A few days ago the blogosphere became aware of an insulting and profane Email that was sent to an Air Force cadet. Prof. Reynold's posted about this, which is how I became aware of it, but the real legwork was done by Neal Boortz (please scroll down till you see the yellow blocked text).
Okay, so some professor who's social development was arrested during his college days during the Viet Nam War acted like a real horse's backside. Happens all the time, except this time it happened to be picked up by bloggers. Now the horse's backside is discovering that his Email account is constantly bombarded with messages that let him know in no uncertain terms just what a horse's backside smells like to the rest of us. This is exactly as it should be.
Everybody's missing something, though. The President of St. Xavier University is a guy named Richard Yanikoski, and right now he probably feels like the bug under the microscope. One day he wakes up, kisses his significant other on the cheek on his way to the office, only to find that a real blizzard o' crap is waiting for him when he gets there. What went through his mind that day? What would go through the mind of any of us in his shoes?
"Gee, what the heck did I do to deserve this abuse?"
We've seen the brass at universities close ranks and act like horse's backsides themselves the last few years. Think the way that the administration at SFSU ignored the riot caused by pro-Palestinian protestors, or the way Emory dragged it's feet and hoped that the Bellesiles scandal would just fade away. But that's not what Dr. Yanikoski did. He looked in to the matter and saw what was going on. Instead of closing ranks and ignoring things he took action. The horse's backside has apologized to the cadet that he wronged. Dr. Yanikoski, an innocent man caught up in something he knew nothing about, has also expressed his regrets.
People are too involved in this, angry and emotional. Not only are they expressing outrage to the horse's backside but they're also venting some spleen into Dr. Yanikoski's Email tray. Even though he must be under enormous pressure, he's refused to discuss any disciplinary action that he might take. Not only is this the policy of St. Xavier but it's the right thing to do. After all, everybody might want to know what the consequences are for being a total ass, but we aren't the injured party and we really don't need to know.
If you agree with me please Email Dr. Yanikoski at email@example.com and give him an "attaboy". I think it's important for the people in the ivory tower to learn that there's a price to pay for being a jerk. I don't think that someone should pay a price for trying to do the right thing when he's got a jerk working for them.
For anyone who has questions about what steps Dr. Yanikoski has taken to resolve this issue, please go here and read what he has to say for himself. In my opinion he's done more than was required of him and probably all that he could.