<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel: pageone]]> Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:35:40 -0400 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:35:40 -0400 SNworks CEO 2019 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[Weeks after her arrest, UNC employee fired for her protest of an active shooter drill]]> Amber Mathwig was arrested after protesting an unannounced active shooter drill in Odum Village on April 24. After being investigated internally by the University, she was fired last week.

"I felt like they had their decision made by the beginning," Mathwig said.

Mathwig was the Student Veterans Assistance Coordinator at UNC, where she used her 10-year Navy experience - spent in safety training, military police work, unarmed self-defense training and other roles - to help members of the military transition into the Carolina community.

She said her time in the Navy led her to believe something was not right on the afternoon of April 24, when she encountered a group of people wearing paintball-style masks and wielding orange-capped rifles, accompanied by a few law enforcement vehicles.

Mathwig had stumbled onto an unannounced active shooter scenario exercise being conducted by the UNC Police Department, and was arrested after refusing to leave the steps of a nearby building.

The former U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms realized the law enforcement officers were firing practice ammunition, which "petrified" her, she told the DTH at the time.

In a public statement, Mathwig said she made calls to University officials while sitting on the steps, but UNC Police insisted on their right to continue their exercise. She said she was placed in handcuffs after refusing to leave the direct training area, and charged with second-degree trespass and resisting an officer.

"I understand that I was the last person interviewed," she said. "Everybody wanted to talk to the police right away, but nobody wanted to come and talk to the worker that's sitting in handcuffs for three and a half hours."

Mathwig said she's only been back to campus three times since the incident: once to meet with a human recourses representative, a second time to be interviewed as part of the University's investigation, and the final time was her termination.

The actual firing was brief, she said.

"They already had the letter. It was really cordial and to the point."

In a statement to The Daily Tar Heel, UNC Media Relations said "Under theState Human Resources Act the University cannot comment on personnel matters."

In between the time of her arrest and firing, Mathwig said she was placed on investigatory leave by the University.

"The process is very vague," she said. "There's really no details given about how it's supposed to be carried out."

The State Human Resources Manual's Disciplinary Action Policy says investigatory leave with pay is used to "temporarily remove an employee from work status."

Reasons for placing an employee on investigatory leave include investigating allegations that would constitute cause for disciplinary action, to avoid disruption in the work place, protecting peoples' safety and others.

Mathwig felt she's been targeted by UNC Police for her "unwavering support of anti-racist student activism and vocal opposition to UNC campus police violence." Her arrest, made by Officer Ryan Kay around 5:30 p.m., occurred hours after a protest against police brutality.

Officer Kay was criticized for a different arrest last year involving a Dec. 3 anti-Silent Sam demonstration. The Daily Tar Heel reported on contradictions in statements made by Kay and other officers regarding the arrest and Kay's body camera footage.

"Maybe this training wasn't a huge thing, the fact that they think it's ok to do an active shooter training without announcing it to anybody, and then to punish somebody for saying this is wrong this is not a safe training environment," Mathwig said. "The University police are accountable to nobody."

Mathwig said UNC's investigation following the arrest was overseen by associate vice chancellor for student affairs Jonathan Sauls.

In 2013, Sauls was named in a complaint filed by former assistant dean of students Melinda Manning and four others, in which the group alleged Manning was told the number of 2010 campus sexual assault cases she compiled for reporting purposes was "too high," and that Manning was the victim of a hostile work environment.

When reached for comment, University Media Relations reiterated its stance on not commenting on personnel matters.

At the time, the DTH reported the complaint alleged Sauls "lashed out at [Manning] with threats, retaliation and silence."

The document also said "in 2006, the year Sauls was hired as judicial programs officer, all language requiring sexual assault training for judicial boards disappeared."

In April of this year Sauls's title changed from dean of students to associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

"People have such unlimited unchecked power over other peoples' lives," Mathwig said. "It's really dangerous."

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<![CDATA[Campus Safety Commission to tackle 'lack of trust' between UNC community and police]]> The Campus Safety Commission gathered in South Building on Wednesday morning in a collaborative effort to explore and improve campus policing practices. The group is a collective of students, faculty and staff, tasked with establishing a better understanding of the safety and security needs at UNC.

"The seed that started this commission was a profound mistrust of the way in which the police acted, especially during the Silent Sam protests, and the sense that they were not answerable to anyone. No one knew when they filed a complaint, what happened to the complaint, who was investigating the complaint," said Lawrence Grossberg, a professor in the communications department.

"There's a profound lack of trust that the police are actually interested in protecting the interests of all the parties involved," he said.

Many members of the commission are concerned about a disconnect between the campus community and the police, as well as the ambiguities in the campus policing process.

"They feel they can not speak out for fear of their jobs. So they welcome the commission to be their voice to address their concerns," said a commission member.

The Campus Safety Commission, assembled by the interim chancellor, is responsible for reconciling the interests of students and campus police, bridging the gap between bodies that have been somewhat at odds in the aftermath of controversial arrests and protests on campus.

"It seems like the biggest issue for us is that our mandate is quite ambiguous," Frank Baumgartner, a political science professor, said.

Two guest speakers joined the commission: Derek Kemp, a 26-year Navy veteran and the associate vice chancellor for campus safety and risk management, and Chris Swecker, a former FBI assistant director who was contracted by UNC as a consultant in the aftermath of Silent Sam's destruction.

Kemp and Swecker gave breakdowns of recent campus incidents involving protests, arrests and controversy to the commission.

The most recent was a pop-up protest on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday May 26.

Kemp told the commission how two vehicles pulled up to McCorkle place in the afternoon, and out of them came about 20 members of the Patriot Front, who sprinted toward the Unsung Founders Memorial.

Patriot Front is deemed a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has ties to the 2017 Charlottesville, Va. attack which left one dead.

Kemp said the confederates carried flags, banners and a bullhorn up the McCorkle place hill, and lit a blue smoke stick to get attention. He described the incident as a "flash mob" tactic. By the time support arrived, called in by the officer at McCorkle Place - which is surveilled 24/7 - the group had completed their demonstration, ran back down the hill, piled into their vehicles and left.

Kemp said there was an error in how the police dealt with the aftermath.

"Where there was a breakdown was that the supervisor that day should've reported that incident up on Sunday," he said.

The incident wasn't reported up the chain of command until Tuesday.

Swecker said that pro-monument groups often coordinate with police before arriving on campus. They sometimes receive parking instructions.

"That presents an optic that makes it look like the police are protecting them," he said, but argued that UNC's campus presents a complicated policing environment, and the communication helps police to establish a safer environment for protestors and counter-protestors to demonstrate without violently interacting with each other.

"They're essentially the referee, umpire, no one's going to like what they do," Swecker said of the police.

Swecker also went through a separate incident that occurred in September, in which UNC senior Julia Pulawski was arrested for assaulting an officer in a testy Silent Sam protest.

There was a discrepancy in Pulawski's January court case: Sgt. Svetlana Bostelman testified that Pulawksi was attacking another officer, Sgt. Chris Burnette, interfering with an arrest, so she ran over to defend her fellow officer, who was getting punched and kicked in the back.

Sgt. Burnette, who Bostelman said was attacked by Pulawski, testified that no one interfered with his arrest.

"There's a clear conflict in the testimony," Swecker said. "I'm not going to go any further than that with it."

Swecker attributed some of the confusion to the chaos of district court, where Pulawski was convicted. In light of the conflicting testimony in January, her lawyer filed a 40-paged motion to dismiss the charges.

"The reports are pretty sketchy," Swecker said.

