NSCU to Puppetmaster: No tanks

When you live in a world where everything can be bought and sold - elections, prestige, influence and access - it's easy to think you can also buy control over your very own curriculum at a major university. That's what Art Pope seemed to be trying to do with UNC earlier this year . . . and the same sad saga is apparently unfolding at NC State right now. Bob Geary, writing at the Independent has the latest.

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N.C. State considers Pope money
Faculty objects, calling foundation funding tainted by conservative agenda

When Toby Parcel, the dean of NCSU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences, read that the conservative John William Pope Foundation and UNC-Chapel Hill were splitsville on that Pope-funded "western cultures curriculum" idea, and that Pope might give its money to "other universities" instead, she did what any fund-raising dean would do, right? She got a meeting with Art Pope, who heads the foundation and myriad political causes besides.

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So here was her question: "Are there conditions under which we might apply to the Pope Foundation?" To which most of the three dozen faculty members who attended, and spoke, said: "No."

Their reason: The Pope-funded Center for Higher Education, and its anti-academic, anti-intellectual agenda, and its close relation, the Pope-funded John Locke Foundation.

Bob Geary has been great in his coverage of the Art Pope's his higher education think tanks, so you should definitely go read the whole story. It includes some great quotes from NSCU faculty. Truly inspiring.

I wonder how it must feel when the faculty at the two top public universities in North Carolina don't want your hand-outs because they come with too many strings? I guess that's your lot in life when you're the Puppetmaster.

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It's hard being rich

When UNC wouldn't take the money with all the strings attached, Pope punted and gave a million to the football team. I'm betting this is all just a ploy by the Wolfpack boosters to get some stadium upgrades. God knows, the athletics departments would have no qualms about taking money from Satan himself if the amount was large enough.

New Single Wing to the right with the Wolfpack?

When UNC wouldn't take the money with all the strings attached, Pope punted and gave a million to the football team. I'm betting this is all just a ploy by the Wolfpack boosters to get some stadium upgrades. God knows, the athletics departments would have no qualms about taking money from Satan himself if the amount was large enough.* UNC Blue Sports Fan

Hi Art! I just wanted to drop a little note to you. Whether you know it or not, I just accepted the Head Football Coaching job at State and getting up to full speed on UNC at Chapel Hill. My Scouts are already on the job and they reported to me today about that little gift you gave to the Jocks football program. I know you had strings attached to it since we know all high price communist coaches cheat too like the recent socialist Miami beach coach they hire at 1.7 million per year. How a bunch of communists Profs can raise this kind of money to compete with you is beyond my free market ideas in College or political Sports beliefs.

Here's the deal Art! For 3.2 million a year, you get full title to all black players as property rights to be held as colleratal should I screw up with a losing season. On top of that I will have the Pope bless all State Home games via ipod vision. Most of the State fans will think it is you instead of the Great spiritual leader that he is in the world. You have to remember our team colors are not Red State Red for nothing and the vast student body is from Downeast Republican rural North Carolina. Red and White Art! Red and White Art....think postive!

As to the formations I will use on offence. They will be program to the right with wide recievers doing the Jim Black House rap dance in the end zone after a touchdown. It's the message Art that counts. Remember!!

I have arrange for John Hood [your number 3 dude to be in charge of the Gobbles Sports PR program] as our color man on the NC Spin sports state network.

One other thing! I know that some of your enemies said you would even take Satan on as a associate to win. I can assure you that before I left Boston College today, the Pope gave me his holy blessing that he wouldn't interfer with this association if it means winning one for the Pope political empire.

Your good buddy Teddy Boy Kenndy Bishop Johnson, Head coach of the new and improve Red right wing Wolfpack

Take that you evil puppetmaster!

Maybe the hood and his pope will start understanding that they aren't wanted 'round here!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Good for those Profs for standing up

Universities need to be allowed to conduct their programs without outside influence. I would would say this if it was a liberal foundation looking to influence curriculum. Academic freedom of speech needs to be preserved.