Art Pope, budget director for Gov. Pat McCrory, will be speaking at UNC today — and some students are responding with a message of their own.
Pope, who has been the subject of controversy for his large donations to conservative causes, will deliver a talk to Chairwoman of the Faculty Jan Boxill’s Philosophy 562 course at 12:30 p.m.
Various student groups have organized a “teach-out” to take place outside of Gardner Hall during Pope’s lecture.
Matt Hickson, senior business major and organizer of the teach-out, said the outdoor alternate class is being held to educate students about the political climate of the state and Pope’s involvement with McCrory’s administration.
McCrory’s 2013-14 budget proposal includes a cut of more than $55 million to UNC-system schools.
The decrease would come after a cut in 2011 of $414 million that caused universities to eliminate 3,000 positions and hundreds of course sections.
“We’re trying to put a face to budget cuts,” said Zaina Alsous, senior political science major and an organizer of the teach-out. She is also a columnist for The Daily Tar Heel.
“It’s not just numbers, it’s students who could lose access to public education.”
Boxill said Pope will be speaking about the role and purpose of education and whether it is a human right.