The University of Missouri (MU) is losing about 1500 students and is facing a huge $32 million budget shortfall four months after it attracted national attention as the site of massive race-based campus protests.
“I am writing to you today to confirm that we project a very significant budget shortfall due to an unexpected sharp decline in first-year enrollments and student retention this coming fall. I wish I had better news,” said MU interim chancellor Hank Foley in a Wednesday letter to school staff that was obtained by Fox Sports.
According to Foley’s letter, MU will have about 1500 fewer students in fall 2016 compared to last year, an unexpected drop that is in turn causing a big dip in the school’s tuition income.
Because of the abrupt and unexpected nature of the shortfall, Foley is taking immediate and severe steps to fix the situation: The school budget is being cut 5 percent across the board, all hiring is being frozen (barring exceptional circumstances), and annual raises have been canceled. He has also announced a new, more intensive effort to recruit potential Mizzou students by phone, email, and even via Skype.
Even with all these measures, Foley anticipates MU having a deficit of about $1o million,which he said would be made up using the school’s reserve funds.
In November 2015, MU was rocked by major protests led by the Concerned Student 1950 group, which accused President Timothy Wolfe of not doing enough to address racial tensions on campus. After black players on the school football team announced a strike, Wolfe resigned and the school caved to a host of other protester demands. Meanwhile, the same day of Wolfe’s resignation, communications professor Melissa Click grabbed headlines for attacking a student journalist who tried to cover the ongoing protests.
Now, while Click and Wolfe are gone, the consequences of that turbulent November continue to reverberate, not the least because Concerned Student 1950 continues to engage in very public protests while demanding even more concessions from the school.
It was already known that MU had seen a drop in applications following the protests, but Foley’s letter drives home just how big a blow the school has been dealt.
Foley doesn’t break down the 1,500 lost student by class year, but the bulk of the decline comes from a major dip in the size of the entering freshman class. How major? In 2015, MU had 6,200 freshman undergraduates, meaning its freshman class size may have shrunk by 20 percent or more, an incredible swing for a single year.
Notably, Foley’s letter makes no mention of the protests as a potential factor in Mizzou’s declining appeal.
Foley also is unlikely to have much luck in turning to Missouri lawmakers for support. Disgusted by the university’s actions last fall, Republicans have refused to increase its budget and have even been considering making a big cut to the school’s state support.
The taxpayer-funded chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is backtracking furiously after she cried racism because two students posted a Snapchat image of themselves standing in a dorm with a dark, ink-like facial skincare treatment carefully smeared all over their faces.
On Thursday morning, Beverly Kopper, UW-Whitewater’s $238,000-per-year chancellor, composed a lengthy statement about her plan for massive action in response to the the skincare image, reports local CBS affiliate WISC-TV.
“Last night a disturbing racist post that was made to social media was brought to my attention,” Kopper’s statement read.
“This post was hurtful and destructive to our campus community,” the deeply disturbed Kopper also wrote. “You have my promise that these steps are only the starting points and together, we will determine actions that will ultimately create a long-term cultural change.”
Kopper indicated that another high-ranking UW-Whitewater official, $143,468-per-year Tom Rios, was leading a group of bureaucrats who would meet with students, research race relations and really get to the bottom of the exfoliation of the faces of two white students.
The group had been scheduled to meet this week “to capture the student voice and develop a collective response to these issues,” according to WISC-TV.
It’s not clear if this meeting is still scheduled.
After finally realizing that the two students in the photo were not wearing black face, Kopper, who has a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Iowa State University, admitted the photo was not actually harmful.
Instead of blaming herself for being a complete idiot, however, Kopper still blamed the two white students for failing to “think about the implications and the impact that it would have” to appear in a photo wearing skin products.
Black students on campus then immediately moved on from the facial fracas to complain about other alleged affronts.
“Young ladies using Snap Chat to say the n-word multiple times mockingly, or you have someone who still has not been identified write the n-word on a black student’s page,” Black Student Union president Radaya Ellis claimed to WISC-TV.
Another black student, Reginald Kirby, said he believes that white students should undergo mandatory racial training.
“I think they should be educated on the topic,” Kirby told the station.
A local Republican lawmaker also entered the fray to criticize the actions of school administrators as ridiculous.
“The racial over-reaction of Chancellor Beverly Kopper and other UW-Whitewater administrators without first checking the facts of the situation is a stark example of how political correctness has warped the mindset of highly educated university administrators,” state Sen. Steve Nass said in a statement. “Frankly, these are the people responsible for educating our sons and daughters, but they seem incapable of applying reason or common sense.”
The unidentified students who appeared in the image will face no disciplinary action.
Looks like the laws leftists have imposed in Britain forbidding free speech can cut both ways:
A student diversity officer who was caught up in a racism row after allegedly posting ‘kill all white men’ on social media has been summonsed to court to face malicious communications charges.
Bahar Mustafa, 28, of Edmonton, North London, a welfare and diversity officer at Goldsmiths University, will appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 5 November, police said.
In the ultra-left university environment, not many have a problem with Bahar:
A student petition calling for her to be removed from her position garnered only 165 signatures, and she was allowed by the student union to keep her job, because it failed to meet the 3% threshold to trigger a referendum that could have dislodged her.
To call her a racist or a sexist because she wants white men to be killed would reveal ignorance of the deranged mishmash of corrosive lies that comprises the liberal ruling class’s official ideology:
Ms Mustafa explained that she could not be guilty of sexism or racism against white men “because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender and therefore women of colour and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.”
However, such a system only exists in the delusions of progressives. After all, no one gets a university position by denouncing women and nonwhites. BTW, men are the minority gender, so when do I get my minority privilege?