Sometimes I'm tempted to feel sorry for Art Pope. He's an rich businessman who could be making a huge difference for the common good, and yet he seems obsessed with the pursuit of power. He poured a least a hundred thousand dollars of corporate money into buying three seats in the NC legislature, and now he's trying to buy control over teaching and learning at UNC Chapel Hill. He says he'll give the University millions if they'll design a curriculum to celebrate the joys of white old rich men in Western culture - as though there's not enough of that already.
The background on the story is here, courtesy of a story in the Durham Herald, where the faculty have basically said, "Thanks, but no thanks" in a formal resolution passed by the Faculty Council. But that didn't stop the juggernaut. The UNC-CH administration is still trying to try to reel in Pope's millions. The latest move in the saga is a memo written by eight tenured faculty members to the Chancellor and a few other top dogs in the administration.