Opinion: Democrats' strategy must be developed further

This past weekend, Democrats released the preliminary findings from the Democratic Victory Task Force, a committee designed to analyze the source of the party’s recent troubles and formulate a solution to solve them.

Opinion: Cat videos for all!

The FCC’s decision to approve net neutrality and protect an open internet is a historical victory for broadband communication, consumer protection and, broadly, freedom of speech.

Quickhits for Feb. 26, 2015


Bradley Bethel just quit his job to make a documentary about how the scandal detailed in the Wainstein report is a media conspiracy.

Opinion: Sororities have a mandate to support survivors

Men perpetrate the vast majority of sexual assaults. As such, the best way to prevent sexual assault at UNC is for individual men to refuse to commit the crime and to hold their male peers accountable for actions and behaviors that promote rape culture.

The Burn Book for Feb. 25, 2015


It’s no secret that the UNC Board of Governors has its own plans for the system’s campuses.

Opinion: A new energy future empowers communities

Politicians of all stripes love to talk about renewable energy. When they make bland allusions to an “all-of-the-above” energy policy, they omit key aspects of our conundrum’s unsustainability: production and distribution.

Opinion: Chapel Hill Foundation should release more

Chancellor Carol Folt’s decision to release a Form 990 for the Chapel Hill Foundation is an admirable one, but she should also push the foundation to release budget information for those years that it opted not to release any information to the public about its ongoing operations. 

Opinion: Duke Energy is exploiting a broken political system

The Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision has allowed the previously unimaginable commodification of free speech by including donations to political action committees in its definition.

Opinion: The fight for living wages must be waged locally

After about two years of workers’ protests for safer working conditions and higher wages, including a mass strike on Black Friday that spanned across 1,600 stores in 2014, Wal-Mart has announced a raise to its base wages to employees by 2016. The average full-time wage will rise to $13 an hour, and part-time to at least $10, well above the $7.25 federal minimum wage.

Opinion: The Center for Civil Rights requires autonomy

Last week, the decision by a Board of Governors working group to “recommend” the closing of the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity attracted national attention for the blatantly partisan nature of the act.

Opinion: Houston Summers must take a stand for student voices

UNC’s student body has just elected Houston Summers as its newest student body president.

Opinion: Oscars are racist because Hollywood is, too

In just two days, the Hollywood elite will flock toward the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. for the 87th Academy Awards.

Opinion: New school metrics are too simple to be useful

Considering the barrage of newfangled performance metrics students now face at school, it’s difficult to understand how the General Assembly could think the old-fashioned, five-letter grading scale would be sufficient to provide a clear picture of the performance of schools themselves. 

Opinion: Chancellor Folt must take stands where necessary

What does Chancellor Carol Folt really think? Regarding the call for Hurston Hall, political attacks on centers and institutes, the Wainstein report and other pressing campus issues, students, faculty and staff have often been left wondering where the chancellor stands.

Quickhits for Feb. 19, 2015


Kreyschewizzle-ville takes the worst parts of camping and deprives its inhabitants of its physical rewards and natural beauty.

Column: Why I still hate Duke

This column originally ran in a 2007 issue of The Daily Tar Heel

I always hated it when alumni came back and waxed rhapsodic about their undergrad years. "Yes," I would always think to myself, "I know there were kegs in the dorms, I know there was free love outside Bingham Hall, I know that everyone sung in harmony about a perfect world, blah blah blah..."

So why listen to me, you might ask? Well, usually in this spot, the DTH runs an old chestnut I wrote about Why I Hate Dook. I had a Wednesday column back in the Bronze Age of 1990, and I told the story of how my high school visit to Durham turned into a flaming pyre of white-hot hostility.

Opinion: Deadlines obstruct voter involvement in SBP elections

The turnout for the first round of this year’s election for student body president was the lowest in over a decade, and more than 10 percent of votes cast were write-ins for writer Zora Neale Hurston. 

Opinion: We should do all we can to ease Syrian suffering

In life, UNC’s Deah Shaddy Barakat was working to provide dental care to the victims of Syria’s civil war. The United States should emulate him by increasing humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees and financial aid to the countries that host them.

Opinion: Suspend suspensions

In Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, black students are five times more likely to be suspended than white students. Black students are also three times more likely to be sent to the office than white students.