March 29, 2009

Quote Of The Day

They are "living in some alternate universe that I frankly don't really understand."

- Cappy at tonight's VSA Council meeting when asked about the alumnae/i efforts against the English department faculty reductions. She continued to say, "The English Department went immediately to the Facebook group about silencing writers. And that's too bad, because it hurts Vassar in the wider world. It's unfortunate, because if a perspective student sees that Web page, they may decide to go to Wesleyan or someplace else."

See the Misc's liveblogging of the meeting for the full quotation.

10 comments:

nickelivorysoul said...

Some of Cappy's comments make me want to "go to Weslyan or someplace else."

Thank god for the student body, or I'd have no motivation to be here

Branchy said...

Well it is unfortunate to publicize false information about the creative writing program, claiming that it is going to disappear completely, because it discourages serious creative writing students from wanting to study at vassar!

jessica said...

LOL!! the best.

Jimmy Kelly said...

You've continued to make soundbites from long and thoughtful conversations where the leaders of our College discuss the difficulties that we're experiencing. This opportunism is something I expect from a CNN or Fox News headline, not from Vassar, where we should have informed discussions about these heavy matters.

Vassar is not immune from the global economic downturn. Mads, you do a disservice to the community by enabling animosities over quotes taken out of context rather than fostering thoughtful discussion about the task at hand.

Respire said...

Jimmy, Mads doesn't stand alone on using that soundbite. It's lifted from the second paragraph of the Misc article.

Respire said...

Sorry, the Misc liveblogging - not an article.

Mads' Blog said...

Jimmy, we quoted Cappy just as she was quoted in the Misc's liveblogging of the meeting. If you feel it was taken out of context, feel free to take it up with them. (They are a VSA organization, after all).

Thanks for reading and commenting,
Mads

Jimmy Kelly said...

Mads, your quote goes further than the Misc does in paraphrasing Cappy's remarks. This is certainly not the first time you've attempted to pigeonhole an administrator for comments at a meeting you did not even attend.

I don't take issue with your attempt to disseminate information on campus; what I take issue with is that you are continuing to provide isolated pieces of a broader conversation rather than fostering a more forward-looking dialogue.

I do believe there is a space for your blog to make meaningful contributions to the campus dialogue, but your choice of coverage inhibits your ability to do so.

I know this is just a fun project of yours, but if you're going to participate in the broader dialogue, then it is important to avoid misinformation - and to be clear, opportunistic soundbites are a form of misinformation.

Bernie said...

It's a great quote, and if you were writing a news article on the meeting, you'd be right on the ball in using it, surrounded by context. But you're not writing a news article, that's the problem. But I think with little effort, you could be writing news articles. Picking good quotes is an important journalism skill, and you've got that down. Now for the rest.

a.g. said...

This actually sounded rather pro-Cappy to me, showing that she's forthright, funny, and correct.