Is it just us, or does Trey look like Lex Luthor?

March 24, 2010

Separated at birth?

March 24, 2010

Beuller? Beuller?

He ain’t a clock, but he’s right on time

March 23, 2010

Well Trey went and did it.

He called out Ben Hinkle. And Ben is all over The Chart’s website making comments and shit.

Here is our take. Just imagine Johnny Cash singing Big John to the intros to the quotes from Ben. Big Bad Ben.

Kind of broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip.
And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big Ben.

Matthews/Plaster Auditorium, packed full of students, standing room only, all clamoring to speak in support of the mission at lunch time on a friday, not even having enough time for everyone who wants to talk to have the chance. Local businesses who need graduates with international experience and linguistic competence, now more than ever as our economy implodes. The entire faculty in an uproar. Your education. State law.

Nobody seemed to know where Ben called home
He just drifted into town and stayed all alone.

What do all those things have in common? The Board over the past couple years has consistently shown a blatant disregard for all of them, and at times even appears to hold them all in open contempt. The students spoke, the faculty spoke, the Board ignored all of them, and now it’s everyone’s businesses and everyone’s educations that will continue to suffer as the number of qualified students who can operate in an international environment and who graduated within a 60 mile radius of Joplin continues to dwindle.

Through the dust and the smoke of this man made hell,
walked a giant of a man that the minors knew well.
Grabbed a sagging timber and gave out with a groan,
and like a giant oak tree he just stood there alone, Big Ben

Nixon demands that you freeze tuition costs in exchange for taking state funding cuts so that he can make good on his contradictory campaign promises. Get out of that deal, any schmoe can tell it’s one that sets you up for failure. Southern’s academics at my last check accounted for an embarassingly small fraction of the budget costs and about 100% of the budget cuts, find something else to cut back on already. Part of SB 389 that everyone keeps crying about gives Student Senate the unchecked power to raise tuition any amount it wants. That sounds like a group of people I’d want to chat with, if for no other reason than to see where they stand on using it.

There might not have been a vote on it, but you guys better open your eyes and realize that Speck isn’t the only one that people don’t have confidence in anymore. There are a lot of budget options that anyone can see, and that anyone can see you not taking advantage of. You were appointed by the state to guide this institution through precisely this type of situation in one piece. Act like it.

Unless of course you have better things to do, like nitpick the word choice and grammar of anonymous online news comments, or whine about the comment policies adopted by basically every newspaper in America. Which state statute is it that makes you guys the editors in chief for every newspaper in Missouri, again? I can’t seem to find it.

Now they never re-opend that wortheless pit,
they just placed a marble stand in front of it.
These few words are written on that stand,
‘At the bottom of this mine, lies one Hell of a man, Big Ben’

Big Ben
Big Ben
Big Bad Ben
Big Ben.

Looks like the U needs a new medical pal

March 22, 2010

Call me, Bruce.

The Kansas City Star and Joplin Globe are reporting that KCUMB is suing former prez Karen Pletz for various financial no-nos.

No word yet if the Joplin Chamber has an economic impact statement about her expenses while in Joplin.

The bald and the “short” of it is this: The prairie is safe for now.

They won’t get anywhere

March 22, 2010

And it is a shame.

But the MSSU group Project EQUALITY deserves a hearing and deserves some respect. We don’t think they will get either, and we think they should get more aggressive  But that is up to them.

Here, we will be, we think, the first media to print in full an open letter to the MSSU Board of Governors.

Their letter:

To the MSSU Board of Governors:

Many thanks for lending your ear to Project EQUALITY while we discuss a few of our concerns. We are a student-led alliance committed to seeing sexual orientation and gender expression added to Missouri Southern’s non-discrimination policy.

We would like to point out that federal and state law neither require not prohibit the adoption of the requested amendments. Many neighboring institutions have already taken the initiative to specifically take a stand against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender expression in their non-discrimination policies. To provide the Board with a few of the many examples, our research indicates that The University of Missouri, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Missouri State University, Pittsburg State University, and the University of Arkansas all include clauses regarding sexual orientation and/or gender expression in their non-discrimination statements. We feel strongly that the addition of sexual orientation and gender expression to our policy would demonstrate commitment to the creation of a progressive, inclusive educational atmosphere.

