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

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Is U of O a blood money U?

University of Ottawa's President Allan Rock promised (HERE!) a "donor recognition policy", following his orchestrated show panels on the topic of campus corporatization, and then never delivered (HERE) ...


Rock went on to accept an "anonymous donation" for the business school (for a research chair in "ethical management") and "generous support" for a targeted academic program with Israel.

This followed the university's multi-million-dollar courtships with the notorious Gorldcorp Inc. and with Paul Desmarais of Burmese fame.

Is the University of Ottawa in a race to become "blood money U"?

Does it aspire to surpass the London School of Economics?


Students occupy the London School of Economics (LSE) in solidarity with Libyan revolt

by Siân Ruddick - Feb 22, 2011


Students at the London School of Economics (LSE) in central London have occupied the senior management dining suite.

They are protesting against the university's links with the Colonel Gaddafi’s regime in Libya and in solidarity with the Libyan revolt.

The students are demanding that the university issues a statement condemning the brutality of the regime and of Saif Gaddafi, Colonel Gaddafi’s son, who is a graduate of LSE and a defender of the Libyan regime.

The students are also demanding that the university revokes Saif's alumni status and reject the annual instalments of £1.5 million from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation.

They also want management to pledge that they will not accept grants and donations from oppressive regimes in the future.

Niamh, a second year student in the occupation, told Socialist Worker, "No one can condone the actions of the Gaddafi regime. The university cannot just issue a statement trying to placate people.

“This money is blood money, it was never LSE’s money. It should be given back to the Libyan people."

The occupiers are calling on other students to join them. Students across Britain have another day of action planned to defend education this Thursday – Day X 4.

Students at other colleges plan to occupy this week.

Send messages of support to lselibyasolidarity@gmail.com

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