Nov 212014


By WCTI Staff
POSTED: 6:21 PM Nov 20 2014


Greenville Police have released the name of a man who was shot Thursday evening at an apartment complex where ECU students live.

Devante Kittles, 20, was shot at 33 East, an apartment community on 10th Street, said the Greenville Police Department. Officers responded at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

Kittles’ injuries were not life-threatening and he was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said. Kittles is not an ECU student but is a convicted felon, investigators added.

Police said they believe the shooting was likely caused by an earlier altercation. However, Kittles is being uncooperative and is refusing to provide information, police explained.

Officers found the gun at the scene, said investigators.

According to an ECU Alert, the shooter reportedly fled in a small dark-colored car of an unknown model. There is no presumed threat to campus.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greenville Police at 252-329-4315. Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 252-758-7777.

Nov 212014


By Henry Gargan

November 20, 2014

While writing about the Wainstein report for The Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s campus newspaper, there hasn’t been much time to step back and consider the emotional toll it has taken on campus. It has been easy to forget how difficult this shock has been to internalize, and perhaps the arms-length at which our craft requires us to keep these things has helped us cope.

After all, the letters people send us these days are great, and my job has never been more interesting. I feel as though I’ve rushed through the stages of grief, overlooking the denial, anger, bargaining and depression suffered by the larger university community, and made a beeline for “acceptance.”

We’ve busied ourselves poring over the report’s countless supplementary documents and crafting condemnations of the NCAA’s collegiate model. The assumption has been that whatever reshaping the university’s identity undergoes is justified in the name of illuminating greater truths and the need for reform. After all, the real victims here are the students deprived of a quality education, not the fans whose pride has taken a hit.

But there is also great sadness at UNC beyond mere injured fanhood, and that deserves to be acknowledged. I can’t speak for everyone at UNC, but I have perceived a sense of loss among those, myself included, who grew up identifying first and foremost as Tar Heels – especially among those of us who matriculated through the university as students. There is anger that this identity, so precious to our conceptions of self, has been compromised by macro-level forces beyond our control. It would not be unfair to describe part of our response as an identity crisis.

Maybe we had it coming. Perhaps we ought not to have so closely bound our identities to a university whose character is determined by an endlessly diverse group of people, most of them strangers to one another. But the trust that existed between the university and its adherents was not unique, and it is certainly practiced elsewhere by its detractors. All people want to be part of something bigger than themselves.

At any school, bonds are formed over shared experience, of having enjoyed the same victories and suffered through the same defeats, of having walked the same campus or eaten in the same restaurants. Those bonds will hold, but this stark reminder that the Carolina experience is not as uniformly good as we would have hoped could jar others loose.

When I was younger, my understanding of right and wrong could have been explained in terms of what it meant to root for UNC and what it meant to root for Duke. That same fundamentalism persists in the “Carolina Way,” an ideal borne of the desire to believe there is something about this place that compels the imperfect beings that comprise it to act better than they would otherwise.

I no longer believe this to be descriptive of my school, although I see nothing wrong with a collective aspiration to be kinder to one another. Maybe I would have come to this conclusion anyway as part of my growing up. But something has been lost, and it hasn’t been easy. It’s only fair to ask that bystanders to the fiasco keep this in mind.

Nov 212014


By Jane Stancill

November 20, 2014

CHAPEL HILL — The dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s College of Arts and Sciences, who oversaw the African and Afro-American Studies Department for the past five years, is stepping down to return to teaching at the university.

Karen Gil will leave the dean’s position at the end of the current academic year in 2015, after six years, and return to the classroom as a psychology professor. Chancellor Carol Folt said Thursday it was Gil’s decision to step down.

In an email to faculty and staff, Gil wrote that it was time for new leadership in the College.

“There is much to do as we prepare to embark on the next capital campaign,” Gil wrote. “Also, there is critical work ahead to build on the important reforms we have already put in place.”

Gil’s departure as dean signals the turnover of another top administrative official at UNC-CH in the aftermath of the findings of the Oct. 22 Wainstein report, which detailed 18 years of fraudulent, no-show classes in the AFAM department.

Last week, the university announced that its top lawyer, Leslie Strohm, was leaving to assume a vice presidency at the University of Louisville.

In an interview Thursday, Gil said she had originally agreed to serve five years as dean, but wanted to stay until the conclusion of the Wainstein report and several unrelated projects she’d started.

