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Belly dancing It may be the week of Easter and Passover, but Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom, the "Layaleena" festival promises to diverge from Matzah and Easter eggs. The second annual "Layaleena," co-sponsored by the Arab, Muslim and Persian student organizations, is intended to be a celebration of Arab culture.


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New chapter unfolds

Long gone are the days when fraternity brothers would joke about having All-You-Can-Eat mixers with Alpha Phi. The re-colonized University Alpha Phi branch officially moved from being a colony to a chapter again Sunday, joining the sorority's other 146 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Three years ago, Alpha Phi's unflattering reputation began to take its toll on their recruitment efforts as the University chapter experienced a steep decline in the number of women accepting rush bids.


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Wading through rough waters

For the past 40 years, Arnaldo and Gloria Rodriguez, owners of the Arlington, Va., Cuban restaurant "La Cantanita," have seen their family and friends leave Cuba and Fidel Castro's regime. One of Arnaldo's employees ran through a minefield at age 17 to escape. "The boy in front of him had his leg blown off," he said. Arnaldo and Gloria are two of many Cuban Americans who think Elián Gonzalez, the six-year-old Cuban boy thrown into a politically-charged custody battle between the United States and Cuba, belongs in the U.S. "I'm the first one to say that a father should be with his son.


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RE: Acceptance High school seniors no longer have reason to run obsessively out to the mailbox, hoping for notification letters from their prospective colleges.


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Exam 'Wasteland' proves

With less than a month left in the semester, papers demand to be written, projects call out to be completed and exams loom on the horizon.


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Small towns: short on size, but big on charm

(This is the fifth in a weekly series of articles on road trips within reasonable reach of the University.) Back when he still was the Cougar, rocker John Mellencamp belted out odes to small-town America, and he did it well.


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Lights out College students nationwide are notorious for keeping night-owl hours, and students at the University are no exception.


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Hippies, socialists descend on D.C. for IMF protests

WASHINGTON-They hastily piled rusty wheelbarrows, planks of plywood and anything else they could find to block the intersection between D.C.'s New York Avenue and 14th Street Sunday, tying the makeshift barricade together with thin pieces of twine. Some pounded on five-gallon oil drums while women, scantily clad with faces painted brightly, chanted various anti-International Monetary Fund slogans. With all the coffee shops and clothing stores on the street shut down early, the heart of downtown D.C., it seemed, was under cardiac arrest. A woman, clad in a pair of dirty white overalls, the front emblazoned with the blood-red, roughly painted slogan "No IMF," flicked off the incessantly humming helicopter overhead; two other women, topless, covered their nipples with anti-IMF stickers and stared at the helicopter ponderously. The protests in Washington D.C.


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IMF World Bank walkout fizzles In the spirit of last weekend's massive protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., University students planned an 11 a.m.


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O-Whole new world of dining

O-Hell, Ocrappatory Hill, O-Thrill - anything but O-Hill. Dining Services hopes to do away with this dining hall's less-than-flattering nicknames once and for all.


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Coffee shop scene proves too hot to handle

With the sudden ubiquity of coffee, coffee shops, coffee houses and coffee ice cream in our society, we the consumers find ourselves asking one question, "How many times am I going to burn my tongue before I realize that coffee is as hot as %#$*?" Coffee is the only food product I can think of that is extremely painful to consume until several minutes after it has been purchased.


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Lions, students and service, oh my!

With over 200 Contracted Independent Organizations on Grounds, why would a fourth year with only a few months left at the University endeavor to start something new? "Honestly, I was intimidated by the idea of beginning a club," said Cathy Crawford, fourth-year Architecture student and founding president of the University's branch of the Lions Club.


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Two Moons takes twist on traditional Mexican

Mexican food: for some people, the mere mention of the stuff makes their stomachs churn faster than they can say "Taco Bell." After being bombarded with countless urban legends concerning the quality of this cuisine's ingredients, who hasn't ever left a Mexican restaurant without wondering exactly what they just ate? But at Charlottesville's Two Moons Kitchen, it is virtually impossible that such questions will ever cross patrons' minds.


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Drama queen imparts stage savvy to teaching

The energy displayed by fifth-year Education student Megan McNulty transcends everything she does, which, on a typical day, includes teaching a dance class for five to seven-year-old girls, student teaching high school special education classes and working the box office of Culbreth Theater -- all this on top of her academics. "I get all of my energies from my father.


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Cell phones: intruders in the midst

Spring is here and I truly believe that warmer temperatures are right around the corner (although I could just be in major denial) so when the mercury rises, I intend to be ready with a killer spring/summer wardrobe. In an attempt to reach my goal, I headed to the mall with my sister Abbie.


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Virtual Voting Think video games only include bad guys and guns? Guess again. A politically-minded CD ROM, complete with virtual reality voting, is the newest brainchild of the Center for Governmental Studies, a center run by Larry J.

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