East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill hasn’t slept much since the Pirates’ stunning 32-30 last-second loss to Central Florida, but a win against Florida in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3 might help the fifth-year coach get some rest.
Kasey Oxendine always knew she wanted to come back and serve her community. It’s just happening a little sooner than she’d planned.
Oxendine, a third-year student in East Carolina University’s School of Dental Medicine, was back in her hometown of Lumberton last Tuesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at ECU’s Community Service Learning Center-Robeson County.
When Jeff Lebo, the East Carolina coach, saw that North Carolina had lost against Iowa last week, he said, “There were tears in my eyes.”
And not just because Lebo is a UNC alum who played for the Tar Heels. No, Lebo said he knew what kind of UNC team his Pirates would see on Sunday at the Smith Center – and the Tar Heels’ 108-64 victory against ECU proved him correct.
Our strategy for dealing with rape on college campuses has failed abysmally. Female students are raped in appalling numbers, and their rapists almost invariably go free. Forced by the federal government, colleges have now gotten into the business of conducting rape trials, but they are not competent to handle this job. They are simultaneously failing to punish rapists adequately and branding students sexual assailants when no sexual assault occurred. We have to transform our approach to campus rape to get at the root problems, which the new college processes ignore and arguably even exacerbate.
Recently, a new dean attended a faculty meeting with the best of intentions and honestly said matters would get worse before getting better regarding budget cuts to higher education in North Carolina. The dean was asked why UNC system administrators have been so quiet in responding to these draconian cuts. He assured us they were working on the inside to move events in the right direction.