George Kennett, COD Student, Comments to the BOT | Sept 19, 2019

Over the course of the night, you have heard, and will continue to hear, both rational arguments and heartfelt pleas to agree to the Faculty Association’s demands. To you, I offer neither of these. To you, the Board, I offer only my frustrations. I’m a student, and a taxpayer, and it is frustrating to say the least, that I might not have class to go to in a couple of weeks. I know that the President, Mr. Caputo, put out a statement that all students who would be affected by a strike would be compensated. I know this was meant to reassure us, but what I took from it was that it’s cheaper to refund the tuition for every student affected, than it would be to just give the teachers what they’re asking for in the first place. It’s not like this institution can take another hit to its reputation. Breuder got a $700,000 golden parachute, and I wonder how much negotiation went into that decision.

If Mr. Napolitano would like to come down here and start running a class on his own, he’s more than welcome to. In the meantime, I would hope that he puts resources where they need to go; With the teachers. That is, after all, the job to which he was elected. The system by which a college is run is relatively simple: Students learn, teachers teach, and administrators put money where it needs to go. I’m here doing my job, my teachers are doing their jobs, where are you?