Reflections on the University


By Jackson Valentine

In a publication such as The Carolina Review, we tend to dig into some deep issues (many of them critical of our school). The reason higher public education was created in the first place was to open up an environment where intelligent people could get together and present ideas, and with those ideas, go on to help our state and nation progress. Because of that free exchange of ideas, we at the Review enjoy the right to criticize actions taken by administrators and faculty at UNC. It’s a right and duty we hold sacred. Sometimes, however, it can be nice to simply hold the criticism and appreciate the institution that we call our home. Once per year, we show that appreciation through University Day, the anniversary of our great institution’s founding.

Since 1877, we have celebrated University Day as the day that the first brick of the first building (Old East) was laid, signifying not only the beginning of what was to be the greatest public university in America, but also the beginning of higher public education in The United States. October 12, 1793 has indeed gone down in history as the beginning of dialogue, understanding, and the desire to be “scholarly” in what was at the time a very young country. Little did we know that one building for one student would grow into the academic and athletic powerhouse that Carolina is today.

University day has traditionally been graced with the presence of dignitaries from all across the country, including most North Carolina governors, John F. Kennedy, and Bill Clinton. This year the ceremony featured the director of undergraduate enrollment Steve Farmer as well as awards for outstanding alumni and faculty. University day has also traditionally been the inauguration of new chancellors, and Carol Folt was no exception. I can still remember sitting in the UNC Wind Ensemble in front of South Building looking out at the crowd, seeing baby blue and white all around and watching our newly inaugurated chancellor deliver her first speech to the school. It was in that moment that I knew, despite all the beef I had with this university, that it was a great school full of great people. I promptly returned to my dorm room and pinned an article for the November 2013 edition of The Carolina Review about why Chancellor Folt had an agenda writhed with liberalism in the name of “tolerance and diversity”. It is precisely that reason that I believe this school is great; UNC encouraged me to question why things are the way they are, and to wonder if they could be better.

So while I’m sure everyone enjoyed taking a day off from morning classes for the ceremony last Tuesday, I encourage you to take in the beauty of this place every single day and see it for what it is: the greatest public center of learning to have ever graced the face of the earth. So, tomorrow when you’re going about your daily activities, go by the Old Well, take a look at the cornerstone of Old East, go chill by Silent Sam… and know that you go to the greatest school in the world.

The State of the Races


By Staff Writer Chris Antonello

After last week brought us the most-discussed topic of the 2016 General Election, Donald J. Trump’s chances of becoming the 45th president all but vanished. It’s hard to come back from leaked audio with crude language — just ask Richard Nixon.

I will say that Trump’s dedicated supporters will not likely move away from him after his comments about sexually abusing a married woman were leaked last week. But it doesn’t matter.

The audio has, however, sealed his fate. And the fate of the federal government.

For over a year, you have probably heard political pundits up and down the aisle say Trump has a ceiling. Trump has a ceiling.

Look at the state of Ohio. Polls show that he has the support of 84 percent of Republican voters. In contrast, Mitt Romney had the support of 94 percent of Republican voters in 2012, and he still lost the state.

And Republican voters are hardly enough to win the Electoral College, especially when there are so many more Democratic voters who turn out in droves in general-election years than Republicans. It is a well-known fact that, at least since 2006, Democrats have been better at getting out the vote (GOTV) than Republicans. It puts the GOP at a major disadvantage.

As for the down-ballot candidates, this race has gotten stickier. Republican candidates have reached an impossible situation. They have pretty much all denounced the lewd comments Trump made in 2005, but the issue of endorsements remains. If a candidate revokes his endorsement of the Republican nominee, he could appear to be abandoning the party and ceding the White House to Hillary Clinton. If he maintains his endorsement, he appears to condone the lack of morality in the political sphere.

We were all pretty sure that Trump would lose, but the leaked audio could have just cost down-ballot Republicans control of the Senate and a sizable chunk of the House.

Strap in. November 8 is less than four weeks away, and even more could be leaked.

My Hope


By Staff Writer Samantha Snellings

Every four years, the United States is in an uproar and becomes divided. People are mesmerized by the speeches that they hear and captured by the promises that are made. They begin to idolize candidates and political parties that they identify with because they are longing for something more. They look at the state of the country that they love so much and are discouraged. People are thirsty for change. They are desperately searching for someone who they can put their hope in.

