Blake Hodge

Carolina Pulse Tackles Topics of Race and Current Events

Just more than 100 students and faculty gathered on a beautiful Monday evening for the first in a series of discussions entitled “Carolina Conversations.” After an initial address from Chancellor Folt, Student Body Vice President Kyle Villemain, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, the crowd broke down into smaller groups and had open conversations about race and current events. Villemain says he was encouraged the students voiced their desire to have events like this Carolina Pulse conversation, and then followed through and participated in the facilitated discussion. “I think it speaks to the strength of the student...

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UNC Distinguished Writer in Residence to Hold Reading of New Work

A noted author and environmentalist will hold a reading Tuesday night on the UNC Campus. Terry Tempest Williams is an author, environmentalist, and activist. She is also the 2015 Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at UNC. Williams says, coming from the Western United States, North Carolina is a blast of nature. “From the mountains, to the piedmont, to the coast, I don’t know of any state that has kind of stratigraphy of change,” she says. “I have such respect for the history that is here, the arts, [and] the music. I think it’s just a stunning place. “And as a Westerner, it’s...

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CHTC Approves Affordable Housing Fund

The Chapel Hill Town Council authorized the development of an Affordable Housing Development Reserve that will be used exclusively for development and preservation of affordable housing, during their Monday night meeting. The fund will focus on land acquisition, rental subsidy and development, and future development planning, among other areas. The guidelines for the use of these funds are being established by the Housing Advisory Board. Input was also provided on a referendum plan, which will allow the process to begin. The $40.3 million bond, which would require no new taxes, would fund capital projects in Chapel Hill. The Council...

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UNC Senior Associate AD Retiring

The Senior Associate Athletics Director, and Senior Woman Administrator, at UNC is retiring. The university announced that Dr. Beth Miller will be retiring on July 1. In a statement, Miller says, “I’ve been fortunate to be part of the University and the North Carolina athletic department for 40 years and it’s been a wonderful experience.” UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunnigham says, “Beginning as a coach and transitioning into an administrative role, Beth has always worked tirelessly to support all of our student-athletes and coaches. She has been a pioneer for women’s college athletics both nationally and at UNC. Because...

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“Race and Current Events” Marks Beginning of Carolina Conversations

The first in the series of discussions entitled “Carolina Conversations” will be held Monday evening. “Carolina Pulse: Race and Current Events” is scheduled to begin at 5 o’clock and run until 6:30 at the Aquarium Lounge of the FPG Student Union. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp says the university wants all of the students – no matter race, religion, identity, orientation, or any other difference – to feel they are being heard and valued on campus. “What we’re trying to do is acknowledge that we want this campus to be a place where all of our students,...

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Town and County Leaders Debate How to Pay for Recycling

Town and county leaders are coming closer to consensus on how to fund recycling pick-up. Leaders from Hillsborough, Carrboro and Orange County agree all residents should pay a flat fee to fund recycling pick-up. Solid Waste Director Gayle Wilson says the $103 fee would apply to all developed properties throughout the county. “This option presents, sort of, a new funding paradigm and a new way of viewing the solid waste program,” he says, “in that it eliminates any obvious division between rural and urban boundaries. “And [it] reflects how our program is actually administered and operated, which is a...

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Hillsborough PD Looking for Appliance Thieves

Hillsborough Police are seeking information regarding a series of break-ins. Lieutenant Simmons with the Hillsborough Police Department says the string of incidents have a common theme. “We’re seeing a rash of break-ins in new homes under construction,” he says. “They’re going into the new homes and stealing appliances.” Nine dishwashers of various makes and models have been removed from new residences in three construction sites between February 23 and March 14. Damage from each occurrence is in excess of $35,000. Police are seeking two suspects, one male (pictured above) and one female (pictured below). Police have identified possible suspect...

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NC Senate Selects 8 BOG Members

The North Carolina Senate has selected their eight representatives to serve on the UNC System Board of Governors. The board is made up of 32 members who are appointed by state lawmakers. Every two years 16 of the four-year terms expire and state representatives from the House and Senate select replacements. The Senate announced their eight selections on Wednesday afternoon. Chairman Jon Fennebresque has been selected for another term, as well as Vice Chair Louis Bissette. Joining them, Hiram Frank Grainger and Anna Spangler Nelson were selected to serve another term on the board. Newcomers to the UNC Board...

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Dropout Rates Down Across State

The number of high schoolers dropping out of school prior to graduation is down across the state and in our community. The dropout rate in North Carolina public schools hit a record low for the 2013-2014 academic year, according to recently released data. The report from the state Board of Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction states last school year 2.28 percent of high schoolers in the Tar Heel state dropped out of school, down nearly seven percent from last year’s record low. 19 (.5 percent) students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District dropped out,...

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Hoffman Flown Back to UNC

Former UNC football player Ryan Hoffman was flown to the university, on Tuesday, to undergo further evaluation. Carolina sent a private plane to bring Hoffman back from Florida. He will reportedly be going into university outpatient care. A New York Times story earlier this month brought to light that Hoffman was homeless in Lakeland, Florida. The piece said that Hoffman has struggled with cognitive issues that keep him from holding a steady job, problems that he says stems from his years playing football in the late-90’s. A second Times story alleged that Hoffman was second guessing the decision to receive...

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