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Students diminish Zingg’s value


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Illustration by Liz Coffee

Illustration by Liz Coffee

“Paul Zingg doesn’t do anything.”

This quote was made by a student when she was asked how she felt about President Zingg taking a leave of absence following an emergency triple bypass surgery on March 15.

Students have some pretty strong feelings about Zingg taking time off.

One student criticized Zingg for having emergency surgery in the middle of the semester and said he should have waited until summer.

Another student reiterated that Zingg does nothing for Chico State.

“He doesn’t do anything that I know of, and his work doesn’t affect me,” another student said.

This is completely untrue.

The Orion definitely does not have a habit of tooting Zingg’s horn.

Typically, people are more interested in reading something that puts a public figure in a negative light.

How else would all of these tabloids stay in business?

But in this instance, it seems many students are ignorant of exactly what Zingg does for Chico State.

In other words, this editorial will be filled with horn-tooting.

Zingg is responsible for a lot.

Here is a list of a few of the things the president is in charge of:

• Overseeing the university administration

• Reporting to the Board of Trustees on the state of the university, including finances, enrollment, evaluations and recommendations for facility, infrastructure repairs and improvements — and a boatload more

• Implementing Chico State’s mission statement

• Chico State’s expansion, improvement and finances

• Managing and creating relationships with donors (so Chico State can exist)

And a lot more.

It’s easy to point at people in positions of power, who are also paid a lot, and criticize them.

But maybe hold off on judging someone who just had life-threatening surgery.

Just for a day or two.

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