<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel: Opinion]]> Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:34:57 -0400 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 01:34:57 -0400 SNworks CEO 2019 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[In Memoriam: Letters to Wynn]]> It is an impossible task to fit the life of Wynn Burrus into one page, or any number of pages for that matter. However, we hope that these testimonies from her friends and family will paint a small portrait of the brilliant life that she lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wynn's family, friends and anyone who was lucky enough to know her. If you would like to celebrate and honor Wynn's life, there will be a candlelight vigil tonight at 8:00 p.m. on Polk Place. All are welcome.

"Wynn's default state was kindness. Not the, 'oh, she's a nice person'-type - but the warm and welcoming variety. To talk to Wynn was to be seen and heard in that moment. To have her full attention. She may have thought nothing of it, but her combination of compassion and brilliance is rare."

"I had three back-to-back 'interview weekends' with Wynn. For the Park scholarship, we fell into a small cluster of friends and acquaintances. Instead of going to the scholarship-related event that night, we crashed a semi-formal dance that was happening in their union. It was a fun, kind of dumb thing to do but it felt Carpe diem. It's a small thing, but it was part of that gray transition from high school to college and that tumult of meeting people. And she was genuinely interested in meeting me during that weekend, and that kind gesture stuck with me. My prayers go out to her friends and family."

"To the girl who knew the true importance of selfless friendship, passion and illuminating/celebrating kindness for ALL - You are so incredibly loved and cherished. As much as we already miss you, we know that you are dancing with God up above. Thank you for always and forever watching over us. A standing angel who has now found a higher calling."

"Last night I sat in my apartment with my roommates trying to process the news of Wynn's passing. All day we had been worrying about her and wanted to do something. I texted one of my roommates this:

Think about what Wynn would say about this... she would say to put your trust into the Lord and pray that He gives the doctors the ability to figure out what to do and that He gives her a new chance, but at the same time, we trust Him to do what is right in His mind, not ours.

I look back on this text, and still agree with it. And as I sat on my apartment floor, I pulled out my Bible, just as I believe Wynn would do in a situation like this, and opened it to a verse that has stuck with me since a funeral I went to my senior year of high school. This verse is 'I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith' 2 Timothy 4:7.

This verse comes from Paul's letter to Timothy, near the end of his own life. Just as Paul did, I believe Wynn's mind was on the Lord during her last days. Wynn fought the good fight, finished the race and kept her faith. People like Wynn are few and far between, but I feel blessed to have gotten to know her over this last year through KD and Greek Life. I know she is up there watching over us, experiencing the Lord's greatest creation, surrounded by people who love her and went before us. Until we meet again."

"Wynn was one of the sweetest, kindest people I've ever met and was a light in the life of everyone she interacted with. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her, but will live on in each of our hearts.

We will all honor her legacy by trying to approach life with as much joy and positivity as she did."

"It is hard to think of someone who was so positive and had so much energy to be weak or ill. She shined from the inside out, always touching everyone with love and encouragement. She was so bright, but always so humble. For a girl that was involved in so much, she always took time to stop and do the little things that will make someone's day. I can't count the number of little notes and letters she had left for me over the years. She had a way of making everyone in her path feel special. As I grieve during this time and find it hard to not be angry and confused as to why a girl with so much going for her could have her life cut so short, I know that's not what Wynn would want. She would want us to feel peace in knowing that she is healed now and with her Father. She feels no pain; she is complete. The heartbreak is truly for her friends and family, not for Wynn. She is rejoicing in her eternal life. Truly an angel among us."

"I grew up alongside Wynn in Raleigh, and although we weren't close until we got to UNC, there was never a time I passed her that she wouldn't drop what she was doing to give me a hug and ask how I was doing in a way that showed she really did care. Lucky enough to have overlapping circles with her in college, we quickly became close and bonded through our shared love of Jesus, traveling and cheese plates. How lucky am I to say that I knew her, let alone able to explore the beauty of God's creation with her across Europe during our semesters abroad. One distinct memory of our adventures that so clearly shows who Wynn was: we passed a British tourist in the Amalfi coast who snapped at us for asking him for directions, and when my immediate instinct was to retaliate in contempt, Wynn so gently stopped me, turned to him, and said 'I'm sorry that you are upset, and I hope you have a lovely day.' Through countless moments like this one, Wynn made me a better person and helped me treat people as she did modeling Christ: with unconditional love and service. While my heart is broken and has a hole that will remain empty on this earth, I rejoice knowing that my beautiful friend is free of pain and suffering in a place deserving of her spirit. Wynn, I cannot wait to see you again someday, and until then I will live every day doing my best to model the love and service you showed to every person you encountered."

"To say that Wynn was an incredible person does not give her justice. She was far more than that. She was the light of God in this broken world, she was a best friend to all, she was the biggest hug when you most needed it, and overall the MOST beautiful person inside and out. As difficult as it is, Wynn Burrus would not want us to grieve her passing, but to celebrate. I truly do not believe that I will ever come across someone as special as her ever again on earth, but her light will never be forgotten. Wynn was the type of person who touched every single person she talked to. My dad met her only one time at a football game and when I told him that she too was a KD he said to me, 'I'm beyond happy that you have someone like her to look up to throughout your college experience.' From one encounter, he saw all of the love and goodness in her. I feel so blessed to have had such an amazing and impactful role model in my life. Wynn, you were an angel on earth and it is hard to fathom that you are no longer here, but we will see you again someday."

"Wynn was tremendously smart, and funny, and had a brilliant, infectious smile. She had a remarkably strong faith that she so beautifully shared, but never, ever imposed on others.

But what always stood out to me most about Wynn was her heart and compassion and love for those that so many others would overlook. Walking down Franklin street, Wynn was the type of person to stop, ask the name of, and genuinely care for every member of Chapel Hill's homeless population-even as the de facto response for most students and administrators has always been to simply walk faster or ignore. In any social setting, Wynn's instinct was to make sure that everyone was included and that everyone felt welcomed. If she noticed that someone seemed quiet or if someone was standing or sitting by themselves, it was Wynn's instinct to, without any fanfare or recognition needed, strike up a conversation and make it better. She helped me feel included more than a few times when she absolutely didn't have to. I know I was just one of thousands that she touched in this way.

Thank you, Wynn, for being one of the very best. And for giving me, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know you, such a bright and precious example of what it means to live and love well.

We could certainly use some more Wynn Burrus's in this world."

"Wynn was always the person to meet me wherever I was. On my happiest days, she was her happiest. On my worst days, she was her most supportive. I think back to the time Wynn texted me over the summer simply to tell me how amazing she thought I was, and I nearly laughed at the text because I never thought someone so incredible would think so highly of me too. As much as I wish I could express to Wynn and to the rest of the world the magnitude of her impact, I am comfortable knowing how lucky I have been to feel her effect first-hand. Having been touched by Wynn is one of my greatest treasures in life, and I hope I can start to shine some of her light in my own life. I am grateful for who she was and who she will continue to be in all of our lives, and I will always cherish her radiant smile and warm spirit."

"I find it difficult to write about Wynn because I know if Wynn were to write about me, it would be the best thing anyone has ever said about anything. Because that's what Wynn did, she made people feel good. Wynn was encouraging, positive, the most incredibly brilliant, kind, and selfless person I have ever had the joy of knowing. If you ever crossed paths with her, you know what I'm talking about. She possessed an untouchable ability to make people feel special and always took the time to make people feel like they were important to her - and they were. Wynn cared for everyone she met and thought little of no one. The goodness inside of her was impossible. And she will be missed by the lives she touched. But her light remains on this earth in every warm ray of sunshine, every blooming flower, and in every bright smile. For to know Wynn was to know the warmth and love of a lifetime."

