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UNC begets some of the nation’s smartest and most successful graduates, and yet this affluence of talent has hardly manifested itself in Chapel Hill. With the cancellation of the Innovation Lab planned for Carolina North, it appeared as though an effort perfectly timed with the University’s Innovate@Carolina initiative had met its demise.
Just months after UNC was forced to review its emergency response protocol, East Carolina University now finds itself in a similar predicament — albeit for a different reason. Whereas UNC drew criticism for failing to notify students of an armed robbery on campus in April, ECU must now review its emergency response because of an overreaction to a black umbrella, which was mistaken for a rifle and led to a campus-wide lockdown last month.
In April, the Department of Education issued a call to action to colleges and universities, laying down new clarifications for the reporting of sexual violence. Known as the “Dear Colleague” letter, it lays out a clear three-part protocol for handling on-campus sexual violence that sets stricter training requirements for case handlers and reduces the standard of evidence necessary for a guilty ruling.
From a humble office in the Abbey Court Condominiums complex, the Chapel Hill & Carrboro Human Rights Center has had an outsized impact on the vibrant but struggling immigrant community. Since 2009, it has partnered with UNC students and even the local Mary Scroggs Elementary School to provide cultural and after school programs, along with ESL, computer and cooking classes to the local Latino, Burmese and Karen population.
At first glance, offering popular language courses such as French, German and Spanish online may sound like just another desperate attempt to cut back on expenses.
Gov. Bev Perdue’s latest program, North Carolina Career and College Promise, marks an important step toward better career prospects for young North Carolinians. Its goal, to better prepare the state’s high school students to enter the workplace and higher education, may sound vague — but the plan provides concrete and realistic mechanisms for effecting this change.
Between its decision to divide the multipurpose room and its poorly executed UCommons renovation campaign, the Student Union has been a magnet for criticism within the past year. But its latest move, to create a first-floor meditation room next fall, should be met with nothing but applause, as it promises to only make UNC more inviting to its diverse community of students, faculty and staff.
Aggressive towing practices have been a significant inconvenience for Chapel Hill residents for some time.
Living on North Campus is about to get a lot harder for incoming freshmen thanks to changes in UNC’s housing assignment policy, which are designed to attract more upperclassmen to on-campus living and enhance the freshman experience. But, in effect, these changes have only injected additional confusion into the housing process and hold little promise of addressing many of the key reasons students move off campus.
Student fees are on the rise, budgets are being slashed across the board and classes are steadily being shaved away.
Whether they were contested or not, the elections of the past month should lend students both reassurance and encouragement regarding their role in local politics.
In times of economic hardship, the specter of increasing services and competition can hang over a town like a heavy fog, obscuring the long-term benefits of change. Such is the obstacle standing in food trucks’ path to Chapel Hill. At the public hearing tonight, the Town Council must look beyond this fog and clear the way for food trucks, just as the rest of Orange County has.
Chapel Hill government just can’t take no for an answer.
Siri is a UNC fan
In its vote to raise tuition Thursday, the Board of Trustees drove yet another nail into affordable education’s proverbial coffin — but not before taking one last chance to prove just how hurried this year’s tuition process has been.
Every year, it seems, a student body president walks into South Building with a compelling case for a tuition plan softening the blow to students. Every year, administrators nod their heads and pat the student on the back before inevitably crushing the proposal under the weight of their own competing plan.
Two weeks ago, in the city of Oakland, Calif., an abandoned building presented police with a predicament. Inside was a fringe group of Occupy protesters, described as “anarchists and provocateurs” after hurling objects at police who reciprocated with tear gas and beanbags.
When the Board of Governors said in January that it was looking to root redundancies out of the UNC system, it should have meant it. Instead, the search for “unnecessary duplication” of degree programs went seven months without producing any concrete ways to cut programs or costs — and without defining “unnecessary program duplication,” which was supposed to form the basis of the review. As the UNC system confronts another year of budget cuts, it must take its efficiency more seriously before it aimlessly treks down another path, this time toward online education.
Today, administrators and students will get their first glimpse at next year’s proposed tuition plans, setting the field for the discussions ahead. Members of the tuition and fee advisory task force will consider two vastly different tuition plans: one from Student Body President Mary Cooper, and another from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bruce Carney that stands to significantly raise in-state tuition over the next five years. Of the two plans proposed, Cooper’s provides the sensible, predictable solution that UNC needs.
In the name of open-mindedness, students at Appalachian State University took the hypocritical stance of opposing state Sen. Dan Soucek’s Veterans Day speech, saying the Boone Republican’s stance on gay marriage runs contrary to the campus’ “accepting Appalachian way.” Close-minded though they may be, Soucek’s views should not be discarded on the grounds that some will disagree with them. If Appalachian State University wants to tout its openness, it should be more inclined to have a free and open exchange of ideas.