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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday with the football team and others on campus in open revolt over his handling of racial tensions at the school.

President Tim Wolfe said his resignation was effective immediately. He made the announcement at the start of what had been expected to be a lengthy closed-door meeting of the school's governing board.

The complaints came to a head a day earlier, when at least 30 black football players announced that they would not play until the president was gone. One student went on a weeklong hunger strike.

Wolfe took "full responsibility for the frustration" students had expressed and said their complaints were "clear" and "real."

"This is not the way change comes about," he said, alluding to recent protests, in a halting statement that was simultaneously apologetic, clumsy and defiant. "We stopped listening to each other."

He urged students, faculty and staff to use the resignation "to heal and start talking again to make the changes necessary."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_UNIVERSITY_OF_MISSOURI_TURMOIL?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-11-09-11-24-09
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Why are our young people getting uppity?  Why are the administrators backing down?  It seems like we're letting the lunatics run the asylum.

post #63 of 494
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

Why are our young people getting uppity?  Why are the administrators backing down?  It seems like we're letting the lunatics run the asylum.


All of them are lunatics. Its just that they are turning on each other now.
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

Why are our young people getting uppity?  Why are the administrators backing down?  It seems like we're letting the lunatics run the asylum.

I dunno, reading some article about Missouri it seems there have beeen some real problems and tension for a while and the President failed to act. I have no specific opinion as I don't know enough but it is not like someone saw a pic on tumblr, got offended and the prez had to go.

What I'd really like to know is why they haven't found the genius who made a feces swastika and given him a solo show.
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If you want to know who did it just watch the fake hate crimes thread, he'll probably be showing up there soon.
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I dunno, reading some article about Missouri it seems there have beeen some real problems and tension for a while and the President failed to act. I have no specific opinion as I don't know enough but it is not like someone saw a pic on tumblr, got offended and the prez had to go.

What I'd really like to know is why they haven't found the genius who made a feces swastika and given him a solo show.
I am not going to read about this case, but the President is a clown. Either for mishandling the complaints and being responsible for real problems that he dealt with poorly or for resigning in the face of bullying over unsubstantiated claims. Whichever is correct, Mizzue is better off without him.
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I am not going to read about this case, but the President is a clown. Either for mishandling the complaints and being responsible for real problems that he dealt with poorly or for resigning in the face of bullying over unsubstantiated claims. Whichever is correct, Mizzue is better off without him.

err, truth be told there was some footzball money involved and this is a public university, he was probably told by members of the board that he just made the decision to resign.
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Possible. But doesn't have to be the case. In any event, I will stick by my decision not to inform myself further.
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It is not the students' fault that they are idiots. They arrive there at only 18 years old. This, from your article, is the crux of the matter:
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With world-altering research to support, graduates who assume positions of extraordinary power, and a $24.9 billion endowment to marshal for better or worse, Yale administrators face huge opportunity costs as they parcel out their days. Many hours must be spent looking after undergraduates, who experience problems as serious as clinical depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, and sexual assault. Administrators also help others, who struggle with financial stress or being the first in their families to attend college.

It is therefore remarkable that no fewer than 13 administrators took scarce time to compose, circulate, and co-sign a letter advising adult students on how to dress for Halloween, a cause that misguided campus activists mistake for a social-justice priority.

Parents who wonder why college tuition is so high and why it increases so much each year may be less than pleased to learn that their sons and daughters will have an opportunity to interact with more administrators and staffers—but not more professors,” Benjamin Ginsberg observed in Washington Monthly back in 2011. “For many of these career managers, promoting teaching and research is less important than expanding their own administrative domains.”All over America, dispensing Halloween costume advice is now an annual ritual performed by college administrators.
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Where are kids learning this stuff? From the administration and faculty? I haven't been away from academic environs that long, and this attitude is completely foreign to me. Kind of amazing to see victimhood culture bursting in existence like this.
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Where are kids learning this stuff? From the administration and faculty? I haven't been away from academic environs that long, and this attitude is completely foreign to me. Kind of amazing to see victimhood culture bursting in existence like this.

If they wish to put themselves in chains ("they" includes white billionaire trust fund babies), that is fine with me. But they should leave the rest of us out of their adolescent psychodramas.
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There's a related Atlantic article on victimhood culture that mentions a related point. College kids aren't the first group to do this, they're just the loudest and have taken it to the logical extreme. You see similar tones in the "War on Christmas" nonsense from certain Christian groups. How anyone can seriously be offended or worried for their culture by the design of Starbuck's winter cups is equally as beyond me as the college victimhood culture, but they seem cut from the same cloth.
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There's a related Atlantic article on victimhood culture that mentions a related point. College kids aren't the first group to do this, they're just the loudest and have taken it to the logical extreme. You see similar tones in the "War on Christmas" nonsense from certain Christian groups. How anyone can seriously be offended or worried for their culture by the design of Starbuck's winter cups is equally as beyond me as the college victimhood culture, but they seem cut from the same cloth.

If Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld won't perform on college campuses that's about all you need to know.
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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

There's a related Atlantic article on victimhood culture that mentions a related point. College kids aren't the first group to do this, they're just the loudest and have taken it to the logical extreme. You see similar tones in the "War on Christmas" nonsense from certain Christian groups. How anyone can seriously be offended or worried for their culture by the design of Starbuck's winter cups is equally as beyond me as the college victimhood culture, but they seem cut from the same cloth.

Same tone because same author, there's a conservative movement of commenters and you have to be somewhat careful about parsing their agenda: they feel discriminated on campus (yet another angry minority group :P) and use the current climate as a way to reasonably push their viewpoints and maybe get some of that swinging pendulum back on their side. Doesn't mean it is not interesting/relevant reads but YMMV.

Also best not to forget that for conservatives, criticizing leftist academics and critical viewpoints is about a much wider scope than the preservation of academia, the goal being to normalize the historically contingent current social situation: black people get shot and go to prison in disproportionate rates because they break the law, there's no climate in Eastern elite universities that might be less welcoming to minorities, poor and rich people are at the right place as it is about individual capabilities and even IQs etc. The denial of any sort of systemic imbalance in power and the depiction of contemporary society as some sort of ahistorical state is a constant for a strand of conservative thinkers. It is very easy to say we've to have some sort of Greek assembly rational debate when viewpoints opposing neoliberal domination are barely represented, you start with a terrific and almost insurmountable advantage. Note that this doesn't apply to complete morons who think democrats are radical commie who will bring about the end of the american system instead of a big tent, mainly center-left party when comes the time to govern.
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