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Saturday, November 18, 2006

A Line Has Been Crossed

It is very troubling when society or an institution for that matter, evolves and acts with total disregard to what it claims to believe in. Democracy is not to be confined to the political field and even then it is far more than the franchise. Universities have always prided themselves to be democratic institutions that adhere to, practice and uphold the other major attributes of democracy such as diversity, transparency and freedom of speech.

A university is expected to make major contributions towards the creation of a functioning democracy by helping turn out educated citizens ready to participate in society. Besides imparting knowledge a university attempts to instill in its students the values of decency and courage. We teach them to accept others, keep open mind and have the courage of their convictions. We tell them the success stories of those that dared challenge authority in a non-violent way such as Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. and the anti-Vietnam war demonstrators. We challenge them to grow up and take a stand on purely moral grounds and to live the teachings of Henry David Thoreau. We brag to them about how is it that our best moments were those when we took a stand that resulted in a change in policy.

Alas, at Pace, we teach them all of that but if they ever dare put any of these ideas in practice we pounce on them and send them literally, to spend the night in jail. We had five students who believed that a wrong had been committed by the Pace administration and felt that it was their duty to demonstrate their disagreement with these policies. They were acting on their beliefs and putting into practice we had taught them they should do. Unfortunately, instead of being proud of them for displaying political maturity and social awareness we punished them for daring demonstrate without a permit on university property. Oh yes, the Pace administration exacted its pound of flesh from these young students by asking the NYPD to book them into a jail like hardened criminals. Maybe we should shoot them if they dare challenge the misguided policies of this administration again.

What is this administration afraid of? Why did they act in this most authoritarian of ways? We always thought that such dictatorial acts are reserved to the students at Tiananmen Square or maybe Damascus. We never dreamed that such acts will be allowed to occur in New York of 2006.

If you share this blogs disgust with the way that the civil and human rights of these students were violated then please make yourself heard. Don’t acquiesce because silence is tantamount to an act of complicity. Let the Board of Trustees and the President now how you feel, make sure to participate in the peaceful demonstrations planned on both campuses, sign the petitions and let these students know that we are behind them. Actually a permission to demonstrate on campus is itself an act of stifling free speech.

37 Comments:

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous diffident faculty said...

Pace University played a major role in getting these five students jailed. Shame on Pace and shame on all of us if we fail to support these students.

This is not about what they were demonstrating but it is about whether they have the right to demonstrate.

 
At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The KING shot himself in the foot with cowardly act. Did we expect anything different.

 
At 5:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If the past has taught us anything it is that every cause brings its
effect, every action has a consequence. We Chinese have a saying: "If
a man plants melons he will reap melons; if he sows beans, he will
reap beans." And this is true of everyone's life; good begets good,
and evil leads to evil. True enough, the sun shines on the saint and
the sinner alike, and too often it seems that the wicked prosper. But
we can say with certainty that, with the individual as with the
nation, the flourishing of the wicked is an illusion, for,
unceasingly, life keeps books on us all. In the end, we are all the
sum total of our actions. Character cannot be counterfeited, nor can
it put on and cast off as if it were a garment to meet the whim of
the moment. Like the markings on wood which are ingrained in the very
heart of the tree, character requires time and nurturing for growth
and development. Thus also, day by day, we write our own destiny; for
inexorably...we become what we do."

[The implications of this principle (we reap what we sow) are important,
worthy of our consideration...]

 
At 10:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For godly sorrow worketh repentance into[unto] salvation, not to be repented of; but the sorrow of the world worketh death.--2 CORINTHIANS vii. 10.

 
At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"day of reckoning"............11/21/2006

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A person who gets what he deserves is said to have received his "just desserts."

 
At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm watching you fall from grace
breaking a heart of gold
don't ever try saving face
run with your heart of stone

 
At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

caputo seems to want to bring disciplinary action against the student demonstrators. arrest is not enough. he wants to silence them, maybe even expel them from the university. can we do something to prevent him from playing cat and mouse with these students?

 
At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:40 PM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

Anon 5:11pm
The ball is in our court. It is up to us and the student body on whether president Caputo should be allowed to get away with his intimidations. The students had every right to demonstrate and the actions against theses brave soles were discriminatory and out of propoortion to the mild infraction of not having a permit.
We are all to blame for having allowed the adminstration to impose that inhibiting requirement in the first place.
Students, staff and faculty need to stand united and participate as of tomorrow morning in all sorts of actions that will demonstrate solidarity with the Pace 5. The studebts deserve our support and we owe it to them.