We understand that plans may be in place to assemble a committee tha twould research and analyze the issues regarding possible revision of the university’s non-discrimination statement. A great many members of the Missouri Southern community are invested in our cause, and the Board should know that this move toward a broader understanding of the current situation is sincerely appreciated. However, given that the interest in the Board’s response to the issue at hand is widespread and mounting, we ask that the Board make all minutes from these committee meetings available in an easily accessible online location within one day of each committee meeting. Furthermore, in an effort to understand not only relevant legal concerns but the collective sentiment on our campus, it is evident that the inclusion of a student representative is vital to gaining a comprehensive view of the situation. Should the Board find these two small requests agreeable, we ask that you make this known by the end of today’s meeting.

Project EQUALITY and the Board of Governors share a deep concern for the welfare of MSSU and the well-being of all members of the Southern community. We share a hope for a university environment where all are safe and welcome. For this very reason, we peacefully and resolutely insist on the incorporation of sexual orientation and gender expression into the MSSU non-discrimination statement. We await your response.

Sincerely,

Project EQUALITY Leadership

Ruth Eichinger

Ashley Trotnic

Ivy Love

Hello, you have reached an asshole who is unavailable

March 22, 2010

Trey is not in the house. But it is kinda like he is.

According to a post on The Turner Report (almost as hated as The Chart, us and the health care bill), Lynn M. Ewing III, esq. is not only a tool but a tool you can’t get ahold of.

Every wannabe journalist/blogger/smartass is Googling this guy looking for something fun because he picks on kid writers. He is like the guy he might send to prison for a crime guys in the joint don’t like.

Welcome to our world, Mr. Ewing. You are now Public Figure Number One.

And no one on your cell block has your back. Not even DD.

Sweet dreams.

First Official Bored Photo of Trey

March 20, 2010

The Chart is mean!

Does anyone teach public relations at MSSU?

March 20, 2010

Great Caesar’s Ghost!

Let us get this straight. Bored of the Governors member David Ansley uses the term “fag.” He is removed by the Missouri Governor. OK. He RESIGNED. But after he RESIGNED, Nixon appointed Trey in like two seconds.

Prior to Logogate, students, faculty and staff had asked for a change to the school’s non-discrimination policy and had reported some incidents. So in response to Ansley’s RESIGNATION, the administration and Bored misses the opportunity to say “We’re changing the policy. See how we respond to things? In a progressive, thoughtful manner.”

NO.

Instead, the brain trust stonewalls. It says in action if not words, “We would like for you to do sit-ins and chalking and shit. Please make us look like backward dickholes. We can’t get enough of this negative press shit. Pile it on.”

Good bondage mistresses would consider these people “hardcore.”

The Equality Alliance showed up and the Bored meeting from reports looking like they were interviewing for a job at the White House. They sat quietly. They did all the right things that minority groups do in the beginning of their causes. (How did that work out for you, Faculty Senate?) And the Bored ignored them and formed a committee. And on that committee is Trey. And — along with Hot Rod — he has skin thinner than a Hooters girl’s T-shirt on spring break.

Time to go guerrilla, gang. Do something that gets their attention. Find your bus, lunch counter or Stonewall Inn. And don’t be denied. It will get you publicity and it will get them moving.

Unless they get sidetracked because The Chart notes that Trey’s belt and shoes don’t match. But if they do, maybe he will call them “fags,” and we will solve another problem.

Asshat of the Week

March 20, 2010

That didn’t take long.

Lynn M. Ewing III, a man who seems as smug, pretentious and gasbaggy as that name suggests, just took The Chart out for a ride. During his first comments to the Board of Governors to which he was just appointed.

Sometimes The Chart deserves it, sure. And when they do, we will be just like Tom Hagen to Sal Tessio when he asks off the hook for old times’ sake. Not a chance.

That wasn’t the case here.

From a transcript making the campus circuit at warp speed, we find “III” (Can we call you Trey? Thanks.) hinting at a “grievance” being filed against a student reporter who apparently hurt Rod Anderson’s feelings. Boo hoo. A man Anderson’s size obviously has a mouth, so if he would answer simple questions and not hang up, reporters wouldn’t have to dial up the dickhead factor. (And if Anderson goes after a student reporter for asking questions he finds difficult, he is in for some time in front of Judge Judy. Or Judge Alex. But it will be a judge)

According to Trey:

“Now, that said, I was disappointed to learn of at least the appearance of a lack of civility on the part of certain members of the press when dealing with the board and it’s my hope that this will not be the case going forward when I’m on the board and we can talk civilly and communicate openly.”

Well put. Last time we looked, hanging up on a reporter asking a simple question was not exactly Emily Post. And this award-winner didn’t talk civilly or communicate openly with the reporter or hear his or her side. He just accepted the Anderson account without question. And then ambushed the student and the paper in front of the entire campus community. Classy.

