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

Friday, August 12, 2011

Rock admin backs down on subverting Senate authority

University of Ottawa senate member Joseph Hickey reports (HERE) that the Allan Rock administration has now backed down in its attempt to subvert senate authority to elect its own representatives to the selection committee for the next VP-Resources. (See previous post in this matter here.)

This retraction of the administration's firmly repeated position that the Executive Committee would select the senate representatives comes after Hickey made a public request that the democratic process must be respected and exposed the move as unnecessary and questionable.

The latter email exchange between Hickey and the university administration was posted by Hickey HERE.

Despite the strength of Hickey's arguments the administration has been know to simply plow ahead in other such cases, or to pull a last minute unannounced reversal at senate itself in order to avert further public exposure.

Therefore, this is good news and a sign that Allan Rock may be learning something new about democracy from students.

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