Campus Y begins outreach program for Overprivileged Youth

CHAPEL HILL, NC – The Campus Y made history last week when it launched the first ever initiative aimed at reaching out to overprivileged youth in the triangle area.

“When I joined the Campus Y, there were absolutely no programs aimed at children from affluent, white, two-parent households,” said Chris Sanford, co-chair of the Campus Y’s outreach committee. “To completely ignore the needs of an entire demographic group goes against everything the Y stands for.”

“That’s why this program is so important,” he said.

The new program, known as Court2Court, brings UNC basketball players together with overprivileged members of UNC’s Greek system.

Last Friday, Point Guard Marcus Paige and Forward James Michael McAdoo spent the afternoon teaching members of the Sigma Nu fraternity how to make a layup.

“You have to remember, a lot of these kids were pretty heavily involved in extracurricular activities in high school,” said Anna Richardson, President of the Campus Y. “They might not have had an opportunity to play a sport other than lacrosse.”

When asked about the experience, McAdoo voiced surprise that many of the brothers “didn’t even know you could make money” playing basketball.

“If you don’t come from an overprivileged background, it can be hard to imagine some aspects of these kids’ daily existence,” McAdoo said. “For instance, some of them talked about how, over the summer, they were sent to places where they did long hours of menial work for no pay. They called them ‘internships.’ Anything we can do to give these guys a taste of normal life is worthwhile.”

If the program is successful, the Campus Y hopes to expand the Court2Court program to nearby communities.

“Durham has a huge overprivileged community; we really think we could work wonders there,” said Richardson, though she conceded that the program may be more difficult to implement than it has been in Chapel Hill, as “many of the basketball player in Durham come from overprivileged backgrounds themselves.”

Political Science Lab Evacuated after Policy Spill

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Late Thursday morning, the Kenan Political Science Lab for Social Responsibility in Ethical Relations to the Middle East and Southeast Asian Economic Spheres was evacuated due to a policy leak.

Daniel Shumpert, a student who was present in the lab at the time of the incident, says the leak came from a series of discussions on the shadow economy in China.

“We were discussing the Chinese banking system, and if you don’t pay attention, you end up with a broken policy and toxic assets everywhere” he said. “It’s a nasty situation.”

At press time, the cause of the policy leak is unknown, but as with many problems in the field, there are many theories and no clear right answer.

The high-profile spill has already triggered discussions across the country on what additional regulations, if any, should be put on political science labs dealing with toxic assets, which can cause serious danger if not properly contained.

“People are just pretending that if we don’t do anything, if we just sit there and let people discuss laissez-faire banking policy, that nothing will happen. That’s naive. If we don’t want more leaks, we need a change,” said political commentator Chris Hayes on his show All In.

Some contend, however, that increasing safety regulations on toxic asset liquidations will stifle the cutting-edge research being performed by the nation’s top political science labs.

“We don’t need the government, or anyone, telling our political scientists what experiments they can and can’t perform. We need them in the room, free to talk about toxic assets. They aren’t going to let these spills happen, because it’s not in their interest,” said conservative pundit Tucker Carlson in response to the calls for additional regulation.

The Kenan lab will be relocated to the Daily Grind coffeeshop during clean-up.