Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Another bungled job search at the U?

"The actual number on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's hand-picked committee is 16, but it might as well be 900 because the size of that group served as a stop sign for some potential candidates," writes Chip Scoggins in the Star Tribune.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Minnesota Public Radio has a new investigative unit

And its first story  -- on a predatory private correctional facility for boys, up on the Iron Range -- is excellent.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

A CV of failures

By Johannes Haushofer.

(Not to brag or anything, but my CV of failures is way longer.)

For background, see this article in The Guardian.    

Saturday, April 30, 2016

“I’m extremely disgusted, it’s one failure after another,” he said. “There is no way in hell I’m going to leave them one penny.”

It seems fair to say Minnesotans don't have a lot of confidence in U president Eric Kaler's competence to manage an athletics department.

It's going to be hard to blame this one on Norwood Teague

The U athletics department threw away $125,000 in 2014 when it tossed a paying client out of TCF Bank Stadium and held a free concert instead. The U blamed it on Norwood Teague, who was overserved. Now it's tossing out the same client again -- Drum Corps International -- to make way for coach Tracy Claeys' summer football camp, at a rate of $600 a day. (Apparently, if you have the right name, you can rent a football stadium for less than you can rent a conference room at the Days Inn.)

But let's forget the financial loss. The U has now treated Drum Corps International very badly, twice, breaking promises and costing the organization an estimated $80,000 in lost revenue so far. What does Eric Kaler plan to do to make this right?