Social media reflect reactions to rumors of Powers’ firing

Just a little more than four hours after Senior Executive Editor Paul Burka broke news on the Texas Monthly website that UT President William Powers Jr. might be in jeopardy of losing his job, graduate student Rachel Meyerson created “I STAND WITH BILL POWERS,” a Facebook group in support of Powers’ position.

“Past student body president Keshav Rajagopalan and I were watching as Facebook and Twitter began blowing up with concern and support for President Powers,” Meyerson said. “We thought to ourselves, ‘How can we garner this support into one unified, strong response?’ That’s when we decided to create the Facebook group.”

Rajagopalan said the Facebook group, which now has more than 11,500 members, has been used as a means of communication and as a forum for dialogue about higher education issues in Texas… Read more


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