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.
With this in mind, the Editorial Board has compiled a list of campus figures who may be better suited to the role of chancellor:
- The Winston Pooper.
- Joann the crossing guard.
- Rameses (the actual ram).
- Rameses (the mascot).
- The CholaNad chefs.
- Hot Med Deli guy. (We miss you.)
- Ben Pierpont, assistant night supervisor of Davis Library (aka the person behind the oh-so-familiar Davis closing announcement).
- Benjamin Davis, affectionately known as the "yellow guy."
- Guskiewicz's dog, Charlie “Choo Choo” Guskiewicz.
- The spider statue.
- The campus whistler.
- Gary the pit preacher.
- The former Babes who Blade moderators (RIP).
Let’s face it: the bar is literally on the floor. At this point, we'll take (almost) anyone. The chancellor of UNC has to carry the weight of our storied University, so a straw man won’t cut it.
Oh, Gusky the “Genius” — for someone who knows so much about the brain, we find it surprising you never figured out you don’t have one.