Diversity doesn’t mean we’re all the same

Our differences make us stronger Last weekend, my husband, Bernard, and I heard Rev. Thom Belote, of the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, talk about the spiritual and practical significance of a passage from the New Testament, Galatians 3:28. The gist is this: There is neither Jew nor… Read More

Stuart Scott Dies

Stuart Scott died yesterday from cancer at age 49. He was a UNC alumnus and an ESPN reporter who is said to have changed the way people reported about sports. He injected hip-hop and memorable phrases, like ‘boo-yah!’, into his reports. If ever someone embodied Hemingway’s notion of grace under pressure, it was Scott. Joe Giglio, News & Observer writer, wrote that Scott won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs this past July and made an impassioned speech about his fight with cancer…

Race and Fairness in America

Across America, college students (and others, of course) are raising questions about what happened in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City. In these communities, two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, respectively, died at the hands of police. In both cases, grand juries chose not to bring charges against the individuals. The failure to indict police in both cases is at odds with what millions of people had seen on television. Students across the U.S. feel the pain of injustice – including here at UNC-Chapel Hill…

School of Pharmacy gets $100M gift

The Gillings School is next door to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy. They’re our neighbors. Dean Bob Blouin is a colleague and a friend. I’ve learned a lot from him, and I was so thrilled for him when it was announced that 1972 alumnus and successful entrepreneur Fred Eshelman was giving the School $100M to create the Eshelman Institute for Innovation.