CHAPEL HILL, NC — According to newly released text messages and emails, top aides within the administration of Student Body President Christy Lambden ordered multiple line closings at Lenoir Dining Hall last semester as retribution against the student group FLO (Fair, Local, Organic) after it did not support Lambden in his SBP campaign.
“Time for some traffic problems at Lenoir,” read one text message from Lambden aide Julianna Tisdale to Bill Salazar, a Lambden appointee at Carolina Dining Services. Another message mocked hungry students stuck in the back-up, saying, “Those are the mouths of Lindsey voters.”
The line closings caused those waiting for dining hall service to be backed up to Graham Memorial. Many students were forced to skip class to get food, and one freshman with extremely low blood sugar was rushed to the nearby UNC hospitals. Lambden has said that his aide orchestrated the closings without his knowledge.
In a statement Christy called the actions, “deplorable.”
“I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by members of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge,” Lambden said. “One thing is clear: This type of behavior is unacceptable, and I will not tolerate it because the people of UNC deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.”
Documents revealed to The Minor last Friday show that many members of Lambden’s campaign and staff were deeply involved in the scandal and its cover-up, conspiring to pass off the lines closings as part of a “[Carolina Dining Service] study.”
FLO, whose support Lambden expected in his campaign, had surprisingly endorsed rival candidate Will Lindsey during last year’s election, causing “serious concern,” according to sources close to Christy’s campaign.
“We made our decision,” said Emily Magoll, president of FLO, of her organization’s endorsement. “That was in the past. What Christy’s administration has done is unconscionable. This is not how government is supposed to work.”
Lambden is expected to visit Lenoir tomorrow to apologize to dining hall patrons.