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Letter: ​UNC dining halls deserve praise

The recent outcry over mice at dining halls makes it clear that most students are unaware of the kitchen conditions at restaurants.



Letter: ​Context for the chancellor’s absence

I am responding to the April 16 letter “Is Chancellor Folt a Hypocrite?” with important context for Chancellor Carol Folt’s absence at Phi Beta Kappa’s ceremony. On behalf of the chancellor, I would like to extend her congratulations to the newest members of Phi Beta Kappa for their academic achievements at the highest level. April is the busiest month at Carolina for award ceremonies and end-of-year celebrations, and chancellor Folt receives hundreds of invitations from campus and community organizations. Although she attends as many events as her calendar permits, she cannot make them all.



Letter: ​Contextual grading is unfair to professors

Mark Lihn’s February 15 article (“UNC readies for contextual grading”) highlights some of the supposed benefits of UNC’s new “contextual grading” system, formerly known as the “achievement index.”



​Letter: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

If you read the Daily Tar Heel this past Monday, you’re probably aware that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

I appreciated the dedication of an entire issue of the Daily Tar Heel to awareness about sexual assault, but I hope that its audience’s involvement in Sexual Assault Awareness Month does not stop with the reading of that issue.



Letter: ​Is Chancellor Folt a hypocrite?

Monday afternoon over at the Friday Center was the Phi Beta Kappa induction ceremony, one of the most prestigious and time honored academic achievements in the country, let alone at UNC.



Letter: ​An Irish take on college sports

Coming into UNC for my year abroad after only visiting America once before, I wasn’t really sure to expect. I had my fair share of preconceived notions about America, but the only ones that ended up being accurate were the fascination with my Irish accent and the unwavering mediocrity of Taco Bell.



Letter: ​8 a.m. classes have a place at UNC

If it was not for 8 a.m. classes, I would not have been able to complete my degree. I had to work full time and go to school after my night shift.



Letter: ​Athletes are being unfairly generalized

I appreciate Mr. Edwin Yoder’s input on the whole athletic scandal issue here at UNC in his April 11 letter to the editor “the University has embarrassed itself.”



Letter: ​Voter fraud study is without substance

Let’s be very clear about who is behind the so-called voter fraud study as noted in a story in the April 8 Daily Tar Heel.



Letter: ​Alcohol police do not protect and serve

The Daily Tar Heel’s recent article regarding the enforcement of alcohol laws and the drinking age was one-sided.



Letter: ​Help to change rape culture

Thank you for your recent publication, “Objections to ‘Blurred Lines’ causes stir at Fitzgerald’s,” which highlighted how our community spoke out after learning that myself and four friends were told “It is time for you to go” and were escorted out of Fitzgerald’s, following our request that the DJ change “Blurred Lines” due to its triggering, violent lyrics. There were no blurred lines in how we were treated.



Letter: ​Do away with 8 a.m. classes

We’ve all experienced it: waking up late and running to class in PJs, everything un-brushed, holding a cup of coffee in one hand and flipping through flashcards with the other. This nightmarish situation too often becomes a reality for students with 8 a.m. classes.



Letter: ​The University has embarrassed itself

After having seized every opportunity, in print and otherwise, to sing the praises of my alma mater, I find myself embarrassed for the first time in 60 years — especially by the wan official reactions to the recent letter from distinguished retired faculty members, many of whom I am pleased to count as friends.



Letter: ​Celebrating body politics week

The UNC Men’s Project is proud to join the University in celebrating body politics week.



Letter: ​Share candidate information earlier

Last fall, as a candidate for Chapel Hill Town Council, I had hoped to earn the endorsement of the Daily Tar Heel (I didn’t) and to motivate students to vote (I tried).



Letter: ​Music does not incite action

“Maybe I’m going deaf, maybe I’m going blind, maybe I’m out of my mind,” but the ban of “Blurred Lines” from Fitzgerald’s is ridiculous.



Letter: ​Abortion images were simply the truth

Regarding the recent protest by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform: I am somewhat intrigued by some of the commentary as reported in The Daily Tar Heel. I believe we can draw certain implications based on the need to “avoid” those images and the need for “counselors.”



Letter: ​Anti-Israel protestors were disrespectful

On Thursday, April 3, Memorial Hall hosted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s first performance in Chapel Hill. Upsetting to many concertgoers was the presence of anti-Israel protestors. I was disappointed by the lack of coverage provided by the Daily Tar Heel about this disturbance, as the paper has been diligent in reporting on related protests in the past.



Letter: ​Bike-share program is not worth fees

Raising the student transit fee even further to expand a bike-share program is ill-conceived. The Tar Heel Bikes is used by a relatively small segment of the undergraduate population that lives primarily on South Campus. Expanding the program shouldn’t be supported by student fees paid by every student in the University community including those off-campus, but rather by the students that use and benefit from it.



Letter: ​Never again: a lesson from Rwanda

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. 20 years ago, ordinary Rwandan citizens carried out one the most swift and destructive act of human aggression known today, killing close to 800,000 people in 100 days in an attempted purification of Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Most importantly, a group of nations claiming to be the protector of human rights sat idly by and watched.