Rita Cheng, the Chancellor of SIUC, scurried to the podium at tonight's City Council meeting to throw flowers at Brad Cole. The moment was weird since no one else decided to laud Cole's role in Carbondale. Appearing small and graceless, as if she didn't really understand where she was speaking, Cheng presented a "resolution" that praised Brad Cole's leadership in Carbondale. Calling him the "first person I met" upon coming to the university, she extolled Cole's role in ramming through Saluki Way, whereby the citizens of Carbondale give $20,000,000 to the university.
She touched upon the very issue that ignites the citizenry of Carbondale and contributes to the town/gown divide. If this is the clueless way she is dealing with faculty and the unions, then she may find that the city residents will join the faculty in demanding that she try to rethink her role.D's email list--for those of you not aware of it--is a valuable source for goings on in Carbondale, though he is not one to be moderate in his views (with which I often disagree). If you email him he'll no doubt be happy to add you to it.