As I mentioned the other day, I can’t be at the rally/protest/picket at the president’s house this afternoon at 1 pm this afternoon. Instead, I will be at my son’s ninth birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese (which I actually don’t mind that much because I like skee ball and I just see it as sort of a kiddie version of Vegas; and the kids have fun, and that’s what counts here).
I’ll try to swing by after the party to see if there’s still anything going on, but if you are reading this and you either are going to go or you went out there, let me know how it went. Feel free to post a comment, send me an email, email me some pictures, etc.
One of my colleagues who isn’t exactly crazy about all this strike stuff in the first place thinks that this picket in front of the president’s house is too personal, is futile, is trying to churn up the past, etc. I could not disagree more. I can’t think of any symbol of administrative hubris and bungling that resonates with the public more than that stupid house. We should have been out in front of that place on day 1.
It sounds like today’s protest was a fairly disappointing and depressing event, really. Not so much in regards of the strike, really; rather, it’s depressing because of the tail-spin this Board of Regents and this president is taking this university. I never thought that anyone could screw things up worse than Kirkpatrick; I’m beginning to think I’m wrong.
Some people think the standoff may have been orchestrated from the beginning because of the way things played out with ultimatums and deadlines. I’m beginning to think that’s totally correct. A lot of ill will has been generated, possibly because faculty really thought this administration was going to have some positive plans to move the university forward, but now it seems just like a few years ago.
The spirit of cooperation between the faculty and the administration is gone.