In response to the request from students for the appointment of an EOP Director, I asked Jose Luis Vargas to serve as Interim Director of EOP and appointed Jorge Garcia and William Watkins as co-chairs of a committee to search for a permanent EOP Director. With the concurrence of these university officers, the Task Force has requested that the search for a permanent director be delayed until decisions about the structure of the program have been made. I have concurred with that recommendation.
Similarly, I have concurred with the Task Force's recommendation that their report be received on March 1, as originally proposed, rather than by the end of the term so that they would have the opportunity to consult appropriately with all members of the community.
I again encouraged anyone who has information or opinions to share with the committee to contact Provost Kennedy or Faculty President Owens. And I thank the committee for the care and thoughtfulness they have expressed in these initial recommendations.
The workshops were representative of the finest traditions of a university and were attended by individuals who understand that ignorance breeds intolerance. I'd like to thank and commend Jody Myers and her colleagues for providing that opportunity for learning and personal development.
We don't know who appended the offensive statements to the flyer, but we do know that he or she is a coward whose views are contemptuous of the values of this community. This incident is another reminder that we must always speak out against this kind of behavior so that there can be no mistake that hatred and bigotry will not be suffered in silence at this university.
The workshop was facilitated by MIG consultants who will also be working with us on our Strategic Plan. Summaries of the discussions and recommendations from the workshop will be distributed throughout the campus shortly.
Dr. Ronald Kopita is leading the effort to confer with the Associated Students, the athletic department, student athletes and the executive officers to outline alternative policy options for our programs. Recommendations, intended for broad campus discussion, should be developed shortly so that decisions can be reached by the end of the calendar year.
It is clear that the proposal for a $49 per semester increase in student fees was unable to gain the support of the majority of students who voted. It will be important in the weeks ahead for us to hear from members of the community about their views on this issue. We will be seeking advice from the Faculty Senate and other appropriate committees regarding the following question: Under what conditions should Cal State Northridge continue/discontinue its intercollegiate athletic program? You may write to me or Ron Kopita directly or by using the following e-mail address:
I hope to hear from students, faculty and staff on this important and difficult decision.
Please vote on November 8th.
Blenda J. Wilson
November 7, 1994
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