JASON RANTZ

Rantz: After unhinged protests, Evergreen College layoffs coming

Aug 30, 2017, 10:28 AM | Updated: Sep 8, 2017, 3:49 pm

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Protesters at The Evergreen State College in 2017. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Turns out, being nationally recognized for unhinged Progressive students who are allowed by cowardly administrators to run amok doesn’t pay off, as Evergreen State College is learning.

Evergreen is facing a $2.1 million budget shortfall due, in large part, to out-of-state prospective students going elsewhere. Consequently, layoffs are imminent, according to The College Fix.

Related: Anti-Trump activists vandalize ‘racist’ art at Evergreen State College

The College Fix reports that a memo was circulated on August 28 notifying the campus community that 2017-2018 enrollment is down about 5 percent. That memo explained that the 5 percent is nearly all “…nonresidents, who traditionally pay a much higher tuition to attend.”

According to The College Fix:

“This creates the need for significant budget cuts in the immediate future,” the memo states, adding that the university late last month already handed out temporary layoff notices to 17 facilities staff members.

“Some notices were rescinded as we try to use scarce local dollars to keep people employed,” the memo states. “… However, if the capital budget crisis at the state level continues indefinitely, layoffs will become impossible to avoid.”

While I don’t want to see anyone lose their jobs, including the cowardly administrators that allowed for the racist protests on campus, I hope this serves as a wake up call. The behavior we saw on the Evergreen campus surrounding Professor Bret Weinstein has consequences. Evergreen administrators seem to hate being criticized and rather than change their behavior, they lash out. It wouldn’t surprise me if the reason for some of the drop off is their notoriety as a bastion of political correct lunatics.

But as much as the school wants to placate childish and dangerous behavior of campus activists who are offended when someone doesn’t agree with every one of their tactics, they do so at their own peril (and budget shortfall).

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