"Wynn Burrus was one of the first smiles I saw my first day on campus. She made Carolina feel like home, made my freshmen year worries go away, and made me feel like I would always have a friend and role model. Wynn made everyone around her feel so special, and so loved. She was one of a kind, a true angel brought to this world to teach others what the definition of goodness really was. Her light will always shine through, as she made this world a better place and will continue to inspire us everyday with her kind nature and warm spirit. I thank her for making me feel so welcome and as calm. In a place where a lot of people are not willing to go out of their way to ask how others are, and where a lot of girls focus more on themselves than the needs of others, Wynn always took the time to make sure all people around her were ok. She was my favorite hug and her face could light up any room. I was so sad to see her leave last semester when she went abroad, but I am sure everyone who got the chance to meet her was touched by her warmth and goodness. Thank you sweet Wynn, for loving so well and teaching me how to live with peace and happiness. Your smile shines so bright and you will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you forever."

"To know Wynn is to love Wynn, and be loved by Wynn. I remember freshmen year after I joined KD, I was feeling so many things. Excitement, but also fear and 'what have I really gotten myself into.' I was in a new state, around all these new people in this sorority and I was timid. I'd already started to look up to Wynn and had so many sweet conversations with her. My parents and I walked up to the house on parents' weekend so I could give them a little tour. Wynn was sitting outside doing work and when she saw us. She jumped right up and ran over. She made not only me, but my parents, feel so welcome and loved. After 30 mins of chatting, we urged her to go back to work and my dad said, 'Wow. What an amazing girl. I don't even really know her, but you need to hold her close.' He was so right. It was such a small gesture to her. Actually, it wasn't even a gesture. It was Wynn and what she does. Everyone in the world needed to hold Wynn close. She is so much of the love, goodness, and selflessness in this world. I hope one day to be a fraction of her."

"Thinking of how to capture a light like Wynns into words is something I've been struggling with. Words don't do her justice. Pictures don't fully show her beautiful smile and luminous glow. To know her was to feel truly loved. Someone told me once that friendship is the most profound form of true love. It is love without bounds or rules. To be Wynn's best friend for 18 years has been the greatest honor of my life. From endless playground hangouts to late night swims in AB to the most awkward middle school photos imaginable, you have been there through it all. If I calculated all the days we have spent together over the years I think it would be thousands. Her home has always been like a second home, "mi casa es su casa" as my mom used to always say. With you, I made a flawed youtube channel, endless home movies that should never be revisited, so many peanut butter cookies, and worm more silly costumes than you could ever imagine. All of these things I share with you. I know you're up there listening to Destiny's Child and watching some fabulous Hallmark movies. Trying to capture years of memories into one paragraph is fruitless but I cling to the fact that you have made my life so full, so bright, so happy, so complete. I will miss you forever Wynnie."

"Wynn was simply vibrant. She quickly developed into one of the most foundational parts of my experience at Carolina. On my first day of freshman year, she sent me a message saying 'I hope you have the best day! Be yourself and give others a chance.' She was a constant reminder to put others first, and to go the extra mile to make someone else smile. She was kind, she was authentic, but most of all, she was able to make everyone feel genuinely important and heard. She knew what to say, when to say it, and always followed conversations with a smile and hug that were just warm. She is one of the people that made Carolina feel like home, and I am going to miss her so much. There will never be someone like you, Wynn, but everyone should strive to try."

"Here's to Wynn our beautiful blonde

She was kind and smart and of her we were all fond

I remember the day at the Carolina Inn when I first met her here

We were seniors and nervous, with a slight twinge of fear

I approached her with confidence because I had seen her pic

My stepmom was obsessed with her, she had a reputation that was quite sick

I heard of her success, from tennis to IB

Without the Morehead maybe she would've gone to an Ivey

We quickly became friends as the weekend carried on

That night we talked on the football field almost till dawn

We lived together two years in a row, one after the other

We shared so many memories, she was truly like no other

She was opinionated, and hated stickers like it was her job

But she was always there whether for a laugh or a sob

I know it feels funny to write a poem right now

But this is me processing, even when things are foul

This is for us to all think about Wynnie B

The one who was always so sweet and who also loved the tea

I don't know what's happening or what the future holds

But it's so important that we lean on each other as this grief unfolds

Let's remember to be thoughtful and intentional at best

We are all going thru shit and our hearts need a rest


"'How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.' - Winnie the Pooh

A gentle reminder to always hold your friends tighter, to lean on them, and to support them just as Wynn would do. In this time of grief and mourning take care of yourselves and know that it will get better. Live every day how she would have wanted you to, and most importantly, be kind."

"I texted Wynn one day in passing just to ask if she had any recommendations for places to eat in Vienna. I was there last summer and I knew she had spent a semester in the city before. All I expected was a couple names and 'enjoy!' But clearly I didn't know Wynn well enough yet. She quickly responded with an entire blog of not only restaurants, but also cultural experiences, bars, clubs, parks, the best place for a run, the freshest groceries, the cutest boutiques and on and on. This interaction exemplifies who Wynn's is and will continue to be. She is the kind of unselfish person who is always eager to share experiences and make sure you have the best time in whatever way she can. She is above and beyond in all aspects of life and love and friendship. thank you, Wynn - (I never told you but Das Loft was my favorite)."

"It is my job to advise, question, and get to know students. Every time I spoke with Wynn, she had this disarming way of turning my questions back on me. She always asked about my day, my week, my family, things I was looking forward to. She remembered those details and asked me about them the next time I saw her. To Wynn, that was just how you treat people. To me, it was a joy and delight to be around her."

"I first met Wynn when I was a senior in high school at the Morehead-Cain finalist weekend. Coming from out-of-state and fully knowing that decisions were to be made about me as a prospective scholarship recipient, I was extremely nervous. As soon as I met Wynn, she made me feel so at ease and embraced me with her big, infectious smile. Wynn treated everyone she met as if they were family, and when she asked me to get coffee and breakfast one morning during an interview day, I was so touched by her inclusivity and openness. This was my first experience with the 'Wynn way', and although a small example, this kind of interaction was the norm for Wynn Burrus. She made it her business to make others feel loved. Her warmth, friendliness, and kindness brightened everyone's day, and I hope I can honor her by replicating these characteristics in all of my future interactions with others."

"I was first introduced to Wynn after I pledged Kappa Delta at UNC and I was immediately met with the biggest smile and brightest eyes. She made me feel welcomed and loved instantaneously. She radiated beauty and embodied the body of Christ. She loved Jesus and loved everyone around her and it was infectious. The kind of love that makes you giddy and gets you excited to get out and love more people. I am truly thankful to have known her as a dear friend. She will be dearly missed and I hope that I can honor her legacy by continuing to love others contagiously."

"Everyone has those days as a freshman. You're overwhelmed, scared, and nervous that college isn't going to be what you thought.

I remember having one of those particular days when I walked into the KD house two years ago. But then I went to my box and found a note. It read:

'Dear friend, I am so happy you are here in KD! I can't wait to see how you shine here! Love, Wynn'

I will never forget the feeling I had reading that letter. I felt loved and radiant. That is what Wynn would do to people - show up right when you needed it and bring you so much joy.

She is one of the greatest people I have ever met, and the closest you could get to perfect. I am so lucky to have known her, and deeply, deeply miss her. We have all gained one of the greatest guardian angels."