“It felt important to me to stay through this year, and everything that we’ve been working on, so that we’d be in a good place,” she said.

The Wainstein report said Gil denied having knowledge of the so-called “paper classes” until the scheme emerged in 2011.

Administrators started making inquiries in August of that year, after a report in The News & Observer raised questions about a freshman football player taking a 400-level AFAM class. Also, evidence came to light of significant plagiarism on an AFAM paper by another player.

Jonathan Hartlyn, a senior associate dean who reported to Gil, met with Julius Nyang’oro, AFAM chairman, who said that some classes were arranged and managed by a department secretary, Deborah Crowder. Hartlyn immediately reported to Gil what he had learned, the Wainstein report said, and Gil asked Nyang’oro to resign as chairman.

Gil then tasked Hartlyn and William Andrews, another senior associate dean, to do an internal investigation of the irregular classes, which found 54 AFAM classes during a four-year period in which there was little or no indication of instruction. Nyang’oro soon retired, in July of 2012.

The Hartlyn-Andrews report was an important step in beginning to understand what happened and to identify reforms, Gil said.

“Before the first investigation, we didn’t know what we were really looking into or for,” she said.

Wainstein found that a lack of oversight, in part, had allowed the scandal to extend for nearly two decades. For example, as chairman of AFAM, Nyang’oro was exempt from post-tenure review required of other faculty. The university now requires reviews of department chairs.

Gil was also the supervisor of Bobbi Owen, who was a senior associate dean until this year. The Wainstein report found evidence that Owen tried to clamp down on AFAM in 2005 or 2006 after noticing a large number of independent studies in the department. But Owen apparently did not investigate her concerns further and missed an opportunity to put an end to the fraud, the report said.

Gil declined to comment on Owen, saying it was a personnel matter.

‘Important contributor’

On Wednesday, Folt praised Gil’s service as dean. Under her tenure, the College adopted new teaching methods in science classes, launched a biomedical engineering degree with N.C. State University and started an entrepreneurship minor degree by undergraduates.

“She’s done a fantastic job,” Folt said. “She’s been really an important contributor. The list of the accomplishments are great. And it’s her decision that this is that moment, but she’s also given me until the end of the academic year, which is really important. In the academy, with dean level, we usually like to have a long transition because it allows us to do our national search.”

On Thursday, Folt reported a range of university responses to the Wainstein report, but she would not comment on the disciplinary actions being taken against nine unidentified employees. She said those actions were unfolding in different stages.

‘Incredibly challenging’

Folt highlighted a number of areas:

• NCAA investigation. Folt said she had no timeline for the NCAA investigation that has been under way for six months. Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said the university is in constant communication with the NCAA. “This is an incredibly challenging time, but we’re fully cooperating, and I’m excited to at some point get to the end,” he said.

• Accreditation. Folt said the university is expecting a letter any time from accrediting agency the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, but had not received it yet. “They have indicated to me that they have questions about our compliance with a range of standards,” she said. “So we will immediately respond as we have before.”

• Faculty involvement. Folt said faculty are becoming involved in monitoring athletes’ academic eligibility and progress in new ways. There are regular meetings scheduled among faculty, athletic counselors, the registrar’s office and compliance people.

• Monitoring academic departments. Folt said department chairs are now required to submit annual reports, which are then reviewed by senior associate deans.

• Review of African, African American and Diaspora Studies. The department formerly known as AFAM is undergoing a review and a planning process with the provost, Folt said.

• Advising. Folt said there was a deep focus on advising, not just for athletes but for other groups, including first-generation college students and veterans.

• Public records. Folt said the university’s new public records website had 1,200 unique visitors in the first 24 hours and has had 16,000 views so far. The UNC system’s General Administration has asked the campus to work with other UNC schools on a similar approach.

UNC-CH trustees seek tuition increase

The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees on Thursday passed a plan for a tuition increase in each of the next two years. The proposal will go to the UNC system’s Board of Governors, which will take action early next year. The system board sets tuition at all public universities in North Carolina.

Under the plan, tuition for all undergraduates at UNC-CH would rise by $225 in 2015-16 and increase by $233 in 2016-17. For graduate students, the increase would be $450 in 2015-16 and $500 in 2016-17. Fees would decrease slightly next year under the plan.

The increases would bring UNC-CH added revenue of $8.2 million next year and $8.8 million in 2016-17.

Currently at UNC-CH, in-state undergraduates pay $8,107 in annual tuition and fees, while out-of-state undergraduates pay $33,189. Those costs do not include room, board and books.

