Vote of No Confidence Followed by Student-Led Silent Protest
On Sunday, November 4th, just two days before the midterm elections, the results of another vote were being reviewed: the faculty vote of no confidence in President Eibeck. Of the 378 total ballots that were completed, 93.4% of faculty voted to support the resolution of no confidence written by Pacific’s Academic Council last month. With 80% of tenured faculty members and 58% of non-tenured faculty members having participated in the vote, the results are considered to be statistically significant.
“As a university, we don’t exist without faculty. The faculty are the lifeblood, the faculty are the people that we see every day,” says ASUOP President Grant Kirkpatrick (Political Science and Religious Studied ‘19). “the fact that they would vote in such high numbers of having no confidence in our president is a really strong statement and one that I don’t think the Board of Regents would be wise to disregard”.
This vote of no confidence sparked heated conversation among members of the Pacific community, especially since a plan to lead a silent protest during President Eibeck’s office hours had already been in the works. The protest, held on the evening of November 6th, consisted of students gathering outside of the President’s office waiting their turn to have a conversation with President Eibeck herself.
When asked what motivated her to come out to the silent protest, Becky Cooper (Art 2019) says, “I think that students have been too quiet for too long. I think we’ve all been angry but we haven’t been doing anything about it and I regret that it took me until my senior year but I also didn’t know that [President Eibeck’s] office hours existed.”
In order to ensure that each student waiting outside of the President’s office was able to speak with her, each student was allotted five minutes of time inside the office. Many students used this time to ask questions about budget cuts, upper administration’s response to the vote of no confidence, and about the future of the university.
According to Robert Andrews (Applied Economics ‘22), “I do feel like it [speaking with President Eibeck] will calm people down a little bit. Because that’s always been the goal, we just want communication with the administration… Now that students are actually going in and talking to the president, we’ve already seen way more than we’ve ever gotten at her office before. Usually she gets two to three people and as as we’ve seen there’s already ten times that [here today]”.
Last spring, the Pacifican published an article titled “Activity v. Apathy” in which staff members analyzed the decision of many Pacific students to remain politically inactive. In contrast, this fall semester, we have witnessed students become more active than ever. As long as communication exists between all members of the Pacific community, it can be predicted that the university will continue to grow and better itself.