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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Metaphor for Jacobs Administration?

Contributed by a reader:

I was driving down Ohio Highway 2 this morning and as I approached a curve, a state police patrolman waved for me to slow down.    Moving ahead at reduced speed I came out of the turn and there was the University of Toledo bus broken down in the middle of the road.   Fluid and diesel fuel had spilled all over the highway and it certainly looked as if that bus wasn't going anywhere soon, at least not under its own power. It slowly disappeared in my rearview mirror.   I wonder where they thought they were going. 


Anonymous said...

I like this metaphor. But missing from it (thankfully, in the situation you actually saw) is the collateral damage--most obviously, those who have already lost their jobs here, but also faculty, students, A&S, and UT itself--casualties that too easily could end up just being scraped up from the pavement and tossed in the garbage.

Anonymous said...

Elsewhere in the blog, someone commented

"The question I wonder about is, there's no reason to think that Jacobs knows what he is doing. He wants to make big organizational changes, apparently, for no good reason. He says it's to deal with the 21st century or some such bullshit. But how does he know? How does he know this will work? Why should we believe him? Is there any evidence for his claims? I think not--he's just a bully who likes to push people around."

I have asked the same questions. What are the claimed “21st Century intellectual relationships?” Who suggested that these are really the key relationships? The first listing that comes up on a Google search for “21st Century intellectual relationships “is

The first line of its Mission is “Attaining a satisfactory level of love and companionship through intimate relations is an unalterable, fundamental need of all human beings.” Can we assume that he refers to this?

Anonymous said...

I remember visiting a faculty member during his office hours. The lights in his office were off and his door was locked. That seemed a good metaphor as well.

Anonymous said...

The most important question is this: Who was UNDER the bus?