Category Archives: Board of Governors

Using the Restroom Shouldn’t be this Hard

Picking a restroom has probably never been a struggle for you. You find the male or female stall and walk right in. No trouble. But imagine a situation where the signs on the wall are not male or female. There are two signs and you don’t fit into either of them. That’s unfair. Continue reading Using the Restroom Shouldn’t be this Hard

Spell(ings) Check

A few weeks ago, Margaret Spellings started her job as the new UNC system president. However, she was not welcomed with open arms and smiles. Instead, several college campuses planned and executed a walkout to protest Spellings. Continue reading Spell(ings) Check

The Inevitability of the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Imagine looking forward to the rest of your life in high school and the first image that comes to mind is the big, colossal prison complex down the road. For many of the youth today, this is a sad reality and path that has taken their life off track. This isn’t because a large amount of our youth are criminals or do drugs, but because of the system that has set it up to be the “school-to-prison” pipeline. The school-to-prison pipeline “refers to the policies and practices that push our nation’s schoolchildren, especially our most at-risk children, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.” This system is put in place through subtle yet dramatic policies that are in schools and the prison-industrial complex. Many of those are some that I’m sure your high schools had/have in place that you didn’t realize could have greater implications after high school.
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Vote Defenders: Election Protection Training Q&A

Arc writer Kyra Rubin talked with Ignite NC’s ‘Triangle Field’ Team Leader, Kim Hoàng, to discuss voting rights, voter ID laws, and the organization’s recent Vote Defender Training. These trainings equip student volunteers with the skills to educate citizens on how and when voting laws are changing, to monitor key precincts for any voter intimidation or voter suppression, and to document voter issues or incidents that occur at these precincts. Continue reading Vote Defenders: Election Protection Training Q&A

Same-Sex Kiss to Protest Margaret Spellings

In just about two weeks on March 1st, Margaret Spellings will officially become the next system president of the University of North Carolina (UNC), succeeding Tom Ross who was previously forced out by the system’s Board of Governors. She will earn $775,000 annually, potentially receive performance bonuses, and have the right to use a presidential home. It is in front of this home – on Valentine’s Day –that students were planning to gather as part of the “Same-Sex Kiss to Protest Margaret Spellings” event. However, this event was cancelled very late in the process because of concerns from people who believed the event was a “deflection and whitewashing of Spellings’ record as a racist businesswoman and debt collector.” Continue reading Same-Sex Kiss to Protest Margaret Spellings