Saturday, November 27

Goodbye to war – Information

Amparo Navarro will not only be the first woman to lead the UA. She is also the first rector to have studied at that Campus. The University has come of age


Obviously, Navarro hasn’t won because of that. But for being a woman, neither. Introducing the question of gender in the analysis of what happened in the elections to the Rectorate of the University of Alicante would lead to the error of underestimating their merits. Navarro has a broad teaching and research curriculum: she was Dean of the Law School for eight years (in that position she has already broken the famous ceiling) and has been Vice-Rector for Research and Knowledge Transfer for another eight years. And I remember, not only because it is fair to emphasize that if Navarro is going to be rector, it is not for the mere fact of being a woman, but because she is well prepared for it. Also to dismantle another myth that has been created around her figure and that, if she does not control it, could end up becoming her worst enemy: that she has triumphed as the “anti-apparatus” candidate. Let’s see: during the last eight years no one has represented that “apparatus” like Navarro, the number two of the team that Palomar commanded. And yet, it is true that in these elections she has embodied the idea of ​​change, while Cabezuelo appeared as the image of continuity. That has probably been one of the keys to its success. But it has not been so much his merit, as Palomar’s mistake. Navarro never wanted to face him. She would have been “his” candidate if he had wanted to. What she wasn’t willing to do was not show up because he didn’t want her to. That was the outgoing rector’s first mistake: to insist, perhaps out of personal loyalty, that only Cabezuelo could replace him, when there were other people around him, not just Navarro even though she was the only one capable of going all the way, who were raising the hand. The second was, given that the two candidates and any others that had come up came from his team, not to back away. Had he done so, he would have won no matter who won. And Cabezuelo would not have been so tied up.

The rectors are treated as “magnificent.” Jesús Rodríguez Marín, who was the one who built the Miguel Hernández University, always joked about that. He said that “excellent” or “most illustrious” there were thousands in this country, but “magnificent” were very few and that made them a special breed. The rectors of the UA have lived up to their rank. They have all been, indeed, magnificent. And in a theoretical classification, Palomar would have an outstanding place because he has been the rector who has interwoven the University with Alicante and with the idea of ​​Alicante to extremes that nobody had considered before and that, without a doubt, result in an important benefit for the academic institution. More, in these times in which it will not be measured so much for what it is as for its ability to project itself. That is a present value that will trade higher the more time passes. And yet, it is true that in the imagination of the University of Alicante there are two other rectors who have a unique place: Antonio Gil Olcina and Andrés Pedreño. The first, because of that: because he was the first and the founder. And because it was the one that marked the character of what the institution should be: a plural and non-manipulable reference. The second, because was the one who built the current CampusIts modernity is evidenced by the fact that we still boast about it twenty years later. And because it has been one of its most outstanding promoters from the 90s until today. But, above all, because they are the two who resigned from their positions when the political power tried to impose conditions on them. All the others “died” in their beds. They were the only ones who fell “in the line of duty.” And that continues to grant them a predicament that perhaps some did not know how to measure.

Uncertainty about the future of many teachers, students and staff has marked the choices of the pandemic. Navarro has been able to represent change


Gil Olcina and Pedreño were in Amparo Navarro’s wagon in these elections. As were other prominent passengers such as Manuel Desantes or former minister Manuel Alcaraz, to name just two others. They are the system, if such a thing exists, so it can hardly be argued that Navarro was the candidate “against the system.” But Palomar’s opposition to her candidacy did make her the “renewing” candidate. Navarro was able to turn an apparent weakenedd -that the outgoing rector does not support you- in an epic tale: managed to introduce himself as the woman alone in the face of danger, against the rival who personified continuity. Cabezuelo was not, strictu sensu, that; but he couldn’t help but look like it. The drive for change, formidable in times of great uncertainty, did the rest.

Because fear largely explains the results of these elections. But not the fear of Cabezuelo, Navarro or anyone in particular. If not the fear of a present as turbulent as the one we face, in the midst of a pandemic that even forced the elections to be suspended in the first instance and the considered fourth industrial revolution. A fear that grips many teachers, who are unable to adapt to the paradigm changes that the pandemic has accelerated; administrative and service personnel, whose work is overtaken by reality; to the students, whose future is uncertain. ¿Perhaps Cabezuelo promised to accelerate the transformations even more And Navarro advocated stopping them and keeping everyone in a certain comfort zone? Absolutely. Neither one was fuze or other resistance. But there is a very great unease, which translates into anger with whoever governs, whatever it is. And when someone is in that situation of absolute restlessness, what there is does not satisfy them. Navarro knew how to personify from the first moment that, if you wanted things to not remain the same, you had to vote for her. And Navarro, in addition, has benefited both companies (some have already been mentioned), and Cabezuelo has been harmed by friendships: everything indicates that the group formed by professors such as Roque Moreno, Salvador Palazón and company chased away more votes than it contributed. As for the auction of gifts to win the favor of one another, it is a game of zero sum. They all promise.

The Professor of Law and Vice Chancellor appeared with the support of Gil Olcina or Pedreño. Cabezuelo had Palomar’s, but that was interpreted as continuity


As has been written in this newspaper before, if you had to choose two transforming elements of Alicante in the last century these would surely be the airport and the university. The incidence of the latter in economic, political and social changes has been of a magnitude that needs study. Curiously, the electoral periods on Campus are usually the times when the institution and its residents most look at their navels. Its procedures are so convoluted that, except for very special circumstances, it is very difficult for the campaign to arouse the interest of citizens, no matter how intense it may be and no matter how much the candidates insist on hoarding spaces in the media. Nobody pays attention to that conversation, which is established between themselves and through codes that nobody understands and nobody cares about. For this reason, the political readings that are being tried since Thursday on the result are meaningless. The university community has decided for reasons that have nothing to do with the game of matches, all of which had eggs in both nests, so neither can claim victory. Fortunately.

But now there is a rector. And, therefore, it is the moment when Alicante society has the right to turn its eyes to its University. Navarro has a formidable challenge before him: put the AU on the map of a global world, in which competition is also global and fierce. The first step will have to be to heal wounds. Farewell to arms to, as their motto says, continue making “the path that ascends until sunset.”

Puig vs Oltra: until next time

If you have any device that broadcasts music on demand on hand, put the sound of a fanfare here. The president of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, and the vice president of the Consell, Mónica Oltra, met on Thursday at the Palau to address the differences that have separated the two for more than a month, opening a chasm between them. In order to obtain said interview, Oltra had had to threaten not to vote the budgets, had questioned the policy against the pandemic of the Generalitat and had denied the existence of a recovery plan for the Valencian Community to face the economic crisis and social that this entails. After such gross disqualifications, Puig and Oltra saw each other and agreed that it was not too bad either and that everything was arranged with Oltra herself, accompanied by the Minister of Education, Vicent Marzà, for maintaining the balance within Compromís , will join the crisis cabinet meetings. Nobody, not even the protagonists, believe that this has solved anything. In Compromís, one of its members pointed out that what happened was “the birth of the mountains: in the end, they gave birth to a mouse.” And he was sure that there would be confrontations again. In the PSPV, another agreed in the analysis and summed up more accurately: “What are we going to do, we will have to manage the ‘meanwhile'”. Of course: everyone, to port and starboard of the ship, is relieved. Until next time.

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