The days of ridiculous lines, spending the night and headaches involved in reserving a room through the Student Union are fading into the past. We couldn’t be happier.This week, the Student Union took a leap into the 21st century and moved room reservation for about 70 spaces around campus online.
UNC Hospitals is raising the bar in charity and is truly representing the Good Samaritan aspect of medicine.Three victims from the 7.0-magnitue earthquake that struck Haiti arrived at UNC Hospitals on Tuesday for treatment.Each of these patients has a heart-wrenching story, and we’re proud to have a hospital on campus that responded to their needs.
Paying certain members of Student Congress could encourage greater commitment to the organization.For too long, Congress has been faced with a dedication deficit. This past year, only one undergraduate returned from the previous Congress, who has since resigned.Other parts of student government do not have such an extremely high turnover rate.
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.
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.
North Carolina lawmakers should act to limit out-of-state corporate spending in state elections.Without limits, state residents could find their voices in elections drowned out by a flood of corporate-funded advertising.
A new licensing standard for bringing UNC-owned technologies to market should be very promising for the University community and the public at large.Before this agreement, University researchers struggled to bring their creations to the market, as a result of a very burdensome negotiation process.
A local school program that seeks to increase educational achievement among minorities is a great way to get involved in the community. The Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program, which began in 1995, is provided through Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and currently has more than 100 mentors.
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.
The decision by the Orange County Board of Commissioners to outfit more sheriff’s office vehicles with dashboard cameras addresses an important need for public safety and officer accountability.Dashboard cameras can often provide crucial evidence that officer and witness testimony cannot.
The University should follow the steps laid out by a community group to clean up the mess a mysterious UNC research facility made near a local creek.The state issued a notice of violation to the University in December after the Research Resource Facility leaked treated animal waste water into Collins Creek, in the rural western part of the county.
Information Technology Services is piloting a new, more secure wireless network — and students should give it a try.UNC-Secure is a new Wi-Fi network that will eventually replace UNC-1. It was introduced this month and is a much safer network.
So you’re a cash-strapped college student who wants to help make the world a better place, but you don’t have the money to donate. You would volunteer, but your schedule is hectic and you don’t have the time. But you can make a difference by giving blood.
North Carolina should lift its cap on charter schools in order to be more competitive for federal grants and give students more choices and opportunities.The state hopes to receive $469.5 million in federal education grants for the next four years.