Because Bill Ayers is the kind of guy academics should go balls to the wall for.
It is extremely rare for the board to comment on or vote against emeritus appointments.
Some UIC faculty members, writing on an internal faculty e-mail listserv, have expressed concerns that the board turned what should have been a routine academic decision into a personal one.
In a proposed resolution, highly-regarded professor Elliott Kaufman suggested that the Faculty Senate ask the board to reconsider its decision, one he said was a conflict-of-interest and "inappropriately influenced by personal and political comments."
He urged board members to "adhere to the ethical constraints that normally govern their meetings."
"Isn't this the new, squeaky-clean, highly-ethical board of trustees? What happened? It is worth airing the laundry here," said Kaufman, who retired last year after serving in numerous faculty leadership positions, in an interview with the Tribune.
"The chair had a conflict of interest and he put the other trustees in an impossible position," Kaufman said. "He drew a dotted line between the assassination of the Kennedy brothers and giving Bill Ayers emeritus status. The result is what we got and I just don't think it was a fair way to do it."
...if we don't agree with you. Highly regarded notwithstanding.