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Wednesday December 7th

Ann Hau


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Officials: Tougher Grading Might Help

University officials say faculty members' efforts to curb grade inflation could help students in the long run and that grade point average can matter less after college than students might think. The Faculty Council's recent attempts to decrease grade inflation and increase grade reporting standards has brought GPA back into the forefront of many students' concerns. But some UNC officials say implementing grading standards might actually help students entering the work force.

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Dedication Reveals New Hospitals

Stainless steel. Cold. Sterilized. For many people, these are words associated with a visit to the hospital. But UNC Hospitals officials and staff hope to ease some patient and family anxiety with the patient-friendly design of the newly constructed N.C. Women's and Children's Hospitals, which were dedicated Saturday.

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Departments' Resources, Classes Scarce

As the first week of classes draws to a close, heads of the University's most popular departments are working to make sure resources are available to accommodate an influx of students. This year's increased student population, combined with scarce faculty resources, might make it difficult for some departments to offer enough highly demanded classes for their majors. Since class standing determines registration priority, some of the 3,650 students in this year's freshman class -- the biggest class in UNC history -- had trouble enrolling in courses they wanted.

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Libraries Up Safety For Exams

Piles of notes to review. Endless chapters to read. Essays to write.As the countdown to final exams begins, UNC students will be in search of the perfect study place for cramming and completing the semester's last assignments.Officials at Davis Library and the Department of Public Safety hope to accommodate students' needs by creating a safer studying environment at the University's main library during final exams.Because the Undergraduate Library closed in December for renovations, there undoubtedly will be an increase in the number of students studying for finals in Davis.

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Offcials Journey on Enlightening UNC Tour

Dancing shadows cast on sidewalks. Rustling leaves. The snapping of a twig.These are all things that can prey on the imagination of anyone walking in the dark. But thanks to Wednesday night's lighting tour, walking through UNC's campus at night might be a bit safer.The lighting tour, conducted twice a year, enables students, staff and officials to inspect campus lighting and take part in determining where lighting needs improvement to increase campus safety and reduce hiding areas.

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Moeser Urges Faculty, Students to Fight Proposed Budget Cut

Rousing applause echoed through the halls of Wilson Library on Friday as faculty members lauded Chancellor James Moeser's powerful argument against the possible budget cuts from the UNC system.Moeser rallied those attending the Faculty Council meeting to support him in his stand against the 7 percent budget cut from the UNC system -- a total of $125 million -- that the state legislature's Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education formally requested last week.

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Workers' Treatment Questioned

Recent protests claiming that institutional racism still exists on UNC's campus have brought attention to another case of allegedly unfair conditions -- the treatment of University housekeepers.Last Monday, protesters from the On the Wake of Emancipation Campaign raised concerns about the treatment of campus housekeepers, calling it one form of institutional racism among many at UNC.

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Committee Set to Convene, Name Housekeeping Head

As a national applicant search for UNC's next housekeeping services director draws to a close, a diverse committee will convene to select the person who will be given the task of resolving disputes within the department.Led by Facilities Services Design Technician John Heuer, the committee will consist of two housekeepers, Student Body President Justin Young, four facilities services staff members and the director of on-campus minority recruitment, Archie Ervin.Heuer hopes to begin meetings during the second week of May after the April 30 application deadline.

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Noche Latina Celebrates 10th Anniversary

An impassioned flamenco dancer whirls and steps with intricate footwork to the rhythm of a Spanish guitar. An entranced audience claps, providing the beat for the powerful and fluid movements of a Brazilian martial arts performance.

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UNC Professor Dives Deep in Pacific

Secrets of the earth's ancient climate might soon surface from the ocean floor to help provide insight into today's global warming problem.This August, 115 scientists, technicians and crew members from all over the world will depart from Yokohama, Japan for a two-month-long ocean drilling expedition in the west Pacific Ocean.And Timothy Bralower, UNC professor and chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences, will co-chair the expedition.Bralower and two UNC graduate students will join the international team of 50 scientists and technicians and 65 crew members in examining sedime

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