<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel: pageone]]> Sun, 17 Nov 2019 05:16:37 -0500 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 05:16:37 -0500 SNworks CEO 2019 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[For UNC, a sloppy win against Gardner-Webb could be a sign of bigger problems]]> Don't get caught up in the fact that North Carolina defeated Gardner-Webb at the end of the night. Don't get caught up in the fact that Cole Anthony scored 28 points, or that Armando Bacot had a double-double.

The Tar Heels played what might have been their worst game of the season.

The offense in the first half was paltry at best - North Carolina started the game just 1-8 from the field, and didn't eclipse 10 points until halfway through the first period.

"I've heard that that was the worst basketball a couple of the coaches have seen in a long time, that first half," sophomore guard Leaky Black said.

Head coach Roy Williams said all offseason that this team would struggle to score compared to the past few years. Few, if any, would have expected them to struggle this much, especially with the gravity that Anthony brings night in and night out.

It's hard to describe just how much difficulty the Tar Heels had to score against a mid-major team who starts four guards and whose starting center, Ludovic Dufeal, stands at just 6-foot-8.

"(Williams) shouldn't be happy with how we played," Anthony said. "I'd say we're very stagnant on offense, and defensively we're missing a lot of rotations. As I said, it's early in the season, but at some point it's no longer going to be early in the season."

North Carolina, a team that emphasizes passing and ball movement more than anything else, had 19 assists in the game compared to 16 turnovers. The bigs were stripped in the post, and the guards gave the ball up regularly.

"Everybody in here works on their game daily," said Black, who had a team high in assists with six. "We lift. There's no reason someone should bump us off the ball while we're dribbling. It's a lot of being comfortable with the ball when you have it."

The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent from the field in the first half, and just 10 percent from three. Anthony, the pace-setter for everything this UNC team does, shot 7-17 from the floor for the game, complete with four turnovers and just two assists.

"We're more gifted, we're taller, all those kinds of things, and it's a one or two possession game," Williams said. "None of you guys had to think it (was) a very pretty game… do I believe we're getting better? Yes. Am I ticked off right now? Yes. Am I a scrooge probably, this close to Christmas? Yes.

"But we've got to play better and that's the bottom line."

Through three games, UNC hasn't had a consistent scorer outside of Anthony. If the team wants to win in January, let alone March, that will need to change.

"We've had a bunch of guys show flashes. We've had JP (Justin Pierce) show flashes, Armando, Garrison, CK (Christian Keeling) can obviously score, Leaky, (Andrew) Platek. Honestly everyone who plays," Anthony said after the game. "We have that wild card effect."

The team can't afford to get spooked when the easy shots aren't falling early on.

"We missed a couple of easy shots, open shots, and it's like 'Man, we're getting these stops but we can't score,'" Black said. "Everybody started panicking a little bit."

It may seem like one bad game against a scrappy team that caught the favorite by surprise. But nothing about the Tar Heels' play through three games offers any sort of solution to their main problem - the lack of a consistent off-the-dribble scorer outside of Anthony.

It's true that almost anyone has the capability to have a big game for North Carolina this season. But what happens when no one does? The Tar Heels' season might depend on that very question.


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First-year guard Cole Anthony (2) fights for a two-pointer in the game against Gardner Webb on Friday, Nov.15, 2019 in the Smith Center. UNC beat Gardner-Webb 77-61.

<![CDATA[Oates to request recount in Chapel Hill Town Council race]]> Incumbent candidate Nancy Oates said she plans to request a recount in the Chapel Hill Town Council race, which she lost to UNC senior Tai Huynh by 24 votes.

The Orange County Board of Elections certified the results of the Nov. 5 municipal and school board elections Friday. Rachel Raper, director of the Orange County Board of Elections, said turnout for the election was around 18 percent - slightly higher than usual for a municipal election - and there were very few irregularities in the election process.

Seven candidates ran for four seats in the Chapel Hill Town Council race. Incumbents Jessica Anderson and Michael Parker retained their seats while newcomer Amy Ryan won a seat on the council for the first time.

But the status of the fourth seat was left in question on election night when three candidates were nearly tied at around 13 percent of the vote.

"There is a very tight race between the fourth and fifth place candidates for Chapel Hill Town Council," said Jamie Cox, chair of the Orange County Board of Election, at the meeting.

As it stands, Tai Huynh is in fourth with 3,960 votes, Oates is in fifth with 3,936 votes and Sue Hunter is in sixth with 3,926.

Non-prevailing candidates within one percent of a winning candidate may request a recount after the results have been certified.

After the canvas meeting, Hunter said she had no plans to request a recount.

"I'm very excited for Tai and I congratulate him on his win," she said.

But Oates felt differently, saying she planned to submit a request Friday.

"While I would like the results of an election to be clear on election night, I think we need to follow the democratic process from start to finish and ensure that everyone feels their vote has been counted," Oates said.

Raper said at the canvas meeting that a recount would happen next Thursday if a candidate were to request one.



<![CDATA[3 takeaways from UNC football's 34-27 overtime loss to Pitt]]> The North Carolina football team (4-6, 3-4 ACC) fell in overtime to Pitt (7-3, 4-2 ACC) on Thursday, 34-27. The Tar Heels still lead the series 10-4 now, but saw their six-game win streak against the Panthers snapped.

Here are threetakeaways from the game.

1. An 'in-the-air' and high yardage game

During this week's press conference, offensive coordinator Phil Longo said UNC needed to run the ball effectively in order to triumph over Pitt's formidable defense.

The Tar Heels totaled 136 rushing yards and a total of 458 yards, while the Panthers put up 498 yards during the overtime battle. The game was expected to be a defensive battle, but it turned into an offensive matchup.

North Carolina also impressed through the air.