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<![CDATA[Craig Hicks given three life sentences for murders of three Muslim students]]> Every seat in Durham County Courthouse room 7D was filled with the friends, family and supporters of three Muslim American students who were murdered in Chapel Hill over four years ago.

After district and superior court Judge Orlando Hudson read the sentence aloud to the solemn room, the crowd emptied into the hallway, embracing one another and wiping away tears.

For the families of Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohommad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohommad Abu-Salha, it was a small moment of justice. It was also the legal end to a tragedy that rocked Chapel Hill, the state and the world, that ignited significant discussions about hate crimes and Islamophobia, and that created a tradition of public service at the UNC Adams School of Dentistry for #OurThreeWinners.

Craig Hicks, the man charged with the 2015 murders, was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for the killings, as well as 64 to 89 months for discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, on Wednesday, June 12. He pleaded guilty to all charges.

"He did not shoot the first available people, someone in the parking lot," Kendra Montgomery-Blinn, Durham County assistant district attorney said. "He didn't shoot at somebody passing by. He chose them."

Deah Barakat, a UNC dental student, Yusor Abu-Salha, who was about to enter the UNC Adams School of Dentistry and Razan Abu-Salha, an N.C. State undergraduate student, were murdered in Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha's home while having dinner on Feb. 10, 2015. Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha had gotten married only six weeks before their deaths.

Chapel Hill Police originally attributed the murders to a parking dispute between the newlywed couple and Hicks. Hicks routinely had aggravated encounters with neighbors over parking rules.

The families of the victims said confrontations with neighbors and anti-religion social media posts proved otherwise. Hicks's confrontations were more aggressive when he was dealing with non-white neighbors, prosecutors said. He often tried to intimidate non-white neighbors by showing the outline of a gun tucked into his clothing.

On the night of the murders, Hicks went to the home of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha with one of the several firearms he owned. When Hicks arrived at their door, Deah Barakat took out his phone to record the interaction. Prosecutors said Deah Barakat was collecting evidence to aid him and his wife in getting a restraining order against Hicks.

Hicks did not know Deah Barakat was filming when he shot Deah Barakat. Hicks did not know the phone continued to record as he then entered the home and shot Yusor Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Abu-Salha.

After he was arrested, Hicks told police that the three students were rude and shouted profanities at him. He also claimed that Deah Barakat came at him.

The video recovered from Deah Barakat's phone, which was shown at the sentencing, proved these claims to be lies.

Prosecutors said Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha were shot within 36 seconds of Hicks arriving.

"To claim Razan, Yusor and Deah's murders were about a parking space is not only ridiculous, but insulting," said Durham County District Attorney Satana Deberry.

"As the family once said to me, this case is no more about a parking space than Rosa Parks was resting her feet."

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue released a statement Wednesday afternoon expressing regret for the original message Chapel Hill Police gave soon after the murders.

"What we all know now and what I wish we had said four years ago is that the murders of Deah, Yusor, and Razan were about more than simply a parking dispute," Blue said. "The man who committed these murders undoubtedly did so with a hateful heart, and the murders represented the taking of three promising lives by someone who clearly chose not to see the humanity and the goodness in them."

The families of the victims fought for the murders to be prosecuted as hate crimes.Joe Cheshire, an attorney for the families, said authorities did not feel they had enough evidence to pursue federal hate crime charges.

North Carolina's hate crime statute, which can only be applied to misdemeanors, exists to give the state the ability to punish otherwise minor crimes more severely. Adding the hate-crime designation to a first-degree murder charge that already carries the harshest punishment possible would be legally meaningless.

But it was never really about the legal definition of a hate crime. It was about defining the motivations behind Hicks's hate-filled attack.

The District Attorney's office aimed to do that through testimony from Tufts University psychology professor Samuel Sommers, who analyzed Hicks's case.

A researcher, Sommers said he thinks it is likely that bias played a role in Hicks's actions.

"There are multiple aspects of interactions with the victims and the defendant that show the hallmarks of these victims being seen differently because of who they were, because of, whether it's a congregation of religious and ethnic background or the perception that they were just renters." Sommers said. "There are a variety of perceptions the defendant seemed to have as indicated in his statements and previous interactions with them that indicate that he viewed them as the other."

Mohammad Abu-Salha, Yusor and Razan Abu-Salha's father; Yousef Mohammad Abu-Salha, Yusor and Razan Abu-Salha's brother; Suzanne Barakat, Deah Barakat's sister; and Ferris Barakat, Deah Barakat's brother, spoke at the sentencing.

They all reiterated the same sentiment: the murders of Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha were not because of a parking dispute; they stemmed from hate.

Yusor and Razan Abu-Salha's father addressed Hicks directly.

"Today you show the world that they are more American than you are," Mohammad said. "And they lived as Americans and died as Americans."

Wednesday's sentencing reclaimed the story surrounding Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha's murders and let the court record show the truth behind Hicks's crimes.

"They were happy, passionate, successful, loving, and you hated them for it," Yousef said. "You hated them for being Muslim."

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<![CDATA['Like your family': One bad inning creates emotional end to UNC baseball season]]> "The last day," head coach Mike Fox said, "is always sad."

Michael Busch and Aaron Sabato, stalwarts all year long for the North Carolina baseball team, will attest: the last day is always sad. After the Tar Heels' season-ending 14-7 loss to Auburn in the Chapel Hill Super Regional, both players were, understandably, visibly upset.

"That series, it was tough," Busch said. That was as far as he got before trailing off, overcome by emotion. Busch, a first-round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in last week's MLB Draft, likely played his last game in a Tar Heel jersey on Monday.

The team had forced a Game 3 the day prior, shutting out the Tigers in a complete 2-0 win. But much like the Game 1 loss on Saturday, in which Auburn scored nine runs in the last two innings, one bad stretch of baseball cost the Tar Heels in Monday's rubber match.

This time, it came in the first inning, a 13-run frame that lasted nearly an hour by itself. Nine of those Auburn scores came with two outs, and Fox burned through three pitchers, starting with sophomore Joey Lancellotti, before first-year Will Sandy got UNC out of the nightmare inning.

"Joey Lancellotti's done it for us all year," Busch said. "That's a guy that we want on the mound, and he just didn't have it today."

The Tar Heels managed seven runs of their own throughout - a pair of Sabato home runs helped - but never quite matched that first-inning explosion from the Tigers.

That's frustrating. And season finales are emotional regardless. But at year's end, what was felt by UNC baseball seemed to go beyond the typical season-ending woe, beyond the ups and downs of 60-plus games together and a deflating blowout to top it off.

This team, to Fox, was "like your children. They're like your family."

"That's the hard part of coaching," the veteran skipper said. "Any coach will tell you, in any sport, the hard part is when you have a team you really love and you really enjoy, they're fun to be around and they keep you young and really make you still believe in coaching and why you do it."

And then, one day, whether your season ends in a Super Regional loss or a championship win, it has to come to a close.

"This team is why I do it," Fox said, continuing, "I want to keep being able to answer that question - why do I keep doing it? It's never been for the wins and losses. It's a big part of it obviously, but it's been because of (Busch and Sabato) and others."

A second straight appearance in the College World Series wasn't in the cards. But for Fox, the end of the season represented more than just a missed trip to Omaha, Neb..

"You always hate to see your family broken up," he said. "That's kind of what happens at the end of the year."

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<![CDATA[At Antawn Jamison's basketball camp, kids learn more than just the game]]> Jordan Dominie was in the middle of explaining how the basketball camp he was attending was teaching him more than just how to play the game, when he was grabbed and put into a scrimmage.

