From what we hear, the merger of Texas A&M University-Kingsville and A&M-Corpus Christi is dead. But is anyone going to speak about the “devil in the details,” “the elephant in the room,” about the people behind this plan.
Philip C. Skrobarcyzyk made it clear that it was part of his concerns in the letter that women, Hispanics, and TAMU-CC faculty were not involved during the Oct. 5 meeting described in this week’s lead story.
The “secret meeting” was held with only white men; not one woman was in sight. Perhaps the person that sent out the invitations included women but from the letter Skrobarcyzyk sent, the list included only seventeen men present at the meeting. Why wasn’t there a woman? We saw women on-and-off stage during the A&M System Board of Regents meeting on Nov. 10. We saw women at the Robstown Town Hall meeting.
And, as if not including women was already bad as it is, where was the Hispaic representation? Why were the majority of the men present Caucasian? Being in South Texas where the majority of the population is Hispanic, it stands to reason Hispanics would be included.
Witth the few legislators who are Hispanic attending, there were four Hispanics present in the meeting out of 17 men. Merging the two schools would have made the school 7th largest university with Hispanics. But the Hispanic viewpoint on the merger would have been low.
If none of these shock you yet. It surprised me that some overlooked Chancellor John Sharp’s rape joke at the Oct. 5 meeting. Why is this inappropriate behavior not being talked about? Has someone spoken to Sharp about his joke? This is your chancellor, ladies and gentlemen. He was confronted about it during the Robstown meeting but Sharp moved on from Skrobarcyzyk to another question. No denial, no apology. Sexual assault is not a joking matter.
The meeting was lacking plenty, but just like the students from TAMUCC’s main concern, there were no TAMUCC faculty at the secret meeting. There was no representation from TAMUCC. The island-locked school continued to be ignored throughout the planning of the merger. To end it all, the discussion of the merger still had no representation from the main audience, the students. Stephanie Martinez, the student regent gave her two cents during the Board of Regents meeting toward the end. No student representation was present during the Oct. 5 meeting. And only one student was pointed out to ask a question during the Robstown meeting. I thought students were the priority, right?