It’s impossible to ignore the recent frenzy, despite how badly you want to, surrounding Professors Kulich and Craig. Professor Craig didn’t receive tenure, and Professor Kulich didn’t have her contract picked back up.
Now, as these things often cause, many students were outraged over this.
Whether you’re a Kulich Krusader, a Craig Crier, or just a member of “Dumbledore’s Army,” a sundry of students have taken up the cause and have made their voices heard by Emmanuel. With threats to protest Accepted Students Day, remove their name from the donor list, boycott, petition, and a countless number of other things, you can’t walk around this school without seeing some spectacle of this movement playing out.
There are several things that baffle me about this movement.
I respect standing up for what you believe in, it’s admirable.
I don’t respect not thinking about the consequences, short/long term, feasible or not.
I don’t respect forcefully dragging people who don’t want to get involved in to it.
I don’t respect rampant disorganization.
I don’t respect hypocrites.
Inflammatory words, I know. But I intend to explain why I say this. Or maybe I don’t, maybe the Op-Ed ends here.
I’ll start with the hypocrites, and by golly is there a lot of them.
Remember, if you will, a few months back. Setting: Duck Dynasty. The patriarch of the group made some rather racist and homophobic comments. He was temporarily “fired” by A&E. There were two separate groups. One, who said that A&E had the right to fire him because he was an employee under contract with a private company and therefore they were reserved the right to fire him for making the company look bad, and those who said they violated his First Amendment rights by firing him.
Surely, you already see where this is going. How many of you, and I personally know of several, said that A&E had the right to deny him employment because he was an employee under contract by a private company, and they had the right to fire anyone who made them look bad?
Now, how many of these same people pointed out that they believe Craig was denied tenure because he was outspoken against Emmanuel, and that this was completely unfair?
Trust me, I know what you’re violently typing into the comment box “HE WAS ‘FIRED’ BECAUSE HE SAID RACIST THINGS” followed probably by several exclamation marks, maybe even an accidental “1”. That may be true, but eventually the conflict devolved into whether or not A&E had the right to fire someone because they have a negative affect on the public outlook of their company, which they do, being a private company and all who employ people under contract.
My intent is not to say that Phil Robertson and Chris Craig are comparable with their actions, they certainly aren’t. But the basic argument remains the same, no matter what is said.
You cant protest one without the other.
Either you support Phil Robertson and Chris Craig, or you’re against both.
Next, I’ll address the fact that no one is thinking of the possible consequences.
Lets say you went through with your idea of protesting during Accepted Students Day, lets say you scare away prospective students who don’t want to get involved in this, instead of bringing light to the situation. Less students mean less money into Emmanuel, less money into Emmanuel means more professors get let go. Your movement to protect the professors leads to more professors getting let go, repeating this ugly process. Lets imagine that students continue to stay away, so a prolonged sequence of less money for Emmanuel eventually leads to the college having to close. Those still at Emmanuel when this happens, swimming in debt to fund their education, suddenly see their process nullified. $100K in debt, nothing to show for it. Is this likely? No. Is this a possible consequence? 100%. Almost all of you are willing to forcefully drag in students who want nothing to do with this, while failing to consider the consequences for those who didn’t want to get involved. I will be $100Kin debt when I graduate, I want nothing to do with this movement. I want to collect my diploma next year and head on out of here and into the real world. However, I am made, unwillingly, to be a pawn in this student movement.
Finally, we move on to the rampant disorganization.
What initially started as a simple Tenure Craig Twitter, suddenly turned into a Tenure Craig Facebook, which spawned a Renew Kulich Facebook, which has spawned several other individual factions amongst themselves, and I’m sure in the coming days, even more groups will spawn.
Secondly, the infighting is pathetic. Already people are calling other people out, attacking the other splinter groups. This whole movement is like watching the Occupy Wall Street movement at 100% fast forward.
It’s a joke.
You can start as many trendy hashtags as you want, but this movement is quickly becoming a laughing stock. Countless times I have heard people mockingly saying “Hashtag Money Talks Teachers Walk” and then laughing about it.
This is how the rest of the student body views you.
This is undoubtedly how Administration views you, if you truly believe they “don’t care about you.”
This is how I view you.
If this movement was actually well thought out and not blinded by hatred and emotion, maybe I could get behind it. But I can’t, and you have only yourselves to blame.
Has anyone considered the fact that maybe Kulich doesn’t want to come back?
Has anyone considered the fact that maybe Craig doesn’t want to come back? If he’s so outspoken against Emmanuel, why would he possibly want to stay?
Instead you take it upon yourselves to be them. But you aren’t Professor Kulich, and you aren’t Professor Craig. You’re a rag tag group of students who can’t even stay organized for a few days in a row without splintering off and attacking the other groups.
This movement has undoubtedly caused more harm to these beloved professors than it has helped.
You should all be ashamed.