"I'll be back in a minute," he shouted over his shoulder as his teammates hustled him into position.

It's Dominie's third year in a row attending Antawn Jamison's All-Star Camp in Chapel Hill. For him and about 125 other campers like him, the camp teaches skills beyond what is needed to play on the court.

Jamison has made it a point not just to run layup lines and show 10-year-olds how to execute a split cut after a pass. For his camp, he's brought in lessons about nutrition and yoga in an effort to improve his campers' overall health and wellness.

"The days and ages have changed," Jamison said. "When I came up, I'd eat Krispy Kreme donuts, pizza and all this other stuff and go about your merry way."

Before, nutrition wasn't something amateur players even considered. Now, it's being taught to children as young as six, giving them the same tips and tricks the former Tar Heel used throughout his NBA career - like practicing yoga.

Jamison said he started incorporating yoga about eight years into his career, and he credits it for extending his playing time "another eight years." The Charlotte native was a two-time All-Star during his 16 years in the NBA, a career that included over 20,000 total points and a Sixth Man of the Year award in 2004.

"I just want them to know the importance of what this stuff means," Jamison said. "Even though you're young, you're at a young age, you can start now. You can start having that vision of, 'These are the things I have to do in order to be successful, (to) be able to get ahead of the game and take advantage of it.' We've always incorporated things like that."

In addition to helping the kids work on their personal fitness, Jamison has brought in outside speakers in the past. Last year, a police officer came to speak to the campers in an attempt to build a better relationship with kids, given the heightened atmosphere involving policing in America.

The camp is in its 14th year of operation, and its sixth in Chapel Hill. When the opportunity for Jamison to move his camp to the same court he played on in college, he jumped at it.

Now, campers not only get to play beneath North Carolina's six NCAA championship banners, but they also get to interact with UNC players who volunteer at the camp.

"It's kind of fun that they know your name and know who you are," senior guard Brandon Robinson said. "They just love to joke around. It kinda just brings me back to my childhood when I was in their shoes, when I was going to camp and growing up. It's good to see a smile on their face."

It's Robinson's third year in a row working at the camp. When he was growing up, his father worked at Georgia Tech, and he regularly attended their summer basketball camp. Now, he says he feels wants to give these kids the same feeling he had working with older players.

Jamison is right there with him. Only, the former All-Star isn't just giving back with his time. About 90 of the campers are attending free of charge on scholarships provided by different charities, including Camp Corral, a free summer camp for children of military service members.

"You can tell that these kids who might not normally get the opportunity, they really enjoy it; they go out there and compete and have a good time," Jamison said. "They're exposed to something they probably wouldn't get exposed to, and I think they really get the most out of it."

The Tar Heel legend, one of just eight players to have his number retired at UNC, played in his backyard, and the local playgrounds in Charlotte. For Jamison, it's an opportunity to give kids an experience he never had.

"I think if I did have an opportunity to go to a former professional basketball player's camp, if my mom and dad had an opportunity to pay for it or even get me there," Jamison said, "(it) would have made a world of difference."

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Campers at Antawn Jamison playing in a scrimmage in the Dean Smith Center.

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<![CDATA[Three former Tar Heels were selected to join UNC's Board of Trustees]]> Farewells were given to some members of the Board of Trustees at the May meeting, in which five members made their final appearance. The University is preparing to swear in a group of five new trustees on Aug. 1. Three of them have already been chosen. The final two will be elected, one by the N.C. House and the other by the N.C. Senate, in the coming weeks.

Here's a look at the new University leaders:

Teresa Artis Neal:


An adjunct professor at Campbell Law School and former vice president of business affairs at a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, Neal got her bachelor of arts from UNC Chapel Hill. She went on to earn an MBA and J.D. from Harvard.

Neal was a resident advisor and Pogue scholar at the University, where she was also active in student government and the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She stayed involved in UNC affairs after graduation, and is currently on the board of UNC Rex Healthcare.

Dave L. Boliek Jr.


Boliek has a journalism degree from UNC, and worked in the industry for years after graduation, then went on to do political consulting and public relations. After securing an MBA and J.D. from Campbell, he was a prosecutor in Cumberland County and now works as a partner for a Fayetteville law firm. He's active in the Presbyterian church and the Boy Scouts of America.

R. Gene Davis Jr.


Also a lawyer, Davis specializes in real estate law for a Raleigh firm. He got his undergraduate degree from UNC, as well as his law degree. Davis played a major role in student government, serving as the president of the UNC Association of Student Governments and the speaker of the UNC Student Congress. He was inducted into multiple UNC groups, like the Order of the Grail and Order of the Old Well. Davis is the vice chair of the North Carolina Museum of Art's Board of Trustees.

The North Carolina General Assembly will soon vote on the final two members. The new group of five, along with the recently-inducted Student Body President, Ashton Martin, will hold their first meeting all together as a new board on Aug. 1.

The BOT, freed of responsibility for dealing with Silent Sam, is now focused on implementing the University's Master Plan, a 15-year strategy for making the most out of UNC's multi-billion dollar fundraising effort, the Campaign for Carolina.

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Members of the UNC Board of Trustees gather before the reconvening of the open session of the board's Dec. 3 meeting, where Chancellor Folt set forth the board's proposal for the future of Silent Sam.

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<![CDATA[More student IDs can be used for voting following clarifications to voter ID law]]> Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law that clarifies the approval requirements for student and employee identification cards being used for voting purposes on Monday, June 3.

The law intends to correct any confusion created by the language of the voter ID bill passed in December 2018. The UNC system and the North Carolina State Board of Elections identified the issues.

"The Voter ID legislation that was passed by this legislature in 2018 provided that various forms of identification could be used for the sake of voting," N.C. Rep. David Lewis, R-53, one of the bill sponsors, said. "These included university, community college, local government, and tribal IDs. Since then, there have been some different readings of the original language, thus spurring a need to provide further clarification on the original bill."

N.C. Rep. Zack Hawkins, D-31, a co-sponsor of the bill, said he knew that some colleges were not going to be able to meet the security criteria set by the 2018 legislation, meaning that their students would not be able to use their student IDs for voting purposes.

The 2018 voter ID law said photos used in approved student identification cards had to be taken by the university or college. The new language says the photo can be obtained by the university, as long as the university details the process used in assuring the identity of a student submitting their own photo.

"The original rules say you shouldn't be able to submit any photo that you want," N.C. Rep. Graig Meyer, D-50, said. "Well, honestly, you can submit your own photo for a passport photograph, so why wouldn't you be able to submit your own photo for an ID to be eligible to vote."

Other changes were also made to the 2018 legislation.

The State Board is now required to establish a schedule for submissions and approvals. It is also required to produce an approved list of colleges, universities, state or local government entities and charter schools every two years.

While Hawkins is disappointed to have a voter ID requirement at all, he said the clarifications made by the new legislation will help expand voting access.

"It has a clear impact," Hawkins said. "There's 800,000 students alone it could impact."

Meyer praised the legislation.

"The fact that we were able to come back this year and work on a bipartisan compromise to make it possible that pretty much every student ID should be able to count, that really feels like progress in opening up the ballot box and making sure that the voter ID requirement does not stop eligible voters from being able to vote," Meyer said.

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The North Carolina State Legislative building is located at 16 W. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh.

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<![CDATA[Local group holds benefit concert to move transgender inmate to women's prison]]> "That's her! That's my baby," said a smiling Dionne Brown as he answered his ringing phone while at a fundraiser for his wife, Kanautica Zayre-Brown, on Saturday night. "She said she was going to call."

