U of O Watch mission, in the words of Foucault...

"One knows … that the university and in a general way, all teaching systems, which appear simply to disseminate knowledge, are made to maintain a certain social class in power; and to exclude the instruments of power of another social class. … It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticise the workings of institutions, which appear to be both neutral and independent; to criticise and attack them in such a manner that the political violence which has always exercised itself obscurely through them will be unmasked, so that one can fight against them." -- Foucault, debating Chomsky, 1971.

U of O Watch mission, in the words of Socrates...

"An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all." -- Socrates

video of president allan rock at work

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hickey publicly confronts Rock on abuse of legal funds and student activists

Photo: June 2, 2010 (Fulcrum Shift) - Joseph Hickey addressing Allan Rock's recoup propaganda "town hall" communication session about the university's recent unilateral budget exercise fiasco.

See report at Fulcrum Shift HERE.

Another Fulcrum Shift report about Rock's post-decision "Town Hall" communication is HERE.

Related note:

Student pressure directly gave rise to last minute and again unilateral pre-"Town Hall" changes to the budget. These extracted victories for students were spun as the administration's dedication to quality of student experience (LINK to U of O May 31st press release):
"...The budget includes the bulk of the initiatives proposed by faculties and services in the context of the resource optimization exercise, but a few were rejected including: increasing administrative and accessory fees; eliminating most small classes; reducing teaching and research assistant positions; and reducing scholarships and financial aid..."
It appears that the Rock administration was made to understand that inflated administrative costs (by 30% last year alone) coupled with cuts to direct benefits to student aid and services while trumpeting priority to quality of student experience would not look so good on the fiscal balance sheet...

It also appears that the students are the only effective pressure group on campus. The meek rumblings of the professor's union had no visible impact. Collegial governance took a major hit under Rock.

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