... we need all the help we can get.
The new president of Purdue University, my alma mater, will be none other than Republican Indiana governor Mitch Daniels. During his reign as governor, he has slashed over $300 million in education... so naturally, he should head up a university? What the hell?
Also, Daniels appointed most of the members of the Board of Trustees, which is the group that elected him for president of the university. I believe three of the members were just appointed this week, which isn't shady at all. That same Board also said "nah it's cool" to the rule where the president has to retire at the age of 65. Daniels is 63. The Board also met in secrecy throughout this process, when usually it's policy for their meetings to be open. I've seen a few new presidents of Purdue, and the candidates were always announced and discussed freely. No one knew Daniels was being considered until a few days ago.
Daniels is also notoriously anti-atheist and said that atheists are responsible for "horrible crimes" against humanity. "But, um, Mr. Daniels... Hitler was a Christia--" "--SHHHHH."
Not that I was going to donate to Purdue on my income anytime soon, but when I'm on the New York Times Bestsellers list/having dinner at the White House/getting interviewed on the red carpet, I will leave Purdue out of the equation. It used to be a great school, called "Harvard of the Midwest," but this is the worst decision ever.
Anyway, my friend Aaron has done a great job throwing together a protest for next Saturday, June 30, on the Memorial Mall on campus. He's got permission from Purdue and the Purdue Police Dept., a press release, and supporters bringing sound equipment and other items. If you're in the area, please join us.
Public Protest Against Mitch Daniels as Purdue President