Events This Week

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•December 15: D(ecision) Day Mock Funeral March. AT 11:45 am, we will gather in front of Moran Hall (the college’s first building) and march around/through campus to mourn the loss of programs and colleagues. We need horn players and drummers to play a funeral dirge as we march and we should get some black arm bands. We should have some fake coffins filled with a symbolic faculty corpse and the names of our lost programs (or suspected loss programs if we still have no announcements.) We will end the march in front of our newest academic building, Huether Hall.

•December 17: We are having an info session this Thursday at 4pm for terminated faculty. Following that will be a 
Candle Light Vigil and Caroling (parodies) 4:30-5:30 pm, in front of the Administration Building.

There is national media coverage of these scandalous layoffs. Our own Angela Ledford, Vice President of the chapter, offered a blistering rebuttal of President Stefanco’s rationale for cutting 28 programs and 23 faculty (many tenured) in addition to the 40 staff positions eliminated earlier this year. As Academe writes:

Saint Rose students and alumni agree and – as we have seen at other institutions recently attacked by their own governing boards and presidents – have joined with faculty in active opposition. Alumni have been particularly vocal, initiating an online petition and establishing both a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

There is also a Tumblr account, and many students and alumnae are expressing their displeasure directly to the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondolet.


Coming up:

•January 11: Those attending “Convocation Day”–wear black or at least a black arm band. 4:00 “Unhappy Hour” at Junior’s.