The editorial makes an unanswerable point:
The composition of the CCI's steering committee has hurt its credibility. Two out of the CCI's original five subcommittee chairs (Holloway and literature professor Anne Allison) signed an advertisement in The Chronicle last April applauding protesters who surrounded the home of lacrosse players, and a third-history professor Peter Wood-has criticized the team in numerous media outlets. Stacking the CCI with critics of "white male privilege" suggests that the initiative was created to pacify countercultural professors, rather than to shape a new and improved campus culture.The Chronicle quotes one student saying, "I'm too busy to care about [the CCI] unless it affects me." This attitude is understandable--but unfortunate. It would be comforting to think the CCI will collapse under the weight of its one-sided leadership. But as the defiant statement of the (rump) Group of 88 suggested, those arts and sciences professors determined to exploit the lacrosse case for their own agenda are determined to move forward, even as the case itself collapses.