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Mount St. Mary’s Faculty Votes for President to Go

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 02/13/16

Those who have been following this unfolding scandal may not find this news surprising:

The faculty of a Catholic Maryland university voted overwhelmingly to unseat their embattled president, who crassly compared to struggling freshman to bunnies that need to be shot while announcing a controversial plan to offer tuition refunds to failing students who choose to leave on in the semester. Mount St. Mary’s University faculty voted 87-3 Friday night to ask Simon Newman to resign. The condemning vote came even after the president announced earlier in the day that he was reinstating the staffers he ousted. “It has become apparent that negative public attention has interfered with our ability to continue in our work and to bring new students and faculty to this campus,” the faculty wrote in a letter to Newman. Newman drew criticism on campus earlier this month for his so-called student-retention plan — and national outrage for the crude language he used while defending the policy. The Catholic college boss planned to identify the freshmen most likely to fail and offer tuition refunds to those who chose to leave early in their first semester. “This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to their heads,” he allegedly wrote in an email to a faculty member who opposed the plan.

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