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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Machen on Fox Business News

Thanks to one of the readers here is a video of Bernie Machen on Fox Business News. Not a particularly heartening discussion. Basically, it sounds like the plan is final and the announcement is nothing more than a formality. I hope I am wrong and they'll be some time for faculty input, but it doesn't look good.

Now, who made the following statement:

I cannot emphasize enough the preliminary nature of these proposals. These are options to consider. We do not know how many of them we will adopt"

The statement was made 3 weeks ago.


Joe Meert


At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that statement by Machen is all but forgotten by now. Only those on the receiving end of whatever he decides remember it.

As time grows closer for the notices, I'm sure many would have wished they made their voices heard. The opinions on the faculty blog seemed to die out. It's as if people just rolled over without a fight and exposed their underbellies to the jaws of destiny.

At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At the end of April, I was visiting Williamson (a place from which I reluctantly turned down a tenure track position several years ago), and I heard the following regarding the meeting between the department and the CLAS dean on the topic of the proposed-potential "restructuring" of CLAS due to budget issues.

The proposed/potential restructuring of CLAS which had been announced a few weeks prior and did receive feedback from faculty, graduate students etc, was exactly the same that CLAS put forward to President Machen. It would seem that the input was neither thought about nor wanted.

When asked the question regarding whether or not the "new" plan had included any of the suggestions and had been modified in the intervening weeks, the dean of CLAS, like every child caught with their hand in the cookie jar before dinner, danced and backed away before finally admitting that there were no changes. (read, changes were not wanted)

The financial health or lack thereof of Florida's ponzi-scheme budget, appears to be just an excuse. UF's administration has failed the smell and transparency test.

There are others beyond 'the receiving end' who will remember.

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Machen say 12% cut on that video? What happened to the break we got from the legislature?

At 5:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The TV20 interview with Machen on May 11th left more questions than answers. At first it seemed he was backing off on major cuts, but then he said some departments will see major cuts.

Will we have to wait until Friday at the Faculty Senate meeting to see what the administration has decided? I heard they were going to pass out notices on the 13th (tomorrow) in order to have everyone being cut out the door by July 1st.


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