BLSays: CHAOS at Carolina… yawn.

BobLee
January15/ 2019

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CHAOS at Carolina… Again… yawn

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Sure, your 1st Thought when you heard Carol Folt has resigned as UNCCH Chancellor was OMG, What will BobLee Say about this?  ….. Your 2nd Thought was “Will BobLee have to retire “Chancellor Chihuahua”?  His All-Time Best Nickname EVER?””

3rd Thought: But we haven’t heard BobLee on Clemson / Dabo / Nick YET ????  All those thoughts took about 30 seconds, right?

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That picture up top… Obviously left to right… Chancellor Carol “Chihuahua” Folt … SSam … Who’s the Daddy Warbucks Dude on the right?

“Daddy Warbucks Dude on the Right” is Harry “The Hammer” Smith – Current Chairman of the Notorious UNC Board of Governors.  Don’t confuse Harry with John “Trainwreck” Fennebresque – former notorious chairman of the notorious UNC Brd of Governors.  There’s lots of “notorious” around pretty much everything involving THE University of North Carolina these days.

I’ve never met Harry Smith.  I’ve read about him and “asked around” a bit.  Apparently The News & Observer REALLY dislikes him a lot which is as high a compliment as one can get in some circles.   I had him described as…

“some mega-rich guy from Little Washington that has a life-long hatred of UNC-CH for all the usual reasons lots of folks “downeast” hate UNC-CH”. 

That Harry Smith is “a businessman who has made a lot of $$$” is about as scary a resume as one can imagine for a BOG Chairman. ???

Unlike most folks “downeast” who really dislike UNC-CH, Harry Smith is in a position as UNC BOG Poobah to exercise his deep-seated feelings of animus.  Uh Oh!

Did I mention that Harry Smith was appointed to the UNC BOG by “the notorious” NCGA Senate Poobah Phil Berger (R) – which guaranteed The N&O, and its disciples, would dislike him with the heat of a 1,000 suns.

It was Harry Smith that took 20 seconds last month to publicly ridicule… wad up and trash… Chancellor Chihuahua’s most recent whizbang plan to build a $5.3M Silent Sam Mausoleum & Oyster Bar on the UNC campus… with an $800,000 annual maintenance costs.

That “whizbang plan” was so ridiculous that the two warring sides in The SilentSam War actually called a 5-minute truce to jointly condemn it as RIDICULOUS.

Ma Spellings is now gone as UNC System Prez.  Bill Roper is Interim Prez.  Lots of people actually LIKE Bill Roper … go figure?

It’s basically Chihuahua VERSUS “Harry TheHammer”.  LOLOLOLOL… even Chihuahua was quick enough to see how that was going to end… so.

Yesterday, “Chihuahua” surprised pretty much everyone – except me, of course – that she was resigning effective in May.

Yes, it WAS a “You Can’t Fire Me… Because I Quit” maneuver.

Surely everyone knows that… right?

“Chihuahua” further stated that prior to her fleeing in disgrace, she intended to remove the “pedestal & plaques” upon which SSam stood for 100 years.  Doing so supposedly had some symbolic meaning to the profanity-screaming anarchists and assorted Franklin Street Flotsam.

The anarchists and street flotsam liked to gather at “the pedestal” and yell racial epithets at anyone they thought might be “a Republican”… “a Civil War re-enactor”… or “a white person that thought the anarchists et al were simply the latest strain of screaming lunatics that breed in Chapel Hill.”

Actually “Chihuahua” had already issued a work order to her Remove Pedestals & Plaque Department to do what they do Monday night.  So while Harry and his BOG gang were celebrating getting rid of Chihuahua without having to ante up a “buy-out”, the SSam Pedestal & Plaques were indeed removed.  They be GONE from where they wuz…… BUT

The oh-so-symbolic SSam Pedestal & Plaques were NOT destroyed

… simply placed in storage along with SSam hisownself.   Harry, Thom Goolsby, et al can order the UNCCH Pedestal & Plaque Removal Dept to “put’em back”… but I doubt they will do that.  But ya never know with this bunch …

Meanwhile, of course, NC Governor “Restroom Roy” Cooper who dislikes The BOG as much as The N&O does and for all the same deep-seated reasons has issued a “I support what Chihuahua did…” edict.   Chihuahua claims the Pedestal & Plaques were a safety hazard… and “safety” of angry anarchists and terminal malcontents is Chihuahua’s Top Priority… and “Restroom Roy’s too apparently.

In the next few days more stoopid crap will take place because it seems to never stop “over there”.

