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Young Conservatives adviser at Texas A&M quits
Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Nov. 23, 2008

Posted on 11/24/2008 7:51:07 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A faculty adviser for the Texas A&M chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas has resigned, saying he was "ashamed beyond words" when the group posted fliers identifying four professors who signed a petition opposing "demonization" of 1960s radical William Ayers.

John Fike, a professor in engineering technology and industrial engineering, quit the adviser role last week, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported Sunday.

The national petition asked for support for education "as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment and liberation" and had more than 4,000 signatures. It circulated during the presidential race, when Ayers' acquaintanceship with President-elect Barack Obama became a campaign issue.

Ayers, now a University of Illinois education professor, is a former leader of the Weather Underground.

The fliers quoted Ayers as saying he doesn't regret setting bombs. They included photos of the four Texas A&M professors with the words, "Would you support a man with these views?"

Fike said in an e-mail to the faculty that he had initially told the Young Conservatives that they should stand for all that was good about conservatism and reject the bad.

"I also told them that if I was ever ashamed of them, that was it for me," Fike wrote. "I am now ashamed beyond words."

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: academicbias; aggies; ayersobamaconnection; billayers; countryclubrino; democrat; dncbrownshirts; littleredschoolhouse; obama; obamaayersconnection; obamacon; obamatransitionfile; obamican; proterrorist; reddupe; republicans4obama; texasam; yct
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Tony Listi, chairman of the Young Conservatives, said Fike had a "Barack Obama for President" sign outside his house.
1 posted on 11/24/2008 7:51:07 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.


2 posted on 11/24/2008 7:53:04 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: SwinneySwitch

How about a conservative who actually supports conservative ideas instead of a leftist?


3 posted on 11/24/2008 7:53:40 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: SwinneySwitch

Fighting leftist professors is bad? Yep, good riddance.


4 posted on 11/24/2008 7:56:08 AM PST by kenth (It's now spend and tax. How's that for change?)
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To: SwinneySwitch; 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; ...
A faculty adviser for the Texas A&M chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas has resigned, saying he was "ashamed beyond words" when the group posted fliers identifying four professors who signed a petition opposing "demonization" of 1960s radical William Ayers.

So I take it that the faculty member is standing with Ayers and the pro-terrorist professors rather than America and conservativism.

Ayers was a "radical" as much as the KKK and terrorists of Islamic jihad are "radicals". He was a man who declared WAR on the United States government and gave allegiance to the North Vietnamese Communist flag. He is a traitor to this nation and a dark stain on the halls of academia.

5 posted on 11/24/2008 7:56:51 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: fgoodwin; stan_sipple; time4good; Guenevere; mugsaway; CSM; calcowgirl; RightSideNews; Grimmy; ...

YCT ping!


6 posted on 11/24/2008 7:57:09 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

7 posted on 11/24/2008 7:58:04 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SwinneySwitch
A faculty adviser for the Texas A&M chapter of the Young Conservatives, another Marxist Mole outs himself job with his job done gets out.
8 posted on 11/24/2008 7:58:41 AM PST by BellStar ( Is Barack Obama A Marxist Mole?)
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To: martin_fierro

Is that Larry Sinclair? ;^)


9 posted on 11/24/2008 7:59:53 AM PST by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Tagline scrubbed to prevent invitation to indoctrinization camp)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Cull out the liberal plants. All of conservatism is good, and those who are wise enough to understand conservatism should take back the GOP before it is completely useless.


10 posted on 11/24/2008 8:00:43 AM PST by pallis
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To: SwinneySwitch
See the list here:

Young Conservatives of Texas at Texas A&M University

11 posted on 11/24/2008 8:00:49 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

The professors signing the endorsement:

Patrick Slattery, Professor of Teaching, Learning, and Culture;

Kathryn Bell McKenzie, Assistant Professor of Education Administration and Human Resource Development;

Marian Eide, Associate Professor of English;

Kimberly Brownn, Associate Professor of English and Director of Africana Studies.


12 posted on 11/24/2008 8:05:39 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Doesn’t make sense. You’d think it would be the four professors who would be resigning


13 posted on 11/24/2008 8:06:05 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: SwinneySwitch

Not surprising.

I doubt this was actually a motivation for his resignation. I suspect his work as a mole was done and he needed an out. He grabbed the first thing that came along because he got tired of waiting for the Young Conservatives to make a mistake.

This is laughable as an issue to resign over. I would think that if this were really a legitimate concern for him that it would be exactly the sort of thing that and ADVISOR should ADVISE about. Maybe he was less an advisor than a controller or monitor.


14 posted on 11/24/2008 8:08:34 AM PST by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: BenLurkin

Willkommen zur Obama Nation.


15 posted on 11/24/2008 8:09:49 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
An interesting thought experiment is to reverse the sides of everyone and imagine what would happen. Suppose the University of Chicago professor was a well known abortion clinic bomber who stated publicly that regretted that he didn't do more. Now suppose that thousands of college professors around the country signed a petition supporting that professor. What would happen if the college pro-abortion group publicly criticized the faculty members who signed the petition? I propose that the university president would likely support the pro-abortion students and be looking for a way to fire the professors at his university who signed a petition supporting the abortion clinic bomber.
16 posted on 11/24/2008 8:12:45 AM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"...the group posted fliers identifying four professors who signed a petition opposing "demonization" of 1960s radical William Ayers."

