Bonnie Bucqueroux retired from Michigan State University's School of Journalism to experiment with online publications, including Lansing Online News. She is also co-president (with Susan Masten) of Lansing Area NOW.

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  1. Ernesto Mireles

    As a person in attendance I found the forum helpful overall. I imagine that the outburst might have been upsetting to some but and I think it was important. Most of the audience stayed to the end. If this doesn’t speak to the worry many students feel I don’t know what does.

    In all there were about 200 people (peak) in attendance. I thought Alisha Green’s coverage of the event was fair. In this increasingly uncertain world where even those who are used to a certain amount of economic privilege are being squeezed to the point they see no way out – it is a wonder why more people are not yelling and screaming.

    Personally I find the resignation and despair (among the citizens of this state) about what is happening in education disheartening, and I do not agree that yelling and fighting never solve anything. They are often, in fact, the first steps to reaching an accord. This clinging to the “big picture” civil discourse amazes me. This strained civility serves only those who make decisions about the future without consulting the hoi polloi.

    I for one was relieved that someone told Byelich (who seems like a pleasant enough fellow) to stop lying, beating around the bush and generally blowing smoke up our asses.

    As for Simon’s attendance. She was in town. She could have attended if she so desired. At some point President Simon is going to have to come out from behind the emails and webpage proclamations to face the great unwashed masses or my guess is they will go find her. If Simon did not attend, I for one maintain, the fault lie not with the students who took it upon themselves to organize this event but with her – and her own fear. She didn’t come because she doesn’t have anything better to say than Byelich. So she let her flunky take the heat for her.

    Obviously this is why she gets paid 1/2 million and the rest of us get the shaft.

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