Let's keep Chancellor Thorp, it's The Carolina Way

Chancellor Holden Thorp, University Day, 2010I was a bit of a doubter when Holden Thorp was first appointed to be the UNC Chancellor, but he has turned out to be the best thing to happen to South Building in decades. I’ve been surprised to see some of my friends blaming Thorp for UNC’s athletics scandal and acting as if staff abuse of med air flights was a capital crime.

Thorp clearly seems guilty of trusting Matt Kupec too much, and allowing him to waste taxpayer dollars. But Thorp is also a tremendously thoughtful and effective leader of this hugely complex academic institution. One stupid screw-up wasting money does not outweigh the great job he has done for many thousands of students, for Orange County, and for the state of North Carolina. In fact, I think he’s due a lot of credit for the badly-needed daylight that’s been shed on UNC athletics.

The Chancellor’s position has become untenable now because of athletic boosters and anti-intellectuals like Art Pope pounding the drums of “scandal.” These people are not concerned with the quality of education available to North Carolinians. Of course the Kupec/Hansbrough thing was a big mistake, but it doesn’t make Thorp unfit to do all the many things required of a good university chancellor. Let’s don’t blame Thorp for having to clean up the mess left by decades of athletic corruption and mismanagement.

Peaceful Assembly in Support of Chancellor Thorp

From the Chair of the UNC Employee Forum

Dear Staff Member:
The Employee Forum, in conjunction with the Faculty Council and Student Government, encourages you to attend a peaceful assembly in support of Chancellor Holden Thorp on Friday, September 21st  from 11:30-12:30 pm in front of South Building.   We would like to get as huge a crowd as possible during this hour, so please take your lunch period and join us.
The Forum’s Executive Committee has drafted a statement in support of our Chancellor (attached).  The faculty and students are doing the same.  Petitions are being drafted that you will be able to sign on Friday, with room for you to also leave a message to the Chancellor and our University system leaders.  The petitions will be available from 10 until 5 and will be located in the Pit, in front of Wilson Library, and in front of South Building.
This meeting does not count as work time, so please use your lunch time or personal leave to attend. 
For more details, contact the Forum Office at forum_office@unc.edu
Jackie Overton, Chair
Employee Forum



Friday, September 21, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


UNC South Building (outside the front entrance)

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp to resign at the end of the 2012-13 School Year

#ICV2012 Day One

Today 70 Orange County residents traveled to Bloomington, Indiana for a Inter-City Visit to learn how their community deals with challenges related to public policy, student housing, economic development, and other questions. These trips are only as valuable as the information we bring back to Orange County, and I hope that through my tweets, posts on Orange Politics, and work when I return to Chapel Hill, I can provide insights into our trip and improve our community.

Most of the first day was travel from Chapel Hill to Bloomington. I started the morning by boarding a shuttle bus from University Mall at 7:00 AM, and didn’t arrive in Bloomington until 2:30 PM. That being said, I already have ideas and thoughts about how we can improve Chapel Hill based on experiences in Bloomington.

Carolina North Public Information Meeting

A public information meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, to receive comments and feedback on the UNC-Chapel Hill Carolina North Annual Report to the Town of Chapel Hill. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Carolina North is envisioned as a mixed-use academic campus on university-owned property along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, two miles north of the main campus. University and Town representatives signed a development agreement in 2009 that covers the first 20 years of development on the site. The agreement contains guidelines and standards for the development of the first 3 million square feet of a mixed-use research and academic campus on 133 acres.

The annual report lets the Town and public know what development activities have occurred on the Carolina North site in the past year and the ways in which the University is complying with the terms of the development agreement. The report is part of the structure established by the agreement for providing continued town-gown communication. The report will be posted online at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/carolinanorth 

Town Manager Roger Stancil will review the report and the public input before reporting on Sept. 24 to the Town Council on his review of the development agreement and its requirements.

Public input is welcome. Send comments about the annual report or other issues related to Carolina North at any time to carolinanorth@townofchapelhill.org or write Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department, Carolina North, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Detailed information is available online at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=900 and http://carolinanorth.unc.edu/. To be added to a mailing list to receive regular updates about the Carolina North development agreement, please contact info@townofchapelhill.org.

Town of Chapel Hill contact: Catherine Lazorko, 919-969-5055 or clazorko@townofchapelhill.org or UNC-Chapel Hill contact: Susan Hudson, 919-962-8415, susan_hudson@unc.edu


Monday, September 10, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall



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