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Sunday October 2nd

Cocaine offenses were serious, deserved coverage


In response to every letter to the editor for the past couple weeks that criticizes the Daily Tar Heel for giving a disproportionate amount of attention to the recent arrest of seven students or former students on cocaine charges and their pattern of Greek affiliation: I believe you should re-evaluate your claims of injustice.

Possession and intent to distribute mass quantities of cocaine is an incredibly serious offense and should, in fact, be on the front page of any student newspaper for as long as the investigation continues.

The focus on the seriousness of this offense’s legal consequences sends the message to the student body that such behavior is not tolerated by either the University or local law enforcement officials.

The fact that multiple students involved in the incident had ties to the Greek system is a statement of fact and a noteworthy detail — if there was any other student organization on campus linking them otherwise, I am sure that factor would be focused on as well. People should be disappointed in the individuals whose actions reflect poorly on the Greek community as a whole, not the DTH for reporting it.

Sarah Osborne
International Studies

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