"Wynn Burrus was someone that everyone wanted to know, and if you did know her you wanted to be her best friend. She was one of a kind in that her caring and warm spirit was incredibly incomparable. Last year, I was a new member in KD and one of my favorite memories from my first year in the chapter was helping decorate the house for the holiday season. Among the small group of girls that had gathered to hang lights and trim the tree, was Wynn. As we all hung ornaments, I distinctly remember thinking 'wow, this girl really is special.' She almost seemed to float around the house, complimenting others work and assisting in any task she could. Wynn encompassed all the qualities that define the holidays; joy, cheer, love, and peace. She was a calm soul that lit up every room with her effortless kindness. I will be forever grateful that I was able to know and love Wynn, and will strive to love and live as passionately as she did."

"'Oh I believe there are angels among us,

Sent down to us, from somewhere up above

They come to you and me, in our darkest hours

To show us how to live, to teach us how to give

To guide us with the light of love.' ("Angels Among Us", by Alabama)

Wynn was just that. An angel among us, sent to teach us how to love more, love better. We were lucky to have her, to know her, to learn from her, and to love her, while she was with us. The Earthly world is a lot less bright without her, but we should all feel lucky to have such a beautiful guardian angel protecting us."

Caroline Bass, UNC Class of 2019:

"I felt like I already knew her the first time I met her. She looked at me and said: 'Caroline! How are you? I'm so glad you're in my rush group!' We'd never officially met in person, but the presence of mutual friends mixed with her warm, effervescent spirit decided we were already friends.

She was an encourager, during sorority rush, a brutal process that seems to determine self worth. Wynn reminded me that it didn't. Wynn, my new friend, told me that our worth is dependent on the kind of person we are and that the only approval we should seek is from the Lord.

She was an encourager in every single college interaction. She was the type of person who would stop you on the street corner to ask you about your life, not the 'Hey - How are you? - Goodbye!' type of interaction so many of us have grown accustomed to in our busy, preoccupied society.

She was an encourager and role model to me, even if I was just a bit older. Getting adjusted to my new job with the Foundation, I had the pleasure of getting to spend time with her as we kicked off the year with new events. She complimented my tan and said she 'supported me and my dreams' when I told her it wasn't real, it was from a bottle.

This is one of the last times I saw her. With all the Moreheads. Overjoyed at the idea that my job allowed me to spend time with a friend like her.

We said we'd catch up and get together after the first few weeks of the semester slowed down. I can't express how much it hurts to know I won't be able to have that talk now.

While there is nothing we can ever do or say to make this unexplainable loss and hurt any better, we can honor her by embodying, as best we can, the traits we loved in her so much. Contagious joy, constant kindness, unwavering support. She was a listener with a servant's heart. She was a friend to all and a stranger to no one.

We love you, Wynn. You were quite literally the whole package. Know you're making heaven more beautiful as we speak."

<![CDATA[Letter: Classics professors oppose Program for Public Discourse]]> Administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill have been developing a program in "Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse," recently renamed the "Program for Public Discourse," whose initiative came from UNC's Board of Governors.

Board members include Robert George, the prominent conservative who founded a program on "American Ideals and Institutions" at Princeton, UNC Board of Governors and Board of Trustees members, two Harvard academics, and a few UNC faculty who were invited to join.

The fact that members of UNC's Board of Governors and Board of Trustees do not understand why this is a problem suggests a failure to grasp the nature of the research University, which will fall into mediocrity if faculty no longer feel that theirs is the guiding voice on curricula - not to mention if existing programs are left understaffed while a new, unnecessary one like this (whose courses will replicate much of what is already taught in departments across UNC-CH) is given so much financial support.

This is all particularly relevant to us in the Classics department, where we are devoted to professional study of the material, linguistic and literary history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. Too often, "civic" programs - like the one supported by the UNC Board of Governors - use superficial interpretations of the ancient Mediterranean world to co-opt Classics in support of conservative ideologies. University research is not about promoting a single ideology over others; in fact that is anathema to what the University ought to be doing.

Emily Baragwanath, Associate Professor, Department of Classics

Sharon L. James, Professor, Department of Classics

<![CDATA[Letter: "Clemens' story does not comport with the facts"]]> As reported in your article on the Program for Public Discourse's "seed money donor," Dean Chris Clemens feels aggrieved. Officers of the AAUP, he claims, have been unfair to him."I sent an email [about the donors] to be transparent for members of AAUP, and they've been pretending not to know this to create a narrative."

Unfortunately for Clemens, the words of his own email, quoted in your story, show that he's being less than honest.

In an email to the chapter president of the AAUP, who had asked about the identity of donors, Clemens said "I believe" the Dowd Foundation provided the largest donation and "I think" the University was also pursuing the Park Foundation. In that same email, he acknowledged other "individuals" were being contacted and admitted that he himself did not have "the most up-to-date information" about the donor situation.

He invited Rob Parker, a senior associate Dean in the development office who was copied on the email, to provide more detail; that added detail never arrived. Instead, AAUP officers requested the information through an unsuccessful public records request because the information is 'private'. We complained about a lack of transparency surrounding this program and its finances because administrators have consistently failed to provide clear, accurate, and honest representations of the Program's origins.

The AAUP is a body of faculty. Its desire is not to "create a narrative" - indeed, it is Clemens' story that does not comport with the facts - but rather to ensure that UNC continues to abide by the open, democratic, and regular processes of shared governance.

Jay M. Smith

Professor of History and Vice-President, Chapel Hill AAUP chapter

<![CDATA[Letter: Climate Strike]]> To the editor,

Climate change will be among the most important issues transforming our world over the lives of current students, damaging prospects for human economy, peace, security, health and wellbeing. The human causes of climate change are well understood, its impacts widespread and solutions are at hand.

Friday, Sept. 20 is an internationally designated day to draw attention to climate change, part of a youth and student-driven movement. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg started a one-person protest about climate change inaction in 2018. She has helped energize a youth movement focused on the generational injustice of climate change and the lack of global action.Sept. 20 has been designed to bring the issue of climate change, always simmering in the background, to the forefront, sending a message that this is an issue about which people care and demand action.Young people in over 150 countries are planning events for this day, including walk-outs, marches and sit-ins. Local rallies will be in Chapel Hill and Raleigh.

The Sept. 20 events will start a week of activities coinciding with the United Nations Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23. The UN meeting will convene world leaders, aiming to convince countries to make more ambitious commitments to combating the growing climate crisis with the aim of global net zero emissions by 2050.

This event is unique in that it is youth-led while urging adults to participate, and the organizers have a pointed aim of breaking through the complacency associated with addressing climate change.

Erika Wise, Associate Professor, Geography

Jason West, Professor, Environmental Sciences & Engineering

<![CDATA[Viewpoints: Should UNC allow athletes to be paid?]]> Pay our athletes

In the 2018 fiscal year, the University had a total sports revenue of more than $104 million, and the NCAA itself topped out it's personal revenue at an estimated 1.1 billion in 2017. Where does this money go, you ask? Well, Mack really is back, and his contract tops at 3.5 million per year.

Meanwhile, the players who sell out the tickets, spend hours conditioning and make the plays are bound by NCAA rules and can only accept the gear they receive from their coaches. Since we know that the athletes aren't getting paid, the revenue is redistributed throughout the University. Some of it is pocketed by coaches and leaders of the Athletic Department, while some is used to further develop the program and fund other teams.

According to NCAA recruiters, only about 59 percent of all Division-1 athletes are on some form of athletic scholarship. This means that 41 percent are required to put in an average of 34 hours per week, with some pushing closer to 40 with little to no compensation. To make matters worse, student-athletes are also prohibited from working during their respective seasons by NCAA bylaws, squashing any chance of student-athletes from supporting themselves during those time periods.

