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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.



Opinion: North Carolina still lags behind on civil rights

On Friday, a momentous decision by a federal judge in Asheville ruled North Carolina’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.



Opinion: Safety statistics show town's bike plan is needed

A week ago, Pamela Lane of Durham was riding her bicycle on the sidewalk near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hillsborough Street when a car ended her life.



Opinion: The University should purchase Buzz Rides

On Aug. 27, this board criticized a new nail polish designed to detect date-rape drugs. Though we lauded the efforts of four young men to prevent rape and sexual assault, we reasoned that their advertisements, which focused on “empowering” women, unfairly placed the burden of preventing rape on the shoulders of potential survivors rather than on potential assailants.



Opinion: Students must secure their right to vote in NC

Despite the temporary reinstitution of same-day voter registration in North Carolina, students should register earlier rather than later.



Opinion: Our biggest problems deserve substantial action

October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everything is pink, from NFL players’ gloves to special-edition bottles of 5-Hour Energy at the drug store.



Opinion: UNC benefits from its law school's honest actions

The UNC School of Law deserves credit for leading a nationwide movement for greater transparency among law schools. 



Opinion: North Carolina should incentivize smaller hog farms

North Carolina is the second-largest hog farming state in the country. Since the 1970s, the hog farming industry has been changing — shifting from many smaller operations into consolidations resulting in fewer but larger farms.



Opinion: Alcohol law is unintentionally burdensome

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery’s challenge to an impractical and unnecessary side effect of North Carolina alcohol law should be approved by the North Carolina General Assembly.