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Motorcyclist Hurt In Franklin St. Traffic Accident

A man suffered non-life-threatening injuries after his motorcycle collided with a minivan at the intersection of East Franklin Street and Elliott Road on Tuesday evening. The BMW motorcycle was traveling east in the right lane of Franklin Street as the minivan, a 1995 Nissan Quest, was travelling west on Franklin Street and preparing to turn left onto Elliott Road. Shortly after 6 p.m. the motorcycle and minivan collided as the van turned onto Elliott Road toward the Village Plaza shopping center, throwing the cyclist 20 feet from the accident.

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GPSF Questions Campus About Child Care

Starting today, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation will begin collecting data for the University's first comprehensive study of child-care needs on campus. GPSF's child-care advisory committee will release a survey to all students, staff and faculty regarding an array of child-care issues, said GPSF President Branson Page. The survey, which Page said is the first of its kind, will include questions about the variety of child-care options available, problems with those options and potential interest in a drop-off day-care center on campus.

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Elections Board to Explain Rules

A mandatory meeting for all potential candidates in this semester's student elections will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday in Mitchell Hall. All students interested in running for student body president, Graduate and Professional Student Federation president, Residence Hall Association president, Carolina Athletic Association president, Student Congress and senior class office are required to attend.

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Applicants Sought for Secretary Post

There will be a new face in the executive branch of student government by the end of this weekend. Applications for student body secretary are available online and are due by midnight Friday, said Student Body President Jen Daum. The applications can be found at the student government Web site at http://www.unc.edu/studentgovt/executive. Applicants also must send a r

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Health Study Anti-Vegetarian, PETA Says

Officials for an animal rights activist group said Tuesday that they are protesting a UNC research study that could be funded with settlement money from a lawsuit against the McDonald's Corp. because the researcher is "anti-vegetarian." People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said Steven Zeisel, professor and chairman of UNC's Department of Nutrition, should not be given the $250,000 he is slated to receive from the settlement because his study does not support a "vegetarian organization."

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ACT to Finalize Long-Term Campus Parking Plan

After a full semester of work, UNC's Advisory Committee on Transportation is on schedule to present a proposal for a long-term parking and transportation plan to the UNC Board of Trustees this month. The committee will meet Wednesday to finalize its recommendations for the five-year plan before it is sent to the BOT. The plan might include changes to the parking layout in UNC's Development Plan -- a long-term plan for campus growth -- and a sliding scale for parking permit price increases.

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Officials: Vacancies Don't Hurt Progress

Starting Jan. 1, law Professor Glenn George will begin tackling new challenges for the University as interim vice chancellor and UNC general counsel. But it's a challenge she will face only temporarily. "I'm just holding the position while they're doing the search (for a permanent vice chancellor)," she said. "I'm just a placeholder." George is one of six people who will serve as interim administrators while the University searches for permanent replacements.

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Family Remembers Law Student, 23

UNC law student Christopher Michael Becker, 23, died Nov. 12 from unknown causes in his Chapel Hill apartment. An autopsy has been performed, but results will not be available for several weeks. Steven Becker, Christopher Becker's father, speculated that there might have been an interaction between Christopher Becker's medication and dietary supplements or an underlying heart condition. But he said there was nothing found in the apartment to indicate how or why he died. Family members say Christopher Becker, a second-year law student, lived a life full of success.

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Rosenfeld, 54, Memorialized As Best Friend

Rachel Rosenfeld, chairwoman of the Department of Sociology, died last week at UNC Hospitals after a 14-year bout with cancer. She was 54. Friends described Rosenfeld as a true people person. She was optimistic and worked hard to maintain her relationships with friends and family. "My younger sister said she was her best friend, and she was my best friend, too," said Deborah Kohls, Rosenfeld's sister. "She was everyone's best friend." Kohls said Rosenfeld, who was the oldest of five siblings, did an exceptional job in her role as the big sister.

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Tuition Vote Could Be Today

The Tuition Task Force will meet today to discuss five potential scenarios for tuition increases and potentially to vote to put a proposal before the UNC Board of Trustees. All of the scenarios call for an annual increase for three years and will set aside 40 percent of the funds for need-based student financial aid, as well as increased teaching and research assistant salaries, said task force Co-chairman Provost Robert Shelton.

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