Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Arrests highlight education busing issues
The arrest of 19 protesters at a rancorous school board meeting Tuesday brings the issue of busing and diversity in education into the national spotlight. ...In 1999, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district had achieved a healthy level of racial integration, and race-based busing was no longer required. "The federal courts eliminated their oversight of the Charlotte busing system because the schools had achieved" an equal balance in terms of race, said Mark Dorosin, senior managing attorney for the University of North Carolina's Center for Civil Rights. "Since that time, the state has gone backwards and now several counties are as segregated as they were before [busing]."
William and Mary may be home to oldest standing schoolhouse for black children (Blog)
The Washington Post
At a time when some venerable Southern colleges are finally acknowledging and apologizing for their past ties to slavery, an inquisitive scholar at the College of William and Mary believes he has made a more inspiring find: the nation's oldest surviving schoolhouse for African American children. ...Alfred Brophy, a law professor at the University of North Carolina who studies antebellum academia, terms Meyers's potential discovery "incredibly positive": a Colonial school for free and enslaved blacks, initiated by a British philanthropy and established by a benevolent Colonial college, for the religious education of African American "heathens," with the ultimate goal of saving their immortal souls.
Ban a ground zero mosque? (Opinion-Editorial Column)
The Chicago Tribune
...The number of violent extremists in the American Islamic community is microscopically small. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reported that of terrorist attacks carried out in the United States between 1980 and 2005, only 6 percent were committed by radical Muslims. A recent study by researchers at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, found one reason the number is so low is that "Muslim religious and community leaders … consistently condemned political violence in public sermons and private conversations."
Conspiracy? Much Ado About Journolist (Blog)
The Huffington Post
If I am ever asked the McCarthy-esque question "Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Journolist?" I will have to answer, "Yes." This is the short story of how that came to be and my experience on the list. I am a doctoral student in the health policy department at UNC-Chapel Hill. Though not exactly a politico or a journalist, that didn't stop me from getting the idea to start this blog last summer as the health reform debate picked up steam. (D. Brad Wright, doctoral candidate in the department of health policy and management at the University of North Carolina.)
New concussion rule requires doctor check
The Jackson Sun (Tennessee)
Any high school athlete that suffers a concussion or exhibits signs of a concussion must be removed from a game and cannot play again until cleared by a doctor under a new TSSAA rule. The TSSAA board of control unanimously approved the rule Wednesday via conference call, a few days before the official start of football practice for the season. ...A University of North Carolina study found a majority of football deaths were brain related. Stats like that brought about the TSSAA rule.
State and Local Coverage
At UNC, a faculty hiring boost (Blog)
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
UNC-Chapel Hill officials are all aglow over one line item in the state budget that will provide matching funds for new endowed professorships. Speaking to campus trustees Thursday, Chancellor Holden Thorp said the university stands to make up some lost ground thanks to a $3.5 million allocation to a fund that provides matching money to universities that bring in private donations for professorships. Though it's a UNC system fund, Carolina brings in the lion's share of endowed professorship donations and thus will receive most of the matching funds. It has more than 50 professorships in a queue now, gifts made by alums that in many cases can't be used until the state provides the match.
Tuition bill may surprise students
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The state's public university students will soon receive larger-than-expected tuition bills for the coming school year, thanks to two rate increases approved in the past six months. ...At UNC-Chapel Hill, students will pay $950 more in tuition next year. There, the university has enough aid revenue to cover the extra need created by the tuition increases, said Shirley Ort, director of the student aid office.
Alert sent on UNC electronic tuition bill
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
In about a week, UNC Chapel Hill students and parents will begin receiving electronic tuition bills that reflect a $750 supplemental tuition increase approved last week by UNC system President Erskine Bowles. In an effort to spare parents and students sticker shock, Chancellor Holden Thorp sent a message Wednesday to those who might have missed media coverage about the tuition hike, which comes on the heels of about $70 million in system-wide management flexibility cuts mandated by the General Assembly.
NCRC seeks cause of male infertility
The Salisbury Post
A lack of the essential nutrient choline might cause some types of male infertility. Scientists with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have launched a human study at the N.C. Research Campus to determine if men who have trouble metabolizing choline, which is found in meat and eggs, are more likely to suffer from infertility.
Issues and Trends
UNC tuition trauma (Editorial)
The News & Record (Greensboro)
University of North Carolina system students who are lucky enough to have summer jobs better start working overtime because they have bigger bills to pay. Much bigger. Tuition and fees on all campuses are bounding upward by alarming rates — including 20 percent for in-state, undergraduate students at N.C. A&T and 17 percent at UNCG. Blame the legislature, which cut $70 million from the system’s budget. In turn, individual campuses have taken a share of the hit and were authorized by the Board of Governors to pass the pain to students.
NC secretary launching inquiry into UNC probe
North Carolina's Secretary of State is now launching a criminal probe into possible agent misconduct with the UNC football program. Elaine Marshall is stressing her job is to focus on professional sports agents and not players, coaches or the football program. "We'll be investigating the agents," she said. "We will not be investigating the school." Currently, the NCAA is conducting an investigation to try to find out if Tar Heel players accepted gifts from agents.
TBJ poll: NCSU does more than Duke, UNC for Triangle economy
The Triangle Business Journal
North Carolina State University contributes more to the Triangle economy than UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke or any of the area’s other institutions of higher learning, voters in TBJ latest online poll say. ...Visitors to the Web site and recipients of TBJ’s Daily E-mail Update were asked: “Which Triangle university do you think contributes the most to the Triangle economy?” UNC-Chapel Hill, rated as one of the top public universities in the United States, finished a distant second to NCSU with 28 percent of the vote.