UNC Wins Third Straight Game

The North Carolina Tar Heels have won three games in a row on the baseball field.

Carolina got a victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday night in the third game of a seven-game homestand for UNC.

The win on Tuesday came in dominating fashion. Carolina pushed its first run across in the second inning and didn’t stop until it was 6-0 after two innings of play.

That set the pace for an 11-0 UNC victory.

Sophomore Jason Morgan went six innings as the starting pitcher for the Tar Heels giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out three.

After a weekend off from conference play last week, UNC will welcome in ninth-ranked Louisville on Friday.


UNC Baseball Hosts Virginia Commonwealth

After a weekend off from Atlantic Coast Conference play, the UNC baseball team takes the field at Boshamer Stadium on Tuesday night hosting Virginia Commonwealth.

The Tar Heels are coming off of two mid-week wins last week over UNC – Wilmington and Campbell.

Carolina is looking to get a victory over VCU on the way to righting the ship when conference play rolls around this weekend and Louisville visits Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels started off the season looking like one of the best teams in the country but have lost the last four of the last five series against conference opponents, including being swept by Miami and Wake Forest.

The ACC was well represented, once again, in the latest D1Baseball rankings released on Monday. Miami was the highest-ranked ACC team at No. 3, Florida State is ranked fifth. NC State (6) and Louisville (9) are also in the top 10. Virginia is ranked 13th and Georgia Tech checks in at No. 22 from the ACC.

Tuesday night’s matchup in Chapel Hill between UNC and VCU is set for a six o’clock first pitch, weather permitting.


UNC Women’s Lacrosse Remain No. 3, Men Fall to No. 13

A win in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament was not enough to move the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team up in the latest Inside Lacrosse rankings.

UNC still sits at No. 3, behind Maryland and Florida – which happen to be the only two teams that beat the Tar Heels during the regular season.

UNC has won 13 games in a row since the back-to-back losses to Florida and Maryland in late February, going undefeated through the conference regular season. UNC won the ACC Tournament on the strength of a pair of one-goal victories over Duke and Syracuse.

Syracuse is fifth in the new polls and the narrow loss to Carolina in the ACC semifinals actually vaulted Duke three spots in the rankings to No. 14.

Meanwhile, the UNC men’s lacrosse team fell three spots to No. 13 in the latest poll after losing to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

Carolina was the top seed in the tournament, after knocking off Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were the top-ranked team in the country. Syracuse went on to defeat Duke in the conference title game.

Up next for both squads is the NCAA Tournament. The women’s team is automatically in the field after winning the conference title. The men will learn their fate on May 8 during the NCAA Tournament selection show.


UNC Women’s Lax Wins ACC Title in OT

A sudden-death overtime goal from Aly Messinger clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the UNC women’s lacrosse team on Sunday.

The top-seeded Tar Heels knocked off No. 2 seed Syracuse by a 15-14 score in the championship match.

UNC has now won 13 straight contests after going through the ACC regular season slate undefeated.

Carolina needed a late 3-0 scoring run to beat rival Duke 7-6 in the ACC semifinal. Another one-goal margin against Syracuse was enough for the ACC title.

The game Sunday was a back-and-forth battle. Syracuse led by three goals in the first half before UNC tied the game up at six. The score was 7-7 at the half. Syracuse stretched its lead to three once again in the second half at 11-8. UNC trailed throughout the majority of the game but was able to tie it up at 13 with less than two minutes remaining.

Even in the limited time left in regulation, the scoring wasn’t over.

Carolina took its first lead of the second half at 14-13 with 36 seconds left in game, but Syracuse was able to answer with time winding down to force the game into overtime, where the Messinger goal secured the title for the Tar Heels.


President Spellings: What Should Her Agenda Be For UNC?

2016 has been a tumultuous year for UNC – with protests still ongoing against new system president Margaret Spellings, even before she’s had a chance to get into the job.

Will she be able to do her job, with those demonstrations continuing? What do university leaders see as being her agenda as system president? And what do they think she can – and should – try to accomplish?