Nov 212014


By Jay Price
November 20, 2014

Warwick Arden

RALEIGH — Tuition for all students at N.C. State University should increase by at least 3 percent in each of the next two academic years, and a special fee for engineering students should jump from $90 annually to $1,000, a committee of the university’s trustees decided Thursday.

For undergraduate students from North Carolina, that means tuition would rise $182 next year, then another $187 a year later, to $6,407. For undergraduates from elsewhere, tuition would increase 6 percent each year, to $23,926 in fall 2016.

The big jolt, though, would be to the university’s nearly 8,800 engineering students, who would get not only tuition increases but a rise in the special fee. It would jump to $500 next fall and $1,000 the next.

University leaders also are planning to increase it again in 2017, to $1,500, but on Thursday the committee was voting only on two years of changes.

The fee for engineering students is necessary to help the school of engineering keep pace with competing schools, which are pouring money into popular and competitive engineering programs, said Provost Warwick Arden. It would be used to cover the cost of infrastructure such as labs and constantly-evolving equipment and programs that make an engineering education more expensive for the university to provide than other majors, said NCSU officials.

“The reality is that engineering is not a static field, and it’s changing rapidly,” Arden said.

The fee increase is crucial so that the university can compete with peer institutions that are pumping tens of millions of dollars annually into their infrastructure and programs, Arden said. Nearly every one of those competitors has higher tuition – in some cases nearly double NCSU’s – and charge engineering students fees of from $1,000 to $5,000 to help foot the bills, he said.

Chancellor Randy Woodson said that the university needs to continue producing high-quality engineering graduates, but it can’t make other students shoulder the costs of staying competitive in engineering, so the fees are a good alternative.

The standard NCSU student fees also would rise $138 by fall of 2016, to a total of $2,396 for undergraduates and $2,407 for graduate students. Much of the increase would go to boost the number of counselors. That service is in short supply because there aren’t enough counselors to meet what is considered the basic standard, one per 1,500 students, according to university documents.

State support declines

Tuition increases are a tool that the state’s public university’s have been using to help offset repeated cuts in their allocation from the state budget in recent years, though the increases have raised concerns inside and outside the UNC system about the eroding affordability of public higher education.

Graduate students, whether from in or out of state, would also see tuition increase by 3 percent. Out-of-state tuition for them would rise to $22,610 by fall 2016, while in-state grad students would pay $8,088.

For in-state undergraduate students, tuition increases have been capped at 5 percent annually by the UNC system’s Board of Governors.

The committee’s recommendation on the tuition and fee increases must be approved by the full board of trustees, which is expected to consider the matter at its meeting Friday. The increases would then have to be approved by the UNC system’s Board of Governors before taking effect.

Nov 212014


November 20, 2014

CHAPEL HILL — UNC-Chapel Hill police charged an 18-year-old student with making a false bomb threat on social media Thursday that sparked a daylong investigation into “threats to campus safety.”

Daniel Berkman Fischbeck of Charlotte was arrested late Thursday afternoon and charged with one felony count of making a false bomb threat, according to an arrest report.

Police have said all day on the campus alert webpage that there was no threat to campus at this time.

The announcement gives no indication whether the threats were against the university as an institution or an individual or group.

Colleges are required by federal law to disseminate what are referred to as “timely warnings” of threats or criminal incidents on their campuses.

Nov 212014


Nov. 20, 2014

Kristin Zachary

High Point University on Thursday said it has removed comedian Bill Cosby’s name from its board of advisors.

At least three women in recent weeks have accused Cosby of sexual assault — charges denied by the comedian’s lawyer.

The recent allegations against the once-beloved comedian prompted NBC to scrap a show under development and TV Land to halt reruns of “The Cosby Show.”

High Point University, where he spoke during a 2007 graduation ceremony, said Thursday it had removed Cosby’s name from its National Board of Advisors, a post to which he was appointed earlier this year.
“In the best interest of all parties, we are removing his name from our board of advisors until all information on this matter is available,” according to a statement released Thursday by HPU.

Cosby, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” which aired on NBC from 1984 to 1992, was invited to speak at HPU’s 2007 graduation ceremony “based on his numerous professional accomplishments,” according to the university’s statement.

This summer, Cosby was appointed to HPU’s National Board of Advisors. He joined other honorees Gen. Colin Powell, former secretary of state, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and national security advisor; Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder; and others.

