<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel]]> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:34:07 -0500 Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:34:07 -0500 SNworks CEO 2019 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[How students deal with registration going wrong]]> From the dreaded blue square that symbolizes a class is full to the red X that indicates some ineligibility for a course, class registration can be a frustrating process for many students each semester. And it often leaves a question hanging over students' heads: 'What if I don't get the classes I need?'

Junior Jackie Blendermann, a public policy and political science double major, said her worst experience occurred when trying to register for online classes through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

Blendermann said before attempting to enroll, all of the courses had the positive green circle indicating they were still available for registration. But she said as soon as she hit the "enroll" button, every class was full - including each waitlist.

After attempting to enroll in five more classes, Blendermann said she called the Friday Center, but received little help.

"It made me extremely frustrated and annoyed having to spend 45 minutes finding a new class when I had already spent two hours prior making sure my schedule worked, and I had all the classes I needed," Blendermann said. "Basically there was no way to tell if a class was full or not, and it wasted a lot of unnecessary time."

Blendermann said she ended up not taking online courses that semester and suggested that other students should make sure they have backup classes in their shopping cart when it is time to register.

UNC senior Izzy Allardi, a chemistry and psychology major, said she was listed as a part-time student the spring of her sophomore year because she underloaded while recovering from multiple surgeries. Since then, she has not been allowed to register with other students of her same year because the University lists her as having fewer semesters.

Allardi said registration for her is a hassle each semester due to this setback.

"Based on the number of credit hours I came in with, I can still graduate on time despite the part-time semester, but now every semester I've had to beg professors to let me in classes and keep trying to get anything I need, rather than classes I want," Allardi said. "At the end of this process this semester, I'm upset and hurt because I currently am waitlisted for classes I need in order to graduate in May."

Kristopher West, the associate university registrar at UNC, said students can reach out to a multitude of people and resources - including advisers, professors, Tar Heel Tracker and the employees in the Office of the University Registrar.

West's best piece of advice for a smooth registration is to reach out proactively, make sure that certain setbacks, such as holds, are taken care of and to communicate with advisers so class needs for graduation can be planned.

"Most of the registration issues that we find, there is something that would have popped up way before the registration time," West said. "Active preparation is very important when trying to register for the upcoming semester's courses."

For seniors, it can be particularly pressing to get into courses in order to graduate on time.

Neha Korrapati, a May 2019 graduate, said getting enough courses as a computer science major to graduate on time is difficult.

With the major growing fast and having limited spaces in its courses, even computer science majors struggle to enroll in major-specific classes. She said that one semester, she needed three courses to graduate on time, but only successfully enrolled in one during registration. Despite these challenges, she said was able to graduate with the help of advisers and professors.

Successful class registration is really determined by what time a student is allowed to enroll, Korrapati said.

"I was lucky my first few years and got early registration times, but once you get past about 12 p.m. on the first day, it's hard to find classes," Korrapati said. "I had later registration times junior and senior year and managed to make it work, but I had to do a lot of wait listing and emailing professors."

Korrapati said UNC faculty and staff should try to help as much as they can on registration days, but she understands that it is difficult to accommodate everyone.

West said the registrar's office and other campus faculty are here to help and that even if they cannot fix the situation entirely, they will provide some other alternative solution so students' needs are met.

"One thing I would caution students to never do is to never say anything," West said. "There are so many people on campus who it's their life work to help students, and we all care about the students. We have all been students ourselves, so I want students to speak up when they need help."



<![CDATA['I can't afford to be a teacher': The battle for teacher raises continues]]> Sally Merryman didn't become a Spanish teacher to get rich.

"Everybody knows no matter what part of the country you live in that teachers are not among the highest-paid professionals," she said.

Merryman applied to college as a pre-med student, but by the end of her sophomore year, she decided to major in education. She said she'd always had an interest in teaching and enjoyed working with younger students.

Merryman has been teaching Spanish in North Carolina for 23 years, and she's taught at Smith Middle School for 19. She's also the president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Association of Educators.

On Nov. 8, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed a bill that would have increased the average North Carolina teacher's salary by 3.9 percent within the next two years. It also would have raised non-instructional staff's average salaries by 2 percent in the same period. The changes would have given additional raises to licensed teachers with more than 16 years of experience.

The bill also said it would include funding increases for the UNC System to go toward salary increases for employees.

Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, a Republican, said in a press release the proposed raise went "above and beyond what a bipartisan supermajority passed in the original budget."

But Merryman said she agreed with Cooper's decision to veto the bill.

"Three-point-nine percent over two years is a tank of gas a week - if that - for some people," she said. "I'll hold out for something that's respectable because 3.9 percent isn't respectable."

N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer, D-Orange, Caswell and former state superintendent June Atkinson don't think that's enough either.

Republicans proposed to cut the franchise tax by more than $200 million in this year's budget, Meyer said, which Cooper vetoed. Meyer said that money could have gone to teacher raises.

"Corporations need educated workers," Meyer said. "And North Carolina's economy is doing well right now. We don't need another corporate tax cut."

Atkinson said she thinks North Carolina needed more competitive salaries to attract people to the teaching profession.

"Our teachers did not take a vow of poverty," she said.

Low teacher salary hurts the quality of North Carolina schools, she said, because it can lead to more turnover. Low salaries force some teachers to get second jobs and hurts recruiting, she said.

"During the three or four times I campaigned for state superintendent, there was never a time when someone didn't say to me, 'You know I would love to be a teacher, but the salaries are too low. I can't afford to be a teacher,'" she said.

She said a reasonable salary for beginning teachers should fall between $55,000 to $60,000, something she based on college graduates' salaries across professions. She said she thinks policymakers shouldn't determine fair wages by comparing teacher salaries to other states' salaries or the national average.

"We should look at salaries of people who are in professions requiring the same level of responsibility and the same educational requirements," she said. "We've built a comparison that really does not help us in making the case for higher teacher salaries."

However, Terry Stoops, director of education studies at the John Locke Foundation, said that's not an apples-to-apples comparison.

"If you're comparing recipients of bachelor's degrees, obviously some fields have higher demands for workers, and that's going to skew the comparison," he said.

He also said it matters whether someone is comparing public and private sector jobs because there's a meaningful difference.

He said he doesn't think there's a good way to measure how teacher pay compares across states because statewide averages depend on the experience levels of teachers, which can vary. He also said statewide average comparisons don't usually factor in the cost of living.

"You find that statewide averages tend to be fairly misleading and don't give us a whole lot of information," he said. "But because they're easy to understand, it gets a lot of play in the media."

Meyer said if teachers want to see higher salaries, they need to organize, speak out and vote for people willing to support increasing teacher pay.

But Merryman said organizing is difficult, partly because North Carolina is a right-to-work state. Because North Carolina does not permit collective bargaining for public sector employees, teachers can't form unions or bargain.

Without powerful unions, she said teachers have to organize themselves, which takes time and commitment.

"Walk-outs don't happen unless you have 90 or 95 percent participation in each building," she said. "We're not at that point at a state level yet. I can imagine that if these shenanigans go on much longer, we may very well get there."



<![CDATA[Tar Heels in the Pros: Trubisky bounces back and Ebron struggles in NFL Week 10]]> Week 10 of the NFL season was another entertaining one for football fans, with Lamar Jackson impressing, the Saints falling to the lowly Falcons and a last-minute Monday win for the Seahawks and Russell Wilson.

And for better or for worse, there were a couple of former North Carolina football players that stood out from the pack.

First, Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears got back on the right track with a 20-13 win against the Detroit Lions. It was certainly Trubisky's best game of the season in what's been an otherwise disappointing campaign for the third-year quarterback.

Currently, the Bears QB is ranked 25th out of 33 eligible quarterbacks with an 85.2 QB rating, and while he's missed two games this season, he's tied for 28th in passing touchdowns with only eight.

Other quarterbacks with the same number? Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Tannehill, the latter of whom has only played in six games this year.

Last week, Trubisky made comments about trying to block out criticism by having TVs in the Bears' practice facility turned off.

On Sunday, the former Tar Heel had a lot of proving to do, and he did it, though his performance came against a subpar Detroit team without starter QB Matthew Stafford. Against the Lions, Trubisky threw three touchdowns and completed 69.6 percent of his passes, securing 173 passing yards and not turning the ball over once.

Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron also had a noteworthy performance on Sunday, but with less than desirable results.

Like Trubisky, Ebron was under critical eye after telling reporters he met with Colts head coach Frank Reich and lobbied for a bigger role in the offense.

"It's week 8, about that turning point when things are a little more serious, things are a little more real,'' Ebron said. "It's only right that you play your best players, and we try to win as many games as we can.''

Without starting QB Jacoby Brissett and two of the team's top offensive threats, T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell, Reich and the Colts were prepared for Ebron to take on the responsibility he asked for.

But Ebron was targeted 12 times by backup QB Brian Hoyer and hauled in just five of them. One of them was a potential touchdown reception that was instead ripped from Ebron's hands and intercepted by Miami Dolphins defensive back Steven Parker.

After having a breakout year in 2018, Ebron's encore has been pretty lackluster.

Prior to the game against Miami, Ebron had 18 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns in eight games, as compared to his first eight games last year where he had 36 catches, 394 yards and seven touchdowns. Ebron has currently been involved in 42.2 percent of the Colts' snaps this season after playing 55.81 percent in the 2018 season.

Despite trying 2019 seasons, both Trubisky and Ebron will look to finish the season strong and bounce back by the time the 2020 season rolls around.


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<![CDATA[Expect lots of defense and cold in UNC football's matchup against Pittsburgh]]> The North Carolina football team, simply put, has Pittsburgh's number. They have beaten the Panthers six times in a row - but that could be set to change Thursday night when the Tar Heels go on the road to face their conference foe.

The Panthers are led by head coach Pat Narduzzi, who is one of the best defensive minds in football. And that's shown on the field, as Pitt is ranked ninth in the country in yards allowed per game and second in sacks.

"The caliber of talent that we see on the defensive side, it really just reminds me of the way we prepared for the Clemson game," offensive coordinator Phil Longo said.

The Panthers defense has a clear strategy in every game. They sell out on stopping the run and make the other team beat them through the air.

Longo said he is very wary of the Pittsburgh run defense, but that North Carolina is still going to have to move the ball on the ground if it wants to win. Having sophomore running back Javonte Williams in full health this week should help with that.

"This is a very physical defense," Longo said. "They're very physical up front, I think they're a lot better than they were last year. They pursue well, they stay home, they don't give up a lot of trick plays, they don't make a lot of mental mistakes."

Still, it's likely that could be the perfect night for first-year quarterback Sam Howell to show off his skills against single coverage.

But UNC's offensive line will need to protect him to give him time against a formidable Panther defensive line.

"The challenge is protection," Brown said. "They really rush the passer well and they do it by scheming a lot … We can't end up in second and long or third and long."

Giving Howell time is the key for the UNC offense. The first-year QB will be able to make plays in the passing game, but the Tar Heels can't be forced to make long plays as often as they were against Virginia. In nine games, UNC has given up 29 sacks, but when Howell has had time to operate, he's been exceptional.

The Panthers have all the trademarks of a team that is led by a defensive-minded head coach - even in their offense.

"Coach Narduzzi, I've known him for a long time, I have a lot of respect for him," defensive coordinator Jay Bateman said. "You see a defensive-minded coach's influence on their offense. They're gonna bring an extra O-lineman, they're gonna try to run power."

Thursday night's matchup has all of the makings of a low-scoring, pound-it-out game. In addition to a tough Panthers defense, the Tar Heels will also be facing another opponent for the first time this season - cold weather, with a high of 45 in Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Head coach Mack Brown, though, is embracing the challenge. If his team gets a win against the Panthers, it would all but guarantee a bowl appearance for 4-5 UNC, with FCS opponent Mercer next on the schedule.

The Tar Heels will brave the elements with as much at stake as they've had all season.

"It's gonna be really cold," Brown said. "We're lucky it's gonna be 30 degrees here tomorrow and 16 mile per hour winds, so we'll probably practice outside and let them get ready to go to Pitt. We'll say, 'Welcome to Pittsburgh.'"


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<![CDATA[With Bailey and Koenen, UNC women's basketball towers over Navy in 80-40 win]]> Even before the opening tip, it was clear that the North Carolina women's basketball team already held a significant advantage over its opponent: size.

With Navy's tallest player that stepped on the court only reaching an even six feet, the Tar Heels towered over the Midshipmen at nearly every position. North Carolina has seven players on its roster that are at least as tall as Navy's largest player that saw minutes.

Needless to say, UNC used this height difference to its advantage early and often in a convincing 80-40 win on Monday.

The inside-out play from senior guard Taylor Koenen and 6-foot-4 junior forward Janelle Bailey served as a perfect illustration of this strategy. Overpowering the Midshipmen in the post opened up shots on the wings and propelled North Carolina to its second win of the season.

In this Veterans Day matchup, it was the veteran play of those two Tar Heels that helped lead UNC to victory.

"These are two kids that all they care about is winning. They're a huge piece of what we're doing," Courtney Banghart, the team's new head coach, said. "We felt like if the ball started in Taylor's hands and ended in Janelle's hands, we'd be in good shape."

The Tar Heels followed that game plan to a tee. With Koenen running the show, North Carolina was able to work the ball inside to Bailey and the other forwards, in turn opening up shots on the outside.

As a 6-foot-2 guard, Koenen stood two inches taller than the Midshipmen's tallest player in Monday night's game, giving her an advantage anywhere on the court. The senior used her height at every level: posting up, shooting midrange jump shots over defenders and utilizing a high release from beyond the three-point line.

"Scoring at all three levels, it's hard to guard someone like that," Koenen said.

Koenen seemed to score effortlessly throughout the game. By the end of the third quarter, she had tied her career high for points with 21, but said she wasn't concerned with the stats.

"I actually didn't know how many points I had. It's never about that," Koenen said. "My teammates just did a really good job finding me. And like Coach said, we knew the game plan. It was all about getting the W."

Koenen acknowledged the impact UNC's size advantage had on the Tar Heels' success in the game, both on her personal performance and the performance of her teammates.

"I think it was huge," Koenen said. "We looked inside to Janelle and Malu (Tshitenge), and we also posted me up. By doing that, it then opened it up for the guards to shoot threes, which we're very good at too. I think we did a really good job playing the high-low."

Bailey had another monster outing in her second game of the season, posting her second double-double in a row with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

As one of only two returning players that averaged double-digit points last year, Bailey knows that she's going to have to step up even more if the Tar Heels are going to succeed this season.

Similarly to Koenen, though, she said she wasn't concerned with her personal numbers.

"I know it's what my team needs me to do, so I just have to keep going," Bailey said. "I try not to probe in so much on the points. We weren't really good with rebounding last year, so that's really my main focus. I feel like the scoring will come. Even if it's not from me, we have so many people who can get the job done."

A lot of the responsibility will fall on Bailey as a leader and producer for the team, but her confidence hasn't wavered in her new role so far.

"No pressure," Bailey said. "No pressure at all."


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<![CDATA[Burr responds to NCAA vote with plans to tax student-athlete scholarships]]> U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., will be introducing a bill to tax student-athlete scholarships like income if those students choose to profit off of their likenesses, he announced in an Oct. 29 tweet.

"If college athletes are going to make money off their likenesses while in school, their scholarships should be treated like income," he said. "I'll be introducing legislation that subjects scholarships given to athletes who choose to 'cash in' to income taxes."

The NCAA's Board of Governors originally spoke out against student-athletes profiting from their likeness. After California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law allowing student-athletes to profit from their likeness in September, the board wrote him a letter, saying the measure would upend a level playing field for all student-athletes.

"NCAA member schools already are working on changing rules for all student-athletes to appropriately use their name, image and likeness in accordance with our values - but not pay them to play," the board said in the letter. "The NCAA has consistently stood by its belief that student-athletes are students first, and they should not be employees of the university."

Burr's announcement came as a response to the recent move by the NCAA to allow student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness, which the NCAA's board unanimously approved on Oct. 29.

Burr's office did not respond to a request for comment by the time of publication.

After the board's vote, it directed its three divisions to consider updates and bylaws to comply with these changes.

"This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships," said Michael Drake, chairperson of the board and president of The Ohio State University.

This is not the first time lawmakers have focused their attention on the NCAA and the idea of student-athletes profiting off their own likeness. U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., spoke out against the NCAA ahead of its board's Oct. 29 meeting. He said in a statement before the meeting that while the board meets, student-athletes will be giving their all at practices across the country.

Walker's Student-Athlete Equity Act, which he introduced in March, would change the tax code to allow student-athletes to have the option to benefit from their likeness, which Walker says would force the NCAA to change their model.

"While they discuss whether or not to give basic publicity rights back to student-athletes, a pittance compared to their profits, they should do the right thing," he said in the statement.

After the meeting, Walker released another statement, saying lawmakers had the attention of the NCAA, but they needed their action.

"While their words are promising, they have used words in the past to deny equity and basic constitutional rights for student-athletes," he said. "The NCAA is on the clock, and while they are, we're going to keep working toward the passage of the Student-Athlete Equity Act to make sure their words are forced into action."

Erica York, an economist with the Tax Foundation, said the current tax policies for students and student-athletes are the same. If a student uses their scholarships to pay for tuition, fees and required books, the scholarship is tax-free. If that student uses their scholarship on non-required materials or travel, the scholarship is treated as taxable income.

She said the exclusion of student scholarships from income taxes led to a loss of $3.2 billion in government revenue in 2019, but taxing the student-athlete scholarships would lead to only a minor increase in government revenue. She said Burr's proposal and the idea of singling out student-athletes in the tax code is not good policy.

"The goal of tax policy should be to treat similarly situated taxpayers the same. We want the tax code to be neutral across taxpayers. This would be non-neutral," she said. "It would be a distortion, and it would generally just be bad tax policy to single out a group of students to tax their scholarships."



Wake Forest University hosts a reception and banquet to honor recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award, including winner Sen. Richard Burr ('78) at Winmock on Friday, April 19, 2013.

<![CDATA[From Nobel Peace Prize Concert to Memorial Hall: Musician brings Sarod to Chapel Hill]]> Carolina Performing Arts will be hosting a performance by an Indian classical musician on Wednesday, Nov. 13, that some have recognized to be the most famous Sarod player in the world.

Jess Abel, the marketing and communications coordinator for Carolina Performing Arts, said Amjad Ali Khan is a sixth-generation Sarod master and known as the best player in the world.

