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Wednesday February 1st

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Groups Aim to Help LGBT Community Socialize

Two new groups at UNC are starting to bring together the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through socializing and political activism. The Carolina LGBT Film Society and the Carolina LGBT Coalition were founded under the guidance of LGBT Administrative Assistant Fred Hashagen, who has been in office for less than a month. Freshman Trevor Hoppe started the film society, while Hashagen himself started the coalition, an umbrella group created to unite existing LGBT organizations. "A basic sense of community was lacking among LGBT individuals," Hashagen said.

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BOG Mulls Funding Concerns

Board of Governors members expressed concern Friday morning about acquiring sufficient funds to support the rapidly expanding enrollment at UNC-system schools. The board also formally approved an increase in tuition that the N.C. General Assembly passed last month. System schools must mail additional bills for the fall semester that is now a month old.

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Volleyball Tops Tribe Despite Early Setback

Coming off a 3-2 loss at Santa Clara last Sunday and an emotional week that featured a number of canceled matches and practices, signs of a potential letdown were in place for the North Carolina volleyball team against William & Mary. And after losing the first game and struggling throughout the second, the Tar Heels rebounded to win the match 3-1. After being outscored 10-4 to end the first game, a 30-22 loss, UNC found themselves trailing again, 28-27, near the end of game two.

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Tax Proposal Snagged in 2-Week Senate Delay

Two weeks after the N.C. House passed a tax package, the Senate has yet to make significant progress on the proposal. On Aug. 30, the House approved by a narrow majority a tax package that would generate $391 million in tax revenue for the current fiscal year. The House package gives local governments the ability to raise the sales tax by a half cent, create a higher tax bracket for the wealthy and provide several tax credits for the poor.

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Walking Tour Focuses on Downtown Vision

Carrboro residents and officials brainstormed ideas for making the town more pedestrian-friendly and aesthetically pleasing as they strolled through downtown this weekend. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen sponsored a weekend-long planning workshop at the Century Center to discuss Carrboro's "Vision 2020," the town's urban development plan to guide the growth of its downtown area into the new century. The workshop, which was aimed at bringing residents and planning officials together to share ideas, was run by Dan Burden and his colleagues from Walkable Communities.

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DPS Reacts to Trespassing Incidents

After a string of recent trespassing incidents, Department of Public Safety officials are reminding community members that only people directly affiliated with the University are allowed to be on UNC grounds. Between Sept. 7 and Sept. 10, three counts of trespassing were reported on the UNC campus. But Jeff McCracken, deputy director of the Department of Public Safety, said the incidents do not indicate a widespread problem on campus.

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Robertson Fund Now Accepting Applications

Members of the UNC and Duke University communities now can help bridge the short distance between the schools with the help of grant money from the Robertson Scholars Collaboration Fund. Any faculty member, staff member or student from either university is eligible to apply for up to $5,000 from the fund. The money must be used to support a program that would initiate or enhance collaborative projects between the two schools, said Eric Mlyn, director of the Robertson Scholars program. "We hope this will encourage people to reach across the 11 miles," Mlyn said.

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Silent Field Becomes Memorial

A bright sun shone down, warming the bright metal bleachers directly below.The unscathed, painted field lay calmly and ready for battle below mostly clear skies.Perfect 68 degree weather for pigskin -- on any other Saturday afternoon of the year.

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N.C. State Student Eyes Council Seat

Thomas Croom is a senior chemistry major at N.C. State University expecting to graduate in December. But while his classmates might be looking for a job as graduation nears, Croom is campaigning for Raleigh City Council. Croom has been a resident of District D in Raleigh since 1983 and said he is frustrated with seeing candidates run virtually unopposed and ignore the many N.C. State students living in the area.

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Pathology Researcher Gets Award

A leading UNC researcher is set to receive one of the most distinguished scientific awards in the nation. Oliver Smithies, professor of pathology, was named the winner of the 2001 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research on Sunday for his work manipulating mouse genomes to create animal models of human disease. The Lasker Award is widely considered one of the highest awards in medical research and is referred to as "America's Nobels." Four scientists who have won the Lasker Award in the last three years have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

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Why Did It Take Terror At Home?

I did not want to write this column. I wanted to write about UNC's license agreement with software giant Microsoft Corp. There were reasons for my hesitation: I am supposed to be a University columnist, and besides, what can I say about Tuesday's events that hasn't already been said? But in view of the amazing response that this university has shown in the face of national tragedy, I had to change my mind. As fervent a Tar Heel as I am, I've never been as proud of UNC as I am now, not even when we beat Duke.

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Key Players Control Budget Process

On June 28, the N.C. House passed a state budget for the 2001-03 fiscal years with a large budget hole that legislators knew they would have to fill -- possibly with a tax package. But it was not until two months later -- Aug. 30 -- that the House passed a $391 million tax package to fill the fiscal hole. In between, there were few committee meetings, few debates on the legislative floor and no official vote on a tax package.

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Edwards Explains Bill, Criticizes Past Security

RALEIGH -- Under the metal walls of a helicopter hangar, Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., met with members of the N.C. National Guard just days after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. Edwards fielded questions concerning Tuesday's attack and America's potential response from about 150 members of the National Guard as two military helicopters rested a few feet behind them.

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OWASA Officials: Waste Spill Poses Little Threat

More than 1,000 gallons of sewage water overflowed Wednesday when a manhole became blocked with debris, sending an estimated 300 gallons into nearby Battle Creek. But sewer officials say the spill, which was contained in less than an hour, did not pose a significant threat to the creek. Orange Water and Sewer Authority personnel responded to reports of an overflow at 2 p.m. on Sugarberry Road near North Fordham Boulevard. The OWASA staff recovered about 700 gallons of the spilt wastewater and pumped it back into the system.

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We Stand Tall, But We Can't Stand Alone

Staring out on the cold waters of the Atlantic, Lady Liberty turns from the disastrous byproduct of American unilateralism. She does not hide her face from this treacherous assault on democracy and capitalism; rather she stands tall at a crossroads separating American self-reliance and international cooperation.

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Tar Heels Start, Finish Strong Against UNC-G

The similarities are there, on the page and on the field. Five games into the North Carolina men's soccer season, UNC players may have a tough time distinguishing between 2000 and 2001. Sean McGinty scored two first-half goals, but UNC struggled to hold on to beat UNC-Greensboro 2-1 on Sunday at Fetzer Field. "We've yet to play a full 90-minute game this season," McGinty said.

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