Opinion: Professors should be able to speak out

In this edition, we ran an article titled “Professors Speak Out.”

The story discusses how there’s tension between UNC professors and the UNC administration about how political they can be.

Opinion: A Confederate narrative

Narratives matter. Fundamentally, studying history is looking at various sources to determine a narrative that’s as close to truth as possible.

Opinion: It’s not just about pianos

Last spring, Carol brought “Heart and Soul” to this campus — literally.

Pianos filled the campus for the Arts Everywhere initiative as students of all majors suddenly remembered the Level 1 songs from the keyboard lessons their moms made them take in first grade.

Editorial: The wrong sex education

Forest Theatre, a great place to go for a run, attend a play, yoga class, or puppet show and enjoy nature — to an extent.

Column: All power to all the people: the Black Panthers and the Rainbow Coalition

Note: I’d like to thank Jakobi Williams, a professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington who specializes in the Black Power and civil rights movements, and Hy Thurman, a member of the original Young Patriots and Rainbow Coalition, for contributing their invaluable insight and expertise to this column.

Viewpoints: Give Rameses Jr a chance, y'all


On a serene October (Late) Night (With Roy) in 2015, Rameses Junior, or RJ, silently pantomimed a wail as it entered the world. Like most newborns, it was not very lovable.

Opinion: Administrators want to silence UNC’s past, but our community must discuss it


It’s been four years since Carol Folt took over as chancellor of UNC in fall 2013. When she arrived, the University was already in crisis mode. 

Opinion: Education for the masses

Do you ever pinch yourself while reading Wikipedia?

Illustrated editorial: Trump tonight

Since President Trump first entered the political arena in June 2015, media companies have covered his campaign and now presidency as a series of spectacles.

Opinion: Seniors, use your health insurance while you have it

As the year is drawing to a close, there is probably a checklist of things you need to do, especially for those who are graduating. While many of you seniors are putting together the last few pieces of your honors theses or deciding who gets your graduation tickets, health care often gets overlooked.

Opinion: Without transparency, no confidence in endowment's ethics

The saying is "follow the money," but at UNC and many public universities it isn't that simple. 

Opinion: Language classes should include gender neutrality


The Daily Tar Heel decided to switch to gender-neutral terms to promote inclusivity in 2015. This included using the word “first-year” instead of “freshman,” and “chairperson” instead of “chairman” or “chairwoman.”

Opinion: A bill that balances ideologies? Balance this!

Another Republican state house, another bill scoring cheap political points by crying foul against liberal professors. At least this one does not even feign policy knowledge or responsibility.

Opinion: Girl is a four-letter word

“Girl power,” “riot grrrl,” and “black girl magic” are all feminist movements attempting to reclaim the word “girl” in the name of equality. But the catchall usage of the word “girl” just isn’t in line with feminist messages.

Opinion: Young, smart and broke: after leaving UNC, consider giving back

Word has it that there is an essential Carolina experience that not one of us undergraduate students — from first-year to senior — has actually experienced yet. 

Opinion: Let’s continue to help UNC become accessible to all

All UNC students deserve to be able to fully participate in their classes — which makes the work of the Accessibility Resources and Service office not only logistically important for students, teachers and staff alike, but key to UNC’s mission.

Opinion: Patronize local businesses instead of Aramark

This board has written before, though not recently, about its worries surrounding UNC’s food services provider, Aramark. Aramark supplies food for public and private prisons, something that the banners in Lenoir do not advertise. 

Opinion: Freelancers, unite!

A whole new crop of UNC seniors will graduate on May 14. Some will enter graduate school and others full-time employment or internships. Others will enter the giant “gig economy,” working in short spurts as independent contractors. 

Opinion: The cover letter: script of life, act two

With graduation comes the humbling, daunting grind of applying for gainful employment — unless that surprise trust fund or “modeling scout’s” number plays out.

Opinion: The Civil War ruined UNC and the South for years

“Down South, people are still fighting the Civil War.” Most people are familiar with this sad but true reality of how the South grapples with its racist history.