(Taken from Senate Notes this week. Southwestern Energy: BJ went to the Board of Trustees meeting and told them that they did not do the students justice, and that the whole thing was just kind of, more or less, sucky (I kind of think of it as "Hendrix Footbal: the Sequel", as part of the series including "Hendrix Football, episode 1: The New Mascot"). They in turn apologized, but said something to the extent of that the real world doesn't care/wait for student wishes (head to the website notes for a better version of this convo), and that the real estate and business industries work too fast to see if students are OK with it. Tough shit, basically. But, then they said they would try to be better in the future. So whatever that means to you.)
This is the note I sent to Senate:
Ok. So the school didn't include us and kind of gave us the "tough cookies" brush off. I still think we shouldn't just roll over and let them make decisions like that without even mentioning anything until its done without some kind of consequence. All that does is pave the way for more instances like this one. Excuse me, but realty deals really don't go through THAT fast. The fact that they were even THINKING about doing that should have been in the very least mentioned to the student body. Eventually Hendrix will be just another UCA. Thats disgusting. Is there any way the students can actually be heard again???? I am so ashamed to be at this school now. A lot of things have caused me feeling that way over the last few years but this Southwestern deal was just the last straw. I feel like I was tricked into coming here based on the values the school used to have, which were quickly demolished in both the metaphoric and literal sense. It was clear my first year at Hendrix that the school was changing. It just makes me sad that students in the future probably won't even hear that Hendrix had honor and ethics at one point, instead of just a fat wallet. It is evident that this school cares more about money than the people who work at or attend the institution. I will never donate money to this school after graduation and everyone I have talked to has the same sentiments. They won't call and congratulate me on a job, or ask me how my life is going a few years down the line. They'll be just as interested in me as they are now, and they only thing they are concerned with is my money. My question is why should we give money to a school that never thought we were important enough to listen to? To put it in terms a capitalist would understand: If Cloyd only cares about the almighty dollar, maybe he should consider the alumnus donations which he relies on and what effect treating the students this way will have on future donations. Since I'm sure thats the only thing in this note that would even be of concern to a "business".
I suppose in Hendrix's "statement of purpose" when they said we would be utilizing powers of ethical deliberation and empathy for others, and discernment of the social, spiritual, and ecological needs of our time. They forgot to add an (Except where it interferes with us making some money.)
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