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Q&A: Dance Marathon setup

Tonight, 1,600 dancers will gather in Fetzer Gymnasium to kick off the 12th annual UNC Dance Marathon. Patience Obasaju, the operations chairperson for Dance Marathon, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the preparations for the marathon.

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Carrboro elects new poet laureate

A former Carrboro Alderman with a self-published book of haikus makes for a rare combination. But that’s Jay Bryan, an alderman from 1987 to 1997 who was selected last week to serve as Carrboro’s fifth poet laureate, a role that promotes poetry in the community. He said poetry serves as an escape from the disputes he hears practicing family law.

Today, many students will be wearing their TOMS shoes in an attempt to promote the company. DTH File/Kim Martiniuk
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New group celebrates unofficial TOMS Day

Harris Googe has enough pairs of TOMS Shoes to wear a different style Monday through Friday.The sophomore chairwoman for the unofficial UNC TOMS club will don a pair today alongside many in an attempt to promote the shoe company, as today has been deemed the first unofficial TOMS Day by the campus group.

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Students to honor transgender remembrance day

Students will simultaneously fall to the ground at noon today in the Pit, symbolizing those who have been killed in the past year because of their gender identity or gender expression.Today is the 11th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. It concludes a weeklong effort the UNC LGBTQ Center has organized for transgender awareness.

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Tuition increases intensify personal struggles

Lindsey Ragsdale measures everything she buys by the hours she will have to work to pay for it.She worries about tuition increases because she finances her education with four federal loans, a private loan and a part-time job.“It is such a mental sacrifice,” she said. “The last couple of years, I have only been thinking about how much money is in my accounts or how much I need for bills. I worry about it all the time.”

Patrick Burrows studies in the Campus Center of the Episcopal Campus Ministry. DTH/Nicole Otto
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Steeple people

 Gravedigger is something Patrick Burrows can add to his resume, thanks to living in The Chapel of the Cross for the last year.Burrows, a senior French and linguistics major from Asheville, has lived in the Episcopal church on Franklin Street since his junior year.“It is somewhat estranging to other students because they suddenly assume things about you, like that you are a prude,” Burrows said. “It certainly can establish a stereotype — an image that isn’t necessarily true.”

Patel, president of UNC’s Youth for Western Civilization chapter, breaks the controversial group’s stereotype.DTH/Ryan Jones
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An unlikely leader

As a liberal-leaning Indian, Nikhil Patel is an unlikely leader for a conservative group.President of the UNC chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, Patel has found himself caught in the crossfire of accusations stating that the group is radically right-wing, racist and close-minded.Patel had reservations about the group’s values at first, too.“You can’t take the stances of a few people and stereotype the whole club to be neo-Nazi nut jobs,” he said.

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