Evergreen State College: the Decline and Fall of the Social Justice Empire

In a reminder that evil doesn't always win...

Do you remember Evergreen State College, the obscure liberal arts school in Washington state that helped to launch the Intellectual Dark Web?

In the spring of 2017, students at Evergreen State College began a campus shutdown to protest Biology professor Bret Weinstein's refusal to participate in the No White People Day at the college.  The protests went on for weeks.

What was Professor Weinstein's unforgivable sin?

Professor Weinstein wrote an email protesting the Day of Presence/Day of Absence which asked white people to leave the college for a day.  In the email, Professor Weinstein wrote "“On a college campus, one’s right to speak — or to be — should never be based on skin color.”

Professor Weinstein and his wife, fellow professor Heather Heying, eventually left Evergreen College.

So, what's happening now at Evergreen State College?

Mike Paros is a professor at Evergreen State College, one of a very few who supported Professor Bret Weinstein and his wife Heather Heying when student protesters took over the campus to demand his ouster last spring. Today, Paros has written an update on Evergreen for Heterodox Academy, a site that supports viewpoint diversity on college campuses.

I am often asked about the current state of affairs at The Evergreen State College since student protests in May of 2017 cast this obscure experimental liberal arts college into the limelight with the likes of Yale, Middlebury, and Berkeley, and catapulted former Evergreen professors Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying into the “Intellectual Dark Web”.

On a personal note, I am doing well despite a past public condemnation of the current president’s handling of student protesters and former colleague Weinstein.  As the only remaining Evergreen professor who is a member of HxA, I have found refuge with like-minded academics that share a wariness of like-minded academics…

This fall, we expect less than 300 freshmen to attend Evergreen, a fifty percent drop from two years ago.  It is the only four year institution in the state of Washington that has seen a decrease in applications, and is currently publicly funded for 4200 students, far greater than this year’s anticipated total attending class of 2800.

Advocacy and activism rather than the pursuit of truth and knowledge is being promoted as a way of recruiting desperately needed new students (In 2011 Evergreen changed its official mission statement to read:  “Evergreen supports and benefits from a local and global commitment to social justice”).  Bringing in new faculty or guest speakers with conservative or centrist political perspectives is considered risky and out of the question at the moment.  Fear and self-censorship is pervasive among Evergreen faculty, especially under the existing budget crisis.  An “independent” External Review Panel exonerated the president and administrators while blaming Evergreen’s woes on Bret Weinstein and ‘alt-right’ agitators prompted one journalist to ask, “Who Will the Evergreen Mob Target Next?”

Evergreen President George Bridges said the school needed to prepare for a potential 18.5% decline in enrollment this fall. He presented that as a worst case scenario at the time. Subsequently, the school announced layoffs and plans to cut $5.9 million from the budget. The school also put plans to revamp college dorms on hold over fears of declining enrollment. 

President Bridges pointed to an 18.5% overall decline in admissions, but breaking those down reveal something even worse--a 50% drop in freshman class admissions.  This shows that the drop is not driven by students who were present last year, and decided that they just wouldn't return to the nonsense.  These admission numbers show that people are now CHOOSING not go there in the first place.

This decline in admissions is not a regional thing.  The University of Washington announce its biggest freshman class in history.

People will vote with their feet, and evil will never win the war.  A few battles, yes.  But never the war.

Student protestors stand in front of where the Silent Sam statue once stood on the campus of the University of North Carolina campus before a group of pro-confederacy protestors come to pay respects to the statue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on August 30, 2018. (Photo by Logan Cyrus / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOGAN CYRUS/AFP/Getty Images)

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