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10/25/2010 10:40pm

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.


10/19/2010 11:20pm

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.


10/18/2010 10:38pm

There is honor in being college poor

Many adults look back fondly on their college days as the best four years of their life. The years spent in college are supposed to be the foundation for the rest of our lives.


10/17/2010 10:29pm

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.


10/15/2010 12:53am

Moving forward, looking back

As we celebrate the Campus Y´s 150-year history this weekend, I feel immense pride in the catalyzing role it has played in student ideas and action throughout UNC’s history.

10/14/2010 11:13pm

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.”


10/13/2010 11:40pm

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.


10/11/2010 10:41pm

Time to converse outside of comfort

Sometimes there’s a lull in those passing conversations in which the speakers involved experience a moment of hesitation, painfully highlighted by a scream of silence in the midst of mundane sounds.


10/10/2010 10:33pm

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?


10/7/2010 10:32pm

America: the story of some of us

These are the true stories of three American youths. Each has his or her own tale, but today when we hear their stories they are underscored by one descriptive factor: the immigrant experience.


10/5/2010 10:31pm

Sweet southern satisfaction

At every football game, we sing about being “Tar Heel born” and “Tar Heel bred.” Even if our place of origin isn’t the South, we become southerners here.


10/3/2010 11:15pm

An Argentine take on family

At first, when the 32-year-old son of my host parents came by the apartment for lunch, I assumed that it was perhaps a special occasion or that he was just stopping by to meet their new American tenant.


9/30/2010 10:06pm

Greater decency for dining halls

Beginning today, a group of nine sophomores and one doctoral student will make a weekly visit to Caswell County. The students are part of a new initiative that works to improve rural education by mentoring middle school students.


9/30/2010 12:25am

Universities shouldn't hide behind FERPA

Students don’t have to worry about the University releasing their grades or academic behavior records to the public without their permission. But the same federal law that protects that information has been broadened and abused by universities to withhold public records — records that if released, could help bring clarity and transparency to government processes.