Political Correctness looks Sickly in the National Spotlight at Harvard


Today, for a complete surprise, Lawrence Summers received a vote of no confidence from the undergraduate faculty. Sort of.


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Reuters) – Harvard University President Lawrence Summers on Tuesday lost a symbolic vote of confidence by undergraduate faculty who censured him over his comments on women and his general leadership of the Ivy League school.

By a vote of 218-185 with 18 abstentions, undergraduate faculty approved a nonbinding resolution stating: “The faculty lacks confidence in the leadership of Lawrence H. Summers.”

The vote dealt a setback to Summers, the former U.S. Treasury secretary who sparked a controversy in January when he said innate differences between men and women may help explain why so few women work in the academic sciences. He has since apologized repeatedly for his remarks.

Sounds like important stuff? Well we find out later;

The confidence vote was symbolic because undergraduate faculty represent one of only 10 schools at Harvard, and have no say over hiring or firing of the president. That responsibility falls to a seven-member board that has so far stood by Summers.

So this faculty vote that is breaking news around the world means absolutely nothing. Even more so when it is told that only 218 members of the 690 member Faculty of Arts and Science voted against him. I am not a math wizard, but it looks like Larry is being made to look like losing confidence of the faculty when only 31.6% of the faculty in the most liberal part of the school wants him gone.

A little more math, of the esteemed Harvard faculty, 588 members were there to vote, and 102 we smart enough to avoid going on record with this mess and stayed away from this meeting.

To those 102 who avoided this horrible example of mistaken Political Correctness, I SALUTE YOU.
To those 185 who voted against the no confidence motion and stood up to the Political Correctness lobby, I SALUTE YOU.
To the Governing Board for not bowing to the Church of Political Correctness, I SALUTE YOU.
To those 18 who abstained from voting, eh…. Your inability to take a position says alot about you.

To those 218 who voted for the no confidence motion, congratulations. You have exposed Harvard in the harshest of lights, and the moronic positions you have foisted upon the campus are being exposed by the national spotlight. And it does not look pretty.

Posted March 15, 2005 by
Main, Politics | 3 comments

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  • Comments

    3 Responses to “Political Correctness looks Sickly in the National Spotlight at Harvard”

    1. Luboš Motl on March 15th, 2005 11:44 pm

      Interesting math, but still, it is :

      A sad day for Harvard

    2. I. D. Ology on March 16th, 2005 10:30 pm

      Ok, I am a student here at Harvard, and so I feel I have some insight on this one. You aren’t interpreting this news story about Larry Summers correctly; you aren’t really interpreting the story at all, because the story is different than you present. In the spirit of academia, I’ll summarize in the form of an equation:
      (decontextualized news blurb about fragment of broader event) + (overriding dominant ideological outlook) = (celebration of given ideology by fundamental [re]construction of event)
      I think I won’t even bother explaining the role of the Corporation (the “7 member board”), the FAS, the Colleges, etc. In short, most people here think Larry Summer’s is a bad president and his controversial little speech amounts to not much more than a mascot for people who like to ideologically politicize everything, left and right. The sort of “analysis” offered by this post amounts to something like ideological masturbation. Also, I am extremely liberal. A communist, in fact. I kid — do liberals even visit this site? — but I think I know in advance how my comment will be interpreted, if anyone even reads it… I just happen to have some time to kill. A more high-minded, but just as ideological, post here: http://motls.blogspot.com/2005/03/sad-day-for-harvard.html

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