Speaking truth to power

can still result in attempts to muzzle the speaker.

Gene Nichol is now required to warn UNC and add a disclaimer any time he writes something for publication.

Printed under the column were [Nichol's] name, his title as the Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor and this statement: “He doesn’t speak for UNC.”

Since late October, the disclaimer has appeared whenever Nichol, a provocative and prolific writer, pens a piece for the newspaper’s opinion pages.

According to email records obtained by the N&O, Nichol, a former dean and college president and well-known liberal, has also been asked by his bosses to give them a day or two days’ notice – a “heads up” before his columns appear

That's because Nichol speaks truth that the powerful don't want to hear. And some of the powerful react with indignation.

Distinguished professorships unfilled at UNC system due to budget debacle

The Daily Tarheel reported earlier this week that 109 Distinguished Professor positions in the UNC system are going unfilled because of the uncertainty over the system's budget. In February, Art Pope rejected the UNC system's budget request.

Distinguished Professors are positions where private donations are matched by state dollars to provide extra travel and research funding to outstanding faculty.

Coal ash, puppies, and iPads: McCrory rehashes tired talking points for Daily Tarheel

You can read the interview here.

The main points:

  • Employers can't find qualified candidates for jobs so the university system is broken. (Those darn kids can't read balance sheets and annual reports!)
  • He praises liberal arts degress, but says that current liberal arts degrees are useless and that universities have "forgotten the liberal arts part" and that "gender studies" won't help you find a job. (I guess the "liberal arts" part doesn't include anything having to do with women, racial minorities or gays and a "job" doesn't include becoming a professor, historian, or researcher in liberal arts.)
  • If taxpayers subsidize education, a priority should be areas where students are likely to get jobs. (By the way, jobs in engineering, computer science and business are the only ones that count.)

Trauma of executions ripples outward

Trauma of executions ripples outward
March 6, 2014 By Kristin Collins

NCCADP Partner Spotlight: UNC Death Penalty Project

The law students sat quietly as capital defense attorney Mark Rabil described the experience of watching one of his clients be executed. Covered in a sheet with IVs trailing from his arms, the man looked around at the roomful of people who would watch him die. His eyes rested on Rabil’s as he mouthed the word “No.” And then Rabil watched as the man he had spent years trying to save from the execution chamber turned blue and died.

Governor Pope Just Announced His Governorship - Edict on UNC


This is ironclad self admission by Governor Pope that he is not only Governor, but Pope. See what you can do with lots of money. His proximate tgt is Gene Nichol per DeLuca, the parasite from Civitas.

NC Student Power Union to UNC board - debt free students by 2020

The NC Student Power Union, a student rights group in the state formed during the Occupy protests, is calling on the UNC administration to create a plan to ensure that no student has to incur debt for a college education in the state by 2020.

Days after a 500 student walkout at UNCG, the NC Student Power Union is headed to the UNC Board of Governors with a big idea: that no student in the system should graduate with debt.

Student walkout planned at UNC-Greensboro

Students at UNC-Greensboro are planning a walk-out protest tomorrow:

Just take another pay cut? A course cut? A higher teaching load? Academic program cancelled? Wondering why UNCG continues the plans to build a $91 million Rec Center when we have to "give back" $8 million because we fell so far short of our enrollment target? Raking thousands and thousands of dollars in student debt to pay for an increasingly watered down education? Worried your degree won't be worth the paper it's printed on by the time you graduate?

Enough is enough. We cannot take it anymore.

Join us on the EUC lawn at 1pm on February 19th for a student and faculty walk out and rally. Our demands are simple: Expand education, not administration. Cut our debt, not our budget!

Facebook page for the protest here.

The Science of Drug Overdose: Interview with Dr. Dasgupta

Interview with Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta, Scientist at Epidemico and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
By Tessie Castillo

If you work on overdose prevention in North Carolina, chances are you’ve heard the name Nabarun Dasgupta. From helping to found one of those most successful overdose prevention programs in the nation to delving into research on black market prices for prescription drugs, Nab has his fingers in all pieces of the pie. But he’s more than just a scientist or epidemiologist. Dasgupta may enjoy combing through matrices of poisoning data, but he also uses his findings to launch programs and interventions so that statistics are not just numbers on a spreadsheet, but life-saving tools to prevent overdose.

TC: Describe your work in overdose prevention in North Carolina over the years.

UNC leadership needs to step up and support rather than punish those who report sexual assault

I hope that members of the BlueNC community can help explain what is going on with the Honor Court at UNC as they bring up Landen Gambill for possible punishment for speaking up about her own experiences, after she took her sexual assault charges through Honor Court proceedings.

I wrote this up in full, "UNC Chapel Hill must support those who report sexual assault," on DoingRightByOurKids.com but I am flummoxed by the administration's insistence that the student-run Honor Court is capable of straightening this all out. "Undergraduate Attorney General"--give me a break! It is time for the professional adult leadership to take a stand here. They have already taken sexual assault out of the Honor Court's jurisdiction but now they need to do more.

Breaking: McCrory to shut down all college athletics programs

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Deputy Assistant Governor Pat McCrory today doubled-down in attacking the University of North Carolina system, declaring his intention to eliminate all collegiate sports on every UNC campus effective in 2014.

"State funded universities should be educating students to get good-paying jobs," McCrory said to a standing-room-only crowd of in the Dean Smith Center.

"Look at this wasteful building," he said, pointing to the Carolina blue jerseys hanging from the rafters. "Two or three players at most will get jobs playing basketball after they graduate. That's a crazy use of tax dollars."

"And what about all the other sports here in Chapel Hill? Cross country? Are you shining me? Who gets a job as a runner these days? And what about wrestling? All those guys smelling each others' armpits? Seriously? That's not a job for a state university, that's a job for Tom Fetzer."

In a follow up question, McCrory was asked about funding for the school of education in the wake of draconian budget cuts coming to public schools. "Great point," McCrory said. "Do we really need to keep turning out teachers when we're closing schools right and left? The school of education? I don't think so. I'm going to shut that freaking place down."


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