"When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead"

"When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead"
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Walk of Shame  

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 Video above:  Hundreds of UCD students silently look on, as Chancellor Katehi ends her occupation of the small classroom building on campus near The Silo

An Open Email to Linda P. B. Katehi, PhD (or EngD?  sorry, i'm not sure)
Chancellor, University of California, Davis

Dear Dr. Katehi:

Your public statement issued Sunday morning November 20, 2011 included the following sentences:

"I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident. However, I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again."

Here are three simple, essential actions you can take immediately, that are the best possible insurance that this indeed does not happen again.

1) Fire the Chief of UC Davis Police Annette Spicuzza.  Immediately.  For cause.
2) Telephone the Yolo County District Attorney, Jeff Reisig.  Ask that he immediately investigate the battery attack with chemicals upon a dozen of your students.  Strike that 'ask'.  Insist.  Demand.  Promise full cooperation from your office, from the UC Davis police department, and promise that his investigation will not be interfered with nor obstructed.

3) Resign.  So that you will never again be able to cause this to happen.

If this seems too much, that's ok.  Just skip to #3. 

That is the single action that is needed from you to best insure this will never happen again.  The truth of this is obvious to everyone but you.

You will serve the university better by submitting your resignation than by forcing Governor Brown and the citizens of California to fire you.  Either way, you are finished as Chancellor.  You are going to leave, very soon.  Unlike your actions on Friday, you can today do the right thing.

I am gratified you have accepted full responsibility for the incident.  I am further gratified by your pledge to take action.  Unfortunately, that responsibility now requires that you to resign your position. 


Howard in New York
UC Davis student, 1974-1977
Member of Davis, California Community, 1967-present
Aggie for Life.


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