3.30.2005

Earlham Drudged



If I experience any more shadenfreunde I'm going to burst.

6 comments:

Joe said...

I just read about this little incident in a forward from the chronicle of higher education. It's also in the pal item and the indy star.
Holy shit, man. At least the guy finished his speech. We need to lynch the pie thrower to uphold our good names.

Ben said...

I think this (from the 3rd graph of the Indy Star piece, quoting the Pall-Item) is enough to make Earlham, as a whole, come out of this with it's "good name".

"Members of the audience jeered the student as he walked off the stage, then applauded as Kristol wiped the goo off his face with a paper towel and said, "Just let me finish this point," the Palladium-Item reported.

It was reported that the student involved was a first-year. This is likely a 18-year-old hippie kid, he's already suspended and will likely be expelled. He got his.

karla said...

He could have at least picked something more logical, like a cream pie or milkshake. I can't imagine an ice cream pie would do too much damage. Minus two points for lack of forethought

Andrew said...

I agree that Earlham handled the aftermath as graciously as possible. However I think the publicity surrounding it is the last thing the college needed. The economic survival of the school depends on economies of scale found through sustained increased enrollment (I can’t get off their mailing list however hard I try). The only way they can achieve this without lowering standards is to become desirable to more than their current base of liberal ideologues (I was never around more children of academics in my life). While it’s true the kid who “fought the lies with pies” is a first year, this is the end of the second semester. Either that wack job found Earlham a compatible environment for his pie throwing ideology or 7 months was enough time for the “think globally; act locally/Save Mumia” nonsense to be pounded in. Be it nature or nurture, Earlham is, and more importantly, still appears to be somewhat culpable for this kids behavior. How would it look if some first year from Bob Jones hit Julian Bond with a pie?

Joe said...

The kid's a junior, not a first year.

Andrew said...

Thanks for the correction. If anything, the fact that the pie thrower has been at Earlham for almost 3 years only adds credence to the perspective that Earlham is somewhat culpable for this kid’s behavior.