Jay Schalin


Posts by Jay Schalin (page 3)

  • Your Tax Dollars At Work …

    … subsidizing a graduate degree in “costume-making” at UNC-Chapel Hill, to the tune of $50,000 or more per graduate. And almost all of those graduates have to leave the state to find work in their field. There seems to be no end to the list of careers that were learned…
    Jay Schalin, April 17, 2015
  • Right Man for the Job?

    Former Squall Lines blogger Bob Smith notes on his new blog State Lines that even the Wilmington Star-News can’t help but question the UNC system’s secretive process for choosing chancellors at the individual campuses. In an op-ed entitled “Trust us, UNC Board insists,” the Star-News accuses the system…
    Jay Schalin, April 13, 2015
  • Break Time Over in the Faculty Lounge

    Last week, NC Senators Tom McInnis and Andrew Brock introduced a bill (SB 593) to raise faculty workloads in the UNC system to eight courses per year. That is a gigantic increase over the roughly five per year they now teach on average. (It has some readers hopping mad…
    Jay Schalin, March 31, 2015
  • Dogs and Ponies 1, Taxpayers 0

    Nobody doubts that North Carolina’s colleges, universities, and community colleges are valuable resources for the state. Still, these institutions incessantly bang the drum heralding their own value—complete with studies filled with shaky methodology and questionable numbers. Especially during the legislative budget session. The real effect is to make one question…
    Jay Schalin, February 18, 2015
  • When is a PR flack not a PR flack?

    When he’s “a writer living in Chapel Hill.” That’s how Eric Johnson is described in his tag line at the end of an op-ed piece in the News & Observer on October 19 entitled “NC Needs a Patient Investment in Higher Education,” calling for continued high state spending on…
    Jay Schalin, October 20, 2014
  • Echo Chamber Meets Choir on Sea Level Commission

    It appears as though those silly global warming deniers aren’t welcome in the debate on sea levels in North Carolina. The Coastal Resources Commission appoints a “Science Panel” that produces a “Sea Level Report” that is intended to be used for policy purposes. The last time around, in…
    Jay Schalin, June 16, 2014
  • Kirkpatrick Award Goes to Great Choice

    The Pope Center is ecstatic that our good friend Bob Paquette, a history professor at Hamilton College in upstate New York, is this year’s winner of the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Award. Bob has been an unheralded giant for many years in the fight to restore objective inquiry and ideas supporting liberty…
    Jay Schalin, March 6, 2014
  • Diversity, As It Should Be

    Despite the seemingly steady drumbeat of leftist thinking that comes from the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, there are a few rays of hope. One of them is the existence of not-a-few conservative student organizations. Such organizations provide a great service by not allowing the campus dialogue to lapse entirely into monotonous…
    Jay Schalin, October 25, 2013