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Friday, June 10, 2011

Why Cancel Town Hall Meetings?

Why is Pres. Jacobs cancelling Town Hall Meetings? There might be legitimate reasons, but it does look funny to me—especially with two cancellations in a row. Does it have anything to do with the upcoming BOT meeting, where some pretty loaded issues are to be disussed and decided on? Based on what I've experienced as to how Jacobs tries to control things, it wouldn't surprise me if this is a way to eliminate dialogue about things that could be uncomfortable for him to have to deal with--but that's just speculation on my part. Does anyone really know?

From recent issues of UT Update:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Town Hall Canceled: The Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 9th has been canceled.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Town Hall Canceled: The Town Hall scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2011 to be held on the Main Campus, Student Union, 2nd Floor Lounge, from 11:00 a.m. to Noon has been canceled.

The next Town Hall will be held on the Health Science Campus in the Skyview Cafeteria Atrium from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m Thursday, June 9th

... or maybe not ...


Anonymous said...

I agree. I think Dr. Jacobs knows he and his administration and the BOT know they have made a mess of things and are afraid to face faculty, staff and students. The questions will be hard and the answers will be embarassing.

Anonymous said...

Or it may have something to do w/ the fact that they laid off Tom Beyersdorf, the CWA employee who performed the webcasting of the Town Hall Meetings.

umbraged said...

If you are right: so much for transparency--and freedom of speech--at UT! Though it would be a kind of poetic justice if they got rid of someone they themselves needed--in this case, to tape the meetings, which I've always seen as a way to control what questions are asked and who asks them anyway.

Anonymous said...

The CWA employee had his position I can understand being bumped, but WHY eliminate the job that's responsible for the Town Hall meetings?