Opinion: This editorial board also faces a diversity crisis

Throughout the year, this editorial board has written extensively on the problem of inadequate diversity within university and state institutions.

Opinion: The “Move UNC Forward” petition is deeply misguided

Professor Cindy Schauer’s petition to “move UNC forward” from its athletic-academic scandal seems to be motivated by good intentions — namely, to refocus UNC’s attention upon other pressing issues. Ultimately, however, the over 100 professors who have signed the petition seem too eager to embrace complacency. 

Opinion: Regulate marijuana in accordance with risk, not fear

Intoxication of any kind must be treated seriously. 

Opinion: UNC’s next system president will likely be a white man

Even prior to UNC-system President Tom Ross’s official resignation, the UNC community has been abuzz with the question of who will step into the presidency next.

Opinion: Campus speakers should be chosen with discretion.

David Horowitz’s speech at UNC earlier this week, sponsored by the College Republicans among other organizations, has rightfully provoked an outcry, including a social media campaign, #NotSafeUNC, which highlights the various ways students who are members of marginalized groups at UNC are made to feel unsafe.

Opinion: Studying abroad is more complex than often portrayed

Discussions of studying abroad are often paired with idealized stories of broadened perspectives, breathtaking sightseeing and an exceptional Instagram feed.

Opinion: Making plaques a senior gift would force UNC’s hand

Students should not have to pay extra for a campus whose buildings do not explicitly honor white supremacists.

Opinion: An emphasis on public space could enliven Chapel Hill

Carrboro, our westerly neighbor, hosted the Open Streets Festival on Sunday.

Opinion: Proposals to limit sex education patronize youth

This editorial board tends toward a fairly liberal set of sensibilities, and as such, we don’t expect to always agree with the doings of a predominantly Republican state legislature.

Opinion: Punishing students for extra semesters is unnecessary

UNC should discontinue penalties for undergraduates who need more than eight semesters to finish a degree. 

Opinion: Young voters should avoid becoming disillusioned

Given the state of American politics, recent findings that suggest younger people are abandoning major party labels and identifying as independents are perhaps not surprising. This sentiment can be linked to what we perceive to be a general disillusionment with the political apparatus.

Opinion: Police should do their part to curb racist stereotypes

The Department of Public Safety’s use of race in suspect descriptions in Alert Carolina messages reinforces racist stereotypes, creating a hostile climate for students of color.

Opinion: North-South dichotomy should be complicated

In her March 11 piece, Harvard Crimson columnist Madison Johnson wrote of her frustrations with the stigmatization of “the South” perpetuated by her Harvard classmates.

Opinion: NCAA can’t have it both ways on academics

In the days leading up to the conclusion of March Madness, the NCAA’s most popular and lucrative event, the Association responded to a lawsuit brought by former UNC athletes claiming to have been deprived of the education UNC had promised them.

Quickhits for April 9, 2015



We were shocked — shocked!

Opinion: The public should be able to hold police accountable

A proposal making its way through the General Assembly would give citizen review boards the power to subpoena witnesses and compel the production of evidence as they investigate police misconduct.

Opinion: Graduation shouldn’t add to financial burdens

As a university that boasts about being one of the nation’s most economically diverse colleges, UNC could be doing more to address the cost of graduation regalia, which can be prohibitive for students from lower-income backgrounds. 

Opinion: Academic Advising should schedule student meetings

Of the many bureaucracies that exist on campus, Academic Advising is one of the most criticized. Every freshman is required to meet with an academic advisor before the end of their second semester or otherwise risk the chance to register for upcoming classes.

Opinion: Efforts to fight sexual assault need student support

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and UNC has been supportive of the many campus events that will work to bring awareness to sexual violence and its prevention. An event calendar can be found at saam.web.unc.edu.

Opinion: North Carolina should cease prison labor exploitation.

North Carolina’s criminal justice system is guilty of robbing prisoners of their natural right to be compensated for their labor.