The Daily Tar Heel

Serving the students and the University community since 1893

Thursday June 1st


Taylor Swift performs onstage at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Mar. 14, 2021.
Photo Courtesy of TAS Rights Management 2021/Getty Images.

Column: #Gaylor — when speculation goes too far

"We continue to watch cisgender and heterosexual artists (or artists who have yet to come out) benefit and profit from their support and enthusiasm for the LGBTQ+ community, yet artists who are within the community continue to struggle with gaining recognition for their own contributions. It is okay to analyze and absorb media and art through a queer lens, but to speculate over someone’s unconfirmed sexuality does nothing but darken the shadow that falls over those who do represent the queer community."

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DTH Photo Illustration. A student views Cheri Beasley political attack ad in the midst of early voting.

Column: Political attack ads are bad for our democracy

"As you flip through the channels of your TV or go on any social media platform, you can tell there is a contentious election around the corner based on the sheer number of ads that are squeezed into each commercial break. While many of these candidates that are seeking to serve citizens throughout NC choose to bolster their platform and put forward what makes their campaign different, it seems like there have been even more political attack ads against opponents in recent years."

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Weaver Street Market in Carrboro, N.C., is pictured on Nov. 1, 2022.

Column: Weaver Street Market gives me hope.

"Women flaunt their natural gray hair and stay-at-home dads with toddlers roll around in the artificial grass play area, flaunting their stay-at-homeness. Sometimes these groups meet. A little guy in a knit sweater, a future democratic socialist, teeters around on a boulder and wanders over to a gray-haired couple with a gray-haired dog, also in a sweater."

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DTH Photo Illustration. A UNC student completes his official absentee ballot on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. Many students are unsure who to vote for within the Democratic Party. 

Column: The Democratic party is disappointing.

"This is the problem. Democrats' don't do. They’ve taken up this somewhat “preventative” rhetoric. They emphasize all of the things they will prevent Republicans from doing (further restricting abortion access is an especially prominent example in this current election cycle). Telling voters all of the things you won’t let happen isn’t good campaigning. It's impassive and a scare tactic."

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Opinion Editor: Caitlyn Yaede

Column: How we made our midterm endorsements

"This year’s midterm elections are perhaps the most crucial that we, as young people, have ever faced. Reproductive freedoms are on the line following the Supreme Court’s decision on Dobbs v. Jackson, as are pathways to securing social, economic and criminal justice reforms. The Editorial Board knows that the stakes are high."

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DTH Photo Illustration. A student hand writes a letter.

Column: Write more letters, less emails

"It takes time. It takes deliberate thought. And in the most cherished letters, it takes vulnerability. To some, this is a grand expense because it compromises the convenient lives they have adopted. But sometimes making someone feel special is worth the time and effort it may cost."

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DTH Photo Illustration. Eye contact plays a large role in conversational manners, however, it can be a hard skill for some to practice.

Column: The politics of eye contact

"And I’m not the only one who struggles with what to do with my eyes. People with social anxiety disorders, on the autism spectrum and with trauma may have trouble making and maintaining eye contact. So, for my fellow ocular-oblivious folks, I’ve put together some tips that I’ve picked up over the years."

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Column: Ghost-Busting 101

"Don’t be a ghost this spooky season. And if you have a ghastly encounter, hold your head high. They decided you didn’t deserve basic respect. You might as well give it to yourself."

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A recent protest at the Louis Vuitton fashion show brings attention to the problem of sustainability and the climate crisis in the fashion industry.

Column: How TikTok changed fashion

"TikTok has most definitely revolutionized the fashion industry. Think of that scene from the Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestly is lecturing Andy Sachs on the roots of her fashion decisions and the legacy of the cerulean blue sweater. It’s unlikely any accessory or clothing choice we make now wasn't influenced by TikTok."

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DTH Photo Illustration: A student falls into an Internet addiction on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022.

Column: An incel fell, but Google dug the rabbit hole

"I know everyone but the political science kids left when I started talking about legislation, but this is important. Every meme in your group message, every conspiracy theory on Twitter, every Nicki Minaj music video, every human organ sold on the black market (well, maybe not that last one) have a platform because Section 230 stands."

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Column: Learning to deal with grief

"Grief knows no boundaries; it can attack you at work, in the middle of class, in your parked car while you listen to the radio. I’ve lived with my grief for the entirety of 2022 and I want to share the things I’ve learned and unlearned."

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