Darts from the heart?
In the Chancellor's office in Anthony Hall, there's a dart board with Walter Wendler's face on it, with two darts in it. (You'd think it was the office of blogger, Peter Gregory ;-)) I got an earful from Walter last Friday, as we discussed the future of the domain WalterWendler.Com, which I obtained a couple of years ago, just for fun.
Needless to say, with the bogus (yet PR damaging) plagiarism charge hanging over his head, the usually ebullient Wendler was not as upbeat as in previous confabs with his favorite blogger, yet he remains firm in his belief in the quality of the results of the Southern@150 report (which 258 SIUC people helped to create), and he is unrepentent for recycling a few pages of boilerplate material that he himself wrote while at Texas A&M. . . . And, call it what you will, Saluki Way is here to stay.
So Walter is understandably disappointed that his accusers didn't come to him about the parallels between the documents instead of going "over his head" and submitting them to President Poshard and the Chronicles of Higher Education -- bringing us back to the dartboard. (Walter doesn't like being called "Uncle Walt" and "unethical" by Peter Peter Bumpkin Eater, either.)
The Chancellor has explained his case to WSIU's Jennifer Fuller and WJPF's Tom "Cap" Miller last week -- from which I have excerpted a brief sound-byte of Walter's thoughts on how the plagiarism question was originally handled.
"Uncle Walt" should think about taking out a full-page ad in the DE or SI, or post something in the Golden Shovelings blog to his critics, the people who want to bring him down. Something that asks the question: is it ethical to trash someone else's career, in order to enhance one's own agenda?
In any event, Poshard's panel (Paul Simon Public Policy Director Mike Lawrence, SIUC zoology department chair William Muhlach and SIU law school associate dean Wenona Whitfield) will review the allegations, and give him and his accusers a chance to make their case, then submit a written report about its findings -- which President Poshard should have very soon. Then, it's up to him.
Best & Worst
Some lively and informative discussion over at Peter Gregory's blog on the subject of the worst and best SIUC adminstrators.