As we near the two-year anniversary of Bruce Speck’s most epic failure since his poetry, We thought we would remind you of something you might have missed this fall.
According to a November 2011 story in The Current, the student newspaper at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, that school has partnered with the Kansas City medical school that spurned RTV’s advances in 2010.
From the report, it seems Danny Weaver knows about it this time.
Weaver, who told Speck in a February 2010 email that if his board voted on the partnership with MSSU “it would fail!” attended the Oct. 26, 2011 signing ceremony at UMSL.
According to the Nov. 3 press release from KCUMB, admission of students in this partner program will begin in the fall of 2013.
“KCUMB’s Partner Program now includes ten colleges or universities with exceptional premedical studies. Students who fulfill the qualifications of both partner institutions may apply during their sophomore year to reserve a seat in medical school following the successful completion of their junior year.”
This doesn’t mean that UMSL will have a branch on its campus. It simply allows early enrollment for select students, which are the terms that students earning a KCUMB medical degree at the failed Joplin branch would have faced. Why didn’t MSSU just negotiate a partnership for its pre-med undergraduates like these institutions?:
Central Methodist University
Missouri Western State University
Pittsburg State University
William Jewell College
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of St. Mary
This tells us one of two things.
Either the rumors are correct that Speck and puppet-master Dwight Douglas are planning on gutting everything else and turning MSSU into a health sciences niche campus. Perhaps they haven’t given up on a KCUMB branch down the road and plan to use they reserves they now refuse to touch to advance their aims.
Or, KCUMB took a look at MSSU and the clusterfuck leadership in Hearnes Hall and in the Bored Room and said, “Fuck you guys. Seek help.”
Neither option looks good. The first makes university leaders look sneaky. The second makes them look like colossal asshats.
It could be either one, because they are sneaky asshats.