ERIC Number: ED215378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
The University Parliamentarian as a Gambler.
Wolfarth, Donald L.
Faculty members, as their organization's parliamentarians, must exercise appropriately their own rights as members of the organization as well as maintain loyalty to their role as parliamentarian. Add to this dilemma parliamentary indifference, and a "politics as usual" attitude and the outcome of any parliamentary session is in doubt. Such situations liken the role of the parliamentarian to that of a gambler with a deck of cards. The university parliamentarian needs to learn to "play it right," needs to know when to "hold them" against conspiracies of silence and when to "hold them" against parliamentary ignorance. The parliamentarian also needs to "play it right" by knowing when to "fold them." By knowing when to "walk away," the parliamentarian recognizes a "no win" circumstance for what it is and maintains his or her poise and credibility in hopes of a better hand another day. Sometimes, the only way to "play it right" is to run. (A series of campus parliamentary problems illustrate the role of the parliamentarian as a gambler.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Also published in Parliamentary Journal; v23 n1 Jan 1982.