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HPU/News and Record Poll: Half Of North Carolinians Support College Athlete Endorsement Deals. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 March 2020 09:11
HIGH POINT, N.C., Mar. 5, 2020 – A High Point University/News & Record Poll finds that half of North Carolinians may not be following March Madness very closely this year, and a majority of them said that college athletes should be able to sign endorsement deals.  
Almost half of North Carolina residents (47%) said they are not at all closely following the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, compared to half (47%) of respondents who said they are following March Madness either extremely closely (14%), very closely (13%) or somewhat closely (20%).
A near majority of these North Carolina respondents (43%) said the media pays about the right amount of attention to the tournament. About a third (32%) of North Carolina residents said the media pays too much attention, and only 7% said the media pays too little attention to March Madness.  
Nearly half of North Carolinians (48%) said that student athletes should be able to get paid for the use of their names, images or likenesses. Just over a third (38%) of people in the state said that they should not be paid. A majority (60%) think that college athletes should be able to sign deals to endorse particular products while they are in college, and 40% said they should not be able to endorse products.
“Almost half of North Carolinians responding to our poll are not closely following March Madness this year,” says Brian McDonald, associate director of the HPU Poll and adjunct instructor. “However, most poll respondents do not have a problem with college athletes signing endorsement deals for particular products while they are in college.”
Holding the ACC basketball tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina, this year does not make much difference either way for a majority of the poll respondents. While only 21% said that having the tournament in Greensboro will make them more likely to watch, 65% said that it does not make much difference either way.
Finally, over half (54%) of poll respondents said that colleges and universities that have big-time sports programs place too much emphasis on athletics over academics. About 29% said that they maintain the right balance, and 17% didn’t offer an opinion.
Do you think student athletes should be able to get paid for the use of their names, images or likenesses?
Should be paid – 48%
Should not be paid – 38%
Don’t know/ Refuse – 15%
More specifically, do you think that college athletes should be able to sign deals to endorse particular products while they are in college?
Yes – 60%
No – 40%
How closely are you following the men's NCAA Division I basketball tournament also called March Madness? Would you say extremely closely, very closely, somewhat closely, or not at all closely? 
Extremely closely – 14%
Very closely – 13%
Somewhat closely – 20%
Not at all closely – 47%
Don’t know – 6%
Would you say that the media pays too much, too little, or about the right amount of attention to the men's Division I NCAA basketball tournament also called March Madness?
Too much – 32%
About the right amount – 43%
Too little – 7%
Don’t know/refuse – 18%
The Atlantic Coast Conference or ACC basketball tournament will be in Greensboro, North Carolina, this year. Does that make you more or less likely to watch the tournament or does it not make much difference either way?
More likely to watch – 21%
Less likely to watch – 7%
Does not make much difference either way – 65%
Don’t know – 6%
Do you think colleges and universities that have big-time sports programs maintain the right balance between academics and athletics or do they place too much emphasis on athletics over academics?
Right balance – 29%
Too much emphasis on athletics over academics – 54%
Don’t know/refused – 17%
Further results and methodological details from the most recent survey and past studies can be found at the Survey Research Center website at http://www.highpoint.edu/src/. The materials online include past press releases as well as memos summarizing the findings (including approval ratings) for each poll since 2010.
The HPU Poll reports methodological details in accordance with the standards set out by AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, and the HPU Survey Research Center is a Charter Member of the Initiative. For more information, see http://transparency.aapor.org/index.php/transparency.
You can follow the HPU Poll on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HPUSurveyCenter.
Dr. Martin Kifer, chair and associate professor of political science, serves as the director of the HPU Poll, and Brian McDonald is the associate director of the HPU Poll.
UNC Board Of Governors Go Back To The Drawing Board After Silent Sam Deal Is Voided By Court PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 14:46

Ripley Rand, outside counsel representing the UNC System and the UNC Board of Governors, issued the following statement on the monument lawsuit:  

 “While this was not the result we had hoped for, we respect the Court’s ruling in this case. Judge Baddour gave us a fair hearing, and he afforded all parties the necessary time and consideration to be heard. The Board of Governors knew from the very beginning that this was a difficult but needed solution to meet all their goals to protect public safety of the University community, restore normality to campus, and be compliant with the Monuments Law. The Board of Governors will move forward with these three goals at the forefront and will go back to work to find a lasting and lawful solution to the dispute over the monument. We appreciate Judge Baddour’s consideration in this case and we respect his decision in this matter.”



