The Daily Tar Heel

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Monday May 10th


Don't give in to exam-time guilt trips

Amy Dunn, a former newspaper journalist turned stay-at-home parent, blogs regularly about living well on less at www.ourfrugaljourney.com. College exam time is around the corner. That can only mean that it's time for the "guilt letters" to start arriving in the mailbox.

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Tuition increases will hurt us too

In the past few weeks of debate concerning the tuition increase, people have been over-careful. Scared of offending the North Carolina residents, out-of-state opponents of the bill have tip-toed around the issue. The proposed increase has settled on 5.2 percent for both in- and out-of-staters, which ostensibly is fair to both groups of students.

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Ticket to complain

UNC is tied for the most tournament wins in NCAA basketball history. And the Tar Heels have won five national championships. Yet, somehow, there is a problem with student attendance at our games. The over-arching goal of a student ticket policy should be to maximize student attendance, but it seems like all the current policy does is maximize complication and confusion.

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Fixing a grave situation

Kudos to the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill for restoring the dignity of the black section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.The section has been neglected long enough. Last week, the society conducted a survey for the purpose of locating lost graves in the historically black section of the cemetery.

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Not so taxing status

Filing the necessary paperwork for current student groups to gain tax-exempt or nonprofit status can mean jumping hurdles that take time away from philanthropic efforts.So it’s great that the University is looking to create a group that would help nonprofit, charitable student groups obtain a 501(c)(3).

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TOMS Shoes could do more to help worlds’ shoeless

As more and more students on campus don spiffy TOMS, I feel that I should raise a question: Do they know what they are supporting? TOMS Shoes is not truly serious about alleviating shoelessness around the world. If they were serious about what they preach, they would donate the entirety of their profits and create a social business.

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Exercise creativity in ?nding activity

I hate the StairMaster. It hurts, and it’s not fun. And seeing as I usually don’t intentionally inflict pain upon myself while doing things I don’t enjoy, I don’t use it.That seems pretty logical to me.But every day, many of us deliberately engage in activities that are awkward, painful and unenjoyable, all for the sake of exercise.

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Paying for commencement speakers: Pay them

Commencement is the culmination of four years of hard work. And yet, the University refuses to consider paying even a modest sum for a speaker above and beyond travel expenses.Let’s remember how UNC treated the artist Fabolous, to whom the Carolina Union Activities Board paid almost $50,000 to play a half-sold Memorial Hall and receive special furniture and food.

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No ticket? There are still ways to attend

Regarding the new ticket policy, the Carolina Athletic Association would like to address the feedback we have received about the new system.The CAA has provided many outlets for students to adjust to this new policy and receive tickets, either directly through the lottery or through one of our alternative options.

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Fix it and forget it

After the debacle during last week’s vote on funding for Students for a Democratic Society speakers, Student Congress will have a second shot to clearly state its stance on the issue.

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