Steps to resolve this injustice could be made with California's attempt to provide collegiate athletes the opportunity to accept sponsorships. However, the movement brings new questions and issues to light; sponsorships are likely to gravitate towards star players and sports that generally receive more airtime, such as football and men's basketball. This would perpetuate issues in the gender pay gap and disparities in pay among collegiate sports.

Given the rising popularity and huge profits being pocketed by administrators in the NCAA, it's time to begin compensating student athletes for their time and effort that they pour into the industry.

Sponsorships, although a great start, will fail to equally support all student-athletes given gender and respective sport. UNC Chapel Hill has a responsibility to equally pay and treat athletes just as any other work-study student; both provide labor for the university, and athletes bring in dramatically more revenue.

The University should equally pay all athletes, regardless of visibility or sport. As a result, they could make a statement against the precursors that cause pay disparities in nearly every professional sports league today.

Sponsor our athletes

In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, UNC Athletics reported roughly $104.6 million in revenue.

The college athletes? $0.00.

The lack of self-ownership of a college athlete's likeness is preposterous. There is simply no other way to put it, and there's nothing else comparable. Celebrities all across the nation make money for their fame. Advertising deals and endorsements provide an extremely lucrative source of income for those outside of college athletics.

But if you're a famous college athlete? Tough luck.

There is little logical rationale for maintaining this distinction for college athletes. It simply serves as an easy way for the NCAA to exploit their workforce. Meanwhile, these athletes practice day and night. They risk horrific injuries. They forego time that might be spent studying. All in the service of padding a profit margin. And maybe, in the future, if they're really lucky, they'll get a share. But lost time is lost money.

This is wrong. College athletes, some as young as 18 or 19, own their image and likeness just as much as a 23-year-old professional does. As such, UNC and the NCAA should do the humane thing. If millions of fans around the country want to buy items with a player's likeness on them, share a slice of the pie.

Think beyond the money

Our University has the ability to offer an expansive array of sports for student-athletes to participate in, and the burden of providing pay should not jeopardize these opportunities.

It is undisputed that revenue from UNC athletics has greatly increased over the past decade, resulting in new facilities and higher coach compensation. Football and men's basketball, as it seems, are two powerhouse programs that generate exorbitant amounts of money for the University - why shouldn't athletes get a cut? Because it creates a power structure within college athletics that disadvantages smaller schools and less popular sports.

While football and men's basketball report a profit, much of this money is funneled back into other sports programs. With part of this cash stream lost, we are losing resources that allow the University to support less visible sports. At a national level, pay would significantly reduce the amount of money available to athletic programs that are in the red.

NCAA data from 2016 indicates that at the Division I level, when revenues and expenses are taken in the aggregate across all schools, only football and men's basketball operate without loss. Giving student-athletes the ability to acquire third-party sponsorships is a fairer solution.

However, note that while enabling access to this compensation helps the situation, it does not address the more fundamental issues facing student athletes. Pay does not solve issues of education discrepancy, effectively unending work hours, or limited participation in other opportunities. Greater change is necessary.

<![CDATA[Column: The math of social democracy]]> Scandinavian countries aren't socialist, they are social democracies, and there is a huge difference. Calling it socialist is a scare tactic that helps the rich hold power over the middle class.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is visiting our campus tomorrow, and I would like to personally bid him welcome. As an exchange student from Denmark, it is always heartwarming to hear Senator Sanders speak so kindly about my home country. To be honest, every time anyone in the States indicates that they know we exist, nearly all six million Danes collectively lose their minds.

Yet, that is not the only reason that Sanders is probably the candidate that most Scandinavian citizens prefer. The American political discourse is oddly fascinating to us because we struggle to understand why you insist that corporations, and not the government, should be providing basic necessities, like healthcare and education, to your population. Sanders is, to my knowledge, the first presidential candidate who suggested that maybe that should change.

In contrast, all Danish parties across the political spectrum agree that our extensive welfare state is a good thing and should be preserved. They only disagree on how best to do it, which is pretty impressive considering that we currently have ten parties elected (not including the ones from Greenland - we are still not selling).

Our welfare state will provide an unemployed and homeless Dane with a basic income, a home and medical care if needed. All this, of course, requires a high tax rate. Nonetheless, that does not make Denmark a socialist country. There are tons of privately-owned businesses in the country, and the government does not have control over the economy. In fact, Denmark scores higher than the U.S. on a number of economic freedom measures. We simply choose to redistribute our wealth among the population a lot more than you do. A country with a capitalist economy and a strong welfare state is called a social democracy - not a socialist regime.

This column is meant to be a crash-course in "How to Become Happy 101." It is not supposed to sound like I'm attacking America or being patronizing to its citizens. My heart just truly breaks whenever I see social inequity, which could be fixed with relative ease. Right now, the American system is structured in a way that helps a few rich people become richer, which I honestly think is undemocratic.

The American Revolution's slogan was: "Taxation without representation is tyranny." Why does this statement not apply to modern America? In a society with a strong welfare state, you elect the people in charge of your health and education. If they are not good enough, you can kick them out of office. You can't fire the insurance people. You can switch providers, but let's be honest, that won't have a big effect on the company.

Please call me a communist, if that gets it out of your system, but I want you to listen to my arguments. And yes, I am the same writer who wrote about the conservative center last week. I will defend your right to have and express your opinion any day, so please allow me to do the same.

I argue that letting the government take over some aspects of your economy will make paying for it cheaper from a consumer standpoint.

Let's take a look at the math.

The average annual income for one person in the United States in late 2018 was $62,850. If that American were living in Chapel Hill, he or she would receive $47,941 out of their income under current tax laws, which is an effective tax rate of 23.72 percent. The average Dane has an annual income of $60,140. That average taxpayer would get $38,906 of that, which is an effective tax rate of 35.1 percent.

For a Danish citizen, included in those taxes are free healthcare and free higher education among other things. The American citizen on the other hand has to pay an additional amount out of pocket to get that.

Tuition and fees for one child for four years at an in-state public college, without scholarships, would require a parent to save up $3000 annually from birth until enrollment. The average health insurance policy, according to health insurer eHealth, under the Affordable Care Act costs $5,280 annually, which often also has a deductible. That leaves the average American taxpayer with $39,661 left a year, which would be equal to a tax rate of 36.9 percent.

There are, of course, other taxes apart from income tax. The sales tax on all goods in Denmark is 25 percent, and the corporate tax is 22 percent. Yet the average Dane can afford almost as many goods as the average American, even though the former has a higher taxation rate. That is because the Danish Purchasing Power Parity is only a bit smaller than the American, which means that you can nearly buy the same amount of products in both countries for the same dollar.

This comparison is not even including the fact that the welfare state provides many other social benefits. Of course, some freeloading people will take advantage of the system, but in my opinion, the benefits outweigh that risk. Besides, Denmark currently has an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent, so it is not that big of a problem anyway.

The conservatives in this country are running a scare campaign about how horrible the United States would become if you adopted some of the "socialist" Scandinavian policies. Why do you think that we score so high on the Happiness Report year after year?

Now look, this is not going to happen over night. It took us about 100 years to get to where we are now, and Denmark is just a small country of almost six million people. But the good news is that you guys are much farther ahead than we were when we started, and you have a couple of countries that you can imitate. So drop the excuses and work towards that utopia you dream of. Don't run your politics on what you cannot do, run it on what you can.

