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Growing Diversity Translates Into Spanish Lessons

The students of a third-grade Spanish class sat on the floor in a semicircle playing a Spanish-language version of "I Spy" with their student teacher, Kelly Watson, a UNC graduate student. One student sat in a chair to the side and chose an animal from the board -- "Yo veo un animal," the student said. Hands shot up, and questions such as "

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Minugh Slated to Take Reins, Become DTH's 136th Editor

Kim Minugh's friends dressed her in a tiara and a feather boa for a party Saturday night celebrating her upcoming reign as The Daily Tar Heel's 136th editor. Minugh, a junior journalism and history major from California, serves as the DTH's managing editor. She joined the staff during the fall of her freshman year. Minugh said she was with her boyfriend and her roommate when she found out she was selected.

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Simple Details Improve Lackluster Rooms

Eventually residence hall residents must face the facts -- two people and all their possessions are crammed in a room double the area of your former closet. But despite the size, there's no reason your room has to be ugly too. Why not spruce it up a bit? Libby Jeter and Zoe Manickam have done just this. By adding personal touches and flair to their Alderman Residence Hall room, the UNC sophomores have made their living conditions unique. "Our main focus was making it feel homey, like we're in an apartment," Jeter said.

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Student Activist Takes On Establishment

Students might not realize it, but someone on campus fights for their voices to be heard. Tara Purohit, a UNC junior, is working to ensure that the concerns and opinions of University students are recognized. Purohit is a member of the UNC Common Cause/Democracy Matters Student Alliance for Campaign Finance Reform, a group formed to protest UNC's campus-based tuition increase proposal while supporting the national issue of campaign finance reform. "We are opposed to the fact that our tuition is being consistently raised," Purohit said.

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Local Tree Farmers Provide A Fresher Alternative

Scott Williams has lived in Chapel Hill since 1958 and has been in the business of selling Christmas trees for 38 years. His half-acre lot is located on Main Street in Carrboro across from Weaver Street Market. Williams says the market for Christmas trees has risen this year due to the Sept. 11 tragedy. "Everybody refers to 9/11," Williams said.

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Crowd Supports Herrera, Carrboro Government

With only standing room left at Carrboro Town Hall on Tuesday night, Mayor Mike Nelson, incumbent Board of Aldermen members Jacquelyn Gist and Diana McDuffee and newcomer John Herrera were sworn into office. More than 70 people of different ages and nationalities crowded the room to show support for Herrera and the returning officials. "I haven't seen that many people, unless they were mad, be in that room, so that was great," Gist said. Herrera, the first Hispanic immigrant elected to a municipal government post in North Carolina, won the election over former Alderman Allen Spalt,

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Carrboro Deemed Friendly for Cyclists

A national bicyclist organization has declared Carrboro a bicycle-friendly community, marking the first time any town in North Carolina has received the distinction. Representatives of the League of American Bicyclists, a lobbying group of more than 30,000 bicyclists nationwide, said Carrboro received the honor because of the town's continued efforts to promote bicycling as a viable form of transportation, exercise and fun. "Our purpose is to increase awareness and acceptance of bicycling," said Anthony Yoder, program manager at the League of American Bicyclists.

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Aldermen Delay Pine Street Decision

Carrboro officials decided Tuesday to push back any decisions on Pine Street housing issues until they can review more detailed information. Members of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen are looking to revise the area's building and zoning ordinances to alleviate traffic, parking and building density problems. Aldermen discussed redefining terms like "group homes" and the possibility of restricting these developments in residential neighborhoods. "It's a little sticky, what is legitimately a single family dwelling and what is not," said Alderman Alex Zaffron.

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Mayoral Candidates Discuss Growth, Housing, Halloween

UNC law students and local residents posed questions to Chapel Hill mayoral candidates at a forum Thursday night. Judith Wegner, a UNC law professor, moderated the forum, which was hosted by the Carolina Forum. The event began with two minutes of introduction from Kevin Foy and Lee Pavao, the two candidates in the race.

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Festival Showcases Greek Traditions

The annual Greek Festival will kick off today in Chapel Hill, bringing a flare of Greek food, culture and dancing to festival-goers. The festival will be held at East Chapel Hill High School, located at 500 Weaver Dairy Road, and is sponsored by St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church of Durham and Chapel Hill. Festivities will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be no charge for admission.

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