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And the fact they "took no vote" does not lessen their culpability. It had the effect of a "No" vote, and one they could not justify.

Vaccine mandates for colleges follow political fault lines


It's red state vs. blue state once again:

As of this weekend, only 34 — roughly 8 percent — are in states that voted for Donald J. Trump, according to a tracker created by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nine of those were added on Friday, when Indiana University and its satellite campuses became rare public universities in a Republican-controlled state to mandate vaccines.

With many colleges facing falling enrollments and financial pressure, the decision whether to require vaccinations can have huge consequences. Particularly in Republican-controlled states, college presidents are weighing a delicate equation — part safety, part politics, part peer pressure and part economic self-interest.

Only one of those parts should really matter: Safety. Especially considering the clusters we saw on UNC's flagship campus this previous school year, requiring a vaccine is a no-brainer. With the state's premier private school (Duke University) requiring students be vaccinated, the situation with UNC System schools becomes even more absurd. Come on, UNC.

Monday News: Twelve thousand, nine hundred fifty eight


NEARLY A MILLION NC CITIZENS HAVE CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS: At least 995,754 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12,958 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,020 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, down from 1,187 reported on Thursday. At least 763 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, down from 793 the day before. As of Wednesday, the latest day for which data is available, 3.4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. More than 52% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine and 47.4% are fully vaccinated, according to the state health department.

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages


POLITICS, MORE THAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS, ARE TRUITT'S PRIORITY: On two occasions, her views were expressed as part of the legislative leadership and partisan caucuses promotional statements. It was through a news release from House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland on May 11, that Truitt said she supported the legislation. “We want to encourage students to think freely and respect differences of opinion while ensuring our classrooms are not promoting ideas contrary to the equality and rights of all,” she said in the GOP release. “There is no room for divisive rhetoric that condones preferential treatment of any one group over another.” Those comments were repeated a day later in a House GOP caucus news release crowing about barring what they called “discriminatory concepts” from classrooms after the bill was passed on a 66-48 partisan vote. Regardless of Truitt’s stand on this legislation, her behavior has demonstrated that she and her office are simply extensions of the dictates of the current legislative leadership.

Saturday News: Systemic racism on bold display


OUTRAGE GROWS OVER NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES' UNEQUAL TREATMENT BY UNC BOARD: The controversy, which has strained the relationship between some faculty and the university administration, was the subject of discussion on Friday’s edition of ABC TV’s “The View.” Hannah-Jones’ case also will be discussed Monday at a special meeting of the UNC Faculty Executive Committee. Mimi Chapman, faculty chair, said any action taken by the Faculty Executive Committee would be largely symbolic. “But I think it’s important to convene and bring faculty together to discuss this,” she said by phone on Friday. The Knight Foundation, which funds the professorship, does not require schools to grant tenure for those hired under the program. However, in the past, all Knight Chairs at UNC’s Hussman School have been tenured positions. The program is designed to bring non-academics into the university.

UNC BOG Chairman lied about having college degree

At least he didn't claim to be a brain surgeon:

Ramsey, a Beaufort businessman whose company sells custom yachts and sport fishing boats, earned a diploma through a one-year Marine Diesel Mechanics program from Carteret Community College in 1981. But until last month, Ramsey’s UNC System biography page said he graduated from the college with a degree in Marine Propulsion, which suggests he had a two-year Associate’s degree.

The UNC biography was changed as board members who have butted heads with Ramsey threatened to make it an issue in the upcoming election. The change was made by UNC System staff according Associate Vice President for Media Relations Josh Ellis. Ramsey was not involved in the change, Ellis said.

I don't consider it a "mitigating factor" that staff made the correction instead of Ramsey. It shouldn't have needed the correction in the first place. If you look at my Facebook bio it says I "attended" Campbell University. I didn't graduate, and I would never even contemplate claiming I did, much less in a high-profile biography like Ramsey's. And as usual, Marty Kotis totally misses the point:

Friday News: Connecting the dots


MAJOR FUNDING FOR NC BROADBAND EXPANSION IN THE WORKS: House leaders put their plan on the table Thursday to spend roughly $750 million on expansions, most of it through grants paying companies to expand in unserved areas. Gov. Roy Cooper dropped his own plan on Wednesday, coming in at about $1.2 billion. The House plan focuses almost entirely on infrastructure, while Cooper's plan also includes subsidies to help low-income families pay for monthly internet subscriptions and, for 96,000 households, to buy them a computer. Lawmakers will eventually bridge the gap between the proposals, and the process will also include the state Senate, which may have its own ideas. But both chambers and the Cooper administration have been in agreement on the concept: use public money to expand internet access around the state. And now they have billions in federal stimulus funding to help do it.


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