A benefit show for Zayre-Brown, a transgender woman currently being held in a men's correctional facility, was held June 1 at the downtown Raleigh music venue Slim's.

The event came soon after the North Carolina Department of Public Safety's May 24 announcement that they plan to move Zayre-Brown to a women's facility by Aug. 22.

The fundraiser was organized by a group called The House of Kanautica, which has been advocating for her immediate transfer since February, group member Ash Williams said.

The House of Kanautica aimed to raise $800 at the concert.

There were many performers at the event, including poets, DJs and musicians.

It was important to the event organizers to have performers who were representative of their community, said Williams.

Asia Webb, who did a drag performance of "I Was Here" by Beyoncé and was a host of the event, said she hoped that people would show up, call Gov. Roy Cooper about Zayre-Brown's case and donate money.

"Being a trans person myself, and as someone who's dealing with the legal system currently, it's really scary," Webb said. "The thought that having to deal with the fear of constantly being raped, murdered, brutalized, especially in a high-risk situation and not being able to be around fellow people to at least pull my spirits up somewhat, and having to be around men, all day, especially as a woman, I could only imagine. People need to realize that trans women are women, and if they don't understand that then we're here to show them."

Asa, a musician who performed their own music from an upcoming mixtape, The Violent Femme, said that they hope people show solidarity.

"It's time that we start doing more for trans folks," said Asa.

The event also had tables set up by the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, letter writing and tweet-the-governor stations, the work of local artists for sale and free emergency contraception from the Carolina Abortion Fund.

The ACLU of North Carolina represents Kanautica Zayre-Brown and her case, said Molly Rivera, communications associate for the ACLU of North Carolina.

The group wants Zayre-Brown to be transferred immediately because of the way she has been treated in the men's facilities, Williams said, and because they believe she should be in a women's facility.

Zayre-Brown is still being given male undergarments, Brown said.

"We know that for trans folks inside cages, one of the ways that they harm them or hurt them is through dress codes," said Williams. "She experiences having to wear really baggy clothes that don't really fit her because of what they think her body should look like."

DPS Communications Officer John Bull said he would not comment on the undergarments worn by individuals in the prison. DPS said it is waiting on transferring Zayre-Brown to prepare for the move.

"An August move will allow DPS to continue researching and implementing best practices from the states that have transferred transgender women to female facilities," DPS General Counsel Jane Ammons Gilchrist said in a letter to Sneha Shah, ACLU of North Carolina staff attorney. "Implementation of best practices will help to ensure the safety and preparedness of correctional officers and offenders."

The letter also said DPS will provide staff training prior to Zayre-Brown's transfer.

Zayre-Brown was moved from the Harnett Correctional Institution to the Warren Correctional Institution in March, both men's facilities in North Carolina.

The facility to which the organization wants Zayre-Brown to be transferred is the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, Williams said.

Brown said that he wants Zayre-Brown transferred before the date set by DPS, and that she claimed to have received information from officials inside the facility saying she will be transferred sooner than that date.

"They insist upon it, but that's word of mouth right now," said Brown. "That's not concrete."

The organization does fear that Zayre-Brown will face issues once she is transferred to the women's facility.

"A question for us as organizers is will she be put in segregation?" Williams said. "Will she be in solitary confinement? That is a concern that we have; that is something we don't want to see."

Zayre-Brown was previously placed in restrictive housing.

"Please know that Kanautica Zayre-Brown was placed in restrictive housing for administrative purposes (which is not solitary confinement) pending the results of an investigation in March for violating the rules," Bull said.

Another goal of The House of Kaunatica is to get Zayre-Brown's name changed in the prison system, Williams said.

"Her name is legally changed, and it still says her deadname (the name she was given at birth)," said Williams. "This is just another example of the way the prison is marginalizing her, and a way that prisons marginalize trans folks."

DPS also said they would provide the ACLU with updates every two weeks until Zayre-Brown is transferred, said Irena Como, a senior staff attorney for the ACLU of North Carolina.

In the meantime, the ACLU of North Carolina plans to watch the case closely and advocate as much as they can to get Zayre-Brown transferred as soon as possible, Rivera said. Rivera also said the ACLU plans to hold the DPS accountable at a minimum to the final transfer deadline.

The ACLU stays in touch with Zayre-Brown, talking with her every couple of days, Rivera said.

Williams also said that they speak to Zayre-Brown often.

"She calls almost every other day," Williams said. "If you gave her your number she calls you, she's that kind of person. Talking to her every day keeps us connected to her."

Williams said that they hope this campaign is just the first of many to get transgender women transferred to women's facilities and help incarcerated transgender people get things they need, and that Kanautica hopes this, as well.

"I think that she wouldn't want us to stop after she got transferred, and I imagine that her transfer will make a way for other folks," said Williams.

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<![CDATA[Chapel Hill leaders honored at Peace and Justice Plaza ceremony]]> The names of two Chapel Hill legends were added to the plaque at the Peace and Justice Plaza in Chapel Hill in recognition of their dedication to the Chapel Hill community on Wednesday morning.

Mildred "Mama Dip" Council and Harold "Hobo" Ceyes Foster were honored with the addition of their names to the historical plaque.

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger recalled the community-oriented legacies of Council and Foster during her remarks at the ceremony.

"Another thing I love about today with celebrating Harold Foster and Mildred Council is they're both fabulous community champions, but both doing it in very different ways," Hemminger said.

In 1976 Council opened Mama Dip's Kitchen, originally known as Dip's Country Kitchen, which quickly became a mainstay known for its Southern comfort food.

"She went about by bringing people together, breaking bread together, having community conversations in a calm manner within the restaurant and with other gathering spaces," Hemminger said. "And then she warmed your stomach."

Council, who passed away in May 2018, dedicated her life to serving Chapel Hill and beyond. She co-founded the Community Dinner, an annual event aimed at highlighting diversity in the community, and served on several boards, including the Orange County Prison Board. Council often helped and hired prisoners after their release.

Collene Rogers, a lifelong friend of Council, spoke at the ceremony, sharing memories of the woman she called her second mother, sister and best friend.

"She was a rock in this community," Rogers said. "The children always mattered to her."

Harold Foster, a civil rights leader and activist, helped spark the modern civil rights movement in Chapel Hill as part of the Chapel Hill Nine. In 1960 he and eight other high school students organized a sit-in at the Colonial Drug Store and asked to be given the same service as the store's white customers. They were then arrested for the sit-in.

"Mr. Foster's bravery in the face of hatred forever altered Chapel Hill and helped to lead our town down a better path," Chapel Hill town manager Maurice Jones said.

David Mason, Jr., another member of the Chapel Hill Nine, spoke on behalf of Foster at the ceremony.

"Hobo's concern for others led him on a historical journey for justice that began here in Chapel Hill," Mason said.

Council and Foster join the names of 15 other Chapel Hill leaders and activists on the Peace and Justice Plaza plaque, including UNC basketball coach Dean Smith and North Carolina's first openly gay elected official Joe Herzenberg.

Jones said including their names on the will help to ensure they live on forever.

"I hope by placing their names on this marker, future generations will continue to know their stories and will seek to find ways to fulfill their goals of bringing people together for the common good," Jones said.

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<![CDATA[After over 40 years, sewer service in the Rogers Road Neighborhood is complete]]> After nearly 5 decades of championing the implementation of sewer services for the historic Rogers Road Neighborhood, community leaders finally cut the ribbon on 3.5 miles of completed sewer service at a ceremony on Monday, June 3.

