By Jared Kennedy
The State of the University address is a speech given every year by the chancellor to tell the student body and other interested parties how the University is doing.
Such a simple task; the head of an organization breathes in the status of the university, and exhales that information, in this case delivering a resolute message about becoming better and stronger. This is exactly what was heard at the 2015 state of the university address.
But wait – something essential is missing.
Progress is recognizing one’s short-comings and developing a plan of action to move forward and leave those faults behind. Without recognition of flaws, it is impossible to move forward. How can one fix what he or she does not know is broken? To portray our university as fully unbroken and without fault is a disservice to all who wish to make it greater.
This is exactly the issue with the 2015 state of the university address.
In the address there was much talk of how far we’ve come, momentum, breaking down borders, and how important it is we not be satisfied; those things are all very important virtues, but left the audience with nothing to act on. What of any of those things inform students as to how they can help improve the university?
To instill change and continue to foster a culture of progress, people must be informed as to what needs to change and what needs to improve.
Durango has always been the little brother, forever living in the giant shadow of Herbie Husker.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is now a home of Division 1 athletics. Not just that, but we are major con-tenders in such a division.
In the not so distant future, the Huskers may not be the soul “pride of all Nebraska.” That means in this time more than ever it is important to grow as fast as possible, to indeed keep that momentum the chancellor spoke about.
Chancellor Christensen wants this goal, sees this goal, and fights for these values, but perhaps doesn’t see how damaging a sugar coated state of the university address is for the university. To not address any kind of flaw is to directly nullify the virtues he explicitly spoke in favor of.
Any good coach who wins a game knows to say good things afterwards to his players, congratulating them on a job well done. A good coach also knows to give that pat on the back, but closely follow the sentiment with an honest critique, making clear how the player can improve their performance.
The chancellor is the coach, and on the stage last Monday he told us how great our performance was. He complimented everything about how we played as if we are perfect just the way we are.
He told us we need to get better, but then he con-fused us all – walking off the stage without ever once informing us how exactly to do that.