Asking for a level playing field

A stirring video A headline in the Chronicle of Higher Education caught my eye. I read the story and clicked the link to a YouTube video created in 2013 by Sy Stokes, when he was a junior at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Stokes dramatically and powerfully… Read More

There still are women’s issues

Better but not yet equal Over the weekend, candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties weighed in on gender issues. As a public employee, I do not engage in partisan politics. I want our School to be a civil place where people can articulate many points of view—civilly. That… Read More

Intense fireworks and bland fruit

A spectacular celebration On July 4th, my husband, Bernard, and I went to Kenan Stadium to see the fireworks sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill, and it was a lot of fun. The large, happy crowd was amazingly diverse–a veritable melting pot of age, race and ethnicity. We reveled… Read More

Supreme Court says ‘yes’

Health care and gay marriage I am so thrilled that the Supreme Court said “yes” to marriage equity and Affordable Care Act subsidies. Marriage equity is absolutely the right thing, and polls of the public have shown that, although there are regional and religious differences, the majority of Americans approve… Read More

A good man gone

The power of kindness Last week, a very special man passed away suddenly. Until recently, Dr. Michael O’Malley was an associate director at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) and a state employee for more than 30 years. He also was an adjunct member of our Gillings School faculty… Read More