A student letter to department chair critical – as it should be – of the university’s attempt to make do rather than settle. One voice in the wilderness.
The thing about marketing is – it’s pretty much a lie. The thing about political exchange is – it’s pretty much an exchange. When marketing replaces political exchange, we swap an exchange for a lie.
Which leads to this question: When Trump comes before the public to ask for another term, what’s the story he’ll tell about the economy? That his unparalleled dealmaking prowess led to prosperity of a kind the United States has never seen before? That’s what he says if you read his Twitter feed, but like much of what he says, it has zero relationship to reality.
Extensive opinion piece comes at a kairotic moment.
The People vs. Donald J. Trump
He is demonstrably unfit for office. What are we waiting for?
We’re selling bottled sugar water based on our sense of the needs of others. The grounding of teaching – much less Education – is rife with contractions we ignore. Going digital doesn’t change this but can offer a new ground for pedagogy. Maybe.
God, what a world it is! Strung up for saying a word out of turn! Slain for a sigh! Go on, attack anything you want! A bus, a train, a taxi-cab, a postal van, a victoria! A baby in a pram, if such is your fancy! A body in a coffin, if such is your fantasy! Nobody will stop you. Nobody will know. You can go barging through a hospital ward, lashing out at this man writhing in agony or firing point-blank at that man with chronic arthritis and no right arm. You can crucify as many phony Christs as you wish. And nobody will mind if you drown an alcoholic in alcohol, a pharmacist in formol, a motorcyclist in lubricating oil.
Boil infants in cauldrons, burn politicians to a crisp, throw solicitors to lions, spill Christian blood to its last drop, gas all shorthand typists, chop all pastrycooks into tiny bits, and circus clowns, call girls, choirboys, sailors, actors, aristocrats, farmhands, football hooligans and Boy Scouts.
You can loot shops or ravish shopgirls, maim or kill. Worst of all, nothing can stop you now from fabricating and propagating all sorts of vicious rumours. But stay on your guard, don’t trust anybody — and watch out for your back.
M Oulipo, aka. A VoidAs in Paris, 1968, frustration is abundant, so hold on. Tightly. XX OO
An article interesting both in methodology of Q, and in the implicit use of results: to manage administrative secrecy.
As in U Wisconsin Systerm, so MnSCU. Quid pro quo has become systematized.
Why am I not surprised? Because as anyone who has been paying attention knows, the chancellors have been carrying water for UW System President Ray Cross and the Regents for several years now. These outsized raises are financial rewards for their not having opposed or obstructed a single top-down edict from Cross and the Regents–for their having carried out his orders like good soldiers or middle managers are expected to do.
Put differently, what both the raises and the punishment reveal is that these raises are payoffs, ex post facto bribes, or quid pro quo rewards for UW System chancellors having accepted without objection the destruction of tenure and shared governance; repeated massive budget cuts; unfunded tuition freezes; and the break-up and distribution of the UW Colleges and Extension to the four-year, comprehensive, and doctoral campuses, aka the UW System merger.
Looks like students need to go further afield to find an ethical university.
Posted on December 10, 2018 at 09:50AM
We forget how miserable he was at the border, about DACA.
November 27, 2018 at 11:00AM
The kind of meetings we need to see more of: calling BS and distraction, calling for accountability. As in this –
Allan took as a cue to ummm his way into another series of “we need tos”, and talk of “a number of problematic vectors” Facebook is trying to address with a number of “tools”.
which is in the working vocabulary of administrators everywhere.
The session was largely filled up such frustratingly reframed waffle, as Allan sought to deflect, defang and defuse the committee’s questions — leading it to accuse him more than once of repeating the ‘delay, deny, deflect’ tactics recently reported on by the New York Times.
Waffle is the new trope for misleading.
Allan claimed not — claiming to be there “acknowledging” problems. But that empty chair beside him sure looked awkward.
Perhaps, after 35 years of hearing admin-speak out of the corner of my ear, I enjoy reading about a take-down a little too much. Waffle.