But all too soon, the election is over and a new President is sworn into office. Reality sets in, promises are broken, and the trust between the American people and the governing authorities is shattered. The endless cycle continues. Four years passes and the people are once again in a state of despair. Those running for office make the same claim that so many others have made before them. They believe that THEY are the person that everyone has been waiting for. They believe that THEY are the individual that will change everything and that will be able to save the country from the path of destruction that it is on.

November 8th, 2016 is a day that I have looked forward to since I was a little girl. I would finally have a say in who led the greatest country on earth. My voice would finally be heard. However, all of my anticipation has been met with disappointment. Over the last few months, I have become disheartened. I want a President of noble character and of integrity. I want a President that is a man or woman after the heart of Jesus and who seeks to further His kingdom. I want a President that the children of this country can look up to and be inspired by. That person is not Hillary Clinton and that person is not Donald Trump. These are not the options that I have waited so long to choose between. I have listened to what the world says: the media, the politicians, my professors, and the older generation. There is a group of people that believes that the country is doomed if Hillary Clinton takes office. There is a group of people that believes that the country is doomed if Donald Trump takes office. The future seems bleak. I have succumb to fear and to worry, but I refuse to do so anymore.

I have come to a conclusion. Hillary Clinton is not going to save us. Donald Trump is not going to save us. The only one who can save us is God. He was, is, and always will be on the throne despite the outcome of this election. I am going to stop spending my time worrying, and start spending my time praying. I am praying that God would cause a revolution in this country and that people would begin turning to Him in great numbers. I am praying that eyes would be opened. I am praying that we would stop worshiping our political parties and start looking to Jesus, for HE is our only hope and the only one worthy of our praise.

When we belong to Jesus Christ, We belong to the one who spoke the world into existence, the one who overcame death, and did the unthinkable: saved wicked and wretched people like you and I. He is the Most High King, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Maker of the world. If God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can surely deal with our national debt. If He can calm the raging seas, He can surely bring peace to our nation. If He can soften the hardest of hearts, He can surely work in the lives of our Presidential candidates.

Donald Trump often tells the people that flock to his rallies “I am with you.” Hillary Clinton supporters boldly proclaim “I’m with her.” I am done putting my sole hope in political parties and in people. I am going to put my hope in the only one who will never let me down. I am with Jesus.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14

Heads Up, Mars: A Giant Leap For Mankind


By Staff Writer Hinton Carter

Last week, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced plans to send humans to Mars using technology developed by SpaceX. Musk has released significant plans toward this goal, and he is confident in its potential. Many obstacles remain, including time of travel, fuel for rockets, and least of all, funding. Musk has stated that overall the cost per person would need to come down from 10 billion USD to around 200,000 USD for the project to be possible on a large scale, and 100 passengers per 80 day trip would be the optimal number. This seemingly impossible feat will first be tackled by engineering a reusable rocket system that can be refueled. SpaceX has made great strides towards this accomplishment already with their reusable Falcon 9 first-stage rocket, which saves the company 18.4 million USD per launch. In any case, Musk and SpaceX have stated that the first manned missions could occur as early as 2024, an aggressive timeline for any estimate thus far.

Concurrently, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg told an audience at a conference in Chicago, “I’m convinced the first person to step foot on Mars will arrive there riding a Boeing rocket.” Boeing helped to develop the Saturn V rockets for NASA in the 1960s and 70s that helped the US accomplish space travel to the moon. His statements, depending on Boeing’s technological abilities in current space travel, could bring an unprecedented private firm space race to the like that we haven’t seen since the space race between the United States and Russia in the 1950s and 60s. Musk has spoken about Muilenburg’s comments, and he welcomes the competition. “I think it’s actually much better for the world if there are multiple companies or organizations building these interplanetary spacecraft. You know, the more the better,” said Musk.

