Thursday, January 02, 2003

Carolina on My Mind

Brought on in part by this post from Tony Woodlief, in which he threatens to bring the pain if students at the University of South Carolina don't stop trying to impersonate the REAL Carolina (that would be UNC-Chapel Hill to those of you from elsewhere), I must also point out that there are those of us IN North Carolina who are more than a little annoyed by the fact that every sports broadcaster on the planet seems to think that they can call ANY NC university "Carolina." See, no.

As someone who attended and works at NC State, let me just inform those of you out there who are or want to be sports broadcasters that if you refer to NC State as "North Carolina" or "Carolina," you will be set upon by a horde of red-clad alums who want to smack you around. And I can't say I blame them. For some bizarre reason, folks outside this state think that "Carolina" can be used interchangably for both UNC-CH and NCSU. It can't, and it's laziness, pure and simple. It's not like these universities have never been heard of for their athletic programs--are you familiar with basketball and football? Well okay, then. You should be aware that Chapel Hill doesn't switch uniforms from light blue to red for road games, so USE THE CORRECT NAMES when you call the games they play in. They're even printed on the helmets and jerseys, just to help you out.

This doesn't happen to Penn State and U Penn, or to any of the numerous California universities and teams, so what's the problem? We're being mocked and oppressed by the evil ESPN, that's what it is, and quite frankly, I'm not in the mood to take a dissing from a group of "commentators" whose idea of pithy play calling involves the constant, cutesy overuse of self-consciously "street" terminology. (Note to everyone everywhere--a stadium is not a house, nor is a ball a rock or a brick. If you want to spice up the lingo, you may want to try a Thesaurus.)

FYI, the team that crushed Notre Dame yesterday was NC State. That's EN, SEE, ESS YOU for the phonetically challenged, or just plain "State" if you're around here. You might want to have it tattooed somewhere, as NCSU will not be going away any time soon.

And as for you, South Carolina--don't even try. Because if you further confuse this issue, I will hurt you. A lot.

Monday, December 30, 2002

Something to Chew On

This stuff is happening in my backyard--did I mention my backyard was the bible belt? Double standard, much?

From FIRE:

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ and CHAPEL HILL, NC -- The InterVarsity Multi-Ethnic Christian Fellowship (IVMECF), a Christian group at Rutgers University, has been banned from using campus facilities and stripped of university funding because it selected its leadership on the basis of religious belief. In an identical situation, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) has threatened similar punishment for the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) -- as well as for other Christian organizations at UNC -- because it also used religion as a criterion in the selection of its leadership. Both groups open their membership to all faiths and individuals, but they reserve the right to select leadership on the basis of agreement with their religion mission.

Double Standard against Christians at UNC-Chapel Hill

On December 10, 2002, Jonathan E. Curtis, Assistant Director for Student Activities and Organizations at UNC, wrote to the IVCF student leader stating that UNC had reviewed the group’s constitution and objected to a provision "that Officers must subscribe in writing and without reservation to ... Christian doctrine." Curtis then instructed her to "modify the wording of your charter or I will have no choice but to revoke your University recognition." The student was told that her group must comply by January 31, 2003. Curtis issued a similar edict to at least two other Christian organizations at UNC. "In short," Kors noted, "it is prohibited at this public university for a Christian organization to be Christian."
Sorry for the Light Posting

But reality has been hitting pretty hard this week, and I'm off to the funeral of a friend's father tomorrow--the second friend to lose a family member in as many weeks.