In this edition, we ran an article about professors speaking out.
The story discusses how there’s tension between UNC professors and the UNC administration about how political they can be. We believe their ability to freely express their political views is important and beneficial to the students at this school.
The professors in that article are among the many who have largely taken to outlets that aren’t UNC to express their opinions, writing editorials for the News & Observer or letters to the editor in this (independent) newspaper.
The School of Media and Journalism honors First Amendment Day every year with a day of panels discussing the amendment, placing a strong emphasis on free speech. It would be hypocritical to claim we celebrate what this amendment stands for while simultaneously trying to water down how our employees express their political views.
UNC has a long history of being a school that’s socially aware with students who are willing to stand up for what they believe in. Part of this is because of the faculty we learn from.