UNC receiver Dazz Newsome had a strong night, reaching 170 receiving yards with a touchdown. Dyami Brown also continued to dominate. He caught his ninth receiving touchdown this year, tying Marcus Wall (1994) for the fourth-most touchdown catches by a Tar Heel in a season.

2. Howell impresses again

Although he was sacked five times against the Panthers, quarterback Sam Howell posted another strong game in his first season in Chapel Hill.

Howell finished the night 27-43 with 322 yards, passing T.J. Yates for the most passing yards by a UNC first-year QB. Yates threw for 2,655 yards in 2007, while Howell is over 2,700.

Thursday also marked Howell's fifth game with three or more passing touchdowns. He's totaled 29 touchdown passes this season, which is one shy of tying Mitch Trubisky's single-season record.

3. UNC keeps it close against Coastal opponents

While the Tar Heels are out of the running for the ACC Coastal title, fans shouldn't overlook the statement North Carolina has made this season in turning its program around.

Every UNC loss this season has been by a single possession and has come down to the final minutes of the game. The team lost to defending national champion Clemson by a single point earlier in the season.

In the last 15 seasons, North Carolina was 0-40 when trailing by 14+ points entering the fourth quarter. Tonight, the Tar Heels headed into the fourth quarter trailing by 14. But Howell answered the challenge with a pair of touchdowns to tie the game before the end of regulation.

Thursday night also game marked UNC's fourth overtime game in its last 16 matchups, going back to Syracuse in 2018.

While there were plenty of mistakes that UNC will learn from and try to fix in the coming days, it's important to note how head coach Mack Brown and his staff have turned the Tar Heels around after Larry Fedora's departure at the end of last season.

Eventually, that improvement will have to turn into wins. To finish the season, the Tar Heels will need to win out against Mercer and N.C. State in order to be eligible for a bowl game.


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First-year quarterback Sam Howell (7) passes the ball to senior running back Antonio Williams (24) in the homecoming game against Duke on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 in Kenan Memorial Stadium. UNC defeated Duke 20-17 for the first time in three years.

<![CDATA[Meet the community paramedics working to alleviate North Carolina's opioid crisis ]]> When a 911 call sends emergency medical services to help a person who has overdosed on opioids, it's anyone's guess what the scene will look like once the ambulance arrives.

"Just like everybody's home is different from the next person - you never know what you're going to walk in to and what color rug you're going to see - we have no idea where we're going into," said Katie Benedyk, an Orange County Emergency Medical Services community paramedic.

Though dispatches to paramedics include basic information provided by the caller, the details can be scattered and imprecise.

"I could walk in and it be somebody who's overdosed by themselves with an upset girlfriend screaming at us. I can handle that," Benedyk said. "It could be that I'm walking into a family of 30 people with somebody who's overdosed, everybody screaming. I know how to handle that one as well."

But after the initial flurry of activity, the role of traditional paramedics is finished. With the patient revived on the scene or transported to the hospital, it's on to the next call with no time for a follow-up.

Time and time again, the same responders will treat the same patient for the same affliction, knowing that chances are strong that they'll be back soon. In total, about a quarter of Orange County's yearly EMS calls are from the same group of around 30 people who call more than five times, said Kyle Ronn, quality assistance coordinator for Orange County EMS.

One fix? Community paramedics.

"I think anybody that gets into EMS, and I think everybody in our agency, does it out of some sort of desire to help somebody," community paramedic Landon Weaver said. "On the flip side of that is the nature of emergency medicine - it's very time sensitive, and there aren't a lot of resources."

Those repeated calls are what community paramedicine is designed to address - people without a support system or health care knowledge who, as a result, have to call for help.

"It takes a lot of digging, but there is typically an answer, even within in the small areas of our county, for almost any need that presents itself," Weaver said. "It's just that most folks either aren't involved with the patient enough to identify these needs, or it's just not exposed, and the connection isn't made. We look at ourselves as that role, connecting all the dots."

First introduced across parts of North Carolina in 2015 as a pilot program, Orange County recently made community paramedics a permanent part of its system. After identifying people who may need support, community paramedics proactively make phone calls and home visits to keep problems from escalating.

Benedyk and Weaver are the county's first two to take the role, a task they said is challenging but exciting.

Orange County EMS is not the group bringing the role of community to the forefront of opioid response. The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition provides a variety of programs across the state, including syringe exchanges, outreach workers and overdose rescue kits with naloxone, a treatment that reverses the effects of an overdose.

NCHRC's strategies are based on the philosophy of harm reduction, an approach that seeks to reduce the risks of drug use and focuses drug users on their own treatment.

Loftin Wilson, a harm reduction programs manager in Durham and statewide, said people who use drugs often take the role of first responder for people who have overdosed before EMS is ever called. Naloxone distribution programs play a key role in these situations - since 2013, NCHRC claims to have helped people reverse over 13,000 opioid overdoses.

"People say things like, 'I feel like a superhero' or, 'I feel like I really did something that was important and meaningful. I feel like I've really contributed something to the world,'" Wilson said.

"Everything around you is telling you that you don't contribute anything to the world and your life is useless and meaningless and a drain on society. To be able to say, I am taking care of the people around me, it's meaningful because somebody's life is saved," Wilson said. "But it's also meaningful because it creates an emotion of worthiness and empowerment that can extend beyond that specific situation."

Like NCHRC, the Orange County Sheriff's Office, EMS and other partners distribute naloxone through an initiative called the Coordinated Opioid Overdose Reduction Effort. COORE also connects people with community paramedics and encourages people who use drugs to pursue amnesty and medical treatment.

Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood, one of COORE's leaders, emphasized the need for cooperation between medical and law enforcement agencies in order to solve the opioid crisis.

