To the Editor:
I’m writing this letter in response of the Southern Illinoisan’s “thumbs up, thumbs down” section published Friday, March 30.
I completely agree the university administration and faculty need to work together for not only the benefit of the students and the university, but the benefit of the region in general (which by the way, regardless of the public perception, I think most of the faculty and Administration work together very well).
The article I’m referring to read: ”A recent vote saw 75 percent of faculty members vote against Montemagno’s plan.” That is simply not true. As the chancellor pointed out, the vote was for whether or not we would like a 30-day extension that would allow us to receive additional information regarding the detail of the restructuring, and had very little to do with whether we supported or did not support the restructuring plan.
For example within my own department, we voted 11 to 3 in favor of the 30-day extension even though there is near unanimous support within the department of the restructuring. Although I have not seen the specific results of other departments, I have been told by numerous colleagues they also voted for the extension, even though their departments are generally in favor of the restructuring.
It was extremely discouraging this vote was so clearly misrepresented by the union that is supposed to be supporting the faculty, let alone to see the misrepresentation of the vote be perpetuated by your editorial staff. There is clearly a very vocal group on campus that are against the restructuring, and their voices deserve to be heard. It would be extremely helpful, however, if the local media would stop sensationalizing misrepresented information, in-effect, stirring the pot and perpetuating the friction between this vocal group and the administration.
Mike Eichholz Ph.D.
Dept. of Zoology, SIUC