All posts by Liam Adams

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After Faculty Outcry, UNC Will Allow Athletics Course to Be Taught Again

Updated (9/19/2017, 8:01 p.m.) with more information about the university’s response to the claim that the course was canceled.

At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill the history course “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes, 1956 to the Present,” will once again be offered, in the spring semester of 2018. Jay Smith, the professor behind the course and a prominent critic of the administration, was informed last November that the course would be canceled for the fall of 2…

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U. of Virginia Will Donate KKK’s 1921 Gift to Charlottesville Victims

The University of Virginia will give $12,500 to people injured in the violent clash stirred up by the “Unite the Right” rally last month in Charlottesville, Va., Teresa A. Sullivan, UVa’s president, announced on Thursday.

The amount is the present-day equivalent of the $1,000 that was pledged to the university by the Ku Klux Klan in 1921. According to Ms. Sullivan’s announcement, no evidence suggests the Klan actually gave $1,000 to UVa, but a newspaper at the time indicated that the institution’…

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UVa President Says Protesters Who Shrouded Jefferson Statue ‘Desecrated’ Campus

Students, faculty members, and others at the University of Virginia on Tuesday night shrouded the campus’s prominent statue of Thomas Jefferson with black fabric. The protest occurred on the one-month anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., and was intended to criticize the “perceived inaction” of the university’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, on the night of August 11, when white supremacists surrounded students who had gathered to protest their presence on the camp…

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7 College Presidents Receive $500,000 Awards From Carnegie Corporation

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced on Tuesday that seven college presidents were each the recipient of a $500,000 Academic Leadership Award to support academic initiatives on their campuses.

Carnegie recognized the presidents for their “excellence in undergraduate education, the liberal arts, equal opportunity, the development of major interdisciplinary programs, international engagement, and the promotion of strong ties between their institutions and their local communities,” ac…

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Majority of UNC Board Criticizes Handling of Confederate Statue at Chapel Hill

Fifteen members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors have written a letter to the board’s chair, Lou Bissette, and the system’s president, Margaret Spellings, expressing dissatisfaction with how they have handled controversy over a Confederate statue on the flagship Chapel Hill campus, reports The News & Observer. Specifically, the letter criticizes a request that Mr. Bissette, Ms. Spellings, and the Chapel Hill chancellor, Carol Folt, sent to Gov. Roy Cooper about the…