Preston Lennon

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The Board of Governors' Nov. 9, 2018 meeting included remarks from Margaret Spellings on her announcement to resign as UNC-system president, a public comment session on Silent Sam and a grant supporting adult students. 

Shakeup at ECU after videos reveal more about interim Chancellor's night out

East Carolina University's former interim Chancellor Dan Gerlach was put on administrative leave after photos of him drinking with students at a Greenville, North Carolina bar popped up on social media in late September. The situation escalated when leaked videos emerged that showed Gerlach getting into his car and haphazardly driving away on the night in question. After a repeated incident last weekend where Gerlach was photographed partying in local bars, he resigned, and the search for a new ECU chancellor has begun.


UNC faculty stand in front of one of three buses on the Tar Heel Bus Tour. On the tour, 90 faculty traveled across the state of North Carolina over fall break Oct. 16-18, 2019.

Out of the ivory tower: The Tar Heel Bus Tour returns after 11 years

After eleven years since the last Tar Heel Bus Tour took to the roads, interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz decided to start it back up. He said it's his way of bringing back a little bit of former Chancellor Michael Hooker, who died in 1999 and who started work at UNC on the same day as Guskiewicz: July 1, 1995.  This year's bus tour began on Wednesday morning and consisted of three buses, each carrying 30 faculty and administrators who applied to attend the trip. They visited areas such as the executive mansion in Raleigh, the Bank of America Financial Center in Charlotte and schools and community centers in rural parts of the state. 


Interim Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz hears from the Chancellor's Advisory Committee in the conference room of South Building in Chapel Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Guskiewicz workshops Alert Carolina after crimes rattle students

A rape, attempted break-in and report of sexual harassment outside Davis Library have recently instilled fears within UNC students. With suspects at large in all three crimes, interim Chancellor Guskiewicz sat down with an advisory committee where they brainstormed ways to improve Alert Carolina and ultimately, reestablish a sense of safety on campus. 


Unsustainable scholarship: How private companies control research in higher education

Academic research is a staple of university libraries. Faculty depend on it for their own research, and students need it for their studies. But because of private publishing companies, who play a confusing and controlling role in the process of research creation, UNC Libraries is sounding alarms about the system's flaws.  The publishing companies make money by selling research journal access to university libraries in confidential deals. UNC Libraries said there's an imbalance in the process, because tax payers subsidize research authoring, then subsequently have to pay again for research access.  Rebels against the publishing giants advocate for open access — publishing online for free without paywalls — and say that continuing to buy into publishers' demands will impair scientific progress.



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The crowd of supporters disperse after most recent Silent Sam court appearances on Thursday Sept. 6.

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The crowd of supporters disperse after most recent Silent Sam court appearances on Thursday Sept. 6.