A little explanation regarding Brad Reed's post: As The Illuminator, when not defending the College in fights to the metaphorical death, is primarily the ESEA's newspaper, various union members (actually, any who want) can be contributors. If they are technically savvy and not sociopaths, they will also have admin privileges, and admin rights. The Editorial Junta acts collectively as the paper's ringmaster.
During this crisis, especially given the ESEA's deep involvement in defending the interests of faculty, students and staff, it makes sense for The Illuminator to send dispatches from the vanguard. Some of these will be silly and intended to let off some of the constant karmic pressure we put on ourselves as we keep the pressure--through simply stating the truth--applied to KY and his minions.
Other posts will be serious. Given the disposition of the Junta, and its writers, these will often be snarky, bitchy and caustic. So be it. Our intention is to allow anyone to comment on anything, and to not buzzkill anyone while they get their rant on. In fact, we affirmed this last month when we encouraged folks to put their names on their opinions. It's wholly understandable folks don't want to be counted, at least not yet.
As tensions rise, and as KY and his praetorian guard raise the ante with their increasingly insane demands, idiotic threats and unexplainable fits, people are getting understandably furious, and the comments sections of the posts are slouching more and more toward pure venom. This is to be expected, though it's ultimately counterproductive toward our shared goal of riding KY and his remora-like toadies out of town on a rail.
It's also time to stand up and be counted, if you can muster the courage. What would happen, do you think, if every single Dean agreed to confront KY at once? Or if they told him his--or JS's--koo-koo directives were foolish, and they could stuff them in the tailpipe of the CQI bus? Or if every Dean went to the board, in a group, in a show of solidarity? Or if the entire Edison community simply started doing what was right, en masse, by students and each other, ignoring the not-well people at the top, all the while treating KY as an elderly relative in the throes of dementia, letting him think he runs the show, allowing him to collect his outsized perks and paycheck and strut around like an aging peacock, when he deigns to visit campus?
Oh, yes. The Junta understands. Folks have families, kids, mortgages, working without the protections of tenure about 2/3's of faculty enjoy. KY would probably non-renew Jesus for healing people without permission. We know. Mike Taint knows. Phil Lootens and Denny Myers know. Michael Perry knows.
It's clear KY cares nothing for law and contract, unless it benefits him, and many on the tenured faculty risk his attempted firings, or actual firings that have no operative effect because they violate the ESEA contract. This we suffer on top of our defense against the scheming bad faith, ill-will and mischief of his underlings, which cost us bother, effort, bad juju, and angina to fight, not to mention thousands of dollars in legal fees possibly as we prepare to protect our interests, all while enduring the bittersweet heat of Edison's halls, chins raised, forcing ourselves to meet the mad, rheumy glares of those who hate us, and intend to do us, our families, and our careers, harm.
Right, right. Woe is us. The martyrs. That's not the message we intend to send in support of Reed's move to limit commenting to folks who register. The point is this: say whatever you damn well please, short of libel. And have the courage of your convictions when they are to the extent exhibited by some of the anonymous comments. Use a pseudonym, or a nom de guerre, if you please. Register, so we can discuss comment moderation with you, any concerns we might have about assertions that don't seem to add up, or simply to let people know an actual person is out there somewhere, standing behind the words!
The powers we besmirchin' know exactly who belongs to the Editorial Junta, and we hope they do. Hell, it's the ESEA secretary's stated responsiblity to maintain this site! And before you think 'easy for us to say', you should know the Junta contains in its revolving prankster's cabal, tenured faculty, untenured faculty, adjuncts, administrators, staff and community members, and we receive good intelligence on a daily basis from inside the college, often from the unlikeliest of places. So join us! Go on the record, won't you? We're all at risk. The load is heavy. Your hands can help carry it.