life beyond the well…

straight from an alumni’s mouth

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i’m proud that i can say that my alma mater is the university of north carolina at chapel hill. while i’m down here at the university of georgia swimming in a sea of red and black, you can always find me wearing something that acknowledges unc. partially out of habit, partially out of a desire to be in the know, and partially because it’s one of the best college papers in the country, i read the daily tar heel every day. additionally, i find myself tapping into the carolina blogosphere, reading blogs by julius, ginny, derwin, rell, and dustin every day…if not more than that. it really depends on how i feel, and how much lesson planning i have left to pull off for the day.

these are big times at unc. the campus campaigns are underway and most of the campus community is trying to make a decision as to who to vote for. student organizations are determining who they will endorse. it’s safe to say that unc has turned into your regular 3-ring circus.

all that said, as i read articles and blogs, i’ve been extremely frustrated with some of the things that i’ve been reading. i know that we’re all entitled to our own opinion, and we can post whatever we like on our blogs. i just wish that i’d see a little more constructive criticism and a little less character attacking. the candidates for sbp, james allred and bernard holloway are each hard at work on this campaign trail trying to convince the students that they will meet their needs if they are elected into office. the last thing they need is for campus politicos to go around causing them additional stress- when i’m sure they are already NOT sleeping, eating, and participating in their classes as they should.

let’s not get this twisted- i’m not saying that we shouldn’t question their motives, their platforms, and their abilities. i’m all about being an informed and educated voter on all issues, including sbp for unc. i just feel that we can ask these questions without insulting their intelligence and attacking their character.

and for the record, i know both james and bernard- and i think they are both great people. both bernard and james were selected to participate in an APPLES Alternative Sprint Break with me for spring 2005. while james wasn’t able to come because of personal reasons, i’m certain that he would have been an awesome contribution to the group dynamic (and the group work effort). at any rate, i think that unc will be fine with EITHER of these candidates. despite what their platforms say, they are both in tune to the student body (in different ways), and they love this university, and i think that will be instrumental in their success.

to my fellow bloggers, i love your enthusiasm and your passion for carolina; and it’s clear that you all want the best for unc. but seriously, can we be a little nicer? not holding hands and pretending to be friends- but at least somewhat respectful of each other, differing opinions, and the candidates. then again, maybe i’m a little idealistic…


Author: erin.almond

God-chaser. NC native, now planted in Jacksonville, FL. Happily married to a handsome church-planting pastor. I am easily excited by Jesus, education, cupcakes, Moleskine notebooks, and Pepsi. Overwhelmed by God's amazing grace, undeserving of His love and mercy.

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