Hampshire College President Resigns after Protests, Abuse and Office Raids

On August 2nd the Chronicle of Higher Education announced Ralph Hexter, President of Hampshire College, would be stepping down.  The article says details about the resignation are pending and the official statement from the College promises more information soon.

To those outside the Hampshire community, the news is surprising.  Hexter seems like the perfect fit for Hampshire, a fiercely leftist Liberal Arts College nestled deep in the woods of Amherst, Massachusetts.  Hexter is an Ivy-League-educated scholar of the classics, who excelled in fund raising.  He was the first openly homosexual college president to marry legally.

As a student of Hampshire College the resignation comes as no surprise. Hexter has been humiliated, trashed, and beaten by the student body for the entirety of my three years at the school.  During my freshman year, it was about security cameras in the parking lots.  The student body cried bloody murder over privacy concerns. After a series of “all community meetings” the administration abandoned its plans.

Next came “action awareness week.”  This was a student organized movement against Hampshire’s alleged “institutional racism.” Again, President Hexter was at the center of the turmoil.  He was called a racist and given a hand written list of policy demands that he was expected to comply with.

It was a rag tag bunch looking for a fight.  

Then, he had the misfortune to be slammed simultaneously by Alan Dershowitz and Students for Justice in Palestine about his noncommittal stance on Hampshire’s supposed divestment from Israel.  On one hand he was criticized by SJP for not doing enough for divestment, removing all of the college investments in companies that do business with the Israeli military and government, and for not taking public anti-Israel stance as Hampshire did during apartheid in South Africa.  On the other hand Dershowitz, the father of a Hampshire alum, called Hexter and the college anti-Semitic and threaten a boycott of his own against the school.  This may have been the first time that Dershowitz and Students for Justice in Palestine have criticized the same person.  After a series of open letters between Dershowitz and Hexter the issue was eventually resolved, but not after a long and embarrassing public relations battle.

A semester later Hexter announced, and was subsequently blamed for, Hampshire’s massive budget deficit.  While he struggled to find a long-term fiscal solution he was repeatedly accused of trying to force Hampshire into the mainstream.  Hexter was trying to increase the student population, have larger class sizes for freshman, and maybe consider offering graduate courses and programs.  These measures were seen as diabolical, fascist, and damaging to Hampshire’s “philosophy”.  When the President held meetings to address these concerns, he was accosted and harassed.

Despite these incidents, the straw that broke the President’s back may have come late in spring of 2010 when the student body was informed of a covert plan involving the relocation of several admissions offices.  The administration wanted to move offices from the admissions building, located painfully far from Hampshire’s main campus, to the Cognitive Science building, a more centralized and convenient location.  The students were enraged by the audacity of the plan.  It was too expensive, it would take away from classroom space, and for Christ’s sake it would hurt the environment!

To protest the move nearly one hundred students paraded across Campus banging on drums and shouting about the great evil of moving admissions offices.  The day after the parade, protesting students were hanging out in front of the social science building waiting to interrupt a secret meeting of the administration.  They had received an anonymous tip that President Hexter was going to be meeting the admissions director to discuss the move.  The protestors were planning on blocking the hallway and attending the meeting.  After half an hour, the students realized that there was in fact no secret meeting.

It was a rag tag bunch looking for a fight.  One student was a diehard communist from UMass jumping on the anti-authority bandwagon.  Many were freshmen eager to debut their “protesting skillz,” coming equipped with freshly made signs.  Denied their secret meeting, the group decided the only thing left to do was to storm the President’s office.

The crowd squeezed into the tiny office of the President.  Outside I noticed one student scribbling on a sign.  He was writing: “Hexter nobody likes you but you” while holding a bottle of champagne.  He explained to me: “Hexter is a narcissist, he only cares about himself.  All narcissists have their fall.”

Inside the office the President’s secretary was pleading with students, trying to explain that Hexter was on a conference call.  She politely asked if we wanted to schedule a meeting, informing us that the President had office hours and met with students daily.  The enraged students, filled with a passion only the proposed preliminary relocation of admissions office can unleash, were not having any of it.  They wanted to talk to him now.  They demanded answers!

Overwhelmed and frustrated, the secretary eventually retreated into side office and locked the door.  This left the protestors all alone in the office.  One student suggested breaking things.  He was politely asked to leave by the rest of the group.  Disgusted, the hipster hid behind his dark ray ban wayfarers and scoffed: “Let me know when you guys learn how to protest.”

