The Daily Tar Heel

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Monday December 5th

Column


Got tested? Being inspi(RED)

It is estimated that 1 out of 500 college students (0.2 percent) is infected with HIV/AIDS. This shows an alarming trend primarily fueled by three factors: high sexually transmitted disease rates, substance abuse and lack of awareness.

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Don't let stress get you down

It’s that time of year again—the leaves are changing, it’s getting cold (kind of) and the holidays are slowly creeping closer. But along with this lovely fall season come lots of things that can stress us out: battling our way through ConnectCarolina for class registration, trying to play catch-up on homework in a post-Halloween haze, and if you’re a senior like me, trying to figure out what you’re going to do with your life after graduation.

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American politics is going South

As any good college student does on a daily basis, I procrastinated the other day. While squandering untold precious hours of my quickly dwindling time in Argentina, I came across one of the most outrageous foreign political dramas I could possibly imagine.

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Why we are suing UNC

A lawsuit is a last resort. But it is in everybody’s best interest to know if the University has handled an investigation into the football team the right way.

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Sticks and Stones: Let's erase the I-Word

In a globalized world in the midst of a social media revolution, the things we say have become increasingly impactful. Words may start as just that, but they may shape the way we think and soon the way we act. What happens when the words we say turn into the things we do?

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When Bambi ceases to be cute

I have come to think that if Michael Vick had been running a deer-fighting ring, even PETA would have been tempted to place a bet and cheer on. Deer — the 300-pound equivalent of a squirrel sans agility — have become a major fear (Halloween costume?) in Chapel Hill, home to as many as 700 deer.

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Love is more than just a bagel

Next, please! One sun-dried tomato bagel with cream cheese and hot sauce. Toasted? Yes, please. For here or to go? To go. This little exchange costs me $2.53 every single time, but it’s always worth it. When you’re starved, and ravaged by hunger, where do you go? To “the Alps,” as I like to call it. There’s usually a terribly long and daunting line, but you persevere — it’s the hunter-gatherer instinct in you.

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Keeping medicinal pot illegal is dopey

Pot, weed, dope, Mary Jane, Cannabis — marijuana goes by many names. But whatever you want to call it, it is a drug worthy of legalization — at least for medicinal purposes. In the U.S., medical marijuana legalization is done on a state-by-state basis. So far, 14 states have already legalized the use of medical marijuana — and with good reason.

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Zen and the art of bicycling

Someone yells “Passin’ on your right.” I hear this harried phrase accompanied by a jaunty bell ringing. If I don’t move quickly enough, then I face being plowed over by the oncoming biker. Even if I somehow manage to survive, I’ll still be the victim of a look of disgust.

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Brought to you by the letter, 'O'

The new NSSHB is out! No, I’m not talking about the latest New Kids on the Block. It’s the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. This is the biggest sex survey conducted and published since 1994’s National Health and Social Life Survey, which was, like, so ‘90s.

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Let's all learn from Coples' mistake

Thursday, UNC students got another reminder to mind what they say online. It started when junior defensive end Quinton Coples posted a Tweet disparaging gays. His apology, posted a few hours later, wasn’t much better: “im not aginst gay people im just heterosexual.” Reaction against Coples’ tweet was swift. Steve Kirschner, the athletic department’s spokesman, said at first he hadn’t seen the tweet but “clearly, it’s inappropriate.”

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Foreign theories while abroad

My host dad has a penchant for conspiracy theories. Most are passed on to me at the dinner table and seem to come at just the right moment for me to nearly choke every time. Some are pretty mundane and, to be honest, not very original. He insisted that the moon landing was faked. This little heresy can easily be attributed to an excess of History Channel and is not that shocking.

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The rules of sexual attraction

Have you ever wondered why you’re so attracted to that person in your class that you’ve never even spoken to? Sure, a lot of it might have to do with the fact that they’re smokin’ hot — but is there something else going on?

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