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Residents Vocalize Fears About Master Plan

Chapel Hill residents got a chance to air out their concerns about the Master Plan and plea for their homes in front of a panel of University and town officials Thursday night in Dey Hall.The Carolina Environmental Student Alliance sponsored the event, which was meant to provide a voice for people on all sides of the University's Master Plan, a 50-year plan for campus development.Panel members included Orange County Commissioner Margaret Brown, director of the Master Plan Jonathan Howes and Chapel Hill resident Diana Steele.The responsive audience consisted of about 15 Chapel Hill res

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UNC Recommends Faculty Cuts

UNC-Chapel Hill administrators have recommended the elimination of more than 80 faculty positions as a way to meet proposed budget cuts, a move administrators fear could leave the University short-staffed.The N.C.

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UNC Puts Its Money on Genomics Research

UNC could be teetering on the precipice of a scientific breakthrough of extraordinary proportions.Thanks to $245 million in public and private funding and a dedicated research team headed by Dr. Terry Magnuson, UNC is at the forefront of what promises to be a revolution in the field of genomics. Chancellor James Moeser announced the University's commitment to genomics research in February 2001, hoping to make UNC a leading figure in genomics -- a budding field that could change the face of modern medicine. And Magnuson said the time is ripe for a surge in genomic discoveries.

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Local Analysts: No Need to Panic About Economy

The economic turbulence of the stock market last week concerned some consumers, but UNC experts say it's not time for the country, or graduating seniors, to panic.When the Federal Reserve Board lowered interest rates last week by a half-point in response to a slowing economy, many consumers concerned that the cut was too conservative pulled out of the stock market.But UNC economic and finance professors say that while the economy is not as robust as in recent years, the doomsday projections of some analysts and politicians are misleading."I don't see it as a sign of (economic) decline

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SBP-Elect Addresses Young Democrats

Young Democrats with a hankering for free ice cream and an interest in Student Body President-elect Justin Young were in for a treat Monday night in Bingham Hall.Young attended the hourlong Young Democrats meeting primarily to answer questions from about 30 audience members.Young started by expressing his gratitude for the organization's support. Many Young Democrats campaigned heavily for Young. "I want to thank y'all as an organization for endorsing me -- I'm very excited," Young said. "I'm also very excited about the ice cream."The audience wasted no time in tackling the issues.

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Matthews Works To Install Clocks

The goal of equipping all UNC classrooms with accurate clocks could come to fruition as early as this spring.The project -- an issue included in Student Body President Brad Matthews' platform -- has stalled due to a combination of political ensnarements and logistical problems."It's in the works," Matthews said. "As usual with anything in a bureaucracy, it always takes longer than you think."The project is now in the hands of Charles Gallagher, the maintenance supervisor for facilities and building services.

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Debate Incites Smiles, Talk of Issues

Spurts of laughter filled Carroll Hall Auditorium on Thursday night as student body president candidates poked fun at each other in a debate revealing the lighter side of their campaigns.All seven official candidates and a write-in candidate participated in the event, which was co-hosted by the Blue & White and The Daily Tar Heel. The first segment of the debate involved questions asked by two mediators, one from each of the sponsoring media outlets. The role the student body needs to play in the government was a common theme throughout the debate.

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Love Canal ActivistTo Speak

A renowned environmentalist noted for her stand against governmental apathy will offer her advice Tuesday to students interested in tackling environmental issues. Lois Gibbs, founder of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and former resident of Love Canal, N.Y., a notorious toxic waste dumping site, will speak at the Student Union at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The speech will be free and open to the public. UNC's Student Environmental Action Coalition first suggested that Gibbs be invited to campus, but the group could not fund the event alone.

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