J.J. Barea returns to the island today as NBA hero.

Sandwiched between Obamamania last week, and the triumphal return of NBA (ene-be-a) basketball hero J.J. Barea, few people on the island noticed the quick and behind-closed-doors confirmation of Miguel Munoz as new president of the University of Puerto Rico. Lauded by some as an experienced administrator from the Mayaguez campus, and critiziced by others as more of the “mano dura,” the tough stance against student protests, he served as interim president for a few weeks and was quietly confirmed as president late yesterday. Today, the parade and ensuing carnival surrounding J.J. Barea will dominate the news and will eclipse our problems and our lack of participatory democracy at every level. But let the carnival go on. J.J. deserves his day in the sun. Clever government and university administrators knew how to get some net right before the buzzard. Let the good times roll…

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