"He is known for having reinvented this instrument," Abel said. "Just learning and being able to hear this technique in person is a pretty rare and incredible opportunity for the community."

Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash, Amjad Ali Khan's two sons, are part of this Sarod legacy and will also be joining him on stage.

"They are leading players of the Sarod," said John Caldwell, a professor in UNC's Department of Asian Studies. "It brings a shimmering amplified sound."

Khan has performed at Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall and even the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

"It's always exciting to see someone in Memorial Hall because, in comparison, it's such an intimate venue," Abel said. "To see someone of this international caliber playing this unique and traditional music."

Olivia Begos, a UNC music student and Carolina Performing Arts box office employee, said this performance will give the audience a professional, polished perspective and a performance from a world-renowned Sarod player.

Prior to the performance, there will be a lecture hosted by Dr. Afroz Taj and John Caldwell.

Caldwell said the pre-concert discussion will focus on the combination of tradition and innovation within modern Indian classical performance. It will also explain some basic understandings of Indian classical song and raga structure, along with other musical elements that may be unfamiliar to a new listener.

Caldwell said there are thousands of individual ragas, which are melodic structures that include sequences of notes and motivic elements within that.

"Ragas have moods that are associated with this concept of affect," Caldwell said. "Spirituality, love, anger, seasons, times of day, etc."

Caldwell said it is important for new listeners to explore and familiarize themselves with this style of music to understand the messages and purpose of the performance.

The father and son or teacher and student performance practice is part of an ancient tradition called Guru-shishya.

Caldwell said the elder musician may play something imitated by the younger musician, developing through improvisation and playing off of each other.

"There's a sense of this cosmic music that's all around us, and they start to pull elements out that they assemble," Caldwell said, in reference to the first section of a raga. "They slowly assemble notes into patterns, patterns into motives, motives into melodies."

As they tour internationally, they combine tradition with newer performance practices that attract a variety of audiences.

Caldwell said this performance could include lively shorter pieces with lots of variations in both visual and audial techniques.

"I think the performance will inform individuals about the similarities and differences between western and eastern classical music and might be an informative and interesting way to jump outside of their musical comfort zone," Begos said.



The Sarod players Amjad Ali Khan, Ayaan Ali Khan and Amaan Ali Khaan who will be performing at Memorial Hall. Photo courtesy of Suvo Das.

<![CDATA[Meet the UNC student who has her own radio show]]> Some students in the Hussman School of Journalism and Media work for the broadcast program Carolina Week, some take audio or visual reporting classes and some choose to write for The Daily Tar Heel. Claire Galt, a sophomore media and journalism major, has taken to local radio to gain media experience.

DTH reporter Nathan Wesley talked with Galt about how she got the idea for the radio show she hosts, how she balances it with schoolwork and when listeners can tune in.

The Daily Tar Heel: What's your radio show about? What topics do you cover?

Claire Galt: It's called the Claire Galt show, which is my name. Honestly, we really cover everything. I try to do people who are starting new things - maybe businesses, organizations, clubs, activism in the area and in North Carolina, but mostly Chapel Hill, since it is on air. I try to do whatever is current going on right now and (interview) people who are passionate about what they do.

DTH: And what gave you this idea, to give people a platform to talk about their businesses, activism, etc.?

CG: I do Carolina Now, and that's the broadcasting club here. I figured there's a bunch of stuff happening, but there's almost no one doing radio at all. And so I was looking at the radio station - it's funny, actually everyone at the radio station besides me is over 65. There's almost no college kids or even like mid-life (people) who are covering topics that are current and I mean, they come to just do music.

There's also no one having talk shows about current issues and things like that. I thought 'Someone needs to do it,' and then I applied for a show, and they were like, 'Yeah.' Now I think they're trying to bring more younger people to the station.

DTH: Why a radio show and not something different, like a podcast?

CG: I think the radio show, it does appeal to people my age, but it also appeals to older people who might want to listen to current stuff. So this kind of gets across a wider age range. It's not just college-age kids, but it's not just older people - just kind of everyone. Everyone can listen.

DTH: Why do you think people outside of UNC should tune in to your radio show?

CG: Especially for people who live in the Chapel Hill area, they should care about the school. I'm not just doing stuff at school. I do local businesses and local organizations. I just did the Airborne Museum last Friday for Veterans Day.

DTH: When do your shows air?

CG: We air on Fridays at 10 a.m., which is a convenient time since there are no (media and journalism) classes on Friday. I'll try to at least have the questions that I'm going to ask and what I want to talk about done by Tuesday, just so I can talk with whoever I'm going to be talking to and get them ready and kind of know what they're going to say.

It's been a lot; it's gotten easier. At first, when I started out, it was kind of stressful at the last minute. But now I've kind of learned how to. It's a lot easier the sooner - the more prepared you are ahead of time. When you wait until Friday, and you don't know what you're going to ask, it can be a bit rocky.

DTH: Where do you get your ideas for topics and people to interview?

CG: I'll actually look in The Daily Tar Heel a lot at stories that are being covered. I use Instagram a lot. Jalon Cooper, (a UNC student), came on and talked about his brand, VZN Clothing, and I found him through Instagram. Someone I recently spoke with was Peyton Brown, she's a freshman, and she just won Miss Teen North Carolina last night ... I talked to her about domestic violence, which was her platform. I kind of find ideas by word of mouth and hearing things and looking at the INDY. I'm always open to people reaching out to me if they think they have something they want to be heard.

DTH: What are your plans after UNC? Do you want to continue doing radio in any way?

CG: I definitely want to get an internship at a news station of some kind and probably work for them for a while, and then just work my way up. I definitely want to go somewhere bigger, like a bigger city like LA or New York. I'd love to continue to do radio. I don't know if that's my ultimate goal, but it definitely is something fun that I'd like to continue in my free time.


<![CDATA[Tar Heel football seniors aim to finish strong as they take on Pitt Thursday]]> During North Carolina football's practice on Sunday, head coach Mack Brown lost his cool.

Brown felt a few first-year players were not giving it their all in preparation for the team's Thursday night tilt with Pittsburgh.

"'You're gonna be a senior one day, and you're gonna ask the rest of the guys to play for you because you want your senior year to be special,'" he told them. "'You're gonna remember it the rest of your life. And here you are laying down and being lazy, and not creating an edge for practice.'"

UNC sits at 4-5 and needs to win two of its final three games to be bowl eligible. Those seniors, who have been on a rollercoaster journey in their time with the program, need their younger teammates to play for them more than ever.

The group went 8-5 in 2016 as first years, playing on a team that was a year removed from an ACC Championship game appearance. Some - like defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge and offensive lineman Nick Polino - were redshirts on the 2015 team.

But the past two seasons have had more valleys than peaks: players suspended for selling team-issued sneakers in 2018, nine-loss seasons the last two years and the firing of head coach Larry Fedora last November.

This year, the return of Brown has helped the program rise back to respectability.

"It's been really fun to do it with the guys you came in with, be a senior class that's been able to start back on the trend of where we want to be," Polino said Monday. "We still gotta finish strong."

UNC's five losses have been by a combined 19 points. Though there have been inevitable growing pains, the considerable struggles of Tar Heel football are, for the most part, no more.

Strowbridge, who watched from the sideline his first year in Chapel Hill as UNC won 11 games, sees similarities in the locker room culture of this year's group and the one of the 2015 Tar Heels.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive end says when he arrived on campus in the fall of that year, he saw older players leading by example, "creating good habits."

"We know what it looks like from when we first came in," Strowbridge said. "Things didn't go our way the last couple years, but we know what to do. We know what it looks like."

Knowing the habits that lead to a winning culture has helped Strowbridge and Polino set that example for their teammates. They, along with Brown, have emphasized a win-now mentality while trying to pave the way for a successful future for the program.

"Just kinda doing whatever we can just to get back on track to where we want to be and set an example for the young guys to keep it going in the future," Polino said.

And after a bye last week, the Tar Heels have refocused on their mission to send their senior class out the right way.

A win at Pittsburgh on Thursday would mark the program's seventh consecutive victory over the Panthers. It would also almost guarantee a bowl berth in Brown's first season back, as UNC will face a below-.500 Mercer squad on senior night next week.

"Everything the next three weeks is for them to try to finish a lot better than they have the last two years," Brown said.

Strowbridge could not agree more.

"With everything we've been through," he said, "it's only right we just finish strong."


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<![CDATA[Kenan-Flagler Business School celebrates 100th anniversary with time capsule ]]> The Kenan-Flagler Business School will be celebrating its 100th birthday by burying a a time capsule filled with UNC memorabilia that will stay in the ground for the next 25 years.

This will be part of the business school's centennial celebration on Dec. 5 in Koury Auditorium. The celebration will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., and will be attended by staff, faculty, students and alumni. Doug Shackelford, the dean of the business school, will lead the program.

The ceremony will discuss the history of Kenan-Flagler Business School. A centennial video will be shown, highlighting the school's notable moments throughout the past century. The time capsule will also be buried and is set to be extracted in 2044.

"Our time capsule is actually quite large," said Tom Cawley, director of advancement services at the business school. "I'd say it's about three and a half feet tall, and it's cylindrical, so we can put quite a few things in there."

The list of items to be put in the time capsule has not been finalized, but some of the items on the list include a centennial book entitled "UNC Kenan-Flagler: A Century of Tradition and Innovation," a letter from Shackelford to the future Kenan-Flagler Business School, a variety of local newspapers from the day of the event, a Beat Duke spirit pin and a stuffed Rameses.

"We're still talking to students and programs about different things to put in there, from the different programs that are meaningful to them," Cawley said.

The history of Kenan-Flagler spans all the way back to 1919, when UNC President Edward Kidder Graham recognized the need to develop business leaders for the growth of North Carolina's business sector. The school, then called the School of Commerce, was led by Dudley D. Carroll, the department's first dean and the namesake of Carroll Hall.

University Archivist Nicholas Graham said that the program was created in response to changes in the country's economy.

"This was an era in the early 20th century when the University was increasingly responsive to needs throughout the state of North Carolina," Graham said. "With increased industrialization in the United States, business became increasingly complicated, and there was a recognized need for professional training in business."

The School of Commerce began with 125 students in 1919. Three years later, UNC awarded its first Bachelor of Science degrees in commerce to 12 students, including William Carmichael Jr., for whom one of UNC's basketball arenas is named.

In July 1946, 250 business and political leaders from across the state formed the North Carolina Business Foundation to support the school. This foundation, working through the University, aided and promoted different types of business education and research through faculty salary supplements, technology enhancements and scholarships.

In 1991, the school was renamed the Kenan-Flagler Business School after Frank Kenan donated $10 million toward a new building for the school. The building was named for Mary Lily Kenan and her husband, Henry Morrison Flagler. The Kenan Family Trust made another donation in 1994, leading to the creation of the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center and the Entrepreneurship Center.

Graham said he thinks it's important to not only engage with history, but also to analyze and inquire about the past.

"I think the event is a terrific opportunity to engage with the past and to learn about the origins and traditions of some of the institutions that we celebrate today, but it also gives us an opportunity to investigate and question the past too," Graham said. "I think that's important."

Sophomore Jack Hall is a student at Kenan-Flagler majoring in business administration and minoring in philosophy, politics and economics. For now, Hall said he is pursuing finance. He's leaning toward investment banking and multinational finance, or investment banking and real estate.

"That could change as time goes on, though, because they do offer a bunch of different areas of emphasis," Hall said. "I think that's really good because it tailors the students to what exactly they want to do in the future."

Hall was admitted to Kenan-Flagler this past October. He said he is most excited to take advantage of various opportunities to go abroad through the business school and to meet students from around the world.

"I'm looking forward to the internationality of students, mostly because there are students from all around the world that recognize the name that Kenan-Flagler has and have traveled thousands of miles to be a student here as well," said Hall.

Cawley said Kenan-Flagler's core values are embedded in its curriculum and culture, setting it apart from other business schools.

"Our core values are excellence, leadership, integrity, teamwork and community," Cawley said. "I feel like these ideas are really entrenched in our classes and in everything that we do here."



<![CDATA[State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces run for lieutenant governor]]> North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced Tuesday that he will forgo reelection in 2020 and instead run for lieutenant governor.

"North Carolina deserves a leader who will fight to make all government more accountable, more efficient, and more transparent," Johnson said in a statement. "That's why today I am declaring my candidacy for lieutenant governor of North Carolina. I've seen first-hand how bad state government can be. I've already been in the trenches fighting the deep state in state bureaucracy."

James Barrett, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education member and candidate for North Carolina superintendent, released a statement Tuesday reacting to Johnson's news.

"Parents, teachers and students can breathe a sigh of relief today that Mark Johnson will no longer do harm to our great state's public education system," Barrett said in the statement.

Barrett announced in January that when his term on the CHCCS board expired, he would not run for reelection, announcing a run for state superintendent instead.

In his statement, Barrett said Johnson's practices during his time in office have "done real damage to public education in North Carolina." Barrett expressed in his statement that Johnson's efforts in advocating for students and teachers on the state and federal level have been unsatisfactory.

"Our state deserves much better," Barrett said. "And I look forward to the opportunity to restore respect and support to our educators through vigorous, transparent, ethical and well-informed leadership as state superintendent."

Barrett is among four Democrats hoping to succeed Johnson, a Republican, as state superintendent. The others are Michael Maher, Jen Mangrum and Keith Sutton. No Republicans have filed to run.

North Carolina's election for superintendent will be held on Nov. 3, 2020. The primary is scheduled for March 3, 2020, and the filing deadline is Dec. 20.

Johnson joins a crowded pool of candidates who have announced campaigns for lieutenant governor, including seven other Republicans: Buddy Bengel, former U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers, former Mount Airy, North Carolina Mayor Deborah Cochran, former N.C. Rep. Scott Stone, Mark Robinson, Greg Gebhardt and N.C. Sen. Andy Wells.

Five Democrats are also running: N.C. Rep. Yvonne Holley, N.C. Sen. Terry Van Duyn, Hoke County Commissioner Allen Thomas, Charlotte lawyer Bill Toole and N.C. Rep. Chaz Beasley.

Johnson said his campaign will focus on North Carolinians and their needs.

"This campaign will be about what's best for the working families of North Carolina, not the Media Elites or Establishment Insiders," he said in a statement.

The official filing period for the Nov. 3, 2020 election for lieutenant governor begins in December.



James Barrett, a member of the school board of Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools, sits in the school district meeting on Friday, Feb. 7, 2019 at the Lincoln Center, 750 S. Merritt Mill Rd.

<![CDATA[Column: Inescapable Misogyny]]> Has anyone looked at the OldRow or Barstool Sports Instagram comments lately? No? We're just letting those slide? Cool, cool…

Okay, so here's the thing. I'm not exactly cool with it? I love Old Row as much as the next person, but these online lifestyle sites have evolved into spaces of ridicule and public shaming - particularly of women.

Just look at some of the recent comments on posts featuring women: "when you let the sandwich makers out of the kitchen"; "out of 10, their father's prides are all at about a -3"; and my personal favorite "son or abortion."

I'm sorry, what? This whole father/daughter narrative makes me want to tag my favorite Facebook group: "sounds incestuously possessive of your daughter's virginity but okay."

Also, the whole 'women belong in the kitchen' narrative is so tired and overused. Like, at least come up with a sexist standard we haven't heard before. Keep us on our toes.

Women are also frequently objectified and even numerically ranked by site administrators and followers. A recent @tarheelbarstool Instagram post shows a video of two women making out at a bar, but mostly focuses on the grinning reaction of a male witness.

"Make a wish foundation is the best" is one of the comments. I mean, I personally would consider the girls the lucky ones in this situation, because they're statistically more likely to orgasm from sex with each other than they are from Shawn over here, but we all have our opinions.

The UNC community pleasantly surprised me on that post, because many commenters pointed out the fetishizing and objectification and asked the account to take the post down. However, at time of publication, the video remains up. Hashtag, take it down.

Videos of drunk people at bars also invoke issues of privacy and ownership. Sure, it's technically legal for you to video the girl twerking on the dance floor at Might as Well, but the ethical question is SHOULD you? Probably not.

What's emphatically not legal are the audio recordings of women's noises during sex. Are they funny? Maybe. Should they be posted on a public internet site without participants' knowledge or permission? Nope.

You may be asking "Who cares what some idiots on the internet are doing? Just unfollow them!" Alas, the misogyny is inescapable. Old Row has 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Barstool has 7.3 million followers, and separate accounts for specific schools. UNC Barstool alone has almost 39,000 Instagram followers.

From what I've seen, we should be extremely concerned about the potential impacts these sites may have. The normalization of objectification and sexism as well as the erasure of consent culture are very real and very worrisome consequences of something as trivial as social media posts.

The culture of these sites threatens to reverse whatever progress we've made in the past fifty years promoting sexual agency and reducing the shame and stigma of female sexuality. Personally, that's not really a path I want to go down. Do you?


<![CDATA[Editorial: Cancel Culture Viewpoints]]> Canceled

Paige: Papa John's. Papa John himself has been spotted at Trump rallies and even received flak for letting the n-word slip on a conference call. Besides, if we're being honest, their pizza isn't even that good - your money would be better spent elsewhere.

Paige: 13 Reasons Why. I feel strongly about this one. Graphic suicide scene aside, the show glorifies mental illness and suicide and utterly fails to characterize suicide as something that is preventable. The entire portrayal of suicide as revenge, or a game, is sickening and insulting to those affected by it. Plus, studies have shown that teen suicide rates spiked after the show debuted in 2017. Do better, Netflix.

Ella: Chick-fil-A. The way Chick-fil-A spends their money is bad, no way around it. It's a homophobic organization that supports conversion therapy. The food is good, but not good enough to be served with a side of homophobia. It's easy enough to just eat at a different fast food chain. Bojangles has much better fries anyway.

Kyende: Facebook. The fact that Facebook is willing to collect and sell user data to turn a profit regardless of implications is alarming.

Benched (Debatable)

Paige: Aramark. In addition to feeding college students, Aramark also provides food in private prisons in the U.S. But it doesn't even do a good job of that - reports say Aramark has failed to adequately feed inmates and abide by basic safety standards. Aramark sucks. But we understand that "canceling" them is a privilege - they are pretty much the only available and relatively affordable food provider on campus. Not everyone has the resources to purchase and prepare their own food as a busy, broke college student.