At that time, HPU President Nido Qubein said he was honored to have Cosby on the board, as the man had used his talent to create positive change and inspire America with his humor and philanthropic endeavors.
Recent allegations of sexual assault come as the 77-year-old comedian known as America’s TV dad was gearing up to star as a patriarchal figure in a new NBC show.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Wednesday the Cosby sitcom “is no longer under development,” according to reports from the Associated Press.

A TV Land representative said reruns of “The Cosby Show,” which also was to have been part of a Thanksgiving sitcom marathon, will stop airing immediately for an indefinite time. A Netflix Cosby stand-up comedy special also was indefinitely postponed late Tuesday.

The shelving of the shows came a day after model Janice Dickinson, in an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” became the third woman in recent weeks to allege she was assaulted by Cosby. The comedian’s attorney denies the allegations.

Cosby has not been charged in connection with any allegations against him, including those widely reported from a decade ago.

Former Pennsylvania prosecutor Bruce L. Castor Jr., who investigated a woman’s claims Cosby had sexually assaulted her in 2004, said Wednesday he decided not to prosecute because he felt there was not enough evidence to get a conviction.

“I wrote my opinion in such a way as I thought conveyed to the whole world that I thought he had done it, he had just gotten away with it because of a lack of evidence,” Castor told the AP.

After an AP story earlier this month, two women came forward publicly to accuse Cosby of sexual assault. Then Dickinson made allegations during her “Entertainment Tonight” interview.

She said Cosby gave her red wine and a pill in 1982 when they were together in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room.

Upon waking the next morning, “I wasn’t wearing my pajamas and I remembered before I passed out I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she said.

Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, said in a letter to the AP that Dickinson’s charges were “false and outlandish” and suggested the actress was “seeking publicity to bolster her fading career.”

Cosby continues working as a stand-up comic amid the allegations. None of his 35 performances scheduled throughout the United States and Canada through May 2015 have been canceled.

He remains a trustee of Temple University, where he attended college. The Philadelphia native often speaks at commencement there.

In 2006, Cosby settled a lawsuit filed by a Temple employee who alleged he drugged and fondled her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion. He was represented by Patrick O’Connor, chairman of Temple’s board of trustees.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Nov 212014


NOV. 20, 2014

The gunman who shot three people at a library on Florida State University’s main campus in Tallahassee early Thursday was an alumnus who said the government was watching him, and he detailed his fears in a written journal and videos, the authorities said.

The suspect, whom the police identified as Myron May, 31, reloaded his gun at least once before he was killed by the police during an exchange of gunfire outside Strozier Library, near the center of campus, the authorities said during an afternoon news conference. The Tallahassee police chief, Michael DeLeo, said Mr. May kept a written journal and made videos expressing his fear of being watched by the government and his desire to bring attention to the issue.

“Based on our initial review of the documents and his videos and his postings, it’s clear that Mr. May’s sense of being and place in our community was not what most people would refer to as normal,” Chief DeLeo said. “He had a sense of crisis, and he was searching for something.”

One shooting victim was in critical condition and one was in good condition at a hospital, the authorities said. The third was treated and released.

Mr. May graduated from Florida State in 2005 and returned to the area three weeks ago after attending law school in Texas and practicing law there and in New Mexico, Chief DeLeo said. He had no criminal record with the Tallahassee Police Department or the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the police chief said.

Chief DeLeo said investigators were trying to determine why Mr. May, who acted alone, pulled out a gun and opened fire after midnight inside the library, sending hundreds of bystanders fleeing or hiding among shelves of books.

The police chief credited security measures that allow only students and staff to enter the library with preventing more bloodshed. Mr. May was carrying a .38-caliber handgun and additional ammunition in his pockets, but he left the library after he was unable to make it past the security barriers, Chief DeLeo said.

Tallahassee and Florida State University police described early reports of a gunman in front of the campus library, in an episode in which three people were injured and the suspect was killed.
Video by AP on Publish Date November 20, 2014. Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Associated Press.

Florida State canceled classes Thursday, though the campus remained open. Classes were expected to resume Friday.

“We still have a lot of questions that are unanswered,” Gov. Rick Scott said at a news conference Thursday morning. “The police investigation will answer many of the questions we are asking today, but just like any tragedy, the ultimate question of why will never have an answer that satisfies those whose loved ones have been injured or killed.”

Florida State’s president, John Thrasher, said that the university had increased campus security on Thursday and that grief counselors were available.

