A Huge Election

We all already knew that the Department of Accountancy of the Providence College School of Business is a leader in academics. But today — April 1, 2016 — we learned that our colleagues are leaders in contemporary democracy as well.

Why? Because at 10:00 am, Professor Christine “The Christine” Earley announced that she will challenge Professor Patrick “PK” Kelly in this semester’s election for Department Chair. Kelly is the long-time incumbent who is widely regarded as the establishment candidate, whereas Earley is the outsider candidate who has spent the past two years on leave from the College, working in the private sector.

So why is Earley launching this challenge? In a fiery speech announcing her candidacy, she declared “We just don’t win any more. Do you remember when I led our student team to the PwC national xACT championship in 2012? We haven’t won that competition since then.”

“We need to start winning again. When I become Department Chair, we’ll start winning again. Believe me, we’ll start winning. There’ll be so much winning, you’ll get tired of all the winning.”

When asked if she was concerned about other professors jumping into the race, Earley scoffed. “Who’s going to challenge me? Little Julia Camp? Lyin’ Mike Kraten? I don’t think so! Or Low Energy Matt Keane? Not going to happen, folks. Believe me, not going to happen.”

The crowd roared at her bravado, but she offered no detailed policy positions. For instance, when asked about expanding the Accounting / Finance double major option, she replied, “When the Finance Department sends its people to Accounting, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people who have lots of problems. They’re filling our classrooms. They’re taking our jobs. They don’t know debits and credits. Though some, I assume, are good people.”

“So I’m going to build a wall between Accounting and Finance. It’s going to be big. It’s going to be beautiful. And Vivian Okere is going to pay for it.”

Can Earley actually win the election? Or will the establishment derail her challenge? Clearly, it’s going to be a wild campaign. And this day — April 1, 2016 — might forever be remembered as the day when the Department of Accountancy changed Providence College history.

And in other news today, we launched this blog.

Mike Kraten