Once again, what were they thinking at UVA, when they called up the President and said "oh by the way, you're fired"? So far, I think the most plausible account comes from David Karpf over at Huffpost, who makes it all sound like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland shouting, "hey gang, let's do a show!" Somebody told them that on-line education is the new, new thing. They slapped together a few news clips and a large dose of self-reassurance. Recall the syllogism--major, something must be done; minor, this is something; conclusion, let's do it. Teresa Sullivan is left as the fuddy-duddy typing teacher who asks where they are going to get a cast, a hall, a band, a roll of tickets, and by the way has anybody given any thought to their homework yet. In a word, nothing: they were thinking nothing, and firing a president was pretty much part of the adrenaline rush.