"I realized that the follow-up visits needed to be done by somebody other than a person wearing the badge," Blackwood said. "I found that the time people are most vulnerable is when they're actually still coming out of or in that crisis."

Wilson said personal relationships are necessary to help people who are addicted to substances. Because NCHRC programs are staffed by people directly impacted by drug use, especially people from marginalized identities, Wilson said providers are able to engage with participants in a nonjudgmental, supportive way.

And participants aren't the only ones who benefit.

"I really, really benefit and learn from relationships with participants," Wilson said. "When I talk to people and hear their experiences, there's a lot that I can relate to and there's a lot that's different from my own experience. It's a process of always being able to learn more about the world, about human experiences and about human resilience."



<![CDATA[CHCCS excels in student success, but racial disparities persist]]> With elementary school-level dual-language offerings and some of the highest SAT scores in the state, it's no surprise that Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is at the top of North Carolina school district rankings.

However, not all students get the benefits of the district's "legacy of success" lauded on the school district's website.

Research from Stanford's Center for Education and Policy Analysis shows that, of the schools surveyed, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools has the second-largest achievement gap between white and black students. The district also has the fifth largest identified achievement gap between white and Hispanic students.

Last week, CHCCS and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation received a $4.3 million dollar grant from the Oak Foundation to fund initiatives to improve equity, including racial equity training for staff.

Members of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education and the district's administration pointed to various solutions: recruiting and retaining teachers of color, culturally-relevant curriculum materials, restorative justice and student input.

Jeffrey Nash, executive director of community relations for CHCCS, said the school district examines equity in the four categories laid out in the strategic plan: family and community engagement, student success, employee experience and organizational effectiveness.

"I think in our district we're really focusing too on the fact that equity and equality are not the same thing," he said. "Equity is giving everybody what they need, and it's not taking from some to give to others."

Nash said he and the superintendent are going to each school to meet with a student focus group - these focus groups, similar to those conducted before the strategic plan was put in place, are meant to help district administration evaluate how the plan is working.

Joal Broun, chairperson of the CHCCS board, said the Board collects data including student test scores, participation in Advanced Placement courses and Advancement Via Individual Determination programs and student discipline outcomes.

"We talk about it a lot," she said. "We ask the superintendent what they're implementing on the ground - a lot of it has to do with the instructional piece, about what is being taught, how it's being taught in the classroom."

As part of the classroom experience, she said, the school district is looking to hire a more diverse teaching population. Broun said the district has partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, such as North Carolina Central University, to place university students in teaching assistant positions.

"We're just trying to raise the level and quality of teaching all throughout the district," she said.

Beyond the classroom, CHCCS board member James Barrett said the school district has focused on providing training in restorative justice practices so that discipline isn't used as a punishment but rather as a learning opportunity for students.

"We've had a lot of focus recently on discipline disparities, and that includes making sure we're rewriting our code of conduct so that it has very clear expectations," he said.

Barrett and Broun noted that equity concerns drive decisions that impact students in other, subtler ways - school rezoning is a prime example. Broun said the Board considers school rezoning demographically, socially and economically to preserve equity in the process.

"We would never claim that we could have successful schools unless we're being successful for all students, so if we don't look to racial impact in what we're doing, then we're not going to have successful actions," Barrett said.

Nash said equity permeates the school district's decision-making process at many levels, from communication with parents to teacher retention, and more.

"Look at our budget - how are we spending our money? Is it equitable? Does it reflect what we believe or what we claim to believe about equity?" he said.

He said when school districts start off with the question of what students need to be successful, they can then understand the implications of inequity in all parts of school administration, from curriculum to employee engagement.

"Equity is, if we like to say, it's not something we add to our work," Nash said. "It is the work."


Parents and teachers discuss racial inequalities in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system at the Carrboro Century Center in September of 2017.

<![CDATA[UNC is one of the most affordable public schools in the country, study says ]]> UNC is one of the most affordable flagship state institutions in the country, according to a report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Out of the 50 public universities studied, UNC was among only four schools deemed affordable for low-income students. The study created academic and demographic profiles for five hypothetical students and then determined if, based on this criteria, the student would be able to afford attending each institution.

"We're very pleased and very proud that we are measured as affordable," Rachelle Feldman, associate provost and director of scholarships and student aid, said. "It's one of the main goals of our mission as a public institution."

The University of Arizona, the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin-Madison were among the other schools to be highlighted as affordable for low-income students.

"We realize that all state public institutions are under enormous financial pressure - us included," Feldman said. "Our state has worked hard to keep in-state tuition relatively low compared to other states and has funded us accordingly. The administration of the University and the Board of Trustees, really everyone on every level in Chapel Hill, had kept our commitment to meet students' demonstrated need, even in times when that was financially difficult."

The report noted Carolina Covenant, a program ensuring that qualifying low-income students will graduate from the University debt-free.

Candice Powell, director of Carolina Covenant, said Covenant scholars also have access to extensive resources, such as a mentorship program and partnerships with student support services across campus.

"Our scholars bring immense talent and rich diversity of experiences to the University," Powell said. "Our program is part of the University commitment to get the best talent regardless of family income."

Powell said the Carolina Covenant program was the first of its kind and set a precedent for a national model. She also said many graduated Covenant scholars have committed to giving back to the program - 12 percent of current donors are former students.

The report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy only evaluated affordability for in-state students. But Ryan Herron, a senior and president of the Out-of-State Student Association, said he believes UNC is still affordable, despite the steeper costs for non-North Carolina residents.

"Relative to most institutions, we still feel UNC is an affordable place for us, especially when comparing private, public and Ivy institutions," Herron said.

Feldman said the UNC Board of Governors and state legislators play a large role in setting tuition rates. But she said that unlike some universities, Carolina is committed to meeting the full need of out-of-state domestic students.

