Carol Folt, trustees, governors and legislature: bless your hearts.
'Tis the season for predictions of the future. Here is a snarky one.
The proposal Folt and the Board of Trustees conveniently offered up at the end of classes (wow, are students and faculty busy then!) gave the administration just the required amount of political cover needed to look like reasonable compromisers, even if that compromise is not particularly thrifty. Predictably, the Board of Governors rejected the compromise proposal and formed its own committee that also (shocker!) has its proposal deadline scheduled over a break in classes.
As our Board has written before, it seems that cowardice in scheduling public decisions knows no political party or ideology; it just takes political hacks. These particular hacks must be avid theatergoers, because this turgid, cynical piece is sublimely scripted.
Folt and the Trustees, with their proposal, keep their comfortable center-left credibility. The mostly Republican-appointed Board of Governors get to crack the whip from a distance on those rabble-rousing students and faculty. Above all, these actors perpetuate the status quo that keeps them in their comfy chairs, meeting after meeting after meeting.