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UVA Progressive Students Protest New Board Member Appointed by Glenn Youngkin

UVA Progressive Students Protest New Board Member Appointed by Glenn Youngkin

“As the University continues to grapple with its history of slavery, racism, and eugenics, Mr. Ellis’ appointment is not only regressive, but also directly insulting”

This is a partisan fight. The protesters can say whatever they want, but at the end of the day, this is just partisan politics. It’s so obvious.

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Outcry at UVA Over Controversial Board Member

Reckless. Insulting. Reprehensible. Beneath the bare minimum.

That’s how the University of Virginia’s student government, student newspaper and a student group, the University Democrats, have described a new member of the university’s Board of Visitors, Bert Ellis, in separate but critical statements over the last several months. They see Ellis, CEO of a private equity firm and president of the conservative UVA alumni organization the Jefferson Council, as a threat to the progress the university has made in recent years. All three groups have called for Ellis’s resignation.

“As the University continues to grapple with its history of slavery, racism, and eugenics, Mr. Ellis’ appointment is not only regressive, but also directly insulting to countless students and student organizations who have worked relentlessly to make Charlottesville more equitable,” the University Democrats wrote in a statement co-signed by the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Both Ellis and Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin, who appointed Ellis, have thus far resisted calls for his removal from the board. Ellis was one of the Republican governor’s first four appointees to the university’s governing board this summer. A majority of the 17-member board could be Youngkin appointees within the next two years. Board members serve four-year terms under appointments by the governor that are subject to confirmation by state lawmakers.

“Our school is a place for the ‘development of the full potential of talented students from all walks of life,’ not a battleground for alumni to harass students and wage an ideological war,” the University of Virginia Student Council Executive Board wrote in a statement that made reference to an incident that involved Ellis confronting a student.

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Sounds like they have a problem with him because they don’t like the Governor, and they don’t like alumni. Why don’t they just go somewhere else?! They don’t like Jefferson either—and he’s the founder, architect of the initial campus, and grantee of the land where the university sits. You’d think those 3 strikes alone would make them “feel unsafe” and leave….

The Gentle Grizzly | September 13, 2022 at 2:08 pm

Have the dissatisfied students considered changing schools? Maybe… Oberlin?

So the little snowflakes at UVA are feeling insulted? Good.

“As the University woke student minority continues to grapple with its agitate using claims of a history of slavery, racism, and eugenics…”

Sit down kids, shut up, and learn something.

Did Mr. Ellis own slaves, or something? Perhaps these ids might be better off trying to learn something that might enable them to be the CEO of a private equity firm rather than living in their mother’s basement.

Let’s hope universities stop letting students run the show.

If you don’t like the management leave

And of course there is no good reason for any student to be confronted. If all truth is personal, then there is no absolute truth. Unfortunately the little angels have grown up spoiled and unchallenged and cannot take any challenges.

Time to start telling students they don’t run colleges and universities. Decisions made today affect future students as well and current students should have no say.

As I remind my teenagers from time to time: “You have a voice; don’t confuse it with a vote.”

If you’re taking flak, you’re over the target.

Why don’t the leftist UVA students consider People’s Friendship University of Russia? They’ll fit right in….