Former UNC BOG Chair Arrested Carrying Gun in Airport

Former chair of the UNC Board of Governors John Fennebresque was arrested Thursday morning at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport after he apparently tried to take a gun through a security checkpoints, according to WSOC.

Local police told the Charlotte TV station that Fennebresque told them he forgot the gun was in his bag.

Fennebresque was charged with possession of a weapon on city property, according to police. WSOC says it was unclear if the gun was loaded.

Fennebresque resigned from his seat as chair of the BOG following a much-criticized 2015 that began with the firing of Tom Ross and ended with the election of Margaret Spellings as the new System President.

Brice Johnson Among 20 Finalists for Wooden Award

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Top 20 list.

The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the list this week.

The award is given annually to the national player of the year.

Johnson leads Carolina this season as he is posting career highs in points (16.3) and rebounds (10.2) per game.

Johnson also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding and field goal percentage at 60.7 percent.

These accolades didn’t mean Johnson was immune to the starting lineup shakeup from coach Roy Williams against Boston College, as Williams sat the usual frontcourt of Justin Jackson, Johnson an Kennedy Meeks to begin the game.

Duke’s Grayson Allen, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon and Damion Lee from Louisville are the other ACC players among the finalists.

Voting for the award begins at the end of the season, and the 40th annual Wooden Award will be handed out at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in early April.

UNC Tennis Claims Men’s And Women’s Player of the Week Honors

UNC tennis players were honored with the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week awards for the men’s and women’s sides this week.

The conference announced the awards late Tuesday.

Jack Murray took home the men’s honors, while Hayley Carter claimed the women’s award.

Murray won both of his matches in No. 7 UNC’s comeback victory over fifth-ranked Oklahoma. The junior is undefeated in both singles and doubles play this season. Carolina is also unbeaten as a team heading into this weekend’s ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Carter led UNC to the finals of the 2016 ITA National Women’s Team Indoor Championship. The junior helped the Tar Heels defeat No. 13 Alabama, No. 18 LSU and second-ranked Georgia before losing to sixth-ranked California in the finals.

Carter is ranked sixth nationally as a singles player.

The Carolina women’s tennis team will travel to Michigan on February 20.

Four Tar Heels Named to Women’s Soccer Academic All-ACC Team

Four players from the UNC women’s soccer tam have been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team, which was announced Tuesday.

Junior midfielder Joanna Boyles was named to the Academic All-Conference team for the second consecutive year. Boyles was also named second-team All-ACC for her performance on the field during the Tar Heels 2015 campaign.

Boyes is joined by first-time honorees Paige Nielsen, Alexa Newfield and Dorian Bailey.

Nielsen is a finalist for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award as well.

Bailey is a freshman from Kansas City and Newfield was UNC’s leading goal scorer last season. Newfield was also named third-team All-ACC.

Nielsen and Newfield were also recently selected in the National Women’s Soccer League draft.

The four Tar Heels honored were the most on the team since 2012.

Understanding African-American History Through Preservation

Preserving historical sites was the topic of this year’s African – American History Month keynote lecture at UNC.

Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas spoke Monday about recognizing African American historical sites. As Chancellor Carol Folt noted, Collier-Thomas has been apart of that history herself.

“She studies history, but she is in fact a piece of history,” said Folt.

Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas. Photo via Temple University

Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas. Photo via Temple University

Collier-Thomas is a professor of history at Temple University. Her work has focused on African-American women’s history and the preservation of important sites. Collier-Thomas has personally worked to have certain sites added to the national registry. But deciding what is historically significance is not simple.

“The central questions that get raised are – what constitutes history? And what deserves to be preserved? And who gets to decide what and who is important and what is historic?”

Throughout most of American history those question have been answered by governments who were reluctant to embrace the realities of African American history said Collier-Thomas.

“[Sites] that are considered too controversial and raise questions about the nature of American democracy that white dominated local and state governments do not want to address,” said Collier-Thomas.

According to Collier-Thomas, out of the 90 National Historic sites only 10 recognize African Americans. Out of the 57 national memorials, 2 honor African Americans, the African-American Civil War Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was privately funded.

Collier-Thomas mentioned a historical tour she took in New Orleans. She recounted questioning the host why they went to the sites they did. The host responded that they simply followed a script. That concerned Collier-Thomas because that script ends up shaping historical perceptions.

“What the public who travel to these historic cities see, they see what those tour companies and people decide they should see and it’s not sites about black people,” said Collier-Thomas.

Gentrification is an issue for the ongoing efforts of preserving sites important to African-American history.

“Many of [the sites] are in urban areas that were once black strongholds but are now gentrified areas that are predominately white and know little about black history,” said Collier-Thomas.

Collier-Thomas said sites usually get recognized because someone in the community is advocating for its preservation. She urged young African Americans to get involved with preservation and to learn more about their local history.

“I hope the black millennials, in particular, will embrace this history and recognize the importance of preserving these important properties to the collective memory of African Americans, their identities and their communities,” said Collier-Thomas.

UNC Soccer Star Named ACC Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year

UNC senior defender Jonathan Campbell has been named the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Campbell started all 20 games for the Tar Heels in 2015 and scored one goal and accumulated four assists from his defense position.

