August 21, 2013
The most recent staff editorial in The Joplin Globe is the most naked literary hummer in the history of fake journalism.
It is about the “larger than life” statue of a lion unveiled by MSSU recently. That cliche and others apparently “leaped to mind” for this lazy writer. But we digress. The problem isn’t with the prose but with the fact that the Globe is easy to praise and reluctant to poke.
We are in favor of and happy with the unveiling of the statue. It symbolizes a new beginning under Interim President Alan Marble. Marble has reached out to faculty and seems to realize the university’s international mission is a vital component to its future. It looks forward and not back. And that is all good.
But The Globe keeps giving Southern head.
Where did the money come from? The Student Senate spent a lot of money for this. And that is fine. It is a good symbol at a good time.
But what happened to the money then-Sen. Gary Nodler got for a storm shelter? Where is the university in fund raising for the already-named-but-matching funds-not raised Plaster sports complex?
With a new year underway, will true shared governance return?
We are happy so far. But questions remain. And we are still SouthernWatching.
July 1, 2013
We have been kind of quiet since the Board of Governors (they get their real name back) came to its senses and sent RTV to that great hat shop in the presidential sky.
That will continue until they — as we used to use as our tag line — start doing shit again. But we plan to do some analytical and speculative posts.
Right now, Dr. Alan is doing all the right things, half a day in.
He was pictured in The Globe greeting students who returned from an (gasp) international trip. And the university is talking about its mission and what it should mean to Southwest Missouri. Will it be an international mission? Maybe. But if it isn’t, it seems Dr. Alan is willing to have a DISCUSSION. A CONVERSATION. An INCLUSIVE, OPEN PROCESS.
Shit. We can’t even remember the last time that happened. Look at Chad Stebbins, here. It looks like the guy has gotten 10 years back, lost weight and got laid. All in a month.
June 30, 2013
When catching up on The Turner Report this week, we came upon this gem of a post about a blog by two Joplin High School students who have concerns about the direction the Joplin R-8 School District is headed.
So they started a blog. And they call it Joplin Schools Watch.
They are telling administrators in their district that they are watching. And they are asking. And that they are stakeholders. The students write under their own names, which we applaud. And that isn’t a hypocritical position. Students can’t be fired.
And, apparently, they aren’t alone. This is from the blog’s “About” page:
This website is the voice of students, parents, and teachers who wish to bring the inner-workings of the Joplin School District to light.
Quite frankly, every school district, college, university, city council should have someone running a “Watch.” It is citizen journalism and populist activism at its best. Would the Joplin Globe ask these questions? Maybe the Joplin Globe doesn’t because it doesn’t even know what answers the public wants.
But can administrators punish these students for being critical of the district in an online medium and for content they produce off campus on their own time and with their own equipment?
If the district tries to discipline these brave young people, we hope they sue its ass off.
And we hope they keep “Watching.”
June 21, 2013
It has been well-chronicled that Speck accomplished little of note in his time here. Apparently, Dr. Alan Marble did accomplish some significant things.
Here are some of the more interesting headlines we found in minutes by searching for “Dr. Alan Marble” on the Neosho Daily News website:
Crowder, Carthage form partnership
Crowder breaks ground on McDonald County campus
Crowder enrollment numbers up
Crowder to offer classes in Carthage
Crowder hits record spring enrollment
Crowder offers classes at nine sites
Crowder College gets good marks in early audit
Marble gets probation for DUI
Crowder makes nationally-ranked list as workplace
That went back to July 2011. Notice the enrollment headlines and the expansion of the Crowder footprint. This week Crowder’s board gave a green light to seeking bids for a new residence hall.
Also note the last two headlines. Apparently Marble is quite capable of boorish behavior at times. But he recognized his mistake and took his medicine.
Then Crowder make a Chronicle of Higher Education list as one of the best places to work in the US. And if that culture can be transplanted to Southern, that will be a great departure from the last five years and a good start.
June 20, 2013
Just watched Die Hard on cable.
So here is a quote for all of you that are calling us assholes for calling Bruce an asshole:
“Asshole? I’m not the one who just got butt-fucked on national TV, *Dwayne*. Now, you listen to me, jerk-off, if you’re not a part of the solution, you’re a part of the problem. Quit being a part of the fucking problem and put the other guy back on!”
See you all in the morning.
June 20, 2013
We are inviting Watch readers to comment and tell us your favorite memories — good, bad, funny, surreal — of deposed University President Bruce Speck.
We will start.
Our favorite memory was Speck (and he was trying to be a good sport) dressing up in a burrito costume and rolling on the floor at Leggett & Platt. Which led to the moniker “Burrito Bruce.”
June 20, 2013
This thing could go either way.
This could be a Board of Governors triumph or it could be a sign that nothing was learned from the presidential fiasco that was Bruce Speck. So how should they handle it?
Here is our take.
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