"We feel that the work we are doing is going to help the quality of life for so many residents," RENA President and Minister Robert Campbell said. "And that was one our goals, to improve the environment, as well as improve the quality of life of the residents that live out here."

Funding the sewer service was a collaborative effort between the Rogers Road Neighborhood and Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA), the government of Orange County and the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Sewer construction began in June 2017.

The Rogers Road-Eubanks Road Neighborhood, which falls within the jurisdiction of Orange County, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, housed the Orange County landfill from 1972 until 2013. The neighborhood was promised sewer and water services, as well as other infrastructure improvements in return for housing the landfill.

For years those promises were not fulfilled.

"The injustice that this community has endured has been well-documented over the years, and it is a very textbook example of what institutional, systemic racism can yield," Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

During her speech at the ceremony, which was held at the Rogers Road Community Center, Lavelle read Board of Aldermen minutes from past meetings. Lavelle quoted Campbell asking for help in raising the standard of living for the neighborhood at meetings in 1997, 2008 and 2012.

Lavelle, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Penny Rich, Board of Orange County Commissioners chair all reiterated that the sewer service project would likely never have happened without the persistence and determination of the Rogers Road Neighborhood community members.

That same persistence is what led to the opening of the new Rogers Road Community Center in 2014 and the creation of a community development plan in 2016. The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted updated zoning standards for the neighborhood to better align with the development plan.

The Rogers Road community started seeing greater progress in their work with local governments, former RENA program director David Caldwell said, when they focused on the importance of the vote.

"We didn't have any power, so we had to put people in office that thought like us, and that's what we started doing," Caldwell said. "And we have to make sure that we keep those (people) in there."

Campbell said that while the main sewer line is in place, homes still have to be connected. He said he hopes the connections will start in the next two weeks.

The Rogers Road Neighborhood is now looking to the future. RENA program director and manager Rosie Caldwell said her goal is to have a larger community center with a gym.

"Somewhere where the children don't have to be out in the cold weather, they don't have to be out in the streets," Rosie Caldwell said. "They can come inside, be warm, be comfortable and have fun."

Campbell said he wants to expand the community garden with the goal of eventually creating a community farmers' market.

Sewer service was not the only thing to come out of the decades of meetings between the Rogers Road community and the local governments.

"We will always see each other," David Caldwell said while sitting next to Hemminger. "Our lives are forever intertwined. Great friendships have come out of all this controversy and turmoil. Great, lifelong friendships."

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Rev. Campbell poses for a portrait in front of the Rogers Road Community Center.

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<![CDATA[Carrboro marches into LGBTQ+ Pride Month with a parade to kickoff festivities]]> Rainbow flags fluttered against the bright blue sky as brass music traveled through the streets of downtown Carrboro. Rainbow Ram, a movable ram sculpture painted by artist Steven Ray Miller, led a large group across the Town's freshly painted rainbow crosswalk.

"There was a very celebratory mood that everyone had," Carrboro Alderman Sammy Slade said. "Everyone had a lot of joy marching down from there."

Local residents and elected officials took part in the Pride Piper March at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. The parade traveled from the Carrboro Century Center to the Carrboro Town Commons.

Musicians from the Durham-based Bulltown Strutters and Chapel Hill-based Boom Unit Brass Band provided music for the event.

The march marked the beginning of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a celebration held every June across the world in honor of the 1969 riots at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the riots, which are viewed as turning points in the gay rights movement.

Throughout June, Carrboro is hosting a series of Pride events, including breakfast with Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle at the Carrboro Century Center on June 6, LGBTQ+ readings at Town Hall on June 13 and a Pride dance party with food trucks at Carrboro Town Commons on June 26.

Lavelle said she is particularly excited about the LGBTQ+ readings.

"This is really an interesting event where we've selected 13 or 14 people from the community and asked them to come up with a selection with an LGBTQ+ author and to read that selection to the audience for up to four minutes," Lavelle said. "It's kind of a literary event but also a really cool way to be exposed to a wide genre of LGBTQ+ writing."

Lavelle marched in the parade with her wife and other elected officials, including Carrboro Mayor Pro Tem Damon Seils, Carrboro Board of Aldermen members Slade, Barbara Foushee and Jacquelyn Gist, and Penny Rich, the Board of Orange County Commissioners chair.

"It was a great smattering of folks," Lavelle said. "I always like it when I see lots of people I don't know, and there were a lot of people there I did not know, many of whom came up and introduced themselves to me."

Carrboro has a history of supporting LGBTQ+ rights. The town voted to create a domestic partner registry in 1994 and elected North Carolina's first openly-gay mayor Mike Nelson in 1995. Lavelle said Nelson also joined Saturday's march.

"Carrboro's played a pretty special role in North Carolina in terms of advancing LGBTQ+ rights, and I think it only makes sense for us to be celebrating Pride Month in our own way," Seils said.

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<![CDATA[UNC baseball piles it on late in 16-1 regional win over Liberty]]> Ask Tar Heel junior Brandon Martorano about his team's prospects at the plate on any given day, and he'll tell you:

"We always believe that we're just one swing away, or one big swing away, from any ballgame."

On the Saturday night NCAA regional game against Liberty (43-20, 15-9 ASUN), it turned out that the Tar Heels were three swings away.

Three swings, coming from junior Michael Busch, first-year Aaron Sabato and junior Brandon Martorano, all in the seventh inning, that turned a four-run UNC lead into a 10-0 advantage, propelling the North Carolina baseball team (44-17, 17-13 ACC) to a 16-1 win and moving the team to 2-0 in the Chapel Hill Regional of the NCAA tournament.

"I felt like this game was really two totally, totally different games," head coach Mike Fox said. "(The coaches and I) were talking about how razor thin everything was for the first four innings."

Indeed, fourteen of those 16 UNC runs came after the fifth inning. Going into the sixth, the Tar Heels held a tentative 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of RBIs from junior Dylan Harris, a solo shot in the second inning and a single up the middle two frames later.

Then, it happened - and it didn't stop happening.

The late-game spurt started with Ashton McGee, whose sixth inning blast over the right field wall batted in fellow junior Ike Freeman to double the Tar Heels' lead.

North Carolina has hit 75 home runs this year, second most in any season in program history. Fox said that with this team, "You always feel like you're a walk and one swing away from 2-0 to 4-0."

But according to Martorano, a four run lead against Liberty wasn't going to cut it.

"They have an unbelievable team over there, so we knew that four certainly wasn't going to be enough, regardless of who's on the mound for us," Martorano said. "A sigh of relief? Maybe. But we knew that we had to keep the foot on the gas pedal and keep going."

Thus, the UNC offense kept churning. In the seventh came the trio of home runs, the first two of which came on back-to-back at bats from Busch and Sabato. The eighth inning saw the Tar Heel lead balloon to 14-0, which became 16-0 in the top of the ninth. That was when sophomore Clemente Inclan became the eighth Tar Heel to record an RBI after a sacrifice fly.

Much like at the plate, the effort on the mound was a collective one, as is the norm in the postseason. Fox tapped seven different Tar Heels to pitch on Saturday, the first five of whom combined to allow just four hits and hold the Flames scoreless in eight innings.

"Our pitchers were sensational," according to Fox. Enough said.

Liberty's solitary run in the bottom of the frame was meaningless, except for the fact that it put North Carolina in a tie for the program's largest margin of victory in any NCAA tournament game.

Still, it was the largest margin of victory of the season for North Carolina. The previous high came in a 17-4 win against UNC-Greensboro on April 9.

Future postseason matchup for the Tar Heels might not feature as many blasts over outfield walls, but for now, 16 runs in a regional game will have to do.

