Opinion: UNC could benefit from choosing to “ban the box"

What if aspiring UNC students did not have to provide information about their criminal history? Regardless of the severity of the crime, what if they didn’t have to report it?

Opinion: Students should know more about the way UNC works

Students should know more about UNC, the UNC system, and the way in which both operate.

Opinion: Give Tar Heel Yard Sale a break

UNC’s Athletic Department held their first Tar Heel Yard Sale this Saturday to rid itself of surplus equipment.

Opinion: UNC should create healthier food options

If you walk down Franklin Street on an empty stomach, you will be hard pressed to not find something to eat — from the irresistible fry sauce of Sup Dogs to the sweet, creamy goodness of YOPO.

Opinion: UNC has a moral imperative to reject House Bill 2

House Bill 2 has become a multi-billion dollar topic of conversation for UNC. The school system has found itself in between two governing powers, both with the tenacity to see their fights out to the bitter end. As the lawsuits pile up and the state becomes more divided, it is clear that the costs of this fight are only increasing.

Opinion: Administration should adopt a non-rounding policy

UNC Administration should adopt a non-rounding policy for final grades.

Opinion: Community interests ought to be primary

When the decision about Student Stores was announced last week — after 100 years of operation, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers would privatize the store — people across campus and Chapel Hill were quick to react. Some praised the decision, while others lamented. Activists rallied as employees adjusted their plans. Administrators negotiated details; social media users opined within minutes of the news breaking.

Opinion: Critiquing UNC shows you care about its future

Unbridled support for an institution is harmful. If we are not willing to critique something we love, then we are not being responsible members of our community.

Opinion: Fraternities ought to reform a toxic culture

On April 20, the Interfratenity Council and student government held a cookout in Fraternity Court, with proceeds going to Project Dinah, a campus anti-interpersonal violence organization. On April 7, four fraternities hosted It’s On Us, a fundraiser for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

Opinion: 2016 is a fee-setting year, now is the time to be heard

Most UNC students have had the experience of glancing at our tuition bills and seeing a long lineup of mandatory fees. We also speak in the terms of “tuition and fees” when we discuss the true cost of higher education.

Opinion: Follow the Carolina Way: have some pride

With spring comes final grades and graduation, evidence and reward of the work UNC students have put into their studies. But grades can also reflect lack of work. 

Opinion: Culture and its appropriation are complicated

On Wednesday, when you walk to the Pit, you’ll be greeted with the sight of people of all colors and races wearing turbans and enjoying some free food. What’s going on? Is it the premier of a new clothing line by Turban Outfitters? 

Opinion: Launch Burr into sun

United States Sen. Richard Burr, R–N.C., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D–Calif., both have a long record of undermining Americans’ Constitutional Fourth Amendment privacy rights regarding government spying and the NSA, and have recently introduced legislation together that would force American companies to de-encrypt their software whenever government agents demand it.

Opinion: Students going abroad ought to find justification

Based on its brochures, UNC prides itself on its global engagement. Study abroad programs, service trips and research are the three ways in which UNC students are encouraged to travel globally. Some of our full-ride merit scholarships pay for their first-year students for them to specifically have a global experience. There are endless scholarships and grants geared toward getting students out of our country into another one.

Column: Power of action and self-doubt


Like many on the staff of The Daily Tar Heel, I had no intention of coming to UNC to become a writer.

Opinion: A ceremony for the segregated should be held in the fall

Earlier this year, a slight kerfuffle played out in the pages of local media outlets, including this one, about the installation of a marker in the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery honoring African-Americans buried in unmarked graves there.

Opinion: Call-out culture can cause harm to activist coalitions

In organizing spaces, disagreement and holding ourselves accountable is key.

Opinion: UNC Greeks can help further fight against HB2

In light of the passing of House Bill 2, several organizations have been taking action. A great deal of this organizing has centered queer and transgender folks of color, prompting some to believe that their ability to organize or participate is unwelcome.

Opinion: It’s not too late to find summer internships

It’s April, and many students may be feeling distress right now about not having a summer internship lined up — but they should not. There are still some opportunities to find a summer internship, and there are plenty of other opportunities for gainfully spending the summer even if an internship doesn’t work out.

Opinion: Students need to thank educators who helped them

With the four years undergraduates study at UNC and the thousands of dollars they, their parents, the state and the federal government have put up for them to do so, one would hope an educator or two made an impact.