The following is a copy of an email I sent to the Mount. I applaud you for your courage. As an alumnus, I can recall a time, when as Vice President of the Student Government, I was called to the Dean’s office and strongly advised not to launch a planned protest. I backed off to my everlasting regret.
As a Mount alumnus, I found the email from John Coyne very disturbing.
He made reference to an article in the Mountain Echo that most alumni have never seen. We were dependent on Mr. Coyne’s interpretation of the article.
I read the Mountain Echo article, I found Mr. Coyne’s response in his email very defensive and inadequate. The citing a conspiracy of students and faculty to force the President’s resignation is not really supported by any facts. Is it possible the faculty and students involved were acting in the best interest of the Mount?
Further, suggesting that the “retention” program was well intended, but poorly executed is not a satisfactory response to the faculty and student concerns.
The question is: did the President plan to force 20-25 students to leave the Mount after a few weeks of school based on some rather suspect questionnaire completed by incoming freshman?
If so, this raises some very serious concerns regarding the President’s competence and the competence of the Trustees.
From John Moody
MSM Class of 1966