The Delicuency of the System

by; Natalia Arroyo Gomez and Soleil Rivera Figueroa

The hiring of Dr. Ricardo Rosselló as assistant professor of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus has been the cause of many discussions over in the last three months of the semester about the delicuency in the UPR system, because he didn’t go through the same hiring process as other professors had to and many claim the position was created especially for him.

The position given to Ricky Rosselló in the Medical Sciences Campus has been criticized for the last name he carries. Critics believe he was named professor because his father is the former governor of Puerto Rico, Dr. Pedro Rosselló. The satirical news blog called “El Ñame” argues that other professors were given their jobs because they have inside sources that helped them get the job, but since their last names were not known nobody paid attention.

Seven out of ten UPRM students that were interviewed did not know about this case. One of the three students, who was familiar with the story, said “I know he is well prepared on the subject and he knows what he is doing, but giving him priority over others that are equally well prepared is not fair. Also other professors have had to go through a series of interviews and he didn’t, which quickly makes us imply that he got the position due to the fact that his father was the governor of Puerto Rico”.

Another student who is in the last year of her biology bachelor’s degree said: “I have heard about the situation but I am not fully informed, but with what I know I have to say that I do not agree. I think the position was given by a friend as a vote of confidence”.

Since he was given the title of assistant professor he’s had the support of UPR president Miguel Muñoz, and Governor of Puerto Rico Luis G. Fortuño. Both said that he meets all the requirements to be a professor. Muñoz added in a radio interview that: “Rosselló handed in a resume to Medical Sciences Campus that was evaluated by a committee of peers that favorably recommended him for a position as assistant professor for his studies on stem cells.” He also indicated that not always when a new position comes up the board of committee releases a call for applications.

Critics have questioned the hiring saying that the position was given to him because of the name he carries and all the political connections he has. When the story was released, a large percent of the puertorican community did not agree with his UPR posting. On one hand many people where upset for his political acquaintances, on the other, they were upset that he was hired while many others could have also qualified for the job, and maybe had been waiting a long time for a new position to open.

Rosello’s activism in politics is now more seen than ever. He has launched a campaign to educate about the benefits of statehood for Puerto Rico, called “Boricua, Ahora Es”.

In the past month of September Rosselló visited the UPRM in celebration of the Political Sciences week

In the past month of September Rosselló visited the UPRM in celebration of the Political Sciences week

This movement is a non-partisan movement with different status preferences, but committed to the decolonization of the island. Dr. Michael Gonzalez, who promotes independence for Puerto Rico, is spokesman for “Boricua! Ahora Es” and said in one of the conferences that: “La libertad no se pide, la dignidad no se mendiga, porque la libertad y la dignidad se reclaman”. “Being a colony takes away our most important right, freedom” said UPRM student called, Cristina Soto Padua in a article found about the movement.

Even though the situation with the Medical Sciences Campus has been put on hold, there are still some people who disagree with his hiring. As for right now Rosselló is not offering courses; nevertheless he is focusing on given seminars around the universities about his studies on stem cells. The last conference given was at the University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla Campus on November 14, 2012. With a large audience, the conference was a complete success.

Michael González and Ricardo Rosselló smiled while at a seminar in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, on October 27, 2012.

Michael González and Ricardo Rosselló smiled while at a seminar in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, on October 27, 2012.

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