Do we have a real-life Mister Roberts here in Northeast Louisiana with a tyrannical Captain as adversary? The Mister Roberts we refer to is Joseph Roberts, late of The University of Louisiana at Monroe’s (ULM) student newspaper, The Hawkeye. The Captain would be ULM President James Cofer, whose run-ins with underlings who don’t sufficiently kowtow are well known. It is unclear if Cofer has a palm tree in his office.
Last week Roberts had penned a signed editorial “Why Cofer Should Share the Blame With Jindal.”
This week Roberts is no longer listed in the staff section of the masthead page.
Among the gems in the offending piece:
Ask if they (students) would rather see alumni donate money for the monstrosity of a house Cofer is living in, for free, or if there were better things to spend that money on. These cuts are supposedly handed down from the state, but the state can somehow still afford to pay for the utilities at Cofer’s new pad. How many hundreds of years could that money have doubled the semester budget allotted to the SGA and CAB?
My entire point is that even though we would be going through hardships because of the (budget) cuts, I don’t feel Cofer can claim he is doing everything in his power to mitigate the effects of the cuts on students and faculty. His yearly salary is enough to keep about seven instructors employed. I strongly believe he should take a cut in pay, if not forfeit it entirely, before he allows teachers, programs, classes and students to be lost.
We wondered when we saw this column last week how long it would be before Roberts was offed. We also wondered how it got through the editorial screen of Cofer’s hand-picked Director of Student Publications.
We wait with baited breath to see what reaction will be forthcoming from those stalwart First Amendment Guardians like The (Monroe) News-Star, KNOE-TV or KTVE-TV – our local versions of the state-run media.