"We want to be clear as possible," President Scarborough and Trustees Chairman Jonathan Pavloff said in a collaborative statement that would dilute the scorn on one or the other. I didn't read much more because when the leadership tried to promote clarity over the summer of campus discontent, it didn't.
Item: In August, the Plain Dealer's Karen Farkas reported, "the University of Akron may currently be 'Ohio Polytechnic University' but the president has not shelved the idea of changing the name." Scarborough told the paper that the school simply has to expand its identity to reach more potential students. Period!
The name thing, as well as a lot of other changes, has undergone so many variations during Scarborough's first full year at the downtown campus that even statements with Periods should be approached warily.
Could it be that the regime is finally becoming aware of the troubles it has cast upon itself that are beginning to hit it in the most vulnerable spot - the pocketbook? The University of Akron Women's Group has responded sharply to the removal of AKRON from the marching band uniforms, a rebranding idea that was badly timed inasmuch as the women's group had donated $11,000 for the band's new raincoats and bags.
Louise Harvey, the group's president, said in an email to me that
"the Scarborough/Pavlov letter did little to soothe ruffled feathers. I had a scathing letter from another member of the Women's Committee last night and more today. When he puts Akron back on the uniforms, basketball court, scoreboards etc. we will (maybe) believe him."More than a week has passed since the committee first notified Scarborough of its intent. So far, Harvey said, she's received no reply.
It pointed out that the AUAR financially supports scholarships. Period!
When UA music school professor Guy Bordo publicly described the school's leadership as "arrogant" you could understand why. I might add to that, "institutionally inept" - a malady that has already cost Team Scarborough so much credibility. PERIOD!