Tore campus apart a year ago, resulting in declining enrollment and budget cuts.
Last year, all hell broke loose on the campus of Evergreen State College in Washington state when Professor Bret Weinstein refused to participate in a campus event which would have barred white people from campus for one day. Now they’re at it again.
For refusing to go along last year, Weinstein was verbally attacked by angry students who demanded his firing. Things got so out of control that student activists were reportedly roaming campus with baseball bats. Weinstein sued the school and eventually settled for $500,000.
The entire crazy episode brought the school months of negative publicity. You would think they might have learned something from it, but it doesn’t appear so because they’re doing the same event this year.
Jennifer Kabbany reports at the College Fix:
No-whites-allowed ‘Day of Absence’ lives on despite last year’s uproar at Evergreen State College
Students at the embattled Evergreen State College, which made national headlines last year after it hosted an event that asked white people not to come on campus for a “Day of Absence,” have organized a new iteration of the controversial event despite administrators’ efforts to shift gears.
Students at the Olympia, Washington-based public school have organized a three-day “Day of Absence” observance that includes a mix of events on and off campus. Some gatherings are advertised as open to all skin colors and others ask that only POC, or People of Color, attend.
A poster hung at the school obtained by The College Fix declares that the no-whites-allowed self-segregation events will be held off campus. It asks people to RSVP at a website that spells out “No Nazis Allowed” in its URL.
The events launch today and run through Friday, according to organizers, who are not interested in media coverage of their event, according to a Facebook screenshot obtained by The College Fix.
A spokesman for Evergreen State College did not respond to a phone call and email from The College Fix on Tuesday seeking comment.
The theme of this year’s observance is “Deinstitutionalize/Decolonize.”
— Benjamin????Boyce (@BenjaminABoyce) April 26, 2018
In the age of the looming higher ed bubble, some schools deserve to fail. Especially those which refuse to learn from experience. At Evergreen State, the writing is on the wall. Adam Sabes reports at Campus Reform:
Plummeting enrollment prompts $6M budget cut at Evergreen State
Evergreen State College has announced that it is planning to cut $5.9 million from its budget in an effort to offset a rapidly declining enrollment rate.
The cuts were outlined by President George Bridges in a May 8 memo to the Board of Trustees, and are accompanied by plans to raise various student fees by hundreds of dollars, The Olympian reported last week.
The announcement comes nearly a year after the college was rattled by riots following former professor Bret Weinstein’s decision to question the school’s “day of absence,” which involved asking white students to leave the grounds for a day of off-campus programming while students of color participated in on-campus workshops…
According to a report released by an “Independent External Review Panel” in April, the college is expecting a decline in applications for the Fall 2018 semester of up to 20 percent, compounding the 4.5 percent decrease in Fall 2017, compared to Fall 2016.
“Further declines in applications (possibly by as much as 20%) and enrollments are expected for the Fall of 2018 based on current year-to-year data,” the report noted. “This condition, and the revenue shortfall it will create, will present Evergreen with significant financial challenges that will not be short-lived.”
Evergreen State College seems determined to self-destruct.
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