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  • SLIM August 26, 2015 Faculty Meeting3:11

Partial Transcript of the August 26, 2015 SLIM Faculty Meeting

0:03 Dr. Mirah Dow “And so, in the tradition of getting organized for a meeting, I invited you all to share items from the agenda, and so I hope I haven’t left out anything, and I want to remind you that you can send those to me at any time. I keep a list of those as they evolve over the course of two weeks, and that’s what we finally have. And you can even share items at the last minute as you think of them. The procedure shouldn’t keep us from having what we need on that agenda.”

0:35 Dr. Robin Kurz “I actually have one to add.

0:36 Dr. Mirah Dow “Alright.”

0:37 Dr. Robin Kurz “And I think it would follow really nicely either before or after the communities of practice, talking about national adjunct faculty,
f-a-c-u-l-t-y. And this is, I guess, Sarah [Sutton] and I have been talking about this, but, like…”

0:57 Dr. Mirah Dow “You don’t have to tell us all about it now, That’s fine.

1:01 Dr. Robin Kurz “I don’t remember anymore …(nervous laughter)”

1:04 Dr. Mirah Dow “Is there anything else?”

1:05 Dr. Robin Kurz “No. Not from me.”

1:09 Dr. Andrew Smith (Garbled) “A bit on technology.”

1:10 Dr. Mirah Dow “What’s that?”

1:12 Dr. Andrew Smith “I need to ask people about technology, so just add that in, if you would. I think I’m missing something.”

1:21 Dr. Mirah Dow “What did you add?”

1:23 Dr. Robin Kurz “National adjunct faculty.”

1:24 Dr. Mirah Dow “Oh, I thought you had added something else.”

1:30Dr. Melvin Hale “And Mirah, did you get mine already I sent? Okay, I was going to say a few words on the march.”

1:38 Dr. Andrew Smith “I’m opposing that. Not appropriate.”

1:43 Dr. Gwen Alexander (Clearing her voice) “I’ll say a few words on the march.”

1:48 Dr. Melvin Hale “Please do.”

1:49 Dr. Gwen Alexander “The purpose of the march?”

1:50 Dr. Melvin Hale “Yes.”

1:51 Dr. Gwen Alexander “You wanna say what the purpose of the march is?”

1:52 Dr. Melvin Hale “I brought one of these (a March on Emporia hand bill) for everyone if they want one…”

1:53 Dr. Gwen Alexander “Why don’t I just go ahead and say that…because I…I want to say something. The purpose of the march is based on things that have not been ascertained as fact, and I am going to ask that we don’t discuss this until after the investigation report comes out, because this is not ‘love not hate.’ This is not love what you are doing.”

2:24 Dr. Melvin Hale “Why not?”

2:25 Dr. Gwen Alexander “Why not? Because…”

2:27 Dr. Melvin Hale “We were insulted Gwen.”

2:30 Dr. Andrew Smith (Interrupting) “Excuse me, excuse me, this is not appropriate.”

2:31 Dr. Gwen Alexander “We’re not to going to talk about it Melvin.”

2:33 Dr. Melvin Hale “Well that’s fine too, but I also (Gwen interrupting in the background) brought with me some letters of support from other faculty around the country. I think this faculty should see these letters of support.”

2:41 Dr. Gwen Alexander “I am going to tell you, it’s not on the agenda, and we’re not going to discuss it today!”

2:47 Dr. Melvin Hale “That’s up to you.”

2:48 Dr. Gwen Alexander “It is up to me. I hope everybody will read that, and use their critical thinking skills to realize that this is not based on fact!” (Gwen angrily pounds the conference table with her fist)

3:02 Dr. Melvin Hale “There are some facts that it’s based on.”

3:03 Dr. Gwen Alexander “There are a few, but nothing like you’re purporting. So we’re not going to discuss it anymore. I’m stopping right here. No more conversation on this.”

Dr. Mirah Dow continues with the faculty meeting as if nothing happened. No other faculty said a word.