Senator calls for criminal probe, trustees to resign at UNC CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — In a sharply worded column that appeared online Tuesday, Republican State Sen. Thom Goolsby called for a criminal probe of the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the resignation of Board of Trustees.
In 1944 Bob (above) landed in Normandy; eventually liberating Belgium from the Nazis as a member of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Armored Division, “Hell on Wheels.” In early 2003, Belgium became the second nationin the world to allow marriages between same-sex couples.In November of 2012, this World War II veteran was still fighting for freedom – casting a ballot in support of marriage equality.
On election day Marylanders will be voting on Question 6 – the Civil Marriage Protection Act, which provides civil marriage licenses to committed gay and lesbian couples, and protects churches and religious officials so they don’t have to marry anyone they don’t want to.
The race for our state’s second highest office—Lieutenant Governor—features two very distinct candidates.
Linda Coleman is a union-backed career politician and former aide to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue and Dan Forest is a conservative businessman who is a champion of inequality.
The News & Observer reported that “Coleman started by vociferously denouncing ‘forces of prejudice’ and calling the marriage amendment a distraction.” Linda Coleman spoke out against the Marriage Amendment that we worked so hard to defeat last spring, acting as a spokesperson for Equality NC.
And Indy Week reported Coleman as saying “I support civil unions. We need to change the law to allow people to live together.”
But Dan Forest, on the other hand, championed the issue of inequality: “Yes, I support marriage only between one man and one woman as God intended.”
You can’t get any clearer than that. We encourage you to vote for equality…again.
Want to know what the problem is with college athletics? This picture says it all: my undergraduate university pays its head basketball coach $1.95 million a year while glorifying him as if he was our savior.
As the state morns his passing, I wonder what former UNC system president Bill Friday, himself an NC State graduate and Technician sports editor, would have to say about this picture?
I think I know. As he told WRAL in March, “This tells you something about exaggeration and the influence of money and other things in college sports. It’s when the large sums of money came on the scene that distortion started, and money began to dominate… a manifestation of how far we have strayed.”
For the first time in almost two years a demonstration of leadership is emerging from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp took the bold, courageous and only step by resigning from his position effective at the conclusion of the current academic year. In the end, it was only Thorp who stuck his head above the fog that had descended upon and plagued all levels of UNC leadership – everyone from Thorp to Carolina trustees, UNC system president Tom Ross and the UNC Board of Governors. The fog is so thick, in May of this year Ross proclaimed the “situation” resolved. No one could look beyond their Carolina pride (21 of out of 32 voting BOG members are UNC alumni); make the necessary and tough decisions; the leadership failure is shared by all. Thorp’s decision is the appropriate one. He now understands the penalty of leadership.
The vacuum of leadership was deafening and destructive, not only to Carolina but to the entire UNC system. Ross, trustees and the BOG can regain the public’s trust by conducting an open and more transparent search for Thorp’s replacement. Bring the finalists to campus. Allow them to share their vision with the campus. Gain valuable community feedback.
The UNC system is no stranger to open chancellor searches. Appalachian State University chose their current chancellor in an open search. He and other finalists made public visits to campus, interacting and speaking with various university constituencies. Paul Gates, former ASU faculty chair and member of the search committee told The News and Observer in 2004 that, “It went off without a hitch. It gave us a second look at the candidates and how they interacted with each group. If they’re on thin ice at home, we don’t want them here.”
There’s a new scandal brewing at UNC Chapel Hill. As a part of their investigative reporting, the News and Observer has requested internal documents from the university’s dental foundation. The university has claimed the documents are not public records because the foundation is a “separate” not for profit organization.
One factor that brought all this to The N&O’s attention was an audit of the foundation helping the dental school, an audit that led to the resignation of the head of that foundation, who had been Tami Hansbrough’s boss. The N&O has been trying to obtain a copy of the dental foundation audit and related expense records, but has been told by foundation officials that those things are not public records. If they’re connected to a public university’s dental school and its fundraising, then they are public records and university and foundation officials only deepen suspicions when they try to claim otherwise. Thorp should support the release of the records immediately.
UNC chancellor Holden Thorp’s claims that the foundation is separate from the university are laughable. Try giving money to the foundation online, you’re redirected the university’s development site. The foundation appears to be staffed by UNC employees, with @unc email addresses. Just take a look below at this screen shot of the dental foundation’s website… which just so happens to be located on a university url: https://www.dentistry.unc.edu/foundation/
The foundation staff are even listed in the UNC Staff Directory.
It’s quite clear that the UNC Chapel Hill School of Dentistry’s Dental Foundation is very much a part of NC’s public university and thus subject to public scrutiny and transparency. For some time now I have called on UNC President Tom Ross to make a leadership change at Carolina, and could not agree more with The N&O’s editorial conclusion, “With a scandal in the football program that resulted in a coach’s dismissal and fraud investigations involving the African studies curriculum, Thorp should now understand the necessity of public disclosure and candor.”
A source close to the University of North Carolina system indicates that some members of the Board of Governors are working to remove Holden Thorp as chancellor of the Chapel Hill campus. The members intend to make a formal motion at the Board’s next gathering if UNC President Tom Ross fails to dismiss Thorp by the September meeting.
When asked why, the source simply said, “The university is the laughing-stock of the nation and the damage is spreading to the entire system. The only solution is transparency and a leadership change.”
Honest NC will provide further details as they become available.