The shootings began about 12:30 a.m. The campus police said they received a call about a man brandishing a gun at the library, where students were studying for exams ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

As officers responded, they received word that someone had been shot, Dr. Thrasher said in a statement.

Tallahassee and university police officers spotted the gunman near the entrance to the library and ordered him to drop his weapon, Chief DeLeo said. Instead, the gunman shot at the officers, and the police returned fire. More than 30 rounds were fired in the exchange, he said.

The gunman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The authorities obtained warrants to search Mr. May’s car and cellphone and interviewed 20 to 25 witnesses, Chief DeLeo said.

Daniel Morales, a 19-year-old freshman from Fort Pierce, Fla., who was in the library during the shooting, told The Associated Press that when he heard someone say, “ ‘Somebody’s got a gun,’ I thought he was joking.” After realizing there actually was a gunman in the library, Mr. Morales said, he and others ran to a room on the second floor and used desks to barricade the door.

Allison Kope, a freshman from Cocoa Beach, Fla., said she was on the library’s first floor when the shooting began. “I ran for my life,” she told The A.P. “I ran right out the back door. My laptop and everything is still in there. It was shock. It was just instinct. You don’t think about anything else, you just go.”

Nov 212014


By Nick Anderson November 20

New federal measures to halt deportation of many illegal immigrants will spotlight a question of growing urgency for colleges: How should they handle applications from undocumented students for admissions and financial aid?

The issue emerged in President Obama’s first term amid a national debate about the “Dream Act,” which in various versions sought to protect certain students who entered into the United States illegally as young children, grew up in the country and graduated from U.S. high schools.

In 2012, Obama launched a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” On Thursday, the White House announced measures that would make millions more illegal immigrants eligible for temporary protected status.

These executive actions touch many sectors of society, including higher education. Lawmakers in many states have debated whether to make undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition at public colleges and universities. Such students are not eligible for federal Pell grants.

The National Conference of State Legislatures said in May that at least 18 states, including Maryland, allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition. In addition, Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced in April that students protected through the DACA program would be eligible for in-state tuition.

That is a significant financial boon for students. At the University of Virginia, undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board for Virginia residents total $23,050. For students from out of state, the total is $52,236.

For private schools, especially those with highly selective admissions, high tuition and tight aid budgets, applications from undocumented students pose different questions.

Some are responding more openly than ever before.

In late October, New York University quietly posted an invitation for undocumented New York residents to apply for scholarships. NYU, a private university with about 45,000 students, charges $62,930 for undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board. For many of its students, financial aid is essential.

John Beckman, NYU’s vice president of public affairs, said Thursday that the initiative came in response to a student group called Dream Team @ NYU. “A significant amount of credit has to go to these students,” he said. “We’re very proud of them for making this proposal and focusing our energies on this.”

Undocumented students from out of state will not be eligible, Beckman acknowledged. The scholarship requires applicants to have lived in New York from January 2012 through January 2015. Beckman called the scholarship “a pilot project” that will offer aid to New York’s undocumented students “on a par with” aid offered to legal residents from around the country.

Pomona College in Southern California has posted a straightforward statement of welcome.

“We seek to establish a diverse community of individuals who are intellectually talented, eager, and passionate,” the private liberal arts college said. “The college fully reviews undocumented and DACA-status students who graduate from a U.S. high school for both admission and for every type of private financial aid the college offers.” The 1,600-student college charges $60,532 for tuition, fees, room and board.

David W. Oxtoby, Pomona’s president, said he thinks the college has about 50 undocumented students. They are treated the same as any others, he said. The college even helps some of its DACA students arrange to study abroad, which poses special logistical difficulties.

“There’s nothing to hide,” Oxtoby said of the college’s stance on undocumented students. “It’s not a secret. We’re proud of this.”

Oberlin College in Ohio, with 2,900 students, also has made overtures to undocumented students. In February, the private college (full annual charges: $61,788) said such students would be considered as “domestic candidates for admission.”

Harvard University’s president, Drew Gilpin Faust, said Thursday that she has heard moving personal stories from undocumented students among the 28,000 enrolled at the private university in Massachusetts.

“I am an advocate for those students and the potential they have,” Faust said, “and what they have given us at Harvard, and the kinds of contributions they make to the community and what they will certainly give this nation.”

Faust said undocumented students have “full access” to aid at a school with full undergraduate charges of $58,607. “Our financial aid policy is passport-blind,” she said.