Torin Martinez

“They’re Just Bleating Sheep”: CH Leaders Assail State UNC Cuts

CHAPEL HILL – UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp is stepping down from his post in June after five years on the job—leaving incoming Chancellor Carol Folt with the unenviable task of guiding the university through a time of continued challenges, sparked primarily by ongoing state-level cuts. As the Chapel Hill community prepares for the transition, local residents and University leaders alike say they’re concerned about the future. “We’re at an extraordinary time,” says the Word Factory’s Margot Lester. “It sort of feels to me that we’re almost under siege.” Torin Martinez of UNC Health Care agrees. “I feel there’s an attack on public education in Raleigh,” he says. Lester and Martinez made those comments on a panel about the future of UNC after Holden Thorp at WCHL’s annual Community Forum on Thursday. And they weren’t alone: Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt had even stronger words for the General Assembly. “They’re being led by their gut, by these outside agencies like ALEC…and they’re just bleating sheep,” he says. “They just kind of go and enact this agenda that is at odds with the future–not only of our university and cities, but this state. And as they continue to infect legislators across the country, it puts our whole nation at risk.” On campus, UNC student body president Christy Lambden says the state-mandated tuition hike for out-of-state students is already having a profound...

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