UNC’s leaders have a long history of pushing back against the excesses of sports. For decades, that gave Chapel Hill’s academic leaders a platform to talk about the appropriate role of sports on American campuses.
Behind the scenes of the debate about the UNC Center for Civil Rights, there’s a struggle underway about who will run the UNC system — Spellings or the more aggressive conservative change-agents on her board.
Robert Rodman, a linguist and N.C. State University professor who died earlier this year at age 76, could be savagely brilliant. When it came to the English language, Rodman did not suffer fools gladly.