 
At 5:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he who has power and shows it not deserve it!

 
At 5:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he who has power and shows it does not deserve it!

 
At 5:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please check pre Pace friendship of the chairman and the king.

 
At 5:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the crime of misappropriation ...............................check the federal code.................................it applies to our facts....

 
At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

,Family Mustelida.Begone.................... the term "weasel" is associated with devious characters.

 
At 8:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Rot at the Center of the Empire

 
At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

grin and bear it
to accept an unpleasant or difficult situation because there is nothing you can do to improve it. Let's change the defintion!!!

 
At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just disseminated. Any faculty's reactions, comments?

November 15, 2006

Neill Bianco, ’61, Chairman of the Pace University Board of Trustees, issued the following statement in response to the news conference by the chapter of SDS on the University’s Downtown campus:

David Caputo was brought to Pace six years ago to effect change at the University – change to advance the reputation of Pace, strengthen the educational experience for students, and create better professional opportunities for students upon graduation.

Dr. Caputo has the unequivocal support of the Board of Trustees.

The faculty has expressed generally-thoughtful concerns about governance issues and internal communication with them. The Board and President Caputo are working on responses that will be thoughtful, too, and will present those before the end of the 30-day schedule the faculty requested.

While we work through current challenges in enrollment and budget, we remind people that Pace University is healthy.

• Under Dr. Caputo we’ve kept our salaries competitive with other institutions, kept our benefits generous, and avoided layoffs.

• We are bargaining in good faith with our adjunct and part-time faculty members.

• Dr. Caputo has led a sweeping restructuring of our information technology systems.

• He has led the creation of 15 new faculty positions, bringing teachers and scholars of note and accomplishment to Pace.

• With Dr. Caputo’s encouragement, faculty members have increased the yearly total of their sponsored research grants from half a million dollars to seven million dollars.

• Sixteen of our students have won Fulbright scholarships for postgraduate work abroad, and we just had our first student ever apply for a Rhodes scholarship.

• Annual giving rates among Pace alumni and alumnae have doubled in four years, a sign of their confidence in the University’s mission, direction and goals.

• Dr. Caputo’s leadership puts Pace at the forefront of the important national conversation currently taking place on accountability in higher education.

David Caputo is worth what we pay him.

Pace University deserves the best possible discussion by all the members of its community of how to improve the learning and lives of our students. We look forward to continuing conversations on these issues that are vital to the university’s future.

 
At 10:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We would like to try to coordinate a day of University-wide protest and we think it's possible considering that Pleasantville and the Law campus are planning their respective protests. Pace SDS would like organize a protest on the NYC campus to coincide with all of this.

On a side note, I'd like to thank you all for your solidarity with us.
It really means a lot.

-LG


BK wrote:
> Hey Dr. B,
>
> L. and I have heard that pace law students are considering a similar protest. It would be pretty powerful to have a protest on all of the campuses if we can pull it off.

BK
Pace SDS

Hello all - Dr. B, I want to introduce you to two of the students involved in the NYC protest last week who are interested in the demonstration on the PLV campus. Please meet Lauren Giaccone and
B K. Brian and Lauren please meet Professor DB from
the English department in PLV.

Thanks all, cm

D.M.

Hello,

some of my students have asked that we lend our voices to the current
debate over spending, esp. the much-publicized questoins of salary
increases when services and staff are being cut....

Pls. ask your students--or other parties involved in Pace's financial
crisis-- to attend a rally:

NOV 29 Wednes. Noon to 12:30. In Dining Room A (if weather permits,
walking a circuit Lien-Miler-Meditation garden. Back to D. Room A.
Open podium/conclusion.

Pls. note: A required application form is being prepared by students
and faculty (STudents First Committee) and will be submitted to G.
GH for signature on Wednesday or Thursday of this week. (text:
"to voice concern and show solidarity with Pace NY students, re:
administrative salary increases, student loans/indebtedness, shared
governance.")

I hope you'll join us/tell your students......

 
At 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: the statement from the Chairman of the Board: "We may remind people that Pace University is healthy."
I guess that the credibility of this depends on how one defines "healthy."
From a purely financial perspective, I would not call "healthy:" burgeoning yearly operating losses; ever declining enrollments; endowment growth that does not match the S&P; a pathetic credit rating that will make it all but impossible to borrow in the future; and yet-to-come layoffs and programmatic cutbacks. Etc. Etc. All of this is irrespective of the decline in the overall morale of many members of the community and a restive student body.
In my view, the statement of the Trustees is rather insulting and, in a very sad way, quite delusional.

