Emily Luger


Minding their health

Editor's note: The Daily Tar Heel has tracked four freshmen since August, gauging their health habits as they adjust to college life. Each month, the freshmen are weighed by the DTH, and answer questions concerning a featured health issue. Halloween is done, Thanksgiving is creeping up, and Roy and the boys are hitting the court, which can only mean one thing: It's almost time for finals and the home stretch of fall semester. Students across campus are working on term papers, finishing readings and getting ready for the approaching several-week study binge.

Stay fresh, avoid flu

Editor's note: The Daily Tar Heel has tracked four freshmen since August, gauging their health habits as they adjust to college life. Each month, the freshmen are weighed by the DTH, and answer questions concerning a featured health issue. Campus is a dangerous place. Or at least it can be, if students aren't careful to avoid some common health pitfalls, especially during flu season, which started this month. Freshmen might be particularly at risk during flu season because of their lack of college-life experience, said Carol Kozel, nursing director at Campus Health Services.

Walk it off

The Daily Tar Heel is tracking the health habits of four freshmen each month until April. This week each wore a pedometer to measure the distance they traveled on foot. A Public Broadcasting System report says students should strive to walk five miles per day to sustain their weight. The freshmen's August weights were self-reported, but they now will weigh in on an electronic scale. Anand Dwivedi Dwivedi, who lives in Hinton James Residence Hall, is staying active with intramural football and is looking forward to beginning intramural soccer in October.

Tailgating fans are few and far between

At a University where sports are not just a passion but a lifestyle, the beginning of a new season means a shift in the mood on campus. Franklin Street is stained blue, and Saturday afternoons are reserved - for football - on calendars across the state. But for most UNC fans, tailgating options are limited, especially compared with neighboring schools such as Duke, Wake Forest and N.C. State universities. At the last two football games, fans said parking space, drinking restrictions and subdued football enthusiasm made for lackluster pre-game celebrations in local parking lots.

Interns toil for resume line

With the summer before her senior year looming, Gabrielle Reynolds knew that to boost her post-graduation employment chances an internship was a must. After several e-mails and a long phone interview, the journalism student found herself in the ultimate summer internship position - the newest employee of a well-known international public relations firm in Manhattan. "I was looking forward to getting some great in-the-field experience, rather than just menial work, like photocopying," she said.

Chapel Hill deemed a 'fit' by state group

May 25 - Take a stroll through Chapel Hill and you will see many sights. But regardless of the time of day, one thing that you will undoubtedly see on a daily jaunt through Chapel Hill is handfuls of runners, walkers and bikers that sprinkle the town with life and movement. Chapel Hill recently was designated a "Fit Community" by BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina and the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund, among eight other state communities that are taking steps to improve livability and fitness for residents.

This fall, it's all in the bag

When first-year students enter the University in the fall, they face an array of decisions. More specifically, they face an array of costs, including, but not limited to, dorm supplies, computers, meal plans, notebooks, books - and, naturally, a bag into which said supplies may be put. Until now, university bookstores nationwide have offered similar products to help students lug around their supplies. Experts say leather-bound black computer bags, backpacks and decorative but not very functional messenger bags rank among the most popular of purchases.

New comedy lacks the laughs of predecessors

MOVIEREVIEW "You, Me and Dupree" 3 Stars Although not the best of its genre, "You, Me and Dupree" joins the ranks of what has now become a successful series of films ("Old School," "Wedding Crashers") that deal with the same issues: grown-up men who don't want to grow up and the women who deal with them. Fortunately, like its predecessors, the film is salvaged from its potential simplicity by clever casting decisions and overall comic appeal.

Film traces junkie's efforts to clean up her act

MOVIEREVIEW "Clean" 3.5 stars "Clean" is for anyone who has turned over a new leaf, overcome temptation, struggled to make ends meet or accepted forgiveness. It is a story of love and survival, of the highest highs and the lowest lows and of fighting for another chance. "Clean" follows Emily Wang, an embittered heroin junkie whose failing rock-star boyfriend dies from an overdose, leaving her to fend for herself and for their son.