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Sunday Sit-Down: WVU President E. Gordon Gee

April 13, 2014

Editor’s note: E. Gordon Gee has routinely been recognized as among the top university presidents in the nation, and now he’s back at West Virginia University for his second stint as president....

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Apr-14-14 9:38 AM

And by the way... the only reason I mentioned all of this is because Gordon Gee addressed the issue during his tenure at Ohio State.

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Apr-14-14 9:35 AM

Having studied this issue for a few years now, one of the more common responses I've discovered is the inherently "selfish" one. It accounts for about 25%. Not surprising this attitude would be expressed in online forums.

I don't go to large sporting events. I'm not glued to my smart phone. I'm simply too intelligent to fall for a hoax.

My concerns go above and beyond the "individual." I'd encourage you to ask a very simple question. Will an event of this nature EVER take place in the future? Large numbers of people panicking due to widespread electronic motivation... resulting in a human stampede.

You trolling brilliance aside... it already has. Give it some actual thought. It transcends issues that have already been tested (taxes, global warming, etc.).

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Apr-13-14 5:07 PM

sonofsaf, I certainly can not control how other people behave! When I see them looking down at a phone while driving......

If I'm in a stadium and I get a text message, ooopppsssyyy I don't carry a smart phone after working hours. Good luck sending me a message on my flip phone! LOL

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Apr-13-14 4:15 PM

ON the scale of things we worry about,an artificial stampede at a sporting even is NOT one of them.

Go back to Global Warming and other Chicken Little fears.

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Apr-13-14 3:40 PM

I'm embarrassed to say that I revisited this thread on such a pleasant day. However, that being the case...

The material I'm talking about reaches far beyond the grasp of the Whg. Intelligencia. Although, one would naturally think they're the ultimate source on everything.

My point --- society will eventually address the issue (the technological equivalent of shouting fire in a crowded theater). It will likely be done in the aftermath of a tragedy which COULD be of unprecedented scope and magnitude.

My position --- why wait? Why not start telling people that legitimate stadium evac orders don't come from cell phones. Professionals in the industry who deal with crisis management are already well aware of this. In this day and age, it should be common knowledge.

With that said, I'm out.

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Apr-13-14 2:54 PM

ragnar, Do you actually think that the president of a university can raise alumni funds beyond what they would be willing to part with? When the presidents are only around for 5-7 years do you really think it matters what he or she stands for? The university will continue with or without the president!

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Apr-13-14 2:18 PM

West Virginia is truly the Greenest state in the nation. It recycles everything-including politicians and university presidents. It doesn't matter if you actually accomplish anything. It only matters that your average West Virginian can't think critically, nor can they be bothered to research backgrounds or comments or actions as they relate to a candidate.

As for this guy Gee-I see no problem with his $16 million in salary & expenses IF he did his job AND if he grew annual donations from, say, $50 million to $100 million. If a person brings in $1 more in additional donations than what you spent on him, he is doing his job.

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Apr-13-14 1:28 PM

Appears that you wasted a lot of paper to say nothing.Most WV people can read between the lines.

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Apr-13-14 10:22 AM

Son, So why don't you simply tell us that "AGSAF" stands for Artificially Generated Stampede Awareness Foundation??"

WTF??? I'll save that under UFO's and Paranormal activity.

In 2014 if somebody yells "FIRE" in a theater, 100 people whip out their cell phones to photo and Tweet!


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Apr-13-14 9:46 AM

sonofsaf, You ever been in the Midwest/Southeast when tornado sirens go off? The majority of the people go outside to see the potential tornado! Every game would have such a different mix of people I'm not sure how your concern would ever be solved.

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Apr-13-14 9:18 AM

dyingov - forgive me. Sometimes I think this stuff is self-explanatory.

If large numbers of people received a "credible" evacuation order or threatening information from their cell phone while a game was in progress, many would panic and wish to exit.

People see others panicking and "herding instincts" kick in. All of a sudden you have a full blown stampede on your hands. This dynamic has already been tested in other countries.

The solution lies in AWARENESS. Tell fans that REAL evac orders don't originate from your cell phone. They're given over the public address, possibly in concert with the jumbotron. Give it some thought. There's a reason the govt., NFL and NCAA won't tell you about this.

If you wish to understand the complexities of the issue, there's a website --- agsaf dot org

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Apr-13-14 8:05 AM

COLUMBUS — "E. Gordon Gee makes millions as president of Ohio State University, but a Dayton Daily News investigation found the university spends almost as much for Gee to travel the globe, throw parties, wine and dine donors, woo prospective faculty, hang out with students and staff and maintain a 9,600-square-foot mansion on 1.3 acres.

Since returning to Columbus as the university’s president in October 2007, the 68-year-old Gee has pulled in $8.6 million in salary and compensation, making him the highest paid CEO of a public university in the country.

But his expenses — hidden among hard-to-get records that the university took nearly a year to release — tally nearly as much: $7.7 million."

Just what WVU needs! NOT!

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Apr-13-14 7:48 AM

sonofsaf, "Why is this such a confusing question for so many people?" Because we have no clue what you are talking about! Do you have an example of a problem you would be solving?

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Apr-13-14 7:11 AM


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Apr-13-14 7:10 AM

President Gee: Do you think that WVU fans attending a football game at Milan Puskar stadium have a fundamental right to know that a LEGITIMATE emergency evacuation would NEVER originate from the personal cell phone?

Why is this such a confusing question for so many people?

Someone in Gee's position should be allowed to provide a simple answer... but they cannot due to issues of plausible deniability and foreseeable litigation.

Learn more about the catch-22: agsaf dot org

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