Saturday, October 25, 2014

The student-athlete lie

"The fact that this happened at UNC is especially troubling. First, because, until now, UNC has always had the reputation of being one of the few schools that was able to marry big-time athletics with academic integrity. But it’s also troubling because the only reason we came to know about it is that, despite their best efforts to brush the scandal under the rug, the university’s administration was too inept to execute a proper cover-up. Had they been more expert at this sort of thing—as administrators at other athletic powerhouses surely are—the full extent of this scandal never would have come to light."

Another sad lament from a Tarheel basketball fan, who (like me) once believed the "Carolina Way" propaganda.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Yes, a D will be fine; that’s all she needs. I didn’t look at the paper but figured it was a recycled one as well, but I couldn’t figure out from where.”

Yep, that's a UNC ethics professor, responding to this:

“Did you say a D will do for (the basketball player)?” Crowder wrote to Boxill. “I’m only asking because 1. no sources, 2, it has absolutely nothing to do with the assignments for that class and 3. it seems to be a recycled paper. She took (another class) in spring of 2007 and that was likely for that class.”

The UNC academic fraud scandal has moved from the athletics program to the Parr Center for Ethics.

Update: More on ethics at UNC in The Daily Tarheel.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

"People who grow up in the South might have yet-unidentified brain parasites that make them think crazily — from growing up in these swampy areas, combined with decades of ancestral looniness.”

"In her debut story collection The Wilds, Julia Elliott smokes South Carolina right down to the filter."

"Steeped in what might be called the four humors of Southern life — 'sweat, piss, jizz and blood,' to quote Warren Zevon — her tales are funny, strange and pungent with visceral life. The locale tends to be the small towns and cities of the Palmetto State, but even when it’s not — when the focus shifts to the Caribbean, say, or the distant future — they still throb with a crazy-from-the-heat vibe."

Read about this terrifically deranged new book from my cousin Liz (aka Julia) here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A faculty union at the U?

"The Service Employees International Union is taking on an even bigger challenge: to organize thousands of professors and instructors at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus."

Read about it in the Strib.  Then have a look at the SEIU/U of M website for more information.

Thursday, October 9, 2014