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger blindasaprofessor said...

November 15, 2006

Neill Bianco, ’61, Chairman of the Pace University Board of Trustees, issued the following statement in response to the news conference by the chapter of SDS on the University’s Downtown campus:

David Caputo was brought to Pace six years ago to effect change at the University – change to advance the reputation of Pace, strengthen the educational experience for students, and create better professional opportunities for students upon graduation.

Dr. Caputo has the unequivocal support of the Board of Trustees.

The faculty has expressed generally-thoughtful concerns about governance issues and internal communication with them. The Board and President Caputo are working on responses that will be thoughtful, too, and will present those before the end of the 30-day schedule the faculty requested.

While we work through current challenges in enrollment and budget, we remind people that Pace University is healthy.

• Under Dr. Caputo we’ve kept our salaries competitive with other institutions, kept our benefits generous, and avoided layoffs.

• We are bargaining in good faith with our adjunct and part-time faculty members.

• Dr. Caputo has led a sweeping restructuring of our information technology systems.

• He has led the creation of 15 new faculty positions, bringing teachers and scholars of note and accomplishment to Pace.

• With Dr. Caputo’s encouragement, faculty members have increased the yearly total of their sponsored research grants from half a million dollars to seven million dollars.

• Sixteen of our students have won Fulbright scholarships for postgraduate work abroad, and we just had our first student ever apply for a Rhodes scholarship.

• Annual giving rates among Pace alumni and alumnae have doubled in four years, a sign of their confidence in the University’s mission, direction and goals.

• Dr. Caputo’s leadership puts Pace at the forefront of the important national conversation currently taking place on accountability in higher education.

David Caputo is worth what we pay him.

Pace University deserves the best possible discussion by all the members of its community of how to improve the learning and lives of our students. We look forward to continuing conversations on these issues that are vital to the university’s future.

 
At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The statement by the Trustees in response to the faculty: this is a joke, right? I know that the calendar says November, but what is written could easily have been produced on April 1.

 
At 1:09 PM, Anonymous Dismayed said...

I hope that Chairman Biancos' vote of confidence in President Caputo turns out to be similar to the vote of confidence in Rumsfeld by President George W. Bush.

 
At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would argue that their right to demostrate does not trump Pace's right to set guidelines for protests and to protect Pace's PRIVATE property. Remember, the rules that govern protests and demostrations are the same rules that prevent the disruption of class sessions by students and give the faculty a measure of control in the classroom.

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger Thomas Paine said...

Annonymous 1:28,
Your position, and you are entitled to it, is based on a major stretch.
(1) The demonstration was peaceful and did not endanger anyone or interfer with the orderly conduct of classes and business as usual.
(2)Many , all across the country, have questioned whether the act of requiring a permit in itself is a violation of free speech.
(3) Even if the violation of the rules and regulations that govern Pace did occur then we question whether the remedy was reasonable. Does the penalty fit the crime?

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Prometheus said...

Those who are insecure and have weak arguments want to banish all opposition by any means necessary...

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Prometheus said...

I wonder if we wore signs (like t-shirts with slogans) and walked up and down in front of the bldg or around campus would that require a permit too???!!!

So, I'd have to sumbit my name to the powers that be before I can criticize them????!!!!!!!!

Hmmm, what happened to common sense?

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 30-year veteran Faculty wrote...

Faculty folks, why don’t you wake up and smell the stinky coffee at one lower grade, and respond decisively...After having remained as a silent reader on this blog, I can not take it any more...


The 7+1 page document, the Board response and the President aspiring to tactfully and astutely put the pseudo-positive spin to the ten resolutions is now out.

It is as expected, that is, for the Board and his president et al to come out of their defensive mode into an all out obnoxious offensive mode, while wrapping it all in a crock of patronizing statements. In other words, the Board, fearful of acknowledging any complicity, as they are the ones who have brought 20 years of misery to Pace, (ab-) use the politically toned rhetoric as if the clock is pulled back to November 1 and the president and his cabinet are running for lection.

