CORRECTION: An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated that last year's meetings between Chancellor Folt and DTH editors were off the record. They were on the record. The column has been updated with this information, and The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
I doubt I’ll ever be able to think of outgoing Chancellor Carol Folt’s administration without thinking of this anecdote: an editor at my internship this summer pulled me aside one day, grinning, to look at a UNC official’s LinkedIn page. Under his job experience for his role at UNC — senior director for public records — it read “eliminated open requests from student newspaper, Daily Tar Heel.”
Not filled. Eliminated.
“You must have pissed them off,” the editor said.
Now, there’s a good chance Gavin Young’s wording on LinkedIn was innocent. “Eliminated” is, technically, an accurate way to describe filling public records requests, though I’m not sure why someone who heads an office that supposedly streamlines access to information would choose the phrase. But based on everything I’ve seen for the past four years as a writer and editor that covers UNC, I don’t think it is.