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Growth is right decision

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The Robertson Scholars Program’s new effort to enroll mid-year freshmen at UNC and Duke University is a great way to reward students who have demonstrated campus leadership and a passion for learning during their first semester.Thanks to a new two-year pilot program, four first-year students from UNC and Duke will be invited to join the 2013 class of Robertson Scholars this spring.In the past, only high school seniors have been eligible to apply for the scholarship.Each year, about 36 high school graduates are admitted to the program at either Carolina or Duke.


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Criticizing Fabolous not racist; opinions are valid

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TO THE EDITOR:I think that it is outrageous to say that the feelings about Fabolous coming to perform for Homecoming are extremely biased (“Outrage over Fabolous performance is biased,” Oct. 30). Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and to accuse people of bias because of their taste in music is absurd. If someone doesn’t like hip-hop, and they happen to be white, it does not make them a racist. If someone doesn’t like country music, and they happen to be black, it also does not make them a racist.


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Update on controversy

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Recently there has been some controversy involving a Daily Tar Heel columnist.Last week, The Carolina Review released Facebook photos that showed several people, including columnist Domenic R.A. Powell, painting a room with the floor covered in dozens of its issues.The date of the photos coincides with the disappearance of a sizable number of issues of the conservative magazine.Bryan Weynand, editor of The Carolina Review, told the DTH that as many as 400 issues went missing at a cost of $100 to $200.


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Fabolous a popular artist, has wide student appeal

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TO THE EDITOR:In regards to the Oct. 29 editorial “Concert Not So Fabolous,” the Carolina Union Activities Board would like to defend this year’s Homecoming concerts. The Homecoming Concert committee, composed of Carolina Athletic Association and CUAB members, has worked since April to bring diverse Homecoming acts. Availability, contract fees and scheduling were challenges. We are excited to present Fabolous and Carolina’s own Anoop Desai, two rather different artists.



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Choose your own ending (part one)

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In the vein of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series and Goosebumps’ “Give Yourself Goosebumps,” think of your own continuation of this story. Send your plot twists to dthedit@gmail.com, subject line ‘twist.’It was a gray, arduous morning and thick black clouds collected weightlessly in the sky.Candy and Clark sat together in the Pit sipping cardboard-coastered coffees.“Teen pregnancy is God’s punishment for teen sluts!” the Pit preacher yelled, shaking his fist in their direction.


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Hunting for a solution: Deer population requires a call to arms

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Deer hunting. To some, it’s a sport. To others, it’s cruel. And to some towns, it’s a way to control the  deer population. Given the circumstances, urban archery should at least be considered.With deer roaming Chapel Hill, town residents have taken notice of their presence. And some don’t like the creatures.Problems with deer range from car crashes to ruined flower beds, and what some people consider a friendly animal neighbor, others think of as a terrible nuisance.


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Is anyone there?: Scheduling meeting during registration not best move

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Students, especially seniors, need access to the registrar’s office on registration days to troubleshoot problems.So it is unfortunate that the office scheduled a meeting on the seniors’ registration day Tuesday from approximately 11:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. During this period — in the middle of the registration day — seniors were unable to reach the office to have any questions addressed.This winter, the registrar’s office moved registration to weekdays rather than Saturdays.


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All spaced out: Collaborative effort needed among students, departments and Student Union to allocate rooms

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The University needs to look at alternative ways for allocating campus space for student groups to try to accommodate as many groups as possible. Students must also be willing to make compromises in their scheduling to deal with the lack of space.Limited campus meeting space has forced some student groups to camp out to get the space they need.As is, rooms are divvied out on a first-come, first-served basis, which is an inefficient method for deciding who gets space.


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Outrage over Fabolous performance is biased

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TO THE EDITOR:I don’t think it would be too outrageous to say that the feelings about Fabolous coming to perform for Homecoming are extremely biased.Being that UNC is a predominantly white school and one of the main performers for homecoming is a major hip-hop performer, it doesn’t surprise me that people are seeing it as a waste of money, when really the Homecoming committee probably decided that this year might be a good year to cater to a different genre of music that happens to cater to a different crowd than it usually does.


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Celebrate strides UNC has made, but push for more

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TO THE EDITOR:Universities typically don’t rest on their laurels, but rather continue to aggressively advance future-looking leadership, especially regarding society’s most pressing issues like climate change. Following the University’s positive sustainability grade and the release of this week’s report, the attitude is, “Great! We’re doing our part.”



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Students must heed health reform

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Matlock, bingo and health care reform have one thing in common.If you are young, it’s that all three probably do not tickle your fancy, which is a real shame.No, not because you are missing the classic antics of Matlock. What is troubling is that, by ignoring the health reform debate, young people risk being screwed in a big way. That spells trouble for everyone.


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QuickHits for Oct. 29

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Personal assistantThumbs downA Georgetown sophomore recently placed a classified for a personal assistant to do daily chores. Listen, buddy, quit being a douche and clean your own room. Also, way to break the private school stereotype …Irish pubThumbs upThe newest bar on Franklin Street will be a bona fide Irish pub. The owner plans on bringing decorations directly from Dublin bars. Rumor is it’ll be so authentic that U2 will be the house band.Toilets with water


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Varsity blues no more: Now that Chapel Hill will have its downtown movie theater back, students should support it

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The Varsity Theatre is an icon in Chapel Hill and needs to be preserved. The iconic theater cannot stumble again, but it’s up to patrons to make it happen.With the theater’s reopening, students have another chance to take in the experience that is the Varsity.And why not, with an updated and fresh venue?The theater will reopen under the new ownership of Susan and Paul Shareshian in mid-November after extensive renovations.The theater will not only be aesthetically pleasing but will have the potential to become the new place to be on Franklin Street.


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Concert not so Fabolous: CUAB should have been more proactive in planning Homecoming and choosing performers

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The selection of Fabolous for this year’s Homecoming concert leaves much to be desired.While Fabolous does have some appeal, he is not worth the money that he is being paid.CUAB President Amanda Kao would not say exactly how much that is, but confirmed it is about three-fourths of their $65,000 concert budget.That figure comes out to about $48,000, about $22,000 less than what was paid last year for two groups that are more current and have broader appeal: The Avett Brothers and Gym Class Heroes.


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Czajkowski would improve town’s business climate

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TO THE EDITOR: I am writing in support of Matt Czajkowski’s campaign for mayor.Czajkowski is best qualified to be mayor of Chapel Hill for a variety of reasons, but the one most relevant to me is his devotion to improving the climate for small and emerging businesses in Chapel Hill.


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Kleinschmidt would keep Chapel Hill’s values intact

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TO THE EDITOR: I have known Mark Kleinschmidt for more than 10 years. He is a seasoned leader and consensus-builder. During my tenure as chairwoman of the Public Housing Program Advisory Board, I found him to be one of the most informed, hands-on and responsive members of the Town Council.


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Brownstein’s plans would be asset to school board

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TO THE EDITOR:I would like to take this opportunity to endorse Michelle Brownstein for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. I have known Brownstein and her family for four years, and I can personally attest to her candidacy, credibility and character. Brownstein sets three priorities in her vision for improving the educational outcomes of our district’s youth.


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Homeless shelter provides chance to care for needy

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TO THE EDITOR:While Wednesday’s article (“Parents fear shelter move,” Oct. 28) did much to bring about an awareness of a very touchy subject, the two supporting pictures used and their close proximity to one another was a real bloody-shirt technique that I feel was most inappropriate!