Some more words of wisdom from a man whose ego needs a roman numeral — this time because an anonymous reader left an online post under an assumed name. The Chart printed it in the Friday paper:

“My point is this to The Chart and to people in general. You have a right to free speech and to say anything you want. But put your name on it and be prepared to defend it. The Globe doesn’t publish letters to the editor without a signature, The Chart recites a similar letter to the editors policy, but apparently it didn’t  apply or didn’t apply in this case to the publication of online posts so I would encourage The Chart to print real identities of those whose opinions it chooses to post.”

First of all, Trey, do you have Internet access? Every news organization and trashy blog allows online comments without a name. And most print a selection in the paper and ink edition. The letters to the editor have names because they are a formal communication. Online comments are more like entertainment.The reader can determine credibility. Or should you be the thought police?

Oh, yeah. And one of the most famous pieces of journalism ever was written under an assumed name by three founding fathers. Ever hear of The Federalist Papers?

These kids didn’t do anything wrong. The only factual statement you challenged was made by a reader in another comment. Yet you brought to bear your prosecutorial skill to pick on STUDENTS. With cameras rolling. On your first day on the job.

If the asshat fits……

Full transcript of Trey’s comments about The Chart:

My work presently as county prosecutor is driven by facts, by data and by evidence. So too will my work on this board be driven by facts, data and evidence and it has to be so because good decisions can only be made with accurate information.

I have a couple of things that I’d just like to comment on that have caused me a little bit of concern that appeared in the 26 of February edition of The Chart newspaper. On the front page below the fold…the executive editor noted my appointment to the board and then the last sentence of the article reads, “Board Chairman Rod Anderson, when notified of the appointment Tuesday by The Chart, said ‘no comment’ and hung up.”

Well, of course, my first thought is, “Okay, I don’t know Rod, is this a comment on my future status on the board?” But I called Rod and I visited with him and I understand now the circumstances that are being addressed possibly and a grievance directed at recent conduct between the press and the chairman and so I was pleased to know your ‘no comment’ was not a reflection of your opinion on me, definitely.

Now, that said, I was disappointed to learn of at least the appearance of a lack of civility on the part of certain members of the press when dealing with the board and it’s my hope that this will not be the case going forward when I’m on the board and we can talk civilly and communicate openly.

Now, on your opinion page of The Chart, several comments were printed regarding my appointment to the board and one of the comments suggests- maybe someone who had a vested interest in the university and actually cares about what is going on there- would have been a more appropriate pick. I’d be interested in seeing if Ewing actually submitted an application for the position or if it’s done off the buddy system. And it’s signed “MSSU Alumni.”

First, let me say I’d be very interested in know who you are. Unfortunately your identity is hidden by a nom de plume or a username. And I’d like to have the opportunity to know the facts on which you had offered such an opinion and to test any assumptions you have made based on those facts and then I can also have the opportunity to assess and test your motivations for making that kind of statement because I don’t know who you are.

My point is this to The Chart and to people in general. You have a right to free speech and to say anything you want. But put your name on it and be prepared to defend it. The Globe doesn’t publish letters to the editor without a signature, The Chart recites a similar letter to the editors policy, but apparently it didn’t apply or didn’t apply in this case to the publication of online posts so I would encourage The Chart to print real identities of those whose opinions it chooses to post.

Yes, I did submit an application for this position last year. I’ve been interested in an opportunity to serve on this board since Jane Wynum served on this board. I’ve known Jane for a couple of years and discussed the possibility clear back in the mid-90’s about starting on this.

And I’d also point out that this particular opinion was written in the first person and appeared to be singular. And if you are an individual you are an alumnus, not an alumni.

Now, at the end my comments, Mr. Ben Hinkle had a post and kudos to you Ben for putting your name on your post. It is incorrect where it states that the “composition of this board is governed by 174.060 in Missouri by statutes.” That’s not accurate. The board’s composition is governed by Missouri by statutes 174.450 and 174.453.

I don’t raise this point to be critical of Ben’s legal research, but the point to be made here is, to The Chart and others: check your facts, check your facts and check your facts. And when you are certain you have it right, check your facts again. If you print it, whether one of your staff wrote it or it appears in a letter to the editor or an online post, you are responsible as journalists for assuring that the facts stated there are accurate. And so I challenge you to challenge those inaccurate facts that are presented to you for publication. Check your facts.