Monday, March 19, 2007

UI Held Hostage Day 422 - March 19

March 19, 6:30 a.m.

For those who took off spring break, and would like to catch up with the past week's entries in this blog, here are some summaries/index listings and links:

Friday, March 9. "UI Held Hostage Day 412"

"Iowa City: A Writing Community"

Sunday, March 11. "UI Held Hostage Day 414"

"Fair Share"
"Drug Courts"
"John Colloton"
"UI, Athletics and Gambling Partnerships"
"UICCU ('Optiva')" [results of research on who sent letters to editor]

Monday, March 12. "UI Held Hostage Day 415"
"Economic Development" [Letter: "Iowa Vales Fund: Audit Shows a Scandal"]
"The University of Iowa's Gambling Addiction" [Gazette editorial on gambling problems]

Tuesday, March 13. "UI Held Hostage Day 416"

"In Praise of a Credit Union" [Linn Area Credit Union's board election process]
"Gambling Casinos Expanding"
"Drug Courts"
"Mary Gilchrist's Court"

Wednesday, March 14. "UI Held Hostage Day 417"
"UI Problem with 'UICCU'? Oh, 'Never Mind'" [Regents approve UICCU on UI campus]
"Corporate Welfare, 'Good;' Welfare for the Downtrodden, 'Bad'" [Beth Cody column]
"The Search for a UI President . . . and Four Regents" [impact of Gartner on Search]
"College Athletics Budgets as 'Investments'" [study shows college athletics programs don't pay]

Thursday, March 15. "UI Held Hostage Day 418"
"Four Regents Nominated"

Friday, March 16. "UI Held Hostage Day 419"
"Iowa's Disadvantages Not Eliminated by 'Advantage Fund'" ["Want to know how to keep graduates in Iowa? 'Pay more.'"]

Saturday, March 17. "UI Held Hostage Day 420"
"Governor Chet Culver: The $8.2 Million Dollar Man" [appointees' campaign contributions]
"Hope for the Future?" [will four new Regents make a difference?]
"Regents' Advice to Search Committee" [Regent wants "exactly the right person"; legislators and Search Committee II]
"Qualifications for UI President" [a repeat from last November]


UICCU and "Optiva"

The UICCU-Optiva story is essentially behind us. There may be occasional additions "for the record," but for the most part the last major entry, with links to the prior material from October 2006 through March 2007, is
"UICCU and 'Optiva'" in Nicholas Johnson, "UI Held Hostage Day 406 - March 3 - Optiva," March 3, 2007.

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[Note: If you're new to this blog, and interested in the whole UI President Search story . . .

These blog entries begin with Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search I," November 18, 2006.

Wondering where the "UI Held Hostage" came from? Click here. (As of January 25 the count has run from January 21, 2006, rather than last November.)

For any given entry, links to the prior 10 will be found in the left-most column. Going directly to will take you to the latest. Each contains links to the full text of virtually all known media stories and commentary, including mine, since the last blog entry. Together they represent what The Chronicle of Higher Education has called "one of the most comprehensive analyses of the controversy." The last time there was an entry containing the summary of prior entries' commentary (with the heading "This Blog's Focus on Regents' Presidential Search") is Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search XIII -- Last Week," December 11, 2006.

My early proposed solution to the conflict is provided in Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search VII: The Answer," November 26, 2006.

Searching: the fullest collection of basic documents related to the search is contained in Nicholas Johnson, "UI President Search - Dec. 21-25," December 21, 2006 (and updated thereafter), at the bottom of that blog entry under "References." A Blog Index of entries on all subjects since June 2006 is also available. And note that if you know (or can guess at) a word to search on, the "Blogger" bar near the top of your browser has a blank, followed by "SEARCH THIS BLOG," that enables you to search all entries in this Blog since June 2006.]

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Media Stories and Commentary

See above.

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