MPA@UNC Blog


Weekly News Roundup: November 3 – November 9

North Carolina holds its local government board members’ feet to the fire when it comes to voting. City council members and county commissioners have a legal duty to vote unless they are excused for any of several grounds allowed under the statutes. The statutes do not authorize board members to abstain...

2013 Public Administration Conference: Day One

Yesterday, the School of Government kicked off the 2013 Public Administration Conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Public Administration Conference is an opportunity for MPA@UNC students to visit the campus, explore some of today’s toughest workplace challenges, and exchange ideas with fellow students, alumni, faculty, and thought leaders from across the nation...

Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF

“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” Do small orange boxes come to mind when you hear that phrase? For many, this is a familiar image. More than 60 years since its inception, this beloved Halloween fundraiser is still going strong, thanks to the continued support of children and their communities...

Weekly News Roundup: October 20 – 26

Three members of a five-member city council are up for reelection. They attend multiple candidate events, including candidate forums. The Chamber of Commerce and League of Women Voters sponsor forums for candidates that are open to the public...

Hurricane Sandy: One Year Later

Late last October, Hurricane Sandy tore through the Atlantic Coast, claiming hundreds of lives and causing billions of dollars in property damage in the Caribbean and the United States. The National Hurricane Center ranked Sandy as the second costliest hurricane with an estimated cost of $50 billion (only Hurricane Katrina, with a cost of $105.8 billion, outranks Sandy)...

The History of Public Broadcasting

In 1910, a single song changed the world of media forever. It wasn’t exactly the song — an opera performed by tenor Enrico Caruso — that did it, but the use of microphones, a transmitter, and an antenna, courtesy of inventor Lee de Forest, to wirelessly broadcast the song. On that night at the Metropolitan Opera, public broadcasting was born...