Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Indeterminate number of professors crushed

The Denver Post:
The nearly unanimous decision to fire professor Ward Churchill stirred discontent among some faculty Tuesday, many of whom vowed to fight the decision.

Many professors said they saw the decision coming and said they were crushed by what it might do to recruiting creative professors to the campus.
Many professors. Crushed.
Already, as news bubbled out [yum] across the half-empty summer campus, several faculty said they will plan teach-ins and panel discussions about civil rights this fall.
Oh boy. But note how those many professors have suddenly dwindled to several faculty. Moving along:
"If you are controversial, even if you have a distinguished career that is respected, if you have somehow annoyed the powers that be, or if the kind of work you're doing is not supportive of major donors to the university, then you're not safe," said Margaret LeCompte, a professor in the School of Education.

"This is not the end of this struggle, by any means," said sociology professor Tom Mayer.
And now we're down to two: former East German Polypburo member Tom Mayer and Margaret LeCompte. I think I'm losing my mind.

The Post reporter, Allison Sherry, by the way, interviewed me briefly but didn't use anything I said. Another reason newspapers are dying: they're not listening to me.

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