The Pope Foundation has apparently turned down a piece-of-crap proposal submitted by four College of Humanities and Social Sciences departments at NC State. The proposal asked for $1.88 million - a small sum for which the four departments would sell their souls and become whatever Puppetmaster Pope wanted. All the details aren't in yet, but it seems that even the Pope Foundation has some standards. According to insiders, the proposal was hastily thrown together, generally sloppy, and mostly incoherent.
Secondly, the Puppetmaster has recently given a boatload of money to a new "center" at NC State which will be designed to help right-wing donors demand and get more for their money. Long frustrated by the fact that, left to their own devices, faculty lean in the direction of critical thinking, Art Pope has decided that the best way to tilt things to the right is to buy the influence he wants the old fashioned way.
And what better place to prove the concept than at NC State, where apparently even department heads will dance to whatever tune the Puppetmaster plays.