Grade Inflation?

If you read yesterday’s Daily Tar Heel, you saw the front page article on grade inflation.  UNC’s Faculty Council is currently discussing the university’s grading policy, mostly because the oh so coveted A is being seen more and more on transcripts across campus.  I don’t know about you, but I kind of like that trend.  But, I’m forcing myself to think a little deeper on the issue.  If more and more people are getting A’s in their classes, the perceived value of the grade is diminished.  If grade inflation at UNC continues, an A will eventually come to signify something less extraordinary than it has in the past.  So when we’re competing against students from universities who don’t suffer from the problem of rampant grade inflation, our A’s hold less value than their’s.   What do you think?  Is a super high GPA that’s been padded by grade inflation worth the potential costs it could inflict?  Or would you rather put in more effort to make the grade and possibly gain a more competitive edge after your undergraduate career is over?

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A plague of pranksters

Beware of aluminum-foiled offices and other good-natured pranks from the Secret Service. Photo courtesy of www.whowantstowork.com

Beware of aluminum-foiled offices and other good-natured pranks from the Secret Service. Photo courtesy of http://www.whowantstowork.com

I haven’t yet been targeted by the Secret Service… but I’m ready. A new group on campus, the Secret Service is a 125-person group with a bold mission- to fight boredom. These anonymous pranksters are ready to keep you on your toes and combat the humdrum of everyday with random acts of kindness, costumes, gags, and whatever else they can throw at you. It’s not sponsored by the university, but this clandestine group has been met with high praise, and most students are excitedly anticipating getting punk’d. Just as long as they don’t water balloon my new Donna Karan coat…

To ignite or not to ignite…

Despite the fact that basketball season is still painfully far away, I’ve been pretty obsessed with the recent arguments concerning post-victory bonfires on Franklin. On the one hand, I understand the obvious danger involved in lighting a large fire in the middle of an extremely crowded street (I also understand it is illegal), but I still can’t seem to picture Franklin without fires. We may even go (knock on wood) an entire year without bonfires on Franklin, but that doesn’t make it any less a part of our culture. To eliminate fires is a clear breach of tradition… for what? To prevent the twelve or so people who were too drunk to jump from falling in? What about all these freshman who may never get to see a fire on Franklin?! If our concern is for safety on Franklin after basketball victories, then we should also forbid crowd-surfing. And we should probably limit the amount of people allowed out there. No running, either. Definitely no drinking because that just leads to disaster. And then what do we have? Franklin on any other night. As far as I can see, we’re all adults here, and we all know the dangers of being on Franklin after a big win. Maybe a better solution would be to make students more aware of the dangers so that they can better plan their nights around safety.

Fires on Franklin- are you for or against? Image courtesy of justinsomnia.

Fires on Franklin- are you for or against? Image courtesy of justinsomnia.

Ackland’s Avant-Garde Showcase

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Image from ackland.org

Cater to your artsy side with the  Ackland Art Museum’s fall exhibit, The Guardian and the Avant-Garde, which is set to open this Saturday, Oct. 3.

The exhibit will feature a famous sculpture by Seymour Lipton called The Sentinel II. This historical sculpture was made in 1959 and shows the heroic standards and ideas of the 1950’s.

Lipton explained his sculpture as reflecting Abstract Expressionist mythology and philosophy. The Sentinel II refers to heroism, defense against enemies and the portrayal of the “battle of life” through aspects of the sculpture such as its standing figure, the armor and the helmet.

Avant-Garde art is pushes cultural norms and boundaries and is generally considered modernist. The Sentinel II and many other pieces set to be featured in the exhibit have broken free from folkloric ideas of protective spirits and instead depict political leaders, revolutionaries and artists.

The Guardian and the Avant-Garde exhibit will be on display until Jan. 3, 2010, so you have plenty of time to check it out.

If you want more info on the exhibit or Avant-Garde art, go to Conversation with the Curators discussion at the Hanes Art Center auditorium on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

This modern art is fun, dynamic and focuses on today’s issues. So go get your art fix at the Ackland Art Museum this fall!

World Renowned Musican Graces Chapel Hill

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Need a brain break from school? I highly recommend you relax to the sounds of Colin Hay on October 4 at Cat’s Cradle. On Main Street in Carrboro, Cat’s Cradle is a super convenient location even for you on-campus kids and it’s relaxing feel and large space will be just what the doctored ordered for some pre-weekday downtime. Former frontman for Men at Work (famous for hits like “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?”), Hay is an extraordinarily talented and experienced musician that caters to just about every taste in music. With just a guitar and an incredibly soothing voice, Hay’s music is primarily folksy with clear inspirations from rock, country and international sounds. Check him out this Sunday night!

Study and save world hunger at the same time!

Thanks to freerice.com, you can study for that art, chemistry, or French exam while fighting world hunger!  For every answer you get right, you earn 10 grains of rice.  Now, it may not seem a lot to most people, or even most species of ants, but it quickly adds up!  And with such a variety of categories (vocabulary, geography, mathematics, etc.) there’s something for everyone.  I took ART 152 last year, and I wish someone had told me about this site earlier, because a lot of the artists and works were definitely covered!