It goes without saying that these past two weeks have challenged us all as students, alumni, faculty and staff. No matter your connection to Georgetown College, the situation at hand concerning the trustees meeting last Thursday, Oct. 27, has us all wondering what is in store for our college’s future. It is important in such circumstances to focus on the facts. Although we are rightfully excited by the endeavors of the Twenty-Seven, it should be noted that what we know as students is undoubtedly limited and skewed due to rumors and propaganda, and one should never support a cause blindly.
However, what we do know is powerful. A group of 27 tenured faculty members have come together to voice their disapproval of Dr. Crouch’s leadership. Despite their positions and allegiance to the administration, these individuals found it necessary to make the welfare and future of our college a top priority. With our amazing faculty serving as one of the many reasons people stay at Georgetown, it is obvious that their concerns should not go unnoticed.
Still, just because certain professors aren’t one of the Twenty-Seven does not mean that they are not working to improve Georgetown. What this writer means, is that we should avoid dividing ourselves from those “in support” of the Twenty-Seven and those who aren’t blatantly broadcasting their support. Our faculty as a whole is promoting the well-being of our college. Just because they did not sign the letter does not mean that they aren’t seeking to improve our institution.
While the student body has certainly had misgivings about the decisions of our administration for some time, it is pertinent to not place all of the blame on one individual. Likewise, this is not a witch-hunt and should not be treated as such. Because of this, this writer challenges each student to be mindful before voicing an opinion. There is a fine line between rallying support for a worthy cause and intentionally humiliating the opposition. As stated in a previous issue, we must be proactive rather than reactive in order to improve life at Georgetown. Moreover, use this time to brainstorm solutions for all of the problems that you have with campus life. (Side note: If you have trouble thinking of issues that need to be addressed, feel free to come talk to this writer.) We cannot expect changes to be made if all we do is sit around and complain; we must be willing to work hard to change our school for the better.
The time has come, fellow students, for us to ask questions, seek answers and voice our opinions, not only so that we might be heard but also so that our institution might be improved by our actions. Although the support of these 27 professors is crucial, it is equally pertinent that the student body, too, rises to the occasion and seeks change within the walls of Georgetown. Seek out the opinions and apprehensions of faculty and staff that you truly respect in order to educate yourself on the problems facing our institution. If we truly want change, we must be an active part of the revolution seeking that change.
The events of the last few days have reminded this English major of an infamous Shakespearean play. Nearing a climactic moment in “The Tragedy of Julies Caesar,” Brutus states, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.” This passage seems appropriate for the current state of our campus. This is a pivotal moment in Georgetown’s history. There will definitely be immense ramifications from the actions of the Twenty-Seven. If nothing else, their voices will serve as a wake-up call to the administration so that the higher powers will understand the need for immediate change on our campus.
Regardless of the result of this letter, we as Georgetown Tigers must be willing to come together to take part of the common goal of protecting our GC.
Also, to the nameless individual who submitted the names of the Twenty-Seven into my campus mailbox, allow this writer to encourage you never to do that again. As a journalist, it is one thing to protect the anonymity of your sources. However, it is unwise to follow an unverified source, and in this case, a typed list of names cannot be viewed as factual. Moreover, this writer highly doubts that the professors listed on the document would appreciate anyone submitting their names without their permission. With that being said, the document will not be released.
And if you don’t know, now you know, Tigas.