Campbell was selected with the number 12 pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire.

Campbell earned All-America honors for his play and for his performance in the classroom during his senior campaign for the Tar Heels.

This marked the fourth time Campbell, who graduated in December, was named to the All-ACC Academic Team. He is the only member of the team to receive the honor four times.

Carolina sophomore David October and freshman Alex Comsia were also named to Academic All-Conference team. It was the first selection for both.

UNC Field Hockey Places 5 on Academic All-ACC Team

Five UNC field hockey student-athletes have been named to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic team, which was announced Monday.

Seniors Casey Di Nardo, Nina Notman and Emily Wold were joined by sophomore Sam Night and freshman Malin Evert representing the Tar Heels.

Wold was one of two members of the All-Academic team to make the cut for a fourth time. Di Nardo was honored for the third time in 2015. It was the first time for Evert, Night and Notman.

Notman and Wold were also named to the All-America team this season.

Duke senior Lauren Blazing was named the 2015 ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

UNC Looking to Rebound from Back to Back Losses

The UNC men’s basketball team is looking to get back on the winning track against Boston College after two road losses last week.

Coming off of losses at Louisville and at Notre Dame, Carolina dropped to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll.

UNC head coach Roy Williams says it is a priority for his team to step up intensity to close out the rest of the regular season.

“I’m more frustrated, more mad I guess than anything, because we’ve got to be willing and able to step up,” Williams says. “And that’s my job. I’ve got to get them to step up and match that intensity and match that intensity being maintained at a high level throughout the course of the entire game.”

Williams says, while there were moments he was pleased with how the Tar Heels played last week, the games against Louisville and Notre Dame were mainly controlled by the home teams.

“For the majority of the game, both those teams dictated things to us,” Williams says, “and made us play a lot worse than we wanted to play, to say the least. But it’s two good wins for them, two big losses for us.”

Williams says working out the flaws that have plagued the Tar Heels in recent games starts with watching film and understanding the mistakes.

“We’ve probably watched more tape with this team than we have any team in the 13 years I’ve been here,” Williams says. “At some point though, somebody’s got to step up and do the job.”

Moving forward, the Tar Heels take on Boston College on Tuesday night. UNC beat the Eagles in Chapel Hill less than two weeks ago.

“They turned the ball over so much, and we got so many points off of turnovers. It was a huge factor for us,” Williams says.

While there were some positive moments, including a 15-point first half lead at Notre Dame, Williams says he is still working to find answers to this team’s remaining questions.

“If I knew that, we wouldn’t have had the losses at Notre Dame and at Louisville,” he says. “But you’ve got to go into every day at practice and do the best you can do and see if we can play better.”

Carolina will face another road test at Boston College Tuesday night with tipoff slated for eight o’clock. WCHL’s coverage will begin with the UNC Health Care Countdown to Tipoff at 6:30.

UNC Drops to No. 9 in AP Poll

UNC men’s basketball dropped seven spots to No. 9 in the latest AP poll.

The Tar Heels lost to Louisville and Notre Dame over the course of the last week, after starting Atlantic Coast Conference play 8-0.

Carolina now sits at 19-4 on the season after the back-to-back losses. The Tar Heels will be looking to get back in the win column when the team travels to Boston College to take on the Eagles Tuesday night.

UNC beat Boston College 89-62 in the Dean E. Smith Center on January 30.

Villanova jumped from third to the top of the rankings after former No. 1 Oklahoma lost again last week.

Villanova is followed by Maryland, Oklahoma, Iowa and Xavier in the top five.

Virginia is the highest ranked ACC team at No. 7, followed by UNC at nine and the Miami Hurricanes at 12. Louisville, which beat UNC last Monday before announcing a self-imposed postseason ban for a scandal involving escorts, is No. 13 in the newest poll.

No other ACC teams cracked the top 25.

Carolina’s game at Boston College is scheduled for an eight o’clock tipoff Tuesday night. Coverage will begin with the UNC Health Care Countdown to Tipoff on 97.9 FM/1360 AM WCHL at 6:30.

UNC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Start Season with Wins

UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse opened the 2016 season with wins over the weekend.

The second-ranked women’s team improved to 17-4 in season openers with an 11-7 victory over James Madison on Saturday afternoon.

Molly Hendrick scored four goals to pace the Tar Heels.

Junior Caylee Waters made seven saves in goal for UNC.

Sydney Holman opened the scoring with her lone goal of the game just 1:44 into the action.

Carolina held an 11-4 lead before three consecutive late goals for the Dukes.

UNC will be back in action at six o’clock Friday evening at High Point.

Meanwhile, the eighth-ranked men’s lacrosse team opened its season by doubling up visiting Michigan 20-10 on Saturday.

The Tar Heels took a 10-6 lead into the half before exploding for seven consecutive goals to open the second half.

Sophomore Chris Cloutier scored five goals on seven shots in his first career start.

Michigan scored an early goal for a 1-0 lead before Carolina scored the next five. Michigan kept it close at 5-3 but the Tar Heels never gave up the lead.

UNC returns to Fetzer Field at one o’clock Saturday afternoon to host Furman.