People sometimes can't get enough "warm fuzzies". The liberal mind set insists that any good news about diversity show up on page one. So when the Otto Bremer Foundation
gives $24,000 (enough to teach a writing course to about 200 students) it might not be news, but if it's for funding the SCSU diversity plan, it makes page one.
Some interesting notes on this article:
- It looks like the administration is taking the credit here, though the faculty union has been trying to push for this grant for awhile. The union president sent a campus email today sharing in the credit. Yet the story is quite clear that the Independent Review Committee, with its funky decisionmaking rules, couldn't get their report out and the administration moved right after that point.
- The civility code is still mentioned, even though the faculty union has rejected it. This while the provost continues to hope for a "place where the free exchange of ideas can take place without anyone feeling threatened or harassed."
- While attendance isn't required,
Faculty members who complete 10 hours of training will receive a certificate, which will be one of many factors administrators will consider during personnel evaluations, Spitzer said.That would be what? A "get out of publishing free card"? A "only teach the class I want, when I want free card"???
UPDATE: The AP picked the story up
, but the University Chronicle had the sense to treat it as a minor item