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Quickhits for April 23, 2014

Yesterday, hundreds of graduating seniors were treated to the fabled UNC tradition of ascending the Bell Tower and signing their names on its bricks. Unfortunately, the line lasted longer than a drunk pornstar, and the seven seniors that actually still go to class were forced to give up and leave.



Opinion: In-state tuition for veterans should apply to all schools

Gov. Pat McCrory took a step in the right direction last week when he announced he would call on the General Assembly to approve in-state tuition for veterans attending community colleges.



Opinion: High school students would benefit from art

The fine arts programs in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools system have recently lagged behind AP classes in enrollment. Though AP classes are important for a prospective college student’s transcript and help boost GPAs, there are still many benefits of fine arts classes that high school students are missing out on.



Opinion: New cell coverage system is ideal partnership

If the construction of the Distributed Antenna System goes according to plan, the only coverage Tar Heel cellphone users will need to worry about will be that of opposing team defenses.



Opinion: Clean up of Jordan Lake cannot wait

The environmental benefits of the Jordan Lake Rules outweigh the financial burden, and failing to reinstate them would be a mistake.



Opinion: UNC should follow peers in regards to reading days

Students would greatly benefit from reading days between the last day of classes and the beginning of the exam period.



Quickhits for April 17, 2014

After one of its bartenders was charged with selling alcohol to a minor, He’s Not Here has announced that it will no longer host 18 and up events. Now students under 21 will have to wait years before entering the bar. Or get a fake ID that kinda maybe looks like them if you squint really hard and just go with it.



Opinion: North Carolina should document new drug’s use

Attorney General Eric Holder has recently urged states and counties across the country to begin equipping their first responders with a new drug called naloxone, which can save the life of someone who is overdosing from an opiate, such as heroin or painkillers.



Opinion: Students need to be aware of new grading system

In an attempt to reduce grade inflation and provide a relative context regarding the coursework of different majors, UNC will finally implement a contextual grading system.



Opinion: Students should receive realistic drug education

By the time most students get to college, the only formal education they’ve had on the topic of recreational drug use is through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program. This program preaches a form of abstinence that may be appropriate for younger students, but loses it’s potency as students grow up and interact more with recreational drugs.



Opinion: Advisory email would be useful for student voters

The North Carolina State Board of Elections should make it easier for students living in residence halls to access voting information for the May 6 primary election.



Opinion: Carrboro's pay-as-you-throw proposal needs revision

The town of Carrboro recently decided to hire a consultant to explore the feasibility of a pay-as-you-throw solid waste disposal system.



Opinion: The University is not restricting freedom of speech

The University has every right to demand a “heads up” from professors intending to publish controversial opinions that could bring bad publicity and dramatically increased attention to UNC.



Opinion: Mary Willingham’s data offers limited view

For months, the national media has had a field day with the claims made by Mary Willingham that 60 percent of UNC’s athletes read below an eighth grade level.



Viewpoint: Interview with faculty chair candidate Andrew Perrin

The election for the next chair of the faculty takes place this week. Bruce Cairns and Andrew Perrin are running for the position. Gabriella Kostrzewa sat down with the candidates to talk about some of the most pertinent issues for faculty, students and the entire UNC community. The interviews were edited for brevity.



Viewpoint: interview with faculty chair candidate Bruce Cairns

The election for the next chair of the faculty takes place this week. Bruce Cairns and Andrew Perrin are running for the position. Gabriella Kostrzewa sat down with the candidates to talk about some of the most pertinent issues for faculty, students and the entire UNC community. The interviews were edited for brevity.



Opinion: Higher education should be spread down the line

Two years ago, Carrboro High School senior Lee Mook began the Language for Youth program, in which CHS students volunteer their time to teach language classes at Culbreth Middle School.



Opinion: Tax incentives for office space would draw more firms

Chapel Hill and Carrboro should consider implementing tax-based incentives to promote the development of additional office space.



Opinion: Whole bar to blame for serving underaged

Alcohol Law Enforcement officers recently cracked down on underage alcohol distribution at local bars in order to help curb underage drinking and the problems associated with it.



Quickhits for April 10, 2014

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