Ella: Joe Biden. This is hard because he seemed so harmless during the Obama administration. He definitely has done things that are creepy and weird and need to be stopped, especially now that he is running for president. But he doesn't seem to do it with any malicious intent. I think he is deep down probably a good person and needs strong guidance to becoming the kind of person who 1) has a shot at winning the presidency 2) isn't potentially being canceled anymore. He also has shown that he isn't really going away anytime soon, so if we're stuck with him let's do what we can to make it better

Paige: Kanye. He has used his platform to say some pretty problematic things, but he's also used it for good.

Kyende. Facebook. Maybe it's not just Facebook we need to talk about, but rather all other social media and sites that are willing to collect user data and sell it (e.g. College Board).

Ella: Gina Rodriguez. I wish her apology for saying the n-word was more meaningful/sincere. It's a terrible, terrible thing to say, and if you somehow "slip up" and say it, make it clear that you are deeply sorry. She didn't do this. But, she has done a lot of good. She has shown that she can do good and with a better apology shouldn't be totally canceled. Maybe probation until then?

Not Canceled

Bennett: Joe Biden. The complaints against Joe Biden more or less boil down to being creepy and somewhat careless with public statements. Intent, I believe, is an important distinction when determining to cancel or not to cancel. Is the occasional instance of being overly-touchy and lack of sensitivity toward word choice problematic? Sure. But these are not "cancelable" offenses when looking at the issue holistically. Biden is a product of old-school politics, the conventions of which were changed almost overnight. His record speaks to his true character. Give him some time to adjust. Pushing him to improve is constructive; canceling him outright is not.

Bennett: Kanye. Mr. West presents an excellent example of why "canceling" someone is much more complicated than it appears. Does it mean that we boycott his music? If so, why? His personal opinions, not the songs, are the problem, and even then, all he's done is state them publicly. It's possible to support the music without listening or caring to what a musician has to say about politics. And if that's akin to "canceling" someone, then we're incentivized to cancel anyone with differing opinions. Overall, this is an issue about the artist vs. the personality. If canceling Kanye means boycotting his music because of his stated political opinions, and not any concrete action, then he should not be canceled.

Ella: Friend who microagresses. Microaggressions suck and need to be addressed. If your friend is doing it, you're in a unique position to address their mistakes from a place of friendship and love and actually make a difference in how they speak/interact with people. If you value this person as a friend, having a conversation about their microaggressions is a good way to strengthen your bond while making sure you feel comfortable around them.

Kyende. Facebook. Perhaps what's even more alarming is how powerful corporations are allowed to be. So maybe it's not so much Facebook, but rather the government granting corporations the same rights as human beings and subsequently failing to protest user rights. Why are these large corporations allowed to lobby policies that continue to disenfranchise people and limit their privacy

Kyende. Blocking on social media. Social media can be a scary place. Sometimes you have people that are stalking you, sending threats and repeatedly harassing you. Best to block and not risk your safety.


<![CDATA[Editorial: Cancel Culture Abstract]]> "Cancel culture" is something that this generation seemingly knows everything about, but is generally amorphous in its definition. With social media and the internet putting corporations, celebrities, politicians and others under a microscope, "canceling" is a form of accountability and a way to call out the questionable or inappropriate acts of these groups. The severity of the "cancel," or the types of people or groups that get canceled, can cause much debate.

Generally, we're very quick to adopt a holier-than-thou attitude and quickly cancel anyone who says or does one problematic thing - but is "canceling" effective? Can one redeem themselves after being canceled? What is the cause for canceling something or someone, and is there a more productive alternative? These are all questions that do not have a definitive answer, yet "cancel culture" persists.

Below, some Editorial Board members have listed a few corporations, celebrities, politicians and everyday people that they believe should be canceled or not. Some we have "benched," which is the act of putting someone on the sidelines, somewhere in between canceled or not. Each person or group has a brief description of why they have been canceled, benched or neither. Who do you think should be canceled, benched or shown grace? Tweet us @DTHOpinion

<![CDATA[Extra income or a neighborhood nuisance? How Chapel Hill grapples with Airbnbs]]> Raleigh, Seattle, Berkeley and Kansas City are now all regulating Airbnbs - and Chapel Hill may be joining them.

Chapel Hill's Short-Term Rental Task Force, which was created in September, will provide recommendations to the Chapel Hill Town Council that could place Chapel Hill among a growing number of cities that are regulating short-term rentals.

The task force will be focused on dedicated whole-home short-term rentals. These are units used specifically for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, and do not have a primary resident. Anya Grahn, senior planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, explained during her introductory presentation at the Nov. 6 meeting of the task force that they would not be looking into regulations on short-term rentals for one room or houses with a primary resident.

Grahn said there were 322 active short-term rentals listed as being in Chapel Hill during October, and 85 percent of those were on Airbnb. Grahn said about a third of these rentals were for private rooms, but the rest were for the entire home.

What is the problem?

The wave of regulations enacted by cities against short-term rental sites has been met with both criticism and support. A survey conducted last month of 116 property owners and residents in Chapel Hill reported that they experienced difficulties with noise, limited parking and strangers in the neighborhood due to short-term rentals.

However, Grahn said these sorts of complaints are not a widespread problem. She said Chapel Hill had only received three formal complaints since 2018.

"The task force will not be addressing noise, parking or garbage," Grahn said in an email. "They will be considering other topics such as occupancy caps, registration requirements, health and safety considerations and similar topics."

Grahn said there were various other concerns expressed to the complaints staff. She explained that many are worried these rentals are a commercial use that has expanded into their residential neighborhood. Along with worries that investors will destroy residential communities, Grahn said others were concerned some absentee landlords would allow the properties to deteriorate.

There were also members of the community who either attended the Nov. 6 meeting or wrote public statements to the task force to stress the positive aspects of short-term rentals. Celie Richardson is an attorney representing Eric Plow, an owner of a condominium in Chapel Hill. She said Plow has rented his units out as short-term rentals for around 20 years "with no problem."

Richardson said Plow had been doing this since before Airbnb was established, but he now uses the site because of the wide platform that it provides. She said he often rents to people that are visiting the UNC campus for a variety of reasons, such as conferences, graduations or visiting family in the hospital.

Citing a handout that was provided at the meeting, which showed that short-term rentals charged less than hotels, Richardson said she felt the desire to protect local hotels is the reason for the push in regulation.

"That is a market issue," Richardson said. "That is not something that the Town should be involved in legislating."

Anne Brubaker, a new part-time resident of Chapel Hill, wrote in a statement to the task force that she and her husband purchased their "last home" in July 2018, and they have plans to live in Chapel Hill permanently. She said due to their commitments in San Francisco, the couple is not able to immediately move, and they have found that the short-term rental platform allows them the ability to transition in an affordable way.

"Any new Chapel Hill regulations will affect not only those property owners who use the STR system for profit, but also residents like us for whom the system simply makes it possible to plan for the future," Brubaker said in the statement.

What are others doing?

Chapel Hill would not be the first city in the Triangle to regulate short-term rentals. Raleigh initially banned short-term rentals a few years ago, but the City Council voted in May to allow people to rent out rooms with certain restrictions.

Stefanie Mendell, a Raleigh City Council member, said affordable housing was the main reason Raleigh decided to ban people from renting out whole homes.

"We've seen in other communities, businesses come in and buy up lots of houses and start renting them out on Airbnb," Mendell said. "That means that those houses are no longer available for residents of the community to actually buy and live in."

The task force is striving to understand how other communities have dealt with short-term rentals.

Rebecca Badgett, local government legal educator in the UNC School of Government, presented information regarding regulations in a number of cities, including Wilmington, to the task force. Her presentation showed dedicated short-term rentals had been regulated in various ways: prohibited, allowed in mixed-use and commercial zones and allowed in residential zones with possible restrictions.

Mai Nguyen, associate professor at UNC who studies housing and community development, wrote a report regarding short-rentals for the city of Asheville in 2014. Nguyen said one piece of advice that she would give to Chapel Hill, and all cities, is to make short-term rental owners register their units as a business. She said by doing this, cities would be able to track short-term rentals and create better policies and ordinances specific to that city.

"There is no one size fits all," Nguyen said. "I think that the ability to craft good policy depends on the data and information that we have on short-term rentals."

The task force is set to report their recent findings to the Town Council on Nov. 18.



<![CDATA[Column: Rowhouses -- the tour de force of urban housing]]> A lot of our Chapel Hill and Carrboro municipal candidates talked a big game about affordable housing. Candidates wanted more affordable housing in Chapel Hill, but what they envisioned that affordable housing to look like was vague.

As to what that affordable housing would look like, here's my proposal: let's build us some rowhomes.

The OG affordable housing rowhouse construction allowed average working people in American cities to buy homes, something not particularly common before then. Compared to detached housing, rowhomes were incredibly cheap and efficient to build. All a prospective rowhome developer needed to do was build a large, linear building and then separate compartments with firewalls.

In addition to being stupidly cheap, rowhomes were (and still are) an incredibly versatile urban building block. On the first floor, shopkeepers could peddle their wares and then have their home on the second floor. This type of mixed-use development is coming back into style, and we don't need to look far to see that: just take a look at Carolina Square. Even if they are purely residential, rowhomes can be chopped up into several apartments should the need arise.

During the election, some of the candidates pointed out the difficulties faced by local government when proposing affordable housing solutions. Among these are ordinances that restrict the number of tenants that can live on an acre of land. Have no fear, however, because there is this brand new method in municipal governance of changing ordinances called "passing new ordinances, thereby repealing the old ones." It is possible, I promise.

Our solutions to affordable housing don't have to be shining, happy, single family homes or gleaming apartment towers. Sometimes, one of the oldest solutions can be the best. So, Chapel Hill Town Council: let's build some rowhomes.


<![CDATA[Concussion research by UNC's Matthew Gfeller TBI Research Center put under scrutiny]]> A group of over 100 sports injury researchers signed a letter addressed to the University on Oct. 14, denouncing a paper published by The Journal of Scientific Practice and Integrity.

Published in June in the first issue of JoSPI, the paper accused UNC's Matthew Gfeller Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center of failing to disclose the presence of ADHD and learning disorders among UNC football players.

The paper said, according to UNC graduate students' theses on the Gfeller Center's research, that there was a 39 percent incidence of ADHD and learning disorders among incoming athletes at UNC from 2004 to 2012. During many of those years, the paper said the incidence of ADHD and learning disorders among UNC football players was upwards of 50 percent.

Statistician and University of Utah professor Ted Tatos co-authored the paper with Don Comrie. Tatos said he stumbled across the Gfeller Center's concussion research studies while sifting through other documents in the Carolina Digital Repository for his own research on antitrust issues in college sports. Instead, he found the graduate students' theses.

"That's eyebrow-raising, to say the least," Tatos said. "So that's when I talked to my co-author. He actually reached out to me because he had seen some of my (Twitter) postings on this, and he said, 'Hey, wait a second. I'm looking at concussion research studies, and this is very relevant to that because these athletes are also being used as test subjects in concussion research."

Tatos has run a personal Twitter account under his own name for the past few years. Before that, the Duke grad posted under the pseudonym "BlueDevilicious." He said he started the account to post screenshots of documents surrounding the UNC academic-athletic scandal. Over the past three years, his tweets have become more focused on the Gfeller Center's concussion research.

UNC professor Peter Duquette has worked closely with the Gfeller Center and was a co-signatory on the letter addressed to UNC's executive leaders. He said finding out about Tatos' previous Twitter postings surrounding UNC documents raised some suspicions for him.

"I'm not familiar with any previous postings or other negative commentary from that individual in the past, but when that was brought to my attention, it, for me, certainly raised a red flag," Duquette said.

Jason Mihalik co-directs the Gfeller Center with interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz, who founded it in 2010 after a helmet-to-helmet collision resulted in the death of Matthew Gfeller, a varsity football player at RJ Reynolds High School. Mihalik said he believed Tatos' and Comrie's original paper to be scientifically weak, and he did not plan on paying much attention to it.

"For me, if I'm to be honest, it was an example of what I would share with my students on what a poor quality study would look like," Mihalik said.

When the information from the paper came out as an article in early October on the subscription-based sports website, The Athletic, the paper that Mihalik called "tasteless" for "attacking" graduate students suddenly became more accessible and readable to the general public. Supplemented with a three-part video documentary, the article brought about the letter that was sent to UNC's executive leaders.

"It is our unified position that this article made numerous baseless and unfounded criticisms against UNC faculty member Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, the UNC Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center, and the larger concussion research community that we represent. Our aim in this unsolicited communication is to provide you with a factual account that refutes claims made by The Athletic," the letter said.

The letter does several things: It calls into question the validity of JoSPI, questions the authority of Tatos and Comrie and praises and justifies the work done by the Gfeller Center - specifically the work done by Guskiewicz.

Tatos said he has never met Guskiewicz personally, and the reason documents and research produced by the Gfeller Center and UNC graduate students were used was because they were the only documents available.

"I think our paper raises a lot of questions about the validity of that concussion research, and I think we supported our concerns with an enormous number of cites. More importantly, this isn't so much about Kevin Guskiewicz or the paper or anything - this is ultimately about the health and safety of not only college athletes, but other populations that rely on this research," Tatos said.

Tatos said what he believes to be flaws in the Gfeller Center's concussion research could have been avoided by both disclosing information about UNC football players who were diagnosed with ADHD or learning disorders and their medication statuses, and by looking more closely at what the sample meant.

"About what other population is this telling us?" Tatos said. "Can it be generalized to anyone else? And our point is that, 'Look, it doesn't look like any other population. At all.'"

Mihalik said information about test subjects with ADHD and learning disorders was not included in the Gfeller Center's research because it was not relevant to the studies that Tatos and Comrie called into question. Using a sensor-tapped football helmet to demonstrate, Mihalik said the football players are tested for where, when and how they are hit, and that an ADHD or learning disorder diagnosis is irrelevant.

"It's like saying, "You're studying apples, why didn't you report the oranges?" It just has nothing to do with it," Mihalik said.

Additionally, Mihalik said that players with ADHD or learning disorders were not excluded from the study because each individual served as his own baseline. Baseline testing refers to a researcher's way to test individuals before a study begins, as to control for any relevant and existing factors.

The article published by The Athletic implies that the Gfeller Center did not control for ADHD and learning disorders. This claim is cited by Tatos' and Comrie's paper.

The Athletic's documentary also discusses where the paper's varying rates of incidences of ADHD and learning disorders among UNC football players came from - the highest mentioned in Tatos' and Comrie's paper being 61 percent. In the documentary, former UNC Athletics learning specialist Mary Willingham suggests these rates may be inflated.

Mihalik said the actual number of UNC athletes diagnosed with ADHD or learning disorders during baseline testing is closer to five or 10 percent. He said he has no reason to believe these rates would be higher in these individuals outside of the additional access to resources that comes with being a college athlete.

"In many respects, college athletes oftentimes get evaluated for things that they never did before. If you look at the rate of first-time dentist appointments for college athletes, you'll see that they're much higher here than they were in high school. They have access to the resources. We would be foolish and careless not to give them access to these resources," Mihalik said.

Tatos and Comrie have both issued original responses about the Gfeller Center's response to their paper. Both authors defended their work vigorously and used the UNC graduate students' theses from their original paper to attempt to discredit the Gfeller Center's response. Mihalik said that he, Guskiewicz and everyone at the Gfeller Center will continue to defend their work.

"I'm very loyal to our team that has grown from four - when we put Matthew's name on the center - to 25 staff and students and postdocs, and an attack on the center is an attack on them and their reputations and all of their future careers, which I will defend very, very fiercely," Mihalik said.

On Nov. 6, 250 college educators from across the country issued an open letter to the NCAA, published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, requesting that two decades of data on ADHD and learning disorder rates among college athletes be released. The appeal said Tatos' and Comrie's paper, as well as The Athletic's article, caused its signatories to fear for the exploitation of college athletes all around the country, not just at UNC.

One of the main creators of the appeal was UNC professor Jay Smith. Smith is the co-author of "Cheated: The UNC Scandal, the Education of Athletes, and the Future of Big-Time College Sports," a book documenting the academic-athletic scandal that began in 2010.

He said because the Gfeller Center is regarded as one of the nation's leading concussion research institutions, other institutions base their research on its studies. Because of this, Smith said Tatos' and Comrie's findings have the ability to prove the contamination of concussion research studies all over the country.

Additionally, Smith said he expects the fallout of Tatos' and Comrie's findings, if they turn out to be valid, to be of an even greater magnitude than the fallout of the academic-athletic scandal because of both the seriousness of the allegations and the renown of the Gfeller Center and of Guskiewicz' work in the concussion research field.

"If [the Gfeller Center's] research is deficient - if it's defective - and if anyone knowingly distorted research findings, that would be an enormous scandal. It's hard to imagine the full ramifications of it in fact, which is why we need to proceed carefully, and there needs to be an independent review," Smith said.

The Drake Group at the University of New Haven issued a similar appeal on Nov. 7 that called on the U.S. Department of Defense to issue a private investigation into the Gfeller Center's concussion research. While Smith and his fellow educators are trying to mobilize faculty to call on their own athletic programs and the NCAA, The Drake Group is asking for an independent investigation.

"So the two things are complementary," Smith said. "I think our perspective is a more long-term one. We're thinking about how athletic departments and universities can operate in 20 or 30 years from now, and the Drake Group's objective is an immediate one: to find out whether Guskiewicz is right, or if Tatos and Comrie are right."



<![CDATA[Previewing the field for UNC women's soccer in the NCAA Tournament]]> Just a day after the North Carolina women's soccer team won its 22nd ACC Championship, the seeding for the NCAA Tournament is out.

UNC, awarded one of the four No. 1 seeds, will face Belmont in the first round of the tournament. The Bruins went 8-8-5 and 4-4-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Belmont won the OVC Championship this year against SIU Edwardsville in penalty kicks.

The Tar Heels have not yet faced any of the teams in their bracket this season, but matched up with several in 2018. North Carolina tied Texas 1-1, who is matched up with Texas A&M in the first round, and lost to Santa Clara 0-1, who is now matched up against California.

UNC has experience with the other No. 1 seeds in the tournament: Florida State, Virginia and Stanford.

North Carolina served the Cavaliers their first loss of the season this year with an overtime goal by Alessia Russo in the ACC Championship on Sunday.

In 2018, UNC faced Florida State a total of three times, once in the regular season and then in the ACC and NCAA Championship games, and lost both times in the postseason. This year, the Tar Heels got their revenge, downing the Seminoles 2-0 in a regular season match in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina hasn't matched up against Stanford since last year, when the Cardinals defeated UNC 2-1 in one of only two regular season losses for the Tar Heels in 2018.

