I used to wonder what it would be like to work for Nancy Pelosi. Imagine having to answer to a left-wing feminist who alternately encourages uncivil discourse (to war protestors) and civil discourse (to town hall protestors) depending on political expediency. But I do know something about working for Nancy Pelosi. I work for her ideological twin sister, Rosemary DePaolo.
In January of 2008, there was a movement by some members of the faculty senate to fire DePaolo for, among other things, her authoritarian style of leadership. DePaolo undoubtedly got wind of the potential coup. She could not possibly have been unaware of the fact that she was losing control over the faculty. So she did what many radical feminists do under the circumstances: She hired a man to come save her.
After Provost Brian Chapman was hired to come to the aid of our East Coast Nancy Pelosi it took only a matter of weeks for him to wear out his welcome. Somewhere between slamming his cell phone on desks during arguments and shaking his finger at faculty members while scolding them he quickly earned a reputation as a hot-head.
Chapman later tried to mend his damaged reputation by attending various department meetings in a stated effort to correct “misperceptions” about his style of governance. During one of those faculty meetings a tenured professor asked Chapman whether he was hired to come in here and “kick a**” for DePaolo. He answered in the affirmative.
In other words, our East Coast Nancy Pelosi needed someone to yell at the faculty and keep them in line. But she didn’t want to be the one who was tagged as being “uncivil.” She gave the job to a stronger man.
The faculty responded with an uprising and fired Chapman. Chancellor DePaolo (hereafter: DePelosi) responded by pushing for greater “respect” and “civility” on campus. She even had the following “Seahawk Respect Compact” framed and posted in every classroom on campus:
“In the pursuit of excellence, UNC Wilmington actively fosters, encourages and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff and the broader community.
Therefore, we expect members of the campus community to honor these principles as fundamental to our ongoing efforts to increase access to and inclusion in a community that nurtures learning and growth for all."
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