To the Editor:
Amen to Bill McGraw's Letter to the Editor on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. What he suggests the current administration should do, was, of course, done by Dr. Morris which at one time was the reason SIU Carbondale was a leading innovative institution. For 40-plus years, I have said that SIUCn is being mismanaged with the exceptions of Sam Goldman and a man from Virginia who was at SIU around 1980. If I have been wrong all these years, why is SIU in the shape it is in and why is a candidate for Congress saying he wants "to save SIU."
As this newspaper wrote, Eastern Illinois University is doing positive things to lure local students, while SIU ignores that commutes even exist. When Mr. McGraw and I were at SIU, student government had a commuter senator to voice the concerns of commuters, a position which no longer exists. Ice and snow can be a foot deep making travel to SIU hazardous, but until Dr. Poshard, classes were never cancelled. I asked a high administrator what is SIU's policy when commuting to take a final exam would be hazardous, and I was told there is no policy and it is up to each instructor to decide what to do. I can imagine some jerk saying,"You did not get here, you flunk." SIU has a policy for everything but this.
You cannot ignore your core constituency for years and turn things around in a day. Coaches Hill and Hinson, both outstanding individuals, are blamed for lack of attendance at games. The problem is the administration, not the coaches. I could go on but will not.
I contacted Congressman Mike Bost's office about having Dr. Morris' picture on a stamp like Father Hesburgh of Notre Dame, and was told it takes an act of Congress. Fine, attach a rider for Dr. Morris to a veterans' bill Congress is for. I have not heard back from Bost's office.
James R. Sanders