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Re: Future of UMass System

Post by DEM » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:59 pm

Old Cage wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:20 pm
Marty Meehan's interview on WBUR today is worth your 21 minutes: http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2018/06 ... ehan-umass
Those were very good answers by our UMass president - it makes me happy that President Meehan is the one in charge. Interesting point about the comments that Richard Freeland made and his conflict of interest (on the payroll for Northeastern, a coop institution that likely feels threatened by this move). It makes me wonder if such interests instigated this entire uproar, because I still don't understand how the outrage could be so misplaced...should people at UMass Boston be so angry about the flagship salvaging a failing private school to the benefit of the students and the public (a move that doesn't at all seem to impact UMass Boston in any negative way)? Or should they instead be outraged about legislators not giving their institution (UMass Boston, and the UMass system in general) enough funding? It's no wonder that a lot of our politicians have opted to go along with the former sentiment, despite how ridiculous it seems to more logical minds (otherwise, it's plainly obvious that they, our state politicians, would be the ones to blame).

I also find it sadly ironic that the UMB faculty set their institution back further in the process by rejecting all of the candidates to lead their institution, and thereby now find themselves with an an extended interim (likely, with less power than a full-fledged chancellor). Do they even know what they are protesting at this point, and what their goals are? They don't appear to be very far sighted and seem to just be adding to their problems, sadly. Anyway, very insightful answers, and I was happy to hear President Meehan state that he is here for the long haul and for the betterment of the UMass system.

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