So, dear UNC students and staff, please think about what kind of a society you want in the future. Perhaps you should go listen to Bernie Sanders speak while he is on campus. Maybe electing a social democrat is not such a bad idea. It just makes so much more sense from a sympathetic, economic and mathematical standpoint.


<![CDATA[Column: Women just want to walk without fear]]> Editor's note: This column discusses sensitive topics such as sexual assault.

Around 3 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13, a sexual assault occurred in the Shortbread Lofts parking deck.

Friday afternoon, an AlertCarolina went out informing the campus of the assault and asking for any information regarding the suspect.

I was in class with one of my roommates when I got the email. After I opened it, it was nearly impossible to focus. Instead of joining in the group discussion about the readings, I was thinking about how I was going to get home from my late-night meetings, and whether I should change the isolated path I take to class to a more crowded one.

Before leaving for my first semester at UNC, my parents had a serious discussion with me about never walking alone, how to use my pepper spray and what to do if someone grabs me from behind. My male friends were told to be careful about staying on top of their work and not to drink too much.

After reading the AlertCarolina, I ordered a pack of personal alarms and offered an extra to a friend - they, of course, already had one. Because to be a woman on a college campus is to be prepared for the possibility of sexual assault.

Plainly put, it was a terrifying email. I woke up the next day to texts from my younger brother making sure I was okay and ensuring I always carried mace. He should be asking where we're going to eat on Family Weekend, not if I feel unsafe at the school that I love so much.

I'm not sure what my male peers thought upon receiving the email, but I am almost positive that it wasn't about changing their daily routine in order to avoid being sexually assaulted.

"The Hunting Ground" came out about four years ago, and took an in-depth look at how the University violated the Title IX anti-discrimination law. While UNC has made several significant changes to how it handles sexual assault, the fear still remains among most female students.

It's hard to know what to do after something like this. I don't want to always be thinking, "What would I do if someone was following me down Franklin?" But I am, because incidents like this prove that my fear is legitimate.

Chapel Hill Police and UNC Police have increased security in the area. This is a great first step. I don't know what the next step should be, but I do know women feel unsafe on our campus, and that's awful.

That being said, the next step should not be shifting the conversation to, "What can men do to make women feel safer?" Obviously, women should feel safe, and it's great to have a buddy to walk home with, but conversations like that don't really address the root of the issue. The conversation needs to be about large, systematic change at UNC and universities across the country in regards to how sexual assault is reported, how survivors are treated (hopefully with respect and dignity) and how we must hold everyone accountable.

In the meantime, let's check in with our friends. It was a tough couple of days, and we all felt it. It's hard to imagine significant change happening while we are still at UNC, but having an open dialogue about sexual assault will hopefully make the women in classes below us feel safer. Eventually, I hope that they'll be able to walk the campus just as easily as their male peers do.

<![CDATA[Letter: David Perry, UNC Chief of Police]]> Hello UNC-Chapel Hill!

Allow me to introduce myself - I'm UNC's new Chief of Police David L. Perry.

Customer service and engagement are at the heart of our community-oriented policing philosophy, and these can only be achieved in an atmosphere where trust is built, partnerships strengthened and new relationships fostered. This only underscores the importance and urgency I have of meeting with students and student groups. Many of these opportunities were identified in yesterday's Daily Tar Heel editorial, aptly titled "UNC police chief must listen," and I fully agree.

In just my first two weeks at UNC, we have hosted our first home football game and contended with the potential impacts of a major hurricane. I've met with many local community partners, and I've spoken briefly at many meetings, including the Employee Forum and Campus Safety Committee. I also met early on with Student Body President Ashton Martin.

No single board meeting or presentation will immediately meet our goal of healing relationships. My responsiveness and availability must address all students, staff and faculty. I'm no stranger to these challenges, and I've addressed them successfully before. I will hopefully be meeting with as many of you this semester as possible, whether in a meeting setting, one-on-one or simply out walking across this beautiful campus. If you see me, introduce yourself. Whatever our recent history, I know you'll discover that many of our views and priorities are the same.

Let's partner in rebuilding the trust that is so crucial to campus safety. Yes, the UNC police chief must listen, and I am listening and ready to get to work!

David Perry, UNC Police Chief

<![CDATA[Editorial: Consequences of e-cigarettes are hazy, so put down your Juul]]> "Hey man, can I hit your Juul?"

At the risk of sounding like the DARE program, seven words is all it takes to get a nicotine addiction. Almost every student at Carolina has come into contact with vaping, the newest innovation from the tobacco industry.

Now, on the heels of six recorded deaths strongly linked to these e-cigarettes, the FDA has announced plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes from the market. While the Editorial Board recognizes that e-cigarettes should be avoided, the scientific community doesn't know enough about the risks of vaping to justify a ban.

There is no question that e-cigarettes are harmful. In the past year alone, the CDC has identified at least 380 cases of lung illness linked to vaping. While they cannot pinpoint what specifically is responsible, they believe the illnesses are likely to be connected to these products. However, because e-cigarettes rose to prominence so quickly, the CDC has not finished its investigation and much uncertainty remains.

While we know e-cigarettes are harmful, we can't necessarily prove that they cause illnesses. The CDC has not had enough time to establish causality, and there are suspicions that the problem lies elsewhere. The CDC notes that most of the afflicted individuals reported vaping THC, which many have pointed to as a likely culprit.

Recently, the company "Dank Vapes" has received scrutiny for using Vitamin E acetate, a thickening agent, in their THC oil. Both state and federal entities have identified this chemical as a principal suspect, among others, in their search for what is responsible. The problem is too new to have definitive answers, which is why the Editorial Board doubts the FDA's response will be effective.

A wholesale ban on flavored e-cigarettes is too broad and strict, given how little we know. At the risk of invoking a cliche, look to the Prohibition era for how banning addictive substances can go very wrong. For starters, banning these e-cigarettes could push kids and adults back to cigarettes. These devices risk nicotine addiction as much as cigarettes, and when they are no longer an option, kids might turn to cigarettes for a buzz. This is worse, because e-cigarettes are currently thought to be less harmful than smoking.

Kids may also turn to black market vape juices. This is even riskier, as these products would be unregulated. Just as it this has plagued THC vapers, the problem could also reappear among e-cigarette users. A better alternative may be a national excise tax, like the one in California, where e-cigarettes are taxed at 59.27 percent. Like the CDC, California hasn't had enough time to verify its effectiveness, but it does demonstrate the central problem we face: too much uncertainty.

If you, the reader, have no idea what the best course of action is, you're not alone. The Editorial Board is also unsure of what the best option is. With that in mind, the best remedy to this is time to further investigate. Whether the problem be specific to one e-cigarette or all of them, knowledge begets better policy. In the meantime, students should put down their Juuls. The risks inherent to vaping are too great to justify their use, no matter how good the Juul buzz is.


<![CDATA[Editorial: In N.C. politics, the glass is half-empty and so is the House]]> Republicans in North Carolina have usurped democracy once again.

After three months of waiting, the Republican-controlled North Carolina General Assembly held a surprise vote to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget last week.

At the time the vote was called, 39 House Democrats were absent. The final vote count was 55-15, with all Democrats in attendance voting against it.

According to some Democrats, House leadership had previously announced there would be no votes that morning - so they were especially surprised when Republicans called the biggest vote of all.

The vote was taken while at least one Democratic legislator, as well as Cooper, attended 9/11 memorial events.

It should only be expected that a General Assembly constructed by extreme partisan gerrymandering would lack democratic ideals; but never has the trickery been so outright. Never has it been more apparent that North Carolinians deserve better than these representatives who, though skilled in deceit and self-preservation, betray the basic ethics underpinning functional democracies.