“I think she’s absolutely going to be able to do her job,” said UNC-Chapel Hill faculty chair Bruce Cairns at last week’s WCHL Community Forum.

Cairns added that he doesn’t expect Spellings to pursue an agenda much removed from what we’ve seen before. “When you listen to President Spellings talk about what she would like to see happen,” he said, “I think it’s really about allowing us to continue to be a great public university system.”

But what agenda should Margaret Spellings be pursuing as system president? What should she be trying to do?

UNC senior Hayley Fowler is a reporter for the Daily Tar Heel who’s been following the controversy from the beginning; she says Spellings needs to assure students that they do have a voice in how the university is run.

“I think for students, it’s becoming increasingly important that she continue to build their trust and reach out to them personally,” she says. “The students that have been protesting don’t feel that they have a voice and they haven’t had access to the Board of Governors or Margaret Spellings herself…

“I think they’re working on opening that line of communication and dialogue, and that’s something that should be a priority moving forward, if they want to engage students in the conversation.”

But it’s not just students who want to build stronger relationships. Durham Tech president Bill Ingram says there’s also an expectation that Spellings should be working to build closer ties between the UNC system and North Carolina’s community colleges.

“She’s not the only new higher-education leader in North Carolina – Jimmie Williamson will be the new community college system president on July 1,” Ingram says. “Her ability to work with Dr. Williamson and others, and for her to encourage relationships between the (UNC) campuses and the community colleges, will be essential to her success.”

Even if Spellings is able to forge those relationships, it’s not likely the protests and demonstrations will be going away anytime soon. Many in the UNC system say they see Spellings’ appointment as political – Republicans on the Board of Governors selecting one of their own – and that concern is never going to go away, regardless of what Spellings does or doesn’t do on the job.

But is a political appointment necessarily a bad thing? John Locke Foundation communications director Mitch Kokai says there may be a benefit to having a Republican as UNC system president, even if the university’s agenda doesn’t change.

“Margaret Spellings comes in as someone that the Republicans who run the General Assembly will listen to,” he says. “I think a lot of folks (in the NCGA) saw Tom Ross as part of the Democratic establishment…(and) there was always a level of distrust that they won’t have with Margaret Spellings…

“And so I think she may come in, not even have any major, drastic differences in what she wants to see for the UNC system – but you’ll see doors be opened more often, just because of her pedigree.”

Kokai, Ingram, Fowler and Cairns made those comments during the “Higher Education” panel of the WCHL Community Forum. Revisit the entire forum here.


UNC Selects “Being Mortal” For 2016 Summer Reading

UNC has selected Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal” for its summer reading this year.

The book is about Gawande combining research and personal reflection to examine how the U.S. looks at the process of dying through the lens of medical ethics.

“Dr. Gawande is a practicing surgeon who models the important stakes of life-long multidisciplinary inquiry in writing this empowering book,” said Tim Marr, who chaired the committee that chose the book. “He helps us confront death by encouraging open discussion about important matters faced by every family for which medicine can ultimately provide no answer.

Gawande was Carolina’s spring 2014 commencement speaker.

First-year and transfer students who enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall are encouraged to read the book this summer and participate in small group discussions the Monday before fall 2016 semester classes begin.


Six Tar Heels Sign NFL Contracts

UNC has now gone two consecutive years without having a player selected in the seven-round NFL Draft.

Guard Landon Turner earned first-team All-American honors for his play during his senior season for the Tar Heels but, somewhat surprisingly, that did not translate into hearing his name called in the draft. Turner was projected as a mid-to-late round draft pick entering the festivities, but a selection never came.

However, that does not mean Turner won’t have a chance to play at the next level. Shortly after the draft’s conclusion, UNC announced that Turner had agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints; a situation that is likely better overall than being selected late in the draft because the destination becomes the player’s choice rather than being chosen by a team that may not be a good fit.

Turner was not the only Tar Heel that agreed to a contract after the draft’s final pick.

