Stories like this one at IC have demoralized faculty.
Rochon’s disinterest in improving the student experience has all but ensured the current climate on South Hill.
“The Case Against Tom Rochon” is the document passed out by members of POC at IC at Ithaca College’s Family Weekend. It is unclear where the document originated.
In its guiding assumptions, the event appeared to dismiss and even disparage the idea that a rich and valuable undergraduate education is critically tied to what happens in the classroom, where close, diligent and serious attention to intellectual ideas, problems and texts are the central focus.
The Blue Sky Kickoff that happened on October 8, 2015, from 3-5pm in Emerson Suites was an exercise in exclusivity and privilege. At an institution that claims to have a commitment to excellence, the Blue Sky Reimagining event was antithetical to our mission.