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Tuesday September 27th

Diffcult to escape pretension in college

In the first few minutes before class yesterday, I overheard a conversation between two classmates. From what I could gather, they were talking about a play or a book. The conversation was about the depth of a character or something like that. Then I heard the following sentence: “I have a distinct curiosity about humanity.”

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QuickHits for March 2, 2010

U.S. in VancouverThumbs upThe U.S. won 37 medals — the most all time at the Winter Games. Typical America. But how about that closing ceremony? Nothing says successful Winter Games like Michael Buble and a beaver … Typical Canada.AppleThumbs down

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Give new students ?rst pick: Freshmen and sophomores should be given ?rst preference for on-campus residences

If the lack of on-campus housing becomes an issue, the housing department should implement a lottery for upperclassmen and graduate students who want to live on campus.By 2012, Odum Village likely will not meet fire code regulations, which means its more than 400 students will have to be put elsewhere. Right now, it looks like this place will be Granville Towers.

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Mexico’s war on drug cartels

In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, about 200,000 people have left the city in the last 18 months alone due to drug-related violence. Many have crossed the border into the United States. Thirty thousand people are estimated to have moved to El Paso.Ninety percent of cocaine entering the United States comes through Mexico.

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Mind the gap; Technology Without Borders helps with Internet access

The digital divide is one step closer to shrinking, thanks to Technology Without Borders.Last fall, TWB began a project that would bring free Internet to low-income families with students.The digital divide is an issue in today’s society, with more computers and Internet being used in classrooms and for homework, but it isn’t just an issue for the younger generation.

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Cut and Dry; Student government should work closely with UNC administration on budget cuts to preserve quality

Chancellor Holden Thorp’s recent comments on the budget climate confirm that student government’s advocacy will be equally as vital next year as it was this year.If student body presidents can meet with administrators to build massive and comprehensive platforms, then they can sit down with them again to represent students’ interests.

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The Pill: All you’d ever want to know

Happy birthday to you, oral contraception. Fifty years ago, the FDA approved the first hormonal method of birth control; it would change American society forever, allowing women to pursue higher education and join the workforce in record numbers. Oral contraception has enough of a following to pull off the nickname “The Pill.”

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Confronting the horror

The appointment of the first executive director of the N.C. Justice for Victims of Sterilization Foundation is a huge benchmark in the remediation of the damage caused by the Eugenics Board of North Carolina.The director will have the aid of $250,000 included in Gov. Bev Perdue’s first budget and appropriated by the General Assembly.

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Hands in the cookie jar

The benefit of a savings account is when you earn more than you spend, you accrue interest in the long term.Apparently, the state government needs to relearn some financial basics if it wishes to save an important source for student financial aid.

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