Archives: Kari Travis

  • Supreme Court candidates face off in unusual three-candidate forum

    North Carolina Supreme Court Hon. Barbara Jackson, Republican. (One-term incumbent). Education: B.A. and law degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Occupation: Supreme Court justice. Career highlights: Judge for five years on N.C. Court of Appeals, general counsel for the N.C. Commissioner of Labor, deputy general counsel…

  • BOG chairman cites need for understanding among board members

    The chairman of the University of North Carolina System’s Board of Governors says board members are still dealing with communication challenges and “high emotions,” but he didn’t offer details. The board is “tackling some issues that have plagued the system for a long time,” Harry…

  • N.C. Supreme Court race taking a liberal turn

    N.C. Democrats have traditionally used courts as political chess pieces, but Republicans are trying — mistakenly — to turn the game in their favor by making institutional changes to boost party power, experts say. Those changes could backfire, as shown by the political maneuvering in the state’s…

  • Children’s Business Fair draws nontraditional students

    Hometown children’s fairs are places where you can buy paintings for $10 or rice crispy treats for $3. They’re also places where kids can hone entrepreneurial skills and learn about markets and communication. So was the case at Raleigh Acton Children’s Business…

  • UNC Chapel Hill’s handling of Silent Sam could be election issue

    Silent Sam — the controversial Confederate statue that formerly stood on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus — may turn into a rallying election issue for liberal activists, a member of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors told Carolina Journal.   “[Liberals]…

  • UNC launches $500 tuition program, though many don’t know about it

    Fewer than 20 percent of North Carolinians know about major tuition cuts at three state universities, but leaders of the University of North Carolina System are working to change that. Elizabeth City State University, UNC Pembroke, and Western Carolina University, under a program called NC…

  • New leader of community colleges talks opportunities, collaboration 

    The N.C. Community College System, following the abrupt departure of fledgling former President James C. “Jimmie” Williamson, is under new leadership that could better partnerships between community colleges and the University of North Carolina System.    Peter Hans, who in May became president of the N.C. Community College System, is…

  • Silent Sam may speak loudly in national conversation on free speech

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from UNC Board of Governors member Marty Kotis.  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is poised to set a national example of allowing lawful protest while protecting free speech. But campus administrators and law enforcers so…