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New Child-Care Funding Package Will Fall Short

The University's agreement earlier this month to match funds raised by an increase in student fees will allow the child-care referendum passed Feb. 12 to fund 24 additional children, officials said Tuesday. But while officials say the plan is a positive step, especially for student parents, it still won't provide coverage for all the members of the University community in need of child-care resources. As of now, 42 UNC students receive child-care assistance from the University and the Child Care Services Association, a nonprofit agency based in Chapel Hill.

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TAs Worry Budget Cuts May Affect Stipends, Classes

George Harper, a graduate student in the Department of Biology, spends 15 hours a week preparing to teach a recitation section of Biology 132. Before the class on evolutionary mechanisms begins, he reviews the reading assignment and prepares discussion questions. Harper makes $5,000 a semester as a teaching assistant, but he and other graduate students are increasingly concerned that pending budget cuts will cost them their main source of income.

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1st Lobbying Class Offers Basic Data On N.C. Legislature

More than 30 students attended the first of six sessions of a new political science course Tuesday aimed at teaching students how to effectively lobby the N.C. General Assembly regarding budget issues. Student Body President Jen Daum, who proposed the course last month, said the class will help students understand how the state legislature's actions affect the University and its budget.

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UNC Investigates Salary, Financial Aid Equity

Racial inequality in campus money distribution, especially in regard to faculty pay and student aid, has been a hot button of discussion on university campuses. The debate often centers on whether these disparities are real or imagined. When it comes to faculty salaries at UNC, officials say the truth might lie somewhere in between. The Office of Institutional Research began a formal study earlier this semester of possible faculty salary gaps between whites and non-whites and between women and men at UNC. This office has never before conducted such a study.

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Events Honor Native Culture

Native American cultural celebrations will take place on campus all this week, culminating Saturday with an annual powwow in which students will dance in traditional tribal dress. The purpose of the week's events, which are sponsored by the Carolina Indian Circle and other campus organizations, is to educate the University community about Native American culture and history, organizers said.

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Dance Marathon Raises Money, Spirits 'For the Kids'

More than 600 UNC students will dance, eat and listen to live bands for 24 hours straight this weekend as the UNC Dance Marathon throws the biggest bash in its four-year history to raise money "for the kids." The party kicks off 7 p.m. today in Fetzer Gym, and organizers hope the energetic atmosphere will carry the dancers through the event, where they will stay on their feet for 24 hours to symbolize the round-the-clock efforts of parents with sick children.

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Banquet Feeds According to Wealth

The School of Social Work sponsored a hunger banquet Tuesday night in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building to raise awareness about global hunger and poverty. Jay Hemingway-Foday, a second-year master's student and co-chairwoman of the Social Justice Caucus in the School of Social Work, which organized the event, said the purpose of the event was to illustrate disparities in global resource allocation. "It's a way to dramatize unequal resource distribution around the world," she said.

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University Plans to Shorten School Calendar for 2003-04

UNC-Chapel Hill students likely can look forward to a shorter academic year after the Board of Governors voted Friday to give UNC-system schools the option to shorten their calendars. David Lanier, University registrar and head of the committee that submits calendar proposals to the chancellor, said the coming year's calendar has already been published but that changes will likely take place for the 2003-04 school year. With a shortened calendar, Lanier said, the academic year likely will start a week later in the fall of 2003 and end a week earlier in the spring of 2004.

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'Stan' Starts Career At Nursing School

UNC nursing students can now practice critical care skills on simulated "patients" that respond to emergency medical treatments. The School of Nursing officially debuted its new human patient simulators, "Stan" and "Stan Jr.," Thursday with an afternoon of activities, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and instructional seminar. Carol Durham, clinical professor of the nursing school's Clinical Education and Resource Center, said the new simulators will be beneficial for students, allowing them to interact with and react to a mannequin that responds to treatment in real time. Stan,

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