In an effort to cut costs, the University changed the way it will provide cell phones to employees, transitioning to a policy of providing stipends instead of phones. UNC will provide stipends to most of the employees who have University-provided phones as a way of reimbursing them for using their personal cell phones for University business. In the past, employees were issued cell phones or personal digital assistants and service contracts through the University.
In March 2008, Lori and Matt Sames received the worst news a parent can imagine: their three-year-old daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease. Now, their hope lies with Steven Gray, a researcher at UNC’s Gene Therapy Center, who believes that with appropriate resources a cure is within reach. Hannah, the Sames’ youngest daughter, was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy, or GAN, after their pediatric neurologist stumbled upon the rare disease in a medical textbook.
Following up on a study conducted in 2002 under former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton, the University will examine potential salary disparities among women and minority faculty members at UNC. The study will examine and look for any differences or outliers in the salary of minority and female professors who have a similar position and length of experience as their white or male peers.
Chancellor Holden Thorp reiterated in a speech Thursday the ideas he and University administrators have been outlining for the Innovate@Carolina program. The lecture, titled “Beyond the Sciences: Why the World’s Problems Need the Whole University,” stressed the entrepreneurial university as a necessary engine in solving the issues of our time. “The great problems that need to be addressed are not limited to technical challenges,” Thorp said.
The Young Democrats and College Republicans faced off in a heated debate Monday night, which featured topics ranging from unemployment to the environment, but never strayed far from criticisms and defenses of President Barack Obama.
The University is making fewer exceptions for student athletes whose high school academic records don’t meet minimum admission requirements.
During a Tuesday meeting of the Employee Forum executive committee, officials debated the use of furloughs — a temporary, unpaid leave period — as a potential method to balance the University’s budget.