At least one of the signatories of the TDS "Unfire Ward Churchill" petition may also be a Chicago voter. PB reader Laurie tells us that Mary E. Cooper, LA Pierce College (currently # 55 on the 340-signer list) has been dead for 15 years—which would certainly explain why we were unable to find any mention of her on the Pierce College website. We're looking into Laurie's claim, and will keep you posted.
Update: We've found a few "Mary E. Coopers" extant on the internet, but the only one we think is likely to have signed the petition is this one in Tbilisi, Caucasus—just a bit of a commute to Woodland Hills, California.
Update II: Kudos to TDS, which has removed "Mary E. Cooper" from its list of signatories (and apparently added nine more. Current total: 348).
Update IV: Laurie admits in our comments section that she herself submitted her deceased mother's name to the TD petition as a test of another commenter's assertion that TDS would only accept the signatures of scholars.
Update V: In our comments section, Laurie points out rather pointedly that our inflated self-importance (as well as our apparent inability to read and comprehend simple English declarative sentences) is showing. Um.... Kudos.
Grant Crowell hooks us up to audio of his interview with Stephen H. Balch, president of the National Association of Scholars (NAS), who holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California and was on the faculty of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York for thirteen years. Professor Balch comments extensively on the Ward Churchill case, occasionally talking through his hat (as he does on the subject of Churchill's claim to Indianness), but generally making the sort of common sense statements that have been far too rare in this case.
"I think the outcome was appropriate. When the [CU] provost decided to adopt the recommendation of termination we [NAS] applauded that. So we feel that this was a question of academic integrity, that it was important, actually, to the protection of the rightful freedoms of the professoriate, that the notion of standards be upheld. And Churchill's work was found by a committee of his peers—who probably would have been very happy to find otherwise—to not only be seriously deficient but to be riddled with all sorts of misrepresentations."