Pace students continue to be the major losers in such impasse, while any quality faculty who has an option to exercise is jumping the ship or avoid boarding it in the first place.
The document has now slapped the faculty on the face and a double kick in the groin and A.., by telling us to go work in the gutter to provide for his grandiose self centered ideas.

Those rumors of running Pace dry in favor of moving some left over to SUNY or another third real estate or college seem as well true, don’t they?

The latter days of November 21-30 are critical for the faculty to decide what is next? A NO vote of confidence Combo for the Board and President and his cabinet down to deans and their cronies, complemented with an external investigation, and class action litigations are the only options left.

 
At 7:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apathy is the lack of emotion, motivation, or enthusiasm. Apathy is a psychological term for a state of indifference — where an individual is unresponsive or "indifferent" to aspects of emotional, social, or physical life. Clinical apathy is considered to be at an elevated level, while a moderate level might be considered depression, and an extreme level could be diagnosed as a dissociative disorder. The physical aspect of apathy associated with physical deterioration, muscle loss, and lack of energy is called lethargy — which has many pathological causes as well.

Apathy can be object-specific — toward a person, activity or environment. It is a common reaction to stress where it manifests as "learned helplessness" and is commonly associated with depression. It can also reflect a non-pathological lack of interest in things one does not consider important.

Certain drugs are known to cause symptoms associated with or leading to apathy. Apathy is also very similar to laziness, and may be an extreme form of it.

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only are students being harrassed, but faculty who attempt to publicly present their points of view are being identified and harrassed.
Three faculty members wearing large signs protesting the arrests were followed around to the Pleasantville Kessel Center student cafeteria, asked to sign a "permit to demonstrate" althought here were only 3 of them, then hassled bout not being able to "solicit" money for the kids who were jailed.
Who made the decision to send in the troops?
Who has removed the flyers put up by another faculty members announcing the demonstration in Pleasantville Novbember 29 for which there willnot be a permit. Who owns the academic halls?
Why is speaking out so threatening to administration. If we dig, what else might we find?

 
At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 52 students enrolled at Pace University's new center in Mount Kisco have attended classes this month in three conference rooms at the Ramada Inn here instead. The school had been expecting 400 students when the center opened Jan. 27. The small enrollment and the need to use the hotel have left Pace officials a bit flustered......................we knew then what we know now the time had come for the man at the top to step down.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The chairman and the king have performed about as well as a heart surgeon with mittens on. The king failed utterly to provide the leadership necessary and managed to so mangle the univerity's finances that it will take several years or maybe a decade to recover.

 
At 10:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guts are a combination of confidence, courage, conviction, strength of character, stick-to-itiveness, pugnaciousness, backbone, and intestinal fortitude. They are mandatory for anyone who wants to get to and stay at the top. Our question is who has more the chairman and the king or us?

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

brinkmanship
Origin: 1956

How do you fight a war without going to war? After ten years of Cold War (1946) with the Soviet Union, that was a paradox we were still trying to resolve. But President Eisenhower's secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, had no doubts about it. "The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art," Dulles said in an interview early in 1956. "If you cannot master it, you inevitably get into war. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost."

There was good reason to be scared. Both the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics were armed and dangerous. The United States had tested its first hydrogen bomb in 1952, the U.S.S.R. in 1953. Both sides had long-range aircraft to deliver the bombs. Neither side was deterred by the fear of "nuclear winter" (1983), an idea whose time would not come for thirty more years. In classrooms, the best we could do for our schoolchildren was to hold "duck and cover" drills so they could practice shielding themselves from the flash and blast of a distant atomic bomb.

Not every American favored going to the brink. Former governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, twice nominated as the Democratic candidate to run against Eisenhower, criticized Dulles in a speech in February 1956: "No, we hear the Secretary of State boasting of his brinkmanship--the art of bringing us to the edge of the nuclear abyss."

That word brinkmanship was modeled on the "gamesmanship" of Stephen Potter's 1947 book, The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship or the Art of Winning Games Without Really Cheating. The sporting and humorous connotations of the suffix -manship applied to such a serious subject imply that the practitioner of brinkmanship is playing with catastrophe. Though the cold war is over, high-risk politics are not, and brinkmanship remains a vivid word to describe them.

 
At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The expression coup de grâce (French: "blow of mercy") means a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded creature. It is often used figuratively to describe the last of a series of events which brings about the end of some entity; for example: "The business had been ailing for years; the coup de grâce which brought it to its knees was the sudden jump in oil prices."

 

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