EDITORIALS


11/8/2017 8:15pm

UNC-system President Margaret Spellings (left) sits next to chairperson Lou Bissette (right) during the UNC Board of Governors meeting Friday.

Editorial: Right supremacy — Part 2

Originally created after a state measure that called for the University to adopt a policy to “restore and preserve free speech,” the BOG's proposal instead cements the idea that the right to free speech should be protected for a select few and not for all. 


11/7/2017 8:42pm

Fake News!

Editorial: Dear Fake News,

You’ve had a big year. A huge year, even. And it’s culminated in this: your crowning as The Collins Word of the Year 2017.  


11/6/2017 8:52pm

Editorial: Go check out a makerspace!

Makerspaces are creative areas where people can utilize a plethora of tools and knowledge to design and build whatever they want.  UNC’s makerspaces are incredible resources that are underutilized by the campus community. 


11/5/2017 7:14pm

Editorial: Call 911, not Uber

In social psychology there are phenomena known as prescriptive and descriptive norms. For example, a prescriptive norm is the fact drinking alcohol is not legal until age 21 but the descriptive norm is the knowledge that every Thursday night, you will most likely find underage drinking in college towns. 


11/5/2017 7:05pm

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Editorial: Have class, don’t harass

Walking down Franklin Street leaves a lot of people with fond memories. Eating out at Spicy 9, stumbling out of Sup Dogs after a late night basketball victory or celebrating the end of finals with YoPo. These lighthearted experiences, for most young women, can easily be disrupted by brief interactions of verbal harassment with strangers on that same, happy street. 


11/2/2017 8:33pm

Editorial: How you like them bikes?

UNC debuted a bike share on Oct. 24, shifting up its commitment to its students and the state. The program has the potential to make a durable improvement to quality of life for those who live or work in the area, and beyond — as long as the University can steer it away from a few potholes. 

10/31/2017 8:55pm

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Editorial: Concerns in cutting (general) education

In the past couple of weeks, the Daily Tar Heel has published explanatory articles and critical letters to the editor regarding the proposed general education curriculum changes. This board agreed that it was time to put our thoughts to paper on this update.


10/24/2017 11:38pm

Editorial: InNOVAtive approaches to support those with mental illness

In the United States, around 1 in 25 adults experience a mental illness that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. A nonprofit in Carrboro is working on giving those suffering from these debilitating mental illnesses a place to call home. 


10/22/2017 8:19pm

Editorial: Right supremacy

The Board of Governors is considering “a policy that would allow the expulsion of students who repeatedly disrupt freedom of speech or expression on campus.” 


10/16/2017 8:53pm

Editorial: Campus Democrats and Republicans are building bridges

The UNC College Republicans and UNC Young Democrats co-hosted an event on Social Security last Tuesday.  The student groups worked together to bring Free the Facts, a non-profit organization dedicated to nonpartisan reform of Social Security, to UNC's campus. The evening went along smoothly, with conservatives and liberals discussing their thoughts on Social Security and potential ideas to save the program. 


10/12/2017 9:45pm

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Editorial: Processing news is tough

We are exposed to negative news now more than ever—with automatic alerts popping up on our phones, computer screens and even our watches, it is almost impossible to shut it out. 


10/12/2017 9:42pm

Immigrants ≠ problem

Many of us have never given a second thought to the security of our position as a person living in the United States.  But, as the Trump Administration continues to roll out plans for their immigration agenda, we can see that people have given a lot of thought to the positions of the immigrants residing in the United States. 


10/11/2017 10:01pm

Editorial: Free Speech Then, Free Speech Now

About two years ago, another iteration of this board made a vigorous defense of free speech on campus. This specifically addressed the demands for the prohibition of speech sympathizing with the Confederacy in the wake of a rally on Oct. 25, 2015. This iteration of the board, for the most part, still adheres to this position. Unsurprisingly, an editorial board of a campus newspaper thanks our nation implicitly every day for the right to say what we say without fear of prohibition. We, as a paper and as a community, owe it to ourselves to continue vigilance in defense of this constitutional right even if it guarantees confrontation with speech we find beyond the pale, provided that speech does not specifically incite physical violence.