In rural Maryland, a battle is taking place over the future of religious colleges in the U.S.
What began as a public relations flap in a student newspaper has boiled over into a national controversy, with the editorial board of The Washington Post joining the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s in calling for university president Simon Newman to resign.
To recap: the student newspaper of Mount St. Mary’s, a Catholic liberal arts college in Emmitsburg, Md., published an article investigating efforts by university leaders to improve the school’s retention rate, a key metric used in rankings systems such as U.S. News and World Report’s influential annual list. In the article, Newman was quoted as saying to a member of the administration, “you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies…put a Glock to their heads.”
The imbroglio worsened when Newman abruptly fired two faculty members who had opposed his plan, with academics from across the country signing an online petition protesting what appeared to be political retribution for their disagreement.
Late last week, the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s issued a letter to the school’s president, asking him to resign. Thus far, Newman has resisted such calls, and a survey commissioned by the student government actually revealed strong student support for the embattled president.
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