Let’s put everything in context.
In the Sept. 14 issue of the Courier, President Breuder drew a comparison to the college that proved to be memorable for some.
At the board meeting on Oct. 15, English Professor Bob Hazard announced during his speech that an ongoing investigation was underway concerning the comments that Breuder had made.
“If I was a guy looking for a lady, I’m going to make that judgment call before I even go over and talk to her,” Breuder said at the Town Hall meeting, comparing the aesthetic upgrades of the campus to that of a woman.
The college’s stance is that most potential students make up their minds within 20 minutes of being on campus whether the student will attend or not.
At the initial event, questions were asked about the justification of a large landscaping budget and why the college can’t use indigenous plants that wouldn’t cost as much to maintain.
In addition to lower costs in many aspects (initial costs, care, etc), the plants would be less disruptive to the natural environment around the campus instead of putting up new flowers and plants many times a year is a common argument against the high landscape costs.
The Faculty Association spoke out against the landscaping budget in a piece for the Daily Herald on Sept. 27 and passed a resolution unanimously for the group that asks the board of trustees “to adopt an approach to landscaping and stewardship of the natural areas that reflect both environmental and fiscal responsibility”.
Hazard brought up that if Breuder and the college base everything off of physical appearance, then the college is sending the wrong message concerning what really matters.
The fact of the matter is, the college does need to worry about it’s appearance to bring people on campus, not just for classes but also for the many community events that the college hosts.
The accusations of sexual harassment have stemmed from Breuder’s original comment and are now moving into an investigation, and frankly, it’s a stretch.
Out of the over 50 people in attendance, nobody seemed to be offended after Breuder made the comparison and if anyone was, no one made it known.
No one walked out of the Town Hall, no one made a comment as to their outrage, the rest of the event carried on as planned until pizza was served and the crowd dwindled down shortly after.
The Courier, The Office of Student Life nor Student Leadership Council have heard any complaints from students or anyone who was in attendance at the Sept. 14 meeting, everything has come out after the fact.
Any time you are in a position of power, every move and every word will be scrutinized, but is this the proper choice of action?