4/16/2012 5:01pm

The purpose of an education

We attend university because we believe there is something good about education. We choose to attend a good university because we hope to be well-educated. By pursuing a university education, then, each of us aims at a purpose which we all consider to be good.

4/11/2012 12:41am

Taking an active role in the DTH

If you’re a very careful reader of The Daily Tar Heel, you may have noticed a box on page 7 of today’s paper inviting members of the community to apply to be on the DTH’s Board of Directors.

4/10/2012 5:43pm

Shades of gray in grammar rules

Be clear. Omit needless words. Revise and rewrite. To any English student, these aphorisms should be familiar: They’re the commandments inscribed in “The Elements of Style,” the legendary manual that has shaped Americans’ understanding of language for decades.

4/8/2012 10:57pm

The culture divide's consequences

Do you know who Jimmie Johnson is? If you do, then chances are you aren’t a cultural elite, according to the quiz inspired by Charles Murray’s recent book, “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010.”

4/3/2012 4:38pm

Adrienne Rich and the power of poetry

April is National Poetry Month. But does poetry matter — or, more specifically, is it relevant to society? The other day, I read an article on that question in The Atlantic that suggested that though poetry remains respected in contemporary culture, it is pigeonholed in an academic subculture.

4/1/2012 10:07pm

Politicians must be able to persuade

Partisanship and ideology only cause gridlock. Or so the popular argument goes. At the end of the day, the political process often results in gridlock because there are very real differences in outlook among the American people.

4/1/2012 4:23pm

Strengthen UNC’s ties with the state

After my last column ran, I got an email from Nicholas Didow, a professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He invited me along to shadow a class of second-year MBA students he was working with who would be traveling down to Eastern North Carolina.

3/28/2012 12:24am

Andy Thomason's platform

The Daily Tar Heel benefits from a culture of quick and detailed reporting, but needs to better address audience demand. To accomplish this, I will implement a series of new initiatives that will: institutionalize the pursuit of projects that can shine both in print and online; enhance the website’s ability to satisfy our audience’s evolving expectations; improve transparency of the newspaper to the community at large; and continue to emphasize The Daily Tar Heel’s teaching mission.

3/27/2012 5:17pm

Women initiate, like, change

Linguists have long recognized that women are the pioneers of language change. Women typically innovate linguistic changes, like a shift in vowel sounds, and men catch up half a generation later.

3/26/2012 9:20pm

A green light for traveling food

For students who find the 2 a.m. trek from Bob’s to BSki’s a little bit daunting, Chapel Hill Town Council seems to have come up with a solution: food that drives to you.

3/22/2012 4:45pm

Forever loyal to the nation state

In the interest of full disclosure, you should know that one of us loves football, tea and the Queen. The other prefers soccer, coffee and Kate Middleton. In fact, we have a sneaking suspicion that the only thing that qualifies us to speak on the role of a citizen in a global community is the fact that one of us is a Brit and the other is an American.

3/20/2012 4:46pm

Tracking habits, not just weight

Most college students are less worried about heart disease than looking good enough to break hearts. But there is one key factor that long-term health and attractiveness have in common: maintaining a healthy weight.

3/18/2012 10:51pm

This spring, celebrate color

As we get wrapped up in these idyllic moments, we must not fail to notice the dark clouds approaching our community, whose arrival would undermine the celebrations of color and diversity that are so integral to springtime.

3/18/2012 4:33pm

Doing bigger and better things

Confession One: I’m not sure if this makes me an egomaniac or just a glutton for punishment, but I do read what online commenters say about my columns on The Daily Tar Heel’s website.