A fair amount of news from yesterday’s Board of Regents meeting. From mLive comes “Faculity, alumni ask EMU board to end partnership with EAA.” First off, “faculity?” Really, mLive? That obvious of a typo in the headline? Jeez.
Anyway, here’s a quote that I think gets at the gist of the EAA talk at this last meeting:
Faculty member Steve Wellinski took the claims a step further by saying that the board should not wait until December to make a decision. Wellinski thinks that by waiting until December, members of the board can take political cover from making a decision on the agreement if the outgoing members of the state legislature end the agreement on their own.
By not acting as a board to end the agreement, Wellinski said the regents would be aligning themselves directly with Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Waiting until December might secure you political cover through maneuvering of a lame duck session and a $45 million token for the Strong Hall renovation, but it will not absolve you from this egregious act that has you playing a co-conspirator in the biggest fraud scheme this state has ever seen,” Wellinski said.
Well, while I agree with Wellinski, I think he answers his own question about why the BoR is not likely to terminate EMU’s relationship with the EAA before December. And if it pays off with money for the Strong Hall renovation, it might be worth it. Don’t get me wrong– I think we should have gotten out of the EAA a long tome ago. But at this stage, we might as well wait until the end of the calendar year.