Ten days ago, Tim Wolfe—the ex-University of Missouri System president who famously stepped down from his position last November after a black student’s hunger strike made the state’s flagship campus in Columbia the focus of a national discussion regarding the treatment of minority college students—sent an email to confidants that he labeled “CONFIDENTIAL.”
It is fair to say that, in examining the twin meltdowns at Yale and the University of Missouri, the pundit class has come down against the tactics of the students, who, in both cases, have been militant and aggressive. The writers have seen parts of each protest—Yale students berating a professor, Mizzou students boxing out a photographer—as a threat to college as we know it. But could colleges not stand to be threatened?
Melissa Click has apologized to the “campus community” and “journalists at large” for blocking a reporter from documenting a student demonstration on Monday. “I regret the language and strategies I used... [and also] the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.”
Earlier this afternoon, University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned his position, succumbing to intense pressure first ignited by the hunger strike of graduate student Jonathan Butler. But Wolfe is not the only school leader on his way out: Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin just announced his resignation, effective at the end of this year.