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Thursday August 11th

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Preservation Key in Hall Updates

Tiers of metal scaffolding envelop Old East and Old West residence halls as the centuries-old dormitories receive further repairs.While the current construction consists only of roofing replacement, officials say any renovation projects on Old East and Old West must exercise caution to preserve the buildings' historic authenticity.On Jan. 22, construction crews began roof and gutter work on the buildings.

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UNC Seeks More Flexibility in Town Laws

Chancellor James Moeser sent a letter Wednesday to Chapel Hill Mayor Rosemary Waldorf requesting re-evaluation of the town's application of zoning regulations and permits to the University.The chancellor's letter asked for elimination of a zoning cap that limits University floor space and modification of the special-use permits currently applied to the Horace Williams and Mason Farm land tracts.The letter also requested exemption from zoning-compliance permits and the site-plan reviews associated with them. The costs of zoning compliance permits were raised by the town July 1, 2000.

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Payne Seeks More Student Input on Tuition

UNC Association of Student Governments President Andrew Payne said Thursday that he hopes the Board of Governors' recent decision to re-examine its tuition-setting policy will result in more student input.The BOG approved tuition increases at six system schools Wednesday -- a move that also incited the board to reconsider the process it adopted in 1998 to set tuition levels at the 16 campuses.Payne said the level of student involvement in tuition decisions, which are made each spring at the BOG level and each fall at the campus level, is not up to par.

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Battle for ACC Tourney Title Looks to Be a Free-For-All

The ACC's two headliners met at the Smith Center last Sunday with the media spotlight shining solely on Chapel Hill.The league's seven other schools only benefitted by what transpired on that rainy afternoon.Duke's 95-81 victory meant top-seeded North Carolina will head into this weekend's ACC Tournament losers of three of its past five games.

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Stuart Scott Makes An Ideal Speaker For Commencement

TO THE EDITOR: One week after the announcement of ESPN's Stuart Scott as this year's Commencement speaker, Faculty Council Chairwoman Sue Estroff voiced opposition to the selection. In doing so, she illustrated an appalling degree of narrow-mindedness, arrogance and intellectual snobbery.In The Daily Tar Heel's March 7 article, "Students, Faculty Defend Speaker Choice," Estroff was quoted as saying, "It's ironic that this year, at this ultimately academic conferral of degrees, we have a sports anchor." Imagine that. A lowly, bottom-of-the-food-chain sports anchor.

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Look Beyond Our Material Things

These are my clothes. Away from me they go. Shiny shoes, running shoes and flip-flops shall carry me no more. Silver hoops in my ears, stud through my tongue, ring in my navel.Gone.Just a few weeks ago, I gave a stranger a ride to Durham in my scraggly car. As I pumped gas, he showed me his wallet and cellular phone and said he had money. He just needed a ride to Durham because his car had quit quite unexpectedly.Now, quite unexpectedly, my car has sputtered out for the time being. Gone is convenience through the automobile.

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9 Track Athletes Set to Compete in NCAAs

UNC track and field Dennis Craddock will travel to Fayetteville, Ark. with a total of nine athletes, for the 2001 NCAA Track and Field Championships this weekend hosted by Arkansas. The women who have qualified for the NCAA Championships are Shalane Flanagan (mile), Joy Ganes (high jump), Beth George (distance medley relay), Edi Ntuen (400m), Alice Schmidt (800m), and Ola Sesay (long jump).

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Officials to Use Odum Village for Interim Housing

While most UNC students are packing to leave town for Spring Break, some students are facing the reality of another week in Chapel Hill and difficulties with residence hall closing times.Campus residence halls will close at 6 p.m. today and will not reopen until noon March 18.Sophomore Nathan Baldwin lives in Hinton James Residence Hall but isn't leaving until Saturday because he plays on the Rugby Football Club, which is playing Middle Tennessee State at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Tift Merritt's Timeless Music Takes Off

Time slows around alt-country singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. She speaks with a slight drawl -- her voice has an unhurried but direct quality, a casualness that is both refreshing and informal. When she stubs out her Camel Light, Merritt languidly spins it around the ashtray, extinguishing it with short, absent-minded jabs. Her music is equally timeless. Classic without sounding dated, Merritt's songs and guitar playing move at their own pace.

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Unmoving `Mexican' Ignores Its Strengths

The Mexican2 StarsThe pairing of superstars Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in "The Mexican" might be a dream come true to some -- but after viewing the film, you may change your mind and decide it's more like a nightmare.Pitt and Roberts are hardly ever on screen together, and hit man Leroy (James Gandolfini, from HBO's "The Sopranos") has more chemistry with Roberts than Pitt. Megastars are naturally expected to deliver a jewel of a film. When they don't, all the hype only leads to greater disappointment.

