The Most Ironic Thing On The Internet Today, by way of Crooked Timber
This video commemorates a student uprising at Athens Polytechnic in Greece, 1973, that helped lead to the downfall of the military junta. The overthrow of the junta led to a "University Asylum" law that restricted the police's ability to enter the campuses. That law was abolished a few months ago.
The abolition law was based on the recommendatiions of an expert committee, which reported a few months ago... Fortunately, my friend has translated the key recommendationsUniversity campuses are unsafe. While the [Greek] Constitution permits the university leadership to protect campuses from elements inciting political instability, Rectors have shown themselves unwilling to exercise these rights and fulfill their responsibilities, and to take the decisions needed in order to guarantee the safety of the faculty, staff, and students. As a result, the university administration and teaching staff have not proven themselves good stewards of the facilities with which society has entrusted them.
The politicizing of universities – and in particular, of students – represents participation in the political process that exceeds the bounds of logic. This contributes to the rapid deterioration of tertiary education.
Among the authors of this report – Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis. And, to add to the irony, Katehi was a student at Athens Polytechnic in 1973.