Thursday, September 30, 2010

UIC faculty may jump into Ayers fray

The Chicago Tribune reports:

University of Illinois at Chicago faculty leaders are weighing whether to ask the board of trustees to reconsider its controversial decision to deny emeritus status to retired professor William Ayers.

It's the latest twist in a showdown 40 years in the making between Ayers, a Vietnam War-era radical who later joined the UIC faculty, and Christopher Kennedy, the university's board chair who was 4 when his father, the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated.

During a passionate speech last week, Kennedy voted against Ayers' appointment, saying he was guided by his conscience and could not support someone who had dedicated a book to the man who assassinated his father. The other trustees, without comment, also voted to deny the title to Ayers, a UIC education professor since 1987.

It is extremely rare for the board to comment on or vote against emeritus appointments.
Some UIC faculty members, writing on an internal faculty e-mail listserv, have expressed concerns that the board turned what should have been a routine academic decision into a personal one.
It's not like Bill Ayers is a registered Republican or libertarian or evangelical Christian! He's just your typical Marxist(on campus) with a more "energetic" past.