Confidence games

Last week, 133 College faculty, or 40% of voters, declared that they had no confidence in President Wagner as a leader of Emory. Wagner and his supporters are calling the referendum a victory. Here’s why we don’t think it’s that simple: The motion for a referendum survived three faculty meetings (including one at which Wagner was present), as did the Payne motion calling for a review of the cuts. 133 votes on a symbolic, non-binding motion cannot be ignored. And the high number of eligible faculty who didn’t vote at all (47%) speaks to the obscurity of governance and the president’s responsibilities.

Finally, we are still awaiting the graduate student vote. Go to www.emory.edu/vote tomorrow (April 16) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

This morning, Wagner emailed the entire Emory community with a veritable Mad Lib of administrative clichés. We couldn’t help but notice a striking resemblance to last week’s “Keep Wagner” campaign:
Wagner email and Keep Wagner petition

The creator of the campaign, which appeared halfway through the faculty vote and appears to target undergraduate students (who were denied the right to an actual vote on the matter by the SGA), has “requested anonymity because of his affiliation with a student organization.” He implies that SRC activism, rather than any particular contribution Wagner has made to the university, was the catalyst. To which we reply: It must take a lot of courage to defend the status quo, word for word.

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