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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. 


9/12/2017 10:27pm

Column: But what about Venezuela, Claude?

Whenever I bring up socialism, whether in columns or in conversation, someone will inevitably butt in with the same tired point: “But what about Venezuela, Claude? Everyone in Venezuela is starving because socialism! Why didn’t you think of that?” So, with the recent expansion of sanctions imposed on the Bolivarian nation, let’s ask ourselves: what about Venezuela? 


9/11/2017 7:33pm

You don't have to be lukewarm to be moderate

Growing up, I considered myself a conservative, but the starch finally washed out of my views in high school after repeated cycles of internet libertarian propaganda.  I still love libertarianism — the non-aggression principle is a beautiful basis for an ideology — but I want more flexibility. If libertarianism is khakis and a polo to conservatism’s business suit, I want a t-shirt and running shorts. 


9/7/2017 9:18pm

Ningún ser humano es ilegal

 On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the government would begin the process of terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration policy that protects many young undocumented immigrants. 


9/6/2017 8:41pm

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Ending DACA hurts student journalism

As the editor of this newspaper and leader of a student organization, I cannot remain silent as powers well above my own aim to limit the people who could potentially work at this paper or attend UNC. 


9/6/2017 7:12pm

My defense of cultural federalism

America needs more cultural federalism.   In a very real way, the internet has made culture global. As long as I have wi-fi and a working device, I can concern myself with just about any part of the Earth.


9/5/2017 8:58pm

The small stone figures of the Founder's Statue found on Upper Quad on UNC's campus provide a base for the table.

The unsung founders deserve better

With the current conversation around Silent Sam and its removal, I thought I’d write about the monument that stands in juxtaposition to Sam — the Unsung Founders Memorial.


9/4/2017 1:20pm

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Column: Your voice, not ours

Print space is prized amongst my staff now. Giving up a whole paper to mostly non-staff made content isn't something we would normally do. 


9/4/2017 1:18pm

Opinion editor Emily Yue.

Column: Write what's right

This Labor Day marks just the beginning of the third week of classes at UNC. In those three weeks, The Daily Tar Heel has received over 100 letters to the editor. 


8/31/2017 6:53pm

No Place Like UNC

I‘m sure I’m not the only UNC student whose friends seemed to be all over the place this summer. As for me, friends of mine were in NYC, New Orleans, Nashville, and D.C., just to name a few. In July, I sweltered in Houston, while I spent the rest of the summer traveling. Through it all, home felt very far away, and my friends felt even further. this summer made me realize how alienating time away from school can be for an undergrad. 


8/30/2017 8:46pm

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Whatever, Trevor: the summer's biggest winners and losers

Not everyone can win — someone has to lose. That’s just how the world works. This is especially true for the many people involved in this summer’s various happenings, as the worlds of sports, pop culture and politics all created moments that were memorable, for both the best and worst of reasons.