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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A & S Meeting

Yesterday was the last (?) A & S meeting of the year and the last for Brian Patrick as chair. While most administrators will breathe a sigh of relief that the man with the supposed "demonic powers" is no longer chair, they will have missed the point. The point is A & S Council took responsibility this year for questioning this administration, its actions and, its motives for those actions. I see no reason for this to change under our new chair Linda Rouillard. The faculty and students are the ones who must live with the decisions made by the BOT and this administration. To the extent possible we must try to influence those decisions for the future benefit of the university and its students. In his parting remarks, Brian mentioned the "moral authority" of the Council. I would add that those of us with tenure have a moral responsibility to speak out. You either stand for something, or you stand for nothing at all.

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