Vest’s Orange Ribbon
At Thursday’s ILTFP “Tool-In” demonstration, I saw a disgusting sight indeed. Institute President Charles M. Vest wore an orange ribbon and proceeded to interpret it as symbolic of an interest in student life issues. The specific events and decisions the Tool-In were to protest -- from the party policy decisions of the past several years to the decision to move freshmen out of the FSILGs -- have all been cases of the administration taking too much interest in student life.
President Vest needs to remember this: if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. What is needed, rather, is an arrangement that takes final authority over student life issues away from the administration and gives final decision-making authority to a mixed coalition of students (both graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and administrators. The administration should administer policy, not decide it. So long as the administration retains final authority over student life, President Vest’s orange ribbon will be a mockery of real student concerns about his administration’s policies.
Grant F. Gould ’99