From the daily archives: Friday, October 2, 2015

Soon after Texas-bred Scott Scarborough settled into the president’s office at the University of Akron in June 2014 with a unique sweetheart contract, he set out to show everyone that there was a new sheriff in town. If the school was to meet the challenges of heavy debt, declining enrollment and shrinking support from the Kasich Administration, there would have to be dramatic changes in how UA would be tending to higher education. Anybody for “rebranding”?

He zealously put the faculty on notice that he would insist on punctual discipline from everyone, even telling the Chronicle of Higher Education that […]

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Do you recall the tale of Brave Sir Robin? In Monty Python’s search for the Holy Grail, Sir Robin’s minstrels sang, “When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled. Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, and gallantly he chickened out. Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat.”

Pondering Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s moral courage by sticking up for gun rights in the wake of yet another massacre, I could not help but think of old brave Sir Robin.

Kasich’s reaction to the tragedy, to defend a political constituency that never switches out […]

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