Re: [OPE-L] admissions decision-making by consensus

From: Paul Zarembka (zarembka@BUFFALO.EDU)
Date: Thu Feb 03 2005 - 20:43:02 EST


Get five people signed together on a petition and post it; or stop wasting

Paul Z.

On Thu, 3 Feb 2005, Rakesh Bhandari wrote:

> At 7:54 PM -0500 2/3/05, OPE-L Administrator wrote:
> >The list policy on admissions was reported on in-depth in [OPE-L:6958],
> >a statement by the Advisory Committee (AC) dated 4/10/02.  Advisory
> >Committee decision-making, including decisions about admissions, are
> >by consensus.  I have no more or less "de facto veto power" over AC
> >decision-making re admissions than do any of the AC members.  Any
> >member of the AC or I can, should we choose, block consensus or
> >threaten to block consensus.  At no time  since the AC was formed in
> >2002 have I or any current or former member of the AC blocked
> >consensus or threatened to block consensus on admissions or any
> >other topic.
> Oh are you saying that you have never recommended against someone's
> admission and that you have never turned down a request for
> admission? Hmmm. Very interesting.  And why should you be part of the
> consensus procedure at all? You have done this for ten years. Why
> should your imprint be on all future list admissions? If you want to
> "moderate" discussion, go ahead. But you should not have any control
> over who is admitted in the future. I fail again to see why this is
> controversial. There is an advisory committee; let it handle future
> admissions without your power to block consensus. Let us see if some
> old names will resurface and new names proposed.
> Rakesh
> >
> >Should anyone want to discuss the list policy or to make
> >recommendations for admission, then please contact
> >Alejandro <>, Allin <>,
> >Fred <> and myself <>
> >off-list.
> >
> >In solidarity, Jerry

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