But the consequence of overriding Cooper's budget veto extends beyond just signaling Republicans' abandonment of fairness and decency in N.C. politics. As the General Assembly voted without the full representation of their body, they also voted against the greater interest of their constituents - voting for a budget with tax cuts for the wealthy, but without teacher salary increases, without school resource funding and without the expansion of Medicaid.

Expanding Medicaid would insure half a million people in North Carolina's coverage gap, people living between $8,935 a year for a family of three to $28,676 who are not eligible for federal insurance. The state's healthcare industry would gain 50,000 jobs. The cost to the state? Nothing - the federal government commits to 90 percent of expansion funding and state health providers have offered to pay the remaining 10 percent, simply because expanding Medicaid isn't just empathetic, it's good business.

Instead, this Republican budget cuts taxes for millionaires 85 times what a working family receives, at a cost of $1.1 billion to the state. Offsetting the tax cut was a difference in education spending. Republicans offered only $470 million for teacher salaries in their budget, paling in comparison to Cooper's $810 million request.

Republicans' override will likely not pass the Senate chamber barring a similar trick, as Republicans no longer hold a supermajority in either legislative body. Optimistically, the national outrage sparked by the Sept. 11 vote could give Democrats more donors and greater leverage in budget negotiations. Since the budget saga between Cooper and the N.C. GOP will most likely continue, Republicans may be keen to salvage their damaged optics.

Yet, more likely, the Republican leadership could believe this scheme will bear little consequence, that even the most obvious corruption will remain invisible to apathetic voters. In a half-empty House chamber Wednesday morning, Rep. Deb Butler, D-Brunswick, New Hanover, adamantly chanted "I will not yield!" In an ideal world, inspired leaders would inspire us all to vote - but it in our state, we must confront the lies and channel Republican's corruption into strengthening our civic participation, because in North Carolina, none of us can yield.


<![CDATA[Editorial: Welcome to the Crowded Table]]> The Highwomen released their debut album on September 6.

Amanda Shires, a singer in the band and the founder, was inspired to create an all-female country group in order to combat sexism in the country music community.

The first song of the album does just that in a remake of the famous song "The Highwaymen." In The Highwaymen, each singer dies doing something they love. In "The Highwomen," each singer dies for a noble cause: helping their children cross the border, being a freedom rider, preaching and practicing medicine. Even though these women die, they vow: "We will still remain/And we'll come back again and again and again and again."

This album is not easy listening like most country music. It's not about drinking beer with your friends or girls in short shorts. This is protest music - protesting the death of these women and women being silenced. The Highwomen are protesting the exclusion of women from country music and the assumption that everyone who listens to country can relate to the mainstream messages.

"The Highwomen" returns to what country music has for so long claimed to be about: love. It's no secret that country alienates people who don't fit into a narrow definition of normal, but the genre continues to preach inclusivity.

This love is best represented in the song "Crowded Table" in which the group dreams of having, "a house with a crowded table and a place by the fire for everyone." And they mean everyone.

Along with telling the story of refugees, single parents and freedom riders, the album has one of the first gay country love songs. "If She Ever Leaves Me" is directed at a man who is flirting with the singer's partner. Brandi Carlile sings, "If she ever gives her careful heart to somebody new/Well, it won't be for a cowboy like you", and he has "too much cologne/She likes perfume." (This is unbelievable writing, please give the album all the awards!)

The specificity of each song is why the album is so powerful. Recognizing your own experience in a song is extremely validating. If a song is written about something, it must be normal, or at least you aren't alone in the experience. Music should make you feel connected to the world, the singer and other people that are listening, but that can really only happen when you relate to their experiences. By describing a variety of experiences with such vulnerability, The Highwomen are able to reach and impact so many more people than typical country music.

Overall, this album provides depth to a genre that has been lacking. The Highwomen wrote an album that explores loneliness, grief, sexism, homophobia and motherhood. This album has anthem after anthem for women, for gay people, for people who have been left out of country music for so long.

So do yourself a favor and listen (preferably with tissues nearby). Do our community a favor and internalize the values in these songs. And welcome everyone to your crowded table.

<![CDATA[Guest column: Thoughts from beneath the tarp]]> Darkness. All I see is darkness.

Surprise, bitches! You found me! It's me, Not-So-Silent Sam, your favorite armed Confederate (although I've heard Lance Spivey has been ~gunning~ for that spot since I left).

I'm finally breaking my silence, because I'm PISSED. Imagine living somewhere for over 100 years and suddenly being ripped away from your home. No one else in this country has suffered such unjust treatment before, EVER!

So what if I'm racist and unpatriotic? It's called history, people. Deal with it. I mean, come on. Some of y'all are living under a rock. But I'm LITERALLY living under a tarp - check your privilege.

I've had a lot of free time under this tarp, so I've been catching up on all the latest movies. I really like those Marvel films. Well, except for Black Panther.

After the infamous Toppling Incident of 2018, the Board of Governors told me they would bring me back soon. In fact, I was promised my very own $5.3 million mausoleum. But it's been over a year, and I'm still here.

Wait, have I been ghosted? I don't know what to do. Should I text them? Or would that seem too clingy?

I miss McCorkle Place. It was my very own gated community, if you will. I miss the constant companionship of UNC Police, who were always there, day or night, to protect me. I even miss the unfortunate sight of Time Out's heinous neon sign in the wee hours of the morning.

I know my presence on campus has been missed. Maybe not by the students, faculty, staff or community, but what are those people who drive in from Alamance County supposed to do now that I'm gone? Move on from a 150-year-old war?

Sometimes, I hear the police nearby - but they've never come to rescue me. I thought we were supposed to be friends? I mean, they did ward off those silly protesters for me (thanks, Jeff!).

And now, I hear my old friend Harry Smith might not want me to come back to campus. Really, Harry? After all we've been through? You were at my erection, Harry!

Speaking of erections, y'all know the South will rise again. But if you don't mind, I could use a little help getting up. Anybody got some Viagra? Heard the BOG has plenty to spare.

P.S. Do they have LifeAlert for statues? Asking for a friend. Seriously.


Editor's note: This is a satirical piece intended to be written from the perspective of Silent Sam and does not represent the opinions of the Daily Tar Heel or its staff.

<![CDATA[Editorial: UNC police chief must listen]]> Tomorrow UNC Police Chief David Perry will begin his third week on the job. His primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of students and other members of the University community. To accomplish this, it is important that Perry listen to the concerns of student leaders and maintain open lines of communication with a wide swath of campus.

So far, Perry has performed his duties without major controversy. However, Perry must be proactive in restoring trust in campus police forces as we move into the first academic year since the complete removal of the Silent Sam statue (and the second since the of the undercover campus police officer that spied on students).

At the beginning of the month, Perry met with the Campus Safety Commission - a group of students, faculty and staff assembled by interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz to address the fractious relationship between the campus community and police. While the Editorial Board commends Perry's frankness during his visit with members of the commission, these meetings are not enough to repair the damage done over the previous two years. The commission includes a limited number of students representing only a small percentage of campus.

To more effectively serve the University, Perry must hold regular conversations with student leaders from a diverse cross section of campus. This includes leaders in the Campus Y, Residence Hall Association and Undergraduate Executive Branch and Senate.

The Campus Y, with a mission "to engage students, the UNC campus and communities in the pursuit of social justice," should be a frequent destination for Perry. Its leaders are most connected to student activists, and many of its members were intimately involved in the fight against Silent Sam. Courtney Staton, a 2019 graduate and Campus Y Co-President during the 2017-2018 academic year, was the lead producer of the student documentary "Silence Sam." She is one such example. Last year, The Daily Tar Heel reported on Staton's intention of "holding the University accountable for supporting students' sense of safety."

