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Source: N.C. General Assembly

Here's how N.C. A&T students are responding to their divided congressional district

While traveling through campus, students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University commonly cross between North Carolina’s 6th Congressional District to its 13th district. A Republican lawmaker acknowledges that the strange division was a result of partisan gerrymandering. In the wake of a 2016 decision, students are fighting for proper representation. Students at North Carolina A&T demand representation that they can identify with, especially as Black voters represent a significant portion of the state's population. But gerrymandering goes even beyond misrepresentation; it can lead to extreme policy making that doesn't involve cooperation between parties. 

8/20/2019 10:32pm

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The General Assembly, Cooper haven't budged on N.C.'s budget

With the last fiscal year having come to a close in June, changes were expected to be made to the state budget, especially where Medicaid, teacher pay and corporate tax cuts were concerned.  But, Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the Republican budget proposal just three days before. A consensus needs to be made, but discussion is slowed with differing ideas about what to do with an $800 million revenue surplus. Republican senators have expressed their displeasure over Cooper’s “Medicare expansion ultimatum,” and are blaming Cooper for the breakdown in negotiations.  Because this is on the state level, a government shutdown isn't imminent, but that doesn't mean the pressure is off. Without a budget, there cannot be any proper funding for crucial state departments that feed into and serve North Carolina communities and provide vital wage raises, public school funding and more. 

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. 

8/20/2019 11:32pm

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Meet your 2019 Opinion Editor

My desk's mission to diversify our staff is not about stroking our progressive egos for the sake of having a postcard-worthy staff. This effort is about producing the best content possible while simultaneously uplifting the voices and opinions of marginalized folks in our community. 

8/20/2019 10:50pm

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Meet your 2019 Assistant Opinion Editor

This year I will be listening to others, taking in feedback, leading conversations and writing more columns. I am thankful for these moments, which are a result of the privilege that being a student here has afforded me. 

8/20/2019 10:11pm

The Media and Journalism school is changing their application process from needing a 3.1 to a more thorough in-depth application.

New MJ-school partnership highlights diversity in the journalism field

The Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting is coming to the UNC School of Media and Journalism to highlight diversity in the journalism field, which is often white-dominated. This program, started by three veteran journalists, aims to hold its first workshop in November. All media and journalism students are welcome and encouraged to attend.