As a “lame chihuahua” of a Chancellor, but one who still operates under the iron thumb of “Harry The Hammer”… it will be fun to watch what mischief Chihuahua will try to pull off between now and May…    I’m guessing “gluing her desk drawers shut”… “drawing mustaches on all the portraits of past chancellors”… and “placing a dead mouse in the South Bldg ventilation system.

How much of such juvenile silliness will Harry tolerate before he simply gives her the old “heave-ho and away you go”?

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WELL … that didn’t take long.

Harry has Heave-Hoed Chihuahua effective in two weeks.

LINK – .

So… WHATS NEXT?  Yeah, I’m sure some of you are thinking… “They brought back Mack… lets bring back Holden (Thorp)” who is now very very happy as Provost at Washington Univ.

I will do everything in my power as an Internet Legend to prevent that from happening.  You know I REALLY LIKE HOLDEN THORP… A LOT.   He is waaaay too good to come back to this totally dysfunctional academic nuclear waste dump.  Plus… the leftovers from The Butcher’s Gang still hates Holden for firing The Butcher.

No one in their right mind will take The UNCCH Chancellor gig without knowing who they will report too… among a dozen other valid reasons.   Of course, “no one in their right mind” has held the job the past six years.

The only “qualifications” Chihuahua brought to the job was (1) female … and (2) from the Ivy League.  Hopefully (but don’t count on it) the next oh-so-diverse search committee will aim a tad bit higher this go-round.

I wonder if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a hankering to be a University Chancellor?  … or CNN’s afternoon info-babe Brooks “Boobs” Baldwin (UNC’01) … HEY … howsabout “The Kavanaugh Accusser” (UNC’88) whose name I’ve already forgotten…

YEEEEEE HA!

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NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
1 year ago

For Sooth…..whatever THAT means. . I admit to being a little behind in my googling. FOR THE RECORD…. . Carol Folt and the UNC BOT Prez have a “petty cash” fund. It is the UNdesignated Excess Earning from the Chapel Hill Fund or the UNC Foundation Fund. There were several little “adjustments” made to the bylaws or charter if the FUND. They were voted on and approved by the UNC BOT and then the UNC BOG. You have to read the minutes to find them. . Chanc & Prez can, with BOTH signatures, get money or funding for thingies that… Read more »

UNCBlue
UNCBlue
1 year ago

BL, someone alerted me to her resume. After reading her career on paper, the question should be, how in the heck did this seemingly unaccomplished person get the job as Chancellor at what was once a top 5 public university?

Robert P. Kennel
Robert P. Kennel
1 year ago

BobLee, decided to wait and see how all your fans responded to these latest happenings. Was not disappointed in the least. A lot of predictable responses. Right now I feel somewhat impregnable as an NC State fan based on great leadership in Randy and never needing to imbibe in wine and cheese. Just appreciate the old ways of thinking about sports and college education as my 3 current granddaughters attending State at the same time. Never a fan of Folt’s leadership, Silent Sam’s silence, nor Fennebresque type BOG leadership. For about 20 years from 1990 to 2010 I attended about… Read more »

WinstonNotBob
WinstonNotBob
1 year ago

So how many awards & recognitions will The Chihuahua get for this affront to the citizens of NC. She will likely get a standing ovation “for her courage” in numerous venues over the next few months. And when she gets her next job, they will talk about her leadership in “doing the right thing”.

Joe In Raleigh
Joe In Raleigh
1 year ago

I cannot believe that no one has asked this question yet.

How is all of this affecting recruiting?

TarSpartan
TarSpartan
1 year ago

First, let me just dispel rumors that I will be the next chancellor, despite my alumus status and a PhD. I don’t want the job, and they have made clear that they don’t want people like me. Second, buried in the WRAL article is a blurb about the Campaign for Carolina raising $4.5 billion dollars. Now, since my PhD is in a hard science, I was compelled to run the numbers. Given an enrollment of 30,000 students (give or take), that works out to $150K per student. At $35K for tuition (assuming out-of-state rates, since that is supposedly the actual… Read more »

Former96Heel
Former96Heel
1 year ago

Who knew Chancellor Chihuahua was moonlighting as the Marketing Director for Gillette before she bailed?

SixPacker
SixPacker
1 year ago

My niece graduated from the Masters of Accounting program at UNC back in the fall. The ceremony was held in Memorial Hall which was built after the Civil War. Initially it was going to be built to honor David Lowery Swain, a former president of the university, but they were having trouble raising money, so they dropped Swain and began raising money for the hall as a memorial to faculty who served in the Confederate Army and Conferedate dead. The sold large tablets to donors with honorees on the tablets chosen by the donor. The original building was declared unsafe… Read more »

Setarcos
Setarcos
1 year ago

Had to come here and get your take. You and your commenters certainly did not disappoint! Keep up the great work.

