Such a broad mix of events is indicative of the vital intellectual life of our great University. Our campus community is not afraid to discuss issues that may divide us, and we often look at such opportunities as a chance to broaden our horizons and define -- and sometimes redefine -- our personal beliefs.
That's the same kind of message our admissions staff gave potential students visiting campus last Monday, knowing that some might be caught off guard by the graphic nature of the pro-life exhibit.
They made it clear that as the first public university in America, Carolina has a long history of fostering free speech and intellectually challenging ideas.
Our admissions director told students before they toured campus that they might find the Genocide Awareness Project disturbing but that the University is committed to making sure that diverse opinions can be freely shared.
That's also the kind of message I hope you will keep in mind as you read the guest column by Mr. Horowitz in today's paper. I personally am deeply offended by his message, but I believe that a university community like ours is the right place for such hard issues to be discussed.
Mr. Horowitz's ad has been a lightening rod of debate on campuses across the country in recent weeks.
The few papers that have printed the ad have been labeled as insensitive.
At some campuses where the ad ran, protests have broken out.
At others, papers were stolen from racks or burned to prevent distribution.