We have not seen this degree of widespread distress, anger, and dissatisfaction since President James Whalen’s years (1975-1997).
In response to recent campus protests, racial tensions and issues of exclusivity, the Ithaca College Student Government Association passed a bill Oct. 26 to initiate a student vote of no confidence regarding President Tom Rochon.
Ithaca College students and faculty members are upset following the Blue Sky Reimagining Kick-Off event, which they are calling racist and exclusive. The kick-off has some faculty questioning the entire initiative.
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.
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.