It is always interesting to hear when speaking up and encouraging others to speak up as well gets you in trouble. Heaven forbid a professor actually encourages her students to open their mouths about what is going on around them. What is even more interesting is that AC was always complaining about the high level of student apathy on campus. Out of the 1000 students, only a few were actually involved with campus activities. Many of the student organizations were comprised of the same groups of people.
Now, students are starting to speak out, trying to be heard. They want to get involved in the goings on at AC, of what the administration is planning. Since the college wants to keep the students (they finally managed to grow enrollment), the administration sticks to getting rid of faculty who oppose their ideas. The people who are being fired or are leaving due to differences of opinion are general favorites of students.
Yes, let’s get rid of the people who care about the students, who want to make sure that their opinions are heard so they can have a happy college experience – it makes perfect sense. NOT.
Another fun fact. Forums were started so students could voice their concerns to the administration. Sure there was discussion, a voicing of complaints – but many things didn’t change (like proper care of sewage in a dorm’s basement, which finally got cleared up by parents calling and threatening the school). Change takes time. Very true, but not if the problems and concerns are ignored. Especially not if the faculty and other workers at the college who wish to help better the students are sent packing.