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OK then I will say (somehow this kind of academic mystery seems germane to your blog):I found out today that I am now in academic senate. I was elected, it seems, although I did not run and was not told I had been elected. I found out because they also put me on a committee, and I got *that* mail.And this is a kind of deja vu. A while ago I was actually on, after having duly run and been elected, and when terms expired, they (I guess I should say we) forgot to have another election. So we got letters - not memos, but actual letters on letterhead - creating us as re-elected senators. I want to know: is this typical? It's unproblematic but I find it so - charmingly odd, maybe? Like something that would happen on another planet?
I have had this happen to me, but I don't know if it's typical. I guess they must assume that if we're not actively opposed, we'll willingly serve.
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