Vol. 6 No. 2 November 8, 1995
PROFESSOR, DOCTOR, SUSAN O'MALLEY, Ph.D.
The most practical kind of
politics is the politics of decency.
On November 13th and 14th, the K.C.C. faculty (full, associates, assistants, instructors and lecturers), will have an opportunity to nominate candidates for one seat on the Faculty Senate as a senator and for two alternates. These vacancies are the results of expiration of terms of office of Senator Susan O'Malley (English) and alternates Profs. Richard Staum (Math.) And Joyce Miller (Foreign Languages). PATRIOT respectively requests all three incumbents not to seek seats on the Faculty Senate in this election by showing their magnanimity so that other faculty members who have never served on the Senate before will have a chance to serve on the university-wide Faculty Senate, bring new ideas to the Senate and at the same time, use this opportunity to further (their career here at K.C.C., whether that is a promotion, tenure or reappointment.
As the guidelines for the election state, the three highest vote getters for the position of Senator, and six highest vote getters for the seats of alternates in the nomination process will then contest in the election to be held on December 4th and December 5th. In the event the incumbents choose not to withdraw despite our advice, we suggest that the K.C.C. faculty should rise up and nominate and elect candidates other than the incumbents, for reasons listed below;
1) CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The issue of overloads clearly demonstrates that Prof. O'Malley, holding the chair of the K.C.C. 's union chapter and at the same time being on the Senate presents a definite conflict of interest. Goals, objectives and the means of the legally constituted union are different from those of the Senate. While the Senate is much more concerned with the academic issues, the union is the legally constituted bargaining agent concerned with bread and butter issues. For Prof. O'Malley not to denounce the position of her colleague on the Senate, Prof. Inez Martinez who is in support of the termination of overloads confirms that Prof. O'Malley also is in agreement with the concept of abolishing the overloads which has hurt so many faculty and students at this college. We believe that Prof. O'Malley should hold on to only the union chair so that she can effectively serve the faculty who elected her in that uncontested election.
2) EXCESSIVE REPRESENTATION OF THE ENGLISH PEP'L: Currently three out of four (75%) senators representing full-time faculty come from the English Department (Profs. O'Malley, Martinez and Richter). Senator Rina Yarmish of the Math Dept. is the only Senator who is not from the English Dept. This means we have no representation from a wide range of departments such as Speech, Music, Art, History, Physical Sciences, Student Services, Library and of course that large constituency of the Business Dept., Nursing and Secretarial Sciences. IS THIS FAIR? We believe that even the fair-minded colleagues from the English Dept would agree with us that we should reduce the overwhelming representation of the English Dept in the Senate and provide opportunities to members of other departments.
3) NEGLECT OF KCC FACULTY CONCERNS: The Patriot (Vol. 6, no. 1,Oct. 1995) provides you with the evaluation of a shabby performance of Prof. O'Malley as a union leader since her nomination to that uncontested election. Perhaps, the answer for her ineffectiveness lies in the fact that in addition to four hours of released time from the union, Prof, O'Malley receives another four hours of released time from the Senate; thus taking her away from the concerns of K.C.C. faculty. With eight hours of released time we hardly see her on the campus. Of course she is not required to be on the campus except to teach one course, three days a week.
4) CHAPTER MEETINGS; HOW NOT TO BE INFORMATIVE: Anyone who has attended the two chapter meetings organized by Prof.O'Malley will agree with the Patriot that they present a picture of an extremely busy young lady who is attempting to fulfill the PSC Constitutional requirement of two meetings a semester with minimum efforts. Prof. O'Malley never issues an agenda before the meetings so that important issues cannot be aired in a given limited time of less-than-an-hour meetings. We have already provided you with an archaic picture of her first meeting last May in our October Patriot. The second meeting on Oct. 11th attended by a very small group of faculty presented yet another portrait of a leader uninformed and unconcerned, a leader who chooses a technique of passing a buck to members of the Executive Committee. In this recent meeting, Prof. O'Malley had her entire Executive Committee (all twelve members) sit on the dais facing the audience. At this agenda-less meeting, the members of the Executive Committee fielded questions from the audience in a rambling monotonous manner primarily focusing on the perennial issues of parking on the campus. While members of the Executive Committee painstakingly labored responding to unimportant issues raised spontaneously at the meeting, concerns of faculty on important issues such as overloads, registration, fiscal crisis, class size were not even mentioned.
Although the faculty took the trouble to elect a secretary, there was no evidence of minutes of the previous May 1995 meeting, nor were there any visible signs of anyone taking minutes of this meeting. It was comical but sad that while Prof. O'Malley was playing the roles of host and emcee, members of the Executive Committee were left to defend insignificant issues.
5) THE SAD STATE OF THE BULLETIN BOARD: Have you looked at the bulletin board in the faculty dining area recently? This P.S.C. Bulletin Board is cluttered with irrelevant and outdated material. For example, just last week you would have seen four pages of the newsletter of the Borough of Manhattan Community College Chapter, titled, Gadfly. You would have also seen four copies of an announcement of the already concluded Oct. 11 th meeting. In addition, it included three pages of thirty-seven points passed by the B.H.E. before the summer, and an undated memo from Prof. Norah Chase announcing her ascendancy to Grievance Counselor position. If this was not enough, recently, Prof. O'Malley decided to add more newsletters from other colleges but NONE FROM K.C.C.
We want to know where is our K.C.C. Newsletter? Where are the agenda items of the chapter meetings, or the meetings with the Administration? Prof. O'Malley is interested in keeping you informed about happenings at other colleges, but not at K.C.C. One wonders whether she thinks that it is better to keep the faculty of K.C.C. uninformed, or is it that she is so important that she could not be bothered with the bulletin board.
6) NEED FOR NEW BLOOD IN THE SENATE: Patriot believes that it is high time that senior members of the faculty, particularly full professors such as Professors O'Malley and Staum, should graciously make room for new, bright and concerned faculty (Associates and below) to get involved in the College and University affairs by not hanging on to offices, elective or otherwise, too long. Prof. O'Malley is already a chair of the K.C.C. Chapter, an awesome responsibility during these fiscal crisis. By giving up her position in the Senate which she has held for many many years, she may be able to better focus her attention to issues affecting the faculty.
As for Prof. Staum (Math) and Prof. Miller (For. Lang.), they too have served as alternates for several years, and they too should yield their positions in favor of junior faculty who have never served on the Faculty Senate. In recent years, Prof. Staum has gained a reputation for his long, irrelevant and often misleading, argumentative monologues on issues requiring brief, sharp and more direct responses. Prof. Staum's replacement on the Senate will be in the best interest of the K.C.C. faculty.
Patriot urges all faculty (with or without Fh.D's) to unite in replacing Profs. O'Malley, Staum and Miller and nominating and electing members of the faculty who have not served on the Faculty Senate before, who are not full professors, and who are from departments other than English True friends and dear colleagues of Prof. O'Malley and Prof. Staum are urged to persuade them not to run, for these colleagues and both Profs. O'Malley and Staum should know that the Patriot has an outstanding record for the last several years of urging undeserving candidates to withdraw graciously. All those who failed to respect this advice, lost.
The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness. Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, 1941, pg. 162