"We've just got good hitters," McGee said. "When they get their pitch, they know what to do with it."

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<![CDATA[A UNC playwright is challenging audiences, first in Chapel Hill and now in New York]]> NEW YORK - A search. A click. An email.

Then, magic.

Two weeks after Kenan Theatre Company produced Gage Tarlton's play, "Just Like Now," he surfed the web, eagerly wanting to submit it for more productions.

A swift click brought him to the homepage of a small venue. He typed up a quick email with a couple production photos attached.

The next thing he knew, Tarlton was in New York City discussing his play as a potential pick for the "Spotlight on Queer Artists" series with the theater company, Sitting Shotgun.

A week later, they emailed Tarlton saying they picked his play. That exchange happened in January.

Now, after months of preparation, Tarlton travels back to the city this weekend to watch the New York premiere of "Just Like Now," the first play he ever wrote back in February 2018.

"I started to get frustrated with some of the stories I was seeing," he said. "It was like a rhetorical question, like, 'Well why don't you just write (a play) yourself then?' And they say it as a joke, and then I was like, 'Well, I'm going to.'"

"Just Like Now" tells the story of Brody, Lissa, Thomas and Beth as they navigate queer relationships and friendships in an age of digital dating. Though Tarlton wrote the show, he adopted a somewhat hands-off approach in its production.

"I sent it, and it's out of my hands now," Tarlton said. "Throughout the whole thing they asked me however much I wanted to be involved I could be involved. It was kind of my own decision to separate myself from it."

He wanted to see the play soar on its own, under the direction of Joe Reault and the small cast of four New York-based actors.

One of those actors, Adam McDonald, said he submitted his audition for Sitting Shotgun's entire season of shows after seeing it posted online. He sang and performed a monologue, then got a callback for "Just Like Now."

It wasn't until a couple weeks later, when McDonald was out to lunch with a friend, that he realized he got the job.

"Do you know Gage?" his friend asked.

"I don't know a Gage, I've never known a Gage in my life," McDonald responded.

"He just sent me a text saying, 'Do you know Adam McDonald?'" she said.

She said she typed back that she knew McDonald, then asked Tarlton if he did as well.

"I will soon," the playwright texted.

McDonald got the call. Soon after that he booked the role of Brody.

He was immediately excited about digging into an original play with no source material.

"There's a different level of care you have to put in," McDonald said. "It's been a lot of puzzle pieces and fun figuring out what's in me that's emotional and that I can gravitate to with this piece."

Similarly, his onstage best friend Giovanna Drummond, who plays Lissa, said she was attracted to the original play because it felt so modern and applicable.

"I think Gage did such a good job of relaying that," Drummond said. "(The characters) are young, and they're kind of tossing and turning their way through it until they find their way out. That rawness is what I really appreciated."

Going forward, Tarlton wants to write more plays that challenge audiences and present authentic stories onstage.

After "Just Like Now" this weekend, he will travel to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for the first week of June as one of four undergraduate playwrights selected to produce a staged reading of an original work.

Drummond said being a young artist and being able to support the work of other budding artists gets at the heart of what it means to work on original plays, such as "Just Like Now," in New York City.

"One of the most important things we can bring is this fresh new spring of what it means to live and be," she said. "For an artist to come and be like, 'This is my work,' and for there to be a team that can put it together - that's all you need."

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Actors Adam McDonald (left) and Giovanna Drummond, soon to take the stage in New York for a UNC student's play.

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<![CDATA[Board of Trustees braces for membership shake-up at final meeting for many trustees]]> Standing ovations were handed out in turn at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting, where nearly half the board held its final meeting in the Carolina Inn before being cycled out in July.

"There are well over 300,000 living alumni," said outgoing member Bill Keyes. "And only 12 of us get to serve on this board at any one time. It's indeed an honor."

Keyes was one of two members of the board, along with former Student Body President Savannah Putnam, who voted against the proposed Silent Sam plan in December.

"There's been a lot going on these four years," Keyes said. "I think all of us around this board table have done everything we could to bring wisdom to the discussions to do what's best for our university that we all love."

As the University awaits direction on the monument from the Board of Governors, they're communicating back and forth. A five-member BOG committee has been tasked with figuring out the next move - but a deadline on the decision hasn't been announced.

"We have a nice collaboration going," said chairperson Haywood Cochrane. "It is creative, but it is up to the five of them to come up with a solution that we can all agree with and recommend that in turn to the Board of Governors."

BOG chairperson Harry Smith, who's recently announced a softened stance on Silent Sam, has been to campus to hear student and faculty opinions, said interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.

With the monument's handling taken largely out of the University's hands, it has more time for discussion on other areas of university governance, like fundraising and mental health.

Interim Chancellor Guskiewicz announced details for the revival of the Tar Heel Bus Tour, which will take place over fall break. The program previously ran from 1997-2008.

Three buses will disembark from Chapel Hill on Oct. 16. Carrying thirty faculty each, they will head east, west and south to "tell the story of UNC's excellence to our fellow citizens in North Carolina," the chancellor said.

UNC is ahead of schedule in a grand-scale donation effort. Just past the campaign's halfway point, the University has raised over $2.5 billion. The goal is $4.25 billion.

In fiscal year 2019, 409 donors each gave over a million dollars.

The central action item of the day was the approval of the Campus Master Plan, an implementation strategy for the next phase of University development. Initially presented to the board as a draft in May 2018, the plan's ratification has been delayed due in part to a lack of consensus when it came to its specifics.

Kelly Hopkins motioned to bring the item out of the consent agenda and into discussion, meaning instead of the plan being passed without comment, she would have the chance to get clarification on the 15-year strategy.

"I wanted to make sure that I felt 100 percent comfortable, and understood," she said. "So my questions were resolved. I feel really confident with what we've adopted."

The new student body president, Ashton Martin, joined the board in its meeting for her first time. Similar to the Putnam administration, Martin plans on prioritizing efforts to improve mental health. She wants to bring a University of Michigan-piloted program to UNC, which would add mental health resources on campus.

"We need some administrative support for that," she said. "So hopefully I can drum up some support from the board and that will carry a lot of weight in getting that on campus."

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<![CDATA[CHCCS students to send WWII vets to Normandy for 75th anniversary of D-Day]]> CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Carrot-Top Industries is a flag-producing company. Carrot-Top Industries only sells flags, it does not produce them. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for this error.

A handful of students and teachers from Smith Middle School will accompany two World War II veterans on a trip to Normandy, France for a ceremony honoring those who fought on D-Day.

June 6 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. A festival in Normandy will be held to remember the pivotal World War II battle. In the attendance of this year's program will be President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as hundreds of French citizens.

Transporting veterans to their own celebration is often difficult because of the cost of travel and accommodations the veterans may need.

That's why six high school students, as well as two Smith Middle School teachers, decided to help WWII veterans George Chall and Jacques Michienzi back where they fought 75 years ago.

"The students held weekly meetings every Saturday morning starting in September and used their time to plan events to raise money," Robin McMahon, a Smith Middle School French teacher who helped put together the project, said.

They raised money through a booth at the school's Global Connections Night, a presentation about the war from a local historian, selling concessions at school dances and functions and an event at the North Carolina Botanical Garden that featured a guest lecturer, catered food and a silent auction. They also raised money through GoFundMe.

Even with the money received from events, the students still needed more support, which they received from local companies such as Carrot-Top Industries, Inc. The American flag-selling company is providing flags to place in honor of the relatives of those who donated to the project, and even shared the project on the front page of their website.

