13-hour Providence College sit-in ends with president signing (rather, capitulating to) list of demand

13-hour Providence College sit-in ends with president signing capitulating to list of demands

[Hat-tip to Cardinal Newman Society, which formerly included PC on its recommended colleges list but dropped it for going “PC” – before this incident (moreso for this new Father-President’s actions than the students’)]

Anthony Gockowski on Feb 18, 2016 at CampusReform.org/?ID=7302

Over 50 students occupied President Shanley’s office on Tuesday evening until he finally agreed to sign a list of student demands after a 13-hour sit-in.

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Shanley initially refused to sign the document because it demanded he implement revisions to the university curriculum.

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Over 50 students occupied President Brian Shanley’s office at Providence College on Tuesday evening until he finally agreed to sign a list of student demands after a 13-hour sit-in.

“I, Brian Shanley, commit myself to continuous action working with the students, faculty, and staff of Providence College to create an environment that is more equitable, diverse, and inclusive,” the agreement stated.

Shanley initially refused to sign the document because it demanded he implement revisions to the university curriculum, which would require several discussions with university faculty members. Among the revisions was a demand that the university change its western civilization curriculum by “significantly integrating the contributions of African, Asian, Native American, Latino/Latina civilizations.”

The protesters insisted Shanley agree to the demands immediately even after he assured them he would address their concerns in due time.

“I will have a plan of action by the end of the semester, a complex plan of action,” Shanley said to the crowd of protesters at 4:30 when the building was set to close. According to the Providence Journal, Shanley’s promise was laughed off by student protesters.

Shanley tried to explain he wanted to review the agreement to make any changes he saw necessary, but the protesters refused to leave his office until they got his signature.

At 9:30, five hours after the building closed, Shanley signed an agreement after the students showed no signs of leaving. Among the demands included in the agreement were the establishment of a campus diversity committee and an increase in faculty members of color. Students gave Shanley until 4 p.m. on March 7 to develop a comprehensive plan to address their concerns.

Students, however, seem skeptical Shanley will actually address their concerns since this is not the first time they have come to him with a list of demands.

“We will see within 20 days, we will see what he comes up with,” student Mary-Murphy Walsh said.

In December, the Coalition Against Racism at Providence submitted a ten-page list of demands to the president’s office but received little in response.

An incident a few weeks ago, in which five black female students were allegedly denied entrance to a party before their classmates threw beer bottles at them, reignited the coalition’s efforts. The list of demands the coalition brought to Shanely on Tuesday is reportedly shorter than its original ten-page document.

Shanley tried to assure students he was conducting a security review and investigating the alleged incident. But the protesters, again, refused to leave without his signature.

Vice President Steven Maurano stepped in to explain to the students that some of their demands would need to be put to the discretion of university faculty, like a demand that all faculty take a mandatory “cultural sensitivity training.” The university, he said, cannot mandate that faculty participate in the training.

“Every time we try to explain that, they accuse us of political rhetoric and stalling. We don’t believe that’s the case,” he added.

The unrest apparently stemmed from an earlier complaint about a lack of diversity in the campus community. Minority groups make up only 16 percent of this year’s freshmen class, but Maurano pointed out that this number has gone up by five percent since Shanley took over. In addition, the university hired 12 new faculty members at the beginning of the year, seven of whom are people of color.

Protesters, however, continue to insist that nothing has been resolved.

“Nothing gets resolved, nothing gets done and people feel like they are not being respected or heard,” said Pilar McCloud, Providence NAACP chairwoman of youth, high school and college chapters. “This incident is just the icing on the cake.”

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5 comments on “13-hour Providence College sit-in ends with president signing (rather, capitulating to) list of demand

  1. He should have had the students removed by security or local police or just let them sit there while conducting his business in another office. “Providence College” – a nominally Catholic liberal arts college – is based on Catholic Western civilization, courtesy of the Dominicans, St. Dominic, Pope Honorius III, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Roman Catholic Church . Any students who don’t like that can apply to Brown or the University of Rhode Island if they feel there is not enough Frankfurt School multiculturalism at Providence to dumb them down sufficiently. What about the rights of the Catholic students who actually came there to get a Catholic education?

    • HowlinglyAbsurd says:

      Any students who don’t like that can apply to Brown or the University of Rhode Island …

      Ah, Brown University at the bottom of the Ivy League and falling further, being “the most eccentric and liberal of the Ivies” (Forbes magazine) with its Open Curriculum (no required courses), no GPA or class ranking, and a no-failing grading system where students may opt for a traditional letter grades (A, B or C but no D or F), pass-fail, or S/NC (satisfactory/no credit), and the University of Rhode Island with its long-time reputation as “U.R.high” (on more than marijuana).

  2. What about the students at Providence College who might NOT want multiculturalist courses?
    Can they now hold the president’s office hostage until their demands are met? If the same principle were applied wouldn’t this go on and on until every faction has achieved its own relativism and marginalization? Why should Business Administration majors (or athletes) have to study theology, philosophy, and literature? Or any courses with a focus on Western civilization? [irony/sarcasm trigger alert] Couldn’t they just pass out loincloths and poison dart blowguns during freshman orientation and direct them to the nearest wilderness area?

    How many of the protesting students are baptized or practicing Catholics?

    • HowlinglyAbsurd says:

      How many of the protesting students are baptized or practicing Catholics?

      Not many if any at all – from the looks of those in the above picture – reminiscent of similar 1960s’ sit-ins with the same type of strident student demands and milquetoastish administrative capitulation.

  3. If they are not Catholics, they have no right, standing, knowledge, or authority to dictate curriculum policies at a Catholic liberal arts college. Maybe Mount St. Mary’s jackass president could offer them staff positions in his administration. Or Georgetown could offer them board positions as trustees.

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