goings on at the U

School has started and my students are getting settled in, and just when I thought it was going to be smooth sailing – the university is having a bit of an internal power struggle and we just might have 2 Rectors.

I’ve been buying the newspaper almost everyday and on Friday, Adolfo and I listened to the radio almost all day long as they broadcast the meeting of the Consejo General Universitario (like a University Board of Trustees).  The two sides of this struggle have been trading insults for a while now and we knew exciting things were going to happen on Friday.

So on Friday, the Consejo and the Rector of the University argued for about 3 hours about the agenda for the meeting.  Finally, the Rector decided to put the agenda to a vote, when his agenda was soundly defeated, he announced the end of the meeting, got up, and left.

The Consejo decided that this was a grave error and in his absence, dismissed him and elected a new Rector of the University.  The other Rector held a press conference and declared himself to still be Rector because once the meeting is declared to be over, no binding decisions can be made.

Meanwhile, the new Rector happens to be the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, where all my students take their classes.  So a so-called student group, which is famously not composed of many students, took over the campus of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, kicked everyone out and blocked the doors.

Luckily, my students are new to town and had no idea what was going on.  The only one that was on campus on Friday afternoon was studying in the library.  She was told to leave, but she just thought that the library closed very early on Fridays!

Today, I bought the paper again and the first Rector was giving a press conference when he broke down in tears.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow and if the students are able to go to class.

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3 Responses to “goings on at the U”

  1. Paul Says:

    This is one reason I always liked working for myself. I was never a victim of something I had no control over. Of course, it was never as exciting as your job!!!

  2. nb Says:

    http://www.sonvenezuela.com/index.shtml
    This is the band I was talking about, from KC, appearing in the We Always Swing Jazz Series I think.

  3. Leah Says:

    Wow, nothing like that happens at MACC!

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