Monday, November 29

Ladies and gentlemen of the PP, take care of our URJC

The advent of an emerging island of freedom, the entrenchment of a local Joan of Arc facing everyone, President Ayuso, and the construction of a harsh Madrid nationalism with a diffuse border with the national-Catholicism of Vox, affects the work of the more than 45,000 students and 2,500 professors from the URJC. A substantive institutional mistreatment, a consequence of the ideological conviction that only neoliberal tools can maintain public services, whatever that may be, does not make it easy. Neither to us, nor to the rest of the university institutions and public researchers that try to be a tool of social justice in the region.

The slab of discredit that was built on us under the protection of the curricular and economic needs of a few, linked in different ways to the PP, continues to make it very difficult. This is not the time to review everything that happened with Cifuentes, with Casado, there is the newspaper library and the memory. The rest of the public universities were tepid in their response. Neither CRUE, nor CRUMA, the highest representative bodies of our universities, Spanish and Madrid, respectively, had the courage to recognize that what was experienced then was a torpedo to the public service that we provide. The left parties also did not understand that what was being settled was an attack on public education and they entrenched themselves behind the idea that the URJC was the PP university without understanding what was at stake. Sad abandonment.

After the earthquake we suffered, the academic performance indicators have placed our university among the best in Spain, especially in some areas. It would have been wonderful to hear from the leaders of the PP some form of apology, of recognition of the damage caused to the institution, to the surrounding towns and to all the people who work and study there, but unfortunately, it never happened. We didn’t expect it either. We were aware that only our effort, that of students, teachers and administration and services personnel, could encapsulate history and offer a prestigious university to citizens. And on top of that, that name, that obscene name.

Reading the specific URJC epithet in any general medium continues to alert us. Like any abused dog, a sign that remembers pain makes you restless and tense. The proposal of Professor Arnaldo, professor of constitutional law at the URJC, as a member of the Constitutional Court and the subsequent acceptance by Congress, made us wince again. It was proposed by the PP. Again, that PP-URJC relationship. Surely the candidate Arnaldo has merits for that proposal; I do not know, I am from science, although what has been reported by journalists in recent weeks does not seem to go in that direction. It does not seem a coincidence that Casado’s academic history seems to be linked to this professor. There is also no doubt that there are other candidates who would fulfill the job expected of these jurists with similar skill. It is almost impossible for us to understand why the PP insists on connecting with us, the URJC, with the lived history. We are delusional, but surely that among the cohort of prestigious legal professionals who fly in the environment of the PP and its idea generation workshop, FAES, there are many academics who from chairs at other university institutions can carry out their work so brilliantly like that of Professor Arnaldo. It cannot seem, as Ignacio Escolar points out, that the relationship between Casado and Arnaldo is behind this elevation to the maximum responsibility that fits in our legal system. Professor Gonz├ílez-Trevijano, also a URJC professor of constitutional law and former rector of the house, has already made that trip from the URJC to the Constitutional Court. Maybe the PP-URJC connection doesn’t need a booster, right?

Just a plea. Friends of the PP, their political action together with that of the rest of the parties, are the basis of the functioning of our state. That is why expressing sensitivity in the exercise of their political action should be based on the recognition of the collateral effects that their decisions may have. As public servants, what they move within the framework of great politics will determine our university and research work. Decisions apparently less connected with the performance of some professors and researchers from a public university, too. Studying is a huge effort for the majority of our students and any blur of prestige has costs in the future that are difficult to bear. Please do not connect your political action with us. Look for alternatives. Exist.

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