Note to readers of the below: it has been brought to my attention that the reporter from the Spectrum, from whom Varlo learned he had been charged with assault by St. George City, contests the implication that he or the Spectrum were in any way in cahoots with DSU or St. George City in reporting on the charge. He has an explanation for how he came to discover that charges had been filed. I accept that explanation. What remains strikingly suspicious, is just how quickly the paper moved to print it's front-page story, the overall tenor of which was to paint DSU and Biff Williams in the best possible light while painting Varlo in the worst. -- I recommend the Spectrum do a story on academic freedom and the meaning of the word "university". If a tenured professor can be fired for trying to do his job well, because one student, who is "having a bad week", doesn't like what happens in class, there is no academic freedom, and you do not have a university.
I’m sure you would like this whole thing to go away. But it’s not going to go away, even after the specious criminal trial that will take place in ten days or so. And what do you expect? You’ve overseen and participated in ruining a man’s academic career, and you’ve done so without a hint of remorse for the loss to him, his family and DSU. Instead, all we’ve see are smug and stupid assertions like, “firing Davenport was the right thing to do” and “Davenport received full due process.” Moreover, it is easy to suspect that you are the one who really pushed for the criminal charge to be filed, because of the unexpected heat you took after firing Varlo (I mean, really, why was there no hint of charges being filed before that time?). It looks very much like when you started getting some bad press, you and some people you know shopped this little “crime” to the county, and then when that didn’t work, to the city, so that you when questioned you could say, “There’s a criminal investigation being conducted by local law enforcement,” and otherwise try to make it look like you did the right thing. You’ve got some folks working on your behalf, Biff, there’s no doubt. I still find it interesting, for example, that Varlo found out he was being charged by the city from a reporter at the Spectrum. How does the Spectrum find out the accused is being charged before the accused himself hears of it? I believe we all know the answer, and that answer is underscored by the front page story that ran the very next morning: “Davenport Charged.” I guess that’s the just the old “Dixie spirit,” friends helping friends. It’s just another aspect of the story, Biff, one that also deserves attention. I bring it up just to let you know that you’ve only fooled people who haven’t looked too closely. I intend to shed some light on your words and deeds here, Biff, because I and others know Varlo Davenport; and because we know the real Varlo, as opposed to the Mark Houser version that’s been sold to you, we know what you’ve done is absolutely disgraceful. I’m trying to bring it to light, Biff. I won’t let up until I’ve done as much of that as I can. I think this is something you should worry about; I think you should care. Consider, Biff: so what if you’ve got friends with a little power in the community, or among the Trustees, or even among the Regents? What does that matter if the truth is that you have presided over, participated in, and continue to support something that has been dishonest from the outset? That’s a question that should matter to someone who talks the “values” talk like you evidently do. Integrity calls, Biff, and even now, patiently hopes for you to answer.
Next up, I'll be taking a look at that little faculty hearing, you know, the one that resulted in a recommendation for Varlo's reinstatement.