TO THE EDITOR:
Hannah Thurman greatly misconstrued the purpose of the Honors Program at Carolina in “No great ‘honor’ in Carolina program” (Oct. 5).
The program aims to promote a stimulating academic environment campus-wide, not just in a small elite population that hides out in special honors dorms and only socializes with honors students. The beauty of it is that anyone can participate.
There is high honor in earning a diploma that says you debated, researched and collaborated with some of the most high-achieving students from the country and North Carolina.
There is an even higher honor in graduating from the Honors Program or with honors, something that UNC gives every student the chance to do.
The Honors Program should rethink its motives only when the diploma it grants signifies preferential treatment and free doughnuts.