State Senate Approves Helen Dragas As UVA Rector

The Virginia Senate voted 29-9 Monday afternoon to confirm Governor Bob McDonnell's reappointment of Dragas. Full Story

Since: Oct 12

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Jan 21, 2013
Good on them.

Ms. Dragas has been subjected to a vicious smear-laden purge-attempt that should have rallied more to her defense. It is such a shame that so many preferred torches and pitchforks to rational understanding.

The Daily Progress had an excellent "letter to the editor" the other day that perfectly summed up the whole situation. I encourage you to read it.
http://www.dailyprogress.com/opinion/letters_...

Perhaps Ms. Sullivan will offer an online course for "community organizing" in the future..

But will it be free?
Or will they have to pay for it?

There IS the rub.
dollar signs

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Jan 22, 2013
UVA has been bought and sold. It is a sad day in America where our public institutions of education are owned by the men with the most $ to throw at politicians. Very sad.
Money in politics WILL destroy this country.
Rex

Alexandria, VA

#4 Jan 22, 2013
dollar signs wrote:
UVA has been bought and sold. It is a sad day in America where our public institutions of education are owned by the men with the most $ to throw at politicians. Very sad.
Money in politics WILL destroy this country.
Well said! I totally agree with you!!

Since: Oct 12

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Jan 22, 2013
Isn't it strange how this has turned into an anti-capitalistic cause? Talk about a confused conflation of indignation and foolishness. What a great microcosm for all the ignorance that pervades campus life and this city.

"Money in politics will destroy this country"??
What trite tripe! But it seems to be the main thrust of the anti-Dragas tirades.

Money has been in politics since the beginning of politics. Is it corrupting? Of course. Everything that is a source of power can be corrupting. But what does that have to do with Ms. Dragas? Are you trying to suggest that she is buying her position on the BoV? Prove it.

Slander, libel, McCarthy-like allegations of questionable "clandestine" allegiances, and doubting her honor appear to be par for the anti-Dragas community. Shame on all of you. You are the ones who are discrediting the university.

dollar signs

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jan 22, 2013
In addition to the following you are apparently ignorant of the Educational testing lobby that has the country's public scholl by the balls.
The taxpayer dollars and paid staff time designated to implementing these insanely overrated standardized tests is enormous. ENOURMOUS!
Teachers basically work for testing services and not our students thanks to politicians and an ignorant public. The Dragas situation is the next phase as Online Ed.$$$ will flow out of taxpayer hands into those corporate bloodsuckers that extoll the virtues of Online Classrooms - it is about the money trail. You can say it isn't , but sorry , it is. You can roll over and deny it.
Also...
backing Dragas are major political donors, including one, former Board of Visitors member Randal J. Kirk, a Kaine appointee whose giving cuts across party lines -- he's among the leading contributors to Warner, Kaine and McDonnell.
William H.“Bill” Goodwin Jr., just appointed to UVa’s board, is a major Republican donor. Marvin W. Gilliam Jr. is strongly in favor of Dragas’ reappointment, and has given about $500,000 to Republican causes since 1998, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. He’s also the brother of Richard B. Gilliam, who’s given more than $2 million to political causes since 1992, including $175,000 to McDonnell’s campaign, according to the public access project.
Da Butcherman

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Jan 22, 2013
She isn't buying her place on the BOV, others are buying it for her so she may drive the train.
It will trickle back to her eventually.
And Mr Butcher - she was appointed by a Democrat so you take your anti capitalism poopoo and shove it back up your nose.

There is nothing untrue about dollar sign's accusations of the Testing Companies. Public schools have been totally gutted of real teaching because of our fanatic idolization of Test Scores. The value of these tests is FAR out weighed by the damage done.
Online Classes is the next Jewel to be plucked.
Hook, line, and sinker, we will think it is the next educational wonder of the world. For this and Ed. Testing Services , it all boils down to a SCAM.
Liberalace

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Jan 22, 2013
I just think the Senate collectively are large fans of Rush and thought they were voting Geddy Lee as Rector.

R.I.P.: Jaco Pastorius
Repubtard

Alexandria, VA

#9 Jan 22, 2013
When elections come around, you might think twice before voting Repubtardlican!!
Judy

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Jan 22, 2013
Repubtard wrote:
When elections come around, you might think twice before voting Repubtardlican!!
Decision was bipartisan. Bipartisan means both democrats and republicans voted for reinstatement of Dragas.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Jan 22, 2013
Judy wrote:
<quoted text>
Decision was bipartisan. Bipartisan means both democrats and republicans voted for reinstatement of Dragas.
Not sure thats true. Either way her post was bought and paid for, just like Mrs Kluges was.
Hmmmmm

Charlottesville, VA

#12 Jan 22, 2013
Western culture celebrates itself largely on the basis of its scientific (including social science) and technical prowess.

The core foundation for this in Western history has been the University - an organization where people could make their living in the production ideas relatively free of specific, organized interests - such as political, religious, or economic interests. The autonomous university provides the basis for free thinking in a highly competitive networked environment. It provides creativity and the growth of knowledge/ideas/know-how over time.

What the entire Dragas affair represents is a much larger trend in universities, though one that is intensified in Virginia given its relatively conservative and anti-intellectual environment. The larger trend is the increasing attempts by corporation and state to capture the University and make sure it serves corporate and state interests. These things ultimately kill the very thing that corporation and state want to achieve. It amounts to the proverbial self-inflicted shot in the foot. As counter-intuitive as it might sound, if "the people" of the state of VA or its economic actors want to achieve maximum ROI, then the key course of action is not to try to make it happen. Leave academics alone to do what they do. Contrary to popular opinion, most could make a lot more money doing other things, so, in general, it is not done out of economic or political self-interest. Some people really do just pursue intellectual stuff for its own sake.

The right-wingers among you will find this "radical" idea familiar - its called laissez-faire. Most of the calls from Dragas supporters are after a style of governance that looks more like dictatorship.

If this was the Middle Ages, Dragas would be an underling of the Pope - making sure that the University served the interests of the Master - the Church. Whether by state, church, or corporate control it amounts to the same thing. Knowledge developed for something other than the sake of knowledge isn't knowledge - it is just ideology. The real danger, however, may lie in what gets left un-thought and un-discovered because the corporate management was making decisions about what may or may not be done or what must be done - and so forth.

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