• Archived,  News

    Government takes action to combat sexual assault

    By Kayla Miron Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz went through hell twice; once when a classmate violently sexually assaulted her, and again when a disciplinary panel dismissed her case. The panel asked her probing and inappropriate questions, suggesting that her assault was not physically possible. Eventually, they dismissed her case, just like they did many others this year alone. “Has anything ever happened to you that was just so bad that you felt like you became a shell of a human being?” said Sulkowicz after hearing the verdict. Situations similar to Sulkowicz’ have become alarmingly common. Of the 25% of college women who experience sexual assault during their academic careers,…

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    The importance of local activism in response to international crises

    By Kayla Miron “Violence against women is the most pervasive human rights violation in the world,” -Former President Jimmy Carter in his new book, A Call to Action Violent misogyny recently jumped into the media spotlight after the abduction of over 200 Nigerian girls, who have yet to be found. A North African terrorist group known as “Boko Haram” stole these girls from their school on April 14 to sell as sex slaves. The group’s name loosely translates to “Western education is sin.” It  has been referred to as the “Nigerian Taliban,” staunchly opposing the education of women and girls. It has been abducting girls from schools in North Africa…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Despite damage, local murals thrive

    By Kayla Miron Neither bullets nor spray paint have permanently harmed Chapel Hill’s eclectic visage, although local artist and Chapel Hill native Michael Brown has had to repair murals damaged by both. A local vandal recently added his or her mark to Chapel Hill’s artistic display by spray painting expletives over a local mural. While the damage currently marrs the town’s welcoming image, the town and local police have taken steps to ensure the mural’s speedy restoration. Brown created the artwork in question, known to many as “The Football Mural,” and is working with town officials to repair it. He has done this type of restoration numerous times. A disturbed…

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    A wordy senior rambles in the paper one last time: Kayla’s sayonara

    By Kayla Miron Of the four surfaces in my room on which it is possible to cry, I prefer the floor. The itchy polyester provides a hard detachment perfect for self-pity that neither my bed, desk chair nor closet can offer. On nights when inescapable dilemmas weighed me down, I lost some of my saltwater baggage to the red carpet.  Academic pressure, squabbles with friends, and family spats have pushed me to my crying spot. Oftentimes I look back on these tearful nights and cringe at my own fragility. I can’t believe that the SAT caused me that much mental anguish. I wince remembering how terrified I felt transitioning friend…

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    Reflective paint an alternative to deer hunting

    By Kayla Miron While the glittering antler-clad reindeer roaming the Finnish countryside this spring may resemble vestiges from a pride parade or a seasonally-confused Christmas celebration, they in fact represent attempts to curb traffic problems.  Each year Finland experiences 3,000-5,000 auto accidents related to reindeer. Many of these incidents occur because of the reindeer’s evolutionarily-significant camouflage coat. The Finnish Reindeer Herders’ Association (FRHA) recently decided to use reflective paint to make these reindeer more visible, and therefore less likely to be hit. The painting trial began in February as the association varnished 20 reindeer with reflective pigment. The FRHA used water-soluble paint on the animals’ bodies and a more permanent…