"We strongly believe that the students that come from outside Carolina add a lot to the experience of all students," Feldman said. "It's very important that students are here to add to the richness of the community."

Herron said UNC's continued outreach to low-income students from all areas is important.

"It should be a big priority," Herron said. "It's valuable as an institution to become more diverse and strive not to just go after middle or upper-income students who would already traditionally go to college. The lower-income students allow us learn about new people and perspectives we previously wouldn't interact with in some settings."

Feldman said her department is currently looking into expanding programs for middle-income Carolina students.

"We think every student that earns their way here adds to the fabric of the University and the experiences of all the other students," Feldman said. "We want to make sure that students are successful. And while where you came from is important to you and adds to who we are as a community, it should never be a barrier."


Campus-goers approach the Old Well and South Building on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

<![CDATA[Taking a look at UNC football's matchup with Pitt on Thursday]]> Even in the deepest throes of mediocrity in recent years, the North Carolina football team has been able to find annual respite when Pittsburgh shows up on the schedule.

Since 2013, the Tar Heels have defeated the Panthers in six consecutive games. Even in 2017 and 2018 - when UNC lost to every other conference opponent - the Tar Heels got their sole ACC wins of the season when they faced off against head coach Pat Narduzzi and Pitt.

However, this season has seen sizable changes from both programs. While UNC may have already claimed three conference wins, this Pitt team has been competitive in its own right.

Here's a look at what head coach Mack Brown and his team can expect when they make the trek up to frigid Pittsburgh on Thursday night.

Keeping it close

UNC has had plenty of nail-biting affairs.

Despite winning seven out of the last eight matchups against Pitt, the Tar Heels' margin of victory in that span has only been a combined 31 points. And this season, with close losses to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Appalachian State still fresh in the minds of the Tar Heel football program, yet another close game could finally bode well for Pittsburgh.

The beauty of the bye week

Both UNC and Pittsburgh will enter Thursday night's primetime matchup with fresh legs as both teams took time off for a bye last weekend. While this gives both teams an advantage in terms of rest and strategy, Pitt entered the break on a high note after defeating Georgia Tech on Nov. 2. Conversely, the Tar Heels lost a crucial ACC game to Virginia on the same day, sending them into the bye with the anguish of defeat still fresh on their minds.

Pittsburgh's momentum as a program is undeniable - its 6-3 start to the season is a program-best dating back to 2015. Big wins over Syracuse, Duke, and No. 15 UCF headline a year in which the Panthers still have a chance to claim the Coastal Division title.

The optimism surrounding the Panthers' locker room is palpable, and the timely bye week after a strong defensive showing against Georgia Tech directly contrasts a Tar Heel program that is still seeking answers defensively after a porous 38-31 loss.

Weapons out wide

Pitt's offense has been relatively conservative thus far, only eclipsing 25 points on three occasions this year. However, the Panthers have seen success when they air the ball out to the formidable wide receiver duo of Maurice Ffrench and Taysir Mack.

Ffrench currently leads the conference in receptions with 75, and Mack is tied for fourth with 53. Their production can be stifled by underwhelming quarterback play from Kenny Pickett (9 TDs, 8 INTs), but this duo is the centerpiece of an offense that can capitalize on timely deep balls.

A battle in the trenches

Pittsburgh's defense has made a habit of tormenting opposing offensive lines with their stout defensive unit up front. The Panthers D-line is ranked second in the nation in sacks at 4.44 sacks per game. Patrick Jones II, Jaylen Twyman, and Kylan Johnson lead this menacing front line, but they are well-rounded in the trenches with eight players tallying more than one sack.

Their ability to get to the quarterback is augmented by a stout run defense that allows a mere 85.9 rushing yards per game, seventh-lowest in the nation. If Pittsburgh's big men can impose their will on a fledgling UNC offensive line, quarterback Sam Howell and running back Javonte Williams will undoubtedly struggle to put points on the board.


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UNC wide receiver Bug Howard catches the game winning touchdown with two seconds remaining in regulation against Pitt.

<![CDATA[Impeachment, election reform discussed at Tuesday's student senate meeting ]]> Impeachment proceedings against Rules & Judiciary chairperson Tanner Henson failed to move forward at the 101st Undergraduate Senate full body meeting on Tuesday. The Senate also voted in favor of election reforms to the joint code and to support an increased campus health fee.

Campus Health Services

The Senate passed a concurrent resolution 20 to 1 in support of the expansion of Campus Health Services. It was introduced by Speaker Stephen Wright and Graduate and Professional Student Federation Vice President Michelle Hoffner O'Connor.

"This is a rare opportunity to author proactive legislation that affects all students and demonstrates our support for the expansion of campus health services," Hoffner O'Connor said.

The increase in the Campus Health fee would support the hiring of more permanent staff. According to a letter by the Senate, there is only one therapist for every 2,200 students, when International Association of Counseling Services recommends one for every 1,000 to 1,500. The increased fee will also help expand a dental clinic for students and help subsidize medication.

This was first spearheaded by the GPSF and O'Connor.

"I hope that shows to administrators that we are all serious about making sure UNC students of all backgrounds, graduate and professional and undergrad, have the resources they need to facilitate the health and wellness," Wright said.

Elections regulation in the joint code

The Senate voted in favor, by 18-2-1, of a bill to amend Title II of the Joint Code, which reforms student elections.

The bill redefined a candidate support as a registered campaign worker - which candidates must supply a list of to the Board of Elections. Registered campaign workers are those who collect signatures, create promotional materials, conduct in-person campaign activities or serve as "digital evangelists."

The reforms increased the amount of days to submit ballot petitions to the BOE. It also said the BOE should release the list of certified candidates three days earlier.

