To give a sense of the continued power of the Group of 88, even if the case to which they attached their crusade has collapsed, one Group member, Paula McClain, will succeed Paul Haagen as chair of Duke’s Academic Council.
The reality is the world is changing, the country is changing, and we have to change. If Duke wants to remain competitive and remain a top-notch institution, it’s got to change with the times. Change is very difficult, especially for people who came through Duke years ago.
Here’s McClain, in her own words, from last summer, responding to an e-mail that was forwarded to me from a blog reader.
Melanie Wilson wrote:
In blogs like History News Network, John in
, and Betsy's Page, I've noticed the very strong criticism of the "listening" ad that appeared in the Duke Chronicle and is now posted on the AAAS website. Given the many new facts that have come out since that ad first appeared, it seems as if it's stood the test of time poorly. It's troubling that you criticized your own school's students before all facts were in. Carolina
Have you reconsidered your decision to sign the ad? If not, are you planning on making any public statements on behalf of the Duke students accused by Mr. Nifong?
Apparently “changing with the time” means that professors are supposed to remain silent rather than defend the due process rights of their institution’s students.