Governor Cooper Honors African American Education Leaders During Black History Month PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 09:01
Governor Roy Cooper  African American education leaders from across the state for their many accomplishments that have helped move North Carolina forward and left a positive impact on students. 


“We recognize and celebrate North Carolina’s African American leaders in education, and I am grateful for their contributions to our state,” said Gov. Cooper. “Their leadership is particularly important right now as we work to improve diversity in the teaching profession to help our students succeed.” 
Earlier this month, Governor Cooper proclaimed February as Black History Month in North Carolina. 


The s event was hosted by the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Attendees included Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson, Chair, N.C. African American Heritage Commission; and Tracey Burns, Asst. Secretary for Diversity and Cultural Inclusion, DNCR.


 In December of 2019, Governor Cooper announced Executive Order No. 113, which established a Task Force focused on equity and inclusion in education. At the DRIVE Summit: Developing a Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education, Governor Cooper highlighted the importance of having a diverse teacher workforce and the positive impacts on students’ performance in the classroom. To learn more about the Task Force, click HERE. 


Honorees at the event included: 
Dr. Carolyn Anderson – First full-time African American faculty member at Appalachian State University
Dr. Robert "Bob" Bridges – First black Superintendent of Wake County
Dr. Valerie Bridges – First woman Superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools 
Wanda Kay Brown – Director of C. G. O’Kelley Library at Winston-Salem State University and current president of the American Library Association
Melody Chalmers – 2016 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year
James "Jimmy" Clark – First black Superintendent of Halifax County
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole – Educator, anthropologist, and historian; president of Bennett College 2002-2007
Hon. Frances Cummings – Former teacher, public school administrator, North Carolina legislator, NCAE Associate Executive Director and President
Everlene Davis – Nationally certified educator with over 60 years of teaching experience in Columbus County
Dr. Dudley Flood – Statewide education leader and K-12 educator, coach, and principal
James E. Ford – 2014 - 2015 North Carolina Teacher of the Year, member of the N.C. State Board of Education, Executive Director of the Center for Racial Equity in Education, Carnegie Fellow and 2014 National Alliance of Black Educator’s Teacher of the Year
Bernard Fuller – 2016-2017 recipient of the National Association of Special Education Teachers Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award
Angela Pringle Hairston – First black Superintendent of Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools
Guy Hill – Long-time, award-winning Harnett County educator, former President of the NC English Teachers Association
Naomi Geraldine "Gerry" House – First female black superintendent in North Carolina 
September Krueger – Award-winning artist based in Wilmington; heads the art department at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville
Hortense McClinton – First African American faculty member at UNC and a pioneering social worker 
Dr. Steve M. Lassiter, Jr. – 2015 Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year and 2015 National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals
Dr. Constance A. Lindsay – Research Associate at the Urban Institute and Assistant Professor at UNC – Chapel Hill 
Alfred M. Mays – Program Officer for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, focusing on science education and diversity in science 
Willis McLeod – First black Superintendent of Northampton County
Dr. Freddie Parker – Professor of History at NCCU for over 40 years; established the NCCU Public History program in 2007 
Turquoise Parker – Third-generation, third grade teacher and strong advocate for student and teacher rights
Willie Peele – Former Martin County Schools Superintendent; advocate for juvenile crime prevention 
Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin – 2019 recipient of the NCASCD Dr. Frances Jones Trailblazer award; Executive Director of NCASCD for 21 years; former Deputy State Superintendent 
Dr. Randolph Sessoms – First black Superintendent for Wilson County Schools
Antoine Sharpe – First African American man to be recognized as the Dept. of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Teacher of the Year
Julius Walker – Retired Superintendent of Washington County Schools; member Washington County Board of Commissioners
Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker – Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of African American and Educational Studies at Emory University 
Tabari Wallace – Principal in Craven County; State Board of Education; 2018 NC Principal of the Year
Lisa Williams – 2016 Fort Bragg District DoDEA Teacher of the Year 
Oliver Holley – Superintendent of Tyrrell County Schools; serves on the North Carolina Teacher and State Employee Retirement Commission Board of Trustees 
Dr. Shanita Wooten – the first black, first female, and youngest superintendent, Robeson County Schools
Dr. Betty Howell Gray – Founded the North Carolina affiliate of the National Association of Black School Educators 
Bill McNeal – Superintendent of Wake County Public Schools from 2000 – 2006; served as the executive director of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators
