Matriculated Sandmann

I want to apologize for my mistake in singling out a student and any misunderstandings that arose from that. One of my favorite things about working at a liberal arts institution is that the University community has diverse perspectives. All students, faculty, and staff are able to engage in civil discourse with those whose views may be different from their own, and to learn about those views in an academic setting. I value and support these conversations with students, and I know that students value these conversations with their peers as well.

That is the apology from Dr. Avery Tomkins, “Diversity Scholar.”

What happened was that the news got out that Nick Sandmann enrolled as a freshman at Transylvania University.  (Transylvania U. is the oldest college in Kentucky, in Lexington, two hours from the Sandmann home in Covington.)  This prompted a Social Justice Warrior named Samuel Crankshaw  to put out a post on Facebook.  The thing is, Samuel Crankshaw is some kind of official at ACLU and has a following.  Here is Crankshaw’s post:

  Does anyone else think it’s a bit of a stain on Transylvania University for accepting Nick Sandman? I’m sure it’s a “both sides” defense, but it’s pretty counter to their mission and another instance of there not actually being equal sides to an issue. I think TU should accept anyone willing to have an open mind and engage in debate, regardless of their views. That’s how we all learn. That’s Transy’s mission.

But this kid clearly is a provacateur in training with no intention of learning. He exists only to troll, intimidate and play victim. He and his attorney proudly use their national platforms to promote QAnon, which has *literally* been the direct cause of multiple instances of violence (not to mention all of the other batshit stuff). He is proudly defending Kyle Rittenhouse, who murdered two people for exercising political speech. Ironically this silenced victim is running with Don Jr., spoke at the GOP convention, has a bill in his honor at the General Assembly, has atteneded private schools, has a national law firm representing him, etc. So silenced. He’s no diffrenet from teh likes of MIlo Yiannopoulos, but he is more dangerous.

Having experienced the incredibly high standards Transy requires for admission and then holds its students to, this seems like a slap in the face. I hope some time in a real classroom changes him, but his twitter and public persona suggest otherwise.

Which prompted a comment in reply from a resident Diversity Scholar on the Transylvania faculty, Avery Brooks Tompkins.

The comment and reply got noticed by law professor Jonathan Turley, who wrote it up in an essay in which his chief point was the low point of SJW partisanship exhibited by an official of ACLU.   Here is Turley’s discussion of the comment from Professor Tompkins:

One person responding positively was Dr. Avery Tompkins, an Assistant Professor and Diversity Scholar at Transylvania University, acknowledged that the university supported diverse viewpoints but promised to closely monitor Sandmann while he is on campus: “If he were to cause problems by being disruptive, trolling, or engaging in unethical behavior of any kind, I would immediately document it (just like I would for any student doing the same thing)…and he would just be putting himself in a position for me to file a conduct report.”

Doing the same thing? What thing? Free speech?

Rather than say that there is no reason why this conservative student should be singled out in this way, Tompkins declares publicly “I get where you are coming from.” Where would that be?  Crankshaw was coming from a place where a wrongly accused conservative teenager will be harassed or targeted for daring to take his views to a college.

So, welcome to Transylvania U., Freshman Sandmann!

Turley’s post was noticed and yielded articles at RedState, Washington Examiner, and then by Fox News.   Unfortunate young Nick S. is a celebrity.

Turley, not a professional journalist, did what professional journalists are supposed to do, and reached out to Professor Tompkins and to Transylvania University for comments.  Turley’s inquiries prompted the apology by Professor Tompkins at the top of this post.  It also yielded this note from Transylvania U.:

A college campus is a place where the wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and opinions of the community — students, staff, faculty and alumni — meet. Transylvania, like nearly every campus, is composed of those holding the full range of viewpoints.These differences often form the backbone of a vibrant and challenging educational experience. In this place of divergence, we strive to foster dialogue and listen to each other with generosity and a presumption of goodwill in the pursuit of understanding.

The goal of a liberal arts education is to give students the skills and ability to engage in encounters that may cause them to reflect and think differently or to understand and validate their original belief or viewpoint. In either case, the exposure to the ideas, individuals and diverse viewpoints and the subsequent reflection is the critical aspect.

There are two things that, as a university, we are not able to discuss: our students (without their permission) and personnel matters. In response to posts on social media and other websites over the Labor Day weekend, we reiterate that point. A review of the situation will be conducted expeditiously by the appropriate university officials.

