Members of UNC faculty and staff knew and in some cases actively assisted student-athletes who were seeking to take classes that only existed on paper to boost grade-point averages and maintain eligibility, according to a report released Wednesday.
With the release of Kenneth Wainstein’s report detailing the paper class system in the UNC Chapel Hill Department of African and Afro-American Studies, the academic side of campus can begin the process of moving on.
But there will be no such closure for the athletic side, which is in the midst of an NCAA investigation and now must deal with the unsettling reality of how responsible UNC’s athletic advising staff was for pushing athletes to the fraudulent courses.
A system of “paper classes” in UNC’s Department of African and Afro-American Studies became an eligibility prop for more than just some of the university’s athletes, a former federal prosecutor’s report says.
The classes also became popular with campus fraternities, which “had an incentive to direct their members to” them so they could more easily secure the aggregate grade-point average required to retain official campus recognition, investigator Kenneth Wainstein and his team said.
With the Nov. 4 Election Day just weeks away, residents of Durham County can begin voting Thursday at four locations in the county.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina insurance customers will see rate increases across the board, officials announced in a Tuesday conference.
Sharon Van Etten, along with Tiny Ruins, will perform at 9 p.m. today at Cat's Cradle, 300 E. Main St. in Carrboro. For tickets, call 919-967-9053 or visit www.catscradle.com.
Students decked out in orange crowded around a bright orange poster Wednesday in Phillips Middle School’s cafeteria.
Markers in hand, they were ready to make a change in their school and their community by signing the pledge to unite against bullying.
Local clergy and community members have organized a “Souls to the Polls” event Sunday in Durham, the only Sunday during the shortened early voting period this year. Election Day is Nov. 4. “Souls to the Polls” is the term used in previous years when church groups went to vote together on Sundays. The N.C. General Assembly passed legislation that changed the early voting time frame, which is today through Nov. 1 this year.
Durham-based nonprofit MDC Inc. has released its latest State of the South report, called “Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity for the Next Generation,” which analyzes the infrastructure for young people’s employment opportunities in nine Southern communities.
Duke returns one starter from last season’s 28-win team.
Though that player is all-American center Elizabeth Williams, it still came with some surprise Wednesday when the Blue Devils were picked to finish second in the ACC women’s basketball race behind Notre Dame.
If Duke is to live up to those expectations, the Blue Devils will need newcomers to help fill the gaps from the five players gone from last year’s ACC Tournament runner-up team.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said that group, featuring four true freshman, a redshirt freshman coming off an injury and a junior college transfer, is capable of such an accomplishment.
“No doubt we want to push people hard for sure,” McCallie said. “The whole team, really. I think the key is how the freshmen respond to it. So far they’ve really been grabbing hold of it.”
Of Duke’s top six scorers last season, only Williams is back this season.
Sylvia Hatchell has begun her 40th season as a college basketball head coach and, given what she’s been through the last year, it may be her most satisfying preseason camp. The Naismith Hall of Fame head coach at North Carolina, Hatchell is coaching the Tar Heels again after missing last season while receiving treatments for leukemia.
So far, Rasheed Sulaimon’s time in a Duke uniform has matched how the Blue Devils have fared as a whole.
Two years ago, as a freshman, Sulaimon played in every game, starting all but three, as Duke reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight.
Last year, struggling to find his role, Sulaimon started only 17 times, riding the bench one entire game, on a Duke team that went 26-9 and lost its only NCAA Tournament game.
Now the 6-4 guard is a junior, one of Duke’s veteran players on a team in which the play of its freshmen will go a long way towards determining how the season goes.
Sulaimon figures to have an important role but only if he’s mentally ready to accept it no matter what he’s asked to do.
NCCU frustrated by inability to put away Morgan State in fourth quarter of what turned into 21-20 loss. Eagles hope to close the lid on Savannah State on Saturday.
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With three minutes left and North Carolina trailing by one against Georgia Tech, quarterback Marquise Williams was getting ready to lead the offense back on the field when he turned to coach Larry Fedora. “He said, ‘No big deal, we do it every week,’” Fedora said.
Sean Fahey has achieved financial success as a successful hedge fund manager, but he can remember what is like to need a boost to achieve his goals.
Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”
Regardless of the outcome of this year's U.S. Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis, North Carolina voters can rest assured that they will have elected the nation's most expensive senator.
While pharmaceutical company Argos Therapeutics debated a site for its headquarters and manufacturing lab, Durham wasn’t always at the top of the list.
“There were a couple places outside North Carolina (that) had a significant amount of incentives in place, especially for a cancer company,” said Argos President and CEO Jeff Abbey. “At one point, I didn’t think we were going to get there with Durham.”
SoomSoom Pita Pockets, a food truck focused on a fusion of Middle Eastern and American cuisine, has begun service in Durham and surrounding areas.
The 21c Museum Hotel, which will open early next year at 111 N. Corcoran St., will have a restaurant focused on North Carolina’s seafood heritage.
When Ellen Gray started her psychotherapy private practice 15 years ago, she wanted to see people from all socio-economic backgrounds.
Jasmine Cousar is well-liked by her peers at J.D. Clement Early College High School and has earned the respect of her teachers and school leaders.
As the public input part of plans for light rail in Durham progresses, Durham Congregations In Action is taking on the issue of affordable housing. Durham has a strategy for affordable housing near light rail transit stations. DCIA members learned more about the project and what they can do to advocate for more affordable housing in Durham.
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