Mountain Echo = Mountain Echo Chamber to the Board

Can I just say I’m really enjoying this one? These “kids” are doing a great job of garnering attention. As someone who was just interviewed by a college newspaper, I have to say, these journalists from the Mountain Echo are head and shoulders above some of their peers. I missed this earlier but would like to bring your attention to these budding journalists from the Mountain Echo:

So, here’s an update to the update on the flap at Mount St. Mary’s: (If you aren’t familiar with the story, please see these two previous posts: and

 The president of Mount St. Mary’s University defiantly rejected on Monday the faculty’s demand for his resignation, telling scores of cheering students at a rally in Emmitsburg, “I’m not going to stop.”

Would anyone expect anything less from “The Donald?” Clearly, he’s read “The Art of the Deal.”

Faculty members announced Friday that they had voted 87-3 to ask embattled President Simon Newman to resign.

But a survey of about 60 percent of students at the small Catholic university north of Frederick found that a majority support him. The survey was conducted over the weekend by the student government.

I’ve just got to ask if this survey was done at the rally for President Newman. How was it conducted? How were those polled chosen? Wouldn’t it be nice if the Baltimore Sun were as thorough as the Mountain Echo in their reporting? Anyways, I think we can be a tad bit skeptical of a poll lacking such information.

Newman, who was named president of the university in December 2014, has drawn criticism from alumni and educators after he fired two faculty members and demoted the provost amid escalating controversy over his new academic policy. On Friday, Newman reinstated the fired professors.

So, in other words, he’s about as consistent in his moves as Donald Trump.

His policy would weed out struggling freshmen by encouraging them to leave the university. The move was intended to bolster Mount St. Mary’s student-retention rate and national ranking.

Those considering Mount St. Mary’s might want to consider that, under this president, national ranking is going to take way more precedence then, well, you or your child’s well-being and education.

Criticism escalated after the college newspaper quoted him referring to students as bunnies that should be drowned or shot. Newman later apologized and said his words were taken out of context.

Oh, please do explain the context, President Newman. I’m sure that will make it oh so much better.

During the weekend, the student government association organized its survey. The association polled 951 students, about 60 percent of the 1,600 students at the college. About 76 percent voted in support of Newman, and 24 percent voted against his leadership, according to an email from SGA President Abel Gonsalves.

Although classes were canceled Monday by a blustery snowstorm, students showed up for a rally with signs reading, “I Stand by Newman” and “Team Newman.” They listened to brief speeches by Newman and student government leaders, then invited peers to discuss the dispute at a nearby cafeteria.

Again, where and when exactly was this poll conducted? Wouldn’t you just love to know what President Newman said at this rally to the fuzzy bunnies?

Three members of the school’s board of trustees, which has so far backed Newman, attended the rally. They said afterward that the board planned to meet by teleconference Monday evening.

So, a pro-Newman rally with a small minority of pro-Newman supporters. I’m just guessing the students had to get permission for this from, uh, Newman? How many students showed up? Come on, now. Details, Baltimore Sun! I’m actually thinking they probably didn’t attend and were relying on a press release.

“We’re in the deliberative stage of gathering information,” said board member Kevin Cashen, a Baltimore-area banker. “We’re not at the point that we’ve gathered all the facts and talked to all the constituents to be able to decide on what the next step might be.”

Let’s go over this again. Fuzzy bunnies. Drownings. Glocks. Firings. Crushing freshmen early in the semester. 87 out of 90 votes calling for his resignation. Catholic jihadis. Lies to students about there being no wrong answers. Maybe you should read the Mountain Echo, “board members.” They’ve done a rather thorough job.

The student poll will be submitted to the board of trustees. In a statement released Sunday, Newman thanked the students for their “vote of confidence and support in my leadership.”

…after he allowed, spoke at, and facilitated a pep rally on his behalf? Oh, and after he produced a video showing his efforts “to bring popular musical performers and comedians to campus, new student lounges, and the arrival of Starbucks.” You know, the important stuff. Hmmm…”Want some candy little children?” comes to mind.

Meanwhile, faculty members will meet later this week to discuss Newman’s refusal to step down, David McCarthy, a professor of theology and secretary to the faculty, said in an email.

Stay tuned.