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Thursday December 8th

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UNC System Won't Feel Fund Freeze

In one of his first policy initiatives as governor, Mike Easley announced a plan last week to deal with the most daunting problem facing his administration -- a $500 million state budget deficit.The N.C. constitution states that each fiscal year must end with a balanced budget.

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Relaxed Forte Glides to Success

Joseph Forte is racing toward stardom.Only, he's in no hurry to get there. That much has become apparent to followers of North Carolina the past two seasons, and it will be evident when the Tar Heels play Duke on Thursday at 9 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Nine of the 10 players on the floor will compete at regular speed, moving around the court with frantic intensity and strained facial expressions. The other player will navigate the court at Forte pace, with relaxed and fluid forms of motion reserved for UNC's No. 40.

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Candidates Cater to Potential New Voters

Anticipating a growing pool of likely voters because of online voting, candidates in this year's student elections are working to expand their campaigns and platforms in order to appeal to a broader audience.The candidates in this year's student elections feel that a higher voter turnout will force campaigns to solicit support from more than just major student organizations."In the past, if you hit the right groups, you'd probably win," said Carolina Athletic Association president candidate Reid Chaney.

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Scare Tactics Cloud Biotech Crops' Benefits

Just imagine: Using biotechnology, scientists can produce crops that will grow in drought conditions and therefore help alleviate the world's food shortages. Labs are developing plants that contain essential vitamins to prevent childhood blindness in underdeveloped countries.Yet a minority is trying to scare consumers into boycotting these fruits of our technology."The fear comes from overexaggerating the risks and eliminating the benefits from the discussion," said Ralph Dewey, a molecular biologist at N.C.

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Bush's Faith-Based Plan Draws Local Objections

President Bush's newly proposed faith-based initiative is raising questions among some local organizations.The proposal, announced on Monday, calls for the establishment of a White House office to distribute federal funds to charities and religious groups during the next 10 years.But the proposal has left some local leaders with serious reservations regarding the separation of church and state.The aim of the program is to let such groups compete for taxpayer money to provide services such as after-school programs, prison ministries and drug treatment.Bush stated in a press release

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Freshmen Can Now Get the Scoop Online

A Web site aimed at aiding freshmen in the transition to Chapel Hill culture and University life was launched Monday by the Freshman Focus Council.Freshman Central provides first-year students with academic tips, dates for campus events, transportation information, links to other Web sites, entertainment news and more.Freshmen Matt Tepper and Rebekah Burford were co-chairmen of the FFC's development of the Web site, which served as the group's first major project.

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Students Benefit From Wireless Access

The latest wave of technology is cresting on UNC's campus and students already are reaping the benefits with no strings attached -- literally.Wireless technology is now placing students, faculty and staff at the forefront of the technological revolution, providing high-speed Internet access in classrooms, labs and even coffee shops on Franklin Street."I am pleased and proud that we are taking this position nationally. I'm convinced what we're doing is at the vanguard of higher education," said Chancellor James Moeser.

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Police Roundup 1/30/01

UniversitySunday, Jan. 28University police responded at 5 p.m. to a larceny at the Kenan Field House.A student went jogging that afternoon and left his keys on the ground unattended. When he returned, his keys were missing.University police responded to a report of a larceny of two wallets at 2:37 p.m.A student at Ehringhaus Residence Hall reported that during the Dec. 15 campus blackout, someone broke into her room and took her wallet.The person also stole her roommate's wallet.The student said her credit card had been used Jan.

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SBP Candidates Fire Off 1st Shots

A Monday night forum provided nearly 100 students the chance to hear nine candidates for student body president present their campaign platforms and voice their opinions on several heated topics such as the appropriation of student activities funds and UNC's involvement with the United States Students' Association.But this was the first time students saw the candidates publicly confronting one another since campaign season kicked off Tuesday. The debate, held in Bingham Hall, was sponsored by the College Republicans and the Young Democrats.

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Ellis Looks to Take Running to Extreme

After talking to him for a while, you think he's destined for the X-Games rather than the Olympic Games.Highlights coloring his hair and sunglasses resting on the top of his head, his speech and personality reveal the mellow yet confident swagger of an X-Games champion.And while Jeff Ellis has been snowboarding for 10 years, you won't find him pulling any McTwists, nose grabs or frontside 720s for his home country of Canada in a competition any time soon.For the North Carolina senior track and field star, who speaks as gracefully as he runs, there's only one international game he's i

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Equality Means No Special Rights

When John Ashcroft testified in Congress last week, he claimed not to favor making government hiring decisions based on sexual preference. Ashcroft, who might be confirmed as attorney general tomorrow, deserves credit for at least professing the libertarian value that the state shouldn't discriminate.If only he meant it.According to The Washington Post, sexual orientation was the first question Ashcroft asked an applicant for a Missouri government job while governor.

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Interim Provost to Retire but Stay at UNC

As UNC's new administrative leadership takes shape, one figure who has aided in the transition, Dean Richard Edwards, is preparing to step down.Edwards has served as interim provost since Dick Richardson's retirement from the post July 1.

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Duke Considers Mandatory Computer Program

In an effort to integrate technology into the classroom, Duke University is considering implementing a program similar to UNC's Carolina Computing Initiative.Duke News Service representative Geoffrey Mock said school administrators are looking into the possibility of requiring all students to purchase computers.Under the proposal, all undergraduate students would have to own a computer by fall 2002. Mock said this exploration is part of the school's Five-Year Plan, which seeks to address the technological needs of the campus.

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Student Judicial System Needs a Tuneup - And Your Help

When it rains, it pours -- especially if your storm cloud is the student judicial system at UNC. Mike Trinh could use an umbrella.Trinh, the computer science student whose Honor Court appearance in October of last year sparked controversy about the system's unfairness, can't get a fair shake, much less a break in the rain.A full three months after his initial trial, Trinh skipped a day of classes to prepare for his appeal, scheduled for Jan. 22. Just an hour before the proceedings were to begin, he was told that his hearing had been postponed.

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Tough Away Crowds\Don't Faze Tar Heel

The North Carolina men's basketball team has already proven it can win in hostile environments.The Tar Heels defeated Maryland at Cole Field House on Jan. 10 and knocked off N.C. State at the Entertainment and Sports Arena on Sunday.Part of the reason for UNC's success is the ability of its players to accept the abuse they get from opposing fans.Wolfpack fans repeatedly chanted "Brenda" at center Brendan Haywood, insinuating that Haywood is a soft player in the post. They went a step further with Kris Lang, leaving basketball out of the equation.

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