“This year, I’m really going to take that space and critique the campus, the leaders on campus and the structures that exist,” Foote said.
Students protesting the racial climate at Ithaca College are not the only ones finding a collective voice with which to address institutionalized racism. In a tumultuous fall semester, at least 75 other colleges and universities have begun bringing their demands for change to their administrations.
A majority of H&S faculty members who attended a Faculty Senate meeting Oct. 29 voted in favor of sending the motion, according to an email sent to H&S faculty obtained by The Ithacan.
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.
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.