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UNC BOG Meeting Gets Raucous As Discussion Turns To Policy Centers

From a Vine by Andrew Dunn
Charlotte Observer

The UNC Board of Governors had to temporarily suspend its meeting this morning as protestors interrupted discussions on whether to close an anti-poverty center at UNC Chapel Hill and two other policy centers at North Carolina Central and East Carolina University.

WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn says security had to remove some protestors.

“Some were students, some were older people, one said she was a professor. They were asked to sit down. They refused. Security came in and removed some people. At that point the chants started…so it got really hectic. They stopped the meeting and moved it to another room.”

The meeting is being streamed to separate room for the public. Much of the controversy surrounds the future of the anti-poverty center. It’s headed by Gene Nichol, a sharp critic of Republican lawmakers and Gov. Pat McCrory.

We’ll have more on this story today on All Things Considered.

Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.