The law students sat quietly as capital defense attorney Mark Rabil described the experience of watching one of his clients be executed. Covered in a sheet with IVs trailing from his arms, the man looked around at the roomful of people who would watch him die. His eyes rested on Rabil’s as he mouthed the word “No.” And then Rabil watched as the man he had spent years trying to save from the execution chamber turned blue and died.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 11:01am
The NC Student Power Union, a student rights group in the state formed during the Occupy protests, is calling on the UNC administration to create a plan to ensure that no student has to incur debt for a college education in the state by 2020.
Days after a 500 student walkout at UNCG, the NC Student Power Union is headed to the UNC Board of Governors with a big idea: that no student in the system should graduate with debt.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/18/2014 - 11:43am
Students at UNC-Greensboro are planning a walk-out protest tomorrow:
Just take another pay cut? A course cut? A higher teaching load? Academic program cancelled? Wondering why UNCG continues the plans to build a $91 million Rec Center when we have to "give back" $8 million because we fell so far short of our enrollment target? Raking thousands and thousands of dollars in student debt to pay for an increasingly watered down education? Worried your degree won't be worth the paper it's printed on by the time you graduate?
Enough is enough. We cannot take it anymore.
Join us on the EUC lawn at 1pm on February 19th for a student and faculty walk out and rally. Our demands are simple: Expand education, not administration. Cut our debt, not our budget!
Submitted by NC Harm Reducti... on Thu, 09/12/2013 - 12:44pm
Interview with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta, Scientist at Epidemico and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
By Tessie Castillo
If you work on overdose prevention in North Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the name Nabarun Dasgupta. From helping to found one of those most successful overdose prevention programs in the nation to delving into research on black market prices for prescription drugs, Nab has his fingers in all pieces of the pie. But he’s more than just a scientist or epidemiologist. Dasgupta may enjoy combing through matrices of poisoning data, but he also uses his findings to launch programs and interventions so that statistics are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, but life-saving tools to prevent overdose.
TC: Describe your work in overdose prevention in North Carolina over the years.
Submitted by Mojo Mom on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 12:31pm
I hope that members of the BlueNC community can help explain what is going on with the Honor Court at UNC as they bring up Landen Gambill for possible punishment for speaking up about her own experiences, after she took her sexual assault charges through Honor Court proceedings.
I wrote this up in full, "UNC Chapel Hill must support those who report sexual assault," on DoingRightByOurKids.com but I am flummoxed by the administration's insistence that the student-run Honor Court is capable of straightening this all out. "Undergraduate Attorney General"--give me a break! It is time for the professional adult leadership to take a stand here. They have already taken sexual assault out of the Honor Court's jurisdiction but now they need to do more.
CHAPEL HILL, NC - Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory today doubled-down in attacking the University of North Carolina system, declaring his intention to eliminate all collegiate sports on every UNC campus effective in 2014.
"State funded universities should be educating students to get good-paying jobs," McCrory said to a standing-room-only crowd of in the Dean Smith Center.
"Look at this wasteful building," he said, pointing to the Carolina blue jerseys hanging from the rafters. "Two or three players at most will get jobs playing basketball after they graduate. That's a crazy use of tax dollars."
"And what about all the other sports here in Chapel Hill? Cross country? Are you shining me? Who gets a job as a runner these days? And what about wrestling? All those guys smelling each others' armpits? Seriously? That's not a job for a state university, that's a job for Tom Fetzer."
In a follow up question, McCrory was asked about funding for the school of education in the wake of draconian budget cuts coming to public schools. "Great point," McCrory said. "Do we really need to keep turning out teachers when we're closing schools right and left? The school of education? I don't think so. I'm going to shut that freaking place down."
Submitted by southernstudies on Mon, 09/24/2012 - 4:09pm
Last week Art Pope was appointed by the UNC Board of Governors, the body that oversees NC's public university system, to the UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, which decides spending and academic priorities for the UNC system for the next 5 years. Joining Pope on this committee are a number of conservative political leaders, many of whom are strong allies of the Pope empire.
Big money influence has been disastrous in our political process, and now it is infiltrating higher education here in North Carolina. Stand up against the Pope network of hard-line conservative organizations and politicians who aim to move the state backwards. This Thursday (Sept. 27) at 11am, join NC State students and supporters of higher education by picketing Art Pope's speaking event at the Doubletree Hotel (1707 Hillsborough Street,Raleigh)
Art Pope's track record and intent is clear- he wants to cut budgets, raise tuition, and attack programs like Women's studies and African-American studies. Pope's past donations to higher education show that he is interested only in his own agenda, and not promoting a diverse educational system. For more information on Art Pope, see this flyer by Democracy NC.
RSVP to the event on Facebook and spread the word: Art Pope, hands off our higher education!
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