Thursday, December 15, 2005
She said that she had started getting pressure to retire last year, after a number of articles in the Viking News criticized, among other things, the cost of the president's inauguration and his decision to change a college logo.The fit hit the shan, so to speak, just about then. English professors signed a letter of protest, including an untenured faculty member and a tenured woman who's son was an untenured math professor. Both untenured people have been non-renewed for next year.
The friction came to a head last spring, when student editors met with the president about an article that criticized him for not consulting people on the campus about a controversial class-scheduling decision. [College President Larson denied that he had avoided consultation on the matter and demanded that the article be retracted. The editors, who did print a correction, came out of the meeting saying that they felt the president was trying to intimidate them, and they wrote an editorial saying so.
It's not at all uncommon -- take the case of Ronald Johnson at Kansas State, who was driven from his advisor position for failing to cover a conference on black student government, for example -- so you wonder whatever will happen to the advisors to the Minnesota Daily for letting this diatribe against conservative appear in their paper? (h/t: Duane Oyen.) I could Fisk this I suppose, but it's finals week and we in the MOB play in the league with the designated fisker rule. We use this beam to signal for the DF.