Here is a sampling of links and notes about Carolina people and programs cited recently in the media:
Another Liberal Arts Critic
Inside Higher Ed
..."The shift is from seeing a robust public university as an economic and civic catalyst to wondering whether the university is so big that a lot of its inefficiencies need to be wrung out of it,” said Ferrel Guillory, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and expert on southern politics. ...“For the last quarter-century, the state, though legislative action and bond issue, has sought to position not just Chapel Hill, but the whole system as a strong asset in economic and civic development in the state,” Guillory said, noting that the UNC system has historically emphasized connections to business, economic development and public service to a greater degree than many other public research universities.
Criminal Charge Against Jefferies Trader Should Have Wall Street Quaking (Column)
...SEC action against price misrepresentation in over-the-counter market making is nothing new, said Thomas Lee Hazen, a professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Still, he concedes it may be a rare instance where charges have been brought against a trader dealing in over-the-counter markets at a major Wall Street bank. Hazen sees an analogy to a late-1990s price-fixing scandal on the Nasdaq, which led to a $1 billion-plus settlement between Wall Street's largest banks and the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC.
The San Francisco Chronicle (California)
..."If you're an employee who's been fired, and you want your job back, you're not going to get it until this is resolved." Jeffrey Hirsch, a law professor at the University of North Carolina, on how a federal appeals court ruling last week may invalidate a decision by the National Labor Relations Board that employees can use social media to complain or comment on management without retribution. The court said the "recess" appointments of three NLRB members violated the Constitution, potentially overturning more than 200 decisions by the board over the past year.
State and Local Coverage
UNC chancellor Holden Thorp to visit alma mater, Saint Patrick Catholic School (Column)
The Fayetteville Observer
Victoria Franco is modest and reserved beyond her 14 years, and she's holding in check her enthusiasm in anticipation of Holden Thorp's visit today to Saint Patrick Catholic School. "But I know my parents are excited," the school's Student Council president says. Her father and mother are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni. Thorp, UNC's 10th chancellor, is scheduled for an all-day visit at the private school as it celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Chamber Honors Thorp, Local Businesses
WCHL-FM (Chapel Hill)
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp has received accolade upon accolade since announcing his impending resignation last fall—and on Tuesday, Chapel Hill’s business community joined the cascade, honoring him with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s annual Citizenship and Service Award. Indira Everett of Duke Energy bestowed the recognition. "Thorp is a nationally recognized scholar, leader, innovator and entrepreneur," she said at the Chamber's annual meeting Tuesday at the Sheraton Chapel Hill. "Under Thorp's leadership, the University and our local governments are enjoying their best relationship in over a generation."
UNC offers admission to 5,393 students
The Herald-Sun (Durham)
UNC has offered fall admission to 5,393 students who applied before the university’s first of two admission deadlines. The students were chosen from a record first-deadline applicant pool of 15,169 students, a 15 percent increase over last year’s first-deadline applicant pool. “The students we admitted are exceptionally smart, talented and accomplished,” Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions, said in a statement. “We considered them one by one, and they impressed us as true individuals.”
Universities Work Together To Bring Ultrafast Internet To NC
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
A consortium of universities and municipalities are working to bring ultrafast Internet access to central North Carolina. North Carolina State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke will submit a request for proposals Friday to Internet providers. Marc Hoit is Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at NC State. He says the communities of Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham and Cary are supporting the initiative as an important tool for economic development.
County manager, commissioners share tense relationship
The Charlotte Observer
An agenda item for the first day of a three-day planning conference for Mecklenburg County commissioners is described as a briefing by a UNC-Chapel Hill government professor on the county-manager form of government. The Wednesday briefing might have been included because the board has four new members. But it comes as the divide between some commissioners and County Manager Harry Jones grows ever wider.
McCrory's call to alter higher education gets angry response
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday he wants to change the way higher education is funded in North Carolina, focusing more on careers for graduates and away from academic pursuits “that have no chance of getting people jobs.” ...UNC President Tom Ross said in a statement that the system’s proposals set the right direction for the university and the state. “The University’s value to North Carolina should not be measured by jobs filled alone,” Ross’ statement said. He said the university system is committed to working with McCrory and the Republican-led legislature to develop the well-educated and skilled talent pool that North Carolina needs to compete and win.
Issues and Trends
Pay To Park And Ride In Chapel Hill And Carrboro?
WCHL-FM (Chapel Hill)
Chapel Hill and Carrboro may soon start charging fees to use local park and ride lots, but town leaders are of two minds about the plan. UNC will start charging a fee for access to its park and ride lots this August, a move that’s prompted Chapel Hill Transit officials to follow suit at town-owned lots on Eubanks Road, Jones Ferry Road, and in Southern Village.