I came across this transcript of the Chancellor of UC San Diego, Marye Anne Fox, answering students questions during an online chat. The questions were not very interesting. Missing is a question about the vowel shortages in Bosnia, and why she’s not helping them out, because she’s got some extra ‘e’s to lend.
I guess in the chatroom format, complete answers aren’t really called for. Sometimes I think she hits it just right:
beebop> Hey, Mar…quick question: I was just wondering, what is your favorite sandwich?
MA_Fox> that’s easy. a cheeseburger
On the other hand, sometimes she doesn’t answer at all, in full politician mode:
fitfreak> I’d like to know more about the upcoming vote to raise fees to help pay for Division 2 scholarships. Why is this necessary?
MA_Fox> I encourage you to get involved with student govt so that you may weigh the pluses and minuses of expanding athletic scholarships.
And there’s the people with their little problems:
maricket> I’m a cheerleader on campus, I am wondering why we do not receive priority registration. We are now considered “athletes” and I think we do more than our part to contribute to UCSD’s spirit and athletic program. Having practice at least 12 hours a week plus games, rallies, and fundraisers, I believe that we deserve a chance to plan around those events with that priority registration. What do you think?
MA_Fox> I was not aware of this issue and will discuss it with the VC for Student Affairs.
I wonder how MA_Fox would have answered if maricket was a cheerleader off campus…
Overall, I get the distinct feeling that she’s not really earning the $408,510 she’s being paid as the Chancellor. Honestly, do her answers strike you as concise and to the point? She really doesn’t know what students care about. If she was being verbally grilled by a thesis comittee, she’d be flunked. And since this is a university, I think that’s a fair measure of her performance.
I thought about putting this post in the Wish List category, but I don’t want to be chancellor. I just want half a million dollars to not answer questions very well.