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Class Standing Not Accurate Measure Of School Spririt

It is obvious to me that Kate Hartig does not know a lot of graduate students, or she would have never dared to write such an insulting piece of "journalism" ("Scalping Duke Tickets Takes Them From Deserving Fans, The Daily Tar Heel, Feb. 26). She takes one example (which she claims she "heard last week") of a few graduate students who scalped their Duke University-UNC basketball tickets for $500 a piece.

I am not disagreeing with her general point, which is that real fans deserve the tickets. But there are a few points I would like to make.

First, Ms. Hartig's scalper story could have applied to any student, even a Carolina senior (God forbid!). Second, there are just as many die-hard graduate student fans as there are undergraduates. Finally, many graduate students are here more years than undergraduates.

The fatal mistake that Ms. Hartig makes is the assumption that dedication and spirit should be measured by class standing.

I think many Carolina students, faculty, and alumni will agree with me when I argue that love for Carolina is not limited to just the undergraduates.

Jen-Yi Lee

Ph.D Program


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