Erika Keil


System scrutinizes drop-add policy

The UNC-system Board of Governors will vote on a proposal today that would limit the drop-add period at system campuses to 10 class days — despite opposition from chancellors and students.


Obama, Romney campaigns invest millions in Triangle TV ads

Since August, the Triangle has been flooded with almost $7 million in television ads from both Democratic and Republican campaigns and super PACs, according to an analysis of ad records from the region’s largest television networks — WRAL, FOX-50, NBC-17 and ABC-11 — by The Daily Tar Heel.

Not so independent after all

As Democrats attempt to woo independent voters at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week, political analysts say the number of state residents able to be swayed has narrowed in recent elections.

Athletics a concern across the UNC system

Though UNC-Chapel Hill recently began investigating the largest academic scandal in its history, university administrators in the state and nationwide say the problem has likely been festering for some time. Professors, administrators and athletics staff have raised concerns about the relationship between revenue sports and academics.

UNC system pursues Chinese partnerships to keep NC competitive

The UNC-system Board of Governors has given the General Administration two months to create a strategic plan for the future of academic relations with China. Eight board members went to China in March to collaborate with Chinese leaders on the possibility of creating new university partnerships.

ACLU questions constitutionality of prayer in the N.C. General Assembly

Prayer in schools and public bodies has been a contentious issue for decades. The age-old debate has resurfaced at the N.C. General Assembly, but it’s not dividing lawmakers along the typical partisan lines. The N.C. chapter of the ACLU submitted a formal letter of complaint to legislators earlier this month, citing concerns about the sectarian nature of prayers in both the N.C. House and Senate.

Burr to run for Republican Whip

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., announced last week he plans to run for Republican Whip — a position experts say would boost his career more than it would increase North Carolina’s voice in Congress.