Under the Dome

Spaulding calls talk of closing black UNC campuses "reckless''

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ken Spaulding Sunday criticized suggestions on the UNC Board of Governors that some of the 16 campuses be consolidated in the face of continuing budget cuts.

"It is very unfortunate that so of Governor Pat McCrory's allies on the UNC Board are contemplating closing (as they call consolidating) some of the six historically minority Universities in our state,'' Spaulding said in a statement. "This type of reckless contemplation is not helpful to the enrollment issues being discussed.''

Spaulding, a former lawmaker from Durham, was referring to remarks made by Harry D. Smith, a UNC board member from Washington, who said at some point there needs to be a conversation about consolidation. Smith noted that students are trying to get into high performing campuses, while other campuses are having a hard time maintaining their enrollment.

Spaulding said the problem has been created by a lack of funding of education by McCrory and the GOP legislative majority.

"Good jobs and a good business climate are totally interdependent upon a well funded educational system,'' Spaulding said. "This insufficiency of state funding must be reversed.''

"Closing down schools of higher education which have a rich history of opportunity and success in this state, should not be the answer to the legislature's flawed decisions and misplaced priorities,'' Spaulding said.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

The UNC system should be color blind

We should not have minority schools withing the UNC system. This is a new era and college campuses should not be black or white but all inclusive.

Ken Spaulding Is Right

The policy to close African American universities would be a disaster for a state already plunging off a cliff in terms of its reputation for fairness, justice and diversity. Pat McCrory will soon be as hated a figure as Lester Maddox.

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