Fly on the Wall and a Faded Bumper Sticker

Kathryn Wisniewski:

It was a rough day yesterday for the College of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

We all, staff, students and faculty alike, started our day with a death sentence. It was not unironic that it was a bulleted list that delivered the news. We didn’t even warrant a full sentence, just a bullet point, a bullet wound in the heart of the university, our alma mater.

Chancellor Bernie Patterson had the unfortunate job of pulling that trigger, under the subject line of “Reimagining the university.” At 10:32 a.m. on Monday, March 5, 2018, Patterson’s email delivered a digest of the proposal of upcoming changes to the programs at UWSP in order to address our declining enrollment and resulting budget crisis.