Unbridled support for an institution is harmful. If we are not willing to critique something we love, then we are not being responsible members of our community.
That is what this board sought to do this year. We met twice a week, through all the stress, to discuss the issues we thought to be most troubling. We hope you found our thoughts to be, at the very least, provocative and we hope that you had conversations about how to improve this place with your peers.
Throughout the year, in response to many of our editorials people often ask us, “Why do you hate UNC?” or “Where is your Tar Heel pride?” or “Why don’t you just transfer?”
In a time where UNC’s public relations spending is skyrocketing, it may make us seem like we are anti-UNC. We are vocal critics of the University after all. We are not angry at being labeled anti-UNC, but we do feel it to be incorrect. Here is the secret — we do love this university very much.
If you read some of our less controversial pieces, you will find this to be true. There is a lot wrong with the institutions of this university, but there is still a lot right and a lot to love.