4/11/2011 10:23pm

Extra change to make a change

We’ve all heard the phrase: “Sir, how about sparing some change?” Those words often make people clutch their purses and ignore the jangling quarters in their pockets.

4/11/2011 6:10pm

Sex and drugs on rocky ground

Ian Dury was very clear at the start of his 1977 punk rock hit, “Sex and drugs and rock and roll is all my brain and body need / Sex and drugs and rock and roll are very good indeed.” But sex and drugs don’t always go so well together, regardless of the influence of rock and roll. Endocrinologist and internist Dr. Michael Irwig at George Washington University noticed something in the patients he was treating for male pattern baldness.

4/10/2011 10:15pm

Seize the ?nal days to expand horizons

April is an interesting crossroads for students here and on countless other campuses. While Chapel Hill bursts in color and the weather turns wonderful (for the most part), we cover our heads and run inside to make friends with our textbooks. Certainly, it is important to properly prepare for every obligation at semester’s end.

4/6/2011 10:11pm

Go ahead, reward yourself

Whenever we begin wondering why we’re in college or get stuck in one of those all too familiar “What am I doing with my life” conundrums, we try to focus on the payoff.

4/6/2011 5:06pm

A story for all Tar Heel ‘doers’

This week I’m branching out from my usual theme to explain why I think Rye Barcott’s new book “It Happened on the Way to War” should be required reading for UNC students. At its heart, Rye’s book is a humbling account by a recent alumnus who decided that he wanted to be a “doer.” If you’ve been to the FedEx Global Education Center or attended the lectures on campus over the past fortnight, you probably know the story: 2001 graduate Rye Barcott co-founded Carolina for Kibera, an NGO working “to develop local leaders, catalyze positive change and alleviate poverty in the Kibera slum of Nairobi.”

4/4/2011 5:36pm

Health reform is still a hot issue

Wait … you thought the health care debate was over? Not quite. The Pit will soon be overtaken again by excited students waving petitions and campaign signs.

4/3/2011 10:58pm

Disparity is evident in Final Four

It’s been a crazy postseason for college basketball. Of the more than 5.9 million people who submitted their NCAA tournament bracket to ESPN’s Tournament Challenge, only two correctly predicted all four Final Four teams.

3/31/2011 10:50pm

Ode to the man and his message

When R&B artist Marvin Gaye recorded his 11th album, U.S. anti-communist efforts in Vietnam were nearing their 16th year. Almost 13,500 people were arrested during the May Day protests in Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon Papers, published by the New York Times, sowed incorrigible doubt in the U.S. mission in Vietnam.

3/30/2011 10:00pm

Of mice and men who like men

I’ve always been fascinated by the biological origin of human homosexuality. Growing up, I put my faith in genetics and evolution, so I was convinced that there must be some elegant explanation for this seemingly non-procreative sexual orientation.

3/28/2011 10:03pm

Let’s all strive to be like Goran

Humble doesn’t even begin to describe Dr. Goran Jovic. For 18 years, the moustached, Yugoslavian-born plastic surgeon has been working tirelessly throughout Zambia, without any trace of an ego. I was lucky enough to meet this eccentric, cuddly grandpa of a man this past summer while interning in southern Africa.

3/27/2011 10:22pm

Bidding farewell to Ralph Byrns

Many of us who care to know are aware that economics professor Ralph Byrns is leaving the University at the close of the school year. As a bright-eyed student, it is easy to feel jilted by Byrns’ decision to move.

3/23/2011 10:23pm

Mission should trump the resume

Knock, knock. “Would you like to donate $150 and stand on your feet for 24 hours straight?” asked the bright-eyed philanthropic duo who showed up at my door a few months ago.

3/21/2011 7:34pm

Boobs and babies and jobs, oh my!

Boobs — we can all agree that they are pretty great. It is becoming widely recognized that “breast is best” — that breast feeding is better for infants than formula.

3/20/2011 10:13pm

NFL owners unfair in dispute

As of this morning, we are 10 days into the NFL’s announced lockout of the players. The lockout stems from owners and the players’ union unable to strike a deal regarding the appropriation of $9 billion of annual league revenue.

3/17/2011 10:20pm

We’re bringing home the bacon

Spring break diets may come and go, but when it comes to satisfying that urge to splurge on calories, bacon is forever. Quirky, kitschy and downright goofy-looking, bacon is America’s gastronomic sweetheart, but what’s with all the hoopla that surrounds pig belly meat anyway?

3/16/2011 9:44pm

New shelter, for some

Hey, progressive Chapel Hillians, how high does your social justice meter go? Do you draw the line at thinking about the rights and treatment of sex offenders — one of society’s most stigmatized groups?