A few weeks ago, this article appeared in the News and Observer. The article talks about the controversy that erupted amongst the faculty at NC State over funding by the Pope Foundation. This was covered by Anglico here.
Today, the student paper at NC State has taken up the issue. The first is an article that is woefully inadequate. Why? Because not a single person would comment to the "lowly" student paper. Sigh, they wonder why students dont respect administrations...
The second is this editorial, which begs for students to be heard on the issue. I disagree with the editorial board's belief that this is good money to take. I do however think that my view as a student should matter, and I would love to have a voice in this debate. I also agree that all students deserve a voice in this debate.
I have not yet written out my view, mostly because I think I may end up writing to more than the Technician on the issue. However, my basic belief is that the reason we shouldnt accept this money is not because Art Pope is a right wing hack, even though he is. No, I think that we shouldnt accept it because I would like to avoid seeing NC State "live up" to the "quality" of "research" done by the John Locke Foundation. And, I would like to avoid my university follow in the "ethical footprints" that Art Pope has placed all over this state's politics.
If you are an NCSU alum, or just care about the issue, please contact the higher ups in our administration. Please protect my education.