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Saturday December 3rd

Open House takes on new roundtable format

Chancellor Thorp held an open house on Monday to answer questions about the honor system and non-discrimination policy.
Buy Photos Chancellor Thorp held an open house on Monday to answer questions about the honor system and non-discrimination policy.

The honor system and diversity were the topics of choice for Chancellor Holden Thorp’s open house discussion Monday, conducted in a new roundtable format.

“In the past, it’s been an open Q-and-A session with the chancellor just standing and speaking,” said Zealan Hoover, student body vice president, who helped coordinate the event.

“We tried to create more back and forth between the chancellor and students, and we brought in other administration as well,” he said.
The event drew a crowd of about 70 people, which Hoover said was on par with successful open houses of the past.

Student government collaborated with the student advisory committee to the chancellor and members of the honor system to publicize the event.

The discussion featured other administrators, including Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Dean of Students Jonathan Sauls and Terri Phoenix, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Center.

Students conversed with members of the Honor Court, asking about the trial process.

Senior Mark Laichena, who is also a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel, asked how students can effectively make such consequential, administrative decisions regarding Honor Court cases.

“The student perspective is one that you cannot get as an administrator because you are detached from the student body,” said Jon McCay, the student attorney general. “We are bridging the gap that exists in the system.”

Students and administrators also talked about diversity at UNC.

“There will never be a point where we say we are as diverse as we need to be,” Crisp said.

“We have to do the best we can to see that students feel welcome, that they have the ability to have a voice,” he said.

Attendees also discussed gender-neutral housing. Crisp said he is in the process of reviewing the proposal he received Friday.

The discussion closed with a question from senior Patrick Wright about the possibility of tuition hikes next year.

Thorp said an increase is likely.

“It’s difficult to say what the percentage will be,” he said. “But this place is important. We’ve got to fight to protect what we’ve got here.”

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