Thanks for the link schwim. I added gnome-session-cinnamon to the slim config and was able to login to cinnamon
Thanks Trilby,I unchecked all items from Cinnamons applets and gnome-session-properties. Cinnamon still fails.
In KDM, KDE's display manager, there's an option to exit the DM and login at the terminal. Gnome's display manager does not have this option.