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Tuesday October 19th

Mike Callahan


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Site Supplies Professor Reviews

UNC-Chapel Hill students making last-minute changes to their schedule and looking for an easy "A" might not have to rely on word-of-mouth to find the perfect class. A new Web site, http://www.pickaprof.com, breaks down by percentage the grades certain professors gave out the previous semester. The site also allows students to post professor reviews. John Cunningham, Pick-A-Prof founder, said he created the Web site so students can find the perfect professor and class.

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Thanksgiving Break-Ins Plague South Campus

Several UNC students returned to their South Campus residence halls Sunday to find their rooms had been burglarized during Thanksgiving break. According to police reports, five rooms in Craige and Hinton James residence halls were robbed during the four-day weekend. A DVD player, a VHS recorder and a television were among the items stolen, which totaled more than $530 for the five rooms. "They pretty much ransacked our room," said freshman Christie McDaniel, who lives in Craige. "I just really felt violated."

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UNC Library To Remove Document

Federal government efforts to increase national security in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks have reached Davis Library. The library has been ordered by the federal government to destroy documents containing information on public water supplies it received as a member of the Federal Depository Library program. Government officials have approached about 1,300 libraries across the country that might contain sensitive documents.

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Masala Event Draws Crowd of 500

The crowd of more than 500 students, faculty and community members that filled the Great Hall of the Student Union on Friday night was treated to a feast of cultural fashions, songs and dances at the Masala Fashion Show. Masala, an umbrella organization whose members include many of UNC's multicultural groups, first organized the show in 1995. But organizers said this year's show is much different than the first. "It has expanded and become something more than just a fashion show," said Nitasha Menon, Masala co-president. "It has evolved into a cultural show."

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UNC Honors Chilean President

While UNC celebrated its Homecoming weekend, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos Escobar also returned to the University -- to receive an honorary degree Friday afternoon. After receiving the honorary doctor of laws degree, Lagos spoke to the students and faculty gathered in the Morehead Building banquet hall about the importance of security in the world after the tragedies of Sept. 11. Lagos said the terrorist attacks were the second time he has seen democracy challenged on the Sept. 11 date.

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Summit Focuses on Gay Men's Health Issues

More than 100 men attended UNC's N.C. Gay Men's Health Summit on Saturday to learn more about health issues unique to their community. Leaders from the Carolina Alternative Meeting of Professional and Graduate Students and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caucus within UNC's School of Public Health organized the event with input from several organizations throughout the Triangle region.

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Senior Week to Feature Petting Zoo

A petting zoo, field games and a senior bar night are among the highlights of Senior Week, a celebration that kicks off today. The week's events begin at 11 a.m. today with free popcorn in the Pit and run through Thursday. Senior Class Secretary Shawn Brooks said senior week offers a little something for everyone. "Senior Week is important because it marks one of the only times for seniors to come together and unite," Brooks said.

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Vandals Mar Cube With Homophobic Graffiti

Offensive slurs painted on the cube beside the Pit angered members of the UNC lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community after students discovered the vandalism Sunday evening. According to police reports, the slurs made reference to a "movie" with characters named "Princess Bill," "Hans Homo" and "Gay J" as "Darth Gaydor." The vandals also made reference to Nov. 22, which is Thanksgiving. A Student Union employee painted over the offensive material Sunday night after the vandalism was reported at about 8:40 p.m., police reports stated.

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Faculty Debates Award Criteria

A resolution that sparked debate at the Faculty Council meeting Friday was sent back to the Faculty Information Technology Advisory Committee for redrafting. The resolution would give special consideration in determining teaching awards for professors using information technology in innovative ways.

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Officials: Arrested Employee Poses No Risk

A UNC housekeeping employee arrested on a crack cocaine charge and released Thursday will not face disciplinary action by the University until the incident is investigated further, UNC officials said Friday. Officials said the arrest of Mario Schaffer, 26, of 225 Roberson Street should not pose any safety problems for students because Schaffer does not have access to residence halls. Drake Maynard, senior director of administration for the Department of Human Resources, said University policy is to take disciplinary action only once an employee is convicted of a crime.

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