Friday, November 02, 2007

No futzing around; new UD prez Patrick Harker STOPs the diversity program as implemented

All right, fledgling President Patrick Harker of the University of Delaware.

My new hero!!

A Message to the University of Delaware Community

Nov. 1, 2007

The University of Delaware strives for an environment in which all people feel welcome to learn, and which supports intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, free inquiry and respect for the views and values of an increasingly diverse population. The University is committed to the education of students as citizens, scholars and professionals and their preparation to contribute creatively and with integrity to a global society. The purpose of the residence life educational program is to support these commitments.

While I believe that recent press accounts misrepresent the purpose of the residential life program at the University of Delaware, there are questions about its practices that must be addressed and there are reasons for concern that the actual purpose is not being fulfilled. It is not feasible to evaluate these issues without a full and broad-based review.

Upon the recommendation of Vice President for Student Life Michael Gilbert and Director of Residence Life Kathleen Kerr, I have directed that the program be stopped immediately. No further activities under the current framework will be conducted.

Vice President Gilbert will work with the University Faculty Senate and others to determine the proper means by which residence life programs may support the intellectual, cultural and ethical development of our students.

Patrick Harker

I'm not saying David Roselle would not have taken such decisive action. But based on the complaints I made in recent years about the content of various programs at UD, I strongly doubt he would have done anything but kowtow (as he always seem to do) to the UD thought police. It was under his presidency that the radical leftists took over the playground.

Perhaps this presages a return to education, not indoctrination, at the University of Delaware. Maybe someone will listen next time somebody objects to students being forced to attend a showing of a pro-abortion film introduced by an abortion doctor as happened during Women's History Month a few years ago. Protesting that incident and setting up a literature table outside the film's showing is what started me on the road to my own rabble-rousing and disillusionment with UD as a place of employment and a place to send children.

Maybe the Reign of Terror is beginning to lift!

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