11/11/2019 10:17pm

corporatization of higher ed

Some fear the UNC System is going corporate as administrative searches continue

As the UNC System searches for a president and UNC searches for a chancellor, the prospect of a having a leader from the corporate world adds to the existing conversation among some faculty about the corporatization of higher education.  Corporatization at colleges refers to the infusion of corporate values into higher education, and many faculty members see it as an issue because of its effects on shared governance between faculty and administrators. Here is why some think corporate values in higher education is a positive thing, and some fear their influence. 

11/11/2019 10:27pm

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

Orange County celebrates Veterans Day at new town memorial

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

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. 

11/7/2019 9:27pm

The sign outside the Center for Dramatic Art indicates handicap parking to the right of the building. A student who came to watch "Dairyland" found one of the handicap parking spots reserved for UNCSA Board of Trustees member Thomas S. Kenan III, who also had a disability placard.

Accessibility on campus: 'Whose bodies are worth more?'

A UNC graduate student was recently unable to park in the last remaining disability spot at a PlayMakers Repertory Company performance, leaving them to park in a parking deck far from the theater and walk.  This experience left the student with not only lingering pain, but frustration about the University's priorities with its limited parking. This student's trouble with parking raises the larger problem of the University's poor accommodations of those with disabilities, forcing the University to reevaluate its guidelines for upholding equal accessibility under ADA guidelines.