Never Forget:”We Will Not Waver, We Will Not Falter, and We Will Not Fail”

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By: Staff Writer Will Rierson

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our tallest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America. We will not waver; we will not tire; we will not falter, and we will not fail. Peace and Freedom will prevail,” – President George W. Bush

Members of the UNC College Republicans rose early Sunday morning to plant 2,977 American flags in the Bell Tower lawn, honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The students put out the miniature flags on the fifteenth anniversary of the attacks, during the exact time that two hijacked planes were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City that fateful day.

Hayden Vick, chairman of the College Republicans chapter, reflected on the morning.
“This is one the most important things we do every year,” Vick said. “It means a lot more than rallying behind a politician or bringing in a speaker. As we get further along in generations who don’t remember where they were or what happened that day, it becomes more and more important that we do it.”

The flag display was one of many across the country made possible by the 9/11 Never Forget Project, a program of the Young America’s Foundation that sends flags and promotional materials to Young Americans for Freedom and College Republicans chapters.
Chancellor Carol Folt, who had attended a ceremony at the school’s 9/11 UNC alumni memorial garden nearby, stopped at the Bell Tower to speak with the students and thank them for their work.

Six UNC alumni died on 9/11: Karleton Douglas Beye Fyfe ‘92, Mary Lou Hague ‘96, Andrew Marshall King ‘83, Ryan Ashley Kohart ‘98, Dora Menchaca ‘78, and Christopher Quackenbush ‘79.

The flags will be displayed on the Bell Tower lawn until Monday evening. They are visible to students walking to class along sidewalks near the corner of South Road and Stadium Drive, representative of the tragedies this country has faced, but also a reminder that peace and freedom prevails in the USA.

The Sexual Campus Hypocrisy – Sex Workshops and the Rape Culture

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The University of Minnesota puts on a “Golden Condom Scavenger Hunt;” Vanderbilt offers sex-ed classes designed to make you a more dynamic lover; Harvard hosts sex-week and anal sex workshops; The University of New Mexico boasts threesome workshops with extensive how-to’s; we’ve also seen the appearance of porn-funded scholarships, and now even the University of Utah is distributing free birth control pills and vasectomies. It is indisputable that America’s universities have become overtly sexualized environments. Some people would take issue with the programs and events mentioned above, but then again, many people would not. Especially on campus, many would consider them completely normal, harmless, even fascinating and exhilarating.  Perhaps some would even point to them as manifestations of the irrepressible force of “progress.”

Regardless of what one thinks of the sexualization of the university campus however, it is impossible to deny that this movement has a powerful effect on the campus culture – overt sexuality becomes normalized. More importantly, however, it affects how men view women. When men are constantly receiving messages about how trivial, commonplace, and acceptable unrestrained sexual activity is, when sex is depicted as nothing more than carnal pleasure to be maximized through bondage, anal sex, and threesomes, it has a real, tangible influence on men’s mentalities.  This discourse completely severs the intangibles from the physical sexual act – selfless love, affection, and emotional intimacy are no longer part of the equation. Sex becomes purely about the physical, carnal act of pleasure. These messages inadvertently train men to believe that female bodies are merely the source of this sublime carnal pleasure. In essence, women are depicted as objects of sexual pleasure for men. What this also serves to do is to blur the lines between “sex” and “love” to such a degree that people begin to view the two as synonymous. What immediately comes to mind, of course, is the release of Fifty Shades of Grey on Valentine’s Day. This is tragic because of how it confuses young people and conflates love with sex. Like the campus sex workshops, this sends a terribly destructive and misleading message.

At the same time, the notion of a “campus rape culture” has never been more prominent, spurring a host of anti-sexual assault campus movements and official policies that seek to publicly condemn and combat it. All across the country – nowhere more recent or prominent than the President himself in a public address during the Grammys – people are launching campaigns that malign men for objectifying women’s bodies; the “it’s on us” movement has gained a number of prominent spokesmen. But isn’t that precisely what these sex workshops are all about? Promoting sexual adventurism and completely dismissing the idea that sex belongs in a loving, committed relationship, isn’t objectifying bodies in an overtly and exclusively sexual manner exactly what they do?