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Mitchell's Recent Column Fails to Fully Recognize`God-Designed Sex'

TO THE EDITOR:I choose not to read Cosmopolitan or watch MTV because I do not find their information appealing. While I may find insight in an article or two, the overwhelming content of the magazine and the shows are driven by sex, selfishness and downright sin. My only way of protest is to simply not purchase or endorse the magazine or watch MTV.So, when I choose to pick up The Daily Tar Heel and read it, I'm endorsing it. I'm saying I believe the content of this newspaper is worth my time.

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Arquette, Dog, Run Out of Laughs In Juvenile, Tasteless `See Spot Run'

See Spot Run1 StarYou know the disclaimer about how "no animals were harmed during the making of this movie?" I'm beginning to think theaters should air some kind of warning during the previews concerning the harm the audience might experience while watching a terrible flick.After suffering through "See Spot Run," my only emotion was pity for all the parents who were dragged to it by their 8-year-old progeny.And my only question: Why is a college paper reviewing this?!"Spot" is a desperate PG-comedy about a highly trained dog (Spot, a.k.a.

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Sheik, Playwright Collaborate on Moon

Duncan SheikPhantom Moon3 Stars Duncan Sheik burst onto the music scene in 1997 with his hit "Barely Breathing." His self-titled 1996 debut and his sophomore effort, 1998's Humming, were filled with an upbeat melodic pop and silky balladry that arguably ranked him among the decade's finest singer/songwriters. This week, Duncan Sheik returns to the scene with Phantom Moon, an album that finds the artist collaborating with playwright Steven Sater.

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Aldermen Discuss November Bond Issues

CARRBORO - The Carrboro Board of Aldermen discussed projects for the town that could be addressed in the proposed Orange County November 2001 bond referendum.The board met Tuesday night at Carrboro Town Hall to discuss projects the board felt should be included in the $72 million Orange County November 2001 bond referendum.Carrboro Recreation and Parks Director Richard Kinney presented the board with a list of projects it must consider for the bond referendum.

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Society Has Responsibility To Preserve Resources For Continued Stability\

TO THE EDITOR:If you open any newspaper or magazine, you can find a tragic tale of poverty or what I refer to as the "have-nots." We read this tragic tale, feel a moment of sorrow and move on to the stock quotes, comics or arts and leisure section, forgetting this glimpse into the alien community of the "have-nots." We have myriad social programs and caring people in this world who spend countless dollars and hours with the end result of greater poverty and no end to it in sight.

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Teacher Wins Regional Award

A local teacher described as "a real team player" was rewarded for her classroom excellence and named regional Teacher of the Year on Wednesday.Julie Dermody, a fifth-grade teacher at Scroggs Elementary School in Chapel Hill, already has been recognized as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Teacher of the Year for 2000-01. Dermody's award was announced at a meeting with her colleagues after school in Scroggs Elementary's art room. She said the award came as a complete surprise. "I had no idea," said the 49-year-old Dermody, who has been teaching for 19 years.

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Police Roundup 02/08/01

UniversityTuesday, March 6A female victim filed a belated larceny report with police. She parked her 1995 Sturn in the Dogwood Parking Deck in November. She reported that an Ultra notebook computer, valued at $200, had been stolen from the rear floor of her car, reports state. There are no suspects at this time.A computer was stolen from 105 Taylor Hall. The computer is a Compaq laptop with a value of $2,300.

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New Provost Adjusts to Hectic Days

Years ago, Robert Shelton bought a pocket-sized leather organizer that now holds a printout of his jam-packed daily agenda -- one that kept him a step or two behind schedule Wednesday morning.Taking his hectic schedule in stride, the new provost found time to confer with the chancellor, talk to an outside expert about research doctorate programs, take a tour of Manning Hall and discuss Native American issues at UNC with a faculty member -- all before squeezing in a bite to eat at noon."I need seven hours of sleep," Shelton said.

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Commissioners Prepare for State's Legislative Session

With any luck, Orange County Commissioners' legislative goals for 2001 will pass through the General Assembly as easily as they did at a public hearing Tuesday night.In a meeting at the Southern Human Services Center, the commissioners unanimously approved the county's goals 4-0. Commissioner Margaret Brown is in Mexico and did not attend. County attorney Geoff Gledhill presented the county's goals in front of about 30 residents.

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