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Their campaign for student government was a joke, but they’re serious about removing campus Confederate statues — The Washington Post

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Jul 072015
 
Their campaign for student government was a joke, but they're serious about removing campus Confederate statues -- The Washington Post

Only one part of their platform was serious, or at least non-silly: They said they’d remove the campus statue of Jefferson Davis, best known as the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

ECU football ‘Air Raid’ searching for best commander — The News & Observer

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Jul 062015
 
ECU football ‘Air Raid’ searching for best commander  -- The News & Observer

If Ruffin McNeill learned anything in 10 seasons at Texas Tech, it’s that quarterbacks, even ones as good as Shane Carden, can be replaced.

That doesn’t diminish what Carden did for East Carolina, essentially setting every school passing record in his three seasons, or McNeill’s appreciation for Carden’s leadership; it’s just a reality of the “Air Raid” offense.

NCCU ready to move on new student union — The Durham Herald-Sun

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Jul 062015
 
NCCU ready to move on new student union -- The Durham Herald-Sun

The sticking point could be a Board of Governors that in the last year or two has been taking a harder look at proposals for new student unions. The scrutiny follows the approval in 2014 of a two-building, $156.3 million project for East Carolina University.

Vandals deface UNC’s ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate memorial — The News & Observer

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Jul 062015
 
Vandals deface UNC’s ‘Silent Sam’ Confederate memorial -- The News & Observer

A UNC spokesman condemned vandalism that defaced the university’s monument to Confederate war soldiers over the July Fourth holiday.
“We understand that the issue of race and place is both emotional and, for many, painful,” Associate Vice Chancellor of Communications and Public Affairs Rick White said in a statement.

Renewed calls to rename Clemson’s Tillman Hall — The Greenville (S.C.) News

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Jul 062015
 

In light of the deadly shooting of nine worshippers at a historic black Charleston church by a self-described white supremacist two weeks ago, Clemson University faculty have renewed calls for the university to rename its most iconic building, Tillman Hall, which bears the name of a white supremacist governor who was one of the university’s founders.

UNC physics professor jailed in Argentina wins back pay — The News & Observer

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Jun 172015
 
UNC physics professor jailed in Argentina wins back pay -- The News & Observer

Paul Frampton, the physics professor who was arrested abroad on drug charges after flying to Argentina for what he thought would be a liaison with a buxom bikini model, was an ocean away when news came Tuesday that he should get back pay for his time in prison.

North Carolina budget decisions aren’t as painful with $400M cushion — ABC 11

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May 152015
 
North Carolina budget decisions aren't as painful with $400M cushion -- ABC 11

The University of North Carolina system would have to locate $26 million in spending reductions – less than the $49 million in reductions in McCrory’s spending proposal. The East Carolina University medical school would get $8 million and Elizabeth City State University $3 million to help address recent financial challenges.

Miniature golf among activities that help those with brain injuries — The Charlotte Observer

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May 152015
 
Miniature golf among activities that help those with brain injuries -- The Charlotte Observer

Few people play miniature golf the way John Simon does.
“Pirate Golf,” he calls it, is based on a version of the game he and some college buddies developed at East Carolina University about 30 years ago.

Duke hires UNC professor as its next arts, sciences dean — The News & Observer

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May 152015
 
Duke hires UNC professor as its next arts, sciences dean -- The News & Observer

Duke University has scored a steal from its Triangle rival.

On Thursday, Duke announced the hiring of Valerie Ashby, a UNC-Chapel Hill chemistry professor and department head, as its new dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences. She’ll start the job July 1.

To pay or not to pay athletes? Colleges, students speak out — The Asheville Citizen-Times

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May 142015
 
To pay or not to pay athletes? Colleges, students speak out -- The Asheville Citizen-Times

A major reason to include women’s basketball at Asheville, and probably at WCU, in deciding who to pay is a concern over complying with gender equity and Title IX rules.

East Carolina is one of the schools that will pay every scholarship athlete more than $4,000 annually.

Greenville’s Gabrielle Freeman wins Randall Jarrell Competition — The Charlotte Observer

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May 142015
 
Greenville’s Gabrielle Freeman wins Randall Jarrell Competition -- The Charlotte Observer

The suspense was killing me. In late April or early May each year the winners of the prestigious Randall Jarrell Poetry Contest are announced. … As it turns out, this year’s winner is Gabrielle Freeman, who earned her MFA in poetry at Converse College in 2013 and teaches at East Carolina University in Greenville.

Editorial: UNC: ‘Teetering on the edge’ — The Charlotte Observer

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May 142015
 
Editorial:  UNC: ‘Teetering on the edge’ -- The Charlotte Observer

The public investments in the university system have paid off many times over. North Carolina’s economic strength in the second half of the 20th century was due in no small part to the system’s superiority and creation of a well-educated populace.

Now, outgoing UNC President Tom Ross says, the system’s continued eminence is at risk.

Recent Duke graduate can’t return to her home country — The News & Observer

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May 142015
 
Recent Duke graduate can’t return to her home country -- The News & Observer

When the graduation parties broke up on Sunday in Durham, many Duke University grads packed up their belongings and headed to their parents’ homes or celebratory vacations.

Not Safaa al-Saeedi. She is unable to return to her family in Yemen, the Middle Eastern country where war has raged this spring. A no-fly zone means commercial flights aren’t going in or out of the nation.

Student mentored by former UNC leader William Friday perseveres — The News & Observer

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May 142015
 
Student mentored by former UNC leader William Friday perseveres -- The News & Observer

Gail Markland, like any proud UNC-Chapel Hill graduate, will wait her turn Sunday to smile for a photograph at the Old Well in her cap and gown.

It’s been a long time coming for the Chapel Hill hairdresser, who is 50. The moment will be sweet, but also bittersweet.

U.S. College Enrollment Has Dropped Nearly 2% Over Past Year — The Wall Street Journal

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May 142015
 
U.S. College Enrollment Has Dropped Nearly 2% Over Past Year -- The Wall Street Journal

The number of students at U.S. colleges and universities fell nearly 2% between May 2014 and this month, continuing a four-year slide, according to a report to be released Thursday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Editorial: Campbell University’s expansion helps students and region — The News & Observer

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May 132015
 
Editorial: Campbell University's expansion helps students and region -- The News & Observer

Here, perhaps, there is a lesson in the history of East Carolina University’s medical school. Getting the school was a hard-fought battle, with the university promising it was going to train family physicians for rural areas. The skeptics of the time questioned whether that was possible. But that’s exactly what the medical school has done.

Ex-UNC player charged over N.C. sports agent law — The News & Observer

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May 132015
 
Ex-UNC player charged over N.C. sports agent law -- The News & Observer

Five years after UNC-Chapel Hill football player Marvin Austin sent out a tweet that launched investigation after investigation into the university’s college sports program, state investigators have arrested a former UNC player and accused him of violating North Carolina’s sports agent laws.