NASA is also developing plans for human travel to Mars. They hope to have manned travel to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars by 2030. However, NASA, unlike SpaceX and Boeing, is only planning on Mars exploration. SpaceX has plans for the colonization of Mars. The race for Mars in on, and only time will tell whether a government agency or a private firm will be the first to succeed. CR

The “Locker Room” Report


By Staff Writer Will Rierson

Republican leaders pulled away from Donald Trump in droves after leaked audio suggests that the GOP presidential nominee can have his way with attractive women because of his celebrity status. His “grab them by the p**** comment” and rumors of worse caused a conservatives crisis weeks before Election Day. After a strong comeback in a town hall debate with Hillary Clinton, many wonder if Trump can survive the recent turmoil.

In 2005, NBC’s Access Hollywood host Billy Bush had a very adult conversation with Donald Trump before entering a soap opera set to film an episode. Unbeknown to Trump, he was videoed making vulgar comments about his success with accosting attractive women. It is believed that he referred specifically to a Days of Our Lives actress. In October of 2016, the 11-year-old never before seen video was leaked by the Washington Post before NBC could report it.

Republican politicians ranging from House Speaker Paul Ryan to Trump’s running mate Mike Pence strongly repudiated the recorded remarks. Calling them vile, sexist, and unacceptable, many members of Congress unendorsed Trump and some called for him to drop out of the race. Every female Republican senator except Joni Ernst of Iowa withdrew support for the nominee. Utah Mormons Senator Mike Lee and Represenative Mia Love called for Trump to get off the ticket. Westerners, Southerners, Northerners, the Libertarian-leaning, moderates, movement conservatives, and the religious right all joined in denouncing him. Even the Republican National Committee silently set plans to withdraw television advertising support for Trump. In the first 24 hours after the video leak, it appeared that the party had disavowed its presidential nominee. Trump responded with a half hearted apology and explanation that it was “locker room talk,” then went on to criticize the party establishment for not standing by him.

Some Republicans, like Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, denounced Trump’s language but stopped short of unendorsing him in anticipation of the second presidential debate the following Monday. Trump and Hillary Clinton were at each other’s throats during the entire town hall debate, showing a level of animosity more reminiscent of a reality TV show than a presidential debate. The audience barely got any questions in the entire time, as Trump and Clinton kept lashing out at each other and ignoring the moderators. The candidates mostly fulfilled their reputations. Trump viciously prosecuted Hillary’s record and vaguely promised positive change. Clinton seemed polished and well versed in her talking points but had more difficulty overcoming Trump’s barrage than she did in the first debate. Both survived to campaign another day.

House Republicans held a conference call Tuesday morning to discuss their plans as Trump became increasingly divisive. Speaker Paul Ryan reportedly said he has no intention of helping Trump win anymore and is focused on maintaining the Republican majorities in Congress. Representatives who were unsure of pulling their support of Trump felt that his debate performance shored up support among the party’s working-class voter base, prolonging their shaky committal to the nominee.

It appears that Republican opinion leaders will continue to remain divided in the coming weeks, with half refusing to vote for Trump and half sticking by his side. A divided conservative voting bloc means that Trump’s chances of winning the election are slim to none, giving a Clinton the Oval Office once again. Down-ballot candidates on the Republican ticket will suffer greatly if anti-Trump voters stay home or select Democrats in protest. Rumors have spread that RNC lawyers are exploring options to kick Trump off the ticket and even Pence is looking for a way out. Replacing Trump would be difficult because many absentee votes have already been sent in and party rules state that the candidate must leave on his own accord. Pence can drop if he wants to, but a new vice presidential pick won’t help Trump at all. He has to help himself by sincerely apologizing to the American people and improving his rhetoric, or he can cut his losses and let someone else steer the GOP to victory. We all know that isn’t likely to happen.

The Double Standard Against Israel

**Editor’s Note: This article was written in the spring semester of last year, and is being republished here following the recent terror attack in Israel.

Today, I’m writing on an issue that has weighed heavily on me for quite some time. A few months ago, the international community mourned the loss of 129 lives after the ISIS attack in Paris. Radical jihadism, more specifically the Islamic State, has grown its threat throughout Europe. The threat of unpredictable terror attacks leaves society paralyzed in fear, but what is even more troubling is the growing hypocrisy of reactive methods for terrorism shared among most Western democracies. After these attacks, with an overwhelming majority, the international community praised French President Hollande for his militant plans against ISIS. “We will intensify our strikes and we will chose targets that will yield maximum destruction to that terrorist army…” said Hollande. However, the same amount of international praise would never be bestowed upon Israel, who faces terrorist threat on a daily basis.

