So… there’s always a a little bit of hell to pay when the legislature has a chance to chat one on one with the people who run perennial scandal magnets like Rutgers University.

Of course, like most seriously fucked up schools, Rutgers reflects a seriously fucked up state. This is the state that gave us the gone but not forgotten University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. As one local columnist puts it:

[Stephen] Sweeney argues that scandals, including men’s former basketball coach Mike Rice penchant for hurling basketballs and epithets at players, have damaged the school’s reputation and “its ability to purse academic excellence.”

So [putting more political appointees on its board of trustees] would make sense.

Because nothing enhances a university’s academic reputation like a collection of Jersey pols.

You got your basic Scylla and Piscataway dilemma here… Jersey legislators… Jersey trustees…

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3 Responses to “‘“Your school, this university, announced that it was going to examine its governance structure and that it was going to reform its governance structure in the embarrassment that happened over a period of time. And now you’re not willing to say that you would support … the release of a structure. If it was developed by the university by the person that you selected to chair this committee, then why wouldn’t you adopt these recommendations if it’s been done within?” Cantor corrected Sweeney’s statement that the task force was commissioned in response to the string of athletics scandals stemming from the men’s basketball player abuse controversy. “It wasn’t in response to any particular scandal, as you suggest, but rather because we thought that it would be an indication of good governance,” Cantor said. After he flippantly labeled it “just a coincidence” that the task force was commissioned “during the scandal,” Sweeney rebuked the Rutgers administration for its lack of transparency.’”

  1. dmf Says:

    when circles of hell collide…

  2. dmf Says:

    ah, missed the spell checking, more coffee is in order.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    dmf: I fixed it.

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