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The article really says it all, which might be why so few comments. It partially explains the proliferation of superflous administrative positions with resulting periodic "budget crises," and--believe me--administrators will administer empty classrooms before they'll eliminate one of their own positions.

The problem really is that every institution wants "status," and of course the money that comes with it. The original education plan for California, with its clear delineation between the roles of community colleges, the Cal State system, and the UC system, has been twisted beyond recognition.

March 29, 2013

Since he was formerly in PR for years, maybe Faulconer should replace the bumbling/lying Sean Spicer as Trump's press secretary.

March 11, 2017

Don't let them sell public property. Once its gone, it cannot be used for the public good.

March 13, 2017

Nothing will change. Despite having some excellent teaching professors, published researchers and students with high GPA, SDSU remains stuck in a quagmire of autocratic administrative practices. With more budget cuts predicted, it is just as predictable that these administrative practices will become more evident. Last year’s settlement with the whistleblower David Ohton for $2.7million (Union Tribune, 2/2/2011) in which “…(Sally) Roush covered up the allegations” is the latest legal settlement where SDSU administrators’ concealment cost Californians money. By settling out of court and not having to admit any wrongdoing, the system protects the very same people that we need to examine. It is business as usual. There remains at SDSU a culture of abuse, mismanagement, ineptitude and/or complacency. University administrators can flaunt federal law (Whistleblower Protection Act) with impunity since they have liability insurance to cover them and their chosen friends. Settlements mean nothing to SDSU that has insurance against such continuing practices.

A Kafkaesque travesty of punishing the whistleblowers, while at the same time rewarding other faculty who break university policy (and the law) plagues SDSU repeatedly. History reveals a university littered by such moral failures. In 2009, former Athletic Director Jeff Schemmel, after “improper use of state funds,” resigned and was rewarded by a $136,000 settlement. That same year an employee Courtney Bale was awarded $150,000 for sex discrimination charges that she brought against SDSU. In 2008, swim coach Deena Deardruff Schmidt settled for $1.45 million--again for sex discrimination. In 2005, Athletic Department equipment manager Steve Bartel settled (for $60,000)--a suit with seven allegations, including defamation, discrimination and emotional distress.

Most of the time administrators wear down out-of-favor faculty members. Professor Jim Burns, the mechanical engineering professor, experienced three years of harassment, retaliation and obstructionism perpetrated by administrators. He reports that he told SDSU’s Provost Nancy Marlin “You can't say you weren't informed.”

The sad part of this tragedy is not that these issues happen; it is that they happen everyday and that there is no one to stop them.

By settling out of court, the administrative failings remain hidden. There is no public outcry because there is no pointing finger. The CSU has bought a get-out-of-jail-free card. By having state-funded insurance that protect administrators and their friends from prosecution, they can act with impunity. However, whenever these administrative failings happen, we, as an institution, lose a little bit more integrity. With an ever-increasing administrative layer that are accountable to no one the priorities of an educational establishment changes.


Mario Garrett is a professor of gerontology at San Diego State University.

March 28, 2013

To begin with, Georgia is in the Caucuses, not Central Asia.

"If the comments from the CSU vice-chancellor, Larry Mandel, are true, the CSU had ample grounds to fire Hirshman for cause, more than a year ago. It didn't do that, and allowed him to find another academic perch back East."

The CSU system had the power to fire Hirshman, yes - IF HE WAS GOING OFF ON HIS OWN. I don't think he was; it needs to be looked into whether or not he decided to set up this Tiflis campus on his own, or if the Back Room Boys put him up to it. Elliot Hirshman was a ghost on SDSU campus even before David Horowitz showed up to create that car-blocking riot. (By the way, universities like Temple in Philadelphia have outlets in Japan, so I don't see what the big stink is.) Also, if CSU and SDSU fired him, they couldn't keep him from getting that job Back East - that hire was on the Stevenson College hiring committee and their Board of Governors. So yes, I think Elliot Hirshman was a nebbish and manipulated, or if I'm wrong, then everybody in charge of the CSU system should be taken out behind the sheds and shot.

When is Matt Potter going to start really complaining about the Confucius Institute run both in the SDSU Arts and Letters building basement and the back end of the Professional Studies and Fine Arts building across the way, because those people are paid for by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China. If The Potter wants to rant about "fuerriners" with their "fuerrin ideers" - that whole setup deserves comment.

Feb. 15, 2018

Unless you are an American Indian we or our ancestors are/were immigrants.I am sure that Hector Gastelums' relatives came from Mexico or South America. He feels embolden by Trump's rhetoric. If he can get elected in Chula Vista then Chula Vista residents deserve him.

March 14, 2018
Whew

“Whohoo, this is f* gnarly,” exclaimed Zach Decker, 25 while driving his vehicle on I-8 West Friday (October 19) before noon and watching live how an airplane from the Gillespie Field Airport landed in front ...

