Philadelphia’s Saint Joseph’s University – my Alma mater – is about to reap the consequences of going full-woke. A small, but wealthy group of alumni have decided they will no longer donate to the university; at least until they jettison their woke culture.
As an alumnus of SJU, I think this is a fantastic idea. If you want to make change, you need to hit colleges in the wallet.
A half-century after they graduated, several St. Joseph’s University alumni returned to campus Friday with signs and a message: They said they and others were willing to withhold possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations because of what they perceive as the school’s move toward the far left.
In a letter delivered to university leaders at an alumni luncheon, the six alumni, spanning the graduating classes of 1968 to 1973, cited “the creeping illness that seems to be taking over the college where we learned important Jesuit values of being men for others.”
I sincerely hope this works, because SJU has been swirling the woke sewer for years. It no longer resembles the school I attended, and no longer resembles the Jesuit traditions on which it was founded.
They were particularly upset that the university removed Gregory Manco, a visiting assistant math professor and assistant baseball coach, from the classroom after his anonymous posts on social media in February against reparations for slavery and race and bias training. The university ultimately did not renew his contract, even though an investigation found there was insufficient evidence to conclude definitively that bias was shown.
I posted about Professor Manco in March, when the university canceled Manco after a few adult babies complained about his conservative tweets. You see, conservatives are not welcome at SJU, and it’s been that way for a long time.
Collectively, the withheld donations of the six alumni are in the six-figure range, said James A. Henwood, 72, a retired Philadelphia city police lieutenant who graduated from St. Joe’s in 1971. Henwood declined to say how much he was withholding, but said he was taking the university out of his estate plan. (H/T – The Godfather)
Thank you Lieutenant Henwood! I really enjoyed my time at SJU. I made a lot of friends – most of whom abandoned me when they found out I was a conservative – played lacrosse (which helped me become a coach,) and learned a lot from some terribly good professors.
That said, SJU could learn something from this; specifically, they could just teach the curriculum without the woke leftist bias.