UNC paid Clarence Page, a member of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board, $12,500 to moderate the University's Nov. 19 town hall on race and inclusion.
Page's fee, paid through the guest speaking firm Keppler Associates, did not include transportation, meals or lodging — but it does dictate that his hotel room be non-smoking and include a king-size bed.
The town hall got off to a dramatic start when, halfway through Page's first sentence, protestors interrupted him with chants and proceeded to list their demands for the next twenty-three minutes.
Page tried to interrupt once, but otherwise he stood quietly onstage, watching the protestors speak in the audience area of Memorial Hall.
Another student finally interrupted the protestors and allowed Page to regain control of the event. He opened the floor to two-minute comments.