This is a great article, and right on. Too bad the evisceration of faculty rights -- for temporary profs and for tenured ones -- is noticed so little, while university corporatization proceeds almost unnoticed, and certainly unchecked.
The UNC system now has a new regulation this year that essentially converts tenure to a 5 year contract with administrative review and final decisions on meeting tenure standards, and even tenured faculty are silent about this dreadful change. And teaching and education have clearly become second class objectives for our public universities, overshadowed by getting research grants and external donations.
Congrats to Bob Geary and Indy Week for getting this right on; it's a shame it is overshadowed by even grimmer HB 2 tragedy.
The buyer signed a contract whose strictest standard states that he will keep the Hofman Forest as a legacy forest, and use it for forestry and AGRICULTURE purposes. Of course we all know that means nothing; he does not say it will be a WORKING FOREST with a conservation easement, which NC State could have required by putting in the DEED, not the contract.
The contract lasts only for one buyer, who can roll it over tomorrow, and legacy is only a connotation, not a stipulation. It is interesting that the contract and NCSU spinners use LEGACY, not working forest, which what the rest of the world uses for a permanently managed and legally protected forest.
My 1970 legacy Webster's dictionary defines legacy as: "1: a gift by will esp. of money or other personal property: BEQUEST: 2; something received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past."
So, the buyer is getting a legacy - a gift of property (at a bargain price); given to him in contrary to the wishes of those who toiled in the past. And of course he does not promise to keep it in a working forest.
In fact I have heard from another very informed source that the buyer has a pending agreement with the DoD that will let him convert any or all of the land to crops, except the 9000 acres for outright development rights, which is not covered at all.
Also, NCSU says this is the first time they have heard of or seen these development plans; the BUYER'S representative says they are plans and renderings that they received from NC State, which they developed 4 years ago. Who is lying here? NCSU or the buyer? It has to be one or the other.
Thank goodness these schemers do not and cannot coordinate all their phony PR. They have indeed spun a wicked web, which becomes even more tangled every day.
Meanwhile, NCSU's legacy will be one of greed, deceit, hypocrisy, betrayal, infamy, and ignominy.
Come on, NCSU leaders. Stop this sale.
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