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Wednesday October 27th

LEAH KONEN


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Ringbacks latest cell phone fix

Students don't have to wade through half-drunk, rowdy sports fans anymore to hear UNC's fight song. They can just call a friend. It's called a ringback tone, and it's the newest trend to hit the cell phone industry. Users who subscribe to the service don't hear any music themselves, but allow the people who call them to hear music instead of the traditional ringing sound heard when making a call. "Please enjoy the music while your party is reached," a voice says through the speaker to introduce the song snippet.

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Gossip popular, according to buzz

Students seem to be doing it everywhere - in the middle of the Pit, the back of the library or at a crowded fraternity party. Gossip is an almost unavoidable aspect of social interaction. "I don't think it's a very nice thing to talk about people behind their backs," junior Stephanie Atkinson says. "But everyone does it." For years, getting the skinny has been tainted by negative connotations, but the practice has been brought to academia by recent research that shows gossip plays an important role in social interaction.

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Achordants to sing in New York

A group of UNC students is crooning its way to the Big Apple. The Achordants, an all-male a cappella group, will perform tonight in Gerrard Hall before packing its bags for New York City, where it will compete April 30 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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Holiday 'Express' off track

Is it possible to capture the magic and spirit of one of the greatest Christmas books of all time in a major motion picture? The answer, sadly, is no. While "The Polar Express" attempts to deliver the delight characteristic of the classic children's book, the result is but a shadow of the original. All who've read the story by Chris Van Allsburg are familiar with the tale of the exciting train that carries Santa-doubting children straight to the North Pole.

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Dorm life takes center stage

Everyone claims their lives are dramas, but some take it to the next step. Lab! Theatre presents an out- of-the-ordinary look at college life through the story of a dorm room in "Mangum 310." Written by student Bryan Cohen, it begins Friday at the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art. The play, which was created so Cohen wouldn't have to write a paper for a theater history class, soon developed into a full-length play, inspired by Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya."

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Barebones LP's emotion too obtuse

It'll take more than a prayer to save this album. Panda Bear's solo debut, Young Prayer, was produced by the Animal Collective member in the wake of the death of his father. But he creates an album that is almost too prayer-like: experimental and psychedelic, but ultimately lacking likability. He pours his heart into the tracks, which mostly consist of excessive wailing and little musical accompaniment, and the listener can appreciate the feeling with which he performs. But his benediction is long and drawn out and fails to allure the audience.

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