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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: 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: 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: 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

Just the worst

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TV and internet giants Time Warner Cable and Comcast have recently merged.



Opinion: Learning music can help kids in more than one way

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As important as the study of math and sciences is, it is far from a complete education in any sense of the word.



Opinion: Recent sex symbols reveal an inequality that should end

Between his popular YouTube channel and his appearances around campus, UNC student Dylan Moore, known as “Nicky Show Time,” has garnered a lot of attention from both students and media in the last several weeks.



Opinion: UNC’s new website must be regularly maintained

As the University recovers from its academic scandal, it should continue to work on internal academic reform, but repairing its tarnished public image is an equally important task.



Opinion: Students should accept increase in transit fees

The Tar Heel Bikes Steering Committee recently launched a program to explore how much students would be willing to increase the student transit fee in order to pay for a bike-sharing program.



Opinion: Carolina Class Master too valuable to waste

Carolina Class Master (CCm), the latest attempt by Winston Howes to improve Connect Carolina, is a well designed and user-friendly website.



Opinion: New zoning district could help the town

After being abandoned for more than 20 years, the property at 501 S. Greensboro St. has finally been given the potential for development again.



Opinion: Power of veto should be used responsibly

On April 1, then-Student Body President Christy Lambden vetoed a bill that would have put an instant runoff voting system in effect for future student body president elections.



Opinion: Guns have no place in University classrooms

The debate over North Carolina’s law passed last year which allows concealed carry permit holders to have guns on North Carolina campuses may implicate the state in a similar nation-wide movement.



Opinion: Unemployment rate may not tell whole story

The dropping North Carolina unemployment rate isn’t necessarily the convincing sign of economic recovery that many state leaders are making it out to be.

The rate, which came in at 6.4 percent in February, has dropped an encouraging 2.2 percentage points in the past year, causing many across the state to applaud the supposed financial upswing.

The fall, however, is in part a result of discouraged people ending their job hunt, eliminating them from unemployment rate calculations, after the State withdrew from the federal government’s extended-benefits unemployment insurance program last year.

North Carolina was the only state to reject the federal benefits in this politically controversial move that affected an estimated 170,000 North Carolinians.

In fact, additional jobs only account for 11 percent of the dropping unemployment rate, while 89 percent is in a result of a shrinking workforce.

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