Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Allan Rock senate circus exposed by Hickey, again
On some days, when the university is credibly exposed to a judicial review, University of Ottawa president Allan Rock explains that his role as Chair of university Senate is one of neutrality and procedural fairness.
On most others days, Rock and his sidekick VP-Governance Diane Davidson are the boss of Senate; making up the rules as they go along - irrespective of established practice, the University of Ottawa Act, 1965, and in blissful ignorance of institutional memory.
It's quite remarkable really. As remarkable as the murder of obedient crows that is senate itself.
Elected student senator Joseph Hickey is one of a few notable exceptions.
Hickey, in a fit of civil obedience, actually acts as a senator and reports his resulting run-ins with the Rock machine on a dedicated blog: A Student's-Eye View.
Hickey's most recent post ("Guest Speakers at Senate") is a documented and striking example of president Allan Rock's selective amnesia and disregard for the law; illustrated using Rock's own pronouncements at Senate.
One has to wonder how Rock manages to keep all these contradictory "truths" inside one brain. Such compartmentalization must be a gift? (Although it has routinely gotten Rock into hot water in his illustrious political career: HERE.) (For a relevant radio interview with a brain surgeon see HERE.)
This is the first time in the university's history that the venerable institution is run by two outside lawyers (Rock and Davidson) having no professional academic experience. Not exactly a successful experiment...?
Will the university community rise to the challenge of assuming its own governance? Only time will tell. The recent historic record suggests not, unless the students get involved (e.g., vintage video).