Perry must also meet with the Residence Hall Association Board of Governors and Executive Board. The chief goal of these student leaders is "to represent residents' concerns on those issues that affect them." The presence of police in dormitories can have life-shattering effects for students who are unlucky enough to be caught making common mistakes. As the most direct representative for on-campus students, the Residence Hall Association is best able to relay their concerns.

The Undergraduate Executive Branch and Senate provide their own unique viewpoints and areas of focus to which Perry should pay special attention. These branches of student government deal with aspects of student life that are inextricably linked to campus policing. The Executive Branch's Student Safety and Security Committee, responsible for funding campus organizations and university departments promoting student safety, would provide Perry additional insight to the trouble areas of campus safety.

For Perry to effectively do his job of protecting the entire campus community, he will have to meet with more than just the chancellor-appointed Campus Safety Committee. Perry must actively listen to and learn from student leaders from every corner of the University.

<![CDATA[Obituary: Eno the emu]]> Last week, we said goodbye to a hero. A local celebrity -our very own Li'l Sebastian - gone far too soon.

Eno ran so we, too, could run. And boy, could Eno run! Eno never, ever skipped leg day. What a skinny legend! Also, a camp fashion icon ⁠- those feathers were sickening and the Met Gala is still quaking!

In fact, Eno eluded capture for months. And in the eleventh hour, Eno stuck it to The Man once again.

Instead of allowing themselves to be placed once again in captivity, Eno sacrificed their life for freedom. Much like Miley Cyrus, Eno simply could not be tamed.

R.I.P., Eno the Emu. Gone - but never, ever forgotten.

<![CDATA[Column: The odd traditions of the Nacirema: football]]> The term Nacirema is American spelled backwards. It was first introduced by Horace Miner in, "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema." Today, it is mainly used by anthropologists to distance themselves, and avoid personal bias, when writing about American culture, its rituals and its customs.

In Nacirema country, the autumn term (known as fall semester in Nacirema speak) has finally arrived. At this time of year, the Nacirema engage in an ancient tradition of football. Despite its deceptive name, football involves neither a foot nor a ball (in the spherical sense), rather, it is more akin to handegg as the participants usually throw an oval-shaped inflatable device to one another.

To explain the tradition of football I must draw upon another ancient tradition of the Roman gladiators. Similar to the gladiator games, football is held in a giant arena where people (usually elites) come to watch young men (usually from humbler backgrounds) battle each other. Like Roman gladiators, the football gladiators usually wear armor as this practice can often get violent.

The football gladiators are not paid for their services, rather they receive compensation by being adorned in the finest garb and accepted into society, granted, these rewards are conditional on their success in the arena. Although football gladiators do not battle to the death as the Roman ones often did, these modern gladiators still suffer from complications to their health and welfare, usually stemming from repeated blows to the head.

The Nacirema regard themselves as modern folk, yet, it is difficult to understand why this primitive sport has lived on into "modern times." In my ethnological studies, I have found that tribe mentalities have helped to support this dated tradition. It has come to my attention that the customs associated with football go beyond the battles of the arena.

Nacirema tribesmen often gather together before the game and practice "tailgating." During the ceremony of tailgating, the Nacirema will drink fermented barley and eat grilled cows. At this time, the Nacirema will cloth or paint themselves in the colors of their fellow tribesmen so that they can easily identify each other once the fermented drink kicks into their system. In addition to tailgating, the customs of football also involve a variety of entertainments.

The two most impressive forms of entertainment include, firstly, a special performance from all the children of the village who play various instruments at high volumes (perhaps to alert nearby villagers that it is game day). The second impressive piece of entertainment is a special mating dance performed by a carefully selected group of young men and women. It appears that the importance of this dance is to reaffirm the sexual prowess of the tribe.

The Naciremanian tradition of football is long-standing and important to the various tribes. In many senses, this ceremony forms the foundation of their communities' public social exchanges. Indeed, one cannot think of the Nacirema without thinking of the football gladiators and the customs that underpin their games.

<![CDATA[Letter: What's in a name]]> After years without a formal name, our school now has one.

Over the past 70 years, we have been the School of Journalism, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and, most recently, the School of Media and Journalism.The evolution in our name reflected the school's commitment to preparing students for a changing industry with expanded programs and a dynamic curriculum.

Our top peers carry names like Newhouse, Cronkite and Annenberg.Leading schools on our own campus are known as Kenan-Flagler, Gillings, Eshelman and Adams.

Now we are the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media - a school with its values etched in stone.

Our values make it clear that what we teach in journalism, public relations and advertising is protected by the First Amendment.That all of our students are grounded in the belief that our work is about communicating truthfully.And that our graduates are committed to serving communities and working on the front lines of democracy where information ignites the public conversation and nurtures citizenship.

This is an important moment for the school and for the journalism and media industries.Trust in journalism is in a free fall - Walter Hussman and his family know that.Their flagship newspaper in Little Rock, Arkansas will celebrate its 200thanniversary later this year.But Walter Hussman is not trying to preserve print - he is trying to preserve accurate, trusted information and the ability of citizens to practice democracy.

He is experimenting with iPad distribution of his newsroom's work.The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette isn't delivered by truck throughout Arkansas anymore.Instead, it's available digitally on iPads that he provides, with free subscriptions that offer video, photo slideshows and the ability to enlarge the type.

He is an innovator as well as a dreamer.He cares about the journalistic values of truth, fairness, accuracy, impartiality and deep reporting so that readers, viewers and listeners can make informed decisions about their future.

Walter Hussman has a long tradition with UNC.His sisters attended UNC; he graduated in 1968; both of his daughters did their undergraduate work at Carolina; and his daughter Eliza also earned her master's degree at our school.They are Tar Heels standing tall at this moment of challenge in the world of media, when digital dislocation and new economic realities are challenging the future of the industry.

With their naming gift, the Hussman family is making a statement.That values matter.That trust can and must be rebuilt, and thatour school, by continuing to impart our time-tested values as we train journalists and public relations and advertising leaders, can help forge the information industry of the future.

We embrace the core values published in Walter Hussman's daily newspapers - he learned them at our journalism school more than 50 years ago.They have been a part of his, and our, great success as a leader and innovator. Our school carries forward with strengthened vigor the promise to innovate and educate so that we provide the journalism, media and economic answers needed for our industry's future health.

What's in a name is critical, it defines who we are. This gift, for this school, ensures that we will have a strong and powerful future investing in our students, faculty and staff so that we will be a force for democracy for generations to come.We proudly wear this new name.

We are the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

Susan King, Dean

UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

Walter Hussman and his wife, Ben, meeting with Dean Susan King at their home on Aug. 6, 2019. The School of Media and Journalism will be known as the Hussman School of Journalism and Media following a $25 million gift from Walter and Ben Hussman. Photo courtesy Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill.

<![CDATA[Column: Welp: Sam Howell, chancellor?]]>

I knew that UNC was down a chancellor, but imagine my surprise when I come back from a year off of school and all I hear about is this Sam Howell guy. I'm no expert when it comes to administrators of institutions of higher education, but what's not to like about Chancellor Sam True First-Year Quarterback Howell?

Belying his mouthful of a name, Chancellor Howell is a quiet administrator, so far adeptly avoiding scandal. In the same vein, I haven't gotten any long emails from the Chancellor that say a lot ⁠- and yet nothing at ⁠- all about diversity, discrimination, inclusion or inclement weather, so my inbox is happy with his tenure so far.

