TO THE EDITOR:None of us have super powers or run around in costumes. We can’t all be firemen or police officers. Not everyone is going to join the National Guard or protect civilians in the streets of Iraq.You can, however, save a life by giving blood.
iPad releaseThumbs upThe iPad debuted April 3. Scores lined up during the middle of the day to get one. (Yay for unemployment.) We wrote this QuickHit on our new iPad, and we only had to trample six people in order to get it.Census dayThumbs up
TO THE EDITOR:How about focusing on our winning teams?The Daily Tar Heel should pay more respect to the many quality sports teams UNC has in addition to men’s basketball. However, I noticed that “SportsMonday” featured three articles with four color photos on one page for our men’s basketball team, which lost this weekend in the NIT finals.
TO THE EDITOR:You may or may not be aware that the peer advising program is expanding to new departments and trying to make this valuable resource more readily apparent on departmental Web sites after a substantial mid-year review of the program’s progress.
TO THE EDITOR:Dining halls on campus should accommodate Jewish students by supplying Lenoir Dining Hall and/or Rams Head Dining Hall with kosher options for Passover, or at least some matzah.
A UNC housing policy change will ensure freshmen gain the valuable experience and campus connection that living on campus provides. Beginning in the fall of 2010, UNC freshmen will be required to live on campus for at least one full academic year. That includes all campus dorms and Granville towers.
Some academic research endeavours take longer than others — which means some graduate students will need more time to complete their theses and dissertations.So the Graduate School made a wise choice when it decided to allow individual departments to grant semester cap waivers for graduate students.
How far would you go for a dream? I know four who will go the distance.On Jan. 1, Juan, Carlos, Felipe and Gaby started their 1,500-mile journey from Miami to Washington, D.C., on the Trail of Dreams. Today they arrive at UNC. Their goal: to raise awareness about the need for immigration reform and the DREAM Act.
The next time a meteor shower or a beautiful starlit sky appears above Carrboro, it might actually be possible to see it. Carrboro town staff have drafted a new ordinance that would create stricter guidelines for outdoor lighting.
The town of Chapel Hill should renegotiate the terms of its lease with the Chapel Hill Museum. As the owner of the property, it is unfair to force the museum to pay for maintenance costs it can’t afford.Owners — not renters — typically pay for the upkeep on their property. But the current lease reversed the responsibility.
Student body elections last too long and use too much money. Student Congress members should pass a bill that would change this.Congress’s rules and judiciary committee reported favorably last Tuesday on a bill that Student Body President Jasmin Jones introduced to Congress. It will be considered by the full Congress on Tuesday.
kvetch: v.1 (Yiddish) to complainDear UNC housing: You know what you did.Dear professors: Don’t blame me for my terrible grades. Blame Chatroulette.Dear UNC birds: I know you’re excited that it’s finally spring, but isn’t chirping at 3 a.m. a little excessive?Student Stores: Where is my NIT gear? I find it weird that I have to ask.
I was riding in the car with a friend the other day when he got a phone call. He glanced at the number and gave an exasperated look. He waited a couple rings and answered the phone with as much enthusiasm as an anticipated visit to the dentist.
Enough is enough. We’ve all fallen victim to the inconsiderate few who insist on yapping on their cell phones while strolling through campus. Face it, your digital vomit is polluting our campus.Incessant cell phone use has contributed to a culture of insensitivity and unfriendliness that fails to reflect the Southern values of UNC.
Information Technology Services is right to take further steps to protect the University’s Internet network.ITS launched a pilot program in Cobb Residence Hall last week that will eventually go mainstream. The program is called Network Access Control. It puts ITS in a position to find software vulnerabilities before they wreak havoc on the network and on students’ computers.
Members of one of the committees helping to find outbound UNC-system President Erskine Bowles’ replacement want the next system president to make substantially more than any of the system’s chancellors.Proponents of the wage increase cite the fact that many public university systems pay their presidents more. Bowles took home $478,291, plus benefits and use of a house, in 2008-09.