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Press release: Emory faces “Sorry” shortage

Emory University Facing Critical Shortage of “We’re Sorry” Stationery After Anti-Gay Incident at Candler

After controversy erupted over Emory’s Candler School of Theology’s decision to present an award to the anti-gay activist H. Eddie Fox, Emory University officials realized that they were facing a severe shortage of “We’re Sorry” stationery.

“We really dropped the ball tracking the inventory of the cards,” said President James Wagner. “I guess we were so busy last year with our courageous inquiring and noble compromising, we didn’t even realize it was time to re-order!”

Dean Robin Forman, however, expressed concern about locating a new supplier. “We’ve relied on cards produced by laborers… I mean, freshmen – yes, freshmen in the Visual Arts Department, but since cutting the program, we may have to turn to Staples inkjet stationery.”

The supply of apology cards was rapidly depleted last year when Emory apologized for the anti-semitism at the Dental School. An administration official asked, “Do you know how many Jews there are at this school? Jesus!”

The administration briefly considered using some old “My Bad!” cards from the 90’s, but opted for the classy “Mea Culpa” embossed cards leftover from February. President Wagner spent most of his week carefully scratching out “three fifths” and “blacks” and replacing them with “the gays.”


-Andy, Laura & the SRC


#WagnerForum: Many metaphors, few verbs

“When asked what he thought of the liberal arts and their place in the world, Wagner said that people join the liberal arts to join something. It’s the same mentality, he added, that you see in the inner city with gangs. Yes, Wagner compared an ethnomusicology degree to gangs.”
-A. J. Artis, “A. J.’s Response to Wagner” (exaggerated, but not by much)

The liberal arts instill values, Wagner said, but our society has lost the value of values. Later: “We’ve heard what society wants. They want job-ready citizens.” And Emory has to separate itself from the whims of the economy, except when it comes to international students, tuition hikes, subcontracted labor, course offerings, or the value of scholarship.

Wagner complained that “some graduate students are taking ten years to complete their PhDs”–reflecting a national statistic of little validity to Emory, whose average time to completion is closer to six years.

As for the impediments posed to research by cuts to language programs, and the lack of well-paying, secure jobs, well, we’ll need to think about that. His parting words were disheartening.

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News media following faculty vote

Last night’s top story on CBS Atlanta’s News at 11 was “Emory faculty to vote on president’s competence.” (Not quite the phrasing of the original, but interesting.) Reporter Veronica Griffin spoke with SRC member Katherine Bryant about the tense relation faculty have had with President Wagner since September, the cuts’ disproportionate impact on minority faculty and students, and the continuing fall-out from Wagner’s “3/5” remark. Oh, and they also mentioned the symposium tonight.

The faculty poll is now open, and will run until Friday, April 12. We urge members of the Faculty Senate to allow professors at Oxford College to have a voice.

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ILA faculty join critics

“For us in the ILA, President Wagner’s ill-chosen “Three-Fifths Compromise” model has a clear and direct tie to the cuts in academic programs announced last fall. These decisions, in violation of Emory’s established principles of shared governance and of all proper procedure, are immensely damaging to Emory’s much vaunted commitment to diversity. They impact faculty and students of color disproportionately and indicate that President Wagner has, after all, a limited commitment to the ideals of a diverse and mutually respectful University community.”

Read the entire letter in today’s Wheel.

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Things to do before tomorrow

Sign the petition: Emory President James Wagner: Resign. (And let everyone know our problems aren’t about one man.)

Make a banner or something for the Rally Against Racism (tomorrow, 6 p.m.), organized by a coalition of student groups and endorsed by the Office of Campus Life.

As Albee’s Zoo Story taught us long ago, “TIME Magazine’s not for blockheads.”

Protest smashes “blandly conservative” reputation

When I came to teach at this campus—with its reputation as blandly conservative bordering on apathetic—the last thing I expected was to witness protestors rallying in the quad and staging sit-ins in the administration buildng, professors leading demonstrations, and students adopting sixties protest tactics (along with the requisite millennial Facebook pages and Tumblrs).
But what about a few years down the road? Many of the slashed programs are in the liberal arts. Will the faculty and students in the programs that remain have the same passion for advocacy and free speech? And speaking of that, without a journalism program, who will be trained to report on the changes that, inevitably, will happen?

Rebecca Burns of Atlanta Magazine covers the SCLC protest.


Surprise SCLC protest draws media attention

The Black Student Alliance, Black Star, Change@Emory, the SRC, and faculty supporters staged a silent protest at the lavish launch party for And the Struggle Continues: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s Fight for Social Change at the Woodruff Library. We objected to the positioning of President Wagner and Emory College as patrons of the African-American civil rights and global anti-poverty movements.

Protesters greet Wagner at the SCLC launch. Photo: Jason Francisco.

Protesters greet Wagner at the SCLC launch. Photo: Jason Francisco.

Our banners bore statements like “Civil Rights is not a photo-op,” “I am not an afterthought,” and “Happy retirement, President Wagner.” We also distributed our fact sheet on race and the cuts and a statement from Change@Emory, “A Call to Action.”

Reporters from the New York Times, NPR, Fox 5 Atlanta, and the Emory Wheel were present.

Attendees–guests and honored speakers alike–were overwhelmingly supportive of our message. We received comments like, “50 years later, we’re still protesting?” and (from a SCLC speaker) “This is the First Amendment right we fought for.” As quoted in the NYT, Brenda Davenport, who has worked as the national volunteer and youth organizer for the SCLC, said, “I love it. Where else would you want protesters to show up but at something that is about the value of protesting?”
Dorothy Cotton, the director of the SCLC’s Citizen Education Project during the 1960s, and current national CEO Charles Steele both emphasized the role of education and engagement in the fight against Jim Crow, voting rights infringements, and other injustices.

For many in the room, the disintegration of the DES, the ILA, and the Journalism program was a bitter subtext. The exhibit was co-curated by a doctoral candidate in the ILA, an irony we didn’t want anyone to miss.

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Wagner censure makes NYT

Over here, we’ve been compiling media and blog coverage of Wagner’s “three-fifths” fiasco relatively quietly. The editor of STC@E is both overwhelmed and invigorated by the level of passion, insight, and wit that commentators across the country have brought to the table. But we will make a special occasion of noting that the faculty vote to censure the president made the New York Times‘s national briefing section, in both web and print editions. Look for an in-depth article about Wagner, race, and the department cuts in this Sunday’s paper. Yup, the Sunday Times.

We should also note that the reporter, Robbie Brown, was a journalism co-major at Emory (class of ’07). He currently works as the regional news assistant for the Southern bureau.

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Wags’ gaffe immortalized

Emory student Kwame Phillips delivers the headline news:

Newsweek magazine: Happy Black History Month, featuring Wagner

Those eyes!

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