A few intriguing things on Twitter today about the broiling dispute over SUNY Canton president Joseph Kennedy.
The first is the result of this most excellent of stories by Sue Mende that lays out some of the suspicions we've had: Mr. Kennedy was basically forced out, possibly to make way for merged administrations with SUNY Potsdam.
In response, the official Twitter feed for SUNY Canton tweeted the story and said "We don't know what to make of this." (That makes two of us, Mr. Twitter Feed Writer.)
Also on Twitter is a feed called "Canton Protest," @supportprezk. I've been trying to reach the operator of the feed and its accompanying website, to no avail.
Instead, I got this rather hilarious email after I sent a direct message:
"TY 4 your interest. Cannot disclose identity as some of us are in the midst of seeking and starting careers and such antics could make us look bad as potential hire. Canton is comprised of many people who really love Kennedy and really don't trust (SUNY Chancellor Nancy) Zimpher. R U responsible 4 blog post on WDT page? Will be tweeting it out laterz.
We are SUNY Canton. We are many. We are loyal."
Apparently, writing in teenager-speak is the new-age "magazine clippings for ransom notes to hide identities."
And this is the one minor way in which the SUNY Canton fight differs from the fight to save Ogdensburg Correctional Facility. People are afraid to speak out about it.
Professors operate in a highly political atmosphere, so retribution could have grave ramifications. Corrections officers, though, were much more open than SUNY people about their opposition to closing OCF.
But we do see many similarities: I've gotten a few notes from people who complain that it's the administration that should be shaved down, not the workforce (the exact argument that the corrections officers union made and continues to make).
And our local and state legislators have started the chorus of concern by saying that workforce reductions could harm the area. Find efficiencies, they say. Don't cut services.
Throw in a task force (the town of Canton has one for the most recent fight; the city of Ogdensburg had one to keep OCF open) and we've got ourselves deja roo all over again.