Confused and uncoordinated, the group began chanting “Talk to us” and a select few began banging on the walls.  One student even called Hexter from his own secretary’s phone.  After fifteen minutes of this nonsense I went outside for a smoke.  I saw the same student I spoke with earlier attempting to climb the wall of the President’s office to get a look inside his window.  He was still holding the bottle of champagne.

Daniel Scheer Delivers Hampshire’s 2010 Commencement Student Speech

The admissions drama would die with the semester, but the resentment towards Hexter and his administration culminated weeks later at graduation.  A day usually reserved for celebration was transformed into a circus.  A number of graduating seniors wore red arms bands as a sign of solidarity against the vast evils of President Hexter.  Student speaker Daniel Schurr laid it on thick.  He called the administration two-faced, corporate frauds, liars, and racist.  Schurr called himself a survivor of the school, not a graduate.  Then he took a nice pause before repeating that the administration was two faced and racist.  The entire time Hexter took it with a smile.  He even clapped at its conclusion.  Then he gave a stale speech primarily focused on the Dreyfus Affair.  The protesting students proceeded to interrupt, mock him and hold up more signs.  During the diploma ceremony Schurr, along with his comrades in silly red arm bands, refused to shake the man’s hand.  Mind you, this was after receiving their diplomas.

Official details may still be pending, but my bet is at this point Mr. Hexter had already packed his bags. TC mark

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  • Seamus

    OMG! What is wrong with these kids? Complaining about security cameras in the parking lots? This is a sick joke.

  • http://twitter.com/rislynsey christopher lynsey

    Daniel Schurr reminds me of Hitler: blind and neurotic.

    • Tim

      so do their little red arm bands

      liberals are ironically most often than not the most fascist among us

    • pickingnits

      Except danny sucks at public speaking.

  • Kirstina

    Wait did Danny say in that video the administration was on designer drugs? “half-hearted promises to end institutionalized racism, the designer drugs, the endless red tape…” WHAT?

  • Dodo

    I feel like this must be a joke. Poor Hexter.

    Ben – Are you a student at Hampshire? You seem to be pretty level-headed, why do you stay there?

  • Maggie

    I thought Hampshire was predomaaintly Jewish institution?

  • hampshire alum

    well written and well thought out.

    my only consolation is that most of the offending students are unemployed and are likely to stay that way. they were not the highest quality of the bunch.

    “what, you mean being able to quote hannah arendt to support my stance on admission office placement doesn't qualify as a skill or talent?”

  • Hamp alum

    You seem to be forgetting that the entire admissions office was also against the move. Hexter promoted a campus climate of fear and silencing, especially among staff. Very few on campus are sad to see him go.

  • Sam

    woah. First of all, you have painted all activism at Hampshire as amateurish and sophomoric. I absolutely agree that the war against the the video cameras and barging into Hexter's Office to protest moving ASH were ridiculous and useless. But tying these actions to those of Action Awareness Week, divestment organizing, and the actions around commencement is insulting. The real racism felt by students of color on campus isn't something to reduce to “Hampshire's alleged 'institutional racism.'” I don't know why you wouldn't support ttudents trying to address the lack of space spaces on campus, lack of identity based housing, and reasons for the low retention rate amongst students of color at Hampshire. They went in to combat specific issues in an organized, rational manner. As to the SJP organizers, they were citing the college's own responsible investment policy and providing clear ways that investment in certain companies supported the violence-perpetrating Israeli military. Dershowitz simply has to wave money in front of Ralph's face to get his way. Lastly, The signs and armbands at commencement were to show a couple of things. We (yes, I helped organize this particular action) hoped to draw attention to the fact that Ralph wasn't talking about anything relevant in his speech, so we would bring them up instead. I'm sure Mr. Saucier understands that many students had more than just an intellectual experience at Hampshire, but a very political one as well. The red arm bands were explained in the pamphlets that we handed out to family, friends, and fellow students. Some people refused to read them. The red armbands represented our support for the staff and faculty who were in the process of voicing their dissaproval of Ralph to the Board of Trustees. Official details aside, kicking out Ralph with not our purpose nor do we take credit.

    That “rag tag group” ran into a fight trying to advocate for equality and social justice. They were trying to do good things for the students, staff, and faculty of Hampshire College. Oh yeh, HAMPSHIRE ALUM, Danny Scheer, beside being able to quote Hannah arendt, has the skill of being a much better writer than Ben Saucier.

