EDITORIALS


9/29/2008 12:00am

Know your voting rights

As the November elections approach substantial efforts have been aimed at increasing youth voter turnout. However in recent weeks scare tactics and misinformation have led to the disenfranchisement of many young voters in important swing states such as Colorado and Virginia.


9/29/2008 12:00am

Vacant seats in Congress: Graduate students must _¶ ll empty seats

More than a month into the semester Student Congress still has seven empty seats that will not be filled until a special election on Nov. 5. Six out of 15 graduate student seats are empty and there's one empty seat from Granville Towers. Without full participation Congress cannot function as a true representation of the student body.


9/29/2008 12:00am

Chapel Hill loses a leader: Bill Thorpe served on Town Council for 11 years

Chapel Hill lost an influential leader Saturday night with the death of council member Bill Thorpe. Thorpe who lived in Chapel Hill since 1970 served a total of 11 years on the Chapel Hill Town Council. During that time he also served as a mentor for younger council members and reached out to the youth of the town by advocating for Chapel Hill's internship program.


9/25/2008 12:00am

Tutu is a great choice: We all can learn from Commencement speaker

Graduating from college is a giant time in students' lives—it marks the end of classes of homework and of testing" and the beginning of a transition into ""the real world."" An integral part of many college graduations is a commencement speech from a keynote speaker" and in May 2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu will address our very own UNC graduates.


9/25/2008 12:00am

Religion comes _¶ rst: Professors need to accommodate Jewish students

For most students Sept. 29 is just another Monday. Another school week begins and it's back to the daily grind. And midterms are just around the corner. But for many Jewish students faculty and staff on campus sundown on Sept. 29 is the start of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year) and the 10 most religiously important days on the Jewish calendar.


9/23/2008 12:00am

Angling for affordability: Town should consider utilizing payments-in-lieu for affordable housing

Orange County's efforts to provide affordable housing to low-income residents are facing serious financial challenges. The Land Trust Affordable Housing Maintenance Task Force commissioned last year has issued a report addressing these challenges. Among the solutions offered in the report its recommendation that town leaders consider a payment-in-lieu system is easily the most controversial.


9/23/2008 12:00am

On the record

The vote should be unanimous. Unfortunately without the procedures that Student Congress is voting to enact the public will never know. Today's vote on attendance and voting record bills will strengthen the transparency and accountability of Congress if passed.


9/23/2008 12:00am

In house dialogue

Chancellor Holden Thorp took an admirable and unexpected step in actively mediating recent housekeeper complaints. He confronted his first student protest with tact and progressive initiative.


9/23/2008 12:00am

Curious Commitments

When new Chancellor Holden Thorp officially announces his top priorities for the year on Oct. 12 they'll look pretty different from the priorities the search committee that vetted him for the position named as pivotal to the job.


9/23/2008 12:00am

On the record

The vote should be unanimous. Unfortunately without the procedures that Student Congress is voting to enact the public will never know. Today's vote on attendance and voting record bills will strengthen the transparency and accountability of Congress if passed.


9/23/2008 12:00am

Curious Commitments

When new Chancellor Holden Thorp officially announces his top priorities for the year on Oct. 12 they'll look pretty different from the priorities the search committee that vetted him for the position named as pivotal to the job.