Imagine for a moment that the Kentucky Derby is underway. It's a beautiful day. The horses are all rounding a turn in full stride, close together, hooves pounding, sprays and clumps of dirt flying up from the track.
In The Charlotte Observer today, fellow UNC alumnus and now Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore argue that former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings must resign or openly welcome gay students, staff and faculty. I could not agree more.
North Carolina is a prime example of unity, collaboration, and promoting recovery throughout the state. Unity within the community is how we beat addiction. What we can learn from North Carolina is that the principles of our personal recoveries should be present as we progress in the broader recovery movement.
"I'm going to play in the NBA. When I'm not playing I'm going to go on tour with my band and also be a vet," said my 10-year-old son.
We often talk about what colleges are doing wrong and where they're falling short. From sexual assault to mental health, the consequences can be tragic when student health isn't prioritized - high drop-out rates, life-long trauma, even death.
The Huffington Post has helped to create a new way of being a philosopher, and of looking at life philosophically. Let me explain. In February of 201...
Let's face it. The Republicans will have quite a time trying to sift through their thicket of candidates. So many angles and issues and characters to consider. Do I like the clean-cut union-busting Wisconsin governor or the clean-cut anti-choice former Senator from Pennsylvania?
The announcement that the University of North Carolina system is cutting 46 degree programs comes as no real surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to higher education. Higher education has had its heyday, and is now in the midst of a long, slow decline.
We should look to the titanic figures that have shaped our world for millennia before we were even born and see that they kept alive their sense of possibility, not only past the age of 22 but for their entire lives.
Four years ago, I excitedly discussed with my parents my freshman orientation and my first dormitory and my first classes and my endless stream of potential futures. We drove through a stifling North Carolina August. We moved some things into my room and I said my first goodbye.
The scandals at Syracuse and North Carolina, the shadows over Duke, the many scandals of the past and future will not vanish. The only thing that ultimately will vanish is the integrity of American higher education. That is the real Madness of March.
No one should have to prove that he or she is human, no one should have to justify that his or her beliefs make him or her worthy of having a life. Will we go through this with every minority that makes up our society?
It's not fair. Everybody deserves the right to express him or herself, without the fear that someone will treat you differently because of it.
It's not about wins and losses. It's about recognizing challenges that are bigger than basketball and having the courage to stand up to battle them. Dean Smith showed us that.
This month we're joined by award-winning playwright, journalist, and humorist Wajahat Ali for a far-ranging conversation that starts with a lengthy discussion about the recent tragic shooting of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, NC.
By saying that we concentrate too much on the fight against terrorism and not enough against racism we are playing into the hands of the terrorists and racists.