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Sept. 30, 2011 I The Clarion
Managing editor speaks out
By Patrick G. Veilleux
When everything hit the fan last week
and staff positions were being cut, people
were understandably upset about the events
transpiring. In the days since, many have
speculated publicly on why this took place
and what will happen next.
I was annoyed when people began to circulate
wild rumors and bash the administration for
making these difficult decisions.
But what really fired me up were the
statements made on Facebook, particularly
from BC alumni, because many of them
offered no realistic solutions and bashed
those who pointed this out. They seem to
believe that by retaining their donation
money, using big words, and throwing insults
and threats at the people trying to make this
institution work, they could somehow make
That much is true—a difference for the
These alumni are raising hell. Some of them
claim to stand up for the students, and then
call them delusional when they try to stand up
for their college. Since when is this an “us and
them” institution? We have to get through this
turmoil together, and through difficult times,
some positions will be lost.
I come from a family who has been hit
hard by the reality of recession. I know it is
tough, and some situations are grim no matter
what decision is made. Rather than furiously
bashing the people who had to reach this
decision, however, these clearly passionate
people should be working diplomatically
The kneejerk reactions flowed hard and fast
on Facebook, despite a lack of evidence upon
which to base their opinions. One alumnus
said, the institution was making another poor
decision and he wishes us the best. I’m not
sure this person would know what to do if
placed in these administrative roles. I think
that the people who were and in a way are
still a part of this community should be more
understanding and patient with President
Teague and his staff
The facts are these: Just as we did at the
beginning of last week, we now still have a
registered nurse available at Stamey Health
Center (albeit for fewer hours of the week),
and lo and behold it’s still free!
I could fill up another column or two on
the kneejerk reactions that took place, all the
hate that has been spilling out, but it is not
productive for our newspaper or this college.
I hope we can all work through staff, faculty,
and the student government body to bring
our information to the Board of Trustees and
the senior staff
Like I said, times are tough on the college-
tough on staff, tough on faculty, and tough on
students. But if we can all work together, we
can make it through.
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