I would not sign a petition if I would be ashamed to have it publicly known that I had signed the petition.

If public university professors want to sign a petition supporting an unrepentant terrorist I think they should have every right to do so. I also think that if anyone wants to print up posters identifying the professors who signed the petition they should have every right to do so.

It is called free speech. If a public university prohibits the free and open debate of ideas, then it becomes nothing more than a government indoctrination center.

Of course, in the ObamaNation, free speech only protects far left wing liberals.

17 posted on 11/24/2008 8:14:17 AM PST by kennedy (No relation to Teddy.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

The shame was choosing him in the first place.


18 posted on 11/24/2008 8:14:55 AM PST by relictele
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To: SwinneySwitch
If these four professors did not believe in the words on the petition they should not have signed the petition.

If they believe in what the petition said they should not be embarrassed by being associated with that petition or Aryers.

19 posted on 11/24/2008 8:15:14 AM PST by Pontiac (Your message here.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Telecommunications Technology Management
Office: 008 Fermier
Phone: 979-845-5169
Email:fike@entc.tamu.edu

Inquiring minds want to know

20 posted on 11/24/2008 8:18:15 AM PST by tx_eggman (I own two rare photos. Houdini as he locks his keys in his car and Norman Rockwell beating a child.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Ayers is an avowed terrorist bomber. He hasn’t repented. He clearly and simply states he wished he had done more... He stats that he won’t swear he will never do it again.

This is a man who admits to being a terrorist. He was is and always will be one according to him.

So what’s to defend when this man himself agrees that he is a terrorist?

Professors that state they defend Ayers are stating that they defend a known admitted and avowed terrorist. Too bad if they can’t take the heat for what they support.

Good riddance to bad rubbish!


21 posted on 11/24/2008 8:19:14 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Okay lefties... the problem with wanting something, is that you sometimes get it. Good luck now!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
From the end of the article:

Tony Listi, chairman of the Young Conservatives, said the group was going to cut ties with Fike, who had advised them for three years, even if he had not quit. Listi said Fike is not a Republican and had a "Barack Obama for President" sign outside his house.

This is what is referred to as "burying the lead."

22 posted on 11/24/2008 8:20:18 AM PST by kennedy (No relation to Teddy.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
what is "Africana?"
23 posted on 11/24/2008 8:21:53 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: stan_sipple; All

What is “Africana”?

I’ll tell you. It means “I have a chip on my shoulders bigger than Enchanted Rock!” This looney lib spoke at my daughters welcome ceremony at Texas A&M this year. Thirty mimutes of the most off the wall leftist drivel I had ever heard. My daughter leaned over and told me it would be a cold day in hell before she took a class from the liberal wacko. I knew then that no professor could undo the cradle conservative Pro-Lifer I had raised.


24 posted on 11/24/2008 8:29:49 AM PST by WilliamWallace1999
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To: SwinneySwitch

What is shameful is that such an unrepentant radical is anywhere near an educational institution. Liberals always deflect responsibility for their actions and horrid beliefs with outrage at being questioned.


25 posted on 11/24/2008 8:37:31 AM PST by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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To: SwinneySwitch

Good riddance!

Any person (I hesitate to use the word “man”) who is “ashamed beyond words” by the exercise of political free speech has no place as an adviser to a political group.


26 posted on 11/24/2008 8:48:41 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

How did these four get tenured professorships at TAMU? I thought the Aggies had more sense than that.


27 posted on 11/24/2008 8:49:10 AM PST by jtal
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To: martin_fierro
Thanks wondered what this smarmy little Marxist Mole looked like!
28 posted on 11/24/2008 9:01:31 AM PST by BellStar ( Is Barack Obama A Marxist Mole?)
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To: KarlInOhio

That certainly puts things in perspective. But not in Bizarro World where a neophyte like Obama can be elected leader of the free world.


29 posted on 11/24/2008 9:17:01 AM PST by WildcatClan (AND THOSE DOESNT BRAIN JUST GO. ---- Cecile Noe)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Truth hurts doesn’t it...


30 posted on 11/24/2008 9:18:22 AM PST by stevie_d_64
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To: stan_sipple

From Kimberly N. Brown:

“Africana” is a term that refers to any cultural and intellectual production relating to Africa and its Diaspora. Our faculty expertise in this area includes the literature, society, history and culture of Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. AFST (Africana Studies) uses a cultural studies approach to investigate “black ways of knowing” as alternative methods to those posed by Western epistemology or white patriarchy. The program rejects monolithic constructions of blackness and instead examines its construction across ethnic, regional, and national boundaries. AFST privileges cutting-edge scholarship that challenges stereotypical or traditional expectations of the cultural production of peoples of Africa and of African descent.

Verstehen Sie?


