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But I give the faculty members I met with credit for not advancing perhaps the world’s worst argument for the open search, one made in these pages, which is that the faculty grapevine is the best way to vet candidates. No. The truth is that a vetting process run by cats would be better than one group of insiders asking another group of insiders for all the rumors and innuendo they have heard about one of the candidates. How would such methods, in any academic discipline, be considered sound?