    • Ben Saucier

      Hampshire has a low retention rate amongst all students. Not just students of color.

      Finally, on a personal note: if Danny is such a better writer than me then who wrote that speech?

    • Ben Saucier

      “I don't know why you wouldn't support ttudents trying to address the lack of space spaces on campus,”

      I don't think I ever supported/didn't support this. Whatever it means.

      Also: some people think “identity based housing” is a weird idea. Separate but equal housing?

      And yes I think a large portion of “activism” at Hampshire is amateurish. I think its a bunch of trust funded angst filled hipsters with daddy issues.

  • Hampshire

    Yo class of 2010 I'am really happy for you and i'mma let you finish but… Justice in Palestine has nothing to do with apartheid South Africa

  • Hampshire Parent

    Wow, the writer of this article is so ill-informed and deliberately inflammatory! All of the events described indeed happened, although Saucier has put his own unique spin on them. For example, I attended the Commencement, and although some students wore red armbands (not that many in the audience knew why) and a few held up some signs, the students never interrupted any speaker and were respectful. To be sure, some of the students involved in the events cited were naive and overly-idealistic. But Hampshire has a long history of student activism; I sincerely doubt that a few possibly misguided teenagers caused the President to resign, and certainly nobody on the outside really knows how and why Ralph Hexter chose to resign. Certainly he was under pressure from the staff and faculty (who delivered a vote of no-confidence). So. it is incredibly self-serving and irresponsible to attribute this resignation to a few student incidents.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1467390045 Dillon Compton

      A correction; neither the staff or the faculty ever delivered a vote of no-confidence in Ralph's administration. A large number of the faculty were in favor of such a vote, but another contingent within the faculty convinced the body to pursue other, more constructive, methods to generate change in the way the administration was managing the college (note that I did *not* say colluded to have Ralph resign, or anything of the sort. While his resignation was obviously related to general pressure, I have it on good authority it was not due to any action such as a vote of no confidence.)

      • a hampshire moderate

        This article oversimplifies horrendously and ignores Hexter's part of the fault for the turmoil, but it's good that someone is sounding out against Hampshire's activist culture. A lot more would get done and administration-student relationships would improve vastly if the outspoken sector of student body were less obstinate in its dealings with authority and more respectful of dissent from its peers.

      • Hamp Alum 06

        If Hampshire focused on academics instead of politics it would be one of the best schools in the country.

  • Alex Cachinero-Gorman

    “And yes I think a large portion of “activism” at Hampshire is amateurish. I think its a bunch of trust funded angst filled hipsters with daddy issues.”

    Easy armchair criticism. As if social movements do not critique themselves, evolve, or change? As if social movements never find themselves on university campuses (re: since their existence, they have always cropped up there)? As if these same social movements grow and learn precisely by the failures they come across? As if the only people concerned about economic disparities, racial disparities, and bumbling bureaucracy are hipsters with “daddy issues”?

    Mr. Saucier clearly has a future writing for the Washington Post, the Economist, or any number of illustrious establishment press outlets that confidently dole out “policy” criticism derived from nothing other than a certain kind of political status quo. He can dole it out, but you can be sure that his ass will never really be on the line for anyone. That would require being vulnerable! Not something a “man's man” is used to or comfortable with doing, I can tell you that much. Am I right folks? Alright, alright, I'll be here all night.

    As I was saying, this is because Mr. Saucier does not feel like doing his homework and learning about the history of social movements, instead doing what pretty much every other aggressively ignorant observer has ever done in situations like these: portray those with valid concerns as a “rag-tag” group of hostile youngins with no real motive other than raising a stink. It's a lot easier to write an article on these terms than you might think.

    Mr. Saucier's article could be rebutted factually on a whole number of levels as people have already done in the comments, but I feel what's more important is bringing out the textual similarity it has to “haters” throughout history! The process of organising itself prefigures solutions to the problems addressed, but “hatin” prefigures nothing because it is essentially arguing for the maintenance of the status quo–which curiously enough, Mr. Saucier benefits from as a white person and as a man. How bizarre!

    Hey–to be honest, I'd rather be a hipster with daddy issues who's willing to admit and own my Oedipal complex or whatever it is Mr. Saucier's trying to paint here, than a conservative “beer-pong Republican” who pretends to write from some kind of 'objective' archimidean standpoint.

