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9/21/2010 10:56pm

It takes pride to be a GDI

Which frat are you joining? Pi Lambda Phi? Sigma Nu? Some other combination of letters from the Greek alphabet? When I say that I’m not joining and that I prefer to remain unaffiliated, the conversation with some Greeks stops — but not abruptly.


9/20/2010 10:04pm

Can you really have love at first sex?

I’ll admit it. I’ve had sex on the first date. Actually, I’ve had sex before the first date, or any dates for that matter. Ok, I agree it’s not terribly earth-shattering. A lot of people enjoy casual, non-romantic sex, but I get the same question over and over: “Don’t you want a boyfriend?” to which I respond with a firm and decidedly non-desperate “Yeah. Sure.”


9/19/2010 11:34pm

How to critique the source and the story

In the past month or so, you’ve read a lot about housekeepers, their management and the “sit-down” policy in this newspaper. This is good. Coverage of the policy, which requires housekeepers to get permission for extra breaks, should be the DTH’s sweet spot — it’s an issue readers are talking about and the paper is in an ideal position to cover.


9/16/2010 10:48pm

Laying out the rules of laziness

The other day I attempted to turn off my light without leaving the warm confines of my bed. After stretching and struggling for a good minute and a half, I thought to myself “God! How pathetically lazy am I that I can’t even get out of bed to turn out a light?” Is there any possible way to justify this egregious act of sloth? I determined that while my specific act of laziness may have been inexcusable, laziness in certain instances may be justifiable and even necessary.


9/15/2010 9:06pm

When you wish upon yourself

There’s nothing quite like looking up at the stars at night to get an idea of how small we are compared to the rest of the universe.

9/14/2010 10:40pm

Can I get some climate change?

After seven years at UNC, one thing has worn on me about this campus: the political climate. UNC has sadly become a stagnant cesspool for political thought. I came here considering myself liberal, but now consider myself a moderate Democrat, truly viewing it as the lesser of two evils.


9/13/2010 11:23pm

Freshmen, you are the school's foundation

Dear upperclassmen: We all know what you’re thinking when you see us. We’ve seen you smirk when we get lost and ask for directions or when we ask you for advice about classes. We can read your minds and hear your thoughts — they’re screaming “FRESHMAN.”


9/12/2010 10:40pm

Make food your deciding factor

When choosing where to study abroad one must weigh the many options carefully. The plethora of cities, countries or regions in which to spend a summer, semester or perhaps a year abroad affords us — as students at the greatest university ever — the privilege to be choosy.


9/10/2010 12:24am

Integrative medicine is the future

Drugs. We all use them — whether recreationally or to treat medical problems. And the thing is, we use them too often. When you are choosing a treatment for a medical problem, there are better treatment options for you than prescription drugs.


9/8/2010 7:49pm

Really though, who are you?

Hi, my name is Hinson Neville, and I’m a freshman prospective business major from Roanoke Rapids, N.C. living in Granville Towers — and if I have to give this spiel one more time, I just might vomit.


9/7/2010 9:26pm

Medical students need more sex

It’s true. I asked them. Well, not really. But Dr. Alan Shindel of UCSF did, in last month’s Academic Medicine. He asked more than 2,000 U.S. and Canadian medical students two questions: 1. How’s your sex life? and 2. Are you comfortable dealing with patients’ sexual issues?


9/6/2010 10:14pm

The birthright of a generation

What does it mean to be a citizen? As the immigration debate heated up this summer, some Republican lawmakers proposed denying babies born of undocumented parents their birthright citizenship, a dangerous idea considering what it could mean for the civil liberties of all Americans. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States … are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”


9/2/2010 11:39pm

Summer Lost and Found... and Lost

Summer is a valuable time for those of us in academia. It’s like our halftime. We can game plan or — for the more realistic, modern athletic parallel — tweet. But sometimes, you lose summers and just have to get what you can out of them, striving for at least a Pyrrhic victory. In early June, I wondered how much money I could get offering for someone to shoot me. With a bullet. I’ve always been a bit curious; you know you’ve wondered, too, in that ‘just-for-a-second’ mindset.


9/1/2010 10:47pm

One shirt, two shirt, red shirt, blue shirt

I have enough T-shirts. Long-sleeve, short-sleeve. White tee, tall tee. Turtleneck, V-neck. You name it, I’ve got it in at least one color. I definitely do not need any more. And this is why I’m tired of the charity 5k races. Is there really no other way to galvanize the support of a group of people toward a specific cause? I’ve got to think there is.


8/30/2010 12:12am

Livin' la vida absurda, abroad

When I awoke this morning to the screeching banshee howl of a cat named Betty, I knew that I was not at home. I drowsily got up, ate breakfast and went up to the roof of my apartment building to try to get my wits about me.