Author Archives: Jon Li

Misc. News’ servers are down.

1827262Due to heavy internet traffic, Vassar’s student newspaper (www.miscellanynews.com) has crashed.  I think this might be due to some breaking news about Vassar Layoff… stay tuned.

the link is below:

http://bit.ly/xpM1

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Vassar Joins Department Stores, Offering Steep Discounts

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Me, Pushing You, Pushing back. Merry Xmas.

Ol' Saint Nicholas

Ol' Saint Nicholas

The powers at be have instructed us to lay low, to take it down a notch, to refrain from going to the press (Sara Rimer, we’ll stay in touch).  So far, this ‘exercise‘ has proven that current and former students do care, that the value of professors and the Arts (or the Idea of the Education of Liberal Arts at Vassar) does matter to those who choose to teach within the Vassarian walls and to those who choose to be educated here.  Choices have been made by us all.

We’ve caused quite a stir, enough to prove to faculty, administration, and the public that the answer to the economic problem is not by cutting compensation-costs and eliminating cornerstones of important programs. The answer is obviously more complex–that’s my gut speaking out of line. Nevertheless, we’re currently subjected to the practice that economics drives academia; but this economic pillar is collapsing and we either fall with it or must replace it with something new or old, perhaps the founding ideals of Vassar? After all, we trust Google because up to this point everything they’ve created points back to the promise that it will ‘do no evil.’ Economics explains free-market competition; Darwinian cell-theory explains evolutionary survival–what at Vassar will survive, what is being systematically selected to cease? Either we compete or we work together.

In the end, Vassar is in the hands of a select few whose trust is publicly being judged. I have absolute confidence that democracy is at play, that built into the practice of democracy is the exercise of revolution as a right. What the admin has failed to prepare for is unity–that the Faculty of the English Department have united, that students have united and so have alumae/i. If only All Departments, as a collective voice, would united in cross-disciplinary defense of Liberal Arts, then I think, we come to demonstrate (and near an understanding) what Vassar means. Currently, the admin has been forced to reconsider the details of their plan. It’s their move, and together we wait for it.

For now, a knife is pressed to the skin of somebody and it’s in the admin’s power and interest to make a decision. I have complete faith that the alums, parents, students, and professors will respond accordingly.

Merry Xmas.

“I think I agree with Joyce’s lapsed Catholic hero in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: “What kind of liberation would that be to forsake an absurdity which is logical and coherent and to embrace one which is illogical and incoherent?” The religious celebration of Christmas is at least a clear and coherent absurdity. The commercial celebration is not even that.”

For Some People, God is Not Enough by Umberto Eco

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Remember, We’re on Twitter

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By following us on Twitter, you’ll help us expand our message and network.  We need your help.

Twitter name: fireatvassar

Link: http://twitter.com/fireatvassar

FOLLOW US LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN!

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Administration Rejects Proposal

vassar-englishDuring a meeting with the Administration, faculty collectively proposed to take pay cuts and to with-go bonuses in order to pay for the salaries of Professor M Mark and Julie Rose.  The Administration refused, suggesting that the proposed layoffs by the Administration is not about academic downsizing but that an alternative “agenda” might be at play.

The Pro: The English Department faculty have united against President Cap Hill and Dean of Faculty Jonathan Chenette. The Con: The Administration is stubbornly steadfast, does this remind you of President Bush’s Administration?

DON’T LET THIS ISSUE FIZZLE OUT OVER BREAK.  I CALL ON THE MISC NEWSPAPER TO DIG DEEPER INTO THIS ISSUE WHEN SCHOOL COMMENCES IN JANUARY. WHAT ARE OTHER COLLEGES DOING?

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Letter to the Editor

picture-1Another letter sent to Vassar’s Newspaper. This time by a current student.

“I understand that due to the unfortunate financial situation right now, sacrifices need to be made, but I wonder if there aren’t other ways to make the school more cost-efficient without sacrificing the livelihoods of these professors. It is also my hope that reducing the faculty is not an ultimate goal, but rather a measure that seems necessary in the given situation”

by Natalie Chomet ’09

Read the full letter here.

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Dartmouth Offers Retirement Incentives

picture-62“Dartmouth College, under budget pressure tied to the recession, announced a incentives to induce retirements. Eligible employees can get an extra six months of pay if they decide by Jan. 16 that they will retire.”

from the New York Times.

Read the complete 3-sentence article,  HERE.

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