The University is beginning to release emergency funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act for students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but some have criticized the administration for moving too slowly to release funds and not being transparent about the process. Students were formally notified about the opportunity for emergency funding about a month after the University received funds from the CARES Act. The announcement was sent two days after Undergraduate Senator Lamar Richards sent a letter to the chancellor criticizing the University for not publicizing the funds and not moving quicker to release them.
UNC’s first day of class will be held on August 10, Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced at Thursday’s UNC Board of Trustees Meeting. Students will complete finals by November 24 and then not return to campus until the spring semester. Guskiewicz announced the development of the Carolina Roadmap to reopen campus in the fall. The Roadmap includes the establishment of community standards to prevent virus transmission, including wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing.
UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School announced Tuesday that the school will receive $11 million to support construction of a new building. The donation, intended to help grow the undergraduate business program by at least 50 percent, is the largest single gift from an individual in the school's history.
The UNC System Presidential Search Committee met via conference call Monday to review applications for the position. The selection process for the next UNC System president has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the committee has no indication of when they will vote on a replacement.
Bloomberg has secured 157 endorsements from current and former mayors throughout the country at this point in his unorthodox presidential bid, which he is funding on his own dime. Seven of those mayoral endorsements come from North Carolina, according to the Bloomberg campaign, including from Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and two former Raleigh mayors. The state’s House and Senate Democratic leaders, Rep. Darren Jackson and Senator Dan Blue, recently endorsed Bloomberg’s bid for commander-in-chief. North Carolina figureheads like Bev Perdue, the state’s first female governor, have also thrown their weight behind him.
Documents obtained by the DTH show chief sustainability officer Brad Ives was fired, contradicting University officials' claims that he left to pursue other opportunities. Ives said he was fired following a long-standing disagreement with administration over the next steps for sustainable progress at UNC. In his absence, many students and faculty have expressed concerns that the Three Zeros Initiative and other environmental efforts on campus struggle to find direction.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Anna Richards, N.C. Rep. Verla Insko and members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom made remarks at the protest.
The past decade has included the creation of many new LGBTQ+ group on UNC's campus, but also included some harmful policies and University decisions that affected LGBTQ+ rights and these students' experiences on campus.
UNC's wrestling team signed Mason Fannin, a 7-year-old with leukemia, thanks to Team IMPACT — a Boston based nonprofit organization that matched him with the wrestling team.