by Marina Kalugin
Times have been very tough, indeed, but Chancellor Katehi is NOT the problem.. She has done a remarkable job given the many challenges of her tenure.
Starting as an undergrad, who arrived at UCD, in 1970, I have participated in ALL areas of UCD and never left. I can say unequivocally that ALL of the accolades that occurred under her tenure were possible because of her leadership and her correct priorities.
The peppervspray issue was unfortunate, however for those who are old enough, the term “going postal” could describe what happened and although, as Chancellor, Katehi shared the blame, she truly did NOT do the deed, nor condone it.
Just like no one calls for the head of the post office when an employee there “goes postal”, one should not point at the Chancellor either. As far as the money spent on the UCD website, that was TRULY money well spent. The UCD website was abysmal until this influx of funds.
I am well known for speaking out, and one of my pet peeves was the horrific website. It was hard to find ANYTHING of use, the searches were NOT optimized and it was SUCH an embarassment for a world-class university.
I was not the only manager on campus who griped about that on a regular basis.. When something is in such sad and useless shape, it will take a huge influx of funds to right something THAT large and so unwieldy. It needed to be redone from scratch.
I was thrilled to see it when it was rolled out. Who knew such a non-issue would grow into such a controversy?
Those who have already failed at being students, or as faculty, or as legislators should step out of the way and let Chancellor Katehi finish her job. If she DIDN’T care, she would have already left after what SHE has been put through. Thank you and enjoy this lovely new day.
Marina Kalugin (Rumiansev)