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Grab a No Confidence shirt tomorrow

The SRC will be giving away these striking t-shirts tomorrow (April 10) on Asbury Circle from noon to 12:30. Donations are appreciated to cover printing costs.

T-shirt with inverted Emory crest: "Wagner, resign. No confidence"

Since Essence of Emory is over, we can’t imagine this will make the university antsy at all. In fact, Wagner has already approved. Giving the shirt a test run, Andy Ratto ran into President Wagner outside the Administration building: “He gave me a wave and smile,” Andy said, “so I paused for a moment so we could do a stop and chat. When he got up to me and saw the shirt, he said something like, ‘Oh, I didn’t know about those.’ I said, ‘Yeah, too bad I don’t have my camera or we could get a picture together,’ I think he said something about wondering if it is a Laney thing, and then asked where I got the shirt from. I said I got it from a friend, and we parted ways.”

Tomorrow will be the halfway point in the week-long anonymous faculty vote, and we don’t want it to be pushed off the radar or watered down to an airing of concerns about the “vibrancy” of the university.

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Faculty “confidence” vote confirmed

At a “special” faculty meeting this evening, professors agreed to hold an electronic vote asking the faculty whether they had confidence in James Wagner as the president of Emory. The meeting was prolonged by filibustering efforts and some barely veiled hostility between humanities and sciences faculty members, with social scientists evidently caught in the middle. Apparently, some professors believe taking a principled, protected stand amounts to a “temper tantrum.” The vote is slated to take place…ASAP.

The Student Government Association, on the other hand, opted not to include the referendum question “Do you have confidence in the direction of the University on tomorrow’s election ballot. It was another dragged-out affair: 4 non-voting SRC members came to support Andy Ratto’s bill, which was largely supported by graduate student leaders, but overwhelmingly dismissed by undergraduate representatives and by SGA President Ashish Gandhi.

What’s the significance of all this (well, the faculty referendum, anyway)? SRC member David Mullins reflects on the tense meeting with President Wagner last December. He recalls Wagner saying, “If you wanted a democratic university, you’d need another president and a vote of no confidence.”

So, let’s answer Wagner’s rhetorical question. Do we want a democratic university?

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SGA to vote on Wagner

SRC member Andy Ratto has added the following motion to the agenda for the Student Government Association meeting. In short, the motion would allow all Emory students to cast a vote about Pres. Wagner during the campus-wide elections next week. There’s a lot of momentum for an action like this in the wake of no-confidence motions at NYU, Saint Louis U, the North Dakota state university system, Coppin State U., the University of Southern Maine, etc., etc.

Bill 46sl: “Calling for a Student Vote About Emory President James Wagner”
Whereas there has been an ongoing discussion on campus about the performance of President James Wagner, and;
Whereas the college faculty have already voted to censure President Wagner through their established procedures but the opinion about him from the student body is currently unknown, and;
Whereas the voice of the student body should be heard and considered in matters of the governance of Emory University, and;
Whereas a vote about a University President is an established method for evaluating performance, and such a vote has occurred at other schools by both university faculty, and from students as well, and;
Whereas the SGA supporting this bill would not mean a judgment in any way about President Wagner’s job as President, but rather a commitment to including the student voice in the operation of Emory University, and;
Whereas the Student Government Association can offer up a referendum to a vote by the student body.
Therefore, let it be enacted by the 46th Legislature of the Student Government of Association of Emory University that a question regarding whether or not students still have confidence in James Wagner as President of Emory University be put forward for the entire Student Body to vote on during the Spring 2013 elections, on Thursday, March 28, 2013, unless moved by the Board of Elections, as a referendum.

The meeting is tomorrow (Monday, March 18) at 7pm, in the Faculty Dining room in the DUC (across from the post office). All supporters are encouraged to attend, as the measure requires a two-thirds vote even to be debated, and a further 51% majority to pass.

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