UNC will enter the tournament with one of the best defenses in the country. The Tar Heels recorded 16 shutouts in 2019, the most in the country, and allowed just eight goals to be scored in 20 games. That figure is good for second in the nation in shutout percentage at .762.

The team is also ranked eighth in scoring offense, with 54 goals on the season and an average of 2.57 per game. The Tar Heels spread the wealth and have plenty of weapons - no player is ranked in the top 50 nationally in total goals and only one, sophomore midfielder Brianna Pinto, is in the top 100 with 10 goals.

Russo, the Tar Heels second-leading goal scorer, went through a dry spell in the entire month of October before ripping two in the ACC semifinals against N.C. State, then the game-winner against Virginia.

Going into the tournament, 13 different players have scored for North Carolina this season, and six have registered four or more goals. The equal-opportunity offense leaves UNC ranked ninth in total assists with 49, averaging 2.33 per game.

If the Tar Heels were to make it back to the College Cup, the soccer equivalent of the Final Four, it would be their second year in a row, after making it all the way to the championship game before falling to Florida State.


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Junior forward Alessia Russo (19) charges in the ACC women's soccer semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 against NC State at WakeMed Soccer Park. UNC beat NC State 3-0.

<![CDATA[How the UNC community is combatting fast fashion and promoting thrifting ]]> Alleviating the effects of fast fashion, sharing styled looks and providing a platform for women at UNC to rent clothing. Sophomore Kendall Harrow brought these goals to fruition with the Facebook page UNC Style Switch.

"My inspiration for this account was realizing the repetition within everyone's closets because most of us at UNC shop the same brands and go to events with the same themes," Harrow said.

Harrow created the page on Oct. 18 as a way for people to post clothes to rent and for students to facilitate their own transactions. As of Nov. 11, there were 776 followers.

"With social media, there is pressure to not re-wear outfits, especially when posting pictures, so this leads people to buy even more clothes, which leads to more waste because people are not re-wearing things," Harrow said.

The economic convenience of fast fashion and a constant supply of new looks are draws for buying new clothes, which in turn leads to further harming the environment, Harrow said.

"Realistically, we have to think that people aren't going to completely stop shopping at these fast fashion brands, so instead, if everyone starts thrifting more, or sharing their clothes, that would mitigate the waste and less people would have to buy from fast fashion brands," Harrow said. "It is not about stopping (fast fashion) altogether, but about doing what we can right now and being realistic about it."

Harrow said she wanted to bring the concept of Rent the Runway to a smaller, more accessible scale for college students. She said she would like to expand the page to other college campuses and hopes the UNC page will reach 2,000 followers by the end of the academic year.

She has been reaching out in class and community Facebook pages and through word of mouth, especially to her sorority sisters in Pi Beta Phi. Harrow said the sorority community is using the page a lot to rent dresses for events.

Women in sororities also make up much of the customer base at Soirée Style. Located in the bottom of Shortbread Lofts, Soirée is a thrift boutique that recently opened.

Shaun Pack, president of Soirée, created a space with racks of clothes and changing rooms, but there is no cash register. Instead interactions occur directly between sellers and buyers through the Soirée Style app. Sellers post items on the app and bring them into the store where buyers scan a barcode attached to the item in order to purchase it.

"We really feel like we are powered by Chapel Hill," Pack said.

To give back to the community, Pack is donating all operating profits from September and October to the Orange County Rape Crisis Center in light of events of sexual assault in Chapel Hill and specifically at Shortbread Lofts. Pack estimated a donation of $2,000-$3,000.

Pack said pricing has been a challenge. Encouraging sellers to price items based on what buyers are willing to pay is different than some re-sale businesses. The average price range is less than $20 at Soirée and Pack said as the market understands the value of their clothes, the price average should skew upwards of $50.

Overall, Pack said he has received positive responses, and he said he hopes future locations will also represent their communities.

"We have the opportunity to take a marketplace that has been environmentally ignorant, but also is ignorant to culture and body positivity and shift that in a way that better reflects the market place we operate it," Pack said.

Growing up rummaging through thrift stores and garage sales, sophomore Helen Johnston said she loves to see community reflected in used clothes. The accumulations of work wear, artsy goods and an array of apparel can create statements of affluence or of specific cultures that are tied to people in the area.

Johnston is a self-claimed avid thrift shopper and supporter.

In a global studies class called social change in times of crisis, Johnston researched the power of thrifting. She spoke with representatives for the PTA Thrift Shop and spoke with several students on the topic.

Johnston said her findings were consistent - thrift stores can be representative of their communities. International clothes and objects are testimonies to the large immigrant population in Durham, for example.

In Chapel Hill, Johnston said there are several ways to get used clothing. Johnston said sharing amongst friends, taking advantage of stores like the PTA and joining pages like "Girls Selling Shit" on Facebook are all ways that make reusing accessible in the area.

International brands like Patagonia, REI, Urban Outfitters and Macy's are jumping on board the reusing bandwagon. Patagonia and REI both have resale sites, Worn Wear and Used Gear Beta, respectively.

URBN, a corporation that owns Urban Outfitters, Free People, Anthropologie and three other stores, has created a new business called Nuuly to rent clothes from the aforementioned stores. People can rent six items from Nuuly for $88 a month.

In August 2019, Macy's began reselling clothes from ThredUp at 40 locations in hopes of reaching new audiences.

The second-hand apparel market was valued at US $28 billion in May 2019, up from $11 billion in 2012. This number is predicted to be $51 billion in four years according to a Statista report.

A rise in social media, open mindedness and the want for distinguishing uniqueness are sources Johnston said may be related to a growth in thrifting and reusing clothes. While Johnston said she wished environmental consciousness was the primary reason behind thrifting, she believes the popularity of thrifting is derived from desire to stand out.

Still, Johnston predicts conscious consumerism will only grow in popularity.

"Just like people are thoughtful about what they put in their bodies, people will be more thoughtful about what we put on their bodies," Johnston said.



<![CDATA[Orange County celebrates Veterans Day at new town memorial]]> CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the host of the Veterans Day event. The article has been updated to reflected this change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Orange County hosted an event Monday to celebrate Veterans Day at the Orange County Veterans Memorial.

Speakers included U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., Chapel Hill Town Council Member Allen Buansi and Carrboro Board of Aldermen member Damon Seils.

The ceremony began with an invocation led by Rev. Robert Campbell. The veterans present stood and were recognized by retired member of the U.S. Navy Lee Heavlin. Retired U.S. Navy member Bruce Runberg then gave a fundraising update for the veterans memorial.

The Orange County Veterans Memorial is located on the grounds of the Orange County Southern Human Services Center. A design for the memorial by landscape architect David Swanson was presented to the Orange County Commissioners on Sept. 20, 2016.

At the event, Runberg said the Veterans Memorial Committee is fundraising to complete phase two of the memorial, which includes a permanent flagpole, electricity service to the flagpole for lighting as well as brickwork and stonework around the flagpole. Runberg said the committee has collected around $100,000 in donations and it hopes to start construction in around 30 days.

"When we started this many years ago it was a different site," said Penny Rich, chairperson of the Board of Orange County Commissioners, at the event. "We wanted a more central spot, a place that could be serene where you could come meditate and spend some time with yourself."

Claude Eubanks, a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the Vietnam War for two years, said he believed the creation of the memorial was long overdue.

"I think that the important thing of these memorials is that they are very beneficiary to the veterans, and it's important to be recognized for the service that the military personnel perform and carry out every day," he said.

During his speech, Price described the importance of having the memorial in the community.

"It's simply an extension of the spirit of service that veterans have brought to this community for a long, long time," he said. "There's a strong spirit of service that veterans bring back to our community, have bettered our common life."

Price went on to mention issues that veterans face at the local and national level, such as receiving proper mental health services and education as well as finding jobs and affordable housing. He also spoke of the need to remember that we are all Americans.

"In the midst of what our country's going through right now, we need to be reminded of what unites us, and Veterans Day is a perfect reminder of that, what our country stands for, the values and commitments that our veterans have fought to protect," Price said.

Donations to the Orange County Veterans Memorial at Chapel Hill can be made at its website.



U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C. speaks during the Orange County Veterans Day event at the Orange County Veterans Memorial on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.

<![CDATA[Female Arab and Iranian directors step into the spotlight at the Ackland Film Forum]]> "She Who Tells A Story," the newest exhibition at the Ackland Art Museum, ties film, literature and art together to illustrate the experiences of Arab and Iranian women.

The Ackland Film Forum will showcase four films that have been chosen to represent the exhibition - "The Blessed," "Mussolini's Sister," "Women Without Men" and "3000 Nights." All of these films were created by female Arab and Iranian filmmakers.

Lindsey Hale, public programs coordinator at the Ackland, said the forum helps to connect the art in the museum and the films through culture in a broader sense.

"Some of the themes that may be expressed in the exhibition, like 'She Who Tells a Story,' are also reflected on the big screen, and there are female photographers and female filmmakers all around the world telling their stories and their perspectives," Hale said.

The exhibition has been traveling across the country.

Allison Portnow Lathrop, head of public programs at the Ackland, said that the exhibition came to Chapel Hill from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The Ackland is one of the final stops for the exhibition.

"It's had a life before it got to us, which is nice," Portnow Lathrop said. "We've been able to see how folks reacted to it, and for the museum part, for me personally doing public programs for it, it's a great show to bring the UNC community together with photography. I think a lot of people connect with that well in the area."

Portnow Lathrop said that having female artists be the focus of both the film forum and the exhibition is an amazing opportunity. She said the exhibit and forum are unique because they both include artists who are currently working and artists from the Middle East, which brings a different perspective.

"It's nice to have perspectives that are not like my own so that I can see other people's lives and see how they're living in the world," Portnow Lathrop said. "Also to see how my own worldview resonates with theirs so much, which is great, obviously."

The films were chosen to echo the art on view in the Ackland. Portnow Lathrop said she wanted to be able to show both still images in the exhibition and moving images with the film forum. She wanted to connect photography with film, but also show that some of the same artistic voices are doing things in film that resonate with what they are doing in photography.

Portnow Lathrop said she hopes audiences will gain a window into these female directors' work through the film series.

"A lot of the films that we've chosen are more difficult to see," Portnow Lathrop said. "They're not the ones you can queue up on Netflix or get even at the MRC, which is an amazing film collection in the Media Resources Center. These are recent films. That makes them more difficult to see on your own, but it's always great to see them in this setting."

"She Who Tells a Story" will stay at the Ackland until Dec. 1. The film forum continues to run until Nov. 19.

Ehsan Sheikholharam Mashhadi, a UNC Ph.D. student, said that the director of the film "Women Without Men," Shirin Neshat, focused her film work on themes of patriarchy, women's representations in the Muslim world, the veil and Islamic fundamentalism. T

The concept of magic realism is as heavily explored in "Women Without Men" as it was in the book the film was adapted from. The movie takes advantage of the novella's magic realism genre - where the line between reality and fantasy is blurred - by interplaying real and dream-like elements.

Jenny Marvel, head of school and community programs at the Ackland, said she thinks the films in the forum allow observers to learn and experience art in different ways.

"I will say that the exhibition has been very popular towards a lot of our community who see the Ackland as a place to come to experience art in some new and different ways," she said. "The film forum is just another way of experiencing the art and the art form in new ways that they probably see otherwise."



Front of the Ackland Art Museum depicting the "She Who Tells a Story" exhibit. The exhibit is in conjunction with the Ackland Film Forum at the Varsity Theater.

<![CDATA[Some fear the UNC System is going corporate as administrative searches continue]]> Before being selected as the University's 10th chancellor in 2008, Holden Thorp was a researcher, UNC professor and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Years later, asked how his background as an academic prepared him for the chancellorship, he laughed.

Thorp was familiar with the language and traditions of academia. But as for the political and public relations part, he said he was not well-prepared - "at all."

"I'm always amazed I learned as much of it on the fly as I did," he said.

Like many University administrators throughout history, Thorp went back to teaching after he stepped down as chancellor in 2013 during the athletic-academic scandal. He then became provost at Washington University in St. Louis and now serves as the editor-in-chief of Science Magazine.

Thorp said it's important for faculty members to do administrative jobs, even if they may struggle with the political and public relations aspects. He said the values of governance, academic freedom and tenure are what makes American academia what it is.

"People who are not steeped in those traditions are not prepared to defend them in the way that they deserve," he said.

As UNC and the UNC System search for a new chancellor and president, some stakeholders have expressed concern that people from the corporate world, rather than academia, may fill up these positions. While some feel that a private sector background would benefit administrators, others think a background in higher education is necessary. Coupled with the gap between faculty and administrative salaries, this adds to concerns that the increasing corporatization of higher education - the infusion of corporate ways and values into colleges - is trickling down from the administration.

The system president

The system president, a role currently filled by interim President Bill Roper, oversees all 17 campuses of the UNC System. The questions about who should lead became even more widespread when Roper announced that he would not pursue the position permanently.

Though many chancellors and stakeholders hope to see a career academic in the system president role, former Board of Governors chairperson Harry Smith brought up the possibility of a candidate with a corporate background during the search process. At a September meeting of the UNC System Presidential Search Committee, Smith said he sees value in having a candidate from the private sector.

Appalachian State University professor Michael Behrent said choosing someone from the corporate world for this position is not inherently bad, but he does see it as dangerous. Behrent, who serves as the chairperson for the faculty senate at Appalachian, said that while the search committee has not said it is looking for a candidate from the corporate world, he thinks its members are open to the possibility.

One concern Behrent has with this possibility is that he does not think universities and corporations are that similar, even though they both seek to use resources efficiently.

"It's crucial to understand that the role of a university is not to generate dividends for shareholders," Behrent said. "Its goal is to educate and to produce research."

Thorp said he thinks the system president should have a background in higher education, though he worries this will not be the case. He said the BOG already does not value the core principles of academia as much as he wishes they would. If the system president did not value them, he said this would be problematic for UNC-System schools.

"And it's going to make it really hard to be the chancellor of those schools," Thorp said.

Thorp said former UNC-System President Erskine Bowles' commitment to these academic values was important to him when he was chancellor.

"It was easy because Erksine Bowles was such a strong leader that anytime anything problematic happened, he just put his arm around me and would tell everybody that we had it all under control and it all worked," he said.

A 'distinct constituency'

The idea of corporatization is not unique to the UNC System, and Behrent said administration is only one area within universities where it originates.

One way in which this happens, he said, is "administrative bloat": when there is an increase of administrators such as vice chancellors and provosts on college campuses and significant resources are put toward their salaries.

Behrent said university administration is also becoming a "distinct constituency" from the faculty. He said he sees people professionalizing themselves to become administrators, rather than serving in these positions as a kind of service assignment before returning to their work as faculty. Administrators often jump around between administrative jobs because of this trend, he said.

"I think that this corporate training and specialization of the administrative position, as opposed to just being a faculty member, means that administrators have different goals and priorities than faculty members," Behrent said.

High salaries and incentivized pay, Behrent said, are also ways in which college administrations mimic the corporate world. He brought up a resolution the Board of Governors passed in September, which approved an incentive pay plan for UNC-System chancellors.

"These are people who are already being paid very well in the system," he said. "And they're actually looking at getting very sizable annual compensation on top of their pay if they meet these goals - and at a time when salaries are quite stagnant for most other UNC employees."

UNC geography professor Altha Cravey, president of the American Association of University Professors' North Carolina Conference, said she sees high salaries and raises going to administrators. At the same time, she said decisions are increasingly made in a top-down fashion instead of using shared governance - a system where both faculty and administrators have input in University decisions.

Cravey said this damages the relationship between administrators and faculty.

"When faculty are treated as expendable and are simply expected to follow orders, relationships with bosses deteriorate rapidly," she said in an email interview. "The pay gap contributes to this social distance."

Cravey cited former Chancellor Carol Folt's move to the University of Southern California as an example of administrators jumping from job to job without having a deep commitment to their university communities.

Chancellors at UNC and beyond

Despite some faculty concerns about administrators leaving after a brief time in power, Richard Stevens, who chairs both the UNC Board of Trustees and the Chancellor Search Committee, said there is no specific length of time he hopes the next chancellor will serve. Stevens said there has never been a term of office for a chancellor, and that he hopes to see someone serve as long as they are effective in the job.

"That's the ideal time, whether that's two years or 20 years," he said.

Regarding the possibility of a candidate with a corporate background, Stevens said he is open to the idea of a non-traditional candidate. But such a candidate, he said, would have to be highly committed to and knowledgeable about higher education.

There are administrators with corporate backgrounds serving in universities across the country, including the UNC System. At UNC-Wilmington, for example, Jose V. Sartarelli has served in the chancellorship since 2015.

Sartarelli worked at West Virginia University before coming to UNC-Wilmington. According to UNC-Wilmington's website, he also worked in international marketing and management with Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Eli Lilly and Co. for about 30 years.

Hal Kitchin, the chairperson of UNC-Wilmington's BOT, said Sartarelli's background in private business has given him a solid foundation for his work as the chancellor.

"Any university is a business, and to effectively lead a university, good business and management skills are critical," Kitchin said in an email.

The private sector, Kitchin said, is not the only area where an administrator can gain the necessary skillset. He said they can gain the same skills by moving through the ranks of a university.

As for the job of leading the UNC System, Kitchin said the area where the ideal candidate comes from depends on the individual.

"The job of leading the UNC System is a very important one," he said in the email. "There might be an extraordinary leader in the corporate world who would be a good fit. But generally I'd think the best candidates will be those with a mix of private sector and higher ed experience."

Faculty concerns about the corporatization of the UNC-System administration relate not only to the people in power, but also to the relationship they will have with faculty. Cravey said a concern she has with corporatization is that it leads to anti-intellectualism at universities, as well as a decay in shared governance.

Thorp said it's an inherent property of UNC - and American higher education in general - that the faculty are involved in matters of governance.

"And if the system doesn't have respect for that, then that's when a lot of these problems that you've seen over the years happen," he said.



<![CDATA[New comedy group looks to get laughs and share different perspectives on life]]> The Deadpan Comics Society, a new stand-up comedy group, are preparing for their first performance, aiming to please the nonchalant comedy lovers of Chapel Hill.

The group will be performing at the PIT Chapel Hill on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5.

Local comics Jonah Lewis, Russell Goodwill and Juan Carrasco, Jr. make up the group. The three were previously part of another group, Guys in the Hill. After that group disbanded, the three decided to create the Deadpan Comics Society.

"Jonah and Juan actually reached out to me to see if I'd want to get another group going, maybe run a little bit more efficiently, and by comics," Goodwill said.

