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Former academic advisor making film about UNC scandal

The athletic scandal at UNC has been headline news for years. But a former academic advisor says the media and the university have gotten the story wrong, and he is making a film about it. Bradley Bethel calls his film "Unverified," a personal, human story. “I saw unverified claims being propagated in the media,” he said. “My narrative is that it wasn't an athletics-driven scandal.” (WRAL.com)

Help Bring the Documentary Film UNVERIFIED to Theaters Nationwide

Bradley Bethel's documentary film, UNVERIFIED, is the untold story behind the UNC scandal. Your contribution will help bring this film to a national audience. UNVERIFIED will be an important contribution to general discussions about the role of the media in today’s society, and we are confident it will also shape the specific historical record of the controversies at UNC. (KickStarter.com)

UNC Chancellor Folt Announces 7 Initiatives Aimed at Improving Race Relations

UNC is taking steps officials say will make the campus more welcoming to minority students in the wake of student protests. Chancellor Carol Folt sent a message to the campus community on Wednesday afternoon saying she wanted to make it clear “no member of our community is less important than any other.” (Chapelboro.com)

Bubba Cunningham: No Change in NCAA Timeline

University of North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham remains hopeful that the ongoing NCAA investigation into academic irregularities in the formerly named African and Afro-American (AFAM) Studies department will conclude next spring. “I’m still confident that we’ll wrap this up by spring of 2016," Cunningham told InsideCarolina.com in a recent interview. (Inside Carolina)

Bethel: Emails Reveal Mary Willingham's Fake Methodology

The email exchange between Mary Willingham and Lyn Johnson reveals that Willingham was making up her research as she went. Instead of admitting she was wrong after the provost exposed her claims as false, Willingham denied and obfuscated and, in the process, embarrassed and exploited the very athletes for whom she claimed to be advocating. (Coaching the Mind)

Bethel: Smith-Willingham and ARG Emails Available

On September 17, I submitted a request to the UNC public records office for Jay Smith's emails related to athletics: That request was only one of several I have submitted (some through an attorney) since the summer of 2014. UNC has responded with over 21,000 pages, and I want to make them available to the public. You can download all 21,000+ pages here. (Coaching the Mind)

UNC Town Hall Interrupted By Protest

As the UNC Town Hall meeting on race and inclusion began Thursday evening, a group of protesting students interrupted moderator Clarence Page to make demands of the administrators present, including Chancellor Carol Folt and members of the board of trustees. “We have some demands for Chancellor Folt and the administration that are combating anti-blackness on this campus,” a protester said. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC students take over ‘town hall’ on race with list of demands

A group of University of North Carolina students took over a “town hall” on the UNC campus Thursday to discuss the issue of race and inclusion as the issues that boiled over at the University of Missouri continued to be debated across American campuses. (WNCN)

Failed Faculty Council resolution won’t affect special talent admits for athletes

In a meeting Friday, the Faculty Council voted not to pass a resolution that would eliminate the admission of athletes who are projected to have a first semester grade point average lower than 2.3. (Daily Tar Heel)

Student-athletes’ time commitments in question

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Faculty Athletics Committee expressed concern about finding ways for student-athletes to manage their time.The discussion happened in light of recently proposed NCAA legislation that aims to better regulate the amount of time student-athletes spend on activities related to their sports. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC clears three, disciplines three in academic fraud scandal

Three UNC employees were cleared of wrongdoing: Corey Holliday, associate director of athletics; Alphonse Mutima, a lecturer in the Department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies; and Andre’ Williams, associate director of development for the Arts and Sciences Foundation and former director of football student-athlete development. (WRAL.com)

Two fired for role in academic scandal, four others cleared of wrongdoing

Brent Blanton and Travis Gore have been fired for their involvement in UNC's academic-athletic scandal, according to a letter posted by the University today. Corey Holliday, Alphonse Mutima and André Williams have been cleared of all wrongdoing by the University, the letter said. Bobbi Owen, as her lawyer told The Daily Tar Heel prior to the letter's publication, will not be allowed to hold administrative positions, but has been cleared of any other wrongdoing. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bethel: Dan Kane and the N&O's Double Standard

After the Wainstein Report, John Drescher, the N&O's executive editor, praised Dan Kane, proclaiming that he "continued to ask the questions that needed to be asked." That is one way of describing Kane's approach. Here is another: Kane asked the questions that would sustain the N&O's narrative, and he stopped asking the questions that challenged their narrative. The public deserves better. (Coaching the Mind)

UNC History Professor Jay Smith Wishes Plane Crash for Provost

Last month UNC released over 200,000 pages of documents related to investigations into the paper-class controversies. We take a moment to consider an email from Jay Smith included in the collection of documents. On January 29, 2014, Mary Willingham emailed Smith to comment about a trip to California that Provost James Dean was taking. Smith's response: "Let's hope for a plane crash." (Coaching the Mind)

Board of Governors gives Carol Folt $50K raise

The Board of Governors announced Monday that 12 UNC-system chancellors would be receiving raises ranging from about $17,000 to $70,000.The raises come after the Oct. 23 announcement naming Margaret Spellings as the new UNC-system president. Spellings’ starting base salary was revealed to be $775,000 — $175,000 more than outgoing system President Tom Ross. (Daily Tar Heel)

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