In an advisory email sent to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus community last night, UNC informed staff and students that:
During recent years, Facilities Services, which has primary responsibility for clearing snow on campus walkways, has taken dramatic cuts in operating budgets. Snow response service levels have been reduced to clearing primary entrances and/or ADA accesses only.
Translation: We used to clear the sidewalks and other areas, but we are going to start with UNC Hospitals for obvious reasons and do what else we can. This is what happens when you cut tens of millions of dollars out of the budget for one of the backbones of our economy and the institution we founded to preserve our freedom. As Reverend Samuel E. McCorkle preached in 1793 in his continuing dialog with UNC founder William R. Davie as they convinced North Carolinians to support a new University, that without a “well conducted, liberal, university education”:
…otherwise the seats of literature shall be demolished, the ministers of the gospel persecuted, the wealth of the church and nation wasted, and their glory tarnished by the despotism of a tyrant, and the servility of slaves.
When we can’t even shovel the walkways at our University it’s time to stop the budget cutting.