If Burns Hargis were a gamer, hed be Leeroy Jenkins.
Hes a newb. He messed up. And its screwed over everyone.
Apparently Hargis admitted he ‘messed up‘, personally deciding to reject NIH funds:
Hargis told faculty Thursday that he erred in not talking to OSU scientists before quashing a research project that involved euthanizing baboons.
Hargis said he wasn’t influenced by animal rights activists but said his decision was complicated and there were “confidential factors” that he couldn’t discuss.
“To go through every lurid detail is simply not prudent,” he told the OSU Faculty Council. He said not speaking first to campus scientists was a “rookie mistake” and pledged better communication with researchers.
Shutt said that the president acknowledged that he had made the decision “without consulting the faculty and said that wouldn’t happen again.” Shutt said that while the president was committed to working on “the process” for future consultation, he would not reconsider this decision.
Well thats a weird response. A notpology mixed with ‘this is for your own protection, trust me’. And ‘its complicated‘. What a weirdo.
But you know what?
I believe him.
I believe Hargis did not recieve a phone call from a screeching Pickenses, and they were not personally consulted on this decision.
No, I think Hargis is just a stupid newb.
Dude just became Pres of Oklahoma State University last March (2008). He was just an accountant or something– he doesnt know anything about basic science or how it is funded. So inexperience + stupidity + a shiny, irresistible opportunity to boost his standing in the eyes of Teh Pickenses… how could anyone expect him to resist?
I mean common, no one cares about science in Oklahoma! And what an opportunity to win praise from Teh Pickenses, increase his financial and perhaps, political clout among the Oklahoma glitterati!
So Brave Leeroy Hargis stormed the dragons keep… AND PISSED EVERYONE OFF.
So what do you do when you have a stupid newb in your guild? Well, an option, of course, is to kick him out of the guild. Leeroy Hargis didnt think about that before hand. Unfortunately, he is not being fired. But OSU faculty and admins are trying to do something.
OSU’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee had approved the projects after months of study.
That committee asked the OSU Faculty Council to consider a resolution asking Hargis to talk with them and scientists directly involved in projects before shutting down research. The resolution was referred to a faculty council committee.
Charlotte Ownby, chairman of the animal care and use group, said scientists feel Hargis bowed to political views and external pressure when making his decision.
Well, thats a start. Before Leeroy Hargis can do anything stupid again, he has to sit through a lecture about why what he wants to do is stupid. Probably having to sit still for ~60 minutes and listen to ‘science crap’ before he can make a decision like this again will be enough to prevent him from making more… ‘unwise’ executive decisions.
Ugh. What a fucking mess.
Great job, Leeroy. Hope you at least got some chicken.