• 'What we have here...'

    For those of you unable to attend this morning’s TSM board meeting (and who can’t wait for tomorrow’s news story), my take on the situation is that there is agreement that there was a breakdown in communication about the performance of Gary Borders as TSM director between the University administration and the board (and not much agreement on anything else.) Gary Borders is still out as TSM director. At this time, there are no plans to sell the licenses for TSTV and KVRX. There may be future discussions about exploring the possibility of shifting responsibility for TSM from the Division of Student Affairs to the College of Communications. A search is on for an interim director, who should be selected at a special board meeting on March 7. The interim director will run things while the search is on for a new, permanent director, if such a thing exists. No word on when the search for a digital adviser might begin. Another board meeting is set for March 19, the last possible minute to set a TSM budget for the coming year. I think that’s pretty much it. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Don't worry about the government

    Sometimes you just have to wonder what's going on in the minds of politicians. Watching the Republican debate last night, you saw four white guys in suits all trying to out right-wing the other as they kowtowed to a room full of neanderthal nutjobs from Arizona. Oh, and Gov. Rick Perry was there, too, sitting right next to Callista Gingrich's hairdo!

    Anyway, we have our own problems right here on the Forty Acres. If you've been reading the Texan this week here online or in print (as I'm sure you have), not one, but two pairs of candidates for the top posts in Student Government have been disqualified for campaign violations. You can see the stories here and here.

    What's up with these people. Do they not know the rules or do they just decide not to play by them? I guess it's a little of both. Frankly, it's embarrassing.

    But we aren't the only ones with election woes. Check out the problems their having at the University of Florida here. Go Gators!

  • Back in the saddle again

    It's been way too long since my last blog entry. There's not excuse except the daily press of duties, and that will no longer be accepted. I vow to keep this puppy up to date. We'll see how that plays out.

    For those of you who might have missed it, there has been a lot going on in the pages of The Daily Texan this semester! We've been covering the resignation of TSM Director Gary Borders, the scandal-plagued SG election and the fortunes of various Longhorn athletic teams. We even had an incident in which a lot of Daily Texans were stolen from their news boxes. What's up with that? If you know, drop up a line.

    I urge you all to follow our efforts in the paper and at dailytexanonline.com.

    In the meantime, here's a link to Dan Kennedy's MediaNation blog that carries a speech by Marty Baron, my former boss at The Boston Globe, who offers a solid rationale for why what journalists do continues to matter. I urge you to take a look and think about what he has to say.