To the Editor,
Reading the Raleigh edition of the Charlotte Observer is a lot like watching a soap opera. you only have to tune in every six months to pick up the plot again, Every time circulation drops off, a staff reporter too old to spank and too young to incarcerate rewrites an old episode and State College fans exhibit irrational exuberance.
The prestige of the oldest state-supported university had not been under siege since Joe Califano and the Carter administration sued the university for the lack of diversity in the student body, the faculty, and the scholastic curriculum. In a consent decree, UNC accelerated affirmative action programs and added a department for African American studies.
Thirty-six years later comes the law firm Slikum Trikem Suem & Scruem with an “educational specialist expert witness” seeking fame and fortune by suing UNC and the NCAA for accepting “academically at-risk” high school graduates and guiding student into African American studies thereby diminishing the value of their education. I suppose these students have been guided into the noble study of yellow journalism, where I misspent one semester of my youth. (M-W-F, sure C, attendance optional)
UNC survived the War between the States, Joe Califano, and Austin River’s 3-point buzzer beater. We’ll survive Slikum, Trikem, Suem & Scruem, the educational specialist expert witness, and the politically bigoted staff reporter keeping financial hope alive for the McClatchey media conglomerate