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Whitaker sealeth their ears, closeth their hearts

Whitaker sealeth their ears,

closeth their hearts

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Friends, Colleagues, Community, lend me your ears.

I come to bury Jeremy, not to praise him.

The de-emphasizing of research that faculty do lives after them,

the quality teaching is oft interred with their bones,

So let it be with Jeremy. The noble Whitaker Council

hath told you Jeremy wasn't ambitious with his research.

If it were so, it was a grievous fault

and grievously have they denied them tenure.

Here come I to speak on Jeremy's behalf.

He was a teacher, creative and inspiring to me,

But the council says he didn't publish enough papers

and the council is an honorable committee

He hath rightly deserved, yea earned the Baker Award,

devoted to students like the past award recipients.

When the students have faltered, Jeremy has aided,

Enthusiasm should be transmitted to the students.

Yet the council says, "There is not any intent to ignore teaching"

and the council is an honorable committee

You all did see how in the past year he

has twice come up for tenure, twice refused

despite the praise of faculty and administration.

Yet, the council doesn't accept the praise,

and they are surely an honorable committee

I speak not to assault the council's decision,

but here to speak for what I know:

We have all loved Baker Award Winners, not without cause.

Why then do we stand aside as they are repeatedly dismissed?

O, Judgment, thou are vacant on tenure committees

for they have lost their reason. Join with me,

let the Whitaker School know what you think of their priorities.

Now I pause to mourn the passing of another

Baker Teaching Excellence Award Victim.

Christian Klein '91->