Dan Gilmore / November 12, 2015

Mizzou Prof. Didn’t Follow His Own Advice When He Resigned

The university no longer is an environment conducive to learning.

It’s called “resiliency.” It’s brought about by character. People who live in areas where terrorists, trying to seed fear, often attack have lots of it. But when a professor at the University of Missouri did not cancel a test amidst campus unrest, he faced backlash from the students. Mizzou has seen threats of violence amidst the tumoil that also led to the resignation of the university’s president. For example, it was confirmed that someone drew a swastika out of poop in a dormitory bathroom late October. “If you give in to bullies, they win,” wrote Dale Brigham, associate professor of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, in an email informing his class that a test would not be canceled due to the threats. “The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them. If we cancel the exam, they win; if we go through with it, they lose.”

The students took to Twitter in protest. The incident received a national write up. Thus Brigham canceled the class and resigned his position Wednesday, saying he made a mistake. The administration refused his resignation, however. Isn’t one of the ideals of an education to foster character?

Meanwhile, it should be noted that Melissa Click, the Communications professor who was recorded calling for “muscle” to remove a student journalist from covering a protest, only resigned her courtesy appointment with the Missouri School of Journalism — not her job of teaching Communication Studies, which is a different department. Well, one thing’s for certain: Mizzou no longer is an environment conducive to learning.

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