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Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Well, the title says it all. Student Rally, this Thursday (10/20) @ 5 PM on the Quad in front of Mary Graydon Center.

Please please come. Let the board know that:
*We are against an excessive severance package, "the golden parachute."
*We believe Ladner should be fired for cause.
*We, the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of AU still care about this issue.
*We are still watching the Board and will hold them accountable for their decisions.
*We demand transparency of the Board, as well as student and faculty representation.

The students (myself included) who have formed the ad hoc response to this situation were officially recognized as a student group today, which means very little, except that we are now able to get events and signs approved under our own name.

In news for the day, Trustee Michael Capellas of MCI resigned today, stating that he needed to essentially "get back to work." I'm not entirely sure where he stood on the board or what positions he endorsed, but we are working on seeing if there is a resignation letter and his track record on the Board.

Some links for you to read from within the university:
*AU Weekly has an interview with Acting President Kerwin up at their website. It's on the main page now, and when the new issue comes out I will update the link.
*Staff Council Letters Sent to AU Board of Trustees: Robin Beads posted this back on October 2, but I only have been digging around there today.

Also, if you see people on out the quad with a petition that says:
We, the undersigned members of the American University community, hereby affirm our commitment to the highest moral and ethical standards for this University by asking the Board of Trustees to terminate Benjamin Ladner for cause—that is, without a "golden parachute" severance package that allows Dr. Ladner to derive further personal economic gains from his misdeeds.
PLEASE SIGN IT! And if anyone wants, I can upload a .doc file with the petition so you can make all your friends sign, and then you can get it back to us. This goes for alumni as well.

That's all for now, I'll update if anything happens tonight though.


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