9/2/2009 11:02pm

Small cuts, big difference: Many smaller budget cuts can help the University save big bucks in the end

The University has found another way to cut the fat from our budget with little academic disruption. University libraries have canceled almost 640 seldom-used journal and magazine subscriptions.It seems highly doubtful that more than a handful of students have ever voluntarily flipped through a copy of “The Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada” or “The Journal of Metamorphic Geology.” Yet the libraries have been subscribing to these obscure bimonthly publications for years.

9/2/2009 11:01pm

Keep school free: State should ?nd a way to continue N.C. Governor’s School at no cost for those who can’t pay

Charging tuition to attend N.C. Governor’s School inherently detracts from its ability to reward the state’s best students — regardless of financial ability.While passing the state budget, the N.C. General Assembly cut $475,000 from the high school summer program for the next two years.The new $500 tuition is meant to close that budget gap.N.C. Governor’s School is held at both Salem College in Winston-Salem and at Meredith College in Raleigh. It is a six-week program for the state’s most intellectually and artistically gifted rising juniors and seniors.

9/2/2009 10:59pm

Voice of women missing on Tucker Max controversy

TO THE EDITOR:Where is the women’s voice on the Tucker Max issue? Since the original letter, women have remained silent, allowing men to duke it out on the opinion pages of The Daily Tar Heel.Here is the voice of one woman: As a rape victim myself, I was outraged that representatives of Project Dinah, the very people who are supposed to be my support and my voice, would undermine my rape in such a crude way.

9/2/2009 10:57pm

Headline about Greek life misrepresented situation

TO THE EDITOR:The headline of a front page article on Greek-University relations sensationally claimed of rising tensions among the two groups. (“Tensions Rising,” Sept. 2) The article itself however gave no evidence, statistical or anecdotal, that the tensions were in fact rising.

9/2/2009 10:54pm

Letter about staff was completely off the mark

TO THE EDITOR:I would like to address the letter to the editor submitted by economics major Glenn Heer in Tuesday’s Daily Tar Heel (“Sending University staff home early makes sense,” Sept. 1). If he is going to pursue a career in economics, I think he had better gather his facts before spouting off publicly about something he seems to be very misinformed about.

9/2/2009 10:49pm

Administrative assistants serve very valuable role

TO THE EDITOR:The (Raleigh) News & Observer recently had a series of timely and illuminating reports on the growth of the university administration. Such in-depth investigative reporting is becoming a rarity, but it is a priceless ingredient of a true democracy. The N&O, however, was barking up the wrong tree when it cited as administrative excess a dedicated UNC administrative assistant who during 37 years has worked with two medical school deans and six chancellors and is now the secretary of the University.

9/1/2009 10:57pm

Discover cultures through cuisine

It has been almost two weeks since the newest members of the Carolina community first arrived on campus, and I imagine a considerable number of them have perused the food selection on Lenoir Hall’s bottom floor once, at least. If they manage to resist the temptation offered by Chick-fil-A (a test of wills, to be certain) and pass by Jamba Juice, they will come across a place called Mediterranean Deli.

9/1/2009 10:56pm

Tax for transportation: Counties should use a tax increase for transit

Orange, Durham and Wake counties should take advantage of a bill granting the authority to levy voter-approved sales tax increases for transportation projects. The bill was signed into law last week by Gov. Bev Perdue.Because of the immense amount of growth in the Triangle, transportation projects take on special importance.  The sales tax must be approved by voter referendum, so the onus is now on the counties and the electorate to actuate these plans.

9/1/2009 10:56pm

Size matters: Larger classes better than none at all

Students may find themselves complaining more this semester as budget cuts begin to trickle down and affect our daily lives. But we should think twice before complaining about class sizes.As a way to ease the $37.5 million burden facing our campus, the Office of the Registrar cut about 200 classes this year.But that number could have been larger. Instead of a total elimination of more classes, many of the seats were absorbed into bigger sections. Thus, the total number of seats is similar to last semester.

9/1/2009 10:55pm

Civil dialogue: Participants in tonight’s forum with U.S. Rep. David Price should be respectful

The First Amendment makes it absolutely clear that we have a right to free speech.Those attending U.S. Rep. David Price’s, D-N.C., town hall meeting tonight would do well to remember this.This is a free event designed to stimulate awareness and discussion about health care. Price’s accessibility is what makes these types of town hall meetings informative and productive. But this type of forum also risks disruption by protesters — whether independent or affiliated with a specific group or organization.

9/1/2009 10:54pm

If it feels good, it must be wrong — sex included

TO THE EDITOR:Sex under the influence of anything is rape. The proof is in the pudding: Sex while inebriated on various substances feels better than sober sex. We all know that anything that feels good is bad for you; therefore, inebriated sex must have some catch. And that “catch” is that the sex you have is now considered rape.

9/1/2009 10:52pm

UNC community should mourn the loss of its own

TO THE EDITOR:August has been a very tragic month for the UNC community. Two good Americans lost their lives. It seems, however, that very few students know about Pfc. Morris Walker — the first UNC alum to die in the war in Afghanistan. Pfc. Walker gave his life for our country. He was a great American. He lived and died a hero.The Daily Tar Heel has failed to pay adequate tribute to the memory of this fallen soldier and his contributions and service to UNC and to our beloved country; there has been only a brief mention of Pfc. Walker in its pages.

9/1/2009 10:52pm

Leaving two hours early shouldn’t be whined about

TO THE EDITOR:I read with some dismay your recent editorial about the “major inconvenience” that the Thursday night game against Florida State University was causing (“Major inconvenience,” Aug. 31). Is this a joke? It’s Fall Break. It’s the last two hours of a Thursday. Leave it to out of touch academia to whine about something this ridiculous.

9/1/2009 10:49pm

Employees shouldn’t have to make up the two hours

TO THE EDITOR:I write in response to the forced shortened workday Oct. 22 to accommodate the TV coverage of the Florida State football game.Coming hard on the heels of UNC-system President (Erskine) Bowles’ statement that The (Raleigh) News & Observer coverage of the extensive administrative expansion of many UNC-system schools was an embarrassment, UNC-Chapel Hill is forcing employees to reschedule two hours of their time to accommodate football game traffic!

9/1/2009 10:48pm

Lasting friendships can be made outside Greek life

TO THE EDITOR:Mike Collins truly missed the UNC college experience, not to mention the general college experience (“Column missed the point of Greek life on campus,” Aug. 31). College friendships are made on two individuals’ accord, not because a Greek system exists. I agree with Collins that the Greek system offers an opportunity to network and make contacts; however, so do many other prominent organizations on campus.

8/31/2009 11:26pm

Nutritious options sparse on campus

Even after ten years as a professor, I look forward to returning to school every autumn. The biannual ritual of buying new books, reuniting with friends after a summer away — these are the Circadian rhythms of the academic. But there is one thing that makes me less than excited about the prospect of returning to UNC: the food.

8/31/2009 11:25pm

All signs point to dirty: Mayoral candidate Cho needs to clean his highway

After adopting a stretch of a Chapel Hill highway, mayoral candidate Augustus Cho isn’t holding up his end of the bargain. Chapel Hill political candidates aren’t allowed to post campaign signs until Sept. 20. But Cho found a clever alternative to boost name recognition: Around the time he declared his candidacy, he adopted a mile of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and had his name posted under the “Adopt-a-Highway” sign. Cho certainly gets kudos for finding a convenient loophole to get his name out, especially because it involves community service.