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Change is never easy

May 12, 2013

Hamid Shirvani, Chancellor, North Dakota University System, Bismarck Change is never easy as it forces us to leave our comfort zone, but in today’s world, change is a requirement for succes....

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May-14-13 6:57 PM

angeR, you are right. I was quoting Shervani's letter, which was the first place Shaw was mentioned.

matman, good on ya for your grasp of ardent socialists, but I have to inform you I'm not one of them.

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May-14-13 1:19 PM

Mr. Shirvani seems to think that he can be the top dog, create a pecking order from the top down, and be king of the hill.

It is not going to work like that; he needs to be informed now and not later before it is all out of control and everybody is at each others throats. Appears as though that is the situation.

He's from Bismarck now and before he was remodeling offices at a building to hold new executive suites on the UND campus. What happened there?

The kind of change Mr. Shirvani wants to see seems to be more self-serving than it is helpful to modern education in North Dakota.

Red flags all over the place with Mr. Shirvani in charge and the change that has taken place since his arrival has not been positive.

I'm just a poor schmuck living in this state. I can't fire him, but it seems to me that is what has to be done to bring the controversy to some kind of end, good or bad, and it needs to end.

Sorry, Mr. Shirvani, but you have made your own bed.

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May-14-13 1:11 PM

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May-14-13 12:13 PM

This guy will never admit fault, he always has a flock of minions to throw under the bus. He does bring this kind of "change" wherever he goes, then blames others when his views are not accepted blindly. He is convinced that people in ND are too stupid to see through his methods and that he's too smart to get caught red-handed. If the NDBHE does a thorough and fair "survey" performed, they should find more than enough information to prove his arrogance and disrectful behavior, not to mention the illegal methods he uses to get his way.

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May-14-13 12:05 PM

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May-14-13 12:08 AM

Unless you were referring to Shervani?

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May-13-13 11:58 PM

MatTheMan, I'm pretty sure Loco was quoting Shervani who was quoting an ardent socialist.

Loco, I suggest that in the future, you use single quotation marks nested within the primary quotation. This to avoid confusing those predisposed to confusion.

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May-13-13 6:35 PM

mules, today your name should be "pitbull."


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May-13-13 11:39 AM

I suppose you would know that change is never easy. Colorado gave you the boot, California gave you the boot and now North Dakota is trying to do the same. Each time is a change for you and what ensues after you being hired is your forced expulsion, and that is never easy.

How come this happens when you enter the picture? Some become disgruntled and don't accept your views. Could it be an aversion to your style? You turn people off?

Education was here long before you ever became an educator/chancellor and it will remain after you are long gone.

If there have been open meetings violations, that is insubordination and there is low tolerance for that infraction. Compromises your position, makes you irresponsible, grounds for dismissal.

No matter your level of scholastic accomplishments, if you can't be trusted, it is game over.

An open discussion of any violation is the first order of business.

You might want to fully disclose any and all violations.

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May-13-13 9:51 AM

"George Bernard Shaw said, "Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.""

True, but I think the good people of North Dakota had no idea that "change" might include a healthy disregard for our sunshine laws, in order to propel ourselves forward, or forword, as our friend Jack says.

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May-13-13 1:02 AM


Always difficult to admit you were wrong or you lied.

Strike the 'to' after 'always'.

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May-13-13 12:58 AM

Let's forego the discussion of improvements and advancements that can be achieved in the educational system.

Everybody wants that and an integrated effort is always welcome.

Let's turn our attention to the open meetings law and the alleged violations of conducting meetings in private. So say those loony Republicans acting like they are really official about it all. Laughable, but let's ignore the Republicans for now.

Either the meetings were unannounced and privately held with no public knowledge of those meetings or they were not.

You can admit guilt, it won't really hurt anybody. Very easy to do. You have kind of fomented discord and also kind of want everybody to ignore it, to wit, the letter to the editor serves as an attempt to resolve the controversy of the alleged violations. You are trying to avoid any guilt or wrong doing. Always to difficult to admit you were wrong or you lied.

You really do have to resolve that issue first.

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