31 posted on 11/24/2008 9:26:12 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

All campus organizations need a faculty advisor and this pseudo-conservative was probably the best they could do. As a former College Republican president, I can tell you that finding a real conservative faculty member on a university campus is about as easy as finding a virgin in a sorority house. (And this is in Texas!) Any genuine conservatives are hated by their fellow faculty members starting out of the gate. Our first faculty advisor was a tenured professor who was not often not allowed to teach anything put small classes due to his “bias”, whereas outright Marxist were held in high esteem by the liberal arts faculty and their radicalized student suck-ups and could teach 300-400 students per class. Our second advisor couldn’t stand this hostile work environment and quit teaching to go to law school. Our third advisor was a democrat leaning libertarian. He was a “good guy” though in that he tried to keep his class opinions balanced and supported us just to keep our voice on campus. Many of his “tolerant” liberal friends outright disowned him. (You might call it the “Dennis Miller” treatment, if you are familiar with that story and how is “friends” turned on him.) Fortunately for us, this pushed him further towards our side, but he was still fairly liberal.


32 posted on 11/24/2008 9:27:49 AM PST by Gritty-Kitty
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To: SwinneySwitch

“Teaching, Learning and Culture”? What kind of liberal clap-trap is that? Sounds more like a merit badge than a academic discipline.


33 posted on 11/24/2008 9:29:41 AM PST by Dionysius (Jingoism is no vice.)
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To: Gritty-Kitty

Try getting your faculty advisers from the school of engineering - if A&M has one...

LOL!


34 posted on 11/24/2008 9:38:03 AM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?)
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To: Dionysius

Professor of Borders, Language, Culture -

Michael Savage Program Intro

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0pgVhp-q3I&feature=related


35 posted on 11/24/2008 9:48:27 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: Redbob

“John Fike, a professor in engineering technology and industrial engineering,...”


36 posted on 11/24/2008 9:50:11 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: KarlInOhio

What if we just do a thought experiment and imagine a world where people don’t feel compelled to use counter-examples like “abortion clinic bombers”? When’s the last time that ever happened (and by a few people never heard from before by pro-life people, at that).


37 posted on 11/24/2008 9:54:36 AM PST by wildandcrazyrussian
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To: SwinneySwitch

There has to be an Aggie joke in here somewhere.


38 posted on 11/24/2008 9:59:14 AM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: BellStar

I’m wondering when John McCain is going to apologize for these students. Or maybe the mayor of College Station should.

I mean, if this country is going to be consistent.


39 posted on 11/24/2008 10:25:06 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: SwinneySwitch
"Tony Listi, chairman of the Young Conservatives, said the group was going to cut ties with Fike, who had advised them for three years, even if he had not quit."

The kids have a lot more sense than their advisor. God bless 'em.

40 posted on 11/24/2008 10:32:34 AM PST by LucyJo
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To: SwinneySwitch

gotcha, another make work phd field


41 posted on 11/24/2008 10:34:34 AM PST by stan_sipple
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To: hellinahandcart

LOL. Extra points if you can work in the words “Animal Husbandry”.


42 posted on 11/24/2008 10:52:39 AM PST by Gritty-Kitty
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To: SwinneySwitch

In other words, the Young Conservative Aggies inadvertently outed their liberal faculty advisor posing as a conservative while deliberately outing four professors who support Ayers and what he stands for. GREAT WORK Ags!!! GIG “EM!!


43 posted on 11/24/2008 11:00:43 AM PST by TADSLOS (McCain Courted Socialism and Brought Us Marxism Instead)
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To: Gritty-Kitty
"Texas A&M, Bringing Animal Farm to the school of Animal Husbandry."
44 posted on 11/24/2008 11:05:07 AM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Another nancy boy out of the way.


45 posted on 11/24/2008 11:10:12 AM PST by B Knotts (ConservatismCentral.com)
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To: SwinneySwitch

http://etidweb.tamu.edu/people/fike.html


46 posted on 11/24/2008 12:36:28 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: wolfcreek; All

From thebatt.com http://www.thebatt.com/

Fike’s resignation may leave the group’s status questionable.

According to University Rule 41: In order for any group to be officially recognized by the University, the group must have an approved full-time faculty or staff adviser who should disseminate information contained in the student rules to recognized student organizations.

“They have a little bit of time to find a new [adviser]. There’s not a set amount of time, but they are encouraged to replace them as soon as possible. They couldn’t go a long time, otherwise they’ll be out of good standing,” said Carol Binzer, director of student life and vice president for student services.


47 posted on 11/24/2008 12:42:18 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

When these folks become targets for terrorists under the new Obama administration, maybe they’ll rethink their position.

How’s Linda Tripp doing these days?


48 posted on 11/24/2008 12:46:52 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: SwinneySwitch

So if they want to silence one half of the political debate, they can at the university by refusing to serve in this faculty advisor role?


49 posted on 11/24/2008 12:47:22 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Galveston A&M students and faculty have had to relocate up to the College Station main campus. It is possible that they might find a new faculty member in the mix to be their advisor. Although the TAMU-G College Republicans had a tough time finding an advisor too.

They might try the Ag or Business depts. for more conservative faculty.


50 posted on 11/24/2008 12:50:56 PM PST by anymouse
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