Today, Thursday December 13th, Carriage House RD Carson was fired by the administration. This has been determined to be because of comments made by Carson directed toward the administration during a Campus Life staff meeting taking place the previous day. This has so far caused extreme student upset, as it is not unlikely that these comments were made to bring attention to the usage of racial slurs among members of the faculty among other glaring problems.
Some students have come forward asking the Weekly Cad to spread the word about this student organized event in order for more people to hear their message. We are happy to give them a platform they need. Below are quotes from students on the matter.
One student said, "Campus life is screwing the students over, and we are making out voice heard." Another student said, "Student protest happening in reaction to administration routinely failing to create transparency, listen to students, or help. Carson, having the audacity to speak out, was fired. Causing fear among students and RDs about what happens when you speak out at administrators," says Teddy Driscoll.
Students have met to discuss this matter with Brady McCartney and Ian Bickford throughout the day. This post will continue to be updated as more information comes in. If you have more information on this issue or would like to add a quote, email Winnie or Lexi (contact information on "Team" page of the Weekly Cad).
Hi all. This is being written at 11pm on the 13th. After speaking with several direct student witnesses, it seems as though several misconceptions have been spreading around campus. Primarily, Carson is not directly involved with faculty usage of racial slurs. This misconception came from an interaction between protesting students and Ian as an unrelated incident that was mentioned as of distrust between students and faculty. Coverage of these instances will be separate from here on unless more information comes in tying the two.
"What protests are being referenced?" you may be asking. Today, a group of various students met in front of Carriage to protest Carson's removal from campus. In an email sent out by Carson, there was mention of a security escort and students saw this as an opportunity to defend Carson. Students barricaded Carson's car in with their own cars, attempting to prevent him from being forcibly removed from campus. No security escort showed up however so students migrated to Lower Campus.
Once on lower campus, protestors split into two groups, heading to Hall College and the Library, respectively. The group at the library supposedly held up signs in protest while the group at Hall College stood outside of Ian's office with their own signs. The Hall College group stood outside of the window of Ian's office while he was holding a meeting. Ian beckoned students in to talk, however they were reluctant at first, hesitant to give him power in the situation. Once the meeting had ended, students spoke with Ian inside Hall College, explaining their frustration. "I hear you," Ian offered to frustrated students. One particular student (who will be left unnamed unless they specify that they wish for otherwise) expressed frustration over this comment from Ian, saying that they did in fact believe that Ian heard them, yet they were even more upset by Ian's lack of action. Despite the chaos of the moment, Ian was selective of his words and did not appear to lose his temper regardless of frustration he may have been holding at the time.
What Carson actually said during the Campus Life meeting is still not confirmed, however it is suspected to be along the lines of sticking up for students and other RDs who had feared losing their jobs in the process of speaking up about issues with the administration.
There are only five people on campus who seemingly have the authority to fire Residence directors and it is unclear as of now who made the executive decision to fire Carson.