If the administration will never allow a town meeting, then what is the HU community to do. How do we make ourselves heard and get results? You are absolutely correct about the state this school is in. Who can we get to take us seriously and actually do something before we pass the point of no return? Plus how do we know who to trust in this situation? HELP! -Anonymous, November 18, 2011 1:44 AM
Hello Anonymous! You are stronger than you think. Just about everything on the blog is public information. The sources are cited and in most cases there are direct links to the sources. I've only helped you put it all together, but you should not take my word for anything. Be experts, it's your school.
Since most of this stuff is out in the open now, administration will have time to spin like crazy. If you as students ask pointed question and demand pointed factual answers, its hard for them to spin. If you insist on answers in writing, it's impossible to spin and get away with it. You want a town meeting? Set one up on your terms. Invite the interested parties --those that show up have an interest in you as students, those that don't are hiding something. They work for you. Don't forget that. They work for you.
The first question you have to ask is "What do you want'?
I can tell you want I want. I want the president to step down before he embarrasses himself and the school anymore. I want the provost to be fired. I want an experienced provost that is education centered. I want the administration to stop grossly overpaying themselves. I want the school to get back on track and be a STEM school we all want it to be. I want the trustees to get their heads out of their asses and take some action. I want the faculty to set their differences aside and act like professionals instead of self-serving complacent bitches. I want someone in administration that will advocate for academics. I want someone in administration that will concentrate on fixing retention and advocate for students. I want shared governance --students, staff and faculty all have a right to be involved in decisions that affect them.
What do you want? Make you voice be heard. Drop Robert Dolan, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees a note: email@example.com. Sam Benigni is the Faculty Chair: sbenigni@HarrisburgU.edu.
If you want my humble opinion, I'd wait a little while before going to the press. I'd suggest you continue to build a strong student government organization and demand action from the trustees. I'd suggest you solicit the support of parents, staff and faculty.