Buried within 214,000 pages of documents released Friday related to the Wainstein investigation
to-do list that Jan Boxill, the former UNC faculty chair, ethics professor and key player
in the scandal, sent to herself that may have included the names of finalists
for the chancellor position.
Shill, Michael: then the dean of University of Chicago Law School, now the
president of the University of Oregon.
That only leaves Drake.
Circumstantial evidence points in favor of Michael Drake, who at
the time was chancellor of University of California, Irvine. He became
president of Ohio State University in June 2014, which would fit the timeline,
as Folt officially accepted the position in
These are all highly qualified leaders in prestigious
institutions of higher education — making them the perfect cover for a
game-changing outsider like Drizzy.
Think about it:
He dropped out of high school in order to (in a twist of
irony) play high school student Jimmy Brooks on Canada TV show “Degrassi: The
He released his second album, “Take Care” on Nov. 15, 2011, which would go on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album. On “Crew Love” he raps that “I guess we'll
never know what Harvard gets us/But seeing my family have it all/Took the place
of that desire for diplomas on the wall.”
But soon after the accolades and the money begin to hail
down, Drake reconsiders the value of education and works with a private tutor
to finish his
high school diploma.
my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire
life. As of tonight I have graduated high school!
In late October 2012, “October’s Very Own” gave a
commencement speech after receiving his diploma at Toronto’s Jarvis Collegiate
"I reached a
point in my life where I realized that there aren’t material things that can
give me the excitement that I’m looking for. There’s a void, there's a gap in
my life that I need to fill and I needed to sit and think long and hard what
that was. And it was the fact that I had left a gaping hole in my story of following
through. So for five months, we talked back and forth on emails, we worked, we
wrote papers, I studied for an exam, we figured out how I didn't close my
chapter of following through…Sometimes it’s about going there, not getting
there. Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your
destination. And sometimes when you get there, you’ll look back and you’ll
realize that you wish you could go there again because all of the experiences
you went through are the reason that you are who you are today.”
In many ways, Drake would have been an ideal candidate: His
success and self-made image would have appealed to the conservative side who
support candidates who come outside of academia, his music background
demonstrates a commitment to the liberal arts and creative expression and his
numerous hits songs show a clear appeal to students.
It may seem strange that a rapper who’s most affiliated with
Toronto and Houston would consider the University of North Carolina, but in
retrospect it is clear.
He is a huge sports fan, basketball in particular.
UNC’s most famous alum is Michael Jordan, and Drake collaborated with Nike’s
on limited edition sneakers. He recently released a song with Atlanta rapper
Future called “Jumpman” a.k.a. the signature logo of one Michael Jeffrey
These recent shout outs to UNC’s most famous graduate can
even be seen as an expression of longing for the missed opportunity to steer a
top-tier university going through some tough times, much like he is almost
bucking sales trends in the music industry.
"If You're Reading This, It's Too Late"? Dig at UNC for scorning his candidacy after they express regret over not choosing him.
Take Care, Carol. Nothing Was The Same. Thank Me Later.
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