    Then again, Mr. Saucier is known, among other things, for “ghost riding”, being a founding member of the pseudo-performative but deathly serious ('in this world of chaos, where will we find meaning??!!! this group seems to cry') Hampshire College “Young Republicans” club, hanging out with his “bros” and drunkenly heckling passers by, and good old fashioned gay bashing–a short preview of a laundry list of illustrious achievements! So, I ask you: why trust anything he has to write?

    I will end by saying it is easy to be mean on the internet, and I probably wouldn't be able to say any of this to Ben's face! But then again he has made it easy for me by publicly allying himself with armchair intellectuals everywhere in this piece. And that just grinds my gears don't ya know!!

    Have a nice life, “bro”.
    ~Alex CG

    • Alana M

      I think you make some good points and if what you say about Ben is true then well he is a dick.

      As far as trusting what Ben writes, I never trust anything I read here that's kind of the point and what make it such an entertaining website. I remember a while back someone wrote a review of an art exhibit they never visited and their was a movie review of 'Knight and Day” which basically reinvented the plot. So don't take it all so seriously.

    • Ben Saucier

      Hey Alex,

      I'm glad you think you know me so well. Let me just clear some things up.

      I went to a poor, redneck, and fiercely conservative high school. I was the founding member of some clubs there too, including the schools first gay straight alliance and Mobilized youth, a group dedicated to removing military recruitment from public schools, keeping Christianity out of the classroom and registering kids to vote.

      I've never been a fan of the status quo. When I came to Hampshire I was sicken by the assumption that everyone is politically on the same page. The politics at Hampshire boil down to a with us or against us mentality-with no debate or opposition. This is why I started the Young Republicans Club, it was a gesture to try and remind people that theres a real world out there where people don't all think the same. If you ever actually bothered to have a conversation with me you'd find my personal politics are pretty far left.

      Mr. CG clearly has a bright future sleeping on a couch in his parents basement and distributing Leninist literature to small children. Of course this is someone who is known, among other things, for routinely putting entire philosophy classes to sleep with his long rambling comments. Once again you didn't disappoint!

      And Alex, I could defiantly say this and more to your face.

      Have a nice ghost ride,

      Ben Saucier

      • FRINGE

        Kid is a research intern at Verite, “an independent non-profit organization monitoring international labor rights abuses in off-shore production sites.” He has a job Ben! (:

      • Ben Saucier

        I was just making random nonsensical claims about him, the same thing he was doing to me.

        I know Alex is smart, and I respect his opinion. I just wished he'd attacked what I was saying, not my character.

        <3

      • Alex Cachinero-Gorman

        Ben,

        Let me work backwards a little:

        I actually don't think people are on the “same page politically” at Hampshire at all–and I think most people you speak to there will agree with you. In fact, what I found so baffling about your post is that in the name of calling out for a more “complex” account of the way folks “aren't” on the same page, you end up painting a predictably homogenous picture of rowdy goblins with nothing better to do, when in fact, every single one of the actions or campaigns you mentioned involved enormous amounts of internal dissent, discussion, disagreements, and even folks separating themselves from the efforts on the basis of said disagreements.

        And truth be told, I would be the first to offer you a critique of what happened with the ASH thing last semester: it's almost too easy to poke holes in, in a lot of ways. I think the difference is whether you choose to purely denigrate the efforts or you see room for constructive movement-building. This is what I see. And while many of my friends and folks I hold dear to my heart decided to divest themselves (pun intended) from the ASH efforts, I chose to stay peripherally involved because trying to exert a positive mindset and influence are better than chilling on the sidelines griping about folks in sweeping generalisations.

        I also just think that this analysis of protest movements (of any kind–I put them all on the same continuum, just at different degrees, though you may not count students mobilising as an appropriate comparison) is actually not unique to you at all and really predictable. It fails to acknowledge or have an understanding of the difference between political theater and political change. One cannot exist without the other. And when you are engaging in political theater lines have to be drawn–always. That is the definition of a picket line. A picket line, for example, would never work or make sense if people were vacillating back and forth over it debating the nuances of living in this chaotic world and whether or not anyone can fully stand behind anything, etc. etc. The point in artificially establishing a binary is to show commitment, passion, and investedness in the issue, which simply does not happen when you try to engage in equivocal “debate”–which by the way is not an equal scenario by any means, if you're talking about “debating” folks in the administration.

