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Opinion: Biased metrics for college admissions should be avoided

As universities around the country evaluate the efficacy of their admissions programs, the University of North Carolina system has taken a measured step away from some of the flaws of standardized testing.



Opinion: Other areas deserve Wainstein-level scrutiny, too

By most accounts, the Wainstein report has indicated the University’s commitment to institutional transparency — institutional transparency, at least, with respect to UNC’s most nationally visible branch: its athletic department.



Opinion: Do not rush to scapegoat or exonerate athletes

Blame is a difficult thing to apportion when there seems to be a smoking gun in every hand.



Opinion: Laws that target homeless should be repealed

On Oct. 22, the latest law in a trend of targeting the homeless through the restriction of food distribution was passed by commissioners in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.



Opinion: UNC could benefit from adopting Duke's Splash idea

Though Duke is a detestable institution in nearly every other way, its Splash program is a student organization worthy of praise and emulation.



Opinion: Chapel Hill has made downtown friendly to visitors

Students who have spent more than a semester on campus sometimes take their intimate knowledge of locations on and around campus for granted.



Opinion: Voters should not let North Carolina allow bench trials

Mostly lost in the political fights surrounding this year’s elections is a proposed amendment to the North Carolina constitution that will appear on every voter’s ballot.



The Daily Tar Heel editorial board’s 2014 endorsements

The board recommends these candidates for election Nov. 4.



Opinion: Allowing a student vote would be a good start

Here at UNC, the decision by the Board of Governors to cap the amount of money that could be used from student tuition toward need-based aid provoked hours of debate, careful consideration and close attention from this paper. But at yesterday’s BOG meeting, the issue was given mere minutes of tossed-off attention.



Opinion: Chancellor Folt’s response this week is refreshing

After years of vague cover-ups and administrators ignoring the problems that existed in the former Department of African and Afro-American Studies, Chancellor Carol Folt’s quick and decisive response to the Wainstein report this week is refreshing. 



Opinion: UNC should use Wainstein's report as a springboard

For many people associated with this University, Wednesday’s release of the Wainstein report was almost cathartic. 



Opinion: UNC athletes should unionize

Nationally and locally, an awakening is slowly taking place to the unbalanced relationship between universities involved in big-time athletics and the athletes who make the industry work.



Opinion: Undisclosed data collection betrays public trust

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department conducts regular cellphone and laptop device surveillance on Charlotte citizens — and has done so for eight years now, according to The Charlotte Observer. The American Civil Liberties Union has said it suspects other N.C. cities have acted similarly



Opinion: Steep spending from outside mars the Senate race

The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported Friday that North Carolina Rep. Thom Tillis’ U.S. Senate campaign had dispatched someone wearing a duck costume to various locations around the state to be photographed holding a sign reading “Why is Kay Hagan ducking the October 21st debate?”



Opinion: NC State Fair offers valuable cultural experience

The town of Chapel Hill is a lovely — but insulating — home. The N.C. State Fair in Raleigh is an opportunity for those without knowledge of North Carolina’s diversity — especially out-of-state and international students — to learn more about the people and culture of the Tar Heel State.



Opinion: Stringent dress codes don’t address rape culture's roots

Cedar Ridge High School students should be commended for taking action against sexist dress code policies.



Opinion: Death on society's margins should not be forgotten

The death of Jason Henry Myrick, 41, is tragic in its own right. Yet tragedy also lies in the likelihood that it could have been prevented but for his homelessness. It is unfortunate that it took Myrick’s death to remind us how he lived.



Opinion: UNC should play a conference game in Carmichael Arena

Any student on campus in February can recall the anticipation that accompanied the build-up to the UNC-Duke game. For a few hours it appeared snow would prevent well-heeled alumni and fans from trekking to the Smith Center, thus freeing up precious seats for rambunctious and passionate students. Would the atmosphere at this game rival the famed Maryland snow game of 2000 when snowed-in students descended to the rarified lower-level seats to cheer on their Tar Heels?



Column: A tall task for Hicks

Basketball season is almost upon us.



Opinion: Alpha Phi’s arrival could improve sorority life

With most sororities at or above capacity, the addition of Alpha Phi will provide more women with the opportunity to be a part of Greek life.