I understand why the Greek community is upset.Our headlines have been dominated by topics that relate to fraternities and sororities — some directly, others less so.We have not devoted so much space to these issues because of a vendetta against the Greek system. Many members of The Daily Tar Heel, including editors, are in fraternities or sororities.But cocaine arrests and the changing relationship between the University and the fraternity system are big news in our community, and we would be irresponsible if we chose not to cover them as completely as possible.
These are dark days for the Greek system at UNC. First came the death of former Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity president Courtland Smith. A subsequent investigation into DKE rush activities has now culminated in a year of social probation. Then a Sept. 15 cocaine bust at 211 Church St. yielded 76.8 grams of the drug and implicated Julianne Kornegay Howard, a member of the Chi Omega sorority, according to Chapel Hill police reports.
TO THE EDITOR:This quote was in The Daily Tar Heel on Wednesday as the featured online reader comment (in reference to “Identity in Ink,” Sept. 23): “I am sickened by Christians who judge and claim to know who God loves and what He approves of.”I have to say that this quote shows some ignorance on the part of the writer.
TO THE EDITOR:There has been a great deal of talk lately about Greeks taking responsibility for their actions and their reputation. What these critics fail to understand is that the group that has been labeled “Greek” is a figurative umbrella term akin to the likes of UNC “athletics.”The UNC football team doesn’t feel the fallout when the UNC swimming team is cited for numerous alcohol violations.
TO THE EDITOR:Last Tuesday, Student Congress passed a bill that would restructure the UNC delegation to the Association of Student Governments to better reflect both the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches of our student government as well as the composition of the student body in general.Rather than signing this bill into law or vetoing it outright, Student Body President Jasmin Jones is using a political maneuver to preserve her near-total control of UNC’s ASG delegation.
For centuries humans have obsessed over finding a quick and easy way to boost brainpower. This is especially true on a college campus where marathon Rock Band sessions and frat parties make cramming a necessary evil.Most try to maximize studying efficiency by barricading themselves in the library armed with the modern elixirs of intelligence — a Red Bull in one hand and a double-shot espresso in the other.But instead of frying your nerves with stimulants, you should take time away from studying to exercise.
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North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agents have the right to be armed, but not with assault rifles. Currently, every agent is equipped with one of these weapons.Some ALE agents have already shown that they are inept at handling the firearms.The (Raleigh) News & Observer reported last week that two of these assault rifles have been stolen, and there has been at least one accidental shooting.This raises serious concerns about the workings of the agency and the decision to arm its agents with these weapons.
The town of Chapel Hill should allow WeCycles, a nonprofit bike-sharing organization, to begin operations.WeCycles wants to construct kiosks around town near high-traffic areas such as bus stops and various campus locations.For a $45 yearly fee or a $4 hourly fee, people can swipe a OneCard, credit card or WeCycles membership card and have a bike that can be returned to any of the kiosks, which would be open 24 hours.
TO THE EDITOR:In response to all of the complaints against The Daily Tar Heel regarding the Greek community, please take the pity party elsewhere.Stop trying to shift blame to the DTH for sensationalizing its articles and attacking Greeks. Multiple arrests surrounding a narcotics bust is sensational by definition. The fact that several of those arrested were or are Greek members is going to put more scrutiny on the Greek community.
TO THE EDITOR:Wednesday’s column (“Historical context often missing,” Sept. 23) would greatly benefit from following its own advice.The column attempted to encourage us to understand the true history of regions of interest such as the Middle East. In the process it made just as many irresponsible generalizations that were as equally misleading as “they hate us for our freedom.”
TO THE EDITOR:Let’s be real here. Stop being defensive and screaming “unfair” because the Greek community is in the spotlight of attention right now. After all, to an extent, you have earned it.First, as an alumnus of the Greek community at UNC, I can say confidently that the vast majority of the Greek community are hard working and good natured people. And yes, a few bad apples do ruin the image for everyone. Welcome to life in the real world.
TO THE EDITOR:I don’t get the purpose of Tuesday’s column (“‘Mad women’ and the pay gap,” Sept. 22). Was it to inform us about the show “Mad Men” or misinform us about the pay gap? Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, had this to say in her blog: The 77 percent figure comes from comparing the 2007 full-time median annual earnings of women with men, the latest year available from the Census Bureau.
The University’s new Climate Action Plan shows that it is taking sustainability seriously.This comprehensive road map is as ambitious in the long term as it is practical in the short term. It capitalizes on easy opportunities for efficiency now, while setting a target of carbon neutrality by 2050.Climate change is a heavily politicized issue. Words like “green” and “sustainable” are thrown around because they are politically palatable.