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Recall Effort Adds To Southwestern’s Problems

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Aired 2/4/10

There is a recall effort underway at Southewestern College to remove three of the school's governing board members.

— There is a recall effort underway at Southewestern College to remove three of the school's governing board members.

Student journalists at Southwestern's newspaper, The Sun, say key community and faculty members are gathering petitions to oust three of the college's trustees who voted to appoint president Raj Chopra a few years ago.

The faculty has already cast a vote of no confidence in the president. Faculty leaders say they're being deliberately shut out of the decision-making process.

A college accreditation commission recently placed Southwestern on probation because the administration and faculty are not working together. One of the problems is the college does not have a formal system to ensure students and faculty are involved in college affairs.

College journalist Sean Campell was at a public meeting with school leaders Tuesday night. He says a call to fix the problem may fall on deaf ears.

“The president of the (faculty) union said that nothing will change until Chopra is gone,” Campbell said. “There is a lot of bad blood. Can this bad blood be resolved? Only time will tell. The accreditation (group) gave them a max of two years to fix it.”

Southwestern might lose its state funding if officials don't show improvements in two years.

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