Student Body President Ashton Martin raised concerns over the longer campaign periods.

"Regarding extending possible campaigning, it's pretty rough for those two weeks, but extending it even more might kill someone," Martin said.

The reforms included the addition of an election monitor, who serves to detect election violations and file impartial complaints to the BOE. The monitors cannot be affiliated with a campaign or have previously served on a campaign or in student government. Monitors may also be paid.

"It gets rid of tattle-taling and petty back and forths," Sen. Erik Beene, who also serves on The Daily Tar Heel's board of directors, said. "It makes our elections seem nicer and fairer."

During last year's student body president election, several election violation charges were filed against Martin's opponents. The cases against one opponent, Jack Noble, were filed by three students associated with Martin's campaign.

"We never intended to get anyone disqualified, and I'm incredibly sympathetic to what he feels right now, I couldn't imagine," Martin said at the time. "But I want to make it clear that we never had malicious intent."


Sen. Corry Dauderman filed a bill to impeach Henson, claiming that Henson violated a section of the student code that the Undergraduate Student Government cannot discriminate on the basis of national origin.

The allegations were based off Henson's R&J report on October 1st.

"There were some demographic worries but felt that it would inhibit the committee's progress more than develop it," the report said.

Henson was referring to the proportion of out-of-state to in-state students being appointed to the Student Advisory Committee to the Chancellor, who came before the R&J committee.

However, Dauderman claimed that discrimination based on national origin extended to "state, country or town of origin."

"You can't create two classes of students at Carolina," Dauderman said.

Only one senator, Dauderman, voted "yes" to averment. This stopped the impeachment from moving forward.

This is not the first time Henson and Dauderman have clashed.

Dauderman said he began considering filing for impeachment when he read the report, and discussed it with the speaker after the address from Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz.

At the previous full Senate meeting, Dauderman filed a motion to censure Henson - an official reprimand of a standing senator - believing it was inappropriate for Henson to cancel an R&J committee meeting. Henson, in turn, claimed he would file an ethics complaint against Dauderman.

"The fact that he tried to impeach me and not the rest of the entire committee who had the exact same concerns, tells you more about his motives than it does about anybody else's character," Henson said.

Henson also said his concerns over the demographics of the appointees arose from Board of Governors policy itself, which mandates that 82 percent of incoming first-year classes must be from North Carolina.

An ethics investigation has been launched against Dauderman.

"(Henson) does have a large portion of the Senate with him," Dauderman said. "I think a lot of people were confused as to what probable cause means. They saw it as a final statement."



The Undergraduate Student Senate held a full senate meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, where they discussed topics such as supporting a new Asian American Center on campus.

<![CDATA[A potential recession in 2020 has soon-to-be graduates worried about finding a job]]> For many students graduating in May, the first semester of senior year is an anxious time, as they weigh the options for their career paths and where they would like to settle for the future. Adding to the anxiety of students still looking for jobs, recent labor statistics have worried some policy experts about a possible recession come 2020.

Patrick McHugh is a policy analyst with the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the N.C. Justice Center. McHugh said he has seen clear signs of the economic challenges facing North Carolina, including slowed job growth and increased unemployment figures through 2019.

Between 2014 and 2016, employment growth in North Carolina exceeded 2 percent a year. That figure has been reduced to about 1.5 percent thus far in 2019, while North Carolina's unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent in September, compared with the national rate of 3.5 percent.

Still, McHugh acknowledges the tremendous uncertainty in the future of the economy.

"Nobody really knows, this is not something where anyone is 100 percent sure one way or the other and I'm not going to claim to have some special insight that nobody else has," McHugh said. "That said, it's certainly the case that there's a lot of risk factors out there."

Entering an uncertain job market

Kyle Taperek graduated from UNC in 2009, during the Recession, and recalls the impact of the 2008 recession on the job search for many of his peers.

For Taperek, one of the lasting memories from graduating during the recession was seeing friends who had attended UNC and completed difficult majors graduate and settle for low-wage retail positions.

"I think at that point, when I started hearing about that and how they were like, 'Oh I'm going to take this,' or 'I'm going to take this, I don't know what else I'm going to get,'" Taperek said. "Seeing the angst and the fear on that end, of the uncertainty of what they might be able to get, I do remember that vividly."

Taperek pursued a different path from many of his classmates and now lives in Phop Phra, Thailand with his wife, also a graduate of UNC, where they work at a refugee school.

The uncertainty of the market has led some UNC seniors, such as Lachlan Gabriel, an advertising major from Atlanta, to consider alternative options in the case of a recession in 2020.

"My plan would be to invest in myself and continue to gain skills," Gabriel said. "I already knew that it was one of my goals to attend business, design or architecture school as a graduate program if I thought it was something that would benefit me in the future."

Gabriel has also explored the idea of living abroad for a time, having recently applied for his Irish citizenship, but realizes that he ultimately wants to pursue an entrepreneurial path.

"I'm looking for a video, photo or marketing role in the fashion and music industry out of school, but that would be a temporary thing," Gabriel said. "I have aspirations to work for myself. So I want to travel for a little bit and maybe get some inspiration for what I want to do after that."

Other UNC seniors, such as Nick Hebert, a management and society major from Chapel Hill, are less concerned about the prospect of a recession impacting job prospects. The only city Hebert is considering for work in North Carolina is Raleigh, which both Wolf and McHugh agree should be largely shielded from the major effects of a recession.

"I think my main thing is just trying to first secure a full time job before a recession hits," Hebert said. "It would be definitely harder to find an entry-level job once a recession hits, whether that's in North Carolina or not."

Hebert said that after he has spent some time working, he would like to come back to Chapel Hill to raise a family.

