UPDATE: FUMARE HAS RECEIVED A DRAFT COPY OF THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM AVE MARIA UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT NICK HEALY We believe the portion in strikeout (
As I am sure you know
because you have unfettered internet access at home and we didn't block FOX 4 from the campus cable television yet, the situation involving a very disturbing and nasty mouthedtown bloggerresident reporting for The Wandererdenied by our well armed Collier County Sheriffspermission to be in my house and Tom's domainon our campus has generated publicity about our ability to ignore people we don't like and shun them forciblysupposed curbs on freedom of speech. But nobody was bothered by other town residents doing the same thing. We didn't curb their speech.
Let me make it clear.
Speech is far more dangerous than failing to maintain one's lane late night while texting on a cell phone.We do not make any effort to restrict speech by students just by bloggers and town residents. Vigorous and open debate is an essential aspect of university life , but not at Ave Maria University if you are supporting a position we deem to be critical of me, Tom, or the Ave Maria brand. Students are free to say whatever they want in the privacy of their dorm room, out of my hearing, and not on the internet or to the media.
Having said that, let me note two caveats:
News media are expected to follow established protocols if they wish to enter the campus. We do need to avoid disruption of student activities and dorm life
even if students invited them at their own discretion.
Interviews given to the media can wind up on You Tube or other outlets and surface again years later. Things said that might be hurtful or embarrassing to
me or other administratorsother students or to the faculty cannot be withdrawn once they are given to the media and we can't have an objective record hanging around out there if we want to say something different at that time.
My hope is that you will let charity reign
because if you don't, you might have problems. Besides, in charity, you should forget that Marielena was invited to the press conference as a member of the press prior to being disinvited as a disruptive resident. See, if the media were to get the prior statement, I couldn't downplay it later as easily if there was a public record on U Tube.