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Originally posted by UberL33t
reply to post by A por uvas
The reasoning was a contract dispute...he was fired essentially, but according to the report, and live in companion, girlfriend, whatever, he was upbeat about it and felt he was in the right and everything would right itself in due time. This is what I got from the article.
So it's not adding up, that, along with ALL the other red flags. The fact that it was so blatantly reported as it was is the scary part, it's almost as if the Princeton Elite is like "yeah, we're calling it a suicide, but we had him erased, what are you going to do about it?"
At least that is what i take from it.edit on 4/22/2011 by UberL33t because: (no reason given)
Friends and former colleagues say Dr. Calvo was abruptly dismissed from his job, and because he lived in the United States on a temporary visa, he faced a compulsory return to his native Spain.
Several former colleagues said that Dr. Calvo, 45, who as a senior lecturer did not have tenure, was being evaluated for reappointment in the department of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, and that a few graduate students and a fellow lecturer had mounted a campaign to block that renewal. As director of the university’s Spanish language program, Dr. Calvo supervised graduate students, most of whom teach undergraduates; the graduate students, his friends said, criticized his management style and singled out comments that they felt were inappropriately harsh.
In one episode earlier this academic year, Dr. Calvo told a graduate student that she deserved a slap on the face, and slapped his own hands together. In another, he jokingly referred to a male student’s genitalia in an e-mail, using a common Spanish expression that implores someone to get to work.
Some of Dr. Calvo’s undergraduate students complained this week that Princeton had not been forthright with them about his departure or death. They said they were not notified that he had died until three days later, in an e-mail that said simply that Dr. Calvo “has passed away.”
James Williams, a sophomore from Pittsburgh who took an advanced Spanish class with Dr. Calvo, said that on the Friday the instructor was escorted from the building, the students waited for 30 minutes in the classroom. As they left, they asked the department chairwoman where Dr. Calvo was.
“She said he had to leave early today for personal reasons and that he’d be back next week,” Mr. Williams recalled.
The day before the suicide, the students again waited for Dr. Calvo. After 20 minutes, another professor entered the room and announced that he was taking over the course indefinitely, again citing personal matters that Dr. Calvo was attending to.
After class the following week, Mr. Williams said, the new professor told him that Dr. Calvo had killed himself. Mr. Williams has created a Facebook page titled “Justice for Calvo: Forming a Student Response” and scheduled a strategy session for Saturday. “Definitely more questions need to be answered,” he said.
Friends of Dr. Calvo said the timing of his dismissal put him in a difficult position. Since he was in the country on a work visa sponsored by Princeton, he would have to find another job — and sponsor — quickly.
“Antonio had lived in the United States for over 10 years and made a life for himself in this country,” said Marco Aponte-Moreno, a former lecturer in Spanish at Princeton who now teaches in England. “The loss of his job also meant that he would have to leave his life in the U.S. behind.”
But that’s not how Philip Rothaus, a Princeton senior and close friend of Calvo’s, thinks it happened. In an open letter to the university, Rothaus said Calvo was forced to hand over his keys and leave the university on April 8, with no advance notice.
Members of the faculty were told not to contact him.
“He was not ‘on leave,’ and certainly not for ‘personal’ reasons,” Rothaus wrote.
Marco Aponte-Moreno, a professor of international business at the University of Surrey, has been a close friend of Calvo’s since the two attended graduate school at CUNY. Aponte-Moreno also worked under Calvo as a lecturer at Princeton for two years between 2005 and 2008.
Aponte-Moreno explained that Calvo had been undergoing a routine five-year review, during which a group of graduate students and a lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese “launched a long campaign against him.”
Neither Aponte-Moreno nor students who knew Calvo were certain what the students and lecturer alleged, but Aponte-Moreno was not aware of any “known offense” and said the department recommended renewing Calvo’s contract. None were certain why the university review committee allegedly sided against the department, and university officials declined to comment.
“The university has not explained why they took such a drastic and humiliating measure with a lecturer who was extremely popular among students during his 10 years of service to the University,” Aponte-Moreno said.
For now, Calvo’s friends continue to call for answers.
“At this point, the continued strangling of the truth is an act of the worst kind of institutional injustice against the students, faculty and all those who loved Antonio — and there were many,” Rothaus said. “Even if Antonio did something that merited this horrid treatment, something that we, his friends, highly doubt, the student body deserves to know.”
and that a few graduate students and a fellow lecturer had mounted a campaign to block that renewal
Princeton President Shirley M. Tilghman has issued the following statement to members of the University community regarding the tragic death of Senior Lecturer Antonio Calvo.
To members of the Princeton University community,
The tragic death of Senior Lecturer Antonio Calvo last week has left many members of the community with a deep sense of loss. Those of you who knew Professor Calvo as a valued and beloved colleague, teacher and friend are seeking answers to the painful question of what could have driven him to take his life. This is natural, but in my experience it is never possible to fully understand all the circumstances that lead someone to take such an irreversible decision.
The specific events leading up to Professor Calvo's abrupt leave-taking from the University came out of a review whose contents cannot be disclosed without an unprecedented breach of confidentiality. That policy is in place to protect the privacy of the individual faculty or staff member, and his or her family. An unfortunate consequence of this policy is that in the absence of the facts, untrue and misleading rumors have been swirling on campus and in the blogosphere. Most problematically, innocent individuals on campus have been identified and fingers pointed in a manner that is deeply unfair, hurtful and unworthy of this university community.
These procedures were followed in this case. Some have written to me asking for full disclosure of all the details in this case. I must stand on the principle of confidentiality and of respect for Antonio Calvo's privacy and that of his grieving family.