The Middle East certainly does have its share of unfriendly neighbors, where ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations thrive and multiply. Israel, the only liberal and legitimate democracy in this region of the world, has seen incredible amounts of terrorist activity, nearly since its existence. Although a full-fledged war against Hamas in Gaza ceased last summer, escalations of random stabbings have regularized the past few months. In what just world is it normal to just allow random acts of terror to ensue? It isn’t normal, and it shouldn’t go unvoiced.

As of November 21, 86 Palestinians, 15 Israelis, 1 American, and 1 Eritrean have been killed from these attacks. In the time since, there have been several accounts of innocent civilians been murdered in similar reckless acts of terror. It’s saddening that the vast majority of the causalities from these escalations are Palestinians and that the vicious acts of a few in the Palestinian territories have consequential results for so many Palestinian citizens. However, what reaction should Israel have? Many internationalists time after time tell the Israelis to pursue diplomatic means with the Palestinian Authority to end this conflict.

An 18-year old American from Boston spending a few months to volunteer in Israel, spent his day passing out food to soldiers, killed. An elderly woman waiting for her bus to come, murdered. Throughout the Palestinian territories, these killings have been celebrated and more are promised to ensue. How can Israel negotiate an end to this when there is no condemnation or at this rate, minimal international coverage of these attacks? Foreign leaders have called on the democratic state to loosen its security restrictions and open up negotiations to appease the terrorists. But when has this worked?

As France mourns their loss, they are praised for their continual raids against ISIS in Syria. While ISIS has its differences from Hamas and Hezbollah, they all three share the commonality of destruction to the West and Western ideals. So what is Israel, America’s reliant ally and only beacon of democracy in a volatile region of the world, to do? They can’t allow these attacks to continue on urban street corners on a daily basis but the moment they strike back, they’re scrutinized.

While I do not have a foreseeable end to Israel’s internal struggle, I want to provoke some thought on this hypocrisy of security measures for democracies abroad. Terror is terror and a nation that is subjected to it, has the right to defend itself. Israel should not have to ask for forgiveness for its unwavering liberty to defend itself after continual random acts of terror on its citizens. France didn’t have to apologize, why should Israel?

The Argument for Voting Your Conscience


By Associate Editor Ana Delgado

If you’ve considered voting for a third party candidate during this divisive election cycle, you’re not alone. Those who voice their desire to vote third party are usually met with an eyeroll and a “then you’re just wasting your vote” or a “well then you’re really giving your vote to XYZ candidate.” Wrong. Don’t listen to these people. The whole point of voting is so that each and every voice is heard, so when people vote for the lesser of two evils, they’re doing themselves and democracy a disservice. Voting for the Democrat who you don’t like or the Republican you don’t like instead of the third party candidate that you do like is voting defensively. Since when is striving for the less crappy option the American way of doing things? I’m not sure when this happened, but it needs to be reversed. The American people need to return to voting offensively-really standing behind a candidate who they’re proud of. Instead of selling out or compromising your beliefs, it’s crucial for people to vote their conscience. Imagine if a third party candidate got the votes and coverage: Even if they didn’t actually win the presidency, their electoral success could not be ignored. It would give the next President and Congress an idea of what the people actually want.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent extreme beliefs that don’t really represent the majority of America. Yet, most Americans feel forced to pick between the two out of fear that the “worse of two evils” will win. Do we really want the polls showing a 51/49 divide either way? Do we really want statistics proving that Americans stand on these two opposite spectrums? I’d like to think that we want to strive for a little more integrity than that. Voting third party isn’t a waste. Voting third party isn’t handing Clinton or Trump the presidency. Voting third party is standing up to the horrific divide that fear has created within American politics and saying, “THESE are my actual, personal beliefs. I didn’t want either of you. Now, you can hear my voice. Now, you need to pay attention to me and make America the country I deserve.”