What does ASUO President Benjamin Eckstein think about the termination of President Lariviere? That is an excellent question and even though I interviewed Eckstein about the matter I am still left wondering. Below is a summary of the interview. The amount of time it takes you to read is the amount of time the interview lasted. He should get an award for being diplomatic.
Because the majority of the EMU was closed for Thanksgiving the interview took place in the back room of the ASUO office. In the office, there was a pepper shaker but no salt shaker, which I found suspicious but decided to ignore it and start the interview.
Eckstein started out by saying that him and Lariviere have had their disagreements but he respects Lariviere very much and has every intention on working with him if he is allowed to stay. So forth and so on.
Then he mentioned that there are smart people on both sides with good points, and this is a good discussion to have at the state level because it is important.
I thought I had him when he said it’s good it is happening, but he meant that it’s a big issue and should be handled by the state.
After a little prodding (I reminded him that he is a politician and he has to have more to say about the future of his university) he said that he is going to do everything in his power to make sure that students are being held at the forefront of all these decisions because they are they ones being affected. He wants to “give them a seat at the table when decisions are being made.”
He said, “Students should be meaningfully involved and consulted.” He wants to make sure that people who usually don’t have a voice in these kinds of circumstances have a say in things that will be directly impacting them.
When asked about his testimony, he said it will basically be about students. It seemed like he had students on his mind.
I will try to crack this nut again after the decision is made. But for now, well played Eckstein.