Lewis, a junior at UNC who is studying history and information science, said he was attracted to the collaborative aspect of being in a comedy group.

"I think the idea of being on a team where you can share the load and make something bigger as a group, rather than doing five minutes by yourself, and refining that by bouncing ideas or material off each other, is really attractive to me," Lewis said.

Goodwill said the group hopes to support new comics who could use that collaboration to continue their development.

"It gives us a unique opportunity to go ahead and also shine a spotlight on any comics that are maybe a bit newer to this, maybe not as confident on stage, and can use that group comic environment a little bit better," Goodwill said.

Lewis said the PIT's support of new and young comics has been important to him as he develops as a comedian.

"The PIT is kind of the place for people in Chapel Hill to come and try stand-up comedy," Lewis said. "Maybe they like it, maybe they don't, maybe they bomb - but you have a stage on which to try, and everyone there is pretty supportive."

Will Purpura, artistic director of the PIT Chapel Hill, agreed to put on the show because of his relationship with Lewis, who is on the PIT's house team. He said supporting young comics is important to the PIT's mission, and presenting the group's debut show fits that mission.

"It's an opportunity for young comedians to work on their craft and get better and better with each performance," Purpura said. "We're trying to make this an open and inclusive place for many different voices to be heard, so we want to keep it as a place where a lot of diverse voices are being celebrated."

Lewis, who has cerebral palsy, said he wants audiences to laugh during the show and leave thinking about a different perspective on the world.

"I use a wheelchair or walker to get around campus, and I've had some positive and negative experiences living life that way," Lewis said. "If I can relay that to a group of people in a way that they can understand someone else better, I think that is ultimately the goal of the night."



<![CDATA[Climate change is scary, but Mary Mattingly is hopeful that art can inspire change]]> Mary Mattingly grew up in an area served by polluted well water. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist spreads themes of climate change and sustainability through her art.

"I started making artwork about water, probably because the area I grew up in Connecticut had polluted well water, so we were aware of water issues in my family for a long time," Mattingly said. "I think from a young age it was on my mind."

Mattingly will visit UNC to give a guest lecture on Thursday, Nov. 14, as part of the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series.She will speak in Hanes Art Center at 5:30 p.m., and a reception will follow, according to a press release from the art and art history department.

When determining what artists would present, Gesche Würfel, art and art history professor, said the deciding committee felt that climate change and sustainability were important topics to address in the lectures.

"I think we need to address (climate change) everywhere," Würfel said. "A lot of my students are really afraid of the future, and I think through art, one can engage the public in a different way than bombarding them with data."

Mattingly agrees that art can be used to actively make change and said she sees her art as a different type of language that can be used to tell stories and question the status quo.

"I think of artwork as a very particular set of tools and a different type of language," Mattingly said. "I think that it's really important to question the status quo, whatever that is, with artwork. I think in my case, I've really driven to reconsider food systems, water systems and what it means to have working common spaces."

One of Mary's most well-known pieces of art is Swale, an edible landscape on a barge in New York City that is being used to find loopholes in New York's public land laws.

"The point of (Swale) was to reconsider what the common spaces in New York City could be used for, so specifically public parks," Mattingly said. "If that project went well, it could be a template or a test space for something to change in the city, and that's a product I've been working on for over three years now and it looks like it's making small changes in the city."

Mattingly not only plans to talk about the issues of climate change and sustainability, but she also wants to highlight the importance of community in her lecture.

"I think that a lot of times as artists we think that we should be working individually, and I believe that we only get things done when we work together," Mattingly said. "I think art can do big things and can also be very poetic and personal, but I think there's a lot of space for doing things together and doing things in a different way."



<![CDATA[Margaret Wilkerson Sexton's upcoming book talk discusses women and racial identities]]> Margaret Wilkerson Sexton will be bringing her new novel, "The Revisioners," to Chapel Hill with hopes of fostering connections between women. She will present at a book talk at Flyleaf Books on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

Sexton will be speaking about "The Revisioners" and reading excerpts from her piece. The novel was released on Nov. 5, and Sexton said she is excited to hear the early conversations surrounding the story.

"I love the fact that something I created can elicit these emotions out of people," Sexton said. "That's what I love to see when I go out and do these talks."

UNC sophomore Sammy Ferris recently started reading "The Revisioners." So far, she enjoys the literary structure and the content.

"I'm really interested in social justice in my own life, and I like seeing how race plays out in a different context," Ferris said. "It's very straight-forward and easy to read."

"The Revisioners" is a multi-generational story. One narrative follows a 1920s Black woman who forms an unlikely friendship with a white woman. In a contemporary setting, her granddaughter of mixed heritage navigates the legacy her grandmother left behind.

Sexton said the earliest inspiration behind the story came from her move to the Dominican Republic with her husband in 2005.

"My husband is white, and I'm a Black woman," Sexton said. "Before we moved to the Dominican Republic, we hadn't really been exposed to racism as it related to our relationship."

Sexton said many locals perceived her to be a Dominican woman of Haitian descent. She said she was often the target of racism as a result, whereas her white husband was treated almost king-like by the same people.

"A lot of the assumptions were that I was his prostitute, and they couldn't conceive of any other connection we could have," Sexton said. "Of course, it wasn't everybody there, but it is embedded in the culture of the country."

Sexton's more recent inspiration for the novel was the 2016 general election, where she said the differences in voting patterns between Black and white women became apparent.

"I thought (the novel) is a good opportunity to start to facilitate conversation that might explore the historical gap between Black women and white women and hopefully heal them and contribute to more of a communion between those two groups," Sexton said.

Sexton said a main goal of hers is that readers come together to talk about their situations and find common ground after reading the novel.

"There's much more binding us than separating us, and there's so much potential for us to rise as a group, battling the same oppressive circumstances and predicaments."

Another objective of Sexton's is to bring a sense of hope to all who read "The Revisioners," especially to Black readers.

"We know there is inherited trauma between generations, but what about the power that we inherit from our ancestors' struggles?" Sexton said. "What about the wisdom and the hope that comes from their triumphs, their survival over these terrible situations?"

Talia Smart, events manager at Flyleaf Books, said she thinks the book talk will be especially relevant for the UNC community.

"As a Southern community, there's a lot that Margaret Wilkerson Sexton talks about in this book that is particularly tied to the South, like the legacy of the slavery and of the Southern white aristocracy," Smart said. "I think both are legacies that are really influential on the way that UNC students engage with the world, so having a sort of insight on those issues from the perspective of someone that's not a UNC student could be influential and important."


<![CDATA[I am the mayor who speaks for the trees: Chapel Hill holds Tree of the Year contest]]> CORRECTION: A previous version of this article included an incorrect date for the Town of Chapel Hill's Arbor Day tree planting event. The article has been updated to reflect the change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Chapel Hill will celebrate Arbor Day this year with Mayor Pam Hemminger's "Tree of the Year" contest.

Hemminger has called on all Chapel Hill residents, including UNC students, to take a photo of their favorite tree from around town and send it in along with a short description of why it's their favorite.

"The Tree of the Year Contest celebrates the importance of trees in our lives by focusing on the story of a single tree and its connections to our community," Hemminger said. "I am excited to hear people's insights and hope it will spur everyone to plant more trees here this fall."

The contest ends on Arbor Day, Nov. 22, the last day of "Arbor Week" in Chapel Hill. Arbor Week and the Tree of the Year contest were both started this year to raise community awareness about the local environment, especially the benefits of trees.

"Trees really are an important part of Chapel Hill and what makes it a special community," said Phillip Fleischmann, director of Parks and Recreation for the town. "Our community very much values the trees in our town, and the Parks and Recreation Department is excited to support the Arbor Week activities in any way we can."

In 2000, the Chapel Hill Town Council mandated Arbor Day to be the first Friday after Nov. 15. Every Arbor Day, the Town plants trees at Town-owned facilities. The tree-planting tradition will continue this year on Friday, Nov. 15, when Hemminger will plant a tree in Ephesus Park along with students from Ephesus Elementary School.

But the Town decided to do more than just a one-day celebration this year.

"Arbor Week was created as a way to engage the community to think about the role that trees play in their lives and the connections the citizens have to them," said Jeanne Brown, mayoral aide. "The Tree of the Year contest is part of raising awareness and engaging the community as we head into Arbor Week."

Other Arbor Week activities include a UNC campus "tree walk" on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m., and a "Right Tree, Right Place" workshop at the Chapel Hill community center on Monday, Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In addition to tree planting, the Town is undertaking efforts to address Chapel Hill's environmental impact. For example, streetlights and lights in parking decks are in the process of being replaced with LED lights, which are 50 percent more energy-efficient per bulb. The planning department is in the process of writing a Climate Action Plan, which will be presented before the Town Council on Nov. 20, Brown said.

Residents can nominate their favorite tree on the Town's website until Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.



<![CDATA[UNC professor's new book explores the intersection of hip-hop and diplomacy]]> A UNC music professor will present his new book,"Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World," at Flyleaf Books on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Professor Mark Katz will be accompanied by rapper Joshua Rowsey, an educator, activist and UNC alumnus. Rowsey, who goes by the stage name (J) Rowdy, will be performing.

The event is free for any student or faculty with a One Card. General admission for the public is $10.

Katz's book is about his research on the intersection between hip-hop music and diplomacy.

"The United States doesn't have the best reputation in some parts of the world, but hip-hop does," Katz said. "Hip-hop is also associated with the United States in a positive way. Hip-hop is a way to connect Americans with other people around the world who may not have the best impression of the United States."

Katz hopes this event will be an extension of some of his music classes that he teaches at UNC. In the spring semester, he will be teaching hip-hop diplomacy classes for students who want to further explore the topic.

"It's a way for students to learn about a little-known, but really fascinating and vibrant, initiative," Katz said. "It's a way for them to think about a lot of the issues that are involved in diplomacy because it's a complex phenomenon."

Junior Mikayla Yager said she is interested in attending the event.

"I spend a lot of my free time at Flyleaf anyway, so this is a really interesting take on hip-hop that I've never thought about," Yager said. "I think exploring this perspective will be really informative."

Maximilian Owre is the executive director of Carolina Public Humanities. He is in charge of the public outreach arm for the College of Arts and Sciences and helped coordinate the event.

"One of the things I want to stress is that our programs are always open for all students and faculty," Owre said. "What we're trying to do is to make it clear that this is a public university and anything we can do is encourage students to come out and engage the public with us."

Owre hopes the members of the Chapel Hill community will come and experience how powerful music can be.

"Frankly, our community members tend to lean older, a lot of retirees and people like that come to our program," Owre said. "So, for our regular attendees to see that this music that they might associate with, younger folks here, who don't have the same interests and values that they might have."

This event overall offers audiences a look at politics through the lens of hip-hop, Owre said.

"Music is in fact, an incredibly powerful tool," Owre said. "You just give a chance to expose members of the public to the power of hip-hop and the United States government in this project."



<![CDATA[Tar Heels sail past Navy, 80-40, behind Janelle Bailey's 20 points]]> The North Carolina women's basketball team took advantage of an undersized Navy team en route to an 80-40 blowout victory in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels were led by junior forward Janelle Bailey and senior guard Taylor Koenen on Monday night.

What happened?

UNC (2-0) set the tone early by feeding Bailey and first-year forward Malu Tshitenge in the post and asserting its dominance down low against the Midshipmen (2-1). With just 5:40 remaining in the first quarter, Bailey and Tshitenge had combined for six of North Carolina's first 13 points.

The attention that those two required allowed space to open up for UNC's guards. Redshirt senior guard Madinah Muhammad scored 11 points in the first quarter to lead all scorers. Koenen was also able to benefit, going for 6 points in the first quarter.

By the end of the first quarter, it looked like the Tar Heels were going to run away with the game as they maintained a 29-9 lead and didn't show any signs of slowing down.

It was more of the same in the second quarter as North Carolina stretched its lead to 48-19 before halftime. Muhammad went quiet, but Bailey continued to shine.

The junior increased her point total to 14 by the break to lead all scorers. Koenen also impressed, bringing her total up to 12 points.

The rout continued in the second half. However, it was Koenen that showed out for the Tar Heels this time.

The senior matched her career-high 21 points after just three quarters. She was lights out, shooting 9-13 from the field before being pulled out of the game.

UNC led against Navy, 69-25, after three quarters and began to put in its subs.

In the fourth quarter, North Carolina's backups got some playing time. The reserves closed out the game for UNC with junior Leah Church, first-year Lexi Duckett and first-year Nia Daniel scoring three points each.

The Tar Heels would go on to win against the Midshipmen, 80-40.

Who stood out?

With the incredible height advantage, Bailey dominated. The 6-foot-4 center recorded 20 points and 15 rebounds mostly against a Navy starting lineup that didn't feature a single player over 5-foot-10.

Koenen also benefited from the defense trying to guard the post. The senior tied her career-high, scoring 21 points in just three quarters.

Muhammad had a solid game as well, with the redshirt senior scoring 13 points.

When was it decided?

This game was pretty much over before it started. The Tar Heels showed they were the superior team from the jump and never trailed.

UNC was up by 20 points at the end of the first quarter and stretched that to as much as 29 later in the first half.

Why does it matter?

North Carolina is winning the games that it should be. The team's new head coach, Courtney Banghart, is off to a dream start through two games, winning by an average of 38.5 points.

UNC will look to continue its strong play during a couple more winnable games in the near future.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels are back in action against Charleston Southern in Carmichael Arena at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15.


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<![CDATA[Town celebrates opening of new nature preserve in Chapel Hill]]> While Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is used to speaking at a variety of venues, the middle of a forest is not a typical one.

Members of the Town government and Chapel Hill residents traveled off the beaten path Saturday to celebrate a new nature preserve in Chapel Hill.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation, the support organization for the North Carolina Botanical Garden, held a celebration in honor of its recent acquisition of the Cochrane property. The property enjoys protected status as a nature preserve, meaning it will not be able to be built upon or taken by the city or state government. Hiking trails will also be added and maintained for use by the public.

The Cochrane property spans 12.8 acres and borders Parker Road. The property is adjacent to Parker Preserve and the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, both of which are owned by the University.

The Botanical Garden Foundation was able to purchase the property using a grant from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, which gives to conservation projects in North Carolina every year.

Johnny Randall, the director of conservation programs for the N.C. Botanical Garden Foundation, said he has been working on acquiring the property for conservation for 18 years, and in 2015 began discussing the purchase of the property with the Cochrane family.

The Botanical Garden Foundation explained in 2018 that the property is ecologically important because of its biological diversity and potential to provide public natural spaces.

Hemminger said at the event that the Town is pleased to be a part of the conservation of the property because they value conservation.

"In today's broader community we are growing and feeling the pressures of growth from all different directions, and it's so important to remember to preserve and protect and also make available to the public these special places to be," she said. "These are part of our Town goals, to have these green spaces for future generations."

John Wilson, vice chairperson of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, said the property will provide significant amounts of recreation for the community.

"This is really a spectacular project. It is great for us to be able to protect something like this," he said. "Our funds are limited and the competition is intense. This year alone we were only able to fund a quarter of the $65 million in applications that came before us."

Even while he was celebrating his success of the preservation of the Cochrane property, Randall said there is always more that can be done when it comes to conservation and preservation.

"When you deal with conservation biology, you are always at work," he said.



The Cochrane Property became a nature preserve on Nov. 9, 2019.

<![CDATA[Assessing UNC field hockey's NCAA tournament outlook after ACC postseason title]]> When the North Carolina field hockey team trumped Boston College in the ACC Tournament final on Sunday, it preserved a second-straight perfect season.

Now, starting Friday, the Tar Heels will look to finish the job.

UNC will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament this weekend, and look to follow up a 23-0 national championship campaign in 2018 with another flawless year in 2019. This season, the top-ranked Tar Heels have already knocked off seven other members of the top 10 based on RPI - Virginia, Duke, Louisville (twice), Boston College (twice), Syracuse, Princeton and Iowa - and will be the tournament's No. 1 overall seed for the second-straight year.

In the first round, the Tar Heels will play the winner of a Wednesday play-in game between Stanford and Miami of Ohio. Should UNC win that game, which will be Friday at noon, Karen Shelton's squad will then take on the winner of Duke-Iowa on Sunday. The winner of that matchup will advance to Winston-Salem, N.C. and the NCAA semifinals the following weekend.

"Nobody has an easy bracket," Shelton told GoHeels. "We wouldn't expect our path to be easy, nor would we want it to be. We're just going to focus on our next game, against either Stanford or Miami. We hope we can take what we learned this weekend and apply it when we play on Friday."

Six of the top eight field hockey teams in the country are in the ACC, so winning the conference tournament is nothing to sneeze at. North Carolina beat Louisville and Boston College by identical scores of 3-1 to capture their third conference title in a row and the 22nd in program history.

The Tar Heels got there on the backs of a number of veteran leaders, plus sophomore standout Erin Matson.

Matson was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year after posting team-highs in goals (24) and assists (15) for UNC, despite missing multiple games while playing for the national team in India. UNC's next four highest point scorers - Marissa Creatore, Catherine Hayden, Yentl Leemans and Megan DuVernois - are all seniors.

North Carolina's defense has been stout all year, too, holding opponents to just 19 goals all season for an average of exactly one goal per game. Leemans, a midfielder, won the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year award, helping the Tar Heels to six shutout wins this season.

As mentioned, Virginia and Louisville, two of the other top three seeds in the NCAA tournament, are a combined 0-3 against UNC this season. The team that could end up posing the most problems for UNC? UConn.

The second-seeded Huskies are 18-3 on the season and breezed through their conference schedule, going 7-0 in the Big East and capturing the postseason conference title with a 2-0 win over Old Dominion. UConn senior Svea Boker leads the team with 20 goals and is third on the team with 13 assists, playing in all 21 games.

It seems fitting that the Tar Heels' potential national title matchup, to finish off back-to-back undefeated seasons and send UNC's seniors off with another championship, could see them looking for a win over an eighth - yes, eighth - different team currently ranked in the top 10.


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<![CDATA[Daavettila caps off season with Oracle ITA Fall National Championship singles title]]> The North Carolina women's tennis team concluded play at the Oracle ITA Fall National Championship in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday when senior Sara Daavettila captured the singles title in two sets with victories of 7-6 (5) and 6-1 during the final match.

What happened?

In singles competition, North Carolina started the competition 4-0 on Wednesday, highlighted by Daavettila's win with scores of 6-1 and 6-3 in the first round. Senior Alexa Graham also won her first round decisively with scores of 6-2 and 6-1, and sophomore Cameron Morra won convincingly with scores of 6-1 in both sets. With scores of 6-1, 6-3, junior Alle Sanford advanced as well.

