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, March 30, 2011

Rock next uses magic to block presenters at university Senate

The present post reports a recent development related to the PREVIOUS POST.

University of Ottawa student senator Joseph Hickey had pointed out that university president and Chair of university senate Allan Rock has been improperly unilaterally blocking invited presenters to Senate, contradicting Rock's own past pronouncements on the issue... HERE.

Rock responded to Hickey today and Hickey has made the response public on Hickey's blog about senate HERE. Hickey also posted the reply to Rock, HERE.

It appears Rock has now resorted to magic: He has determined the past history of Senate by pronouncement.

Why appeal to dates, facts and minutes of meetings when you can simply affirm?

It is well known that magic is a powerful ally when dealing with a murder of crows.

This is an improvement. Not so long ago, Rock had no idea if Senate even had rules of procedure... Only an extensive search of the university archives could determine that the university Senate had never adopted rules of procedure: HERE.

Similarly, recently Rock had to resort to another search of university archives to find out if Senate had ever delegated its authority to approve new academic programs, its most fundamental purpose! HERE.

But, it appears by magic that, despite all known examples being counter-examples, the "long-standing practice" of Senate is to refuse invited presenters?

Such is the power of magic. Or is it the magic of power?

[Oh, and now THIS... (History has a way of being well... filled with information from the past...)]

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