NATIONAL-POLITCS


7/9/2019 4:44am

Chancellor Carol Folt takes questions during the media availability of the UNC Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 2018 at the Carolina Inn.

Search for UNC's 12th Chancellor kicks off at the Carolina Inn

After a Board of Governors member interfered with a chancellor search at Western Carolina University by independently contracting a firm to look into a finalist's background, the BOG reformed the guidelines of the process.  Multiple third-party search firms will be involved, as well as deep background checks. UNC will foot the bill for most of it. UNC system president Bill Roper came to a Board of Trustees meeting to brief the board on the revamped selection process, which will get underway with the selection of a diverse search committee.  The search committee will work with a firm contracted to find suitable candidates, but the firms' business model leads to an emphasis on confidentiality, keeping the public out of the process. A University of Florida professor explains how external firms have taken power away from students and community members by conducting interviews by airports to keep chancellor candidates' identities a secret. 


7/8/2019 11:54am

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Column: Preclinical medical education is wastefully obsolete

The preclinical years of medical education are a scam.  Undergraduate medical education in America (i.e., the period before graduating with an M.D. degree) is generally split into two years in the classroom, and two years seeing patients in the clinic. This system was recommended by the Flexner Report more than a century ago, and it is a thorough blueprint for ensuring students learn the science and skill of medicine, respectively. Developments in self-study resources and medical curriculum norms, though, have made the price of the preclinical semesters absurd. The National Board of Medical Examiners should test — and medical schools should welcome — those who want to jump right into clinical studies.


7/2/2019 9:08am

AT&T down in Chapel Hill for 911 calls

Wireless calls to 911 are not going through for AT&T wireless customers, the Chapel Hill Police Department said in a tweet Tuesday morning. AT&T customers who need to make an emergency call are encouraged to use a landline or call 919-732-5063.


7/1/2019 2:22pm

NC Governor Roy Cooper attends the UNC versus Duke game UNC at the Smith Center on Saturday, March 9, 2019. The Tar Heels defeated Duke 70-79 to become ACC regular season champions.

Beer and wine sales now legal at UNC system sporting events

Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill into law on Wednesday allowing legal beer and wine sales at sporting events throughout the UNC system. Should the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees vote in favor of the law, the purchase of certain forms of alcohol will be legal at UNC-CH sporting events.