In doubles competition, the duo of Daavettila and Graham lost their round, 7-6 (6) and 7-6 (5). However, the pairing of senior Makenna Jones and Morra made a comeback to advance in doubles, 0-6, 6-1, 10-7.

By the end of Thursday's matches, three Tar Heels had advanced to the round of 16. Graham won her match, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, after being forced to a tiebreaker third set. Similar to her first round, Daavettila quickly won her match, 6-2, 6-3. Morra cruised to victory as well when she won both of her sets by a score of 6-1.

Sanford was the lone singles player for UNC to fall in the second round, losing in three sets, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4.

The duo of Jones and Morra reached the doubles quarterfinals after winning in back-to-back sets, 6-2, 6-4, on Thursday. After losing on Wednesday, the duo Daavettila and Graham competed in the consolation doubles bracket on Thursday, winning their first match, 6-0, 6-3.

North Carolina lost two of its remaining three players in singles competition on Friday. After winning the first set, Graham was bested in her matchup with Haley Giavara of California, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Morra was defeated in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Daavettila won her match in the round of 16 with scores of 6-4 and 6-3 and advanced to the semifinals behind a three-set victory in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

In the doubles quarterfinals, Morra and Jones lost their matchup in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. The duo of Daavettila and Graham advanced to the semifinals of the consolation doubles bracket with a victory of 6-0 in the first set, and the retirement of Oklahoma State's Dariya Detkovskaya and Bunyawi Thamchaiwat in the second set. The UNC pair went on to lose in back-to-back sets during the semifinals, 7-5, 6-4.

Daavettila won her singles semifinals match on Saturday in a three-set victory. After dropping the first set, the senior stormed back, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to punch her ticket to the final. From there, Daavettila was able to avenge an October loss to Texas' Anna Turati when the two met in the finals of this tournament. Despite a close first set, Daavettila was victorious in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-1.

Who stood out?

Daavettila picked up major wins en route to claiming the singles competition title on Sunday afternoon. In the semifinals, she defeated Miami's Estela Perez-Somarriba, the 2019 NCAA Singles Champion, and secured a win over No. 8 Anna Rogers of N.C. State in the second round.

In addition to winning the main draw, the senior was also honored with the ITA Sportsmanship Award for outstanding demeanor on and off the court.

When was it decided?

On Sunday afternoon, Daavettila won in a two-game set to claim the championship, fighting through an evenly-matched first set to earn a narrow 7-6 (5) victory. Once the senior jumped out to a strong lead in the second set, it became clear that she wasn't going to settle for anything less than the championship.

Why does it matter?

For Daavettila, the win on Sunday was her sixth singles victory in the tournament, with five coming against top-50 ranked players. Head coach Brian Kalbas said that Daavettila never lost her confidence in tough situations.

When do they play next?

The women's tennis team won't play again until the spring season starts on Saturday, Jan. 11, when the Tar Heels face Elon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at 11 a.m.


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<![CDATA[UNC volleyball tied for fourth in ACC after 3-0 win over Wake Forest]]> The North Carolina volleyball team (13-11, 10-4 ACC) swept Wake Forest (11-14, 1-13 ACC) on Sunday afternoon, extending UNC's win streak to three games while handing the Demon Deacons their 11th straight loss.

What happened?

Early in the first set, both teams were evenly matched, tied at 7-7 before UNC went on a 5-1 run and never looked back. From aces and clean sets to strong blocks and kills, the Tar Heels had solid contributions from everyone and took the first set 25-19.

The second set started similarly, with Wake Forest and UNC trading points until 15-all, where North Carolina then went on a 3-0 run, eventually going up 22-18. The set ended 25-20 on a successful challenge call by North Carolina, and they took a commanding 2-0 lead.

In the third set, the Tar Heels stepped out to an early 4-0 lead and forced a timeout by the Demon Deacons. Both teams battled hard, but North Carolina proved to be the best team and they secured the victory 25-21.

Wake Forest's .149 hitting percentage for the match is a mark of how good North Carolina's defense is and how the players have really started to hit their strides.

"We're delighted about the 3-0 result," said head coach Joe Sagula. "For us right now to be able to sustain our level of play in the grind of the season and to come out with a win I think is really good. I'm really proud of the team."

Who stood out?

A lot of Tar Heels stood out on Sunday. Parker Austin led the team with 13 kills and added three blocks, Skyy Howard had seven kills and Destiny Cox had six kills.

However, the biggest story was the return of defensive specialist Mia Fradenburg after missing three games due to injury. She came back and instantly boosted the team's play with outstanding numbers of 16 digs and two service aces.

"The other big thing about today was the return of Mia Fradenburg," Sagula said. "She played great, served really effectively and really was an anchor for us passing. She really did a fantastic job"

When was it decided?

After going up two sets to nothing, North Carolina held a firm advantage. The Deacons at one point cut the lead to just on in the third set, but were unable to every go ahead of the Tar Heels before the last set was finished by a kill by Howard.

Why does it matter?

This win was significant because it puts UNC in a four-way tie for second place in the ACC along with Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Florida State. After starting off the season 1-7, North Carolina is now on a 12-4 tear and Sagula believes this team is really coming together thanks to the growth of the team and leadership from seniors.

"The leadership provided by Mia Fradenburg, Katharine Esterley and the rest of our seniors Skylar Wine and Greer Moseman, they came every day setting the tone for practice and allowed our team to believe that if we stay with it, we'll get things going," Sagula said.

"So many people have contributed, and during that time we've had as much as 11 different people make big contributions to the success of this team. You can't say it's resting on one or two people. It has been a lot of people who have emerged and grown and matured and it's great to see that for now and the future."

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels play a conference match against Florida State next Sunday at 1 p.m. in Tallahassee, Florida.


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Libero Mia Fradenburg (13) passes the ball during Friday's game against Boston College.

<![CDATA[UNC Hospitals pharmacy department wins award for reducing patients' financial risks ]]> The UNC Hospitals Department of Pharmacy won an award for reducing patients' financial risk through drug pre-certification.

The hospital won the 2019 Innovator Award at the National Oncology Conference, hosted by the Association of Community Cancer Centers and held from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.

Insurance companies have complex policies regarding what services and medications they will and will not cover, Suzanne Francart, assistant director of pharmacy for the Medication Assistance Program and Pharmacy Revenue Integrity team, said. If the hospital administers a drug or service but an insurance company refuses to cover it, the hospital and its patients face a significant financial burden.

"What we have done at UNC, and what we submitted and won the ACCC Innovator of the Year Award for, is building a pharmacy department-run, closed loop model to ensure that pre-certification is done prior to receiving high-dollar outpatient drugs," Francart said.

Francart said they began implementing the model about six years ago, when high-dollar claims were increasingly denied by insurance companies. Many patients, including those receiving expensive chemotherapy, questioned why their services were not covered.

The pharmacy department now controls the entire drug administration process, Lindsey Amerine, assistant director of pharmacy at UNC Medical Center, said. The department proactively submits claims to insurance companies, helps patients enroll in free drug programs, mixes medications and makes sure medications are paid for correctly.

"Other institutions, especially academic institutions, have pieces of this," Francart said, "but having pharmacy-owned front-end pre-certification, back-end denials management, and continuous quality improvement within a comprehensive model is the first in the nation that we're aware of."

Amerine expects other intuitions to take after UNC's model, especially with the award highlighting its success.

"ACCC is a multidisciplinary organization, so it shows us that there are a lot of other institutions that see this as the best practice," Amerine said.

Sarah Garfinkle, a fourth-year pharmacy student at UNC, said this award is a testament to the hospital's commitment to providing high-quality patient care.

"It shows we're doing everything we can to provide accessibility to our patients," Garfinkle said. "And it's kind of given me motivation when I'm looking into my residency programs and my jobs for next year, to kind of bring similar accessibility to anywhere to make sure that our patients are being cared for as efficiently as possible."

Francart said the award will not only encourage other institutions to adopt this model - it also celebrates the efforts of those who worked to create this system.

"I think for us, as professionals, whenever you have the opportunity to publish, to submit for awards, to speak on the things that you do and the practices you've built, it's sort of our due diligence not only to put it out here for other institutions to learn from or to potentially adopt, but it's also a recognition of the teams who have been working to build those things," Francart said.


From left: Christian Downs, ACCC Executive Director; Ali McBride, ACCC President; Suzanne Francart, UNC Hospitals Department of Pharmacy, Assistant Director of Pharmacy; and Randall Oyer, ACCC President-Elect. The UNC Hospitals Department of Pharmacy received the 2019 Innovator award for a system that reduces financial risk for the hospital and its patients. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Francart.

<![CDATA[Alessia Russo's goal in double overtime propels UNC women's soccer to ACC Championship]]> CARY, N.C. - There is a reason that Alessia Russo wears the number 19 on her jersey.

Worn by both Mia Hamm and Crystal Dunn during their time with the North Carolina women's soccer team, the number had been long retired when Russo arrived at UNC. By offering it to her, head coach Anson Dorrance was making an implicit promise to the world - she will earn this. She will be great.

After Russo scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime against previously unbeaten No. 1 Virginia in the ACC Championship game - winning MVP of the ACC Tournament for the second time in her career in the process - consider that promise fulfilled.

It happened after over 100 minutes of play, with a ball sent over the top by junior defender/midfielder Emily Fox that Russo had to beat UVA's Zoe Morse to.

From there, the Kent, England native cut to her left, then immediately cut back to her right to turn around Talia Staude of the Cavaliers. That was before her right foot sent a rocket into the far left post, out of the outstretched arms of Virginia goalie Michaela Moran to end the game.

"I don't really remember it, to be honest," Russo said of her goal. "It was a fight, and we knew that Virginia was a tough team coming into the game. They were No. 1 for a reason and unbeaten for a reason. We knew it could go to overtime or even PKs, but we fought till the end."

Russo's goal was a statement about her own career, but the win on Sunday was a statement for the entire women's soccer team.

"It was a big stage and an opportunity to prove ourselves, and I think that's what we did," first-year defender Maycee Bell said.

The win was the first time UNC has defeated a No. 1 team since 2012, when a then-No. 14 North Carolina team defeated Stanford in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament en route to the program's last national championship.

This iteration of the Tar Heels has been here before, though just without Russo. They made it to the ACC Championship game last year against Florida State, down their injured star forward and Fox, one of the team's best defenders who was away with the U.S. Women's National Team in Europe.

"We were without, as you can see, two incredibly classy players," Dorrance said. "These were not ordinary players that weren't with us."

Against Virginia, there was no handicap. Despite that, the Cavaliers had multiple opportunities to go up in the game and rob Russo of the chance for a game-winner.

A shot by Rebecca Jarrett, who earlier in the tournament scored a golden goal for Virginia against FSU, nearly ended the game in the first overtime, hitting the far post and popping up dangerously in North Carolina's box.

It was the type of fluke play that cost UNC the national championship in 2018, when a deflected ball ended with the only goal of the match for Florida State.

Unlike last year, there was no heartbreaking goal off a chance play. And - perhaps more importantly - unlike last year, Russo is healthy for UNC.

The Tar Heels redeemed their loss in the ACC Championship last year. All that's left is to do it again in the next leg of the postseason.

"It's a new season, and it's hopefully time to put things right," Russo said. "We've been working so hard since the Final Four (last year). We kind of drew a line under it, and it's a new season and it's a new group of girls. We're ready to go attack the NCAA Tournament."


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Junior forward Alessia Russo (19) charges in the ACC women's soccer semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 against NC State at WakeMed Soccer Park. UNC beat NC State 3-0.

<![CDATA[First-year Maycee Bell helps UNC defeat top-ranked Virginia in ACC championship ]]> CARY, N.C. - Maycee Bell had been hearing it since December.

Though the first-year defender wasn't officially a Tar Heel at the time, she understood the importance of the soccer team's self-dubbed 'revenge tour'. After coming up short last year against Florida State in both the ACC Championship game and the NCAA title game, one word has been on the team's mind: revenge.

When her older teammates let her know of the devastating losses, Bell, the ACC Freshman of the Year, made it clear that she was already well-aware.

"I was at the championship game when we lost," Bell said. "I wasn't on the team, but I just felt every emotion that they felt … They just told me that you can't take any game for granted, and that we have to keep going for every game and fight every minute."

And that's exactly what Bell did this past Sunday during the ACC Championship final against top-ranked Virginia. It helped the Tar Heels slide by the Cavaliers 2-1 in double-overtime, winning the program's 22nd conference title.

It was the largest stage of Bell's young collegiate career. Still, she remembered not to take any moment, any possession or any play for granted.

In the sixth minute of the match, as junior defender Lotte Wubben-Moy sent a corner kick flying just outside the penalty box, Bell saw her opportunity. The 5-foot-11 defender soared up between two UVA defenders and used the side of her head to sneak the ball right past the right shoulder of goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, putting the Tar Heels on the board first.

"Before the game, (head coach Anson Dorrance) challenged me to go up when the ball's in the corner," Bell said. "So I just took the challenge, and it was awesome."

Dorrance, a National Soccer Hall of Fame coach, couldn't help but chuckle as he stood beside Bell, who is one of five of his players selected to the ACC All-Tournament Team.

"Gosh, I wish it was that simple all the time," Dorrance said.

Her header was UNC's lone goal of regulation. It was the reason the Tar Heels were able to take the Cavaliers to overtime after UVA first-year forward Diana Ordonez scored in the 68th minute. There, junior forward Alessia Russo drilled the game-winner.

When Bell, a Wichita, Kansas, native, first arrived in Chapel Hill, Dorrance did something he'd never done in his 43 years with UNC soccer: give a first-year a starting role from the first scrimmage.

Dorrance made sure to note that even names like Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly had to fight their way into his starting lineup as first-years. Not Bell, though. Something about her was different.

"I'm not coaching her as a college player. I'm coaching her as a future U.S. full national team and Olympic starter," Dorrance said. "That's how good she is."

That explains why Dorrance felt confident enough to challenge Bell before the match to be aggressive on corner kicks. It also explains why Bell wasn't just ready for this moment -she was eager for it.

"I honestly was really looking forward to it," Bell said of playing Virginia. "It was a big stage, and an opportunity to prove ourselves, and I think that's what we did."

Bell knew she could help her team get back to the big games after she witnessed her team suffer that heartbreaking loss to the Seminoles last season.

And on Sunday, it showed.

"You're seeing the embryonic future full-team star," Dorrance said. "So enjoy it while she's here with us."


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First-year Maycee Bell (25) heads the ball during the ACC finals game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019 at WakeMed Soccer Park. UNC beat Virginia 2-1.

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<![CDATA[Local officials express concerns over widening of N.C. 54]]> Both Orange County and Carrboro officials have recently decided that widening N.C. 54 may not be the best avenue to a streamlined commute.

The Board of Orange County Commissioners heard the presentation of a report that recommended officials widen a passage of N.C. 54 West that runs through Carrboro at its Nov. 7 meeting.

More than four miles of this passage, which also runs through Alamance County, are in Orange County. Almost two of those miles run through Carrboro. The Carrboro Board of Aldermen decided to consider alternatives to widening by receiving the report in an Oct. 15 meeting.

Although the report the county received suggests the volume of cars may be causing crashes along the highway, Carrboro Board of Aldermen members Damon Seils said current safety updating initiatives could address these problems.

In his statements to the commissioners, Seils cited the potential for negative environmental impacts and increased commuter traffic on alternative local routes as possible outcomes of the proposed widening. Both Seils and county commissioners expressed concerns that the benefits of the project might not outweigh the costs.

"The recommendation in the report calls for a project that will cost many, many millions of dollars to address a problem that we think is smaller scale," Seils said. "I think that there are other priorities for the region."

The Board of Orange County Commissioner and Carrboro Board of Aldermen said they will look to alternatives including signaling and safety improvements that are already underway to relieve congestion in the area. Orange County Commissioner Mark Marcoplos brought up park-and-ride and carpool lots as alternatives to the issue. Seils, as well as other county commissioners, expressed concerns as to whether the proposal is worth its cost.

"The many millions that would be spent on this project are many millions that would be spent on other projects that we think are more important priorities," Seils said.

The report will be considered by the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization this week. But as the Town and County move forward, officials, including Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, are hopeful a compromising solution will be found.

"I think the more we can collaborate and the more we can communicate our concerns and our issues with each other, the better it is," Lavelle said.

Regardless of what the DCHC-MPO decides, it seems Carrboro and Orange County will move forward in tandem to more streamlined transit.

"This is something that we should be doing with respect to all kinds of transportation projects, not just this particular project," Seils said. "What we were encouraging, and I think the county commissioners were receptive to, was the Town of Carrboro and Orange County could be collaborating more closely and identifying what our joint priorities are and identifying solutions that we put forward."



The Orange County Board of Commissioners met Nov. 9.

<![CDATA[Editorial: Visit Cash Crop! to learn about the legacy of slavery]]> Starting on Oct. 20, you might have noticed an art gallery fill up one of the empty storefronts on Franklin. Cash Crop!, is an art installation by Durham artist Stephen Hayes. The gallery consists of 15 life-size sculptures that represent that 15 million enslaved Africans sold through the slave trade. This gallery is a must-see.

This free pop-up gallery is part of a greater University initiative to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first enslaved people from Africa brought to the United States. Sponsored by the UNC Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, this is a community effort to remember and understand the slave trade in a different setting. As opposed to traditional classroom education, this gallery challenges the ideas of what enslavement, and enslaved peoples, looked like.

The artist hopes that, "when people see it, they think, 'It looks like somebody I know,' or, 'It looks like me." Through this display, Hayes is able to bring audiences in to begin to comprehend the human element of the slave trade and modern racism.

Hayes' work is also reflective of North Carolina history. The shackles on the bodies in the exhibit are made from nails taken from railroad tracks. Many of these nails were placed by imprisoned African Americans forced onto chain gangs to produce infrastructure in this state. As a local artist, Hayes is tying together local history to the greater narrative of enslavement and its legacies.

All members of the Chapel Hill community should visit this space. Take a break from your walk to Frutta Bowls, and spend some time enjoying and grappling with art. This work provides important historical context and a unique view into the world of slavery. It is not easy, but it is incredibly meaningful to face these realities up close. Doing so through art can facilitate this understanding and preserve history.

