Though the word has spread throughout this area that faculty members at Missouri Southern State University were planning to form a chapter of American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the first mention to make the pages of the Joplin Globe, the area's paper of record, was in today's edition.
Naturally, since the Globe has had extra time to dig into this, you would think the story would answer every question anyone could think of asking.
Alas, it did not even come close.
The Globe offered so much time and space to University President Bruce Speck, that it did not even offer any background on the problems that planted the seeds for the forming of the AAUP chapter.
Reporter Debby Woodin spent more time telling how much the dues were for AAUP and allowing Speck to characterize the group as an evil "special interest" group.
How long does the Globe plan to keep its head buried in the sand? There are problems at Missouri Southern State University. Hopefully, there will be a follow-up in which these problems are addressed.