The incomparable Kristin Butler takes aim at the Campus Culture Initiative in her column today. As she notes, the CCI process “has been an unmitigated disaster.” Indeed, she notes, the “CCI has become a caricature of University governance, populated by agenda-driven individuals, operating under cover of secrecy and lacking meaningful student input or support.”
1) The initial announcement of the CCI, by President Brodhead on April 5, was intimately linked to the lacrosse case.
2) The “committee's highly controversial membership was . . . poorly considered”—i.e., putting the CCI in the hands of Group of 88 leaders and Peter Wood ensured an “agenda-driven” result.
3) Student opinion appeared to be deliberately excluded—as seen in SG president Elliot Wolf’s public dissent.
4) The CCI operated in secrecy, and relied on secret data to justify its conclusions.
Two other items in papers today: Jackie MacMullen has a sympathetic portrait of former lacrosse coach Mike Pressler, now at Bryant. She laments, “A respected university rushed to judgment, and shattered the world of a group of student-athletes and a respected coach in the process.”
And the BG News (the campus newspaper at