TO THE EDITOR:Brian Austin’s article, “Greeks, UNC at new crossroads,” (Sept. 24), misrepresented the situation and men of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. As a re-founding father of Pi Kappa Phi, I question The Daily Tar Heel’s reckless disregard for the truth of the situation while continually marginalizing the Greek community. Although the fraternity’s charter was taken in 2005, it was removed by the national organization and had little to do with the University.
TO THE EDITOR:Tuesday’s editorial “Don’t waste their time,” misread the Association of Student Governments delegation bill passed by Congress two weeks ago. The bill was to reform the outdated and unbalanced way we appoint delegates to ASG.
TO THE EDITOR:In response to every letter to the editor for the past couple weeks that criticizes the Daily Tar Heel for giving a disproportionate amount of attention to the recent arrest of seven students or former students on cocaine charges and their pattern of Greek affiliation: I believe you should re-evaluate your claims of injustice. Possession and intent to distribute mass quantities of cocaine is an incredibly serious offense and should, in fact, be on the front page of any student newspaper for as long as the investigation continues.
TO THE EDITOR:In these tough economic times, it’s terrific to see that state funds are being wisely allocated. I can hardly imagine a better use of tax dollars than to sponsor an elite unit specializing in issuing underage drinking citations. Sure, per capita violent crime, robbery, and burglary increased in North Carolina between 2007 and 2008, but it is essential that we stop 19- and 20 year-old students from drinking alcohol.
TO THE EDITOR:To the issue of Chapel Hill withdrawing from the UNC Association of Student Governments: I think that we cannot call for that until two things occur. First, we need to have consistent representation at these meetings. We need to send delegates to every meeting in order to make sure that our opinions, wants, and needs are being heard before we can say that there has not been any benefit from being involved.
When I walked to the women’s restroom at Foster’s Market before sitting down, there was a woman standing outside who stopped me and said, “You can’t go in there.”“Pardon?” I said.“There’s a man changing his daughter in there,” she said. “There’s no changing table in the men’s room.”Immediately I thought of the fantastic column I could write about how the oppressive society we live in is perpetuated by the assumption that only the “fairer sex” could possibly be charged with changing babies’ diapers.And I was right … sort of.
Almost two weeks ago, the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges approved a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to attend community college at out-of-state tuition rates.Although this is a victory for achieving equity in college access, the initiative will have little practical effect.In order for North Carolina to be a progressive state, it must grant undocumented immigrants in-state tuition status. Out-of-state rates are simply too expensive for most undocumented immigrants to afford, advocates say.
TO THE EDITOR:At showings across the nation, including at N. C. State University, women and men have had equal presence in the audience and equal reviews of “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell.” The response to the movie has been overwhelmingly positive, with standing ovations at each premiere.
TO THE EDITOR:Although I am a fan of the Tucker Max book, I wouldn’t recommend “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.” I don’t say this because I thought it degraded women, but rather because it was significantly toned down from the book. Most of the more outlandish stories that the author mentions in his article (e.g. “Tucker tries buttsex, hilarity does not ensue”) were not even in the movie. In fact, Tucker’s only sexual conquest in the movie is with a “midget stripper,” not a drunken college girl.
Students should take the opportunity to get involved in Chapel Hill’s town government.As a college town, Chapel Hill has a lot to gain from a student’s perspective, and there are a number of ways anyone interested can get involved.It’s never too early to get into local politics — a Winston-Salem State University student who won the city’s Democratic primary for City Council this year knows that well enough.Becoming a Town Council member might not be the easiest option to start with, but that’s OK.
America today is all about efficiency — faster cars, faster Internet connection, faster food — and I think this is something that, considering how our society works, fits us quite well. Time is money, and America loves money, and with more time, of course, follows more money. Speed rules the day, and for our purposes it all adds up.Our society as a whole craves new, constantly advancing technology that will make our lives run more smoothly. And we buy accordingly.
The last thing our society needs is any more glorification of sexual violence, the objectification of women and rape culture. Unfortunately, Tucker Max’s new movie does nothing but reinforce these attitudes.Tucker is the blogger-turned-author responsible for the best-selling book “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” now adapted as a film.The self-proclaimed “asshole” built his career writing and blogging about toilet humor, sexual conquests, drunken debauchery and degrading the handicapped.
The University was wrong to wait almost two months to notify research participants of a security breach that compromised their information.The breach was detected in a UNC School of Medicine database in July. It affected 236,000 women participating in breast cancer research. That information included about 163,000 Social Security numbers.Officials at the medical school decided to investigate more before alerting the women affected, so letters are going out today. That was a bad decision.
If UNC-Chapel Hill must commit itself to the Association of Student Governments, let’s at least minimize the opportunity cost of our involvement. Currently, UNC-CH’s delegation to the ASG consists of Student Body President Jasmin Jones and three of her appointees.But a bill that was recently passed by Student Congress would appoint Jones, Joe Levin-Manning, speaker of Student Congress, a delegate appointed by the Graduate and Professional Student Federation president and a fourth person agreed upon by the student body president.
TO THE EDITOR:There was a serious situation at University of Pittsburgh last week in regards to the G-20 conference. The city was under de facto martial law and University of Pittsburgh students were tear-gassed and beaten for no reason other than being on the street. No news station is covering these events, and the only way I’ve heard of it is from my friends that go there. YouTube has videos of what’s taking place and it’s some of the most disturbing footage I’ve ever seen.