October 22, 2018

Tarkovsky, one of the true poets of world cinema. This is a visual masterpiece, though admittedly lacking on a narrative level. Being a great admirer of ANDREI ROUBLEV, I went to see it at UCSD in the 80's on 16mm and now very much look forward to seeing it on a bigger screen. The dripping water still haunts me to this very day.

July 14, 2017

We don't miss you, Dunc.

July 14, 2017

A great loss to everyone who still cares about the truth—or at least sincere efforts to untangle the webs of deceit the powerful weave for us. There is nothing sadder than realizing, "We won't see his like again," is not simply a compliment, it's an indictment.

Dec. 5, 2018

The oldest Harris-Daniels student is a former student of mine. He's a great kid. Lincoln lost all credibility when they disregarded the staff's and community's recommendation for hiring administrators and went the nepotism route instead. The school has tremendous potential and should be the shining star of the district. Sadly, neighborhood politics always get in the way.

Dec. 12, 2018

That very well may be, but. The students should not have to come to school and fear physical abuse and retaliation from the ADULTS supposedly charged with their care.

Dec. 19, 2018
Lincoln High School was designed to fail

A father of two former Lincoln High School students says San Diego Unified School District filed false criminal charges against him after he started speaking out against the district for their failures to protect children ...

December 12, 2018

This posting is fouled up. The reference block for it is that of Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon Preserve, a completely different place, and miles from this hike. Dulzura isn't Poway! Whether the error came from the Canyoneers, or originated at the Reader, it needs to be fixed.

Dec. 19, 2018

Dictionary Hill Open Preserve is still available - multiple entrance points, could take you anywhere from seven to two miles to get to the peak, no benches at the top but you get to see the ocean from 20+ miles away.

http://hikingsdcounty.com/dictionary-hill-open-space-preserve/

Dec. 19, 2018

You will have to excuse the news media as they know as much about aircraft as they do trucks. (Every truck is a semi)

Oct. 25, 2018

Dana DiDonato is unhappy I did not use her entire quote in the article. Just so there are hard feelings, here is your entire quote. Part 1

Radio's the best. We will both forever and always be champions for this medium that is just so personal. It's such a privilege to be part of someone's morning experience in real time. To be let in, to talk about something that's on all of our minds, to laugh together, to cry over tragedy, to relate, to be vulnerable, to share stories through the radio every morning offers a special means of connection. In a world where so many people suffer from anxiety, depression, and loneliness, our hope is that we brightened the morning experience for San Diegans who included us while they were stuck in traffic on The 5, hustling to get the kids to school on time, or on the way to the gym. However you spent time with us, whether it was 5 minutes or an hour, thank you.

We always have and continue to appreciate the bold direction the managers at ALT took the station when they handed us the keys to Morning Drive. No other station in the country has a morning show in the Alternative Format that looks or sounds the way we do, a female lead and an openly gay male. It was a progressive move, even in 2020. More than those categorical boxes, one thing they always encouraged was that we both be our authentic selves, and that is what made it a pleasure to do. Every. Single. Day.

Jayson and I have been reflecting on the last 3 years and how much we laughed here in San Diego. We hope people laughed along with us.

Jan. 28, 2020

My brother started out as an overnight jock on the local country AM station when he was 16 back in the mid 1970s. I had a coworker who started doing radio production in the late 1960s and was a morning jock for most of the 80s. But by the late 1990s, radio consolidation had shrunk the jobs and both were doing non-radio work. Since then, the consolidation and job loss has only increased.

I miss the days when I could tune across the dial on a road trip and hear regional music. Now, I can get the same homogenized crap everywhere. I stream community radio stations from the UK now, just to get some variety.

Congrats, corporate MBAs - you've ruined another domestic industry.

Jan. 29, 2020

As bad as this wholesale firing is, it's nothing new. I got into radio in 1966. One thing I learned early is that, unlike other fields, being fired didn't put a black mark on your resume. That was radio. We called it house cleaning. A new P. D. would be sneaked in and management told us all not to worry because "no changes are coming, we're just smoothing out or tightening up the format or or or. . .lies lies lies. We were then told to sign no-competes and anybody who refused (me) got purged immediately.

In 1975 when I was at KAYO in Seattle, that new p.d. brought a whole new staff with him. Two years later at KMPS in Seattle, it took a few days longer but the result was the same.

These weren't big chains, but were every bit as heartless.

After two gigs in Phoenix, KLFF went to satellite and axed everyone. I then went to work on satellite at KCWW Real Country Network (what a hypocrite, huh?) on 85 stations for $10.00 an hour.

Four years later I decided it was time to grow up, went back to Seattle, eventually got a county job (with benefits!) and retired after sixteen years with a pension. People in radio may not know what a pension is. Look it up. You'll be shocked.

I haven't owned a radio or TV for twenty years. Radio used to be a companion and a friend. What happened?

Dick Ellingson https://www.pugetsound.media/author/dick-ellingson/

Jan. 29, 2020

Some have asked where we got that photo of Coe. It is from www.facebook.com/coe.lewis. That is a shot from a video she posted on her own website January 27.

Jan. 29, 2020
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