Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Letter to the Editor 7/17/07

Dear Editor,

I am one of the many who have been intimately involved with Sheldon Jackson College over the last four years. We’ve lived, worked, and earned degrees on campus. We were there when the heat went out and space heaters were a hot commodity. “The part” was “in the mail” for weeks. Our paychecks have been late; some have bounced. We don’t expect broken windows to be replaced any time soon. We’re even excited when we get new office supplies like pens and printer ink.
We’ve been dysfunctional for a long time. This has been going on longer than the last close call in ’99. The Board just finally noticed that we had a broken leg and they shot us. They killed our school, but they forgot to make the funeral arrangements and notify the next of kin. Those of us on campus amidst the gloom keep getting asked questions, like whether or not the Hames will stay open. We don’t know. No one is answering any questions. I wouldn’t expect any one to really, because this is just another example of SJ indecision and lack of communication.
I’ve seen dozens of individuals leave the campus community. We call them “SJ Casualties.” Now as hundreds lay scattered about the lawn bleeding out with severed limbs begging for a little compassion, the Board and the President sit on the porch discussing land sales and where the previously student run coffee shop should be moved to. Heartbroken doesn’t begin to describe the way we feel.


Rebecca Wells