"They pride themselves on not changing. That's the tourist attraction. People come to Charleston to see things the way they were, not for progress."

Willie Heyward, managing attorney for the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation in Charleston, to Mother Jones magazine in the March/April 2007 issue.

Irritated Math Professors

Several professors at the College of Charleston have expressed dissatisfaction with the Post and Courier's coverage of the Al Parish case, namely math professor Herb Silverman. 

A passage in an April 15 article reads, "In 1990, when he was still an assistant professor at the college (CofC), Parish jumped to Charleston Southern University." Silverman feels that this implies Parish received a better offer, when, in fact, he had just been denied tenure at CofC.

The story also said "Parish taught briefly at the school immediately after graduating, before quickly grinding out a Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina." 

"He didn't 'quickly' get a Ph.D. from UNC," says Silverman, explaining that Parish misled the CofC about the progress of his dissertation and extent of publication, and eventually had to take a leave of absence to complete his doctorate in Chapel Hill. 

Bill Golightly taught Parish as an undergraduate and was chair of CofC's math department when Parish was denied tenure. "I remember him being a very good student," he says, but negates the claim that Parish taught at the school before going to UNC. "The Post and Courier's coverage irritated a lot of people at the department," he says. 

Another quote read, "No rival economic sage surfaced at the College of Charleston or The Citadel. The stage was his and his alone," a statement that both Silverman and Golightly take issue with. 

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"No rival surfaced to match his 30 percent annual return on money because nobody else was quite so dishonest," says Silverman, who was invited by Parish to join his investment club when he was a CofC faculty member. "I asked him some questions, but his responses didn't make sense. At Charleston Southern, I think he even taught a course in Christian investing. I'm not sure what that means, other than, 'Give me all your money and have faith that I'll do the right thing.'" 

In other Parish news, an inventory of his office last week turned up three guitars that may have been owned by Jimi Hendrix, and 200 collectible gnomes. Honest. 

Stratton Lawrence


That's the decrease, in tons, of carbon dioxide levels, that the city made in 2006 through improvements to lighting, heating, air, and water systems, according to Mayor Joe Riley. The City Council created a Green Committee last week to provide more environmentally-friendly suggestions.

McGinley Gets the Job

The Charleston County School Board agreed last week to hire Chief Academic Officer Nancy McGinley to fill the superintendent position left vacant by the exit of Maria Goodloe-Johnson. She was offered a four-year contract that she plans to accept.

McGinley came to the district in 2004 to support Goodloe-Johnson, who will be taking the superintendent position in Seattle in early July. Most of McGinley's career prior to Charleston was in Philadelphia, where she was a teacher, principal, and administrator. She also led nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia focused on improving education.

Also, Goodloe-Johnson announced last week that the first community campaign on the future of peninsula schools will be on May 22, with a follow-up meeting on May 31, if necessary. The first meeting will likely focus on the potential uses of the Rivers Middle School campus, abandoned when the students were absorbed by the Burke High campus.

School board members also called for a study to determine who's transferred from where over the last four years after the board instituted a liberal transfer policy. Earlier this month, board members Ruth Jordan and Hillery Douglas said they were concerned the district was segregating schools by allowing white students to transfer out of schools with an influx of black students from low-performing schools. —Greg Hambrick


That's the number of Lowcountry girls eliminated in last week's episode of The Bachelor, wiping out our entire troop. For minute-by-minute recaps of the previous episodes, visit and check out the "Bachelor Wrap."

Burke Student Makes VT Threat

A Burke High School freshman was suspended last week and charged with threatening to "shoot students like the boy at Virginia Tech did." The school contacted city police Thursday after students reported the 15-year-old girl had made the threat in the bathroom. The girl was suspended for three days and was not allowed to return to the school until her mother can prove she is receiving psychiatric help.

Also, three Summerville High students were arrested last week for bringing a stolen, loaded pistol on campus, according to the Post and Courier. —Greg Hambrick


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