We cannot simply hire a new president and expect that person to change everything, to provide the new direction the college needs.
Editor-in-Chief Kira Maddox spoke with Rochon about his thoughts leading up to the announcement, what his plans are for his next 18 months in office and what he hopes for the future of Ithaca College.
Rochon seems to be digging himself deeper into a hole of contradictions and continues to avoid the very issues that put him on the defensive.
A substantial portion of the campus community witnessed the powerful escalation of the “Addressing Community Action on Racism and Cultural Bias” event Oct. 27. Students, faculty, staff and administrators understood there would be a big event. They understood there would be a potential for controversy. But perhaps nobody understood what the event would be — and what it should be — better than the POC at IC group.
As evidenced by the hypocrisy present in the differences between the administration’s responses to the racism in the Alpha Epsilon Pi party dress code and the racist comments made at the Blue Sky Reimagining Kick-Off event, it is no secret that the college has some work to do when it comes to issuing public statements.
The dichotomy between the Ithaca College administration’s response to an off-campus party and its own speaker panel showed that a “dedication to combating bigotry” only counts when the college does not directly have to deal with the consequences.