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.

9/25/2017 8:53pm

Quarterback Chazz Surratt (12) gets wrapped up by Duke defenders on Saturday.

Hang in there, Chazz Surratt

I don’t follow sports well, but even I have encountered a lot of talk about Saturday’s loss to Duke. And, Chazz, the first thing I heard about the game was that two-handed, overhead pass you threw in the fourth quarter, the one that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown, nixing UNC’s hopes of winning. 

9/25/2017 11:10am

Column: Little white dog whistles

In polite society, the most blatant forms of discrimination are usually considered unacceptable.  No reasonable mainstream politician would call for resegregation, eugenics or internment camps. However, the clever demagogue does not have to resort to saying what they intend, nor do they have to forgo pandering to an extremist base of supporters. This is where “dog whistles” come in.

9/21/2017 9:39pm

The U.S. higher education system needs to better represent minority students.

As U.S. News recently released their 2018 Best Colleges List, the issue of minority representation at selective colleges has on my mind a bit more than usual. I wasn’t surprised to find that diversity of student population, minority representation (whatever you want to call it) is not a factor in their ranking methodology. I was surprised, however, to find out (via a recent New York Times report spanning 1980-2015) that Black and Hispanic first-year students are more underrepresented at selective colleges and universities than than they were in 1980, over 30 years ago.

9/20/2017 7:22pm

Walls don't always have to be divisive

We need more walls. That's what I’ve concluded after reading that the university removed political banners from Peabody Hall last week. That case — wherein politically charged banners were taken down only a few hours after they were put up by a group of education graduate students — was not the first time this academic year where some types of speech on campus came into conflict with university priorities. In August, the university removed banners from the front of the Campus Y building, and UNC DPS took signs from around Silent Sam.

9/19/2017 6:48pm

Removing all statues? Not so fast

Over the course of the dialogue surrounding Confederate monuments, the motivations of those calling for their removal have varied widely. To truly take a sober analysis of the question before us, we should differentiate between the various motives and rationale, and see which pass muster.

9/18/2017 7:28pm

The perfect class schedule is all up to you

At this point in time, we’re pretty deep into the fall semester at UNC. Personally, it is my third semester thus far, and in my time here I have picked up on a few things when it comes to class schedules. 

9/17/2017 6:57pm

Column: Wear what works for you!

The “Athleisure” look used to baffle me. As a first year, I remember being shocked at how many women wore oversized shirts that covered their Nike shorts. 

9/14/2017 7:33pm

Snowflakes melt in California

Ben Shapiro is Berkeley bound and the college is buckling down as if a natural disaster were incoming. UC Berkeley is even facing the prospect of canceled classes because of the “militarized campus” atmosphere.