Many hours before the Sentinal hit our front porch, we had already received the email: Former UCSC Chancellor MRC Greenwood had resigned her job "to return to teaching." MRC is under investigation over two recent personnel actions, one of "her business partner" Professor Lynda Goff, and the other of MRC's son, James.
I don't really care about the hiring of the son. The University of California is full of little favors like this.
And I don't really care about MRC's relationship with Lynda Goff either. Obviously they're friends and UC is full of friends helping each other out. One might say that that is what an academic life is all about.
The Sentinal article was pretty good, and I've come to respect Jondi Gumz's reporting. When she can get the information, she writes a balanced story. But Don Miller, now an editor but formerly a reporter back when the Sentinal was really bad, wrote something for the opinion page that really ticked me off.
While the University also said there are no allegations of "wrongdoing," this mess not only could undermine Denton. It also adds fuel to the fire of complaints by faculty and students of a highly paid "elite" at UC and to the whisper campaign that what is seen by some as a powerful coterie of lesbians has gained power and influence within the UC system.
I think it is a little late in lesbian history to have to assert, again, that there is nothing shameful about being lesbian, and especially at UCSC. There is nothing secret about being lesbian. The members of your household are no more secret than your race, religion, or class. Private, yes; secret, no. If you're keeping your lesbian life a secret, I call that shame, not modesty.
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