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A Letter to UVa’s Board of Visitors Concerning the Continued Presence of Rector Dragas

Posted in cripsyduck with tags , , , on July 16, 2012 by criPSy duck

I just received an e-mail purportedly co-authored by UVa President Teresa Sullivan and Rector Helen Dragas. The e-mail promises cooperation and hand-holding and lots of hugs and kisses and warm fuzzy stuff. In other words, it’s total P.R. trash designed to reassure the dulled wits of the extra gullible.

If you haven’t been following the story, Dragas is the head of UVa’s Board of Visitors. In early June 2012 she led a quiet coup to have Sullivan removed as President of the University, dropping the news a week after the student body had left town for the summer. On a Sunday. The whole thing stank of dirty pool.

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WTJU Town Hall Gives Management a Frickin’ Clue

Posted in cripsyduck, music with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by criPSy duck

On Monday evening, about 200 or so community members, DJs past and present, and various supporters flooded a town hall meeting held by UVa’s Department of Public Affairs (now in charge of TJU) to let ’em have an earful of what it means to love something as thoroughly as Charlottesville loves WTJU.

Carol Wood, head of Public Affairs for UVa, got up and assured us that our voices were important and the turn out was impressive. Next – looking like a hapless villain sent down from central casting – came Burr Beard, the new WTJU station manager. After admitting he was from out of town and basically had no clue what a WTJU was, he stammered something along the lines of, “gee guys, gosh, I still think an all-Americana station would work in this market, shucks.” He damn near got himself laughed out of there. But the announcers and those assembled were respectful, knowing full well they need a qualified station manager who is ready to go to bat for them. Continue reading

Michelle Obama Speaks at UVa

Posted in cripsyduck with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2008 by criPSy duck

On September 17, under a brilliant sun outside of UVa’s Newcomb Hall, Michelle Obama, Jill Biden, Lilly Ledbetter and Tom Perriello spoke to a crowd of over 2500 students, activists and community members.

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