Dr. Maya Angelou – Renowned educator, activist, poet, author, film director, singer, and dancer 
Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown – Prominent educator, advocate for social justice, speaker, author, and suffragist. Founded Palmer Memorial Institute, an elite boarding school for African Americans in Sedalia, North Carolina, and served as its first President from 1902-1952. 
Dr. Anna Julia Haywood Cooper – 19th century educator, author, activist, speaker, sociologist, scholar, and Black feminist; first African American woman to receive a doctorate degree in the District of Columbia and the fourth to do so nationally 
Blyden Jackson – First African American tenured faculty member at a primarily white institution in the southeast; pioneered UNC’s African American Studies program. 
Roberta Jackson – First African American tenure-track faculty member in UNC’s School of Education 
Ruth Braswell Jones – First African American woman to serve as president of NCTA and NCAE; first African American woman to serve on the NEA board. 
Elizabeth Duncan Koontz – First African American president of the NEA. Established the Human and Civil Rights Division of the NEA 
Dr. Willa Player –First African American woman to serve as the president of an accredited four-year college in the United States (at Bennett College)
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 09:08
Elon Legal Services Program Gets $1.2 Million Grant PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:48
An Elon Law resource that has assisted thousands of women and children across Guilford and Alamance counties has been renewed for another two years through a $1.2 million grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission.
The law school’s Emergency Legal Services Program, a resource embedded within both counties’ respective Family Justice Centers, aids victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and elder abuse by providing legal consultations and help with drafting complaints for restraining orders and child custody issues.
Legal assistance is only one part of the centers’ “one-stop shop” comprehensive approach to addressing violence. Clients can access counseling, social services, and law enforcement with trained professionals better able to coordinate victim services by virtue of being under the same roof. Victim advocacy and court accompaniment are also available.
“These Family Justice Centers are like an oasis in the desert,” said Margaret Dudley, an attorney who directs Elon Law’s Emergency Legal Services Program in both counties. “People can come in here and get all kinds of help. It’s given with compassion and it’s given as quickly as possible.”
Alamance County’s Family Justice Center opened its doors in 2010 to assist victims of violence with resources available in the county’s renovated Department of Social Services building on Martin Street in Burlington. Five years later, Guilford County launched its own Family Justice Center on Greene Street in downtown Greensboro. A location opened in High Point in 2018.
Both centers bring together law enforcement, medical, and social service professionals to coordinate access to vital services and information with a special focus on victims of domestic and sexual violence.
Elon Law established its legal services program in both centers in 2016 when the Governor’s Crime Commission awarded the university an initial $1.3 million startup grant. The commission’s grants fund salaries and benefits for three intake attorneys, four contract attorneys, and an administrative assistant, plus various expenses related to professional development and office operation.
Since its founding, the Elon Law program has served more than 3,000 people across both counties.
“The Emergency Legal Services Program, under the leadership of Attorney Dudley, has transformed how victims of crime in our community access legal consultation and support,” said Catherine Johnson, executive director of the Guilford County Family Justice Center. “The Family Justice Center framework hinges on these types of partnerships and we look forward to our continued collaboration with Elon Law.”
The Emergency Legal Services Program has likewise involved contributions from Elon Law students who have completed externships and residencies-in-practice under Dudley’s supervision.
Local judges praised the Family Justice Center, and the Emergency Legal Services Program, for what they described as “an asset to the community” and an “invaluable tool.” 
The Hon. Teresa Vincent, chief judge of the North Carolina District Court in Guilford County, said many people, absent a lawyer, don’t recognize what the law requires for courts to grant certain protective orders. And without presenting specific sets of facts, judges can only do so much.
That’s what makes the Emergency Legal Services Problem such an important component to the overall program, she said.
“I know what life was like (for victims seeking help) without a Family Justice Center, so it’s easy to see the value because I see where we are now,” Vincent said. “I think about those who lost their lives in years past due to domestic violence and perhaps individuals who came to the courthouse to gain protection they felt like they needed but were unsuccessful. I think about what may have happened if we had a Family Justice Center in place at that time.
“When you think about it, who wouldn’t want to support this kind of endeavor? The work they do is wonderful work and it’s making a difference in the lives of people.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:55

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