Rewind back to that moment: How, in the midst of a funnel of navy blue shirts and with an entire orchestra of boos serenading the North Carolina men’s basketball team, the most unlikely of players found himself with the ball.
Barbara Semonche, the founder of The Herald-Sun’s news library and former director of the library at the UNC School of Journalism, died Wednesday. She was 82.
Mrs. Semonche was a pioneer in the field of news libraries. In 1976, she completed her Master of Library Science degree at UNC. That same year, she approached The Herald-Sun, which did not then have a library, and created library for the newspaper that included not only reference material but indexing and archiving of photographs and news stories. She directed the library until 1990, when she became director of the Park Library at the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
North Carolina governor Pat McCrory recently took to the press to lambast the humanities and liberal arts education. According to McCrory, the liberal arts should be contained solely in the realm of private institutions and big “flagship” public schools like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other public schools within the University of North Carolina system, like the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, should be more concerned with “workforce management” to produce “more productive citizens.” Earlier this week, we discussed the role of the University in asking fundamentally important questions concerning the human condition. Today, we answer McCrory’s critique and weigh in on the value of the humanities.
Editor’s note: Dean Smith died Saturday at the age of 83. This story about the toll dementia took on the legendary former North Carolina coach was originally posted on March 5, 2014.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Dean Smith doesn’t watch the games anymore. The motion on the screen is too hard to follow. Now he thumbs through golf magazines and picture books. Most of the books are about North Carolina basketball. They seem to make him happy. He turns the pages past photo after photo of himself. Nobody knows if he knows who he is.
“A report commissioned by the University of North Carolina says school academic advisers steered athletes into sham classes over an 18-year period but does not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme.
The report, released Wednesday, says academic advisers in North Carolina’s athletic department colluded with a manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department for student-athletes to take classes to boost their GPAs and keep them eligible in their respective sports.”
“UNC-Chapel Hill students who want to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Louvre, or even the moon can now do so without leaving campus.
Thanks to a new Liquid Galaxy display system on the second floor of Davis Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, visitors can call up any Google Earth destination in a surround-screen immersive environment.
The installation, made up of seven screens joined in a semi-circle, invites exploration with a high-resolution display and intuitive navigation. The Library knows of no other Liquid Galaxy in North Carolina.
“From the moment the installer closed his tool box, students have been lining up non-stop to try the screens,” said Amanda Henley, one of the Library’s two Geographic Information Systems librarians.”