"I feel like I am going even though I am not!" Tina Williamson, a Carrot-Top Industries representative, said.

Williamson also helped the project through email blasts, creating blog posts and advertising the project on Carrot-Top's website.

The events and support from the community resulted in the team of six students putting together over $32,000 to fly their veterans on a first-class round trip to Paris. There are still some expenses the students and teachers had to cover on their own.

Although fundraising for the project has been exhausting, the students and teachers say they are glad that now they can focus on spending time with the veterans.

"I had four members of my family fight and serve in Europe," Daniel Price, a East Chapel Hill High School sophomore involved in the project said. "Because I never got to meet them, this project allows me to honor their sacrifice"

When asked why they wanted to work so hard on a project like this, students individually echoed the same sentiment - to honor the men and women who serve. Each student decided it was important to honor the veterans through this project, as they all had a relative or knew someone who felt the impact of the war.

Not only will the students be there to support the veterans physically and emotionally, but they will also be their translators, as every student takes French in school. This trip will not be the students' first time in Normandy, as they made a stop there during a exchange trip to Belgium through the school.

"Going now is completely different because we're going in with knowledge of people who were there," Chapel Hill High School sophomore Cathy Charles said.

The six students and two teachers will be staying in the home of an old friend from the exchange trip and will have a packed schedule for their week-long stay in Normandy.

"Events like these are the reason I became a teacher; it renews your spirit as a teacher," Tony Carter, a Smith Middle social studies teacher who is also going on the trip, said.

McMahon agreed.

"When people say "What do you want to be in five years," this is it," McMahon said.

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High school students Daniel Price, Matthew Griesedieck, Elena Lowinger, Kaelyn Elien, Cathy Charles and Miles Charles (not pictured) are coming together this summer to take two World War II veterans to see the war memorial at Normandy, France.

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<![CDATA[Remember the Mental Health Task Force from last year? Here's what it's been working on]]> Different committees of the UNC Board of Trustees met Wednesday afternoon at The Carolina Inn to discuss a variety of topics, ranging from property acquisition to fundraising strategies.

During the University Affairs meeting, the Mental Health Task Force -created in March 2018 - delivered a report following a year of research into mental health problems plaguing students in Chapel Hill and around the country. The task force met 15 times in the past year.

Research indicates an uptick in symptoms among Chapel Hill students. Therapy appointments at CAPS increased 28 percent in the five-year period between the 2012 and 2016 academic years, and urgent next-day follow-up appointments increased nearly 105 percent in the same period.

An assessment by the American College Health Association determined 11 percent of UNC undergraduate students in the 2016-17 year reported that they seriously considered suicide.

With this data in mind, the task force spent a year reviewing existing policies, soliciting perspectives and formulating recommendations to help better serve the student body. They found the complicated, decentralized nature of UNC's campus, as well as the politically charged environment, to be challenges facing the University in its goal of providing adequate mental health care to students.

"Part of this issue, in being realistic with our students and faculty and everything else, is we have limited resources," said Chuck Duckett, chairperson of the University Affairs Committee.

"We are not a treatment facility," Duckett said.

Christi Hurt, the interim vice chancellor for student affairs, said an online portal was set up for students to provide testimonies and draw attention to important issues.

The task force believes the tense environment on campus - related especially to issues like protests around Confederate monuments and the impact of sexual assault and misconduct - made some students, especially those of marginalized identities, less comfortable speaking openly to the task force.

Hurt, along with the task force chairperson Erica Wise, also factored in elements like hazing and substance abuse into their analysis of the mental health situation at Chapel Hill.

"It's all tied together," Hurt said. "None of these things are distinct."

Hurt and Wise acknowledged that the online modules assigned to the student body are effective in communicating important information, but were unsure about their usefulness beyond that.

"We can't rely on them to change students behavior or solve something like a mental health crisis," Hurt said.

Former Student Body President Savannah Putnam, who advocated strongly for mental health reform as part of her platform, said she was pleased with the work UNC was doing to address a complicated issue.

"I, along with a few other students, provided real accounts and scenarios where students faced roadblocks in getting the care or services they needed," Putnam said. "The Mental Health Task Force listened and responded with empathy and compassion."

Both the BOT and the task force were adamant that allowing free, candid discussion of these issues on campus will be an instrumental step in reforming the mental health services at UNC.

"There is a stigma that has been talked about many times," Duckett said. "But not a lot has been done about mental health issues within the University community and any community you're in."

The task force determined that a full-time committee on mental health should be established, and the University should centralize a system for student consultations. It also recommended adding counselors to CAPS' fleet and implementing 24-hour coverage through online assessments and self-care tools for students in need.

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<![CDATA[Students who advised Chancellor Folt remember a conflicted leader ]]> Following the tear down of Silent Sam in August of 2018, former Chancellor Carol Folt spent a semester weaving through a complicated political process involving multiple actors at the University and state levels.

As the face of the University, she underwent criticism from the student body, and later the Board of Governors, for her inability to produce a hardline decision on the statue's fate during her tenure.

In January, Folt ultimately authorized the removal of Silent Sam's pedestal, which had lingered on McCorkle place since the statue was brought down by demonstrators. She accompanied the move with her resignation - initially planned for the end of the academic year but accelerated by the BOG to the end of the month.

"I think she sacrificed herself," said Jane Tullis.

During the 2018-19 year, Tullis served on the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor (SACC). Once a month she, along with a group of 10 other undergraduate and graduate students, would have a face-to-face meeting with the chancellor in South Building, in which the two sides would bounce ideas and concerns off one another, and the Office of the Chancellor found ways to incorporate the student voice into its decision-making process.

Members of SACC said Folt was more measured and calculated in her public persona than she was in her private talks with students.

"In private, she was definitely more in solidarity with students and really wanted to hear the student voice," said Madison Knowles, another committee member.

Chancellor Folt tasked SACC in September with surveying UNC students, hoping to understand the mindset on campus regarding opinions on the statue's placement. Around 500 responses were received, and members say that Folt was receptive of their findings and incorporated them into her decision making. The survey reported that 50% of respondents polled would prefer the statue be relocated, with other respondents voting in favor of repurposing or replacing it.

"She wanted to get a perspective of what students wanted before making any certain prospective actions," said Nisarg Shah, a first-year Morehead-Cain scholar on the committee. "She didn't think we should be limited in our thinking because of what the BOT and BOG wanted to do."

The fall semester culminated in a failed plan brought forth by the Board of Trustees and Folt, which advocated for the creation a secured building on South Campus to display the statue.

"I wouldn't say she supported the plan," Knowles said. "She just seemed happy that something was put together because for so long we were moving around without any clue of what we were going to do in the world."

Members of the committee said once they were made aware of the plan, which was eventually shot down by the board, they alerted Folt to some of the concerns felt by the student body. SACC found it problematic that the proposed site of the statue rubbed shoulders with the center for Black greek life on campus; they argued that putting Silent Sam in Odum Village would send the wrong message.

"She saw a lot of flaws with it and thought the implementation would be rough," Tullis said. "She was just stressed more than anything."

Tullis recalled that Folt was downtrodden about the plan and supportive of student concerns. She said she remembers that Folt personally called the board at one point to ask them not to pass the plan.

With Chapel Hill and its politics in her past, Folt will become USC's first female president in July, where she'll inherit another contentious and political situation: the recently exposed college admissions scheme. For the time being, interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz is at the University's helm in her place, and members of SACC have noticed a difference in the two leaders' style.