        In that sense I've struggled with the YRC at Hampshire and for a long time–still even–respected what you were doing because in its own surrealist kind of way I saw that political theater playing out. I actually found it hard to resent anything you were doing in that sense, since I did know you from at least one class and knew there had to be more going on. To be fair, it was a cheap shot–I can own up to that! And I'm sorry for marshalling it out the way I did. The internet has this power to do that to you! Then again, I still think it pales in comparison to some of the inconsiderate comments you've made in this article.

        Finally, the personal allegations simply come from direct experiences among myself and friends which just seem to clash with what you're telling me about being 'far left'. Personal experiences of harassment like that don't seem to be separate from political opinions, to me it seems like a bigger contradiction than any ideological difference you could have with someone.

        PS: I know you could say it to my face :( I am a twinky fuck with daddy issues and you are BIGGG boy.
        PS2: I've been working on saving my long rambling comments for situations like these instead of classes! It took me a long time to learn to stop being a MAN'S MAN but I think I'm getting there!
        Part of this is due to my growing doubt that I can actually say anything certain about…anything really other than the form an argument, a debate, or an issue or what have you takes. I actually find it harder and harder these days to point to anything that I know at all! Because things are so damn complicated. All I can profess to know is when to be suspicious and when not to be. And that's why I trolled your post! SORRY for doing it the way I did mann!!

      • Garner

        Dear Alex,

        You're a little girl.

      • Sick of this

        If by “political theater” you mean “refusing to entertain the notion of calming the fuck down,” then no, that's not how change happens.

      • BenSaucier

        Dear Alex,

        Let me work backwards. Oh wait, this is impossible because I didn't finish reading your very long comment. I'm off to ghost ride the ole whip.

      • Gen Lee

        faaaaaaaaaaag

    • aconcernedcitizen

      Dear Alex,
      You are a pseudo-intellectual and a sloppy thinker.

      “Archimidean [sic]”? Really?

      Love, A Concerned Citizen

    • BeerPongRepublican

      The word of the day on your calendar must have been “armchair intellectuals .”

    • FUCKYOUALEX

      Stop fucking worrying about other people and “politics” and just fucking mind your own business. You and your deadbeat friends are ruining Hampshire because the adminstration has to deal with your stupid problems instead of working with students who are actually trying to study, to learn, and do things in the real world. Seriously you guys belong in a mental institution more than college.

      Hah,rehamp Hampshire? You need to revamp yourself first.

  • Me

    I went to Hampshire. Graduated in 2001. It was “PCU.” What a bunch of dummies.

    • confused but amused

      Sorry, what does PCU actually mean? Just wondering.

  • Sick of this

    Has anyone ever heard a concrete and explicit example of the “institutionalized racism” that supposedly plagues Hampshire? Two years at the school and I have no idea what they're talking about.

    Hampshire is a fantastic school and a great place to be, but it's marred by a destructive and adolescent activist culture that has only ever hurt the school by contributing to its image as an out-of-touch and hostile place. As someone who loves the school for its educational philosophy and the opportunities it provides me but doesn't share the hard-line radical thought that a ludicrously vocal minority has tried to make into the school's defining trait, I'm pretty constantly offended by this kind of thoughtless shit. All it does is endanger the future of a unique and valuable institution.

  • Sick of this

    Not that this article doesn't oversimplify. Hexter's history with students is more complicated than this, and the admissions office controversy in particular had a few more significant dimensions too it, but Hexter's shortcomings–while they needed to be addressed–were never the aspect that prevented the argument from moving forward. The obstinate, self-righteous nature of student activism on this campus killed any hope for meaningful discourse as usual.

  • alum

    This entire page is embarrassing.
    Ralph has described himself as “relieved” to be transitioning out of the college and I would think that the majority of the Hampshire community would be both relieved and pleased to start a new chapter in its history.

    Speculating about his reasons for leaving is petty and almost as fruitless as the clashing of egos seen above. It only gives those who don't understand Hampshire's importance, who think of the school as a bastion of the strange, the privileged, and the drug addicts, more ammunition against the us and the unique and valuable education that can be received from Hampshire.

    Being catty on the internet is pretty lame-I would suggest that both Ben and Alex start working on their Div III's already .

  • confused but amused

    Sorry, what does PCU actually mean? Just wondering.

  • Bunny Hentman

    I attended Hampshire in 1996 and reading this article makes me see it hasn't changed all that much, despite the echoing alternative college chorus (from time immemorial) that each new class is more boring, normal, mainstream than the last.