The optimistic outlook

Some experts retain optimism that a recession this time around would not have the magnitude of repercussions that Taparek and the class of 2009 experienced upon graduation. Ali Wolf, director of economic research at Meyers Research, LLC, said that while an economic recession is inevitable, North Carolina's employment statistics are not as concerning as some believe.

"The unemployment rate during the boom times of the mid-2000s didn't hit as low as the levels today," Wolf said. "Job growth numbers are bound to slow as the economy reaches full employment because it's harder for companies to find qualified workers. A key measure I like to look at is high-income job growth. Raleigh, for example, has grown 2 percent year-over-year for these types of jobs. That suggests a healthy labor market."

Wolf puts the probability of a recession over the next 12 months at 40 percent. Wolf lists the uncertainty fueled by the trade war, slowed global growth and the manufacturing sector - which she says is already mired in recession - as major indicators of an impending overall recession.

Whether seniors like Hebert or Gabriel end up in living in North Carolina, elsewhere in the United States or even Thailand remains to be seen. With 2020 being an election year, national economic policy could still change, which gives those like McHugh hope.

"Yes, we have fundamental economic challenges," McHugh said. "But they are the consequence of choices, and we can make better choices in the future and build an economy that's better for us."


Rosie Robbins, a senior studying religious studies, sits outside on campus on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Robbins is just one of many Carolina students entering the workforce with the looming possibility of a recession.

<![CDATA[Program for Public Discourse hosts event about values diverging from politics]]> The controversial Program for Public Discourse hosted its first event Tuesday, bringing together two speakers, Justin Giboney and Jonathan Last, to discuss the divergence of values from politics. Giboney and Last discussed their respective beliefs and where they diverged from the dualism of American partisan values.

The discussion, facilitated by UNC history professor Molly Worthen, touched on a variety of hot-button issues in the modern political landscape, including LGBTQ+ and abortion rights. The speakers challenged audience members to lead with personal values rather than party loyalty.

Giboney is a Christian leader who began AND, a campaign centered around "biblical values and social justice." He said the creation of his AND campaign, a movement within the Democratic party that embraces a more conservative outlook on social issues than their democratic peers, stemmed from his Christian faith - specifically his roots in the Southern Baptist tradition.

"I think it's fair to say (Giboney is) trying to find new ways to shape politics and culture," Worthen said.

Last, a journalist for The Bulwark, said he fears the idea of "group think" and placing loyalty in political parties.

"Part of my political formation, probably the most important part, is that almost everybody in my life who I love, cherish and respect is a liberal Democrat," Last said. "So, it's always been super-duper easy for me to love the other side and not hate them."

While both Last and Giboney began to develop their ways of thinking early on, they attributed the election and nomination of President Donald Trump to accelerating their beliefs.

"I think for the church in general, and I think long term for folks with more centered or traditional views on certain issues, (the 2016 election) was a hidden credibility," Giboney said. "Because while, I think my community can be more vocal when it comes to some of issues ... We still hold those issues, and if there is a lack of credibility coming from more social conservatives from the right, we kind of struggle with that stuff too."

Giboney said the election of Donald Trump, in addition to providing credibility to his cause, also accelerated some of the issues he was combating within the Democratic party.

"I think he was actually a benefit to the far-left on some issues because now they can be more extreme, and it almost seems necessary," Giboney said. "It almost seems necessary to be uncivil because now you have this enemy you can point to and say, 'Look how bad he is. You need us.'"

Last also said Trump's election was a catalyst for altering some of his beliefs about the modern American system, such as the viability of populism.

"The worst case view is that Trump is merely a symptom, not the disease, and that there is a deep unseriousness in the American public," Last said.

Both Last and Giboney focused on maintaining personal values and applying them outside of the value matrices of the political system. Giboney focused the majority of his value system on his faith.

"It makes you stay with the point that politics aren't ultimate," Giboney said. "That there is something bigger than politics out there."

Giboney recognized the complexity of individual thinking in a space like politics that is traditionally so collaborative and said that thinking for yourself doesn't have to occur in isolation.

"I don't think 'Think by yourself' means go into a closet with your books and just come up with the ideas by yourself," Giboney said. "When I think of think for yourself, I'm thinking don't go along with the partisan or tribal groupthink. If you have values, apply your values to the situation, don't let someone else apply them for you."

After the event, program director Chris Clemens said the program chose these speakers through a process of elimination because of the controversy surrounding the program across campus. He said, for this reason, he didn't want to start with the program's most controversial speakers.

Clemens said the program's focus was on the students and not what the faculty wanted to hear from on-campus speakers. He said he chose to focus on Christianity in politics because the state of North Carolina is majority christian.


(From right) Molly Worthen, UNC History Professor and New York Times contributing opinion writer, moderates a discussion between Democrat political strategist Justin Giboney and The Bulwark executive editor Jonathan V. Last at The Program for Public Discourse's first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

<![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[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[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[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[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['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.

<![CDATA[Open Eye Café celebrates 20 years of business with unique coffee blend]]> Carrboro Coffee Roasters is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their flagship store Open Eye Café in Carrboro by offering a unique coffee for a limited time.

The owner's long-distance friend and business partner, Jose Arnold Paz, created the blend for this special occasion. According to a press release, the coffee is from the Paz family farm in Finca San Jose, Honduras, and is made through a natural process. It has been grown on a plot of land named in honor of Paz's mother.

The blend highlights flavors such as cassis, plum and fresh fig jam.

"It has an amazing molasses syrupy body with baking spice notes and a lively acidity right to the end," the press release said.

Scott Conary, the owner of Carrboro Coffee Roasters and Open Eye Café, said being in business for 20 years is a reason to celebrate.

"In that time frame, we've been able to accomplish a hub for a community and be a reflection of the collective community of Carrboro," he said.

