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Quick hits for July 2, 2015

On Tuesday, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced they are divorcing after 10 years of being Hollywood’s most low-key power couple. We’re sad, but the pain is minor compared to the agony of Kanye West’s split with former BFF Jay Z. At least we’ll always have the most dependable celeb couple, Cher and Twitter.



Opinion: N.C. Senate should not cut funding for teacher assistants

At first glance, the N.C. Senate’s current budget proposal is good news for North Carolina’s teachers.



Opinion: Don't tell black people how to react to racist violence

In the past 10 days, at least five predominately black churches have burned, according to The Washington Post. Authorities are investigating at least three as arson cases.



Quick hits for June 25, 2015

Former tween Disney star Hilary Duff’s new album Breathe In. Breathe Out. is so good. It’s a post-divorce pop album that will have you ready to bash any man who has ever hurt her. Plus, turns out all of us who were fans of “So Yesterday” in elementary school were just deeply hipster third graders, way ahead of the Duff curve.



Opinion: William Aycock and Elson Floyd's legacies provide guidance in current challenges

UNC lost two leaders in higher education this week in William B. Aycock, the chancellor from 1957 to 1964, and Elson Floyd, a former UNC administrator who went on to become a national leader in higher education.



Opinion: White supremacists who held positions of power should not be honored

On UNC’s campus, every building named after persons who perpetrated policies of white supremacy should be renamed.



Quick hits for June 18, 2015

When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his candidacy for president, he debuted his logo: a clunky “Jeb!” in a font so corny it almost seems he’s launching an off-Broadway one- man show — which we’d totally go to, by the way.



Opinion: Local governments know better what to do about streets

Buried in a N.C. House of Representatives bill is a section which could limit a city’s ability to add bike lanes to their streets.



Opinion: Prison lockback is cruel and unusual punishment

The Durham County Jail is hidden in plain sight. It’s a looming gray building right across the street from the Durham Performing Arts Center.



Quick hits for June 11, 2015

A restaurant called Crepe Culture will open on Franklin Street on Fourth of July weekend. We’re sure their crepes and coffee are stellar, but they should have asked literally anyone before picking that particular name — and choosing a location next to one of the most fratty business on Franklin Street: Gentlemen’s Corner.



Opinion: The NCAA’s look at UNC is a sideshow to real issues

At first glance, the NCAA’s notice of allegations doesn’t contain any substantial new information. Their main charge — that UNC lacked institutional control, should shock no one.



Quick hits for June 4, 2015

In case Netflix wasn’t already doing enough damage to your GPA, UNC students living on campus can access HBO GO with their ONYEN and password.



Opinion: LGBT employees deserve workplace protections

Thursday, Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a religious exemption bill which would allow some court officials to avoid marrying same sex couples on religious or moral grounds.



Opinion: Renaming Saunders was a good step, but problems remain

On Monday, maintenance crews sanded the name “Saunders” off the building which is now called Carolina Hall. They stood on ladders and removed, letter by letter, the name of a member of the North Carolina Klu Klux Klan.



Quick hits for May 28, 2015

UNC’s most hated Wi-Fi connection, UNC-Secure, is on its way out, but an update likely won’t fix connectivity issues. The good news? You can still use the Wi-Fi as an excuse to get off FaceTime with your parents.



Opinion: UNC's next president shouldn't govern for profit

Every two years, the Board of Governors educational planning committee evaluates degree programs across the state. The review, which began in 1995, makes decisions on which programs should be cut based on program productivity and efficiency.



Quick hits for May 21, 2015

After six years in office, President Barack Obama finally has a Twitter account. Stay tuned for the mass email asking the nations youth such probing questions as, “How do you retweet?” and ,“What’s #TIDAL?”



Opinion: Sex education is the best method for reducing abortions

House Bill 465 is one step closer to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk. It has reached the N.C. Senate and is now in committee. This bill, primary sponsors of which are all Republican women, would add a 72 hour waiting period between the initial consultation and the actual abortion procedure.



Opinion: UNC’s legal defense in athletes’ lawsuit is hypocritical

On May 15, UNC filed additional documents in a suit brought against the University by former UNC athletes Rashanda McCants and Devon Ramsay. The NCAA was also named as a defendant.



Quick hits for May 14, 2015

Shouts out to the members of the Class of 2015 who showed up to commencement with handles of whiskey and fragrant blunts.