you anger someone enough that this person sends the following email to hundreds (thousands?) of faculty and staff at the University you’re a part of:
From: John Brown <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012 2:48 AM
To: John Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Fwd: U of S Lecturer Rebekah Bennetch Is Misrepresenting Herself by Claiming to be Professor of Professional Communication and Is Making Ignorant Statements to the Media
This complaint against Rebekah Bennetch was sent to faculty and staff in arts and science, faculty and staff in engineering, faculty and staff in the vice presidents’ offices, and staff in the president’s office. No need to tell Rebekah Bennetch.
COMPLAINT AGAINST REBEKAH BENNETCH, LECTURER AT UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
I’m a former student instructed by Rebekah Bennetch. I saw that she has been misrepresenting herself in the media and with the public by claiming to be a “professor of professional communication” at University of Saskatchewan. I felt morally obligated to bring her misrepresentations to the attention of the University of Saskatchewan, so U of S can take appropriate action against her for her misrepresentations with the media and the public. This is my one and only email to you about this matter.
Rebekah Bennetch has called herself a “professor of professional communication” on her Twitter account:
I am attaching a copy of this Web page called “Twitter – grrrlmeetsworld RT @ckomnews LISTEN John.mht” in case Rebekah Bennetch deletes this evidence against her after the university administration talks to her. I am also attaching a screen capture of this Web page as ““Twitter – grrrlmeetsworld RT @ckomnews LISTEN John.jpg” in case she deletes it after the university administration talks to her.
On this interview page, you will see that Rebekah Bennetch had herself listed as a “professor of professional communication”:
I am attaching a copy of this Web page called “John Gormley Live – Rebekah Bennetch, Professor of Professional Communication, University of Saskatchewan – Do you think prayers should be allowed at public events News Talk 650 CKOM.mht.”
If you look at June 11, 2012 for the show notes below, you will see that Rebekah Bennetch had herself listed as a “professor of professional communication”:
I am attaching a copy of this Web page called “Show Notes News Talk 650 CKOM.mht.”
If these were mistakes by News Talk 650 CKOM as Rebekah Bennetch might claim, why hasn’t she corrected them?
Instead Rebekah Bennetch has linked to these sites and called herself a “professor of professional communication” too on her Twitter account:
I am attaching copy of this Web page called “Twitter – grrrlmeetsworld RT @ckomnews LISTEN John.mht” in case Rebekah Bennetch deletes this evidence against her.
It isn’t just News Talk 650 CKOM that Rebekah Bennetch told she’s a “professor of professional communication” at University of Saskatchewan. She told this to Sun News Network too, as can be seen here:
I am attaching a copy of this Web page as “Sun News Prayer doesn’t belong at municipal events CCLA.mht.”
In the final article, Rebekah Bennetch also displays her extreme ignorance by thinking that making a complaint to a human rights commission is called “legislating.” As anyone with any basic knowledge at all knows, this is not legislating. As a staff member of University of Saskatchewan, she makes the university look bad for saying such an extremely ignorant thing. This isn’t just a slip of the tongue. She can’t accidentally say “legislating” unless she really believes that making a complaint to a human rights commission is legislating.
And it certainly isn’t a slip of the tongue for Rebekah Bennetch to repeatedly call herself a “professor of professional communication” at University of Saskatchewan to two different media outlets and on her own Twitter account.
I am also attaching a temporary page that News Talk 980 CJME had up in which Rebekah Bennetch also had herself listed as a “professor or professional communication.” This file is called “John Gormley Live News Talk 980 CJME.mht.”
In the radio interview, Rebekah Bennetch claims to support the position of the complainant, but says she is against going to a human rights commission. However, she can come up with no other way to pursue the complaint and no reason not to take it to the human rights commission. Ha ha ha. She sounded extremely confused and extremely inarticulate. She made a fool of herself and the university on provincial radio.
Rebekah Bennetch is a lecturer without a Ph.D. and with a single published research paper according to her biography on the U of S Web site. Ha ha ha. Obviously she cannot be a professor. She is a writing lecturer. She isn’t claiming to be an assistant professor. She isn’t even claiming to be an associate professor. She is claiming to be a professor. This is absolutely disgraceful and an extremely serious misrepresentation of her professional qualifications.
I heard that Rebekah Bennetch took four years to do her master’s degree and is a prolific blogger. Can’t University of Saskatchewan find someone with a decent research publication record to be a lecturer there instead of a blogger?
As a former student at U of S, I hate to see an individual like Rebekah Bennetch make the university look bad by severely misrepresenting her professional qualifications and by making extremely ignorant statements to the media like filing a complaint to the human rights commission is legislating. Because she does not have tenure, I strongly believe that Rebekah Bennetch should be fired from her job.
lol — I can see the headlines now: “Rebekah Bennetch FIRED for typos!” “Rebekah Bennetch FIRED for (mostly) agreeing with someone, but not completely, and then daring to speak her opinion publicly!” (that’s a long headline — though it’s hard to sum up inanity)
I’ve always wanted to make a name for myself in the University — I suppose this will help give me a start. Hopefully it’ll bring more people awareness to the interview, and the fact that not every one agrees with this particular Human Rights complaint.
p.s. I’ve never taught a John Brown. 🙂
EDIT: How could I have posted this email without its accompanying video?