$5.3 mil­lion for Silent Sam? UNC-CH is con­fused

The News & Observer - - Opinion -

As a re­tired fac­ulty from the School of Nurs­ing, I am stunned and fu­ri­ous that the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees can sud­denly come up with $5.3 mil­lion for a new build­ing for a statue, when the School of Nurs­ing suf­fers in a 60-year-old build­ing that is in des­per­ate need of be­ing re­placed. This was true when I re­tired over 15 years ago and re­mains so to­day.

Car­ring­ton Hall, where over 600 nurs­ing stu­dents are en­rolled in classes, has leak­ing roofs and win­dows, with rain felt in class­rooms, a yearly at­tack of bugs, and a fail­ing heat­ing sys­tem. Ev­ery other health science school has had a ma­jor over­haul or new build­ing in the past decades.

In ad­di­tion, many of the other schools of nurs­ing in the state have brand new build­ings be­cause their univer­sity un­der­stands the im­por­tance of ed­u­cat­ing nurses with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy. – Mar­garet S. Miles Pro­fes­sor Emerita, UNC School of Nurs­ing

Chapel Hill

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