Both responses were attached as updates by Jonathan Turley at his post:

ACLU Staffer Attacks University For Admitting Nick Sandmann While Professor Denounces His “Anti-Intellectual” Views [Updated]

I think Nick Sandmann has learned more in the past nine months than he is likely to learn in four years at Transylvania University.  I just hope he did not select sociology as his major, where Professor Tompkins writes on Transgender Issues and teaches these courses:

Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Research Methods
Transgender Studies
Trans Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction
Queer Critiques
Activism and Social Media
Sociology of the Body
Politics of Identity
Contested Masculinities

    Avery Brooks Tompkins, Ph.D.

 

 

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40 thoughts on “Matriculated Sandmann”

  1. Ah, where to begin? In no special order…

    • No university needs a diversity scholar. This is not an academic discipline. Ironically, it is someone who “exists only to troll, intimidate and play victim.”
    • “QAnon, which has *literally* been the direct cause of multiple instances of violence…” Really? Because I don’t think Mr. Crankshaw knows the meaning of the word literally, or for that matter, how cause and effect work.
    • “The goal of a liberal arts education is to give students the skills and ability to engage in encounters that may cause them to reflect and think differently or to understand and validate their original belief or viewpoint.” No. The goal of a liberal arts education is to teach students about the world and to sharpen their critical thinking skills. It’s not an all-night bull session among equally ignorant sloppy thinkers.

    The value proposition offered by the contemporary American university is looking more dubious every day. While I wouldn’t presume to offer Nick Sandman advice, a person in his position might want to consider a better way to spend four years of his life and $200k. A quick perusal of the school’s website yielded only one redeeming quality for a young man enrolling at this institution: the 60/40 female-to-male student ratio.

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  2. Oh COME ON!  doesn’t everybody want to throw the eff up just looking at this “guy”’s picture?

    When will y’know, just regular, non-respulsive people  of identifiable genders take back their lives ?

    Also: the ACLU.  The institution which defended the Nazi’s rights to march through Skokie now wants to ostracize a kid for doing…what?

    I said from the beginning we should ALL be  laughing at that ridiculous old mountebank,Nathan Phillips .  I think Nick executed remarkable restraint in not giving in to the giggles as that bozo beat a skin drum in his face, chanting incomprehensible gibberish.

    And since when is smiling considered an aggressive rather than a conciliatory facial expression?

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  3. drlorentz:
    Ah, where to begin? In no special order…

    • No university needs a diversity scholar. This is not an academic discipline. Ironically, it is someone who “exists only to troll, intimidate and play victim.”
    • “QAnon, which has *literally* been the direct cause of multiple instances of violence…” Really? Because I don’t think Mr. Crankshaw knows the meaning of the word literally, or for that matter, how cause and effect work.
    • “The goal of a liberal arts education is to give students the skills and ability to engage in encounters that may cause them to reflect and think differently or to understand and validate their original belief or viewpoint.” No. The goal of a liberal arts education is to teach students about the world and to sharpen their critical thinking skills. It’s not an all-night bull session among equally ignorant sloppy thinkers.

    The value proposition offered by the contemporary American university is looking more dubious every day. While I wouldn’t presume to offer Nick Sandman advice, a person in his position might want to consider a better way to spend four years of his life and $200k. A quick perusal of the school’s website yielded only one redeeming quality for a young man enrolling at this institution: the 60/40 female-to-male student ratio.

    Yeah but Doc most of those females are likely to be the man hating lesbian types warned about in Chasing Amy. Come to think of it most of the males are likely to be more like Pat from the old SNL skits.

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  4. Hypatia:
    Oh COME ON!  doesn’t everybody want to throw the eff up just looking at this “guy”’s picture?

    When will y’know, just regular, non-respulsive people  of identifiable genders take back their lives ?

    Also: the ACLU.  The institution which defended the Nazi’s rights to march through Skokie now wants to ostracize a kid for doing…what?

    I said from the beginning we should ALL be  laughing at that ridiculous old mountebank,Nathan Phillips .  I think Nick executed remarkable restraint in not giving in to the giggles as that bozo beat a skin drum in his face, chanting incomprehensible gibberish.

    And since when is smiling considered an aggressive rather than a conciliatory facial expression?

    Yeah Hyp’s comment pretty much wraps this thread up because there isn’t anything else to say.

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  5. I bet neither Nick nor his parents ever heard of Professor Tompkins while perusing the recruiting materials from Transylvania University.

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  6. MJBubba:
    I bet neither Nick nor his parents ever heard of Professor Tompkins while perusing the recruiting materials from Transylvania University.

    Yeah one would think that a Christian family would look to send their kid to Grove City, Harding, or College of the Osarks, even Hillsdale. But you are correct, this thing is probably kept in the attic during recruitment.

