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UNC Task Force Tries to Prioritize Academic Goals

A broad plan outlining the academic future of the University is being developed by a task force created by UNC administrators.The Academic Plan Task Force, composed of 24 faculty members, administrators, staff members and students, will draft a concise report by next fall that will guide budget decisions and allocation of resources to academic uses during the next five years.

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University Will Match Funds for Child Care

UNC-Chapel Hill officials pledged last week to match funds generated by the child-care referendum that students passed in February, pending approval by the UNC-CH Board of Trustees and the UNC-system Board of Governors. Although student leaders are responding enthusiastically to the administrators' decision, they say much still needs to be done to alleviate the dramatic child-care shortage student parents face. The referendum's 75-cent per semester student fee increase would generate about $36,000 a year for child-care subsidies.

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Parking Plan Changes Under Way

Chancellor James Moeser said University officials are already working to develop a new parking plan after the UNC Board of Trustees voted Thursday to send administrators' proposal back for revision. He said the offices of Nancy Suttenfield, vice chancellor for finance and administration, and Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor for campus services, have already begun the process of designing a new plan, which the BOT said should not include a night parking permit system. Moeser said he hopes a new plan will be drafted in time for the BOT to hold a special meeting April 25 to cons

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Forum Focuses on Students' Tuition Concerns

A forum addressing recent tuition increases and resulting student concerns was held Monday night in Gardner Hall. About 30 students attended the event, which was sponsored by the Young Democrats. The forum brought together three panelists who provided diverse perspectives and insights into the tuition debate.

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UNC Officials Now Subject To Evaluation

Amid the seemingly endless stream of exams, projects and presentations, UNC students might believe they are the only members of the campus community who face evaluation. But other University officials, including deans and vice chancellors, now are subject to a formal evaluation process that thoroughly examines their professional strengths and weaknesses. Although the review process emphasizes feedback for administrators, the evaluations have an effect on appointment renewals.

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Administrators: University Globalization Still a Possibility

When Chancellor James Moeser announced earlier this month that UNC would not open a satellite business school in Qatar, some considered the situation to be a completed chapter in the University's history. But according to UNC officials, the Qatar negotiations did not mark the first -- or the last -- time a foreign nation would court the University to establish a campus abroad. In 1996, the University considered opening a satellite branch in Jakarta, Indonesia, after a wealthy family offered to finance the venture.

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'Dolly' Creator Lectures About Cloning, Ethics

The scientist who successfully led the 1996 effort to clone a now-famous lamb named Dolly was not at all sheepish in his discussion of cloning and medical ethics Monday in Memorial Hall. Speaking with poise and sensitivity to a capacity crowd as part of the chancellor's Science Seminar Series, Ian Wilmut expressed both his hope and concern for the future of human and animal cloning. "We are at the beginning of an exciting era in biology and genetics, but we need a period of ambitious research before we practically apply these procedures," he said.

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UNC to Hold Campus Elections

Students can cast their votes today in the general student body elections. Emily Margolis, chairwoman of the Board of Elections, said all fee-paying students can vote online through Student Central by using their PIDs or ONYENs to access the site. The site will be available for voting from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Students can only vote once.

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Officials Minimize Construction Noise for Exams

Construction projects on North and South Campus will continue during final exam week, but University officials say they have taken steps to minimize the inconvenience to students. Rebecca Casey, assistant director of the Department of Housing, said her office has stressed the importance of maintaining a study-friendly environment during exam week. "It has been emphasized and re-emphasized to the contractors that students should not be disturbed during exam time," she said. Casey said construction on South Campus will have little impact on residents because most

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