Recently the president of ETSU (I still have trouble not referring to him as “the new president,” even though he’s been here a while now) has announced that he will open his doors to the student body every 2nd and 3rd Monday of the month from 8:00 to 9:00 in the morning starting Sept. 10. I think this is a pretty cool step for our new president (there I go again), but I would be a little more impressed if they weren’t at the hours that most of our students are still in zombie mode: either up too early or still awake from the night before. Maybe it was planned that way.
Still, this is a policy that I’ve never heard of at other universities I’ve visited or attended. When I spoke with Dr. Noland shortly after he was hired last semester, he seemed determined to make a change in the attitude of the university. He put his money where is mouth was almost immediately when he showed up for a basketball game, snatched a Vols hat off the head of a student, and bought him a ETSU one to wear. That’s pretty cool. (Even though I was a little jealous I didn’t get a free hat). To be honest, I think it was impressive that he was even there.
I look at Noland opening his doors to the students as a challenge. If we have something to say to him, now is the time to say it. If there’s something that needs to be gone, now is the time to get rid of it. Does something need to start? Now is the time to start it.
Change is happening at ETSU, and that’s something that we should all be excited about. Some people go four years at a university and never see a change, never see a difference, and as annoyed as we may or may not be by the fact that some of the change is getting in our way right now, that’s something we don’t have to say.
On a lighter note, the idea of all the students that couldn’t find a spot to park just curbing it on monday and flooding the president’s office first thing in the morning is just way too amusing (and as an editor of a newspaper, I would obviously LOVE to see that).
Please do that… and take pictures.
What would you change about ETSU?
EDIT: Since time of writing, Dr. Noland has changed his open office days to the 2nd and 4TH Monday.