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UNC must come clean: Pollution from University research facility must stop; transparency and accountability are necessary

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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.





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Leaving basketball games early is never acceptable

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TO THE EDITOR:With six minutes left in the men’s basketball game against Wake Forest on Wednesday, a fellow recent alumna and I sat in a crowded Manhattan bar, screaming at the TV in an ultimately futile attempt to encourage our Tar Heel boys to victory. So imagine my disbelief when a scan of the crowd showed a half-empty stadium — with six minutes left!


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Hurdles abound in ?lling courses

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When I first decided to come to UNC, I was excited about the beautiful quads, the friendly atmosphere and the chance to learn from some of the nation’s best professors. What I wasn’t expecting was to have to jump through a series of daunting hoops in hopes of one day graduating.


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Margolis is right; ticket policy must favor students

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TO THE EDITOR:Greg Margolis is 100 percent correct with his views on the student ticket policy for Carolina men’s basketball games, “Put ticket policy in hot seat,” (Jan. 20). It’s nice to know that others feel the way that my friends and I feel.Let’s face facts here: Our basketball atmosphere at the Dean Dome is just awful.



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End the exploitation: loopholes make it easy for employers to exploit day laborers; Carrboro right to push for just compensation

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Thanks to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, a group that is often ignored might soon receive some support. The board approved a motion at Tuesday’s meeting to look into potentially cracking down on employers who don’t fairly compensate day laborers. This is a good first step. The board should look for enforceable ways to punish employers who exploit the work of day laborers.


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Download this: e-books often cheaper alternative to print editions

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Textbook prices are out of control.In the 2006-07 academic year, students paid an average of about $700 for textbooks. That’s more than triple the proposed tuition increase for the 2010-11 school year for in-state students at UNC.Textbook prices have skyrocketed over the past two decades at double the rate of inflation.



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‘Darius’ tour met no rival to UNC's support

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Michael Jordan, Eve Carson and Darius Weems. It was in that order that I gradually came to know and love all things Carolina blue. You can trust me because I know better than to say light blue or sky blue. It’s Carolina blue. While I wasn’t even born when Michael and Dean snagged a ring in 1982, I worshiped “His Airness.” (I can even tell you his childhood nickname, “Rabbit”).


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Counter-viewpoint on SafeWalk: Program unnecessary

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The new SafeWalk program has good intentions. But it is not a solution to an illusory threat. The program provides the student with two trusted peers, one male and one female, to walk him or her to an on-campus location during late-night hours when the student might feel unsafe.The walkers are trained by the Department of Public Safety and paid by the hour.


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Viewpoint on SafeWalk: Safety should be addressed

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The issue:  A student government program provides night owls with a pair of trained “SafeWalkers” to escort them home upon request. The program was designed to improve campus safety by keeping students from walking alone at night. Is this new initiative really needed?



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Put ticket policy in hot seat

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The men’s basketball team is not the only thing in crisis in the Smith Center. There’s also a major problem with the seating policy. The majority of students is relegated to seats in the upper-reaches of the cavernous arena, while the court-side seats are occupied by major donors. And many student tickets go unused.


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Review of entire Greek system needed for change

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TO THE EDITOR:In response to Bob Winston’s letter, (“Greek review to focus on Greeks, not administration,” Jan. 19), if you want to have the best Greek system in the country, then it might be a good idea to examine the structure and operations of the University offices that interact with Greek organizations.


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Monumental importance

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The time has come for the Freedom Monument Project to move forward. UNC art professors Juan Logan and Lyneise Williams, along with landscape architect David Swanson, have designed a series of sculptural vignettes to be located near the state capital in Raleigh.


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Advisory committee seeks input from UNC students

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TO THE EDITOR:The student leadership advisory committee consists of 12 students that directly advise the vice chancellor for student affairs. SLAC was created in 2008 and serves as both a student voice to the administration and as a liaison between the two. SLAC addresses a broad range of issues on behalf of the student body, spanning from housing to dining to Greek affairs.


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Pay attention, Tar Heels

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It’s campaign season again. And to some students, it can seem like the only repercussions are annoying A-frame signs and badgering signature-collectors. But student body elections have consequences, and they give students a chance to impact University policy and campus life by choosing competent officers.