Conary said one of their main goals is to connect communities thousands of miles away, and Paz is a perfect example of this.

"We've created this relationship where we're trying to do things for each other. We're trying to help each other," Conary said. "It goes well beyond the concept of business or the idea that I want to buy coffee from him. He is such a large part of our success."

Conary said these types of relationships are what has helped them be so successful.

"It's the coffee that is part of our celebration," Conary said.

The unique coffee will be there for as long as the supply lasts. Customers can either drink the coffee in the cafe or buy a bag to take home.

"What is it that has helped us be successful is the idea that we can share world-class coffee from world-class farmers with the small community of Carrboro," Conary said.

Tracy Pham, a first-year student at UNC, said she loves going to Carrboro Coffee Roasters' cafes, like Open Eye, to do homework and have a cup of coffee. She said she is especially excited for them during their 20th anniversary celebration.

Pham got a cup of the new coffee and said she fell in love with it.

"I truly enjoy going to Carrboro Coffee Roasters because of the friendly environment, the extremely kind workers and of course, the delicious coffee," Pham said. "I find all the many reasons for this celebration to be so wonderful and different from other cafes. I love that the owner has such a close friendship with Jose Arnold and that he has sent coffee all the way from Honduras for this celebration."

Conary said he hopes to use the cafe to foster a sense of community in Carrboro.

"The biggest thing we always have to remember is that we are successful because the community believes in what we do, and that includes customers and fellow businesses," Conary said. "Everybody plays a part in a community working, and we know we didn't do this alone, we all kinda did it together. We're really thankful for everybody who has helped us be successful for two decades, and we're looking forward to two more."


<![CDATA[Students work to improve their mental health as UNC works to improve its resources]]> It could happen anywhere. In class. At home. Even while making coffee at the Target Starbucks on Franklin Street.

Alexandra Smith's body wilts like a parched plant in the midst of a drought as another depressive episode begins. Her head feels heavier and even the smallest things, like sitting in class or taking a shower, feel impossible. She loses interest in her schoolwork, friends, and clubs - all things she loves - and prickling numbness spreads from her head to her toes.

She is hyper-aware of her body, and that it feels out of place. She musters up the energy to go through the motions of the things she usually enjoys - making dinner, painting with watercolor and walking. When that doesn't work, one emotion pierces through the stupor: Frustration.

She collapses onto her bed the moment she gets home, where she sometimes stays for days, waiting for relief to come. Not crying. Not showering. Not eating. When the depression eventually recedes, she resumes normal life.

"It feels like I'm an empty shell of myself and the weight of my depression crashes down on me," she says. "As I move out of the episode, I just try to pick up the slack of whatever I missed … just kind of trying to piece everything back together."

Smith, a senior studying journalism and Hispanic linguistics, has depression and anxiety. Like other students with mental illnesses at UNC, she struggles to balance her mental health while still succeeding academically. The academic rigor of college - evident in its competitive culture, the pressure to always be busy and strict attendance policies - can be overwhelming for students. As a woman of color, issues such as Silent Sam and sexual assault on campus add to her increased anxiety.

This can make UNC a triggering place for her, and one she sometimes feels doesn't value the mental health of students enough.

"UNC as a whole is trying," Smith says. "But it most definitely has a lot of room for improvement."

'Addressing the breadth and depth of the issue'

At colleges and universities across the country, campus counseling services are being used at an increasing rate as students experience greater distress, according to the April 2019 Report of the Mental Health Task Force at UNC. These trends are seen at UNC, too, the report shows.

UNC currently offers several mental health resources, including Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), Student Wellness, UNC Accessibility Resource & Services, and the UNC Office of the Dean of Students.

"Mental health is an increasing area of concern for the undergraduate and graduate student populations," the report says. "Current approaches to mental health treatment, policy creation and application, and the campus culture around wellness are not sufficient for addressing the breadth and depth of the issue."

Since the report was issued, two of its recommendations have been implemented: CAPS 24/7, which allows students to call the regular CAPS number at any time, and the mental health recommendation implementation team, which meets every two weeks.

To accommodate the growing number of walk-in students - 50 to 60 on average last year, opposed to 30 four years ago - Dr. Allen O'Barr, director of CAPS, said the majority of new resources go to walk-ins. But they're also trying to add resources for therapy, something many students request.

"Money is hard to find. We're trying to get there," he said. "Everybody at the University knows this is a problem, knows it needs more resources and we're just trying to figure out the best way to do that."

UNC senior Carolyn Mitlehner went to therapy for the first time at CAPS as a sophomore and was surprised by how pleasant the therapy sessions were.

"It was weird - it was not what I expected at all, the therapy thing," she said. "He more so listened to what I had to say, he didn't always have advice."

Mitlehner had written suicide notes to all of her friends when she received an unexpected email from the Dean of Students. Another student had sent a copy of a post from Mitlehner's Facebook - a plea for help.

The meeting with the dean helped Mitlehner feel like things could get better, but discussing accommodations such as medical withdrawal added to her sense of anxiety.

"I just wanted to make it through," she said. "I didn't want to be behind anyone else, and if I did make it to graduation, I wanted to be able to do that with friends."

'I felt like I was an alien'

Starting college was a source of anxiety for UNC first-year student Maya Tadross. Tadross, who was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety when she was 15, said her parents forced her to follow through with coming to UNC.

She grew up in Long Island, New York, and is still able to see her therapist from home through Skype one to two times a week.

"It has been hard," she said. "The type of therapy I do has homework, so that can be hard on top of college homework. Sometimes that's been pushed to the backtrack - there have been times where I'm very overwhelmed trying to balance both."

Tadross said most of her anxiety comes from periods of time without much structure, like the weekends and social situations. These stressors, she says, are harder to get accommodations for.

