9/7/2009 11:28pm

Letter misrepresented the idea of ‘positive rights’

TO THE EDITOR:In his recent letter to the editor (“Rep. Price’s views differ from Founding Fathers’,” Sept. 4), James A. Wadsworth makes a number of preposterous assertions.First of all, he criticizes U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., not for his views on health care, but rather for supporting the idea of positive rights in the first place. Wadsworth believes that somehow this isn’t in keeping with the ideals of the holy Founding Fathers.On the contrary, one needs only look as far as the United States Constitution to find positive rights.

9/7/2009 11:24pm

Give the ASG a chance to prove its value to UNC

TO THE EDITOR:The Association of Student Governments is an important organization for UNC-Chapel Hill to be a part of. It is one of the ways in which all 17 UNC-system campuses can come together to discuss issues and ideas that each campus is facing throughout the year.

9/4/2009 12:28pm

It’s time we leave the Association of Student Governments

This is the last straw for the UNC-system Association of Student Governments. In light of an inflated budget and lack of results, it’s time that UNC-Chapel Hill stops funding this group.ASG, a group responsible for representing the interests of students throughout the entire UNC system, has not proved its worth. And its use of student fees is simply embarrassing.Last weekend, ASG gave final approval to its $260,000 budget for the upcoming year. These funds come directly from student fees paid by UNC-system students.

9/3/2009 11:14pm

Protesters should know their facts

A few protesters in Raleigh have a strange definition of rape. And through them, we can all learn about decorum in disagreements, how to listen and why we learn before we speak.I went there a few weeks ago to see the premiere of “I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell,” a movie based on a collection of stories of the same name written and lived by Tucker Max. He is the quintessential bar-party boy, famous for his sweet talking and subsequent sexual conquests. His genre is a guy’s version of chick lit, and his audience is the college crowd.

9/3/2009 11:11pm

Keep it artsy: The University and Chapel Hill should ?nd a way to keep the Varsity Theater an arts venue

The closing of the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street this summer was a devastating blow to the Chapel Hill community. But hopefully, this vacancy will only be temporary. While it’s wonderful to see businesses moving back to Franklin Street and the town’s renewed commitment to fostering economic development, it’s hard to believe we can’t support a main street movie theater. And it’s so unfortunate that two of the three independent movie theaters in Chapel Hill have closed within the past five years.

9/3/2009 11:10pm

Enough is enough, ASG: In light of wasted money and ineffectiveness, it’s time we leave the Association of Student Governments

Due to an reporting error in this editorial, the board incorrectly stated who may eliminate the Association of Student Governments fee. The UNC-system Board of Governors can eliminate this fee. Due to editing errors in this editorial, the board incorrectly stated who was involved in the incident leading to assault charges against Cole Jones. It was the aunt of Jones’ son.

9/3/2009 11:01pm

Inebriated sex can have very serious consequences

TO THE EDITOR:Austin Capobianco’s letter to the editor (“If it feels good, it must be wrong — sex included,” Sept. 2) makes a joke of a situation which is very serious to many, especially to survivors and secondary survivors. It also downplays the importance of many who work tirelessly to end sexual violence. Never has it been stated that inebriated sex is bad. What has been stated is that legal consent cannot be given by a person who is inebriated.

9/2/2009 11:08pm

Trying out the ‘real world’

Before moving into their freshman dorm, most college students are already dreaming about their senior year. Your final year in college is the last few months before you start the rest of your life. Otherwise known as the “real world,” the rest of your life entails having to do adult things like work and pay bills — all the things required and expected of a responsible post-college human being.

9/2/2009 11:06pm

QuickHits for Sept. 3

SRCThumbs downThe first few weeks of school mean that there are hordes of freshmen trying out the Student Recreation Center. We know you think you can avoid the freshman 15. Fat chance. 'Drank'Thumbs upInnovative Beverage Group has introduced a new relaxation drink called “Drank.” Now if somebody asks to “buy you a drank,” you won’t have to get drunk and forget what you did. Sorry, T-Pain.H1N1Thumbs down

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.