Evergreen State College is paying dearly more than one year after racial tensions and unhinged social justice protests engulfed the publicly funded college.
Student enrollment has reportedly experienced a “catastrophic drop” since all white people were asked to leave the campus on the controversial “Day of Absence” in May 2017.
About 300 freshman were estimated to enroll this fall with about 3,000 total enrollment, both of which “represent significant decreases as compared to before the 2017 unrest,” according to a representative from Evergreen, Fox News reported.
Last year’s confrontations saw students shut down the campus that was overrun with protests, as violence broke out with students wearing masks and brandishing baseball bats and a counter-rally by a white nationalist’s group. Then-professor Bret Weinstein was even chased off of the campus by students after questioning them, accused of being a “racist” because he opposed their “Day of Absence ” protest.
As the college sided with students over its staff, Weinstein eventually slapped Evergreen with a lawsuit for failing to protect him and other employees.
The school’s president, George Bridges, insists the nearly 50 percent decline in freshman enrollment is “really complex and not attributable to any one factor,” refusing to acknowledge that the race-based protests have had an effect, especially as Evergreen is the only Washington-based four-year college experiencing a decrease in applications, according to Fox News.
Earlier this year, Evergreen cancelled renovation projects, announced layoffs and cut its budget in response to the drop in applications.
“It’s a catastrophic drop, but I’m hoping we’ll recover,” Evergreen Professor Mike Paros told Fox News.
“Advocacy and activism rather than the pursuit of truth and knowledge is being promoted as a way of recruiting desperately needed new students,” the professor of biological and environmental science wrote in a blog for Heterodox Academy.
“Bringing in new faculty or guest speakers with conservative or centrist political perspectives is considered risky and out of the question at the moment,” he added. “Fear and self-censorship is pervasive among Evergreen faculty, especially under the existing budget crisis.”
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