Monday, December 04, 2006

House of Delegates Elections

This week, NYU graduate students vote for representatives to the House of Delegates. Nerds can't come up with a clever name for it, unfortunately--but we'll take suggestions. At least 35 candidates have officially declared their support for GSOC as part of their candidacy. Voting takes place all week; for a list of those candidates who officially support GSOC, email GSOC.

And an event listing:
This Friday, December 8th, workers at the Restaurant Daniel and the Fireman Hospitality Group mount a Justice Ride to protest segregated workplaces and to support their legal claims of discrimination. The Restaurant Workers Justice Ride will begin at Cafe Fiorello at 64th and Broadway at 5:30 and will end with a rally from 6:30 to 7:30 at Restaurant Daniel at 65th and Park Avenue. To participate, call (212) 343-1771 or just show up and see if space is available.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

by providing such information only by email rather than making it publicly available, the GSOC is engaging in underhanded and hypocritical tactics. For an organization that demands transparency, legitimacy, and bargaining under the auspices of a third-party watch-dog, this strategy is inappropriate and, frankly, belies the weakness and lack of self-awareness that has hampered GSOC's efforts to win over the NYU population.

Of course, writing on this blog under the name 'anonymous' is equally hypocritical, but necessary since the GSOC leadership does not hesitate to stoop to slander and character assassination.

We all need to remember that in the end, despite the best wishes and most carefully laid plans, Orwell's pigs turned into men.

12/05/2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you talking about? Where's the hypocrisy? Anybody who wants the information on who the pro-union candidates are, can get it by asking. It's certainly no secret, but it may be under administrators' radar this way. Are you one of the earnest, true-believing anti-union candidates? I'm guessing so, judging by the churlish tone of your comment. If so, then run your own campaign, but good luck convincing many people that this showpiece committee--which has the power to make recommendations and ask for meetings, and nothing at all more--will serve their interests better than an independent union can. Most of us aren't so naive.

And re: the Orwell reference--a bit melodramatic, don't you think?

12/05/2006 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since all the anonymous posters have no qualms about being anonymous, I am not sure why b&r should either. However, I would point out to this not familiar with the academic job market that while having one's name publically associated with union politics may not be a strike against a job candidate, having one's name associated with any blog at all might be. And most of us would like to get jobs, so we can continue our campaign to prevent higher education from turing into another WalMart.

12/05/2006 2:30 PM  
Blogger specter of marx said...

Anon #1, each candidate's biography/statement of intent is publicly available to voters.

And to tack on to Anon #3's comment, this blog started at a time when our present jobs/standing at NYU were at stake over our position on the union and the strike. In my opinion, they still are. Our anonymity is a product of our powerlessness vis-a-vis the administration, not our hypocrisy per se.

12/05/2006 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when is it uncool to have your name associated with a blog? Plenty of tenured and untenured academics blog openly these days.

Did you miss the advent of Facebook, Youtube, and all of those other self-expressive mediums? If everyone who participates in these forums feared their prospects of getting a job, the workforce would come to a complete standstill.

I think the real reason these GSOC bloggers are afraid to use their real identities is so they can continue to whine and make insinuations about how Sexton is a pervert because he hugs people. Isn't that right, Ms. Sarah Wolfe?

12/05/2006 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, there was an article in The chronicle of higher education about the danger of blogging for potential job applicants a couple months ago ("exposed in the blogosphere" Being identified with a blog, especially if it contains personal information, can really hurt job applicants. Imagine reading weapon of class instruction ( and then seriously considering the author for a tenure-track professorship. there are universities where he might still be hired, but, generally, members of hiring committees might get turned off.

12/05/2006 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It depends on the persona you adopt in your blogging. If you're a single-agenda jerk, as these GSOC bloggers routinely prove themselves to be, then no one will take you seriously. I think Susan Valentine blew her chances of being taken seriously throughout her career as the misguided spokesperson for GSOC. But that's personal opinion; maybe hiring committees will view her inane comments and political--uhm--"commitments" differently.

There are plenty of thoughtful and provocative academic bloggers. It's another way of presenting yourself to the world. But when all you do is sit there and gripe about how the university doesn't pay for your vaccination against STDS, I think this sends a strong message about future agendas to potential employers.

I don't want to hire someone who will spend all their time worrying about the Michelin Man instead of focusing on teaching.

12/05/2006 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to point out that many of the people I walked the picket line with last year were the most dedicated teachers in NYU. Certainly more so than many of the faculty, who teach fewer than 3 courses a year WITH THE HELP OF TAs and still can't be bothered to update their lecture notes from 1994.

12/06/2006 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's GSOC gratitude for you once again! Not only did you have the widespread support of crackpots like Andrew Ross, but now you're bitching that these people can't update their notes from 1994. Nice work, jerk-off. Bite the hand that tries to help you in your dopey struggle.

How do you know that faculty haven't updated their notes in over a decade? Were you already a grad student in 1994? That would make sense.

Oh, those committed GSOC teachers. You sure get my vote for shirking your responsibilities in favor of selfish pursuits. The undergrads clearly understood that you were acting in their best interest; that's why you still have their widespeard adoration and support (snicker snicker).

12/06/2006 10:42 PM  
Blogger Not a Flaneur, I Just Walk A lot said...

"Imagine reading weapon of class instruction ( and then seriously considering the author for a tenure-track professorship. there are universities where he might still be hired, but, generally, members of hiring committees might get turned off."

Heaven forfend!

12/30/2006 2:03 PM  

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