Turner will be joined in New Orleans by senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. Shakeel Rashad, who lined up next to Schoettmer in the heart of a much-improved UNC defense last season, agreed to a contract with the Houston Texans.

Senior running back Romar Morris signed with the New York Jets and wide receiver Quinshad Davis agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions. Davis caught more touchdowns in his time at Carolina than anyone in program history, and he will be lining up alongside former Tar Heel tight end Eric Ebron in Detroit.

UNC head coach Larry Fedora tweeted out on Sunday that quarterback Marquise Williams had signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

While no UNC players have been selected in the last two NFL drafts, that is almost sure to change next year. The 2015 team won the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division while relying on a lot of young playmakers and they will very likely be filling out NFL rosters in the years to come.


Are Doctors Willing To Be “Good Samaritans”? UNC Study Says Yes

“Is there a doctor in the house?”

If you watch enough movies and TV shows, sooner or later, you’ll hear someone shouting that question in the midst of a crowded room. It’s not the sort of line you hear in real life.

But medical emergencies do happen in public places, far away from hospitals. And when they do – even if we don’t quote the cliche – we immediately start hoping there’s a doctor around.

And oftentimes there is one.

But how often is that doctor actually willing to step in and act?

That’s a question that hasn’t been fully answered. There are reasons why doctors might hesitate to help – not the least of which is the danger of being held liable. (Some doctors have actually been sued for neligence while trying to help in an emergency.)

Many states (including North Carolina) have enacted “Good Samaritan” laws, designed to protect health care providers from liability if they step in to assist in medical emergencies.

But do those laws make doctors more likely to step in?

Until recently, we didn’t know. But now, a new UNC study has found that doctors are indeed (slightly) more likely to intervene if they’re protected by Good Samaritan laws. More encouragingly, though, the study also found that doctors are highly likely to intervene in an emergency even when they’re not protected.

The “North Carolina Good Samaritan Study” was conducted by UNC’s School of Medicine, UNC’s Department of Family Medicine, and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. For the first large-scale analysis of Good-Samaritan behavior by physicians since the 1960s, lead author William Garneau and a team of researchers surveyed a thousand doctors across the state.

The result: 80 percent of doctors reported that they’d had the opportunity to be a “Good Samaritan” at some point in their careers – and 93 percent of those said they did indeed step in to help. (What about the other 7 percent? Most of them said they didn’t step in because someone else had already taken charge of the situtation.)

And only 50 percent of doctors reported being knowledgeable about North Carolina’s Good Samaritan law. That suggests that more needs to be done to get the word out – but it also suggests that when there is, in fact, “a doctor in the house,” you can usually count on that doctor to help, even if state law doesn’t protect them from liability suits.

William Garneau is a fourth-year medical student at UNC; he discussed the study with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


The study, co-authored by Gillings School professor Dean Harris, was published earlier this year in the journal BMJ Open.


UNC Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Syracuse in ACC Tournament

No. 1 seed North Carolina was knocked off in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal on Friday night.

Fourth-seeded Syracuse led throughout the game, jumping out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

UNC pulled to within 6-4 at the half but could never close the gap further.

Syracuse got a 10-7 victory over UNC and will take on the winner of Duke and Notre Dame on Sunday.


UNC Women’s Lacrosse Beats Duke in ACC Semifinal

A 3-0 scoring run over the final 15 minutes of the game led UNC women’s lacrosse to a 7-6 win over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament on Friday evening.

The top-seeded Tar Heels fell behind early as No. 4 seed Duke opened the game with three consecutive goals in the first four minutes of action. But a two-goal, one-assist performance from Marie McCool led UNC to the comeback victory.

The victory was the 12th in a row for UNC as the Tar Heels advanced to 15-2 on the season.

In addition to McCool, five Tar Heels scored single goals.

The win in the ACC semifinal sends Carolina to the title game for the sixth time in the last seven years and the 10th time overall.

UNC will take on second-seeded Syracuse in the title game at one o’clock Sunday afternoon.