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Reverence, remembrance and covering tragedies respectfully

There is no need for publications to sensationalize or draw any more attention to Schultz’s gender than they would if Schultz were a cisgender man or woman. 

Scout Schultz did not “prefer” to be referred to as someone who was nonbinary. They simply were. 

In the wake of their painfully early passing, we can, and should respect that. 



Personality over policy? Politicians should show maturity in their public images.

Much like our president, Clay Travis loves boobs and is not qualified for public office.



Like all responsible organizations, the NFL owes its players safety

 Panthers fans might recall captain Luke Kuechly’s gruesome head injury last season against the Saints in Week 11. After an awkward collision with fellow linebacker Thomas Davis, Kuechly was carted off the field, giving way to this video showing him crying uncontrollably and seemingly struggling to breathe. 

The fact that Kuechly’s emotional display was universally misdiagnosed as “his love for the game” indicates just how deep in denial the general public is when it comes to football-related head trauma. Despite glaring evidence of the sport’s concussion problem, the league’s officials, coaches and doctors alike continue to downplay the gravity of the issue.



The pledging process is purposefully brutal, but could be beneficial for Chapel Hill

On weekend nights, the presence of fraternities washes over UNC’s campus like midnight waves, and with the moon’s ominous pull, their existence reaches a high tide for the week. Their dark waters are ubiquitous in the form of lurid music, conspicuous solo cups and olfactory whiplash. Unfortunately the sinister side-effects of high tide on campus are hidden underwater. The water is murky and opaque, obfuscated by a University that cannot be held accountable in protecting its constituents and department of public safety that do not treat reported incidents with caution or respect.  



Boycotting UNC is your choice to make, but make it an informed one

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From Sept. 18 to Oct. 18, many of the Editorial Board members will be participating in this boycott. Others of us will not.



Protect your data: your information is a gold mine!

Are you sure your personal information (social security number, name, birthdate, etc.) is safe given the recent Equifax hack? Probably not. 

Even if you’re certain that the hack hasn’t compromised your data, you should probably protect it. Your data is valuable, and a hack like this one is likely to happen again. 



The Editorial Board takes on: "Things we like to do."

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Each of The Daily Tar Heel's editorials are pitched, written and published as collaborative pieces from the Editorial Board. Every other week, the board will share some of our discussion points that didn't make the cut from our meetings to the page in a segment that features individual board members' voices. To start off "The Editorial Board Takes On" series, we asked each other what we liked to do in our free time. 



You know my dog, not my story

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We dog owners love it when you give our furry friends some attention. But please, give us some attention too while you’re at it. 



The paradox of the BOG: By closing the Center for Civil Rights, the BOG contradicts itself.

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The Board of Governors’ latest strike on marginalized groups at UNC-Chapel Hill and around North Carolina comes in the form of its newly-approved litigation ban on the University’s Center for Civil Rights. 



Beyond pregnancy scares: birth control services many purposes, all of which are important

Nurx-an app with a purpose of dispensing affordable birth control to women with and without insurance-is a revolutionary idea. 

This brand-new company could open doors for those who might not have easy access to birth control.



Dear P2P: A love letter for the night bus

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25 years ago, you came into this world, and it’s been a little brighter since. Technically, you’re just a well-deployed bus service for UNC students and employees, but in our hearts you’re so much more. 



The Institute of Politics is more than just a "resume booster"

The newly-founded Institute of Politics on campus has faced criticism for apparently benefitting a small number of students who are already highly involved in student government and elsewhere.



Know how you know what you know

Epistemology, or how we know what we know, sounds like a very complicated, advanced philosophical concept. In some ways, it definitely can be. But in other ways, it is fundamental to every single learning enterprise on this campus. 



Phillips Hall is spooky, confusing and among the worst buildings to have class in

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It's creepy and it's kooky. Mysterious and spooky. It's altogether ooky. It's Phillips Hall.



Remembering and reflecting

On this day of collective mourning and remembrance, this board took time to reflect on the tragedy's legacy and its place within a larger timeline of American-Muslim relations. 



Speak your mind, mindfully

Talking about race doesn’t make you racist. 



Viewpoint: Chapel Hill is a public forum for students

Perhaps the best argument that voting in Chapel Hill in important is that legislators have repeatedly attempted to strip students of this right to vote in their college towns. 

This summer, Representative Bob Thorpe drafted a bill that would effectively prohibit out-of-state students from voting in local elections, contending that college students “unfairly influence” elections. 

This is indicative of the power a student vote holds.



Viewpoints: Home is where the vote is

As students of UNC, we live in our own little bubble, with the University as the focus of our lives. But UNC is not Chapel Hill. It is only a part of the community, and the only part we really deal with on a regular basis. We don’t know the local issues. We don’t know the local politicians.



It's not just politically correct

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There is nothing “political” about removing hateful speech from your everyday word choice. Using language that aims to respect everyone in our community is part of being a good citizen.



Speak up in recitations, save your TA some time

It would be torturous if every student in a 100-person lecture volunteered to speak up every class.