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The other day in the newspaper, below an article about unemployment, there was another article headlined “NCSU chancellor gets ‘a great venue.’
Now, someone thought very carefully about the choice of that word ‘venue.’
North Carolina State University has a problem. Because building a new $3.5 million house for its chancellor in the middle of a recession is, well, climbing out onto shaky ground – and the headline ‘Chancellor gets a new venue’ beats the headline ‘Chancellor Gets $3.5 Million Mansion’ hands down.
NCSU’s spokesman also carefully explained to the press how the Chancellor’s new venue is “a strategic asset to the university” which will “set the tone” for how visitors “think of NCSU” and after all, they added, “If you are entertaining in a run down building, they will leave with the impression that it’s a run down university.”
It sounded like NCSU’s been entertaining visitors in a barn and doesn’t own a single sky box at the basketball arena.


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4 comments on “A Barn Raising

  1. dap916 says:

    It’s kind of like the “press” not presenting the tens of millions of dollars it’s costing we taxpayers for Obama to take that 17-day Hawaiian vacation, isn’t it?

    Oh…that’s right, Bush took vacations costing that. So, “Change You Can Believe In” means…what?

    Uh, huh.

  2. Mark Turner says:

    Hey Carter, you forgot to mention the cost to the university and the taxpayers: free. It was paid for entirely through private donations.

    If the state isn’t going to live up to its constitution and provide affordable education, someone has to step up to the plate. Universities are forced to seek more private donations.

    Move along. Nothing to see here.

  3. dap916 says:

    Good article. Kinda puts a little different perspective on this.

    Oh, and THANKS to Carter, Gary and especially Luther for getting the “clickable link” thingy working on the front page articles now.

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