For one, he is supportive of UNC athletic teams, once tweeting "Man I love this team‼️ #GoHeels." If that isn't a clear policy goal, I'm not sure what is.

Granted, Chancellor Howell, you may want to be a little more wishy-washy on your stances - having actual opinions may hurt you long-term, so maybe in the future think of saying, "Man/woman/non-identifying/other, I love/hate/meh/it's complicated this team/the women's field hockey team/ the quidditch team we allegedly have/non-sport players/everyone‼" You will find this sends a smoother message.

Chancellor Howell has already made his administration's commitment to transparency clear, boldly sharing what other chancellors have pitifully refused to. Take, for instance, his weight (225), his height (6-1) and his passing yards against Miami (274). When was the last time the weight of our chancellor was common knowledge? And we call ourselves a democracy …

With a decisively better throwing arm than former Chancellor Carol Folt, Chancellor Howell (tacitly) vows to toss Carolina far into the future - like, many yards, into the future. But like any good leader, he proudly references our collective past, invoking Luke Maye's cro-magnon mane with his sizable tufts of black facial hair.

The make it or break it of Chancellor Howell's tenure, it is clear, will be his ability to get Carolina to a bowl game. An unfair standard, maybe, because he is less than a year into being a legal adult, but it is the only standard by which to measure any academic administration. Howell has made it clear that his administration will not be given preferential status just because he has not graduated from college.

Regretfully, though, Chancellor Howell has not taken a stance on Silent Sam. We can only expect he will make his take clear on the field, so keep an eye out for any double-meaning celebrations, all ye political pundits.


<![CDATA[Editorial: A meaningful ballot]]> The North Carolina General Assembly will have to redraw legislative maps before the 2020 elections, the Wake County Superior Court ruled last week.

The court ruled that the current legislative maps are the result of unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering and do not represent the "free will of the People."

North Carolina is a purple state, so there should not be an overwhelming majority of one party or the other in the state legislature. But thanks to gerrymandered districts, this has not been the case. In 2018, despite receiving a majority of votes statewide, Democrats still won fewer seats in the General Assembly. Even a media and journalism major knows that that math doesn't add up.

The decision is especially significant considering Democrats broke the supermajority in the General Assembly in the 2018 midterm elections. If the maps are redrawn fairly, Democrats could potentially pick up more seats in 2020 and come closer to gaining control of the N.C. legislature.

Freer and fairer elections are a win for us all -they are the lifeblood of a healthy democracy. From voter ID laws to gerrymandering, Republicans in North Carolina have worked tirelessly to subvert and suppress the will of the people through every means possible. Their power has manifested in their ability to block any attempt by Democrats to implement progressive policies such as Medicaid expansion and automatic voter registration.

As all three unconstitutionally drawn maps fall, voter apathy should follow suit. We finally have a chance to see real change in a state that for so long has placed its citizens in an ink blot, rather than a representative district. We can't let this win be met with low voter turn out and disinterest in local politics. Our votes matter now, more than ever.

This does not mean the fight to improve our state or strengthen our democracy is over. Republicans still benefit from gerrymandered maps across the country, and even though they are not appealing the court decision, the fight for fair elections has to continue.

We love North Carolina. We are proud to go to school here. Moreover, we love having our voices heard and our votes matter ⁠- thankfully, this is becoming a possibility. People that have long been promised and routinely denied enfranchisement will, hopefully, be able to cast a meaningful ballot. And we will be alongside them at the polling place.

<![CDATA[Editorial: Will the real conservatives please stand up?]]> Denying people their right to an opinion different from the majority causes polarization and hate. Only the most extreme viewpoints will be heard, and the moderates will be forgotten.

The news about the Program for Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse ("the conservative center on campus"), has started a debate about intellectual diversity. We think it's important that conservatives feel comfortable voicing their beliefs, too. It is a general problem at UNC that there are very few opportunities for conservatives to express their viewpoints.

Most students and faculty are liberal, and that is difficult not to notice. In class debates, it is common to hear liberal statements that are communicated in a way that makes it impossible to disagree ⁠- unless you want to be excluded from the group.

The students that are part of the political minority should not fear being outcast. Otherwise, the moderate voices will die out, and only the radicals will be passionate enough to risk defying the norm. The moderates that feel like their opinion isn't legitimate will also become more extreme, as is natural when you're rejected by society - you become angry at those who excluded you.

The consequence is a polarization of views and possibly inflamed tension between the groups. We need to be better at tolerating different views, to remember that all aspects of conservatism exist, not just the loudest kind.

If you disagree with conservative positions, you should be thrilled to have the opportunity to engage in a conversation about your disagreements. If your opinions are never challenged how else will you improve your debating skills or understand how other people think? You won't change anyone's viewpoints if you never hear them.

Furthermore, if you really believe in tolerance, it would be hypocritical not to tolerate the beliefs of those you disagree with ⁠- whether liberal or conservative.

Politics is about finding solutions that satisfy as many people as possible. Only through an open debate will we learn what those are. Let's create a school of not just diversity of gender, race and sexuality, but also of political views.

We should actively invite speakers that we disagree with to come on campus and encourage a healthy debate. However, we should avoid inviting those who are simply coming to preach hateful ideologies.

Not all conservatives are hateful; there's a difference, and we acknowledge that.

We believe that the new Program for Civic Virtue and Civil Discourse might provide a platform forsupporting a culture of respectful dialogue and productive public debate at UNC. That is the purpose of a university. If this is, in fact, a step toward more productive dialogue across partisan lines, then we support it.

<![CDATA[Editorial: A thank you]]> It was 1919 when the United States properly entered the stage of international politics. Woodrow Wilson stepped into the Paris Peace Conference with a set of principles which, up to this point, had never been seriously entertained on the world stage.

These ideas came to define the world that we live in now ⁠- international institutions and law, principles of non-aggression, universal rights, self-determination and a belief in democracy. These come from the Wilsonian tradition, or the American belief in the superiority of our values.

The world may had begun moving toward principles such as self-determination before the United States stepped onto the scene. England had fought a veritable war with the Arab world to end the slave trade in the 19th century, but Wilson was demanding an entirely new world order. His introduction of moral principles into the world of foreign policy, exemplified by his desire to abandon empires and do away with balance of power as a means of ensuring peace, were alien concepts to European ears.

The American pursuit of Wilsonian principles has not been perfect; this much is obvious. Many criticize the role that the military plays in American foreign policy and the continuation of Wilson's legacy in conflicts, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What is not in question is the debt which Americans owe to those who serve in our military. Those who have served, are serving and will serve in our armed forces deserve our respect. These are people, just like us, who have offered their lives to protect us. They will be reshaped and molded to the needs of our military, and they will keep the rest of us safe so that we are free to quarrel about whatever domestic problems are in the news.

Large portions of our student body are well on their way to a life of public service. Those in our ROTC programs will most likely one day be a part of our Army, Navy and Air Force. Many UNC students are active duty, meaning that they are here getting their degree before they return to their station. Many of our students, professors and faculty are veterans.

The student body should take note of this sacrifice, and be grateful for their classmates and colleagues who have served. Their willingness to take on a career of public service means that we may enjoy the benefits that our country affords us. This does not mean that one must shake the hand of every member of the military or veteran that they meet. However, when sitting next to these folks in lecture, one should take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices that made it possible for them to be a student here alongside you.

Be grateful for their service, while keeping in mind that they are your equals, sharing the same hopes, dreams and problems that every other student at this university experiences.