Letter to the William and Mary BOV - let Gene Nichol go!
Dear William and Mary BOV, Gene Nichol - as fine a man as he must be in many ways seems to have an agenda for the ultra-left, to eliminate American traditions at universities that are out there - may have harmed The College of William and Mary by his unilateral and isolated decision based on "his" agenda fortified by little or no real world cause. He may have harmed The College and he has thrown the students, alumni, and concerned citizens across the planet - literally - into camps against each other. That technique seems to be a ploy of the left - create the crisis and then posture in developing a solution. It is sad that it has occurred - sad for everyone including Mr. Nichol. The Board of Visitors (BOV) can send a breeze of fresh air across the campus and a message to students and alumni alike that we - the students and graduates of the "Alma Mater of a Nation" - when all is said and done stand together. Nichol is only one man in the long and proud history and traditions of the nation's second oldest institution of higher learning. Even though the students, alumni, and faculty went at it because of this unwarranted assault against our integrity and our traditions, we are the students, the alumni, and the concerned citizens. The Board of Visitors will be meeting soon to decide on the renewal of Nichol's contract. Gene Nichol does not seem to be a good fit nor does he seem to be a good representative of The College of William and Mary. He seems to have mired The College in controversy; he seems to have set about ridding The College of any symbols of faith that sustained those early settlers who fought bitter winters to build a town and eventually a college; then he passed the buck to the students and allowed the Sex Workers Art Show featuring prostitutes and other "sex" workers most interestingly demonstrating their trade. Fine for them, but is there an official Sex Workers Curriculum offered at The College? And then 100 students were required to attend the Sex Workers Show! And Nichol pled non-interference in the intellectual pursuits of the college. Please! We'll never know how many prospective students - dripping in diversity of thought if not skin color - have turned their backs on The College but you can get them back. Do the right thing. An Alum