This begs the question – how do these sex-events relate to sexual violence? How does encouraging men to view women as mere bodies that have the potential to provide them with sexual pleasure influence men’s willingness or likelihood to commit sexual assault? I would argue that just as it is psychologically easier to kill another human being who has been dehumanized (figuratively robbed of his human qualities – think of any example of genocide in history and its accompanying propaganda campaign), it is much easier to commit sexual assault against a woman whose primary attribute has become, in the eyes of her attacker, her sexual potential. One recent study claims that male college students have a “distorted understanding of rape;” in the survey, a frighteningly substantial minority believed that  “forcing a woman to have sexual intercourse” and ”raping a woman” were two different things. With the mixed messages these young, endlessly impressionable, and still developing brains are simultaneously receiving from these sexualization and anti-sexual assault campaigns, should that come as a surprise?

What is most ironic – and hypocritical – about this all is that those people who are advocating these sex workshops and pretending like sex is a trivial matter – generally sexually liberal progressives – are often the same people who are most vocal about maligning men and the oft-cited culture of rape on university campuses. Do people not recognize the fundamental conflict in what they are doing here? When we trivialize the seriousness of sex by hosting anal, threesome, and sexual creativity events in a glamorizing fashion, we are sending the message that sex is impersonal and that we can freely detach the human elements from the bodies from which we are gaining our sexual pleasure. It is precisely this sort of mentality that contributes to men’s perception of women as mere sexual objects, which in turn is fundamental to the “rape culture” and, ultimately, the crime of sexual assault. If we are genuinely committed to combating sexual assault and the perception of women as sexual objects, we should consider the inadvertent yet powerful and subtle effect these events have on people’s mentalities, psychologies, and perceptions of other human beings.

Why Liberals Should Validate Conservatives

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Recent events at this campus have demonstrated what ought to be a particularly disturbing reality to many liberals here.

Conservative groups, including the Carolina Review and College Republicans among others, alleged that a meeting with Chancellor Folt and other university leaders to discuss diversity excluded them from the conversation. Campus liberals denied that this exclusion was predicated on the basis of these groups’ conservatism. Last week, liberal students organized a website critiquing some of the Student Body President candidates on the basis of their prior voting records. Conservatives responded by pointing out such actions as evidence of widespread liberal oppression of conservatives on our campus.

Now, pretend for a moment that all these allegations made by conservative groups are false. Nevertheless, the reactions of conservative groups to these actions on the part of campus liberals ought to remain problematic for campus liberals. The undeniable fact is that conservative students on this campus feel systematically oppressed. Conservatives do not feel comfortable voicing their political beliefs in classrooms. Conservatives feel that our university’s administration does not equally value their voice. Conservatives feel that many campus liberal groups aggressively criticize and critique conservative values, even on matters such as private voting records.

Of course, the feelings of conservatives may not reflect reality. But, I ask you, if any other minority group – and conservatives, undeniably, are a minority on this campus – felt oppressed, would campus liberals deride that feeling? The clear answer is that they would not. Any derision of conservatives therefore stems from ideological antagonism. If liberals see any part of the Carolina community as feeling oppressed by a larger, institutionalized majority, I hope that they would react with outrage. Otherwise they risk running counter to their own principles.

It seems, however, that even such laudable actions as Chancellor Folt meeting with conservative student leaders is a step too far for some liberal members of our community, simply because it validates the allegations of conservative students.

When should it ever be acceptable to invalidate the experiences and emotions of campus conservatives? The correct answer, indeed, the liberal answer, is never.

 

David Ortiz

The Hypocrisy of People on this Campus

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Honestly, what is it about some people that make them so bent on destroying another person’s moral fabric simply because of the person they voted for. In an absolutely appalling article titled “The Hypocrisy of Summers and Walker” Ishmael Bishop completely demonizes Kathryn Walker and Houston Summers because they voted for Thom Tillis in the last election.

