Additionally, it seems that the removal of Rich and Lisa has sparked a PANIC among staff members, that they could be next. This is evident from many staff members supporting the aforementioned petition, but not signing it to avoid being publicly associated. And the following is a leaked (via Investigative Journalism ™) email which shows that the fear has even inhibited some staff members from initiating a going away party.
Faculty are generally safe from being fired, but staff are not.Are staff members overreacting, via this PANIC? PANIC regarding whether or not hosting a party for Rich and Lisa could get them sacked as well? Hard to say, but I don't blame them. It seems pretty clear that this was done during the summer, weeks after Alumni Weekend so that students and alumni alike would have a diminished reaction towards the news. The email above resulted in the following response
That being the case, it would be helpful if one or two tenured faculty would sponsor a party for Rich and Lisa, determine a location, and then ask all of us (staff included) to bring little bits of this and that. I think so many of us would like to “be there” for Richard Lisa.
It's very sad that we have to fear being fired for attempting to honor respected and beloved colleagues, who have worked here for decades and deserve our support. I suggest that one of the first things we take up in the fall is to rededicate ourselves to the "spirit of community" that is proclaimed in our mission statement. A humane workplace is essential for all of us -- staff and faculty alike.A response that is hard to argue with. And granted, we don't know the whole situation inre: why Rich and Lisa were sacked, but any workplace where people are removed so easily is only going to create tension and PANIC among the employees.
Wonder what is gonna happen. Lots of alumni in the comments on this blog and on the Change.org petition saying that they are gonna 'vote with their wallets'.
Also the bay net http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/28501 picked up the story...I think primarily using what I had already written. And they referred to this as 'a student blog' LOLZ.