Social situations also became difficult for Mitlehner, who, at the start of her junior year, began frequently cutting herself and binge-drinking. She was no longer going to therapy at CAPS but was taking Zoloft to treat her depression and anxiety.

In November of her junior year, a night out drinking with friends ended with them calling 911 after she said she was suicidal and ran away from the bar they were at. Mitlehner was taken in an ambulance to UNC Hospitals. She said it was the worst night of her life.

"I felt like I was an alien or something - like I was not a person," she said. "They were not treating me like I was somebody that was hurting and needed someone to be there for me, they were treating me like I'd done something wrong."

Interim Vice Chancellor Jonathan Sauls said seriously examining mental health will require looking critically at UNC's environmental factors. While these changes are less tangible and take time to implement, Sauls said UNC has to be committed to doing the work to see change.

"It may not be tomorrow or the next day, but we want to make sure those recommendations don't sit on a shelf," he said, regarding the report by the Mental Health Task Force.

'Mental health is necessary'

Many available resources require students to reach out to professors and the University during times of distress. Smith said this can create a heavy burden of emotional labor for students.

"It can be incredibly exhausting to almost have to ask permission to get an extension or not miss class when I'm already in such a down-mind place," she said.

Understanding this pressure, UNC public policy professor Douglas MacKay implemented a policy that gives every student five late days to use on assignments throughout the semester.

He makes a point to emphasize that additional extensions are not only for physical illnesses but for mental illnesses, too.

"Usually on the first day of class I talk about my own experience with mental illness as a graduate student," MacKay said. "Mental health is necessary to do well academically."

This year, Smith's depressive episodes have been occurring more frequently, which she said caught her off guard. An intern at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, president of the yearbook and She's the First club at UNC, and full-time student, Smith is working hard to find better ways to navigate her depression.

Some days are harder than others. On those days, she said it helps to have friends who talk and care about her mental health and well-being.

"I just wish people at UNC realized it's something that shouldn't be stigmatized," she said. "It's something that should be normal and prioritized just as much as your physical health is."



Alexandra Smith, a senior media and journalism and Hispanic linguistics double major is photographed in her apartment on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. "I just wish people at UNC realized [mental health is] something that shouldn't be stigmatized," Smith said. "It's something that should be normal and prioritized just as much as your physical health is."

<![CDATA[On a familiar court, Justin Pierce's 18 points help UNC basketball to win over UNCW]]> WILMINGTON, N.C.- For four members of the North Carolina men's basketball starting five, Friday night was something of a landmark: their first road start in a Tar Heel jersey.

Sophomore Leaky Black, first-years Armando Bacot and Cole Anthony and graduate transfer Christian Keeling all came into the away opener against UNC-Wilmington, to varying degrees, untested.

And when Bacot left the game for good after playing just two minutes and 41 seconds - he's now being evaluated for a concussion - it would've been even easier for the Tar Heels to let one get away from them in Trask Coliseum.

Luckily, though, they had someone who had been there before - literally. Graduate forward Justin Pierce, who spent three years at UNCW conference rival William and Mary, played at Trask three times before, dropping 23 points there as a sophomore in a January 2018 win.

And it was Pierce's 18 points on Friday that helped No. 9 UNC to a 78-62 victory, moving UNC to 2-0 and showing fans what the sharpshooting wing can do when he's in his element.

"I've had big games here in the past, and my teammates did a really good job early on of finding me," Pierce said. "When you see that first one go in, those first couple go in, the hoop gets a little bigger."

The Tar Heels came out colder than a November ocean breeze, but Pierce scored eight of their first 11 to keep them afloat early. His 13 points in the first half paced North Carolina, a big reason for the team's 40-29 advantage at the break.

To that point, Pierce was 5-8 from the field and 3-5 from three-point range. He says that since coming to Chapel Hill, he's gotten used to playing with Nike basketballs, the UNC standard. Against UNCW, though, Pierce was shooting Wilson's NCAA ball - also used in the NCAA tournament - which he says he's more comfortable with.

"I think he was probably the most ready to go," Anthony said. "He was talking about how that basketball is the basketball he played with at (William and Mary). So I'm like 'Oh, so you like that ball?' He's like, 'Yeah.'"

Anthony posted a game-high 20 points against the Seahawks, two nights after throwing up a 34-11-5 in the season opener against Notre Dame. But Pierce and his teammates know that's not easily replicated.

"Cole had a monster Wednesday night, and we know we can't rely on that for us to be successful," he said. "For other guys to knock down shots today, that was big for us."

In many ways, Pierce looked more comfortable on the road than he did in his first home game for the Tar Heels. Against the Irish, he had just five points on 1-6 from the field.

"I think I was just trying to find my spot. Trying not to screw up, basically," Pierce said.

On Friday, he was aggressive from the jump, taking four of the team's first 12 shots. He said he approached the game with "a different attitude," and it showed.

"I think that there's a reason we recruited him," head coach Roy Williams said. "We needed a player in that position. And I think he's getting better, getting more relaxed out there."

With Bacot's status up in the air, North Carolina will need Pierce more than ever. Add the first-year center's injury to a list that has claimed senior Brandon Robinson, junior big man Sterling Manley and a pair of first-year guards, Anthony Harris and Jeremiah Francis.

According to junior Garrison Brooks, Pierce is up for the challenge. He says that the guy that showed up in Trask Coliseum - not the guy from the Notre Dame game - is the real Pierce.

"It's huge, man," Brooks said. "Justin's a big time player, so we expect him to play like that."


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WCU freshman guard Jake Boggs (5) attempts to block as UNC graduate forward Justin Pierce (32) shoots the ball during their game at Trask Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. The Tar Heels beat the Seahawks 78-62.