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McCrory as the change candidate?

(11/02/08 10:55pm)

As Election Day nears, North Carolina is expected to include some of the closest races in the country. Polls show the U.S. Senate, presidential and gubernatorial races are all deadlocked. And, as Chuck Todd of notes, "the Republicans feel best about their chances in the governor's race (a campaign they usually lose) than the senate or presidential." This may be because Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory, the Republican candidate, has been able to present himself as the candidate of "change." Democrats have dominated the North Carolina state government for the past eight years, and McCrory finds himself in the unique position of a Republican candidate who represents a change.

Presidential candidates show N.C. some love this week

(10/28/08 8:29am)

With one week left before election day, North Carolina has clearly solidified its status as a bona fide swing state. The two major presidential candidates are planning trips to the Tar Heel State. Republican Sen. John McCain will attend a rally in Fayetteville today and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama plans to speak in Raleigh Wednesday. To top things off, Libertarian candidate Bob Barr will speak in 139 Social Sciences Building at 5 p.m. today. Check back with The Chronicle's Election 2008 Blog for updates all this week.

Duke weighs consulting option

(12/04/09 10:00am)

When the Board of Trustees Business and Finance Committee convenes this weekend, its members will be acutely aware of the steps that Duke’s peer institutions are taking to confront the challenge of a recession. Several of those schools have hired external consulting firms, just like a private company would do, to scrutinize management practices and identify ways to save money.

Disclosing family ties

(04/27/09 7:00am)

I step into the role of Chronicle editor with some unique ties to the University that I will be covering for the next year.My grandmother Sally Robinson, Woman’s College ’55, served on the Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2004 and she was co-chair of the Financial Aid Development Committee. My grandfather Russell Robinson is chair of the Charlotte-based Duke Endowment.I want to make it clear to readers that I am aware of the potential for conflicts of interest that this situation presents. I have taken and will carry out appropriate steps to ensure that my relationship with my grandparents does not affect coverage.In the past, The Chronicle editor has covered the Board of Trustees meetings. That will not remain the case this year—I plan to pass off coverage of these events to other reporters. I will also continue to recuse myself from stories that involve the Financial Aid Initiative and the Charlotte-based Duke Endowment.The primary role of The Chronicle is to serve as a reliable source of information for students and the University community. But our journalism often causes us to assume the role of a watchdog acting as a check on the administration. I want to assure readers that I will not disregard that responsibility.So Grandma and Grandad, don’t expect a free pass next year. After all, not everyone in my family loves Duke, and at this time perhaps I should offer one more disclosure that our readers may find even more alarming: my mother and brother are current and future alums of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Will Robinson will be the editor of the 105th volume of The Chronicle. If you have any questions, please e-mail him at