Blake Hodge

John Shelton Reed: College Athletics Déjà vu?

Editor’s Note: This article was written by UNC Professor Emeritus John Shelton Reed when he was a member of the UNC Faculty in 1989.  And, in light of the current controversies surrounding these topics, we find it interesting to see that these same things were being discussed at UNC then as today.  And John Shelton Reed writes anything so well that it’s worth reading.  Have the issues changed in the past quarter century? Bad Sports John Shelton Reed [This was originally published in October 1989 in the magazine Chronicles. Not much would need changing today except the price of buying out...

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Senate Bill Would Increase Professor Course Load

A recently proposed NC Senate Bill would require all professors in the UNC System to teach at least eight classes per academic year. This legislation, if passed into law, would especially impact research universities like UNC-Chapel Hill where many professors teach fewer classes in order to conduct research. UNC Faculty Chair Bruce Cairns says that research is an important part of the university’s mission. “There’s so much more to being a professor than fulfilling a requirement for four classes a semester or eight classes a year.” Cairns says university research advances knowledge and helps drive economic development. He adds...

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Chapel Hill Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

Chapel Hill police are asking for your help identifying the man who robbed a gas station on Franklin Street Tuesday. Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore says the crime was reported just before midnight at the Marathon store near the intersection of East Franklin Street and North Estes Drive. “The clerk reported that the subject had come inside, left the store, came back in a short time later,” he says, “and assaulted the clerk and stole money from the cash register. Then fled.” The suspect reportedly left the scene on foot. Mecimore says the clerk suffered no major injuries...

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NCCU Students Involved in Fatal Crash

A North Carolina Central University student was involved in a fatal car accident on Tuesday evening, according to a statement from the university. Durham Police say the accident occurred at 6:39 Tuesday evening on Highway 55 near Crete Street. 22-year-old Chekeria Renae Reid was killed in the crash. The NCCU Senior from Greensboro was a recreation administration major with a concentration in sports management and a minor in business. She also served as a team manager with the football and women’s basketball teams. Reid was a passenger in a 2000 Honda Accord driven by 19-year-old Tariq Jamal Jacobs –...

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Openly Gay NC Mayors Pen Letter to Governor

Openly gay mayors in North Carolina – including Chapel Hill’s Mark Kleinschmidt and Carrboro’s Lydia Lavelle – have penned an open letter to Governor Pat McCrory thanking him for his opposition to controversial legislation being considered. You can read the full letter below: Dear Governor McCrory, LGBTQ people are represented in all walks of life in every corner of North Carolina, as business owners, teachers, parents, people of faith, and even as mayors. As North Carolina’s openly gay mayors, we write to thank you for your leadership in opposing SB 2 (Magistrate Refusal) and HR 348 (RFRA) in their...

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UNC Offers Over 3,000 Candidates Admission

3,055 first-year candidates were offered admission to UNC last Friday. That number includes the regular-decision applications, as well as the more than 2,400 early-action candidates whose decisions were initially deferred. More than 6,000 candidates were offered admission during the early-action period. Carolina received a total of 31,943 applications for enrollment this year, which marks the 10th consecutive year of a new record. The number of applications has grown 37 percent over the last five years. Across both deadlines, admitted students come from 97 counties in North Carolina, 49 states and the District of Columbia, and 75 different countries. Fourteen...

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Former Assistant Scoutmaster Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Brian Burnham has agreed to a plea deal in federal court on charges on knowingly receiving child pornography, according to court documents. Burnham, the 36-year-old former Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 845 based out of Carrboro, agreed to a plea deal to a count of knowingly receiving child pornography from at least January 2009 through November 2014. Burnham was also formerly the Baseball Coach at Smith Middle School. Under details of the plea deal, US Attorneys will recommend sentencing Burnham to a prison term of between five and twenty years, and he will incur the maximum fine...

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Man Wanted in Orange County Arrested After Standoff

Linwood Fred Clay was arrested after a standoff in Durham on Monday afternoon. Authorities say the 26-year-old Clay barricaded himself in the attic of a home on Brye Street when US Marshals attempted to arrest him around noon Monday. Officers surrounded the house and negotiators were called to the scene. Clay surrendered to police shortly before 6 o’clock Monday evening. No one was injured during the standoff. Clay was wanted in connection with a shooting in late January in Durham and on charges of resisting, delaying, and obstructing officers in Orange County. He was accused of running from court...

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UNC Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit

UNC and the NCAA have filed motions of dismissal in federal court concerning a lawsuit brought by two former student athletes. Former Carolina women’s basketball player Rashanda McCants and football player Devon Ramsay filed the class-action lawsuit in January, alleging that they were not provided an education that included academically sound classes with legitimate educational instruction. The motion for dismissal from UNC alleges that the plaintiff’s claims are barred by the eleventh amendment, that the claims are time barred, and that the plaintiffs have failed to establish a material breach of contract and have not sufficiently pled damages. This...

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