The Groundhog is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Roth administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.
I work for the university president but like-minded professors and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations. For the past few years we have been working tirelessly to make sure President Roth does not succeed in many of his more misguided impulses.
We take papers off his desk, edit his blog, and intercept many of the late-night emails he drafts to the student body. We are what stops this institution from teetering over the brink and becoming one of those poor NESCAC schools that isn’t a Little Ivy.
If President Roth had his way, last Spring Fling would have been headlined by the Eagles and Lemony Snicket. After seeing Avengers: Infinity War he attempted to expel half of the university. We also stopped his insane and radical plan to provide AC campus-wide. Doesn’t he know the lounges are more cool anyway, and great, comfortable places to sleep?
We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Roth may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.
There is a quiet resistance within the faculty of professors choosing to put university first. But the real difference will be made by everyday students rising above add/drop, reaching across Usdan, and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Wesleyan-ans.