Friday, April 20, 2007

UI Held Hostage Day 454 - Ethics

April 20, 7:30 a.m.

Res Ipsa Loquitur*

This editorial cartoon, authored by the highly acclaimed Bob Patton and published in this morning's (April 20) Press-Citizen, is copyright by the Iowa City Press-Citizen and is reproduced here as a matter of fair use for non-commercial, educational, and commentary purposes only. Any other use will require the permission of the Press-Citizen. You can find more of Bob Patton's work on his blog, "Patton's Pad."

* "Res ipsa loquitur" is a doctrine of negligence from tort law in those cases in which negligence need not be proved in the usual way because all factors were under the defendant's control and the only possible explanation for the plaintiff's damage is that the defendant must have been negligent. It means, literally, "the thing speaks for itself," which caused my torts professor, the beloved Dean Page Keeton, to say to our class while exploring the doctrine, "If the thing speaks for itself, 'Why the hell doesn't it speak English?'" -- a sentiment shared by most of my Texas classmates at the time.

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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