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White House names NC State institute director a 'Champion of Change'

The White House will honor Anita Brown-Graham, the Institute for Emerging Issues director at North Carolina State University, for her innovation in tackling some of the state’s biggest issues.

Brown-Graham will receive the title of “Champion of Change,” given through a program President Barack Obama created to highlight the accomplishments of people and organizations working toward a better future.

Just happy to be here

N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson was a bit coy Thursday about a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education that said he was "widely considered to be a frontrunner" for the University of Florida presidency.

Grover Norquist demonstration canceled, group can't afford to pay for NCSU police


The liberal group Progress N.C. has canceled plans to demonstrate at N.C. State University on Sunday after the university insisted on charging them for the cost of police protection.

The organization planned to bring about 20 people to demonstrate outside event on campus featuring a multitude of national and state figures in a forum titled Redesigning Democracy Summit. The demonstrators wanted to counter the appearance of one of the speakers, anti-tax guru Grover Norquist.

Tillis says marriage amendment would be repealed -- in a generation

If the marriage amendment passes it will eventually be repealed. Sounds like rhetoric from the opposition? Nope, it’s what state House Speaker Thom Tillis, Republican from Mecklenburg, told a small student audience at NCSU on Monday.

To be fair, Tillis wasn’t talking about the merits of the proposed amendment, which he supports. He predicted that if it passes it would be repealed within 20 years.

His point was that political sentiment changes over time. Point of fact: The General Assembly changed hands last year, giving conservatives the power to put the same-sex marriage ban before voters.

Some polling shows the amendment would pass with a slim margin. But in a generation, Tillis said, that could change.

The NCSU student newspaper The Technician first reported his remarks on Monday night. Today they hit the Twittersphere with lots of hyperventilating.

UPDATE: Jeremy Kennedy,  campaign manager for the anti-amendment Protect All N.C. Families, issued this comment this afternoon:

 "Thom Tillis' statement reveals not only the growing opposition to Amendment One, but also that even its primary proponent is now having second thoughts about the necessity and longevity of this constitutional rewrite. Our question is then, 'Why would you strip kids of their health care, threaten domestic violence protections, and muddy parental rights to their children -- all in a last ditch effort to codify a poorly written measure that future generations will be forced clean up?' " 

University honchos huddle on the future of higher education

A retreat for top administrators at UNC-Chapel Hill featured leaders from the two big rival research universities down the road.

Duke University President Richard Brodhead and N.C. State University Chancellor Randy Woodson were speakers on the agenda of a retreat Wednesday at the Carolina Inn hosted by UNC-CH Chancellor Holden Thorp. The daylong event was attended by deans and administrators in Thorp's cabinet.

Brodhead, a former English professor, spoke on the future of humanities while Woodson, a plant scientist, spoke about NCSU's plans and collaborations at the university, according to the agenda.

Thorp's topic was "The Case for Public Higher Education."

Also on the agenda was Charlie Clotfelter, a professor of public policy and of economics and law at Duke. He's the author of "Big-Time Sports in American Universities."

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