Friday, February 7, 2014

Do you remember The Keystone Cops?

The Keystone Cops were fictional incompetent policemen, featured in silent film comedies in the early 20th century ( yes I know but this description is good).

Anyway, after reading this story today, I was reminded about this movie history because this school’s issues are all over the place!

“Bay Area Blues”

“The president of Sofia University, facing the prospect of a campus forum that might make him look bad, shut down the Palo Alto college for a day in December and posted guards to keep out students and professors, according to former senior administrators.”

“The afternoon forum was set up to expose the institution’s ailing finances and was bound to raise further questions about the two-and-a-half-year reign of Neal King, the embattled university president who was already on his way out.”

“Organizers moved the forum to a nearby church and it happened anyway. The campus reopened the next day.  But days later, on Dec. 19, which some now call Bloody Thursday, King fired several of those organizers, including the founder Bob Frager, who was then a professor and director of a master's program.”

“"It’s like the man just went crazy,” Frager said. “He locked the school down to try to prevent us from meeting and talking.””

“King, who gave his side of the story in emails, did not comment on specific allegations or assertions by his critics. The chairman of the Sofia board declined to comment. The current president could not be reached for comment.”

“Besides firing the founder of the institution, King went through a lot of other people during his time at Sofia: five chief financial officers, two vice presidents and about 40 other people were all forced out or left during his relatively short tenure, according to former university officials.”

“The finances didn’t fare much better.”

Honestly, you cannot make this stuff up!

My big question in all this is: what happened to the students the institution was supposed to be serving?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

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