Renick’s standards

Dr. James Renick in 1999: “…You won’t have to second-guess me. I have very high standards…”

Oh really.

This is just pitiful.

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  1. Posted August 26, 2007 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m not ready to throw Dr. Renick under the bus yet. The man did huge and great things for A&T and the school received grants and new buildings (growth) under his tenure. At a school as big as any university in the UNC system, things can happen that one man doesn’t know about (and can’t; there’s too much to know if someone is deliberately deceptive). I’ll let the investigation take its course and listen to what Dr. Renick has to say.

    However, this is an example of why most Jewish organizations don’t name buildings (or anything else) after living people. Not only is it considered bad luck but also sometimes time does tell.

    I haven’t made up my mind because I don’t have all the facts yet on A&T, but I am really really sad over this turn of events.

  2. meblogin
    Posted August 26, 2007 at 4:15 pm | Permalink


    Are you saying that Jews are to paranoid to name a building after a living person due to examples such as Rennick?

    I hope not.


  3. Posted August 26, 2007 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Hardly, but I think you knew that. There’s really a more fundamental religious reason for not naming any edifice after a living person, but the symptom seemed to add something to the discussion.

    Then again, I could be wrong about that.

  4. Steve in NC
    Posted August 26, 2007 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    The more fundamental reason is the second of the Ten Commandments:

    Thou shalt not make for thyself an idol

    Or in plain English thou shall not make false idols as did the idol worshiper’s prior the establishment of monotheistic (one god) religions.

  5. Posted August 26, 2007 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Steve is absolutely right (it’s the graven image thing). I simply didn’t want to get into the religiosity behind it — thought the point would get lost (which it might have been).

    In less religious terms, it’s probably a good idea to evaluate the entirety of a person’s life prior to naming everlasting structures after him or her. (that was the point)

    Here’s a translation of the original:
    3. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

  6. Posted August 26, 2007 at 8:11 pm | Permalink


    There’s more to that commandment. I pasted only the salient (to this discussion) part.

  7. Posted August 26, 2007 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    I had very positive impressions of what Dr. Renick appeared to do for A & T during his tenture and how he seemed to approach the job. The biggest problem I had during Renick’s reign was how A & T treated Coach Bill Hayes. Looking at where A & T football has gone since then, as well as where NC Central football has gone with Bill Hayes as Central’s Athletic Director, Hayes didn’t suffer as much as A & T did from the decision to fire him as A & T’s football coach. Like Sue, I’ll wait a little longer to see where teh Renick investigation goes.

  8. Nick S
    Posted August 26, 2007 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    I think he did great things as well. When something goes down like this you always need a scapgoat. Hopefully Dr. Renick will speak up to defend himself against these allegations.