Further Furman Funnies

Further Furman Funnies

The plight of Furman University’s faculty reached today’s Washington Post, where it will no doubt be ignored, as no one reads the paper on holiday weekends. Half the full-time faculty have signed a letter requesting to be relieved of duties at graduation exercises, to protest policies of commencement speaker George W. Bush by their absence.


The protest and counter-protest letters are back on the university website. Furman President David Shi had said “How well a university balances competing ideas is an index to its health,” so surpressing the polite protest suggested that Furman had bubonic plague.

Furman commencement and the South Carolina Republican Convention are the same weekend, 100 miles apart. Is South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, the Furman alumnus who arranged the presidential graduation oratory, hoping to get some pure political mileage out of the Bush trip? A coincidence, I’m sure.

Want tickets to hear the president at Furman? Sorry, the 10,000 tickets are all spoken for. I guess the 650 graduates all come from very, very large families. Certainly the administration would never pack the house with Bush supporters to guarantee him a friendly crowd.

Image by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

2 Responses to “Further Furman Funnies”

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