Here’s the link, by the way: http://sbpmatters.com/2015/02/03/the-hypocrisy-of-summers-and-walker-2/

How, can YOU call yourself a Tar Heel for blatantly questioning the ideals of someone you do not know? Do you know who they are? Do you know what they’ve been through? Do you know anything about them other than the vote they cast? I don’t know about you or anyone else at this school, but I think that is a HUGE rush to judgment and an unfair and hypocritical one at that. Do you know WHY they chose to vote for Tillis? MAYBE it had nothing to do with his social views, but of course that wasn’t taken into consideration in the least bit.

As the Editor of the Carolina Review Daily, I will once again speak to the fact that I am MINORITY, FEMALE in a position of authority for a conservative/libertarian magazine. A minority, CONSERVATIVE female who voted for Tillis, BUT believes in women’s rights and FIGHTS for those rights everyday, by breaking through stereotypes like you, my friend, have. A minority, CONSERVATIVE female who is pro-choice, and surprisingly doesn’t have religious beliefs. You could make me out to be a monstrosity; you can poke fun at me or the many other people who identify as I do. OR, you could do the intelligent thing, the thing that ALL of us came to Carolina to do and that is to get to know one another; to step back from the stereotypes and the name-calling; to LEARN and understand and have an INTELLECTUAL debate with people who have different views from us.

Maybe, just maybe, before you cast your judgmental, ill-informed, horrific, appalling, opinions on the rest of the student population YOU should learn what it is to be a TAR HEEL and that is to ACCEPT everyone, regardless of their color, gender identity, ethnicity, AND their beliefs!

I’m not saying this because the paper I write for is endorsing Kathryn Walker, before someone starts to say that because: you have no idea who I’m actually going to vote for. I’m writing this because this is a pure injustice to have someone talking about another person in this way. We are ALL Tar Heels people! ACT LIKE ONE before you tarnish the name of this wonderful University for good!

Lea Palmer

Conservative of the Week

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So the Carolina Review has decided to start a segment called “Conservative of the Week.” It can be a student, professor, teachers assistant, or administrator. We want to find progressive thinkers who are changing the way that conservatives are viewed throughout UNC and the rest of the country.  If you know anyone that you would like to nominate for this position feel free to email us at crdailyeditor@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Our first Conservative of the Week is, senior Kelsey Mace! She is a double major in Journalism and Mass Communication with a focus in Public Relations and Political Science as well as, a minor in Geography.  Here’s a little bit about Kelsey!

  1. Name: Kelsey Mace
  2. Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
  3. Major(s)/Minor(s): Journalism and Mass Communication (Public Relations), Political Science with a minor in Geography
  4. Conservative Role Model: This past summer I was an intern for The Ace & TJ Show, which is a syndicated radio show based in Charlotte, North Carolina but is played in over ten other states.  I know that most people would think you should have a popular politician as a role model, but my role model would have to be TJ.  He was really passionate about his political views, but never in an over-the-top way.  He really showed me how to convey my considerably, less-accepted views to people without seeming like I was completely arrogant.  TJ had a radio segment called “Courageous Conservative”, which I feel like in this day and time is the perfect name for a show about being a conservative. To me it takes real bravery to openly admit to hundreds of thousands of people you’re conservative and that just something that stuck out to me.
  5. Why do you consider yourself a conservative?: Admittedly, I grew up in a rather conservative household, but I feel this ideology holds true to more of my values. I love the military and I can’t begin to explain how much I appreciate the things they do for our country.  I feel like the Republican party appreciates more of what they do for citizens of not only the United States, but countries around the world and I am considering joining the Army Reserves or the National Guard to show my appreciate for all of their work.  I believe in smaller government and holding true to the values that this country was founded on and simply put, the Republican Party does this more than anyone else.
  6. How do you feel about being conservative at UNC?: OUTNUMBERED. A majority of my friends are liberals, but I don’t let this get in the way of me being proud of my beliefs.
  7. Favorite Professor and why?: Napoleon Byars, hands down. He’s not a professor here anymore, unfortunately.  However, he really cared about his students and tried to awake the passions we all had. His class was interesting and he was never afraid to talk about his time in the Air Force!
  8. If you could change ONE thing about the way people think about conservatives at UNC, what would it be?
    • That we are all ignorant and don’t care about the people around us. It’s simply not true.