Monday, November 14, 2005

Findings of WWU's Secret Hearing

All of this started over something about some kind of incident involving a pocketknife and, here, in this document, the panel members of a WWU secret hearing reveal that the panel could find "no credible testimony" that Mills engaged in "threatening conduct" or that anybody anywhere at all was "actually frightened" by whatever it was that Mills didn't do in the first place.

In other words, those charges were complete bullshit. Yet the vast usefulness of bullshit is herein once again proven, in that even though the initial justification for Mills' suspension has disintegrated into dust, the panel, now committed to action, simply shrugs and changes its focus. (After being a sweeping big-time hit, no doubt this "Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactic" is on the rise amongst our fine nation's more common scoundrels.) In Mills' case, even though there was no threat, no incident, no victim that anyone can find, a bunch of good solid hysteria about "safety" was useful for getting all the cattle to trample in the same direction. And now that there's momentum, WWU's secret hearing panel no doubt find it difficult to change course, let alone admit that there's no good reason in the first place for them to be clomping and mooing like a herd of beasts dumber than stone.

The entire document is fascinating. Building from a solid base of passive voice, the terse tone of paternal disappointment dissipates only in those places where the panel realizes it might look silly if it doesn't at least acknowledge that a few jackasses have made a power-play, cut a few corners, told a few yarns, and things didn't really work out as planned. Even though crude and inexpert in their deviance, and though Stalin would no doubt be embarrassed for them, their failures risk making the University look bad, or rather, worse than it does presently. But, of course, those moments when the panel appears to recognize that there is more tomfoolery to the case than they've heard, they quickly return to accounting anything Mills has said in the last twenty years that ever hurt anybody's feelings.

In short, what began as a move to subdue an alleged knife-wielding maniac has become, in the course of weeding out fantasy from fact, a very serious tribunal solemnly discussing what to do about Oscar the Grouch.

The panel's criticism of Professor Mills rests on one assumption: That a professor's method of teaching be palatable to all students. The weak, dumb, or slow must never encounter anything that frightens them. As best he can, the professor must insulate his philosophy with cotton-candy pillows, lest some unsuspecting suburbanite accidentally be stabbed in the head with an idea.

In any case, the panel has penned some small bits of brilliance for a herd of career educators, such as this logical howler tucked away in the course of some otherwise drab paragraph: "Verbal abuse is verbal abuse."

What fun! Let me try too! A kangaroo court is a kangaroo court.


Anonymous said...

As one of the persons present at several of the incidents in question during the case (the Bush sticker, the "cancer" comment, and half a dozen of Perry's classes), I can verify that the charges are pure bullshit (though I was not called upon to testify). Hard to say what comes next with nothing done about the PC lackwits (can you say "dumb as a box of hair"?) in the Theatre Dept., but let's hope for a recovery of some creative indecency.

Spartacus O'Neal said...

Sooooo, are they reinstating the good professor?

Jack Ketch said...

Prexy Morse can ignore the findings and do anything she wants. So the star chamber proceeding was just a farce the entire time. Since granting full tenure involves a procedure to remove the spine of the prospect, the faculty senate remains as useful as tits on a slab of bacon. Other than providing willing shills to front for the administration, of course.

Anonymous said...

First of all... have you ever been tagged by the so called "good" professor? Probably not! So you have no idea what the hell you're talking about.

turnup said...

I'm an old friend of Perry's from the 60's. He hasn't changed. Sounds like he has improved with age. Anyone know how to get a message to him?