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Bethel: Jay Smith and Public Records

Now that I have released the emails Jay Smith wants, perhaps he will return the favor. Since last July, I have been waiting for the public records office to fulfill several requests I made (through attorneys) for communications between Smith and a number of other UNC employees. Delay now only serves to protect Smith, whose primary contribution to UNC the past two years has been to defame the Athletics department and individuals associated with it. (Coaching the Mind)

Faculty Executive Committee proposes new athletics task force

The Faculty Executive Committee discussed the formation of another group tasked with examining the University’s athletic program at its meeting Monday. The Faculty Council asked the committee to form a group that would anticipate changes in college sports and work to protect the University from further damages to its integrity. (Daily Tar Heel)

Jan Boxill says she did not teach 160 independent study courses at UNC

Jan Boxill is refuting records that indicate she taught 160 independent study courses during an eight-year period at UNC. Records obtained by The Daily Tar Heel in November showed that Boxill, a philosophy professor, offered 160 independent study courses between spring 2004 and spring 2012. (Daily Tar Heel)

Folt believes she should keep her opinions private

In an interview last week, Folt said she considers her leadership style to be “consensus-building.” “I like to work with people, and I think there is always a problem when you start off with the largest voice in the room stating their opinion,” Folt said. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mark Emmert Keeps Saying Some Interesting Things

NCAA President Mark Emmert met with the AP sports editors on Thursday at Syracuse. During the course of the discussion, Emmert was asked about Syracuse's NCAA troubles and also about UNC's. While Emmert refused to get into specifics about UNC's case, he did address why it's not the same as UNC's. (Tar Heel Blog)

Boxill’s role in academic scandal still under fire

Six months after an administrative assistant was positioned at the center of UNC’s academic scandal, the involvement of respected professor Jan Boxill remains in question. Boxill taught 160 independent study courses in the philosophy department during her eight years at the University, an unusually high number, according to the philosophy department chairman, who could count on one hand the number of independent studies he’s taught. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC asks that student-athlete suit be dismissed

Lawyers for UNC on Thursday asked that a lawsuit filed by former student-athletes be dismissed, laying out a number of legal arguments that, in essence, questioned the validity of the students' right to sue. Four men and women who played for the Tar Heels are suing the university for breach of contract, among other things, arguing that it failed to provide them with a promised education. (WRAL.com)

NCAA President Mark Emmert explains differences between Syracuse, UNC cases

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the "academic issues at Syracuse were right in the NCAA's wheelhouse" while speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday. In March, the NCAA leveled harsh penalties against Syracuse as a result of multiple infractions. Emmert spoke briefly about the differences in the investigation at Syracuse and the ongoing academic scandal at UNC. (Syracuse.com)

Turner's Take: Carolina Blue. Refreshed.

Monday at the third annual Rammy Awards, Carolina athletics unveiled the results of its brand refresh, an 18-month long process to establish consistency across all 28 sports programs. The UNC athletic department partnered with Nike and with input from administrators, coaches, student-athletes and alumni, identified consistent colors, logos, lettering and numerals for use beginning in the fall of 2015 (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: The Brand Process

Todd Van Horne, Nike's Vice President and Creative Director for Football, Baseball, had never been part of a brand identity process quite like the one that began at Carolina in the fall of 2013. Van Horne is accustomed to working with schools that need a new brand, that need an identity that will set them apart in college athletics. When he arrived in Chapel Hill, he found that Carolina already had that. (GoHeels.com)

UNC self-reported more than 90 NCAA violations over 32 months

Marielle vanGelder finds herself laughing at the ridiculous nature of her school’s self-reported NCAA violations. Whether it’s searching a prospect’s name on Twitter and accidentally posting it, hitting reply all to an email instead of forwarding it, or misusing the direct message feature, UNC’s Associate AD for Compliance has seen plenty of comedic fodder cross her desk. UNC self-reported 91 violations spanning from Jan. 1, 2012 to Aug. 13, 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Committee to monitor athletes’ time commitment

The Faculty Athletics Committee plans to collect time commitment data in order to figure out if there are factors that preclude athletes from choosing a specific major. “We have not found that being a student-athlete pushes a student towards a specific major,” committee chairwoman Joy Renner said. “It’s more that it limits the times of day that they can take classes because of practices, and that is what we’re looking at.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Bobbi Owen still under disciplinary review

Bobbi Owen said she wants to be known as a professor of dramatic art. But she’s also one of the key figures implicated in UNC’s athletic-academic scandal, according to the findings of Kenneth Wainstein’s independent investigation. Owen, who served as senior associate dean for undergraduate education from 2005 to 2014, had some knowledge of the paper class scheme. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC's William Roper among top physician executives

Dr. William Roper, 66, has been CEO of the healthcare system at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2004. He’s also dean of the UNC School of Medicine and the university’s vice chancellor for medical affairs. Before joining UNC in 1997, as dean of the School of Public Health, Roper served for three years as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Modern Healthcare)

A Good Professor Is an Exhausted Professor

In higher-ed parlance the herculean act of teaching eight courses per year is what’s known as “a 4-4 load” or, alternatively, a “metric ass-ton” of classroom time. And yet a new bill currently under consideration in the North Carolina General Assembly would require every professor in the state’s public university system to do just that. The results would be catastrophic for North Carolina’s major research universities. (Slate)

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