Nieuws - 9 september 2010

‘A confusing campaign’

Who? Leontien Visser
What? Professor of Rural Development Sociology
Where? The Main Auditorium
Why? Demonstration at the opening of the academic year.

You aren't wearing a protest ribbon.
'No. I did have the yellow ribbon - they put it around my neck when I came in. In the changing room, though, I was told it wasn't allowed.'
Who said that?
'Paul Struik, the chairman of the Doctorate Board. It's against protocol. The only things allowed on a toga are royal decorations.'
So that's why you don't have a yellow ribbon?
'I would certainly like to give my support to the campaign but I don't agree with the slogan "Science is priceless; let's do it together.' I don't want to work together with the private sector. I prefer to be independent and make my own choices.'
Is a 1.25 per cent pay rise a reasonable demand?
'Oh, is that what it was about? I thought it was about good education and motivated lecturers. But the students I spoke to were talking about a brain drain to the private sector. Actually, I think it's a very confusing campaign; neither the target group nor the objectives are clear.'