Let’s face it: the administration dropped the ball on this whole reopening chaos.
Our University needs someone who is forward-looking and not tied to antiquated ideals. In the past two years, UNC, with Kevin Guskiewicz at the helm, has proven that making progress is not on the agenda. From deals between the UNC System and the Sons of Confederate Veterans to botched COVID-19 plans, making the right decisions is clearly not the administration’s forte.
To be clear, Guskiewicz’s shoddy response to the pandemic is not the only thing he’s screwed up. We haven’t forgotten the many times he’s directly and indirectly sided with white supremacists, his continued disregard for the concerns of Black students or overall lack of support for graduate and campus workers.
UNC has a troubled past — a long history of taking native land, enslavement and continued exclusion and racism (just to name a few). We deserve someone who will tackle these challenges head-on, not with another empty task force or commission.
Holden Thorp, Carol Folt and now Guskiewicz. Each of their legacies has been tainted by scandals they could have easily avoided — if not for a lack of a backbone and a broken moral compass.