    At the time, I felt that there was a significant group of students who processed their rich, white guilt by becoming aggressive bullies. Having grown up very poor, and a genuine member of an oppressed class, I was embarrassed and insulted by the attitudes of the students there. I saw students invalidate other students right and left, teachers churning out a rigid and oversimplified alternative canon — essentially an entire university caught in endless rebellion against some imaginary authoritarian dad. I was told that my personal perspective on poverty was wrong by teenagers who had never seen a food stamp in person, had never been hungry or homeless or broke with no one to call for help. So much wheel spinning, so little real action. Of course I am not referring to every member of the community, and since I left after Freshman year (at Sarah Lawrence I learned to love being privileged, and could appreciate people using their wealth and education to create culture instead of destroy it) I didn't have the opportunity to see my classmates mature.

    Favorite memories of Hampshire ~1996: Posters promoting a “Rally for Rally's Sake” — Activism without a Cause, and that genius who kept putting quotation marks around “college” on the street sign.

    • Tom_mrsn

      I am a current Hampshire student, Division III, and I have never been able to articulately say what you just said. As a person who attends this school on almost full financial aid, I have often found my views on many subjects to be considered invalid. Not much has changed, and everywhere is a frenzy of students too eager to prove themselves as allies to a cause by becoming fanatical and exclusive.

  • Guest

    Too bad they don't teach copyediting at Hampshire.

  • Weasel

    For student who pride themselves for being so progressive, Hampshire students sure seem to have made no progress since I arrived there as a student (78F). They're still puerile, self-righteous and boring. You'd think that they'd learn after all this time that those sorts of tactics just don't work.

    One of the best decisions I ever made was transferring.

  • Weasel

    For students who pride themselves for being so progressive, Hampshire's sure seem to have made no progress since I arrived there as a student (78F). They're still puerile, self-righteous and boring. You'd think they'd learn after all this time that tactics of this sort just don't work.

    One of the best decisions I ever made was transferring.

  • http://twitter.com/ktrinity trinity weiss

    A. Just FYI our commencement speaker was named Danny Scheer, not Schurr, the fact that you don't know that pretty much speaks to how out of touch you seem to be with the majority of the Hampshire community. We were in the same class and while I don't know you, it seems that you take a lot of pleasure in passing judgment on your peers, characterizing us as “hipsters” or ridiculous knee jerk liberals. It is wild to me that you could graduate from Hampshire and not take even a moment to consider the many varied opinions of those you spent four years among, regardless if those opinions jive with you ultimately.

    B. Ralph Hexter may have been a gay man and an accomplished academic, but his lack of empathy and insight into the concerns and experiences of much of the Hampshire community was startling. In the commencement ceremony in 2007, Hexter asked that students give him a pebble to keep in his pocket so he might remember the struggles of students of color on campus. It is surprising to me that you could have such a strong reaction to Mr. Scheer's commencement speech that simply sought to voice the frustrations of your peers throughout our four years at Hampshire and yet blithely excuse Ralph Hexter his privileged, condescending reaction to valid concerns of students. You essentially describe him as a victim of a malignant, unrelenting student body. One thing I took away from my time at Hampshire was that I really have no place judging the experiences, pains and traumas of others, however trivial they might seem to me. Clearly from your position the concerns about institutional racism were unnecessary, but you show no attempts to understand what that means or how you yourself might be embodying that in trivializing the concerns of students of color. I agree that there are in many ways larger problems to be concerned with in this world. However, if students wish to take the opportunity to make an example at Hampshire of what could and should be possible in the rest of the world, then who are you or I to fault them that?

    I cannot disagree with you that activism at Hampshire is a self satisfied exercise in ridiculousness at times, but I also cannot say that I don't feel that I've become a less judgmental, more thoughtful human as a result of it. Ralph Hexter's vision for Hampshire College was not the Hampshire College I decided to attend and am proud to have received my degree from. I am proud of the Five College Plan that our school was derived from, it was written with the intent of educating students differently for a new century and Ralph Hexter wanted to turn it into some mediocre watered down version of Sarah Lawrence or Bard. You have obviously taken pleasure in separating yourself from the rest of us. Coming from your “poor, redneck, conservative” background clearly has made you able to see the hypocrisies and inconsistencies of the world oh so much better than those of us who don't decide to go into the public and shit all over the reputation and character of the school we graduated from.

    -Trinity Weiss F06

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