UNC chancellor asks advisor to step down

September 21, 2009 4:49:11 AM PDT
UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp asked Professor Emeritus Elliot Cramer to step down Friday.Cramer was retired from the university, but the campus group Youth for Western Civilization needed an adviser, so he stepped in.

According to the university, Cramer was asked to resign the post after he sent an inappropriate e-mail.

It all started when someone warned Cramer that fliers, with his home address, were circulating.

Cramer responded with an e-mail that read in part "thanks for your concern. I have a Colt .45 and I know how to use it."

Click here to read the email

Chancellor Thorp issued a statement after the incident.

"Professor Emeritus Elliot Cramer has been retired from the University for 15 years. When the Youth for Western Civilization, a campus student group, needed an adviser, he agreed to serve. Today, he sent an e-mail that was highly inappropriate and not consistent with the civil discourse we are trying to achieve. I asked him to step down from his role as adviser, and he will do so."

The group Cramer was advising states it challenges left-wing education leaders.

Lately, it's stirred up debate on immigration issues.

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