With the tipoff of the 8 p.m. basketball game against the University of Maryland less than an hour away, Student Congress proceeded with a notably hurried pace at their meeting Tuesday.
Student Body President Christy Lambden began his State of the University address, which, among many things, touched upon UNC’s athletic scandal.
“We cannot ignore that there is the need for a debate to be had about the role sports should play in the college environment,” said Lambden. “That is not, however, a debate that should be held exclusively at Carolina. This is a national issue which should be tackled and debated at a national level.”
In the wake of the charge leveled by former athletic reading specialist Mary Willingham that many student athletes are not college literate, Lambden stressed the accolades of UNC as an academic institution and the importance of taking pride in being a member of the UNC community.
Lambden also reiterated his commitment to do everything in his power to implement a new sexual assault policy at the UNC before the end of his term. He is a member of the Sexual Assault Task Force, which originally aimed to make recommendations before the start of the fall semester, but the group is still working.