Harrison Jobe


How we pick them

As the student body election season heats up, so too does The Daily Tar Heel’s editorial board. The next month is the most important period for the opinion page and a time in which we have the opportunity to make the most impact on the student body.

Update on controversy

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.

Voicing the views of our campus

The opinion page of the Daily Tar Heel plays a distinct role in the life of the University.It’s not our job to be objective (we’ll leave that up to the newsroom). It’s our job to opine on issues and events affecting the campus community.The editorial board researches and writes several unsigned editorials each day that represent its collective opinion.We’ve added a few more slots to the board this year to bring in even more perspectives to the page.

Senate opponents trade jabs

Due to a reporting error, Democratic Leadership Council Chairman Harold Ford was misidentified in this story. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error. On Saturday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., and N.C. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-Guilford, participated in a Senatorial forum hosted by the N.C. Bar Association in New Bern. This marks the first time that the two U.S. Senate candidates have debated each other. "I am running because Washington is broken," Hagan said in her introduction. Hagan also called for better health care, more affordable college and new energy policy plans.

Real-estate developer blends energy-efficiency, affordability

DURHAM - Self-Help, a community development lender and real-estate developer in low-income markets, celebrated the groundbreaking of a new energy-efficient home Monday on Kent Street. The construction of the new home is based on a design developed by five N.C. State University students who won the 2007 N.C. Sustainable Building Design Competition. The competition is in its 10th year, said Tracy Dixon, project manager for Advanced Energy, a Raleigh-based nonprofit providing innovative solutions to energy issues.

Artist sees fair's evolution

They call him Silly Nelson. His jovial demeanor, combined with long, graying hair and a red bandana, make N.C. State Fair worker Charles Phillips a dead ringer for the famous songwriter. "I've got all the fame, and he's got all the fortune," Phillips joked from the shade of the "Italian and Polish Sausage" trailer, where he cooks for patrons when he's not maintaining carnival rides. He said a lot has changed in the 37 years he's been working at fairgrounds throughout the country.

Powell connects with youth at camp challenge

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell visited with children from Camp Challenge, a summer camp for low-resource middle school students, Thursday at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Powell spoke to the children during a brief stop at the airport's private terminal and then allowed several to ask questions. A few of the questions were politically charged. One girl asked whether a Palestinian state was necessary for peace in the Middle East. A boy asked why Osama bin Laden hadn't yet been captured, prompting laughter from the audience.

Speaker raises questions about private contractors in war

A deadly incident in Iraq involving the N.C.-based private military contractor Blackwater USA has intensified concerns about the privatization of warfare. Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," spoke about that ongoing controversy at N.C. Central University on Thursday night. This problem is "not just about a rouge company or a few bad apples," Scahill said, but a general pattern of violence involving private contractors.