One More Reason To Be Proud of Being a Villanova Alum
Okay, I think Harvard can cancel the idea of calling me for alumni donations...
Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences passed a no-confidence vote against President Lawrence Summers on Tuesday, the latest setback for the embattled university leader who has come under fire for his managerial style and comments on women in science.Summers is no raging conservative, for those who don't know -- he's the former Treasury Secretary to William Jefferson Clinton, for crying out loud (well, Bill is a Yalie -- maybe that's why they're ticked). But of course, he's in trouble for making comments that have offended the sensibilities of the faculty members last month and before by actually challenging their preconceived ideas about certain things. God forbid someone do that at a university.
The vote, 218-185, was largely symbolic. The faculty group is one of 10 that comprise the university, and Summers reports to the Harvard Corporation, the university's governing board, which has expressed its support for him.
The unexpected passage of the vote was nonetheless a significant setback to Summers' efforts to rebuild his standing with Harvard's faculty in the wake of the uproar over his comments about women in science at an academic conference in January.
The measure stated simply: "The Faculty lacks confidence in the leadership of Lawrence H. Summers."
...J. Lorand Matory, the anthropology professor who introduced the measure, called on Summers to resign.
"There is no noble alternative to resignation," he said.
Look, I'm only a graduate of the law school, but I'm embarrassed by the undergraduate faculty here. Then again, I'm not really surprised. Powerline sums it up nicely:
Let us now recall the words of the great Willliam F. Buckley Jr.: "I would rather be governed by the first 200 names in the Boston phone book, than by the Harvard faculty." The wisdom of Buckley's statement is proving timeless.Damn straight. Oops, better watch my language -- the Harvard faculty might lose confidence in me.