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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Chronicle of Higher Education Profiles AMSL

Katherine Mangan writes a piece highlighting the divide. Unfortunately, it is subscriber only for the online version. Fumare hopes to get a .pdf soon. Mirror of Justice has a post. AveWatch also has a post on it. Here are some quotes:

Faculty and Administration of AMSL:

One faculty member who is fighting the move says that he and his colleagues have found at least one university willing to acquire the law school and allow it to remain in Ann Arbor, but that the administration won't present the idea to the board for consideration. Mr. Dobranski said no one had presented a viable alternative plan to finance the law school.

"The idea that a group of faculty could take the law school and give it to another university is absurd," the dean said.

Spokesman for the Association of Ave Maria Faculty:

Leo L. Clarke is a spokesman for the faculty members who oppose the move. He was a tenure-track associate professor at Ave Maria from 2001 to 2003, when he left to return to private practice. He said he expected few faculty members would be willing to move to Florida. "The student body turns over every three years, but if you lose the faculty, it's not the same entity at all," he said. "The alumni see this move as a desertion of what they invested in."

Statement of Chris McGowan '03:

Chris McGowan, a graduate of Ave Maria's 2003 inaugural class, agreed. "We started with so much promise and potential, and today I believe the community is severely fractured and increasingly polarized," he said. "Many alumni are absolutely stunned that the board has been so dismissive of our concerns."

Stressing that he was speaking for himself and not the alumni board he serves on, he added: "I was excited that we were going to be engaging in a secular society, but moving to Ave Maria, Fla., would be running away to live in a cocoon."