In his own speech, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp said he agreed with Opere that the University faces challenges.
“We are living in momentous times,” Crisp said.
“We are engaged right now in nothing less than the redefining and evolving of what it means to be a public university of higher education in this country.”
Crisp said he had great faith in the newly elected members of student government and the concept of student self-governance.
“How do you top that? Thank you, Bradley,” Crisp said after Opere gave his inaugural address. “I can’t tell you the amount of pride and gratitude with which I stand here today.”
Crisp had a positive attitude when he mentioned the academic scandal.
“I have great confidence that when the smoke clears, this light on the hill will continue to shine as it always has, neither broken nor tarnished by the travails it’s faced,” he said.
Echoing Crisp’s sentiment of positivity, Opere spoke directly to the student body.
“Now, more than ever, we must step up,” he said.
Opere said he believes UNC can overcome its challenges if everyone works together.
“It remains my conviction that we can band together as a school and face our University’s challenges united,” he said.
Opere and other members of student government expressed a strong desire to work hard on behalf of the student body to better serve them.
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Former student body vice president Rachel Gogal also brought up the basketball team, a favorite topic of the night, to send a message to the newly sworn-in student government members.
“Fight for a better tomorrow with a team that will do anything for each other,” she said. “Fight with a team who’s unstoppable and hungry for success. Fight with a team who cares.”