Along with viewing an incredible gallery, this art should be appreciated in support of local artists. Stephen Hayes is a Durham native, and prefers to be called a "creator" instead of an artist. We should be uplifting local creators that challenge our perceptions of the past and encourage us to think critically about what they create. Hayes does just this with "Cash Crop!"

The gallery will close on Nov. 18. The gallery is located in the center of our community, and it shines light on the ways in which slavery brought this place to where it is today. Students, faculty and members of the community should visit this exhibit to get a deeper understanding of what "Cash Crop!" represents, and experience the power of the statues first-hand.


<![CDATA[Editorial: UNC covers up its racist past - literally]]> Last week, The Daily Tar Heel reported that the plaque dedicating Kenan Memorial Stadium to the violent white supremacist William R. Kenan, Sr. had been covered up with a large UNC logo.

Why does this matter?

Last year, former Chancellor Carol Folt announced that the University would recontextualize the stadium to instead focus on Kenan's son, William R. Kenan, Jr. This allowed them to sidestep the 16-year moratorium that the Board of Trustees imposed on renaming campus buildings back in 2015.

But rather than adding context to or removing the plaque, the dedication was simply obscured by the UNC logo in what the University referred to as a "temporary fix."

The University's History Task Force was assigned to the Kenan Stadium project, but the group's latest news update on its website was on Oct. 12, 2018, The Daily Tar Heel reported.

This is the latest installment in an ongoing series of UNC's attempts to cover up its racist past.

The University itself is built on white supremacy. The names of approximately 30 buildings on UNC's campus have ties to white supremacy, past yearbooks show brothers of Chi Phi wearing Ku Klux Klan robes and blackface and the University routinely fails to recognize the role of civil rights activists in fighting Black oppression and segregation in Chapel Hill.

We can't erase our past -but what we can do is learn from it. Our history informs our present, and we need to be intentional about acknowledging who we were in order to change who we are. Centuries of institutional racism have resulted in profound and irrevocable harm to communities of color. But the University has failed to truly reckon with it, despite many half-hearted attempts to do so.

So much of UNC's legacy is thanks to the Black community, from the slaves who helped build this campus 229 years ago to the Black athletes who play for its beloved basketball team. The University owes the Black community so much more than a souped-up UNC logo slapped on top of the name of a man responsible for the massacre of at least 25 Black individuals. It's just a Band-Aid fix - literally - to a much bigger issue.

Properly recontextualizing Kenan Stadium, as Folt promised over a year ago, should move to the top of the University's priority list. By postponing the changes, the University continues to dehumanize and devalue its Black students, sending the message that their concerns aren't worthwhile.

Kenan is more than a name. It's indicative of a power structure that disproportionately favors white lives over Black ones, and it perpetuates the glorification of white supremacists who never deserved to be heroes in the first place.

If UNC cares about diversity and Black lives as much as it claims to, the administration should immediately follow through on the promise it made and remove Kenan Sr.'s name from the stadium. Reparative steps like this are the only way the University can begin to regain trust and credibility among its students.

We're tired of writing different versions of the same editorial, begging UNC to recognize the humanity of its marginalized students. At this point, it feels like we're just screaming into the void. But more importantly, we know students of color are tired of living it.

This is an easy fix. Do better, UNC.


<![CDATA[1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium projects the past into the present and future]]> Is freedom universal? What does freedom really mean? Questions like these and more will be answered at the 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium.

Speakers from communities that were forced together as a result of the slave trade and European colonialism in Africa and the Americas will join together on Monday, Nov. 11, at the 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History to discuss insights and remembrance in the 400th year since enslaved Africans arrived at Jamestown in 1619.

The symposium is a culmination of the semester-long 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Project, focusing on what the arrival of Africans in the English-speaking colonies meant for European colonists, Native Americans and the Africans themselves, said Stephanie Cobert, the public communications officer for the Stone Center.

Cobert said that instead of using a traditional lecture format, the Stone Center wanted to inspire a flow of ideas and perspectives through discussion between speakers and audience members.

"We wanted to provide a welcoming space for people to have these conversations about what 1619 means on a historical and cultural level and to develop this understanding and think and ask questions that they might not have thought of before," Cobert said.

The Stone Center hopes that the symposium will lay a foundation for communities to continue having discussions related to topics of 1619 and that people will leave it feeling empowered, Cobert said.

Jessica Krug is an assistant professor of history at George Washington University and a keynote speaker for the 1619 Collective Memory(ies) Symposium. Krug said her scholarship focuses on the history of West Central Africa and on people who ran away from the violence of the transatlantic slave trade.

Krug said her goal at the symposium is to give a more expansive and rooted version of Black history that is not connected to English colonialism and the U.S. nation-state.

"I think the idea of 1619 and its connection to the present is a really important one, but I think it's also kind of a flawed one because it associates Black identity with a specific colonial and national experience in ways that I think are flawed," Krug said.

She said she wants to encourage another way of thinking about Black politics and thought and potential for Black futures.

"What I hope people get from it is the possibility of imagining a free future that's untethered from the shattered and bloody promises of nation or of empire," Krug said. "A different understanding of Black past and Black intellectual tradition that's not rooted in the practices of empire."

Neil Roberts is the chairperson and associate professor of Africana studies at Williams College and is another keynote speaker for the symposium. Roberts said he will address how to live free in an age of pessimism and ask questions about what freedom really means.

Roberts will ask to whom freedom is applicable, is freedom universal and what is freedom's opposite. He said in order to understand what it means to be free, people need to look at when enslaved Africans arrived in the U.S. in 1619 and connect it back to the present.

"It is about how we remember the past," Roberts said. "But also how we can take that past knowledge and project it not just into our present, but also into the future."


The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History on Thursday, Jan. 17. Artist Charles Williams will have a new exhibit in the center this spring.

<![CDATA[UNC art and art history professor Mary Pardo celebrates 34 years of art education ]]> Mary Pardo first began teaching art and art history at UNC in 1985. Now, after 34 years of scholarship and education, Pardo is retiring from her teaching position.

Her retirement ceremony will be held on Nov. 12 at the Hanes Art Center.During the celebration, Professor Emerita of the History of Art, Patricia Simons, will lecture on "Allegory and Pleasure, Virtue and Voyeurism: the visual dynamics of Susanna and the Elders" which will be followed by the reception.

"Mary is one of the most brilliant scholars alive," said Lucia Binotti, a professor in the department of romantic studies. "In addition to that, she is an amazing teacher. She has been teaching for many, many, many, many years."

Binotti and Pardo first met in 1991 after receiving the same arts and humanities scholarship. In 2003, they founded the honors study abroad program in Rome together, Binotti said.

"She has really impacted the lives of an incredible amount of students," Binotti said. "When you have taken a class with Mary Pardo, you never forget it."

Pardo has taught at each level of the undergraduate program, developed classes at UNC such as World Art and directed graduate students dissertations. She said teaching in many different environments is very enriching.

"I've discovered that the best students in art history come from all majors - they don't have to be art history majors," Pardo said. "It's always very gratifying to see this discipline can actually be of interest to students of many different backgrounds."

Pardo earned her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh, concentrating on art criticism and theory of the Italian Renaissance, according to the press release. She is currently studying the relationship between words and images of love in religious worship.

"When I was first hired here, I felt very fortunate to be coming here, because it was such a fine program and it was also one in which there was a lot of opportunity," Pardo said.

After 34 years of educating, Pardo said she would like to get back to her scholarship duringretirement.

"I first came here, like all young faculty, expecting to be very productive as a researcher and writer, as well as a full-time teacher, but I found that the teaching actually took up more ofmy time and more of my attention," Pardo said. "I'm working on a few articles right now. And I'm hoping that I can actually get back to a book project that I have had in mind for a long time."

Pardo said she would like to leave students with a willingness to dive fairly deep into their learning process and the ability to find the beauty of art and enjoy the pleasures of it the same way that she has.

"The one thing that being at UNC does teach all of us is the treasure of learning or the learning process," Pardo said. "The use of our mind is a really wonderful thing."



<![CDATA[UNC field hockey handles Boston College, captures third straight ACC championship]]> The No. 1 North Carolina field hockey team (19-0, 6-0 acc) defeated Boston College (13-7, 4-2 ACC) 3-1 on Sunday to preserve a perfect season and capture the team's third ACC title in a row.

What happened?

The Tar Heels took the lead in the 12th minute off of a goal from Marrisa Creatore. The senior forward redirected a ball sent by sophomore Erin Matson past the goalkeeper and into the cage.

Boston College evened up the score 30 minutes later. Junior forward Jaime Natale got herself wide open right in front of the cage. She received a great pass from junior Elizabeth Warner and hit a one-timer for the goal.

The game remained tied until a fourth-quarter goal from senior midfielder Yentl Leemans, which gave UNC the lead once again. North Carolina took advantage after a Boston College yellow card gave the team an extra attacker. It would score a goal during that time span. During a penalty corner, Matson delivered a terrific behind-the-back pass to set Leemans up with a golden opportunity that she calmly converted.

The Tar Heels would extend their lead to two when Creatore got her second goal of the game. She stole the ball from a Boston College player and knocked it into the back corner of the cage to seal the win.

The Eagles almost responded with a quick goal on a corner, but the score was immediately waived off by the referee because the ball sailed too high.

UNC held on the rest of the way to seal the victory.

Who stood out?

The seniors came up huge for the Tar Heels, masking the most out of their final ACC Championship game.

The ones that had the biggest impact were Creatore and Leemans.Creatore got two of the three UNC goals, including the one that put the game out of reach.

Leemans also had a key goal for her team. She scored the game-winning goal, a feat she also accomplished during North Carolina's 3-2 win against the Eagles on Oct. 25.

When was it decided?

The ten-minute North Carolina player advantage proved to be a big turning point in the game. The Tar Heels cashed in with a game-deciding goal, taking away any momentum that Boston College had and shifted it back to their side.

From there, another goal was icing on the cake for UNC and helped continue the nation's longest winning streak.

Why does it matter?

Coming off a hard-fought battle in the two teams' regular season matchup, Sunday's championship game was expected to be close.

UNC had to play the Eagles at their home stadium that was filled to capacity. They also had to deal with the frigid weather in Newton, Pennsylvania. However, the Tar Heels did not let the pressure get to them.

Appearing in their fifth straight conference championship, their experience clearly showed competing against a team vying for its first ever ACC title.

The Tar Heels' 3-1 victory earned them their 22nd conference title in program history.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels have locked in a bid for the NCAA tournament, and now await the results of the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday at 10 p.m. They will almost assuredly be the No. 1 overall seed, and will look to complete a second straight perfect season and win back-to-back national championships.


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<![CDATA[Guskiewicz announces plan to replace Folt's History Task Force and other news]]> CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated Bob Blouin's name in a quote. The article has been updated to reflect the change. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.

Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced at Friday's Faculty Council meeting that he would be creating a new commission to replace former Chancellor Carol Folt's History Task Force. The commission, called the Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward, will be formally announced in the next several days.

The Faculty Council also discussed the Campus Climate Survey, the Tar Heel Bus Tour and faculty satisfaction.

New Commission on History and Race

The University will hire two new faculty members to serve on the Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward, Guskiewicz said in the meeting.

He also provided an update on the lawsuit concerning the use of race in the University's admissions practices. The suit will be going to trial on June 8, per a federal judge.

"We are proudly defending this case because we think that our holistic admissions process works very well here, and provides the kind of educational benefits that are important to us as a community," Guskiewicz said.

Faculty Satisfaction

The council discussed faculty satisfaction at the University, continuing the discussion from a previous meeting.

Lloyd Kramer, interim chairperson of the faculty, said there's been discussion about faculty morale due to the challenges of recruiting new faculty, the need to retain current long-serving faculty members and continuing uncertainties about the state budget.

Kramer invited Executive Vice Provost Ronald Strauss to the podium to present the results of the 2018 Collaboration on Academic Careers in Higher Education survey. This project assessed the faculty climate at the University via an email sent to all faculty at the beginning of 2018.

The results presented at the meeting focused on responses from tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Before presenting, Strauss said it was important for the Faculty Council to keep the time at which the survey was issued into context when analyzing the results.

"What was happening in 2018, in February and March?" Strauss asked. "Carol Folt was still our chancellor. Bob Blouin had just started as Provost about six months before them. Winston Crisp was still our vice chancellor for student affairs. Silent Sam hadn't been toppled yet."

The University participated in the same study in 2015, and saw an increase in satisfaction in areas including collaboration, tenure clarity and departmental quality. The only decrease in satisfaction was with senior leadership.

AAU Campus Climate Survey

Kramer also invited interim Vice Chancellor of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement Becci Menghini to the front to discuss the results from the Association of American Universities' 2019 Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct.

The University was one of 33 schools that participated in the survey. The report found that UNC followed aggregate trends of increasing rates of non-consensual sexual touching and penetration in both women and men.

The report also found that more than 80 percent of victims told at least one other person, but only 17.5 percent contacted a resource or program.

Menghini said that these numbers are disconcerting.

"If students are not coming to University resources immediately but are experiencing traumatic events, how do we help talk to their friends who they are going to automatically, to help them know what to do and how to respond once they've experienced trauma of this sort?" Menghini said.

Tar Heel Bus Tour

Faculty also discussed the Tar Heel Bus Tour, a trip taken by University faculty members through different areas of North Carolina. Four professors who went on the trip shared their experiences.

Patia McGrath, a professor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, said as a native New Yorker, she applied to the bus tour because she saw it as a good opportunity to connect to the state where she teaches.


<![CDATA[Kiger and Soendergaard highlight weekend for UNC men's tennis]]> The North Carolina men's tennis team wrapped up their fall schedule with the 2019 ITA Oracle Fall National Championships in Newport Beach, California and at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational this weekend.

What happened?

Junior Mac Kiger and senior Simon Soendergaard earned invitations to the ITA Fall Nationals after winning the ITA Regional title. Senior Josh Peck was also invited after reaching the semifinal of the ITA Regional and is ranked No. 50 in the ITA rankings.

KigerandSoendergaardopened the tournament on Wednesday by upsetting the No. 1 seed of the event, Columbia's JackLin and JackieTang, who won the ITA Fall All-American Championship last month.

The Tar Heels dropped the first set 6-7, but rallied in the final sets to win 6-3 and 1-0 and advance to the second round of the tournament on Thursday.

In the second round, Kiger and Soendergaard came up against Memphis's David Stevenson and Oscar Cutting, who they defeated in three sets. They won the first set 6-4, dropped the second set 3-6, and won the third by 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the event on Friday.

In their quarterfinal matchup, Kiger and Soendergaard faced Ryan Dickerson and MatiasSoto of Baylor, who they defeated in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, to advance to the semifinals on Saturday.

Waiting for Kiger and Soendergaard in their semifinal matchup was the eighth seed of Robert Cash and John McNally of Ohio State. There, the Tar Heels were knocked out of the tournament, dropping in three sets 4-6, 6-0 and 1-0.

In singles, Peck lost his first match in the singles bracket to No. 44 Sven Lah of Baylor 6-3, 6-3. He then faced Mississippi State's Gregor Ramskogler in the consolation draw, where he fell 6-2, 5-7, 7-6.

Back in North Carolina, two Tar Heels competed in the Wake Forest Fall Invitational. Ladd Harrison and Mark Dillon competed in the singles bracket and competed together in the doubles bracket.

Harrison reached the final of his singles bracket, defeating Richmond's John Walsh, Radford's Rodrigo Magalhaes, and Mercer's Hugo Lobo in route to the final where he faced Coastal's Daiki Tanabe. Ladd was swept in two sets, losing 7-5, 6-4.

In Dillon's first singles match, he faced Wofford's Bryce Keim, which he fell 6-3, 6-4.

In their first matchup in the doubles bracket, Harrison and Dillon lost 6-4 by Tennessee Tech University.

Who stood out?

Kiger and Soendergaard's upset of the top-seeded doubles team at the ITA Fall Nationals was the Tar Heels' most impressive performance of the weekend, as well as their run to the semifinals.

Why does it matter?

Kiger and Soendergaard's loss in the semifinals came at the hands of Ohio State. The Tar Heels defeated the Buckeyes last season in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, when the Buckeyes held the No. 1 ranking.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will be back in action in January to begin their spring indoor schedule.


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Sophomore Simon Soendergaard celebrates during an April 1 match against Virginia at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.

<![CDATA[First Amendment conference explored diminishing local news as a 'crisis of democracy']]> A two-day conference at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center over the weekend examined the role of the First Amendment in creating an informed society and ensuring the needs of democracy.

The event, hosted by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy, along with the First Amendment Law Review and the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life, featured a variety of speakers who work in media.

At the beginning of the symposium, Susan King, dean of the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, said people have seen newspapers, particularly in local areas, diminishing - which she called a crisis for democracy.

"We don't just want to document the end," King said. "What is the sustainability model for written news in our communities that will keep democracy strong?"

David Ardia, faculty co-director of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and an associate professor of law, said people can't just sit back and expect the information that they need to be available to them.

He said the last few years have shown people that the primary source of information about the world, government and communities is produced by journalists who are struggling.

Social media and other forms of sharing digital information have increased, Ardia said, but the same high-quality information is becoming harder to find.

"These are issues that are very difficult," Ardia said. "There needs to be a multi-disciplinary conversation, because the challenges we face are multi-disciplinary."

The conference brought together a variety of scholars and media professionals.

Among these professionals were author and journalist Robert Kaiser and Leonard Downie Jr., a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

When introducing Kaiser and Downie as keynote speakers for the first day of the conference, Ardia said they have a combined 90 years of experience at The Washington Post.

In addition to their extensive bios, Kaiser and Downie co-wrote "The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril" in 2002 and are working on a follow-up to the book.

Kaiser and Downie discussed the challenges facing journalism today, the transition to online journalism and the impact of social media.

Downie said the different technological ways that large news organizations work to sustain themselves are not always possible for local news organizations. The potentially promising news, he said, is the increase of non-profit news organizations throughout the country.

"This collaboration amongst news organizations, nonprofit and for-profit, is also very important for the future of journalism," Downie said.

Ardia said the conference is about what the government, journalists and individuals should do to address the needs of American democracy. He said Americans have seen a decline in the trust of the news.

"I think journalists have not been willing in the past to talk about why their work in important," Ardia said. "We need to educate the public on why journalism is important."

He said people have a short attention span, and it's getting shorter as a result of social media.

"Why it is important we understand what goes on in our state government? Why is it important we understand what goes on in our courts? Why is it important that these issues are reported, that we get access to the information?" Ardia said. "I think journalists, especially young journalists today can make that case to convince fellow students and others that this work is important."


