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Evolution of a Narrative

As more has been revealed about the AFAM scandal at UNC, the verbiage used to describe it has changed significantly from when the story first broke. What follows is a look into the development of the narrative regarding the scandal and how the descriptive words the media has chosen to use in writing about the scandal have evolved over the last 30 months. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Chemistry Professor: Scandal the result of ‘perfect storm’

The facts support that our scandal was an academic one, first and foremost. It is indeed a deeply disappointing chapter in our history. As a scandal-weary faculty member, the second-most disappointing aspect of our current situation is the continued divisive pontifications of a select group of elitist colleagues. -- Prof. Cindy Schauer, UNC Department of Chemistry. (Daily Tar Heel)

Bubba Cunningham Defends Roy Williams

UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham stopped by Roy Williams’ live radio show on Monday night to voice his support of the Hall of Fame coach. Cunningham joined the radio program in the latter part of the hour and spoke uninterrupted for several minutes in response to recent media criticism directed at Williams. (Inside Carolina)

Want to protect your championship banner? Win a title

Tere have been bloggers, such as Bradley Bethel at Coaching The Mind, who have suggested the information in the Wainstein report is not as damning to the basketball program as others have insisted. And whatever the NCAA enforcement folks eventually put in front of the infractions committee, if anything, the committee that will serve as the judge and jury might consider none of it to be actionable. (Sporting News)

Guess What? The 2005 Title Team Took Paper Classes

The latest Kane Klassic provides an interesting, if puzzling, take on paper class enrollment during the 2004-2005 season. Other than the specific numbers, which were detailed in the Wainstein Report, this is really nothing new. It had been common knowledge that members of the 2005 team were in aberrant classes, long before Mary Willingham and Rashad McCants drew attention to them. (Tar Heel Blog)

Former UNC football player Michael McAdoo sues University over academic issues

Former University of North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo filed a federal class action alleging the university failed to provide him and others with the education they were promised in return for playing for the school. McAdoo -- not to be confused with James Michael McAdoo, the former UNC basketball player -- and other students took so-called "paper classes" in the African and Afro-American Studies Department (AFAM) at UNC's Chapel Hill campus. (Courthouse News Service)

Bethel: A Wainstein Report Exam

The intellectually dishonest bluster from some faculty members is unsettling. Hodding Carter, Jay Smith, and Harry Watson have contributed to the spread of misinformation by pontificating on the implications of the Wainstein Report as if they had actually read it closely. I implore them and others to shut their mouths unless they can pass this exam. (Coaching the Mind)

Message from Chancellor Carol L. Folt

In the days since Mr. Wainstein’s report was released, I have seen and experienced many acts of character on our campus and beyond – from quiet moments of reflection to public discussions. I’ve been proud of how we have come together to consider the report’s impact on and the experiences of our students and student-athletes, AAAD faculty and alumni, and our community more broadly. (UNC.edu)

Video: UNC Football Invite a Professor to Practice Day

More than 30 UNC faculty members attended Larry Fedora's 'Invite a Professor to Practice Day' which included a 'chalk talk' session, academic round-table meeting and dinner with the team. View Video...

The most overlooked detail of the Wainstein Report

The 3,100 student enrollments in paper classes sounds significant, until it’s compared to the more than 3 million valid student enrollments of the same time period. “The paper class scheme started before some of us were even born and ended before many of us enrolled as students,” Student Body President Andrew Powell said. (USA Today)

Letter: Willingham praise has overlooked her flaws

"UNC should acknowledge the contributions that Ms. Willingham provided while also recognizing that her publicly reported research fell far short of Federal and University standards. The recent attempt to lionize Ms. Willingham is, in my opinion, misguided." Dr. Jeffrey Spang, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics. (Daily Tar Heel)

Accrediting Agency Launches New UNC Probe

UNC faces renewed scrutiny from its accrediting agency in the wake of the Wainstein report. According to the News and Observer, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges (SACS) will be sending university officials notice of a new probe this week. (Chapelboro.com)

Bethel: The Wainstein Report and the (Anti-) Athletics Reform Group

Last Friday, at the Faculty Council meeting, for the first time in my three years as a UNC employee, I was embarrassed to be associated with this university. My embarrassment, however, was not due to the improprieties of a few well-meaning individuals between 1993 and 2011. No, my embarrassment was in response to the cowardice, hypocrisy, and pretentiousness of some outspoken faculty members. (Coaching the Mind)

Some UNC-Chapel Hill faculty call for athletics reform

Some UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members called for changes to the special-talent admissions process and to the time student-athletes can devote to practice and games at a standing-room-only meeting Friday. The meeting was the first UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty Council meeting since the release last week of former federal prosecutor Kenneth Wainstein’s findings of his team’s investigation into academic irregularities in the formerly titled Department of African and Afro-American Studies. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC faculty talk apology, forfeits for sham grades

UNC's Faculty Council met Friday with Chancellor Carol Folt to discuss an investigation that found that university leaders and faculty members missed or ignored red flags over an academic fraud scandal that ran for nearly two decades. Several professors said the school should apologize to Mary Willingham, a former learning specialist who went public with concerns about low reading levels for athletes and bogus grades. (Greensboro News & Record)

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