommendations for contracting firms to begin initial construction projects.Chancellor James Moeser opened the meeting by emphasizing the importance of t

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Appeal to NRC Awaits Federal Support

Federal legislators are not sure what their role will be in the latest round of appeals between Orange County representatives and a local power company.The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled March 1 to allow Carolina Power & Light Co.'s Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant to open its existing storage pools. The plant plans to open the first pool by this summer and the second one within the next 10 years.The latest appeal, a letter signed by Sen. Ellie Kinnaird, D-Orange and Rep. Verla Insko, D-Orange, asked the NRC to review the process used to approve the plant's expansion.

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UNC Activist Fights for Worker Rights

A week after many University students returned from various Spring Break locales, senior Kea Parker left Thursday for a trip of her own to Mexico.But the biology major from Berea, Ky., is not exactly going to spend a long weekend on the beaches of Cancun.Parker headed down to visit the Nike-contracted Kukdong factory in Puebla as part of a delegation of 10 students from across the nation.

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Board Clarifies Transfer Policy Guidelines

The Orange County Board of Education unanimously ruled to update the district's student transfer policy Monday night in an attempt to clarify the guidelines for the community. The board approved two proposed clarifications at the meeting. One will allow the principal and, possibly, the superintendent to approve all transfer appeals.

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Moscow: Bolshoi Brings On Ballet Revelation

The last thing I expected -- or wanted -- was to like it. That would be degrading to my manliness, wouldn't it? All those jokes about guys in tights kept running through my head, making me grimace about the grueling four hours that lay ahead of me.I was jolted out of my daydream by a sudden wall of people crushing against me and my friends. We were suffocating in a mass of bad fur coats and a noxious cloud of body odor, packed like so many little eggs of Russian caviar into a subway car in Moscow's metro.

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N.C. Politicians Wary of McCain's Finance Reform

State political leaders are uncertain how reforms proposed in the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill, which hit the U.S. Senate floor this week, might impact elections in North Carolina.Officials from the state's Democratic and Republican parties agree that reform is needed, but neither could suggest what type of changes should be adopted."I don't think anybody disagrees that something needs to be done," N.C. Democratic Party Executive Director Scott Falmlen said. "But the devil's in the details."The McCain-Feingold bill, sponsored by Sen.

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