The president of Mount St Mary’s University was in the news a short while back because of his cavalier attitude towards students: his grand plan for improving student retention scores was to drive away students earlier, before they counted in the statistics, with the comment that
This is hard for you because 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 faculty who criticized President Simon Newman, and who supported the students who reported the Glock comment, have been abruptly fired. One of them was tenured. Newman’s explanation?
As an employee of Mount St. Mary’s University, you owe a duty of loyalty to this university and to act in a manner consistent with that duty. However, your recent actions, in my opinion and that of others, have violated that duty and clearly justify your termination,said the letter.
Further, the letter said that Naberhaus’s actionshave caused considerable damageto the university and that the university might sue him. In addition, the letter told Naberhaus he wasdesignated persona non grataand banned from the campus.
Wow. Not only does Newman hold a Glock to everyone’s heads, he’s willing to pull the trigger.