10/11/2009 11:59pm

Take the air out of grades: Faculty should take ?rm stand on grade in?ation

The Faculty Council doesn’t seem to agree on what letter grades mean — one of the underlying problems causing grade inflation at the University. The council needs to come to a consensus and act to cap grade inflation.At Friday’s meeting, members of the council voiced their differing views on grade inflation. The council passed a resolution to further study and discuss this problem. That’s a tepid start. Every council member needs to realize that they must act to cap grade inflation when the study and conversations on the matter are finished.

10/11/2009 11:55pm

Cartoon for Oct. 12

President Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize. For me, that still isn’t enough motivation to trade positions with him. Here in Chapel Hill, we have the luxury of being able to sit and complain about the problems that Obama actually has to get up in the morning and solve. Think about that. There are people out there, President Obama included, who are charged with the task of ending global warming, famine and poverty.

10/9/2009 12:30am

Kvetching board for Oct. 9

kvetch: v.1 (Yiddish) to complainTo the macho guy on the flag football team that killed us in playoffs but not before getting his pants ripped off: Pink boxer-briefs … really?To the girl in my English class that talks about everyone else: The fact that you can’t spell words that my 7-year-old sister uses every day says that you should probably build your vocabulary before picking on people smarter than you.Yo Yates, you’re great, and I’mma let you finish, but I just wanna say you should try winning a game.

10/9/2009 12:11am

Bonfires can pose danger, student input is needed

TO THE EDITOR:In response to Monday’s article, “Leaders are not anti-bonfire,” (Oct. 5) we would like to point out the original intent of the partnership between the Jones Administration, the Carolina Athletic Association and Carolina Fever.All three administrations are working together to enact a safer celebration policy, intended to provide enhanced alternative forms of celebrating UNC wins on Franklin Street.

10/9/2009 12:10am

Stalkers, lost dogs — what’s going on?

I love North Carolina basketball. I just want to say that before I start.But although the 2009 team will live in my heart forever, something must be said about this new AT&T commercial starring Tyler Hansbrough.Many somethings must be said.The commercial chronicles the journey of a sweet little girl who has lost her dog. Through a string of text messages that seems to be held together by a giant game of six-degrees-of-Tyler-Hansbrough, the national champion ends up returning the dog to the child.How sweet.

10/9/2009 12:06am

No apathy here: Enthusiasm for local politics a good sign in ’09

Tuesday night’s mayoral candidate debate, sponsored by the Young Democrats and College Republicans, proved that UNC students are eager to participate in local government. Municipal elections tend to focus less on the partisanship and core beliefs that are promoted during national campaigns.The Young Democrats and College Republicans put their convictions aside to bring the four candidates to campus to discuss issues facing Chapel Hill — most of which greatly impact the town’s student population.

10/9/2009 12:05am

BOE should cut its bloat: N.C. BOE does good work but has become overstaffed

The N.C. Board of Elections employs 65 people to run its day-to-day operations. This is up exponentially from the 1990s, when there were only six. The number of employees increased by almost 1,100 percent in fewer than two decades. This is both unnecessary and excessive.Much of the increase in so-called “elections technicians” was probably due to the Help America Vote Act of 2002, which requires states receiving federal funding for elections to maintain a set of nondiscrimination standards.However, that does not tell the whole story.

10/9/2009 12:04am

Getting hyped for Skype: Admissions uses students, technology effectively

The admissions department continues to make strides in using technology to more effectively reach prospective students in tough economic times. A recruitment event was recently held at Fredericksburg Academy in Virginia — via Skype. This new strategy is an excellent use of new technology and a great way to save money on recruitment trips in the face of a roughly 10 percent cut in admissions funds. A tech-savvy admissions office gives us an added edge. And the evolution of recruitment hasn’t stopped there.

10/7/2009 11:13pm

Rams Club shouldn’t share burden in tough times

TO THE EDITOR:Regarding the article, “Stadium plans ignore reality,” (Oct. 7): The only priorities of the Rams Club that have been distorted are those presented in The Daily Tar Heel. It is one thing to question the spending and budget decisions of the University, since it is, first and foremost, responsible for the education of its students. However, chastising the Rams Club for using part of its $260 million to refurbish Kenan Stadium is an egregious overstepping of bounds.

10/7/2009 11:12pm

QuickHits for Oct. 8

Highest IQThumbs upThe Daily Beast, a reporting and opinion Web site, recently did a study of the intelligence of major U.S. metropolitan areas. Raleigh-Durham came out on top. Guess they didn’t take Duke into account … 

10/7/2009 11:10pm

Bonfires are not ‘innocent fun,’ should be banned

TO THE EDITOR: In response to the “Leaders not anti-bonfire” (Oct. 5) article: I believe someone needs to express how ridiculous the position of the Carolina Athletic Association and Carolina Fever on this issue really is. The idea that the bonfires are an act by consenting adults, who accept risk of harm, is mistaken.One, it ignores the chance, the likelihood really, that someone not involved in the bonfires can be harmed.

10/7/2009 11:08pm

Government the problem in the demise of Northside

TO THE EDITOR:Leave it to a Daily Tar Heel columnist to turn a clear-cut case of government injustice into a racial issue when none exists.Although Domenic Powell himself spells out the cause of the demise of the Northside community (“Turning a blind eye to inequality,” Oct. 6) he is too blinded by ideology to recognize it. Powell correctly points out that when tax assessors determine that a property has increased in market value the government then levies higher taxes on the owners.

10/7/2009 11:06pm

Inclusiveness is great thing about honors program

TO THE EDITOR: Hannah Thurman greatly misconstrued the purpose of the Honors Program at Carolina in “No great ‘honor’ in Carolina program” (Oct. 5). The program aims to promote a stimulating academic environment campus-wide, not just in a small elite population that hides out in special honors dorms and only socializes with honors students. The beauty of it is that anyone can participate.

10/7/2009 11:03pm

No more gifts

The ban on certain state employees accepting gifts enacted by Gov. Bev Perdue is a good step to ensure accountability and transparency within her administration.The executive order, which was signed last week, prohibits any state employee within Perdue’s cabinet from accepting gifts from private organizations.A law in passed in 2007 provided guidelines similar to this policy’s, but this new order expands the definition of a state employee.

10/7/2009 11:01pm

Making the best with cuts

University officials have shown particular finesse over the past months in dealing with budget cuts.Last academic year, students received e-mail update after e-mail update highlighting the different ways the University was going to cope with cuts from the state.And now, administrators’ prudence and foresight is paying off.The University is going to hire 60 new faculty members. Twenty-nine of those hires will be in the College of Arts and Sciences.It’s a great situation to be in, considering the economic climate of the rest of the nation.