UNC students’ complaints are now protected by United States law.
The Kvetching Board, The Daily Tar Heel’s popular Friday feature, recently became a trademarked intellectual property of the paper.
Kevin Schwartz, general manager of the DTH, said the feature’s widespread popularity necessitated its trademark.
Inside the Kvetching Board
Callie Bost, the DTH’s associate opinion editor, chooses the kvetches each week.
She selects 20 to 25 kvetches from about 100 submissions each week.
Kvetches that don’t make the final cut are often too long, too serious or grammatically incorrect, she said, adding that she rarely discriminates based on content or profanity.
“We don’t want too much censorship,” Bost said.
“Sometimes I’m embarrassed to show it to my parents.”
“It might be the most popular Daily Tar Heel feature ever, and we want to make sure it doesn’t get co-opted. We invented it,” Schwartz said.
The feature first appeared in the paper in 2006 under then-editor-in-chief Joe Schwartz and assistant features editor Julie Turkewitz when the paper received a high volume of complaint letters.