Fallible John Fallon: one anecdote
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Back on April 23, I was visiting Eastern Michigan University and testifying for the visiting Senate Higher Education Subcommittee on Appropriations what a terrible idea it would be to give UM/MSU/WSU their own silver-platter appropriations tier; though before I spoke, John Fallon did, I believe. (He is the recently fired president of EMU, of course, see, e.g., Freep, EMU president fired, two others forced out in cover-up probe, about the cover-up and/or mishandling of the rape and murder of EMU student Laura Dickinson.)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Anyway, Fallon gave his spiel about how great EMU was and how there should be substantial state funding for EMU, etc.: but I noted that he mentioned as the source, or a primary one, for the EMU master plan, some kind of pop business book or something. I don’t remember the title–though he did hold the book up in the air, I think–, but it looked like one of those “airport books”, you know, “TEN SUPER DUPER DYNAMIC SECRETS FOR MEGA MANAGEMENT” or such.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â And I wondered to myself: what is this? A university president, waving around some “Chicken Soup for the Management Soul”-type schlock? Huh? (or thoughts to that effect)
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Maybe my instincts were vindicated, so to speak, by his firing. Sad, in any case.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Creepily enough: the same week Fallon was fired, this week, there is a Harry Potter Fest over at EMU, today until 4 p.m.: a little trivial seeing all the events that have transpired at EMU recently, maybe. But life can be like that.