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  7. Hypatia:
    Oh COME ON!  doesn’t everybody want to throw the eff up just looking at this “guy”’s picture?

    Indeed. Freaks like that “professor” encapsulate what contemporary academia is all about: Marxism and nihilism. He/she/it is occupying the place of what could be a legitimate scholar and teacher.

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  8. MJBubba:
    I bet neither Nick nor his parents ever heard of Professor Tompkins while perusing the recruiting materials from Transylvania University.

    Any parent of a high schooler who is unaware of what has happened to American universities over the last several decades is derelict in his duties. Even the most superficial exploration of any school’s website would reveal the depth of their commitment to DIE (diversity, inclusion, equity). That the school employs someone like Tompkins is hardly surprising, even as it is dismaying.

    On the other hand, Tompkins is of no consequence. This individual is a junior faculty member with no official position in the administration. He’s not the diversity officer, not a dean, not even tenured. There’s no particular reason anyone should care what this weirdo thinks or says.

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  9. Hypatia:
    Oh COME ON!  doesn’t everybody want to throw the eff up just looking at this “guy”’s picture?

    I was going to refer to him as a spiteful mutant in my previous comment but I restrained myself.

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  10. Hypatia:
    Also: the ACLU.  The institution which defended the Nazi’s rights to march through Skokie now wants to ostracize a kid for doing…what?

    That was a long time ago. Today’s ACLU is not your father’s ACLU. Even back then, the Skokie incident caused deep divisions within the organization, resulting in some folks’ departure. Today, the idea of defending the free speech rights of some outlier group wouldn’t even come up.

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  11. Robert A. McReynolds:
    Yeah but Doc most of those females are likely to be the man hating lesbian types warned about in Chasing Amy. Come to think of it most of the males are likely to be more like Pat from the old SNL skits.

    I doubt that. Most of the students are probably just regular kids from Kentucky. If some of the boys are like Pat, so much the better since it reduces the competition for the abundance of girls.

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  12. drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Yeah but Doc most of those females are likely to be the man hating lesbian types warned about in Chasing Amy. Come to think of it most of the males are likely to be more like Pat from the old SNL skits.

    I doubt that. Most of the students are probably just regular kids from Kentucky. If some of the boys are like Pat, so much the better since it reduces the competition for the abundance of girls.

    Anyone who has been on this site long enough and been exposed to the great Mike LaRoche knows that all the hot chicks go to the University of Kentucky.

    20th National Championship for the Kentucky Wildcats ...

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  13. Mike LaRoche:

    Hypatia:
    Oh COME ON!  doesn’t everybody want to throw the eff up just looking at this “guy”’s picture?

    Indeed. Freaks like that “professor” encapsulate what contemporary academia is all about: Marxism and nihilism. He/she/it is occupying the place of what could be a legitimate scholar and teacher.

    Actually, “they” check a box so the school can move on.

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    Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Yeah but Doc most of those females are likely to be the man hating lesbian types warned about in Chasing Amy. Come to think of it most of the males are likely to be more like Pat from the old SNL skits.

    I doubt that. Most of the students are probably just regular kids from Kentucky. If some of the boys are like Pat, so much the better since it reduces the competition for the abundance of girls.

    Anyone who has been on this site long enough and been exposed to the great Mike LaRoche knows that all the hot chicks go to the University of Kentucky.

    20th National Championship for the Kentucky Wildcats ...

    They all go to Texas Tech!

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  15. Mike LaRoche:
     

    Robert A. McReynolds:

    drlorentz:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Yeah but Doc most of those females are likely to be the man hating lesbian types warned about in Chasing Amy. Come to think of it most of the males are likely to be more like Pat from the old SNL skits.

    I doubt that. Most of the students are probably just regular kids from Kentucky. If some of the boys are like Pat, so much the better since it reduces the competition for the abundance of girls.

    Anyone who has been on this site long enough and been exposed to the great Mike LaRoche knows that all the hot chicks go to the University of Kentucky.

    20th National Championship for the Kentucky Wildcats ...

    They all go to Texas Tech!

    Attractive, certainly, but Mike there is nothing like a good Irish Catholic girl.

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  16. ctlaw:
    You have to admit, the surgeon did incredible work:

    Gee, I don’t know about that. He looked better before the surgery, unless by “incredible” you mean “I can’t believe it.”

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  17. Ace Fungo:

    Robert A. McReynolds:
    Yeah Hyp’s comment pretty much wraps this thread up because there isn’t anything else to say.

    Only just this: I hope the football team is named the Impalers.

    The sad thing is that if you search for pictures of Transy cheerleaders, you mostly get tranny cheerleaders. My eyes!

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