Susan King, the Dean of the School of Media and Journalism, speaks at the First Amendment Day opening ceremony in 2015.

<![CDATA[Upset by A.C. Headlee spurs win streak in UNC wrestling's 19-17 victory over Michigan]]> The No. 17 North Carolina wrestling team won its first dual meet of the season against No. 19 Michigan, 19-17, on Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the meet coming down to just two points, a pin from 174-pounder Clay Lautt played a decisive role in separating the two ranked opponents.

What happened?

North Carolina fell to a quick 4-0 deficit after the first bout of the night in the 125-pound division, with No. 19 Joey Melendez, a redshirt first-year, falling to Michigan redshirt sophomore Jack Medley in a major decision, 10-2.

The Tar Heels wouldn't let that deficit last long, storming back to tie the meet with the second major decision of the night. Redshirt sophomore Jaime Hernandez dominated his match in the 133-pound division, 20-7, to draw UNC even with its opponent.

The 141- and 149-pound bouts did little to separate the score, with the two sides exchanging close victories. 141-pound redshirt sophomore Zach Sherman scored a 9-3 victory to give North Carolina the lead before Michigan came rumbling back to tie the dual with a victory in the 149-pound matchup. In another match that ended 9-3, redshirt sophomore Gino Esposito was on the losing side, drawing the match even heading into the 157-pound bout.

UNC redshirt senior A.C. Headlee pulled out an upset victory against No. 10 Will Lewan to give North Carolina a 5-2 victory. The bout was tied after both the first and second periods, with Headlee scoring a late takedown as the buzzer sounded, giving him an important 5-2 victory and the Tar Heels a 10-7 lead going into intermission.

Redshirt junior Kennedy Monday widened the gap between the two teams when he secured a 10-3 victory. No. 16 Monday led after each period and gave North Carolina an overall lead of 13-7 heading into the 174-pound bout.

Lautt scored a first-period pin against the Wolverines' Reece Hughes to earn North Carolina a pivotal 19-7 lead going into the final three matches of the night.

Lautt's pin would prove decisive for the Tar Heels, who would go on to win despite losing their final three matches. The 19-17 victory for the Tar Heels was decided in the final bout of the night, where No. 5 Mason Parris from Michigan narrowly defeated No. 20 Andrew Gunning, a redshirt junior for the Tar Heels. With Gunning staying on his feet in the 285-pound match, UNC secured its first victory of the season.

Who stood out?

Lautt's victory proved to be key in determining the final outcome for North Carolina. Had he not secured a pin, and the six points that came with it, UNC may have left Ann Arbor with an 0-1 record. The meet was projected to be tightly contested from the start, and Lautt's pin gave the Tar Heels the extra points they needed to separate them from their opponents.

When was it decided?

Outside of Lautt's pin in the 174-pound bout, an earlier victory from Headlee set off a three-match winning streak for the Tar Heels that led to a 12-point separation in UNC's favor. With a 3-2 lead late in the third period of his match, Headlee's defensive efforts and late takedown of his opponent provided a major shift in the momentum during the meet, giving North Carolina a lead they would never lose.

Why does it matter?

Coming off of the program's best NCAA finish since 1995, North Carolina will look to continue its development this year. Having success in an early road meet against an opponent of Michigan's caliber should point towards even more improvement for the Tar Heels this season.

When do they play next?

North Carolina will be on the road again for a dual meet at Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m.


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<![CDATA[Column: Elections don't just happen every four years]]> The OC Voice is a portion of the OC Report newsletter where local residents may have a platform to talk about local issues they care about. Michael Taffe is the assistant City & State editor.

When people think of their government, they think about deliberation in Congress or the latest national news coverage. But the vast majority of our interactions with government happen at the local level.

Traffic lights, speed limits, utilities, police, schools, affordable housing, taxes: these are all decided by our local government bodies.

And yet, despite being at the center of the issues that impact us daily, turnout in our local elections is consistently the lowest of any race.

Voter turnout in Orange County was 71 percent in 2016 during elections for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, N.C. General Assembly, mayor and local boards. In 2018, when the highest office on the ballot was U.S. House, turnout dropped to 59 percent. And last week, when the only offices on the ballot were local, turnout plummeted to 18 percent.

This is not a new phenomenon. Turnout was actually up slightly in Orange County from 2017 - the last local-only election year. And Orange County tends to do better than North Carolina as a whole, with higher voter turnout than the state in the last six elections.

But with the winners of the race for Chapel Hill Town Council currently being decided by just 24 votes, one has to wonder how the race would be different if voter turnout looked more like 2018 or 2016.

County boards of elections are required to do some advertising of elections, and many interest groups and individual candidates hold get-out-the-vote efforts. But local elections tend to get less attention than federal races.

Before Election Day, we conducted video interviews with all twenty candidates campaigning in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This year, we launched The OC Report, a weekly newsletter with news about the greater Orange County community. And on election night, we deployed more than 20 reporters to talk to voters and candidates at polling sites across the area.

The slow upward trend in turnout for local-only election years in Orange County is encouraging - from 16.8 in 2015, to 17.6 in 2017, to 18.0 this year. I'd like to think this means more people are engaging with our coverage to learn about their local officials.

We do our best to keep people informed about their candidates because the issues taken up by local governments really do affect people's everyday lives. But it's hard to call it a government of the people when only 18 percent of the people showed up to the polls.

If you live in Orange County and want to make your voice heard on something you care about locally, email city@dailytarheel.com.



Michael Taffe is the Assistant City and State Desk Editor at the Daily Tar Heel.

<![CDATA[Editorial: Legislative inaction means rural North Carolinians are without health care]]> Thirty-two of 33 developed countries have adopted universal healthcare, but can you guess which one hasn't?

The United States currently runs on a health care system that allows for both governmental and private coverage. In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which attempted to make health care mandatory for all citizens.

However, a variety of exceptions allowed by the reform law, as well as states' ability to decide whether to expand individual government programs like Medicaid, led over 13 million Americans to go without health care.

Thirty-seven states have expanded Medicaid in their legislative decisions, but North Carolina isn't one of them. Even though over 500,000 North Carolinians would benefit from an expansion in Medicaid eligibility and access to affordable care, a lack of funding has made the timeline any potential policy changes unclear.

In June, Roy Cooper vetoed a $24 billion budget deal because the Republican-led General Assembly refused to include expanded Medicaid eligibility. If it were expanded, over half a million lower-income individuals could qualify for affordable care.

Meanwhile, the state health department made different plans to move 1.6 million Medicaid recipients to a pay-for-value system early next February. But due to the disputes among the state government, the switch will likely be pushed back. This delay in the timeline may also be incredibly costly, and the pay-for-value system will likely hurt institutions in rural areas that may not have the means to serve patients at the highest quality of care.

For example, Rocky Mount is one of North Carolina's most rural counties and faces some of the poorest health outcomes in the state. Leaders of Rocky Mount's community health center are worried that, due to their lack of resources, the new system will likely provide them with less Medicaid funding. This could prevent them from continuing to serve patients with chronic illnesses, housing instabilities and a variety of other issues.

In addition, money isn't the only issue - the process of enrolling for the new Medicaid plans is tedious, complex and only online. This puts individuals in rural areas at a severe disadvantage due to the lack of internet access and low literacy rates. The community health center itself has staffed employees who have been doing nothing but help patients with enrollment since the application opened up.

The indecisive nature of the state leaders, combined with an unclear future for Medicaid and health care, has led North Carolina to be ninth in the nation for the highest rate of uninsured residents. Over a million North Carolinians, about 10.7 percent of all residents, did not have health insurance during 2018. In addition, the state is one of 15 that saw a statistically significant jump in 130,000 children without insurance, almost 15,000 more than last year.

Unsurprisingly, the rate of uninsured individuals in North Carolina is rising three times as fast as states that have elected to expand Medicaid. Officials have estimated that the expansion of Medicaid would potentially decrease the rate of uninsured individuals by 3 percent and lessen the stress on rural institutions like Rocky Mount's community health center.

With a universal health care system under governmental regulation, the citizens of the United States can benefit from not only affordable care, but also strict drug pricing and higher care quality. In North Carolina, legislators can do their part by expanding Medicaid. This move would effectively lessen the high stress placed on rural healthcare providers and help over half a million underserved individuals get the affordable care that they need and deserve.


<![CDATA[Here's how a UNC alumna is using pupusas to tackle education inequity ]]> The Daily Tar Heel is featuring female members of the UNC campus and surrounding communities to highlight the impending arrival of the year 2020, which some are calling "The Year of the Woman," to commemorate the centennial of the female right to vote.

When most people hear the word pupusa, they may envision the traditional Salvadoran tortillas that are typically stuffed with beans or cheese and accompanied with pickled cabbage and carrots.

But for some students, pupusas symbolize much more than just a national dish from El Salvador: they represent the possibility of pursuing higher education in the United States.


Born to Salvadoran immigrant parents in Los Angeles, Cecilia Polanco grew up in Durham before attending college. A UNC alumna, Polanco was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, Global Gap Year Fellow and global studies major before graduating in 2016.

As an undergraduate in July 2015, Polanco created a social justice food truck business called So Good Pupusas, through which she sells traditional pupusas to raise funds for scholarships given to undocumented college students.

Polanco created the company because she recognized the privilege she had as a documented citizen of the U.S. who received scholarships for her college education. She wanted to help students with undocumented status attend college so that they could experience the same liberation from education that she herself had experienced.


In December 2016, Polanco created a non-profit organizationassociated with her business So Good Pupusascalled Pupusas for Education. Polanco manages the business while a team of students at UNC run Pupusas for Education.

"The business strives to be a force for good, and the non-profit works to close the opportunity gap for undocumented students," Polanco said in an email interview.

A key component of the non-profit organization is the work it does for its scholars who, to be eligible for consideration, must be high school seniors with either undocumented or DACA legal status who have applied or been accepted to a two- or four-year higher education institution.

Many undocumented Pupusa scholars would be expected to pay out-of-state tuition at schools like UNC, whether or not they reside in the state of their university.

"We want to help them overcome the systemic barriers they encounter so that they can reach their full potential and give back to their community," said Marcella Pansini, a junior majoring in business administration and public policy currently serves as the executive director of Pupusas for Education.

The non-profit organization provides various resources for its scholars, including financial aid, personal guidance and professional workshops.

In early November, the organization hosted the Undocumented Youth Empowerment Summit in the Campus Y, where they helped high school juniors and seniors discover what college is like, what challenges they should expect while pursuing higher education and how to best stay true to their culture and heritage.

Assistant Executive Director Vivian Karamitros is a sophomore majoring in statistics and analytics and computer science. Karamitros said the organization's events are meant to provide students with resources about how to do well in higher education.

"We are hoping to give them the resources and the connections that they need to succeed," Karamitros said. "... It's also about helping them find their identity and making sure that the Imposter Syndrome doesn't become something that they experience when they go to college."

Karamitros also said that a scholarship retreat is hosted for all Pupusa scholars so that they have an opportunity to bond, interact and network with each other once selected.


To help these students afford their education, the organization offers three scholarships that students can apply for during their senior year of high school. These include the Pupusas for Education scholarship, a renewable $1,000 scholarship available to two students, and gap year grants. So Good Pupusas has committed $14,000 toward this scholarship, which is currently in its pilot year.

"We are a last dollar scholarship," Pansini said about the Pupusas for Education scholarship. "We are a gap scholarship. We don't provide a lot of money in terms of finances, but we provide them with as many resources as we can. We are hoping to help them to close the gap. For example, if someone submits an application, saying they need about $5,000 in order to attend the University, we will provide them with $1,000 of that $5,000."

In partnership with Scholars Latino Initiative Virginia, the organization also offers a new scholarship to four students who participated in the SLI VA program in high school. This scholarship offers amounts ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 and is possible thanks to a donation from former UNC professor Peter Kaufman.

Because of the association with So Good Pupusas, many people have mistakenly assumed that the scholarships offered are only available to those who identify as Hispanic and LatinX, but Pansini emphasized that the only requirement for students applying is that they be undocumented or DACAmented.

The scholarships are currently only available to high school seniors residing in Orange, Durham and Wake county, but Pansini said one of her personal goals is to expand the target audience of potential scholars beyond the Triangle region. She is also hoping to establish an emergency fund for scholars who may need help paying for legal counsel if they feared deportation or for home reparation costs after storms.

Social impact

Once selected, scholars can attend any institution they'd like. Two Pupusa Scholars are currently at UNC.

Jatzyri Perez Garcia is one such first-year scholar majoring in neuroscience. With DACAmented legal status, Perez Garcia said she would not be able to attend UNC - let alone any other college - without the scholarship.

"Not only did they allow me to go to one of my dream schools, but they allowed me to continue my education like I wanted to," Perez Garcia said.

She mentioned that the opportunity to be a Pupusa Scholar offers more than just financial support, but also support and guidance from the organization's team.

"At the beginning, coming to UNC was kind of hectic, especially as a first-year. I had a lot of questions, so I quickly texted Marcella and asked her if there was anyone who could help me out or who I could ask questions to," Perez Garcia said. "She responded like 'Oh, you can just ask me. I can help you directly.' She was able to answer my questions and that helped me a lot."

Karamitros said that while working in Pupusas for Education she has learned that focusing on its target audience is the most important aspect of the organization's work.

"We are trying to specifically target this group that has a lot of times been overlooked or pushed to the wayside," Pansini said. "We want to make sure that they are seen, accounted for and feel as though they have someone who is on their side."



The Carolina Latinx Center will open this school year, after years of student campaigning. Photo courtesy of Gabriela Silva.

<![CDATA['A real anchor in the community': IFC's new community kitchen to open in Carrboro ]]> By summer 2020, the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service Board will complete its 10-year planning process that involves building two shelters, HomeStart and Community House and the new facility for its FoodFirst project in an effort to provide dignified services for people in need.

"It was a long-range plan to make sure that IFC has dignified, permanent spaces that will function well into the future for the programs that we provide," said Jackie Jenks, executive director of IFC.

Along with the community kitchen, shelter residents formerly stayed at 100 W. Rosemary St., while the food pantry, the emergency assistance program and the administrative office were located in 110 W. Main St. in Carrboro. But now, all services will be consolidated into the organization's Carrboro location.

The Carrboro-based building has been demolished because of its poor condition but is being rebuilt, Jenks said. Until that process is over, IFC is temporarily being housed in the Chapel Hill Historic Town Hall.

The new building will house IFC's FoodFirst project, a 16,000-square-foot facility that centralizes all its services. To make the construction possible, the FoodFirst Capital Campaign secured $5.8 million from over 440 local families, congregations, businesses and foundations.

Kristin Lavergne, IFC community services director, said the new building will simplify the pick-up process for its members, who live or work in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

"Our plan is that once the building is built, all the services would be in the same building, which just makes it easier, primarily for our members who may be needing services," Lavergne said. "They don't have to go to two different services. They could come in to take groceries and also have a hot meal."

She said the colocation also allows them to share staff who were previously working in separate locations and to gather food donations. Both the community kitchen and pantry will be larger, and the pantry will also be operated on a "member-choice" basis.

"For the community kitchen, we'll be able to serve more people so that people would not have to wait to be seated," Jenks said. "This is especially important when people come into the kitchen on their lunch breaks and need to get in and out very quickly."

She said members of the pantry can choose the goods themselves, rather than having volunteers or staff shopping for them. According to FoodFirst's website, expanded cold storage will also increase the groceries IFC provides to each family by an average of 25 percent.

Susan Romaine, one of the three founders and directors for PORCH, a local grassroots hunger-relief organization, said the changes create more flexibility in utilizing food.

"One thing I love about having the pantry and the kitchen together is that as food comes in, FoodFirst will be more in a position to determine where that food is most needed," Romaine said. "Should it go into the pantry, or does it need to go into the kitchen immediately to help with the preparation of meals?"

Romaine also recognized the project's focus on preventing food waste.

"I believe that they want to be a distribution hub, where excess food from nonprofits such as PORCH, we can share those with IFC, and they can help distribute those," she said. "I think they're going to help us be more efficient in terms of getting the food donations into the hands of the people who will be most likely to use different kinds of food."

Ashton Tippins, executive director for TABLE, a nonprofit that works to provide food aid to children in Orange County communities, said they are supportive of the FoodFirst project because it helps provide access to food in a dignified way.

Tippins referred to the example that undocumented individuals may find signing up for food assistance "a scary thing to do." She said food services should take the needs of different populations into consideration, and to do that, organizations should listen to the community.

"I know that everybody in TABLE is kind and cares for people and wants to take care of individuals, but I think we also can't be the ones that necessarily make the decision for what 'dignified' looks like for different people," she said. "So I think partnering with individuals is the key so that they have a say, so that they are influencers in what it looks like, so we can learn from them as well."

The FoodFirst project will have its grand opening in summer 2020.

By then, IFC will move out of the Historic Town Hall. Jacquelyn Gist, a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, said even though the locations of FoodFirst and the old town hall are now settled, the decision process was not easy.

"It's one of the most difficult decisions that this Board has faced in all the time that I've been here," she said.

In 2015, IFC submitted a request to revise an ordinance to allow for social service providers like IFC to include "dining" as a permissible use in some zoning districts. They needed the ordinance to change so they could move their community kitchen from Chapel Hill to their Carrboro building.

The board first held a public hearing for people to comment on this issue in March 2016.

Aaron Nelson, president and CEO of the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, said in the hearing the Chamber didn't think the amendment was appropriate for the central business district.

"We must also make plans ... to listen to what the business community is saying, and plan to maintain a safe and attractive downtown," Nelson said in 2016.

Braxton Foushee, a former member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen, said it aligns with Carrboro's values to place food services in an accessible location.

"The Carrboro way ... is for us to serve the less fortunate than we are: the homeless, the men with illness and the food insufficiency," Foushee said at the same meeting. "I would like for this venue to be in a location that is accessible to all."

Romaine said the new FoodFirst location is easy to reach by foot, bicycle and transit and is near affordable rental housing.

"I think it is going to be a real anchor in the community," she said. "Because it would be so accessible to so many people who are in need of supplemental food, which is just one more reason that I'm so excited about the plan."



(From left) Warner Lamar and Samveg Desai are both students at UNC-Chapel Hill who volunteer at the Inter-Faith Food Pantry in Carrboro. The IFC pantry also provides families with basic hygiene needs such as soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. These items are not often given out or even offered in other food pantries but IFC has thought beyond food and offered those in need with everyday essentials that everyone should have access to. Shot on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.