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Wednesday February 8th


Title IX limits variety

The introduction of gender equality legislation in 1972 changed the landscape of collegiate sports. Title IX was a groundbreaking attempt to ensure that women would have the same opportunities as men, academically and athletically. Its success was paramount to the advancement of women’s rights in the United States.

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Campaigns must focus on graduate students at UNC

TO THE EDITOR:During the coverage of the platforms and campaigns for student body president, there has been much discussion about all that the candidates want to do. Something that is omitted or understated from the candidates’ platforms is issues related to graduate and professional students.

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Bad bookkeeping

The idea that the Chapel Hill Town Council is even considering expanding the town’s public library during a period when revenues have dried up and taxes are high is a bit absurd.The proposed expansion, delayed Monday night, would cost $16.5 million and would be financed by bonds. The bonds would be paid back through new taxes, about $26.20 for the owner of a $200,000 home in 2012.

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Review police procedure

The recent dismissal of a case against underage drinking reflects the need for a comprehensive review of the way Chapel Hill law enforcement addresses alcohol citations.Officers of the law are called to “protect and serve” the community. They often accomplish their mission with resounding effectiveness, and the residents of Chapel Hill should be grateful for their service.

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Double standard in getting naked

In 1982, Scott Brown, a 22-year-old law student from Boston College, posed nude in a Cosmopolitan Magazine centerfold. He described himself as “a bit of a patriot,” but with a well-placed arm, he kept any bits of his patriot shielded from the camera.

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Time to get serious on head injuries

You may know the tales of former National Football League players affected by too many hits to the head. Former Cowboys star Troy Aikman’s career was cut short by concussions — a small price to pay compared to the depression and suicide of 44-year-old Andre Waters, whose hard-hitting play transformed his brain tissue to that of an 85-year-old man with early Alzheimer’s disease.

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Video decision regrettable: Refusal to release dashboard camera video deprives public of ability to judge case independently

A judge ruled Friday that the dashboard camera video showing Courtland Smith’s interaction with police officers before he was killed should be permanently sealed. This is a regrettable decision that denies the public the ability to examine fully this incident. The decision runs the risk of factoring into future court decisions.

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QuickHits for Jan. 26, 2010

Tax deductible reliefThumbs UpTaxpayers will now be able to deduct their donations to the relief efforts in Haiti. Even after the media coverage stops, there will still be a need for help, so keep donatingAppleThumbs Up

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Engage in foreign policy dialogue

A statesman once said, “No foreign policy — no matter how ingenious — has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none.” Great Decisions, a program led and taught by undergraduates  on UNC’s campus for more than two decades, embodies this idea by encouraging our generation to analyze and engage major global issues.

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