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DTH shouldn’t promote film that demeans women

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TO THE EDITOR:Walking into the front entrance of UNC Hospitals a few days ago, I spotted a stand for The Daily Tar Heel, above which was a large advertising frame containing a poster for the movie “Sorority Row.” I have not seen this movie, and my knowledge about it derives mainly from a trailer I have seen. The sorority theme, which I’m sure the creators thought would play well to a certain segment of the population, is peripheral to the issue.


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Tough question: What are you?

Take a moment and ask yourself the following: “What are you?” Does that seem crazy? Now imagine that every form you fill out, every trip to the DMV and almost every person you meet asks you the same prying, intrusive question. Worse yet, you may not have a straightforward answer. No, this isn’t metaphysics — this is part of the multiracial experience in the United States. Kip Fulbeck, whose exhibit “kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa” is currently on display at the FedEx Global Education Center, will be performing there tonight at 7 p.m.


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QuickHits for Sept. 17

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Kanye WestThumbs downHow dare you, Kanye — interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards! Frankly, this story is upsetting enough that it definitely warranted front-page placement on CNN.com.President ObamaThumbs upIn response to Kanye West’s drunken outburst at Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, President Obama called West a “jackass.” We can hear West now: “Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people.”UNC SnugglesThumbs up


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Park it like it’s hot: Chapel Hill Town Council should adopt resolutions to make some downtown lots free after 6 p.m.

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Anyone who has ever attempted to park in downtown Chapel Hill knows what a hassle it can be.There are too few spaces on the street and too few lots, and it’s becoming increasingly rare to carry around a stash of spare quarters to feed a meter. Instead of dealing with these troubles, some drivers simply go elsewhere.This happens all too often, so it’s good news that the Chapel Hill Town Council is looking to change that. The council should adopt the changes suggested earlier this week by Kenneth Pennoyer, the town business management director.


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U-turn for U-Mall: Developers should pay attention to student market in making University Mall an attractive option

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Students should be excited that University Mall is about to be renovated.It’s the ideal candidate for the massive mall makeover it’s slated to receive.In 2007, University Mall was bought for $40 million by Madison Marquette Realty Services, a Washington, D.C.-based developer that specializes in finding neglected malls in great locations. University Mall definitely fits the description. There is certainly a good core at the mall — the Spice Street restaurant and the nationally recognized gourmet retailer A Southern Season, among a few others.


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Editorial right; Koch went over the line on protests

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TO THE EDITOR: I would like to thank The Daily Tar Heel for its editorial on Sept. 14 regarding Haley Koch’s protest of Tom Tancredo’s speech (“Protesters be warned”).I am not an authority on the topic, by any means, but a simple reading of The Instrument of Student Judicial Governance for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill proves explicitly why protesters like Koch cannot be tolerated.


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Koch should have engaged and not insulted Tancredo

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TO THE EDITOR:In response to the letter to the editor entitled “Koch editorial defended elitist, right-wing position,” (Sept. 16), I say that your characterization of Mr. Tancredo is wrong. Mr. Tancredo came to our campus to discuss why he believes that illegal immigrants should not be allowed to attend state colleges or universities. His position on the issue is neither xenophobic nor racist.


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Editorial right to rebuke Koch for Tancredo actions

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TO THE EDITOR:Kudos to the Daily Tar Heel editorial board for defending this university against fascism, censorship, and intolerance (“Protesters be warned,” Sept. 14).Although charges against Haley Koch and several of her partners-in-crime were dismissed, it was perfectly reasonable for the University to attempt to punish these people for disrupting free speech on this campus.



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Editorial on 911 system crashing raised valid point

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TO THE EDITOR:Your editorial, “Who you gonna call?” (Sept. 14) raises a good point. You suggest that the Alert Carolina Web site should have posted Orange County’s news about last week’s 911 service interruption. We’re taking steps to do that in the future, and we’ve added links on the Alert site to local law enforcement agencies and CodeRED, an emergency alert service provided by the county.



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Zip down to Pittsboro

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The new PX line is a great new option for commuters and students travelling between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro.This is a first for Chapel Hill Transit, as the bus is the only route that extends beyond the borders of Orange County into Chatham County.The line was created specifically with commuters in mind. Fueled by a $350,000 grant and Chatham County and Pittsboro funds, the PX runs about six loops a day — three in the morning and three in the evening.Unlike normal Chapel Hill Transit buses, a ride on the PX route comes with a $3 fare.




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A textbook case

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Textbooks, wherever you buy them, are incredibly expensive. And at Student Stores, the prices are a bit higher still. But that doesn’t mean there’s not good reason for it, nor that we should abandon buying books there. It’s important to recognize that the main reason for the absurdly high textbook prices has to do with industry standards — not just Student Stores’ markup. It’s often just assumed that Student Stores is doing a disservice to students by having higher prices.


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Release the study, UNC

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UNC should release a study requested by the volunteer Orange County Rescue Squad that examines the response times of emergency services. The squad has been sidelined since June 2008 because of allegations of unprofessionalism; but squad members are asserting that response times in the area have increased as a result of the action taken against them.


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Luxurious ice, taken as a given in the U.S.

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Even now I can see you lounging there in Lenoir or on Franklin or in some coffee shop, sitting down to read your newspaper before class, casually flipping through its pages with your snack or drink hanging loosely from your hand, not a care in the world. But you don’t even realize the luxury that you bathe in day after day.It is a luxury that, ironically enough, can be found in your very cup on any date, at any time — it happens when water is frozen into solid form, most commonly a cube shape, though there is growing support for crushed shards.


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The festival’s tale

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O  sing to me, muse, of a festival lit.Speakers and authors created a hit.The N.C. Literary Festival was here,Held weekend last, drawing many a peer.John Grisham, Kathy Reichs — obvious stars.They told of how they put fiends behind bars,And how those tales helped shape their lives,Turning them from public servants to scribes. Grisham spoke of creating his works,Said his ideas are from the world’s quirks.Newspapers, law cases, things all aroundProvide the ideas to make his books sound.


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Pick and choose: Town Council hopefuls should apply to be appointed for Strom seat so it can pick ?fth-place election ?nisher

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All of the candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council should apply to fill former councilman Bill Strom’s seat. This suggestion, made by council candidate Will Raymond, is the best way to make filling Strom’s former seat as democratic as possible. Strom announced his resignation on July 29. This was just after the deadline for election filings — meaning that his seat had to be filled by appointment rather than election.


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Protesters be warned: Though dropped, charges were the right thing for the University to bring against Tancredo protestor Koch

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Although the charges against UNC senior Haley Koch were dropped yesterday, the University was right to take the case seriously.Koch took her activism too far when former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., came to speak. She disrupted the event and yelled belligerently while holding a banner in front of Tancredo during his speech. In order to preserve its integrity as a forum for free speech, the University couldn’t afford to let Koch and the other protesters off easy.