Banks Randolph
Banks Randolph
1 year ago

BobLee you were on the mark as to my first thought after reading the headline regarding Chancellor Chihuahua departure. One question, does she get to keep her collection of lapel ribbons are part of her severance?

Porgie
Porgie
1 year ago

Your guy Bubba should be the next leader after all he already is in step with PTB and knows what the deal is. But it might be to much of a cut in salary not to mention that multi $$$ annuity from several years back. No, Randy is not available. Wonder if Chancellor Chihuahua would have taken any banners down as a further admission of pass sins.

Deacon
Deacon
1 year ago

…being an engineering type from State, I don’t have the accounting creds of a UNC accounting degree….but when one writes….”When all is said and done, UNC-CH has revenues in excess of four billion dollars per year.”….does it not require deducting expenses from the revenue to arrive at the profit….if there is only a $10 profit, then the revenue is barely enough to sustain the operation??

Kenith
Kenith
1 year ago

BobLee, I am reminded of a line from an old John Wayne movie, “The Green Berets”, “Well, he got the one that got him”. I think Silent Sam might qualify to receive this epitaph. Could Chancellor ChiChi be the last casualty of the great misunderstanding? When I heard the news last night I knew you would have a column today and was happy the BOG told her to not let the door hit her backside as she leaves..

UNCBlue
UNCBlue
1 year ago

Since Folt has completely embarrassed the University, why not just move her to some small office on South Campus? At this point she is worse than useless.

Steve Rogers
Steve Rogers
1 year ago

I just laugh and roll my eyes when I read your analysis of the problems at UNC-CH. Here’s the thing: you reduce UNC to athletics and the undergraduate experience. Meanwhile, UNC-CH is more, much more than athletics and undergraduates. . Breaking it down to the simplest terms, look at Carolina’s 2017 financials. Revenue associated with teaching amounts to somewhat more than four hundred million dollars. That’s a lot of money, but it’s only a fraction of UNC’s budget. Grant income was about eight hundred million dollars. Not to put too fine a point on it, but research brought in nearly… Read more »

Former96Heel
Former96Heel
1 year ago

Wait until that crowd over there learns what Memorial Hall memorializes. It would be funny if it were not predictable. Some day they will shock us all, and be completely out of the news cycle for a full week.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
1 year ago

You pretty much guessed what you massive followers were thinking. I read all about it (even when WRAL tries to block MY AD BLOCKER). Then went to bed early after the TWO ACC BB Upsets….TOO EARLY. Woke up this morning whilst a “3” was still on the first digit and started my PT routine. Somewhere in there, I turned on Elizabeth (she likes that) and LO and BEHOLD….the UNC-CH PP (NCSU Term…Physical Plant …. the workers who turned over the bricks and dusted their bottoms every three months) had done come in with cranes and jack hammers and other implements… Read more »

Doug
Doug
1 year ago

Don’t know the particulars but Harry Smith aka Daddy Warbucks seems to have many talents. None more apparent than a penchant for either pissing off or being pissed off by a lot of people. His ECU pedigree has not helped him at all with his popularity among many at ECU or in Greenville. He seems to be waging a “replace the chancellor” war down here too but of course denies it publicly especially after many prominent notables wrote and publicly released a letter of support for Chancellor Cecil Staton. . Of course you are right about Silent Sam. Like a… Read more »

DaJudgeinCharlotte
DaJudgeinCharlotte
1 year ago

Soon-to-be-ex-chancellor Folt has given a middle finger to the Board of Governors and the legislators who enacted the historic monuments law. I wonder if the BOG and the General Assembly have the guts to take action to restore Silent Sam to his rightful place facing Franklin Street. This UNC alum is very disgusted with his alma mater. No more monetary donations from me. The faculty loons and the student hooligans can provide financial support from now on.

unctarheel1984
unctarheel1984
1 year ago

Oh, great font of internet knowledge, I beseech you, tell us which will happen first – my alma mater UNC stops being a national embarasment or NC State wins an NCAA title of consequence?

ncsu1987
ncsu1987
1 year ago

LOL, when I saw the news last night on Twitter, my first thought, indeed, was “Oh, no, there goes BobLee’s best nickname!” Knew there would be a column today.
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Good read, as always!

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