Knowles said Guskiewicz is more prone to exploring the source of the problem than Folt, who was solution-oriented and often had the end-goal in mind. Where Guskiewicz now listens, Folt put the committee to action. Chancellor Folt found herself criticized by many voices on both sides of the monument issue during her last semester in office as she tried to negotiate a solution to a problem. Knowles chalked up leadership decisions to a difference in each's academic background.

"There's not so much a difference in attitude about where [the statue] should be, just more of a difference in approach," she said. "They're different scientists. They have different ways of approaching things."

In an email to The Daily Tar Heel, Interim Chancellor Guskiewicz said input from SACC is critical to University success.

"The Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor is one of many ways for student voices to be heard as we consider the issues facing the University," he said.

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Chancellor Carol Folt attends the UNC football game against Virginina Tech on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in Kenan Memorial Stadium. Folt announced that she will be stepping down from her position as chancellor in an email sent to the University community on Monday, Jan. 14, 2018.

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<![CDATA[EDCI BellXcel camp gets Duke Energy Foundation donation, students see academic growth]]> For 60 students in Durham Public Schools, summer is spent in the halls of Y. E. Smith Elementary School. With math and reading lessons and spelling games, this may seem like summer school. But it's not - it's camp.

The Duke Energy Foundation donated $20,000 to the East Durham Children's Initiative (EDCI) BellXcel Summer Learning Program on Thursday, May 23.

The EDCI BellXcel (Building Educated Leaders for Life) camp is a five-week, intensive program for 60 rising first, second and third grade students at Y. E. Smith Elementary, Eastway Elementary and Maureen Joy Charter School. The free program targets summer learning loss while providing students that are in the 25th percentile or lower with opportunities they may not otherwise have.

"Catching these kids up, getting them closer to their peer group, is just phenomenal," EDCI Board of Directors Chairperson W. Barker French said. "Otherwise, they'll always be behind."

The camp also provides breakfast and lunch for all campers. Y.E. Smith Elementary principal Joi Gibson-Robinson said 100 percent of students at the camp qualify for free and reduced lunch.

EDCI is a nonprofit that works with children from birth through high school graduation, providing students and families with early childhood interventions, after-school and summer programs and nutrition services. The organization collaborated with over 40 partner organizations to serve 855 children in their 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The nonprofit focuses on a 1.2 square mile area east of downtown Durham known as the EDCI Zone. In 2008, the area was determined to be the most vulnerable neighborhood in Durham.

The EDCI BellXcel program is part of a national network of camps targeted at areas with few resources where students are performing below grade level. The program customizes its instruction based on the needs of that year's students.

"By the end of the second week, you can see the scholars transforming," program director Jayven Brown said. "You can see their self-esteem rising. You can see their confidence rising."

Through pre and post-testing, EDCI said they're seeing gains of one month in math and one-and-a-half months in reading for BellXcel students. Without access to summer programs that continue a student's enrichment, students can experience significant summer learning loss, EDCI said.

BellXcel isn't just about classroom instruction. The camp hosts guest speakers and takes field trips throughout the summer to the Marbles Kids Museum and a local T.V. station.

"It's seen as a true summer camp, instead of a learning camp," said Gibson-Robinson. "We don't hide that the main purpose of this is to get our children to sustain what they've already learned and to make them grow by at least a month academically. The children see it as them having so much fun all around."

BellXcel is one of three summer programs offered by EDCI for elementary students. The Science Technology Engineering Arts Math (STEAM) camp is a free six-week program for students in third through fifth grade. EDCI also partners with the YMCA of the Triangle to send 70 students to YMCA Camp High Hopes.

After seeing students succeed at BellXcel camp, Gibson-Robinson said the program is ready to expand.

"All it takes is money; it's real easy," French said. "You give me the money, we can do it."

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<![CDATA[BOG addresses campus security; issues surrounding Silent Sam left up in the air]]> On the heels of a decision to indefinitely postpone the unveiling of a Silent Sam plan, the Board of Governors met this week, keeping the issue of the confederate monument entirely off the docket.

Chairperson Harry Smith, however, did acknowledge after the meeting that his thinking on the issue has evolved in the time since the BOG took responsibility for the statue away from UNC. Currently, five members of the BOG are working on the issue, in conjunction with UNC and its Board of Trustees, ever since the original plan of creating a freestanding building to house the statue was shot down in December.

Smith called his original wish - an immediate resurrection of the statue - "quick and uneducated," and now contends he personally believes placing Silent Sam back on McCorkle place is "not the right path."

"It would've been easy to rush, make the decision and move on, but I don't think that's the right thing to do," Smith said. "I don't think there's a new deadline."

In the public comments section of the meeting, students and activists gave prepared remarks in which they expressed concern regarding police presence on campus and the role of public safety.

"I would urge you to take action to bring these forces under control, beginning with a minimum of disarmament or force reductions," said Calvin Deutschbein, a fourth year doctoral student of computer science, "and moving toward the model common at so many other institutes of learning of having no police force at all."

In the full board meeting, the attitude toward campus police was starkly different than that expressed by the visiting public. A trustee from UNC-Charlotte made remarks in the first meeting of the board since the shooting at their school; afterward Smith recommended increasing the size of campus police and the public safety team.

"I really want to take a chance to thank our police departments around the system and all they do," he said.

Although support for police was strong in the halls of the UNC System, activist Lindsay Ayling said that language from the BOG and administration has emboldened and justified threats she and others receive from pro-monument groups.

"They're lending legitimacy to that narrative," she said, citing multiple instances in which the BOG and others have condemned the anti-monument movement.

BOG member Marty Kotis has previously referred to the threatened TA grade holdout from the fall as "terrorism," which Ayling said is eerily similar to how far-right groups characterize the movement online.

UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken said what began as an anti-racist campaign "has now devolved into a concerted effort focused on the opposition to, and destruction of, all forms of campus authority."

Outgoing BOG member Joe Knott said in a News & Observer op-ed that the failure to immediately return Silent Sam to McCorkle Place represents the triumph of "lawlessness, threats and violence" on campus.

Ayling feels the anti-monument movement has been unfairly represented by the administration, and has led to inappropriate treatment from police. She said officers confiscated her group's canned goods at a potluck event in the fall, which drew the attention of pro-monument counter protestors, under the pretense that they could've used the cans as projectiles.

"We were just trying to gather food for the homeless," she said.

In a period in which the University and the UNC-system are both helmed by interim leaders, the BOG is taking its time with the monument issue. Smith acknowledged that there are many different complicators and stakeholders involved in the decision making process, and the process is still ongoing.

"Looking in the rearview mirror ain't going to help us get it right," he said. "We're going to do the right thing."

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<![CDATA[Orange County teacher resigns, charged after making threats to "shoot up the school"]]> An Orange County elementary school teacher is facing a felony charge following allegations that she made threats to "shoot up the school," according to an Orange County Sheriff's Office press release.

Kristen Thompson abruptly resigned from her position at Pathways Elementary School on Friday, May 17 the release said. Other teachers reported Thompson's threats.

The Orange County Sheriff's office charged Thompson with communicating a threat of mass violence. A member of the Durham County Sheriff's Office took Thompson into custody on Tuesday, according to the release.

Thompson received a $1,000 secured bond. She is due in court on June 14.

"A threat of school violence is understandably unsettling for the community," Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood said in the release. "Please know that the school and law enforcement are working together as a team to ensure the last few weeks of the school year are safe and productive for our students."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 919-245-2900.

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Kristen Thompson, a teacher at Pathways Elementary School who was charged with threatening mass violence by the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Thompson reportedly threatened to "shoot up the school" and was reported by her fellow coworkers.

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