The Daily Tar Heel

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Wednesday June 29th


Follow the leader: UNC Hospitals’ online medical records lead ?eld

UNC Hospitals has done an exemplary job leading the health industry in electronic records and should continue its hard work.In 1991, UNC Hospitals launched a pilot program that is now the Web-based Clinical Information System — WebCIS.It’s an Internet-based program that allows UNC doctors to transfer their paper patient records to electronic records.

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A taxing problem: N.C. General Assembly should look to update state’s tax code to re?ect service-based economy

The N.C. General Assembly should continue to look into broadening the state’s tax base to include more service-oriented businesses.The state has not had a major change to its tax code since the Great Depression.However, the commercial landscape of the state has changed considerably, moving from a more manufacturing-based economy to a service-oriented one.

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Better technology

The University has done a solid job updating the campus’s technological infrastructure.ConnectCarolina has been successful thus far in bringing much-needed change to student digital services.The new admissions Web site is up and running and greatly improved. The new campus directory also received a face lift to its user interface that makes searching it easier.

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Congress’ good compromise

Students for a Democratic Society deserves to have the financial means to host speakers on campus. But that does not mean it is free to waste student money by making unreasonable funding requests.And Congress, recognizing this, did the right thing by cutting the requested appropriation to a more reasonable amount.

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QuickHits for Nov. 12

TreesThumbs downAnother tree fell on campus,  breaking a window. Two trees in as many weeks? Mother Nature  means business. Time for drastic action. Let’s cut them all down. Then she’ll learn who’s boss. David PriceThumbs up

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Vision is farsighted

The University is preparing to draft a new academic plan. The last one was completed in 2003, and the new one will set the University’s goals for the next several years.The last plan focused on internationalizing the University, and the new one probably will as well.

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Don’t forget service aspect

If Homecoming royalty don’t follow through on their projects, the contest risks becoming a pointless popularity contest. This is a shame, considering the service potential.This year’s royalty, Desmond Rowe and Carly Brantmeyer, should be obligated to complete successfully their projects within the year. This would help put the focus of the tradition squarely back on service.

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Cap and trade-off

The administration needs to seriously discuss the effect the UNC system’s 18 percent out-of-state student cap has on UNC-Chapel Hill.The Daily Tar Heel recently reported that administrators have no intent to even consider doing so as they craft the University’s new academic plan. There is no reason for this refusal.

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Musical theater deserves due credit

I secretly like musicals.Probably shouldn’t have said that, right? Whenever I tell people, they give me looks like I’ve just told them I’m in a Nickelback tribute band or have just expressed an interest in naked ice skating. Musician friends of mine shake their heads and judge me. It’s not real art, they say. And furthermore, it’s kind of embarrassing.

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Every squash and turkey has a story

Everything we eat has its own story. By the time you take your first bite of squash casserole this Thanksgiving, the squash has developed a story of its own. The same goes for the turkey, the stuffing, and, yes, the cranberry dressing from the jar.

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