The growing number of Latino students on campus have reason to celebrate with the launch of the Carolina Latino Collaborative. And the people involved deserve credit for years of hard work culminating with the opening of the center.A center for Latino students has been in the works for roughly three years, and after tough questions and meetings with administration officials, the project has been realized.The result is an official hub, located in Craige North, for unifying the many diverse Latino groups on campus.
For years, the UNC-system Board of Governors had indicated that increasing enrollment is the number one priority for system schools. But recent data indicate that some schools within the system have graduation and retention rates well below their peers. We’re glad that the board is now focusing on increasing overall educational quality.Pending approval by the N.C. General Assembly, state funding will soon be partially tied to freshmen retention and six-year graduation rates.
Both sides in the seemingly never-ending controversy over Youth for Western Civilization need to grow up. It seemed like this debacle would be over when protestor Haley Koch’s case was dismissed. Then it seemed it would be over when Chancellor Holden Thorp reimbursed YWC for its expenses in hosting former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. But on Friday, brochures were anonymously distributed around campus, listing the then-YWC adviser’s home address — showing just how low the “debate” on the topic has sunk.
TO THE EDITOR:When concerns about Alyssa Valdez’s ability to study abroad were called into question (“UNC kicks student out of study abroad,” Sept. 21) she should have had a meeting with University officials — whether on the phone, Skype or in person. She should not have been simply kicked off of a continent. Being woken up by a professor in the morning certainly does not qualify as a formal enough meeting.
TO THE EDITOR:This fall, The Daily Tar Heel has put a lot of energy into updating us on scandals involving UNC students. Four students’ mug shots were on the front page last Thursday (“Five arrested on cocaine charges,” Sept. 17) along with obscure details of each person involved. So where is Raymond Cook’s mug shot? Cook was a member of UNC faculty until Sept. 11, when he was charged with the death of Elena Shapiro while driving drunk. This story is of interest to anyone associated with UNC, yet we’ve been given very few details about Cook.
TO THE EDITOR:I was recently shown a flier saying, “Why is your professor supporting white supremacy?” There are a few issues in it that I (an, intriguingly, non-white, non-conservative person) as the president of the UNC Youth for Western Civilization chapter should address:YWC is not about white supremacy.
TO THE EDITOR:Monday’s front page article, “Crisp tells Greeks to shape up,” (Sept. 21) was at best a baseless attack on the Greek system.After the unfortunate and untimely death of Courtland Smith, UNC’s Greek system has been heavily criticized by non-affiliated students and faculty alike. What nobody seems keen to mention is the fact that drinking and drug abuse are prominent problems on any campus in our country.
This Sunday, AMC’s “Mad Men” won its second consecutive Emmy for best drama series. For those unfamiliar, “Mad Men” chronicles the goings-on in a New York ad agency in the 1960s; millions tune in each week to see the staff of Sterling Cooper plan pitches, chain smoke, pinch secretary fannies and barrel unaware toward some of the greatest cultural shifts in history.
Due to an editing error in this column Hannah Thurman’s e-mail address was listed incorrectly. Thurman’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.The Daily Tar Heel apologizes.
Horace Carter was a warrior armed with a pen. The Pulitzer Prize-winning UNC alumnus, credited with taking on the Ku Klux Klan — and winning — passed away this week at the age of 88. While journalists around the country may remember Carter for this battle, the UNC community will also remember him for his kindness. Carter never forgot his roots. He was, as professor emeritus Thomas Bowers recalled, “always grateful to the University and to the department of journalism.”
The executive branch of student government has become incredibly bloated.Under current Student Body President Jasmin Jones, the size of the Cabinet has jumped from 40 to 55 members — a number that makes efficiency a near impossibility. Jones’ Cabinet consists of 18 committees and 12 special projects, most of which have multiple chairmen. The size of the increase alone is equivalent to the entire Cabinet at schools like NC State and Duke — with 18- and 13-member cabinets, respectively.Jones would be wise to streamline her Cabinet.
The State Board of Community Colleges made the right decision in supporting the acceptance of undocumented immigrants to community colleges.The decision passed Friday and now must go through a six- to 12-month administrative process before officially becoming law.The new policy overturns an unnecessary and impractical ban that has kept illegal immigrants out of community college since May 2008.The initiative outlined three conditions for allowing undocumented immigrants.
TO THE EDITOR:I always thought that the purpose of going to college was to get an education and improve job prospects. But Justin Wilcox’s column (“Don’t be afraid to look good, ladies,” Sept. 18) shows how wrong I was. I now know that I’m here to improve the campus scenery and make the college experience more enjoyable for “patrons of the arts.”
TO THE EDITOR:When Justin Wilcox wrote his column, (“Don’t be afraid to look good, ladies”, Sept. 18) it was obvious that he has never tried to walk in heels all day on campus. Let me tell you something, Justin: It doesn’t matter how well your heels fit, you will still have blisters and sore feet at the end of the day (and, in all likelihood, a broken ankle).Furthermore, where is this idea of high heels and makeup as beautiful coming from?
TO THE EDITOR:Justin Wilcox’s column (“Don’t be afraid to look good, ladies,” Sept. 18) was incredibly offensive on several levels. Mr. Wilcox’s patronizing, sexist tone is infuriating. He asserts that the pain caused by wearing high heels is “an easy problem to fix.” Clearly, women are just buying the wrong shoe size. This is a ludicrous statement, not to mention condescending.