10/30/2017 8:34pm

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Column: Halloween brings necessary strangeness

All festivals — even the ones that aren’t mash-ups of candy and the macabre — are weird to some degree. They all overturn the self-directed trajectories of our lives and leave us in an uncanny upside down world for a short time. 

10/26/2017 9:03pm

Column: Black studies took the blame

As of two weeks ago today, the NCAA officially cleared UNC of any violations. There will be no championships vacated, no banners taken and no (more) shame brought to our university. A six year scandal is finally coming to a close. While everything seems great in the land of the Tar Heels, we have forgotten that one defendant has been found guilty — at least in the court of opinion. While the greater institution have gotten off scot free, the reputation of the department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies has been greatly tarnished.

10/24/2017 10:40pm

Column: We got a new website!

If you’ve visited in the past couple of days, you’ve probably noticed that we’ve redesigned our website. 

10/24/2017 7:09pm

Column: Make executions public again

No, not really. But what if we did? If we, as a society that prides ourselves as progressive and forward-thinking, still condone the execution of our fellow citizens, why does it matter if it is hidden behind dark walls in remote prisons?

10/13/2017 3:08pm

Column: Help me to see, help me to learn

We are all learning. As young people, we possess some of the greatest awareness when it comes to social justice issues. Like everyone else, there have been times when I was unaware of larger narratives. People have called me out for it; sometimes graciously and sometimes not as much. 

10/10/2017 9:09pm

Column: “UNC culture is resume-building.”

For today’s column I decided to take a step away from my usual writing on Silent Sam, the Center for Civil Rights, Boycott UNC and other sociopolitical activism. Tuesday was World Mental Health day and I thought it be important to both highlight mental wellness but also apply it to myself and take a breather. I want to use this article to offer my thoughts on a very important but often overlooked issue. 

10/8/2017 10:20pm

Where are my "Soros-bucks?"

A popular, emerging conspiracy theory among the far- right is that protests against President Donald Trump, the alt-right, police violence, and other perceived social problems are not in fact grassroots movements coming together in reaction to issues that concern them — instead, they are part of something much more sinister.  

10/5/2017 9:33pm

Column: Believe in our public schools

Back in September, the State of North Carolina identified 48 low-performing public schools that could potentially be taken of by charter school operators as part of the state’s new Innovative School District. The goal of the program is to take elementary schools in the bottom 5 percent and turn them around within 5 years.  I am vehemently 100 percent opposed to this idea. 

10/3/2017 9:45pm

Column: In the wake of Vegas massacre

Fifty-nine people. As of this writing, that is the number slain in the Las Vegas massacre last weekend.  In the wake of these horrific events, we reflexively try to rationalize what happened. 

10/2/2017 8:32pm

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Column: Preclinical medical education is wastefully obsolete

The preclinical years of medical education are a scam.  Undergraduate medical education in America (i.e., the period before graduating with an M.D. degree) is generally split into two years in the classroom, and two years seeing patients in the clinic. This system was recommended by the Flexner Report more than a century ago, and it is a thorough blueprint for ensuring students learn the science and skill of medicine, respectively. Developments in self-study resources and medical curriculum norms, though, have made the price of the preclinical semesters absurd. The National Board of Medical Examiners should test — and medical schools should welcome — those who want to jump right into clinical studies.