Columbia University in the City of New York

Higher Council

The great day comes to the end and you get to vote early and complies with the obligations entrusted to him by the campaign: transport, point data, surveillance on the tables, in the end. The atmosphere is good and, at the end of the countdown, the trends are confirmed: your candidate wins wide and categorically. You celebrated moderately but cannot hide her joy. It embraces with his best friend and tells him we won, I knew that we were going to win! But his friend, with a moderate joy and a skin-deep realism tells him: not yet! And then it tells you something that seems terrible to you. Winning elections is that they have concluded is not much, because it is to elect the rector of the University and in these institutions system is unique and different: voters choose a triplet and her upper Council can choose you want to in your real know and understand. A few days later the nine members of the Higher Council will meet behind closed doors, with your back to the world and choose a candidate other than the winner, but that fortune theirs, also was in the triplet. You breaks the last poster who had, gives him the shirts to the recycler in the neighborhood and swears no never believe more in elections or anything else you like.

The above is not a tale or is fiction. The unpopular and discredited system of appointment of rector in some Colombian universities, including is the University of La Guajira. And to think that there are who defends this perverse procedure. They defend it because it is a form of access to the charges against love of the masses. Poor things, because when they begin to govern the people it has thousand ways to tell them that it does not want them. And they are like a tyrant isolated who serve by fear and reject by conviction.

Alejandro Rutto Martinez is a renowned journalist and Colombian academic whose articles are published on websites, newspapers and magazines of several countries of the world. Recently was he awarded the prize for journalism of the CERREJ?N in the modaidad of the internet. He is frequently invited to seminars and conferences in various cities.

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