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Hannah Lang


'I've never been in a Facebook group that insane': The rise and fall of Babes Who Blade

There was the flurry of content warnings and the personal arguments playing out in the comments section, and the "outright demands" for emotional labor from people of color. There was the post about one user’s obese cat and another about being too pretty to make any friends.  Babes Who Blade, a Facebook group, started as a joke in 2017 and became an encyclopedia of advice and online discussion for its nearly 8,000 members, most of them UNC students. Eventually, it was packed with problematic posts, outrageous questions and devolved into chaos. But at the end of it all, the final blow for Babes Who Blade was one rule, one word and a few hours worth of comments.


UNC must release names of sexual assault perpetrators, NC Supreme Court rules

After a four-year fight for records of the University's sexual assault disciplinary proceedings, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday that UNC will be required to release the names of individuals found responsible for rape, sexual assault or related acts of sexual misconduct.  The DTH Media Corporation first filed the lawsuit against UNC in a coalition with three other N.C. media companies in the fall of 2016, claiming the University had violated North Carolina public records law by refusing to release the names, offenses and disciplinary actions for students or faculty found responsible for sexual misconduct. 

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Signs taped to the base of Silent Sam in January 2018 reproached University administrators for their actions regarding the Confederate memorial.


UNC Board of Trustees

Chancellor Carol Folt and university officials speak to members of the press following the UNC Board of Trustee’s Dec. 3 meeting, where the board announced its proposal for the future of Silent Sam, at Carolina Inn.


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Members of the UNC Board of Trustees gather before the reconvening of the open session of the board’s Dec. 3 meeting, where Chancellor Folt set forth the board’s proposal for the future of Silent Sam.



Jonathan Weisman, deputy Washington editor and congress editor at The New York Times, spoke with UNC School of Media and Journalism professor Ryan Thornburg about growing up Jewish in Atlanta, the current state of the press and the rise of bigotry in the United States on Monday.

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