This week, UNC bids goodbye to The Minor , its online satirical publication. Since 2013, The Minor’s staff has published content focusing on life at the university.
Occasionally existential, frequently absurd and relentlessly iconoclastic, they honed an inimitable, authorial voice that was incisive, creative and funny. This is no mean feat for any publication, especially one staffed by unpaid students.
The Minor never developed the mass following of sites like Overheard at Carolina, UNC Memes or Yik Yak. In part this was because it trafficked in jokes that required a more substantial time investment than reading a quick tweet, though also because many of its topics — full merit scholars and student government politics, for example — simply did not interest everyone.
Yet on many occasions during the last two years, it felt as if the publication was doing more than making us laugh: It was shaping what students believed about pressing university issues.
With articles like “Y’all Should be Ashamed of Yourselves” by P.J. Hairston and “New Evidence Reveals Air Bud Took Only Paper Classes During 2009 Championship Season,” The Minor staked out a far more critical stance on student athletics than that adopted by the University.