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6/29/2020 7:45am

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Heel Talk episode 12: Faculty and staff petition UNC against return to campus

In this episode, host Evely Forte spoke to DTH reporter and incoming Assistant Copy Editor Sasha Schroeder and incoming Assistant Online Editor Praveena Somasundaram to understand why many UNC faculty members, professors and teaching assistants are petitioning UNC administration about the fall 2020 semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic, what the petitioners are really demanding and how they hope the University will implement potential changes. 


6/22/2020 10:19am

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Heel Talk episode 11: Board of Trustees lifts 16-year moratorium on renaming buildings

In this week's episode, host Evely Forte spoke to Maydha Devarajan, summer University desk editor, and former DTH reporter Hannah McClellan to better understand what the Board of Trustees decision to lift a 16-year ban on renaming buildings, monuments and landscapes on UNC’s campus meant, how this decision will affect the University moving forward and how campus leaders are responding.


5/21/2020 11:22am

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz makes opening remarks ahead of the awards at the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Lecture and Award Ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. "We must continue to confront our history so we can learn from that history, fuel from the learnings and move forward together," he said.

First day of classes will be Aug. 10, final exams to end Nov. 24, Guskiewicz announces

UNC’s first day of class will be held on August 10, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced at Thursday’s UNC Board of Trustees Meeting. Students will complete finals by November 24 and then not return to campus until the spring semester.  Guskiewicz announced the development of the Carolina Roadmap to reopen campus in the fall. The Roadmap includes the establishment of community standards to prevent virus transmission, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.  


3/26/2020 9:28pm

UNC student body president Ashton Martin speaks at a Board of Trustees meeting after officially becoming a member on Thursday, May 29, 2019. 

Here's what happened at the Board of Trustees' (virtual) Thursday meeting

Via Zoom, the UNC Board of Trustees discussed renovations to the Undergraduate Library and upgrades to parking decks, as well as the potential development of a data science on school on UNC's campus. The Board also discussed research, curriculum development and more issues regarding the History, Race, and a Way Forward Commission. 


1/16/2020 11:03pm

A plaque to honor William Alexander Graham, Confederate States Senator among many other titles, is pictured on display in Memorial Hall on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. After the UNC System's decision to give funding and perpetual rights to Silent Sam to the North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement on how surprised they were about the decision. Though CPA's statement recognized the plaques as a reminder of Southern history, their future is unknown.

'Distorted and false version of history': CPA responds to Silent Sam settlement

On Dec. 20, Carolina Performing Arts released a statement in response to the Sons of Confederate Veterans settlement. Chancellor Emeritus James Moeser said CPA is "appalled at the agreement entered into on our behalf by the UNC System Board of Governors."  However, CPA is also dealing with its own place in history. Its primary venue, Memorial Hall, prominently displays plaques in remembrance of founders of the University and memorializing Confederate alumni. Now, CPA recognizes its role in addressing these difficult issues through art.


11/19/2019 2:51am

The Old Well, a popular UNC monument, pictured on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. 

'Blistering': UNC faces fines after federal safety, crime reporting violations

Nearly seven years after its investigation began, the U.S. Department of Education stated in a final program review report that UNC acted in violation of federal laws on campus safety and crime information throughout the department's review period while demonstrating a lack of administrative capability that “remains a matter of serious concern for the department.” Clery Act expert S. Daniel Carter told The Daily Tar Heel that the University is "certainly looking at six figures" in federal fines, and he called the department's description of UNC's administrative issues “one of the most blistering I’ve read in many years."


11/10/2019 6:28pm

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.”

Students work to improve their mental health as UNC works to improve its resources

Several UNC students are speaking out about their mental health, and how they feel UNC should better accommodate students with mental illnesses. In April 2019, the Mental Health Task Force at UNC released a report showing that counseling services on campus are being used at an increasing rate. This trend also exists at colleges and universities nationwide. UNC is making a variety of changes, such as introducing a 24/7 CAPS hotline, to improve mental health care at UNC. Still, some students think the University should be doing more to provide this type of care. 


9/8/2019 10:35pm

Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz fields a reporter's question during an interview in South Building on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. "I've heard students express concern over the distrust that they have with police... and I remain committed to ensuring their safety," Guskiewicz said.

Chancellor Search Committee kicks off efforts for permanent Folt replacement

The Chancellor Search Committee met for the first time on Thursday to kick off the search for a new chancellor. The process is not only complex, but also confidential. Chairperson Richard Stevens said committee members should not even discuss candidates with their families. The timeline is projected to take four months, though the process could take longer. 


8/19/2019 6:19pm

Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz fields a reporter's question during an interview in South Building on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. "I've heard students express concern over the distrust that they have with police... and I remain committed to ensuring their safety," Guskiewicz said.

Uncertainty surrounds UNC administration as chancellor search begins

By LDOC of last year, a handful of UNC administrators left the University, including one of the most important figures on and off campus: the chancellor. Former Chancellor Carol Folt left in January, and since then, interim leaders have filled the positions left behind in the wake of the administrative fallout.  As the school year begins, the search for a permanent replacement for chancellor will also start, and students, faculty and graduates make up the group to recommend candidates to the Board of Trustees. From there, a series of approvals through the University president and Board of Governors will culminate in a new chancellor.  Kevin Guskiewicz, who has served as interim chancellor since Folt's resignation, said he is interested in being considered as a candidate for the next chancellor. Though the search process has not officially begun, Board of Trustees Chairperson Richard Stevens said he hopes Guskiewicz officially applies to be the permanent chancellor when the time comes.